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New Managing Director for World Money Fair

Ms Gitta Künker will be the new Managing Director of World Money Fair effective from 1 July 2018 according to a statement by the World Money Fair Holding GmbH. She is taking over from Jens Hesse-Engelschalk after he has completed his term. more ]

Warsaw: Numismatic centre at the heart of Europe - part 2

The International Numismatic Congress of 2021 will take place in Warsaw. CoinsWeekly will introduce you to some of the numismatic sights of the city. In this article we will guide you through the two largest coin collections in Warsaw. more ]

Vasiliki Penna (1951-2018)

The Greek historian and archaeologist Vasso Penna was one of the most distinguished scholars of Byzantine numismatics. After a long illness she passed away on 17 May 2018. Yannis Stoyas remembers this eminent numismatist. more ]

Coin dealer victim of burglary in Vancouver

On June 2, 2018 coin dealer Jack Noble was the victim of a vehicle burglary in British Columbia (Canada). The Royal Canadian Mounted Police already have a strong suspicion because the man appears to have been a targeted victim. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

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

EU Adds Art Dealers to Money Laundering Rules

Anti-money laundering regulations have repeatedly been subject to change and tightening. The latest update of EU rules will burden dealers of art and antiquities in unprecedented dimensions. more ]

The Duchy of Brunswick and Lüneburg – its partitions within the 16th and 17th centuries

The various family lines of the Welfs who ruled parts of the Duchy of Brunswick and Lüneburg are extremely difficult to keep apart. This film on the Künker Summer Auction 308 helps you disentangle this ball of lines. more ]

Coin Set: Chinese Guardian Lions

Guardian Lions always come in pairs. That’s the reason why Coin Invest AG dedicates a coin set to these mythical creatures. Latest coin technology using smartminting as well as Black Proof produced an aesthetic artwork. more ]

Series featuring primates struck in the name of Gibraltar

The Pobjoy Mint announced a new series of four 50 p coins that show African primates. The second one depicts the chimpanzee, widely believed to be the closest living relative of humans. more ]

Mint Directors Conference Awards 2018

On the occasion of the MDC in Seoul the MDC Awards were granted. There are prizes for the most beautiful coins as well as for the most technologically advanced coins. The packaging is also reviewed by an expert jury. more ]

On the Roman infantry’s pay

No, this article does not focus on the legionaries’ wages but rather on a 16th century English scholar who collected coins and wrote about them. Ursula Kampmann takes a look at a new contribution to the history of numismatic research. more ]

Mint Directors Conference in Seoul 2018 - Part 1: The Future of Money

In April 2018, mint representatives from all over the world met in Seoul. They discussed current issues on the topic of coins. In this part, we summarize what was said about the future of cash. more ]

Warsaw: Numismatic centre at the heart of Europe - Part 1

From September 20-24, 2021 the XVI International Numismatic Congress will take place in Warsaw. Warsaw? Have you ever been to Warsaw? No? Then you ought to go as soon as possible, because Warsaw is worth a trip - especially in the numismatic sense! more ]

Sotheby refuses to accept Greek ownership claims

Sotheby has filed a lawsuit against the Greek Ministry of Culture in a New York court. Greece had previously demanded the return of an object of excellent provenance. The auction house intends to clarify the rights of legal ownership. more ]

Italian State securities on the menu

In one of his last blogs Franky Leeuwerck conducted an interview with the author of an extensive book on state bonds. You will learn a lot about the history of this means of government financing which is rooted deep in the early Renaissance period of Italy. more ]

Central Banks – An Edited Collection

The Swedish Central Bank is celebrating its 350th anniversary making them the oldest central bank in the world. It is older than the Bank of English, which wasn’t founded until 1694. Ursula Kampmann takes a look at the edited volume. more ]

U.S. Medals and Tokens featured in new 4th MEGA RED Edition

Whitman Publishing released his new 1,504-page MEGA RED edition featuring also American exonumia ranging from dime-sized tokens to dollar-sized and larger medals. more ]

Geer Steyn Receives the 2018 J. Sanford Saltus Award

Dutch artist Geer Steyn became the fifty-seventh recipient of the J. Sanford Saltus Award for excellence in medallic art at the biannual conference of the International Art Medal Federation in Ottawa, Ontario on May 29, 2018. more ]

Swedish banknotes will not be printed in Malta

Crane AB, a supplier of banknotes, has announced that it will be moving its production facility from Sweden to Malta. This is a delicate decision as it would mean that contrary to a previous agreement Swedish banknotes would be printed abroad. more ]

Final highlight of the “Exotic Butterflies” series

Between 2011 and 2017 CIT Coin Invest AG issued the extremely popular “Exotic Butterflies” series. As final highlight the “Dream Edition” offers a kind of summary. more ]

