Archive – Ottoman Empire

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The Battle of Lepanto

The famous battle of Lepanto, the great victory of Christianity over the Turks, has been celebrated as one of the major events of world history, even though it did not change the course of history. Find more information on its significance and its representation on a Papal bronze medal...
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Christians fight against Christians with the assistance of the Turks

It is an unspectacular coin, that testimony of the culminating conflict between France and Spain, between Francis I and Charles V. ... more ]

The great Ottoman monetary reform

On December 12, 2011, the Osnabrück auction house Künker sells the Sultan Collection of Coins of the Ottoman Empire. These 908 lots reflect the history of the coins of the last Ottoman sultans and the monetary reform of 1845... more ]

The Turks at the gates of Vienna!

Künker Auction 289 will offer coins and medals bringing to mind the quarrel about the legacy of Louis of Hungary and the first Siege of Vienna. They form part of Ottoman Collection featuring coins referring to the difficult relation between the Ottoman Empire and the Occident. 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 ]

Items found: Carsten Niebuhr reports on treasure troves in wild Kurdistan

In the service of the King of Denmark, Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) travelled through the Orient from 1761 to 1767. His main goal was to prove the Bible right after all. To us numismatists, however, other parts of his report are much more intriguing nowadays. more ]

Earliest known portrait of Sultan Mehmed II to be sold by auction

On the 25th April, 2012 Baldwin’s will offer for sale the Magnus Princeps Bronze Portrait Medal of Sultan Mehmed II, c. 1460. It provides the earliest known portrait of one of history’s greatest military commanders. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009)

In the summer 2009 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Turkey – of course searching for numismatic traces as she always does. She condensed her impressions in a diary whose single parts we have gathered here. more ]

Mausoleum of Suleiman the Magnificent’s heart discovered

He is considered as one of the most powerful rulers of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Suleiman I, nicknamed The Magnificent. In the south of Hungary, archaeologists have now found what appears to be the mausoleum where his heart had been buried. more ]

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