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Egypt: New money, old motif

In times of a flailing economy, Egypt’s creative class is designing new banknotes. A popular motif is the bust of Nefertiti. That the identification with an artwork that has not actually been stored in the country for 100 years is so strong must apparently be credited to Zahi Hawass. more ]

Welcome to Iran! Part 11: In the Sassanid capital

Bishapur, City of Shapur, was once the name of the Sassanid capital. It was founded by Shapur I in 266. Roman prisoners of war are said to have helped with the construction. Together with their Emperor Valerian they had been taken captive in the Battle of Edessa. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in an ancient mint ... more ]


The Purim Festival of the Protestants

In its Berlin Auction 286, the auction house Künker auctions off the Ottar Ertzeid Collection with coins from the Swedish Territories. The offer includes a series of Purim talers. In this article, we address the question why the Protestants of Erfurt took a Jewish festival, of all events, to date their coins. more ]

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