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News & Blog

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

A New £1 coin!

/ Phil Mussell

A new £1 coin is coming! According to the Royal Mint Press Release Rishi Sunak has named Kenyan-born British artist Michael Armitage as the designer of a new £1 coin which will enter circulation in 2023, marking the 40th anniversary of the modern £1 coin. We'll let you know more in due course. 

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Bravery unrewarded

/ Karen Needs

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Highlighting an issue RECENTLY a reader got in touch asking why we hadn’t reported anything about Spink’s E-Auction back in January in our Auction Highlights section. Conscious of the fact that the company was holding another such sale in April (as well as their live auction on April 27) the...

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The Tudors

/ Karen Needs

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Interesting times AS WE go to press we hear that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has “ordered” (the press’s word, not mine) to create a non-fungible token (NFT) to be issued in the summer. Now some of you will remember me mentioning NFTs back in March when the NFT of a Henry III gold...

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Macleans War

/ Phil Mussell

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Connecting Up FOLLOWING my announcement in February that my official “new theme” was medals to recipients from Exeter (specifically “my side” of Exeter, north of the river), I was rather chuffed to find that a number of you had actually read this “Comment” and, not only that, but you had...

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Striking Gold

/ Karen Needs

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Heads I win FOR as long as there have been coins there have been copies of coins. Usually those doing the copying were doing so for nefarious reasons—they were counterfeiters trying to pass off their inferior product as real. The penalty for such actions was always harsh, ranging from death...

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Lost in Portugal

/ Karen Needs

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Inevitable issues AS ALWAYS happens when a new medal is instituted controversy is not far behind. In this case the furore surrounds the Platinum Jubilee Medal (PJM), awarded to members of the Armed Forces, Prison Service, Police and other Emergency Services with five or more years’ service...

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Designers legacy

/ Karen Needs

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A new way to collect? ONE of the big stories this month is the sale of the Henry III gold penny for £648,000 (£540k hammer). In addition to the sale of the coin itself an “NFT” of the coin also sold, for the lesser, but still very respectable amount, of £18,000 (£15k hammer). Now if you’re like me...

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Royal celebration

/ Karen Needs

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New Year, new theme BACK in November, I was alerted to a Special Constabulary Medal on offer at Noble’s auction in Australia. There was nothing unusual about it, it was a standard George V Special Constabulary Medal like any other you’d see at a medal fair or on a dealer’s list, but I bid on it...

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A platinum year ahead

/ Karen Needs

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Bring out the bunting! SEVENTY years ago, when for the first time since the death of Queen Victoria, the peoples of the UK and Commonwealth sang out the National Anthem in honour of our new “gracious Queen”, little did they know how prophetic the line “long to reign over us” would prove to be....

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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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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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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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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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