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The first show of 2010.....

/ Phil Mussell

For the token Team at least will be the York Stamp and Coin Fair (there are medals there too!) on January 15 and 16 at the tried and tested venue of the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. We love York, the show is great, the city is wonderful and the people are always friendly - if you haven't...

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Christmas deliveries

/ Phil Mussell

By the end of play today (Tuesday 22 December) all orders received will have been posted out, the only exceptions being those items not in stock which all customers should have been informed about. We have been exceptionally busy this year but all Alyson has done sterling work in getting...

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Christmas opening hours

/ Phil Mussell

We can't quite believe it but Christmas is upon us already and, nice employers that we are, we're giving our staff a bit of a break over the festive period. We'll be closing on Wednesday 23 December at 1.00pm and will be back full of turkey (or in the case of the vegetarians in the company some...

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New legal tender UK coins

/ Phil Mussell

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Opportunity knocks . . . THE Royal Mint’s “new releases” for 2010 circulating coinage, as featured on the front cover this month, have come as something of a surprise. We all knew there would be new coins of course, there always are, but the extent of the new releases has got us at the COIN NEWS...

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Birmingham Motorcycle Museum

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to the Motorcycle Museum near the NEC this Sunday (December 13)? This regular show is held every second Sunday of the month and is always a popular venue amongst dealers and collectors alike - so popular that once a quarter the organisers have to move to the bigger room - the...

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The Ship Noble

/ Phil Mussell

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We have the power . . . A RECENT TRIP to my local antiques fair left me in shock—I discovered a veritable hoard of rarities—a pile, literally a pile, of 1804 silver dollars on one dealer’s stand. My goodness, what a find! Here was I in the middle of Devon and I’d discovered a hitherto unknown...

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50p celebrates the Girl Guides

/ Phil Mussell

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100 years of the Girl Guides is the theme for the 2010 50 pence - interestingly two designers initials appear on the rather simple reverse - we're not quite sure why it needed two people to come up with the fetching but fairly straightforward  design but it seems that that is the case with...

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Florence Nightingale £2 design

/ Phil Mussell

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The circulating £2 coin for 2010 will be a tribute to the Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale 100 years after her death. The rather stylised design, depicting Florence's healing hands holding a patient's hand (the hands are artfully designed to ensure that the nurse and the patient are easily...

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Brand New One pound Series launched

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint today unveiled their new look £1 coins for 2010 and for the first time we're to be treated to a coin that has not one but FOUR reverses. Ok That's not actually true but what they've done is very clever - the coin has been designed to represent each one of the Capital cities of the...

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Through the roof?

/ Phil Mussell

Gold continues its seemingly relentless upwards trend on Monday November 9 it peaked at over $1,100 an ounce - quite a remarkable sum. Can the trend continue or will the bubble burst....? Read the full story at  news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8351154.stm  

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London Coin Fair November 7

/ Phil Mussell

We're gearing up for the last LCF of the year - held as ever at the popular Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury just off Coram Street. The venue is one of the best ones on the "circuit" and is always well attended by dealers and collectors alike, John and Carol are making the trip up the A303 this time and...

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Bun penny smashes record

/ Phil Mussell

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Coinex comes home Last month I wrote about the (then) forthcoming Coinex fair, the British Numismatic Trade Association’s (BNTA) flagship show, and wondered whether the move to its new home of the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London would be a successful one. Well now, a few days...

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Heading North

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team will be at Eddy Smith's Leeds (Wakefield) show on Sunday (October 25) held as always at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield (just by Junction 39 of the M1). This popular show continues to go from strength to strength and we always try and get up there at least once or twice a year....

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Postal Strike

/ Phil Mussell

Whatever your thoughts on the looming industrial action by postal workers are the fact is that a strike will inconvenience most of us - those of us trying to run a mail order business most of all. In order to minimise the impact of the strikes we are looking at alternative means of getting books...

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"Blue Peter" 50p coin launched

/ Phil Mussell

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The first UK coin designed by a child (no quips about previous designs thank you) has been unveiled by the Royal Mint. The coin - the first in a series of 29 50pence pieces designed to represent a different Olympic or Paralympic sport in the run up to the London Olympics in 2012 was designed by...

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Reform of the Umayyad coinage

/ Phil Mussell

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Getting together AS I write this Editorial the skies are grey, the wind is whipping up and there’s a definite chill in the air—yes, I accept that this description could have been of any given day in our “barbecue summer” of 2009 (overseas readers will just have to bear with us on this —UK readers...

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Coinex is coming!

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to Coinex this weekend (Friday 2 - Saturday 3 October)? Taking place at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, Grosvenor Square, the BNTA's premier Coin Fair regularly attracts dealers and collectors from across the globe - see this month's COIN NEWS for a full list of dealers attending.  ...

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Making money

/ Phil Mussell

Following the success of the "Totnes" and Lewes £s it seems that other areas are cottoning on to the idea of making money in the recession....   Brixton, an area not immediately associated with private banking has produced its own "Brixton pounds" in an attempt to keep money within the local...

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The missing penny - Radio 4!

/ Phil Mussell

Those who missed Phil's BBC Radio 4 programme on the "Missing Penny" - the story of the 1933 penny - when it was brodacast last year - well now's your chance to "listen again". It's being repeated on Radio 4 on Wednesday September 9 at 9.30am!

