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Freedom for Algeria – The Fate of Abd el-Kader

Standing in the middle of the Château d’Amboise garden on the Loire is a Muslim cemetery from the 19th century. Here, the followers of Algerian freedom fighter Abd el-Kader were buried with honour. What brought them to this place is a story that begs telling. more ]

Antiquities trade in Egypt

There are books we have been anticipating for years. This is one of them. It paints a detailed picture of the Egyptian antiquities trade, not black, not white, but with many shades of grey. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the book. more ]

Money of the German Colonies

In 1871, after the great victory over France and the unification of the German Confederation in the German Empire, ambitious German businessmen thought that everything was possible. They saw their English colleagues earning the earth in the colonies and wanted to do just the same... more ]

Gold for Portugal

Portugaleser, that is how the magnificent large gold coins are called that were produced in Hamburg. But what do they have to do with Portugal? The answer lies in the route the African gold has taken in the Early Modern Times...
more ]

Numismatic witnesses to Denmark’s colonial past

Künker auction sale no. 244, to be conducted on 6th February 2014, will present a couple of coins that bear witness to Denmark’s colonial past. The Danish merchants wanted their share of the wealth from the distant continents, too. And that is why these coins take us to present-day Ghana, to South India and into the Caribbean. more ]

A Numismatic History of Congo / Zaïre: 1887-1997

Richard K. LeVan has published a “Numismatic history of Congo/Zaïre” closing thus a gap and offering to collectors a thorough handbook on what coins were issued from 1887 by the Congo Free State under the Belgian King to the end of President Mobutu in 1997. more ]

The history of South America told by coins from the Lissner Collection

The numismatic history of South America is as fascinating as its political turmoils between the Spanish Conquista and the fight for independence. The Lissner Collection has gathered innumerous numismatic gems and thus illustrates perfectly this intriguing history. more ]

Numismatic Episodes from Australia

Monday, September 27th, 2010, the Mint Directors Conference will start in Australian Canberra. There, executive staff members from mints all over the world will meet in order to discuss about pending problems. CoinsWeekly will introduce itself to the members of the congress with the following three little episodes from Australian numismatic history printed within the congress’s daily journal... more ]

Police of Albany investigates, who has a right to treasure troves in Australia

At the beginning of May 2011 a construction worker found a hoard of sovereigns while digging a trench in the port city of the Australian Albany. Now the authorities seem to wrack their brains in order to find out, who has the right to treasure troves in Australia... more ]

Why were British coins buried in Australian Albany?

At the beginning of May a little hoard of British sovereigns was found at Australian Albany. But why were they buried there? There are various theories... more ]

NGC Grades Benchmark Collection of Australian Coins

The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has certified the superb Benchmark Collection, a complete set of Australian pre-decimal coins. The collection includes a number of finest known examples and important rarities as well as several previously undocumented varieties. more ]

Gold rushes in British Columbia and beyond

The Canadian Museum of History examines the race for riches on Canada’s West Coast. ‘Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia’ taps into a much-mythologized vein of history that encompasses gold rushes in California, Australia and Canada in the 19th century. more ]

Coin Cabinet of the royal library in Belgium increases online database

The Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium continues to digitalize parts of its collection. A fifth database has been added, namely the catalog of the collection of coins of the Prince-Bischopric of Liège comprising a total of 2,420 coins. more ]

2016 IAPN book prize for Hugo Vanhoudt

Every year IAPN assigns an honour literary Prize to award a book dealing with Numismatics. The 2016 award went to Hugo Vanhoudt for his book on Burgundian, Spanish and Austrian Netherlands and French and Dutch period coins 1434-1830. more ]

The history of South America told by coins from the Lissner Collection

The numismatic history of South America is as fascinating as its political turmoils between the Spanish Conquista and the fight for independence. The Lissner Collection has gathered innumerous numismatic gems and thus illustrates perfectly this intriguing history. more ]

Human faces, part 48: Simón Bolívar, South America’s heroic freedom fighter

Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? In this episode: Why Bolivia is called Bolivia. more ]

The history of South America told by coins from the Lissner Collection

The numismatic history of South America is as fascinating as its political turmoils between the Spanish Conquista and the fight for independence. The Lissner Collection has gathered innumerous numismatic gems and thus illustrates perfectly this intriguing history. more ]

Money of the German Colonies

In 1871, after the great victory over France and the unification of the German Confederation in the German Empire, ambitious German businessmen thought that everything was possible. They saw their English colleagues earning the earth in the colonies and wanted to do just the same... more ]

Between East and West or: the first Western coins of China

The first Chinese coins imitating western models were struck on the island of Formosa, modern-day Taiwan, nearly 200 years before. This article will tell the story, how it came about... more ]

German cutting edge technology in the Chinese Empire

On February 6th, 2016, 42 Chinese coin dies and 36 punches from the holdings of Otto Beh’s company will be handed over to the state coin cabinet of Saxony-Anhalt. They attest to an exciting chapter of German history of technology. more ]

A hoard of three tons

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

Building inspired by Chinese Cash Money

‘Time Style’ presents in a slideshow fifteen buildings which, as a matter of fact, do not look like buildings. Some of them seem to originate from another planet, others are made up like statues or flames, and one was inspired by traditional Chinese cash money. 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 ]

Coin Graded by NGC Obtains 140,000 euros

On 11 March 2014, Künker started the bidding on a Chinese dollar L&M-439 Y-65 from Pei Yang Province with 12,000 euros. The bidding fight only came to an end when it was finally sold for 140,000 euros. What was so special about this coin? Well, NGC had graded it MS 62. more ]

Coin dies from China will come to Moritzburg

In a joint action coin trade, academics and museums have succeeded with a big coup: Chinese dies and punches of Otto Beh company from the end of the 19th century were consigned to the state coin cabinet at the Moritzburg gallery (Halle/Germany). 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 ]

German oaks and national sentiments

It is rather unspectacular what can be seen on German 1, 2 and 5 Cent coins: a simple oak branch – boring, one might say. However, the oak symbol is very old and closely connected with Germany, its national identity and its democracy for nearly 300 years... more ]

Money of the German Colonies

In 1871, after the great victory over France and the unification of the German Confederation in the German Empire, ambitious German businessmen thought that everything was possible. They saw their English colleagues earning the earth in the colonies and wanted to do just the same... more ]

Gold for Portugal

Portugaleser, that is how the magnificent large gold coins are called that were produced in Hamburg. But what do they have to do with Portugal? The answer lies in the route the African gold has taken in the Early Modern Times...
more ]

Parade of the “Lange Kerls” (Long Guys)

They were his special hobby, the “Lange Kerls” (Long Guys), Frederick William I of Prussia tested his military innovations on. He even had a medal dedicated to them. more ]

Patrona Bavariae

The depiction of the Virgin Mother is characteristic of Bavarian coins. What’s the reason for that? How did the Mary and her child take over the Bavarian coin obverses?
more ]

The Teutonic Order in Livonia

Walter of Plettenberg managed to introduce the Reformation in Livonia in 1522 and, at the same time, to secure the continuity of the Order’s reign. From him comes a very special gold giant... more ]

Ottoman Imtiyaz medal awarded to German Emperor William I yields 161,000 Euros

On December 30, 1883, the Ottoman ruler drafted a decree by which he invested the German Emperor William I, his new confederate, into the Golden Order of Merit of his country, called Nishan Imtiyaz. That honor was intended to strengthen the political ties between the German Emperor and the Empire at the Bosporus River... more ]

Between Germany and France: A story about the fortress of Philippsburg

On June 20, 2011, Künker’s will auction a thaler of Christoph of Soetern of utmost rarity struck in honor of Udenheim. The coin was issued just after the fortress had been completed, only some weeks before it was renamed in Philippsburg. Here’s the story about the man, the coin and the fortress... more ]

Between Prussia and Austria – The Vienna Coinage Contract

Künker offers a comprehensive selection of coins of Emperor Franz Joseph on September 28, 2011 in sale 195. This is a splendid opportunity to recall the impact of the Vienna Coinage Contract of 1857 on the Austrian currency... more ]

The Princes of Solms

In early Modern times the Hesse noble house of Solms faced like many other nobles financial problems. The imperial service and own coin issues were their way of solving that issue. Even though some members of the family had not been granted the minting privilege at all … more ]

Money supply the Italian way

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened in occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance a fraudulent imitation of Schaffhausen coins initiated by Prince Siro of Austria at Correggio. more ]

The Siege of Strasbourg

During the 16th century, cathedral chapters were fiercely contested between the Catholics and Protestants. The 1592 bishop election of Strasbourg illustrates this sectarian conflict especially well by reference to several siege klippes. more ]

Charles, Landgrave of Hesse: Creator of the Military Power of Hesse

An extremely rare double ducat made of Eder-gold will be sold at Kunker’s on October 30, 2012. It reminds us of how poor of natural resources this region once had been. Hence, Charles created a resource of his own: his army. more ]

The Counts of Montfort and their Coinage

The last reigning count of Montfort sold his county to the Austrians and retired on a pension. Thus ended a secular history of his family which coin collectors might know particularly as producer of fake and imitative coins. more ]

Two Dukes in Pomerania

On January 31, 2013, a Pomerania collection will be coming up for auction at Künkers’. Here, we present two coins from the collection that are as different as the men who had them minted. more ]

Wolfgang II von Barby (1586-1615) – An Imperial Count in Financial Straits

On January 31, 2013, Künker will hold his fabulous Berlin sale in connection with the World Money Fair. Among the many rare pieces on offer is a unique thaler from Barby. This thaler testifies to the financial difficulties of the small imperial estate at the beginning of the modern era. more ]

Pour le mérite

On May 31, 1740, Frederick II succeeded his father on the throne, soldier-king Frederick William I. To the 28 year-old, that came as some kind of liberation. Finally, he was able to carry out his ideas. more ]

Gold for Wallenstein

In the autumn auction sale of Künker, between the 7th and the 11th October 2013, a ten ducat piece of Albrecht von Wallenstein with a gorgeous portrait will be on offer. This piece shows the extraordinary economic genius, whose logistical skills made him become probably the greatest military leader of his era, at the peak of his power. more ]

