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Field Find

/ Karen Needs

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All’s fair… IN “News and Views” this month there is a story about a D-Day Anniversary €50 coin struck at the Monnaie de Paris on June 6 and launched at the Pegasus Memorial Museum in conjunction with Samlerhuset. Striking coins “on the day” of an anniversary and having lavish launches for them...

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Anthony (Tony) Schorman

/ Phil Mussell

It's with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Tony Schorman of Lir coins, Dublin on July 11 2019. Tony would have been known to many of our readers in Ireland, having run Lir coins in George's Sreet Arcade for many years and having "stalled out" at most of the Coin fairs in Dublin. Tony...

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Time for York!

/ Phil Mussell

It's July already,  Summer is well and truly upon us, and that means it's time for the York Coin and Medal fair - taking place this very weekend on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 once again at the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. As ever it's free to get in and has two floors packed...

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Hoard reveals its secrets

/ Karen Needs

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200th Anniversary

/ Phil Mussell

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Cashless or less cash? Following the recent “will we or won’t we . . .” interest in the proposed demise of our lowest coin denominations and the ever-growing call by the vociferous few for the banishment of all kinds of cash transactions, we have invited our regular columnist DR KERRY RODGERS to...

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Commemorating D-Day

/ Phil Mussell

To mark the 75th Anniversary of Operation Overlord - the invasion of Northern Europe which started on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with the largest amphibious assault in history - the Royal Mint have launched a commemorative £2 coin featuring the five beaches (Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword) where the...

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Salisbury Show

/ Phil Mussell

The fourth Salisbury Collector’s Show takes place May 17–18, 2019 at its now established venue of Salisbury City Hall (off Fisherton Street), Salisbury, SP2 7TU. Organised by the Salisbury-based and highly respected stamp dealers Dauwalders, the fair has seen visitor numbers increase year on year...

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Round two for Plymouth

/ Phil Mussell

ORGANISERS and promoters of the first Plymouth Antique and Collectors Fair held last November at the Plymouth Guildhall were justifiably pleased with the outcome of their inaugural event. They rightly judged the need for a good collectables fair west of Bristol and are to be commended for locating...

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A British Rarity

/ Alyson Thomas

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One of a kind BACK in February the COIN NEWS team attended the Irish International Show in Dublin and had the privilege to handle (carefully of course) the unique 1952 penny pictured on this month’s front cover and which is now due to come up for auction at Baldwin’s of St James’s on June 12....

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Rule Britannia

/ Karen Needs

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Market forces IN THIS month’s magazine we include an interview with Richard Lobel of Coincraft. The interview was originally supposed to concentrate on Richard’s 60+ years in business, however, as is often the case with these things, the topic strayed a little onto to subject of the secondary...

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Peter's back

/ Phil Mussell

Barely a week after the unveiling of the Stephen Hawking 50p comes the announcement that yet another commemorative 50p is now available from the Royal Mint. This new coin goes back to the Beatrix Potter Theme that has proved so popular in the past few years with Peter Rabbit making yet another...

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Come to Harrogate!

/ Alyson Thomas

The Harrogate Coin Fair takes place this weekend at The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, HG1 2SR. the fair is open from 11am to 6pm on Friday and 9.30am to 3pm on Saturday. Harrogate is a beautiful town and well worth the visit; even if you don't buy any coins you can always go for tea at Betty's!...

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Stephen Hawking 50p unveiled

/ Phil Mussell

The Royal Mint has announced that the life of one of the world’s most well-known physicists, the late Stephen Hawking, is to be celebrated on a 50p coin. The scientist – and his ground-breaking achievements – will be honoured on a 50p piece featuring a design influenced by Hawking’s pioneering...

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A new World record

/ Karen Needs

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Thinking bigger AS many of you will know we also publish a magazine, and a variety of books, on medals (the decoration type as opposed to the medallion type) and we often sum up the difference between coins and medals as, essentially, one being more about the object (the die varieties, the...

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Gruffalo 50p Coming soon

/ Phil Mussell

The latest 50p coin from the Royal Mint features the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson's scary but delightful monster who first appeared in 1999, and is available now. Apparently there are gold, (coloured) silver and BU versions available but it is NOT going to go into general circulation so not one to...

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It's Dublin Time!

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team is once again looking forward to attending the Irish International Coin and Medal fair (now called the Irish Collectors Fair) to be held at the Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, Dublin on the weekend of February 23-24. We love it in the city and are thoroughly looking forward to...

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London Coin Fair Saturday 2nd February

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget it's the first London Coin Fair of 2019 on Saturday February 2 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Coram Street, Bloomsbury. As always the event starts at 9.30am and we will be there with all your old favourites as well as the new Spink Catalogue, our new guide to collecting modern new...

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Year of the Pig

/ Karen Needs

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What makes a complete collection? AS we go to press we learn that Britannia is coming back! She will appear again on the 50p but only for a select few: those who visit the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, South Wales and who “strike their own coin”. Rather interestingly the Royal Mint...

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