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Serdica’s mint found?

In 2015, Bulgarian archaeologists found a gigantic Roman hoard in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. They are convinced that a mint was located there during late antiquity. Other experts have reason to doubt this claim. more ]

Exhibition at Chinese university showcases strong women on ancient coins

At the Northeast Normal University in Changchun, People’s Republic of China, a team of 15 students has developed an exhibition highlighting strong women on ancient coinage, mostly from the Roman Empire. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in Rome ... more ]

PCGS Experts Spot Deceptively Altered Colonial Rarity

A drastically but deceptively altered 1792 Washington Eagle ‘cent’ submitted to Professional Coin Grading Service underscores the alarming skills of some so-called ‘coin doctors’ and why it is essential to have rare coins expertly and independently examined. more ]

A monetary history of Central America

If you do not speak Spanish, you will have a hard time finding profound knowledge on the coins of countries like Guatemala or Panama. Brian Stickney has now published a very useful monetary history of Central America. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

MS Vilnius International Coin Fair 2018

The MS Vilnius International Coin Fair 2018 will take place from 17th-18th November 2018. Being the first international numismatic event at this scope held in the Baltic States aims at promoting numismatic traditions and investments combined with commodities for collectors. more ]

First coin in The East India Company’s Trade Dollar Collection released

The East India Company is introducing the first coin to be issued in The Trade Dollar Collection – the 2018 British Trade Dollar 1oz Gold Proof Coin. more ]

CIT starts new series featuring “Prehistoric Beasts”

CIT Coin Invest starts a new series on behalf of Mongolia featuring “Prehistoric Beasts”. The first coin is dedicated to the Velociraptor mongoliensis, a fearsome dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous era. It is best known for its depiction in the cinema classic Jurassic Park. more ]

World Banknote Summit 2018 presents innovative session format

The World Banknote Summit 2018 will see the introduction of an innovative session format: immersion sessions are tailored for smaller groups to provide the perfect platform to drill down on specific subjects, and to foster the exchange of views among participants. more ]

Giesecke+Devrient Continues on Success Course

Giesecke+Devrient’s revenue of €2.14 billion breaks record set in previous year and their EBIT rises by 4%. Due to this positive result Giesecke+Devrient succeeds in establishing in April 2018 the proprietary company builder “G+D Ventures”. more ]

Seventh International Symposium in Early Medieval Coinage

The 7th International Symposium in Early Medieval Coinage takes place on 13th October 2018. It once again will be held at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. The overall theme is England and the Wider World. more ]

Canada repurchases the Victoria Cross – as national heritage and patriotic symbol

An unknown buyer paid 660,000 CAD for the Victoria Cross of David Vivian Currie. The problem was that the buyer was not Canadian. The Canadian authorities thus prevented the export. Meanwhile the money has been accumulated and the order will stay in Canada. more ]

John Pett remembered by his friends

For decades John Pett had worked with Spink. When he died, two men decided to share their vivid memories with us in order to supplement the obituary. You can read how David Worland from Australia and Joe Linzalone from the United States remember their friend. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in the Mithras sanctuary ... more ]

The Hungarian Revolution of 1848 and the Californian Gold Rush

The Californian Gold Rush attracted thousands of unlucky revolutionists of 1848/9. Among them was the Hungarian Count Samuel C. Wass. He co-founded the famous assay office in San Francisco and donated four of his gold coins to the Hungarian National Museum. more ]

Kenneth Bressett Named First Editor Emeritus of the Red Book

Kenneth Bressett, longtime editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”), has retired into Whitman Publishing’s newly created position of Editor Emeritus. more ]

Conference in Tirana 2018 – Call for papers

The Museum of the Bank of Albania will hold its second conference. The meeting is titled “The role of money in wartime” and will feature multiple presentations for which papers can be submitted now. more ]

Pobjoy Mint has issued an interactive Angry Birds(TM) coin

Pobjoy Mint has issued a new coin which allows you to enter the world of Angry Birds(TM). A cutting-edge technology makes this possible. more ]

New Swiss commemorative coin: “William Tell”

