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The End of Krause Publications?

F+W, parent company of Krause Publications, has filed for bankruptcy. This could potentially result in the end of numerous numismatic publications in the United States. Years of mismanagement and staggering malinvestment are considered the causes of these developments. more ]

In memoriam Dr. Rainer Opitz (1954-2019)

The German numismatic community has lost a visionary: Dr. Rainer Opitz. In the numismatic world he is known for his dedication to coins and medals of the history of the Reformation. Fritz Rudolf Künker and Oliver Köpp remember this outstanding collector. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in a villa at the seaside ... more ]

Two Contenders for the First Christian Era Dated Coin

Last week, we presented the oldest dated coin of Württemberg. We had already typed out the article about the oldest coin dated according to the Christian era at the time. Now, a possible competitor has entered the stage. more ]

Second Edition of “100 Greatest Ancient Coins”

In the context of the ANA’s National Money Show 2019, Harlan J. Berk has published the second edition of his successful work “100 Greatest Ancient Coins”. Renowned numismatist Italo Vecchi has taken a look at it and reflects on the importance of this book. more ]

Frankfurter Münzhandlung Reopened

A long tradition, an exciting present, countless new possibilities! In early 2019, the long-standing Frankfurter Münzhandlung was reopened. Find out everything you need to know about the company’s history and the goals of the new managing team headed by Arne Kirsch. more ]

Paul Whitnah Shares Stories about Famous Coin Collectors

Paul Whitnah has known some of the greatest coin personalities in his lifetime including Eva Adams, Q. David Bowers, Ken Bressett, Mary Brooks and many more. He shares his memories in this interview conducted by David Lisot. more ]

New 1000-Franc Banknote for Switzerland

The Swiss National Bank has begun issuing the new 1000-franc note. The design of the fifth banknote in the latest “The Many Facets of Switzerland” series is dedicated to the communicative flair of the polylingual country. more ]

Website of Mint Directors Conference 2020 Available

The Mint Directors Conference 2020 will take place in Cape Town and Pretoria in South Africa. Now, the new MDC 2020 website is online and offers an abundance of information, such as the program, registration options, and the schedule. more ]

The Riksbank Awarded First Prize for Best Website

What makes us stay on a website longer? What makes us engage more with its content? What makes us come back to it? The Swedish Riksbank can answer these questions. Its online presence has just been named “Best Website of the Year” by the Central Banking Journal. more ]

Stephen Hawking Commemorated on UK Coin

In celebration of the life and legacy of physicist Stephen Hawking, the Royal Mint has issued a 50p coin in gold, silver and cupro-nickel. The reverse features a design inspired by one of his “playful” lectures on black holes. more ]

Our Stomach: Both Ironmonger’s Shop and Piggybank

Some people suffer from a pathological urge to swallow coins. A man from Japan set a sad record: doctors removed 8 kilos of coins from his stomach. The injuries caused by this diet vary depending, among other things, on the coins’ material. more ]

Updates on Latest Court Cases

Three trials, two verdicts, one adjournment. We have summarized the latest developments in some of the court cases we reported on in the last couple of months. Verdicts were delivered in the context of the stolen crowns of Strängnäs and the Beatrix-Potter-murder. more ]

The Oldest Dated Coin of Württemberg

The Landesmuseum Württemberg owns a possibly record-breaking piece: CoinsWeekly Coin Records presents the presumably oldest dated coin of Württemberg. more ]

Savoca Coins Opens Office in London

The Munich-based auction house Savoca Coins has made a name for itself in the business of dealing in ancient coins. Now, the company has opened a new office in another location – in London. more ]

The Spring Edition of Sberatel in Prague

On March 15th and March 16th, a spring edition of the Sberatel Fair will take place in the capital of the Czech Republic for the first time. Visitors can look forward to a vast range of offers by international dealers as well as the free evaluation of their collector’s items. more ]

The Great British Coin Hunt Continues

The Royal Mint has announced that an additional 2.1 million 10p coins of the Great British Coin Hunt will enter circulation soon. The extremely popular A to Z collection showcases the best of British culture. more ]

