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2018 round-up coin and medal fairs plus congresses

New 2018 diary and lots of dates of fairs and study days for coin and medal collectors to enter.  The regulars are as ever the London Coin Fair (LCF), the Bloomsbury fair (also London) as well as York, Harrogate, Birmingham and Wakefield.  We don’t do all of them but we will be exhibiting at the […]

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Ron Dutton’s medals – landscapes here, above and beyond

Think of Ron Dutton’s medallic work and the words, landscape, clouds, flying and sheep all come to mind.  From the personal to the cosmic, the scope of Dutton’s imagination is immense. Simmons Gallery are pleased to be able to offer in our latest art medal auction (MB82) a selection of Ron Dutton’s cast bronze medals, […]

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International relations: modern political commemoratives

Reading our latest medal auction catalogue I was struck by the way in which medals are international in nature; celebrating cross border events, or the work of many different nationalities as regards content, design and manufacturer.                   For example, this portrait of the Italian pioneer of radio, […]

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Mining checks, tallies and motties

Mining checks and tallies open our current auction, MB76 closing 15 June 2016.  We’re familiar with  with the lamp checks, brass holed discs with the colliery name and the miner’s unique number at that pit stamped on it.  The token would be handed into the Lamp Room when the miner collected his lamp.  It doubled both as a time check […]

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VISITING COIN FAIRS – London and beyond

Another coin fair before the summer break, and then with September, the coin fair and congress season will be here with the London Coin Fair at the Holiday Inn  (4 June and 3 September) and BNTA Coinex (30 September-1 October 2016) just a few weeks apart.  And we’ve just come back from the annual Historical Medallion study day […]

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