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News & Blog

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

Christmas Opening times

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Publishing offices will close on Tuesday December 22 at 1.00pm and will then re-open on Monday January 5 at 9.00am May we wish all of our customers and clients a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

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The Charge of the Heavy brigade

/ Phil Mussell

The long awaited sister publication to Roy Dutton's excellent "Charge of the Light Brigade" is now available and priced at just £20 (plus p&p) We only have limited numbers and are shipping now for Christmas - don't miss out click here to buy yours!

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Bristol Theatre Tokens

/ Phil Mussell

The Britsol Old Vic is seeking help with the whereabouts of the silver tokens issued when the Theatre Royal Bristol was opened in 1766. The tokens were sold in May 1766 as a way of raising money to pay for the theatre that still stands on King Street in Bristol. Fifty of the tokens were made and...

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Yearbooks selling fast

/ Phil Mussell

Unbelievably we only have just over 1,000 each of our COIN and MEDAL yearbooks left - now that might seem like a lot but when you consider we printed 10,000 coin Yearbooks and 7,500 Medal Yearbooks and they only came out two months ago you'll realise why actually this figure is quite startling! ...

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New record for British Coin

/ Phil Mussell

Last night's sale by Ginza Coins of Tokyo saw a new record set for a British milled coin - with £360,000 being paid for a gold Gothic crown! The coin last sold in Tokyo back in the 90s and has trebled the price it made then. The Ginza Coin Auctions sale was actually in two parts - the second being...

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Up North

/ Phil Mussell

We'll be at the Leeds show at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield (just off Junction 39 of the M1) this Sunday - why not come along too? It's a great little show with coins, banknotes and medals on offer and it's well worth a visit - see you there!

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Some good news!

/ Phil Mussell

Medals stolen from Marines based at Plymouth have now, thankfully, been recovered - see the full story here!

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The last Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to what will be the last Britannia medal show organised by Fred Walland and Jeannie Robinson? These stalwarts of the fair circuit have decided it's time to bow out and whilst we hope that Britannia may well live on with someone else (watch this space...) the show on November 23 will...

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New Record at St James's

/ Phil Mussell

The stunning Elizabeth 1755 20 roubles that featured on Last month's COIN NEWS front cover sold for an incredible £1.55million! A new record for a non-US coin! This amount eclipses anything gone before and shows once again teh bouyancy in certain market sectors A full report will appear in...

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Another "Tommy" fades away

/ Phil Mussell

One of the few remaining WWI veterans has died at his home in Sydney, Australia age 108. Born in Leicester in 1900 Sydney Maurice Lucas was drafted into the Sherwood Foresters aged just 17 in August 1918 - only the Armistice of 11/11/18 saved him from a life, and maybe death, in the trenches. He...

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Birmingham anybody?

/ Phil Mussell

The Coin News team (well half of it) will be at the Monthly Birmingham Coin Show this Sunday - we'll have some of our wide range of accessories with us but space dictates we can't bring everything - so if there's anything specific you want do let us know before hand! The show takes place from...

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Reward offered

/ Phil Mussell

A £50,000 reward has been offered for the return of a "unique" collection of Scottish coins. The collection, worth an estimated £500,000, was stolen last year and is thought to have been one of the most imporatant collections of Scottish Coins ever formed - for the full story see the BBC's website...

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London Coin Fair

/ Phil Mussell

It's only a couple of days until the Winter London Coin Fair!. Held as ever at the very popular London Bloomsbury Holiday Inn Hotel off Russell Square the show continues to attract dozens of dealers and hundreds of collectors. For those of you who haven't visited it yet it's quite unlike most shows...

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Medal Thief admits his guilt

/ Phil Mussell

It's bad enough to know there are low-lifes out there who will steal medals from servicemen - when it's one of their own colleagues it makes it so much the worse. If you've bought any modern medals from eBay or similar recently you might want to check out the full story here

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Leeds( Wakefield) Show

/ Phil Mussell

The Coin News team does its best to get to Eddy Smith's Wakefield show (held at the Cedar Court Hotel just off the M1) at least once or twice a year and we do like coming up in October. Unfortunately we can't make it this year - we'll do our best to be there in November though!

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Special Forces heroes

/ Phil Mussell

Lord Ashcroft is launching a new book in November. The country's most famous medal collector, whose trust owns more than 150 Victoria Crosses, has recently revealed that as well as the VC he also collects medals awarded to men (and presumably women) of the Special Forces. We don't know too much...

