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

Falklands DCM at DNW sells for £130,000

/ Phil Mussell

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An important Falkland's War DCM group of six medals awarded to Sergeant, later Captain, J. S. Pettinger, of the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, who distinguished himself on countless occasions, whilst serving as Patrol Commander D (Patrol) Company during 11 days of operations in and around...

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The Royal Mint, in collaboration with Agatha Christie Limited (who knew that was a thing??) is celebrating ‘100 years of Mystery’ with a new commemorative £2 coin. The £2 coin, which won't go into circulation, coincides with the centenary of Dame Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious...

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Fair updates

/ Phil Mussell

We all know the "rule of six" is being brought in to England on Monday, September 14 but how will that affect Coin and Medal fairs? Well according to government guidelines only socialising in groups of more than six is forbidden, venues are allowed to remain open as long as groups within them...

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Back to Bloomsbury!

/ Phil Mussell

John Philpotts, organiser of the Bloomsbury Coin Fair is very pleased to announce that he will be resuming his regular fairs starting next month. Plans are firmly underway for the October 3 fair with the show opening at 9.30 am and last entry at 2.00pm. General admission is £2. Visit ...

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Valour rewarded

/ Phil Mussell

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Looking back at it THE biggest story in the medal world this month has to be the decision of the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to recommend to Her Majesty the Queen that 18-year-old Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) should be posthumously awarded the...

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Noble Endeavours

/ Karen Needs

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A bid in the hand THIS MONTH we feature a letter from Michael Naxton, emeritus curator of the Lord Ashcroft medal collection but also well known to many in the coin world too from his time working at various major auction houses. His letter was originally sent to our sister magazine MEDAL NEWS...

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A VC after 78 Years

/ Phil Mussell

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recommended that Her Majesty the Queen posthumously award Royal Australian Navy Ordinary Seaman Edward 'Teddy' Sheean a Victoria Cross, some 78 years after the action for which it is to be awarded took place.  Tasmanian Sheean was just 18 years old...

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Path of Glory

/ Phil Mussell

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Headline act THE weekly newspaper for the antiques trade, the Antiques Trade Gazette (ATG) of June 20 had what I consider to be a rather curious headline. Reporting the discovery of an organised medal forging “factory” in Derbyshire (see News & Views, page 6), the headline, on their front page,...

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COIN SHOW UPDATE!

/ Phil Mussell

The biggies (ANA and Coinex) have fallen foul of Covid measures but, as things slowly get back to normal, so there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are hopeful that we will see a return to coin fairs before the end of the year.  The Government has announced that conferences and...

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Golden Wonder

/ Phil Mussell

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What’s next? SO it’s month three of “lockdown”? Or is it month four? I’m losing track I’m afraid. I know I need a haircut and know that I’d quite like somebody else to do the cooking and washing up but apart from that my life, and I suspect the lives of many of us, hasn’t changed dramatically....

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Yate in August

/ Phil Mussell

Sadly, but unsurprisingly, the Yate (Bristol) Medal fair, due to take place on Sunday, August 9 has been cancelled. Whilst Coronavirus restrictions are slowly being lifted it is unlikely they'll be lifted fully by the time the show was due to take place and so the decision has been made to...

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Coinex falls foul of Covid

/ Phil Mussell

The latest Coin Fair to be cancelled because of the ongoing Coronavirus issues is, very sadly, the British Numismatic Trade Association's flagship event, COINEX. Seen by many as the start of the new "season" the event, held in the Biltmore Hotel (previously the Millenium Hotel) Grosvenor Square,...

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Gold Coin for a Celtic King

/ Phil Mussell

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Cashing out ONE of the knock on effects of the Coronavirus pandemic has been the reduction in cash use. Those shops that have stayed open have either discouraged people spending notes and coins or banned them completely. Ostensibly this aversion to cash has been to help “stop the spread” of the...

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ANA: World's Fair of Money Suspended

/ Phil Mussell

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has just announced the suspension of the 2020 World’s Fair of Money. The show, originally scheduled for August 4-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the largest annual coin and paper-currency event in the United States. The ANA Board of Governors has been...

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Albert Medal Missing

/ Phil Mussell

C/MX65180 Sick Berth Attendant George William Beeching was posthumously awarded the Albert Medal in gold in April 1943 for gallantry when HMS Ibis was sunk in November 1942.   The medal was stolen back in January 1993 when on display in a museum in London and his sister is very keen to have it...

