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 The Chesser Collection of quality British coins on the London auction market, and also the auction sale 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.
On 30th November I had a stand at the Belfast Coin Fair – the first such fair since March 1969. It was a thoroughly worthwhile venture and very enjoyable. I hope it becomes a regular event.
Website stock listings: There will be many items added to this website in due course, however this is very unlikely to be before about March 2014. If you would like to be notified of when this update has happened please contact me. On 4th August I will upload 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).
Recently I was able to acquire some really nice medals by Conrad Kuchler, Matthew Boulton’s inspired and supremely talented medallist. It’s a fantastic group in great condition. Also I was fortunate to acquire various medals which had been in the family of Joseph Zaehnsdorf (1816-1886). He was a native of Pesth, Austro-Hungary, emigrated to England in 1837 and founded a well-known bookbinding firm, continued by his son Joseph William Zaehnsdorf. They are mainly world’s fair or exhibition prize medals from Ireland, Italy, France and the USA, some named, some not, but all with the provenance stated.
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!
"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.
2014 – dates for the diary
21 & 22 March Harrogate Coin Fair, Old Swan Hotel, Swan Rd., Harrogate, N Yorkshire HG1 2SR
7 June London Coin Fair, Holiday Inn, Coram St., Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT
6 September London Coin Fair, Holiday Inn, Coram St., Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT
26 & 27 September Coinex, Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1
1 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 22nd 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.
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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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