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Nazi symbols defacing British coins

Why does a 2007 UK 50p coin feature a Nazi eagle and a swastika? In England, intentional countermarks of this kind currently cause a stir. In the history of numismatics, though, this phenomenon is anything but new. more ]

Exhibition on medallic artist Mary Gillick

The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds presents “Mary Gillick: Her Art in your Pocket”. This is the first display dedicated to her sculpture, and presents her working processes for the production of coins and medals. Mary Gillick is famous for her coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, at the eastern border ... more ]

Riksbank to complete banknote and coin changeover

Sweden’s largest banknote and coin changeover is now almost complete. It is still possible to deposit invalid 100 and 500-krona banknotes into bank accounts. So far, 92 per cent of all of the banknotes and 46 per cent of all of the coins have been redeemed. more ]

Whitman publishes Bowers’ “Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace”

The latest book of long-standing collector, coin dealer and author Q. David Bowers was published, revealing secrets to being a smart buyer. Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker introduces the new book for the serious coin collector and talks about his work with the writer. more ]

Winner of First Shekel Prize Announced

The American Israel Numismatic Association has awarded its first Shekel Prize. Designed by medallic artist Victor Huster, it recognizes Yoav Farhi’s book on the numismatic finds at Khirbet Qeiyafa in Israel. more ]

Evolution of Life – Ichthyosauria

On behalf of Mongolia, CIT created the third issue in the popular “Evolution of Life” series. Incredibly true-to-life, “Ichthyosaur” appears like a real fish lizard with its rose gold relief against a slate-grey background. more ]

The Unicorn of Scotland rears its head on Royal Mint Bullion coins

The latest release in The Royal Mint’s Queen’s Beasts Series is the Unicorn of Scotland. Inspired by ancient symbols of power and identity, the collection brings to life the ten imposing statues that lined the entrance to Westminster Abbey in 1953 at Her Majesty The Queen’s coronation. more ]

London – Coinex 2017

It is a legend among European dealers, the London Coinex organized annually by the British Numismatic Trade Association at luxury Millennium Hotel. Ursula Kampmann has paid it a visit. more ]

Winners of 2017 Coin Constellation Contest announced

On September 22, 2017 the prize giving ceremony of the 11th International Commemorative Coins Contest “Coin Constellation-2017” took place. 40 participants from 27 countries of the world submitted 268 coins in eight categories, complemented by the “People’s Choice Award”. more ]

Million dollar theft from Canadian coin dealer

Thieves have stolen 1 million dollar worth of rare coins and banknotes from a coin dealer in Canada. This is every dealer’s nightmare for it happened in a moment that nobody can avoid. more ]

2nd edition of Royal Commemorative Medals of Edward VII published

The second edition of “Royal Commemorative Medals 1837-1977. Vol. 4. Edward VII, 1901-1910” by John Cumbers and Andrew Whittlestone has been published. Much expanded, all entries in the colour-illustrated book have valuations and rarities. more ]

Krugerrand Typeface Wins Loerie Award

The South Africa Mint has won a craft award by the prestigious Loerie Awards for creativity in Africa and the Middle East. The award recognizes particularly the communication of the Krugerrand brand through a typeface designed by graphic artist Jan Erasmus. more ]

Finland releases Finnish Nature commemorative coins

As part of the centenary celebrations of Finland’s independence, the Mint of Finland has released 10-euro- and 20-euro-coins paying tribute to the country’s nature. The design is based on Kari Auvinen’s winning shot in the Nature Photograph of the Year contest. more ]

French coins honor Scrooge McDuck & Co.

Marking the 30th anniversary of the broadcast of the Walt Disney series DuckTales and the 70th birthday of Scrooge McDuck, Monnaie de Paries issues a series that celebrates the emblematic DuckTales characters. more ]

Casting medallions for beginners

Everybody can make a medallion. At least all graduating students at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A Youtube video shows how even unexperienced students succeed in producing bronze medallions. more ]

China’s boom in digital payments

Paying for your coffee with just one click on your mobile? In China, this becomes increasingly popular. Several trillions worth of money are transferred from one virtual wallet to the other. The government currently discovers digital payments, too. more ]

Ermanno A. Arslan elected to Accademia dei Lincei

Italian numismatist and former INC Vice-president Ermanno A. Arslan has been elected a permanent member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome in July 2017. Only few numismatists have been considered worthy of being drawn into the prestigious institution. more ]

