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New Coins from the Royal Mint

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint has produced not one, not two but THREE new £2 coins for 2013! Two to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the London underground (the "Tube") and one to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Guinea. There is also a new design 50p to mark the 100th Anniversary of the birth of...

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New £5 Crown

/ Phil Mussell

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Celebrating 60 years since the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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New 50p design

/ Phil Mussell

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A new design 50p commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Christopher Ironside - the man who designed the new UK coin reverses for decimalisation in 1971

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New Tube £2 Coin

/ Phil Mussell

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One of two new £2 coins celebrating 150 years of the London Underground - the world famous "Tube"

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Don't forget Birmingham

/ Phil Mussell

The ever popular Midland Coin Fair at the Motorcycle Museum, just by the NEC is on this coming Sunday. The show is a regular one (every second Sunday of the month) but it's so popular that we can only get in quarterly when it moves to the larger Britannia Suite - that suite is available this...

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Coins of the Civil War

/ Alyson Thomas

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A different perspective IT seems that my last month’s “Comment” has been met with a reasonable amount of approval amongst the numismatic societies of the UK and beyond. I know of at least three societies planning some kind of valuation day/fair and the Numismatic Society of Ireland, which adopted...

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This amazing, prize winning, catalogue, complete with hundreds of full colour illustrations of the notes themselves is THE definitive work on English and Welsh Provincial notes and is an absolute must for all banknote collectors. Unfortunately it sold out in book form almost a year ago - however...

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A Fair weekend

/ Carol

The Token Team are out in force this weekend with John and Carol at the London Coin Fair on November 3 at the Bloomsbury Hotel for all things numismatic and Phil attending the Aldershot show on November 4. The London Coin Fair at the Holiday Inn is an event not to be missed for any serious...

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Important Portuguese Coins

/ Carol

Morton & Eden’s next auction on Tuesday November 13 features an important offering of Portuguese and Portuguese Colonial coins from the magnificent Archer M. Huntington Collection. Some 500 pieces are expected to raise around £500,000. This will be followed early next year by the sale of...

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Sovereign sensation

/ Alyson Thomas

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Open House? THERE are a few subjects that dominate my “Comments” in any given year: one is high prices paid at auction (and with the recent record set at Baldwin’s I could easily do the same again this month); another is the future of our hobby with regard to encouraging new collectors and a third...

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Just Giving....an update

/ Phil Mussell

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In support of her fellow Token Team Member Abbey (left), who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, Klara (right) has having her head shaved for charity! Abbey has had hers shaved in readiness for the side effects of the chemotherapy. The charity in question is FORCE, the Devon based...

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COIN YEARBOOK 2013

/ Phil Mussell

The BRAND NEW COIN YEARBOOK 2013 is available now! Launched at Coinex on September 28 this hugely popular book is now in its 20th year - order you copy today!!

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Record Sovereign!

/ Phil Mussell

A stunning £780,000 (£650,000 plus 20% buyer's premium) was paid at Baldwin's on thursday September 27 for a 1920 Sydney Sovereign - one of only three ever offered at austion.An example of this excessively rare coin was last sold in 2009 when it fetched £415,000. For full details see COIN NEWS...

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Roman reforms

/ Alyson Thomas

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Which way now? THIS Comment is being written a couple of weeks before Coinex, and the related sales from the London Houses, but I am confident that as the new “season” starts so we will find that once again records are broken and that the market is strong. We have been very lucky in the coin world...

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Crusader hoard found

/ Carol

On the north coast of Herzliya at Tel Arshaf, during the course of a three-year dig a large cache of golden coins of the Crusader period has been uncovered. The dig, headed by Prof. Oren Tal of Tel Aviv University, unearthed a sand-filled pottery vessel under the floor tiles of the castle...

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Visit Valkenburg

/ Carol

The April Paper Money Fair Maastricht is an established event, however, don’t forget there is an autumn fair too. Taking place on September 29/30 at its usual “home” of the “Polfermolen”, Plenkertstraat 50, Valkenburg, well over 140 dealers will be stalling out, Unlike the April fair, the...

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COINEX

/ Alyson Thomas

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Building trust This month’s “Letters” page has a letter from Paul Turnbull of Coinote Services International Ltd detailing how he has fallen foul of a credit card scam and has lost a large amount of money thanks to the cloning of credit cards and the fact that the transaction was a mail order one....

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Michael Sharp

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness we learn of the death of Michael Sharp - for a full announcement see the DNW website

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Due to unforeseen circumstances the Worthing and District NS have changed venues (again) from the Kingsway Hotel Worthing to the Beechwood Hall Hotel, Wykeham Road BN11 4JD This change is immediate (from the August meeting) but the rest of the programme (speakers, dates, times etc) remains...

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Jersey Hoard

/ Alyson Thomas

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A double-edged hoard THIS month’s issue features no fewer than three articles focusing on hoards (pages 33–34,45–48 and 55–56), so it is perhaps fitting that my “Comment” this month focuses on them too! It is, of course, every metal detectorist’s dream to uncover that elusive “hoard”, every...

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Congratuations John

/ Phil Mussell

Congartulations to John, our Managing editor who turned 70 on Monday July 9! Many Happy Returns!

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August Coin News - Hoard special

/ Phil Mussell

If you dream of finding a hoard of Roman Denarii or long to gaze upon a pot full of pennies then don't miss teh next issue of COIN NEWS - on sale July 25

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Congratulations Pierce

/ Phil Mussell

Congratulations to Pierce Noonon of Dix Noonan Webb and Victoria Johnson who are getting married in West Sussex on Saturday June 30th, we wish them all the very best for the big day and the future 

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Olympic Vision

/ Alyson Thomas

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Getting it right IN this month’s “Letters” page we have two readers who have written in, ostensibly on different themes, but ones that can actually be connected quite neatly if you think about it. Jeff Posner talks about the thorny issue of grading—something collectors and dealers have disagreed...