It’s back again: A Swiss gold coin featuring Hodler’s William Tell on its revers. The new interpretation of this protective confederate is politically correct and artistically better made than its infamous predecessor. more ]

“Smith Forges in the Sky” named Latvia’s Coin of the Year 2017

In a public voting more than 7,000 votes decided on Latvia's Coin of the Year 2017. During the award ceremony on 27 April 2018 it was made clear how pivotal traditional Latvian folk music is still in Latvian society. more ]

John Pett (1951-2018)

John Pett died after a long illness on April 22, 2018. The numismatic community mourns the loss of a serene, reliable and pleasant partner. He made a name for himself during the 43 years he worked at Spink in the department of ancient coins. more ]

A near miss - the story of a banknote

The Swiss National Museum operates a really interesting blog about objects from its collections. We have the permission to republish the following story: It’s about a banknote, which nearly made it into our purses... more ]

Bogomil Nikolov and Geer Steyn receive Saltus Award

The Board of Trustees of the ANS announced that 2017 and 2018 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal will go to Bogomil Nikolov and Geer Steyn. more ]

Third Edition of Whitman’s Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars

Whitman Publishing has released the third edition of “A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars”, by professional numismatist Rick Tomaska. This version is expanded with new research and market analysis. more ]

NGC to Grade Coins On-site in Munich in June

NGC International GmbH will offer on-site NGC coin grading services in Munich, Germany, June 11-16, 2018. On-site grading in Munich provides European collectors and dealers with significant advantages. But submissions must be received in time. more ]

Greg Allen new ACTF Steering Committee chair

Greg Allen has been appointed as chair of the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force Steering Committee. Other changes comprise the establishment of the World Mints Work Group with expertise in assisting law enforcement in dealing with counterfeits of bullion coins and bars. more ]

CIT presents coin depicting the Giant Girdled Lizard

A dragon on a coin: The extraordinary Giant Girdled Lizard (smaug giganteus), a dragon-like lizard species home to South Africa, is depicted on CIT’s newest coin. This issue will be this year’s contribution to the CIT series “Shades of Nature”. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint is missing 2 kilos of gold after internal inspection

The Royal Canadian Mint is in the news yet again. At an internal audit, they noticed that 2 kilos of gold worth 70,000 euros are missing. An employee was let go. The Canadian police are currently investigating. more ]

Royal Dutch Mint pays homage to ‘the flying housewife’

To mark the 100th birthday of Dutch sports legend Fanny Blankers-Koen the Royal Dutch Mint will release a new 5 euro silver coin. On 3 June, during the international FBK Games in Hengelo, the ceremonial strike of the first coin will take place. more ]

FBI-agents as archaeologists

Has the FBI actually dug for the gold of Gettysburg? According to professional treasure hunters, there are still gold bars worth 55 m. $ hidden in the ground near Benezette, Pennsylvania. The gold was meant for Lincoln's troops. more ]

German Bundesbank has opened its vaults

The Money Museum of the Deutsche Bundesbank hosts a special exhibition named “Gold. Treasures at the Deutsche Bundesbank” which will contain gold bars and rare gold coins from all eras. The exhibition runs until September 30th 2018. more ]

The medals of Frederick William II

Manfred Olding, in collaboration with Gunter Mues, has finished the next volume of his Prussia catalogs. This time, he addresses the medals of Frederick William II. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the book “Die Medaillen Friedrich Wilhelms II.”. more ]

Rutgers digitizes the Badian Collection of Roman Republican Coins

The Rutgers University Libraries has digitized a collection of 1,250 Roman Republican Coins from the Badian collection. more ]

NGC grades its 40-millionth coin

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation graded more than 40,000,000 coins. It is the first third-party coin grading service who ever reached this threshold. more ]

Krugerrand is tradable on the Stuttgart stock exchange

Institutional investors can now invest in Krugerrand on each trading day of the Stuttgart stock exchange. Advantages are the purchase of physical gold in combination with the stock exchange tradability with favourable spread as well as the secure storage option in Germany. more ]

