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Category Archives: Tokens

Beer and tobacco, God and Mammon – MB81 token auction

Beer and tobacco used to go together as two of life’s pleasures – until the dangers to health were pointed out and legislation came in.  But as numismatic series to collect you can have fun seeking out tokens which feature both though perhaps not on the same item.  The current auction, MB81 closing on 4 […]

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Round-up MB79 auction and other news

Simmons Gallery has had a very successful year with our very specialised bid auctions for tokens, medals and weights.   Described not as small but as ’boutique’ (!) auctioneers by one collector, we held 5 auctions, 3 of them in the autumn and hope to do something similar in 2017 – consignments of collections, accumulations and […]

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Minting tokens and trials

In our latest token auction catalogue there are over 50 trials, tokens and medals relating to minting practice.  Most are related to the Birmingham Mint but there are a few from the Royal Mint  and from machinery manufacturers such as Taylor and Challen and Cincinatti Milacron HME presses. James Sweeny in his 1981 Numismatic History […]

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Coin fairs, auctions and congresses – 2016 news round-up

After FIDEM in Gent and a stimulating visit to the Mauquoy mint and factory, we  returned to a very busy few weeks in the UK.  First there was our own medal auction, 20th century to the present day, which took place on 22 September.  We achieved a top price of £1700 for Lynn Chadwick’s medal […]

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Mining token stories by Howard Simmons

Mining tokens provide so many stories that Howard’s taken just a few from the current auction to elaborate on them. Mining was one of the industries that became unionised. This token from the North Stafford Miners Federation illustrates a particular feature of all early Mining Union badges – they all have two holes  The practice […]

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Contemporary forgeries: out to deceive

As the previous blog post notes, there have always been coin forgeries.  When putting together the latest weights auction (MB77 24 August 2016) Howard came across some curious contemporary forgeries, i.e. those made at the same time as the circulating coinage they imitate (lots 334-338). Basically there are three sorts Plating of gold on base […]

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Feedback on mailing auction catalogues

Earlier this year we canvassed some of our customers on how they would like to receive auction catalogues and other alerts from us.  This resulted in some useful and interesting feedback and we now know just how much some of you love to scribble over the text rather than sit at a computer.  So we’ve […]

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Latin Monetary Union: Alliance Monetaire

A curious cupro-nickel French weight/token for the Alliage Monetaire surfaced while we were preparing the latest weights catalogue (MB77, closing for bids on 24 August 2016).  We’ve catalogued it as follows, misreading the legend:  Alliance Monetaire 1877, with globe, 10 incuse in square below.  On the reverse it simply says Metallurgie Francaise Paris 4 grammes, […]

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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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From small beginnings: collecting Scottish tokens

A halfpenny.  Just a common old Edinburgh halfpenny given to a child.  From such modest beginnings grew a great national collection.  Andrew Macmillan has been collecting Scottish tokens for some 50 years.  It all started with the halfpenny from his home town, Edinburgh, bearing St Andrew and his cross with the famous devise Nemo me […]

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