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All the latest news and views plus the Token Publishing Blog.

Christmas Opening times

/ Phil Mussell

The office is now closed until Thursday January 3rd - we'd like to wish all of our readers and customers a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Christmas Opening times

/ Phil Mussell

We're "breaking up" on Friday December 21st and won't be back in the office until Thursday January 3rd 2008. We'll do our best to fulfill all orders before then but please bear in mind if you haven't received your books before we shut the office for Christmas we really can't do anything about it...

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Christmas delivery

/ Phil Mussell

We're doing our best to get all orders out before Christmas, obviously there are no guarantees (the post seems to be all over the place at the moment) but if you order before Wednesday 19th you should get your books/magazines before the big day (UK Only). If y9ou need something urgently we are...

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Stop thief

/ Phil Mussell

This just in from CJ and AJ Dixon of Bridlington Sadly the following medals have been stolen from the bereaved family home of the late Cpl. I.F. Spencer. They are believed to have gone missing sometime between the end of Nov and 4th Dec from their home in the Birmingham area. The medals in...

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You can win £200 by telling us - in 500 words - why you became a collector! It's that easy.... We're looking for something that grabs our attention, something interesting - so get writing - you have until January 31 2008 Send your entries in to the COIN NEWS ofice or email ...

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Nine VCs stolen in New Zealand

/ Phil Mussell

In a well executed raid on the Waioru Army Museum early on Sunday December 2 2007 a number of important medal groups - including nine Victoria Crosses, Charles Upham's VC and bar amongst them, were stolen. Two George Medal's, an Albert Medal and an unspecified number of other groups were also...

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Great New Book!

/ Phil Mussell

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You're obviously Internet "savvy" - you're reading this on-line after all, but no matter how good you are with the web it can be a frustrating place to be at times. We've all been there - we're doing a bit of research, try to search for something that we're sure is out there somewhere but to no...

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A controversial design

/ Phil Mussell

It seems that South Korea's decision to use the image of a 16th Century symbol of motherhood on one of its banknotes has caused something of a rumpus! Shin Saimgdang, regarded by many as a "maternal icon" will appear on the new 50,000 won note due out in 2009 but it seems that the feminist lobby...

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Kiwi Scorpions - the return....

/ Phil Mussell

After long deliberations we have decided we WILL be reprinting Kiwi Scorpions the much acclaimed book by Brendan O'Carroll on the New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group during WWII. The book has become an accepted authority on the subject and copies are changing hands for hundreds of pounds...

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Essay Competition – win £200! Thanks once again to the generosity of COIN NEWS reader Geoff Simms we are able to offer readers the chance to win £200 with the Token Publishing essay competition! The last competition we ran was for junior collectors and whilst we did have a good response the...

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Wellington Auctions

/ Phil Mussell

Please note that there will be NO wellington Auctions postal auction catalogue in the next MEDAL NEWS - so please don't think you're missing out if our copy doesn't have one in - none of them do....!

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Token Team heads North

/ Phil Mussell

We're off to the Leeds (Morley) show on Sunday! Held at the Cedar Court Hotel just off of the M1 b(junction 39) this excellent monthly show has been around for some time and is always popular. See for more about teh hotel - maybe make a weekedn of it!

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To Aldershot.....

/ Phil Mussell

The MEDAL NEWS team will be at Aldershot (Prince's Hall, Prince's Way) on Sunday November 4, we'll have the new MEDAL YEARBOOK as well as the New Honour teh Navies - a must have for WWII gallantry collectors!! The event starts at 9.30am (preview) or 10.30am for those who don't want to pay that bit...

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Bromley on Sunday!

/ Phil Mussell

Come along to the Bromley Civic Centre on Sunday for Ray Brough's Medal Fair - we're making the journey all the way from Devon and hope you'll be there too.... Come and pick up one of the latest MEDAL YEARBOOKS - essential reading!

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NEW KRAUSE!!

/ Phil Mussell

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The new Krause Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901-2000 is out NOW! We're selling them in our on-line store now - be sure to secure your copy!! Also available is the new 2001 - date catalogue - essential reading if you're a new issues collector!