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World Paper Money Fair

/ Phil Mussell

After much consideration, the London branch of the International Bank Note Society (IBNS) has decided to cancel its World Paper Money Fair this year due to the ongoing coronavirus measures. Originally due to be held on October 2-3 at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London. the event will next take place in...

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Hospital given the first VC

/ Phil Mussell

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In the flesh THE news that the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) annual Convention due to be held in Orlando in August has been cancelled (see News and Views) should come as no surprise considering what’s happening in the world at the moment. Whilst we all fervently hope the pandemic...

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Lost in transit

/ Phil Mussell

Lots somewhere between the UK and Australia: A unique name Memorial plaque to Henry Astill LANG who served as a Major, 4 Battalion Worcester Regt and was KIA in Gallipoli on 9 June 1915.  Any information please contact Steve at info@greatwarmedals.com or telephone +44 (0)20 8482...

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Rorke's Drift still popular at DNW

/ Phil Mussell

An 1877-79 South African War (Zulu) medal awarded to Private John Waters, 1st Battalion, 24th Foot, who was severely wounded in the right shoulder at Rorke’s Drift where he was one of the men defending the hospital has sold for £54,650 in Dix Noonan Webb’s recent live online auction of Orders,...

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New mint discovery

/ Phil Mussell

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This too shall pass IT WAS, perhaps, inevitable, but we now learn that the York Coin Fair, scheduled for July 17 and 18, has been cancelled. We all fervently hope that this current crisis is well behind us by then but, realistically, we must expect there to be still be some restrictions and...

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Hello!

/ Phil Mussell

Just making sure everybody is OK out there...you should be receiving your COIN NEWS in the post any minute, the digital magazine will be going out on Friday 22. For those of you having trouble with the post (particularly overseas) hang in there, your magazine will get to you eventually we promise...

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Stratford’s off

/ Phil Mussell

Following the recent government guidelines on the easing of the Coronavirus lockdown, the Stratford-upon-Avon Leisure Centre has announced that it won't reopen until July 4 at the earliest, which rather puts the kybosh on the June 21st Medal fair that was due to be held there! We all hope that the...

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As was expected the York Coin Fair has fallen foul of the Coronavirus restrictions and the July show has, very sadly, been cancelled. the next fair will take place on January 22-23 2021. More information in COIN NEWS JUNE

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Coin Fair Cancellations

/ Phil Mussell

It seems that the Midland Coin Show, already cancelled for May, will also not take place in June - we await to hear news about the later shows. Eddie Smith is still hoping to go ahead with his Wakefield shows in July and August (and beyond) but everything will very much depend on government...

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Colin Narbeth

/ Phil Mussell

It is with sadness that we learn of the death of Colin Narbeth, founder and member #1 of the International Banknote Society (IBNS), aged 90.  Having worked with Stanley Gibbons, Coincraft and running Colin Narbeth and Son in Cecil Court, London, he has been a well-known figure in the banknote...

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VC or CB?

/ Phil Mussell

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Then and now. Remembering Victory in Europe AS we go to press we learn that the UK wide lockdown is due to carry on for at least another three weeks. This will take us to the first week in May, a week when the country, indeed much of Europe should have been celebrating the 75th anniversary of...

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OMSA is off

/ Phil Mussell

It was perhaps inevitable but nevertheless the announcement that the Orders and Medals Society (OMSA) convention in August has been cancelled was one we hoped we wouldn't hear. The Token team has been going to OMSA for over two decades and we thoroughly enjoy the trip Stateside, we were...

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Changes at Dominic Winter

/ Phil Mussell

Things in the auction world are changing day to day with, as one might expect given the circumstances, sale dates subject to all sorts of alterations. The latest changes we have learned about are at Dominic Winter - their sale will now not be on May 14/15 as previously advertised. Instead the...

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Global Trade

/ Karen Needs

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Standing strong together FIRST thing’s first—I hope you are all well and that this current crisis hasn’t impacted on you too much. I am aware that many of our readers are over 70 and I hope that you will be taking whatever precautions you feel necessary to stay safe. We are, in a way,...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stop Thief Stolen in Dorset: 1914-15 Star and Victory: PO284555 Sto.1 W.J Russell RN QSA: 3425 Pte G. Wilson. KOSB 1914 Star: 9084 Pte H. Bromage. 2 nd Worcester Regt MSM: S4-064681 Pte/ASjt E .Phillips. RASC Any information to Dorset Police via 101. Crime Ref: 55190017525 ...

