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Coin News

Queen of Coins

/ Alyson Thomas

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New Year, New Start BACK in November I announced that after 17 Years in ”Orchard House” in Honiton, Token Publishing was on the move to Exeter. After a somewhat fraught two weeks where nearly two decades of books and auction catalogues stubbornly refused to fit into our new premises, our telephone...

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Coins for 2016

/ Alyson Thomas

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Two nations divided by a common hobby THE TOKEN TEAM have just been at the Whitman Coin Expo in the US city of Baltimore, Maryland, a city not on everyone’s radar as it’s considered by many to be just a satellite of Washington DC, but nevertheless popular enough to attract hundreds of coin...

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Year set Record-breaker

/ Alyson Thomas

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A Change is Good By the time you read this, Token Publishing Ltd will be on the verge of taking over new premises. After nearly 28 years in Honiton and environs (17 in Orchard House) we are moving! We aren’t actually moving very far away—just down the A30 to Exeter—but mentally it’s huge. We are...

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Leeds (Wakefield) this Sunday

/ Phil Mussell

We love coming up to York twice a year but there's more to Yorkshire than just the Racecourse show and this Sunday (October 25) we're heading north again to attend Eddie Smith's excellent show at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield (just off junction 39 of the M1). We like Eddie's show but with so...

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Coins in Dublin

/ Phil Mussell

Although we won't be there this weekend (October 16-17), there will be plenty on offer in Dublin's Fair City when the autumn Coin Fair takes place in conjunction with Stampa at the RDS, Ballsbridge. This one is a three day show, starting on Friday, and with Ireland playing in the Rugby World Cup...

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Spotlight on Royalty

/ Alyson Thomas

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Going mainstream AS we head into the autumn and the start of the numismatic “season” the subject of “money” is somewhat in vogue at the moment. Don’t believe me? Well, just have a look at some of the stories that have made headlines over the summer. Early on there was the furore over the Bitcoin...

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Iceni Gold

/ Alyson Thomas

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Time to act THIS little hobby of ours generally runs itself and does so pretty smoothly. Every now and then there is the odd hiccup: a forgery scare, a spike in certain prices, a fall in others, but the market, the dealers and collectors react accordingly and soon things are back to normal again....

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The numismatic world is heading to Chicago in a few days as the ANA's World Fair of Money takes place at the Donald E Stephens Convention Centre in Rosemont, Illinois (a northwestern suburb of Chicago right next to O'Hare airport) from August 13-16. The COIN NEWS team will be there so why not come...

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Honouring an Empress

/ Alyson Thomas

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EURO SCEPTIC BY the time you read this the world will know whether the Greek Government have succeeded in their aims to renegotiate the terms of their bailout or whether their creditors have stood firm, leaving Greece in essence bankrupt and on the verge of leaving the Euro. If the former has...

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York? Already?

/ Phil Mussell

Well not quite - but it won't be long before the second of the year's two York Coin and Medal fairs is upon us. This summer's event takes place on July 17 & 18 - again at the Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse. Ever popular amongst dealers and collectors alike it is one not to miss - get those...

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Irish Gold

/ Alyson Thomas

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The peoples’ choice? THE recent announcement that the Bank of England (BoE) wants the public to consider the subject for the next £20 note (they did stipulate that they would prefer someone from the art world but other than that the brief is pretty free) comes hot on the heels of the announcement...

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Penny Black Coin

/ Alyson Thomas

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The start of something new THIS month’s cover story is all about the 25th anniversary of the world’s first “coloured” coin—Pobjoy Mint’s innovation to celebrate 150 years of the Penny Black stamp. This won the coveted Coin of the Year (COTY) award in 1992 for “Best Crown” and “Most Innovative...

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Exceptional gold

/ Alyson Thomas

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How to be remembered HOW many of us, I wonder, actually think about why we collect. I know I don’t. I know why I started collecting, I know why I enjoy it and now I realise I collect simply because I can’t not. I could no more stop and leave my collection incomplete than fly in the air, so it has...

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New look for our coinage

/ Alyson Thomas

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On the Face of it Well it’s here!— the new portrait of Her Majesty the Queen that will grace the UK’s coinage for the foreseeable future. This, the fifth and most probably final portrait of Her Majesty (well she is 88 and the last portrait was unveiled 17 years ago so another is unlikely, not...

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The new £1 Coin

/ Phil Mussell

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The reverse design of the new 12-sided £1 coin has been unveiled! Designed by 15 Year Old David Pearce the new look reverse was selected from over 6,000 entries in a public competition. It incorporates four national "plant" symbols of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom, with the...

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Monday is E day!

/ Phil Mussell

No nothing "electronic" this time - here E stands for effigy as Monday March 2 sees the unveiling of the fifth portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. We will have images on here as soon as we get them but we will also be at the official launch on Monday so if you'd like to see the new portrait as soon...

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Britannia's back

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint today (February 27) announced a return for that beloved icon Britannia to our circulating coinage. A rather fetching design has been unveiled for the 2015 £2 coin which, presumably, will also feature the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen

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Lasting Legacy

/ Alyson Thomas

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Picture this… YOU’RE probably reading this “Comment” at the end of February 2015 (with our new email magazine even overseas readers get to see COIN NEWS before the end of the month preceding the cover date!), which means you won’t have seen the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen that is to...

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In memory of Abbey

/ Phil Mussell

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As many of you know our friend and colleague Abbey passed away in November following a brave fight against breast cancer. On April 26 of this year, Klara,  Abbey's best friend, and another of the Token Team, is running the London Marathon in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign and is keen to raise...

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Year of the Goat

/ Alyson Thomas

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Defining “worth” THE recent announcement that a hoard of some 5,000-plus Anglo-Saxon pennies had been discovered, just before Christmas, by a metal detectorist in Buckinghamshire was treated rather differently by different factions of the press. Inevitably the tabloids and their on-line...

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Fair's Fair

/ Phil Mussell

The Token team regularly attend coin and medal fairs up and down the country (and abroad too). We will always update this site with the venues where we will be "stalling out" and if there's ever anything specific you'd like us to bring along for you just drop us a line, we'd be happy to help. ...

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