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Coinex

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming? It's on this weekend (Friday and Saturday) at Earl's Court - we'll be there and hope to see you too!

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Where are we next? Medal News

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team is out and about quite a lot over the next few weeks - we hope to catch you at one of the many fairs we'll be attending We are at: The OMRS in the New Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden on Saturday 22 where we're launching our MEDAL YEARBOOK 2008 Yate on September 30 - our "Local"...

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Honour the Navies

/ Phil Mussell

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The final vaolume of Micheal Maton's WWII "Honour the ...." series is now available - come and pick up your copy at OMRS on Saturday....!!

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Medal Yearbook launch

/ Phil Mussell

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The New MEDAL YEARBOOK is being launched this Saturday at OMRS - don't miss out on your copy! Order today via our on-line store or by calling 01404 44166 All pre-ordered copies will be posted out on Thursday (September 20) and should be with UK readers on Saturday. Overseas orders will also be...

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New from Krause

/ Phil Mussell

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The latest Krause titles - Modern Issue 2001-date and Modern World Gold Coins 1801-date are now available from our on-line shop!

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Coin yearbook 2008

/ Phil Mussell

The BEST VALUE price guide t British Coins, bar none will be launched at Coinex on September 29 - you can buy your copy from our website today! Once again in FULL COLOUR and only £9.95 there is no other book that come sclose to the COIN YEARBOOK. Pre-order your copy today

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Krause 1701-1800

/ Phil Mussell

For all of you waiting pateintly for this title - you'll be pleased to hear that the publication date has been brought forward - we now hope to have stocks in before Christmas. Watch thi sspace for further details

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MEDAL YEARBOOK - now stronger than ever!

/ Phil Mussell

For those of you worried that your YEARBOOK might not stand up all you put it through - don't worry any more! This year's YEARBOOK will have thread sewn as well as glued binding making it stronger than ever!

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Yearbook Launch - OMRS 2008

/ Phil Mussell

Once again the acclaimed MEDAL YEARBOOK is to be launched at the OMRS convention in the New Connaught Rooms, Queen Street, Covent Garden - this year on September 22. The Token Team will be there in force, both with the new YEARBOOK (in hard and softback) and HONOUR THE NAVIES too - come along ,...

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OMSA success

/ Phil Mussell

Thanks must go to Chris Cawthorne and the Organising committee of the Orders and Medals Society of America for yet another successful and enjoyable convention - the Houston Hotel was a real gem and I hope we'll be back there in years to come. See you all in Jacksonville in 08!

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Dublin in October

/ Phil Mussell

We'd just like to point out that the forthcoming Dublin Coin fair at the RDS, Ballsbridge takes place on October 12-14 2007 not 2006 as per the advert in COIN NEWS. So yes it is on this year! Ooops.....!

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Coin Yearbook 2008

/ Phil Mussell

Once again the new issue of this acclaimed work - by far and away the best value for money coin price guide on the market - will be launched at Coinex - this year on September 28-29 at Earl's Court London! The book will be available to buy via our on-line shop soon - watch this space for details

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Medal Yearbook 2008

/ Phil Mussell

As always the new edition of the MEDAL YEARBOOK will be published in conjunction with the OMRS convention in the New Connaught rooms, Queen Street, Covent Garden - this year on September 22. The book will be available on line soon so watch this space! As always there will be a very limited edition...

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Heading For Texas

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to OMSA this year? The Orders and Medals Society of America annual convention is this year being held in the Woodland Waterway Marriott Hotel in Houston Texas on August 9-11 (the "open day" is Saturday 11 for non-OMSA members) The Medal News team (well Phil) will be there - come...

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Stop thief

/ Phil Mussell

The MOD police have informed us of the theft of a group of medals from Royal Marine Sergeant K Cripps. The group - which comprised: Northern Ireland GSM, Sierra Leone OSM, Bosnia, Afghanistan, QGJM LS &GC were stolen whilst Sgt Cripps was on a tour of Duty in Afghanistan - some people, it...