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Date Changes!

/ Phil Mussell

This current coronavirus situation and the ongoing "lockdown" is leading to all sorts of changes in auction dates - the two most recent ones we know about are at Lockdales who are moving their sale on by two weeks from the weekend of May 16-17 to May 30-31 and DNW who are moving their May sale...

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How are you all doing?

/ Phil Mussell

Hope you're all staying safe... Don't forget if you're stuck for something to read then there's the BRAND NEW book by Peter Thompson "The Story of the Coins and Tokens of the British World" to keep you occupied or, if you're a subscriber to either magazine (even a digital subscriber) then...

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Check out our Archive!

/ Phil Mussell

Staying in? Catch up on your reading! Did you know that as a subscriber to either COIN NEWS or MEDAL NEWS you get FREE access to over a decade's worth of back issues online? Simply log in to your account and click on "Digital Magazines" - they're all there (both titles - why not take a...

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We at Token are still very much up and running (following government guidelines of course, everyone is bring kept safe we promise) and we are still producing COIN NEWS and MEDAL NEWS just as we always do. We realise that a lot of the usual shops aren't open for you to buy your copy but we can...

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Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

When we went to press with MEDAL NEWS April we had all hoped, against hope, that the Britannia Medal Show on April 26 would still go ahead but, as has become increasingly obvious recently,  that is now not going to happen and now we have the official word - the show has, sadly, been cancelled.  ...

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Speedboat man

/ Karen Needs

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Standing strong together FIRST things first—I hope you are all well and that this current crisis hasn’t impacted on you too much. I am aware that many of our readers are over 70 and I hope that you will be taking whatever precautions you feel necessary to stay safe. We are, in a way, amongst...

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OMRS Cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

In a letter to all OMRS members Robin Thomas, Orders and Medals Research Society President has made the following announcement regarding the Convention due to be held in Bristol in September. It is with great regret that I am writing to advise that your Committee has taken the decision to...

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20% off all books!

/ Phil Mussell

If you find yourself at a loose end whilst staying at home why not catch up on your research, cataloguing or reading?  We're still here fulfilling orders (with a skeleton staff all at a safe distance, of course) so why not buy that book you've always promised yourself? You'll have the chance to...

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We're still standing!

/ Phil Mussell

We're running with a skeleton staff from the office (most are working from home) and each member of staff has their own office and own parking space too so we are staying safe - but we are still here! We are happy to fulfill any orders (all books are 20% off just use 20off at checkout) and MEDAL...

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A Statement from DNW

/ Phil Mussell

Dear MEDAL NEWS and COIN NEWS readers Please note that in response to Covid19 and the temporary on/off restriction of movement that this is likely to entail for many of our customers across the world, we are planning to utilise all of our online capabilities to host an increased number of...

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Coin Fair Cancellations

/ Phil Mussell

As was perhaps inevitable the coin fairs are bearing the brunt of the Government's measures as far as numismatics are concerned. We can still collect, auctions can go online but sadly you can't have a Coin Fair without mixing with people.  The latest shows to announce that they are cancelling...

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Aldershot Medal Fair

/ Phil Mussell

Mark Carter has taken the difficult decision to cancel the April Aldershot show, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 19. The next one at the venue will take place on Sunday, November 1. 

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Trial of the Pyx

/ Karen Needs

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Those were the days THIS month we learn that the Bexley Coin Club, the last numismatic society in Kent, is to close its doors after over half a century. Falling membership has, inevitably, led to its demise; it wasn’t the first victim of those circumstances and unfortunately we doubt it will be...

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Coronavirus alert

/ Phil Mussell

In common with just about everybody we are keeping an eye on the developments of the Coronavirus pandemic and how it might affect our hobbies. You may think that there will be no issue in coin or medal collecting and, in the main, you'd be right but we do have a few things to consider - mainly the...

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Wakefield Coin Show

/ Phil Mussell

As was, perhaps, inevitable, the Monthly Wakefiled (Leeds) coin show due to be held at the Cedar Court Hotel, just off junction 39 of the M1 on March 29, has been cancelled. Eddie has actually decided to cancel the next four months' shows "just in case" with the next one scheduled to take place on...

