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Not all that glitters is gold

Two detectorists in England found a treasure of Roman gold coins – at least that’s what they thought. In reality, they found remnants of a TV shoot, ironically the shoot of a popular comedy series about detectorists... more ]

Simon Bendall Collection of Byzantine coins stolen

Last week, burglars stole the collection of Byzantine coins owned by renowned scholar Simon Bendall. His comprehensive collection had served him for decades as source for his many publications. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in the sollicitor’s office ... more ]

“Ship of Gold” exhibit to dock in Long Beach

In 1857, the steamship SS Central America sank in a hurricane while carrying tons of California gold. Parts of the in 2014 recovered cargo are shown in an exhibition that looks like a ship itself. Next stop: Long Beach, February 22-24, 2018. more ]

The letters of Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc to the Pasqualini

They offer a wonderful insight into the Republic of Letters: The letters of the French polymath Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc and the Roman antiquarian and clergyman Lelio Pasqualini. Veronica Carpita and Elena Vaiani have published them. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the publication. more ]

NGC to Grade Coins On-site in Munich

For the first time ever, NGC International will hold an on-site grading event in its Munich branch. The event which will take place from February 27 to March 3, 2018 is a first for the world’s largest third-party coin grading service. more ]

Royal Mint Bullion offers the first Britannia Platinum Bullion coins

Britannia, personification of the British nation, and Queen Elizabeth II are displayed on the first platinum bullion coins which were produced for the first time at the Royal Mint. more ]

Seleucid Coins Online is Now Live

ANS has released a new web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online, a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings and reports on the substantial increase in the number of coins available now for study on PELLA website. more ]

First female chief appointed to Royal Mint

For the first time in its one-thousand-year history, the Royal Mint will be led by a woman. Anne Jessopp is now in charge of the institution and its 900 employees. “I am delighted to be appointed to lead this unique and important British organization”, she said. more ]

Impressions of the World Money Fair

330 exhibitors informed roughly 15,000 convention visitors about the newest trends in numismatics at the World Money Fair. Here you’ll find some photographic impressions of the world’s largest coin convention. more ]

India opens Pandora’s Box

Only 3,650 of India’s 500,000 monuments are protected by law. A study has shown that the legal regulations are hardly ever put into practice. A new law will make the situation a lot worse. more ]

Virtual Tour of “Faces of Power” Exhibition

Since summer 2017 the Israel Museum has been showing the exhibition “Faces of Power” of Roman gold coins. Now the museum has published an amazing 360 degree virtual tour in combination with an audio guide. more ]

New book describes the “The Journey of the Insignia”

Celebrating 200 years of the coronation of King Joao VI in 2018, the latest book by awarded author Antonio M. Trigueiros focuses on two Royal brothers fighting their “war of insignia” in 19th century Brazil and Portugal. more ]

TEFAF announces changed opening dates

The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht has announced that its opening dates for the upcoming exhibition in March have changed. There now will be an “Early Access Day” for selected VIP card holders before the Preview Day, the TEFAF administration has announced. more ]

CSNS announces program and speakers for 2018 Anniversary Convention

From 24-28 April 2018, the Central States Numismatic Society will hold its Anniversary Convention in Chicago. It features an auction as well as an educational forum for which the Society has now announced the key speakers. The Convention hotel is almost sold out. more ]

New Titanium coin features the Coconut Crab

A rather unusual heraldic animal is to be found on one of the newest coins issued by the British Pobjoy Mint: The Coconut Crab, the largest land-living crab, represents the British Indian Ocean Territory as it is indigenous to both the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. 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 ]

Royal Canadian Mint solves white spot issue

Little white spots on silver bullion coins are an unwelcome but common occurrence, especially in a variety of modern coins. The Canadian Royal Mint now claims to have found a solution how to prevent these “milk spots”. more ]

Euro banknote counterfeiting remains low in second half of 2017

The European Central Bank (ECB) published its numbers about faked Euro-banknotes found during the second half of 2017. The numbers continue to be very low. more ]

Sexual harassment in the numismatic world?