Colossus Mercurio – or: Hamburg and the Privilege of the Elbe

When emperor Ferdinand II. confirmed the so-called Grand Privilege of the Elbe to the city of Hamburg during the Thirty Years’ War, the city was so glad that it ordered a magnificent medal to be made. This precious medal – one of the most beautiful, Dadler has created – will be sold at the upcoming Künker sale. more ]

Numismatic witnesses to Denmark’s colonial past

Künker auction sale no. 244, to be conducted on 6th February 2014, will present a couple of coins that bear witness to Denmark’s colonial past. The Danish merchants wanted their share of the wealth from the distant continents, too. And that is why these coins take us to present-day Ghana, to South India and into the Caribbean. more ]

The Whore of Babylon – or: Religious Tolerance prior to the Thirty Years’ War

The coming Künker sale of February 6, 2014, is offering a so-called “biblical thaler”. This piece is a wonderful testimony to the political attitude of a contemporary of the Thirty Year’s War. Here you will find the story behind this remarkable coin. more ]

Trinity Medal

On March 13, 2014, the famous Trinity Medal created by Hans Reinhart the Elder will be auctioned off at Künker. The masterpiece of German medal art is part of the Baums Collection. more ]

The Anabaptists – an episode from the history of Münster

Anyone looking up the St. Lambert’s Church in Münster discovers above the church clock a kind of decoration that is more than peculiar. High above, for everyone to see, there are three iron cages suspended from the steeple. Their background story will be told today. more ]

A German Cicero

On 7 October, 2014, Künker auctions off the Horn Collection. It contains cimelia not just of the European but the German coinage as well. We would like to introduce you to a spectacular piece – the thick triple reichsthaler of Archbishop Anselm Casimir Wamboldt von Umstadt, nicknamed German Cicero. more ]

Graspable Testimonies - Testimonies to Piety from Another Time: Part 2

On 16 October, 2014, the Werner Jaggi Collection will be sold. It is the largest collection of numismatic testimonies on religious beliefs and customs the market has ever seen. Here you will find information about pieces from Austria, Italy and Switzerland. more ]

The Polish Adventure of August the Strong

Frederick August I, August the Strong, as he loved to call himself, was highly gifted and ambitious. “Little” Saxony was not enough for him, he wanted to join the game of international politics. A splendid opportunity occurred in 1696 when the Polish King had died… more ]

German cutting edge technology in the Chinese Empire

On February 6th, 2016, 42 Chinese coin dies and 36 punches from the holdings of Otto Beh’s company will be handed over to the state coin cabinet of Saxony-Anhalt. They attest to an exciting chapter of German history of technology. more ]

Gold from Goldkronach

For centuries the mines of Goldkronach were extremely profitable. But then their abundance ebbed away. The Bavarian Kings were not willing to accept that and planned huge investments. A coin will tell you, what happened then. more ]

Human faces, part 49: Hindenburg

Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? This episode looks at the late years of a famous military leader: Paul von Hindenburg. more ]

The age of alchemy

The wonders of alchemy enthralled the smartest men of early modern times. An impressive testimony to his passion is a silver medal, which will be auctioned off at the upcoming Künker Fall Auction on September 28, 2016. more ]

Philip II of Pomerania and his coin dealer Philipp Hainhofer

Around 1600, coin collecting was “the” leisure activity of the intellectual elite. The emperor himself was an avid collector. He was imitated by many noblemen among them Philip II of Pomerania, who put together a great art collection in cooperation with Philipp Hainhofer. more ]

A Grand Representational Coinage for a Not Quite Definite Event

There are spectacular coins featuring the portrait of Ferdinand III all dated to 1629. Presumably they have been struck in Prague and were never thought to circulate. One of these coins will be for sale in the upcoming Sincona sale. Lutz Neumann is presenting it. more ]

Napoleon tames the Saxon Steed

Napoleon was a master in the art of humiliation. Please find here a characteristic example of his mastership: The French Victoria is taming the Saxon Steed on a medal made from Saxon silver. more ]

Poets and their income: Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen

Beyond price – no, great art has never been beyond price. Quite the opposite actually – it had a clearly defined price. We will see just how high that price was, looking at the example of the German baroque poet Grimmelshausen. No one has left us with a more impressive account of the Thirty Years’ War. more ]

The Purim Festival of the Protestants

In its Berlin Auction 286, the auction house Künker auctions off the Ottar Ertzeid Collection with coins from the Swedish Territories. The offer includes a series of Purim talers. In this article, we address the question why the Protestants of Erfurt took a Jewish festival, of all events, to date their coins. more ]

Bohemia and the House of Habsburg – a conflict-laden relationship

Habsburg coins having been minted in the Prague Mint is something we very much take for granted. In its Auction 285, to be held on 2 February 2017, the auction house Künker offers an entire series of these. But it was anything but ordained by God that Bohemia became subject to the rule of the House of Habsburg. more ]

The Russians in Koenigsberg: a numismatic testimony to the Seven Years' War

In the upcoming auction of the Tempelhofer Münzenhaus / Berlin, on April 6, 2017, a large collection of coins of Frederick II will be auctioned off. They include a comprehensive series of Russian coins from East Prussia. We are telling their story. 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 ]

Meyer Amschel Rothschild, court factor and coin dealer

Meyer Amschel Rothschild worked his way out of the Frankfurt Jewish ghetto and all the way up to court factor in the 18th century. He specialised in coin- and antiquities dealing before becoming the founder of a famous dynasty of bankers. more ]

The Reformation jubilee in Quedlinburg Abbey

On 29 June 2017, a very rare commemorative coin of the abbess of Quedlinburg will be put to auction at Künker sale 294. It is dedicated to the Reformation jubilee of 1617, but the question arises, where people got the idea to celebrate the jubilee in the first place. more ]

Brandenburg and 200 years of Confessio Augustana

The scene Andreas Vestner has recorded on a silver medal produced by order of Karl Wilhelm Friedrich of Brandenburg-Ansbach is impressive to see: The Chancellor of Saxony is reading out the Augsburg Confession. But why did the ‘Wild Margrave’ of all people commission this medal? more ]

Reformation jubilees – a journey through the centuries

Künker will auction a major collection of coins and medals related to the Reformation on September 27, 2017. Using this material, this article shows the extent to which politics of the past centuries used Luther and the Reformation jubilee for their own purposes. more ]

The hunting prince

Why do so many Baroque coins and medals refer to hunting? This question comes to mind due to the Hirsch Nachf. sale 333 on September 21, 2017, in which the collection of a hunter (and collector) will be auctioned off. It contains a large variety of Baroque hunting scenes. more ]

Owner of the Hackney Hoard ascertained

In 2007 residents of the London borough Hackney came upon a treasure of 80 American gold coins, while digging a frog pond. Now the real owner of these coins has been ascertained. It is the descendant of a German Jew, who escaped to Britain in 1938... more ]

‘Cityscapes’ – City views on historical coins and medals

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham (UK), shows an exhibition on panoramic views of Europe’s great cities on European coins and medals. ‘Cityscapes’ will be on display until 6 October 2013 and in addition it will be accompanied by an online exhibition. more ]

400 guldens – eternal debts

German capital Berlin is being crushed by its debts. Nothing new as far as this. But its real debts have hushed up for a long time: 400 guldens borrowed by Berlin-Cölln in 1562 from the small town of Mittenwalde have grown to trillions in the meanwhile. more ]

Holy Grail from Lake Chiemsee

A cup made of pure gold and inspired by Celtic art has troubled the press for quite some time. A Swiss entrepreneur tried to gain one billion Euro from the ‘Holy Grail’ – and failed miserably. Now he has been condemned by a court. more ]

Rare Holocaust-era currency donated to Clark University

Clark University’s Strassler Center (Worcester, Massachusetts) has acquired the Holocaust Numismatic Collection of Robert Messing. The collection consists of coins and notes issued for use in ghettos and Holocaust labor camps such as Buchenwald and Lodz. 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 ]

Victoria and Albert Museum’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries open to the public

The installation of nearly 1,100 objects has completed as the London V&A opens its new galleries dedicated to the arts of living in Europe between 1600 and 1815. Seven galleries show the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design. more ]

Coin dies from China will come to Moritzburg

In a joint action coin trade, academics and museums have succeeded with a big coup: Chinese dies and punches of Otto Beh company from the end of the 19th century were consigned to the state coin cabinet at the Moritzburg gallery (Halle/Germany). more ]

The coinage of the Pomeranian dukes

Together with the historian Joachim Krüger, the coin dealer Manfred Olding has written a standard work of reference on the coinage of the German Duchy of Pomerania. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

Württemberg Paper Money

Numismatically, there are only a few areas as well-researched as Württemberg. But still, time and time again there comes something new: Now, a paper money catalog became available. Ursula Kampmann took a look. 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 ]

Comprehensive collection of Reformation coins and medals

Concordia Historical Institute houses a comprehensive collection of coins and medals related to the Reformation. Daniel N. Harmelink has published this collection. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the catalogue. more ]

Book publication “Standard Catalog of Rothschild Gold Bars 1852-1967”

Highly coveted by collectors are the historic gold bars of N M Rothschild & Sons London. However, hardly any systematically gathered information was available so far. With his catalog, Rainer Ahlers now fills this gap. more ]

Why Germany has Five State-Owned Mints

Many a coin collector is wondering why France and Great Britain own one mint, while Germany has five state-owned mints at its disposal. Why Germany does so and why it will probable continue to have them for a while, is summarised in this article. 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 ]

The most beautiful depiction of a ship in numisnautics

Danish King Christian V issued the largest gold medal ever struck to celebrate his victories at sea... more ]

Magical Numismatics: The Silver Shilling

Numerous novels, travelogues and short stories from the 19th century inform us about the numismatic every-day life. A particularly nice example is one of the more than 160 fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) has written. more ]

Numismatic witnesses to Denmark’s colonial past

Künker auction sale no. 244, to be conducted on 6th February 2014, will present a couple of coins that bear witness to Denmark’s colonial past. The Danish merchants wanted their share of the wealth from the distant continents, too. And that is why these coins take us to present-day Ghana, to South India and into the Caribbean. 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 ]

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 ]

