I have been enthusiastically involved in the coin and medal market since 1963, principally in London, but also for a short while in New York. I joined Sotheby's in 1963, re-establishing the coin department which had been allowed to lapse after the War. The first major sale after I joined was the collection of the Prince de Ligne, famous for a massive Spanish gold 100-Escudos. No other example has been offered since. I travelled to the States to negotiate the first of the great Sea Salvage sales and the 1714 Spanish Treasure Fleet coins were subsequently sold in New York in 1967.
In 1969 I was seconded to New York to establish a coin department for Sotheby Parke Bernet, returning to London the following year to join the dealers Spink & Son, specialising there in historical and commemorative medals. When Spink Coin Auctions was established in 1978, I concentrated on building up the auction department for the first 50 sales, which proved to be the foundation for their future success.
Following the death of William French, I accepted the managing directorship of Glendining's, and saw the firm through seven years of expansion. In my time at both Spink and Glendining's I was able to travel widely and made many contacts. In 1993, I moved to Bonhams to establish a coin department, leaving in 2000 to set up my own consultancy and to deal independently.
My Catalogue of British Commemorative Medals, 1558 to the present day, was published in 1984, and was the first priced catalogue in this area of collecting. Victorian Souvenir Medals followed two years later. I have published a number of articles on medallic subjects. I am a member of both the Royal and British Numismatic Societies and have served on the council of the latter. I was a founder member, and have been a council member, of the British Art Medal Society.
Auction Cataloguing:- Collections and single coins and medals catalogued for the major London auction houses.
Auction Buying:- I attend all major London coin and medal auctions and am happy to represent buyers both in the U.K. and further afield.
Collections:- Over the years I have played a part in building up a number of collections of Historical Medals. This has always been enjoyable and worthwhile. Collecting should always be a pleasure, and a little professional help along the way can ensure that this is the case.
Dealing:- A small stock of Historical and Artistic Medals, mostly British, but with a wide range of peripheral interests.
Authenticity:- All items sold are guaranteed to be genuine and authentic, as described.
Stock Buying:- I live to the South of London and can meet with prospective clients in London, in their homes, offices or banks. I travel widely within the United Kingdom.
Valuations and Appraisals:- Valuations for sale, for insurance, and for probate carried out. The fee is dependent on the size of the collection and the amount of work involved.
Search Service:- Collectors' "wants lists" of historical medals are maintained, and items purchased on commission whenever possible.
Photographic Library:- I maintain a library of photographs of Historical Medals, and can usually find something suitable to illustrate many events.
E-Bay:- I frequently have a few pieces for sale on E-bay and it is always worth checking the site on e-bay.
PAYMENT: Preferred payment is by Cheque in £'s drawn on a U.K. Bank Account. For overseas buyers the preferred payment is Bank Cheque or Money Orders converted into £'s Sterling. U.S. Dollar and Euro Personal and Bank Cheques are acceptable, but I reserve the right to ask a fee to cover UK bank charges. Finally, cash is also acceptable.
SHIPPING: Most medallions are, by their very nature, small items and can be sent to purchasers by post. Where available purchases are sent by Registered Post, however this service is not available to the USA, Canada and some other countries. Items are then sent, fully insured, by International Recorded Delivery. This requires a signature on receipt and is generally reliable and safe. The purchaser pays for the cost of postage and items are not sent until payment has been cleared. Should the purchaser have special shipping requests, please advise.