London Coin Galleries is your local coins dealer in Newport Beach CA.  We specialize in all coins, currency, antiquities and precious metals.  Visit us in Orange County by scheduling an appointment.

Origin of Coins

Throughout history humanity has required a medium of exchange for goods and services.

In undeveloped, rural, and low populated areas, payments were made with objects that had a recognized value, including shells, feathers, salt, tea, tobacco, beads, and tools to name a few.

These forms of exchange, along with the barter system worked well, but in higher populated areas or areas of commerce they weren’t practical and did not meet with the demand.

The first coins were made in the kingdom of Lydia (modern day Turkey) around 650 BC out of electrum (a mixture of gold and silver). Soon this standardizing method began to spread throughout Europe and beyond.

Coins are made from metal, and are marked with a design to indicate they have a monetary value.

Initially this was done by hand, called hammering, or in the rare instance by casting. In the mid-16th century milled or “machine struck coins” began being manufactured.

Every coin tells a story, whether it be as simple as where it’s from, or who was in power, to newsworthy events (a battle victory, or a coronation). Some speak of economic decline (debasing, or lowering the weight), while others indicate a metal shortage (during war time alternate metals were used on some issues).

There is much to be learned by studying coins! World geography, politics, war, economies, and propaganda are just the beginning!

Shop for Coins in Orange County

Your Trusted Local Coin Dealer

We at are eager to assist you when you need to value, buy, or sell coins.

Whether you have one or an entire collection.  As a an experienced Numismatic coin dealer in Newport Beach CA, we can answer all your questions.  Contact us to schedule an appointment.


We are open for business beginning Monday, June 1st under the following guidelines.

 Monday’s the gallery is open 10am – 4pm

Tuesday's - Thursday's - By appointment only

Friday’s the gallery is open 10am – 4pm

We are available to answer your calls and emails Monday-Friday 10 am to 5 pm.

  • YOU MUST WEAR A MASK TO ENTER – we will be wearing masks
  • NO GROUPS of people will be admitted
  • While in the gallery please maintain SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES
  • If we are busy with other customers you will be asked to wait outside

No public restroom available

These guidelines will remain in effect until further notice, STAY SAFE!