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

The Midland Coin Fair

/ Phil Mussell

It's time for the Midland Coin Fair! This Sunday (December 9) sees the larger Midland Coin Fair at the National Motorcycle Museum just by the NEC, Birmingham. The fair is actually a regular one that takes place every second Sunday of the Month but four times a year (March, June, September and...

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The Red Baron

/ Phil Mussell

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Colouring the past FOR those of you who don’t know the song “Green Fields of France” (originally written by Australian Eric Bogle but made famous by Irish band Davey Arthur and the Fureys), I urge you to listen to it and its lyrics if you can. It is written from the perspective of a traveller...

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The Turin Shroud

/ Phil Mussell

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It’s just a coin… SO after months of speculation the Treasury announced, on Monday, October 29, as part of the Budget report, that there was to be a “Brexit” coin. Apparently a 50p piece will be minted next year to commemorate/celebrate/mourn (depending on your viewpoint) our breaking away from...

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Henry Stevens GC

/ Phil Mussell

It is with sadness that we learn of the death of Henry Stevens, GC on November 17 aged 90. Constable Stevens was awarded his George Cross in 1958 for tackling a gunman in Bromley, Kent. The full citation reads as follows: Constable Stevens was on duty in plain clothes in a police car at...

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Brilliant Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

Thanks to the DNW Team, and Mark Carter, for an excellent Britannia last weekend - already looking forward to the next one in March!

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Stop thief

/ Phil Mussell

MEDALS STOLEN IN SIDMOUTH DEVON OCTOBER 2018 The following medal group was taken from a private residence in Sidmouth Devon in October 2018. MBE (1 st type) DCM (awarded 1901) Kings Police Medal for Gallantry (awarded 1913) Queens South Africa Medal with 3 Clasps Kings South...

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Yate? Yep!

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the Yate (Bristol) medal fair on Sunday November 25 - it's our "local" fair so we will definitely be there at the Yate Leisure Centre, Kennedy Way BS37 4DQ from 9.30am! We will have all the old favourites with us (why not treat yourself to a Medal Yearbook for Christmas?) but if...

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Rule Britannia

/ Carol

Don't forget the Britannia Medal Fair on Sunday, November 18 (9.30 am - 2.00pm). Held at the usual venue of the Victory Services Club, 63/79 Seymour Street, London W2 2HF. This is the first show run by auctioneers DNW (under the experienced direction of Mark Carter) and it is TOTALLY FREE to...

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New £50 note - who will feature?

/ Phil Mussell

The Bank of England (BoE)has announced that the new £50 note , due out we suspect in 2022/23, is to feature a scientist and they have asked us to choose. In a poll on the BoE website they are asking the general public who from the world of science should be honoured on England's highest...

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100 Years on: We Will Remember Them

/ Phil Mussell

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We will remember them AS WE go to press we learn that Cambridge University Students’ Union has voted down a proposal to promote this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations, believing that to do so would be to somehow glorify war. Apparently some wonderfully right-on student “activist” instead put...

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Aldersot Medal Fiar

/ Phil Mussell

Just a quick reminder that the next Aldershot Medal Fair will be held this coming Sunday November 4 at the Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1NX. We will, of course, be stalling out with our BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK 2019 as well as all your old favourites - but get there early...

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London Coin Fair this Saturday

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget it's the London Coin Fair on Saturday (the last LCF of the year) - as ever held at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Coram Street Bloomsbury. As always the event starts at 9.30am and we will be there with all your old favourites as well as the New Krause 2001-Date (just out!), our new guide to...

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Missing Medals.

/ Phil Mussell

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Missing following a house move in the Bristol area: Four Court Mounted medals awaded to James Kirby as follows: GSM (Northern Ireland) - PTE Kirby25035432 / Reg - L1 (Light Infantry) OSM (Afghanistan) RFN Kirby30109478 /Rifle regiment Nato (Former Yugoslavia clasp) UN UNPROFOR Any...

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Lady at the top

/ Karen Needs

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Jolly good show THIS year saw the 40th Anniversary of the British Numismatic Trade Association’s (BNTA) flagship coin show, Coinex. In recent years the event has been held at the Millennium Hotel, Grosvenor Square, in the heart of Mayfair but this year that hotel is being refurbished and so a...

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Stratford on Sunday

/ Phil Mussell

It's the Stratford Medal Show this weekend (October 21) and we are very much looking forward to it! Held as always at the Stratford Leisure Centre in the very heart of the town (with excellent parking) the show is a firm favourite amongst collectors and dealers alike.  It starts at 9.30am for...

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Royal Award

/ Karen Needs

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The medal not the man? IN last month’s “News and Views” we announced that Worcestershire Medal Services had recently won the contract to produce the UK’s medals. What was particularly interesting about that story was the contract includes the production of historical medals too, not just the...