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Honour the Navies - It's here

/ Phil Mussell

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The trilogy is complete- the final part of the Honour series of Gallantry Awards in WWII is now available - order your copy today!

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MEDALS AT YORK

/ Phil Mussell

A number of high profile Medal dealers will again be in attendance at the increasingly popular YORK COIN FAIR, now becoming firmly established as a medal event too! Come along and support them if you can - and say hello to the Token team too - we'll be there as always, we wouldn't miss it. The...

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New "Pick"

/ Phil Mussell

The latest (13th) edition of the World Paper Money (modern issues 1961 -date) is available now - be sure to order your copy in our on line store!!

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Medal Yearbook 2008

/ Phil Mussell

We're putting teh finishing touches to this year's YEARBOOK even as we speak - so any corrections/amendments please let us know ASAP! Watch this space for details on how you can order your copy

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Britannia? Not this time

/ Phil Mussell

Sadly we won't be attending the Britannia show on Sunday July 8 - personal commitments (It's John - the Editor's birthday) mean that we'll have to wait until November to visit the Victory Services Club again. We'll be in London for the OMRS convention in September of course so hope to see everyone...

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Stop thief!

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen last week from a house in Tonbridge 2 clasp GSM to 23854841 Pte R Randall along with the recipient's father's WWII medals (three stars, defence and war) Any information to teh Medal News office via email or 01404 46972

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Format of Birmingham

/ Phil Mussell

Garry from Format would like to point out that he has nothing whatsoever to do with Saxby's Coins, indeed had never heard of them until yesterday, despite assertions by that company that Format is affiliated with them.

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Honour the Navies - Coming soon

/ Phil Mussell

We've gone to press with the final book in the WWII "Honour the....." Trilogy. Honour the Navies- a complete list of all honours and Awards to the Royal, Merchant and Dominion Navies in WWII will be available very soon Watch this space for details!

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Ray Brough

/ Phil Mussell

We extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ray Brough - organiser of the Bromley Fair and Speedbid. He was involved in a very nasty hit and run on the Sunday after the Bromley fair and is still in hospital having suffered severe breaks to his left leg and foot and massive bruising of his...

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Can't make the LCF?

/ Phil Mussell

Don't worry if you can't make it to London in June for the London Coin Fair - you can catch up with the COIN NEWS team the following day (June 10) at the Birmingham Coin Fair! Yes, the moment the London fair closes we're heading away from home and up to the NEC at Birmingham.....We must be...

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Midlands for Medals

/ Phil Mussell

The Token team will be at the Birmingham Coin Fair on June 10 not simply in their COIN NEWS capacity but to promote medals too. The organisers of the monthly fair are hoping to incorporate medals into the line up at least three times a year with the first combined show in June. The fair is held in...

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London Bound

/ Phil Mussell

As always the Token team will be at the London Coin Fair, Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury on June 9. In fact there will be a full compliment of us there as we're bringing along other members of the team - Celia and Fiona - to meet some of the people they deal with on a day to day basis! If you want to...

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Check the Medal Tracker!

/ Phil Mussell

We had an overwhelming response to our presence at the family History show "Who Do you think you are?" with hundreds of people eager to take advantage of the Medal tracker service - but the service is only as good as those who use it so be sure to check back over the next few weeks as there are...

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Hidden error

/ Phil Mussell

Stop looking! There is no word "Hidden" in the May word search competition - a proof reading error led to the word hidden being misspelled with an extra D - so we are excepting entries either without the word found at all or the word "hiddden" ringed. Sorry about that.....

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Shillings at Bloomsbury

/ Phil Mussell

Bloomsbury Auctioneers have a fanstastic hammered & milled shilling collection coming up in their 30 May sale, from Philip & Mary to George III, around 100 lots of superb Shillings including early milled Charles II, James II and William III with lustre...formed over 20-40 years ago by a now-retired...

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Who do you think YOU are?

