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Medal News

A record error - a correction

/ Phil Mussell

The most recent MEDAL NEWS features the splendid 1891 Thobal VC group which we state is a "British Auction Record" but, of course, it isn't! It's a record for an army VC but not a record overall.  Apologies must go to Morton & Eden who actually hold the record having sold the "Q ship" VC DSO**...

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Record breaker

/ Phil Mussell

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The show must go on? SO it’s now the end of July and ostensibly Coronavirus “restrictions”, in England at least, have been removed so we can all start getting back to normal, can’t we? Well obviously not, not really, masks are still being encouraged, as is social distancing, and the other home...

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Excellent Results at DNW

/ Phil Mussell

The important Battle of Britain fighter ace’s CVO, DSO, DFC* group of eleven awarded to Group Captain Peter Townsend (1914-1995) of the Royal Air Force, who was also known for his romance with the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, hammered at a very impressive £260,000 at DNW's Wednesday, July 21...

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The Battle of Britain fighter ace’s CVO, DSO  DFC* group of eleven awarded to Group Captain Peter Townsend (1914-1995) of the Royal Air Force, better known, perhaps for his controversial romance with the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret will be offered by Dix Noonan Webb in their live/ online...

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The organisers are happy to be able to announce that they are now in a position to start running these two popular fairs again. Bowburn / Durham will take place on Sunday, July 25 at Bowburn Community centre, Bowburn Village, Durham DH6 5AT from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm. With more fairs to follow in...

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George Cross for the NHS

/ Phil Mussell

Back in May of last year, we reported on Lord Ashcroft's proposal to award the National Health Service a collective George Cross akin to that awarded to Malta in World War II and to The Royal Ulster Constabulary (later the Police Service of Northern Ireland) in 2000. Well, now that has come to...

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York cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

It's with a real sense of sadness that we have to announce that the York Coin show has been cancelled. Due to take place on July 16/17 the ongoing Coronovirus restrictions have meant that the organisers have found it impossible to comply with Government requirements and have been forced to call...

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Britannia cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

Very sadly we have just heard that because of the extension to the Coronavirus restrictions announced on Monday the Britannia Medal Fair, due to be held on Sunday, July 11 has been cancelled.  Let's hope that by November things are a little different and that show can go ahead. We'll keep you...

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Commando Dog

/ Phil Mussell

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Grave concerns ON April 22 the BBC ran a news story stating that the Prime Minister was “deeply troubled” by the report by a special committee of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), chaired by Sir Tim Hitchens, KCVO, CMG. The committee was appointed to probe the early history of the...

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Already well established as one of the world's premier medal dealers, the London Medal Company is now offering their customers the chance to buy at auction too. In a new venture, the company has introduced a timed auction service on their website and an initial glance shows some superb items at...

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RIP

/ Karen Needs

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Fading away IT WAS with great sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband, for an astonishing 73 years, to Her Majesty the Queen. The Duke was not to everybody’s taste, I accept that, his blunt forthright approach could, and did,...

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Easter Rising

/ Karen Needs

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All in the family THIS MONTH sees an announcement by C&T Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd that they will no longer accept for sale any post-1991 medals unless consigned by the recipients or recipient’s next of kin (see “News & Views”). Whilst this being made an official policy of an auctioneer is...

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Convention goes online only.

/ Phil Mussell

  Unfortunately it seems that the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus measures and the obvious fear that despite the “roadmap to recovery” that should see us restriction free in June the UK may yet see another lockdown, the Orders and Medals Research Society (OMRS) have decided that the...

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Fair schedule!

/ Phil Mussell

With the recent announcement regarding lockdowns in England, and the "roadmap to recovery", the organisers of coin and medal fairs are tentatively releasing dates which we all fervently hope they'll be able to stick to: The London Coin Fair in Bloomsbury is now scheduled for July 3 The...

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Women's History Month

/ Karen Needs

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Why? Just Why? HERE’S a question: why do you collect medals? Or indeed why do you collect anything? Not why do you collect the medals of your chosen “theme”—we all have different answers to that. Our readership comprises those who collect to their old regiment or police force, those who...

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World Record for a George Cross at DNW

/ Phil Mussell

The extremely important George Cross from the Korean War from the ‘Battle of Imjin River’ – awarded posthumously to Lieutenant T. E. Waters of the West Yorkshire Regiment, which was attached to 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment - sold for a staggering world record price of  £280,000 at DNW...

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Freedom fighter

/ Phil Mussell

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SPEAKING UP EVERY now and then a medal related story pops up here in Exeter, on this occasion though it doesn’t involve our local regiment (formerly the Devons, then the Devon & Dorsets now the 1st Battalion, the Rifles) but rather it focuses on the “appropriateness” of a statue here in the...

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