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This is an index of issues of Coin News. It currently lists some of the more interesting articles that have appeared.

Coin News is still in publication. It is published 12 months a year and can be purchased online from https://www.tokenpublishing.com/coins.

June 2018 (Volume 55 Number 6)
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A very rare Victorian 1887 gold two-pound variation
August 2018 (Volume 55 Number 8)
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A fresh look at a rare variety 1887 two pound varieties
January 2019 (Volume 56 Number 1)
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The 1918 Perth Half-Sovereign - Part I
February 2019 (Volume 56 Number 2)
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The 1918 Perth Half-Sovereign - Part 2
April 2019 (Volume 56 Number 4)
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Mystery Issues: The rare George V Pennies of 1922-26
May 2019 (Volume 56 Number 5)
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A legend at auction 1952 proof penny
The Victorian Era remembered: A numismatic journey celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Victoria
The coins of British Malaya Part 1
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria from 1855 to 1859
June 2019 (Volume 56 Number 6)
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The coins of British Malaya Part 2
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria from 1860 to 1863
July 2019 (Volume 56 Number 7)
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The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria from 1863 to 1874
All Change... For The New Bronze Age
August 2019 (Volume 56 Number 8)
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The great British recoinage of 1816
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria from 1838 to 1860 Listing of varieties, mintages and Marsh rarity ratings
The Copper To Bronze Switch: 1860-1870
September 2019 (Volume 56 Number 9)
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The Great Plane Robbery Specimen banknote sets issued to TAA employees for assistance in preventing mid-air banknote heists in 1982
A Guide to the Guinea 1663 to 1813 Part 2 James II
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria from 1861 to 1874 Listing of varieties, mintages and Marsh rarity ratings
Postage Stamps as Currency Usage of postage stamps as currency in 19th Century Great Britain and United States of America
October 2019 (Volume 56 Number 10)
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Australian 1916 Mule Halfpenny Discovered New example of 1916 mule halfpenny found
Coins of Balas the Usurper
A Guide to the Guinea, 1663 to 1813 Part 3: William and Mary
David Dale and Robert Owen: their contribution to the economic history of Scotland
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria - Shield Reverse Sovereigns from 1871-87 - the Melbourne and Sydney mints
The 1927 Melbourne Sovereign - the coin that never was
November 2019 (Volume 56 Number 11)
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A Guide to the Guinea, 1663 to 1813 Part 4: William III
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria - The Young Head St George & Dragon Reverse Sovereign 1871-87
The SS Elingamite and its treasure
December 2019 (Volume 56 Number 12)
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Christmas presents from the Mint - the 1927 Proof Set
Finding dates on Greek coins
First gold sovereign struck in Rome
A Guide to the Guinea, 1663 to 1813 Part 5: Queen Anne
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria - The Young Head St George & Dragon Reverse Sovereign 1871-87 The Sydney and Melbourne Branch Mints
Two new dates discovered for Hong Kong - 50 Cents 1963 and 5 Cents 1965 H
January 2020 (Volume 57 Number 1)
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A Guide to the Guinea, 1663 to 1813 Part 6: George I
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria - The sovereigns of the RMS Douro
February 2020 (Volume 57 Number 2)
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QANTAS turn 100 Australian coins commemorating centenary of QANTAS
Year of the Rat Coins for the Year of the Rat
A Guide to the Guinea, 1663 to 1813 Part 7: George II
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria - The Jubilee Head St George & Dragon reverse 1887–93
Newton at the Mint - Warden
March 2020 (Volume 57 Number 3)
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Ferracute Chinese Patterns take $1,020,000 Australian coins commemorating centenary of QANTAS
Year of the Rat Gold, Silver, Platinum mark Year of Metal Rat: Part Two Coins for the Year of the Rat
A Guide to the Guinea, 1663 to 1813 Part 8: George III
The Sovereigns of Queen Victoria - The "Old", "Widow" or "Veiled" Head St George & Dragon reverse 1893-1901
Newton at the Mint - Master
1882 Melbourne Half Sovereign - The Sixth Head
April 2020 (Volume 57 Number 4)
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The Trial of the Pyx 2020
A Guide to the Guinea, 1663 to 1813 Part 9: George III - Proof, Pattern and Trial guineas
PEI Holey Dollars at Regina Show Prince Edward Island holey dollars
The Sovereigns of King Edward VII - 1901-10
Percy Metcalfe and the Turkish connection
May 2020 (Volume 57 Number 5)
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Marvellous Mule 1994 300 Years of Bank of England two pound mule
A Guide to the Lord Mahon Pattern Guineas 1781 and 1782
The Sovereigns of King George V - 1911-32 Part 1 - London
1948 Pattern Rupee Emerges after four decades in Ottawa bank vault Republic of India 1948 pattern rupee by Patrick Brindley
