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Challenge Coins – A Memento of Camaraderie

A new tradition, which the numismatic world has been oblivious to so far, has developed in the Bundeswehr, the German armed forces, over the past 20 years. As symbols of brotherhood and loyalty, soldiers are having medals minted to preserve their accomplishments for eternity. more ]

Museums of Lausanne to Merge

Lausanne is home to an excellent numismatic museum. In 2019, the Musée monétaire cantonal and the Musée cantonal d’archéologie et d’histoire will merge. Numismatics is expected to continue playing an important role. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

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

The World’s Largest Number of Credit Hours per Week in Numismatic Studies

Of course, our CoinsWeekly Coin Records also include numismatic teaching and research. A university in Europe believes they offer the largest number of credit hours per week in numismatic studies. more ]

Here comes the Money

The Lausanne Money Museum has published an introduction to numismatics for young people that finally takes its readers as serious as they deserve to be taken – without sacrificing humor. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the book. more ]

Bienvenue chez Lugdunum

The Swiss auction house Lugdunum GmbH has changed its residence. It is now located at Solothurn. Its executive director Dr. Jonas Flueck plans to intensify its activity. more ]

Villa Pisani on Silver Coin

The Italian Zecca dello Stato has released another commemorative coin in its “Italy of Arts” series. This time, it features the majestic Villa Pisani located in Veneto as well as its beautiful gardens and famous hedge maze. more ]

ICTA Names New Director and Officers

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets has elected new board members and has appointed Jimmy Hayes as new executive director. The former congressman is known by many collectors as part of the pedigree of numismatic rarities from his own collection. more ]

Russian “Coin Constellation 2018” Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the 12th International Commemorative Coins Contest were announced during the 2018 COINS Conference in Moscow. The Monnaie de Paris was the winner of the title “Coin of the Year”. more ]

Dinosaurs Rule on Palaeontology Coins

The South African Mint has released a new issue featuring archosauria. Anyone who collects palaeontology on coins will certainly enjoy the fascinating dinosaurs depicted on these gold coins. more ]

A Celebration of Cooperation

The 47th International Coin Fair in Zurich was once again a great success for coin dealers and collectors from all over the world. This year, one common idea prevailed: mutual appreciation and respect. Leonie Schulze reports on the convention. more ]

From the Ming Dynasty to Albrecht Dürer

The HVB Foundation Banknote Collection is one of the world’s finest collection of paper bills with over 300,000 banknotes from all over the world. Find out more about the foundation’s objectives and how it works to make the bills publicly accessible.. more ]

Émigré Medallists in Britain

The British Museum presents a new exhibition called “Witnesses: émigré medallists in Britain”, which can be visited until April 7, 2019. The focused exhibition uncovers the invaluable role played by artists from abroad in the development of British medallic art. more ]

Mark Stephenson Joins Heritage Auctions

Mark Stephenson, an attorney with nearly 20 years of experience in virtually all aspects of the coin collecting hobby, has joined the Beverly Hills office of Heritage Auctions as a Consignment Director. more ]

Traditions through Empires: Cities of Asia Minor and their Coin Images

The first conference of Visual Languages of Ancient Coins will discuss the iconographic traditions of selected cities in Asia Minor from the archaic period to Late Antiquity. It will take place at the Commission for Ancient History and Epigraphy in Munich on December 7-8, 2018. more ]

Final Coin of Falkland Penguin Series

Pobjoy Mint has released the final coin of the popular Falkland penguin series. This time the 50 pence coin features the Southern Rockhopper Penguin, which is the smallest and most agile penguin endemic to the Falkland Islands. more ]

Designs for 2020-2021 America the Beautiful Quarters Series

Sometimes we tend to think that coin designs are without any alternative. That this is not true is demonstrated by the elaborate process of reviewing drafts by the U.S. mint’s advisory committees. Their opinions offer unique insights into possibilities how to judge a coin design. more ]

