An early interest in the Ancient and Medieval World led Chris Martin into the world of numismatics and archaeology, entering the world of collecting at a very young age. Funding his own collection through trading in ancient coins, he founded the company C J Martin (Coins) Ltd in 1971 and has been dealing in the antiquities and numismatic business ever since. He has bought, sold and studied enormous numbers of coins and antiquities enabling him to lead at the forefront of the industry and have a wide knowledge of the market.
Currently serving on the Treasure Valuation Committee, as Vice Chairman of the Antiquities Dealers Association (ADA) and Chairman of the British Numismatic Trade Association(BNTA).
His brand “Ancient Art” previously collaborated with Fortnum and Mason, the world renowned luxury department store in Piccadilly, for many years and organized over 15 exhibitions based on the Ancient World. From his businesses and passions, he has helped tens of thousands of people to realise the possibility of owning a piece of the past. He has been proud to nurture many of these first time buyers to become the collectors of the future.
This role is not remunerated. This reappointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Christopher has not declared any political activity.