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

General News

Dimitri Loulakakis

/ Carol

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of numismatic legend, Dimitri Loulalakis. Dimitri was one of the "old guard", respected by his fellow dealers, admired by the many collectors he helped over the years and held in high affection by those who knew him. Always with cigar in hand, he...

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Coming soon....

/ Phil Mussell

New from Token in the New Year - Honour those mentioned in the Great War! Yes every single gazetted "Mention in Despatches" for Officers and men of British and Dominion forces in World War I is listed for the very first time all together! Covering three volumes this incredible work has taken...

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Lt Col. Ashley Tinson

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Lt Colonel Ashley Tinson. Ashley was a good friend of ours and authored two of our most popular books - "Medals Will be Worn" and Wearing your medals in Civilian clothes" as well as a number of other works. The announcement of his death came...

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Lost in transit?

/ Phil Mussell

Missing in the post between the UK and Canada ,      C asualty (WW1) Queens South Africa Medal (no clasp) named to J Clarke, LG.STO.2.CL. HMS Partridge.   John Clarke was born at Field Dalling, Norfolk. Clarke was discharged Dead 22nd September 1914 when HMS Cressey was sunk by a...

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Stop Thief - a success story

/ Phil Mussell

Good News at last! The following appeared on-line in May 2009   "Sadly the number of medals going missing seems to be increasing - keep your eyes and ears open for these if you would - any info to the MEDAL NEWS Office please Stolen May 16: D.S.M. awarded to p/jx385418 P.R.W. Houghton...

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A Woking Weekend

/ Phil Mussell

Mark Carter's new show at Woking takes place this Sunday at the Woking Leisure Centre (GU22 9BA for those with Sat Navs, follow the brown Leisure Centre Signs if you haven't got such new fangled technology...)  and despite some jetlag after the summer holidays we'll be there this time (we missed...

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Gold coins stolen

/ Carol

Bucks Coins of Dereham in Norfolk has had seven rare gold coins stolen from his premises by a man described as tall, well built, with short bleached blond hair and an Eastern European accent, possibly Polish. The coins stolen were: Henry VIII Sov [1544-7] mm. S Southwark Mint Henry VIII Sov, first...

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We are a winner!

/ Carol

IT was doughnuts all round for the Token team when news reached us that COIN NEWS and its writers had picked up no less than three prestigious awards at the recent Numismatic Literary Guild ceremony in Chicago—including the coveted Best Issue for an international magazine which was awarded for our...

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Stop Thief...

/ Phil Mussell

Between Monday 7 th July 2014 and Wednesday 9 th July 2014, an unknown offender has stolen items of military memorabilia which belong  to the widow of Air Vice Marshall PEIRSE RAF.  The items stolen include flying log books dating back to about 1947 until about 1985, an Air...

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New Medal Record!

/ Phil Mussell

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The only Victoria Cross awarded for the Tibet Campaign has sold for a record £408,000 (including 20% premium) at Morton & Eden in London. It will shortly go on display at the Ashcroft Trust Gallery at the Imperial War Museum. The VC was awarded to Lieutenant (later Colonel) John Duncan Grant...

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New look Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint have unveiled a new look for their gold and silver bullion "Britannia" series - a series that now includes a 1/40th of an ounce coin! More in COIN NEWS August!

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Stop Thief!

/ Carol

Stolen June 17 from Louis Bannon's shop in the Royal Arcade, Cardiff, an Edward Medal (Mines) to Evan Owens. This bronze medal had been gilded therefore has a gold appearance. Any information to Louis Bannon 07968 855288 or 02920221528.

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary at Rolvenden Layne, Kent, in mid-June - two frames of family medals, comprising:   A full-size group of three awarded to Colonel Robert Atkins, Indian Army , in a glazed frame:   Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-59, no clasp Afghanistan Medal 1878-80,...

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Anyone know where the medal is http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-27702691   Could it have been exchanged for the GC? Let us know if you know! phil@tokenpublishing.com  01404 46972

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Stop Thief!

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen: Medals to N029166G Lt Col Alexander Nicholas Jenzen.  40 Cdo RM   The Medals taken are as follows –   GSM Northern Ireland (Lt AN Jenzen RM OSM Sierra Leone (Capt AN Jenzen RM) Iraq (Capt AN Jenzen  RM) Afghanistan (Maj AN Jenzen RM) Queens ...

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Asst Surgeon T B Davis MGS

/ Phil Mussell

Back in 2009 we issued a STOP THIEF alert regarding a medal that was stolen in a burglary in Bridport - an MGS to Asst Surgeon T B Davis. It later transpired that this medal, and we believe the accompanying Crimea Medal, had in fact been pawned by the owner and was not part of the robbery. We...

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Fake £2 coin!

/ Phil Mussell

In recent months the news has been full of stories of fake £1 coins and how to detect them but we haven't, until now, heard of a fake £2 - especially not one as good as the example we found. Weighing in at exactly the same weight as a genuine one, the fake is only detectable through it's "soapy"...

