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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.

Time for York

/ Phil Mussell

Our first UK show of 2018 (we'll be in New York early January) is "Old" York when we once again visit the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse for the Stamp and Coin Fair (there are medals too!) on Friday January 19 - Saturday January 20. The York show is definitely one of our favourites and there's...

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New York in the New Year

/ Phil Mussell

The very first show of 2018 for the Token Team is the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) this year being held in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 42nd Street NYC for the very first time...the event takes place from Thursday January 11 (12 noon -7pm for early birds at a cost of $125) until...

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It's the Birmingham Coin Show on Sunday (December 10) but unfortunately due to the bad weather forecast the Token Team are unable to attend. We are sure there will still be a good cross section of dealers in attendance as it is the larger show so there should plenty to suit all numismatic...

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World Record Victoria Cross

/ Phil Mussell

The Unique ‘Mystery’ Victoria Cross and triple DSO group of 11 awarded to World War I “Q-Ships” Captain Vice-Admiral Gordon Campbell, RN, sold at Morton & Eden in London on November 23, 2017 for an outstanding £700,000 hammer (£840,000 including premium), a new world auction record for a VC and any...

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Chaplains at DNW. Part II

/ Phil Mussell

The second part of the collection of medals awarded to Chaplains formed by MEDAL NEWS' very own Philip Mussell appears at DNW on December 6/7 with some very rare medals on offer - don't miss out...you can view the auction on-line at www.dnw.co.uk now...

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Embassy Siege

/ Alyson Thomas

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Who gets what? ONE of the big medal-related stories this past month has been the decision to introduce a new Operational Service Medal (OSM) for Operation Shader (service in Iraq and Syria against IS/Daesh/ISIS/ISIL) as announced by Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon (see “News &...

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Iron Age Hoard

/ Alyson Thomas

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Facing reality THE MOST recent offerings from the Royal Mint—a series of coins with two different designs celebrating the Platinum Wedding of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip (see page 29)—have caused something of a stir in numismatic circles. Now the fact that they have a...

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P day is upon us

/ Phil Mussell

That's it folks - you can't officially spend your old round pounds anymore - but don't despair - lots of charities and some shops are still taken them, the real issue comes when the bank stops allowing you to pay them in to your account. We don't know when that day will be but if anyone has trouble...

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A former Special forces Major - Dominic Troulan has been awarded the George Cross for his part in saving over 200 people during the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Kenya in 2013. The attack, by al-Shabab extremists killed 67 people during a siege of the shopping mall in Nairobi. The retired...

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Not long now before the "round pounds" are demonetised! After October 15 2017 the pound in your pocket had better be one with 12 sides as the old round ones won't be accepted in shops anymore as after that date the old ones, in circulation since 1983 , are officially "demonetised" But don't...

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Terry Sole RIP

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Terry Sole, author of "For God, Queen and Colony" - a history of the Colonial units in the Anglo-Zulu War. Terry was, apparently, murdered during a struggle last week at his home in Edenvale, near Johannesburg, police believe robbery was the...

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Cartoonist at war

/ Alyson Thomas

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Every man shall do his duty… NEVER one to shy away from causing a little bit of a stir, the BBC reported recently on a “Dublin auction of Nazi items branded ‘tasteless’ “. The story, if you can call it that, revolved around one Oliver Sears, a gallery owner in Dublin, and apparently the son of a...

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2018 YEARBOOKS - available now!

/ Phil Mussell

The brand new 2018 Coin and Medal Yearbooks are now available priced exactly the same as last year (and the year before that, and the year before that AND the year before that - inflation? Pah!) They are available from our on-line shop, order yours today!

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Chaplains at DNW

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the big DNW sale this Wednesday and Thursday - with a very nice collection of Chaplains medals coming up on day two - happy bidding!

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Next up on the fair circuit

/ Phil Mussell

Following the Orders and Medals Research Society Convention and Coinex we have a little break from the fairs then it's back with Stratford upon Avon on October 22 (Medals); London Coin Fair on November 4 (er, coins) and Aldershot the following day (Medals) - more details nearer the time!

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Britannia Rules

/ Phil Mussell

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Worth noting THE big news in the past few weeks has, of course, been the launch of the new polymer £10 featuring writer Jane Austen (who was “waiting quietly in the wings” for her note debut, regardless of the feminist lobby who are STILL claiming credit for her appearance). The reason the new...

