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General News

New coin designs for 2014

/ Phil Mussell

We've already covered this in the January edition of COIN NEWS but here are the designs again for those of you who haven't seen the mag!! Check out the BBC

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Plastic fantastic

/ Phil Mussell

It seems that the much talked about polymer ("plastic") notes for Britain are to be a reality in just two years. according to the BBC the Bank of England (BofE) intends to introduce them as early as 2016. The official BofE press release of December 18 2013 States "The Bank of England is today...

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Compliments of the Season

/ Phil Mussell

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We'd like to wish all of our readers and customers the very best for Christmas 2013 and a very happy New Year 2014. We are closing the office on Friday December 20 at 1.00pm and reopening on Monday January 6 2013 at 9.00am. Our first show of the year is the NYINC in New York on January 9-12 at the...

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the 213/14 edition of our collectors choice catalogue - detailing all of our products - is a available now. For your copy simply call 01404 44166 or email sales@tokenpublishing.com . Alternatively you can download a pdf version from our homepage!

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Yate Militaria Fair

/ Carol

Don’t forget! The West Country (Yate) Medal Fair is on this Sunday (24th) at the Yate Leisure Centre, Kennedy Way, Yate, Nr Chipping Sodbury, Bristol BS37 4DQ. The Fair is well established with good attendance from dealers and collectors alike. The venue has catering facilities for that welcome...

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Dealers at Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

The last Britannia of 2013 takes place on November 17 at the Victory Service Club, Seymour Street, London with the best range of medals on offer anywhere so far this year.   Dealers and auctioneers in attendance include: Baldwins Bonhams Andrew Bostock Gary Brown Philip Burman John...

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Heading North

/ Phil Mussell

We'll be heading up the M5/M42/A42/M1 (yes it's a long way) again on Sunday (October 26) to  attend Eddie Smith's "Leeds" show at the Cedar Court Hotel Wakefield, just off junction 39 of the M1 Eddie's show has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we always like to support it if we...

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New $100 bill

/ Phil Mussell

We knew it was coming, in fact we've known about if for some years - and now it's finally here, the new $100 bill with added security features - and colour! The more colourful notes were first introduced in the US some years ago and now you'll see all notes with a little more on them than just...

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Striking the new Christening Coin

/ Phil Mussell

An interesting look behind the scenes at the Royal Mint by the BBC

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New Christening Coin

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint has announced the release of a new coin design to celebrate the forthcoming Christening of Prince George of Cambridge. The coin, which will come in Platinum (5oz with an issue limit of 100), gold (a full kilo - limited to just 22 coins- and 5oz, issue limit 500 coins), Silver (again...

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Operational Honours and Awards

/ Phil Mussell

The latest Operational Honours and Awards have been announced and can be found on the MOD website  it contains a simply stunning array of gallantry awards including 3 CGCs for Afghanistan, a George Medal and Four QGMs!

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North and South for medals

/ Phil Mussell

After two weekends away (the OMRS and Coinex) the Token team are taking this weekend off but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of things going on in the medal world. This Sunday sees Andrew Jukes' monthly fair in Outwood's Memorial Hall (near Wakefield/Leeds) and Ray Brough's show is taking...

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Coming to Coinex?

/ Phil Mussell

The BNTA's flagship COINEX show takes place this weekend (September 27/28) at the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London. With dozens of dealers from around the world in attendance this really is the UK's premier coin fair and it's well worth coming along if you can. Entry is a...

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Ploughman £10 at Whyte's

/ Phil Mussell

Dublin Auctioneers Whyte's, see a good price (14,000 Euros) for the rare Knox signed Northern Bank £10 "Ploughman" the rarest of the series

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Plastic notes?

/ Phil Mussell

It seems that the Bank of England is one step closer to issuing "plastic (polymer) banknotes. Already in use elsewhere (notably Australia) the polymer notes have their advantages but are we really ready for the change? For more details check out the BBC or the Official Bank of England Press...

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It's OMSA time!

/ Phil Mussell

The annual Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) show takes place this week (August 8-11) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Milwaukee Airport. We'll be there (as always) and it would be great to say hello to old friends and new ones alike. If you haven't registered yet well that's OK - the public...

