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

The York Stamp and Coin show

/ Phil Mussell

Now why would you - a MEDAL NEWS reader want to come to a stamp and Coin show? Well you'd be surprised at just how many medals are on offer at the bi-annual event, many Coin dealers have them on their tables and there are always one or two specialist medal dealers too - but there isn't the...

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The first show of 2010.....

/ Phil Mussell

For the token Team at least will be the York Stamp and Coin Fair (there are medals there too!) on January 15 and 16 at the tried and tested venue of the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. We love York, the show is great, the city is wonderful and the people are always friendly - if you haven't...

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Christmas deliveries

/ Phil Mussell

By the end of play today (Tuesday 22 December) all orders received will have been posted out, the only exceptions being those items not in stock which all customers should have been informed about. We have been exceptionally busy this year but all Alyson has done sterling work in getting...

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Christmas opening hours

/ Phil Mussell

We can't quite believe it but Christmas is upon us already and, nice employers that we are, we're giving our staff a bit of a break over the festive period. We'll be closing on Wednesday 23 December at 1.00pm and will be back full of turkey (or in the case of the vegetarians in the company some...

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New legal tender UK coins

/ Phil Mussell

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Opportunity knocks . . . THE Royal Mint’s “new releases” for 2010 circulating coinage, as featured on the front cover this month, have come as something of a surprise. We all knew there would be new coins of course, there always are, but the extent of the new releases has got us at the COIN NEWS...

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Birmingham Motorcycle Museum

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to the Motorcycle Museum near the NEC this Sunday (December 13)? This regular show is held every second Sunday of the month and is always a popular venue amongst dealers and collectors alike - so popular that once a quarter the organisers have to move to the bigger room - the...

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Bomber VC sets new auction record

/ Phil Mussell

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Keeping everyone happy AGAIN I’m afraid I have to split this Editorial in two—I was all ready to talk about our Britannia medal fair and our ideas for the future when suddenly not one but two Victoria Crosses sell for incredible money. The first to Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid, a Lancaster Bomber...

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World Record for an MM group

/ Phil Mussell

The DNW sale of Wednesady December 2 saw an amazing £70,000 paid for the Falklands MM group awarded to Captain (then Corporal) Ian Bailey for the full strory see  news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/surrey/8390468.stm

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Stop thief MC group missing

/ Phil Mussell

In the early hours of Thursday 19 th November a family collection of 14 medals including an MC group was stolen from a house in Leicester. The medals missing are as follows: Lt Col Edward Cecil Barton:   Military Cross (engraved with recipients deatils and "Ypres 1917") 1914/15...

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Tony Fitzsimmons 1925-2009

/ Phil Mussell

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It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Tony Fitzsimmons on November 24 2009. Tony was a regular "helper" of Steve Sewell's across nearly 30 years and anyone who has seen Steve at any medal fair, be it Bromley, Bristol or Britannia, will have known his father in law Tony. A true...

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Britannia Success

/ Phil Mussell

Thank you all - dealers and collectors alike - who made Britannia on Sunday such a success, the weather was against us, the underground was against us but we still managed to get over 500 people through the door! The room was buzzing and on more than one occasion I heard the comments "it's just...

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The Ultimate VC

/ Phil Mussell

According to the Daily Telegraph Lord Aschroft has paid a staggering £1.5million for the magnificent "VC and Bar" to Captain Noel Chavasse - one of only three double Victoria Crosses ever awarded. According to the 'paper's website Lord Ashcroft bought the medals from St Peter's College Oxford to...

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The Ship Noble

/ Phil Mussell

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We have the power . . . A RECENT TRIP to my local antiques fair left me in shock—I discovered a veritable hoard of rarities—a pile, literally a pile, of 1804 silver dollars on one dealer’s stand. My goodness, what a find! Here was I in the middle of Devon and I’d discovered a hitherto unknown...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

STOLEN during October 2009  from a private house in E Devon 14/15 Trio to S/N M Hankinson TFNS/QAIMNS plus silver Nursing Badge St Pancras Hospital engraved M Hankinson 1 October 1906 in brown box of issue together with BWM and Victory to 9583 Cpl A R Hankinson KRRC. Please contact DC C Campbell...

