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Stay up to date with the latest coin, banknote & medal news plus the Token Publishing Blog.

News & Blog

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

New Coins from the Royal Mint

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint has produced not one, not two but THREE new £2 coins for 2013! Two to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the London underground (the "Tube") and one to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Guinea. There is also a new design 50p to mark the 100th Anniversary of the birth of...

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New £5 Crown

/ Phil Mussell

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Celebrating 60 years since the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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New 50p design

/ Phil Mussell

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A new design 50p commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Christopher Ironside - the man who designed the new UK coin reverses for decimalisation in 1971

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New Tube £2 Coin

/ Phil Mussell

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One of two new £2 coins celebrating 150 years of the London Underground - the world famous "Tube"

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Merry Christmas Everybody!

/ Phil Mussell

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The Offices of Token Publishing will be closed from 1.00pm on Friday December 21 2012 until 9.00am on January 2 2013. We'd like to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

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New Arctic Medal

/ Phil Mussell

The Daily Mail website and the BBC  have reported that Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that there will be a new Arctic Convoy Star specifically awarded to those who served on the Russian Convoys in World War II and a clasp for Bomber Command Veterans, presumably to be worn on the Air...

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Don't forget Birmingham

/ Phil Mussell

The ever popular Midland Coin Fair at the Motorcycle Museum, just by the NEC is on this coming Sunday. The show is a regular one (every second Sunday of the month) but it's so popular that we can only get in quarterly when it moves to the larger Britannia Suite - that suite is available this...

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Valour in Afghanistan

/ Alyson Thomas

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Backwards and forwards THE joint December/January issue of MEDAL NEWS is always a good opportunity for reflection and forward thinking—those of you who know your Roman mythology will remember that the month of January is named after the two-faced god Janus who was the god of beginnings and...

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Coins of the Civil War

/ Alyson Thomas

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A different perspective IT seems that my last month’s “Comment” has been met with a reasonable amount of approval amongst the numismatic societies of the UK and beyond. I know of at least three societies planning some kind of valuation day/fair and the Numismatic Society of Ireland, which adopted...

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George Medals Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

The men who tackled a gunman who had fired shots on board a nuclear submarine, killing a RN Lt Commander, were each awarded the George Medal for their Bravery at Buckingham Palace today (November 21). In April last year Able Seaman Ryan Donovan fired an assault rifle aboard HMS Astute, killing Lt...

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This amazing, prize winning, catalogue, complete with hundreds of full colour illustrations of the notes themselves is THE definitive work on English and Welsh Provincial notes and is an absolute must for all banknote collectors. Unfortunately it sold out in book form almost a year ago - however...

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Victoria Cross for Australia awarded

/ Phil Mussell

Corporal Daniel Keighran has become the third Australian Soldier to be awarded the Country's highest military honour - the Victoria Cross for Australia, Corporal Keighran of the Royal Australian Regiment was decorated with the VC following operation in Afghanistan when a joint Australian-Afghan...

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Hot shots in Gibraltar

/ Alyson Thomas

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Decision time RECENT press stories have once again brought the issue of both the Arctic Convoys and foreign medals given to British Servicemen to the fore. The latest fuel added to these long burning fires has come from the Russians who, earlier this year, announced their desire to award...

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A Fair weekend

/ Carol

The Token Team are out in force this weekend with John and Carol at the London Coin Fair on November 3 at the Bloomsbury Hotel for all things numismatic and Phil attending the Aldershot show on November 4. The London Coin Fair at the Holiday Inn is an event not to be missed for any serious...

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Important Portuguese Coins

/ Carol

Morton & Eden’s next auction on Tuesday November 13 features an important offering of Portuguese and Portuguese Colonial coins from the magnificent Archer M. Huntington Collection. Some 500 pieces are expected to raise around £500,000. This will be followed early next year by the sale of...

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Stolen medals

/ Phil Mussell

The medals of Brigadier Stanley-Clarke of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)  were stolen in a burglary earlier this year. The group comprised:   CBE (Mil) Order of Polonia Restituta 3rd Class (Polish) DSO with 2nd award bar. 1914 Star with clasp. British War Medal Victory Medal (Mid)...

