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Spanish Mint releases fourth set of ‘Numismatic Treasures’ series

The Real Casa de la Moneda has released the fourth set of collector coins in the ‘Numismatic Treasures’ series which reproduces historical coins. This set features a gold Maravedi, an Almohad dinar and an Alphones VIII Dinero. more ]

The Grand Tournament in Sankt Wendel

Would you like to see how it looked like when the ‘Last Knight’ Maximilian I and his peers challenged each other in tournament? The Hofreitschule Bückeburg revived this epoch in Sankt Wendel. And their riding ability was really impressive. more ]

Videos on Medieval and Roman numismatics

French numismatist Georges Depeyrot has uploaded onto his profile at Academia.edu two videos explaining the world of Roman coins and Medieval numismatics. more ]

Ancient Chinese Coin Found on Kenyan Island by Field Museum Expedition

A joint expedition of scientists has unearthed a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda. According to the excavators the coin proves that trade existed between China and east Africa decades before European explorers set sail and changed the map of the world. However, doubts remain … more ]

The Medieval Coins of Bohemia, Hungary and Poland

A type catalog of the medieval coins of Bohemia, Hungary and Poland has been presented by Jedrzej George Frynas. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

Medieval times in focus – the Coin Cabinet in the Fitzwilliam Museum / Cambridge

Only a few coin cabinets are at the same time centers of research. The Fitzwilliam Museum / Cambridge ranges amongst these. Philip Grierson, Mark Blackburn – they represent the study of medieval numismatics... But there is a lot more going on in Cambridge… more ]

Large Coin Hoard Found In Shropshire

In August a novice metal detector user reported his first find: the largest coin hoard ever found in Shropshire county. Over 9,000 Roman coins from the 4th century AD may have been buried as ritual offering. HM Coroner declared the finding treasure... more ]

Book on Anglo-Saxon counterfeits

The replicas and forgeries of Anglo-Saxon coins have produced a corpus of material almost as extensive as the originals. In this groundbreaking new study Tony Abramson brings together a vast catalogue of Anglo-Saxon counterfeits and copies. more ]

Gold for the coronation

Albert M. Beck will receive a gold numismatic crowning gift for his 80th birthday on 15 April 2017. Andreas Urs Sommer introduces the only known hyperpyron from the coronation issue of Alexios I Komnenos for John II Komnenos. more ]

Medieval Sicily Part 1: The Byzantines

Since ancient times, Sicily has been a cultural melting pot, a junction of Africa and Europe, of West and East. The Byzantines even temporarily moved their capital there. 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 ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece (2011)

In summer 2011 Ursula Kampmann travelled Greece writing about her numismatic – and other – experiences a vivid diary. Here are all part gathered. more ]

The Corpus of the Nomismata, 976-1067

Franz Füeg certainly is no stranger to experts in Byzantine numismatics. He has published a new Corpus. It deals with the nomismata from 976 to 1067. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

The Beginner's Guide to Identifying Byzantine Coins

Spink has published a precious helper for all those who are not yet specialized in Byzantine Coins. The Beginner’s Guide shows how to describe and identify these interesting series. more ]

Byzantine new releases

In the previous days, we have been sent two books on Byzantine numismatics at once. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the new work written by Cécile Morrisson and the proceedings of a colloquium that was held at Geneva and focused on “Aniconism in the religious art of Byzantium”. more ]

Books on Frankish coins in Greece and Byzantine numismatics

Demetrius Siatras is an independent publisher based in Athens, Greece. He has recently published two books: one about coins of the Frankish occupation of Greece 1184-1566 and a reprint of six studies of Jean Svoronos on Byzantine numismatics. more ]

Byzantine seals from the Zakos Collection in Geneva

The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève has published a new book. It is a comprehensive catalog of nearly 480 Byzantine seals from the Zakos Collection which are now housed in Geneva. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the book. more ]

Game over for the Ephesus excavation?

After more than 120 years, the Austrian Archaeological Institute has lost its excavating licence. The Turkish government thus strikes back against Austrian attitudes towards Turkey. more ]

3rd Edition of Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396 released

Covering more than five centuries, the third edition of D.M. Metcalf’s “Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396” has been published. It explores the evidence of archaeological excavation and of several hundred coin-hoards. more ]

Byzantine Coinage in the Carpathian-Nistrian Regions

Two years ago Sergiu Musteata, historian from Republic of Moldova, published a monograph on the Byzantine coinage in the Carpathian-Nistrian regions – but only in Romanian and in few copies. Now an international edition aims at a wider readership. more ]

Coin Hoard Discovered in Pilgrims’ Hostel in Israel

A hoard of coins from the Byzantine epoch was revealed in Israel beneath the ruins of a building that was part of a large complex. Apparently it served Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem and the coins give clues to its story. more ]

Gems, rings and seal boxes from Caesarea Maritima

In 2016, a content-rich book on a private collection of gems, finger rings and seal boxes was written in Tel Aviv. The objects of the collection all have one common trait: they were all found in Caesarea Maritima. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

International Symposium “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity”

