A look behind the scenes of the Numismatic Guarantee Corporation

Over the course of more than 30 years since its founding, NGC has by now examined, graded and slabbed more than 40 million coins. Millions of clients rely on the grading service. But what happens behind the scenes? Ursula Kampmann visited the headquarters in Sarasota, Florida. more ]

World Customs Organisation Illicit Trade Report 2016

For the first time the World Customs Organisation has analysed in their Illicit Trade Report also the trafficking of cultural property. The figures show how absurd the claim is that trafficking of cultural property comes third in quantity after drugs and weapons. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, at the triumphal procession ... more ]

Alabama Becomes 37th US State with a Sales-Tax Exemption

Alabama exempts the gross proceeds from the sales of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion, and money from sales and use tax for five years. The law is a sales-and-use tax exemption on U.S.A. coins and currency and precious-metals bullion sales. more ]

The coins of the Palaiologos in the Kingdom of Bulgaria

Konstantin Dochev has written a comprehensive study on the coins of the Byzantine ruling family, the Palaiologos, which were minted between 1259 and 1396 and circulated in the Bulgarian kingdom. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the study. more ]

Obolos 9 is postponed to 25 March 2018

Those who were not able to bid during Obolos 9 will have a second chance. Due to too many bidders trying to place their bids, the computer crashed and the auction will be repeated. more ]

New chairmen of European Vending Association Coin-Group

After 15 years Klaus Meyer-Steffens has stepped down as chairman of the European Vending Association Coin-Group for retirement. Elected as his successor was Ingmar Gründel. more ]

The Royal Mint’s Beatrix Potter bunny coin will return in 2018

Four of Beatrix Potter’s famous cartoon characters will be shown on a series of new coins minted by the Royal Mint. The coloured Silver Proof 50p coins will feature the likenesses of Peter Rabbit, Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and a mouse from ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’. more ]

United States Mint Updates its Numismatic Customer Return Policy

Returning a coin purchased at the US Mint will be a bit more difficult in the future as the institution announced to change its return policy. The reason behind this move is the excessive abuse of the outgoing return policy. more ]

Shanna Schmidt presents new Website

Shanna Schmidt Numismatics Inc. has a new and improved website. The new website shares the same visually beautiful photos that her previous web gallery displayed, but now the client can purchase coins directly via the website from her. more ]

Ian Stewart, Baron Stewartby (1935-2018)

Bernard Harold Ian Halley Stewart died on 3 March 2018. He is considered one of the greatest experts of British numismatics. We mourn the loss of a distinguished collector and researcher who also shaped his country’s (monetary) policy. more ]

Photographic impressions of the Munich Numismata

The Munich Numismata took place on 3 and 4 March 2018. Naturally, CoinsWeekly had its own booth at the event. Here are some photographic impressions of the coin convention. more ]

Gold and Silver: Images and Illusions of the Gold Rush

With an exhibition on the Gold Rush the National Gallery of Canada offers a new interpretation of a seminal, American-identity building event through exquisite historical images. Until 4 April 2018 visitors can admire more than 150 images, most of them never exhibited before. more ]

New 2019 Official Red Book available soon

Whitman Publishing offers an expanded, updated 72nd edition of its best-selling Guide Book of United States Coins, popularly known as “Red Book”. The book can be pre-ordered online and will be available on March 22, 2018. more ]

The story of the Stoecklin Collection

The Stoecklin Collection was formed over a span of three generations and nearly 100 years. Many coins were not collected for their perfect quality but because they tell intriguing stories. But the story of the collection is a great story itself. Alan S. Walker tells it. more ]

How the portrait got on the coin...

It was in Asia Minor that the satraps came up with the idea of putting their portraits on coins. If you want to know how this happened and who these satraps were, have a look at this film illustrated with coins offered in Künker’s Auction 304. more ]

New coin of Coin Invest features Che Guevara

Following Chinggis Khaan and Fidel Castro, Coin Invest has dedicated the third issue in its “Iconic Revolutionaries” series to Che Guevara, whose face became an icon of the Protests of 1968 thanks to Alberto Korda’s portrait. more ]

Sack & Kiesselbach receives the prestigious World Money Fair Award

The producer of oil-hydraulic presses Sack & Kiesselbach very well known in the numismatic world has received the World Money Fair Award for their innovative power. The company has continued to meet new challenges for the last 127 years. more ]

Heritage Auctions Shatters Industry Record With $438 Million in Online Sales in 2017