/ Phil Mussell

The UK's first ever "National History Show" is to take place in Olympia over the first May Bank Holiday Weekend (5-7). Over 20,000 visitors are expected to attend the event which will cater for all those interested in history - particularly family history and research. MEDAL NEWS will be there...

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2nd ever VC goes well

/ Phil Mussell

The VC of Commander, Later Rear Admiral, John Bythesea, awarded for service in the Crimea in August 1854 made a good price when it came under the hammer at Spink on April 19 The cross, the second ever awarded, fetched £155,350 and was bought by an agent who's name has been closely linked with...

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Krause 1801-1900

/ Phil Mussell

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The new Standard Catalog of World Coins 1801-1900 is selling fast - we stall have copies in stock - but not many! This is a BRAND NEW catalogue, don't miss out order yours from our book section today!

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Coming to Yate?

/ Phil Mussell

As ever Medal News will be at the Yate (Bristol) Medal Fair on Sunday April 29. Our "local" show is one we always try and attend and we look forward to seeing old friends and new collectors alike. The show starts at 9.30am for "preview" with entry proper commencing at 10.30am We'll have stocks of...

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Aldershot this Sunday!

/ Phil Mussell

We won't be there I'm afraid but there are still plenty of other dealers to visit! Don't miss it!

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Yeovil anyone?

/ Phil Mussell

The Token team is splitting its forces on April 29 as we are attending not one but two fairs that day! We have our "regular" Mark Cater Yate fair as well as a new venture - the Military book fair in Yeovil. Keep the day free - more details to follow

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The FIFTH edition of the sell-out BANKNOTE YEARBOOK is available now A full revision process has been undertaken to ensure that once again this work is the DEFINITIVE guide to English, Scottish, Northern Irish and Island notes - it will be the only book you need and well worth waiting for we can...

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Spink innovations

/ Phil Mussell

New from Spink comes the first medal podcast! View highlights of their next sale on your mp3 player - just visit http://www.spink.com/podcast/index.html

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Medals at Harrogate

/ Phil Mussell

Well known Yorkshire based dealer Chris Dixon will be attending the Harrogate show for the first time - so all you collectors who thought it was just coins think again! Chris always has a good selection on offer and often has some amazing groups (there are the lowly singles too of course). So get...

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New £20 unveiled

/ Phil Mussell

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Today (March 13th) sees the release of the new £20, replacing, in due course, the Elgar notes first put into circulation eight years ago. The new note, featuring Scottish economist Adam Smith has a host of new security features - including a holographic security strip - and boasts a more modern,...

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Are you going to Harrogate?

/ Phil Mussell

What used to be Coinex North is now being run, very capably, by Simon Monks. The show, held in the "Garden wing" of the Old Swan Hotel in the Beautiful spa town of Harrogate, wasn't on last year but it's back in 2007 and promises to be very well attended with some major dealers making the trip...

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Bromley!

/ Phil Mussell

We always try and attend at least one Bromley show a year - and this Sunday is probably the only one we can make - so we hope to see as many of you there as possible too! Sunday 9.30am Bromley Civic Centre - see you there! I don't care how sunny it is - get yourselves along to the Civic Centre,...

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Soldiers Records go on line

/ Phil Mussell

The National Archives (formerly the PRO) has put the service records of WWI soldiers on-line for the first time. Not all soldiers records are available (around 60% were lost when the original records office was bombed in WWII) but there are still hundreds of thousands that can be viewed. At this...

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If you are then come along to the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Ballsbridge and say hello to us at the Irish International Coin Show. Maybe you don't know much about coins, banknotes or medals and want to learn a little more? Well that's fine, some along to our table, pick up a free sample of COIN...

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If you are then come along to the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Ballsbridge and say hello to us at the Irish International Coin Show. Maybe you don't know much about coins, banknotes or medals and want to learn a little more? Well that's fine, some along to our table, pick up a free sample of COIN...

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Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget it's Britannia time again soon - next weekend (February 25th) sees the first of this year's fairs at the Victory Services Club, London (just off Marble Arch) and as ever the Token team will be there with copies of the latest magazine, the MEDAL YEARBOOK and the new edition of British...

