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News & Blog

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

Queen of Coins

/ Alyson Thomas

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New Year, New Start BACK in November I announced that after 17 Years in ”Orchard House” in Honiton, Token Publishing was on the move to Exeter. After a somewhat fraught two weeks where nearly two decades of books and auction catalogues stubbornly refused to fit into our new premises, our telephone...

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Napoleons Egyptian Campaign

/ Phil Mussell

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A timely reminder THE recent Aldershot Medal Fair had a superb collection of medals on offer, as Mark Carter’s fairs always do, however, there was one group on display that knocked all others into a cocked hat. It wasn’t on display on a dealer’s table, and it wasn’t being offered by an auctioneer...

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Coins for 2016

/ Alyson Thomas

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Two nations divided by a common hobby THE TOKEN TEAM have just been at the Whitman Coin Expo in the US city of Baltimore, Maryland, a city not on everyone’s radar as it’s considered by many to be just a satellite of Washington DC, but nevertheless popular enough to attract hundreds of coin...

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An Unknown Hero

/ Alyson Thomas

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All the fun of the fair Many of you will have recently attended the Orders and Medals Research Society (OMRS) Annual Convention in London at the end of September — but did you know that that is the last convention the OMRS are holding in the Capital, at least for the foreseeable future? For the...

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Aldershot Medal Fair Sunday November 1

/ Phil Mussell

Are you coming to the Aldershot show at the Prince's Hall this weekend (November 1) Preview for the early birds is at 9.30am with "main" admission at 10.30am. We'll be coming along all the way from Devon so we hope to see you there too. Always remember if there's something specific you want from...

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Year set Record-breaker

/ Alyson Thomas

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A Change is Good By the time you read this, Token Publishing Ltd will be on the verge of taking over new premises. After nearly 28 years in Honiton and environs (17 in Orchard House) we are moving! We aren’t actually moving very far away—just down the A30 to Exeter—but mentally it’s huge. We are...

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Leeds (Wakefield) this Sunday

/ Phil Mussell

We love coming up to York twice a year but there's more to Yorkshire than just the Racecourse show and this Sunday (October 25) we're heading north again to attend Eddie Smith's excellent show at the Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield (just off junction 39 of the M1). We like Eddie's show but with so...

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Coins in Dublin

/ Phil Mussell

Although we won't be there this weekend (October 16-17), there will be plenty on offer in Dublin's Fair City when the autumn Coin Fair takes place in conjunction with Stampa at the RDS, Ballsbridge. This one is a three day show, starting on Friday, and with Ireland playing in the Rugby World Cup...

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Shackleton's medals

/ Phil Mussell

The medals of Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, featured on the front cover of MEDAL NEWS this month, made an astonishing £585,000 when they came under the hammer at Christie's last week. the 15 medals over 12 lots smashed through their top estimates and kept on going - the CVO, OBE, British War...

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Awards to a Polar legend

/ Alyson Thomas

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Split ends THE proposed sale of renowned Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s medals at Christie’s this coming month (October 8—see News and Views page 6) has got the medal world in something of a spin. The medals that Shackleton was entitled to would make an impressive display were they all to...

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Battling Ebola

/ Alyson Thomas

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Put up or shut up THE recent 70th anniversary of VJ day celebrations, televised for all to see, reminded us once again how frail and few in number the remaining veterans of World War II actually are and we all know that come the 75th anniversary there will barely be a handful of them, or indeed...

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Spotlight on Royalty

/ Alyson Thomas

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Going mainstream AS we head into the autumn and the start of the numismatic “season” the subject of “money” is somewhat in vogue at the moment. Don’t believe me? Well, just have a look at some of the stories that have made headlines over the summer. Early on there was the furore over the Bitcoin...

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The OMRS Convention

/ Phil Mussell

Is coming soon! We'll be there on Sunday September 27 - as always - to launch our new MEDAL YEARBOOK 2016. This year's venue is once again the Holiday Inn, London Bloomsbury, but this will be the last time for the foreseeable future that the event is to be held in the capital - as from next years...

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Iceni Gold

/ Alyson Thomas

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Time to act THIS little hobby of ours generally runs itself and does so pretty smoothly. Every now and then there is the odd hiccup: a forgery scare, a spike in certain prices, a fall in others, but the market, the dealers and collectors react accordingly and soon things are back to normal again....