Online sales at Heritage Auctions surged to an industry-leading $438,298,484 in 2017, marking the first time more than half of the firm’s total annual sales were transacted through the internet. The total represents 53.7 percent of the firm’s $815 million in total sales. more ]

FEDEX takes the gloves off, when Russian Embargo is concerned

Those who like laughing (and who are not trying to sent an object to a customer abroad) will love this email exchange of an over-challenged representative of FEDEX, a recipient and an auctioneer. more ]

The artistic idea behind the Olympic medals of 2018

Have you wondered why the Olympic medals, pursued by sportsmen and -women from around the world in Pyongyang during the last weeks, feature such a reduced pattern? The designer of the medals has explained his complex way to simplicity. more ]

Louisenthal Showcases Security Technology in a Hologram Exhibition in Prien

The latest achievements in security features are being shown at an exhibition in Bavarian Prien. Here, the German currency printing experts Louisenthal will present their inventions in the fields of anti-counterfeit hologram and foil technologies. more ]

The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery at the Met

Just a few days remain to visit the exhibition of the Metropolitan featuring the Tazze Aldobrandini. They are dedicated to the Roman emperors and their decoding is the solution of a riddle numismatists will love. We simply have to publish these wonderful pictures. more ]

International Conference on Hellenistic Crete

The Italian Archaeological School of Athens will host an international congress from 13-14 June 2018. The aim of the congress is to promote the integration of new knowledge on Hellenistic Crete with earlier research. The organisers call for posters. more ]

Finland dedicates two-euro commemorative coin to the Finnish sauna

Two distinctly Finnish elements are displayed on two of the state’s new commemorative coins that will be released in 2018: The Finnish National Landscape Koli and a tribute to the Finnish Sauna Culture. The first is to be released in spring, the second in autumn. more ]

Pobjoy Mint coins feature Manta Rays

One of the latest releases of Pobjoy Mint pays tribute to a giant yet harmless creature of the sea. Available in Titanium and Cupro Nickel, the £2 coin renders a depiction of the impressive Manta Ray, an animal that is now considered vulnerable due to overfishing. more ]

Technical Forum 2018

Like in the previous years, the World Money Fair provided a display of the newest innovations in coin technology. 12 representatives introduced their latest developments. Ursula Kampmann listened to them. more ]

Tim Wilkes joins Dix Noonan Webb

Numismatic specialist Tim Wilkes has announced that he’ll be joining Dix Noonan Webb (DNW), one of the leading auction houses in London. He states that he will no longer be trading independently because of his new employment. more ]

Coin hoard unveils the location of a settlement

A coin hoard in the Bulgarian city of Mezdra offers new insights into local history. Archaeologists expect a hitherto unknown settlement at the site of around 1,000 silver coins of imperial times – most of which are already gone. more ]

The achievements of the Money and Medals Network is the topic of a new exhibition

“Money and Medals: mapping the UK’s numismatic collections” is a new exhibition of the British Museum. It is dedicated to the successful Money and Medals Network run by the BM. This exhibition is the first of two BM exhibitions sponsored by Spink. more ]

Numismatics: The royal discipline

Currently, the King Vittorio Emanuele III coin collection is being republished in Italy. We owe the volume about the Islamic coins to Arianna D’Ottone Rambach. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it. more ]

NGC Helps Collectors and Dealers Identify Top World Counterfeits

To support the fight against coin counterfeits, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has expanded its free catalogue of the 25 world’s most often forged coins. It offers in-depth information on how to spot counterfeited coins. more ]

Chicago Coin Expo scheduled for April 18-21st

More than a thousand visitors and 75 dealers are expected to attend the second Chicago Coin Expo that will open its doors from April 18th to 21st. This time, the convention will be held in the beautiful Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Downtown Chicago. more ]

Gender Numismatics Workshop – Call for Papers

An international workshop at Tübingen University will discuss gender roles in numismatics from November 29-30, 2018. The organizers are calling for papers. Explicitly welcome are papers on comparative approaches or methodology more generally. more ]

Fish & Chips on a Coin: The Royal Mint Breaks Fresh Ground

The Royal Mint issues the very first coin series dedicated consequently to popular icons which are connected with a letter of the alphabet. You will find James Bond as well as a tea pot, English breakfast, the double decker bus or queuing. Which is your favourite topic? We show all 26! more ]

More lenient sentence in the second instance in OeBS bribery scandal

In 2014, decision-makers of OeBS, Austrian National Bank and Austrian Mint were sentenced for embezzlement and bribery of foreign central banks. The jugde in the second instance confirmed five imprisonments but passed more lenient sentences overall. more ]

