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Puzzle over Zahi Hawass

According to Egyptian media, controversial Zahi Hawass has been appointed UN Ambassador for Global Heritage. Reliable source material is hard to find, though. So, what do we make of this news? more ]

To Spain! Part 3: Sagunto

Sagunto does not belong to the great attractions with World Heritage Site status. But if you’ve ever read anything about Hannibal’s great war, you will be curious about this city, which was destroyed by Hannibal, and whose conquest led to the Roman invasion of Spain. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, at the mint of Athens ... more ]

US Mint Launches Public Design Competition

The United States Mint calls for artists to design the obverse of the commemorative coin honoring the first manned moon landing. This will be the first time that a curved version of a five ounce silver coin is produced and offered by the United States Mint. more ]

New director of La Monnaie de Paris

The French mint La Monnaie de Paris has a new director. Aurélien Rousseau not only has years of experience in the Paris community politics. The Doctor of History has also advised the Prime Ministers of France. more ]

Praise of coin enthusiasm or: strolling through the world of numismatics

Damiano Cappellari is an ardent coin enthusiast, a nummophile, as he says. His “praise of numismatics” doesn’t want to teach but to inspire. It accomplishes this through poetic walks through the world of coin collecting, as Björn Schöpe has learned. more ]

Latvian coin celebrates “The Old Man’s Mitten”

Constituting the third issue of the Fairy Tale Coin series, Latvijas Banka has released the collector coin “The Old Man’s Mitten”. After Five Cats and The Hedgehog Coat, this 5-euro silver coin, too, celebrates one of Latvian’s most loved fairy tales. more ]

Conference of the Museum of the Bank of Albania

The 1st Conference of the Museum of the Bank of Albania will be held in Tirana, Albania, on 14th-15th of June 2017. The conference will be a two-day event discussing “Monetary history in Albania” and “Money and Banking Museums”. more ]

Sea Turtle

Coin Invest Trust creates for Palau a dollar shaped like a sea turtle. This turtle is – like its predecessor the skull – a three-dimensional sculpture of small size. more ]

Icon of American numismatics passed away

In the night to Monday, May 15, 2017, Catherine Bullowa-Moore has died aged 97. Having been dealing with coins since 1953, she was one of the few women who, already in the 1950s, managed to succeed in numismatics. more ]

Action film-like break-in

During a burglary at the coin dealership R&K Coins in Springfield (USA), the thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of coins and banknotes. In order to get into the shop, they used a brute method, one would rather associate with action films. more ]

The museum of the Italian Mint shines in new splendor

The museum of the Italian Mint has been completely refurbished in record time and finally reveals its treasures to the general public again. The museum also has a wonderful internet presence. And this is just an intermediate stop ... more ]

The human body on objects of the minor arts

The Benaki Museum in Athens and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow have organized a joint exhibition that is being immortalized in a bibliophile catalog. It bears witness to the eternal beauty of the human body. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

American Numismatic Society Launches Image-Based Roman Coin Identification

The American Numismatic Society presents a new interface for Online Coins of the Roman Empire, which allows non-specialists, hobbyists, collectors, archaeologists, and others to browse Roman Imperial coins by image for free online. more ]

Lanz gives the solution to his competition puzzle for Auction 164: the coin on the back of the catalogue was forged

On occasion of his jubilee, Dr. Hubert Lanz created a numismatic hidden object game. People had to trace a forgery that had been intentionally put in the catalogue. Thus Lanz wanted to raise awareness for the security that comes with a renowned auction house. more ]

Australian gold coin commemorates 4th Light Horse Brigade

The Perth Mint presents the latest release from ‘The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series’. Struck from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold and issued as legal tender, the limited coin honors the 4th Light Horse Brigade and its most significant action at Beersheba during WWI. 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 ]

Interrelations in the protection of cultural property - the American way

Planned tightening of the laws on protection of cultural property in the US deepens the divide between collectors and opponents of the art market. The pretext of the war against terrorism is used to cover particular interests and massive personal interrelations with the economy. more ]

To Spain! Part 2: Tarragona

Have you ever been to Tarragona, the Roman Tarraco, former capital of the Province Hispania Tarraconensis? If you haven’t, you definitely need to put this one on your bucket list. I fell in love with the city. more ]