Sensation at 5 Centimes in Le Petit Journal

The 1896 share certificate of the newspaper Le Petit Journal shows a sou in the lower border. France counted about 40 million people around that time... more ]

From Pavia to the Sack of Rome – siege coins in Italy

Why was it that Renaissance rulers went to Italy to seek good fortune? Why was it that thousands of ducats and thaler were spent on mercenary soldiers? This article gives an insight into the war between Francis I of France and Charles V of Italy... more ]

Between Germany and France: A story about the fortress of Philippsburg

On June 20, 2011, Künker’s will auction a thaler of Christoph of Soetern of utmost rarity struck in honor of Udenheim. The coin was issued just after the fortress had been completed, only some weeks before it was renamed in Philippsburg. Here’s the story about the man, the coin and the fortress... more ]

Cochin-China – an almost forgotten episode of French history

On June 22, 2011, a big collection of French coins will be auctioned off at Künker’s including a rare pattern, which was produced in Paris for the French colony Cochin-China. What’s the story behind? And where is Cochin-China located anyway? more ]

Elizabeth I – Ruler of the Seven Seas

The Virgin Queen she was called by her contemporaries – and she made them tremble. Elizabeth I was a key figure of the 16th century, her navy controlled the oceans, England flourished.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 7. more ]

Freedom for Algeria – The Fate of Abd el-Kader

Standing in the middle of the Château d’Amboise garden on the Loire is a Muslim cemetery from the 19th century. Here, the followers of Algerian freedom fighter Abd el-Kader were buried with honour. What brought them to this place is a story that begs telling. more ]

A Numismatic Relic from the Piedmont Civil War

On November 28, 2012, a very special coin goes on the market at Numismatica Genevensis. The coin in question, estimated at 150,000 francs, is a gold coin in the value of 10 écus whose front depicts the young Prince Charles-Emanuel II of Savoy as well as the stern face of his mother. The following will provide you with a bit more detail as to the background of this rare specimen. more ]

Union et Force: A coin of the French Republic, minted under Napoleon

On February 4th, 2016, Künker will offer a French 5 franc gold pattern of year 10 for sale. The type can be traced back to the French Directory and it was only changed when Napoleon was certain of his power. more ]

Napoleon tames the Saxon Steed

Napoleon was a master in the art of humiliation. Please find here a characteristic example of his mastership: The French Victoria is taming the Saxon Steed on a medal made from Saxon silver. 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 ]

Gold hoard found in French cellar

A French couple has found a hoard of gold coins worth at least 100,000 euros (GBP 89,000; USD 140,000) in the cellar of their home in the town of Millau. The coins date from 1595 to the French Revolution... more ]

Interview with Claude Fayette, important collector of French banknotes

Claude Fayette, collector of French banknotes and author of the book “Les billets de la Banque de France”, has given an interview about some questions on the enjoyment of collectors. more ]

The Napoleonic era as mirrored in its medals

From 19 February to 28 June 2015 the Liechtenstein National Museum in Vaduz presents the exhibition “The Napoleonic era as mirrored in its medals”. Highlight of the exhibition is a leather casing with over 130 bronze medals featuring the medal history of the Emperor. more ]

Victoria and Albert Museum’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries open to the public

The installation of nearly 1,100 objects has completed as the London V&A opens its new galleries dedicated to the arts of living in Europe between 1600 and 1815. Seven galleries show the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design. more ]

CGB offers “Le Franc Poche”

In 2016, the French coin guide book “Le Franc” celebrated its 20th anniversary. CGB is offering a new updated version that’s both handy and accessible to a broader audience, titled “Le Franc Poche”. 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 ]

Exhibition of Greek Medals at Princeton University Library

To showcase its recent acquisition of a collection of more than 120 medals of modern Greece, the Princeton University Numismatic Collection has installed an exhibition of a selection of historically important pieces. 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 ]

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 ]

Let’s be merciful and hang them: The Catherine Heyland case

In March 1788, a police unit of the Westminster community stormed a locked room in London. They had been tipped off that two people committed a crime in that house that was forbidden under penalty of death: false coining... more ]

Between East and West or: the first Western coins of China

The first Chinese coins imitating western models were struck on the island of Formosa, modern-day Taiwan, nearly 200 years before. This article will tell the story, how it came about... 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 ]

The Powers of the Soho Mint

William McKivor presents a medal from his own collection telling the history of its origin: It was struck in the Soho Mint in 1803, and played a role in an argument conducted in three countries in three languages on two medals, between the English manufacturer Matthew Boulton and the French Engineer J. P. Droz. more ]

Elizabeth I – Ruler of the Seven Seas

The Virgin Queen she was called by her contemporaries – and she made them tremble. Elizabeth I was a key figure of the 16th century, her navy controlled the oceans, England flourished.
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Ironsides of England: Oliver Cromwell

In the 17th century England experienced a period without king when the officer Oliver Cromwell was trying to establish a republic – even at the cost of precipitating the whole country into a civil war.
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A Glorious Revolution

Besides the fear of having no king at all the English feared always the scenario of a Catholic king. In 1688 dread of becoming re-Catholicised led the aristocrats to call a Protestant from the Netherlands to be their new king.
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A German on the British Throne: George I

To bar the Catholic Stuarts from the throne of England Queen Anne designated a German to become her successor: George I. But nevertheless he was a Protestant, the English were not satisfied with their new monarch.
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Queen of an Empire: Victoria

Under Victoria I Britain’s Empire embraced the whole world. But the Queen drew back from policy and let the politicians govern the country. That system should never change any more. By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 11. more ]

From the diary of Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys mentions a medal made by John Roettiers by order of the King of England in 1667. This intriguing piece will be auctioned at Künker’s on June 17. Here you can learn about the historical background. more ]

The Faerie Queene

It is called the most beautiful of all English coins, the coin type of young Queen Victoria that depicts her as Una leading the British lion with her scepter. The motif harks back to a 16th century poem that praised yet another queen. The Künker summer auction now offers one of these rare specimens for a pre-sale estimate of 50,000 euros. more ]

Great Britain’s 5 Guineas

Accidental attendees of the big English horse auctions in the 1960s were probably amazed to see that the bidding was still being done in guineas although the very last British guinea had been minted in 1813. Nevertheless, this denomination reflects the aristocratic way of life more than anything else in Great Britain. more ]

Poets and their income: William Shakespeare

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 in this article about Shakespeare. more ]

Bonnie Prince Charles

An impressive gold medal that is being put to auction on 16 March 2017 with Künker conveys the official version of a story, we are more likely to know from folk songs, novels and the cinema: On 16 April 1746, Bonnie Prince Charles was defeated in the Battle of Culloden. 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 coins of the Channel Island of Guernsey

The Channel Island of Guernsey is a popular destination with tourists. The island doesn’t form part of Great Britain, but, as Bailiwick, has been Crown dependency of the English monarchs since the Middle Ages. The local coins still bear witness to this. more ]

Morton & Eden

It takes a certain amount of courage to face a fast bowler on the cricket pitch but in the history of the game, only one man has received a medal for bravery on the field of play... more ]

Enigmatic hoard in East London

Amateur gardeners unearthed 80 Double Eagles in a little garden in east London. If the owner won’t be found within one year, the hoard will be declared treasure... more ]

Owner of the Hackney Hoard ascertained

In 2007 residents of the London borough Hackney came upon a treasure of 80 American gold coins, while digging a frog pond. Now the real owner of these coins has been ascertained. It is the descendant of a German Jew, who escaped to Britain in 1938... more ]

Police of Albany investigates, who has a right to treasure troves in Australia

At the beginning of May 2011 a construction worker found a hoard of sovereigns while digging a trench in the port city of the Australian Albany. Now the authorities seem to wrack their brains in order to find out, who has the right to treasure troves in Australia... more ]

Why were British coins buried in Australian Albany?

At the beginning of May a little hoard of British sovereigns was found at Australian Albany. But why were they buried there? There are various theories... 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 ]

HMS Victory Shipwreck To Unveal Her Treasure

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., has executed an agreement with the Maritime Heritage Foundation for the financing, archaeological survey and excavation, conservation and exhibit of HMS Victory (sunk in 1744) and artifacts from the shipwreck site. more ]

‘Cityscapes’ – City views on historical coins and medals

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham (UK), shows an exhibition on panoramic views of Europe’s great cities on European coins and medals. ‘Cityscapes’ will be on display until 6 October 2013 and in addition it will be accompanied by an online exhibition. 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 ]

Medals of first private soldier to be awarded the V.C. in the Great War at Spink

In Spink’s London auction of Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals and Militaria, on July 19, 2012 the first V.C. awarded to a private soldier in the Great War (1914-1918) was offered for sale.
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Henry VIII groats hoard declared treasure

14 silver groats minted under Henry VIII were found in a field in Norfolk (UK) and now declared treasure by a coroner. The coins may have been concealed during the famous Kett’s rebellion in 1549. more ]

Isaac Newton: from mathematical genius to crime-fighter extraordinaire

Isaac Newton is famous for his achievements in physics and astronomy. But he also was a Warden and Master of the Mint – and a successful crime-fighter who enjoyed chasing counterfeiters. more ]

Tower of London launches new exhibition on historic Mint

A new permanent exhibition has been launched at the Tower of London. Located on the historic site that was once the country’s Mint, ‘Coins and Kings’, will explore the long history of this institution and its connection to London’s premier fortress. 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Teaching history through games

The Bodleian Libraries has recently acquired a major collection of board games and pastimes dating from 1800 to the year 2000 and is showcasing a selection of them in a new display exploring how games have been used to teach history. more ]

Victoria and Albert Museum’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries open to the public

The installation of nearly 1,100 objects has completed as the London V&A opens its new galleries dedicated to the arts of living in Europe between 1600 and 1815. Seven galleries show the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design. more ]

Spink revises catalog of English silver coinage

Every catalog must be updated eventually. By means of the standard reference on English silver coinage, Maurice Bull illustrated how this can be accomplished in an exemplary manner. Björn Schöpe has taken a look at the revised edition. more ]

The Atlantic Cable Medal of 1866

On July 27, 1866, 150 years ago, the Transatlantic Cable was completed connecting North America and Europe telegraphically for comparatively instant communication. Herman Blanton tells the story and what was the numismatic aspect of 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 ]

