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Coin News

Our new website

/ Phil Mussell

We are in the process of developing a new look website and we would like your opinion on how it should look. Is there anything about this site you don't like? Anything you think is great? Anything you'd like to see less of? More of? Do you like the colours? Is it functional? Easy to use? Let us...

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A new coin for Christmas

/ Phil Mussell

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Faking it THE Royal Mint Museum recently announced that they were to display one of their choicest pieces—a sovereign from the curtailed reign of Edward VIII; one of 49 coins featuring the Monarch that the museum holds, coins that were all ready for mass production but which never made it in to...

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Just in time for Christmas

/ Phil Mussell

Our new COLLECTOR'S CHOICE product catalogue is available now! Chock full of books and accessories for the coin, medal and banknote hobbies the new catalogue is a great place to start your Christmas shopping. You can either download it from our homepage or call 01404 46972 and we'll send you a...

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Are you going to the London Coin Fair this weekend? As usual, it is held at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury on November 5th 9.30am-4pm. Go to our facebook page at facebook.com/TokenPublishing for a £5 off voucher for any Token Publishing product at our usual table. Please share this voucher with your...

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Ecclesiastical Moneyers

/ Alyson Thomas

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Ripped off? IN late September the BBC One Programme “Rip Off Britain” included a segment on coins and coin collecting. In the piece a gentleman named Paul was told by an “expert auctioneer” (not I hasten to add from a specialist numismatic house but rather one from a general auctioneer that...

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Woman of Note

/ Phil Mussell

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Symbolic of something One of the big stories in the numismatic world at the end of the Summer Silly Season was the decision by an on-line auction house to ban the listing of a coin on its German site because it was deemed “hateful or discriminatory”. The reason? Said coin clearly depicted a...

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London time

/ Phil Mussell

It's the London Coin Fair on Saturday (September 3- how is it September already?) and the Token Team (well Phil anyway) will be there with the BRAND NEW Krause 1901-2000 & 2001 - date as well as a chance to order the BRAND NEW COIN YEARBOOK POST FREE. As always the show starts at 9.30am and takes...

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Winners once again!

/ Phil Mussell

COIN NEWS is on a winning streak - the April 2016 issue was voted Best Issue in World Numismatic Magazines by the Numismatic Literary Guild at the ANA in Anaheim in early August - that's the third year running!

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Two Emperors of Britain

/ Phil Mussell

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Seek and ye shall find HERE’S a quick question for you all: why do you collect? Not why do you collect ancients, hammered, milled or whatever, nor why do you collect coins, but why do you collect? My bet is that as well as coins you also probably collect something else too—postcards maybe?...

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Coin Survey

/ Phil Mussell

We have been asked by New View Market Services to help with their survey of the coin hobby - we are happy to do so! Press and keep a Silver Round Pound The opportunity to press and keep your own Silver Round Pound during a VIP Tour of the Royal Mint for the winner in a new Online Survey Those...

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Roman Revelation

/ Alyson Thomas

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Looking on the bright side SO we voted “out” . . . as we go to press with this issue of COIN NEWS we are experiencing a few of the promised (threatened?) effects of the “leave” vote in the Brexit referendum with the Stock Exchange fluctuating wildly (some companies making a killing, others dying...

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It's almost York time

/ Phil Mussell

It's nearly July and that means it's almost York time! The York Coin and Medal fair is nearly upon us, taking place on Friday July 15th and Saturday July 16th once again at the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. The show one of the most popular events around amongst dealers and collectors alike...

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Royal Mint

/ Alyson Thomas

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It’s an Experience… EVERY reader of COIN NEWS will have heard of the Royal Mint, indeed I’m fairly sure you’d be hard pressed to find anyone in the country, collector or not, who hasn’t heard of the august organisation—even if they do get them confused with the Bank of England sometimes and...

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The Spanish Armada

/ Phil Mussell

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Worthy of note BANKNOTES have been in the news recently–—on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only have there been some excellent sales with some simply stunning prices paid (a unique Palestinian £100 trial piece hammered at £85,000, a Straits Settlement $1,000 hammered at £70,000 and a St Lucia 5...

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1933 penny sells for £72,000

/ Phil Mussell

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One of only four pattern versions of the iconic 1933 Penny has sold at Baldwins for a staggering £72,000. Created by moneyer Andre Lavrillier the coin never went into full scale production with only seven 1933 pennies ever being officially struck - to be used in time capsules in the cornerstones of...

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Royal gift sells at Spink

/ Alyson Thomas

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Investing in the future WELL, OK, it’s time to bite the bullet and talk about something we rarely cover in COIN NEWS: the dreaded “I” word, Investment. . . . Already I hear dedicated numismatists across the country, indeed the world, tut-tutting and preparing to close their magazine in disgust at...

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Dublin time - again!

/ Phil Mussell

Yes, we are heading to Dublin again this weekend to attend the inaugural April show on Sunday April 10 - held at the Royal Dublin Society (Anglesea Road). We enjoyed our time in the fair city in February so much we couldn't resist coming back - see you there from 11.00am!!

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Coins in the Windy City

/ Phil Mussell

Are you in the Mid-West of The USA? Do you fancy a trip to the City of Big Shoulders? This year's Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) takes place on April 14-17 in a new venue - the Donald E. Stephen's Convention Centre, Rosemont Illinois (a suburb of Chicago near O'Hare Airport) familiar to...

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Happy 90th Birthday

/ Alyson Thomas

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Making new friends OVER the years of writing this “Comment” some subjects have cropped up time and again and, I confess, that there are times when I am concerned that regular readers will get as much of a sense of déjà vu reading this column as I sometimes get writing it. Over the past 30...

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It's Harrogate Time

/ Phil Mussell

The Harrogate Spring Coin Fair takes place this Friday (March 18) and Saturday at The Old Swan Hotel. There will be over 40 dealers in attendance and whilst the Token Team can't make it there will be plenty of other people to see! Opening times are 11 am Friday and 9.30 am Saturday so there's...

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Viking Hoard

/ Alyson Thomas

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Lost treasures? THIS MONTH Jeremy Cheek’s fascinating article on Treasures from the Royal Collection focuses on some pattern coins that few knew existed. I won’t spoil the surprise here (you can read the article on pages 35–36) but suffice to say the sets of these patterns housed in the Royal...

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London Calling

/ Phil Mussell

The first London Coin Fair of 2016 takes place on Saturday February 6, and as ever the Token Team will be there! The show, which is held, as always at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury (in Coram Street, just off Russell Square) opens at 9.30am and shuts at 5.00pm but get there in the morning if you...

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Year of the Monkey

/ Phil Mussell

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OVER THE MOON FOR as long as I can remember, COIN NEWS (and its predecessor COIN & MEDAL NEWS) has, round about the February issue, featured an animal of some kind: a fluffy rabbit, a bemused sheep, a playful dog, a slithering snake, etc., overlaid with pictures of coins from mints across the...

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