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The name's Mint, Royal Mint

/ Phil Mussell

The Royal Mint has announced the launch of its James Bond commemorative coin and gold bar collection ahead of the release of the 25 th James Bond film, No Time To Die . The collection includes a number of Royal Mint firsts – a 7 kilo gold coin, which is the largest coin with the highest face...

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Blitz Bravery

/ Karen Needs

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Then and now ONE of the most fascinating things about medal collecting is, of course, the history behind them. We most likely wouldn’t be medal collectors if we didn’t have an interest in the past, but the news this month that the British Red Cross is going to stop issuing the Voluntary Medical...

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Rarity at auction

/ Karen Needs

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Worth a look THE end of January saw one thing dominate the news in the UK—that was, of course, Brexit and, from our point of view, the Brexit 50p. The COIN NEWS team (well Phil anyway) was called on to do numerous radio interviews and asked by various websites and newspapers to give a viewpoint...

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It's Dublin Time!

/ Phil Mussell

The Token Team (well Phil at least) will once again be attending the Irish International Coin and Medal fair this weekend (February 22-23) at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), Anglesea Road Entrance, in Ballsbridge. Dublin 4. We love it in the city and are thoroughly looking forward to visiting...

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2020 Vision

/ Phil Mussell

Today's the day! Yes on 20/02/2020 (see what they did there) the new £20 featuring JMW Turner, the "Painter of Light" and his famous painting " The Fighting Temeraire ". The new polymer note (made of the same material as the Churchill £5 and the Austen £10) has a number of new security features...

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Stop Thief

/ Phil Mussell

Stolen in a burglary in Geddington near Kettering, Northants on the weekend of February 8/9: IGS 95 ( Relief of Chitral 1895 ) /QSA ( Cape Colony, Wittebergen, Transvaal ) /KSA ( 1901, 1902 ) /1914 trio to Joseph Rich Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire Regiments (later Labour Corps)  WWI Pair...

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A roaring success?

/ Phil Mussell

Hot on the heels of the Brexit 50p, and the music legends Queen 50p, come the latest designs to grace the curved heptagon - the Dinosauria Collection - the first time a dinosaur has featured on an official UK coin.  The Dinosauria Collection is a new series celebrating Britain’s contribution to...

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Double Gallantry

/ Karen Needs

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Before they fade THIS month’s “News and Views” features notices that two more veterans of World War II have passed away—the last known member of the Glider Pilot Regiment, Ralph Norbury, and one of the last of the “Few”, the pilots of the Battle of Britain—Maurice Moundson. That these gentlemen...

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Even fewer of the few

/ Phil Mussell

The February issue of MEDAL NEWS contains a short obituary of Battle of Britain pilot Flt Lt Maurice Mounsdon who passed away in December. The piece states that there are now only three surviving members of "the Few" left but sadly we learn today of the death of Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM AE...

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The Brexit 50p

/ Phil Mussell

As you can't have failed to notice, one of the most controversial coins of the decimal era goes into circulation on January 31. The design of the so-called "Brexit 50p", minted to mark the UK leaving the European Union, was unveiled last year but, of course, the date has had to be changed...

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London Coin Fair Saturday 1st February

/ Phil Mussell

Don't forget it's the first London Coin Fair of 2020 this Saturday, February 1, 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 BRAND NEW COIN YEARBOOK 2020, the BRAND NEW MEDAL YEARBOOK...

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Year of the rat

/ Karen Needs

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Defining boundaries AS IS our habit we are once again dedicating the February front cover of COIN NEWS to the Chinese Lunar New Year coins that already abound. This year, as Dr Kerry Rodgers so eloquently points out in his article (pages 39–41) is the Year of the Rat (or more precisely the year...

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New record for a British Coin

/ Phil Mussell

An Edward VIII sovereign, one of only six minted as patterns before the king abdicated in 1936, has sold for a record £1m in the US. Bought by a private collector, it is thought that the coin will now make its way back to Britain having been in America since it was last sold in 2014 for the then...

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Come to York!

/ Phil Mussell

It's time once again for the York Coin and Medal fair - taking place this very weekend on Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 once again at the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse. As ever it's free to get in and has two floors packed with dealers, auctioneers and, of course the Token...

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