BRITISH MEDAL STOCK UPDATED 21st JULY
FIRST WORLD WAR MEDALS ADDED 4th AUGUST
FOREIGN MEDAL STOCK UPDATED 5th SEPTEMBER
Overseas buyers: I can now accept payment through the Paypal system (plus 4% fee) - please contact me for further details. US Dollar checks are also accepted (see terms & conditions)
Books for sale: These are listed at the bottom of the References page (click on References button above)
About Charles Riley
I have been a professional numismatist since 1990. Until 2005 I was a cataloguer and auctioneer for two of
London's principal numismatic auctioneers, which included the cataloguing and sale preparation of the six thousand silver coins of the fifteenth century Reigate Hoard, sold at auction in 1992, and taking numismatic auctions in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai as well as London. In 2005 I launched my independent coin and medal dealing business and consultancy, Charles Riley Coins & Medals. Recent successes have included placing a million pound collection of quality British coins on the London auction market, including of one of the finest examples of the famous New South Wales ‘Holey Dollar’ of 1813.
As an enthusiastic collector of coins since the 1970s, my initial collecting interests were in British and French medieval coinage. Latterly I developed a particular interest in Commemorative Medals both British and foreign.
Medalau yn yr iaith cymraeg
I am currently researching commemorative medals which feature the Welsh language,
with a view to publishing a catalogue. If you have any such medals please contact me.
I am a member of the British Numismatic Society, the British Art Medal Society, the British Numismatic Trade Association
of Coins and Medals: My stock is sold mainly through this website, and through having a table at various fairs (see below, under News). However not everything is listed on the website, so if you are looking for a coin or commemorative medal and don't see it here, please contact me. Currently I do not issue a printed retail list. Sale
Purchase of Coins and Medals: I am always keen to purchase coins and medals, be they individual items or collections. I live in Buckinghamshire, which is geographically well suited for visiting clients in the south and midlands of
England, as well as . I also travel the country widely. London
Valuation for Probate: This can be arranged for a fee dependent on the amount of work involved.
Auction cataloguing: As an auction cataloguer and auctioneer between 1990-2005, I am well placed to catalogue numismatic collections for auction, and can offer advice on all matters relating to the auction process.
The British Medallion Congress 2015: This will be held on 11th July 2015 at the Warwick Hilton Hotel, just off Junction 15 of the M40. Cost (and advance booking is necessary) is £60 for the day, which includes lunch and an evening meal. There will be a series of lectures and an evening ‘bourse’. Booking details are available from John Cumbers email email@example.com . The first Congress was held at the same venue last year: nine excellent talks were delivered on many aspects of commemorative medals and the atmosphere was most congenial and convivial. I would urge all those in the UK with an interest in the subject to make every effort to attend this year’s Congress. Programme details are available here.
Chicago World’s Fair of Money: I’ll be attending this massive coin show for the first time – it’s organised by the American Numismatic Association in mid-August and some 500 dealers will have tables (although I will be an attendee only). I’ll be staying in a nearby hotel and it may be a good opportunity for any of my American clients who are going to the event to make contact with me and say hello in person.
Website stock listings: The next update of stock listings is likely to happen in late March 2015. On 4th August 2014 I uploaded a page of commemorative medals which remember aspects of the ‘Great War’ (or First World War as it had to be known a few decades later). This year is also the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, and the interested reader will find one or two relevant medals in the listings.
2015 - career anniversaries: 2015 marks a couple of milestones in my numismatic journey, and there will be a relevant promotion later in the Spring (watch this space!).
There is a small selection of numismatic books for sale. These are offered on the References page, after the numismatic bibliography: do have a look - although small in number, it is quite an interesting selection - and excellent value!
Facebook: There is now a Facebook page called...”Charles Riley Coins & Medals”. It has some photos not on this website and may have alerts as to website listings or events in my numismatic life. You can access it here.
"eBay": Whilst I have reservations about this online auction site, I still use it as a seller from time to time under the nom de guerre "Rodgarden".
My photograph: Apparently some people like to know what the person they are dealing with actually looks like, so now you can find out by scrolling down to the bottom of the References page, below the "Books for Sale" section, or simply clicking here. Additionally, recently I unearthed the photograph here of my early days in the coin auction business at Glendining and Company in central London which I’m putting on this website for a bit of fun.
Anything else?: An online valuation company I work for has published a profile of me which gives the interested reader more background detail than is available on my own website. See here.
2015 – dates for the diary
6 June London Coin Fair, Holiday Inn, Coram St., Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT
11 July Annual Medallion Congress, Hilton Hotel, Warwick
11-14 August ANA World’s Fair of Money, Donald Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Chicago, USA (‘walking the floor’)
25 & 26 September Coinex, Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1
7 November London Coin Fair, Holiday Inn, Coram St., Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT
Oxford Numismatic Society
The Society meets about 8 times a year usually very informally over lunch at The King's Arms, The Moors, Kidlington OX5 2AJ (north of Oxford) at 12pm. Occasionally guest speakers give talks. The next meeting is on 28th March. New members are welcome - please contact me for further details. A photograph of a typical meeting is available here.
Numismatically departed: brief farewells to selected numismatists can be found here.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE!
The full notice advising of my thoughts on general requests for information, or ‘discounted’ prices has been moved to the foot of the Orders & Enquiries page, but briefly:
Please DON’T ask for general information, and certainly please DON’T ask for reduced prices. Thank you.
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