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Medal News

Yate? Doesn't look like it

/ Phil Mussell

AS we head into the second lockdown in England it seems that the last Yate medal fair of the year, originally due to be held on November 29, has fallen foul of the Coronavirus measures - all eyes now turn to next year, although we have been told there will be NO January show. Keep checking MEDAL...

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Half price postage

/ Phil Mussell

We aren't daft here at Token Publishing (really we're not, honest) and we know that one of the main reasons people don't buy direct from our website and would rather go to a bookshop or see us at a show, is postage. Unfortunately, the cost of sending a book out has been spiralling ever upwards in...

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Shopping in the time of lockdown

/ Phil Mussell

As England enters its second lockdown some of you may be wondering where you can buy your books and magazines - well we have been told that W H Smith's will continue trading as will Waterstones Bookshops on a click and collect basis.   Whilst you probably won't be able to browse for long in WH...

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Rememberance exhibits at the NAM

/ Karen Needs

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We will remember them AS we go to press we learn that London has been placed in “Tier 2” on the Government’s Coronavirus table meaning that it is under a raft of new restrictions. These new restrictions include limiting the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph to invited guests only—there...

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Crimea rarities at DNW

/ Phil Mussell

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A fine Crimean War Naval Victoria Cross group of four (pictured below) awarded to Australian resident and Seaman James Gorman of HMS  Albion , for his gallantry while defending the Right Lancaster Battery at the Battle of Inkermann on November 5, 1864 sold for £297,600 at Dix Noonan Webb in their...

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November Britannia Show Cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

As we have perhaps been expecting, the news has just come through that DNW's Britannia Fair, scheduled for November 15 in London, has fallen foul of the Coronavirus restrictions with the Victory Services Club in Seymour Street unable to host the event as they have put a limit of just thirty people...

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Despite our best hopes the January York Coin Fair, due to take place on January 23-24 2021, has fallen foul of the Coronavirus restrictions and has, very sadly, been cancelled. Hopefully the next fair will still take place in July 2021. More information in the next issue of COIN NEWS on Sale...

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One man's passion

/ Karen Needs

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An alternative offering. RECENTLY various “news” (and I use the term loosely) websites claimed that a senior member of the Honours Committee has stated that the word “Empire” is to be removed from the Order of the British Empire. According to the source the recent Black Lives Matter protests...

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Rats!

/ Phil Mussell

The people's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA, has awarded Magawa, an African giant pouched rat their gold medal for "life-saving devotion to duty." Apparently the rat, trained by the Belgium-registered charity Apopothe, detected 39 landmines and 28 unexploded ordnance and other munitions...

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Falklands DCM at DNW sells for £130,000

/ Phil Mussell

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An important Falkland's War DCM group of six medals awarded to Sergeant, later Captain, J. S. Pettinger, of the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, who distinguished himself on countless occasions, whilst serving as Patrol Commander D (Patrol) Company during 11 days of operations in and around...

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Fair updates

/ Phil Mussell

We all know the "rule of six" is being brought in to England on Monday, September 14 but how will that affect Coin and Medal fairs? Well according to government guidelines only socialising in groups of more than six is forbidden, venues are allowed to remain open as long as groups within them...

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Valour rewarded

/ Phil Mussell

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Looking back at it THE biggest story in the medal world this month has to be the decision of the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to recommend to Her Majesty the Queen that 18-year-old Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) should be posthumously awarded the...

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A VC after 78 Years

/ Phil Mussell

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recommended that Her Majesty the Queen posthumously award Royal Australian Navy Ordinary Seaman Edward 'Teddy' Sheean a Victoria Cross, some 78 years after the action for which it is to be awarded took place.  Tasmanian Sheean was just 18 years old...

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Path of Glory

/ Phil Mussell

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Headline act THE weekly newspaper for the antiques trade, the Antiques Trade Gazette (ATG) of June 20 had what I consider to be a rather curious headline. Reporting the discovery of an organised medal forging “factory” in Derbyshire (see News & Views, page 6), the headline, on their front page,...