New Master of the Royal Canadian Mint Appointed

The Government of Canada has appointed Marie Lemay as Master of the Royal Canadian Mint for a period of five years. As the CEO of the Corporation, the Master of the Mint is responsible for the mint’s business performance and strategic development. more ]

Australia Reveals New Generation 20 Dollar Banknote

The Reserve Bank of Australia has unveiled the fourth banknote in their second polymer series first launched in 2016. It has undergone a re-design, depicting two outstanding Australian personalities, and includes updated security features. more ]

Gold from German Rivers

In the 18th and 19th centuries, many rulers were proud to have their gold coins minted from local precious metal, especially when the gold came from their rivers. This film shows wonderful specimens from Künker’s Spring Auction 321 and explains the historical background. more ]

Trapped

CIT Coin Invest AG has created a new silver coin dedicated to one of the primal fears of humans: the feeling of being trapped. The piece is a numismatic piece of art which will amaze collectors and non-numismatists alike. more ]

A Real Coin Thriller: Passion for Coins Leads to Murder

Last summer, a 52-year-old man from south-east England was stabbed in his home. Now, the trial of the chief suspect has opened. According to the charges presented in court, his motive was to get his hands on a collection of Beatrix Potter 50p coins. more ]

IADAA Evaluates 2017 WCO Report

In December, the latest World Customs Organisation Illicit Trade Report was published. As it only constitutes 0.2 % of the illegal trade, cultural property is the most insignificant problem cited. This begs the question: How is it possible that politicians know about these figures and nevertheless see a need for action? more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in the latest fantasy novel ... more ]

New Permanent Exhibition “Simply Zurich”

The long and eventful history of Zurich is now on display in a permanent exhibition at the National Museum. Additional cultural programs link the exhibition with locations and events throughout the canton, encouraging visitors to engage with their own history. more ]

Updated Sixth Edition of Guide Book to U.S. Paper Money

An updated and revised sixth edition of Whitman’s Guide Book of United States Paper Money is available now. The new book is a history and price guide of the paper currency of the United States dating from Civil War federal issues to present-day cash, plus related issues. more ]

Heritage Launches New Auction Format

The increase in popularity and demand for world currency has prompted Heritage Auctions to introduce a new auction. World Currency Weekly Auction will run online every Tuesday and will include a variety of graded and ungraded banknotes from across the globe. more ]

New Chief Engraver at United States Mint

Joe Menna has been named Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. The distinguished artist has been working at the Mint since 2005 and numerous of his works have since won the Coin of the Year award. more ]

Rwanda Introduces New 500 and 1000 Franc Banknotes

The National Bank of Rwanda has issued two new denominations as part of new series of banknotes. They seek to highlight Rwanda’s lucrative tourist industry and the cultural diversity of this Central African nation. more ]

France Celebrates 60 Years of Asterix

The Monnaie de Paris has announced that a 2 euro commemorative coin will be issued in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Asterix. The comic created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo was first released on October 29, 1959. more ]

Red-Footed Booby Featured on New Red Titanium Coin

The British Pobjoy Mint has released a new red titanium coin on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory. It features the red-footed booby, a large seabird found extensively in tropical areas. more ]

Coins and Replica Swords Stolen

In broad daylight and during regular opening hours, unidentified thieves smashed three display cases at the “Museum für Ur- und Frühgeschichte” at Willibaldsburg Castle in Bavaria last Sunday. They stole numerous Roman coins and other exhibition items. more ]

From the Bible to Banknotes

What started out as simple manual work is today a high-tech industry manufacturing scores of products. The new exhibition “From the bible to banknotes. In print since 1519” at the National Museum Zurich gives an overview of the history of printing in Switzerland. more ]

Record Update – The World’s Most Expensive Russian Bond

Our readers are the true experts! Several of them knew of a Russian bond that sold for a higher price than the first submission. The most expensive one of them changed hands for 20,035 euros. more ]

50 Years of the Royal Mint in Wales

Nobody would consider the Royal Mint headquarters in Llantrisant centrally located. But, as we learn from Chris Barker’s book, the move to Wales from London 50 years ago made sense. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the anniversary publication. more ]