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Clydesdale Bank has announced that from next year they will issue notes made from "plastic" (in fact polymer) ahead of the introduction of similar notes by the Bank of England in 2016. The new £5 note, which features the Forth Rail Bridge, will go into circulation as limited edition in 2015...

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Really this is just a chance to take another pop at the 1p coin but it's quite a good article on the demise of the 1/2p http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27467675

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Record Breaker!

/ Phil Mussell

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A.H Baldwin and Son Ltd had a cracking sale on May 8 with an Elizabeth II 1953 Gold Proof Sovereign fetching no less than £384,000. However even that wasn't the highlight of the day as the 1937 Edward VIII Gold Proof Sovereign, the only one that a private collector can own, fetched a staggering...

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Posthumous Dickin Medal Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

The PDSA's Dickin Medal - the award popularly known as the "Animal VC" is to be awarded posthumously to Sasha a four year old Labrador, trained to detect explosives, who was killed, along with her handler l/Cpl Kenneth Rowe in a Taliban attack in 2008. Sasha was attached to the 2nd Battalion the...

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As per page 8 of this month's MEDAL NEWS here is the list of Staffordshire Regimental Medals that were stolen some 40 years ago....   John Raynor, 38 th , 1 MGS with Corunna, Salamanca;                Wm Clarke, 38 th , 1 MGS with Busaco, Badajoz, St Sebastian; J Clarke, 38 th...

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The "old" £50 note to go

/ Phil Mussell

The "Houblon" £50 note is to be demonetised this week (Wednesday April 30) but despite what this BBC article says you don't need to take them to the Bank of England to get them changed up - most high street banks will do it for you. Demonetised just means you can't spend them in the shops but...

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Royal Mint Visitor Centre

/ Phil Mussell

It seems that the Royal Mint is to have a visitor centre according to a Press Release today (April 24).   For the first time in its 1,000 year history, Britain’s oldest manufacturing organisation based now in Llantrisant, South Wales, will officially open its doors to the general public,...

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Canadian Coin Success

/ Phil Mussell

The recent Heritage Auction, held in conjunction with the CICF in Chicago saw some strong prices being paid across the board - of particular note was the Newfoundland 1865 $2 trial piece that fetched a stunning US$102,000. Take a look at the story here . Apparently the coin is already up for sale...

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A new £1 coin

/ Phil Mussell

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It has just been announced that the UK is to have a new £1 coin! the 12 sided bimetallic coin will be introduced in 2017 to try to combat counterfeiting. We will of course have more details, and more pictures, as we get them. The BBC has its own take on the story on its website. The 12 sided...

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Britannia Time

/ Phil Mussell

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Sunday March 16 sees the first Britannia Medal Fair  of 2014 at the Carisbrooke Hall, Victory Services Club, Seymour Street, London from 9.30 until 2.00pm The Dealers attending are as follows: Baldwins Bonhams Bostock Medals Gary Brown Philip Burman John Cannon Mark Carter Mark...

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Britannia Mules?

/ Phil Mussell

An interesting article from our friend Jeff Starck over at Coin World on Britannia errors We'll look into this and let you know more when we find out! *update* apparently these do exist - Jeff was in contact with Llantrisant and they confirmed the existence of the mules. The official...

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There's gold in them there hills...

/ Phil Mussell

Ever wished you could just stumble across a fortune whilst out walking? Well apparently it happens - at least according to the BBC . Whilst we at COIN NEWS are very happy for them we can't help but feel just a little envious...

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Britannia- March 16

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the next Britannia show - it's to be held on Sunday March 16 at the usual venue - the Carisbrooke Hall, Victory Services Club, Marble Arch, London from 9.30am-2.00pm. See MEDAL NEWS March for further details!  

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Joe Miceli's killer sentenced

/ Phil Mussell

The man who killed Joe Miceli at his home in Northampton last year has been found guilty of his murder. Mark Ellson repeatedly hit he coin and medal dealer over the head with a mallet. Although he initially claimed he knew nothing of the death, He later admitted killing Joe but claimed it was...

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100th Victoria Cross to an Australian

/ Phil Mussell

It has been announced today (Thursday February 13) that the 100th Victoria Cross to an Australian has been posthumously awarded to Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird, who died in Afghanistan in June 2013. 32-year-old Baird won his VC for displaying conspicuous valour, "leading to the ultimate...

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Joe Miceli

/ Phil Mussell

The man accused of murdering coin dealer Joe Miceli is appearing in court this week - for updates follow the Northampton Chronicle & Echo or click below for the updates  Please note some of the stories are disturbing - especially for those of us who knew Joe well Here , Here , Here  and ...

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Chinese Lunar Coins

/ Phil Mussell

Baldwins have contacted us to point out that the coin featured on the front cover of the February COIN NEWS is not in fact the Royal Mint's first such piece - although it is the first designed for the wider market! They actually produced ten Alderney £1000 gold Year of the Dragon coins in...

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Bellman's date change

/ Phil Mussell

Auctioneer's Bellmans of West Sussex have had to change the date of their first sale of the year. Originally planned for Wednesday January 22, the sale - a single private collection of coins "strong in late Roman solidi and Islamic gold", will now take place two days later on Friday January 24.  ...

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