In Changchun (China) an International Symposium on “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity” will take place from 23 to 25 June 2017. Central questions deal with globalisation and cultural exchange between East and West. more ]

New Online Resource For Byzantine Coins

A free online resource that enables data on a large collection of Early Byzantine copper coins, many previously unpublished, to be available to scholars and collectors has recently been launched. more ]

Princeton University Acquires Donald Collection of Byzantine Coins

The Princeton University Numismatic Collection has acquired Peter Donald’s huge collection of rare Byzantine coins. Comprising 5,280 coins, the collection of the English numismatic scholar constitutes one of the world’s most comprehensive private collections. more ]

Words and Coins

A completely different exhibition concept was the basis of a 2012 exhibition held in Cologny, a suburb of Geneva, the catalog of which we present here. It focused on words and images, on books and coins. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the catalog. more ]

Medieval Sicily

Since ancient times, Sicily has been a cultural melting pot, a junction of Africa and Europe, of West and East. The Byzantines even temporarily moved their capital there. All parts of the series you may find here. more ]

New Coin and banknote Gallery in Danish Nationalbank

The Danish Nationalbank has inaugurated a new exhibition in its lobby presenting the Danish coinage since 1818. Additionally banknotes are shown too. more ]

A Short History of England

In this series we will present you some figures of the English history by their coinage. The journey starts with the Vikings and goes until today. more ]

A hoard of three tons

On December 22, 2010 a kiln filled with three tons (sic!) of bronze coins was discovered... more ]

Ancient Chinese Coin Found on Kenyan Island by Field Museum Expedition

A joint expedition of scientists has unearthed a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda. According to the excavators the coin proves that trade existed between China and east Africa decades before European explorers set sail and changed the map of the world. However, doubts remain … more ]

The History of Chinese Coinage

Quite rightly, China prides itself of its long history, impressively evidenced by the Chinese monetary tradition that took a different route than our western one. In three parts Ursula Kampmann describes this intriguing development. more ]

Coins of the Mongol Empire at the Ashmolean

A special exhibition in the Ashmolean Museum’s Money Gallery is dedicated to coins of the Mongol Empire running through 12 June 2016. The Mongols dominated nearly a quarter of the earth and their coins reflect the many languages and faiths in their realm. more ]

International Symposium “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity”

In Changchun (China) an International Symposium on “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity” will take place from 23 to 25 June 2017. Central questions deal with globalisation and cultural exchange between East and West. more ]

Chinese coins from a scholar’s study at the Ashmolean

“Chinese coins from the scholar’s study” is a new exhibition at the Money Gallery in the Ashmolean Museum. This special display presents Chinese antiquarian taste for coin collecting and is open until September 24th, 2017. more ]

The monetary history of China

Are you interested in the monetary history of China? It encompasses everything you can imagine: from pre-monetary currency to the first bills. François Thierry has compiled all this in a handbook spanning 700 pages. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

Why Sigismund ‘rich in coin’ died a destitute man

The date was February 7th, 1496. Columbus hadn’t returned from his second journey yet, in the realm of the Holy Roman Empire everyone was upset about general taxation which had been decided at the diet at Worms one year ago, and the Syphilis which had been introduced from America spread all over Europe. Much happened those days indeed; and in a secluded chamber in the Innsbruck Residence a lonely man laid dying. more ]

The Coronation Regalia of the Holy Roman Empire

Since 1424, the so-called Heiltumsweisung (Festival of Relics) was held each year in Nuremberg. On that occasion, the Imperial Regalia were taken out of the treasure chamber and presented to ... more ]

What is left of the man who invented the taler

The city of Hall is always worth a visit, not only because of its interesting museum on minting technology in the mint tower. Near the parish church, too, a numismatic treasure can be found... more ]

Charlemagne and the Popes – On the way to the Imperial crown

At Künker’s spring auction on March 12 and 13, 2012 a spectacular portrait Denarius of Charlemagne will be put to auction. The sole coin makes you dream. But the story behind it is fascinating as well: you can read it here. more ]

How Saint Mark came to Venice

From March 11 to 15, 2013, the collection of Dr Eduardo Curti will be liquidated. It contains numismatic rarities from medieval times, from the Migration Period until the Hundred Years’ War. Some of the most spectacular coins are from Venice, which, at the beginning of the 9th century, had absolutely no interest in becoming part of the Carolingian Empire. more ]

Poets and their income: Walther von der Vogelweide

Beyond price – no, great art has never been beyond price. Quite the opposite actually, as it had a clearly defined price. We will see just how high that price was, looking at the most famous German minstrel – Walther von der Vogelweide. more ]

Between Germany and France: The Duchy of Lorraine

On 16 May 2017, one of the most significant collections of Lorraine that has come on the market during the last decades will be put to auction at the Heidelberger Münzhandlung. We will tell you the story of this duchy on the basis of a few of the collection’s rarities. more ]

The Hohenstaufen dynasty and Italy – Three regions of innovation in medieval Europe

From September 19th, 2010 to February 20th, 2011 a monumental exhibition on the Hohenstaufen era will take place in Mannheim... more ]