How Tokyo, London, and New York Shaped the Modern World

In “Central Banks and Gold”, Simon James Bytheway and Mark Metzler explore how today’s financialized form of globalism took shape a century ago, when Tokyo joined London and New York as a major financial center. more ]

The rise and fall of a private mint: the Birmingham Mint

It is not a law of nature that the production of coins must be in the hands of the state. The private Birmingham Mint was the world’s leading supplier of small change in the 19th cent. It went bankrupt, when, in 2001, the Royal Mint cancelled a secret contract. more ]

Piano tuner finds gold treasure

A piano tuner in Shropshire found his work to be unexpectedly exciting. In December of 2016 he discovered 633 sovereigns and 280 half sovereigns struck between 1847 and 1915 in a piano. The owner could not be found. 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 ]

Revised Edition of Marsh’s Works on Sovereigns Released

Coinciding with the 200th Anniversary of the modern sovereign, Token Publishing releases Michael Marsh’s renowned works on the Gold Sovereign and Half Sovereign. The completely revised and updated publication now includes an up-to-date price guide. more ]

2nd edition of Royal Commemorative Medals of Edward VII published

The second edition of “Royal Commemorative Medals 1837-1977. Vol. 4. Edward VII, 1901-1910” by John Cumbers and Andrew Whittlestone has been published. Much expanded, all entries in the colour-illustrated book have valuations and rarities. more ]

Exhibition on medallic artist Mary Gillick

The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds presents “Mary Gillick: Her Art in your Pocket”. This is the first display dedicated to her sculpture, and presents her working processes for the production of coins and medals. Mary Gillick is famous for her coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. more ]

The Indian version of the cultural property debate

By governmental order the vaults of a temple in Southern India have been opened. This revealed gold coins, jewels and golden statues, which are valued by the government at approximately 22 billion (sic!) dollars... more ]

NGC certifies rare Nazarana Mohur

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has graded an extremely rare India-Jaipur 1945 Year 24 Nazarana Mohur. The first of this rare date ever to be certified by NGC, it has been graded NGC MS 64. more ]

Comprehensive catalog of Palembang coins released

The sultanate of Palembang on the Island of Sumatra issued coins until 1821. Frank S. Robinson has compiled a comprehensive catalog on this often neglected numismatic material. more ]

Exhibition in New York on inflation phenomenon

The American Numismatic Society has announced “Signs of Inflation”, a new exhibit, in conjunction with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York thus exploring the world of inflation.
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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 ]

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 sorrowful life of the Ottoman Prince Cem

The life of Prince Cem – the youngest son of Mehmed II – was no fortunate life at all. Even dead he was not granted peace: they demanded 5,000 ducats for the prince’s body. more ]

Freedom for Algeria – The Fate of Abd el-Kader

Standing in the middle of the Château d’Amboise garden on the Loire is a Muslim cemetery from the 19th century. Here, the followers of Algerian freedom fighter Abd el-Kader were buried with honour. What brought them to this place is a story that begs telling. 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 ]

'Longing for Mecca - the pilgrim's journey' an exhibition in Leiden (NL)

The Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden (The Netherlands) shows impressive objects of art in its forthcoming exhibition dedicated to the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca which is central to the Muslim faith, among which there are also historically significant coins. 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 ]

A King at a pinch – the stolen coin collection of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy

A King dealing in coins – that sounds preposterous? Well, in 1944 the satirical magazine “Nebelspalter” published a caricature of the same tenor which was understood throughout Europe. Victor Emmanuel’s passion for coins was proverbial. He is said to have collected 120,000 pieces as the foundation of the most important publication of Italian coinage, the CNI, whose first volume was published exactly 100 years ago... more ]

From Pavia to the Sack of Rome – siege coins in Italy

Why was it that Renaissance rulers went to Italy to seek good fortune? Why was it that thousands of ducats and thaler were spent on mercenary soldiers? This article gives an insight into the war between Francis I of France and Charles V of Italy... more ]

200 years of service for the Popes – Hamerani, the dynasty of medallists

A Bavarian goldsmith had to flee from Munich. Who would have thought that he was to become the ancestor of one of the most important dynasty of Italian medallists? more ]

Coins in the fountain well: Trevi Fountain in Rome

Do you know actually, who invented the fashion to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome in order to return to the Eternal City? If you do not, you will find the answer within this article... 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 ]

Money supply the Italian way

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened in occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance a fraudulent imitation of Schaffhausen coins initiated by Prince Siro of Austria at Correggio. more ]

The sorrowful life of the Ottoman Prince Cem

The life of Prince Cem – the youngest son of Mehmed II – was no fortunate life at all. Even dead he was not granted peace: they demanded 5,000 ducats for the prince’s body. more ]

A Numismatic Relic from the Piedmont Civil War

On November 28, 2012, a very special coin goes on the market at Numismatica Genevensis. The coin in question, estimated at 150,000 francs, is a gold coin in the value of 10 écus whose front depicts the young Prince Charles-Emanuel II of Savoy as well as the stern face of his mother. The following will provide you with a bit more detail as to the background of this rare specimen. 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 ]

Graspable Testimonies - Testimonies to Piety from Another Time: Part 2

On 16 October, 2014, the Werner Jaggi Collection will be sold. It is the largest collection of numismatic testimonies on religious beliefs and customs the market has ever seen. Here you will find information about pieces from Austria, Italy and Switzerland. 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 ]

Charles Borromeo –The Saint of the Counter-Reformation, Part 1

Charles Borromeo was considered ‘the’ saint of the Counter-Reformation. In this three-part series, we will tell you about his life. The first episode informs about the constitution of the church that made Charles Borromeo great before he became the epitome of the reform. more ]

Charles Borromeo – The Saint of the Counter-Reformation, Part 2

Charles Borromeo was considered ‘the’ saint of the Counter-Reformation. In this three-part series, we will tell you about his life. The second episode focuses on the career of Saint Charles Borromoeo and his conversion. more ]

Charles Borromeo – The Saint of the Counter-Reformation, Part 3

Charles Borromeo was considered ‘the’ saint of the Counter-Reformation. In this three-part series, we will tell you about his life. The third episode focuses on the afterlife of the Saint who was used and utilized by the Church and his relatives in their favor. more ]

Italy celebrates itself and its money

An exhibition to mark the state’s 150th anniversary was opened by President Giorgio Napolitano on the 4th of April. It shows the evolution of the Italian money from Italy’s founding until today... more ]

Faces – Masterpieces of Italian Portraiture

The Gemäldegalerie and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have undertaken a landmark project tracing the development of the Italian portrait in the fifteenth century. The exhibition starts in Berlin on August 25, 2011. Later it will be shown in the Metropolitan... 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 ]

Help for Emilia-Romagna!

On May 20, 2012 the Italian region Emilia-Romagna was surprisingly hit by an earthquake whose epicentre was located nearby Modena registering 5.9 on the Richter scale. Help those who lost everything! more ]

Victoria and Albert Museum’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries open to the public

The installation of nearly 1,100 objects has completed as the London V&A opens its new galleries dedicated to the arts of living in Europe between 1600 and 1815. Seven galleries show the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design. 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 ]

How Tokyo, London, and New York Shaped the Modern World

In “Central Banks and Gold”, Simon James Bytheway and Mark Metzler explore how today’s financialized form of globalism took shape a century ago, when Tokyo joined London and New York as a major financial center. more ]

Kawasaki in the year 2889

Scripophily expert Franky Leeuwerck made a thought experiment. Living in 2889 an archaeologist, specialized in 20th century financial artefacts finds a Japanese share from 1921. How does he react, what information can he retrieve from this document? more ]

Royal Mint celebrates Bank of Latvia Anniversary with striking of historic coins

The Royal Mint celebrated the 90th Anniversary of the first independent currency issued in the Republic of Latvia on May 28, 2012 by striking a re-dated issue of the 5 Lats coin. more ]

End of the Canadian Penny

Since 1858 Canada had minted an one cent coin – until May 4, 2012 when the last penny left the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg on its way to the museum. Due to elevated production costs and convenience reasons the coin has been abandoned definitely. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint offers Canada’s first gold coins 1912-1914

The Royal Canadian Mint offers of a rare collection of Canada’s first gold coins, produced by the Mint from 1912 to 1914 and not seen since the outbreak of the First World War. The highest quality of these $5 and $10 gold coins are now being offered for sale. more ]

Special PCGS Inserts Now Available For Historic Canadian Hoard Gold Coins

Professional Coin Grading Service has created a special symbolic and colorful ‘Canadian Gold Reserve’ insert for Royal Canadian Mint hoard gold coins submitted to PCGS for grading and certification. more ]

Canada to melt down 200,000 historical coins?

Canada plans to melt down 200,000 gold coins from the years 1912 to 1914. Since Ottawa abandoned the gold standard at this time, the coins were stored as public assets. The best preserved pieces were recently sold. more ]

Can a coin rewrite Canada’s history?