Mitch Ernst, president-elect of Central States Numismatic Society, expresses himself clearly on what we should do regarding sexual harassment: we must not tolerate it but be prepared to act. This is why he has a special educational offering at the CSNS April convention. more ]

Legal battle between the Royal Canadian and the Royal Australian Mint

Several million circulation coins with colour application have been circulating in Australia since 2012. The Royal Canadian mint has now filed a suit: They claim to have a patent on the Royal Australian Mint’s method of applying the colour. more ]

Follow-up burglary and murdered victim in Indianapolis

After a burglary in Indianapolis with a 75-year old victim found dead a comprehensive list of the stolen silver coins was published. Additionally we know also of a Masonic ring and which gold coins were stolen. more ]

ANS gala dinner celebrates numismatic efforts in the U.S.

As always, the American Numismatic Society started off the year 2018 with its Annual Gala Dinner held at the Harvard Club in New York City. A special honor went to the members of the Rosen family who received the Trustees’ Award. more ]

A Collection in Context – The Dr. Karl von Schäffer collection

In 1888, Karl von Schäffer left his collection to the University of Tübingen. A team of authors has reconstructed the origin of this collection in a book. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at this first volume of the new “Tübinger Numismatische Studien”. more ]

CCG to Open London Office in April 2018

The Certified Collectibles Group has announced to open a new office in London. From April on, the numismatic experts will have two branches in Europe, the other one being their Munich office. more ]

2018 Coin of the Year: The Winners

At the World Money Fair Berlin the COTY trophies for 2018 were awarded on 3 February 2018. From the 10 winners of the first round in different categories the international panel of judges chose the Coin of the Year: the 5 euro polymer coin from Germany. Find all winners here. more ]

New coin celebrates Sealand’s 50th anniversary of independence

On the 2nd September 1967, the Principality of Sealand proclaimed itself an independent state. To celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from the United Kingdom, the micro-nation has issued a silver coin. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint launches Gold Coin “Tecumseh“

The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of legendary Shawnee war leader and War of 1812 military hero Tecumseh with a $100 commemorative 14-karat gold coin. more ]

Applications Open For 2018 ANS Summer Seminar

The American Numismatic Society is now accepting applications for the 64th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics to be held in New York City from June 4 through July 27, 2018. Visiting scholar will be Mariangela Puglisi. more ]

NYINC 2019 Date Change

Only days after the 46th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention Kevin Foley, the organizer, announces important changes regarding the event in 2019. Among others the date was shifted to avoid conflicts with the World Money Fair. more ]

Richard Borek Group Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Philatelists and numismatists value Richard Borek as an expert partner. In 2018 Brunswick’s specialist mail-order company for collectors’ items celebrates its 125th anniversary. The fourth generation sees digitization as the key to a successful future. more ]

75-year old found dead after burglary

In a burglary in Indianapolis (USA) numerous objects of value were stolen comprising a large coin collection. Police found the 75-year old owner dead in his residence as victim of a homicide. more ]

New catalogue showcases the rarest gems in the National Museum in Krakow

For enthusiasts of engraved gems, the National Museum in Krakow is one of the must-known places to experience the full width of this particular art form. A new catalogue written by Pawel Golyzniak celebrates some of the masterpieces in the museum’s collection. more ]

Inaugural Exhibit of Tyrant Collection Long Beach Expo

Labeled “The Tyrants of the Thames,” the inaugural exhibition in a planned multi-year series of displays from the collection will showcase more than 500 superbly preserved examples of portrait coins of English and British rulers minted over the last 1,400 years. 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 ]

Italy commemorates 70 years Constitution

Today’s Constitution of the Italian Republic came into force on 1st January 1948 as the basis of the state’s democratic order. On that occasion Italy issued two coins, a 2 euro circulation coin, and a 5 euro collector coin. more ]

U.S. Mint names David Croft new director as David Motl announces retirement

The U.S. Mint is led by a new director as David Motl has retired from his duties effective January 31th. From February on, his seat is filled by Dave Croft who has been working with the Mint for a little over ten years. more ]

Cayón Numismática relaunches website

Spanish Auction house Cayón Numismática relaunched their website. The website is being complemented by a new smartphone app which offers various useful services to clients who participate in the auctions. more ]

