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Million dollar law suit against Getty

The Getty museum is being sued, because it allegedly communicated with the owner of antiques they wanted to buy. Phoenix Ancient Art consider themselves ousted as middleman and claim 77 million dollars for breach of contract. But was there ever a contract? more ]

London has been paying rent to the crown for 800 years

The Quit Rent Ceremony, where London pays rent for two properties to the respective British monarch, has been documented since 1211. The currency is still the same as 800 years ago: knives, horseshoes and nails. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, at one of the world’s leading coin grading companies ... more ]


War is the father of all things. A short history of the art of besiegement: Part 1

A lot of stories can be told based on numismatic objects. The history of besiegement is one of them and thus, in memory of collector Georg Baums, we will concern ourselves with it and observe how fortresses on medals change over time. more ]

Auction sales

Classical Numismatic Group [ more ]

Naville Numismatics Ltd. [ more ]

Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Ponterio, CN-Hong Kong [ more ]

Gorny & Mosch, D-Munich [ more ]