Dealing in Coins, Medals, Commemorative Medals
and Items of Numismatic Interest

P.O. Box 733, Aylesbury HP22 9AX, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0)1296 747598













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

Numismatic Services

Sale 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.

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 London. I also travel the country widely.

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 Saturday 14th June I attended the first British ‘Medallion Congress’ held just outside Warwick. What a fantastic day: nine excellent talks were delivered on many aspects of commemorative medals, interspersed with lunch and an evening meal followed by a trade ‘bourse’. Needless to say the atmosphere was congenial and convivial. The organisers are to be congratulated for a tremendously enjoyable day and initiating this event, which will become an annual one. I would urge all those in the UK with an interest in the subject to make every effort to attend next year’s Congress.

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. Booking details are available from John Cumbers email .

I attended the CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL COIN FAIR on 11th and 12th April and was very pleased I made the effort to go.

Website stock listings: There will be many items added to this website in due course The British medal section has just been updated and will continue to be updated as time allows. On 4th August 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). The foreign medal section has just been updated and these updates will now be on-going.

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.

"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.

Coin Fairs

2015 – dates for the diary

7 February                   London Coin Fair, Holiday Inn, Coram St., Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT

20 & 21 March            Harrogate Coin Fair, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

6 June                          London Coin Fair, Holiday Inn, Coram St., Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT

11 July                         Annual Medallion Congress, Hilton Hotel, Warwick

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 13th December. 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.


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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