CHI exhibits coins and medals from Luther’s time

Concordia Historical Institute in Saint Louis exhibits over 150 coins and medals related to the Reformation. Organized by the largest archive of Lutheran history in North America, “Pressed into Service by the Word of God” runs through November 9, 2018. more ]

2017 Archer M. Huntington Award for Roger Bland

The American Numismatic Society awards its 2017 Archer M. Huntington Award to Dr Roger Bland, recognizing the outstanding career contributions of the former British Museum Keeper and founder of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. more ]

Invitation to the 30th MDC

Under the slogan ‘Imagine the future’, the 30th Mint Directors Conference will take place in Seoul, Korea from April 22 to 26, 2018. Registration is now open, offering an early-bird category with reduced fees. more ]

Scarab Selection II

On behalf of the Cook Islands, CIT continues the “Scarab Selection” series with three new releases. With fascinating colours and an additional inserted Swarowski® crystal, the numismatic adaptations of the “Holy Dung Beetle” make the perfect gift. more ]

Latvian gold coin features horseshoe fibula

Latvijas Banka has issued a new 20 euro gold collector coin “Gold Brooches. The Horseshoe Fibula”. Continuing the series dedicated to Latvia’s centenary, it resembles a 12th century specimen of this piece of jewellery and carrier of centuries-old information. more ]

Brazilian Mint faces privatization

Founded in 1694, Brazilian Casa de Moeda is on the brink of being sold. President Temer hopes that this will help the financial reconstruction of his country in the present economic crisis. The unions oppose this measure. more ]

Vienna exhibition on Gustav Klimt’s erotic reception of antiquity

“Klimt and Antiquity. Erotic Encounters” is the title of an exhibition at the Vienna Lower Belvedere until October 8, 2017. The inspiration Gustav Klimt derived from ancient art becomes apparent in selected exhibits, including his illustrations of the “Dialogues of the Courtesans”. more ]

Pobjoy Mint donates for Hurricane-hit British Virgin Islands

On September 6, 2017, the British Virgin Islands have been severely hit by Hurricane Irma. As the Islands’ official mint, Pobjoy Mint is donating money for every Proof Silver and Cupro Nickel coin sold, to try and offer some relief to the affected islanders. more ]

New Edition of A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

Whitman Publishing has released an expanded, updated second edition of its best-selling “Guide Book of Lincoln Cents”. It provides a detailed study of this American classic, including history, grading, market values, and more. more ]

World Premiere: the Active-Pedigree-Links – A cooperation of Sixbid and Ex-Numis

Together with Sixbid, Ex-Numis, the expert in finding lost provenances of ancient coins, has developed a new feature that gives the bidder absolute security about where his coin stems from. Every provenance from the catalog that pre-dates the year 2000 can be linked directly with the relevant Ex-Numis database entry. more ]

The Dr Rainer Opitz Collection

Luther, the Reformation and the consequent Protestantism are among the historical forces that have shaped our world. This film presents the Opitz Collection, a collection with a distinct focus on this subject illustrating the historical background. more ]

From Georg Heinrich Sander to the Collection of a History Enthusiast

Georg Heinrich Sander assembled an impressive coin collection in the middle of the 18th century. A collector of today was impressed and reconstructed his collection according to his publication. This film is bridging the gap between these coin collectors, separated by centuries, united by enthusiasm. more ]

Dutch coin honors football legend Johan Cruyff

In 2017 Johan Cruyff would have reached the age of 70. As a tribute The Royal Dutch Mint has issued a commemorative coin. It features an iconic 3D portrait of Cruyff, combined with the effigy of King Willem-Alexander, as a symbol of equality and solidarity. more ]

The scent of money

You don’t have to be stinking rich to smell like money. The introduction of the new British 10-pound note prompted perfumer Roja Dove to capture the scent of used bills. His creation was exclusively sold at auction. more ]

Facts About the Art Trade, Terrorism and the Size of the Illicit Market

The Dutch National Police has commissioned a study on terrorism and the size of the illicit market. It confirms what associations of art and coin dealers have been telling for decades: The allegations are nothing else than media hoaxes. Kate Fitzgibbon gives an overview. more ]

British Museum exhibition explores Scythians

Organised with the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Museum, the London British Museum presents “Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia”. Running to January 14, 2018, this is the first major exhibition in the UK in 40 years that reveals all aspects of Scythian life. more ]

The monetary history of China

Are you interested in the monetary history of China? It encompasses everything you can imagine: from pre-monetary currency to the first bills. François Thierry has compiled all this in a handbook spanning 700 pages. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

