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Holiday Opening times

/ Phil Mussell

One of the beauties of the World Wide Web is that it never closes - so you can shop til you drop 24 hours a day 365 days a year - however us mere humans need a break occasionally and as such we won't be around too much over the holiday season to fulfill your orders! We will be in the office but...

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Operational Honours December 2006

/ Phil Mussell

The full list of honours is as follows: AFGHANISTAN The Victoria Cross (VC) Corporal Bryan James BUDD The Parachute Regiment (killed in action) The George Cross (GC) Corporal Mark William WRIGHT The Parachute Regiment (killed in action) ...

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VC and GC for Afghanistan

/ Phil Mussell

The award of a posthumous VC to Cpl Bryan Budd of 3 para has now been confirmed. Pte Budd's VC was for operations against the Taliban in August of this Year when his selfless courage enabled seven other soldiers to escape from a Taleban firefight. Also confirmed is the award of the George Cross to...

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The Token Publishing Team would like to extend warmest holiday wishes to all of our readers. Hope you all have a wonderful time and we'll see you in 2007! The Office will be closed from Midday on December 21 and will re-open for business as usual on Tuesday January 2.

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British Battles and Medals - out now!

/ Phil Mussell

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The long awaited 7th edition of British Battles and Medals (fondly known just as "Gordon's" after it's original author) is out now! It's huge with loads of new amendments - order your copy from our on-line store today Stock now in - order yours today!

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Lost VC make over £100K

/ Phil Mussell

The "lost VC" of Private Mariner made £120,750 when it came up for auction at Spink on November 23. The VC, which lay forgotten in a drawer for years only came to light recently. It had been speculated that the hammer price might not be as high as for some recent VCs as it wasn't certain whether...

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Upham's VC and Bar sold

/ Phil Mussell

It has been reported that one of only three VC and Bars ever awarded - that to Captain Charles Upham - has been bought from the family by the Imperial War Museum - but they won't come over to the UK but rather have been loaned to the New Zealand Army Museum for permanent display. There has been...

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Hardback Medal Yearbook

/ Phil Mussell

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There are VERY few of these sought after books left in stock, place your order to-day or you'll be disappointed....!!

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Come to London - it's Britannia time

/ Phil Mussell

The last Britannia show of the year is almost upon us - it takes place on November 26 at the familiar venue of the Victory Services Club just off Marble Arch - this month you can get in for free by using the ticket in MEDAL NEWS! The show starts at 9.30am and of course we'll be there - we'll have...

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VCs for Afghanistan?

/ Phil Mussell

There is much media speculation at the moment regarding possible awards of the Victoria Cross to soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan. At this stage we have nothing definite but will, of course keep you informed!

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GC Lecture at the RLC Museum

/ Phil Mussell

With much talk of VCs in the news at the moment the "civilian" award of the George Cross is easily overlooked - a state of affairs that the Royal Logistic Corps hope to rectify with a lecture being given on November 23 at the Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, Surrey. The GC is not of course a...

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£2 million Medal Sale at DNW

/ Phil Mussell

The recent OMRS sale of Medals Orders and Decorations at Dix Noonan Webb on September 22 smashed their previous records and topped £2,000,000 for the first time. The sale included teh stunning Ron Penhall collection - see MEDAL NEWS November for a Market Scene Report

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Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for the RIR

/ Phil Mussell

In a ceremony in Belfast on Friday October 6 Her Majesty the queen presented the Royal Irish Regiment with the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of its service over the years. The three home service battalions of the Regiment are to disband in July next year.

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Chatham book and Medal fair

/ Phil Mussell

Don't miss the special medal event at the regular book fair at the Royal Engineers Museum, Chatham, Kent on Sunday October 15. The Military, Aviation and Naval book fairs, run by Tim Harper have proved very popular and this one, incorporating medal dealers as well as specialist booksellers looks...

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VC Special

/ Phil Mussell

look out for the next MEDAL NEWS (available on October 1) it's a special Victoria Cross anniversary special and contains some very important news on the biggest collection of VCs ever seen!

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Operational Honours September 2006

/ Phil Mussell

A total of 64 members of the Armed Forces have received honours and awards for services on operations in Iraq, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia, and other operations for the period 1 October 2005 to 31 March 2006. Additionally there are six awards in recognition of non-combatant...

