About us

St James's Auctions was established in 2004 as the auction division of Knightsbridge Coins, a thriving business founded in the mid-1970s by Stephen Fenton. Based in the prestigious quarter of St James's in the heart of London, St James's Auctions rapidly grew into one of the UK's most reputable auction houses for coins, medallions, tokens, paper money and related objects.

Our philosophy at St James's is that specialised attention, personal service and a bespoke marketing strategy will ensure that each lot and each consignment achieves the very best results for our consignors. Our presentation is among the best in the business with state-of-the-art photography and realistic estimates.

You can have peace of mind when doing business with St James's, both as a consignor and as a buyer. St James's Auctions ranks among the top numismatic auctioneers of rare coins. Our reputation is unblemished, as it is built on integrity and experience. We are a member of the most venerated coin dealer guilds that uphold ethics and proper business practices worldwide including the:
  • BNTA (British Numismatic Trade Association), where Stephen Fenton formerly served as
  • Chairman
  • ANA (American Numismatic Association)
  • IAPN (International Association of Professional Numismatists)
  • PNG (Professional Numismatists Guild)

All these memberships safeguard numismatics from forgery and require extensive peer recommendation.

Though still a family-run business, our numismatic experts include world renowned specialists from the UK, North America, South Africa and the Far East. We welcome everybody and offer free specialist advice on the sale of your numismatic items. You are welcome to visit us at our offices at 10 Charles II Street - please contact us on +44 (0)20 7930 7888 to make an appointment.


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    Stephen Fenton

    Director, Auctioneer

    Coins have appealed to Stephen from a very early age when he started carefully checking and collecting rare pennies from his mother's small change. From these tiny beginnings, Stephen found himself interested in coins, especially the farthings of Charles II, which became his key interest.

    After working for several years at Mayfair Coins, Stephen took the plunge and in 1975 with a loan of £1,000 from his father, he started his business from his uncle's carpet shop in Knightsbridge, which explains the name Knightsbridge Coins. In 1980 the shop moved to its current home in St James's, and since then the business has gradually expanded. In 2004 he opened the auction division St James's Auctions.

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    Sam Carter

    Auction Director

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    Courtney Buckingham

    Auction Manager

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    Ruth Mueller

    PA to Stephen Fenton

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    Alisa Strogaia

    Numismatist. Languages: English, Russian

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    Emma Marcu

    Auction Assistant. Languages: Italian

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    Joel Elias

    Knightsbridge Coins Shop Manager

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    Anna Elias


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    Lisa Norfolk

    External Consultant

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    Andre de Clermont

    External Consultant Islamic and World Coins

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    Daniel Fearon

    External Consultant Commemorative and Decorative Medals

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    Mark Rasmussen

    External Consultant Hammered and Milled British Coins

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    Michael Dickinson

    External Consultant Tokens

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    Dean Arnold

    External Consultant Business Development