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Owner of the Pocking gold trove found

In the summer of 2016, children discovered a gold treasure worth 250,000 euros while playing. Only days before the official period would have expired, the owner unexpectedly came forward. more ]

Welcome to Iran! Part 13: Home at Zarathustra’s

The penultimate episode of the numismatic diary brings us to Yazd, the centre of the fire cult. We visit the towers of silence, the famous fire temple, and of course we can’t get around Nietzsche altogether... more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

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

PNG advises caution against “Trump Coins”

The Professional Numismatists Guild advises buyers to be wary of so-called “Trump Coins” and to not take them as truly rare coins. Despite how they are being advertised, they are neither legal tender nor a great investment. more ]

Funds raised to acquire the Hoard of King Alfred

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has raised the £1.35 million required to purchase the hoard of King Alfred the Great discovered in Oxfordshire in 2015. Support was provided by the National Lottery through a Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund and private contributors. more ]

The collection of mining coins and medals of Karl Ritter von Ernst

Bernhard Prokisch has published his new catalogue. It is a collection of mining coins and medals which will not only be available in print but also digitally. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the catalogue.
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Australian coin commemorates sinking of “SS Vyner Brooke”

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the “SS Vyner Brooke”, the Royal Australian Mint struck a 20 cent commemorative coin to recognise the story of this devastating but also inspiring struggle for survival. more ]

The Royal Mint and WPIC partner on new platinum investment products

The Royal Mint and the World Platinum Investment Council announced to partner on a new range of platinum investment products. Marking the Mint’s first bullion platinum offering, the partnership aims to stimulate investor demand for physical platinum worldwide. more ]

Canadian gold thief convicted

In March 2015 Leston Lawrence gained a questionable fame when he was accused of having smuggled gold blanks out of the Royal Canadian Mint by concealing them in his rectum. A court has now adjudged him guilty. more ]

Welcome to Iran! Part 12: At the Tomb of Cyrus the Great

This episode of the numismatic diary brings us to Pasargadae, the first capital of the Persian Empire and the last resting place of Cyrus the Great. Even the Greeks considered Cyrus a model ruler... more ]

ICTA forms Anti-Counterfeit Task Force

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) approved the formation of an Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force committee to mobilize law enforcement resources to protect the integrity of U.S. coinage. As director of anti-counterfeiting, Beth Deisher was hired. more ]

“The Token Book 3 – Tickets & Passes and their Values” released

After 20 years of preparation, the Galata publishing company has released “The Token Book 3 – Tickets & Passes and their Values”, written by Paul and Bente R. Withers. Based on a 1922 predecessor, the new limited edition has 3050 entries on a multitude of listings. more ]

St James’s Auctions and Baldwin’s Auctions Announce a New Venture

London-based St. James’s Auctions and Baldwin’s Auctions have formed a new auction company called Baldwin’s of St. James’s. Run by Stephen Fenton, the company plans to conduct ten auctions every year.
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A well-rounded fair: 50th Numismata in Munich 2017

On March 4 and 5, 2017, Bavaria will once again become the focal point of Classic numismatics. Collectors and investors will come from near and far, to meet the most renowned exhibitors at the 50th Numismata in Munich. more ]

Year of the Rooster

For Mongolia, Coin Invest Trust has designed a coin to commemorate the Year of the Rooster. The silver edition is limited to 2017 pieces and its handmade HiCarv element rises particularly high from the coin field. more ]

British Pobjoy Mint releases 2017 Titanium Blue Whale

On behalf of the South Georgia and The Sandwich Islands Government, Pobjoy Mint releases the 2017 issue of the Blue Whale made of blue titanium and featuring a new effigy design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. more ]

Why Germany has Five State-Owned Mints

Many a coin collector is wondering why France and Great Britain own one mint, while Germany has five state-owned mints at its disposal. Why Germany does so and why it will probable continue to have them for a while, is summarised in this article. more ]

Mennica Polska

The Mint of Poland is one of the few cases in which a state-owned enterprise has been successfully converted into a private company. At present, the Mennica Polska is a stock company, of which the Polish state no longer holds any shares. more ]

The rise and fall of a private mint: the Birmingham Mint

It is not a law of nature that the production of coins must be in the hands of the state. The private Birmingham Mint was the world’s leading supplier of small change in the 19th cent. It went bankrupt, when, in 2001, the Royal Mint cancelled a secret contract. more ]

The End of the Danish Mint

In 2016 the Royal Danish Mint was closed without any detailed public debate. This meant the end of a tradition dating back more than a millennium. Does the fate of the Danish Mint serve as an example for the fact that national mints have outlived their usefulness for cost reasons? more ]

The Privatisation Disaster of the German Bundesdruckerei

The privatisation of state-owned companies may unburden a state. Mind you, may, but does not have to. Because when a privatisation is implemented as ill-considered as in the case of the German Federal Printing Office, significant damage to the taxpayers can be done. more ]

A Quasi Unregulated Market?

