BRITISH MEDAL STOCK UPDATED 22nd OCTOBER
FIRST WORLD WAR MEDALS UPDATED 23rd OCTOBER
FOREIGN MEDAL STOCK UPDATED 28th OCTOBER
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. Independent 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.
Please note my new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can, please help with this important fundraiser:
THE LENBOROUGH HOARD
In December 2014 a massive hoard of pennies from the reigns of Anglo-Saxon king Aethelred II (978-1016) and Danish king Cnut (1016-1035) was discovered in my local area of Buckinghamshire. My local county museum is raising funds to buy the entire hoard and keep it here as one entity in the county museum in Aylesbury. They’ve managed to raise £1.3 million pounds of the £1.5m needed – so it just requires one final push! Can you help? All donations gratefully received! Further details through clicking on the image below, or emailing email@example.com .There is further information about donating here http://www.buckscountymuseum.org/museum/about-the-museum/news/lenborough-hoard-appeal/
Medallion Congress 2017: This will be held on 20th May at the Hilton Hotel outside Warwick as in previous years. Despite the fact I won’t be giving a talk this year, it will be a very worthwhile day out for anyone interested in historical and commemorative medals. The cost is £62 for the day and further details are available from John Cumbers by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org . I understand he needs to confirm numbers to the hotel for catering purposes, so don’t delay!
Website stock listings: All website stock listings will be updated over the coming months.
2015 - career anniversaries: 2015 marked a couple of milestones in my numismatic journey for which I issued this commemorative medal. It is available for purchase at just £5 plus registered postage, or will be free with any item ordered from this website. For further details click on the medal image or this link here.
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.
2017 – dates for the diary
20 May Medallion Congress Hilton Hotel, Warwick (see above)
3 June London Coin Fair Holiday Inn, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
22 & 23 September Coinex The Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1K 2HP
4 November London Coin Fair Holiday Inn, Coram Street, 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. The next meeting is on 15th April. Additional information is available here. 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.
Occasionally I scribble a few thoughts and sometimes they see the light of day in print. Here are a couple:
“Welsh Wizardry” (Coin News April 1997), here
“Notes on a Chance Find” (Coin News June 2014), 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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