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Spink Standard Catalogue

/ Phil Mussell

Apologies for the delay in getting this title out - we only received them in the office on December 23! All UK order have been processed and sent out via first class mail. We can't guarantee Christmas delivery anymore I'm afraid and would like to apologise to all those who were hoping to get the...

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Christmas Opening Times

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's almost upon us once again and, whilst we'd like to be open over Christmas we do feel it only fair to give our staff the odd day off. So we'll be closing at 1.00pm on Thursday December 23 and reopening again at 9.00am on January 4 2011. We'd like to wish all of our customers a very Merry...

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New Year, new coins

/ Phil Mussell

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No secret, no exception HAVE made no secret of my support for the Royal Mint over the years—maybe the “year sets” aren’t great on the secondary market and, yes, it is a great shame when someone believes that their “nest egg” collection of Uncirculated coins and base metal commemoratives will net...

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Spink Standard Catalogue

/ Phil Mussell

Sorry if you're waiting for COINS OF ENGLAND- Spink won't release them to us yet  they want to be first off the blocks- we should have them sometime next week!

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Christmas Post

/ Phil Mussell

We're doing our best to get everything out before Christmas but please do get your orders in ASAP - by Monday 20 at the latest to ensure delivery by Christmas Eve and even that's pushing it a bit!   And don't worry if you haven't had your orders already placed yet - the terrible weather...

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St James's

/ Phil Mussell

Unfortunately details of the forthcoming sale at ST JAMES'S AUCTIONS were ommitted from their recent advert so just to make sure no -one forgets here's a little reminder! Auction 16 takes place on DECEMBER 7, 2010 it starts at 10.00 am and will include: A ncient, British hammered &...

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Spectacular results

/ Alyson Thomas

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Going mainstream I OFTEN mention in this “Comment” about the autumn being the start of the new numismatic “season” and indeed it has traditionally been the case that some of the strongest sales and best attended shows have been in the late September/October/November period. However, even I, a...

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London Coin Fair November 6

/ Phil Mussell

The last London Coin Fair of the year takes place at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury on November 6 and, as ever, there will be plenty of dealers on hand to cater for your every numismatic whim. The Token team will be there too - complete with the new "General issues" Krause banknote book, the brand...

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Edwardian Elegance

/ Phil Mussell

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What price knowledge? HAVING just returned from Coinex, held once again at the Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, I feel it safe to say that the event has now probably “settled in” to its new venue and is happy with the role it is playing in the coin hobby and trade—this is a prestigious, showpiece fair...

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The Strangest Hoard?

/ Phil Mussell

Buried treasure hoards aren't that unusual in the UK - they come up from time to time as the wonderful Frome hoard shows - but usually they are comprised of Celtic or Roman coins or similar - so it was quite a shock for a couple of gardeners in Hackney of all places to come across 80 American...

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Frome hoard valued

/ Phil Mussell

The magnificent Frome Hoard of over 52,000 coins discovered in April of this year (see COIN NEWS September 2010) has been valued at the interesting sum of £320,250 that's £6.10 a coin...! For more details see the BBC website here

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Olympic 50p designs unveiled

/ Phil Mussell

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The biggest coin programme in the UK since decimalisation took another step forward today with the release of the 29 designs that members of the public will be able to look out for in their change over the next 18 months. Comprising a vast array of different Olympic and Paralympic sports the...

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Up North again

/ Phil Mussell

It's our last trip to Yorkshire this weekend when we'll be attending Eddie Smith's Leeds(Wakefield) show at the Cedar Court Hotel just off the M1 - we wont have the new COIN YEARBOOK with us (it's out next week but you can pre-order it at this show post free) however we will have stocks of the new...

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Coins of Auguste

/ Phil Mussell

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An old chestnut WHAT on earth was that? Ah yes, that was summer 2010 and as the nights draw on, the weather gets colder (not that it ever really warmed up much) and as the Christmas cards start appearing in the shops we numismatists can look forward to the start of another “new season”. Admittedly...

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Oh Canada...

/ Phil Mussell

For those of you on that side of the "pond" unable to make it over to this side for the OMRS or Coinex there's always the next Jeffrey Hoare Numismatic and Militaria Sale taking Place on September 18 and 19 at the Ramada Inn 817 Exeter Road, London, Ontario. The sale is something of a...

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Beautiful art medals

/ Carol

Collectors of post-war art medals will be spoiled for choice with Simmons Gallery's next postal auction. The superb on-line catalogue features medals from all over the world including Britain, France and Germany. Closing date for bids is September 21 and further details are available at...

