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August 2010's News

Beautiful art medals

Collectors of post-war art medals will be spoiled for choice with Simmons Gallery's next postal auction. The superb on-line catalogue features medals from all over the world including Britain, France and Germany. Closing date for bids is September 21 and further details are available at… Read more or leave comments Posted on Wed, 25 August 2010 by Carol
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Biggest ever

Biggest ever Taxing issues THIS “Comment” has taken many forms over the years—I’ve talked about new coins, old coins, the state of the hobby, coin fairs, banknotes, tokens—you name it, I’ve covered it. However, it is rare that I give out and out advice, preferring instead to offer my opinion—advice gets… Read more or leave comments Posted on Tues, 24 August 2010 by Phil Mussell
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Rare Civilian Awards

Gavin John Miller and Dean Seaward are the latest civilian recipients of the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. Miller received the award for rescuing a fire fighting colleague from a burning building on November 1, 2003. While attending a fire at an hotel, a fireman fell through the roof of the… Read more or leave comments Posted on Fri, 20 August 2010 by Carol
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Rare silver dollar sells for $1.2 million in Boston

At the Bowers and Merena "Boston Rarities Sale" on August 7, the rare 1794 silver dollar caused quite a stir when it sold for over one million dollars. With the bidding starting at $750,000, the lot quickly moved up in increments of $50,000 to its astounding final hammer price. The 1794 silver… Read more or leave comments Posted on Wed, 11 August 2010 by Carol
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US Resistance

It seems it isn't only us Brits who are nervous of change when it comes to our currency - every time a new coin or note issued the papers are full of complaints, full of those saying we ought to leave things as they are and full of people harking back to the good old days. That's as may be but to… Read more or leave comments Posted on Tues, 10 August 2010 by Phil Mussell
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All change for change

Those with an interest in such things will know that our "copper" coinage hasn't been that for some years - the decimal 1p and 2p pieces were in fact bronze but that changed in 1992 when they started being minted in steel coated in copper. Now the composition of the 5p and 10p piece is changing too… Read more or leave comments Posted on Fri, 6 August 2010 by Phil Mussell
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Important postal auction

City Coins of South Africa have advised us of an important postal auction they have coming up which was unfortunately too late to include in the Medal News August issue. Their Auction no 60 offers no less than 30 lots of decorations and more than 100 lots of single campaign medals. Don't miss this… Read more or leave comments Posted on Wed, 4 August 2010 by Carol
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More medals...

According to the MOD website many more Iraq and Afghanistan medals are about to be awarded.... The reason is a change to the qualifying criteria - formerly 30 days continuous service this has now been changed to 45 days aggregate service. These changes will be backdated to the start of each… Read more or leave comments Posted on Wed, 4 August 2010 by Phil Mussell
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Outstanding result

Outstanding result Courage under fire THIS month’s “Letters to the Editor” sees a letter from Richard Leach who feels rather strongly about the inclusion of a Victoria Cross within the honours systems of Australia, Canada and New Zealand. He feels so strongly that they shouldn’t exist (he refers to them as “bogus”)… Read more or leave comments Posted on Tues, 3 August 2010 by Phil Mussell
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