Heritage Auctions Opens London Office and Gallery

Auction company Heritage Auctions has now opened an office in London. The London office joins Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong in the international footprint for Heritage Auctions and will be staffed by Max Tursi and Nicholas Mathioudakis. more ]

The 7 Summits – Mount Everest

The second issue in the “7 Summits” series, which CIT designs for the Cook Islands, features the peak of Mount Everest. Minted from 5 ounces of fine silver, each coin displays the terrain of the highest eight-thousander with colour application and in breathtaking plasticity. more ]

The Royal Mint marks 375th birthday of mint master Sir Isaac Newton

The Royal Mint is celebrating the achievements of Sir Isaac Newton and its unique relationship with the great man and master of the Mint, with the release of a range of commemorative 50p coins, 375 years after he was born. more ]

NGC Grades Likely Unique French Gold Pattern

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has certified a likely unique 1848A Essai 5 Franc. As the only gold piece of this type, featuring the radiant head of Ceres, this specimen was sold at auction as the most expensive French coin ever. more ]

Jewish coin as political argument?

A week ago the Israeli press announced a nine-year-old girl had found a Jewish coin from the time of the First Jewish-Roman War in the hotly disputed West Bank territory. Haim Gitler has now identified the coin as a replica from a museum. more ]

Minnesota man charged with felony for selling counterfeit coins

Caught with the help of the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, a man from Minnesota is expected to respond to a felony charge for theft-by-swindle. After purchasing the coins on a Chinese web site, he tried to sell them at a profit to pawn shops. more ]

Ed Reiter dies at 79

Ed Reiter, former ‘New York Times’ numismatics columnist died at the age of 79 in Pennsylvania on August 24, 2017. A multiply-awarded author, Reiter opined on all numismatic matters over the course of over 50 years. more ]

Cassander copper coins from 1914 Pella Excavations re-published

The 1914 excavations in the region of Pella unearthed copper coins minted in the name of Cassander enriching our poor knowledge of his coinage. Demetrius Siatras makes this edition from 1918/1921 available again. The advantage: The Greek text was translated into English. more ]

Cambridge Conference on 20 Years of EMC

“Finding the Past: Twenty Years of EMC” is the title of a conference on the Corpus of Early Medieval Coin Finds. Taking place at the Fitzwilliam Museum on October 7, 2017, it will explore past discoveries and future prospects of this essential online source of information. more ]

Pobjoy Mint releases coloured titanium coin featuring Patagonian Toothfish

On behalf of the Falkland Islands, Pobjoy Mint is releasing a new coloured titanium coin featuring the Patagonian Toothfish in an Eddy of Water, in recognition of 30 years of work conducted by Falkland Islands Fisheries Department to help maintain fish populations. more ]

Two metropolises committed to numismatics: 19th NUMISMATA Berlin and 13th NUMISMATA Frankfurt 2017

The time has come again for a numismatic fair in a class of its own. Coin and stamp enthusiasts get their money’s worth at the 19th NUMISMATA Berlin in October and the 13th NUMISMATA in Frankfurt in November 2017. more ]

Seaton Down Hoard on display in Exeter

The Seaton Down Hoard has arrived at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter. With 22,888 Roman coins, it is by far the largest coin hoard found in Devon and the third largest ever found in Britain. more ]

The Royal Mint Offers New Storage Facility

At The Royal Mint, the customers can make use of a new service. “The Royal Mint Secure Storage” will enable them to store their items of value within the organisation’s high-security walls at its site in Llantrisant, South Wales. more ]

Revised Edition of Marsh’s Works on Sovereigns Released

Coinciding with the 200th Anniversary of the modern sovereign, Token Publishing releases Michael Marsh’s renowned works on the Gold Sovereign and Half Sovereign. The completely revised and updated publication now includes an up-to-date price guide. more ]

Barry Stuppler New PNG President

On July 30, 2017, Officers of the Professional Numismatists Guild have selected Barry Stuppler to be the organization’s President for the 2017-2019 term. His goals include cooperation for the National Coin Week and counterfeit detection educational programs. more ]

Canadian Coin Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Great Trail

Marking the 25th anniversary of the 24,000 km long Great Trail, the Royal Canadian Mint has released a collector coin. Its rectangular format echoing the shape of a fold-out map, the silver coin with color enhancements celebrates the world’s s longest hiking trail. more ]

Australia Celebrates Possum Magic Story through Coin Set

Celebrating the “Possum Magic” story that has enchanted Australian children for over 30 years, the Royal Australian Mint has issued a set of coins that retell Mem Fox’s story using Julie Vivas’ whimsical illustrations. more ]