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60 Glorious Years

/ Phil Mussell

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In for a penny SOME of you will have seen our very own Phil on the BBC’s “One Show” or “Breakfast” recently, or perhaps heard him on one of the various radio programmes he was invited on to, or perhaps read his comments in one of the ’papers. What was the reason for this flurry of media stardom?...

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Counterfeit coin ring smashed

/ Phil Mussell

What is thought to be the biggest discovery ever of fake coins in the UK has resulted in three men being charged. Some four million blanks and £107,000 of finished coins were discovered in raids in Essex, Herts and North London. For more details see the BBC website

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Are Punts on their way back..?

/ Phil Mussell

Numismatists (and indeed ordinary shoppers) in Ireland may well be bemoaning their country's entry into the Euro and doom mongers are even contemplating what will happen if Greece and maybe other countries decide to opt out - well shopkeepers in Clones, County Monaghan are preempting the problem...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

The Quay Antiques Centre in Topsham, Exeter, was broken into on May 1. The audacious thieves braved the alarms in a swift operation which targeted the only three stands featuring gold. Unfortunately in addition to two jewellery dealers, local coin dealer Glenn Ogden was one whose stock was taken,...

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Olympic countdown

/ Alyson Thomas

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Another Way IN this month’s “letters” page there is a question from reader Roy Norris, regarding whether there are any “courses” that teach aspiring numismatists about coins. We wracked our brains but couldn’t think of anything formal to recommend, instead it seems that we can only suggest that he...

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The One Show

/ Phil Mussell

Want to know what teh country thinks about abolishing teh penny? Tune into the One Show tonight (27/04/12) at 7.00pm to see our very own Phil with his take on the subject....!

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In the news again

/ Phil Mussell

The press do love to bash our coinage don't they? Every time a new design is released the press criticise it; every time the number of fake £1 coins supposedly in circulation is announced the press have a field day and the introduction of the new nickel plated 5p and 10p (due in the next few...

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Canada says goodbye to the penny

/ Phil Mussell

The 1 cent coin is no more - in Canada anyway. We reported in COIN NEWS some time ago that the Canadians were planning to do away with their smallest denomination - in line with Australia and New Zealand - and now it has finally happened with the Canadian Government officially requesting that the...

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Fakes in the news again

/ Phil Mussell

It is a story we have covered many times both on-line and in COIN NEWS but it shows no signs of going away.... Recently a survey by the Royal Mint suggested that more than 44m pound coins (that's 3% of all £s in circulation) are fakes. Spotting a fake is relatively easy for those of us "in the...

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Dead Sea Scrolls

/ Alyson Thomas

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The good old days? IN THIS month’s magazine you will find an advert for a “medallic coin” to celebrate the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. As it has no monetary value or legal tender status it isn’t a coin per se, but it certainly bears more resemblance to a traditional crown...

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Brilliant Britannia

/ Carol

Despite being Mothering Sunday the collectors turned out in force for the March 18 Britannia Medal Fair. Although one enthusiast did leave in a huff as the event was too crowded, collectors and dealers alike reported a successful day much enjoyed by all. The fair has become a real social event...

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The Harrogate Spring Coin Fair takes place Friday 22 and Saturday 23 at The Old Swan Hotel. There will be over 40 dealers in attendance and the Token Team are going too! Opening times are 11 am Friday and 9.30 am Saturday so there's plenty of time for breakfast/coffee first in the wonderful spa...

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For very personal reasons (his wife is due to give birth around the beginning of April) Chris Taylor has (perhaps wisely) decided to cancel the April 1 Westminster Auction - he'll let us, and his customers, know the moment a new date has been decided upon - somthing I imagine depends very much on...

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Apologies for those who have tried to contact us via phone in the past few days - the telephone system here at Token Publishing has developed a fault and all of our lines were down.  Everything is now rectified so feel free to call!

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Sale of a Legend

/ Alyson Thomas

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True worth COINS and coin collecting hit the mainstream media recently when an article in the Antiques Trade Gazette (a front page article no less) was picked up by the Independent and others. In essence the article quoted a leading London coin dealer’s ire at the Royal Mint and their pricing...

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Unique Coin Find

/ Carol

A medieval coin from the reign of William the Conqueror is being hailed as unique by experts. Discovered in a field near Gloucester, the hammered silver coin was found by metal detectorist Maureen Jones in November. Experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme said the coin “filled in the hole” in...

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Local currency

/ Phil Mussell

Just as we sell out of our "Standard Catalogue of the Provincial Banknotes of England and Wales" so the latest in a modern line of "provincial notes" comes into being. The Bristol pound comes hard on the heels of the Totnes Pound and the Stroud currency and promises to be the biggest such local...

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Year of the Dragon

/ Alyson Thomas

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Taking issue THIS month’s front cover sees the numismatic celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, and inside the magazine you will find Dr Kerry Rodger’s excellent article detailing those countries that are (and those that aren’t) issuing coins for the “world’s biggest coin...

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DON’T forget the The York Coin & Stamp Fair this weekend (January 20–21) at The York Racecourse Grandstand. The fair gets under starter’s orders at 11am on the Friday, finishing at 6pm ready to recommence trading on Saturday at 10am (closing at 4pm). Entry is free, the parking is free and the food...

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Record set for Greek Coin

/ Carol

The much anticipated sale of the spectacular Prospero Collection indicates that the team at Baldwin’s had a lot to smile about. Although results are still in the process of being confirmed initial figures released by the company state that the sale total for all 642 lots is approximately...

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