Campus St. Galli

Messkirch, located in Upper Swabia, shoots for the moon. In an international project, its citizens intend to reconstruct the Carolingian model monastery after the Plan of St. Gall. In June 2013, their open-air museum opened its doors. Here you find a photo reportage by Ursula Kampmann. more ]

Human faces

Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? Ursula Kampmann is looking for answers to these questions in her book “Menschengesichter” (“Human faces”), from which the texts in this series are taken. more ]

The Thirty Years' War

Both religion and power were the focal points of the Thirty Years’ War that shook the whole of Europe during the 17th century. Ursula Kampmann brings that era alive. more ]

Künker publishes the annotated inventory catalog of coins and medals of the Luther Memorials Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt relating to the history of the Reformation

Under the title ‘Reformatio in Nummis’, auction house Künker published a two catalogue volume written by Klaus-Peter Brozatus and edited by Rainer Opitz. Spanning 1,276 pages, this volume presents the most comprehensive numismatic work ever published on the topic of the Reformation. more ]

The funny side of numismatics: book recommendations for the boxing week

Well, did you find the wrong book under the Christmas tree, again? Then there is only one thing to do, hurry to the computer and order an entertaining, numismatically tinged book yourself. Ursula Kampmann has compiled some books tips (also for listening). more ]

“The Emperor’s Gold” at Kunsthistorisches Museums Vienna

As part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Kunsthistorisches Museum the Coin Cabinet is showing a special exhibition running until 5 March 2017 featuring selected gold coins from the Emperor’s coin collection. more ]

CHI exhibits coins and medals from Luther’s time

Concordia Historical Institute in Saint Louis exhibits over 150 coins and medals related to the Reformation. Organized by the largest archive of Lutheran history in North America, “Pressed into Service by the Word of God” runs through November 9, 2018. more ]

Nummi et Humanitas

Stanislaw Suchodolski ranks among the most famous Polish numismatists. He is specialized in the Middle Ages. Thus his festschrift is a get-together of all those who have something to say in medieval numismatics. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

Harold Harefoot or the Vikings in England

Cnut the Great had formed an enormous kingdom uniting Denmark, Norvegia and England. But after his death his sons Harthacnut and “Harold Harefoot” clashed with each other. And England became their bone of contention.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 2... more ]

Richard the Lionheart Ruins England

Richard the Lionheart is known as the epitome of a heroic king. Returning from the Holy Land he was captured in Austria and to be released only for an immense ransom. This incident had devastating repercussions for England.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 3. more ]

Edward III – the Hundred Years War

In 1337 Eduard III, King of England was the only surviving grandson of the French King Philipp IV. Due to this reason Eduard laid claim on the French throne. And he made his claim visible to everybody issuing a new coin, the noble.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 4. more ]

Henry VII – Founder of the Tudor Dynasty

In the mid-15th century two aristocratic houses divided England deeply fighting the so-called War of the Roses. Henry VII overcame this situation by a marriage founding a new, stable dynasty: the Tudors.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 5. more ]

Henry VIII – the Man Who Had Six Wives

Henry VIII is renowned for his many wifes. Behind these marriages was his endeavour to unite love and a secure dynasty. On behalf of this goal he even broke with the Pope and the church.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 6. more ]

Between England and France – the Outbreak of the Hundred Years’ War

He was one of France’s most powerful kings, this Philip the Fair who humiliated the pope, crushed the Templars and humbled the Plantagenets. But 14 years after his death the house of the Capetians had ended. Now the question was: Who was to reign over mighty France? more ]

The Irish harp

Every coin of Ireland, from 1 cent to 2 euros, features a harp. We ask why the harp plays such an important role in Irish identification. more ]

Spink sold first gold coin struck in the name of an English king for 30.000 Pounds to a collector from the United Kingdom

On June 24th, 2010 Spink sold an Anglo-Saxon gold Shilling of King Eadbald of Kent dating from c.620-635. A private collector bought this rare and important piece of English history found near Deal Kent in 2010. He paid 30.000 Pounds (then more than 36.000 Euro)... more ]

Ashmolean Museum Acquires A Hoard of Angels This Christmas

A hoard, which was discovered in the summer of 2007, is part of the collection of the Ashmolean Museum now. More than half of the hoard’s asking price came from private giving... more ]

Gold Exhibition in London

“Gold: Power and Allure” is the most comprehensive and ambitious exhibition ever staged at Goldsmiths’ Hall. Until July 28th it powerfully tells the rich and previously untold story of Britain and its relationship with gold, demonstrating the country’s unique golden heritage. more ]

Book on Anglo-Saxon counterfeits

The replicas and forgeries of Anglo-Saxon coins have produced a corpus of material almost as extensive as the originals. In this groundbreaking new study Tony Abramson brings together a vast catalogue of Anglo-Saxon counterfeits and copies. more ]

Two books on the Brussels Hoard of 1908

London-based Auction house Baldwin’s has offered 101 of the rarest Henry III Pennies from the Brussels Hoard, a finding linked by its intriguing history to the auction house itself as two books now available from Baldwin’s explain. more ]

Human faces

Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? Ursula Kampmann is looking for answers to these questions in her book “Menschengesichter” (“Human faces”), from which the texts in this series are taken. more ]

