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News & Blog

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

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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The Mint in India

/ Karen Needs

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Getting back to normal BY the time you read this we will know whether or not the June 21 date for completely unlocking the country and going “restriction free” has been kept to or whether the Indian variant (or the Thai variant announced recently, or indeed any other variant) of Covid-19 has...

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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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Commando Dog

/ Phil Mussell

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Grave concerns ON April 22 the BBC ran a news story stating that the Prime Minister was “deeply troubled” by the report by a special committee of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), chaired by Sir Tim Hitchens, KCVO, CMG. The committee was appointed to probe the early history of the...

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VIGO

/ Karen Needs

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Golden Opportunity THE news that the Bank of England and the Treasury are to look into the viability of a cryptocurrency, along similar lines to Bitcoin et al, has sent shivers down the spines of those of us who fear the days of cash are numbered. I have, many times, extolled the virtues of cash...

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RIP

/ Karen Needs

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Fading away IT WAS with great sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband, for an astonishing 73 years, to Her Majesty the Queen. The Duke was not to everybody’s taste, I accept that, his blunt forthright approach could, and did,...

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Designs on Britannia

/ Karen Needs

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Pleasing everybody THIS month’s lead story in “News & Views” is the record-breaking auction held by Heritage in Dallas, Texas, where simply eyewatering prices were fetched for just about every lot—including some stunning British coins. There is simply no way we can ignore the auction and the...

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Easter Rising

/ Karen Needs

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All in the family THIS MONTH sees an announcement by C&T Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd that they will no longer accept for sale any post-1991 medals unless consigned by the recipients or recipient’s next of kin (see “News & Views”). Whilst this being made an official policy of an auctioneer is...

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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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Doubloon delight

/ Karen Needs

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A taxing problem BEFORE I start this month’s editorial “comment” I need to stress that when it comes to any type of financial advice we at Token Publishing Ltd are NOT qualified or regulated nor are we tax lawyers, and anything we say in regard to finances, investments, tax laws, etc. is purely...

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Meltdown

/ Karen Needs

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Trying to make sense of it I MUST confess I rarely buy coins “online”. Yes, I’ll visit a dealer’s website, or even bid via the internet at an auction that I cannot attend (which, of course, is all of them these days) but those things I view as simply another way of buying from people I would...

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Women's History Month

/ Karen Needs

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Why? Just Why? HERE’S a question: why do you collect medals? Or indeed why do you collect anything? Not why do you collect the medals of your chosen “theme”—we all have different answers to that. Our readership comprises those who collect to their old regiment or police force, those who...

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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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