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George Cross Hero

/ Phil Mussell

Those responsible for failings that led to the death of a UK soldier in an Afghan minefield should "hang their heads in shame", a coroner has said. Cpl Mark Wright, 27, of Edinburgh, died and six others were injured in the blasts in September 2006. Cpl wright was awarded a Posthumous George...

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Stratford Time

/ Phil Mussell

The excellent fair at Stratford is this weekend! We'll be there, as ever, with the BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK - don't miss out!! The fair is at the Stratford Leisure centre and starts at 9.30am for the early preview, 10.30am for the "main" opening

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£1 Million note sold!

/ Phil Mussell

On October 1 2008 Spink sold the famous Number Eight £1,000,000 note for £78,300 to a private UK based collector. It is believed that only two notes of this high denomination exist in the world today, the other numbered 000007. The million pound note was issued in connection with the Marshall Aid...

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Medal Yearbook 2009

/ Phil Mussell

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Once again the MEDAL YEARBOOK was launched at the OMRS convention - and it's already selling well. It's available to order now by visiting our on-line shop, calling 01404 4166 or by filling in the leaflet you'll find in this month's MEDAL NEWS!

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Coin Yearbook 2009 out now!

/ Phil Mussell

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The next COIN YEARBOOK is now availaible! The 2008 edition sold out three months ago and we've had dozens of people clamouring for the new one - well here it is! It was launched at COINEX last week and you can order your copy from our on-line shop today!

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Fake £1 coins

/ Phil Mussell

Apparently the number of "fake" £1 coins in circulation has doubled in the past five years according to this report. If you're worried about fakes in your change there are some easy ways to tell if what you've got is genuine or not, as well as those mentioned in the report here are a few other...

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Lost medals

/ Phil Mussell

Thankfully there's still some respect left for our veterans - how often do you hear of divers being mobilised for other losses in the Thames.....! See here for details

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Medal Yearbook - on its way!

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's coming soon - the MEDAL YEARBOOK 2009 will be with us on Wednesday September 24th ready to be posted out the followning day ready to land on collectors' mats in time for the big launch at the OMRS in London on Saturday 27th! there's still time to pre-order your copy.......

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Coming soon!

/ Phil Mussell

The Coin Yearbook is launched at Coinex next week - all pre-order copies will be sent out on Wednesday 24th so order yours today! This increasingly popular book is used by dealers, collectors and the general public as an easy to read, practical price guide covering all English, Scottish, Irish and...

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Little bit late....

/ Phil Mussell

Don't worry - Medal News September is on its way, it was delayed slightly because we've been hard at work on the YEARBOOK but it will be with you soon - I promise!!

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Medal News goes Stateside

/ Phil Mussell

Anyone coming to OMSA? The Orders and Medals Society of America's annual convention is being held in Florida this year - Jacksonville to be precise. The convention takes place this Thursday - Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Waterfront hotel - if you're a n OMSA member you can come along any day - if...

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$100,000,000,000 note!

/ Phil Mussell

In response to rampant inflation the Zimbabwe Reserve Bank have announced the introduction of a hundred BILLION dollar note - believed to be the highest denomination ever issued anywhere ever! It's a sad indictment on the country's regime when you realise just 7 months ago the world was agog at...

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Fighter Aces Medals at Spink

/ Phil Mussell

The DSO, DFC and Bar Group of Battle of Britain Ace Wing Commander H C Mayers sold for an astonishing £66.800 today at Spink. Myers was credited with shooting down eight enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain and was shot down himself four times, on the last occasion his plane was found,...

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George Cross Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher of the Royal Marines has been awarded the George Cross for throwing himself on a grenade triggered by a booby trap in Helmund Province Afghanistan in February of this Year. Upon triggering the trap he immediately dropped to the ground and lay across the grenade...

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Prison service Long Service medal

/ Phil Mussell

It has just been announced in the House of Commons that there is to be a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for members of the Prison service bringing them in line with other uniformed services like the Police and Fire Brigade. It is believed that the medal will be awarded for 20 Years service ...

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Accessories!

/ Phil Mussell

We're proud to announce that Token Publishing has taken over Lodge Accessories and now stock all manner of items for Coin, Naknote and medal collectors from flips to albums to pages to trays to tweezers to magnifiers to those little round pieces of paper! Currenty we're running Lodge Hill shop...

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Lord Ashcroft’s Victoria Cross collection - the largest in the world - is to go on public display following his £5 million donation to the Imperial War Museum The world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses (VCs), belonging to the Michael A Ashcroft Trust, is to be displayed publicly for the...