A Short History of England

In this series we will present you some figures of the English history by their coinage. The journey starts with the Vikings and goes until today. more ]

The Thirty Years' War

Both religion and power were the focal points of the Thirty Years’ War that shook the whole of Europe during the 17th century. Ursula Kampmann brings that era alive. more ]

50th Edition of Spink‘s Standard Catalogue “Coins of England”

It is an institution, perhaps comparable with the Jaeger in Germany: Spink’s Standard Catalogue on the English coinage. Ursula Kampmann writes the anniversary review. more ]

Snowball Fight with Tudor Coin

Finding a historic coin during a snowball fight is something one can only dream of. This dream came true for an English pupil. The whole school now wonders if there’s an entire hoard buried in the grounds… more ]

Largest Anglo-Saxon coin hoard tops list of latest UK treasure finds

On 10 February 2015 the largest Anglo Saxon coin hoard found since the Treasure Act began was announced. The hoard is composed of around 5,200 Anglo-Saxon silver pennies and was found by a metal-detecting rally. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK 2016 released

Covering all British coins from the first Celtic issues to present-day currency, the latest volume of the best-selling coin price guide in the United Kingdom, the COIN YEARBOOK 2016, has been released. more ]

English coinage struck on the continent

The era between 1337 and 1453 went down into history as the Hundred Years’ War. It not only caused great suffering but also gave birth to magnificent coins of which a new catalog has now been released. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

Medieval PR coup about King Arthur’s tomb

Each year Glastonbury Abbey in the south of England attracts visitors from all over the world. Founded by one of the first disciples of Jesus, its cemetery is believed to be the burial site of King Arthur. A revaluation of old finds and records has now revealed: It’s all fake. more ]

Detectorist discovers important Anglo-Saxon settlement

A detectorist brought England a sensational discovery: A silver stylus led him to an important Anglo-Saxon settlement which until now remained unknown. An example of an ideal cooperation, as the archaeologist in charge calls it. more ]

The Coin Yearbook 2017

The latest volume of the Coin Yearbook has been released. It is a price guide and collector’s handbook for the coin hobby, with features which include accurate up-to-date valuations for all English, Scottish, Irish and Island (Channel & Isle of Man) coins. more ]

New Archaeological Discoveries Enlighten Britain’s Past

Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure annual reports announced the recording of a further 82,272 archaeological finds comprising 1,008 Treasure finds. PAS is now working closely with other European areas establishing a North Sea Area finds recording group. 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 ]

Funds raised to acquire the Hoard of King Alfred

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has raised the £1.35 million required to purchase the hoard of King Alfred the Great discovered in Oxfordshire in 2015. Support was provided by the National Lottery through a Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund and private contributors. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK app 2017 available

The first ever price guide to British coins in app form has now been released by TokenPublishing. Available on IOS and Android, the two editions address both the discerning collector and the specialized numismatist. more ]

The new MEC-volume on Britain and Ireland

Rory Naismith has published the newest MEC-volume on the coins of Britain and Ireland between ca. 400 and 1066. It is a “must” for every numismatic library, comparable only to the RIC or the Jaeger. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

The Order of the Golden Fleece

Countless coins from the Holy Roman Empire show something many catalogs briefly address as “neck chain” of the Order of the Golden Fleece. This article will explain, when and where this chivalric order originated and why it became the most important order of knights all over the Old World... more ]

Edward III – the Hundred Years War

In 1337 Eduard III, King of England was the only surviving grandson of the French King Philipp IV. Due to this reason Eduard laid claim on the French throne. And he made his claim visible to everybody issuing a new coin, the noble.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 4. more ]

Charlemagne and the Popes – On the way to the Imperial crown

At Künker’s spring auction on March 12 and 13, 2012 a spectacular portrait Denarius of Charlemagne will be put to auction. The sole coin makes you dream. But the story behind it is fascinating as well: you can read it here. more ]

Between England and France – the Outbreak of the Hundred Years’ War

He was one of France’s most powerful kings, this Philip the Fair who humiliated the pope, crushed the Templars and humbled the Plantagenets. But 14 years after his death the house of the Capetians had ended. Now the question was: Who was to reign over mighty France? more ]

Between Germany and France: The Duchy of Lorraine

On 16 May 2017, one of the most significant collections of Lorraine that has come on the market during the last decades will be put to auction at the Heidelberger Münzhandlung. We will tell you the story of this duchy on the basis of a few of the collection’s rarities. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 2

The second leg of our tour through Northern Spain took us to the region that gave us the Reconquista, through the difficult terrain of the plateau and high mountain regions. Forget everything you thought you knew about Spain, and join us as we make our way to Cangas de Onís. more ]

Human faces

Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? Ursula Kampmann is looking for answers to these questions in her book “Menschengesichter” (“Human faces”), from which the texts in this series are taken. more ]

The Thirty Years' War

Both religion and power were the focal points of the Thirty Years’ War that shook the whole of Europe during the 17th century. Ursula Kampmann brings that era alive. more ]

English coinage struck on the continent

The era between 1337 and 1453 went down into history as the Hundred Years’ War. It not only caused great suffering but also gave birth to magnificent coins of which a new catalog has now been released. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

