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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.

York Coin Fair

/ Phil Mussell

It's almost time for the second York Coin Fair of 2022! Taking place, as always, at the Knavesmire Stand, York Racecourse, the summer event is on Friday, July 14 from 11.00 am and Saturday, July 15 from 10.00 am. This show is always one we always look forward to and try not to miss - even with...

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The many faces of Britannia

/ Phil Mussell

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The search is on THIS coming month we launch our latest edition of Spend it? Save It?, your guide to the coins in your pocket. This will be the third edition of the book that covers only UK decimal coins (we have left in the old half pence coins and the “round pounds” because we appreciate...

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Stratford Date change!

/ Phil Mussell

Due to a hitherto unforeseen date clash Mark Carter's next Stratford Upon Avon Medal Show, originally planned for Sunday October 23, will now take place a week later on Sunday, October 30 - make sure you change your diaries!

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World Record

/ Karen Needs

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An annual appeal SOMEHOW, and I’m not quite sure how, we are in June (well we will be by the time you read this) and that means we have to start thinking about the Medal Yearbook 2023. It will be the 29th Medal Yearbook hat Token Publishing Ltd will have produced and I don’t mind admitting I’m...

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A Glorious reign

/ Karen Needs

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Long to reign over us THIS month sees the official celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The actual jubilee date was more properly in February this year, the month when the young Princess Elizabeth learned, in 1952, that her father George VI had passed away and...

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Bravery unrewarded

/ Karen Needs

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Highlighting an issue RECENTLY a reader got in touch asking why we hadn’t reported anything about Spink’s E-Auction back in January in our Auction Highlights section. Conscious of the fact that the company was holding another such sale in April (as well as their live auction on April 27) the...

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The Tudors

/ Karen Needs

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Interesting times AS WE go to press we hear that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has “ordered” (the press’s word, not mine) to create a non-fungible token (NFT) to be issued in the summer. Now some of you will remember me mentioning NFTs back in March when the NFT of a Henry III gold...

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Macleans War

/ Phil Mussell

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Connecting Up FOLLOWING my announcement in February that my official “new theme” was medals to recipients from Exeter (specifically “my side” of Exeter, north of the river), I was rather chuffed to find that a number of you had actually read this “Comment” and, not only that, but you had...

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Striking Gold

/ Karen Needs

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Heads I win FOR as long as there have been coins there have been copies of coins. Usually those doing the copying were doing so for nefarious reasons—they were counterfeiters trying to pass off their inferior product as real. The penalty for such actions was always harsh, ranging from death...

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Lost in Portugal

/ Karen Needs

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Inevitable issues AS ALWAYS happens when a new medal is instituted controversy is not far behind. In this case the furore surrounds the Platinum Jubilee Medal (PJM), awarded to members of the Armed Forces, Prison Service, Police and other Emergency Services with five or more years’ service...

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Designers legacy

/ Karen Needs

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A new way to collect? ONE of the big stories this month is the sale of the Henry III gold penny for £648,000 (£540k hammer). In addition to the sale of the coin itself an “NFT” of the coin also sold, for the lesser, but still very respectable amount, of £18,000 (£15k hammer). Now if you’re like me...

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Royal celebration

/ Karen Needs

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New Year, new theme BACK in November, I was alerted to a Special Constabulary Medal on offer at Noble’s auction in Australia. There was nothing unusual about it, it was a standard George V Special Constabulary Medal like any other you’d see at a medal fair or on a dealer’s list, but I bid on it...

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A platinum year ahead

/ Karen Needs

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Bring out the bunting! SEVENTY years ago, when for the first time since the death of Queen Victoria, the peoples of the UK and Commonwealth sang out the National Anthem in honour of our new “gracious Queen”, little did they know how prophetic the line “long to reign over us” would prove to be....

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