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Midland Show Cancelled - for now.

/ Phil Mussell

Unfortunately, the ongoing Coronavirus situation has meant the cancellation of yet more Coin Fairs with the Midland show now not going ahead in either December or January. We'll bring you news on the February show as soon as we are able. 

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Roman record

/ Phil Mussell

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Downs and ups AS WE go to press so England is going in to its second Lockdown, Wales is planning to come out of theirs and Scotland has a five tier system in place that, to my mind rather strangely, starts at tier 0 not tier 1! In short it’s all rather confusing and, if we’re honest, nobody...

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Midland is off

/ Phil Mussell

As will come as no surprise to any of us the Midland Coin Fair for November, due to be held this Sunday (November 8) has now been officially cancelled. The organisers are really, really hoping that the December show will go ahead but if it does it will be at a different, temporary address (the...

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Half price postage

/ Phil Mussell

We aren't daft here at Token Publishing (really we're not, honest) and we know that one of the main reasons people don't buy direct from our website and would rather go to a bookshop or see us at a show, is postage. Unfortunately, the cost of sending a book out has been spiralling ever upwards in...

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Shopping in the time of lockdown

/ Phil Mussell

As England enters its second lockdown some of you may be wondering where you can buy your books and magazines - well we have been told that W H Smith's will continue trading as will Waterstones Bookshops on a click and collect basis.   Whilst you probably won't be able to browse for long in WH...

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Britannia Rules!

/ Karen Needs

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Whilst the iron is hot IT SEEMS I was a tad too optimistic with my Editorial comment last month when I spoke about the return of the Bloomsbury Fair that would herald a start to the “new season” and lead on to the other autumn shows. The continuing presence of the Coronavirus, at least in terms...

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New diversity 50p launched

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint has unveiled a brand new circulating coin, a 50p celebrating the "diversity which built Britain".  There are, apparently, more designs celebrating diversity and inclusivity set to follow. The Royal Mint has also been working in partnership with the West India Committee to offer a...

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Despite our best hopes the January York Coin Fair, due to take place on January 23-24 2021, has fallen foul of the Coronavirus restrictions and has, very sadly, been cancelled. Hopefully the next fair will still take place in July 2021. More information in the next issue of COIN NEWS on Sale...

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Fair update

/ Phil Mussell

Sadly the London Coin Fair, originally scheduled for November 7 has now been cancelled. However, the Midland Coin Fair taking place on Sunday, November 8 WILL go ahead as things stand – but not in its usual venue. The Motorcycle Museum, where the show is usually held is currently closed so the...

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NYINC cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

Sadly the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) has become the latest Coin Show to succumb to Coronavirus measures, with it now being confirmed that the show will not take place in January 2021 as planned. Formally at the Waldorf Astoria, and more recently at the Grand Hyatt by...

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Tudor treasures

/ Phil Mussell

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Back at it! IT IS with great gladness, even relief, that we can report that the Bloomsbury Coin Fair is back on! The first show of the new “numismatic season”, usually ushered in by Coinex, will take place at the usual venue, the Royal National Hotel in Bloomsbury, London on October 3. As luck...

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Bloomsbury? We spoke too soon

/ Phil Mussell

Very sadly John Philpotts has announced the cancellation of the October 3 Bloomsbury show. We had been so pleased to hear it had been going ahead (even wrote about it in the COIN NEWS Editor's Comment this month) and hoped that its return would herald the start of more shows coming back,  but the...

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The Royal Mint, in collaboration with Agatha Christie Limited (who knew that was a thing??) is celebrating ‘100 years of Mystery’ with a new commemorative £2 coin. The £2 coin, which won't go into circulation, coincides with the centenary of Dame Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious...

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Fair updates

/ Phil Mussell

We all know the "rule of six" is being brought in to England on Monday, September 14 but how will that affect Coin and Medal fairs? Well according to government guidelines only socialising in groups of more than six is forbidden, venues are allowed to remain open as long as groups within them...

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Noble Endeavours

/ Karen Needs

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A bid in the hand THIS MONTH we feature a letter from Michael Naxton, emeritus curator of the Lord Ashcroft medal collection but also well known to many in the coin world too from his time working at various major auction houses. His letter was originally sent to our sister magazine MEDAL NEWS...

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COIN SHOW UPDATE!

/ Phil Mussell

The biggies (ANA and Coinex) have fallen foul of Covid measures but, as things slowly get back to normal, so there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are hopeful that we will see a return to coin fairs before the end of the year.  The Government has announced that conferences and...

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Golden Wonder

/ Phil Mussell

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What’s next? SO it’s month three of “lockdown”? Or is it month four? I’m losing track I’m afraid. I know I need a haircut and know that I’d quite like somebody else to do the cooking and washing up but apart from that my life, and I suspect the lives of many of us, hasn’t changed dramatically....

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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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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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