Charles Riley coins & medals


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 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

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.


Please note my new email address is

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.

Charles Riley 2015 medal

Charles Riley 2015 medal


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.

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.

Coin Fairs

2018 – dates for the diary

16 & 17 March            Harrogate Coin Fair    Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, N Yorkshire HG1 2SR

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) County Hall, Southbank, London (further details to follow)

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 10th March. 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


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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