The Royal Mint unveils 2018 coin designs

Every year, The Royal Mint’s Annual Coin Sets present a minted snapshot of the UK’s most memorable moments. Among the 2018 themes just revealed are the birthday of Prince George of Cambridge, the jubilees of the Royal Air Force and Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. more ]

Theodore V. Buttrey (1929-2018)

On 9 January 2018, the numismatist Ted Buttrey died. We have thus lost a coin enthusiast who has influenced many numismatists as an academic teacher. He was probably the only numismatist whose research was extensively covered by all major American newspapers. more ]

FUN in Florida – The Coin Show Experience

Florida is known for Disney World, alligators, a lot of sun and its hurricanes. Numismatics might not come to mind right away. And yet, over the past years, a coin convention called the FUN Convention has established itself in Florida. Ursula Kampmann was there. more ]

Political reasons for false numbers in the cultural property discussion

In his comprehensive article, author Michael Press traces the deliberate use of false numbers in the cultural property discussion to support people’s own political views. more ]

Why did the Celtic Iceni produce their money?

Numismatics is much more than a listing of coin types. John Talbot demonstrates this in his new book about the coins of the Brittonic Iceni. He uses the material to draw conclusions on the social structures of the tribe. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the book. more ]

North Carolina Dealer Honored with Service Award

ICTA dealer member Mitch Hyatt was honored during the ICTA’s dinner and update cruise aboard the Yacht StarShip II in Tampa, Florida, as the recipient of the 2017 Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award. more ]

Certified Collectibles Group-Chairman looks back on 2017

The chairman of the Certified Collectibles Group, Mark Salzberg, reflects on the highlights of 2017 and looks ahead to 2018. Read the complete letter here. more ]

G+D Wins 260 Million Euros Contract in Egypt

Munich-based global security technology group Giesecke+Devrient was commissioned by the Central Bank of Egypt with planning and building an integrated plant for the production and processing of bank notes in Egypt’s new administrative centre, southeast of Cairo. more ]

Swiss coin features ‘Klausen pass’

The Federal Mint Swissmint starts with the 20-franc silver coin ‘Klausen Pass’ a new series on Swiss Alpine passes. Aficionados of racing cars and motorbikes will be familiar with the pass as the location of the historical Klausenrace. more ]

Six-year old mints the worldwide first coin in 2018

Every year the Royal Australian Mint strikes the very first coin of the world. This event is very popular in Australia. 2018 the Mint has changed the system of how to establish who has the honour of pressing the first coin. more ]

New Swiss commemorative coin ‘Carline thistle’

On 25 January 2018, the Federal Mint Swissmint launches the new commemorative coin ‘Carline thistle’. The bimetallic coin is the last in its three-part FLORA ALPINA series. more ]

United States Mint Resumes Mutilated Coin Redemption Program

The United States Mint is resuming its Mutilated Coin Redemption Program after its previous suspension in 2015. The program provides a possibility through which individuals and businesses can exchange bent and partial coins for reimbursement. more ]

The 46th New York International at its new location

The New York International Numismatic Convention is still the most important market place for ancient coins. In 2018, the convention had to move. It is now located at the Grand Hyatt above the Grand Central Terminal. Ursula Kampmann was there. more ]

World Money Fair 2018

From February 2 to 4, 2018 the World Money Fair will take place. The WMF is the most important show for contemporary numismatics. Therefore we have asked the participating mints which novelties they will offer and which events they have planned. more ]

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

From 26 April to 29 July 2018 the British Museum will show ‘Rodin and the art of ancient Greece’. It is little known that Rodin took his inspiration from the works of the Greek artist Pheidias who conceived the Parthenon sculptures. more ]

Weird objects you would not expect in a National Numismatic Collection

“You have what stored in the vault?!” is a common reaction when Jenifer Gloede reveals what her workplace literally has in store. In this article, the specialist at the Smithsonian’s NMAH collection of monetary and transactional objects presents the five most bizarre items. more ]

The Coinage of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome

Numismatist Robert Deutsch has published ‘The Jewish Coinage During the First Revolt against Rome’ dealing with all the numismatic aspects of the First Revolt coins. He presents his monograph in detail here. 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 ]