History of R. Ingram Coins
R. Ingram Coins are a partnership of Michael and Rendel Ingram; many other people work with us and for us, but we are the only 2 full timers. The business began dealing in coins in 1997. We are based in Southampton on the south coast of England, which is part of the UK. We are a primarily a postal business, but are happy to see people, and do so on a daily basis. We see people on weekday between 10am & 4pm; by appointment only please.
Our first catalogue was issued in 1997 and was a very modest affair; since then we have developed and grown. We made it to catalogue 100 in 2013. This catalogue had 32 pages, packed with around 6,000 coins. In 2015 we increased to a 40 page magazine and we are now, in mid 2017, producing a 60 page issue, listing around 11,000 coins an issue. This is produced every 2 months. The list contains not only coins; but also banknotes, medals, accessories and a huge range of lots. Our catalogues are posted out around the 7th of every odd month - it is usually put online a few days earlier at the end of the previous month.
We went online in 1998, and were one of the first UK coin dealers to do so. Since then we have prided ourselves on having the most extensive UK coin listing on the world wide web, bar none. Our bread and butter has always been English coins, and we consider our main area to be coins minted from the seventh century to date. We keep our website bang up to date; as coins are sold they are removed from the listing. Everything you see listed is available. We joined Facebook and Twitter in 2013 and are now the most active coin dealer in the UK on both. We have over 2,500 likes on Facebook, and are very close to 10,000 followers on Twitter. In 2017 we also added a forum, Coins Online.
We aim to list every milled date, of every denomination, featuring coins in the very best grades, and for those with more modest pockets, in mid and low grades also. With hammered, we aim to stock all monarchs including many of the very rare earlier ones. We always have a very good selection of coins from Edward I to Charles II. Over the years we have expanded our listings and we now include Roman, Celtic, Scottish, Irish, US and an extensive range of other Foreign coins, as well as banknotes and medals.
We take great pride on our sincere grading and reasonable prices, and our catalogues are used as a price guide by collectors and dealers alike, both in the UK and around the world. We are well known for our friendly and honest service, and have many clients based in the UK, US, Australia, Ireland, France, Russia and many other countries; we deal with collectors in well over 30 different countries, in every continent in the world.
We notify all who ask as soon as our listings are uploaded. If you would like to know immediately this is done, please send us your e-mail address, and you will be informed. If you would like to go on our mailing list to receive our postal catalogues please email or phone us with your details. We are always happy to discuss or advise collectors on any aspect of their hobby. We are also happy to speak on the telephone, and you are very welcome to call us at any time. For the full ways of contacting us click here
Michael was born in London in 1955. His first paid employment was as a football coach, from here he joined the civil Service, working in HM Treasury. From his office window he could see big Ben. He thought this amusing as he would often bump into people who had come from the other suide of the world to see it. On leaving government, he did many other jobs, including, cleaning, proof reading, tutoring, and single parenthood, amongst other things. Michael became involved in R. Ingram Coins at the beginning, and became a full-time partner in 2000.
Michael loves football and has been a player, coach, manager, and referee. he is in no doubt he could have done a better job with England than Steve Steve Mcclaren did. He now follows one of the loves of his life, Queens Park Rangers, as well as his local football club Eastleigh. Michael is passionate about everything he does, his motto being 'If I am not passionate about it why am I doing it?' In this vein he claims the title of Southampton's number one heavy metal music fan. He loves Lamb of God, Slipknot, Metallica, Dream Theater amongst many others. He also enjoys the theatre, going every couple of weeks to his local university theatre The Nuffield, and also to the Mayflower, which is the 3rd biggest regional Theatre in the UK. His favourite activity in the whole world is eating out. He enjoys walking and physical activity, which is good and ensure he doesn't pilemon the pounds.
He is a graduate of philosophy and Theology, and this has been a passion of his life ever since. He has a long term partner, who is truly the love of his life, three grown-up children, and very shortly ten grandchildren. He is a very passionate Christian and attends his local Baptist church.
Rendel was born in 1982 and is the youngest of Michael's three children. He has always liked coins, saving his pocket money from day one. His real love of coins began in 1990 when he was given one hundred 5p's as a Christmas present, still his favourite present to this day. He obtained a bag of old pennies shortly after, and his interest in coins grew from there.
Rendel began selling coins in 1995 and founded R. Ingram Coins in 1997. At this point he decided he didn't want to do anything other than buying and selling coins, and 20 years later, he still has no plans to do anything else. As this is all he knows, its probably just as well. Like Michael he is a keen follower of his local football club Eastleigh, and plays a prominent role in the supporters club. R. Ingram coins is in fact a proud sponsor of Eastleigh who hope to gain promotion to the football league one day. He loves the cinema, eating out and reading. He is married to a school teacher who is an inspiration to him. They had their first child, a girl, in 2013; and are now eagerly awaiting the birth of a sibling for Olivia in the next few weeks. Olivia is now a regular helper, and it would be no surprise if she was to join the business one day.