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Last of the few

/ Phil Mussell

Battle of Britain pilot William Walker, one of the last of the "few" has died in hospital following a stroke. He was 99. More details can be found on the BBC site here

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Sovereign sensation

/ Alyson Thomas

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Open House? THERE are a few subjects that dominate my “Comments” in any given year: one is high prices paid at auction (and with the recent record set at Baldwin’s I could easily do the same again this month); another is the future of our hobby with regard to encouraging new collectors and a third...

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World Notgeld 1914-1947

/ Phil Mussell

At last a new version of Krause's acclaimed "Notgeld" Catalogue which was a best seller in book form a few years back. Now produced on CD Rom for ease of access this catalogue is the perfect companion to any notgeld collection - ideal for both valuations and identifications! Click here to...

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Just Giving....an update

/ Phil Mussell

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In support of her fellow Token Team Member Abbey (left), who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, Klara (right) has having her head shaved for charity! Abbey has had hers shaved in readiness for the side effects of the chemotherapy. The charity in question is FORCE, the Devon based...

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Record Fighter Ace

/ Alyson Thomas

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Dallas Delights This year’s Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) annual Convention was held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas Fort Worth Airport over the weekend of August 16–19. Dallas in August isn’t necessarily somewhere where you want to be and being at an airport hotel meant that...

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COIN YEARBOOK 2013

/ Phil Mussell

The BRAND NEW COIN YEARBOOK 2013 is available now! Launched at Coinex on September 28 this hugely popular book is now in its 20th year - order you copy today!!

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Record Sovereign!

/ Phil Mussell

A stunning £780,000 (£650,000 plus 20% buyer's premium) was paid at Baldwin's on thursday September 27 for a 1920 Sydney Sovereign - one of only three ever offered at austion.An example of this excessively rare coin was last sold in 2009 when it fetched £415,000. For full details see COIN NEWS...

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Roman reforms

/ Alyson Thomas

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Which way now? THIS Comment is being written a couple of weeks before Coinex, and the related sales from the London Houses, but I am confident that as the new “season” starts so we will find that once again records are broken and that the market is strong. We have been very lucky in the coin world...

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The MEDAL YEARBOOK 2013

/ Phil Mussell

The BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK 2013 is now available - once again the softcover is just £19.95 and the very limited edition hardback is still just £24.95 Order your copy today!

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Crusader hoard found

/ Carol

On the north coast of Herzliya at Tel Arshaf, during the course of a three-year dig a large cache of golden coins of the Crusader period has been uncovered. The dig, headed by Prof. Oren Tal of Tel Aviv University, unearthed a sand-filled pottery vessel under the floor tiles of the castle...

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The new Season

/ Phil Mussell

Both the Coin and Medal season kick off this month - and as ever the Token Team will be attending a variety of shows with our new titles - including the new YEARBOOKS. Watch this space for details of where we will be!

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Bentley Priory at Spink

/ Phil Mussell

Congratulations to Spink whose Bentley Priory Battle of Britain Trust Charity auction netted nearly £160,000 for the appeal. Without a doubt the record breaking "Cat's Eyes" Cunningham Group was the highlight of the sale - it hammered at a staggering £320,000 - although there were plenty of other...

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Visit Valkenburg

/ Carol

The April Paper Money Fair Maastricht is an established event, however, don’t forget there is an autumn fair too. Taking place on September 29/30 at its usual “home” of the “Polfermolen”, Plenkertstraat 50, Valkenburg, well over 140 dealers will be stalling out, Unlike the April fair, the...

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The Welsh at Mametz

/ Alyson Thomas

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Building Trust THIS month’s “Letters” page has a letter from coin and medal dealer Paul Turnbull of Coinote Services International Ltd detailing how he has fallen foul of a credit card scam and has lost a large amount of money thanks to the cloning of credit cards and the fact that the transaction...

