According to Knight Frank’s 2013 Wealth Report, an index of the nine main historical goods markets grew by 175 per cent. over the 10 years 2002-2012 – a better record than U.S. stocks. All nine categories tracked by Knight Frank increased in value with the exception of historical furniture.

Classic cars were the top-performing Historical Good. Classic car prices surged 23 per cent. in the 12 months ending in the third quarter of 2012, the report said, and racked up gains of 11 per cent. over five years and 395 per cent. over 10 years. Coins were the number two ranked category of historical goods with higher returns over the past year (25 per cent.), and 248 per cent. increases over the past 10 years. Stamps came in a close third, with nine per cent. increases last year and 216 per cent. uplifts over 10 years.

Historical Performance* %

Price growth to Q3 2012
1 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Classic Cars +23% +115%+395%
Coins +25% +93% +248%
Stamps +9% +72% +216%
Fine Art 0% +92% +199%
Fine Wine-19% +7% +166%
Jewellery +2% +60% +144%
Chinese Ceramics +0.4% +54% +85%
Watches +8% +27% +76%
Furniture -9% -12% -18%

The company deals in all types of historical goods with a focus on the markets for rare stamps and rare coins.