In December 2013 a metal detectorist found an English coin from the 16th century on Canada’s West Coast. A hobby archaeologist who heard about this took the find to be proof of his theory that the English had discovered Canada 200 years before the Spanish. But does the coin really prove that? more ]

Gold rushes in British Columbia and beyond

The Canadian Museum of History examines the race for riches on Canada’s West Coast. ‘Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia’ taps into a much-mythologized vein of history that encompasses gold rushes in California, Australia and Canada in the 19th century. more ]

Nummus Canada released

The inaugural issue of Canada’s first bilingual digital numismatic magazine has been released. Nummus Canada addresses money collectors of all levels, putting a special focus on Canadian coins, tokens, paper money, and medals. more ]

The history of South America told by coins from the Lissner Collection

The numismatic history of South America is as fascinating as its political turmoils between the Spanish Conquista and the fight for independence. The Lissner Collection has gathered innumerous numismatic gems and thus illustrates perfectly this intriguing history. more ]

$1 million of 1715 Fleet shipwreck coins coming to market

Sunken Spanish colonial gold treasure coins discovered during the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Fleet’s demise are offered for the first time. In addition to NGC encapsulation, each coin is accompanied by the original, numbered archeological tag of the expedition crew. more ]

In the Empire of The Merry Widow

From October 8 to 12, 2012 at Künker’s in Osnabrück a rare 100-perpera piece is going to be auctioned. It was struck in honor of Nikola I of Montenegro, ruler of a realm, which is reflected as Pontevedra in the famous musical comedy 'The Merry Widow'. more ]

Nicaragua’s córdoba oro: coins in the land of the volcanoes

What do you know about the circulating coins of Nicaragua? Very little? Reading this article then will definitely pay off. more ]

Leyden suffering – a siege during the Dutch War of Independence

Few wars have appealed to people’s emotions like the Dutch War of Independence. The roles seemed to be assigned all too clearly: on the one side there were the evil Catholic Spaniards, on the other the good Protestant Dutchmen. What we omit, however, is that this war was one the first in which propaganda was utilized in full awareness of its effects. 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 ]

Erasmus of Rotterdam in Basel – part 1: The art of giving

Did you know that you can still have a look at the numismatic collection of Erasmus of Rotterdam at the Basler Historisches Museum? We will show you several medals from his personal collection. more ]

Erasmus of Rotterdam in Basel – part 2: The inheritance of Bonifacius Amerbach

You can still have a look at Erasmus of Rotterdam’s collection until this day, because the collector Bonifacius Amerbach kept it and gave it to the city. In this episode, among other things, you will see the chest, Amerbach kept the estate in. more ]

‘Cityscapes’ – City views on historical coins and medals

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham (UK), shows an exhibition on panoramic views of Europe’s great cities on European coins and medals. ‘Cityscapes’ will be on display until 6 October 2013 and in addition it will be accompanied by an online exhibition. more ]

2016 IAPN book prize for Hugo Vanhoudt

Every year IAPN assigns an honour literary Prize to award a book dealing with Numismatics. The 2016 award went to Hugo Vanhoudt for his book on Burgundian, Spanish and Austrian Netherlands and French and Dutch period coins 1434-1830. more ]

New Zealand History Coined

Robert Pepping looks in “New Zealand History Coined” at the pre-decimal currency of New Zealand from 1933 to 1965. He offers many details for all those who want to know more about the historical, economic and cultural background of the coins and their designs. more ]

The official letters of the mint master of Kongsberg 1781-1786

Michael Märcher submits another contribution to the reconstruction of how mints worked in early modern times. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the book. more ]

The Year of the Freigeld in Wörgl

Who knows Wörgl nowadays? Yet for a short period of time the entire world looked at this small town. In 1932/3, one of the most successful ... 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 ]

The house of Hohenems and his bishops


The masters of Hohenems owed their rise to become the most important noble family in Vorarlberg to their loyalty to the House of Habsburg. Two family members ... more ]

The House of Hohenems and its bishops

2. Wolf Dietrich of Raitenau
In 1558, Helena, the sister of Cardinal and Bishop of Constance Marcus Sitticus of Hohenems, married Hans Werner III of Raitenau. On March 26th, 1559, at the Hofen Castle near Bregenz, she presented ... more ]

The House of Hohenems and its bishops

On March 7th, 1612, Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau officially resigned before the papal nuncio. In an unfortunate fight against Bavaria he had lost rule and liberty. With his resignation ... more ]

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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The minters’ pilgrimage

How the mint workers in Vienna were saved from the plague epidemic of 1679...
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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 ]

Between Germany and France: A story about the fortress of Philippsburg

On June 20, 2011, Künker’s will auction a thaler of Christoph of Soetern of utmost rarity struck in honor of Udenheim. The coin was issued just after the fortress had been completed, only some weeks before it was renamed in Philippsburg. Here’s the story about the man, the coin and the fortress... more ]

Between Prussia and Austria – The Vienna Coinage Contract

Künker offers a comprehensive selection of coins of Emperor Franz Joseph on September 28, 2011 in sale 195. This is a splendid opportunity to recall the impact of the Vienna Coinage Contract of 1857 on the Austrian currency... 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 ]

Message in a bottle

In 1967 workers of the Austrian Mint found a message in a bottle bricked in a wall. Colleagues who worked in the same building around the turn of the century had left the message in order to inform posterity about their awkward situation. more ]

The Counts of Montfort and their Coinage

The last reigning count of Montfort sold his county to the Austrians and retired on a pension. Thus ended a secular history of his family which coin collectors might know particularly as producer of fake and imitative coins. 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 ]

The bone - or rather stone - of contention

There are two nations who both raise a claim to the Prince’s Stone as part of their cultural heritage: Slovenia and Carinthia. This story is a splendid topic for debate that has also manifested itself in numismatics. more ]

Bohemia and the House of Habsburg – a conflict-laden relationship

Habsburg coins having been minted in the Prague Mint is something we very much take for granted. In its Auction 285, to be held on 2 February 2017, the auction house Künker offers an entire series of these. But it was anything but ordained by God that Bohemia became subject to the rule of the House of Habsburg. more ]

Bullion coins part 7: The ducat

Ducats were officially disestablished in Austria in 1858. However you can still buy 1 ducats and 4 ducats for investment purposes at the Austrian Mint, which all bear the date 1915. And in a few minutes you will know why. more ]

A Hat fit for a Prince

The Crown of an Austrian Archduke
The second 100 Euro coin in the gold series “Crowns of the House of Habsburg” will be released on Wednesday, 4th November. It is dedicated to the so-called “Archduke’s Hat”, a name derived from ... 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 ]

«...a lack of appeal...» - Gustav Klimt and the Central Bank

The Austrian National Bank will stage an exhibition between June 15, 2010 and January 28, 2011 featuring an art historical sensation: Gustav Klimt and Franz Matsch had been entrusted with creating the designs of bank notes. These will be shown to the public for the very first time. more ]

Klimt And His Women Told By Coins

The Austrian Mint is going to issue a new 5 part gold coin series celebrating the Austrian art nouveau artist Gustav Klimt. Each coin is dedicated to one of his finest and most famous works. The first coin shows his first portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. more ]

‘The eternal cycle’ – a 200 year old view on economy

The Austrian museums are proposing 100 objects in a large-scale publicity campaign. We do not want to keep you from seeing how a painter saw the economic cycle 200 years ago. more ]

Automobile of Sarajevo

The Austrian museums are proposing 100 objects in a large-scale publicity campaign. Some of them might attract especially those interested in history like this automobile in which heir to the throne Francis Ferdinand was shot in Sarajevo in 1914. more ]

Innovations in the land of silver – A congress in Hall / Tyrol

Tyrol remembers you of nothing else than skiing? Shame on you! You would miss the region’s importance in world’s history since here money history was written – from the first high denomination silver coin to the mechanization of the whole coining process. The Hall Mint held a congress on that topic on October 12, 2012. 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 ]

An Austrian 500 Gulden breaks all records in Norway

A 500 Gulden banknote changed the official auction history in Norway recently when it was sold for 912 times its estimate. It is now known – as Marius Ringsrud reports – as the most expensive banknote ever sold in a Norwegian auction. 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 ]

Vienna research project on Joseph Eckhel’s Austrian precursors

A three-year project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences focuses on the numismatic networks of Joseph Eckhel’s precursors. The project’s core is a body of letters of Erasmus Frölich and Joseph Khell von Khellburg in the Vienna Coin Cabinet, to be published also in a database. more ]

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...
more ]

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 ]

PMG certifies rare Palestinian Currency Board notes

The collectors Jerry and Diane Fishman commissioned Paper Money Guaranty with the authentication and grading of their rare Palestinian Currency Board banknotes, among them an issued 50 Pound note from 1927 believed to be unique. more ]

Banknotes of Persia

The catalogue of the first series of banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia is the result of years of research by a scholar and collector, who had specialised in banknotes from the Middle East. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the publication. more ]

The history of South America told by coins from the Lissner Collection

The numismatic history of South America is as fascinating as its political turmoils between the Spanish Conquista and the fight for independence. The Lissner Collection has gathered innumerous numismatic gems and thus illustrates perfectly this intriguing history. more ]

Human faces, part 48: Simón Bolívar, South America’s heroic freedom fighter

Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? In this episode: Why Bolivia is called Bolivia. more ]

Four and a half centuries of Peruvian coins

To commemorate the four hundred fifty year anniversary of the foundation of the Mint of Lima, the authors Carlos Contreras and Carlos Morales present an overview of the institution, symbolizing the strength and continued existence of Peru as a country, beyond the changing moods of politics. more ]

$1 million of 1715 Fleet shipwreck coins coming to market

Sunken Spanish colonial gold treasure coins discovered during the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Fleet’s demise are offered for the first time. In addition to NGC encapsulation, each coin is accompanied by the original, numbered archeological tag of the expedition crew. more ]

The Teutonic Order in Livonia

Walter of Plettenberg managed to introduce the Reformation in Livonia in 1522 and, at the same time, to secure the continuity of the Order’s reign. From him comes a very special gold giant... more ]

The Polish Adventure of August the Strong

Frederick August I, August the Strong, as he loved to call himself, was highly gifted and ambitious. “Little” Saxony was not enough for him, he wanted to join the game of international politics. A splendid opportunity occurred in 1696 when the Polish King had died… more ]

Premium prices for a Polish king at Gorny & Mosch

Eight lots related to the Polish king Stephen Báthory were offered in auction sale 183 of the company Gorny & Mosch, Giessener Münzhandlung, Munich, with an estimate of 3.380 Euros. The end result added up to incredible 124,000 Euros*. more ]

Mennica Polska

The Mint of Poland is one of the few cases in which a state-owned enterprise has been successfully converted into a private company. At present, the Mennica Polska is a stock company, of which the Polish state no longer holds any shares. more ]

On fake essays of Portugal’s 1910 gold Escudo

Portuguese coin expert António Forjaz Pacheco Trigueiros has published an article on fake essays of Portugal’s 1910 gold Escudo. He explains how it came that even the Portuguese collection of the National Historical Museum keeps such specimens. more ]

Between War and Peace: The Romanian commemorative coins of 1939

Gold coins minted right before the outbreak of World War II? Commemorative coins on the 100th anniversary of King Carol without a single reference to the ruler? You have to know the historical background to understand why Carol II had these coins commissioned in 1939. more ]