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Aldershot

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget Mark Carter's Aldershot show this Sunday at the Princes Hall in the town - we won't be there this week (although we will be attending on November 5) but that doesn't mean you shouldn't pop along! The preview is at 9.30am - don't be late!

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Wakefield

/ Phil Mussell

Just to remind everyone that this sunday 3rd of September is the normal monthly medal fair at the Memorial Hall, Leeds Road Outwood near Wakefield. close to all main motorways. 7.30am-1pm Dealers confirmed as attending at the moment are, A.JUKES (THE MEDAL CENTRE) B.CHARMAN (PREMIER EMPORER) ...

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John Fletcher-Wells

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death last weekend of John Fletcher-Wells. John, along with his wife Daphne, was a familiar face at the medal shows up and down the country having been a coin and medal dealer for many years. Anyone who has visited a Mark Carter show recently will...

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OMSA Success

/ Phil Mussell

Thank you once again to all the OMSA members who made this year's convention In Phoenix, Arizona such a pleasure to attend. Once again we had a very successful show, and managed to get in a bit of holiday too - all in all a very enjoyable time. See you all in Houston next year!

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MEDAL YEARBOOK 2007

/ Phil Mussell

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The 2007 Edition of the MEDAL YEARBOOK will be launched at the OMRS Convention, New Connaught Rooms, London on September 23 Once again fully updated this book is an absolute essential for any medal collector. All the prices in this volatile market have been checked and brought up to date and all...

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New VC Record

/ Phil Mussell

Breaking News - we've just learned that the Victoria Cross group awarded to Captain Alfred John Shout has sold in Sydney for an astounding AU$1,214,500 - nearly £500,000!! The actual hammer price was AU$1million but the buyer's premium was a whopping 21.45% which actually pushed the price up by an...

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FAQs

/ Phil Mussell

Need to know where to go to get a medal replaced? What about how much your medals are worth? Check out our FAQs - all the answers are there!

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OMSA 2006 - to the desert once more

/ Phil Mussell

It's not long now before this year's Orders and Medals Society of America annual convention in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona Since we first attended OMSA in 1998 (Chicago) we have become devotees and would hate to miss one, although we sell out every year the event isn't just about making sales but...

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Joint Issue

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget that the last issue of MEDAL NEWS - the June/July issue - covered two months, so there is no MEDAL NEWS in July. The next issue - August - will be available in Newsagents by the beginning of August, subscribers should have theirs a few days before that!

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York Time again....

/ Phil Mussell

Yes - it's nearly that time of year again, impossible though it seems it won't be long before the York Fair is upon us; this ever popular event continues to go from strength to strength and the Summer show is always good fun to attend - York is beautiful at any time of the Year, in July especially...

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FREE MAGAZINES!

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget that if you are not familiar with either COIN NEWS or MEDAL NEWS you can order a free sample copy today. COIN NEWS is available from all good newsagents on the last Wednesday of the month (and to subscribers 5 days earlier) whilst MEDAL NEWS is available from larger newsagents on the...

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POST FREE IN JUNE

/ Phil Mussell

HURRY HURRY HURRY - ALL MEDAL BOOKS POST FREE FOR JUNE 2006!! For one month only all of our medal books are post free within the UK - and the overseas postal rates have been adjusted downwards too (basically the UK price has been knocked off the overseas cost!!) There's never been a better time...

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Your top ten?

/ Phil Mussell

What books should every Medal Collector have in his or her library? Obviously the MEDAL YEARBOOK is top of the list (!!) but what other weighty tomes deserve a place alongside it? We're currently looking at what books we can offer our readers and would like to hear from anyone who thinks that...

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Dixon's new website

/ Phil Mussell

Check out CJ & AJ Dixon's new website - very impressive! The site can be accessed from our "Dealer Directory" section!! (just over there<------ on the left under "medals"! Got it? excellent!)

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FULL COLOUR!!

/ Phil Mussell

In case you don't buy COIN NEWS or MEDAL NEWS regularly (and if not why not!!) you might not have noticed that both magazines are now in FULL COLOUR throughout - maybe it's time you had a look at a copy again.... Pick one up at all larger newsagents or call 01404 44166 for a sample!!