A new look on Merovingian coinage

Why write a book about Merovingian coinage, when according to popular belief it was so rare? Because it was not so rare at all. Philippe Schiesser changes profoundly the traditional picture of the coinage and level of monetization of the Merovingian age of silver in this book. more ]

Charlemagne and the Popes – On the way to the Imperial crown

At Künker’s spring auction on March 12 and 13, 2012 a spectacular portrait Denarius of Charlemagne will be put to auction. The sole coin makes you dream. But the story behind it is fascinating as well: you can read it here. more ]

How Saint Mark came to Venice

From March 11 to 15, 2013, the collection of Dr Eduardo Curti will be liquidated. It contains numismatic rarities from medieval times, from the Migration Period until the Hundred Years’ War. Some of the most spectacular coins are from Venice, which, at the beginning of the 9th century, had absolutely no interest in becoming part of the Carolingian Empire. more ]

Between Germany and France: The Duchy of Lorraine

On 16 May 2017, one of the most significant collections of Lorraine that has come on the market during the last decades will be put to auction at the Heidelberger Münzhandlung. We will tell you the story of this duchy on the basis of a few of the collection’s rarities. more ]

Book on Anglo-Saxon counterfeits

The replicas and forgeries of Anglo-Saxon coins have produced a corpus of material almost as extensive as the originals. In this groundbreaking new study Tony Abramson brings together a vast catalogue of Anglo-Saxon counterfeits and copies. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain (2012)

In April 2012 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Northern Spain. During the summer she published her numismatic diary of this travel. Here you can read all single parts. 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 ]

Largest Anglo-Saxon coin hoard tops list of latest UK treasure finds

On 10 February 2015 the largest Anglo Saxon coin hoard found since the Treasure Act began was announced. The hoard is composed of around 5,200 Anglo-Saxon silver pennies and was found by a metal-detecting rally. more ]

Medieval PR coup about King Arthur’s tomb

Each year Glastonbury Abbey in the south of England attracts visitors from all over the world. Founded by one of the first disciples of Jesus, its cemetery is believed to be the burial site of King Arthur. A revaluation of old finds and records has now revealed: It’s all fake. more ]

3rd Edition of Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396 released

Covering more than five centuries, the third edition of D.M. Metcalf’s “Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396” has been published. It explores the evidence of archaeological excavation and of several hundred coin-hoards. more ]

Funds raised to acquire the Hoard of King Alfred

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has raised the £1.35 million required to purchase the hoard of King Alfred the Great discovered in Oxfordshire in 2015. Support was provided by the National Lottery through a Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund and private contributors. more ]

A new look on Merovingian coinage

Why write a book about Merovingian coinage, when according to popular belief it was so rare? Because it was not so rare at all. Philippe Schiesser changes profoundly the traditional picture of the coinage and level of monetization of the Merovingian age of silver in this book. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK app 2017 available

The first ever price guide to British coins in app form has now been released by TokenPublishing. Available on IOS and Android, the two editions address both the discerning collector and the specialized numismatist. more ]

Books on Frankish coins in Greece and Byzantine numismatics

Demetrius Siatras is an independent publisher based in Athens, Greece. He has recently published two books: one about coins of the Frankish occupation of Greece 1184-1566 and a reprint of six studies of Jean Svoronos on Byzantine numismatics. more ]

3rd Edition of Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396 released

Covering more than five centuries, the third edition of D.M. Metcalf’s “Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396” has been published. It explores the evidence of archaeological excavation and of several hundred coin-hoards. more ]

The first Islamic gold coin in history

A devout Moslem, a confident Christ and the first written testimony for the Islamic creed – these are the ingredients of a really exciting story... more ]

Program of the 3rd Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coinage

At Sapienza University, Rome the third Simone Assemani Symposium on Islamic Coinage will be held from September 23 to 24. The topic is Umayyad Coinage in Context: from the late Byzantine and Sassanian time to the early 'Abbasid period (7th-8th century)... more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 7

You don’t have to introduce Istanbul. Everyone knows the beautiful city at Bosporus River. This was our last stop on our journey across Turkey. After having been to areas with barely any touristic infrastructure it was almost a civilization shock to finally get anything again a tourist would wish. more ]

Webinar on Islamic Numismatics at Hamburg University

The First Webinar for Islamic Numismatics was initiated at Hamburg. Twelve students in six countries meet every Friday at 2 pm CET in a classroom in cyber space. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 1

Romans and Celts aren’t exactly what come to mind when you think of Northern Spain. I had basically expected this trip to be just a one-time foray into medieval times, with perhaps a few ancient bits thrown in for good measure. But I was completely off the mark – Northern Spain has so much more to offer. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 2

The second leg of our tour through Northern Spain took us to the region that gave us the Reconquista, through the difficult terrain of the plateau and high mountain regions. Forget everything you thought you knew about Spain, and join us as we make our way to Cangas de Onís. more ]