Romanian Coins (1989 to 2014)

Hardly anything says so much about the self-understanding of a country than its coins, in the past as in the present. Erwin Schäffer’s catalog of the coinage of post-communist Romania, therefore, is much more than a price guide. more ]

Lake Baikal gold treasure

“Glorious Sea, the Sacred Baikal”, that is how the “Baikal hymn” written by Dimitrij Davydov starts. The lake is affectionately referred to as “Pearl of Siberia” since it is the world’s biggest freshwater reservoir. Lake Baikal is... 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 ]

Peter the Great as his nation’s barber

During the cultural revolution Peter the Great brought Russia, not only institutions were put in the crosshairs but the country’s population as well. The beard had to go – literally speaking... more ]

The Battle of Poltava and a medal of Peter the Great

Once upon a time, there were two boozing companions hatching a plot how to deprive a juvenile of a part of his inheritance. What sounds like a perfect scenario for a Dickens novel can turn out tragic for entire peoples with the two buddies fond of tippling happen to rule Russia and Poland… more ]

Splendor of a dynasty – the five family roubles of Tsar Nicholas I (1825-1855)

King Louis’ I “historic thaler” made impression in Russia and left it’s marks. Tsar Nicholas I struck similar coins with his family on the reverse. How this happened and why there are five different types you can read here... more ]

Schaffhausen and Russia

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened in occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance this jefímok on a Schaffhausen taler from the Tobler collection. more ]

The Imperial Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called

On 4 October, 2014, auction house Künker will conduct its 10th sale of orders and decorations under #253 in Osnabrück. Part of the sale is a piece that breaks all records. The insignia of the Imperial Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called are estimated at 750,000 euros! more ]

Prussian Spirit in Tsarist Russia

Peter III had ruled Russia for just six months. For this reason virtually all of his coins are rare. Künker will offer a very rare 10 rouble piece of that ruler in his sale 264 on June 25. It depicts Peter Prussian-style. more ]

200.000 Swiss Francs for the “family rouble”, this is a worthy price for the testimony of the happy marriage between Tsar Nicholas I and Princess Charlotte of Prussia

Russian coins are highly popular. The global economy crisis seems to have had no impact on them at all. Therefore... more ]

Anna was a coveted treasure: 410,000 Euros for her rouble is the German auction record

The Osnabruck Auction House Künker has achieved a new record hammer price of ... more ]

Russian Eggs found in the Southern Pacific

The Mint of Poland releases a series of collector coins dedicated to the Imperial Fabergé Eggs in the name of Niue Island... more ]

Morton & Eden: Orders awarded to the man who sold Alaska

Awards from a grateful Czar heaped upon the diplomat who negotiated the deal for the United States to buy Alaska from Russia are to be sold by specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden in London on Friday June 10, 2011... more ]

A collector coin to honour the skills of Fabergé’s Finnish goldsmith

In spring 2012, the Mint of Finland and the Ministry of Finance are planning to issue a collector coin commemorating the skills of Finnish master goldsmiths. The coin would feature two of the famous imperial Easter eggs of Fabergé’s linked to the name of the Finnish smith Henrik Wigström... more ]

Numismatic discovery: 1766 Rouble of Catherine II linked to official portrait

At The New York Sale XXVII-XXIX in January 2012 Baldwin’s is going to offer a 1766 Rouble of Catherine II. Recently it has been discovered that the portrait of the Tsarina pictured on the coin is to be linked to a monumental portrait. The coin is estimated to sell for around $ 1,000,000... more ]

The Swedish Emergency Money of Freiherr von Görtz

Once upon a time, high in the North, there was a fairytale king – or almost, since only the beginning of his story sounds like a fairytale. Fighting all alone against overpowering enemies, Charles XII, the puerile King of Sweden, managed to ... more ]

A Nordic heavy weight: the second heaviest coin of Classical numismatics

Almost 15 kilograms, as much as 4 bricks – that is the weight of the second heaviest coin of Classical numismatics, this Swedish copper plate of 8 taler. It was issued in 1659... more ]

The Battle of Poltava and a medal of Peter the Great

Once upon a time, there were two boozing companions hatching a plot how to deprive a juvenile of a part of his inheritance. What sounds like a perfect scenario for a Dickens novel can turn out tragic for entire peoples with the two buddies fond of tippling happen to rule Russia and Poland… more ]

The lion from the north - triumphator in life as well as in death

On March 13, sale no. 247 of Osnabrück auction house Künker offers the Baums Collection featuring historical medals. The connoisseur discovers many historically interesting, artistically enchanting medals, like a piece that was created by Sebastian Dadler on the occasion of the funeral of Gustavus II Adolphus of Sweden at Riddarholm Church. more ]

Swissmint – Federal Mint in the Kirchenfeld / Bern

The Swiss Mint was founded more than 100 years ago. Read here how a mint looked like in those days...
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 schneckentaler from Zug

On June 20, 2012 an exhibition on the occasion of 25 years of Sturzenegger foundation was opened in Schaffhausen. During all these years the numismatic collection has received many important acquisitions, too, like for example a schneckentaler from Zug. more ]

Money supply the Italian way

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened in occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance a fraudulent imitation of Schaffhausen coins initiated by Prince Siro of Austria at Correggio. more ]

Prophet Daniel in the lion’s den in Basel

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened on the occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance this medal from Basel featuring Prophet Daniel in the lion’s den. more ]

Waser – a calumniated mayor and his coins

On June 20, 2012 in Schaffhausen an exhibition was opened on the occasion of 25 years Sturzenegger Foundation. In these years the numismatic department too has received many important acquisitions as for instance this so-called wasertaler, a coin which tells about envy, calumniation, and the vanity of integrity. more ]

The Siege of Strasbourg

During the 16th century, cathedral chapters were fiercely contested between the Catholics and Protestants. The 1592 bishop election of Strasbourg illustrates this sectarian conflict especially well by reference to several siege klippes. 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 ]

Introduction 'The People of Zurich and their Money' Part 2

Our occasional 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. This second section takes us from the Thirty Years War all the way to the present day. more ]

The Counts of Montfort and their Coinage

The last reigning count of Montfort sold his county to the Austrians and retired on a pension. Thus ended a secular history of his family which coin collectors might know particularly as producer of fake and imitative coins. more ]

Graspable Testimonies - Testimonies to Piety from Another Time: Part 2

On 16 October, 2014, the Werner Jaggi Collection will be sold. It is the largest collection of numismatic testimonies on religious beliefs and customs the market has ever seen. Here you will find information about pieces from Austria, Italy and Switzerland. 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 ]

Bullion coins part 6: The Vreneli

The relationship between the Swiss people and their Vreneli could be described as nostalgic, even loving almost. This traditional Swiss bullion coins is still a typical gift for births, First Communions or confirmations. more ]

Erasmus of Rotterdam in Basel – part 1: The art of giving

Did you know that you can still have a look at the numismatic collection of Erasmus of Rotterdam at the Basler Historisches Museum? We will show you several medals from his personal collection. more ]

Memorabilia of Shootings as signs of Swiss Traditions

Shooting festivals are a most typical Swiss tradition. Medals, cups, and other memorabilia can be won and collected. Based on a special collection, which is currently being auctioned off by Sincona, Jürg Richter gives a comprehensive overview on this topic. more ]

Erasmus of Rotterdam in Basel – part 2: The inheritance of Bonifacius Amerbach

You can still have a look at Erasmus of Rotterdam’s collection until this day, because the collector Bonifacius Amerbach kept it and gave it to the city. In this episode, among other things, you will see the chest, Amerbach kept the estate in. 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 ]

Patterns and material varieties of Swiss coins

Jürg Richter has published a new book. His two-volume catalog covers the patterns and material varieties of Swiss coins. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the two books. more ]

Elaborate illustrated books on Swiss coinage

Olivier Chaponnière published two wonderful volumes on Swiss coinage. They focus on gold coins and the drafts of die engraver Antoine Bovy. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at them. more ]

Switzerland’s Most Precious Coins

From 2 to 12 May 2017, the international auction house Rapp, with Chaponnière & Firmenich SA, will present L’EXCELLENCE SUISSE in Wil. Exhibiting the most rare coins, it tells the story of Switzerland’s coins and documents the creation of the Swiss Franc. more ]

The People of Zurich and their Money 5: The Soldier’s Wages of Pavia

Our series takes you along for the ride as we explore the Zurich of times past. This time it’s the year 1512 and we’re standing in the chamber of the Abbess of the Fraumünster Abbey. She is hiding a mercenary leader who’s on the run. Much like a good DVD, this conversation comes with a sort of ‘making of’ – a little numismatic-historical backdrop to help underscore and illustrate its context. more ]

The People of Zurich and their Money 7: The "Robbery" of the Church Silver

Our series takes you along for the ride as we explore the Zurich of times past. There was tension in the air in the autumn of 1526: The reformed Zurich had just expropriated the church on its territory.
Much like a good DVD, this conversation comes with a sort of "making of" – a little numismatic-historical backdrop to underscore and illustrate this conversation. more ]

The People of Zurich and their Money 8: a technology from Zurich captures the world

Our series takes you along for the ride as we explore the Zurich of times past. Hans Vogler was involved in the promotion of a machine that was to revolutionize minting – but he gained no profit out of it.
Much like a good DVD, this conversation comes with a sort of ‘making of’ – a little numismatic-historical backdrop to underscore and illustrate this conversation. more ]

The People of Zurich and their Money 9: Burning a woman – 7 pfund 10 shilling

Our series takes you along for the ride as we explore the Zurich of times past. Today, you will learn from Master Hans which price he charged the Säckelmeister (treasurer) in 1701 – for torturing, beheading and burning a woman! Much like a good DVD, this conversation comes with a sort of ‘making of’ – a little numismatic-historical backdrop to 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 ]

Berlin and South Africa – an Ancient Connection

In 1892 a joke did the rounds in South Africa. Finally the newly minted coins had been put into circulation. They depicted the ... more ]