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Yate in August

/ Phil Mussell

Sadly, but unsurprisingly, the Yate (Bristol) Medal fair, due to take place on Sunday, August 9 has been cancelled. Whilst Coronavirus restrictions are slowly being lifted it is unlikely they'll be lifted fully by the time the show was due to take place and so the decision has been made to...

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Albert Medal Missing

/ Phil Mussell

C/MX65180 Sick Berth Attendant George William Beeching was posthumously awarded the Albert Medal in gold in April 1943 for gallantry when HMS Ibis was sunk in November 1942.   The medal was stolen back in January 1993 when on display in a museum in London and his sister is very keen to have it...

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Hospital given the first VC

/ Phil Mussell

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In the flesh THE news that the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) annual Convention due to be held in Orlando in August has been cancelled (see News and Views) should come as no surprise considering what’s happening in the world at the moment. Whilst we all fervently hope the pandemic...

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Lost in transit

/ Phil Mussell

Lots somewhere between the UK and Australia: A unique name Memorial plaque to Henry Astill LANG who served as a Major, 4 Battalion Worcester Regt and was KIA in Gallipoli on 9 June 1915.  Any information please contact Steve at info@greatwarmedals.com or telephone +44 (0)20 8482...

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Rorke's Drift still popular at DNW

/ Phil Mussell

An 1877-79 South African War (Zulu) medal awarded to Private John Waters, 1st Battalion, 24th Foot, who was severely wounded in the right shoulder at Rorke’s Drift where he was one of the men defending the hospital has sold for £54,650 in Dix Noonan Webb’s recent live online auction of Orders,...

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Hello!

/ Phil Mussell

Just making sure everybody is OK out there...you should be receiving your COIN NEWS in the post any minute, the digital magazine will be going out on Friday 22. For those of you having trouble with the post (particularly overseas) hang in there, your magazine will get to you eventually we promise...

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Stratford’s off

/ Phil Mussell

Following the recent government guidelines on the easing of the Coronavirus lockdown, the Stratford-upon-Avon Leisure Centre has announced that it won't reopen until July 4 at the earliest, which rather puts the kybosh on the June 21st Medal fair that was due to be held there! We all hope that the...

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VC or CB?

/ Phil Mussell

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Then and now. Remembering Victory in Europe AS we go to press we learn that the UK wide lockdown is due to carry on for at least another three weeks. This will take us to the first week in May, a week when the country, indeed much of Europe should have been celebrating the 75th anniversary of...

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OMSA is off

/ Phil Mussell

It was perhaps inevitable but nevertheless the announcement that the Orders and Medals Society (OMSA) convention in August has been cancelled was one we hoped we wouldn't hear. The Token team has been going to OMSA for over two decades and we thoroughly enjoy the trip Stateside, we were...

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Changes at Dominic Winter

/ Phil Mussell

Things in the auction world are changing day to day with, as one might expect given the circumstances, sale dates subject to all sorts of alterations. The latest changes we have learned about are at Dominic Winter - their sale will now not be on May 14/15 as previously advertised. Instead the...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stop Thief Stolen in Dorset: 1914-15 Star and Victory: PO284555 Sto.1 W.J Russell RN QSA: 3425 Pte G. Wilson. KOSB 1914 Star: 9084 Pte H. Bromage. 2 nd Worcester Regt MSM: S4-064681 Pte/ASjt E .Phillips. RASC Any information to Dorset Police via 101. Crime Ref: 55190017525 ...

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Date Changes!

/ Phil Mussell

This current coronavirus situation and the ongoing "lockdown" is leading to all sorts of changes in auction dates - the two most recent ones we know about are at Lockdales who are moving their sale on by two weeks from the weekend of May 16-17 to May 30-31 and DNW who are moving their May sale...

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How are you all doing?

/ Phil Mussell

Hope you're all staying safe... Don't forget if you're stuck for something to read then there's the BRAND NEW book by Peter Thompson "The Story of the Coins and Tokens of the British World" to keep you occupied or, if you're a subscriber to either magazine (even a digital subscriber) then...