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Treasure from the deep

/ Phil Mussell

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Cashless Society? So what? As we go to press in early September so yet another “story” breaks about how cash is being over taken by credit and debit cards. As is the way of things these days so the story (picked up by a number of media outlets) happily tells us that cash is on its way out, how...

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Coinex soon

/ Phil Mussell

Yes the "season" starts with a bang at the end of this month with the BNTA's flagship COINEX show being held at the County Hall, London (the usual venue of the Millennium Hotel is undergoing a refit). This will be the 40th anniversary show and will be a much bigger event with many more tables...

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Spend it? Save it?

/ Phil Mussell

Our BRAND NEW guide to decimal circulating coins (and a few others!) is available NOW. On sale in Tesco and W H Smith Travel from September 6 and in W H Smith High Street from Sptember 12 this brand new book is the essential guide to the coins in your purse or pocket. Is that Peter Rabbit 50p...

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Man for the job

/ Phil Mussell

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Convention Call HAVING recently returned from Denver and the annual Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) Convention, I would like to use this month’s comment as an appeal. To be honest OMSA was not a great success this year. It was wonderful to see so many old friends and the social...

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OMRS Convention

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's that time of year again - the Orders and Medals Research Society Convention is almost upon us and, once again, we will be there at the Medal Fair on the Sunday to launch the BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK 2019 - which this year comes in two formats: the standard paperback book for British Isles...

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Time for York!

/ Phil Mussell

It's halfway through July already (how did that happen...?) and that means it's time for the York Coin and Medal fair - taking place on Friday July 20 and Saturday July 21 once again at the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. As ever it's free to get in and has two floors packed with dealers,...

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DNW to run Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

Dix Noonan Webb, Britain’s biggest auctioneer of orders, medals and decorations, has just announced that they have bought the Britannia Medal Fair to ensure that it can remain at the Victory Services Club, the central London venue where it has attracted dealers and collectors for more than 30...

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Paddington 50p

/ Phil Mussell

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It's official - and it's here! What's the betting the person who bid over £15,000 for this same coin on eBay last week is feeling pretty put out right now - as I would imagine is the seller having missed out on a bumper payday...

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Paddington 50p - for £15,000?

/ Phil Mussell

Back in February it was announced that there was to be a 50p coin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Paddington Bear, the Children's character created by Michael Bond. There's no official launch date for this coin but one has, apparently, already left the mint and is currently on ebay with...

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She died for Freedom and Honour

/ Phil Mussell

The memorial Plaque is a fairly common item in the collections of most WWI medal enthusiasts but far less common is a plaque awarded to a woman who lost her life in the service of her country. We aren't sure of the exact number awarded but it is certainly less than 1,000 and they come up for sale...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

We have been informed of the theft of the medals of a former member of the R.E.M.E. The theft took place in Derby from his home in May 2018, Afghanistan medal medal issued to 30062968 Cpl A. Bloomer R.E.M.E and his UN Cyprus medal and other related items. Any information please contact PC Paul...

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Derbyshire Police are asking for the public’s help reuniting the family of a decorated war veteran with his medals, after they were stolen from a Long Eaton school. The medals had belonged to Squadron Leader Gerald de Lucie Carver, an ex-pupil of Trent College, who served in bomber command during...

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Focus on Salisbury

/ Phil Mussell

Salisbury has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently but it's business as (almost) usual for the Cathedral City and that includes the collectors fair at the City hall on Friday (11am-5pm) and Saturday 10am-4pm) this week! We'll be there and hope you will too - visit...

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New Coin for the Royal Wedding

/ Phil Mussell

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As expected the Royal Mint has produced a £5 Crown for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle on May 19. The crown, which shows the happy couple in a three quarter length body pose (the William and Kate coin in 2011 just showed the side on portrait of the two) will be...

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New name on our BofE notes

/ Phil Mussell

As from June 1 2018 a new name will grace our banknotes as Sarah John takes over from Victoria Clelland as Chief Cashier of the Bank of England. It will, therefore, be her signature that appears on the new "Turner £20" when it makes its debut in 2020....

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Coins of Fire

/ Phil Mussell

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Happy Birthday to us! I MAKE no apologies this month in using this “Comment” as an unabashed selfcongratulations, for as I write this in early April Token Publishing Ltd is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Somehow three and a half decades have flown by since the company was first...

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D-Day memorial

/ Phil Mussell

Next year will see a memorial unveiled near "Gold" Beach in Normandy that will include the 22,500 names of those who lost their lives while serving under British command between June 5 and August 31 1944.. A database of those who are to be included on the memorial is now available and we urge...

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In the Emerald Isle

/ Phil Mussell

Whilst the usual Dublin International Coin show didn't take place in February the April one is scheduled to go ahead as usual - and it's this weekend! Held at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in Ballsbridge the show is only on on Sunday ( April 8) but it has been expanded to fit in all of those (like...