Sorrowful prince Cem issued coins

Lately we told you about prince Cem and his sorrowful life. Actually, for a short time he issued coins too. However, only few of them are preserved. What a luck that an expert on Islamic numismatics like Lutz Ilisch has turned out to be such a diligent reader of CoinsWeekly. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain (2012)

In April 2012 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Northern Spain. During the summer she published her numismatic diary of this travel. Here you can read all single parts. 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 ]

The Seljuqs in Baghdad

From Hindu Kush to Eastern Anatolia, from Central Asia to the Persian Gulf – the Seljuq Empire in the High Middle Ages surpassed everything in Europe back then. In 1055, Tughrul Beg, grandson of the eponymous hero, conquered Baghdad. This is the starting point of the exciting book written by Yahya Jafar, which Ursula Kampmann introduces you to here. more ]

Treasure from Caesarea on display at Israel Museum

In February 2015, divers off the coast of Caesarea spotted a group of gold coins lying on the seabed. They had found a treasure of 2,600 Fatimid gold coins. This finding is now on display in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. more ]

Price guide for Islamic coins

Tim Wilkes makes the life of collectors of Islamic coins easier. With his neatly arranged price guide, he makes a complex collecting area accessible also for beginners. Ursula Kampmann has taken a closer look at the book. more ]

ANS launches online catalogue with Egyptian National Library

The American Numismatic Society announced the digital publication of the non-hoard numismatic collection of the Egyptian National Library, in collaboration with the universities of Washington and Cairo. more ]

Oxford exhibition illuminates Islamic Art and the Supernatural

Showcasing more than 100 spectacular objects from Morocco to China, “Power and Protection” is the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world. It can be seen at Oxford‘s Ashmolean Museum until January 15, 2017. more ]

Gems, rings and seal boxes from Caesarea Maritima

In 2016, a content-rich book on a private collection of gems, finger rings and seal boxes was written in Tel Aviv. The objects of the collection all have one common trait: they were all found in Caesarea Maritima. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

Medieval Sicily

Since ancient times, Sicily has been a cultural melting pot, a junction of Africa and Europe, of West and East. The Byzantines even temporarily moved their capital there. All parts of the series you may find here. more ]

The Irish harp

Every coin of Ireland, from 1 cent to 2 euros, features a harp. We ask why the harp plays such an important role in Irish identification. more ]

The new MEC-volume on Britain and Ireland

Rory Naismith has published the newest MEC-volume on the coins of Britain and Ireland between ca. 400 and 1066. It is a “must” for every numismatic library, comparable only to the RIC or the Jaeger. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

Charles of Anjou and the Sicilian Vespers

19 children Frederick II had had but his family was to be wiped out only a few years after his death. The enmity of the Pope is to blame or that – and an extremely effective opponent… more ]

Sigismondo Malatesta – Condottiere and Ruler of Rimini

In 1462, there was a great fire to be witnessed in Rome: Pope Pius II burnt the effigy of Sigismondo Malatesta, once beloved son and captain-general of the Holy Roman Church. Who was this man? A beast? The anti-christ? Or simply a child of one’s times? more ]

Striking Coins in Florence

Since September 17, 2011 visitors can see a marvelous exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. It is named Money and Beauty and is dedicated to the link between early modern banking and art. On exhibit is not only art, but documents, numismatists dream of like a book in which those responsible of striking coins have noted their decisions on the design... more ]

Charlemagne and the Popes – On the way to the Imperial crown

At Künker’s spring auction on March 12 and 13, 2012 a spectacular portrait Denarius of Charlemagne will be put to auction. The sole coin makes you dream. But the story behind it is fascinating as well: you can read it here. more ]

How Saint Mark came to Venice

From March 11 to 15, 2013, the collection of Dr Eduardo Curti will be liquidated. It contains numismatic rarities from medieval times, from the Migration Period until the Hundred Years’ War. Some of the most spectacular coins are from Venice, which, at the beginning of the 9th century, had absolutely no interest in becoming part of the Carolingian Empire. more ]

Expeditions into the realm of numismatics Part 1: The missing gold gulden or Basel as papal mint

In our series “Expeditions into the realm of numismatics”, we are taking you on an expedition to the treasures of the Basel Coin Cabinet. The first part revolves around a minting die for a papal gold gulden with the title of Felix V. more ]

The Hohenstaufen dynasty and Italy – Three regions of innovation in medieval Europe

From September 19th, 2010 to February 20th, 2011 a monumental exhibition on the Hohenstaufen era will take place in Mannheim... more ]

Money and beauty – an impressive exhibition in Florence

From 17 September 2011 to 22 January 2012 a rich exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, explores the links between that unique interweave of high finance, economy and art, and the religious and political upheavals of the Renaissance. Don’t miss this! Here you will spot pictures of some sources about numismatics you never have seen before, for example the Secret Account Book of the Medici Bank... more ]

New Gateway to Italian Numismatic

The Italian website Portale Numismatico dello Stato is a public project gathering numismatic material, catalogues, legal texts, essays and a whole journal making all that stuff available to everybody. In addition it offers virtual museum tours and much more... more ]

