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Heavy feet at the Royal Mint

/ Phil Mussell

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Piedforts (a french term literally meaning"heavy foot") are double thickness coins usually used as presentation pieces. In recent years these hefty coins have proved popular amongst collectors and now the Royal Mint has announced that their two "50 Years of the 50p" sets (one Military based and...

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Mintage Figures for 2018

/ Phil Mussell

When we went to press with the second edition of Spend it? Save it? the latest mintage figures for the 2018 coins weren't available - well now they are and they make for some interesting reading... Of particular note are the numbers for the highly collected 50p coins which shows NO shield back...

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Another Gruffalo!

/ Phil Mussell

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Following on from the success of the first Gruffalo coin launched earlier this year, and to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Julia Donaldson's enduring children's classic, the Royal Mint is launching a second Gruffalo 50p coin, this time featuring the lovable beast meeting Mouse in the forest...

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New £20 note unveiled

/ Phil Mussell

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We've known for some time that the new £20 note will feature JMW Turner and one of his famous paintings "The Fighting Temeraire" but the final design was unveiled on October 10 and will feature the following anti-counterfeit measures:  large see-through window with a blue and gold foil on...

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Treasure!

/ Karen Needs

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Two types of people THE recent unveiling of the Chew Valley Hoard of Norman Conquest era pennies at the British Museum seems to have caught the imagination of the public, or at least the press (see our own story on pages 38–40). Most newspapers, serious news websites and news programmes have...

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Unveiled

/ Karen Needs

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The face of the future THE news that Alan Turing is to be the face on the new £50 probably didn’t come as much of a surprise to many. Yes, here at COIN NEWS, we quite liked the idea of Mary Anning featuring alongside a stegosaurus or two but Turing is a worthy choice. There was the inevitable...

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Field Find

/ Karen Needs

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All’s fair… IN “News and Views” this month there is a story about a D-Day Anniversary €50 coin struck at the Monnaie de Paris on June 6 and launched at the Pegasus Memorial Museum in conjunction with Samlerhuset. Striking coins “on the day” of an anniversary and having lavish launches for them...

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Hoard reveals its secrets

/ Karen Needs

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200th Anniversary

/ Phil Mussell

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Cashless or less cash? Following the recent “will we or won’t we . . .” interest in the proposed demise of our lowest coin denominations and the ever-growing call by the vociferous few for the banishment of all kinds of cash transactions, we have invited our regular columnist DR KERRY RODGERS to...

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A British Rarity

/ Alyson Thomas

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One of a kind BACK in February the COIN NEWS team attended the Irish International Show in Dublin and had the privilege to handle (carefully of course) the unique 1952 penny pictured on this month’s front cover and which is now due to come up for auction at Baldwin’s of St James’s on June 12....

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