In this article, Daniel Sheffer wonders whether there is need for legal regulations in order to guarantee a fair competition between state-owned monopoly holders and private enterprises. more ]

Swissmint starts the numismatic Reformation year

The tradition of minting commemorative coins on occasion of the Reformation-jubilees has existed for centuries. 2017 more coins will be issued. The Swissmint has now lead off. Ursula Kampmann went to the opening ceremony of the Swiss Reformation year in Zurich. more ]

Welcome to Iran! Part 11: Persepolis! At last!

If ever there was a reason why I wanted to travel Iran, it was Persepolis, the capital of the Persians with its incredible Apadana. Finally the day has come. We are going to see the city of cities! more ]

Stockholm’s Royal Coin Cabinet is relocated to the Swedish History Museum

On 12 January 2017 we reported on the current closing of Sweden’s Royal Coin Cabinet. Now the director informs us that the cabinet is relocated to the Swedish History Museum. It will certainly reopen presumably in spring 2019. Please read the director’s letter. more ]

Italy wins Coin of the Year Award 2017

An international panel of judges has chosen the Coin of the Year among the ten category winners of the Coin of the Year Award 2017: Italy’s 10 euro silver coin ’70 Years of Peace in Europe’.
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Roberto Ganganelli is the new President of the Accademia Italiana di Studi Numismatici

Roberto Ganganelli, editor-in-chief of the online magazine “Il Giornale della Numismatica” was elected new president of the AISN. The choice shows how closely collectors, dealers, and scholars in the field of numismatics cooperate. more ]

Dimitrios Gerothanasis joining Nomos AG

Dimitrios Gerothanasis, a PhD candidate in History & Archeology from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, will join Alan Walker at Switzerland-based Nomos AG on February 1st, 2017. more ]

Marine Life Protection 2016 – Coral Hind

For Palau, Coin Invest Trust has designed the penultimate issues of the Marine Life Protection series. Available in three versions, the coins are devoted to the coral hind. Thanks to smartminting, the silver variant impresses with its unprecedented relief height. more ]

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 10: 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 ]

Coin installation at Princeton University Art Museum

Drawn from the collections of three institutions at Princeton University, a new permanent collection of ancient and medieval coins was opened at the University’s Art Museum. Supervised by curator Alan Stahl, the organizing team involved Princeton students. more ]

5th Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coinage

From 29 to 30 September 2017 the 5th Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coinage will take place in Rome focusing on Islamic coins in archaeological context: coin finds, coin circulation. Read the organizers’ call for papers. more ]

CGB offers “Le Franc Poche”

In 2016, the French coin guide book “Le Franc” celebrated its 20th anniversary. CGB is offering a new updated version that’s both handy and accessible to a broader audience, titled “Le Franc Poche”. more ]

France commemorates actor Jean Gabin in ‘7 Arts Series’

In 2016 France issues the 4th coin of its ‘7 Arts Series’ dedicated to the famous actor Jean Gabin who died 40 years ago. The series is designed by Christian Lacroix. more ]

Hungarian coin features Budapest New Public Cemetery plots

As the third member of its series “National Memorial Sites”, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank issues a HUF 2,000 bronze patinated commemorative coin. Marking the 60th anniversary of the 1956 revolution, its depiction features plot 301 in the Budapest New Public Cemetery. more ]

The Royal Coin Cabinet in Stockholm is going to be closed and stripped down

The Swedish national museum of economy is going to be closed down. This entails the relocation of the Royal Coin Cabinet and its notable library. At this point, no one knows where, when or how the coins and books will be available again. Harald Nilsson reports. more ]

Triple homicide of coin dealers

In Jackson, Mississippi (USA) the owner of a pawn and jewelry / coin exchange and his two employees were each shot and killed in a robbery. Prime suspects are a man and a women shown in the video surveillance. more ]

EU survey on the import of cultural goods finally available in German

Finally, the EU survey on the public consultation on rules on the import of cultural goods can also be accessed in all European languages. Please do not hesitate to fill it in. It’s your democratic right as a collector and dealer! The consultation is open until January 23, 2017. more ]

Whitman Publishing Releases Massive New Bowers Volume on the United States Mint

Whitman Publishing announces the release of A Guide Book of the United States Mint, by Q. David Bowers. The 23rd volume in the award-winning Bowers Series explores the United States Mint itself, which is gearing up to celebrate its 225th anniversary in 2017. more ]

Littleton Coin Company becomes an ESOP Employee-Owned Company

Littleton Coin Company, one of America’s largest coin and currency dealers, has formed an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. By making his company a 100% employee-owned company former owner David Sunman wanted to reward his team. more ]

13th Technical Forum of the 2017 Berlin World Money Fair

As part of the 2017 Berlin World Money Fair, the 13th Technical Forum will take place on February 2, 2017. Mints and the industry will present their latest innovations to the specialized audience. Here you can have a look at the preliminary program. more ]

The 7 Summits – Denali

For Cook Islands, Coin Invest Trust has created a new series dedicated to the highest peaks of the seven continents. Thanks to smartminting, the first issue, made from five ounces of fine silver, renders the Denali, North America’s highest mountain, in a stunningly high relief. 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 ]