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By Royal Command

/ Phil Mussell

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Mule madness... I have long maintained that the hobby of coin collecting is far larger than any of us realise. We know how many COIN NEWS readers we have, know how many people buy the COINYEARBOOK each year, know how many people buy our coin accessories, know how many people attend fairs and how...

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Brand New Krause now available!

/ Phil Mussell

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The latest edition of the Krause Standard catalog (sic) of World Coins 1901-2000 is now available! This essential reference once again comes with the complete book on DVD and is an absolute must for 20th century collecors - order your copy from our on-line shop today!!

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More on the 20p....

/ Phil Mussell

Well apparently they're selling for well over £7,000 now...... www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1196644/Rare-20p-coin-sells-7-100-eBay-thats-35-500-times-face-value.html

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The coin with no date!

/ Phil Mussell

Incredibly this is suddenly big news - but we broke the story back in December 2008! Here's what we had to say back then...... Check your change everybody - after 25 years (the last instance being with the 1983 New Pence/Two pence reverse) the Royal Mint have let a mule slip through their...

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Solidus at Spink

/ Phil Mussell

Stop Press***Stop Press***Stop Press An important ninth century Anglo-Frisian Solidus, recently found near Salisbury, fetches £9,300 at auction at Spink in London - see the August COIN NEWS (On sale July 22) for further details

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Medals of dishonour

/ Phil Mussell

Commemorative medals are usually struck to celebrate a famous victory, an invention, a worthy life well lived - not, apparently, always - as this exhibition at the British Museum demonstrates.....! Click here for details!

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Coins in the news

/ Phil Mussell

Phil was on the radio again this week - on the Roy Noble Programme (BBC Radio Wales) talking about the new £5 "Henry VIII" crown. He'll be appearing on BBC Radio Devon next week talking on the same subject. We tend to forget that outside our hobby people are still genuinely interested in the coins...

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Congratulations Joe!

/ Carol

It was a long way to go for dinner (8 hour round trip) but we wouldn't have missed it. Yesterday, June 16, John Mussell, Phil Mussell and Carol Hartman joined coin and medal dealer Giuseppe Miceli in Northampton to celebrate his 40 years of being in business. Friends, family and business associates...

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Do you think you could have been a coin designer? Do you think you could have done better at Una and The Lion, the Gothic Crown or the Wren farthing? Do you think your design would have gone down in history? Well now's your chance to find out! Thanks once again to the generosity of reader Geoff...

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"Celebration of Britain"

/ Phil Mussell

The next three in the silver £5 Crown series of 18 coins "celebrating Britian" in the run up to the 2012 Olympics will be launched soon - look out in July's COIN NEWS for details!

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Metal detectorist jailed over fakes

/ Phil Mussell

We all know that there are a number of fakes in the market today but I wouldn't have thought somebody from within the metal detecting hobby would have been resposnsible for putting them out there. According to The Times Yesterday (May 11) David Hutchings, organiser of a detecting club in...

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Birmingham next Sunday

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the regular Birmingham Coin Fair at the Motorcycle Museum (just off the M42 by the NEC) on Sunday May 10 - it's always hugely popular and even we can't get a table for this month's fair! We'll be at the next one though on June 14 so see you there

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Royal Mint to be privatised?

/ Phil Mussell

The "inevitable" move of privatising the Royal Mint in Llantrisant took a step closer today with the publication of the final report of the Treasury's Operational efficiency Programme. Full details can be found here The Royal Mint's Chief executive responded to the announcement with the...

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Last year we sold out of the COIN YEARBOOK by the end of April - this year they'd all gone by the end of February! We felt this was a tad too early (seeing as the next one wasn't due out until the autumn) so ordered a reprint - taking the opportunity to update a few of the gold prices whilst we...

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Don't forget Harrogate

/ Phil Mussell

The North of England has always proved a hotbed of coin collectors - the bi-annual York Fair continues to go from strength to strength and the Monthly Leeds show is always popular. The Harrogate show has always had something of a more "chequered past" with it's popularity waning in recent years -...

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Birmingham anybody?

/ Phil Mussell

Once again the Token team will be at the Motorcycle museum in Birmingham (just by the NEC) for the monthly Coin Fair - held on the second Sunday of each month. Sadly we can't be at every show - other commitments just won't allow us to be - but we'll do our best to come to three or four a year!...

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London Coin Fair February 14

/ Phil Mussell

Yes I know, I know it can't possibly be time for the London Coin Fair again - but it very nearly is! Next Saturday (yes Valentine's day) sees the first LCF of the year, once again being held at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury. This now well-established venue has easily taken over from the Cumberland...

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Design a coin for 2012

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint has just launched their latest initiative and this one looks like it could well prove very popular indeed! The idea is that the public are to design 29 new reverses for the 50p piece - these coins will then be issued, one a month starting in March next year. the "general" public have...

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A quarter sovereign!

/ Phil Mussell

Back in 1853 two pattern quarter sovereigns were produced - the coin was never generally issued though and those patterns are the only quarter sovereigns we've ever had - until now that is! In February the Royal mint will issue just 10,000 quarter sovereigns - depicting the classic Pistrucci...

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