London Coinex expo begins on Friday

This year's Coinex expo will once again be held in the grand environs of The Millennium Hotel in London's Grosvenor Square on September 30-October 1.

The biggest names in the British coin trade will be in attendance (including Spink and Baldwin's) alongside a host of smaller, more specialised dealers.

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St James's Auctions will offer this extraordinary 1820 pattern £5

Early bird entry into the event between 11:00 and 13:00 on Friday is £30 ($39), ideal for those collectors serious about getting a jump on the competition, and just £5 ($6.50) after 13:00. It's free on Saturday.

Among the biggest draws of the event will be St James's Auctions' evening sale on September 30, which will feature an extraordinary 1820 George III pattern £5.

It's one of just a handful to feature Benedetto Pistrucci's fabled St George design. Of these, only a tiny number are in private hands.

The auction house comments: "The appearance of one at auction, in any state of preservation, is a collecting opportunity."

You'll need deep pockets though, it's estimated to bring in £250,000-275,000 ($324,835-357,318).

If you're in London for a few days, you could also take a look at Dix Noonan Webb's hotly anticipated paper money auction, which takes place in the week of the event (October 3).

A 1901 Bank of Taiwan silver note will headline with an estimate of £10,000-15,000 ($12,995-19,493).

Spink will also be hosting a series of auctions that week, including a sale of low-numbered modern British banknotes.

You can take a look at all our coins for sale here.

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