Benjamin “Ben” Bell (1976-2017)

Numismatist Benjamin “Ben” Bell died on 10 April 2017 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer, as World Numismatics has announced. more ]

The coinage of Ephesus

The coinage of Ephesus from Roman Imperial times is central to the understanding of provincial numismatics. Stefan Karwiese has been working on it for many years. Now, he presents a commentary volume to his controversial catalog. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

Krakow Conference on Coinage in Imperial Space

On June 28-July 2, 2017, a numismatic conference will be held in The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum, Krakow. Experts in their fields will focus on the issue if there was continuity or change from the Acheamenid to Hellenistic kingdoms. more ]

British coins honor Royal Platinum Wedding Anniversary

On the occasion of the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, Pobjoy Mint releases a series of commemorative coins. On behalf of various issuing countries, the editions feature some of the most memorable moments of the Royal Couple. more ]

Mongolian Nature – Roaring Deer

The Roaring Deer completes Coin Invest Trust’s popular and multiple-times internationally distinguished Mongolian Nature series issued by Mongolia. The fifth issue features a red deer, on the silver coin in the shape of a cut-out silhouette in the style of the series. more ]

New Zealand Conference and Bourse

50 years ago New Zealand changed to decimal currency. To celebrate, the Numismatic Society of Auckland and The Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand are hosting a Conference and Bourse over 14-17 July 2017 in Auckland with many international speakers. more ]

Finland withdraws collector coins

After massive criticism on the internet, the initial coin of the 100 Years of Finnish Independence series has been withdrawn before being released. Designed by Ilka Suppanen, the 5-euro-collector coin features a firing squad. more ]

To Spain! Part 1: On the way again

Spain is currently experiencing a boom. Ask any tourism expert. We too set off to Southern Spain for our numismatic journey and saw many an interesting thing. But our first stop is still in France, in Nîmes. more ]

ICTA names task force steering committee

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets has named an 11-member Steering Committee and has formed eight Work Groups to begin the work of its Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force. Its mission is to mobilize law enforcement resources to protect the integrity of U.S. and world coinage. more ]

Danish coins minted first time outside Denmark

At Mint of Finland, the minting of Danish coins has begun. The issues to be produced include Danish 20 krone coins and silver collector coins in honor of the royal 50th wedding anniversary. more ]

Gems, rings and seal boxes from Caesarea Maritima

In 2016, a content-rich book on a private collection of gems, finger rings and seal boxes was written in Tel Aviv. The objects of the collection all have one common trait: they were all found in Caesarea Maritima. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

FINA Conference in Rome

“Numismatic antiquarianism through correspondence (16th-18th c.)” is the title of the FINA Conference in Rome from 31st of May to 1st of June 2017. Experts will speak on the beginnings of collecting coins at the beginning of the modern times. more ]

German collector coin “Subtropical climate zone”

Germany will dedicate the second coin of the five-part series, “Climate zones of the Earth” to the subtropical zone. The 5-euro coin with an orange polymer ring will be issued in 2018. more ]

Theft at the Stockholm Royal Coin Cabinet

An audit at the Royal Coin Cabinet in Stockholm showed that a transferred 2.6 million euros worth of objects are missing. Now a former employee has to answer for theft. more ]

Piano tuner finds gold treasure

A piano tuner in Shropshire found his work to be unexpectedly exciting. In December of 2016 he discovered 633 sovereigns and 280 half sovereigns struck between 1847 and 1915 in a piano. The owner could not be found. more ]

Coin Hoard Discovered in Pilgrims’ Hostel in Israel

A hoard of coins from the Byzantine epoch was revealed in Israel beneath the ruins of a building that was part of a large complex. Apparently it served Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem and the coins give clues to its story. more ]

Banknotes of Persia

The catalogue of the first series of banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia is the result of years of research by a scholar and collector, who had specialised in banknotes from the Middle East. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the publication. more ]

ID training day on Medieval coinage

On May 15, 2017 the British Museum will hold the Money and Medals Network Training Day on the identification of Medieval coinage. With places limited, the free event is open to anyone involved with Medieval coins in UK museums and other public institutions. more ]

