A mammoth month

October 2000, Volume 37 No. 10
SO, Autumn is upon us already and with it comes the start of the Numismatic season, October has always been a good month for our hobby and this year looks set to be no exception. Inevitably the "kick-off" will come in the first full month (Friday October 6 - Sunday October 8) with the 'double-header' of the BNTA'S showcase Coinex and the World Paper Money Fair organised by the London Chapter of the International Bank Note Society. The Token Publishing team will be attending both of these fairs and is at the latter event that we are launching the long-awaited BANKNOTE YEARBOOK. This price guide to the paper money of England, Ireland, Scotland and the Islands was first announced back in April and judging by the number of books pre-ordered it promises to be a huge hit. As has been previously mentioned before in this column, the hobby of banknote collecting is enjoying something of a renaissance currently and we are confident that this new publication will further increase both its profile and the number of collectors involved. Further details of the BANKNOTE YEARBOOK are included with this issue of COIN NEWS but should you require any more information don't hesitate to call our offices on 01404 46972, we'll be happy to help.

Of course October isn't just about the fairs, with no fewer than five major auctions taking place this month. For coin enthusiasts Spink are holding the Coinex sale on October 4-5, Baldwin's will conduct a general sale on October 9-10, and Glendining's auction will take place October 11. For banknote collectors Phillips will be holding a sale of world banknotes on October 5 and the next day Spink are to conduct their auction. Rounding off this mammoth month we have the British Museum's second annual "Money Week", a week of numismatics centred on the Museum's Coin and Medal department and excellent HSBC Money Gallery. The week will comprise both the more formal Gallery Talks on a wide range of topics and the fun elements of collecting with "Metellus the Moneyer" striking Roman Coins, a story teller and the opportunity to print an Arabic banknote. Last year's event was a great success with the "Open Day", where visitors could have their coins, banknotes, tokens, etc., identified, attracting literally hundreds of people. This year's Money Week runs from October 23 to 30 with the Open Day taking place on Wednesday, October 25. More details can be found on the "Back Page" this month, although we did publish a full programme of events in last month's edition. We will be attending the event and hope you will too.

October is, of course, just the start, with next month bringing us the London Coin Fair and the launch of the COIN YEARBOOK, as well as major sales from Sotheby's and Dix Noonan Webb. It promises to be a sparkling season.

John Mussell .

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In This Issue

The face that launched 80,000 deaths
The mystery of Boudica
Feature Article27
The very stuff of British coins
A look at the alloys of coins
Out & About31
Spotlight on the Shetland Isles
The truth about these offshore islands
On the fringe35
The face of Christ
The background to an enduring image
Collector's notebook39
Housing coins
A look at some ways to store your collection
Medallic Miscellany41
An impeccable pedigree
Our story of the Pingo family concludes
Banknote feature49
The Netherlands since 1814
James Mackay looks at the nation's paper money
Textile tokens
A look at the currency of the industry
Come to the Coinex and World Banknote Fair
The back page68
Events at Money Week 2000


Coin News & Views11
New Issues Update16
Market Scene19
Banknote News & Views45
Banknote New Issues Update46
The Coin Clinic54
Price guide to Farthings56
Calendar of events59
Dealers' lists63
Semi-display advertising64
Classified advertising66