Sorrowful prince Cem issued coins

Lately we told you about prince Cem and his sorrowful life. Actually, for a short time he issued coins too. However, only few of them are preserved. What a luck that an expert on Islamic numismatics like Lutz Ilisch has turned out to be such a diligent reader of CoinsWeekly. more ]

The Thirty Years' War

Both religion and power were the focal points of the Thirty Years’ War that shook the whole of Europe during the 17th century. Ursula Kampmann brings that era alive. more ]

The Veronese currency area

Helmut Rizzolli and Federico Pigozzo have written a weighty volume on the monetary history of the Veronese currency area, including accompanying type corpora. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the monumental work. more ]

British Museum presents an exhibition on 4000 years of Sicilian art

The British Museum shows the impressive exhibition ‘Sicily: culture and conquest’. Over 4000 years of history on the island are explored through objects in the museum’s own collection alongside outstanding loans from Sicily and around the world. more ]

3rd Edition of Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396 released

Covering more than five centuries, the third edition of D.M. Metcalf’s “Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396” has been published. It explores the evidence of archaeological excavation and of several hundred coin-hoards. more ]

A must-have for every library on the Middle Ages

Still in 2016, the long-awaited fourth volume of the comprehensive standard work on “Medieval European Coinage” has been published. It deals with Northern Italy. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

Medieval Sicily

Since ancient times, Sicily has been a cultural melting pot, a junction of Africa and Europe, of West and East. The Byzantines even temporarily moved their capital there. All parts of the series you may find here. more ]

Princeton Receives Bell Collection of Ducats

The Princeton University Library Numismatic Collection has acquired the ducats collection of Benjamin R. Bell. Comprising 190 gold coins and imitations, it will enhance knowledge of this currency’s importance in the commerce of the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. more ]

The Japan Mint in Osaka – exponent of Western modernization

By modernizing the coinage system Japan Mint has played an important part in introducing a lot of modern and Western ways of life in Japan since its establishment in 1871: We tell you the Mint’s history and take you to it’s museum full of amazing objects illustrating the long story of coin minting in Osaka... more ]

Ancient Chinese Coin Found on Kenyan Island by Field Museum Expedition

A joint expedition of scientists has unearthed a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda. According to the excavators the coin proves that trade existed between China and east Africa decades before European explorers set sail and changed the map of the world. However, doubts remain … more ]

The Melle Mines

When the Arabs went out in the 7th century to conquer a vast empire with their new faith, the world changed not only religiously and politically but also ... more ]

Rare Medieval coin on offer in Künker’s next auction sale – an unedited denarius of Charles the Great (768-814) from Bourges

In the March 2010 auction sale of the auction and coin trading company Fritz Rudolf Künker in Osnabruck an extraordinary coin from the reign of Charles the Great will be offered for sale. more ]

How Saint Mark came to Venice

From March 11 to 15, 2013, the collection of Dr Eduardo Curti will be liquidated. It contains numismatic rarities from medieval times, from the Migration Period until the Hundred Years’ War. Some of the most spectacular coins are from Venice, which, at the beginning of the 9th century, had absolutely no interest in becoming part of the Carolingian Empire. more ]

Between Germany and France: The Duchy of Lorraine

On 16 May 2017, one of the most significant collections of Lorraine that has come on the market during the last decades will be put to auction at the Heidelberger Münzhandlung. We will tell you the story of this duchy on the basis of a few of the collection’s rarities. more ]

Charlemagne and Switzerland

From September 20, 2013 to February 2, 2014 the Landesmuseum Zurich shows a large exhibition on Carolingian culture in Switzerland. Ursula Kampmann takes you with her through the display. more ]

Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven

Beginning around the year 1000, Jerusalem attained unprecedented significance. An exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art running until January 8, 2017 demonstrates the key role that the Holy City played in shaping the art of this period. more ]

The Medieval Coins of Bohemia, Hungary and Poland

A type catalog of the medieval coins of Bohemia, Hungary and Poland has been presented by Jedrzej George Frynas. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

Nummi et Humanitas

Stanislaw Suchodolski ranks among the most famous Polish numismatists. He is specialized in the Middle Ages. Thus his festschrift is a get-together of all those who have something to say in medieval numismatics. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK 2016 released

Covering all British coins from the first Celtic issues to present-day currency, the latest volume of the best-selling coin price guide in the United Kingdom, the COIN YEARBOOK 2016, has been released. more ]

The Coin Yearbook 2017

The latest volume of the Coin Yearbook has been released. It is a price guide and collector’s handbook for the coin hobby, with features which include accurate up-to-date valuations for all English, Scottish, Irish and Island (Channel & Isle of Man) coins. more ]

The Saints of Zurich

Have you ever been to Zurich? Perhaps during the last week of October, when the distinguished auction houses of Zurich hold their autumn sales? If ... more ]

What was salvation’s price?