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Record price for a VC

/ Phil Mussell

A new world record auction price for a Victoria Cross to a British recipient ( Flight Lieutenant W. 'Bill' Reid). was set at Spink on November 19 2009.  The medal group sold for a staggering £348,000 (£290,000 plus 20% premiumn) to an anonymous bidder in the room. According to the Daily Mail...

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Britannia - November 22. IT'S THIS SUNDAY

/ Phil Mussell

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Are you coming to Britannia this Sunday? It's now officially (and by some margin) the UK's biggest MEDAL FAIR with over 30 dealers stalling out. They are: Bonhams Philip Burman Andrew Bostock John Cannon Mark Carter Chelsea Military Antiques Chester Militaria Peter Cotrel...

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50p celebrates the Girl Guides

/ Phil Mussell

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100 years of the Girl Guides is the theme for the 2010 50 pence - interestingly two designers initials appear on the rather simple reverse - we're not quite sure why it needed two people to come up with the fetching but fairly straightforward  design but it seems that that is the case with...

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Florence Nightingale £2 design

/ Phil Mussell

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The circulating £2 coin for 2010 will be a tribute to the Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale 100 years after her death. The rather stylised design, depicting Florence's healing hands holding a patient's hand (the hands are artfully designed to ensure that the nurse and the patient are easily...

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Brand New One pound Series launched

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint today unveiled their new look £1 coins for 2010 and for the first time we're to be treated to a coin that has not one but FOUR reverses. Ok That's not actually true but what they've done is very clever - the coin has been designed to represent each one of the Capital cities of the...

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Stop Thief - 3 generations of medals stolen.

/ Phil Mussell

Again local to us down here in Devon a burglar has left another veteran distrught. We'll post more details about recipients etc.as soon as we know them, we are in touch with the local police, but in the mean time the bare bones of the story can be seen here ...

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Through the roof?

/ Phil Mussell

Gold continues its seemingly relentless upwards trend on Monday November 9 it peaked at over $1,100 an ounce - quite a remarkable sum. Can the trend continue or will the bubble burst....? Read the full story at  news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8351154.stm  

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London Coin Fair November 7

/ Phil Mussell

We're gearing up for the last LCF of the year - held as ever at the popular Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury just off Coram Street. The venue is one of the best ones on the "circuit" and is always well attended by dealers and collectors alike, John and Carol are making the trip up the A303 this time and...

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A cross to bear.

/ Phil Mussell

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FORGIVE me if I split this “Comment” in two but there are a couple of things that need my attention this month and they can’t really be amalgamated into one editorial. The first concerns the latest “medal” to be issued—the Elizabeth Cross. Now, whilst I wholeheartedly support the institution of...

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Stop Thief - Elizabeth Cross missing

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in the postal system (the envelope was delivered, contents removed) an Elizabeth Cross engraved Captain G. Shaw Ulster Defence Regiment. His widow was returning it as the Captain had been promoted to Major shortly before his death and the rank was incorrect. Any information to the Medal...

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Gone missing

/ Phil Mussell

Would readers please keep an eye out for two RAF log books of  Air Vice Marshal Leonard William George GILL, DSO. They have gone missing, in the London area in the past two months and could surface attached to a group at some point in the future - if anyone sees them please do get in touch with us...

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Bun penny smashes record

/ Phil Mussell

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Coinex comes home Last month I wrote about the (then) forthcoming Coinex fair, the British Numismatic Trade Association’s (BNTA) flagship show, and wondered whether the move to its new home of the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London would be a successful one. Well now, a few days...

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Heading North

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team will be at Eddy Smith's Leeds (Wakefield) show on Sunday (October 25) held as always at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield (just by Junction 39 of the M1). This popular show continues to go from strength to strength and we always try and get up there at least once or twice a year....

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Britannia - the latest

/ Phil Mussell

It's only a month now until the next MEDAL NEWS Britannia fair and we are finalising the list of dealers attending - would you believe there are going to be 32! That's individual dealers not tables - the table count is far higher! That means Britannia is officially the biggest medal fair in the...

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Postal Strike

/ Phil Mussell

Whatever your thoughts on the looming industrial action by postal workers are the fact is that a strike will inconvenience most of us - those of us trying to run a mail order business most of all. In order to minimise the impact of the strikes we are looking at alternative means of getting books...