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Are you going to OMSA?

/ Phil Mussell

The annual Orders and Medals Society of America show takes place next week (August 8-11) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Milwaukee Airport. We'll be there (as always) and it would be great to say hello to old friends and new ones alike. If you haven't registered yet well that's OK - the public "open"...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen during a burglary from an address in Potters Bar, Herts on the 23 rd July 2013 were the following medals:   1 x South Atlantic medal. Awarded to ‘WEM(R)1 MS Duffin D183608C HMS Arrow’ 1 x Police long service and good conduct medal, engraved Ch Insp M Duffin 187902 1...

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Jane Austen on the £10

/ Phil Mussell

We'll never really know whether this was planned all along or a knee jerk reaction to the recent furore over Elizabeth Fry being replaced on the fiver but whatever the reason it appears that Jane Austen is officially to appear on the £10... see the BBC for further details

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Joe Miceli

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our long term friend Giuseppe (Joe) Miceli. Joe, an Italian immigrant who started in the coin and medal trade over 40 years ago was known to many of us, collectors and dealers alike, as a real "character", a kind, generous man who was always...

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It's nearly York time!

/ Phil Mussell

I can't quite believe it but the York Coin and Medal fair is almost upon us once again Next Friday and Saturday will see the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse play host to a large number of dealers all of whom are guaranteed to carry some fantastic stock! The fair starts at 11.00am on Friday...

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This Saturday (June 22nd) sees the Devon and Exeter Numismatic Society hold their first new members and valuation day - come along to the St James' Centre, Stadium Way, Exeter between 10am and 4pm to say hello!!

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Another theft...

/ Phil Mussell

A group of four to Colonel R Steele TERRITORIAL DECORATION CSM 2 BARS SOUTH ARABIA NORTHERN IRELAND (LT RCT) ACCUMULATED SERVICE (MAJOR ASH) UN CYPRUS   Any info to the MEDAL NEWS office please

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Stolen DFM

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen from Perpignan in the south of France on 17th May this year DFM, 39-45 Star, Defence and War as awarded to 2204704 A/F Sgt E V Taylor (actually Ernest Vaughan-Taylor) of 156 Squadron (medals all in black presentation box) Any information to Gendarme in charge: Maréchal Thierry...

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New record for rupee

/ Carol

News has reached us that the Baldwin’s sale of The David Fore Collection saw the cover coin, the 1839 Rupee, set a new world record for a silver British Indian coin. This is the first silver British Indian coin to sell for a six figure sum and it made £132,000 against an estimate of £60,000.

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More missing medals

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen on May 24 from Edmonton, North London: Memorial plaque and 1914 trio to EDWARD ARTHUR WISE. Any information contact Warren McWilliams 07887 543 171 wozmcwill@hotmail.com

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Stolen BEM

/ Phil Mussell

On Thursday 2 May 2013, a British Empire Medal awarded to Vernon Harold Sellwood for bravery in the Auxiliary Fire Service in 1941 was stolen from the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth. His name is engraved along the edge of the medal. Any information relating to this theft would be gratefully received....

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Tweet Tweet!

/ Phil Mussell

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We're officially on Twitter - you can follow us on @coinsandmedals Keep abreast of all numismatic and medal news, find out where we'll be (and real time updates on what the show is like) learn about our new books, what's coming up in the magazine and much, much more! We can't promise you wit...

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We won't get it for a while but when we do the new £5 note will bear the face of Sir Winston Churchill - arguably one of the finest, and most recognisable of all Britons. The new note, which won't grace our purses, wallets or ATMs until 2016, will feature the face of "Winnie" taken from a...

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Sad loss

/ Carol

It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of the UK’s most popular medal dealers, Fred Walland. Fred was a well known face at many leading fairs and in particular the Britannia Medal Fair which he originally founded with Malcolm and Jeannie Gordon. A pioneer of the hobby of medal...

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To err is human!

/ Carol

There were embarrassed faces at the Central Bank of Ireland as it was revealed that the new 10 euro coin issued to commemorate legendary Irish author James Joyce had an extra word erroneously added to a famous James Joyce quote. As well as an image of Joyce there are three sentences from his...

