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John Mussell 1942-2023

by Carol Hartmann

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of John Mussell. John was the founder and Group Managing Editor of Token Publishing Ltd, and oversaw the production a large number of numismatic publications, including the monthly magazines COIN NEWS and MEDAL NEWS (and their forerunner Coin & Medal News), the regular COIN YEARBOOK, BANKNOTE YEARBOOK and MEDAL YEARBOOK, and a host of other numismatic titles too, such as the IAPN’s Book of the Year for 2022 The Gold Sovereign Series.

John Mussell with Carol Hartmann. Photo: UK.

John Mussell with Carol Hartmann. Photo: UK.

John started work in print and publishing some 65 years ago and founded Token Publishing Ltd in 1983, the company has just celebrated its Ruby Anniversary this April. He was a regular at coin shows, both in the UK and abroad, where he was often accompanied by his wife Carol (who joined the company in 1990) and son Philip (who joined in 1996). They will carry on his legacy. He made many friends in the numismatic world over the years and Carol and Philip would like to thank them all for their kind words in the past few days. John loved coins, was a keen collector (and metal detectorist, although he never had much luck there) and even in the weeks before his death, after a short illness aged 81, he was still adding to his collection. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him – whether personally or through the pages of the magazines he cared so passionately about.

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