June 2020 (Volume 57 Number 6)
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Birmingham Assay Office Auctions Part of its Library
The Sovereigns of King George V - Part 2 - Coins struck at the branch mints in Canada and India, 1911-1919
Georgian Copper Coins Copper coins of George I, George II, George III and George IV
Bright New Pennies: The penny in the middle of the 20th century Copper coins of George I, George II, George III and George IV
July 2020 (Volume 57 Number 7)
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Britain's Enigmatic Double Florin Reasons for the introduction of the double florin in 1887
The Sovereigns of King George V - Part 3 - Coins struck at the Australian branch mints, 1911-1932
Khartoum's siege currency
August 2020 (Volume 57 Number 8)
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Heritage Sells PCGS Registry Caranett Collection
Egypt 1917: Sultans, Silver and Secret Marks Varieties of British protectorate Egyptian coins
Anomalies of the Half Crown The half crown denomination throughout the British Empire
The Sovereigns of King George V - Part 4 - Coins struck at the branch mints of Perth, 1925-1931 and Pretoria, 1923-1932
Fiji's illicit World War II currency revisited
September 2020 (Volume 57 Number 9)
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The English Coinage from Cnut to Harold II
Gold Issues Track Hundred Years' War
The Last Irish Coinage of Elizabeth I
John Croker
The Sovereigns of King George V - Part 5 Mintages and values
The Quarter dollar United States quarter dollar
October 2020 (Volume 57 Number 10)
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Caranett Collection Sale III
Tenino City Issues Wooden $25s
The end of the halfcrown and halfpenny
Against the odds: New Zealand detector-found coins sells for $30,000 1855 Sydney half sovereign
Dolphins on ancient coins
John Sigismund Tanner
The Sovereigns of HM Queen Elizabeth II - Part 1 Currency Sovereigns 1957-2010 Mintages and values
Dual denominations on coins
Scatter Risk and Special Markings
The story behind the creation of the Irish Wartime "War Code" banknote issues 1940-44
November 2020 (Volume 57 Number 11)
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Pearl of a great price for a 1894-S dime
Newly found 1819 sovereign
Coins of the Boer Republics
The Sovereigns of HM Queen Elizabeth II Part 2 - Currency Sovereigns 2011–2020 Mintages and values
Modern Manx coinage: the early years
Large cents 1793–1857
"It’s all Greek to me"
The work of the French banknote designer Sébastien Laurent
December 2020 (Volume 57 Number 12)
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Coins of Christmas Present
The Sovereigns of HM Queen Elizabeth II Part 3 - Proof Sovereigns 1953–2009 Mintages and values
Dangerous Hairs? Pogonophilia on Medals
US half dimes - never a good idea
January 2021 (Volume 58 Number 01)
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Brutus "EID MAR" Aureus realises £3,240,000
Julian II - The Last Pagan Emperor
The Sovereigns of HM Queen Elizabeth II Part 4 - Proof Sovereigns from 2010 Mintages and values
The Portuguese coinage of Malacca, 1511–1641: History, mystery and recent discoveries
An Emperor's Few Coins Part I: India's Princely States Indian Princely State coins struck during the reign of King Edward VIII
Contemporary forgeries of early Irish banknotes c.1800–1930
February 2021 (Volume 58 Number 02)
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Victoria Jubilee Head gold half sovereign—discovery of the sixth hooked "J" London obverse die
The Portuguese coinage of Malacca, 1511–1641: History, mystery and recent discoveries Part II
An Emperor's Few Coins Part II: Coins for the Colonies Colonial coins struck during the reign of King Edward VIII
World Mints Celebrate the Year of the Metal Ox
Contemporary forgeries of early Irish banknotes c.1800–1930 Part II
Cupronickel Eisenhower dollar
March 2021 (Volume 58 Number 03)
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Super Rare Shillings Sale of 1685 James II plumes shilling and 1666 Charles II no elephant shilling at Spink NYINC
The year of the four emperors AD 69
Unique Bermuda Hogge Money "Penny" discovered in Kent
The melting of gold sovereigns by the Bank of England in 1930-31
World Mints Celebrate the Year of the Metal Ox Part II
Coinage of Morocco French Protectorate to Mohammed VI
Banknotes for Edward Windsor King Edward VIII on Commonwealth banknotes
The Susan B. Anthony small dollar 1979-99
April 2021 (Volume 58 Number 04)
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Rare Rupee Romps Home Sale of 1861 Andaman Islands One Rupee
Ephraim Brasher's Doubloons
Rare Pennies
A comprehensive and evolving inventory
The 1920 Sydney Sovereign
A centenary review Part I
Michael Rizzello's proposed designs for Madagascar, 1973
Gilbert & Ellice Islands' WWII paper rarities Emergency scrip
The Franklin half dollar
May 2021 (Volume 58 Number 05)
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Sestertii Examples of the images and messages these coins carried to the citizens of the Roman Empire
Kushan coins from Gandhara
The 1804 Half Guinea
The Imperial British East Africa Company Coinage
The 1920 Sydney Sovereign
A centenary review
Jacob Garrard and the "Special Order"
Coining it in Platinum
Looking for "Lefty" Milled-Edge Varieties of the 12-sided £1 Coin
A cheque for 5p? I have no coin 1970s Italian bank drafts
Kennedy half dollar
June 2021 (Volume 58 Number 06)
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Russian rouble realises £1,925,972 1825 pattern silver rouble
Memories of Prince Philip
Make a Start on Ancient Greek Coins
Money in Europe after Rome
Charles II 1668 1st Bust Variety shilling
Does this coin exist?