Meteorite Impacts: Erfoud Meteorite NWA 6827

The latest issue of the successful „Meteorite Impacts“ series featuring a small piece of the Erfoud Meteorite represents a new dimension in minting technology. As a matter of fact, CIT Coin Invest had to develop a suitable packaging due to the crater’s sculptural depth. more ]

Exploring the Complexity of Gender Roles in the Ancient World

On November 29-30, 2018, the international workshop “Gender Numismatics. Fluid Identities and Ancient Coinage” will take place in Tübingen. The aim is to explore the potential of gendered perspectives as critical tools for analyzing ancient coins. more ]

Perth Mint App Gives Investors the Midas Touch

The Perth Mint recently launched a new smartphone app. At the touch of a button, or rather, a smartphone screen, investors now have access to a unique platform which makes it possible to securely buy, store, and sell gold via digital certificates. more ]

Dramatic Cuts at the National Museum of Denmark

Denmark is economizing on culture. Numerous scholars, including numismatists, are being dismissed at the National Museum. One important field in particular is bound to suffer from these developments: the productive cooperation between metal detectorists and museums. more ]

Neil Armstrong’s Memorabilia

An incredible collection of collectibles connected to the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, will be auctioned off by Heritage Auctions on November 1-2, 2018. Medals, medallions, letters, flags – they all tell the story of a unique man. more ]

The Longest-Running Series of Art Medals in the U.S.

Another CoinsWeekly Coin Record has been submitted! This time, it is the longest-running series of art medals in the United States, possibly in the whole world. The renowned series was founded in 1969. more ]

2019 Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000 Available

The 46th edition of the Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000 has been published. This year, mint and proof sets were examined more closely. And who better to explain the editing, revision, and selection process than editor Tom Michael himself? more ]

Paul Hill and Caroline Holmes Join CNG

The CNG team continues to grow. The firm has just announced that numismatists Paul Hill and Caroline Holmes have joined CNG and will be working in the London office as of November 1, 2018. more ]

Sun Sets on Royal Australian Mint’s Golden Kangaroo

For the past 11 years, the Royal Australian Mint has held an annual ballot for the iconic Kangaroo at Sunset $25 Gold Proof Coin, with this year marking the coin’s final release. It has been one of the mint’s signature designs. more ]

Yigal Arkin Wins Shekel Prize

The 2018 Shekel Prize for the best work on the subject of Judaean, Jewish or Holy Land numismatics has been awarded to Yigal Arkin. The book tells the story of the banknotes and coins of the State of Israel. more ]

Royal Mint Experience welcomes its 200.000th visitor

The successful Royal Mint Experience factory tour recently welcomed its 200,000th visitor. The lucky lady from Wolverhampton received a golden hello from the venue’s staff. The Royal Mint Experience offers exciting tours and events for coin enthusiasts from all over the world. more ]

Pobjoy Releases Coin Featuring Boaty McBoatface

The Pobjoy Mint has released a 50p colored coin in cupro nickel diamond finish. It shows the British AUV Boaty McBoatface submerged in the Antarctic Ocean with the research ship RRS James Clark Ross shown above. more ]

How Halloween Became Successful in the German-Speaking World

One of the most popular series of the Liechtenstein-based CIT Coin Invest Ltd. is called “Skulls”. Why is such a dark series so successful? When did “feel-good horror” become a part of everyday life which even found its way into numismatics? more ]

ANS Acquires Archives of Medallic Art Company

The American Numismatic Society has announced the acquisition of the archives of the Medallic Art Company, one of America’s oldest and most important private mints. The ANS has set up a committee who will review ways of dealing with the sheer mass of material. more ]

The Most Expensive Greek Coin

We cannot do CoinsWeekly Coin Records without acknowledging the most expensive Greek coin! The famous piece sold for more 2 million Swiss francs. more ]

