BRITISH MEDAL STOCK UPDATED 7th AUGUST 2017
FIRST WORLD WAR MEDALS UPDATED 7th AUGUST 2017
FOREIGN MEDAL STOCK UPDATED 7th AUGUST 2017
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 then principal numismatic auctioneers (namely Glendining’s and Baldwin’s - when the latter were in Adelphi Terrace), 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
Website stock listings: At long last I have updated all the ‘Medals for Sale’ pages on 7th August. There are many new items for sale and all items listed before 7th August have been reduced in price. There will also be coin listings sometime later in 2018.
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. It also has my BBC TV appearance in which I had a small part in BBC TV’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is on 18th May. The Facebook page can be accessed 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.
2018 – dates for the diary
12 May Medallion Congress Warwick Hilton Hotel, Stratford Road, Warwick CV34 6RE
2 June London Coin Fair Holiday Inn, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
28 & 29 September Coinex London (NEW VENUE) 4th Floor, County Hall, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London SE1 7PB: This new venue is much larger than previously and is to mark the 40th Anniversary of the BNTA’s Coinex; additionally it has spectacular views over the Thames towards the Houses of Parliament!
3 November London Coin Fair Holiday Inn, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Coin Fairs are a great way to meet clients and also an opportunity for me to display items which never appear on the website: see here for a photograph of me at the London Coin Fair.
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 14th 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 few:
“Welsh Wizardry” (Coin News April 1997), here
“Fishguard Bicentenary 1797-1997” (Coin News June 1998), 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.
In addition, please do not contact me with any enquiries regarding modern coinage, especially ‘rare’ 50-Pence or 2-Pound pieces. By and large there is a lot of hype around these, both in the Press and through silly prices being asked on eBay. If you have a coin like this that you think is very valuable and rare, your first port of call should be to list it on eBay.
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