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"Blue Peter" 50p coin launched

/ Phil Mussell

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The first UK coin designed by a child (no quips about previous designs thank you) has been unveiled by the Royal Mint. The coin - the first in a series of 29 50pence pieces designed to represent a different Olympic or Paralympic sport in the run up to the London Olympics in 2012 was designed by...

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Reform of the Umayyad coinage

/ Phil Mussell

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Getting together AS I write this Editorial the skies are grey, the wind is whipping up and there’s a definite chill in the air—yes, I accept that this description could have been of any given day in our “barbecue summer” of 2009 (overseas readers will just have to bear with us on this —UK readers...

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From Balaklava to Windsor

/ Phil Mussell

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A bold move, but . . . Don’t miss the next Britannia Medal Fair on November 22 — why not bring a friend with the free entry ticket enclosed? THIS “Comment” is being written at the absolute last minute. The magazine is all ready, it’s on the presses, but I couldn’t give the go-ahead to print until...

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Coinex is coming!

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to Coinex this weekend (Friday 2 - Saturday 3 October)? Taking place at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel, Grosvenor Square, the BNTA's premier Coin Fair regularly attracts dealers and collectors from across the globe - see this month's COIN NEWS for a full list of dealers attending.  ...

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Making money

/ Phil Mussell

Following the success of the "Totnes" and Lewes £s it seems that other areas are cottoning on to the idea of making money in the recession....   Brixton, an area not immediately associated with private banking has produced its own "Brixton pounds" in an attempt to keep money within the local...

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Stratford upon Avon - October 18

/ Phil Mussell

Stratford's a lovely town, if you haven't been before you really should get along there - and what better excuse than combining your trip with a visit to the Stratford Medal Fair held at the leisure centre in the very heart of the town? As with all of Mark Carter's fairs it starts at 9.30am for...

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The missing penny - Radio 4!

/ Phil Mussell

Those who missed Phil's BBC Radio 4 programme on the "Missing Penny" - the story of the 1933 penny - when it was brodacast last year - well now's your chance to "listen again". It's being repeated on Radio 4 on Wednesday September 9 at 9.30am!

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The right direction

/ Phil Mussell

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THERE was a time when the medal fair was, apart from a visit to a specialist shop or an auction, the only way a collector could add to their collection. It was also an ideal way to dispose of unwanted items and boost your cash reserves (although invariably the ready cash you’d just pocketed would...

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By Royal Command

/ Phil Mussell

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Mule madness... I have long maintained that the hobby of coin collecting is far larger than any of us realise. We know how many COIN NEWS readers we have, know how many people buy the COINYEARBOOK each year, know how many people buy our coin accessories, know how many people attend fairs and how...

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First Elizabeth Cross Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

Karen Upton, widow of Warrant Officer Sean Upton of the Royal Artillery, killed whilst on patrol in Helmand Province in July, received the first of the new "Elizabeth Crosses" at his Funeral at Catterick.   For full details see the BBC's website at ...

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The Last Tommy - Harry Patch RIP

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sdaness that we learn of the death, at 111, of Harry Patch, former private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, last survivor of the terrible trench warfare of World War I.   Harry took part in the third Battle of Ypres in 1917 (better known as Paschendale) and was...

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Brand New Krause now available!

/ Phil Mussell

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The latest edition of the Krause Standard catalog (sic) of World Coins 1901-2000 is now available! This essential reference once again comes with the complete book on DVD and is an absolute must for 20th century collecors - order your copy from our on-line shop today!!

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"Elizabeth Cross" announced

/ Phil Mussell

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A new "medal" akin to the Canadian and New Zealand Memorial Crosses has been announced. The "Elizabeth Cross", looking very much like the Memorial Crosses is the first medal for 60 years to bear the name of the reigning Monarch and will be given to the families and next of kin of all those killed...

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More on the 20p....

/ Phil Mussell

Well apparently they're selling for well over £7,000 now...... www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1196644/Rare-20p-coin-sells-7-100-eBay-thats-35-500-times-face-value.html

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Pte J Barry

/ Phil Mussell

If anyone has any information on the medals of 19932 Pte J Barry of the South Lancashire Regiment please contact the Medal News office on 01404 46972  

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The coin with no date!

/ Phil Mussell

Incredibly this is suddenly big news - but we broke the story back in December 2008! Here's what we had to say back then...... Check your change everybody - after 25 years (the last instance being with the 1983 New Pence/Two pence reverse) the Royal Mint have let a mule slip through their...

