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News & Blog

All the latest news and views plus the Token Publishing Blog.

STOP THIEF! January Midland Coin Fair

/ Sera Byrne

Stolen in a robbery after the Midland Coin Fair January 9. Any information please contact the Coin News office. CROWNS                                                             1696      2 ND BUST OCTAVO     F                          95.00 1819      LIX                      ...

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York Coin Fair

/ Phil Mussell

It's almost time for the York Coin Fair, the first one for two years! Taking place at the York Racecourse on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 from 10.00am, the show has been greatly missed and we're very much looking forward to seeing everybody again. Please note the organisers have announced the...

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Find of a lifetime

/ Phil Mussell

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New Year, new start IT has, to put it lightly, been a very odd two years. When we put the January 2020 magazine to bed in early December 2019 Coronavirus hadn’t been heard of (well certainly not outside China) and we were innocently looking forward to Christmas and the start of a new decade...

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Shot at Dawn

/ Phil Mussell

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This month's MEDAL NEWS features a story of a Memorial Plaque issued to a soldier "Shot at Dawn". At the time of going to press the Plaque was being checked out but now we can confirm that on January 26 DNW's sale will feature the Plaque of one Alfred Thomas Ansted. The cataloguing states: ...

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Grand Prix winner

/ Phil Mussell

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ON THE MOVE IT HAS, to put it lightly, been a very odd two years. When we put the December 2019/January 2020 magazine to bed in late November 2019, Coronavirus hadn’t been heard of (well certainly not outside China) and we were innocently looking forward to Christmas and the start of a new...

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Christmas Cheer

/ Karen Needs

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An old chestnut EVERY now and then a coin-related story breaks close to home, and when one does you can’t blame me for mentioning it here! In this case it is that old chestnut of legal tender and what you can and cannot spend and where. Essentially a gentleman tried to pay for £60 worth of...

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Between the Wars

/ Karen Needs

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Doing our duty LATER this month we will, I hope, see at least some sort of ceremony at the Cenotaph in London and, across the country Church Parades and Services of Remembrance will once again take place after the Covid- enforced cancellations of so many of them in 2020. Inevitably if the...

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Scotlands coins

/ Karen Needs

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Coin conversations SEPTEMBER was an unusual month for us at Token, inasmuch as we had not one but two coin fairs to attend (in fact we could have done three)! It’s been a long time since our weekends were spent going up and down the M5/M4 or along the A303 (much more scenic, but also much...

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Forty years a Tiffie

/ Karen Needs

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Home is where the medals are MEDAL NEWS author Dan Lyon wrote to us earlier this month outlining a recent positive experience, and wanting to thank those involved. Some time ago whilst writing an article on one William Percy Lyon, Dan managed to track down the man’s great-granddaughter in...

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Hidden

/ Karen Needs

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Unfairly overlooked? THIS month we start a new four part series by David Seaman on the Maundy Money of William and Mary. A specialist subject I think you’ll agree but one which I am sure will be of interest no matter what you collect—and reading Part I got me thinking, why is Maundy Money still...

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Platinum Jubilee medal revealed

/ Phil Mussell

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The long-awaited Platinum Jubilee medal design has finally been unveiled- and rather nice it is too! Using the Ian Rank-Broadley obverse, the reverse depicts the very top of the Royal Coat of arms. The Lion Stattant Guardant stands atop a crowned Royal Armourial helmet surrounded by ermine....

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Ambush

/ Karen Needs

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Track and trace WE WERE rather surprised this month to receive just 12 new entries for our “MEDAL TRACKER” pages. The service, which is entirely free for subscribers has always proved popular in the past and has, over the years, helped reunite groups across the globe. I’ve even used it...

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Outstanding auctions ahead

/ Karen Needs

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Come to COINEX THE September issue of COIN NEWS has, for the last decade or so, been the COINEX special; admittedly it’s not actually the magazine that will be the latest issue when COINEX is being held, that will be the October one, available on the shelves a few days before the show starts,...

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A record error - a correction

/ Phil Mussell

The most recent MEDAL NEWS features the splendid 1891 Thobal VC group which we state is a "British Auction Record" but, of course, it isn't! It's a record for an army VC but not a record overall.  Apologies must go to Morton & Eden who actually hold the record having sold the "Q ship" VC DSO**...

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Record breaker

/ Phil Mussell

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The show must go on? SO it’s now the end of July and ostensibly Coronavirus “restrictions”, in England at least, have been removed so we can all start getting back to normal, can’t we? Well obviously not, not really, masks are still being encouraged, as is social distancing, and the other home...

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Treasures from the deep

/ Phil Mussell

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Forging ahead WE had a very interesting package delivered to our offices last week—a very generous reader sent us a silver 1oz “Liberty Dollar”. Sadly the gift was not quite as it seemed and the reader had pre-warned us the coin was on its way. Why had we been sent it? Quite simply because we...

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Banknote Yearbook 11th edition

/ Phil Mussell

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It's here! The 11th edition of the Banknote Yearbook -is with us now (thanks to our exceptionally efficient printers!). There's still time to order your copy and get it POST FREE, just click here for details

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Britannia cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

Very sadly we have just heard that because of the extension to the Coronavirus restrictions announced on Monday the Britannia Medal Fair, due to be held on Sunday, July 11 has been cancelled.  Let's hope that by November things are a little different and that show can go ahead. We'll keep you...

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Fair Update

/ Phil Mussell

We have just received this message from the organisers of the London, Midland and York Coin Fairs. "Further to the Government's decision to delay the removal of Covid 19 restrictions, we have spoken to the venues and can now confirm that both the London Coin Fair on the 3rd July, and the...

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The new £50 note

/ Phil Mussell

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Banknote News carried the design of the new £50 some months ago but now the notes themselves have been revealed, as has the date of their release, which will be June 23, exactly 109 years after Alan Turing, who features on the new polymer £50, was born! For more information on the new note take...

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2020 Vision

/ Phil Mussell

Today's the day! Yes on 20/02/2020 (see what they did there) the new £20 featuring JMW Turner, the "Painter of Light" and his famous painting " The Fighting Temeraire ". The new polymer note (made of the same material as the Churchill £5 and the Austen £10) has a number of new security features...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary at Haverhill, Suffolk earlier this year Family group stolen in a burglary earlier this year. 1) Basil Oliver Bradley, RA: 1939-1945 star, Africa Star, Burma Star, Defence & War, Territorial Efficiency, Police long service and the Dunkirk medal. 2) 1343 (later...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen during a burglary in Hertfordshire recently:   Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers’ Renter Warden’s Badge Inscribed on reverse ‘ ‘Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers’ and ‘Renter Warden’ on a shield Waterloo medal issued to John Hamilton of the First Regiment...

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