Italy issues new coin celebrating the Baroque

A new Italian silver coin was issued that is dedicated to the country’s Baroque period. On the coin, Italy is embodied by a woman on the obverse while the reverse shows the statue of Santa Veronica by Francesco Mochi. more ]

Switzerland commemorates historic steamboat “La Suisse”

Switzerland’s Federal Mint Swissmint launches a new commemorative coin for coin enthusiasts and collectors. The silver coin “La Suisse” continues the three-part Swiss steamships series. more ]

The legal battle between the Australian and the Canadian Mint is entering the next round

The Royal Canadian Mint has expanded its lawsuit for patent infringement against the Royal Australian Mint – it now concerns up to 15 million coins. The Royal Australian Mint, in turn, has launched a counter claim, contesting that the Canadian patent even meets the qualifications for one. more ]

Bold theft in Nantes

The Thomas-Dobrée Museum in Nantes was robbed in the night between April 13th and 14th. Not only the heart of Anne of Brittany was stolen, but also a large group of French gold coins. An illustrated list has been put online by cgb. You will find all the links here. more ]

Berlin coin cabinet mourns the passing of patron Erivan Haub

Erivan Karl Matthias Haub, long-time CEO of the Tengelmann Group, and – along with his wife Helga – the most important patron of the Berlin Coin Cabinet, died on 6 March at the age of 85. more ]

Treasures from ancient Americas on display in The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York currently presents the exhibition “Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas” which showcases some of the rarest exhibits from three millennia of American history. more ]

Fraudulent coin dealer indicted in the USA

A Minnesota federal grand jury has returned a 6-count criminal indictment charging coin dealer Barry Ron Skog with five counts related to the sale of counterfeit coins and one count of mail fraud. more ]

Pobjoy Mint showcases the Yellow Tree Frog on new Fiji coin

In the wild forests on the Fiji Islands, there lives a special species of frogs, the Yellow Tree Frog. On an all-new Yellow Titanium coin, the British Pobjoy Mint celebrates this tree dwelling creature in 2018. more ]

Mühlbauer presents new System for automated coin checking

The German security company Mühlbauer is bringing forth a new system solution that is able to automatically check used coins for authenticity and fitness. The Coin Inspect flex can inspect up to 3,000 coins per minute. more ]

Gold as a safe haven?

Ask your investment consultant. He will tell you that gold has been a safe haven since the creation of the world. And when he tells you so, he has forgotten that the American ban of gold ownership was lifted as late as December 31, 1974. more ]

2018 ICOMON Meeting – Call for Papers

In 2018, the annual ICOMON Meeting celebrates its 25th anniversary. This year’s topic will be “Future-proofing numismatics in museums: issues of conservation and collection management”. The deadline for abstracts is 20th May 2018. more ]

The Top Ten of museums

Every year the Art Newspaper researches the Top Ten: Which museums had the most visitors? Which exhibition themes can be marketed the best? What draws the masses to these culture palaces? The numbers and a critical commentary by Ursula Kampmann. more ]

Hoards and Other Coin Finds - Part III: Losses and Final Remarks

Do you have to do with ancient coins? Did you ever ask yourself where they are coming from? Alan Walker of Zurich Nomos AG will present a comprehensive overview of this crucial subject. The third part deals about lost coins and features a final remark which really is worth reading! more ]

Photographic insight into American economic history

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery dedicates an exhibition to those who made America great. The over 100 exhibits show workers at worksite and are art as well as historic testimonies. more ]

ANS staff news

The American Numismatic Society made some senior appointments. The changes regard the positions of Deputy Director, which had been unfilled for years, and of Chief curator. more ]

American Medal of the Year Award

In 2018 there were over 40 entries for the American Medal of the Year awarded by the American Medallic Sculpture Association. The winning entry was a square medal featuring the Black Crowned Night Heron. Second came a contribution by a German medallist. more ]

Latvia’s new collector coin “My Latvia” features a child’s drawing

The National Bank of Latvia has issued a silver collector coin called “My Latvia”. The coin commemorates Latvia’s 100-year independence anniversary and shows a colorful drawing of the sun made by an 11-year old Latvian child on its reverse. more ]

