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John Hayward

John Hayward


Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7016 1812, Email: johnhayward@dnw.co.uk

John enlisted in the Medical branch of the Royal Air Force in May 1956, and served with them on active service in Malaya, for which he was awarded the General Service Medal. After leaving the R.A.F. in August 1960, he joined the Royal Mint, where he first developed his interest in collecting British coins and medals. In June 1961 was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct for his gallantry in apprehending an armed robber. In 1962 he set up as a full-time medal dealer, based at 17 Piccadilly Arcade, and ran his own business, both as a dealer and publisher, until retiring in June 1979. In 1982 he was approached by Christie's to be their Medal Consultant, and moved over to Spink as Executive Consultant in 1993.

Over his 50 plus years in the Medal business John has handled an unrivalled range of Orders, Decorations, and Medals, and helped assemble and sell many of the finest collections ever formed, as well as co-editing the 7th Edition of British Battles and Medals. A long-term member of the Orders and Medals Research Society, he has been awarded many of the Society's awards, and in September 2016 received his 50 year Membership Badge.