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RAF 100

/ Phil Mussell

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Reach for the skies APRIL 1, 2018 marks the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force with the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (the Army’s aerial force) and the Royal Naval Air Service (the Naval equivalent)—making the RAF the oldest independent air force in the world. The formation...

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The Great British Coin Hunt Begins

/ Phil Mussell

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“T” is for Tea O IS for Oak, K is King Arthur, E is English Breakfast and N stands for the NHS. What am I talking about you ask? Well some of you will have guessed that I am referring to the latest coin programme from the Royal Mint called “The Great British Coin Hunt”—a series of 26 10 pence...

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The end of the penny?

/ Phil Mussell

So in the Spring Statement the Chancellor is talking about phasing out the 1p (and with it over 1000 years of history) and 2p coins and, at the other end of the scale, the £50 note - just because not many people use them and others find them pointless... If we are going down that route there are,...

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Give me a T...

/ Phil Mussell

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T is for Tea - of course... Part of the new 10p series in THE GREAT BRITISH COIN HUNT

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Give me an O...

/ Phil Mussell

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In this case O is for Oak

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Britannia Time

/ Phil Mussell

Yes it's March and yes it's Britannia - coming soon - on March 18 to be precise! Held once again at the Victory Services Club, Seymour Street just off Edgeware Road near Marble Arch this long established show is now the only dedicated medal fair in London and is always well worth a visit....doors...

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Give me a K...

/ Phil Mussell

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Part of the Great British Coin Hunt. In the instance K is for the legend of KING Arthur and the KNIGHTS of the Round table that's two 'Ks' in one!

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Give me an E...

/ Phil Mussell

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According to the Great British Coin Hunt E is for English Breakfast - shouldn't that be under F for Full English....?

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Give me an N...

/ Phil Mussell

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The NHS features in the Great British Coin Hunt - don't you just love the Heart in the design?!

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Musings on the market

/ Phil Mussell

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A rookie mistake SINCE last year when I announced that I was selling my collection, both in order to finance a big purchase and to start a new theme, I have been inundated with questions about my decision and about the sale itself and now that collection has, mostly, gone under the hammer, I will...

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The Great British Coin Hunt

/ Phil Mussell

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A brand new programme has been launched by the Royal Mint called the GREAT BRITISH COIN HUNT. Released today there are 26 new 10p pieces to look out for, each representing something great about Great Britain - from A-Z. Watch out for B for Bond, James Bond, D for Double Decker (the bus rather...

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Beautiful Harrogate...

/ Phil Mussell

Harrogate is a gorgeous town, and it's particularly stunning in the spring - which is one of the great reasons to visit the place in March, the other is the Spring Coin Fair at the Old Swan Hotel on Friday 16-Saturday 17. Sadly we can't make it this year but plenty of others will be there so why...

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Celebrating four generations of Royalty

/ Phil Mussell

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Out with the old—but quickly THE big news this month is, of course, the scrapping of the old “paper” £10 note. The note, featuring Charles Darwin, was introduced in November 2000 and is being replaced by the new Polymer Jane Austen note introduced just last September and those of you who care...

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New Beatrix Potter Coins

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint has announced a new selection of Beatrix Potter Coins with the new Peter Rabbit design being launched today. Other designs include Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and a mouse from the Tailor of Gloucester. There will be both circulating coins to be found in change and special coloured...

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Heading North

/ Phil Mussell

After an absence of far too long (nearly three years!) we will be returning to Eddie Smith's Wakefield coin show at the weekend (Sunday February 25) held, as ever, at the Cedar Court Hotel, just off junction 39 of the M1! If there's something specific you'd like us to bring along please call...

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March madness

/ Phil Mussell

There's a lot on in March for the Token Team For Coins and Medals we are at the Midland Coin Fair (don't be fooled there are medals there too) on March 11 and for the purist medal collectors there is the Britannia Medal Fair on March 18 and the Stratford Upon Avon Medal Fair on March 25 - more...

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In Dublin's Fair City

/ Phil Mussell

As some of you may have read the in COIN NEWS February the "usual" Dublin show at the RDS isn't taking place this February, however American dealer Del Parker has stepped into the breach and is organising a show this weekend at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, County Dublin, about 15 minutes south of...

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Welcome to the new look Token Publishing Ltd!

/ Phil Mussell

We are in the early stages with this new look - but it isn't only the front end that has changed, our shop and payments system has changed too - so please, if you come across anything that looks a little odd or doesn't work properly don't worry - just give us a call on 01404 46972 and we'll rectify...

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Yate? Not for us - but you can still go!

/ Phil Mussell

Because we are at the York Coin and Medal Fair on Friday January 19 and Saturday January 20 we can't quite get to Yate on Sunday 21st but just because we aren't there doesn't mean you can't go! The show starts at 9.30am and even though we can't make it we are pretty sure there will be a fine...

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