Archive – Holy Roman Empire

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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 ]

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