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Solidus at Spink

/ Phil Mussell

Stop Press***Stop Press***Stop Press An important ninth century Anglo-Frisian Solidus, recently found near Salisbury, fetches £9,300 at auction at Spink in London - see the August COIN NEWS (On sale July 22) for further details

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Medals of dishonour

/ Phil Mussell

Commemorative medals are usually struck to celebrate a famous victory, an invention, a worthy life well lived - not, apparently, always - as this exhibition at the British Museum demonstrates.....! Click here for details!

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Coins in the news

/ Phil Mussell

Phil was on the radio again this week - on the Roy Noble Programme (BBC Radio Wales) talking about the new £5 "Henry VIII" crown. He'll be appearing on BBC Radio Devon next week talking on the same subject. We tend to forget that outside our hobby people are still genuinely interested in the coins...

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A brand new edition (The 12th) of "the standard catalog of World Paper Money Volume III 1961-date" is available now! It came into us this week and is hot off the press - order your copy today

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Congratulations Joe!

/ Carol

It was a long way to go for dinner (8 hour round trip) but we wouldn't have missed it. Yesterday, June 16, John Mussell, Phil Mussell and Carol Hartman joined coin and medal dealer Giuseppe Miceli in Northampton to celebrate his 40 years of being in business. Friends, family and business associates...

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New faces for the £50 note!

/ Phil Mussell

Further to the design of a new £20 two years ago the Bank of England has just announced that the £50 is also due an overhaul with not one but two historical figures featuring on it. The Bank of England issued the Following press release on May 29 "The renowned 18th century business partnership of...

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Do you think you could have been a coin designer? Do you think you could have done better at Una and The Lion, the Gothic Crown or the Wren farthing? Do you think your design would have gone down in history? Well now's your chance to find out! Thanks once again to the generosity of reader Geoff...

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"Celebration of Britain"

/ Phil Mussell

The next three in the silver £5 Crown series of 18 coins "celebrating Britian" in the run up to the 2012 Olympics will be launched soon - look out in July's COIN NEWS for details!

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Honour the Officers - it's here!

/ Phil Mussell

The latest in the invaluable "Honour the..." Series by Michael Maton has arrived. HONOUR THE OFFICERS gives a complete listing for all honours and awards given to WORLD WAR I officers from Britain and the Empire. The huge volume lists all recipients alphabetically and details which awards were...

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Metal detectorist jailed over fakes

/ Phil Mussell

We all know that there are a number of fakes in the market today but I wouldn't have thought somebody from within the metal detecting hobby would have been resposnsible for putting them out there. According to The Times Yesterday (May 11) David Hutchings, organiser of a detecting club in...

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Birmingham next Sunday

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the regular Birmingham Coin Fair at the Motorcycle Museum (just off the M42 by the NEC) on Sunday May 10 - it's always hugely popular and even we can't get a table for this month's fair! We'll be at the next one though on June 14 so see you there

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Stop Thief II

/ Phil Mussell

Family medals stolen from a house in Worthing, West Sussex, Police Incident number:WWSL/09/01/00123 Inspector W. Hughes-Halls, B.S.A.P. Member Order of British Empire Colonial Police Long Service Medal King George V Silver Jubilee Medal Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Meritorious Service...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Lost in transit - RMA 1468-S Cpl. J. Brown, Great War pair with a defence medal & certificate and Great War pair to RMA 12746 BMR. J. A. Turner. Posted from St Pauls Cray Parade, near Orpington on the 30th March 2009 @10.04am vi special delivery but they apparently never left the building and now...

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Gurkha defeat for Brown

/ Phil Mussell

Many of you will be following the debate about allowing Gurkha servicemen the right of British settlement. We at MEDAL NEWS are heartened to hear that Prime Minister Gordon Brown's motion to allow only limited numbers to stay in the UK was defeated today (April 29) as seen here We at MEDAL NEWS...

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Dickin Medal sells for £24,250

/ Phil Mussell

April 24 at Spink saw the sale of the Dickin Medal awarded to Rip sell for an amzing £24,250 Rip was a stray dog found homeless and starving after a heavy raid in 1940 by A.R.P. Warden Mr. E. King, who worked at post B132 in Poplar, London, during the World War II. He was soon adopted as the...

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Royal Mint to be privatised?