Royal Mint reveals designs for new coins

The Royal Mint presents all planned coins and coin designs of 2017. The headliner for 2017 is the new bi-metal 12-sided £1 coin but it is sided by other interesting coin motifs. more ]

Coincraft welcomes four new staff members

Coincraft, one of the oldest and largest coin dealers in the U.K., has announced the appointment of four new members of staff and the launch of its new website with over 3,000 products available now and another 10,000 to be added by the end of the year. more ]

Albert M. Beck celebrates his 80th birthday

The founder of the World Money Fair and the MünzenRevue is celebrating his 80th birthday. Ursula Kampmann congratulates the doyen of modern numismatics and gives an account of his life. more ]

Ross MacDiarmid congratulates Albert Beck on his 80th Birthday

Ross MacDiarmid is not only mint master of the Royal Australian Mint, but also secretary of the Mint Directors Conference. As representative of the coin producing industry he congratulates Albert Beck on his 80th birthday. more ]

Official recommendation on the new Cultural Property Protection Act

The official recommendation on the new German Cultural Property Protection Act has been published at the beginning of April. We will tell you where you can order it. Furthermore, the legal text has finally been translated into English by the ministry. more ]

500 years of Roman portrait art

Andreas Pangerl has initiated a book that constitutes a bibliophile declaration of love to the artworks of Roman mint masters. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the illustrated book and its articles on Roman portrait art. more ]

Grant for publications on Dutch monetary history 2017

The Youth Committee of the Royal Dutch Society for Numismatics makes a publication grant available. Eligible are publications dealing with a subject about coinage or monetary history with a special relation to the Netherlands. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2017. more ]

A Success From Start To Finish: The 50th NUMISMATA Munich 2017

On March 4 and 5, 2017 Munich was the marketplace for Classic numismatics again. The 50th NUMISMATA conducted in the Isar metropolis recorded great buying interest, satisfied exhibitors and a great many visitors, particularly from Eastern Europe and the U.S. more ]

Canadian coins commemorate elk and lynx

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a “Predator” 1 oz, pure silver bullion coin series featuring the lynx. It has also released a bullion coin, made from 1 oz of pure gold, from its “Call of the Wild” series, celebrating the elk. more ]

100th Anniversary Graf Zeppelin

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Count Ferdinand of Zeppelin's death, Coin Invest Trust has designed a commemorative coin for the Cook Islands. The high-relief 3 oz silver edition features a piece of original fabric from the “Graf Zeppelin”. more ]

Impossible Standards? UK Bill Makes Trade in Items from Conflict Zones Since 1954 Illegal

A United Kingdom bill, the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Act 2017, has been enacted by Parliament. The chief controversy comes from a clause defining what is unlawfully exported cultural property and which is even retroactive. Kate Fitz Gibbon reports. more ]

Canada honours civil rights activist on new banknote

The Canadian Viola Desmond made history many years before Rosa Parks did. When she refused to give up her reserved-for-whites seat at the cinema in 1946, she was put into prison. Now she has become the first woman after the Queen to be put on a banknote of her country. more ]

Exhibition review: ‘Minted: Making Money and Meaning’

The Grosvenor Museum in Chester (UK) made extensive use of photography in an exhibition of 2016. Professional photos were taken of members of the public who had had their hair styled to emulate various portraits on coins. Henry Flynn reports. more ]

Yorkshire Museum acquires Wold Newton Hoard

The largest Tetrarchic hoard ever discovered in the North of England will stay in the Yorkshire Museum thanks to generous donations. Currently the coins are treated for conservation but will be revealed soon. Andrew Woods reports. more ]

Hungarian coins devoted to poet Arany

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of famous poet János Arany, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank is issuing a 5,000-forint miniature gold coin, a 10,000-forint silver coin and an identical 2,000-forint non-ferrous coin. more ]

Winners of Latvian collector coin design competition announced

In the competition for the design of an innovative euro collector coin, Latvijas Banka has announced the winners. The first prize goes to industrial designer Arturs Analts for his design concept “Honey”. more ]

Designers sought for Finland in 100 Years collector coin

The Collector Coin Committee of the centenary of Finland’s independence invites to an open, international design competition. To be released in 2018, the gold coin will be minted on the theme Finland in 100 Years. The deadline for submissions is June 2, 2017. 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 ]