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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.

Unveiled

/ Karen Needs

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The face of the future THE news that Alan Turing is to be the face on the new £50 probably didn’t come as much of a surprise to many. Yes, here at COIN NEWS, we quite liked the idea of Mary Anning featuring alongside a stegosaurus or two but Turing is a worthy choice. There was the inevitable...

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Rorke's Drift medals on sale

/ Karen Needs

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The personal touch I SHALL apologise to regular readers in advance as I am about to go off on my semi-annual rant/plea regarding medal fairs and medal shows! I am writing this “comment” two weeks before the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) Convention but I already know what it will...

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Field Find

/ Karen Needs

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All’s fair… IN “News and Views” this month there is a story about a D-Day Anniversary €50 coin struck at the Monnaie de Paris on June 6 and launched at the Pegasus Memorial Museum in conjunction with Samlerhuset. Striking coins “on the day” of an anniversary and having lavish launches for them...

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The New £50 note - it's Turing

/ Phil Mussell

In what some will see as a controversial move, the face of the new £50 has been decided - and it's going to be mathematician Alan Turing! The wartime codebreaker, known to many following Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of him in the film "The Imitation Game",  was chosen after a ballot in...

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Anthony (Tony) Schorman

/ Phil Mussell

It's with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Tony Schorman of Lir coins, Dublin on July 11 2019. Tony would have been known to many of our readers in Ireland, having run Lir coins in George's Sreet Arcade for many years and having "stalled out" at most of the Coin fairs in Dublin. Tony...

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No MEDAL NEWS for July

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget that there is no separate MEDAL NEWS for July - the last issue being a "double". The next one is out on August 1! 

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Time for York!

/ Phil Mussell

It's July already,  Summer is well and truly upon us, and that means it's time for the York Coin and Medal fair - taking place this very weekend on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 once again at the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. As ever it's free to get in and has two floors packed...

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Hoard reveals its secrets

/ Karen Needs

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Stop thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary/scam on June 10 - the bronze Albert Medal for gallantry in saving life at sea awarded to The Rev Christopher Champlain Tanner.  Any information to 101 quoting crime reference number 031270/19. The citation for the medal reads as follows: “ The Reverend Christopher...

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The very last "Honour" book

/ Phil Mussell

  As many of you will know Michael Maton, author of the acclaimed "Honour" series of books that we have had the privilege to publish over the last decade and a half, passed away in April. The very last in the series, Honour the Recipients of the medal of the Order of the British Empire was...

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D-Day

/ Karen Needs

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Look to the future, acknowledge the past IT was my intention to write this month about D-Day and the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord; whilst this magazine goes on sale before the anniversary itself, it is safe to assume that on June 6, across Normandy and beyond, hundreds of thousands of...

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200th Anniversary

/ Phil Mussell

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Cashless or less cash? Following the recent “will we or won’t we . . .” interest in the proposed demise of our lowest coin denominations and the ever-growing call by the vociferous few for the banishment of all kinds of cash transactions, we have invited our regular columnist DR KERRY RODGERS to...

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D-Day 75

/ Phil Mussell

This has just come in and we thought we'd share it with our readers: "We are a small music publishing company and our house composer has been commissioned to write a new work for choir and orchestra to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to be...

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John Hayward RIP

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of one of the medal hobby's most influential figures - John Hayward - after a long illness. John will be known to many of you through his work as medal consultant for Spink and latterly DNW but he was also one of the most important...

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Commemorating D-Day

/ Phil Mussell

To mark the 75th Anniversary of Operation Overlord - the invasion of Northern Europe which started on D-Day, June 6, 1944, with the largest amphibious assault in history - the Royal Mint have launched a commemorative £2 coin featuring the five beaches (Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword) where the...

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The Last Honor book

/ Phil Mussell

Sadly Michael Maton didn't live to see the last of the HONOUR series in print. The very last book - HONOUR THE RECIPIENTS OF THE MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE 1917-2019 - the 16th volume in a project that has spanned 15 years, will be launched this weekend at the Yate Medal fair - come...

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Salisbury Show

/ Phil Mussell

The fourth Salisbury Collector’s Show takes place May 17–18, 2019 at its now established venue of Salisbury City Hall (off Fisherton Street), Salisbury, SP2 7TU. Organised by the Salisbury-based and highly respected stamp dealers Dauwalders, the fair has seen visitor numbers increase year on year...

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Round two for Plymouth

/ Phil Mussell

ORGANISERS and promoters of the first Plymouth Antique and Collectors Fair held last November at the Plymouth Guildhall were justifiably pleased with the outcome of their inaugural event. They rightly judged the need for a good collectables fair west of Bristol and are to be commended for locating...