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COINEX

/ Alyson Thomas

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Building trust This month’s “Letters” page has a letter from Paul Turnbull of Coinote Services International Ltd detailing how he has fallen foul of a credit card scam and has lost a large amount of money thanks to the cloning of credit cards and the fact that the transaction was a mail order one....

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Michael Sharp

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness we learn of the death of Michael Sharp - for a full announcement see the DNW website

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It's legal tender

/ Phil Mussell

Anyone in the note world (or who has seen Michael McIntyre on stage) will know there should be no issue accepting Scottish notes in England, apparently that isn't the case in London at the moment as hordes of Scots come in for the Olympics - as this story from the BBC aptly demonstrates

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen from Evesham, Worcs between Midday and 2pm on August 2 2012 MILITARY MEDAL (INSCRIBED: LANCE CPL. A.H. PALMER); 39/45 STAR; 39/45 WAR MEDAL; FRANCE GERMANY STAR; DEFENCE MEDAL; PALESTINE 1945/48 MEDAL. Any information to MEDAL NEWS office please

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SBS Gallantry

/ Alyson Thomas

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Reunited we stand MEDAL collecting is like any other hobby in as much that there are extremes—there are the Victoria Crosses that sell (as two did recently at Spink—see next month’s Market scene) for over £200,000 and then at the other end of the spectrum there are medals that fetch a thousand...

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"Lost" in transit

/ Phil Mussell

Yes another one... This time a BWM sent from Switzerland to the UK Details as follows: 356694 R.E.JARVIS. O.S.1. R.N Any information please contact us on 01404 46972 or info@tokenpublishing.com

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Due to unforeseen circumstances the Worthing and District NS have changed venues (again) from the Kingsway Hotel Worthing to the Beechwood Hall Hotel, Wykeham Road BN11 4JD This change is immediate (from the August meeting) but the rest of the programme (speakers, dates, times etc) remains...

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OMSA Time

/ Phil Mussell

This year's Orders and Medals Society of America convention takes place in Dallas from August 16-19. We're making the trip across the pond again this year (after missing Jacksonville in 2011) and look forward to seeing all our American friends once again. For further details visit www.OMSA.org

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Jersey Hoard

/ Alyson Thomas

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A double-edged hoard THIS month’s issue features no fewer than three articles focusing on hoards (pages 33–34,45–48 and 55–56), so it is perhaps fitting that my “Comment” this month focuses on them too! It is, of course, every metal detectorist’s dream to uncover that elusive “hoard”, every...

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Congratuations John

/ Phil Mussell

Congartulations to John, our Managing editor who turned 70 on Monday July 9! Many Happy Returns!

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August Coin News - Hoard special

/ Phil Mussell

If you dream of finding a hoard of Roman Denarii or long to gaze upon a pot full of pennies then don't miss teh next issue of COIN NEWS - on sale July 25

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Congratulations Pierce

/ Phil Mussell

Congratulations to Pierce Noonon of Dix Noonan Webb and Victoria Johnson who are getting married in West Sussex on Saturday June 30th, we wish them all the very best for the big day and the future 

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Olympic Vision

/ Alyson Thomas

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Getting it right IN this month’s “Letters” page we have two readers who have written in, ostensibly on different themes, but ones that can actually be connected quite neatly if you think about it. Jeff Posner talks about the thorny issue of grading—something collectors and dealers have disagreed...

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Diamond Jubilee

/ Alyson Thomas

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All for a good cause UNDER normal circumstances we wouldn’t necessarily promote one auctioneer over another nor automatically suggest that auctions are a better place to sell than through a dealer or indeed privately. Every auctioneer (indeed every auction) will have their own merits to consider...

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60 Glorious Years

/ Phil Mussell

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In for a penny SOME of you will have seen our very own Phil on the BBC’s “One Show” or “Breakfast” recently, or perhaps heard him on one of the various radio programmes he was invited on to, or perhaps read his comments in one of the ’papers. What was the reason for this flurry of media stardom?...

