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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 ]

Numismatics in Russia

What is it like when a government claims a monopoly on his culture? The real socialism in the former Soviet Union gives an appalling impression about what happens if the state prohibits any private collecting.
Vasily Gerasimov, distinguished expert on the Russian coin scene, provides a close up view of the Russian numismatic world – during socialism and today... more ]

Munich, the German Mecca for Coin Collectors

No other city in Germany offers such an accumulation of well-known coin auction houses in a relatively confined space as Munich does. On and around the Maximiliansplatz such important companies are located as... more ]

The Coin Cabinet in Schloss Eggenberg

In Graz, there is a very special numismatic treasure, the coin collection of Archduke Johann, which was handed over to the Universalmuseum Joanneum in 1811... more ]

Welcome to Iran! Part 1: Culture shock in Tehran

Would you like to be a millionaire for a day? In Tehran this can happen really fast. Just exchange 100 euros for 3.6 million Iranian riyal. And that won’t be the only thing to surprise you when you visit this 15 million people city. more ]

Much Ado About Some Coins

The Egyptian Museum hosts a coin exhibition – and media’s response is tremendous... more ]

A trip to Hall in Tyrol

Did we whet your appetite last week for a trip to the Hall museum of the Hall Mint? Well, here comes a second serving, some photo impressions from the thaler’s home. more ]

Parlamentarium: the European Parliament’s New Interactive Visitors’ Centre

The renowned Atelier Brückner has designed the new visitors’ centre of the European Parliament in Brussels. Since October 14, 2011 the European Union presents itself in its diversity and unity in 23 languages offering an interactive exhibition... more ]

Numismatics at Burg Castle

Do you have any idea where Burg Castle is located? Near Wuppertal, anyone from Southern Germany might associate nothing but industry with. But Solingen and Wuppertal are situated right in the middle of the Bergisches Land, heart of the once so important Duchy of Jülich-Cleves-Berg. more ]

The Numismatic Side of Copenhagen: 1. The Coin Cabinet in the National Museum of Denmark

SNG Cop. – these six letters tell the insider everything. The museum world of Copenhagen is an El Dorado for every coin aficionado. First of all, Ursula Kampmann reports on the Coin Cabinet of the National Museum of Denmark. more ]

The Numismatic Side of Copenhagen: 2. The Museums

In terms of numismatics, Copenhagen has much more to offer than ‘just’ the Coin Cabinet. Several coin collections are on permanent display, as in the Thorvaldsen Museum and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Not to forget the hoard finds in the National Museum of Denmark! 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 ]

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 ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 4

Santiago! Saint James de Compostela! The last few years have seen an incredible renaissance in people making pilgrimages to him. Despite this surge in popularity, we were quite happy to be making our way towards him by car and not by foot, since this meant we could easily make a quick detour to A Coruña to see the last remaining Roman lighthouse. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 5

The English are said to have captured 1,500,000 pounds sterling during their attack of Vigo. That’s a lot of silver! More than enough to make us want to take a peek at the shallow waters of the cove for ourselves in the hopes that something had been left over ... 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 ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 7

This leg of our journey takes us along the old pilgrimage route towards Santiago. We visit a Mozarabic church in the middle of the mountains, drive over the Rabanal, the pass whose unpredictable weather patterns made it so feared among pilgrims, and arrive in the old capital of Leon, where the ‘Sistine Chapel of Romanesque art’ awaits us. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 8

After a long pause, we’re back with another chapter of our little numismatic trip through Spain. Today we’re visiting Burgos, an important minting site of the Castilian kings. Then it’s on to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, known for the fact that its roast chickens occasionally have a tendency to come back to life! more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 9

Our travels through northern Spain are gradually drawing to a close. Today we’re visiting a few famous sites along the Way of St. James, including the mysterious Eunate. Our first destination, however, is the pantheon of the Kings of Navarre, Najera. 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 ]