The African Company
The enigma of the 1703 Vigo Five Guinea Piece
King Edward VIII: the unadopted coin designs of Edmund Dulac 1970s Italian bank drafts
The medallic art of Karl Xaver Goetz Part I
A few Newfoundland notes
US silver dollars
July 2021 (Volume 58 Number 07)
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Sovereign Update The latest-known figures Mintages of 2018-2021 sovereigns
Mausolus of Halicarnassus
Crusader Coins
The Bombay Branch of the Royal Mint Part 1: The Branch and its People
The 1864 Penny Craze Contemporary reports of 1864 British pennies containing gold
The adopted and unadopted coin designs of Harold Wilson Parker
The medallic art of Karl Xaver Goetz Part II
The notes of Colonia Nueva Australia
August 2021 (Volume 58 Number 08)
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Stack's-Bowers offers King of American Coins Class I 1804 draped bust silver dollar
Commagene: A Small Iranian-Hellenistic Kingdom
Blood Money - the silver shekel Silver tetradrachms struck by the mint at Tyre
O'Reilly's Money Clipped English coins circulating in Ireland 1412-1464
The Bombay Branch of the Royal Mint Part 2: The coins and the "Specimen Pieces"
Treasure from SS Central America Contemporary reports of 1864 British pennies containing gold
Medals of Canelled Olympics
British Trade Tokens: The birth of modern commercialism, 1787–1818
Alves Reis: The Biggest Fraud in History? Artur Virgilio Alves Reis's forgery of Portuguese banknotes
Trimes
September 2021 (Volume 58 Number 09)
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Coins of Agrippina Junior
Fire at The Royal Mint 1815 October 31st 1815 fire at the Royal Mint at Tower Hill
The failure of the World's First Aluminium Coinage Short-lived East African and British West African aluminium coins and their corrosion due to impurities
The life and times of Julia Domna
In Conversation with Graham Dyer, OBE
The English Kings and Queens medals of Jean Dassier: A 300-Year History
Idealising the PastBritish Trade Tokens, Medievalism and National Romanticism, 1787-1818
The 2 cent piece - an odd denomination
October 2021 (Volume 58 Number 10)
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Royal Canadian Mint marks centenary of Insulin Discovery
The Coinage of Bithynia
Gordian III: A brief introduction to his life, times and coinage
The Ewerby Civil War Hoard
William and Mary Maundy Money
Willow, Oak & Pine Silver Shillings
Thomas Wyon Junior (1792-1817)
Rhodesia and Nyasaland: prototype designs Sketches of proposed Rhodesia and Nyasaland coin designs
France's Iconic Cross of Lorraine
"Mercury Dimes"
November 2021 (Volume 58 Number 11)
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The Gold Standard 101
The reign and coins of Emperor Otho
Scottish coinage of the Renaissance
Thomas Simon's crowns recalls contest that never was Petition and Reddite crown
William and Mary Maundy Money Part 2
New discoveries of British Victorian bronze coin varieties 1860-94
An Introduction to the Euro Coinage
Caradosso: a Renaissance coin and some medals
Standing Liberty quarter dollar
John Law's La Louisiane Livres
December 2021 (Volume 58 Number 12)
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Coins of Christmas Present
The life, times and coins of Severus Alexander
The Kingdom of Pontos
Life and Times of Sweden's Platemoney Part 1
William and Mary Maundy Money Part 3
Some important curiosities of Charles I: 1641-44
Metal Men Britannia metal, Pinchbeck, Bath metal, and Barton's metal alloys
The medal-sellers of Victorian London
Captain Stewart goes to war
Walking Liberty half dollar
January 2022 (Volume 59 Number 01)
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Lenin's Chinese Yuan 1934 Chinese Soviet Republic National Bank one yuan
The Emperor Who preferred travel to staying in Rome Hadrian
Find of a lifetime The West Norfolk Hoard discovered 2014-2020
William and Mary Maundy Money Part 4
Life and Times of Sweden's Platemoney Part 2
A brief account of the life of Reverend Peter Vallavine
Size, politics and the pound coin
"Remormon of Douneside" A Champion Bull The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society/Yorkshire Agricultural Society 1954 Best Animal medal
