Our History

Ian S. (Stewart) Wright opened his first shop in Ballarat after his hobby took over his parents' home. He remains a stalwart of the industry and is committed to serving the needs of buyers and sellers in Philatelics and Numismatics.

During the past 50 years I S Wright has had retail bricks & mortar stores in Ballarat, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney. Stewart added to the stable in 1996 with the purchase of Status International Auctions and has built it to be one of Australia's leading specialty public auction houses. Status produces a staggering six Philatelic and two major numismatic sales per year.

He employs numerous staff all of whom are experts in their chosen field. With the increasing safety and convenience of online shopping, stamps, coins, and other numismatic items have had a surge in popularity. A new generation of collectors are filling the gaps in their collections that were out of reach previously.

To ensure our stock is easy to find and available for those who are looking for it - no matter where they are - Stewart Wright will be consolodating his operations to his flagship numismatic and philaletic business STATUS INTERNATIONAL.

For information on organisations we are members and affiliates of, please take a look at our Professional Memberships

Store Locations


The Adelaide store is now closed.

Charlie Sheng will be your contact for all I.S. Wright Adelaide business.

Ph (02) 9267 4525


Our sincere thanks to our clients for your support over the past 35 years.


64 Parramatta Rd,
Forest Lodge NSW 2037

Ph (02) 9264 7555


Status International

64 Parramatta Rd,
Forest Lodge NSW 2037

Ph (02) 9267 4525


Status International

Sydney based specialist auction house conducting up to seven auctions per year. Status offers more lots by number than any other specialist auctioneer in the Southern hemisphere. Our particular expertise is in philatelic and numismatics but also encompasses medals and militaria.

Status international was established in the 1980's and was purchased by current owner I. S (Stewart) Wright in 1996. With a wealth of experience going back to 1973 Stewart Wright has turned Status International into a respected auctioneer world-wide.

With a client list numbering into the thousands you can be assured your material will get maximum exposure to the world market place.

Visit Status International at statusint.com

Medal Mounting Australia

medalmountingaustralia.com.au, in conjunction with I.S. Wright Coins & Militaria, provide bespoke medal mounting service, for military wear, and display. We mount medals provided to us, and can supply replica medals.

Visit medalmountingaustralia.com.au

Professional Memberships

Australian Numismatic Dealers' Association (ANDA)

American Numismatic Association (ANA)

Australasian Philatelic Traders' Association (APTA)

Philatelic Traders' Society GB (PTS)

International Federation of Stamp Dealers' Association (IFSDA)

American Philatelic Society

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