News

Return of commemorative coins leads to great loss in revenue for the Royal Canadian Mint

Bugs Bunny and his buddies have not been lucky for the Royal Canadian Mint. In times of declining silver prices, so many collectors have returned their coins in exchange for their nominal value that profits for 2016 collapsed. more ]

Kawasaki in the year 2889

Scripophily expert Franky Leeuwerck made a thought experiment. Living in 2889 an archaeologist, specialized in 20th century financial artefacts finds a Japanese share from 1921. How does he react, what information can he retrieve from this document? more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, at an auction house in southern Germany ... more ]

Sovereign Rarities Ltd joins „The New York Sale“

In the context of the New York International Numismatic Convention the New York Sale is taking place once a year. Recently Sovereign Rarities / London joined the group of dealers who are organizing the sale. more ]

CNG’s Handbook of Greek Coins: Macedon and Its Neighbors

CNG has published the tenth published volume in The Handbook of Greek Coinage series: “Handbook of Coins of Macedon and Its Neighbors. Part II: Thrace, Skythia, and Taurike, Sixth to First Centuries BC” (the second part of Volume 3 in the series). more ]

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Standardizes Buyer’s Premium

Stack’s Bowers Galleries have standardized their buyer’s premium to 20% across all auction formats – live, Internet and sealed bid, in the United States and overseas. The change is effective since August 14th beginning with the firm’s Hong Kong Showcase Auction. more ]

Cherry Blossom Globe

For the Cook Islands CIT has produced a silver commemorative coin on the Cherry Blossom Festival. Each of the 2017 coins is presented in an upright position within a snow globe, handcrafted by Perzy and filled with pink petals which float around a couple in embrace. more ]

Royal Spanish Mint issues its first 1 kilo silver coin

The Royal Spanish Mint has issued its first 1 kilo silver coin dedicated to the history of the dollar. The coin shows different historical talers. more ]

Sniffer dogs: the new secret weapon in the war against illegal antiquities trade?

The claim that the antiquities trade is a significant source for financing the terror in the Middle East stubbornly persists. To fight it sniffer dogs are now used in the US to locate illegally excavated artefacts. more ]

“Shave Miles” event at ANA World’s Fair of Money

With the help of television celebrity Rick Harrison prominent numismatists got their heads shaved at the American Numismatic Association 2017 World’s Fair of Money® in Denver to raise money for the ANA and the Standish Foundation. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in Rome just before posing for a portrait ... more ]

Students create interactive approach to ancient numismatics in China

During a project seminar at the Northeast Normal University, Changchun (China) Sven Günther prepared with his students a multimedia exhibition of ancient coins. The exhibition is available through Wechat, a very popular app in China. more ]

New research on Roman Republican coinage

Between June 19 and 21, 2014, a research colloquium on Roman Republican coinage was held in Dresden. Central research topic was the importance of die axis for determining the mint location. Ursula Kampmann reviews the publication. more ]

Geneva Museum wins European Museum of the Year Award 2017

Since 40 years the European Museum Forum has given every year the European Museum of the Year Award to a museum. In 2017 this award was won by the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva. more ]

New annual academic journal on classical numismatics

Starting in 2018, a new annual academic journal will appear: ‘Koinon: The International Journal of Classical Numismatic Studies’. Koinon will appear in print and is calling for papers for its first issue. more ]

San Marino remembers Marco Simoncelli

The Republic of San Marino issues a bimetallic 5 euro collector coin in occasion of the 30th anniversary of the birth of Marco Simoncelli. The Italian professional motorcycle racer died in an accident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix. more ]

British six-coin set on First World War

The Royal Mint continues to tell the First World War story through a new 6-coin set. One of the coins features Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, the only person to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War. more ]

50 Year of Decimal Currency: The Festive Event of the Numismatic Society of Auckland and the Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand

For 50 years, New Zealand has not calculated with pound, shilling and pence anymore, but with New Zealand dollars. The two biggest numismatic societies of New Zealand took this as an opportunity to organize an international conference and a coin fair. Ursula Kampmann was among the attendees and has checked out Auckland’s numismatic side. more ]

North Carolina Joins 35 Other States with a Sales-Tax Exemption

On the initiative of a local coin dealer, several Representatives, and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, North Carolina has been given a new bill on numismatics. Effective July 2017, it is a complete sales-and-use tax exemption on coins, currency, and precious-metals bullion sales. more ]