How much did a believer of the late Middle Ages invest in order to win salvation? We will add up figures coming from a really built chapel in order to figure it out... more ]

Introduction 'The People of Zurich and their Money' Part 1

Our series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ will present one exciting chapter of Swiss numismatics and economic history at a time. The introduction provides an initial overview in two parts. Follow along in this first section as we trace the evolution of Swiss numismatics from the beginning all the way through to the 16th century. more ]

Expeditions into the realm of numismatics Part 1: The missing gold gulden or Basel as papal mint

In our series “Expeditions into the realm of numismatics”, we are taking you on an expedition to the treasures of the Basel Coin Cabinet. The first part revolves around a minting die for a papal gold gulden with the title of Felix V. more ]

Redesigned Coin Cabinet of the Swiss National Museums opened

Since the end of July the redesigned coin cabinet of the Swiss National Museums has been reopened... more ]

New permanent exhibition in Schwyz: “Switzerland in the Making”

The new permanent exhibition “Switzerland in the Making. Through the 12th to the 14th Century” at the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz opens on 29 October 2011. The scenographic exhibition takes the visitor to a fascinating tour into the past... more ]

Charlemagne and Switzerland

From September 20, 2013 to February 2, 2014 the Landesmuseum Zurich shows a large exhibition on Carolingian culture in Switzerland. Ursula Kampmann takes you with her through the display. more ]

The Thirty Years' War

Both religion and power were the focal points of the Thirty Years’ War that shook the whole of Europe during the 17th century. Ursula Kampmann brings that era alive. more ]

The People of Zurich and their Money 3: At the Market in Zurich

Our series takes you along for the ride as we explore the Zurich of times past. In this instalment, you’ll get to read a dialogue between a buyer from out of town who’s trying to pay for his purchases in the year 1335. Much like a good DVD, this conversation comes with a sort of ‘making of’ – a little numismatic-historical backdrop to help underscore and illustrate this conversation. more ]

The People of Zurich and their Money

Our series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ takes you along for the ride as we explore the Zurich of times past. Much like a good DVD, this conversation comes with a sort of ‘making of’ – a little numismatic-historical backdrop to help underscore and illustrate this conversation. more ]

Huntington Collection For Sale – Spanish history in 37,895 coins

The vast Archer M. Huntington Collection of coins relating to the history of Spain will be offered as a single lot in a sealed-bid auction at Sotheby’s New York ending on 8 March 2012. One of the world’s most famous coin collections is expected to realize between $25 and 35 million. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 1

Romans and Celts aren’t exactly what come to mind when you think of Northern Spain. I had basically expected this trip to be just a one-time foray into medieval times, with perhaps a few ancient bits thrown in for good measure. But I was completely off the mark – Northern Spain has so much more to offer. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 2

The second leg of our tour through Northern Spain took us to the region that gave us the Reconquista, through the difficult terrain of the plateau and high mountain regions. Forget everything you thought you knew about Spain, and join us as we make our way to Cangas de Onís. more ]

More Good News about the Huntington Collection

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous friend of the ANS, approximately 9,000 additional Huntington coins have been purchased and will be placed on long-term loan to the ANS. Thus more than half of the collection has been regained. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 3

Can you hazard a guess as to which European country is the most mountainous after Switzerland? Austria? Not a chance! It’s Spain. And besides being incredibly mountainous, Spain can also boast the best-preserved Roman city wall anywhere in the world. Join us on the third leg of our incredible trip as we make our way to the Picos de Europa and then to Lugo. more ]

Spanish Mint releases fourth set of ‘Numismatic Treasures’ series

The Real Casa de la Moneda has released the fourth set of collector coins in the ‘Numismatic Treasures’ series which reproduces historical coins. This set features a gold Maravedi, an Almohad dinar and an Alphones VIII Dinero. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain (2012)

In April 2012 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Northern Spain. During the summer she published her numismatic diary of this travel. Here you can read all single parts. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 6

You’ve probably never heard of Las Médulas. And yet, this site of the most important gold mines of the Roman Empire is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The landscape of Las Médulas is staggeringly beautiful, so much so that we were distracted to the point of nearly getting completely lost. more ]

The Medieval Coins of Bohemia, Hungary and Poland

A type catalog of the medieval coins of Bohemia, Hungary and Poland has been presented by Jedrzej George Frynas. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

3rd Edition of Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396 released

Covering more than five centuries, the third edition of D.M. Metcalf’s “Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396” has been published. It explores the evidence of archaeological excavation and of several hundred coin-hoards. more ]

Harold Harefoot or the Vikings in England

Cnut the Great had formed an enormous kingdom uniting Denmark, Norvegia and England. But after his death his sons Harthacnut and “Harold Harefoot” clashed with each other. And England became their bone of contention.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 2... more ]

Arabosasanian Coins found in Pomerania

An early medieval treasure of hacksilver from the Near East has been found in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania... more ]

The Vikings and their ships

In Copenhagen an exhibition named Viking was offered. Here you will see a 37 meter long ship excavated at Roskilde in 1997. It is staged using digital projections and atmospheric visual effects. The exhibition is a co-operation between Copenhagen, London and Berlin... more ]

A Short History of England

In this series we will present you some figures of the English history by their coinage. The journey starts with the Vikings and goes until today. more ]

Heist at Bergen University Museum

In August 2017, thieves took almost 400 mainly Viking Age artefacts among them coins from Bergen University Museum, Norway. To make the sale of these items more difficult, the public was asked for help. A first major success was achieved already. more ]

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