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Biggest ever

/ Phil Mussell

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Taxing issues THIS “Comment” has taken many forms over the years—I’ve talked about new coins, old coins, the state of the hobby, coin fairs, banknotes, tokens—you name it, I’ve covered it. However, it is rare that I give out and out advice, preferring instead to offer my opinion—advice gets...

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At the Bowers and Merena "Boston Rarities Sale" on August 7, the rare 1794 silver dollar caused quite a stir when it sold for over one million dollars. With the bidding starting at $750,000, the lot quickly moved up in increments of $50,000 to its astounding final hammer price. The 1794 silver...

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US Resistance

/ Phil Mussell

It seems it isn't only us Brits who are nervous of change when it comes to our currency - every time a new coin or note issued the papers are full of complaints, full of those saying we ought to leave things as they are and full of people harking back to the good old days. That's as may be but to...

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All change for change

/ Phil Mussell

Those with an interest in such things will know that our "copper" coinage hasn't been that for some years - the decimal 1p and 2p pieces were in fact bronze but that changed in 1992 when they started being minted in steel coated in copper. Now the composition of the 5p and 10p piece is changing...

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1 in 36....

/ Phil Mussell

No not the odds of your number coming up in Roulette but rather the estimated number of £1 coins in circulation according to the Telegraph today (July 27). I've always been sceptical of such numbers - after all they are compiled by people who actually monitor £1 coins - and a lot of those are...

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Krause 20th Century is here...!

/ Phil Mussell

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AT last we have the BRAND NEW 20th Century Krause Catalog of World Coins in stock - those of you who know the Krause works will know how invaluable they are and this one is no exception - order your copy today! Just visit our on-line shop for details

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No Comment!

/ Phil Mussell

The Editor's "Comment" is one of those features that always seems to stimulate debate - many of you are kind enough to tell us how much you like it, others are kind enough to tell us why you don't - and we value both lots of input believe me. Invariably the subject of the Editor's "Comment" will...

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York sucess

/ Phil Mussell

Lovely to see so many people at the York Coin Show this past weekend - the Friday was absolutely heaving and whilst Saturday was, inevitably, slower it was still an enjoyable weekend! The next show at the Racecourse isn't until January but we're hoping to get up to Eddie Smith's Leeds show before...

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Perth Mint

/ Phil Mussell

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The Taxman and your coin collection THE budget announcement by the new Coalition Government, on June 22, has put the subject of taxation back into the news. So, this month, in place of my usual “Comment”, GRAEME RESTORICK of Chard (1964) Ltd explains the implications of the new tax rules with...

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York this weekend

/ Phil Mussell

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I hope you haven't forgotten that this weekend sees the second of the year's Coin and Medal shows at the Knavesmire Stand of York Racecourse. As always there will be a plethora of dealers offering just about everything a collector could want. And yes the Token Team will be there too! The fair...

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Huge hoard discovered

/ Phil Mussell

News is coming in of the discovery of a hoard of more than 52,000 Roman Coins. The hoard, discovered after a single coin was found and reported by a metal detectorist in Frome, Somerset was first unearthed in April but details are only just emerging now. It is thought that rather than being a...

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$1 Million Coin sold

/ Phil Mussell

The World's Largest coin - the100 Kilo half metre wide gold CAN$1Million Maple leaf has sold for US$ 4Million at the Dorotheum Auction House in Austria. Admittedly the price of gold has had much to do with the phenomenal price but you have to ask yourself will this ever actually be melted down for...

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A coin of Tipu Sultan

/ Phil Mussell

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A golden opportunity OVER the past few months I have speculated that the forthcoming Olympics is the best opportunity the Royal Mint has ever had to take the bull by the horns and get the general public interested in collecting coins, using the promised 50 pence programme to stimulate the market...

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World's Largest Coin up for grabs

/ Phil Mussell

The World's largest coin the 100kg, half metre wide $1,000,000 Canadian Maple Leaf coin will go on sale at Auction on June 25th . The coin will be sold by Vienna's Dorotheum Auction house and is expected to fetch in excess of $4,000, 000 - we'll keep you posted. For full details see the BBC ...

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Brand New Krause available soon!

/ Phil Mussell

The BRAND NEW Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000 will be available very, very soon - to pre-order your copy visit our online shop or call 01404 44166

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Missing coins

/ Phil Mussell

According to an American on-line newspaper, the Daily Reckoning, we in Britain have lost a fair few coins since the 1960s. I accept that we now mourn the loss of the farthing, the ha'penny and the threpenny bit but I am amazed that we have also said goodbye to the penny and the two pence - that...

