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News & Blog

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

The Mint in India

/ Karen Needs

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Getting back to normal BY the time you read this we will know whether or not the June 21 date for completely unlocking the country and going “restriction free” has been kept to or whether the Indian variant (or the Thai variant announced recently, or indeed any other variant) of Covid-19 has...

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Britannia cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

Very sadly we have just heard that because of the extension to the Coronavirus restrictions announced on Monday the Britannia Medal Fair, due to be held on Sunday, July 11 has been cancelled.  Let's hope that by November things are a little different and that show can go ahead. We'll keep you...

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Fair Update

/ Phil Mussell

We have just received this message from the organisers of the London, Midland and York Coin Fairs. "Further to the Government's decision to delay the removal of Covid 19 restrictions, we have spoken to the venues and can now confirm that both the London Coin Fair on the 3rd July, and the...

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The Trial of the Pyx

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint held its annual Trial of the Pyx ceremony at Goldsmiths Hall in the City of London on Friday June 11. The Trial of the Pyx is the UK’s oldest legal ceremony which aims to uphold the quality of the nation’s coinage produced by The Royal Mint. The event, first publicly carried out...

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A new World Record!

/ Phil Mussell

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The legendary 1933 Double Eagle - the only one of its kind that can be legally held in private hands, sold for a stunning $18.9m at Sotheby's in New York on Tuesday June 8. The sale marks the second time it has broken the auction record for a coin, having last done so in 2002, when it fetched...

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Commando Dog

/ Phil Mussell

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Grave concerns ON April 22 the BBC ran a news story stating that the Prime Minister was “deeply troubled” by the report by a special committee of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), chaired by Sir Tim Hitchens, KCVO, CMG. The committee was appointed to probe the early history of the...

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The 1933 Double Eagle

/ Phil Mussell

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Have you got a spare $15m or so? If you have then you too are in with a chance of owning the famous 1933 Double Eagle which is coming up for sale on June 8 in Sotheby's of New York, It's one of just three lots in a sale entitled "Three Treasures-collected by Stuart Weitzman", the other two...

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VIGO

/ Karen Needs

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Golden Opportunity THE news that the Bank of England and the Treasury are to look into the viability of a cryptocurrency, along similar lines to Bitcoin et al, has sent shivers down the spines of those of us who fear the days of cash are numbered. I have, many times, extolled the virtues of cash...

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Already well established as one of the world's premier medal dealers, the London Medal Company is now offering their customers the chance to buy at auction too. In a new venture, the company has introduced a timed auction service on their website and an initial glance shows some superb items at...

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RIP

/ Karen Needs

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Fading away IT WAS with great sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband, for an astonishing 73 years, to Her Majesty the Queen. The Duke was not to everybody’s taste, I accept that, his blunt forthright approach could, and did,...

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The Gold Sovereign Series

/ Phil Mussell

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The Brand New GOLD SOVERIGN SERIES by Michael Marsh and Steve Hill is available NOW and it looks fantastic! For the very first time, ALL coins in the sovereign series are covered - from the five sovereign piece to the quarter that made its appearance just a few years ago,  making this the most...

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Designs on Britannia

/ Karen Needs

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Pleasing everybody THIS month’s lead story in “News & Views” is the record-breaking auction held by Heritage in Dallas, Texas, where simply eyewatering prices were fetched for just about every lot—including some stunning British coins. There is simply no way we can ignore the auction and the...

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Easter Rising

/ Karen Needs

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All in the family THIS MONTH sees an announcement by C&T Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd that they will no longer accept for sale any post-1991 medals unless consigned by the recipients or recipient’s next of kin (see “News & Views”). Whilst this being made an official policy of an auctioneer is...

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The new £50 note

/ Phil Mussell

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Banknote News carried the design of the new £50 some months ago but now the notes themselves have been revealed, as has the date of their release, which will be June 23, exactly 109 years after Alan Turing, who features on the new polymer £50, was born! For more information on the new note take...

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Doubloon delight

/ Karen Needs

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A taxing problem BEFORE I start this month’s editorial “comment” I need to stress that when it comes to any type of financial advice we at Token Publishing Ltd are NOT qualified or regulated nor are we tax lawyers, and anything we say in regard to finances, investments, tax laws, etc. is purely...

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Convention goes online only.

