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John Mussell

John Mussell

Group Managing Editor of Token Publishing Ltd

John Mussell (*1942) is the Group Managing Editor of Token Publishing Ltd. Born in the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire, John Mussell developed his passion for collecting stamps and coins when he was a schoolboy. In addition, his form tutor at the Bishop Wordsworth Grammar School in Salisbury was novelist and poet William Golding, who encouraged his interest in writing.

From 1969 to 1982, he worked at Harmers of London. He switched to the field of numismatics in 1981, when he took over the editorship of a magazine entitled Coin and Medal News, published by the U.S.-American company Epic Publishing. Within less than two years, he considerably increased the magazine’s readership. In late 1982, John Mussell bought the title from Epic Publishing. He set up his own publishing company called Token Publishing Ltd in 1983.

In March of 1989, Coin News and Medal News were first published as separate magazine titles. Coin News was soon the only magazine of its type in the UK whilst Medal News was, and remains, the only magazine devoted to medals and medal collecting in the world. 

His work in numismatics has not gone unrecognized, with Token Publishing Ltd and the company’s magazines winning numerous awards from both trade and collectors’ organisations. Coin News was named “World Coin Magazine – Best Issue” in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016.

His enthusiasm for the hobby and his desire to impart knowledge has kept him very much involved and he still regularly attends coin and medal fairs across the country and further afield along with wife Carol and son Phil, both of whom are co-directors in the business. 

John Mussell is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Orders and Medals Research Society, the British Numismatic Society, the Numismatic Literary Guild, the ANA, the International Banknote Society.

You can contact John Mussell via email. 

More information about Token Publishing Ltd. is available on the company’s website.

Every year, Token Publishing Ltd. publishes the Coin Yearbook, a price guide and collector’s handbook for coin enthusiasts. Further information about the 2017 Coin Yearbook and 2016 Coin Yearbook is available on CoinsWeekly.

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