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New coin designs for 2014

/ Phil Mussell

We've already covered this in the January edition of COIN NEWS but here are the designs again for those of you who haven't seen the mag!! Check out the BBC

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Story of a hoard

/ Phil Mussell

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Statistically speaking A RECENT press release from the Royal Mint revealed some rather worrying facts about our Great British coinage, or at least some worrying facts about the Great British public who use it. According to research commissioned by the Mint some 48 per cent of people have no idea...

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Year of the Horse

/ Phil Mussell

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Look East THE Royal Mint has recently launched their very first “Chinese Lunar New Year” coin—a precious metal coin (in gold and silver) commemorating the “Year of the Horse” (see News and Views, page 17). Whilst this may be a first for the Royal Mint the subject of the Chinese New Year has long...

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Plastic fantastic

/ Phil Mussell

It seems that the much talked about polymer ("plastic") notes for Britain are to be a reality in just two years. according to the BBC the Bank of England (BofE) intends to introduce them as early as 2016. The official BofE press release of December 18 2013 States "The Bank of England is today...

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Compliments of the Season

/ Phil Mussell

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We'd like to wish all of our readers and customers the very best for Christmas 2013 and a very happy New Year 2014. We are closing the office on Friday December 20 at 1.00pm and reopening on Monday January 6 2013 at 9.00am. Our first show of the year is the NYINC in New York on January 9-12 at the...

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the 213/14 edition of our collectors choice catalogue - detailing all of our products - is a available now. For your copy simply call 01404 44166 or email sales@tokenpublishing.com . Alternatively you can download a pdf version from our homepage!

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Heading North

/ Phil Mussell

We'll be heading up the M5/M42/A42/M1 (yes it's a long way) again on Sunday (October 26) to  attend Eddie Smith's "Leeds" show at the Cedar Court Hotel Wakefield, just off junction 39 of the M1 Eddie's show has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we always like to support it if we...

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Cock and Bull

/ Alyson Thomas

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Making the grade MENTION grading and people start to twitch. Every one of us has a horror story or two to tell about a coin they’ve bought at one grade only to discover no-one else agrees with the grading at all, or how they’ve bought a coin only to drop it, scratch it or watch it tarnish because...

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Striking the new Christening Coin

/ Phil Mussell

An interesting look behind the scenes at the Royal Mint by the BBC

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New Christening Coin

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint has announced the release of a new coin design to celebrate the forthcoming Christening of Prince George of Cambridge. The coin, which will come in Platinum (5oz with an issue limit of 100), gold (a full kilo - limited to just 22 coins- and 5oz, issue limit 500 coins), Silver (again...

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Coinage of Edward VII

/ Alyson Thomas

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A world of difference? IT is the autumn again and with the mists, dark evenings and turning leaves comes the start of the numismatic “season” heralded by a plethora of big auctions both in London and beyond and of course the British Numismatic Trade Association’s (BNTA) ”Coinex” at the Millennium...

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Coming to Coinex?

/ Phil Mussell

The BNTA's flagship COINEX show takes place this weekend (September 27/28) at the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London. With dozens of dealers from around the world in attendance this really is the UK's premier coin fair and it's well worth coming along if you can. Entry is a...

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King Otto

/ Alyson Thomas

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Chipping away THE recent announcement by the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) that they are going ahead with a plan to produce the MintChip, an electronic alternative to cash for transactions under $10, marks an interesting move by a Mint. After all, banks have been doing this sort of thing for a while...

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Joe Miceli

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our long term friend Giuseppe (Joe) Miceli. Joe, an Italian immigrant who started in the coin and medal trade over 40 years ago was known to many of us, collectors and dealers alike, as a real "character", a kind, generous man who was always...

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It's nearly York time!

/ Phil Mussell

I can't quite believe it but the York Coin and Medal fair is almost upon us once again Next Friday and Saturday will see the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse play host to a large number of dealers all of whom are guaranteed to carry some fantastic stock! The fair starts at 11.00am on Friday...

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Royal Mint at Tower of London

/ Phil Mussell

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Walking on Mint Street WHEN most of us think of the Royal Mint we can be forgiven for conjuring up images of an industrial plant in Wales churning out shiny coins by the bin load, of BU sets given to proud new parents, of Proof sets eagerly purchased each year or commemoratives celebrating this,...

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This Saturday (June 22nd) sees the Devon and Exeter Numismatic Society hold their first new members and valuation day - come along to the St James' Centre, Stadium Way, Exeter between 10am and 4pm to say hello!!