New Vice President of Currency at Heritage Auctions

Numismatic expert Dustin Johnston has been promoted to Vice President of Currency at Heritage Auctions. Johnston has gained a renowned and respected reputation within the currency collecting community over the past 20 years. more ]

ANS Releases ‘Ptolemaic Coins Online’

To further expand the coverage of typologies and material available through their Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, the ANS has now announced the release of a new research tool. “Ptolemaic Coins Online” serves as a digitally searchable catalog of Ptolemaic coinage. more ]

Silver Coin Honoring Thomas Jefferson

Pobjoy has designed a new ultra high relief coin on behalf of the British Virgin Islands. It features the famous statue of Thomas Jefferson in the Washington Memorial. Jefferson was an American Founding Father and played a decisive role in the formation of the new nation. more ]

New “The Tower of London” Collection

The Royal Mint has announced that the story of London’s famous site, the Tower of London, will be brought to life on coins. Built almost 1,000 years ago, the commemorative coins will mark its ceremonies and legends that have endured to the present day. more ]

Financial Analphabetism? An Evaluation

Personal debt is a growing problem in numerous countries, which is more than reason enough to teach younger generations how to responsibly handle money. A study conducted by the University of Vienna tells us that there is plenty of room for improvement in that regard. more ]

German Security Technology Lauded in Asia

Giesecke+Devrient are celebrating. The 1000 Baht banknote and the Hong Kong banknote series, both of which have been outfitted with their security technology, were named the best in their categories at a conference in Vietnam. more ]

Severe Rain Brings Important Ancient Coin Workshop in China to Light

A huge ancient coin workshop, dating back to the first century AD, was washed out in October 2017 in Nanyang city, Henan Province, China, due to heavy rain. Hongxia Zhang and Sven Günther report on the facts and theories. more ]

A Homage to West Africa at The Block Museum

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University (Illinois) invites visitors to travel to a time when West African gold fueled expansive trade and drove the movement of people, culture and beliefs. The exhibition also features beautiful coins on loan from the ANS. more ]

The World’s Most Expensive British Coin

This week, the CoinsWeekly Coin Records take us back to the early days of the 18th century and to European countries at war over the Spanish succession. In this context, what is today the world’s most expensive British coin ever sold in a public auction was created. more ]

How the Czech Tolar Became the Dollar

Petr Vorel takes us on a journey of monetary history: from the birth of the taler and its rise in the 16th century to its global victory as the dollar in the 20th century. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the pivotal work. more ]

Proposal for New Algerian Banknotes

Algeria’s Central Bank looks to introduce new banknotes highlighting the North African country’s telecommunications development and cultural traditions. The new notes are scheduled for official issue in November 2019. more ]

Coin Constellation Award: Call for Applications

Mints and central banks can now submit their best coins of 2018 for the annual Russian “Coin Constellation” Award. More details on the application process can be found in this press release. more ]

The Sun – the Final Frontier in the Earth and Beyond Series

The Royal Australian Mint has issued the final release in its three-coin “The Earth and Beyond” series. It is a minted tribute to the heart of our solar system and the energy provider to all life on Earth. more ]

Upcoming Hong Kong Coin Show in March

One of the biggest coin conventions in Asia will take place from March 29th through March 31st, 2019. The Hong Kong Coin Show offers plenty of space for buying and selling coins, but also an abundance of engaging seminars, workshops, exhibitions and guided tours. more ]

Medal Commemorating the ShUM Cities

The Numismatic Societies of Mainz-Wiesbaden and Speyer have issued a medal in commemoration of the ShUM communities. It seeks to honor the significance of the three medieval Jewish communities and to promote the cultivation of their heritage. more ]

Strängnäs: Stolen Crowns Discovered in Trash Can

Last summer, newspapers around the globe reported on a theft in Sweden. Two royal crowns and an imperial orb had been stolen from Strängnäs Cathedral. Now, they have been found – in a trash can in a suburb of Stockholm. more ]

