Welcome to the first issue of Coins & History, a new periodical celebrating, promoting and informing enthusiasts of numismatic history. These include our customers, supporters, partners and other friends within the wonderful and exciting world we inhabit.

We trust that this magazine helps all readers to not just enjoy, but also value, the coins and medals they collect and to appreciate that what they have in their possession marks a significant and important moment in time.

This first edition comes at a particularly proud moment with our recent launch of a new sovereign. This stunningly re-imagined gold coin has been designed by Angela Pistrucci and is based on the original Saint George and the Dragon motif of her famous ancestor, Benedetto Pistrucci, which first appeared on the modern sovereign two hundred years ago. The full, unique story of two generations of Pistrucci is presented in this magazine on pages 8-11.

Also featured is the remarkable story of some great Britons, including Sir Douglas Bader and Sir Isaac Newton, plus significant historical events, such as the Battle of Hastings and the third battle of Ypres in 1917.

We trust you enjoy our first edition of Coins & History and your feedback on this magazine is very welcome. We value your views and your contributions will help us develop future editions. Email us at c&h-feedback@londonmintoffice.org.

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Daniel Penney
Managing Director,
The London Mint Office.