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It's York time again

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's that time of year again and this weekend sees the second Coin Fair of 2008 at the Knavesmire Stand of York Racecourse The fair is on for two days and yes it is a weekend earlier than normal -it takes place from 11.00am on Friday 18 and from 10.00am on Saturday 19 and there are over 50...

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The Ashcroft Collection

/ Phil Mussell

Important new about the Ashcroft Collection of VCs coming soon - keep your eyes on this news page for details.....!

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News from the National Archives

/ Phil Mussell

We've just heard from William Spencer at the National Archives that the Army medal rolls for remaining clasps of the IGS 08-35, covering NWF 30-31 to NWF 35, the rolls for IGS 36-39 with clasps NWF 36-37 and NWF 37-39 and perhaps more significantly the rolls for the GSM 18-62 for both pre and post...

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The latest edition of Krause's Standard Catalog of World Paper Money Volume III (Modern Issues 1961 -date) - the old "Pick" for those of you who can remember that far back - will be in stock in our warehouse within the next two days! So order your copy today This year it comes with a free DVD -...

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Krause 20th Century - on its way!

/ Phil Mussell

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The new edition of the acclaimed "Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000" is on its way to these shores as I write! We're expecting them within the next 2-3 weeks so put your order in today! Rumour has it that this year's book comes with a free DVD - we're assuming it's a scanned version of...

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Coldstream Guards Medals stolen

/ Phil Mussell

Over a two year period various medal groups have been stolen from Victoria Barracks in Windsor. These medals HAVE been sold into the trade and many were bought by a dealer in good faith - he has since sold them on and the police are trying to trace them. The complete list is a long one but here...

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Scottish Banknotes safe..!!

/ Phil Mussell

There had been talk in some quarters that the long tradition of Scotland's banks producing their own banknotes was under threat. Apparently plans to force banks to lodge funds with the Bank of England to cover the value of their notes had put the production of banknotes from the Clydesdale Bank,...

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Eugene Ursual

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Canadian Dealer Eugene Ursual who passed away this morning after a short battle with cancer. We've known Gene for many years and he will be sorely missed both as a friend and as a dealer - our condolences go out to his wife Tanya A full...

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Apparently this hurt more than the injuries Pte Beharry sustained whilst winning his Victoria Cross..... We're not sure about that but we are sure this is some work of art and one thing's for sure - he won't lose it!

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Birmingham anybody?

/ Phil Mussell

Straight after the London Coin Fair on Saturday the Token Team (well Phil to be precise) will be heading up to Birmingham NEC for the Coin, Medal and Banknote fair at the Motorcycle Museum on Sunday the 8th This is a regular show that attracts a loyal following every month, we can't always get...

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Medals at Birmingham

/ Phil Mussell

Every month the Birmingham Motorcycle museum plays host to a very popular coin and banknote fair - and every three months the organisers try to expand it to incorporate medals too! The next event, taking place on June 8 coincides with a large Militaria fair at the same venue - so why not kill two...

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All change for the Greenback?

/ Phil Mussell

The US Government has been told to change the much loved Greenbacks to enable the blind or partially sighted to recognise the different denominations more easily. For more information see the BBC's news site here

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OMRS North

/ Phil Mussell

Can you believe it was two years since the last medal fair at the Holiday Inn Runcorn? No neither can we but it is which means that very soon (May 17-18) we'll be heading up the M5/M6 again to attend the 2008 show. The main bourse is on Sunday but there's a dinner the night before and of course the...

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Coin yearbook 2008 - sold out!

/ Phil Mussell

Unbelievably every single copy of the COIN YEARBOOK 2008 has sold out - that's nearly 10,000 copies sold in six months, and we're still getting order in! We were thinking of doing a reprint but logically were better off putting all of our efforts into ensuring the 2009 is better than ever - it...

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Medal tracker

/ Phil Mussell

Following the huge numbers of people attending Who do you think you are? at Olympia over the weekend we know that in the coming weeks there will be dozens of new entries added to medaltracker.com We must have chatted to well over 200 people regarding how they should find out what medals their...

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Jonny Wilkinson on a £5 note...?

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's true - 500 of these special Travelex notes are being given away to anyone who uses a Travelex currency exchange shop to buy Euros in Heathrow's Terminal 5. The Tfiver uses Jonny, England's Rugby World cup winning drop-goal scorer, as he's one of their brand Ambassadors and it's redeemable...

