News & Blog

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.

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 uyp 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...

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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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Back issues

/ Phil Mussell

Do you now find yourself with a bit of extra time on your hands? Well don't forget as a subscriber to either COIN or MEDAL NEWS you have full access to all the electronic back issues of both magazines - just log into your account and look under back issues, they're all there...! If you're a COIN...

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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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