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Rorke's Drift Medal

/ Phil Mussell

Rorke's Drift Defender Pte Michael Minehan's "Zulu" Medal fetches £86,800 (incl. premium) at DNW 8/12/16

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Our new website

/ Phil Mussell

We are in the process of developing a new look website and we would like your opinion on how it should look. Is there anything about this site you don't like? Anything you think is great? Anything you'd like to see less of? More of? Do you like the colours? Is it functional? Easy to use? Let us...

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Disaster at Scapa Flow

/ Phil Mussell

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Remembering today BY the very fact that you are reading MEDAL NEWS I feel safe in assuming that you are a collector, a researcher or just someone who is interested in medals and the men and women to whom they were awarded. You may be interested in this hobby of ours because of your desire to know...

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Just in time for Christmas

/ Phil Mussell

Our new COLLECTOR'S CHOICE product catalogue is available now! Chock full of books and accessories for the coin, medal and banknote hobbies the new catalogue is a great place to start your Christmas shopping. You can either download it from our homepage or call 01404 46972 and we'll send you a...

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Yate? We'll be there

/ Phil Mussell

Our "local" show is one we always try to attend and the one this Sunday (November 27) is no exception! Mark Carter's fairs are always well attended by both dealers and collectors alike and are always a pleasure to go to - as always it's being held in the Yate Leisure Centre (not too far from...

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Test Pilot Extraordinaire

/ Alyson Thomas

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A favourable verdict LAST month in NEWS & VIEWS we commented that by the time readers were looking at the October magazine we would know whether the Orders and Medal Research Society (OMRS) Convention had been a success or a “bold but flawed experiment”. Well now I can tell you—the move to...

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Lost Medals

/ Phil Mussell

Lost in London on Friday October 28 (Walkabout Temple/ Embankment area) . The group comprises: South Atlantic/ GSM 62 (Northern Ireland) /Golden Jubilee/ Diamond Jubilee/Police long service. The first two named to Mne PO41143D C Whitehouse and the Police LS&GC named DC 3189 Whitehouse. Police Ref:...

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Stratford next weekend

/ Phil Mussell

The last Stratford Medal show of the year is coming next weekend! (Sunday October 30) and we'll be there with all your favourite titles including the BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK! Doors open at 9.30am (for preview - 10.30am for regular visitors - all that means is it's a bit cheaper later on) and...

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Heroism on the Frontier

/ Alyson Thomas

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On Display...For Now It is with sadness but little surprise that we heard that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to sell off no fewer than 13 of its properties to make way for yet more private (civilian) housing. Earmarked for sell-off are sites that include RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire, two World...

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Stop Thief - reward offered

/ Phil Mussell

STOP THIEF! Stolen in Cardiff in Feb 2012: 1. Q.G.M./B.E.M./3 Clasp C.S.M./U.N./L.S.G.C. group to 23732227 W/O.1. W.R. Caithness, PARA 2. A.F.M./B.E.M./C.S.M. Dhofar/M.S.M./L.S.G.C. & clasp group to B3521881 Flt. Sgt. D.J. Jones, R.A.F. (includes Sir James Martin Flight Safety Gold Meda)l All...

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Fenian fervour

/ Phil Mussell

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It’s an honour IT SEEMS that the “shock” of Brexit has worn off a little, at least as far as the press is concerned, and they are now turning their attention to the political aftermath, indeed bloodbath, that has followed the referendum vote. First there was Cameron’s resignation, then Gove’s...

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The Medal Yearbook 2017

/ Phil Mussell

It's nearly time for the launch of the MEDAL YEARBOOK 2017 - THE price guide and collectors' handbook for the fascinating hobby of medal collecting. Covering British Isles and "Empire" medals, the 2017 edition of the acclaimed YEARBOOK also features the CUMULATIVE INDEX to MEDAL NEWS magazine -...

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Island Crisis

/ Phil Mussell

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I’m done! So what’s next…? JUST about everybody reading this Editorial will, by the very fact they buy this magazine, be a collector. Yes, one or two of you are researchers pure and simple, still others may be museum curators and the like, but most of you are collectors and thus, by definition,...

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Yate? Not for us

/ Phil Mussell

What with holidays and OMSA the Token Team won't be able to make the next Yate (Bristol) show - but that doesn't mean you shouldn't go along. It's on Sunday August 7 and starts at 9.30am- with, as always, a good selection of medals on offer from a host of dealers! Our next "Mark Carter" show won't...

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McCarthy's Polar Medal

/ Phil Mussell

One of the highlights of the DNW Auction on July 22nd had to be the Antarctic Polar Medal awarded to Able Seaman Timothy McCarthy, Royal Naval Reserve, one of five men chosen by Shackleton to accompany him in the James Caird during his epic 800 mile open-boat voyage from Elephant Island to South...

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It's time for OMSA

/ Phil Mussell

We're looking forward to seeing all of our old friends "Stateside" at the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) convention on August 11-14 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in, well, downtown Pittsburgh PA. We always enjoy OMSA and have only missed one in 20 years - this year its being...