The new Ashmolean and its astonishing concept

One object next to the other, some curators still think, that’s the art of museology. And they are very surprised, when visitors admit that they found their tour a little bit boring. We need new conceptions to mesmerize traditional and new visitors. The renovated Ashmolean shows how to do it... more ]

A new museum for Mary Rose

Once she was a flagship of England’s war marine, today Mary Rose tells us of the Tudor era. Many artifacts and an impressive hull will be exposed in a new museum at Historical dockyards in Portsmouth in 2012... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 1

The first stage of Ursula Kampmann’s journey to Greece takes her from Venice to Igoumenitsa and Nicopolis up to Ambracia. Hidden mosaics and fateful padlocks render the area’s visit quite difficult. But there is enough left to discover! more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 2

During the second stage of Ursula Kampmann’s journey to Greece, she wades through icy-cold Acheron, River of the Dead, descends to the realm of the dead and visits the oak of Dodona. There she introduces us to the world of ancient oracles... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 3

During her third stage of the journey throughout Greece, Ursula Kampmann visits Ioannina where she meets numismatist Katerini Liampi. The local museum is richly equipped with coins. Great mosques refer to the Ottoman heritage, the Kastro to the “Mohammedan Napoleon”... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 4

On the fourth stage of her journey throughout Greece, Ursula Kampmann is looking for the ancient Aigai (one of so many…), an open museum and the magnificent tombs of Vergina... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 5

The fifth stage of our journey is dedicated to Dion, perhaps the most beautiful excavation in Northern Greece. And Dion was important in antiquity: Alexander sacrificed to Zeus in Dion, before he set out to conquer the world... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 6

What is there to be found in Pherai, the city where once upon a time such beautiful coins were produced, like the ones that reached record prices in Zurich only recently? Does reality match up with the coins’ testimony? But first a trip to Mount Olympus. more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 8

Illustrious names spring to mind when thinking of Chalkidiki. Akanthos and Terone, Uranopolis and Olynthos. But not everywhere reality answers expectations… more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 9

Stageira, Neapolis, Mesembria, Maroneia and Abdera – these are today’s destinations. We see magnificent archaeological excavations that are particularly well-kept. On the other hand, we experience some a disappointment. As always, it is going to be a colorful kaleidoscope with impressions from Northern Greece... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 10

Amphipolis and Philippi are the destinations of issue no. 10. They were once incredibly rich cities whose citizens earned their living with the trade of gold, silver and building timber. .. more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 11

Our journey home from Northern Greece to Loerrach took six days – and it was an adventure. This is part one, from Macedonia to Delphi: we visit Pella, suffer a Greek village festival and arrive at the hot sources at the Thermopylae. In addition, Thebes and Chaironea are on our agenda... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 7

Today’s stage takes us to several highlights of the journey: a peak of kindness in Pydna, a touristic highlight in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and a climax of the fight about the Greek austerity package... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 12

The last stage of our journey throughout Greece takes us to Delphi. On our trip back, however, we were in danger of faring like Odysseus who, when heading home, was carried off course… more ]

Thessaloniki fights for its cultural future

It could be the most important archaeological finding of whole northern Greece: an ancient temple of Aphrodite in Thessaloniki. Though it was partly excavated in 2000, neither the excavations go on nor concrete actions are taken to preserve the rests for future generations... 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 ]

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 ]

New permanent exhibition at Basel Historical Museum

Basel Historical Museum has opened its new permanent exhibition. Objects from collections dating back to the 16th century are focused in this impressive presentation. Among other objects Basel presents medals and coins from the property of Erasmus of Rotterdam... more ]

Are historical securities just waste paper? – Here you will find an alternative, the Wertpapierwelt in Olten

At Olten / Switzerland there is a unique museum dedicated to old shares and bonds. Here, economic history comes alive... more ]