/ Phil Mussell

The "inevitable" move of privatising the Royal Mint in Llantrisant took a step closer today with the publication of the final report of the Treasury's Operational efficiency Programme. Full details can be found here The Royal Mint's Chief executive responded to the announcement with the...

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Yate - again?

/ Phil Mussell

I can't quite believe it but our "local" show is almost upon us once again! Next Sunday (26/4) sees the second of Mark Carter's Bristol shows at the Yate Leisure centre near Chipping Sodbury As ever the preview will commence at 9.30am with the main fair opening at 10.30am. All this actually...

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Aldershot here we come

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the Aldershot Medal Fair this sunday (19/4) at the Princes Hall, Princes Way Aldershot from 9.30am (preview - 10.30am for everyone else!) It's our first Aldershot of the year so we're looking forward to it - hope to see you there!

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Last year we sold out of the COIN YEARBOOK by the end of April - this year they'd all gone by the end of February! We felt this was a tad too early (seeing as the next one wasn't due out until the autumn) so ordered a reprint - taking the opportunity to update a few of the gold prices whilst we...

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Banknote Yearbook - it's here!

/ Phil Mussell

And it's already selling fast - be sure to secure your copy....! Still only £19.95- not everything goes up (although a lot of the banknote prices listed in the book certainly have....!)

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

STOLEN on 20th February 2009, from his home in Penerely Road, Rainham, Essex. The medals of Pte Ernest "Ron" Jones, Parachute Regiment. 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence medal, War medal, General Service Medal Bars "Palestine" and Malaya. He served with the 21st Independant...

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VC Register - a correction

/ Phil Mussell

Apologies to those trying to ring the Number for "This England" with regards to the Addendum to the VC Register. A typo gremlin some how got into the office and we printed the number incorrectly. It should have been 01242 537 900. Sorry about that....

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Banknote yearbook 6th edition

/ Phil Mussell

Is almost upon us! The book will be in to us within 24hours and will be immediately posted out to everyone who has pre-ordered. We've had our "preview" copy and even though I say so myself it does look pretty good.....!!

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Britannia Success

/ Phil Mussell

A BIG thank you to all who attended (both dealers and customers alike) the event was a great success with hundreds of people through the door! All the comments have been overwhelmingly positive and we're already looking forward to the next show on Sunday November 22 - although we hope to see some...

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Banknote yearbook 6th edition

/ Phil Mussell

The eagerly awaited new BANKNOTE YEARBOOK is at the printers now - ready for launch at the Maastricht Papermoney fair in April. Once again it's hardback and retails at a very modest £19.95 - We're offering it post free if you pre-order! Check our "books" section now

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Banknotes at Valkenburg

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the "Maastricht" Paper Money show in Valkenberg, the Netherlands this weekend (April 2-5). The event is one of the biggest banknote and paper money fairs in the world and is attended by dealers from across the globe. Whatever your banknote interests Valkenberg will cater for you! ...

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So far Britannia looks pretty full - it's going to be a GOOD day! Dealers who'll be having a table include: Andrew Bostock Phil Burman John Cannon Chelsea Military Antiques Peter Cotrel David Desborough Chris Dixon DNW Tom Donovan Bill Friar Great War Medals Gordon's Medals Meurig Jones/Find a...

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Don't forget Harrogate

/ Phil Mussell

The North of England has always proved a hotbed of coin collectors - the bi-annual York Fair continues to go from strength to strength and the Monthly Leeds show is always popular. The Harrogate show has always had something of a more "chequered past" with it's popularity waning in recent years -...

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Birmingham anybody?

/ Phil Mussell

Once again the Token team will be at the Motorcycle museum in Birmingham (just by the NEC) for the monthly Coin Fair - held on the second Sunday of each month. Sadly we can't be at every show - other commitments just won't allow us to be - but we'll do our best to come to three or four a year!...

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Britannia - the latest

/ Phil Mussell

Plans are well underway for the next Britannia show on March 29th - many of the country's best known medal dealers will be in attendance and with the event being promoted in a number of Family History and Antique magazines as well as MEDAL NEWS we're expecting a good turn out! Look out in the...

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Who do you think you are...?

/ Phil Mussell

Come and find out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday February 27-March 1 at Olympia. This huge family history show has proved immensely popular in the past two years and this time around we're hoping it will be even better! MEDAL NEWS will be in attendance (stand 1003) and we look forward to welcoming...