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Going digital

/ Phil Mussell

We're thinking about going digital - in the first instance we're considering producing a digital edition of the magazine that would be emailed free to all airmail subscribers so they'd get their edition the same day as UK subscribers did - with the paper issue following on a few days later. Ideal...

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Medal News on the move - but where next?

/ Phil Mussell

We attend medal fairs up and down the country - London, Bristol, Stratford, Aldershot - but is there one we don't attend but should? Do you have a local fair you think we should come along to? We're happy to visit as many shows as we can (within reason - we're based down in Devon so a fair in...

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The spiralling prices seen recently mean that many of us now own collections worth far more than we may think, collections that might well push the price of our household insurance through the roof - that's if our regular insurer will even look at covering us! Insurance has been a problem for...

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We are currently updating our stock lists and wondered what you'd like us to stock? Accessories? More books? Let us know and we'll do our best!

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Britannia time again

/ Phil Mussell

Unbelievably the Britannia medal fair has rolled around again! We'll be there this Sunday (May 21) and are sure to welcome many regulars and, we hope, new faces too. This is the last Britannia before November so if you're after one of our new titles - "Honour the Armies" and "Afloat and Ashore" -...

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OMRS North

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the bi-annual ONRS North takes place on May 13-14 at the Holiday Inn, Runcorn, Cheshire. (Just off Junction 12 of the M56). This event has proved extremely popular on the last two occasions and the organisers have high hopes this year. Saturday sees a series of lectures and the...

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Aldershot and Yate

/ Phil Mussell

The next Yate show we attending is May 7 but before that we'll be at Aldershot on St George's Day Aptil 23 (also Shakespeare's Birthday and, coincidentally, the day he died!). We're not going to be at Bromley on April 30 (bank Holiday plans I'm afraid) so all those based in the South EAst who are...

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Medal Yearbook 2007

/ Phil Mussell

The 2007 Edition of the MEDAL YEARBOOK will be launched at the OMRS Convention, New Connaught Rooms, London in September We are now starting work on the new edition of the MEDAL YEARBOOK and will, once again, be doing all we can to make it the best it can be - so if anyone has any errors or...

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George Cross Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

The second George Cross of the Iraq war has been awarded to Captain Peter Allen Noerton, a bomb disposal expert who lost part of his arm and a leg in a bomb attack in the Al Bayaa district near Baghdad, which killed four and injured several others. Despite being told about the threat of a...

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Honour the Armies

/ Phil Mussell

"Honour the Armies”, an important new work by Australian author Michael Maton author of Honour the Airforces, is OUT NOW!! This huge tome lists, for the first time, the names of over 60,000 recipients of gallantry and distinguished service awards made during the Second World War to members of the...

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Zulu War Medal

/ Phil Mussell

in this month's (March) magazine there appears a small news piece pertaining to a Zulu War Medal to a J (H) Meredith - in light of new information that piece should be ignored. A full statement will appear in the April issue

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Afloat and Ashore

/ Phil Mussell

The story of the Royal Navy During the Boer War - available NOW from this website!! Order your copy today

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FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT!

/ Phil Mussell

As from the MARCH 2006 issues both COIN NEWS and MEDAL NEWS will be full colour throughout! Make sure you don't miss your copy, place an order with your newsagent or take out a subscription today!

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Afloat And Ashore: The Royal Navy in the Boer War

/ Phil Mussell

Now at the Printers!!! This new work tells the story of the Royal Navy during the bitter South African conflict at the beginning of the last Century. Navy QSAs may not have clasps denoting actions but that doesn't mean the men of the Senior Service weren't in action time and time again. It will...

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SOLD OUT!

/ Phil Mussell

We have NO copies of the HARDBACK Medal Yearbook 2006 left! Whilst teh 500 we printed last year took until February to sell out this year's batch was gone by Christmas. The soft cover version is, of course, still available although we actually only have a fewof those left so hurry!

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Joint issue

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget that the last issue of MEDAL NEWS (December/January) was a JOINT issue - it was out at the beginning of December and there won't be another until the end of January/beginning of February!

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A Happy New Year

/ Phil Mussell

We'd like to wish all our redaers and customers a very happy and prosperous 2006

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