Human faces, part 26: Viva il popolo
Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? John the Baptist paid for his convictions with his head. The Florentines honour his courage on their coinage. [ more ]
Quo Vadis: what good will First Day of Issue Grading do to the collector?
The Kennedy gold Half Dollar was extremely sought-after during the ANA Chicago. That was due to a First Day of Issue certificate that might turn the collectors’ market upside down. At present, the First Day of Issue Graded coins make a lot of money. The long-term question, however, is: for whom. [ more ]
GDR – Turnaround – Reunification: Museum and Numismatics in Politically Turbulent Times – Part 2
In 2009, Bernd Kluge, Director of the Münzkabinett (Coin Cabinet) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, gave Ursula Kampmann an interview and explained to her what it meant to work in the Münzkabinett in the GDR era and to lead it through the Turnaround and the German Reunification. On the occasion of his retirement on 1 October, 2014, we publish this interview again in CoinsWeekly. [ more ]
Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World
Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, at the research centre of Sigeion ... [ more ]