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Medal News

New Arctic Medal

/ Phil Mussell

The Daily Mail website and the BBC  have reported that Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that there will be a new Arctic Convoy Star specifically awarded to those who served on the Russian Convoys in World War II and a clasp for Bomber Command Veterans, presumably to be worn on the Air...

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Don't forget Birmingham

/ Phil Mussell

The ever popular Midland Coin Fair at the Motorcycle Museum, just by the NEC is on this coming Sunday. The show is a regular one (every second Sunday of the month) but it's so popular that we can only get in quarterly when it moves to the larger Britannia Suite - that suite is available this...

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Valour in Afghanistan

/ Alyson Thomas

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Backwards and forwards THE joint December/January issue of MEDAL NEWS is always a good opportunity for reflection and forward thinking—those of you who know your Roman mythology will remember that the month of January is named after the two-faced god Janus who was the god of beginnings and...

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George Medals Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

The men who tackled a gunman who had fired shots on board a nuclear submarine, killing a RN Lt Commander, were each awarded the George Medal for their Bravery at Buckingham Palace today (November 21). In April last year Able Seaman Ryan Donovan fired an assault rifle aboard HMS Astute, killing Lt...

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Victoria Cross for Australia awarded

/ Phil Mussell

Corporal Daniel Keighran has become the third Australian Soldier to be awarded the Country's highest military honour - the Victoria Cross for Australia, Corporal Keighran of the Royal Australian Regiment was decorated with the VC following operation in Afghanistan when a joint Australian-Afghan...

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Hot shots in Gibraltar

/ Alyson Thomas

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Decision time RECENT press stories have once again brought the issue of both the Arctic Convoys and foreign medals given to British Servicemen to the fore. The latest fuel added to these long burning fires has come from the Russians who, earlier this year, announced their desire to award...

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A Fair weekend

/ Carol

The Token Team are out in force this weekend with John and Carol at the London Coin Fair on November 3 at the Bloomsbury Hotel for all things numismatic and Phil attending the Aldershot show on November 4. The London Coin Fair at the Holiday Inn is an event not to be missed for any serious...

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Stolen medals

/ Phil Mussell

The medals of Brigadier Stanley-Clarke of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)  were stolen in a burglary earlier this year. The group comprised:   CBE (Mil) Order of Polonia Restituta 3rd Class (Polish) DSO with 2nd award bar. 1914 Star with clasp. British War Medal Victory Medal (Mid)...

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Last of the few

/ Phil Mussell

Battle of Britain pilot William Walker, one of the last of the "few" has died in hospital following a stroke. He was 99. More details can be found on the BBC site here

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Just Giving....an update

/ Phil Mussell

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In support of her fellow Token Team Member Abbey (left), who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, Klara (right) has having her head shaved for charity! Abbey has had hers shaved in readiness for the side effects of the chemotherapy. The charity in question is FORCE, the Devon based...

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Record Fighter Ace

/ Alyson Thomas

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Dallas Delights This year’s Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) annual Convention was held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas Fort Worth Airport over the weekend of August 16–19. Dallas in August isn’t necessarily somewhere where you want to be and being at an airport hotel meant that...

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The MEDAL YEARBOOK 2013

/ Phil Mussell

The BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK 2013 is now available - once again the softcover is just £19.95 and the very limited edition hardback is still just £24.95 Order your copy today!

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Bentley Priory at Spink

/ Phil Mussell

Congratulations to Spink whose Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust Charity auction netted nearly £160,000 for the appeal. Without a doubt the record breaking "Cat's Eyes" Cunningham Group was the highlight of the sale - it hammered at a staggering £320,000 - although there were plenty of other...

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The Welsh at Mametz

/ Alyson Thomas

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Building Trust THIS month’s “Letters” page has a letter from coin and medal dealer Paul Turnbull of Coinote Services International Ltd detailing how he has fallen foul of a credit card scam and has lost a large amount of money thanks to the cloning of credit cards and the fact that the transaction...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen from Evesham, Worcs between Midday and 2pm on August 2 2012 MILITARY MEDAL (INSCRIBED: LANCE CPL. A.H. PALMER); 39/45 STAR; 39/45 WAR MEDAL; FRANCE GERMANY STAR; DEFENCE MEDAL; PALESTINE 1945/48 MEDAL. Any information to MEDAL NEWS office please

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SBS Gallantry

/ Alyson Thomas

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Reunited we stand MEDAL collecting is like any other hobby in as much that there are extremes—there are the Victoria Crosses that sell (as two did recently at Spink—see next month’s Market scene) for over £200,000 and then at the other end of the spectrum there are medals that fetch a thousand...