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Check out our Archive!

/ Phil Mussell

Staying in? Catch up on your reading! Did you know that as a subscriber to either COIN NEWS or MEDAL NEWS you get FREE access to over a decade's worth of back issues online? Simply log in to your account and click on "Digital Magazines" - they're all there (both titles - why not take a...

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We at Token are still very much up and running (following government guidelines of course, everyone is bring kept safe we promise) and we are still producing COIN NEWS and MEDAL NEWS just as we always do. We realise that a lot of the usual shops aren't open for you to buy your copy but we can...

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Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

When we went to press with MEDAL NEWS April we had all hoped, against hope, that the Britannia Medal Show on April 26 would still go ahead but, as has become increasingly obvious recently,  that is now not going to happen and now we have the official word - the show has, sadly, been cancelled.  ...

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Speedboat man

/ Karen Needs

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Standing strong together FIRST things first—I hope you are all well and that this current crisis hasn’t impacted on you too much. I am aware that many of our readers are over 70 and I hope that you will be taking whatever precautions you feel necessary to stay safe. We are, in a way, amongst...

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OMRS Cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

In a letter to all OMRS members Robin Thomas, Orders and Medals Research Society President has made the following announcement regarding the Convention due to be held in Bristol in September. It is with great regret that I am writing to advise that your Committee has taken the decision to...

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20% off all books!

/ Phil Mussell

If you find yourself at a loose end whilst staying at home why not catch up on your research, cataloguing or reading?  We're still here fulfilling orders (with a skeleton staff all at a safe distance, of course) so why not buy that book you've always promised yourself? You'll have the chance to...

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We're still standing!

/ Phil Mussell

We're running with a skeleton staff from the office (most are working from home) and each member of staff has their own office and own parking space too so we are staying safe - but we are still here! We are happy to fulfill any orders (all books are 20% off just use 20off at checkout) and MEDAL...

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A Statement from DNW

/ Phil Mussell

Dear MEDAL NEWS and COIN NEWS readers Please note that in response to Covid19 and the temporary on/off restriction of movement that this is likely to entail for many of our customers across the world, we are planning to utilise all of our online capabilities to host an increased number of...

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Aldershot Medal Fair

/ Phil Mussell

Mark Carter has taken the difficult decision to cancel the April Aldershot show, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 19. The next one at the venue will take place on Sunday, November 1. 

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Blitz Bravery

/ Karen Needs

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Then and now ONE of the most fascinating things about medal collecting is, of course, the history behind them. We most likely wouldn’t be medal collectors if we didn’t have an interest in the past, but the news this month that the British Red Cross is going to stop issuing the Voluntary Medical...

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It's Dublin Time!

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team (well Phil at least) will once again be attending the Irish International Coin and Medal fair this weekend (February 22-23) at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Anglesea Road Entrance, in Ballsbridge. Dublin 4. We love it in the city and are thoroughly looking forward to visiting...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary in Geddington near Kettering, Northants on the weekend of February 8/9: IGS 95 ( Relief of Chitral 1895 ) /QSA ( Cape Colony, Wittebergen, Transvaal ) /KSA ( 1901, 1902 ) /1914 trio to Joseph Rich Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire Regiments (later Labour Corps)  WWI Pair...

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Double Gallantry

/ Karen Needs

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Before they fade THIS month’s “News and Views” features notices that two more veterans of World War II have passed away—the last known member of the Glider Pilot Regiment, Ralph Norbury, and one of the last of the “Few”, the pilots of the Battle of Britain—Maurice Moundson. That these gentlemen...

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Even fewer of the few

/ Phil Mussell

The February issue of MEDAL NEWS contains a short obituary of Battle of Britain pilot Flt Lt Maurice Mounsdon who passed away in December. The piece states that there are now only three surviving members of "the Few" left but sadly we learn today of the death of Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM AE...

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Come to York!

/ Phil Mussell

It's time once again for the York Coin and Medal fair - taking place this very weekend on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 once again at the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. As ever it's free to get in and has two floors packed with dealers, auctioneers and, of course the Token...

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