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January 1999, Volume 36 No. 1
THE increasing use of colour in COIN NEWS has received a very positive response from readers over the past months. There has been especial praise for the "Collector's Choice" four-page section in the centre of last month's issue. We intend to make this an occasional feature with the products offered being changed from time to time as demand dictates-so look out for those special offers to come.
Now we are taking the magazine a stage further: with this issue we have made a number of changes, most noticeable being the new fresh appearance of the page layouts. In addition, the magazine is changed from stapling to perfect binding, along with a lettered spine for the very first time. These improvements, together with even greater use of colour, have been made possible by the use of new technology and, more importantly increased circulation which, in turn, have generated more interest from advertisers.

After our strictures last month concerning the Collectables exhibition at Olympia in London, we are very pleased to report that the Manchester show in late November was a resounding success, with a good attendance that kept us busy all day. The show was also extremely well organised and publicised, which doubtless contributed in no small measure to its overall success. These factors do help to attract attention, not only from the committed numismatist but from the lay public, and it was encouraging to see how many families were in attendance. Over the past few years there has been a great deal of agonising over the future of the hobby, especially with a view to encouraging youngsters.

Our experience is that school outings to museums, where coins and medals are not only on display but there are "hands-on" facilities, go a long way towards stimulating the interest of boys and girls. Let them actually handle a Greek tetradrachm or a Roman denarius or a massive thaler from the German states and you can see the excitement in their faces.

Many collectors of long-standing have told us of the thrill they got when they first held an ancient coin, an actual chunk of metal which people had used hundreds if not thousands of years ago. The magic touch of ancient metal-therein lies the indefinable appeal of old coins. Of course, we applaud the fact that modern coins are not only more exciting in their design and subject than ever, but now increasingly make use of special surfaces, combinations of metals and even colour. Nevertheless it cannot be denied that an ancient coin, no matter how worn or encrusted with verdigris, has infinitely greater human interest because of its links with the past. The Pobjoy Mint has not been slow to appreciate this point, hence its issues in recent years reproducing ancient coins. And for this reason also we heartily endorse the proposal by Chris Rudd that the Royal Mint give serious consideration to celebrating the Millennium with a set reproducing Celtic coins. They would not only be an admirable addition to modern coinage but a fitting reminder of the glories of Ancient Britain.

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In This Issue

Main Feature27
This famous emperor toured Rome's possessions, including Britain. His journeys were recorded on the coinage of the day.
Eloye Mestrell
Eloye Mestrell
On the fringe33
Rude Britannia
Brittania has always maintained a conservative look on our coins but there are others that are considerably more risquae.
Touch Pieces
Not so far in the past it was thought the touch of the King would cure terminal illness. It was then believed coins touched by the monarch would also heal.
Win Krause catalogue
Win a copy of Krause's catalogue for coins of 1701-1800AD in our new Competition. Runners Up win the 1999 Coin Yearbook.
Fact File38
Small change in Bristol
There have been many finds of foreign coins in and around Bristol - some more surprising than you might think.
For Your Information43
Fair report
A round-up of the latest Coin and Banknote Fairs.
Medallic Miscellany46
Some Spanish Legends
The vision of the Virgin Mary to the Apostle Santiago in AD 40 has led to quite a medallic tradition.
Banknote Feature50
Kyoto and Rotherham
Believe it or not there is an interesting overlap in the paper currency of Kyoto and Rotherham.
Banknote Feature52
Icelandic Papermoney
A discussion of the papermoney of this remote nation in the period 1886 to 1956.


Coin News & Views13
Market Scene19
New Issue Up-date23
Celtic Spotlight25
Book Reviews40
Price Guide44
Banknote News & Views49
Letters to the Editor57
Calendar (What's on)61
The Back Page64