Author Archive: Paul Fraser Collectibles

Paul Fraser has been passionately involved in a wide spectrum of investment grade collectibles spanning over 35 years.

He recently stepped down as Chairman (and owner) at Stanley Gibbons, the London Stock Market listed Collecting Company, which he helped to build from a $5 million Company to one worth over $100 million.

Paul is a world renowned Beatles memorabilia expert and handled the deal that took John Lennon's childhood stamp collection, complete with his earliest known signature, to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

Paul has also been heavily involved in the rare stamp investing market and was responsible for the sale of the famous Kirkudbright Penny Black cover to the Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Paul has been involved with many of the collecting areas featured on this website, and has been responsible for over $300m of investment grade collectibles sales through various collectible companies.

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1891 $1,000 Treasury note achieves $2.5m auction record at Heritage

1891 $1,000 Treasury note achieves $2.5m auction record at Heritage

The unique 1891 $1,000 Treasury note is now the most valuable US banknote The only known example of the 1891 $1,000 Treasury note in private hands has set a new world record for a US banknote at auction, leading Heritage Auctions‘ April 24-26 & 28 Currency Signature Auction in Chicago. The note’s vignette depicts General […]

The Chinese Coin Collection of Dr John Snell

The Chinese Coin Collection of Dr John Snell

Paul Fraser Collectibles Lost for three quarters of a century, John Snell’s Chinese coin collection is has now re-surfaced John Abner Snell was born in Knife Falls, Minnesota on October 28, 1880, the fifth of eight children. When he was around five, his family made the long trek from northern Minnesota to central Florida, then […]

Ancient Cretan stater coin brings $479,000 World Record price at Morton & Eden

Ancient Cretan stater coin brings $479,000 World Record price at Morton & Eden

By Paul Fraser Collectibles Depicting Zeus with lover Europa, the Cretan stater made a record in the $6.4m ancient coin auction London numismatic specialists Morton & Eden have had some spectacular results in their auction yesterday (October 24), A Collection of Exceptional Ancient Greek Coins. Several lots broke the six figure mark, and most of […]

Gustav I coronation coin brings $240,000 in Kuenker’s auction

Gustav I coronation coin brings $240,000 in Kuenker’s auction

By Paul Fraser Collectibles Kuenker coins has completed its stunning series of sales offering Ancient, Medieval, German, Swedish, Russian and Chinese rare coins through the last week of September. Two sections of major private collections were on offer: the first part of the Franz Josef collection and the second section of The Julius Hagander Collection […]

Rare Russian Gold Coin Marking the Death of the Tsarina on the block at Kuenker

Rare Russian Gold Coin Marking the Death of the Tsarina on the block at Kuenker

Offered at Kuenker next week, the piece presents an extraordinary image of Alexandra Feodorovna By Paul Frazier Collectibles As we’ve reported, Kuenker has a series of exciting numismatic auctions coming up next week which including a sale specialising in Russian and Chinese coins featuring a celebration of a great Russian victory and the Julius Hagander […]

$72,000 Gustav I coin leads Julius Hagander Collection at Kuenker auction

$72,000 Gustav I coin leads Julius Hagander Collection at Kuenker auction

Gustav’s coin has a fitting place as he was known for leading Sweden’s finances out of trouble By Paul Fraser Collectibles Kuenker coins, has an impressive series of auctions lined up at the end of September. Few numismatists could fail to be impressed by the range on offer as Ancient, Medieval, German, Swedish, Russian and […]

Who better than a coin collector to star in this ‘$82,538′ Danish artwork?

Who better than a coin collector to star in this ‘$82,538′ Danish artwork?

Art and numismatics rarely collide, but do so in this important work by painter Vilhelm Hammershøi Posted from Paul Fraiser Collectibles It is today remembered as a Danish ‘golden age’, a period in the 19th century when Denmark’s art, philosophy and the sciences flourished like never before. And, according to experts, this painting typifies the […]

A solid gold ‘Euro’ – Russian coin from an old common currency brings $142,000

A solid gold ‘Euro’ – Russian coin from an old common currency brings $142,000

By Paul Fraser Collectibles It was minted by Nicholas II for a mixed currency which included France, Italy and Greece Last week, Kuenker completed their long anticipated sale of rare Russian Coins, Medals, Orders and Decorations. We focussed in on one clear highlight ahead of the sale: This was the 37 1/2 ruble (or 100 […]

Paul Fraser’s Top Five…Spectacular and Unique Rare Coin Sales

Paul Fraser’s Top Five…Spectacular and Unique Rare Coin Sales

By Paul Fraser Collectibles If you ever have only one penny to your name, make sure it is one of these fantastic coins… How many coins do you need to have to be wealthy? The answer is, not as many as you’d think. Rare, unique and valuable coins are more collectible now than ever, and […]

Chinese dragon coin should be a roaring $97,000 success at Spink’s auction

Chinese dragon coin should be a roaring $97,000 success at Spink’s auction

Paul Fraser Collectibles Numismatists are in for a treat this coming Wednesday as a fine collection goes on sale A large number of brilliant rare coins are going under the hammer at specialist auction house Spink, in London, starting this Wednesday, June 22 and continuing on Thursday, June 24. Among the lots is an incredibly […]

Rare coin of an evil Roman dictator is exchanged for $7,500 in London

Rare coin of an evil Roman dictator is exchanged for $7,500 in London

By Paul Frasier Collectibles The sestertius depicting the Emperor Nero was one of the key highlights of the David Heuer collection Baldwin’s has just released the results of their auction of the David Heuer collection of Ancient, British and Foreign coins, which took place earlier this month. A family statement with the auction gives a […]

Gold Queen Bess Rules at St James’s… Rare Elizabeth I Coin Achieves $37,800

Gold Queen Bess Rules at St James’s… Rare Elizabeth I Coin Achieves $37,800

By Paul Fraser Collectibles A week ago, St James’s Auctions in association with Baldwin’s held an auction of fine ancient, British and foreign coins with a number of gold rarities in particular which were always likely to excite collectors and alternative investors. Ahead of the sale, we looked at a milled gold coin from the […]

The Story of English Civil War siege money

The Story of English Civil War siege money

By Paul Fraiser Collectibles When Royalists did battle with Parliamentarians, some numsimatic oddities were produced Many numismatic collectors seek perfection in the rare coins they collect, and are tenacious in hunting down the very best struck coins, with their features and colour untarnished. The 1907 High Relief double eagle awarded to a lucky collector by […]

Enough to leave the King speechless… George VI gold coin set sells for $147,300

Enough to leave the King speechless… George VI gold coin set sells for $147,300

The rare set from the reign of Prince William’s great-grandfather sold at Baldwin’s auction Baldwin’s completed its much anticipated auction of British Coins, World Coins, Military and Commemorative Medals in London last week with over 11,000 coins going under the hammer. As expected the top lot was an exceptionally rare Matt Proof Finish Gold Set […]

Silver Stater of Alexander of Pherai Highlights at Nomos Ancient Coin Auction Tomarrow

Silver Stater of Alexander of Pherai Highlights at Nomos Ancient Coin Auction Tomarrow

By Paul Fraser Collectibles The sale is based on the mysterious and exceptional collection owned by an unknown ‘BCD’ As we’ve noted, coin auctioneers Nomos are holding a spectacular sale of ancient coins next week, including some exceptionally fine rarities, notably a silver drachm from Naxos and a Lampsakos gold stater. Actually, that’s not quite […]

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