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Beauty in the eye of the beholder

/ Phil Mussell

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It has aways been assumed that Cleopatra - the Egyptian Queen who captured the heart of Mark Antony and led to a bitter rift in the Roman Empire was a stunning beauty - however a silver denarius that has gone on display in Newcastle would seem to indicate differently. The coin, which depicts Antony...

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Back issues

/ Phil Mussell

Did you know we sell back issue of COIN NEWS or MEDAL NEWS stretching right back to 1998 - and all from this website!! You can view every single back issue simply by clicking on it in the back issue section - that will bring up the full contents page to allow you to choose magazines that you're...

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The new Standard Catalogue of World Banknotes (General issues) is imminent! This new edition is a must for all serious banknote collectors with ALL BANKNOTES up until 1960 LISTED AND PRICED. It once again retails at just £50 plus £8 p&p and will available from the COIN NEWS - BOOKS section of...

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Bonhams follow Spink

/ Phil Mussell

After moves by Spink last week to increase their buyer's premium on all lots up to £2,000 Bonhams have announced that they are to follow suit with an increase in their premium to 20% on all lots up to £250,000 (in effect most coin and all banknote and medal lots). The company's premium is currently...

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Spink to raise premium

/ Phil Mussell

In a bold move Spink are to raise their Buyer’s Premium from a flat 15% to 20% on the first £2000 pounds of the hammer price and 15% on the remaining balance. The new rates will take effect from March 15th 2007. Olivier Stocker, CEO of Spink comments “This marginal increase in the Buyer’s Premium...

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Author of the Year

/ Phil Mussell

It's time once again to vote for your favourite Coin News or Medal News author of 2006 - we're asking for three choices (in the event of a tie) but even if you just send in one vote that's better than nothing! Who inspired you in 2006? Which was your favourite article? Let us know either by...

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Elandslaagte - update available

/ Phil Mussell

For all of you who have purchased David Biggins' excellent book on the Battle of Elandslaagte there is now a pdf update available on CD Rom. It' s free so you can pick it up from us at any medal fair we attend or you can get it from our on-line shop - unfortunately we do have to charge postage and...

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MEDAL YEARBOOK - Hardcover version

/ Phil Mussell

We always only print a limited run of the special hardbound MEDAL YEARBOOK and this year was no different - we printed 500, 300 had gone within a fortnight and 180 more went just before Christmas. We've got 20 left, that's it - no more will be printed. Better order your copy today.... ....but...

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New Year Sale

/ Phil Mussell

Have a look at our website shop and you'll see there are quite a few bargains to be had - check it out today for a host of post free offers! Just click on books under the "shop" title on the left hand side of this page and you'll go straight there!

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Britannia time...? Not quite!

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget that the Britannia Medal fair has had a bit of a shake up this year and the dates have changed. Whilst the show is normally held on one of the last two Sundays in January this year the first one is being held a month later - on February 25. So don't turn up at the Victory Services club...

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London Coin Fair

/ Phil Mussell

The Token team will be "up in town" again soon to attend the next London Coin Fair at the Bloomsbury Holiday Inn (off Coram Street) on Saturday February 10 We will, of course, have stocks of Coin News as well as our Yearbooks, the Krause and Pick catalogues and a host of other titles for the...

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Canadian delights

/ Phil Mussell

Jeffrey Hoare Auctions, Inc. of London, Ontario has released its latest auction catalogue in text form on its website at http://www.jeffreyhoare.on.ca Highlights of the sale include a number of early Naval General Service Medals along with a selection of Victorian Campaign medals. The sale...

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York time soon

/ Phil Mussell

The first fair of the new Year (for the Token Team at least) will be the bi-annual Coin and Medal fair at the Knavesmire stand of York Racecourse, this year being held over Friday and Saturday January 18-19. The York fair is always extremely popular and we look forward to seeing all of our...

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Happy New Year

/ Phil Mussell

We'd like to wish all of our readers, advertisers and customers a very happy and Prosperous 2007!

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