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It's almost York time

/ Phil Mussell

It's nearly July and that means it's almost York time! The York Coin and Medal fair is nearly upon us, taking place on Friday July 15th and Saturday July 16th once again at the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. The show one of the most popular events around amongst dealers and collectors alike...

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GSM 2008

/ Phil Mussell

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This just in from the Manufacturers of the new General Service Medal 2008 "The new General Service Medal 2008 has gone into production with the initial supply of the medals being undertaken by Worcestershire Medal Service Ltd following a MoD tender process. The medal features on the obverse the...

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"New" faces at DNW

/ Phil Mussell

After a little bit of to-ing and fro-ing it's now official - Oliver Pepys and John Hayward, formerly of Spink medal department, have joined the DNW medal department and as of today (June 14) we have received the following statement: "Dix Noonan Webb Limited (DNW) and Spink & Son Limited (Spink)...

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Remembering 1916

/ Alyson Thomas

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ASK ANYONE, in or out of our hobby, to name a famous battle or action and the usual suspects will come up: Waterloo, the Charge of the Light Brigade, Islandhlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Gallipoli, the First Day of the Somme, Dunkirk, El Alamein, the Normandy Landings—all very familiar but, you will note,...

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Lost in the post

/ Phil Mussell

From Lockdales auction: Lot 789 WW2 Casualty group to 5127225 Pte John Ronald Hayward (Haywood) 1/7th Bn R. Warwickshire Regt. Killed 18/7/1944. Buried Fontenay-Le-Pesnel War Cemetery, Tessel. Lived Bedworth Nr Nuneaton. Lot includes named Casualty medal slip, named box of issue, 1939-45 Star,...

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Glorious Reward

/ Phil Mussell

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Broadening our horizons SOMETIMES, as a medal collector, it is easy to forget that military history holds an interest for many outside our relatively narrow hobby. Many of us have, I am sure, been to militaria fairs and so are familiar with the concept that other things “military” attract...

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Yate on Sunday

/ Phil Mussell

It's the Yate (Bristol) Medal Fair on Sunday (May 1st) and, as ever, we'll be there! It's our local show and one we don't like to miss if we can help it. The show starts at 9.30am for "preview" (that just means it's an extra £1 to get in) and 10.30am for general admission. We'll be there with...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary in early March WWII DFC engraved to the recipient Fl Lt R F Owen. Registered as stolen with Greater Manchester Police – Crime Reference Number 044040V/16. Contact: PC Chris Boardman 12435@gmp.police.uk Tel: 0161 8568181

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Dublin time - again!

/ Phil Mussell

Yes, we are heading to Dublin again this weekend to attend the inaugural April show on Sunday April 10 - held at the Royal Dublin Society (Anglesea Road). We enjoyed our time in the fair city in February so much we couldn't resist coming back - see you there from 11.00am!!

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OMRS North

/ Phil Mussell

The OMRS North is coming! Held once again at the Holiday Inn, Runcorn, Cheshire this time it's a bit earlier - on the weekend of April 16-17. This will be the seventh show held by the Northern Branch of the OMRS and whilst the Token team wont be going this year (prior commitments I'm afraid) it...

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Medal for Deccan

/ Alyson Thomas

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Inspirational thinking THE recent decision by Ashby School in Leicestershire to look at selling the Victoria Cross of Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Bent of the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, bequeathed to the then Ashby Boy’s Grammar School by the late Colonel’s mother (see “News & views”)...

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Naval Gold Medal at Bonhams

/ Phil Mussell

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Auctioneers Bonhams have secured the exceptionally rare Naval Gold Medal of Admiral Lord Graves, Captain of the HMS The Royal Sovereign, struck to commemorate the Victory of the Glorious First of June. The battle, the culmination of months of indecisive skirmishing between the British Navy and the...

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Britannia time

/ Phil Mussell

It's the Britannia Medal Fair this Sunday (March 20)! Held, as ever at the Victory Services Club off Edgware Road, near Marble Arch, London this event has gone from strength to strength in recent years and even though MEDAL NEWS isn't organising it these days we love attending and are looking...

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Battleships at war

/ Alyson Thomas

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Medals will be worn — the law says it’s OK A DECADE ago the medal hobby in America was somewhat concerned about the Stolen Valor Act which, on the surface, seemed to prevent any collector holding medals which they didn’t legitimately earn as part of their service. Those fears were soon proved...

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Medal of Merit

/ Alyson Thomas

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Fair assessment A FEW years ago, as I am sure some of you remember, there was a Party Political Broadcast for the Liberal Democrat party that had John Cleese quoting a recent poll that had shown that more people (indeed 50 per cent of those questioned) would vote Lib Dem if they thought they had a...

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Yate on Sunday

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the first Yate medal fair of 2016 taking place this Sunday (January 24) at the Leisure centre in Yate (Bristol). As always we'll be there ready for the 9.30am preview (10.30am main doors) with our usual selection of goodies - it's always worth a trip so we look forward to seeing you...

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