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Britannia's backFri, 27 February 2015

The Royal Mint today (February 27) announced a return for that beloved icon Britannia to our circulating coinage. A rather fetching design has been unveiled for the 2015 £2 coin which, presumably, will also feature the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen

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Victoria Cross AwardedThurs, 26 February 2015

L/Cpl Joshua Leakey of the Parachute Regiment has been awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during a raid on a Taliban stronghold in Helmand province in August 2013 where he twice helped a wounded US Marine Corps captain. He is the third member of the British Forces to receive...

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Victory on the PeninsularWed, 25 February 2015

Medals won’t be worn

The recent announcement that Prime Minister David Cameron was keen to institute a medal for those who have helped in West Africa combatting the spread of Ebola has met with mixed reactions. On the one hand there is no doubt that those who volunteered to put their...

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Lasting LegacyMon, 23 February 2015

Picture this…

YOU’RE probably reading this “Comment” at the end of February 2015 (with our new email magazine even overseas readers get to see COIN NEWS before the end of the month preceding the cover date!), which means you won’t have seen the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen that...

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In memory of AbbeyTues, 10 February 2015

As many of you know our friend and colleague Abbey passed away in November following a brave fight against breast cancer. On April 26 of this year, Klara,  Abbey's best friend, and another of the Token Team, is running the London Marathon in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign and is keen...

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A new medal for Ebola fighters?Thurs, 5 February 2015

It seems that our Government can't get enough of new medals - that's if the news is to be believed - take a look at the Telegraph website

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Dambuster at auctionMon, 2 February 2015

For posterity

With the death of John Tamplin (see News and Views) another of the “Old Guard” has left us and with his passing one of the most knowledgeable minds in medals is lost to our hobby. Fortunately for us collectors much of John’s knowledge was shared with the wider community in...

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The Queen’s Fifth New Coin Portrait Revealed

The Royal Mint has today unveiled a new coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.

Queen 5th Efigy

This is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on our circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952. When it appears in our change later this year, it will become the fourth portrait currently in circulation, joining those created in 1968, 1985 and 1998. It has also been revealed today that the new portrait is designed by Jody Clark. He is the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years. Jody’s elegant portrayal of The Queen depicts her wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation. Coins featuring the new effigy go into production as of today, and the public are being urged to keep a watchful eye on their coins later this year when it will start to appear in pockets, purses and piggy banks across the land.

For more details and the full story on selecting a new effigy for the Queen, see the next issue of Coin News (April 2015).

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Latest Coin News Issue:Lasting Legacy Click here to find out more
Issue #406 / March, 2015

In this issue:

  • Ground-breaking hoard
    A weekend detectorist’s dream come true
  • The H. E. Manville Library
    Dispersal of a unique body of reference
  • Scottish coins
    Post-Referendum review

Medal News

Latest Medal News Issue:Victory on the Peninsular Click here to find out more
Issue #407 / March, 2015

In this issue:

  • Pandora’s box re-opened
    A Pacific adventure in Victoria’s navy, with a full crew list
  • Ciudad Rodrigo, a fortress for an earldom
    A bitter fight for the Peninsular city
  • Last survivors of Waterloo
    An impostor in the ranks of the venerated photograph