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London Coin Fair - it's on Saturday

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it may be beautiful weather out there, yes we're in Devon and most people are heading west, i.e. our way away from the Capital but not us - no the Token Team is heading East this weekend to attend the second London Coin Fair of the Year, and the second under the auspices of Mike and Lu...

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Coin Portraits

/ Phil Mussell

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Your help is needed I CANNOT quite believe that this issue marks the halfway point of the year—before we know it the York show will be here and gone, the summer will be over and I will be writing in this Comment about the start of another numismatic season in the autumn. Of course, with the new...

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The merry month of May

/ Phil Mussell

Since I started with Token back in 1996 I don't think there has been a single month where I haven't been attending one show or another somewhere in the country - or indeed the world - but May 2010 sees the Token Team staying put for once! That's right we aren't doing a single fair anywhere this...

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Pondering “progress”

/ Phil Mussell

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Comment May 2010 I Was standing behind a gentleman in the queue at my local supermarket last week and was horrified to discover that the reason the simple transaction was taking so long was that he was paying for a £2 lottery scratch card with a debit card. Not a swipe card that requires no...

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Coin Quiz

/ Phil Mussell

According to the Payments Council (who? Is this where our Tax goes?) within five years coins and notes will make up less than 50% of transactions. To be honest I'm surprised it isn't lower than that already (see COIN NEWS May...) but the BBC think it's worth a mention, they've even done a quiz-...

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The Red Book 2011

/ Phil Mussell

For some bizarre reason the Americans like to launch their "annual" price guide some 8 months before the year on the front cover (and we thought we were bad with our Yearbooks launched in September!) which means the 2011 (yes 2011) edition is out now! We have got stocks of both the usual...

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Harrogate and our new book launch!

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the Harrogate show -taking place on Friday 26 - Saturday 27 March at the Old Swan Hotel in the beautiful Yorkshire Spa town of Harrogate. The Token Team (well Phil anyway) are driving all the way up from Devon and we'll be launching our latest book - The East India Company and it's...

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Flying the Flag

/ Phil Mussell

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An unfair dig? AN interesting story broke in early March that had coin collectors and metal detectorists all of a lather. A Ludlow woman, Kate Harding, became the first person successfully prosecuted under the Treasure Act 1996 for failing to report a find. She was given a three month conditional...

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The story of the Ludlow woman who took a "coin" into her local museum, was told it was of historical significance and that she should hand it in but didn't - incurring the wrath of the Coroner and a subsequent criminal record has split the numismatic world.   Were the authorities just being...

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Timely Auction

/ Carol

Timeline Auctions very first catalogue has arrived on the Editor's desk and very impressive it is too! This beautifully put together catalogue for their coins and antiquities sale on March 19 arrived too late for inclusion in the March issue of Coin News but it warrants a mention here. For...

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The Olympic Coins....

/ Phil Mussell

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Looking to the future . . . THE imminent arrival of the “biggest coin programme since decimalisation” (the Olympic 50 pences) inevitably throws up questions about coins, coin collecting and, more importantly, coin collectors themselves. We all know why the majority of us started—we started way...

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Chilean error

/ Phil Mussell

The recent "dateless" 20p showed that even an institution as rigid about standards as the Royal Mint can get things wrong - but it's doubtful that they, or indeed most national Mints would make the mistake discovered in Chile recently - somehow they actually managed to get the name of their...

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New Olympic design announced.

/ Phil Mussell

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The next Olympic 50p design has been unveiled - depicting "Cycling" as the sport the coin was designed by 16 Year Old Theo Crutchley-Mack from Halifax. There's still no news as to the exact date of the launch of this new programme nor how many of each coin will be issued but we will keep you...

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Krause 1801-1900 AT LAST!!

/ Phil Mussell

Yes after seemingly months of waiting the BRAND NEW Standard Catalog of World Coins 1801-1900 is now available. We have them in stock NOW so order yours today - click here for details

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The Year of the Tiger

/ Phil Mussell

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A thriving situation . . . IF any further proof were needed that the British (if not the world’s) media loves to look on the bleak side of things then the headlines that cropped up over the festive period were surely enough to convince even the most hardened sceptics. Faced with the fact that...

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Coin of the Year 2009/2010

/ Phil Mussell

According to a Krause press release today "Ten outstanding 2008-dated coins have been honored with Coin of the Year Awards by World Coin News magazine." An international panel of judges selected the winners from hundreds of nominated coins during a final round of balloting that concluded in...

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Faking it

/ Phil Mussell

Fake £1 coins are never far from the news as this story from Northern Ireland shows....   Let that be a lesson to us all!

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