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Peter Preston-Morley

Head of Department (Associate Director)

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7016 1802, Email: ppm@dnw.co.uk

Peter Preston-Morley
Peter's interest in coins dates back to 1960, when his father gave him one of the New York Exhibition crowns of that year as a present. In 1967 he joined the fledgling weekly newspaper, Coins Medals & Currency, moving to mainstream publishing with the advertising division of the Haymarket group in 1972. A short spell with Paramount International, working alongside the late Alan Rayner, preceded a move to Spink & Son in 1976. From 1978 to 1986 he and Daniel Fearon ran the coin auction side of Spink's business, under the direction of the late Patrick Finn. In 1986 Peter returned to the world of advertising, working for a number of IT organisations, including Hewlett-Packard and Compaq, while acting as a consultant to the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association, Glendining & Co and, after its foundation, Dix Noonan Webb. He joined the company full time in May 2000.

Numismatically, Peter is perhaps best known for co-authoring, with Jeffrey North, the volume in the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles series describing the collection of coins of Charles I formed by the late John Brooker, published in 1984. He has also contributed to the pages of the Numismatic Chronicle, British Numismatic Journal, the now-defunct Spink's Numismatic Circular, Seaby's Coin & Medal Bulletin and other publications.

A specialist in the field of British trade tokens for 50 years, he instigated the auctions of tokens held by Spink in the early 1980s and, among others, catalogued the important Jan, Gerson and Robinson Brown collections for sale. In the broader sphere of British coins Peter has catalogued a number of significant collections, including those of F.R. Cooper (Glendining's, 1978), Niall Asherson, Duncan Beresford-Jones, Walter Allen, Mrs Emery May Norweb (parts 1 and 2) and many others. Over the last few years he has played the major role in establishing Dix Noonan Webb as the auction arena for British tokens of all types and post-1870 world art medals. He is one of DNW's four auctioneers, building on a skill learnt as a freelance auctioneer for British Car Auctions in the late 1980s.

The current secretary of the British Numismatic Society and a member of the executive committee of the International Association of Professional Numismatists, Peter is married to Dawn and has a son and a daughter.