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Yate Militaria Fair

/ Carol

The Token Team, John and Carol in this instance as Phil is away in the US at the Chicago International Coin Fair, will be attending the Mark Carter Yate Medal & Militaria Fair on Sunday 21st April. As well as Medal News magazine, all of the Token titles will be available including the very latest...

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Medal Theft in Gleadless

/ Phil Mussell

South Yorkshire Police have informed us of a large collection going missing from a house in Gleadless, Sheffield in March - the collection, which includes Victorian campaign (NGS, MGS, Mutiny, Crimea and more) right up to WWII is beginning to appear on the market now and the police are asking us...

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VC for Afghanistan

/ Phil Mussell

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L/Cpl James Ashworth of the 1 Battalion Grenadier Guards who was killed in June 2012 whilst on a reconnaissance patrol in Afghanistan has been awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. Speaking at the time of L/Cpl Ashworth's death his commanding officer said "He was killed while fighting his way...

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The MOD has announced the following as criteria for the new awards (taken from www.veterans-uk.info )   Bomber Command Clasp to the 1939-45 Star   A Clasp to the 1939-45 Star is granted to the aircrew of Bomber Command who served for at least sixty days, or completed a tour of...

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Stratford on Sunday!

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the first Stratford Upon Avon Medal and Militaria show of 2013 takes place this Sunday (March 10). We love going to Stratford, the town is lovely and well worth a visit and Mark Carter's show, held at the Leisure centre right in the centre of town isn't too shabby either! And yes...

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DNW Date Change

/ Phil Mussell

To avoid a clash with the Bonhams sale on Wednesday March 27 the DNW two day medal sale has now been moved to Monday March 25 and Tuesday March 26 - that will make for an impressive three days in the capital!

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Bomber Command Clasp - update

/ Phil Mussell

Following on from the February MEDAL NEWS Editorial it seems that the forthcoming Bomber Command clasp will be attached to the 1939-45 star. More information, and a look at the design, when we have it

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Arctic Star - the design

/ Phil Mussell

Readers of the Editorial in February's MEDAL NEWS will know that we aren't necessarily fans of the new Arctic Star (or rather what it represents in medal terms and what it could mean for the future) however whatever we think it is news so we must report it! According to the Daily Mail's website ...

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Bromley Burglary - an update

/ Phil Mussell

Further to the item in COIN NEWS March regarding the robbery on January 12/13 it seems that the thieves who stole most of Peter Morris' Stock may not have been terribly bright...it seems that there are individuals in custody having been caught putting items on an on-line auction site that were...

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Cromwell "Broad" at auction

/ Carol

Fellows auctioneers will be offering an Oliver Cromwell gold “Broad” in their forthcoming specialist Coins & Medals sale. Being in very fine condition the coin is considered an extremely rare example and therefore attracts an estimate of £7,000-9,000. Designed by Thomas Simon and depicting a bust...

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New World Record!

/ Phil Mussell

Stack's Bower's Galleries have set a new WORLD RECORD with the sale of a 1794 Silver dollar - which fetched a stunning $10,016,875! That's nearly £6.5 million! The auction, held on January 24 2013 saw the previous record of $7, 590,020 (for the 1933 Double Eagle) eclipsed by nearly 40%. For more...

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Jim Wallwork RIP

/ Phil Mussell

Jim Wallwork DFM, glider pilot who took part in the famed Pegasus Bridge Coup de Main on June 6 1944 has died aged 93 at his home in Vancouver, Canada. Wallwork is often referred to as the "first allied soldier in France on D-Day" as when he landed his Horsa glider the impact was great enough to...

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New York, New York!

/ Carol

It's all go in the Big Apple from January 10–13 as the 41st annual ancient coin extravaganza gets under way. Held at the Waldof Astoria, 301 Park Avenue the fair provides a fantastic start to the numismatic calendar and just $10 will buy you a pass for the whole three days. Many superb auctions are...

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Vigo leads the way

/ Carol

Gorringes Auctioneers achieved what may well be a record price for a coin sold in a provincial auction house as the 1703 Queen Anne Vigo five guineas in their December 6 sale was knocked down at an amazing £240,000. For the full story see the February edition of COIN NEWS.

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