Financing the First World War

How did the UK pay for its involvement in the Great War? The Bank of England Museum allows you to discover how the British government raised the necessary funds and tells you the stories of people who supported the national effort by buying war bonds. more ]

The World’s Most Expensive Russian Bond

Not only coins and medals sell for extraordinary prices and are worth being recognized in the CoinsWeekly Coin Records. The most expensive Russian bond sold for 12,810 USD in December of 2018. more ]

Guide to Errors and Varieties on Canadian Coins

Over the past decades, Christian Houle has developed vast expertise in the field of Canadian coins with errors and varieties. Now, he has compiled his knowledge in a series of guides. The first volume on 1-cent coins issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II is now available. more ]

International Conference on Ancient Religion and Economy

The University of Gdánsk will hold a conference in June of 2019 to discuss the multi-faceted influence of religion on economy in the ancient world. Researchers of all related fields are invited to submit papers by February 15, 2019. more ]

The 7 Summits – Aconcagua

Just like the previous issues, the third silver coin in the “The 7 Summits” series created by CIT Coin Invest AG on behalf of the Cook Islands, impresses collectors with a true-to-life design. Smartminting technology allows for the relief of the Aconcagua to appear surprisingly realistic. more ]

Does Cash Have a Future?

Sweden is often cited as the haven of a cashless society. Is this where all countries are heading? Experts got together at CashCon 2019 to analyze current developments in cash provision and usage, and to find answers to the most pressing questions. more ]

Gold Maple Leaf Celebrates 40th Anniversary

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a special edition of the Gold Maple Leaf in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Since it was first issued in 1979, it has become a famous and renowned standard in the global precious metal business. more ]

Call for Applications for ANS Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics

The American Numismatic Society has announced the dates for this year’s Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics. Masters and doctoral candidates interested in participating must turn in their applications by February 22nd, 2019. more ]

Digitalized Facial Recognition for Coins

Is this the end of numismatics as we know it? An image recognition software is now able to recognize and identify inventoried coins at any given time. The Fraunhofer Institute reports on ongoing developments. more ]

‘Byzantium’ Celebrates a Golden Age of Coinage

A new exhibition, now open at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow, reveals the fascinating coinage of the Byzantine Empire. It showcases over 150 rare gold, silver and base metal coins and uses them to tell the story of the turbulent Byzantine era. more ]

The Most Expensive Byzantine Coin

Two unalike sisters jointly ruled over the Byzantine Empire for a few weeks. A gold histamenon from that time can probably be added to the CoinsWeekly Coin Records as the most expensive Byzantine coin ever sold in a public auction. more ]

New Standard Reference Work on the Archaic Coinage of Miletus

Whether it’s a stater, trite or fraction – you will frequently find the archaic coins of the city of Miletus in auction catalogs. Now, there is a new catalog, which will be the relevant work to cite from now on. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Improved Auction Archives

The auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries has rebuilt, updated and relaunched their online Auction Archives. The site now features nearly 650,000 past auction records, some of which have not been available before. more ]

Dinner is served! French star chef wins 2019 COTY

At the World Money Fair Berlin the COTY trophies 2019 were awarded on 2 February 2019. The Coin of the Year was the “Best Silver Coin” from France. It is dedicated to the famous chef Guy Savoy and French Excellency in cuisine. more ]

Historic Collaboration of U.S. Mint and RAM

The United States Mint has announced a collaborative project with the Royal Australian Mint. The two mints will produce a commemorative coin set in celebration of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969. more ]

Regal Queen Triggerfish Swims onto New Titanium Coin

British Pobjoy Mint has released a new titanium coin on behalf of Ascension Island. It is available in purple titanium and uncirculated cupro nickel and features the majestic Queen Triggerfish found in the Atlantic Ocean. more ]

The Portugaleser of Hamburg

There are only a few early-modern coins which were designed as elaborately as the bankportugaleser of Hamburg. See for yourself in this film on Künker’s Berlin Auction 316 and learn why the coins are sometimes spelled portugaleser and sometimes portugalöser. 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]