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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 ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in the office of emperor Marcus Aurelius ... 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 ]

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 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Another tourist arrested for smuggling of cultural goods in Turkey

Toby Robyns, 52, from West Sussex, is currently threatened with three years in prison. He had gone on a relaxing holiday trip to the southern coast of Turkey with his kids. Found with 12 coins in his luggage as he tried to fly home, he was remanded in custody. 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

50 years of Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. – 10 years with Christoph Raab as manager

In 2017 the company Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. celebrated two jubilees at once: 50 years of Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. in Frankfurt and 10 years with Christoph Raab as owner and manager of Peus. CoinsWeekly says congratulations! 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 ]

Swiss National Museum launches history blog

The Swiss National Museum launched a history blog – also in English and French. May it be historical information on the weather, Roman beauty tips or numismatics – the blog presents exciting historical content in a contemporary style. more ]

The new MEC-volume on Britain and Ireland

Rory Naismith has published the newest MEC-volume on the coins of Britain and Ireland between ca. 400 and 1066. It is a “must” for every numismatic library, comparable only to the RIC or the Jaeger. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

8th Austrian Numismatic Day 2018 – Call for Papers

The motto of the eighth Austrian Numismatic Day is “Collections and Collectors” and will be taking place on 17 and 18 May 2018 in Klagenfurt. The organisers invite to send proposals for papers which have not necessary to be linked with the event’s motto. 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 ]

Official opening ceremony for Schuler Innovation Tower prominently attended

In the presence of Baden-Württemberg’s Minister President Winfried Kretschmann, the Schuler Innovation Tower (S. I. T.) was inaugurated on August 18, 2017. Schuler is responsible that most of the circulation coins worldwide are struck on German coin presses. 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]