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Who do you think YOU are?

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to Olympia this weekend? We're hoping 20,000+ people will be as it's the second WDYTYA Live exhibition - coupled this year with Military History live! The event was huge last year and we're all geared up for the same thing again on Friday through Sunday - so why not come along - you...

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Coming to Harrogate?

/ Phil Mussell

This Friday and Saturday (25 and 26) sees the return of the "Harrogate Show" held in the beautiful setting of the Garden Room at the Old Swan Hotel. With a number of big name dealers attending and Harrogate itself being such a pleasant Georgian Spa town there are far worse ways to wile away a...

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Harrogate - next week

/ Phil Mussell

The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate once again hosts what used to be COINEX North but is now, successfully, run by Simon Monks. The fair takes place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 in the "Garden Room" of this wonderful old hotel and with many big-name dealers coming it will be well worth the trip. ...

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Kiwi Scorpions - the return....

/ Phil Mussell

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It's here, it's ready to ship - the reprinted Kiwi Scorpions (the story of the New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group) is available now - it's been updated and amended and is only £29.95 - order your copy today!

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Who do you think YOU are?

/ Phil Mussell

Unbelievably the second WDYTYA show is almost upon us and takes place on May 2-4. Last year the show was aimed primarily at the Family history market however, jumping squarely on the military bandwagon, this year it is billed as "three shows in one" comprising "Military History Live", "Who do you...

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New designs - the reaction

/ Phil Mussell

There have been some interesting stories coming from the National media regarding our new coinage - the Daily Telegraph called a number of dealers (and us) the day of the launch in order to try and find someone prepared to put a negative spin on the whole thing and the BBC's on-line magazine has...

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Aldershot this Sunday!

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the Aldershot Medal and Militaria fair this Sunday (April 20) at Prince's Hall, Prince's Way. All those of you who missed Britannia because of the Marathon really ought to come along to this fair - one of the most popular of Mark Carter's events! As ever preview is 9.30am and the main...

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The missing penny - Radio 4 today!

/ Phil Mussell

The story of the 1933 penny is well known - but Phil our Marketing Director finds out a few things even seasoned numismatists may not know. Listen to the programme at 2.45pm today straight after Gardener's Question time!

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Listen out....

/ Phil Mussell

Phil our Marketing director is on Radio 4 tomorrow - talking about the 1933 penny! He's interviewing one or two people some of you may know as well..... 2.45pm Radio 4 - straight after Gardener's Question time

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So they've been unveiled, the designs that will grace the reverses of British coinage in years to come. In a bold move on the part of the Royal Mint the new coins no longer depict a complete image on each one (with the exception of the £1 coin) but instead make up a "jigsaw puzzle" with the picture...

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New coins released!

/ Alyson Thomas

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All circulating coins, with the exception of the £2 coin, will bear the new designs. A different detail from the shield of the Royal Arms is shown on the reverse of the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins and when placed together the coins reveal the complete shield. This is the first time that a...

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Twenty pence coin

/ Alyson Thomas

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Twenty pence coin depicting the middle right-hand section of the shield.

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The new Fifty pence coin

/ Alyson Thomas

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Fifty pence coin showing the bottom of the shield. Note that the coin is actually upside down, with the point of the heptagon now at the bottom.

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The 10p

/ Alyson Thomas

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Ten pence coin showing two of the three lions of England.

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Five pence coin--- the very centre of the shield.

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What? No Feathers? The new 2p

/ Alyson Thomas

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Two pence coin depicting the Scottish lion Rampant.

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One penny

/ Alyson Thomas

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One penny coin, the very top of the Irish harp.

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One pound coin - seem familiar?

/ Alyson Thomas

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One pound coin: "the jigsaw box lid". The picture is complete.

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Interview with the designer.....

/ Phil Mussell

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New 2008 reverse British coin designs, congratulations to Matthew Dent of London (pictured). On this day, the 2nd April 2008, 10:30 am precisely, the world (yes, I believe this story will be covered by the international press) will have the opportunity to see the winning reverse designs for the...

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It's today!!!!

/ Phil Mussell

At 10.30 this morning the new designs for Britain's circulating coinage will be unveiled - COIN NEWS will be at the official launch of the coins taking place at the Tower of London and we aim to have the images on this website ASAP - look out after half ten!

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New designs - tomorrow!

/ Phil Mussell

Britain's new coin designs are launched tomorrow! See them here first - we'll have images up on this site within minutes of them being unveiled - check back here after 10.30am tomorrow! And no this is no April fool......