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New record for rupee

/ Carol

News has reached us that the Baldwin’s sale of The David Fore Collection saw the cover coin, the 1839 Rupee, set a new world record for a silver British Indian coin. This is the first silver British Indian coin to sell for a six figure sum and it made £132,000 against an estimate of £60,000.

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The Nation Celebrates

/ Alyson Thomas

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A matter of note THE recent announcement by the Bank of England (BofE) that Sir Winston Churchill is to appear on a future banknote (probably the £5 in 2015/16, but that may change) has been greeted with the predictable responses from the predictable quarters. There are those who are praising the...

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Tweet Tweet!

/ Phil Mussell

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We're officially on Twitter - you can follow us on @coinsandmedals Keep abreast of all numismatic and medal news, find out where we'll be (and real time updates on what the show is like) learn about our new books, what's coming up in the magazine and much, much more! We can't promise you wit...

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Astrology and the ancients

/ Alyson Thomas

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Happy Birthday to us! I MAKE no excuses for writing this month’s Editorial as one long “congratulations” to Token Publishing Ltd (and myself if I’m honest), as this month (April 2013—it may be the May issue but we are always a little ahead of ourselves) marks no less than 30 years since Token...

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To err is human!

/ Carol

There were embarrassed faces at the Central Bank of Ireland as it was revealed that the new 10 euro coin issued to commemorate legendary Irish author James Joyce had an extra word erroneously added to a famous James Joyce quote. As well as an image of Joyce there are three sentences from his...

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Apri 2013 Coin News

/ Alyson Thomas

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A winning way? A FEW months ago I wrote an Editorial piece encouraging local numismatic societies to boost membership, and indeed the hobby in general, by holding “open days” or organising fairs to bring the general public into the fold and teach them more about these funny little pieces of metal...

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World Record

/ Alyson Thomas

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THERE can be only one topic for this month’s “Comment”—our front cover story—the new World Record for a single coin, no less than $10,016,875 (nearly £6.5m) paid for the 1794 “flowing hair” US silver dollar. The coin, in simply superb condition (graded “Specimen-66”) is an American numismatic...

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Bromley Burglary - an update

/ Phil Mussell

Further to the item in COIN NEWS March regarding the robbery on January 12/13 it seems that the thieves who stole most of Peter Morris' Stock may not have been terribly bright...it seems that there are individuals in custody having been caught putting items on an on-line auction site that were...

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Cromwell "Broad" at auction

/ Carol

Fellows auctioneers will be offering an Oliver Cromwell gold “Broad” in their forthcoming specialist Coins & Medals sale. Being in very fine condition the coin is considered an extremely rare example and therefore attracts an estimate of £7,000-9,000. Designed by Thomas Simon and depicting a bust...

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New World Record!

/ Phil Mussell

Stack's Bower's Galleries have set a new WORLD RECORD with the sale of a 1794 Silver dollar - which fetched a stunning $10,016,875! That's nearly £6.5 million! The auction, held on January 24 2013 saw the previous record of $7, 590,020 (for the 1933 Double Eagle) eclipsed by nearly 40%. For more...

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Year of the Snake

/ Alyson Thomas

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Too much of a good thing? IT has come to our attention that the Bank of Canada has recently returned almost 250,000 gold 5 and 10 dollar coins to the Ottawa Mint (now of course the Royal Canadian Mint, the RCM), apparently they were part of the country’s gold reserve put down in 1912, 1913 and...

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New York, New York!

/ Carol

It's all go in the Big Apple from January 10–13 as the 41st annual ancient coin extravaganza gets under way. Held at the Waldof Astoria, 301 Park Avenue the fair provides a fantastic start to the numismatic calendar and just $10 will buy you a pass for the whole three days. Many superb auctions are...

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A unique Occasion

/ Phil Mussell

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Art for art’s sake THIS MONTH the Royal Mint has released their latest designs for 2013 (you will find details of the £1 coins on the Royal Mint’s Bulletin Page, page 28) and it seems they have gone back to simplistic ideas with the new “floral” reverses of the £1 coins being unadorned by anything...

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Vigo leads the way

/ Carol

Gorringes Auctioneers achieved what may well be a record price for a coin sold in a provincial auction house as the 1703 Queen Anne Vigo five guineas in their December 6 sale was knocked down at an amazing £240,000. For the full story see the February edition of COIN NEWS.

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