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Stay up to date with the latest coin, banknote & medal news plus the Token Publishing Blog.

Coin News

Coinex falls foul of Covid

/ Phil Mussell

The latest Coin Fair to be cancelled because of the ongoing Coronavirus issues is, very sadly, the British Numismatic Trade Association's flagship event, COINEX. Seen by many as the start of the new "season" the event, held in the Biltmore Hotel (previously the Millenium Hotel) Grosvenor Square,...

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Gold Coin for a Celtic King

/ Phil Mussell

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Cashing out ONE of the knock on effects of the Coronavirus pandemic has been the reduction in cash use. Those shops that have stayed open have either discouraged people spending notes and coins or banned them completely. Ostensibly this aversion to cash has been to help “stop the spread” of the...

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ANA: World's Fair of Money Suspended

/ Phil Mussell

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has just announced the suspension of the 2020 World’s Fair of Money. The show, originally scheduled for August 4-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the largest annual coin and paper-currency event in the United States. The ANA Board of Governors has been...

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New mint discovery

/ Phil Mussell

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This too shall pass IT WAS, perhaps, inevitable, but we now learn that the York Coin Fair, scheduled for July 17 and 18, has been cancelled. We all fervently hope that this current crisis is well behind us by then but, realistically, we must expect there to be still be some restrictions and...

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Hello!

/ Phil Mussell

Just making sure everybody is OK out there...you should be receiving your COIN NEWS in the post any minute, the digital magazine will be going out on Friday 22. For those of you having trouble with the post (particularly overseas) hang in there, your magazine will get to you eventually we promise...

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As was expected the York Coin Fair has fallen foul of the Coronavirus restrictions and the July show has, very sadly, been cancelled. the next fair will take place on January 22-23 2021. More information in COIN NEWS JUNE

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Coin Fair Cancellations

/ Phil Mussell

It seems that the Midland Coin Show, already cancelled for May, will also not take place in June - we await to hear news about the later shows. Eddie Smith is still hoping to go ahead with his Wakefield shows in July and August (and beyond) but everything will very much depend on government...

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Colin Narbeth

/ Phil Mussell

It is with sadness that we learn of the death of Colin Narbeth, founder and member #1 of the International Banknote Society (IBNS), aged 90.  Having worked with Stanley Gibbons, Coincraft and running Colin Narbeth and Son in Cecil Court, London, he has been a well-known figure in the banknote...

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Global Trade

/ Karen Needs

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Standing strong together FIRST thing’s first—I hope you are all well and that this current crisis hasn’t impacted on you too much. I am aware that many of our readers are over 70 and I hope that you will be taking whatever precautions you feel necessary to stay safe. We are, in a way,...

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How are you all doing?

/ Phil Mussell

Hope you're all staying safe... Don't forget if you're stuck for something to read then there's the BRAND NEW book by Peter Thompson "The Story of the Coins and Tokens of the British World" to keep you occupied or, if you're a subscriber to either magazine (even a digital subscriber) then...

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Check out our Archive!

/ Phil Mussell

Staying in? Catch up on your reading! Did you know that as a subscriber to either COIN NEWS or MEDAL NEWS you get FREE access to over a decade's worth of back issues online? Simply log in to your account and click on "Digital Magazines" - they're all there (both titles - why not take a...

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We at Token are still very much up and running (following government guidelines of course, everyone is bring kept safe we promise) and we are still producing COIN NEWS and MEDAL NEWS just as we always do. We realise that a lot of the usual shops aren't open for you to buy your copy but we can...

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20% off all books!

/ Phil Mussell

If you find yourself at a loose end whilst staying at home why not catch up on your research, cataloguing or reading?  We're still here fulfilling orders (with a skeleton staff all at a safe distance, of course) so why not buy that book you've always promised yourself? You'll have the chance to...

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We're still standing!

/ Phil Mussell

We're running with a skeleton staff from the office (most are working from home) and each member of staff has their own office and own parking space too so we are staying safe - but we are still here! We are happy to fulfill any orders (all books are 20% off just use 20off at checkout) and MEDAL...

