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The Midland Coin Fair

/ Phil Mussell

It's almost time for the Midland Coin Fair! Our last of 2019! Sunday, December 8 sees the larger Midland Coin Fair at the National Motorcycle Museum just by the NEC, Birmingham. The fair is actually a regular one that takes place every second Sunday of the Month but four times a year (March, June,...

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Yate? We'll be there

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the last Yate (Bristol) medal fair of the year on Sunday November 24 - it's our "local" fair so we will definitely be there at the Yate Leisure Centre, Kennedy Way BS37 4DQ from 9.30am! We'll have all our standard stock plus, of course, the BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK 2020! 

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It's Britannia Time

/ Carol

Don't forget the Britannia Medal Fair this Sunday, November 17 (9.30 am - 2.00pm). Held at the usual venue of the Carisbrooke Hall, Victory Services Club, 63/79 Seymour Street, London W2 2HF. Once again the show is being run by DNW (under the experienced direction of Mark Carter) and it is...

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Aldershot Medal Fair

/ Phil Mussell

Just a quick reminder that the next Aldershot Medal Fair will be held this coming Sunday, November 3, at the Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1NX. The Token Team will be stalling out (well Phil will) with the BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK in both standard and deluxe formats - as...

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London Coin Fair Saturday 2nd February

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget it's the last London Coin Fair of 2019 this Saturday November 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 BRAND NEW COIN YEARBOOK 2020, the BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK 2020...

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Cracking Coin Gromit

/ Phil Mussell

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The latest 50p offering from the Royal Mint celebrates 30 years of those lovable Nick Park creations Wallace and Gromit. Featuring the Latin inscription ‘CASEUS PRAESTANS’, which translates to ‘cracking cheese’, the coin is inspired by Wallace and Gromit’s adventures in the original short film,...

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Heavy feet at the Royal Mint

/ Phil Mussell

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Piedforts (a french term literally meaning"heavy foot") are double thickness coins usually used as presentation pieces. In recent years these hefty coins have proved popular amongst collectors and now the Royal Mint has announced that their two "50 Years of the 50p" sets (one Military based and...

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Mintage Figures for 2018

/ Phil Mussell

When we went to press with the second edition of Spend it? Save it? the latest mintage figures for the 2018 coins weren't available - well now they are and they make for some interesting reading... Of particular note are the numbers for the highly collected 50p coins which shows NO shield back...

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Another Gruffalo!

/ Phil Mussell

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Following on from the success of the first Gruffalo coin launched earlier this year, and to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Julia Donaldson's enduring children's classic, the Royal Mint is launching a second Gruffalo 50p coin, this time featuring the lovable beast meeting Mouse in the forest...

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New £20 note unveiled

/ Phil Mussell

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We've known for some time that the new £20 note will feature JMW Turner and one of his famous paintings "The Fighting Temeraire" but the final design was unveiled on October 10 and will feature the following anti-counterfeit measures:  large see-through window with a blue and gold foil on...

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Are you coming to Coinex?

/ Phil Mussell

It's almost that time again with the numismatic season about to start at the newly named Biltmore Hotel (formerly the Millennium Hotel) Grosvenor Square in Mayfair which, after a year undergoing a refurb, is now ready once again to host the BNTA's flagship Coinex Coin Fair. The show takes place...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary at Haverhill, Suffolk earlier this year Family group stolen in a burglary earlier this year. 1) Basil Oliver Bradley, RA: 1939-1945 star, Africa Star, Burma Star, Defence & War, Territorial Efficiency, Police long service and the Dunkirk medal. 2) 1343 (later...

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Rarities on offer at Spink

/ Phil Mussell

Some amazing rarities are coming under the hammer later this month at Spink in London. The Waterbird Collection of English Coins includes some exceptional pieces such as the Edward VIII pattern penny, a unique 1808 penny, a Charles II two guinea piece of 1681 and a George IV pattern half-crown of...

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OMRS in Nottingham!

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's that time of year again - the Orders and Medals Research Society Convention is almost upon us and, once again, we will be there at the Medal Fair on Sunday to launch the BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK 2020 - which, as per 2019, comes in two formats: the standard paperback book for the British...

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The New £50 note - it's Turing

/ Phil Mussell

In what some will see as a controversial move, the face of the new £50 has been decided - and it's going to be mathematician Alan Turing! The wartime codebreaker, known to many following Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of him in the film "The Imitation Game",  was chosen after a ballot in...

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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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Stop thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary/scam on June 10 - the bronze Albert Medal for gallantry in saving life at sea awarded to The Rev Christopher Champlain Tanner.  Any information to 101 quoting crime reference number 031270/19. The citation for the medal reads as follows: “ The Reverend Christopher...

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D-Day 75

/ Phil Mussell

This has just come in and we thought we'd share it with our readers: "We are a small music publishing company and our house composer has been commissioned to write a new work for choir and orchestra to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to be...

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Michael Maton RIP

/ Phil Mussell

  It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our most prolific authors, Michael Maton, who died, aged 85, on April 13 after a short illness.  Michael Maton is known to many of you as the author of a number of books on orders, medals and decorations. His first book THE...

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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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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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