H2O GmbH extends its headquarters in Steinen

H2O GmbH, a German-based manufacturer for wastewater solutions, has now announced that it’ll extend its headquarters. The company is investing approximately 4.5 million euros in extending the production and administration premises in Steinen. more ]

Silver Containing Circulating Commemorative Coins, the Silver Price and the Problems that May Arise from this Combination

When the price for silver is changing too fast, those countries are coming under pressure, that issue silver commemorative circulation coins for face value. This article takes a look at market mechanisms and solution approaches. more ]

ICTA appoints seven industry leaders to non-profit foundation board

The Board of Directors of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets has appointed seven industry leaders to guide the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization recently formed to support the work of the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force. more ]

Break-in at American-Football Idol Rob Gronkowski solved – due to two stolen Morgan Dollars

The burglars were sure that the owner of their target would not come home, while they were busy robbing his house: Rob Gronkowski was playing in the Super Bowl. Now, the criminals were exposed with a little help of two graded Morgan dollars and the numismatic community. more ]

Hoards and Other Coin Finds - Part II: Deposits

Do you have to do with ancient coins? Did you ever ask yourself where they are coming from? Alan Walker of Zurich Nomos AG will present a comprehensive overview of this crucial subject. The second part deals with three different kinds of deposits. more ]

Art Dealer Program Brings Over 100 Artifacts Back to Tribes

Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association has returned over 100 ceremonial artifacts to Southwestern Indian tribes. This celebrates the phenomenal success of ATADA’s Voluntary Returns Program, a model for community action. more ]

Heritage Auctions posts record sales numbers

Heritage Auctions announced that 2017 was one of the most successful years for the auction house. Not only did it post annual sales of more than $815 million, HA also opened two new offices last year. more ]

The War against Cash

Neither banks nor credit card companies are acting selflessly when they promote abolishing cash money. They have tangible interests which are revealed by Ross Clark in his latest bestseller. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

Schuler raises sales and earnings to record levels

Press manufacturer Schuler AG published his balance 2017. Consolidated sales have risen to 1.23 billion euros, the operating result sums up to 141 m euros. This corresponds to a margin of 11.4 per cent. more ]

CIT mints coin in four-leaf clover shape

On behalf of the state of Palau, Coin Invest AG continued the series “Ounce of Luck”. Latest smartminting technology permitted to create a coin in shape of a four-leaf clover. more ]

The ANA Summer Seminar

The program of the American Numismatic Association’s 50th annual Summer Seminar features a lineup of classes to meet virtually every collector’s needs. Hobbyists can now register. more ]

Degussa in Zurich and Geneva accepts cryptocurrencies for purchasing precious metals

As the Bitcoin hype continues to grow, the Swiss branch of Degussa Goldhandel AG announces that it’ll be the first trader to accept cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and others for the trade of precious metals. more ]

Australian Phoenix coin has already sold out

10 oz of gold, 1.22ct of pink diamonds - price 1.5 m AUD: The Phoenix coins of the Perth Mint sold out within six weeks after being unveiled at the World Money Fair in Berlin. more ]

US Mint releases first coin in new platinum proof coin series

The United States Mint has opened sales for the 2018 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin. It is the first release in the three-year series that features all new obverse designs on a one ounce, 99.95 percent platinum proof coin each year. more ]

Half a Million Dollar for a 1851 $20 Liberty Error

During the FUN Convention in Tampa a 1851 $20 Liberty struck on a large cent planchet error was sold for nearly half a million dollars. Error coin expert Fred Weinberg knows this coin perfectly and tells its amazing history in this video. more ]

The bracteates: An image of society in the High Middle Ages

In a short film, the beautifully preserved bracteates of the Professor Helmut Hahn collection illustrate the medieval estate-based society. And the historical background in turn helps to better understand their imagery. more ]

Medal production in 1930

In 1929/1930, the America-based Medallic Art Company made a film that shows the making of a medal, from the draft to the delivery of the product finished. This is a fascinating glimpse into early 20th century medal production! 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]