Banknotes....and beyond?

March 2000, Volume 37 No. 3
Although the title of this magazine is, and has been for 11 years, simply COIN NEWS we have always recognised that this hobby of ours expands to encompass far more than simply the collecting of coins, with banknotes, military medals, commemorative medallions, art medals, tokens and a whole host of other paranumismatica all having their place and following. Indeed until 1989 this magazine was entitled COIN & MEDAL NEWS in reflection of the fact that the two hobbies were so often linked. However, as the medal market grew it ceased to have as much connection with the coin world and it soon became obvious that a separate magazine was necessary both to cater for the medal enthusiasts and to stop the coin collectors from feeling that their interests were being ignored - so it was that MEDAL NEWS and COIN NEWS were born. Of course purists will always argue that their branch of numismatics is superior, that it should never be "lumped in" with the others, and is deserving of its own periodical free from "other things". But sadly our hobby is simply too small to devote whole magazines to the individual aspects that make it so fascinating.


We like to think that we have always done our best to provide balanced coverage that reflects the diversity of our readers interests and in recent months we have responded to the renewed interest in banknote collecting by giving the BANKNOTE NEWS section within the pages of this magazine a greater profile and identity. With its own news, new issues and regular features this section has attracted a whole new batch of readers and advertisers to COIN NEWS hitherto not catered for elsewhere. These new readers have themselves helped shape those pages and continue to do so - so much so that it has become increasingly obvious to us that the banknote hobby is currently enjoying one of its strongest periods to date, a fact backed up by the increased number of collectors attending fairs and the numbers of new dealers emerging to cater for them. With this in mind we at Token Publishing Ltd are looking very carefully at our role and how we can help promote this already popular but relatively new branch of numismatics. The most obvious way is to continue to increase the profile and individuality of BANKNOTE NEWS within the pages of COIN NEWS (without, of course, detracting from the coin side of the magazine in any way) with the intention of perhaps producing it as a separate publication at a later date, but before that we have plans to produce a BANKNOTE YEARBOOK in time for this year's International Banknote Society's convention in the first week of October. The book will follow similar lines to the acclaimed COIN YEARBOOK, although at this stage we are unable to give too much away! We would be delighted to hear from readers with suggestions and ideas for this new publication. We are confident that BANKNOTE YEARBOOK will be well received and are sure that the hobby itself will continue to go from strength to strength - we, of course, will do everything we can to ensure that it does.

John Mussell .

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In This Issue

Ancients23
A coin of change
The final installment of the rise and fall of the antoninianus
Spotlight on Celtic27
Husband of English Queen changes his name
New find changes modern thinking
Background29
King John's penny
A long overdue reform by an unpopular monarch
Insight33
The Welsh connection
Wales has always played a important role in the nation's coinage
Feature Article37
A nation once again
The Republic of Ireland produces its own distinctive currency
Collectors Notebook41
Nickel Brass threepence
The "change checkers" favourite coin did not last long
Medallic Miscellany43
Mass production
The machine age brought the medal to the forefront
On the Fringe46
Counterfeit or copy?
The truth about the Scarborough siege pieces
Banknote Feature52
Estonia since 1992
Modern Estonia has produced some very attractive notes
Fair Preview64
Spring Coinex
The BNTA's fair at Harrogate set to pull the crowds

Regulars

Coin News & Views12
New Issues Update16
Market Scene19
Banknote News & Views49
Banknote New Issues Update50
Dealers' lists57
The Coin Clinic58
Readers' Letters59
Price guide to Sovereigns60
Calendar63
Semi-display advertising68
Classified advertising70