/ Phil Mussell

  Unfortunately it seems that the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus measures and the obvious fear that despite the “roadmap to recovery” that should see us restriction free in June the UK may yet see another lockdown, the Orders and Medals Research Society (OMRS) have decided that the...

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Spring Maastricht cancelled.

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great regret that the organisers of the Maastricht (Valkenburg) Paper money fair (originally due to be held on April 17-18) have decided to cancel the spring event due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. Whilst we are all hoping things will get "back to normal" soon April might be a...

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Fair schedule!

/ Phil Mussell

With the recent announcement regarding lockdowns in England, and the "roadmap to recovery", the organisers of coin and medal fairs are tentatively releasing dates which we all fervently hope they'll be able to stick to: The London Coin Fair in Bloomsbury is now scheduled for July 3 The...

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A visit from the tooth fairy

/ Phil Mussell

Ahead of International Tooth Fairy Day on February 28 (yes that's a thing apparently), new research from The Royal Mint – the official supplier of the Tooth Fairy – shows the growing public desire to keep childhood traditions alive, with almost two thirds (60%) saying they should be protected...

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Meltdown

/ Karen Needs

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Trying to make sense of it I MUST confess I rarely buy coins “online”. Yes, I’ll visit a dealer’s website, or even bid via the internet at an auction that I cannot attend (which, of course, is all of them these days) but those things I view as simply another way of buying from people I would...

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Women's History Month

/ Karen Needs

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Why? Just Why? HERE’S a question: why do you collect medals? Or indeed why do you collect anything? Not why do you collect the medals of your chosen “theme”—we all have different answers to that. Our readership comprises those who collect to their old regiment or police force, those who...

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Paul Dawson

/ Phil Mussell

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death, age just 56, of Paul Dawson a well-known, respected, and liked coin dealer of many years experience, who many of us had the privilege of calling a friend. First working in the family business with his father (who also sadly passed away this...

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World Record for a George Cross at DNW

/ Phil Mussell

The extremely important George Cross from the Korean War from the ‘Battle of Imjin River’ – awarded posthumously to Lieutenant T. E. Waters of the West Yorkshire Regiment, which was attached to 1st Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment - sold for a staggering world record price of  £280,000 at DNW...

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Freedom fighter

/ Phil Mussell

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SPEAKING UP EVERY now and then a medal related story pops up here in Exeter, on this occasion though it doesn’t involve our local regiment (formerly the Devons, then the Devon & Dorsets now the 1st Battalion, the Rifles) but rather it focuses on the “appropriateness” of a statue here in the...

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Harrogate Coin Fair Cancelled

/ Phil Mussell

Whilst it wasn't due to take place until April, the organisers of the Harrogate Coin Fair have taken the (probably wise) decision to cancel the show now and look forward to 2022. With the recent announcement that lockdown (in England at least) is to carry on until March 8 at the earliest, it is...

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New World Record at Heritage

/ Phil Mussell

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The New York-style 1787 Brasher doubloon is arguably the world's most famous numismatic rarity, and the Stickney-Ellsworth-Garrett-Partrick example is the finest of the mere seven known specimens. Acquired by pioneer numismatist Matthew Stickney in 1848, the present coin has been offered...

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Record for Cromwell Gold

/ Phil Mussell

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Thomas Simon's beautiful 1656 Gold "Pattern Broad" 50 shillings hammered at a staggering £380,000 (£471,200 total) at DNW's January 21 sale. The coin, which was part of the Marvin Lessen North Yorkshire Moors collection, is thought to be one of only 12 in existence and the price fetched is a...

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Year of the Ox

/ Phil Mussell

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Locking down, looking up HERE we are again, the UK back in lockdown and the vast majority of us stuck at home. I make no comments about lockdowns, vaccines, PCR tests or anything else here; there are plenty of others with their own opinions and to add my voice to the debate would be pointless....

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Coming Soon in COIN NEWS

/ Phil Mussell

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The Year of the Ox Coins for the Chinese Lunar New Year are celebrated in the February issue of COIN NEWS - we also look at some of the rarities that have been discovered recently. Plus you get a chance to win your very own SILVER PROOF version of the numismatically fascinating "50th...

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New coins from the Royal Mint

/ Phil Mussell

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The Royal Mint has, today, announced its designs for 2021 they include: The 95th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen on a £5 250th Anniversary of the birth of Sir. Walter Scott on a £2 The life and work of John Logie Baird on a 50p The 50th Anniversary of Decimal Day 2021 on a 50p ...

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