5th Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Numismatics Approaching

To be held in Rome on September 29-30, 2017, this year’s Simone Assemani Symposium will focus on Islamic numismatics. Topics include coin use, hoards and mints, rounded off by a new project dealing with manuscripts and networks of collectors. more ]

New Bank of Canada Museum unveiled

In July, the re-designed Bank of Canada Museum opened. It offers interactive ways to learn about economy and the central bank’s role. more ]

Gary Adkins Becomes ANA’s 60th President

Three new candidates and six incumbents to the American Numismatic Association’s Board of Governors for the 2017-19 election term have been sworn-in at the World’s Fair of Money on August 4, 2017. Succeeding Jeff Garrett, new President-elect is Gary Adkins. more ]

Pobjoy Mint Coin Commemorates Princess Diana’s Death

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the tragic death of Princess Diana, Pobjoy Mint introduces a new coin on behalf of Ascension Island equipped with a mother of pearl inlay. more ]

Denmark Releases Coin Set for Children 2017

Produced by the Mint of Finland, the popular Coin Set for Children of Denmark has a new representative. The 2017 issue with all of Denmark’s denominations again unfolds like a picture book featuring stories about Teddy Bear. more ]

James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video Free on PNG YouTube Channel

The Professional Numismatists Guild has uploaded the award-winning video “Money: History in Your Hands” on its new YouTube channel. Narrated by acclaimed actor James Earl Jones, it gives advice about buying, storing and selling numismatic items and bullion for everyone. more ]

Ships on Coins and Medals

Do you also dream of circumventing the world numismatically? Then this film about ships on coins and medals is just the right remedy for your wanderlust. The shown specimens will be offered at the Künker Summer Auction Sale. more ]

British Museum podcast shows how to deface a coin

In a British Museum podcast episode Tom Hockenhull, curator of Modern money, discussed the phenomenon of counterstamping coins during the British suffragette movement for publicity. He also demonstrates the counterstamping process in action! more ]

The War of the Spanish Succession

On November 1, 1700 the childless King of Spain died. The fight for his empire was the reason for the War of the Spanish Succession. This film will tell you its history using coins and medals from that period. more ]

William Goetzmann on “Money Changes Everything”

In a lecture at the Museum of American Finance financial historian William Goetzmann argued that development of finance has made the growth of civilizations possible. You can now watch the lecture on video. more ]

Coins and Medals of the Popes

Coins and medals of the Popes are popular among collectors all over the world. A little film explains several papal symbols and summarizes the history of modern papacy using coins and medals. more ]

David Hendin presents coins from the Jewish War

David Hendin is Adjunct Curator for the American Numismatic Society and an expert in ancient Jewish coins. In a video for the ‘Ancient Jew Review’ he gives a brief history of the war and presents some of the Jewish coins minted during this period. more ]

Money in Ancient Rome

Republic, Senate, Dictator, we all know what these terms do mean. And we tend to transfer the modern interpretation to Ancient Rome. Nevertheless, then politics was completely different. What it did look like, you will learn in this PDF slideshow series. more ]

Coins and Medals from Regensburg

The Rudolf Spitzner Collection of coins and medals from Regensburg features numismatic items ranging from medieval pfennigs to convention talers of the last prince-bishop of Regensburg. A film presents some of the numerous numismatic rarities. more ]

Russian Medals: Peter the Great of Russia

Did you ever ask yourself why there are so many medals of Peter the Great? This fact has to be credited to Catherine the Great. And if you want to know why, you should have a look at this Künker Podcast. more ]

The Principality of Transylvania

In their Summer Auction 2015 auction house Künker offered some extraordinary gold pieces. A film tells you the history full of conflicts of Count Dracula’s Transsylvania following these coins. more ]

Coins of the Roman Republic

In the Spring Auction 259-262 auction house Künker sold a special collection Roman Republic on March, 9th 2015. On that occasion Künker has prepared a little movie that gives you historical information on some of the intriguing coinages. more ]

The First Gold Coins of the United States

A selection of extremely rare, early private gold dollars of the American gold fields was part of the Künker’s Berlin-Auction 258 on January, 29th, 2015. This film narrates the gripping story behind these coins. more ]

Mining Coins as Artifacts of State-of-the-Art Mining Technology

You have to know one or two things about the history of mining technology to fully understand the purpose of the various buildings and installations you see depicted on mining coins. This film helps you. Join us in our descent into a numismatic mine! more ]