Perth Mint issues new Kookaburra coin

The Perth Mint has issued a new coin featuring a kookaburra showcasing one of Australia’s most distinct and unique species. The coin is made available in a 1oz as well as in a 5oz version. more ]

Dr Prabir De founds own company Mintmatrix

After 30 years of service Dr Prabir De has retired from the Royal Australian Mint. From now on he will be offering his services to Mints and Central Banks through his own company Mintmatrix. more ]

Gerd-Volker Weege (1945-2018)

On May 13th, 2018, Gerd-Volker Weege, owner and editor-in-chief of “money trend”, passed away after a serious illness. Numiscontrol remembers a dedicated and unconventional, thus sometimes even unpleasant, but nonetheless appreciated colleague. more ]

Jean-Baptiste Giard (1932-2018)

Jean-Baptiste Giard the eminent scholar of Roman Imperial numismatics passed away. His colleague Michel Amandry summarizes his substantial contribution to our knowledge of numismatics. more ]

Royal Australian Mint looks back at 25 years of iconic Kangaroo Series

The popular Kangaroo Series, produced by the Royal Australian Mint, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. The series has featured artistic depictions of Australia’s iconic kangaroo since 1993. Take a look at how the designs changed through time. more ]

The coinage of Apollonia Pontica

Dimitar Draganov has written another volume of the SNG Bulgaria, dedicated to the coins of the ancient town of Apollonia Pontica. The Ruse collection’s material is so abundant that a monograph is justified. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at this Volume. more ]

New book on English Silver Crowns

In his new book author Michael Day discusses the history of the English Silver Crowns, starting from the first in 1551, until the present day. more ]

David J. Ryder sworn in as 39th United States Mint Director

The United States Senate has confirmed President Trump’s nominee, David J. Ryder, as the 39th director of the United States Mint. more ]

News from San Marino

San Marino offers two new stamp and coin sets. Furthermore, there will be a 5 Euro commemorative coin on the occasion of the World Wildlife Day 2018. more ]

Italy celebrates 900th Anniversary of the Cathedral of Pisa

900 years ago the Cathedral of Pisa was consecrated. On this occasion Italy has issued a 5 Euro commemorative coin portraying the Baptistery, the Leaning Tower and Pisa Medieval Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. more ]

Sandra Hanington to resign as CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint

Sandra Hanington resigns from her post as CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint as of July 1st, 2018. According to the press release, she is doing so in order to improve her work-life balance. The mint’s problems throughout the last three years remain unmentioned. more ]

NLG Announces New Award Categories for 2018

The Numismatic Literary Guild has substantially revised its annual awards competition categories for 2018 and beyond. In order to bring the guild into the 21st century the new rules acknowledge the importance of online media. more ]

To Repatriate or Not to Repatriate: That is the Question

Copenhagen’s David Collection is world-renowned for its collection of exquisite examples of Islamic art. Turkey has now requested repatriation of numerous items. Denmark has become a leading case as sending art back means it can only be experienced in source countries. more ]

“Built on Gold“: Exhibition shows Melbourne’s golden past

A new exhibition in the Old Treasury of Melbourne showcases the story of the journey of Victorian gold, from the diggings, as it passed through the hands of the gold buyers, escort troopers and on some occasions, bushrangers in England’s southernmost colony. more ]

Swiss shooting thalers and medals

The successful catalog gets a second edition. Second edition? It is more like a new book, which, by having been translated into English, acknowledges the fact that shooting thalers are popular with collectors all over the world. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

Book on coins of the English East India Company wins IAPN Book Prize

Published by Spink in 2017 “The Coins of the English East India Company. Presidency Series: A Catalogue and Pricelist” by Dr Paul Stevens has been declared the winner of the IAPN Book Prize for 2018. Currently it is available from the publisher at a special price. more ]

Two more experts joining Dix Noonan Webb

Dix Noonan Webb has recruited two more experts to join its expanding coins department. Chris Rumney has become the company’s roving agent in the United Kingdom and continental Europe while Jon Mann has joined as DNW’s agent in the north of England. more ]

PNG to conduct 2018 One-Day Show

The Professional Numismatics Guild will conduct a one-day public show on August 13, 2018, in Philadelphia. During the show representatives of grading companies will be on-site to accept submissions, and lot viewing for the official auctions will be possible too. more ]

Royal Mint celebrating the wedding of Prince Henry

To celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Royal Mint released a commemorative coin. more ]

Canada celebrates royal wedding

On occasion of the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry, the Canadian Mint releases a new silver collector coin with three Swarovski® crystals. According to the wishes of the couple the Canadian Mint also donated to the Centre for addiction and mental health Toronto. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint announces profits and performance for 2017

The Royal Canadian Mint presented its statement of financial position 2017 offering an insight view into their activities and their expectations for the year 2018. more ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

“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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]