A trip to our neighbourhood: Sursee and Beromünster

Keeping your eyes open curiosities of economic history or numismatics occur everywhere as e.g. in the mediaeval town of Sursee and the minster of Beromünster. Ursula Kampmann shows how you can understand by the examples of Sursee and Beromünster how monasteries once organised their finances. more ]

A trip to our neighbourhood: Sursee and Beromünster

Keeping your eyes open curiosities of economic history or numismatics occur everywhere as e.g. in the mediaeval town of Sursee and the minster of Beromünster. Ursula Kampmann shows how you can understand by the examples of Sursee and Beromünster how monasteries once organised their finances. more ]

Royal Collection Found!

Alert readers of CoinsWeekly knew, where the collection of the Italian king Vittorio Emanuele is stored... more ]

Numismatics in Jerusalem – Part 2

Actually, numismatics concentrates on quite a narrow space in Jerusalem. There is the Israel Museum, which accommodates beside its own collection the Israel Antiquities Authority as well. And only a fifteen minutes’ walk from there you will find the exhibition of the Bank of Israel. Follow us today on a visit at the Israel Museum. more ]

Numismatics in Jerusalem – Part 1

Actually, numismatics concentrates on quite a narrow space in Jerusalem. There is the Israel Museum, which accommodates beside its own collection the Israel Antiquities Authority as well. And only a fifteen minutes’ walk from there you will find the exhibition of the Bank of Israel. Follow us today to a visit at the Israel Museum. more ]

Numismatics in the Principality of Monaco

Yachts, luxuries, gambling casino – an ambience barely suited for a down-to-earth coin collector? On the contrary, when coming in the off season the Principality of Monaco has much to offer in regard to numismatics, like an attractive coin fair. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 1

It’s grey, it’s cold, it’s dark. Sometimes you don’t believe that it’s ever going to be light again. Enjoy a little breeze of the Turkish summer in the dead of winter. This diary of some numismatically highly interesting but barely visited sites in Turkey was written in 2009. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 2

Silifke, ancient Seleucia on the Calycadnus, is a small provincial town in the middle of nowhere nearby which once Frederick Barbarossa drowned. Follow us on our way to the ancient metropolis Antioch and into the marvellous grove of Daphne, that even today is in the modern Antiochenes’ favour as an important area for recreation. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 3

Do you know Antep and its fabulous museum with mosaics? If not, I strongly recommend it to you. Antep is a pleasant town where you quickly feel at home. Urfa, ancient Edessa, in contrast, can’t be recommended for women traveling on their own. And if you do, you will need steady nerves. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 4

Only a few images stick to your mind so powerfully as the huge heads of the broken monumental statues of Nemrut Dag. During our trip there, however, we have seen many other things: marvelous rocky landscapes, a magnificent bridge from Roman Times and lots of friendly people. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 5

Caesarea Cappadocia – only few cities in the Roman provinces possessed an equally comprehensive coinage yet barely anything Roman is still extant in the city. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 6

Ankyra is a name familiar to anyone interested in the history of the Roman emperors. The Monumentum Ancyranum is a magnificent insight into the image cultivation of Emperor Augustus. Turkish Ankara, however, has much more to offer. 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 ]

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 ]

Images from a minting workshop of the 16th century

How were coins produced in the 16th century? Only few illustrations provide information about that process. One of the most important is a pane featuring the coat of arms of the Schaffhausen mint master Werner Zentgraf... more ]

The Knights’ Tournament at the Herrenacker at Schaffhausen

In 1436, there was a knights’ tournament held at Schaffhausen. That was something of an event back then, but nothing out of the ordinary. It only becomes extraordinary thanks to a detailed record on this competition that has come down to us. Now, there was a reenactment of this famous tournament to be witnessed on the original site. more ]

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to open Money Museum and conference center in Denver Branch

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City announces extensive renovations to the Denver Branch’s first floor to include the addition of a Money Museum and conference center... more ]

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