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Watch out on Wednesday when COIN NEWS will bring you an exclusive interview with the designer of Britain's NEW circulating coinage - read all about it here at 10.31am on April 2!

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It's official the new designs for Britain's circulating coinage will be unveiled on Wednesday April 2 at 10.30am. Coin News will be there and we aim to have the images up on our website almost immediately so watch this space!!!!

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Off to Europe

/ Phil Mussell

The Token team is gearing up for next weekend's International Paper Money Fair in Valkenberg, the picturesque market town in the south of the Netherlands. What was once the "Maastricht" show is hugely popular and attracts dealers and collectors from across the globe. The main event takes place on...

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Britannia time.....

/ Phil Mussell

It's here again - the second Britannia of the Year Held, as always at the Victory Service Club just off Edgware Road near Marble Arch in West London - the next show is tomorrow, Sunday April 13 starting at 9.30am. Don't be late....!

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New Coin designs - out soon!

/ Phil Mussell

At last we've been told of the date that the new UK coin designs will be launched! We can't divulge it just yet but have been given the following statement from the Royal Mint The Royal Mint is very excited by the new designs and we are looking forward to launching them in Spring 2008. The new...

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According to the BBC the new Operational Honours shows that no fewer than 28 Military Crosses were awarded in the Operational Honours that covers service from April 2007 - September 2007 For the full story click here

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Essay Competition

/ Phil Mussell

Don't panic - we're still wading through the pile of excellent entries we received (you guys really are talented) and will get back to you with a winner as soon as we can!

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Kiwi Scorpions - back soon!

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's at the printers now - the long awaited return of the revised Kiwi Scorpions Don't miss out pre-order your copy today from our on-line store!

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Army and Navy lists - now available

/ Phil Mussell

We've located a supplier of Army and Navy lists on CD Rom and DVD and we've ordered a number for the more "significant" years. We're offering them through the pages of MEDAL NEWS and in our on-line shop now -so if you've always wanted an Army list from the Crimea or one of the huge ones from the...

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Radio Star...

/ Phil Mussell

Those of you in Devon will be able to hear Token's own Radio "Star" every fortnight when Phil is on the Richard Green afternoon show talking coins, medals, banknotes et al - he's already done two shows and his next appearance is on Monday March 10 at 3.45pm then every second Monday after that until...

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Stratford next

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget Mark Carter's Stratford Upon Avon Show on Sunday March 16! Stratford is one of our favourite towns and with a good base of collectors in the area it is always worthwhile us going - and the other dealers seem to think the same - there's always a waiting list for tables The show is...

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We're revamping.....

/ Phil Mussell

our website soon and we'd like your opinions on what you want to see featured on it. Maybe you'd like to see more products for sale, more links to dealers and auctioneers or more articles/features. Perhaps you'd like to see more information - hints and tips on collecting etc or maybe you'd like...

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Join the Token team at this Saturday's London Coin Fair at the Holiday Inn, Coram Street, Bloomsbury! the event is well attended by dozens of dealers and there really is something for everyone - especially as Baldwin's hold their Argentum sale in the same venue in the afternoon! We never miss...

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Spink to Exhibit 50 Victoria Crosses

/ Phil Mussell

Spink, in association with the Ashcroft V.C. Trust has just announced that they will be hosting an exhibition of fifty Victoria Crosses from the most important collection of these Awards ever formed. Britain’s largest display of the world’s highest and most prestigious Decoration for Gallantry for...

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MEDAL NEWS February!

/ Phil Mussell

Is on it's way - it has been posted out and should be with subscribers on Monday or Tuesday of next week....!

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Britannia banished from coins!

/ Phil Mussell

So ran the headline on last Sunday's Mail on Sunday - apparently, according to their source, Britannia, first used on coins in 1672 will no longer feature. Our heritage is being thrown away.... What's really interesting about this story is that in fact the Mail on Sunday have NO evidence for this...

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Essay Competition

/ Phil Mussell

Thanks to all who've sent in their entries over the past couple of months - they've proved very interesting and entertaining reading! We'll be looking at them again in the next few weeks and will announce the winners in COIN NEWS just as soon as we can!

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London Coin Fair February 9

/ Phil Mussell

At the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury - we'll be there - hope you will too!

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Krause 1701-1800 AT LAST!!

/ Phil Mussell

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After what seems like an age this new edition of the Krause Standard Catalogue of World Coins is now available from our on-line store - order your copy today!

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