“Faces of Power” – Exhibition in Jerusalem

The Israel Museum shows ‘Faces of Power. Roman Gold Coins from the Victor A. Adda Collection until June 2018. Haim Gitler describes the exhibition and the story of arguably “one of the century’s major collections of Roman gold coins”. more ]

New Zealand History Coined

Robert Pepping looks in “New Zealand History Coined” at the pre-decimal currency of New Zealand from 1933 to 1965. He offers many details for all those who want to know more about the historical, economic and cultural background of the coins and their designs. more ]

NGC Grades 2 Million Chinese Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation© has certified 2,000,000 Chinese coins, a first for a third-party coin grading service. Only 18 months after it had certified 1 million Chinese coins, this milestone reflects NGC’s significant growth in China. more ]

Hungarian coin commemorates composer László Lajtha

Featuring a couple folk dancing and accompanying musicians, the latest commemorative coin of the Magyar Nemzeti Bank honors László Lajtha. Available in two versions, the coins mark the 125th birthday of one of the country’s most prominent composers and folk music researchers. more ]

Fruitful conference on Coinage in Imperial Space 2017

Held in Krakow in June/July 2017, the conference “Coinage in Imperial Space. Continuity or change from the Achaemenid to Hellenistic kingdoms?” saw lively participation from 40 international experts in the field. Here you can read the organizers’ review. more ]

Shades of Nature – Hummingbird

The latest issue in the Shades of Nature series, issued by Coin Invest Trust for the Cook Islands, features the hummingbird. This series presents the wonders of nature in unparalleled three-dimensional quality and attention to detail. more ]

At the cost of the weakest

To combat corruption and tax evasion, India withdrew its two highest rupee denominations. The repercussions of this measure are especially dreadful for the poor rural population and the women. more ]

New Swiss Finance Museum

On June 28, 2017, the new Swiss Finance Museum has opened its doors in Zurich-West. Located in the new global head office of SIX, it combines historical exhibits with state-of-the-art multimedia installations on the development of the modern financial economy. more ]

Gem exhibition in Leiden

Through September 24, 2017 the Leiden Riksmuseum van Oudheden presents the special exhibition “Splendour and Precision”. Select objects from its some 6,300 pieces collection illuminate the engravers’ craftsmanship in the ancient world and the following centuries. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK app 2017 available

The first ever price guide to British coins in app form has now been released by TokenPublishing. Available on IOS and Android, the two editions address both the discerning collector and the specialized numismatist. more ]

IACA Award Winners Celebrate at Currency Conference

Sponsored by Currency News, the IACA Awards were presented at the 2017 Currency Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Banknotes were recognised in different categories, as well as communications and technology. more ]

The Royal Mint celebrates the life of Jane Austen with UK £2 coin

The Royal Mint celebrates the life of famous author Jane Austen on commemorative £2 coins. They were released at key Jane Austen locations on July 18, 2017, the anniversary of her death. more ]

Spanish coins feature paintings in Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, the Royal Spanish Mint devotes the fifth part of the “Treasures of Spanish Museums” series to some of this institution’s most famous paintings. more ]

Stack’s Bowers Galleries acquires CollectiveCoin.com

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has acquired the interactive website CollectiveCoin.com. Having been started in 2014, the website provides collectors with convenient technology solutions to manage and track their numismatic collections. more ]

Spectacular solidi hoard found in the Netherlands

41 Roman solidi have been discovered in an orchard in the Gelderland province. They may have served to pay a local ruler to assist in the fight against Germanic tribes. This is a promising start for a newly established project that aims at recording private archaeological finds. more ]

Princeton University Acquires Donald Collection of Byzantine Coins

The Princeton University Numismatic Collection has acquired Peter Donald’s huge collection of rare Byzantine coins. Comprising 5,280 coins, the collection of the English numismatic scholar constitutes one of the world’s most comprehensive private collections. more ]

Heritage Auctions Staff Aids in Recovering Stolen Coins

Bill Walker, a rare coin specialist in Heritage Auctions’ Dallas office, identified five stolen coins and investigated how they found their way back on the market in order to contact the owner. more ]

Words and Coins

A completely different exhibition concept was the basis of a 2012 exhibition held in Cologny, a suburb of Geneva, the catalog of which we present here. It focused on words and images, on books and coins. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the catalog. more ]