The Origin of the small cents
An early New Zealand bank cheque: A relic from the infancy of a colony 1841 Union Bank of Australia cheque
February 2022 (Volume 59 Number 02)
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Cupids Cove dig uncovers Henry VII groat
Kings of Cappadocia
Vespasian: Last Man Standing in the Year of the Four Emperors
Mary Queens of Scots and her husbands
William and Mary Maundy Money Part 5
World Mints Welcome Year of The Water Tiger: I
Mahatma Gandhi medals
Hyperinflation for Dummies: I
The Indian Cent 1859-1908
March 2022 (Volume 59 Number 03)
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Mukden Tiger's Dollar realises £1,600,000 Sale of Chang Tso-lin/Zhang Zuolin 1928 dollar struck at Tientsin Mint in December at Heritage auction in Hong Kong
A designer's coin legacy Stuart Devlin
Gallienus
The silver penny in early Medieval Europe
Matthew Boulton and Jean-Pierre Droz
World Mints Welcome Year of The Water Tiger: II
Coins of the Rhodesian Rebellion
The cataloguers of British Medals
The Indian Cent 1859-1908 Edward Hawkins
Coins in US Circulation
Hyperinflation for Dummies: II
The Weyburn Security Bank and its rare banknotes
April 2022 (Volume 59 Number 04)
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Gold Ingot realises £1,595,000 866.19oz Justh & Hunter gold ingot from the SS Central America
Minor Hellenistic Dynasties: Paphlagonia, Galatia and Cilicia
Theodosius The Great
The Midland Bank gold sovereigns 1912-14 Sovereigns struck with gold from London City and Midland Bank and Martin's Bank
What is it made of? Base metal coin alloys
The US Stella and the Latin Monetary Union
A hobby (also) for kings Coin collectors King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and King Farouk I of Egypt
The equilateral curved heptagon: a British numismatic triumph - Part I
The issues of Armée Catholique et Royale
The lowly half cent
Hyperinflation for Dummies: II
The Weyburn Security Bank and its rare banknotes
May 2022 (Volume 59 Number 05)
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US & GB's Platinum Patterns 1814 capped bust half dollar in platinum and 1825 farthing in platinum
An Unusual Roman Hoard found in the West Country 2019 Hengrove hoard
The Tudors
Matthew Boulton's Coining Press
The Fat Lady Singeth Still The Maria Theresia Thaler
An alternative Decimal Day anniversary Predecimal and decimal coinages of Malta before the Euro
The equilateral curved heptagon: a British numismatic triumph - Part 2
A glimpse into 18th century life through tokens: Amusements
Eco-friendly medals
Indian "buffalo" head nickels
Conservation treatment of banknotes
June 2022 (Volume 59 Number 06)
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Further considerations of the 1737 shilling 1737 roses & plumes shilling with first A in GRATIA being barred, second A unbarred and 3 over 1
The Hanoverian Georges
George I and George II
Matthew Boulton's blanking press
Dotty About Pennies Dots on copper and bronze predecimal pennies
Maundy Money and the Gillick Effigy
Coins for Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee
12-sided £1 coin edges re-examined
Independence for the Lusophone World
Proof Lincoln cents
The oldest Alliance in the world Philippa of Lancaster
July 2022 (Volume 59 Number 07)
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Physical cryptocurrency Spring performance
Carthage in four empires Part I - Phoenicians
The Ropsley Hoard
The evolution of Britannia
The Hanoverian Georges
Part Two George III and George IV
"Where's Varney?" The only man to make money in Buckingham Nineteenth century counterfeiter William Varney
20 Years of the Euro
The "Winds of Change" in Africa Medals commemorating the Organisation of African Unity
The "Scrip" of Operation Crossroads
Liberty seated half dollar
August 2022 (Volume 59 Number 08)
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Carthage in four empires Part II - Romans
The Garbett Report into the working of The Royal Mint, 1782
The East India Company at Surat
One of a Kind Malaya and British Borneo 1 cent coin of 1962
Collecting Early New Zealand Coins And Medals
Skulls and Sore Thumbs! Dangerous work at the Mint
Shakespeare on medals
The Liberty seated quarter dollar