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Meet the Author

/ Phil Mussell

Why not come along to the Britannia Show at the Victory Services Club on Sunday March 29th and meet some of the men behind Token Publishing's best selling books - we've got Jeff Elson, author of the popular "Staffordshire Regiment" books. David Biggins, author of "The Battle of Elandslaagte,...

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Medal Tracker success

/ Phil Mussell

So far February has brought three reunites from February's MEDAL NEWS - including the wonderful group of General Holland Pryor featured in "News and Views" on page 8 - the current owner and the family are now in touch with eachother, more in the March issue of the Magazine!

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Britannia update

/ Phil Mussell

So far we've had a number of dealers promising their support for the MEDAL NEWS Britannia show on March 29 - as well as promises from dozens of readers that they'll come! Those dealers who have already confirmed they can attend include Andrew Bostock Phil Burman John Cannon Cheslea Military...

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VC Guns on the move

/ Phil Mussell

Two iconic examples of Britain?s rich military heritage, the historic artillery pieces that have provided the metal for over 800 Victoria Crosses since 1914, are on the move. The VC Guns, two 2.5 ton bronze Chinese-built cannons dating from the mid-19th Century, are set to be moved as part of a...

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London Coin Fair February 14

/ Phil Mussell

Yes I know, I know it can't possibly be time for the London Coin Fair again - but it very nearly is! Next Saturday (yes Valentine's day) sees the first LCF of the year, once again being held at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury. This now well-established venue has easily taken over from the Cumberland...

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Bromley this Sunday!

/ Phil Mussell

For those of you in the South East why not come along to the Civic Hall, Bromley this Sunday from 9.30am for the first Medal Fair there this year? We'll be there with our new book - "Inside Mafeking" as well as all the old favourites...!

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Local notes

/ Phil Mussell

Following the success of the "Totnes pound" and other local currency schemes it seems that Lewes in East Sussex is the latest town to go back to the days of Provincial banking and issue their own notes more details can be found here

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Police Medal Review

/ Phil Mussell

Following the recent campaign by Warwickshire Police Officer Ken Fowler, which has won wide spread support across all parties, the Home Office announced on 21/01/09 that a review will be conducted into the award criteria of the Police Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. As recently as 12/01/09...

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Scottish banknotes move south...?

/ Phil Mussell

A new bid has been launched to force English retailers to take Scottish Banknotes in the same way they do bank of England ones! Apparently no English retailer is obliged to take a Scottish note as they are not backed by the force of Law - Bank of England ones are. This new bid, by Shadow Scottish...

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Thanks a trillion

/ Phil Mussell

Zimbabwe, already the producer of the biggest denomination banknotes in history is going one better - with the printing of a one hundred trillion dollar note! Last year the Zimbabwe Government lopped ten zeroes off of the currency in an attempt to make the banknotes more realistic but with...

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Australian VC Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

The first Australian VC (as opposed to a VC awarded to an Australian) has been awarded to Trooper Mark Donaldson of the Special Air Service. Details are as follows ON THE AWARDING OF THE VICTORIA CROSS TO TROOPER MARK GREGOR...

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Rule Britannia!

/ Phil Mussell

It was with great sadness that we attended the last Britannia show at the Victory Services Club in November - Fred and Jeannie had done so much to help the hobby over the years that to see them retire was a great shame. Such a shame that we felt we had to do something - so we have!! As of 2009...

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Design a coin for 2012

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint has just launched their latest initiative and this one looks like it could well prove very popular indeed! The idea is that the public are to design 29 new reverses for the 50p piece - these coins will then be issued, one a month starting in March next year. the "general" public have...

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All the Ys...York and Yate

/ Phil Mussell

As well as the York Medal and Coin Fair on this Friday and Saturday (January 16 and 17) at York Racecourse Medal News (well Phil anyway) will be at the Yate (Bristol) Medal Fair on Sunday January 18 . It's the nearest show to us and is one we always try and attend - even if it comes straight...

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A quarter sovereign!

/ Phil Mussell

Back in 1853 two pattern quarter sovereigns were produced - the coin was never generally issued though and those patterns are the only quarter sovereigns we've ever had - until now that is! In February the Royal mint will issue just 10,000 quarter sovereigns - depicting the classic Pistrucci...

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