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A Statement from DNW

/ Phil Mussell

Dear MEDAL NEWS and COIN NEWS readers Please note that in response to Covid19 and the temporary on/off restriction of movement that this is likely to entail for many of our customers across the world, we are planning to utilise all of our online capabilities to host an increased number of...

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Coin Fair Cancellations

/ Phil Mussell

As was perhaps inevitable the coin fairs are bearing the brunt of the Government's measures as far as numismatics are concerned. We can still collect, auctions can go online but sadly you can't have a Coin Fair without mixing with people.  The latest shows to announce that they are cancelling...

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Trial of the Pyx

/ Karen Needs

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Those were the days THIS month we learn that the Bexley Coin Club, the last numismatic society in Kent, is to close its doors after over half a century. Falling membership has, inevitably, led to its demise; it wasn’t the first victim of those circumstances and unfortunately we doubt it will be...

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Wakefield Coin Show

/ Phil Mussell

As was, perhaps, inevitable, the Monthly Wakefiled (Leeds) coin show due to be held at the Cedar Court Hotel, just off junction 39 of the M1 on March 29, has been cancelled. Eddie has actually decided to cancel the next four months' shows "just in case" with the next one scheduled to take place on...

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The name's Mint, Royal Mint

/ Phil Mussell

The Royal Mint has announced the launch of its James Bond commemorative coin and gold bar collection ahead of the release of the 25 th James Bond film, No Time To Die . The collection includes a number of Royal Mint firsts – a 7 kilo gold coin, which is the largest coin with the highest face...

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Rarity at auction

/ Karen Needs

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Worth a look THE end of January saw one thing dominate the news in the UK—that was, of course, Brexit and, from our point of view, the Brexit 50p. The COIN NEWS team (well Phil anyway) was called on to do numerous radio interviews and asked by various websites and newspapers to give a viewpoint...

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It's Dublin Time!

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team (well Phil at least) will once again be attending the Irish International Coin and Medal fair this weekend (February 22-23) at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Anglesea Road Entrance, in Ballsbridge. Dublin 4. We love it in the city and are thoroughly looking forward to visiting...

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2020 Vision

/ Phil Mussell

Today's the day! Yes on 20/02/2020 (see what they did there) the new £20 featuring JMW Turner, the "Painter of Light" and his famous painting " The Fighting Temeraire ". The new polymer note (made of the same material as the Churchill £5 and the Austen £10) has a number of new security features...

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A roaring success?

/ Phil Mussell

Hot on the heels of the Brexit 50p, and the music legends Queen 50p, come the latest designs to grace the curved heptagon - the Dinosauria Collection - the first time a dinosaur has featured on an official UK coin.  The Dinosauria Collection is a new series celebrating Britain’s contribution to...

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The Brexit 50p

/ Phil Mussell

As you can't have failed to notice, one of the most controversial coins of the decimal era goes into circulation on January 31. The design of the so-called "Brexit 50p", minted to mark the UK leaving the European Union, was unveiled last year but, of course, the date has had to be changed...

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London Coin Fair Saturday 1st February

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget it's the first London Coin Fair of 2020 this Saturday, February 1, 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 BRAND NEW COIN YEARBOOK 2020, the BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK...

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Year of the rat

/ Karen Needs

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Defining boundaries AS IS our habit we are once again dedicating the February front cover of COIN NEWS to the Chinese Lunar New Year coins that already abound. This year, as Dr Kerry Rodgers so eloquently points out in his article (pages 39–41) is the Year of the Rat (or more precisely the year...

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New record for a British Coin

/ Phil Mussell

An Edward VIII sovereign, one of only six minted as patterns before the king abdicated in 1936, has sold for a record £1m in the US. Bought by a private collector, it is thought that the coin will now make its way back to Britain having been in America since it was last sold in 2014 for the then...

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Come to York!

/ Phil Mussell

It's time once again for the York Coin and Medal fair - taking place this very weekend on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 once again at the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. As ever it's free to get in and has two floors packed with dealers, auctioneers and, of course the Token...

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