The Treasure of Thun, Found in 1955

The Swiss Inventory of Coin Finds has published Volume 15 of its monographic series. It focuses on the find discovered in Thun in 1955. It contains 2,304 Roman coins, the most recent coins dating back to AD 293. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

ICTA Celebrates 35 Years of Business

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets celebrates 35 years of business and uses this opportunity to look back on what the organization has accomplished in this time. It has served and continues to serve on many fronts as an advocate for dealers on state and local levels. more ]

NLG Names Ron Guth Executive Director

The Numismatic Literary Guild Board of Directors has appointed Ron Guth to be the NLG Executive Director. He succeeds Donn Pearlman who agreed to serve in that role for a year following the August 2017 passing of long-time NLG Executive Director Ed Reiter. more ]

New Family of Polymer Banknotes to Be Issued in 2019

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank has announced they will be making substantial changes to their circulation currency from next year. Polymer banknotes will be in use within the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean states for the first time. more ]

La Catrina Skull

CIT Coin Invest AG has presented the third motif of its popular Skull series. This time, the skull picks up on the affectionate care the dead are honored with on the Día de Muertos in Mexico. The minted miniature sculptures have been issued in silver and gold. more ]

The Royal Mint Reveals a Monster of a Coin

The Royal Mint is celebrating the 200th anniversary since the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, The Modern Prometheus, with the launch of a £2 commemorative Frankenstein coin in various finishes. Mary Shelley’s novel has become a classic of modern literature. more ]

The Coolest Philatelist of All Time: John Lennon

Nowadays, collectors have to fight the image of it being a dusty hobby. But back in the day, philately was trendy and hip. Possibly the coolest young collector at the time was Beatles co-founder John Lennon. The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum now presents his collection. more ]

The Fascinating World of Swords

The Landesmuseum Württemberg in Stuttgart has dedicated an exhibition to the symbol of power. Visitors will not only find fascinatingly beautiful swords, but also weapons and battle scenes depicted on paintings, Hollywood posters, and – coins and medals! more ]

The Most Expensive Roman Coin

The next CoinsWeekly Coin Record to have been submitted is the presumably most expensive Roman coin. It sold for 2 million Swiss francs on December 3, 2008. more ]

Construction and Deconstruction of Monetary Unions

The proceedings of the DAMIN Warburg (2015) and Vienna (2017) conferences have been published as Moneta volume 201. The compiled articles cover a range of topics ranging from the Livonian monetary union to monetary decolonization to the Greek economic crisis. more ]

Silver Coin Dedicated to the Garden of Destiny

Latvijas Banka has issued a silver collector coin dedicated to the Garden of Destiny. The site is both a memorial commemorating the lives lost during the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century as well as an inspirational legacy for future generations. more ]

The 9th International Coin Conference and Exhibition “COINS-2018”

The only international coin convention held in Russia will take place November 2-3, 2018 in Moscow. The event will include numismatic seminars, an exhibition, the awarding ceremony of the International Contest of Commemorative Coins and much more. more ]

PNG Donates to ICTA’s Anti-Counterfeiting Efforts

To help fight fake numismatic merchandise in the marketplace, the Professional Numismatists Guild has donated $15,525 to the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets. more ]

Art and Memory – Conference on Medals in Boston

The Medal Collectors of America and the Massachusetts Historical Society have teamed up to organize a conference on medals in Boston in November 2018. A series of presentations will discuss, among other things, how medals have reflected American culture up to the 21st century. more ]

Unveiling of New ?200 and ?100 as Part of “Europa” Series

The European Central Bank has unveiled the designs and new security features of the two remaining banknotes to undergo updates. The new banknotes will be available throughout the Eurozone in May of 2019. more ]

First Titanium Issue from Ascension Island Features Endemic Shrimp

Pobjoy has released the first titanium coin issued on behalf of Ascension Island. The design shows several Ascension Shrimp swimming in a rock pool. Endemic to only two pools on the island, Procaris ascensionis is a species of shrimp which is in a susceptible position. more ]