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Awards for a Heroine

/ Alyson Thomas

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All change? AS we go to press with this issue of MEDAL NEWS (late July) so we are also working on the Medal Yearbook 2016 ready for launch at the OMRS Convention on September 27 in London. After much deliberation it is likely that this will be the last Medal Yearbook in its current form and the...

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The numismatic world is heading to Chicago in a few days as the ANA's World Fair of Money takes place at the Donald E Stephens Convention Centre in Rosemont, Illinois (a northwestern suburb of Chicago right next to O'Hare airport) from August 13-16. The COIN NEWS team will be there so why not come...

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Honouring an Empress

/ Alyson Thomas

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EURO SCEPTIC BY the time you read this the world will know whether the Greek Government have succeeded in their aims to renegotiate the terms of their bailout or whether their creditors have stood firm, leaving Greece in essence bankrupt and on the verge of leaving the Euro. If the former has...

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Who will be on the next note?

/ Phil Mussell

On Monday July 20, the two month public nomination period to determine who should appear on the next £20 note officially closed. Since 19 May, members of the public have nominated visual artists who they believe helped to shape British "thought, innovation, leadership, values and society". ...

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OMSA Anyone...?

/ Phil Mussell

Once again we're looking forward to our annual "OMSA Pilgrimage" - this year's show is being held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Crown Plaza Ravinia, Dunwoody - a tried and tested venue - we went there in 2000 and 2005. Can you believe that was ten years ago...? The event is early this year taking...

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July Medal News

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the last issue of MEDAL NEWS was a JOINT One (June/July) so there's no separate issue this month (the same goes in January we have a joint December/January issue). I'm afraid it's the only way we can ever get the YEARBOOKS done (we're working on the 2016 editions of them now) so you...

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York? Already?

/ Phil Mussell

Well not quite - but it won't be long before the second of the year's two York Coin and Medal fairs is upon us. This summer's event takes place on July 17 & 18 - again at the Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse. Ever popular amongst dealers and collectors alike it is one not to miss - get those...

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Irish Gold

/ Alyson Thomas

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The peoples’ choice? THE recent announcement that the Bank of England (BoE) wants the public to consider the subject for the next £20 note (they did stipulate that they would prefer someone from the art world but other than that the brief is pretty free) comes hot on the heels of the announcement...

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Penny Black Coin

/ Alyson Thomas

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The start of something new THIS month’s cover story is all about the 25th anniversary of the world’s first “coloured” coin—Pobjoy Mint’s innovation to celebrate 150 years of the Penny Black stamp. This won the coveted Coin of the Year (COTY) award in 1992 for “Best Crown” and “Most Innovative...

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Remembering Waterloo

/ Alyson Thomas

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Striking a balance A few years ago we had a back-log of articles waiting to go in MEDAL NEWS: a backlog of some 18 months. Unfortunately a number of these were of the “Uncle Bill got a trio” type which, whilst usually very well written, had a limited appeal to the wider audience. After all if...

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Outwood Anybody?

/ Phil Mussell

We don't normally do Andrew Jukes' Outwood (Wakefield show) at the Outwood Memorial Hall, Outwood, Wakefield WF1 2NE as it's a long way "up north" to commit to attending every month (it's always the first Sunday of the month) but just occasionally Andrew can squeeze us in - and he's managed to...

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Diana Birch

/ Phil Mussell

It was with great sadness that we learn of the death of Diana Birch on Wednesday May 6 following a long battle with cancer. Diana was a true "stalwart" of the medal hobby and was well known to many of us both through her own company, Savannah Publications, and also as one of the authors of the...

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Gallant gesture

/ Alyson Thomas

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Whose medal is it anyway? This month's cover story regarding the proposed sale of Les Munro's medals, and more importantly the potential for them to leave the shores of New Zealand, has once again put into sharp focus the issue of who owns what and what they are allowed to do with it. The crux of...

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Exceptional gold

/ Alyson Thomas

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How to be remembered HOW many of us, I wonder, actually think about why we collect. I know I don’t. I know why I started collecting, I know why I enjoy it and now I realise I collect simply because I can’t not. I could no more stop and leave my collection incomplete than fly in the air, so it has...