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Counterfeit coin ring smashed

/ Phil Mussell

What is thought to be the biggest discovery ever of fake coins in the UK has resulted in three men being charged. Some four million blanks and £107,000 of finished coins were discovered in raids in Essex, Herts and North London. For more details see the BBC website

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Are Punts on their way back..?

/ Phil Mussell

Numismatists (and indeed ordinary shoppers) in Ireland may well be bemoaning their country's entry into the Euro and doom mongers are even contemplating what will happen if Greece and maybe other countries decide to opt out - well shopkeepers in Clones, County Monaghan are preempting the problem...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

The Quay Antiques Centre in Topsham, Exeter, was broken into on May 1. The audacious thieves braved the alarms in a swift operation which targeted the only three stands featuring gold. Unfortunately in addition to two jewellery dealers, local coin dealer Glenn Ogden was one whose stock was taken,...

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Medal review

/ Phil Mussell

The Prime Minister has announced an independent review of the rules and principles governing the awarding of military campaign medals. According to the MOD's own website the following are areas of particular interest: Awards being considered after a period of five years has elapsed after a...

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Hero of R101

/ Alyson Thomas

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A TECHNICAL hitch at a London sale we attended recently meant that bidding couldn’t take place via their internet bidding system. This, on the surface, would seem a trifle inconvenient but little more, after all the ‘phones were fully manned and anyone wanting to place a bid could simply give the...

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Missing from New Zealand

/ Phil Mussell

Many will recall the recent conviction of Keith Davies following extensive thefts of medals  from New Zealand's National Army Museum in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Many of the medals stolen have been recovered, however many haven't and the Museum has now posted a list of those still missing. They...

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Olympic countdown

/ Alyson Thomas

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Another Way IN this month’s “letters” page there is a question from reader Roy Norris, regarding whether there are any “courses” that teach aspiring numismatists about coins. We wracked our brains but couldn’t think of anything formal to recommend, instead it seems that we can only suggest that he...

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OMRS North anyone?

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team (well Phil anyway) are eagerly looking forward to the biennial OMRS North - held once again at the Holiday Inn, Runcorn, Cheshire this time on the weekend of May 12/13 (no clashes with other fairs as there was last time). This will be the sixth show held by the Northern Branch of...

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The One Show

/ Phil Mussell

Want to know what teh country thinks about abolishing teh penny? Tune into the One Show tonight (27/04/12) at 7.00pm to see our very own Phil with his take on the subject....!

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In the news again

/ Phil Mussell

The press do love to bash our coinage don't they? Every time a new design is released the press criticise it; every time the number of fake £1 coins supposedly in circulation is announced the press have a field day and the introduction of the new nickel plated 5p and 10p (due in the next few...

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Canada says goodbye to the penny

/ Phil Mussell

The 1 cent coin is no more - in Canada anyway. We reported in COIN NEWS some time ago that the Canadians were planning to do away with their smallest denomination - in line with Australia and New Zealand - and now it has finally happened with the Canadian Government officially requesting that the...

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Fakes in the news again

/ Phil Mussell

It is a story we have covered many times both on-line and in COIN NEWS but it shows no signs of going away.... Recently a survey by the Royal Mint suggested that more than 44m pound coins (that's 3% of all £s in circulation) are fakes. Spotting a fake is relatively easy for those of us "in the...

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Epic Journey

/ Phil Mussell

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A sharing hobby WE have just taken delivery of Michael Maton’s excellent new work Honour Those Mentioned: The Navies, being a full list of all British and Dominion Naval (including Merchant Navy) MiDs for World War II. This completes the Honour Those Mentioned series but isn’t an end to Michael’s...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

The following medals were recently stolen from a private house in Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire:   Great War OBE and MC group of six to Captain Howard Napier Walker, 2 nd Welsh Regiment and R.A.F. (Acting Acting Lt. Col.).   Please call 101 (the non-emergency police number) with any...

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Come to Bromley

/ Phil Mussell

We do get around a bit you know - last weekend we were at the Harrogate Coin Show and this weekend (On Sunday April 1st) we'll be at the other end of the country - in Bromley, Kent to be precise at Ray Brough's medal fair. the show, held in the Civic Centre, Bromley starts at 9.30am and attracts...