Not all that glitters is gold

Two detectorists in England found a treasure of Roman gold coins – at least that’s what they thought. In reality, they found remnants of a TV shoot, ironically the shoot of a popular comedy series about detectorists... more ]

Simon Bendall Collection of Byzantine coins stolen

Last week, burglars stole the collection of Byzantine coins owned by renowned scholar Simon Bendall. His comprehensive collection had served him for decades as source for his many publications. more ]

“Ship of Gold” exhibit to dock in Long Beach

In 1857, the steamship SS Central America sank in a hurricane while carrying tons of California gold. Parts of the in 2014 recovered cargo are shown in an exhibition that looks like a ship itself. Next stop: Long Beach, February 22-24, 2018. more ]

The letters of Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc to the Pasqualini

They offer a wonderful insight into the Republic of Letters: The letters of the French polymath Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc and the Roman antiquarian and clergyman Lelio Pasqualini. Veronica Carpita and Elena Vaiani have published them. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the publication. more ]

NGC to Grade Coins On-site in Munich

For the first time ever, NGC International will hold an on-site grading event in its Munich branch. The event which will take place from February 27 to March 3, 2018 is a first for the world’s largest third-party coin grading service. more ]

Royal Mint Bullion offers the first Britannia Platinum Bullion coins

Britannia, personification of the British nation, and Queen Elizabeth II are displayed on the first platinum bullion coins which were produced for the first time at the Royal Mint. more ]

First female chief appointed to Royal Mint

For the first time in its one-thousand-year history, the Royal Mint will be led by a woman. Anne Jessopp is now in charge of the institution and its 900 employees. “I am delighted to be appointed to lead this unique and important British organization”, she said. more ]

Seleucid Coins Online is Now Live

ANS has released a new web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online, a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings and reports on the substantial increase in the number of coins available now for study on PELLA website. more ]

Impressions of the World Money Fair

330 exhibitors informed roughly 15,000 convention visitors about the newest trends in numismatics at the World Money Fair. Here you’ll find some photographic impressions of the world’s largest coin convention. more ]

India opens Pandora’s Box

Only 3,650 of India’s 500,000 monuments are protected by law. A study has shown that the legal regulations are hardly ever put into practice. A new law will make the situation a lot worse. more ]

Virtual Tour of “Faces of Power” Exhibition

Since summer 2017 the Israel Museum has been showing the exhibition “Faces of Power” of Roman gold coins. Now the museum has published an amazing 360 degree virtual tour in combination with an audio guide. more ]

New book describes the “The Journey of the Insignia”

Celebrating 200 years of the coronation of King Joao VI in 2018, the latest book by awarded author Antonio M. Trigueiros focuses on two Royal brothers fighting their “war of insignia” in 19th century Brazil and Portugal. more ]

TEFAF announces changed opening dates

The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht has announced that its opening dates for the upcoming exhibition in March have changed. There now will be an “Early Access Day” for selected VIP card holders before the Preview Day, the TEFAF administration has announced. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint solves white spot issue

Little white spots on silver bullion coins are an unwelcome but common occurrence, especially in a variety of modern coins. The Canadian Royal Mint now claims to have found a solution how to prevent these “milk spots”. more ]

CSNS announces program and speakers for 2018 Anniversary Convention

From 24-28 April 2018, the Central States Numismatic Society will hold its Anniversary Convention in Chicago. It features an auction as well as an educational forum for which the Society has now announced the key speakers. The Convention hotel is almost sold out. more ]

Sexual harassment in the numismatic world?

Mitch Ernst, president-elect of Central States Numismatic Society, expresses himself clearly on what we should do regarding sexual harassment: we must not tolerate it but be prepared to act. This is why he has a special educational offering at the CSNS April convention. more ]

Euro banknote counterfeiting remains low in second half of 2017

The European Central Bank (ECB) published its numbers about faked Euro-banknotes found during the second half of 2017. The numbers continue to be very low. more ]

New Titanium coin features the Coconut Crab

A rather unusual heraldic animal is to be found on one of the newest coins issued by the British Pobjoy Mint: The Coconut Crab, the largest land-living crab, represents the British Indian Ocean Territory as it is indigenous to both the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. more ]

US Mint releases first coin in new platinum proof coin series

The United States Mint has opened sales for the 2018 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin. It is the first release in the three-year series that features all new obverse designs on a one ounce, 99.95 percent platinum proof coin each year. more ]