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Portrait of a Lady

/ Phil Mussell

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Pastures new FOLLOWING the Editorial in the June/July issue the bullet has been bitten, the mind made up—it’s time for a new theme . . . ! I have, for some time now been at something of a crossroads with my collecting. I am, at heart, a true collector, an accumulator and it is the thrill of the...

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Oops

/ Phil Mussell

Sorry if you have been trying to contact us or order anything in the past few days - a major server failure meant that nothing was on-line at all, including the digital magazines, our website or our shop...all should be working now though so feel free to order anything you like! If you do...

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The Gold Sovereign - available NOW

/ Phil Mussell

Michael Marsh's seminal works on the Sovereign and the Half-Sovereign have long been regarded as "must-haves" for the numismatist's bookshelf and need little introduction to most collectors. Two years ago Token Publishing bought the rights to the books and have been working on updating them for...

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OMRS 2017

/ Phil Mussell

Following the success of last year's event the Orders and Medal Society Annual Convention is taking place once again in STRATFORD UPON AVON, at the CROWNE PLAZA the old Holiday Inn) in the centre of the town on the weekend of September 16-17. Saturday sees the talks, exhibits and Convention dinner...

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Challenging times

/ Alyson Thomas

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Cashing in THERE have been some very interesting stories in the press and on-line recently about the rise of electronic payments and the apparent demise of cash. It seems that in the western world at least the trend towards cashless payments shows no sign of abating and whether people are “quick...

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Talavera

/ Alyson Thomas

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Literary Legend

/ Karen Needs

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A new chapter AS we went to press last month a news release came in regarding the equity investment in Sovereign Rarities Ltd by none other than that most prestigious of numismatic institutions—The Royal Mint (COIN NEWS July, page 16). We managed to change a few things around and led with the...

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More Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Removed over a period of three years from a house in Dorchester area: World War I and World War II medals including the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory trio named to Capt O G H Anstiss, RGA and British War and Defence medals to Leading Aircraftwoman Monica Francis Anstiss. Enquiries lead the...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Missing on or after 19 March 2017 from The London Medal Company Ltd. (1) Royal Humane Society Medal in silver-gilt awarded to Brevet Major Charles Craufurd Fraser, 7th Hussars. (2) C.B.E., Order of Saint John, Order of Saint John Lifesaving Medal in Bronze group to Mrs Dorothy Eleanor Augusta...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen during a burglary at a Devon property in May the NGS 1848 (Boat Service 23 Novr 1810), Baltic and Crimea Group of three to Lt HP Dicken. RN Crime Reference 03657417. Any information call DC Lavercombe at Newton Abbott Police via 101

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Krugerrand 50 years on

/ Alyson Thomas

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Going mainstream WE have, it seems, all but sold out of our COIN YEARBOOK 2017—nearly 10,000 books sold within less than eight months and bookshops and distributors eager for us to get the 2018 version out early. Dealers are calling us up hoping to get more copies and whilst we have earmarked a...

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Hiram Brown

/ Phil Mussell

It is with sadness that we report on the death of Hiram Brown of the Edinburgh Coin Shop. He died very unexpectedly at home over the weekend, apparently of a sudden heart attack. A full obituary will appear in COIN NEWS in due course.

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Australia's First VC

/ Phil Mussell

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Decisions, decisions THERE are, I suspect, two types of medal collector: those who like owning the physical pieces of metal and silk and those for whom the medals are secondary and it’s the research, the story, which is the main thrust of their hobby. That isn’t to say the two don’t cross over....

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It's the Midland Coin Fair this Sunday and, as every three months, it's in the larger Britannia Suite which means the Token Team will be there too! Yes this weekend we are splitting our forces with Phil and the Stratford Medal Show and John and Carol at the Motorcycle Museum for the Coin Fair...

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London Coin Fair Saturday June 3

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the summer LCF at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Coram Street Bloomsbury on Saturday June 3. As always the event starts at 9.30am and we will be there with all your old favourites as well as the chance to order the NEW SOVEREIGN BOOK that will be available later this summer. If there is...

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The Sovereign

/ Alyson Thomas

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Striking Gold This month’s magazine is an unashamed celebration of one of this country’s most iconic coins—the sovereign (or rather the modern sovereign because of course the coin was originally minted in the reign of Henry VII, falling out of use in favour of the Unite and the Guinea). Whilst it...

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Battle of Plevna

/ Phil Mussell

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Service recognised FOLLOWING last month’s Editorial “Comment” on the petition being launched to back-date the Officers’ Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to allow those who retired before July 2014 to receive one, a rather upset reader got in touch to point out that we had made something of a...