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Auction Battle

/ Karen Needs

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A homeless pair LIKE many of you, I suspect, I have “alerts” set up on my computer so that I’m told when there are mentions on-line about areas of interest to me and also, through a couple of specialist services, when items of interest come up for auction. Through Invaluable-alerts.com and...

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Yate? We'll be there

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget the Yate (Bristol) medal fair on Sunday May 5 - 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 be using the day to launch are the BRAND NEW Michael Maton book HONOUR THE RECIPIENTS OF THE MEDAL OF THE ORDER...

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A British Rarity

/ Alyson Thomas

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One of a kind BACK in February the COIN NEWS team attended the Irish International Show in Dublin and had the privilege to handle (carefully of course) the unique 1952 penny pictured on this month’s front cover and which is now due to come up for auction at Baldwin’s of St James’s on June 12....

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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, April 28, at the Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1NX. The Token Team will be stalling out this time (we don't always make the spring one) but get there early (from 9.30pm) as come...

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Michael Maton RIP

/ Phil Mussell

  It is with great sadness that we announce the death of one of our most prolific authors, Michael Maton, who died, aged 85, on April 13 after a short illness.  Michael Maton is known to many of you as the author of a number of books on orders, medals and decorations. His first book THE...

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Medals to Women

/ Karen Needs

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Always a story FORMER curator of the Lord Ashcroft collection, Michael Naxton, one of the people who has handled more Victoria Crosses than you or I could ever dream of, has submitted a very interesting letter for publication this month on the subject of the Victoria Cross featured in the...

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Rule Britannia

/ Karen Needs

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Market forces IN THIS month’s magazine we include an interview with Richard Lobel of Coincraft. The interview was originally supposed to concentrate on Richard’s 60+ years in business, however, as is often the case with these things, the topic strayed a little onto to subject of the secondary...

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Peter's back

/ Phil Mussell

Barely a week after the unveiling of the Stephen Hawking 50p comes the announcement that yet another commemorative 50p is now available from the Royal Mint. This new coin goes back to the Beatrix Potter Theme that has proved so popular in the past few years with Peter Rabbit making yet another...

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Come to Harrogate!

/ Alyson Thomas

The Harrogate Coin Fair takes place this weekend at The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, HG1 2SR. the fair is open from 11am to 6pm on Friday and 9.30am to 3pm on Saturday. Harrogate is a beautiful town and well worth the visit; even if you don't buy any coins you can always go for tea at Betty's!...

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Stephen Hawking 50p unveiled

/ Phil Mussell

The Royal Mint has announced that the life of one of the world’s most well-known physicists, the late Stephen Hawking, is to be celebrated on a 50p coin. The scientist – and his ground-breaking achievements – will be honoured on a 50p piece featuring a design influenced by Hawking’s pioneering...

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Courage under fire

/ Karen Needs

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Still in the wilderness IT has been over a year since I reluctantly bid farewell to my collection of medals to chaplains and men of the cloth. Financial necessity was the only reason behind the sale: a desire to secure the building in which Token Publishing Ltd now resides (for the next 991...

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A new World record

/ Karen Needs

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Thinking bigger AS many of you will know we also publish a magazine, and a variety of books, on medals (the decoration type as opposed to the medallion type) and we often sum up the difference between coins and medals as, essentially, one being more about the object (the die varieties, the...

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Gruffalo 50p Coming soon

/ Phil Mussell

The latest 50p coin from the Royal Mint features the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson's scary but delightful monster who first appeared in 1999, and is available now. Apparently there are gold, (coloured) silver and BU versions available but it is NOT going to go into general circulation so not one to...

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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 (now called the Irish Collectors Fair) to be held at the Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, Dublin on the weekend of February 23-24. We love it in the city and are thoroughly looking forward to...

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The First VC

/ Karen Needs

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Falling in love again HAVING just come back from the York Coin Fair (there is generally a good selection of medals there too—always worth attending, the next one is July 19–20) I was struck by the plethora of new people coming in. These weren’t the traditional coin collectors of old but...

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London Coin Fair Saturday 2nd February

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget it's the first London Coin Fair of 2019 on Saturday February 2 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 Spink Catalogue, our new guide to collecting modern new...

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Year of the Pig

/ Karen Needs

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What makes a complete collection? AS we go to press we learn that Britannia is coming back! She will appear again on the 50p but only for a select few: those who visit the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, South Wales and who “strike their own coin”. Rather interestingly the Royal Mint...

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