Half a Million Dollar for a 1851 $20 Liberty Error

During the FUN Convention in Tampa a 1851 $20 Liberty struck on a large cent planchet error was sold for nearly half a million dollars. Error coin expert Fred Weinberg knows this coin perfectly and tells its amazing history in this video. more ]

The bracteates: An image of society in the High Middle Ages

In a short film, the beautifully preserved bracteates of the Professor Helmut Hahn collection illustrate the medieval estate-based society. And the historical background in turn helps to better understand their imagery. more ]

Medal production in 1930

In 1929/1930, the America-based Medallic Art Company made a film that shows the making of a medal, from the draft to the delivery of the product finished. This is a fascinating glimpse into early 20th century medal production! more ]

Casting medallions for beginners

Everybody can make a medallion. At least all graduating students at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A Youtube video shows how even unexperienced students succeed in producing bronze medallions. more ]

From Georg Heinrich Sander to the Collection of a History Enthusiast

Georg Heinrich Sander assembled an impressive coin collection in the middle of the 18th century. A collector of today was impressed and reconstructed his collection according to his publication. This film is bridging the gap between these coin collectors, separated by centuries, united by enthusiasm. more ]

The Dr Rainer Opitz Collection

Luther, the Reformation and the consequent Protestantism are among the historical forces that have shaped our world. This film presents the Opitz Collection, a collection with a distinct focus on this subject illustrating the historical background. more ]

James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video Free on PNG YouTube Channel

The Professional Numismatists Guild has uploaded the award-winning video “Money: History in Your Hands” on its new YouTube channel. Narrated by acclaimed actor James Earl Jones, it gives advice about buying, storing and selling numismatic items and bullion for everyone. more ]

Ships on Coins and Medals

Do you also dream of circumventing the world numismatically? Then this film about ships on coins and medals is just the right remedy for your wanderlust. The shown specimens will be offered at the Künker Summer Auction Sale. more ]

British Museum podcast shows how to deface a coin

In a British Museum podcast episode Tom Hockenhull, curator of Modern money, discussed the phenomenon of counterstamping coins during the British suffragette movement for publicity. He also demonstrates the counterstamping process in action! more ]

The War of the Spanish Succession

On November 1, 1700 the childless King of Spain died. The fight for his empire was the reason for the War of the Spanish Succession. This film will tell you its history using coins and medals from that period. more ]

William Goetzmann on “Money Changes Everything”

In a lecture at the Museum of American Finance financial historian William Goetzmann argued that development of finance has made the growth of civilizations possible. You can now watch the lecture on video. more ]

Coins and Medals of the Popes

Coins and medals of the Popes are popular among collectors all over the world. A little film explains several papal symbols and summarizes the history of modern papacy using coins and medals. more ]

David Hendin presents coins from the Jewish War

David Hendin is Adjunct Curator for the American Numismatic Society and an expert in ancient Jewish coins. In a video for the ‘Ancient Jew Review’ he gives a brief history of the war and presents some of the Jewish coins minted during this period. more ]

Money in Ancient Rome

Republic, Senate, Dictator, we all know what these terms do mean. And we tend to transfer the modern interpretation to Ancient Rome. Nevertheless, then politics was completely different. What it did look like, you will learn in this PDF slideshow series. more ]

Coins and Medals from Regensburg

The Rudolf Spitzner Collection of coins and medals from Regensburg features numismatic items ranging from medieval pfennigs to convention talers of the last prince-bishop of Regensburg. A film presents some of the numerous numismatic rarities. more ]

Russian Medals: Peter the Great of Russia

Did you ever ask yourself why there are so many medals of Peter the Great? This fact has to be credited to Catherine the Great. And if you want to know why, you should have a look at this Künker Podcast. more ]

The Principality of Transylvania

In their Summer Auction 2015 auction house Künker offered some extraordinary gold pieces. A film tells you the history full of conflicts of Count Dracula’s Transsylvania following these coins. more ]

Coins of the Roman Republic

In the Spring Auction 259-262 auction house Künker sold a special collection Roman Republic on March, 9th 2015. On that occasion Künker has prepared a little movie that gives you historical information on some of the intriguing coinages. more ]

The First Gold Coins of the United States

A selection of extremely rare, early private gold dollars of the American gold fields was part of the Künker’s Berlin-Auction 258 on January, 29th, 2015. This film narrates the gripping story behind these coins. more ]

Mining Coins as Artifacts of State-of-the-Art Mining Technology

You have to know one or two things about the history of mining technology to fully understand the purpose of the various buildings and installations you see depicted on mining coins. This film helps you. Join us in our descent into a numismatic mine! more ]