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Nearly time for Yate!

/ Phil Mussell

Next weekend (Sunday May 7) sees our first Yate show of the year. We missed the January one (too many other commitments) so we are very much looking forward to the fair this time around. As ever we will be there from the off (9.30am) at the Yate Leisure Centre near Bristol with all of the old...

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"Friedberg" is here!

/ Phil Mussell

The new edition of the essential Gold Coins of the World by Arthur and Ira Friedberg is now available from Token Publishing Ltd. This renowned catalogue is a must have reference for all gold coin enthusiasts and this , the 9th edition, has been eagerly awaited for some time. With 832 pages and...

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More childhood favourites

/ Alyson Thomas

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It’s an ill wind AT THE celebrated Numismata show in Münich in early March there came a turning point in the world of numismatics when, unbeknownst to many at the fair, 30 German law enforcement officers, including three members of the Munich art and antiques squad, raided the event and enforced,...

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The Red Books are now here!

/ Phil Mussell

The BRAND NEW 2018 Red Books are now here! the Red Book is like the COIN YEARBOOK but for US coins - so if Americana is your passion order yours today! Now well-established as THE go-to book for US coins the Whitman Red Book is now available for 2018 - yes 2018, for some reason they are a few...

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The great Apia Hurricane

/ Alyson Thomas

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Got to stop somewhere FOLLOWING last month’s new item on George “Johnny” Johnson, DFM, and the on-line petition started by Carol Vorderman and the Sun newspaper to award the Dambuster a knighthood (“News and Views”, March 2017, page 6) our attention was drawn to another medal-related petition, in...

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Coins on trial

/ Alyson Thomas

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Buyer Beware THERE is an interesting piece by Glen Stephens in this month’s Philatelic Exporter (I know, stamps, I’m sorry, . . . ) regarding a certain well known on-line auction house and scammers/forgers. We won’t go as far as naming the auction house as presumably Mr Stephens has proof of his...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary in Willand, Devon on Wednesday March15, a group comprising the UN Kosovo medal, Iraq Medal 2003 (with clasp), Afghanistan Service Medal, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the army Long Service and Good Conduct medal. Named to 25063097 Tpr/LCPL Collingwood RAC 2RTR/SCOTS DG....

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Railways VC Heroes

/ Phil Mussell

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It’s an honour, or should be FOR most of us the antics of a tattooed soccer player with an odd sartorial style and a penchant for strange haircuts would be of little interest, but the recently-leaked emails from David Beckham to his publicist that appeared plastered across various websites and...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a Burglary on Christmas Day 2016 from Chilvers Cotton Vicarage in Nuneaton (I mean come on who burgles a Vicarage on Christmas Day? Really? Shame on you) RAF Long Service and Good Conduct to 8129120J Fg Offr F Seldon. Any Info dial 101 with Crime reference 23N5/4689ZU/16

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The New One Pound

/ Alyson Thomas

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Twelve sides to the story FOR the first time since 1997 the United Kingdom has a brand new coin—admittedly the denomination is a familiar one so it could be argued that this is just a redesign rather than anything as radical as the £2 or the 20p were, but whilst that is strictly true I think we...

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It's Dublin Time!

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team is once again looking forward to attending the Irish International Coin and Medal fair to be held at the Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, Dublin on the weekend of February 18-19. We love it in the city and are thoroughly looking forward to visiting once again - we hope all our...

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Malta Police

/ Alyson Thomas

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The personal touch IT IS with sadness that we hear of the passing of Phil Burman (see “News and Views”, page 6) one of the “Old Guard” of the medal hobby—a familiar face to those of us who have attended medal shows in the past few decades and a true gentleman in the best possible sense of the...

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Year of the Rooster

/ Alyson Thomas

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China syndrome WHILST this is, of course, the February issue of COIN NEWS most of you will receive it in January and so may I wish you a very Happy New Year! I accept that as you’re likely to be reading this “Comment” at the end of January such a sentiment may be a littleworn but fortunately the...

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COIN NEWS’ Consultant Editor, John Andrew, reports breaking news from London. Baldwin’s Auctions, which was acquired by the Stanley Gibbons Group plc in 2013, has merged with St James’s Auctions (SJA) which was founded by Stephen Fenton, of the much respected Knightsbridge Coins, in 2004. Stephen...

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New York showdown

/ Alyson Thomas

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