Bullion coins part 1: The Krugerrand

Gold has always been an alternative for investors. And since 1967, one can not only invest in bullion, but also in bullion coins. The South Africans ought to feel like the inventors of the gold bullion coin. They have been minting the Krugerrand since 1967. more ]

„King of South African Coins“ certified by NGC

"King of South African Coins," the unique and historic 1898 Single 9 Pond, sells for a record multi-million rand price and is certified by NGC... more ]

NGC Grades Rare “99” Stamped 1898 South Africa Pond

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has graded an exquisite specimen of the rare 1898 South Africa Pond with a “99” stamp. Graded NGC MS 62, it is one of just 20 examples certified by NGC. more ]

Bullion Coins of the World

Many investors prefer bullion coins to bars. Their advantages: they show beautiful motifs deeply rooted in the history and culture of the issuing nations. Learn more about that in our bullion coins series. more ]

The Krugerrand 50-year success story

With over 60 million coins sold the Krugerrand is the most popular investment coin, an integral element in the investment sector since the coin’s inception. In 1967, the first Krugerrand was minted by South African Mint, the State minting institution, in Pretoria. more ]

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...
more ]

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 ]

Leyden suffering – a siege during the Dutch War of Independence

Few wars have appealed to people’s emotions like the Dutch War of Independence. The roles seemed to be assigned all too clearly: on the one side there were the evil Catholic Spaniards, on the other the good Protestant Dutchmen. What we omit, however, is that this war was one the first in which propaganda was utilized in full awareness of its effects. more ]

From Pavia to the Sack of Rome – siege coins in Italy

Why was it that Renaissance rulers went to Italy to seek good fortune? Why was it that thousands of ducats and thaler were spent on mercenary soldiers? This article gives an insight into the war between Francis I of France and Charles V of Italy... more ]

Between East and West or: the first Western coins of China

The first Chinese coins imitating western models were struck on the island of Formosa, modern-day Taiwan, nearly 200 years before. This article will tell the story, how it came about... 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 ]

The history of South America told by coins from the Lissner Collection

The numismatic history of South America is as fascinating as its political turmoils between the Spanish Conquista and the fight for independence. The Lissner Collection has gathered innumerous numismatic gems and thus illustrates perfectly this intriguing history. more ]

Human faces, part 48: Simón Bolívar, South America’s heroic freedom fighter

Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? In this episode: Why Bolivia is called Bolivia. more ]

“A Meeting of Two Worlds”: Historic Ibero-American Coins Re-issued

The Royal Spanish Mint issued nine Ibero-American historic coins like Argentina’s first 1-peso coin or the Spanish 8-reales. But on the obverse these coins show the coats-of-arms of all participating countries... more ]

“Black Swan” Treasure from Sunken Ship Still Contested

A treasure of 500,000 coins discovered in 2007 by the Odyssey Marine Exploration continues to keep occupied the courts. After a negative decision of the appellate court, Odyssey has announced to request an en banc hearing... 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 ]

Spain has been handed over treasure from shipwreck

After years of law suits a US federal court ruled that a treasure valued at more than $500 million has to be returned to Spain. Thus, the private sea recovery firm that discovered the treasure in 2007 had to hand it over. 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 (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 ]

Spanish treasure fleet objects presented to public after 400 years

When the Spanish Treasure Fleet on the way back from America to Europe sunk during a terrible hurricane in the Straits of Florida in 1622 the Bank of Madrid broke. One of the vessels was excavated and now the objects are presented to the public. more ]

$1 million of 1715 Fleet shipwreck coins coming to market

Sunken Spanish colonial gold treasure coins discovered during the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Fleet’s demise are offered for the first time. In addition to NGC encapsulation, each coin is accompanied by the original, numbered archeological tag of the expedition crew. more ]

Quarrel over San José gold treasure escalates

In November 2015, the wreckage of the galleon San José that was sunk in 1708 was found off the Colombian coast. It is said to be still loaded with gold and precious stones. Planning to recover this huge treasure, a U.S. American company even risks a battle at sea. more ]

The Coins of Queen Isabel II of Spain

Patrick O’Connor has published his comprehensive monograph on the coinage of Isabel II of Spain. It contains a catalog of all her coins, including patterns, medals, and fantasies. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

Ottoman Imtiyaz medal awarded to German Emperor William I yields 161,000 Euros

On December 30, 1883, the Ottoman ruler drafted a decree by which he invested the German Emperor William I, his new confederate, into the Golden Order of Merit of his country, called Nishan Imtiyaz. That honor was intended to strengthen the political ties between the German Emperor and the Empire at the Bosporus River... more ]

The sorrowful life of the Ottoman Prince Cem

The life of Prince Cem – the youngest son of Mehmed II – was no fortunate life at all. Even dead he was not granted peace: they demanded 5,000 ducats for the prince’s body. 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)

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 Coin Collection of a Statesman in the Ottoman Empire

Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha was a prominent Greek scholar, diplomat, and leading statesman in the Ottoman Empire – and a coin collector. His interest in collecting ancient coins was inspired by his meeting with the French diplomat William-Henri Waddington in Berlin in 1878. more ]

The lustre of all the gold treasures of the world does not make me happy

Although Michael I Apafi had the largest modern gold coins produced he nevertheless remained sceptical towards gold... more ]

At the Height of the Thirty Years’ War

Why issued Emperor Ferdinand III a gold medallion on his son’s coronation to King of Hungary and Bohemia only ten years later? This numismatic question leads us in the middle of the bloody Thirty Years’ War and to Wallenstein. more ]

Bohemia and the House of Habsburg – a conflict-laden relationship

Habsburg coins having been minted in the Prague Mint is something we very much take for granted. In its Auction 285, to be held on 2 February 2017, the auction house Künker offers an entire series of these. But it was anything but ordained by God that Bohemia became subject to the rule of the House of Habsburg. more ]

Hungary releases coin in honor of Prime Minister Kálmán Széll

Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of politician Kálmán Széll, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank issues a collector coin in two versions. It features a portrait of the Prime Minister of the period of Austro-Hungarian Dualism in Hungary. more ]

Gold!

Jack London, Klondike and Burning Daylight
One day in December Daylight filled a pan from bed rock on his own claim and carried it into his cabin. Here a fire burned and enabled him to keep water unfrozen in a canvas tank. He squatted over the tank and began to wash... more ]

The Mint of the United States of America in Philadelphia

In contrast to many other mints which seldom allow a visit to their production site, the Philadelphia Mint offered their visitors a comprehensive program including official guided tours and souvenirs as early as the end of the 19th century... more ]

Cent, Nickel, Dime – what is depicted on American coinage and why?

Everybody all over the world is acquainted with the American dollar. But did you ever have a closer look at the three smallest denominations of US coinage? They represent the American conception of the world, too. At the risk of boring our constant readers from the United States, here is a short comment on the subjects pictured there... more ]

Gold rush in California: part II

Countless stories tell of the Californian gold rush which brought thousands of men to America, the Promised Land. But the gold made only very few rich. The majority died as a result of the exertion during the travel, the hard work and the disappointment when they returned back home, poorer than they had come. Their story should be told here. more ]

Gold rush in California: part I

Countless stories tell of the Californian gold rush which brought thousands of men to America, the Promised Land. But the gold made only very few rich. The majority died as a result of the exertion during the travel, the hard work and the disappointment when they returned back home, poorer than they had come. Their story should be told here. more ]

Gold rush in California: part III

Countless stories tell of the Californian gold rush which brought thousands of men to America, the Promised Land. But the gold made only very few rich. The majority died as a result of the exertion during the travel, the hard work and the disappointment when they returned back home, poorer than they had come. Their story should be told here. more ]

Virginia City – Where monetary history was written...

Do you believe, too, that precious metal always retains its value? Well, then you better accompany us to Virginia City, where, in the Comstock Lode, so much silver was found that the silver standard was rendered obsolete. more ]

The mints of San Francisco Part 1: The Old Mint

Join us on our trip to the “Old Mint” of San Francisco. Old and new photos give an insight into the minting as it was done in The Granite Lady. more ]

Bullion coins part 3: The American Eagle

This bullion coin of the United States, first released in 1986, can look back on a long tradition. Its obverse takes up an effigy that was designed by one of the greatest American artists. more ]

Bullion coins part 4: American Buffalo

The bullion coin “American Buffalo” is supposed to capture the beauty of the Wild West. In reality though, the models used for the images were anything but wild. more ]

A mint for the Comstock Lode in Carson City / Nevada

Only for a few years the US Mint struck gold and silver coins at its branch in Carson City. Only 57 types of gold coins originated there. Auction house Gadoury is now able to offer an impressive number of these rarities in their forthcoming auction. more ]

The Hero of the Second War of American Independence

As part of its Berlin Auction 285, the auction house Künker offers a Congressional Gold Medal. This is no medal like any other, but the one President Madison handed personally to Alexander Macomb, the Hero of Plattsburgh. We are telling his story. more ]

More than 3.7 Mio. $ for a Nickel

None other than one of the most famous American coins in existence, the „Olsen“ specimen of the 1913 Liberty nickel, was the anchor lot in Heritage Auctions January ... more ]

Enigmatic hoard in East London

Amateur gardeners unearthed 80 Double Eagles in a little garden in east London. If the owner won’t be found within one year, the hoard will be declared treasure... more ]

A hoard of pre-Revolutionary War colonial paper money

The Colonial Williamsburg Collection acquires the Cornell Hoard, an important hoard of paper money worth then 7.176 pounds sterling.... more ]

Money worth looking at!