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Yate Medal Fair

/ Carol

John and Carol will be attending the Yate Medal Fair held at the Yate Leisure Centre, Kennedy Way, Yate BS37 4DQ on Sunday April 12. Doors open at 10.30 am (preview 9.30 am) and as well as our usual excellent range of medal books and, of course, Medal News magazine, we will have the very latest...

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Exceptional Gallantry

/ Alyson Thomas

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Breakfast in America As this issue of MEDAL NEWS goes to press spring (at least in the UK) has not yet sprung, the heating in the Token Publishing offices is still on and when five o’clock rolls around and the working day is done we go home under leaden skies—in short the summer is far from our...

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New look for our coinage

/ Alyson Thomas

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On the Face of it Well it’s here!— the new portrait of Her Majesty the Queen that will grace the UK’s coinage for the foreseeable future. This, the fifth and most probably final portrait of Her Majesty (well she is 88 and the last portrait was unveiled 17 years ago so another is unlikely, not...

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The new £1 Coin

/ Phil Mussell

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The reverse design of the new 12-sided £1 coin has been unveiled! Designed by 15 Year Old David Pearce the new look reverse was selected from over 6,000 entries in a public competition. It incorporates four national "plant" symbols of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom, with the...

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Monday is E day!

/ Phil Mussell

No nothing "electronic" this time - here E stands for effigy as Monday March 2 sees the unveiling of the fifth portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. We will have images on here as soon as we get them but we will also be at the official launch on Monday so if you'd like to see the new portrait as soon...

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Britannia's back

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint today (February 27) announced a return for that beloved icon Britannia to our circulating coinage. A rather fetching design has been unveiled for the 2015 £2 coin which, presumably, will also feature the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen

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Victoria Cross Awarded

/ Phil Mussell

L/Cpl Joshua Leakey of the Parachute Regiment has been awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during a raid on a Taliban stronghold in Helmand province in August 2013 where he twice helped a wounded US Marine Corps captain. He is the third member of the British Forces to receive a VC for...

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Victory on the Peninsular

/ Alyson Thomas

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Medals won’t be worn The recent announcement that Prime Minister David Cameron was keen to institute a medal for those who have helped in West Africa combatting the spread of Ebola has met with mixed reactions. On the one hand there is no doubt that those who volunteered to put their own lives at...

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Lasting Legacy

/ Alyson Thomas

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Picture this… YOU’RE probably reading this “Comment” at the end of February 2015 (with our new email magazine even overseas readers get to see COIN NEWS before the end of the month preceding the cover date!), which means you won’t have seen the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen that is to...

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In memory of Abbey

/ Phil Mussell

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As many of you know our friend and colleague Abbey passed away in November following a brave fight against breast cancer. On April 26 of this year, Klara,  Abbey's best friend, and another of the Token Team, is running the London Marathon in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign and is keen to raise...

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A new medal for Ebola fighters?

/ Phil Mussell

It seems that our Government can't get enough of new medals - that's if the news is to be believed - take a look at the Telegraph website

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Dambuster at auction

/ Alyson Thomas

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For posterity With the death of John Tamplin (see News and Views) another of the “Old Guard” has left us and with his passing one of the most knowledgeable minds in medals is lost to our hobby. Fortunately for us collectors much of John’s knowledge was shared with the wider community in the form...

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Year of the Goat

/ Alyson Thomas

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Defining “worth” THE recent announcement that a hoard of some 5,000-plus Anglo-Saxon pennies had been discovered, just before Christmas, by a metal detectorist in Buckinghamshire was treated rather differently by different factions of the press. Inevitably the tabloids and their on-line...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen In January:   GSM (Northern Ireland) South Atlantic Medal (Falklands, with rosette and MID),UN (Cyprus), LS&GC, Accumulated Campaign Service Medal. They are court mounted and named to 24428182 Harley PJ PARA. Any information to PC Caroline McCartney of Newtownards police on...

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Fair's Fair

/ Phil Mussell

The Token team regularly attend coin and medal fairs up and down the country (and abroad too). We will always update this site with the venues where we will be "stalling out" and if there's ever anything specific you'd like us to bring along for you just drop us a line, we'd be happy to help. ...

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John Tamplin

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of John Tamplin - one of the "old guard" stalwarts of the medal hobby. As an author of numerous medallic books - not least the wonderful "British Gallantry Awards" - and renowned collector, John was at the very heart of the hobby for many years...

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