A Rookie’s Review of Coinex 2018

CoinsWeekly sent their newest colleague, Leonie Schulze, to the annual Coinex convention in London. If you have forgotten what the world of numismatics might look like from an outsider’s perspective, her review will surely give you an idea. more ]

Leipzig University Library receives collection of medals made by local artist Bruno Eyermann

The Leipzig University Library first presented its 218 newly-acquired collection of medals made by Bruno Eyermann to the public. Eyermann was the central figure among Leipzig’s artistic medalists in the first half of the 20th century. more ]

The Most Comprehensive Gold Bar Collection in the World

Gold bars are also included in CoinsWeekly’s Coin Records! The Degussa Goldhandel GmbH claims to possess the numerically largest collection of individual contemporary gold bars in the world: namely, the famous “Rothschild-Collection”. more ]

Latest Edition of Standard Catalog of World Coins 1601-1700 Now Available

An updated seventh edition of the Standard Catalog of World Coins 1601-1700 has been published. The catalog remains an essential reference for every serious collector. And who better to explain the editing, revision, and selection process than editor Tom Michael himself? more ]

Second Edition of the MIF 2018 International Moneyfair in Maastricht

The MIF Moneyfair will take place on November 9 and 10, 2018 at the MECC Congress center in Maastricht. Looking back to the first edition which attracted 175 exhibitors and dealers from 46 countries, this success called for a second edition. more ]

New 50 Peso Banknote Issued in “Native Animals of Argentina”-Themed Series

In the midst of a currency crisis in the South American country, the Banco Central de la Republica Argentina has released their fifth banknote. It is part of a themed series focusing on indigenous wildlife and fauna. more ]

Patrick Richey Joins World Numismatics

World Numismatics has announced that Patrick Richey has joined them as a full-time numismatist and will be a key component in expanding the company. He is well versed in both ancient and modern coinage with a focus on 1st Century Roman Gold and U.S. Gold. more ]

Laughing Buddha 2018

The new version of the laughing Buddha CIT presents after the great success of the preceding 2017 edition, unites a wealth of innovative minting technologies to turn a beloved motif into a small numismatic artwork. The silver coin was designed on behalf of the Republic of Palau. more ]

Louis I of Bavaria and his Commemorative Coins

The “geschichtstaler” of Louis I of Bavaria constitute a high-ranking source on how the Bavarian king interpreted the events of his time. In this film we will show you a few examples which will be on offer at the Künker Fall Auction 314. more ]

Hispania Antiqua: Numismatic Impressions

In Künker’s Fall Auction 312 around 170 coins from the Iberian Peninsula will be on offer. Come with us on a tour to the highlights of touristic Spain which all can trace back their origin to antiquity. more ]

What is Money?

What is Money? Money is more than coins and bills. Anything may be used as money as long as it embodies certain characteristics and is accepted by a larger group. What kind of characteristics are required? You will learn that in this film. more ]

How Athens financed its art

Since ancient times, the Acropolis in Athens has been regarded as an artistic climax in European history. But even then such projects cost vast sums of money. Athens obtained this money through political extortion and its ruthlessly applied naval force. more ]

Social justice – No revolt in the Roman Empire

Of course there were revolts in the Roman Empire: everybody has heard of the uprising of the confederates in Italy, or the Jewish wars … But, for nearly 200 years, there was a long period of peace. In this film, we will tell you how the Romans achieved this. more ]

The Rialto of Venice: Medieval Manhatten

The Venetian Rialto had been the centre of world trade for centuries. In this film Ursula Kampmann will give us an impression of that era with the help of a painting by Carpaccio. We will meet slaves, Turks and of course the rich merchants of Venice. more ]

How the British became a nation of tea drinkers

Vast amounts of silver from the New World resulted in a large increase in minted silver in Europe. And thus the fall of the Aztec Empire led to the British passion for tea. But see for yourself! 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 ]

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 ]