NEH Funds the ANS’s Hellenistic Royal Coinages Project

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the American Numismatic Society a substantial grant to fund the web-based Hellenistic Royal Coinages project which promises to help fundamentally with identifying and researching Hellenistic royal coinages. more ]

Remembrance Poppy

The Cook Islands have issued a colored coin in the shape of a stylized red poppy to remember the fallen soldiers, who lost their life during World War I and II. more ]

International Coin Design Competition 2017

The Japan Mint will hold the International Coin Design Competition 2017 with the objective of encouraging creativity and enhancing the artistry of coin designs. more ]

PMG certifies rare Palestinian Currency Board notes

The collectors Jerry and Diane Fishman commissioned Paper Money Guaranty with the authentication and grading of their rare Palestinian Currency Board banknotes, among them an issued 50 Pound note from 1927 believed to be unique. more ]

Raid at dawn: criminal investigation of Bode Museum heist successful

More than three months after the giant Big Maple Leaf has been stolen from the Bode Museum, Police arrested some suspects. Thanks to a large-scale raid, the crime seems to have been largely solved. more ]

Belgian Mint ceases activities

The Royal Mint of Belgium will close on January 1, 2018. The reasons are a matter of dispute, for the institution is even said to have made a profit recently. Collectors, on the other hand, can currently benefit from the decision. more ]

New UNESCO Heritage Sites

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has added 21 sites to the World Heritage List during the 41st meeting in Krakow. Five sites were extended and for the first time Angola and Eritrea are present in the prestigious list. more ]

Boii and Taurisci

A new volume on the Celtic finds from Oberleiserberg, a Celtic settlement roughly 50 km north of Vienna, has been published. Among others, it contains interesting essays on numismatic topics. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

PMG Certifies 2 million Notes

Paper Money Guaranty® has now certified 2,000,000 notes, a first for a third-party paper money grading service and more than double the number of notes certified by the next-largest company. more ]

The Perth Mint creates 1oz silver coins Ghostbusters

On behalf of Tuvalu, The Perth Mint creates three 1oz coins struck from 99.99% pure silver featuring key characters from the hit film in vivid colour and presented in special Ghostbusters (TM) themed packaging. more ]

AINA Medal commemorates Balfour Declaration

The American Israel Numismatic Association issues a medal commemorating three important events: the Balfour Declaration, the Reunification of Jerusalem, and AINA’s 50th anniversary. more ]

Surveillance video expected to trace thieves of giant gold coin

There is still no sign of the huge gold Maple Leaf that was stolen from the Berlin Bode Museum in March 2017. Berlin Police has now posted a surveillance camera video that might help to find the burglars. more ]

Update to Stockholm coin heist: first pictures of stolen objects

At least 1,400 numismatic objects were stolen from the Stockholm Royal Coin Cabinet. Swedish Police is now revealing details for the first time. Here you find pictures of objects concerned. more ]

45 Years of Sino-German Friendship: Commemorative Pandas Struck

In 2017, China and Germany celebrate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Michael Chou and Künker took this as an occasion to initiate two medals of which the German version was first struck on June 30, 2017. more ]

In memoriam John Spring

Coin dealer John Spring has died. Douglas Saville remembers his friend who was specialised in numismatic literature and used to travel whole Europe looking for important books and attending auctions – always by train and never crossing France. more ]

The Royal Mint invests in Sovereign Rarities Limited

The Royal Mint has made an equity investment in Sovereign Rarities Limited, a London based numismatic dealership managed by Ian Goldbart. This is a part of the Royal Mint’s 5 year plan to grow in the collector services market. more ]

Conference on antiquarianism in Near Eastern numismatics

“Eastern Coins in the Early Modern World. Antiquarianism and the Oriental Artifact 1500-1800” is the title of a conference to be held in Spain in September 2017. The organizers welcome paper proposals until July 15, 2017. more ]

Hungarian collector coins commemorate 1867 Compromise

The Compromise of 1867 established the dual monarchy of Austria and Hungary. To mark this event’s 150th anniversary, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank issues a collector coin in two materials. more ]

Laughing Buddha

CIT’s latest creation puts a smile on the face of every observer. It is dedicated to the Laughing Buddha, a popular theme of Asian origins and come in a silver and a gold edition both designed on behalf of Palau. 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 ]