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1666 Company Buys 1880 Company, Spink Buys Smythe
March 12, 2008




London, England - March 7, 2008 - Spink, the world's leading auctioneers of Coins, Stamps, Medals and Banknotes, Bonds and Share Certificates, based in London and established 1666, has agreed to acquire R.M. Smythe & Company, specialists in Antique Stocks and Bonds, Banknotes, Coins, and Autographs, based in New York City and established in 1880. Both Spink and Smythe are known around the globe for their illustrious histories, impeccable reputations and unparalleled expertise. The merging of these two companies is the next logical step in line with Spink's strategy for the future and will create the first truly global, fully integrated, collectables house.

Spink is pleased to announce that John Herzog, owner of R.M. Smythe & Company since 1967, will become a shareholder in Spink. Mr. Herzog will act as Chairman Emeritus of Spink USA and will participate in the development of the combined entity which is valued in excess of $100million by this deal. Mr. Herzog stated, "I could not think of a better company to acquire Smythe. My wife, Diana, and I have been at Smythe's helm for 40 years, and have tremendously enjoyed building the business and working with clients and collectors. I look ahead with great excitement to the opportunities presented by this joining of forces."

Since their founding in 1880, R.M.. Smythe and Company has developed into one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in Antique Stocks and Bonds, Banknotes, Coins, Autographs and Photographs. In 2007 Smythe hosted six major auctions setting record prices for currency, coins, stocks, bonds and autographs.

To Spink this deal brings with it an even more prominent position in the American market following the recent acquisition of Shreves Philatelic Galleries. In America , as is already the case in Europe , Spink will continue to operate as a strong competitor in the world of collectables with a "boutique" approach to the business. In 2007 Spink was already number one globally for stamp auctions. In 2008, Spink USA will strive for the same prestigious position in all categories in which they deal and auction. The acquisition of Smythe brings them closer to realizing this goal.

Olivier D. Stocker, Chairman and CEO of Spink, stated "This acquisition is really a powerful match. It instantly creates a leadership position for Spink in Banknotes, Bonds and Shares and Worldwide Coins. We believe it is the perfect strategic move to better service our clients and continue to obtain the best results for them."

So there you have it for numismatic news from the weekend!


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About the Author
George Cuhaj has been with the Krause Publications numismatic team since 1994. He is editor of the various editions of the Standard Catalog of World Coins and the Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Prior to joining KP, Cuhaj was employed by the American Numismatic Society and Stack's Rare Coins, both of New York City. He is a Fellow in both the Royal Numismatic Society and the American Numismatic Society. He also is a life member and past board member of the International Bank Note Society. Cuhaj was elected an Allied Professional Member of the National Sculpture Society and has had his medallic work exhibited internationally.

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