The Princeton University has organized an exhibit on Paper Money, which still can be seen to January 2, 2011.... more ]

Owner of the Hackney Hoard ascertained

In 2007 residents of the London borough Hackney came upon a treasure of 80 American gold coins, while digging a frog pond. Now the real owner of these coins has been ascertained. It is the descendant of a German Jew, who escaped to Britain in 1938... more ]

ANA Museum Showcase in Chicago to Feature Amazing Rarities

The American Numismatic Association’s signature Museum Showcase, featuring rare and historically significant numismatic treasures, will be on display at the 2011 ANA World’s Fair of Money (SM), Aug. 16-20 in Chicago... more ]

Morton & Eden: Orders awarded to the man who sold Alaska

Awards from a grateful Czar heaped upon the diplomat who negotiated the deal for the United States to buy Alaska from Russia are to be sold by specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden in London on Friday June 10, 2011... more ]

Verdict in 1933 Double Eagles trial

On July 20, 2011 – after ten days of trial and five hours of deliberation – a jury decided that the ten 1933 Double Eagles, which had been handed to the Secret Service by the descendants of a jeweler from Philadelphia, still belong to the United States of America, although the theft has been committed more than 70 years ago... more ]

Roosevelt Dime with Anti-Semitic Counterstamp is Featured in The Shekel

The cover story of the March-June 2012 double issue of The Shekel was inspired by Mel Wacks’ discovery of a 1953 Roosevelt Dime with the word “JEW” stamped over the portrait. But the new issue contains more intriguing stories ... more ]

Verdict in 1933 Double Eagle Trial Upheld

A federal judge confirmed a 2011 verdict regarding ten 1933 Double Eagle gold coins. Founders handed them over to the Philadelphia Mint for authentication. But then the United States had claimed their right on these coins which by a jury a now again has been recognised. more ]

New record for auctioned coin: $10+ million

During its Americana Sale on January 24, 2013 US auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries sold a 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar for $10,016,875: a new record price for a single coin auctioned ever. more ]

Famous ‘Lost’ nickel sells for $3.17 million

1913 5C Liberty, PR63 PCGS, one of just five known, crosses the block in Chicago-area event, April 25. The item was kept for over 40 years in a closet after being mistakenly declared to be a date altered fake. more ]

Record high on U.S. coin market in 2013

The U.S. rare coin market was estimated at $5 billion in 2013 and soared with nearly $393 million of coins sold at auction the past year, according to the nonprofit Professional Numismatist Guild. more ]

What’s the story behind the Californian gold treasure?

In California, walking the dog a couple found the largest treasure ever found in the USA. Estimated value: over $10 million. But is the money really theirs? Maybe not, as the recent development is indicating. more ]

Great American Coin Hoard Unveiled by Stack’s Bowers Galleries

One of the greatest American coin hoards ever to be found has been acquired by Stack’s Bowers Galleries. The hoard contains over a million coins and its comprehensive market value may range from $15 to $20 million. more ]

Legendary gold cargo to be recovered from SS Central America shipwreck

Odyssey Marine Exploration has been awarded the exclusive contract to recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America off the coast of South Carolina. The ship sank in 1857 with one of the largest documented cargoes of gold ever lost at sea. more ]

NGC Certifies 1838 Gobrecht Hub Reduction

NGC has authenticated a previously unreported brass hub reduction produced at the US Mint from an eagle designed by famed US Mint Engraver Christian Gobrecht. A hub reduction represents a transitional piece between the sculpted model and the hub used to create coining dies. more ]

First gold coin of Saddle Ridge Hoard donated to San Francisco Mint Museum

The California family who discovered over $10 Million in buried gold coins has decided to use the first piece of their newfound fortune to help save the historical National landmark where 1,312 of the 1,427 gold coins in the now-famous Saddle Ridge Hoard were struck. more ]

First Gold Recovery From SS Central America Since 1991

Odyssey Marine Exploration recovered nearly 1,000 ounces of gold during the first reconnaissance dive to the SS Central America shipwreck site. The archaeological excavation of the site will be undertaken once the pre-disturbance survey provides detailed documentation of the site. more ]

NGC Grades Eric P. Newman Part V

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has graded the fifth installment of the extraordinary collection of Eric P. Newman. The selections comprise nearly 1,000 coins and boast a variety of exceedingly rare and high grade US Colonial, Territorial and Federal issues. more ]

NGC Now Attributing Early US Gold Varieties

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has added early federal gold coins to the many series that it will recognize comprehensively by variety numbers. All pre-1834 issues may now be submitted to NGC to receive Bass-Dannreuther (BD) numbers. more ]

The Terra Cotta Portraits of Benjamin Franklin

Richard Margolis, expert on modern medals, has put down his profound knowledge about the terra cotta portraits of Benjamin Franklin created by Jean-Baptiste Nini in a bibliophilic book. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

Exhibits of numismatic interest at the Smithsonian

The new National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution is the most extensive numismatic exhibition in Washington, D.C. But there are, from time to time, other exhibitions at Smithsonian museums that are worth visiting when you are in the US capital. more ]

Treasures – the most intriguing topic of numismatics

‘Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures: Illustrated Stories of the Greatest American Troves and Their Discoveries’, by renowned author Q. David Bowers, is the latest release of Whitman Publishing. more ]

Museum of American Finance to Open Gold Exhibition

“Worth Its Weight” is the title of an exhibition that will be shown on Wall Street, New York, opening on November 19, 2015. Organized by the Museum of American Finance, it will feature more than 100 unique and rare gold objects. more ]

Whitman Releases Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money Vol. 6

Whitman Publishing has released volume 6 of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money, by Q. David Bowers. It covers the early bank currency of the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. more ]

Whitman Releases New Book on Philadelphia Mint in 19th century

Whitman Publishing announces “1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold”. The book chronicles the trials and tribulations of the U.S. Mint in the first half of the 19th century and the tremendous impact that the 1848 discovery of gold in California had upon that institution. more ]

From the underground to the end-users: the final Round Table of the DAMIN project

Where does the material come from, that is used by mints for coining? In the final Round Table of the DAMIN project in San Francisco, the focus was placed on gold, silver, and mercury. more ]

NGC presents McClure Collection in Image Gallery

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has created an online image gallery for the Rev. Dr James Gore King McClure Collection, a fascinating assemblage of coins, tokens and medals collected between the 1860s and 1930s. The collection will be offered by Heritage Auctions. more ]

ANA's Money Museum Catches Gold Fever

The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, operated by the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, has unveiled an expansion of its “Gold Rush” exhibit, which currently highlights Colorado mining history. more ]

Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money Vol. 7 Published

Volume 7 of the Whitman Encyclopedia of Obsolete Paper Money is published. In it Q. David Bowers covers the Southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. more ]

The Atlantic Cable Medal of 1866

On July 27, 1866, 150 years ago, the Transatlantic Cable was completed connecting North America and Europe telegraphically for comparatively instant communication. Herman Blanton tells the story and what was the numismatic aspect of it. more ]

Fitzwilliam display on the Dollar

The Fitzwilliam Museum will show a display on the dollar and how it became a truly global currency. The display runs until 26 February 2017 and shows items to illustrate the dollar’s colourful history. more ]

Bullion Coins of the World

Many investors prefer bullion coins to bars. Their advantages: they show beautiful motifs deeply rooted in the history and culture of the issuing nations. Learn more about that in our bullion coins series. more ]

Gold rushes in British Columbia and beyond

The Canadian Museum of History examines the race for riches on Canada’s West Coast. ‘Gold Rush! – El Dorado in British Columbia’ taps into a much-mythologized vein of history that encompasses gold rushes in California, Australia and Canada in the 19th century. more ]

Exploring the Mints of the United States – From Colonial Days to the Present

Published by Whitman, Q. David Bower’s new book on the history of the U.S. Mint makes its debut in October 2016. Dennis Tucker introduces the book, reflects about the Mint and talks about the author. more ]

Whitman Publishing: Bob McCabe’s Counterfeiting and Technology

Whitman Publishing has released “Counterfeiting and Technology: A History of the Long Struggle Between Paper-Money Counterfeiters and Security Printing” by Bob McCabe. more ]

Whitman Publishing Releases Massive New Bowers Volume on the United States Mint

Whitman Publishing announces the release of A Guide Book of the United States Mint, by Q. David Bowers. The 23rd volume in the award-winning Bowers Series explores the United States Mint itself, which is gearing up to celebrate its 225th anniversary in 2017. more ]

How Tokyo, London, and New York Shaped the Modern World

In “Central Banks and Gold”, Simon James Bytheway and Mark Metzler explore how today’s financialized form of globalism took shape a century ago, when Tokyo joined London and New York as a major financial center. more ]

New Bowers Book on Liberty Seated Silver Coinage released

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the new book by Q. David Bowers on the U.S. Mint’s Liberty Seated Silver Coinage. Minted from 1836 until 1891, these classic silver coins fueled American commerce and are now becoming increasingly popular with collectors. more ]

Money laundering by order of the government

What does a country do when its banknotes last less than a year but they do not want to keep printing new ones? Wash and iron the old ones. By doing so, the U.S. Treasury Department saved several hundreds of thousands of dollars of production costs around 1910. more ]

New Edition of A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

Whitman Publishing has released an expanded, updated second edition of its best-selling “Guide Book of Lincoln Cents”. It provides a detailed study of this American classic, including history, grading, market values, and more. more ]

200 years of service for the Popes – Hamerani, the dynasty of medallists

A Bavarian goldsmith had to flee from Munich. Who would have thought that he was to become the ancestor of one of the most important dynasty of Italian medallists? more ]

The sorrowful life of the Ottoman Prince Cem

The life of Prince Cem – the youngest son of Mehmed II – was no fortunate life at all. Even dead he was not granted peace: they demanded 5,000 ducats for the prince’s body. 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 ]

Charles Borromeo –The Saint of the Counter-Reformation, Part 1

Charles Borromeo was considered ‘the’ saint of the Counter-Reformation. In this three-part series, we will tell you about his life. The first episode informs about the constitution of the church that made Charles Borromeo great before he became the epitome of the reform. more ]

Charles Borromeo – The Saint of the Counter-Reformation, Part 2

Charles Borromeo was considered ‘the’ saint of the Counter-Reformation. In this three-part series, we will tell you about his life. The second episode focuses on the career of Saint Charles Borromoeo and his conversion. more ]

Charles Borromeo – The Saint of the Counter-Reformation, Part 3

Charles Borromeo was considered ‘the’ saint of the Counter-Reformation. In this three-part series, we will tell you about his life. The third episode focuses on the afterlife of the Saint who was used and utilized by the Church and his relatives in their favor. more ]

Cochin-China – an almost forgotten episode of French history

On June 22, 2011, a big collection of French coins will be auctioned off at Künker’s including a rare pattern, which was produced in Paris for the French colony Cochin-China. What’s the story behind? And where is Cochin-China located anyway? more ]

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