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Dead Sea Scrolls

/ Alyson Thomas

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The good old days? IN THIS month’s magazine you will find an advert for a “medallic coin” to celebrate the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. As it has no monetary value or legal tender status it isn’t a coin per se, but it certainly bears more resemblance to a traditional crown...

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Brilliant Britannia

/ Carol

Despite being Mothering Sunday the collectors turned out in force for the March 18 Britannia Medal Fair. Although one enthusiast did leave in a huff as the event was too crowded, collectors and dealers alike reported a successful day much enjoyed by all. The fair has become a real social event...

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The Harrogate Spring Coin Fair takes place Friday 22 and Saturday 23 at The Old Swan Hotel. There will be over 40 dealers in attendance and the Token Team are going too! Opening times are 11 am Friday and 9.30 am Saturday so there's plenty of time for breakfast/coffee first in the wonderful spa...

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For very personal reasons (his wife is due to give birth around the beginning of April) Chris Taylor has (perhaps wisely) decided to cancel the April 1 Westminster Auction - he'll let us, and his customers, know the moment a new date has been decided upon - somthing I imagine depends very much on...

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Apologies for those who have tried to contact us via phone in the past few days - the telephone system here at Token Publishing has developed a fault and all of our lines were down.  Everything is now rectified so feel free to call!

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Sale of a Legend

/ Alyson Thomas

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True worth COINS and coin collecting hit the mainstream media recently when an article in the Antiques Trade Gazette (a front page article no less) was picked up by the Independent and others. In essence the article quoted a leading London coin dealer’s ire at the Royal Mint and their pricing...

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Battle Stations

/ Alyson Thomas

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Funds for the "few" IN our particular sphere of collecting and its related areas of interest there are, of course, many “worthy causes”. There are a plethora of military welfare charities; a number of military related educational trusts and charities; numerous museums and similar and of course a...

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Unique Coin Find

/ Carol

A medieval coin from the reign of William the Conqueror is being hailed as unique by experts. Discovered in a field near Gloucester, the hammered silver coin was found by metal detectorist Maureen Jones in November. Experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme said the coin “filled in the hole” in...

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Local currency

/ Phil Mussell

Just as we sell out of our "Standard Catalogue of the Provincial Banknotes of England and Wales" so the latest in a modern line of "provincial notes" comes into being. The Bristol pound comes hard on the heels of the Totnes Pound and the Stroud currency and promises to be the biggest such local...

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Missing Miniatures?

/ Phil Mussell

Did you serve in Cyprus then go on to Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Yugoslavia? Did you get this impressive length of service rewarded with an LSGC? Do you live in the Carlisle area? If the answer is yes to all of these do you still have your medals? The miniatures at least? If you don't then it...

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A group reunited

/ Alyson Thomas

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Ignorance is bliss? SITTING down one Sunday evening to watch BBC1’s new drama Sherlock (apologies to those outside the UK who may not know what I’m talking about—essentially it’s a modern day rewriting of the classic Sherlock Holmes and is really rather good), I was somewhat put out to find the...

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Year of the Dragon

/ Alyson Thomas

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Taking issue THIS month’s front cover sees the numismatic celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, and inside the magazine you will find Dr Kerry Rodger’s excellent article detailing those countries that are (and those that aren’t) issuing coins for the “world’s biggest coin...

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DON’T forget the The York Coin & Stamp Fair this weekend (January 20–21) at The York Racecourse Grandstand. The fair gets under starter’s orders at 11am on the Friday, finishing at 6pm ready to recommence trading on Saturday at 10am (closing at 4pm). Entry is free, the parking is free and the food...

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Record set for Greek Coin

/ Carol

The much anticipated sale of the spectacular Prospero Collection indicates that the team at Baldwin’s had a lot to smile about. Although results are still in the process of being confirmed initial figures released by the company state that the sale total for all 642 lots is approximately...

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