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Peter Mitchell

Consultant (British Hammered Coins)

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7016 1700, Email: petermitchell@dnw.co.uk

Peter Mitchell
Great-grandson of A.H. Baldwin, founder of the coin-dealing business that bears his name, Peter left Hampton Grammar School at the age of 15 to join the family firm in August 1949. For many years he was 'the boy' in a 19th century-orientated family business, given the responsibility for cataloguing numismatic material sent for sale at Sotheby's and Christie's, including the extensive O'Byrne property dispersed in the mid-1960s. That all changed when in November 1967 his mentor and the linch-pin of the company, his father's cousin Albert Baldwin, died in his sleep at the age of 55. By omission, one might say, Peter was subsequently appointed Managing Director, a post he held for 30 years until retirement in October 1997. As MD he catalogued many of the most famous collections of British and British Colonial coins auctioned during these three decades, including those formed by Dr Edward Burstal, Gordon Doubleday, F. Elmore Jones, Patrick Brettell, 'Peggy' Delme-Radcliffe, Clonterbrook Trust, Fred Pridmore, Dick Ford, John J. Ford Jr, Ralph Gordon and Bill Tankersley: his catalogues remain classics of their time that are constantly referred to by collectors and students.

Away from Baldwin's, Peter was instrumental in the formation of the British Numismatic Trade Association in January 1973, serving as its first secretary and subsequently as chairman for 13 years; he remains an honorary life member. A member of the British Numismatic Society since 1954, he was elected a vice-president in November 1991, the only member of the trade so honoured.