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"Lost" in transit

/ Phil Mussell

Yes another one... This time a BWM sent from Switzerland to the UK Details as follows: 356694 R.E.JARVIS. O.S.1. R.N Any information please contact us on 01404 46972 or info@tokenpublishing.com

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OMSA Time

/ Phil Mussell

This year's Orders and Medals Society of America convention takes place in Dallas from August 16-19. We're making the trip across the pond again this year (after missing Jacksonville in 2011) and look forward to seeing all our American friends once again. For further details visit www.OMSA.org

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Congratulations Pierce

/ Phil Mussell

Congratulations to Pierce Noonon of Dix Noonan Webb and Victoria Johnson who are getting married in West Sussex on Saturday June 30th, we wish them all the very best for the big day and the future 

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Diamond Jubilee

/ Alyson Thomas

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All for a good cause UNDER normal circumstances we wouldn’t necessarily promote one auctioneer over another nor automatically suggest that auctions are a better place to sell than through a dealer or indeed privately. Every auctioneer (indeed every auction) will have their own merits to consider...

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Medal review

/ Phil Mussell

The Prime Minister has announced an independent review of the rules and principles governing the awarding of military campaign medals. According to the MOD's own website the following are areas of particular interest: Awards being considered after a period of five years has elapsed after a...

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Hero of R101

/ Alyson Thomas

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A TECHNICAL hitch at a London sale we attended recently meant that bidding couldn’t take place via their internet bidding system. This, on the surface, would seem a trifle inconvenient but little more, after all the ‘phones were fully manned and anyone wanting to place a bid could simply give the...

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Missing from New Zealand

/ Phil Mussell

Many will recall the recent conviction of Keith Davies following extensive thefts of medals  from New Zealand's National Army Museum in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Many of the medals stolen have been recovered, however many haven't and the Museum has now posted a list of those still missing. They...

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OMRS North anyone?

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team (well Phil anyway) are eagerly looking forward to the biennial OMRS North - held once again at the Holiday Inn, Runcorn, Cheshire this time on the weekend of May 12/13 (no clashes with other fairs as there was last time). This will be the sixth show held by the Northern Branch of...

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Epic Journey

/ Phil Mussell

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A sharing hobby WE have just taken delivery of Michael Maton’s excellent new work Honour Those Mentioned: The Navies, being a full list of all British and Dominion Naval (including Merchant Navy) MiDs for World War II. This completes the Honour Those Mentioned series but isn’t an end to Michael’s...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

The following medals were recently stolen from a private house in Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire:   Great War OBE and MC group of six to Captain Howard Napier Walker, 2 nd Welsh Regiment and R.A.F. (Acting Acting Lt. Col.).   Please call 101 (the non-emergency police number) with any...

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Come to Bromley

/ Phil Mussell

We do get around a bit you know - last weekend we were at the Harrogate Coin Show and this weekend (On Sunday April 1st) we'll be at the other end of the country - in Bromley, Kent to be precise at Ray Brough's medal fair. the show, held in the Civic Centre, Bromley starts at 9.30am and attracts...

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Brilliant Britannia

/ Carol

Despite being Mothering Sunday the collectors turned out in force for the March 18 Britannia Medal Fair. Although one enthusiast did leave in a huff as the event was too crowded, collectors and dealers alike reported a successful day much enjoyed by all. The fair has become a real social event...

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Apologies for those who have tried to contact us via phone in the past few days - the telephone system here at Token Publishing has developed a fault and all of our lines were down.  Everything is now rectified so feel free to call!

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Battle Stations

/ Alyson Thomas

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Funds for the "few" IN our particular sphere of collecting and its related areas of interest there are, of course, many “worthy causes”. There are a plethora of military welfare charities; a number of military related educational trusts and charities; numerous museums and similar and of course a...

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Missing Miniatures?

/ Phil Mussell

Did you serve in Cyprus then go on to Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Yugoslavia? Did you get this impressive length of service rewarded with an LSGC? Do you live in the Carlisle area? If the answer is yes to all of these do you still have your medals? The miniatures at least? If you don't then it...

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A group reunited

/ Alyson Thomas

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Ignorance is bliss? SITTING down one Sunday evening to watch BBC1’s new drama Sherlock (apologies to those outside the UK who may not know what I’m talking about—essentially it’s a modern day rewriting of the classic Sherlock Holmes and is really rather good), I was somewhat put out to find the...

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