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ANS repatriates coins to Austrian Museum

In 1995 the American Numismatic Society acquired 94 coins which were rumored to have come from a museum in Austria in 1945. In the meantime the rightful owner was proved, and the coins were repatriated end of May. more ]

To Spain! Part 6: The Sistine Chapel of the Neolithic Age?

Cueva de los Letreros is occasionally referred to as the Sistine Chapel of the Neolithic Age. Whether or not it really is you can find out in this episode. Also: Where the best olive oil in Spain is made, and where people still live in caves today. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in a Roman town’s development area ... more ]

Report on UNESCO 1970 Conference in Paris 2017

On May 15-16, 2017, the fourth meeting of the state parties to the 1970 UNESCO Convention took place in Paris. Representing The International Federation of Dealer Associations CINOA, IADAA chairman Vincent Geerling attended the meeting. Here is his report. more ]

A must-have for every library on the Middle Ages

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

KNIR organizes course on coins and identity

Under the title ‘Cities, Emperors and Popes: Coinage and the construction of identity in Antiquity and the Early modern period’, the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome will host a course in October 2017. (R)MA and PhD students are invited to apply until July 1, 2017. more ]

Bükk National Park – Coin IV in the National Parks of Hungary series

The fourth coin in the series ‘National Parks in Hungary’ marks the 40th anniversary of the Bükk National Park’s foundation. Hungary’s Magyar Nemzeti Bank issues a 10,000-forint silver and a 2,000-forint non-ferrous coin in 2017. more ]

NGC Certifies Dramatic New Kennedy Half Dollar Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® has certified a newly discovered variety for the popular Kennedy Half Dollar series. Thorough investigation brought to light that the proof coin revealed one style of mintmark punched over another. more ]

Exotic Butterflies – Aporia crataegi

For Mongolia, Coin Invest Trust adorns the seventh issue in its successful Exotic Butterflies series with a true-to-life specimen of the black-veined white. This makes the series, which was issued by a different country every year, complete. It is the last issue in the series. more ]

Egypt punishes illicit trade in antiquities with life imprisonment

The Egyptian cabinet approves a tightening of the law on the illicit trade in ancient objects. With a sentence of life in prison, it stands alongside the leaking of state secrets. Therewith, the Land on the Nile hopes to guard its cultural property more properly. more ]

To Spain! Part 5: The New Carthage

160,000 coins, a few ancient wrecks, a garum factory, and two Carthaginian trade metropolises, all that is only a few hours’ drive away from Lorca. Not to mention that Lorca itself calls a magnificent parador its own. 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 ]

Hoards in Syria

Frédérique Duyrat has published a weighty monograph on hoards in Syria. It is more than a numismatic study. The author asks the fundamental question how and when all the Syrian coins were incorporated into Western collections. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

World Banknote Summit 2017

The 2017 World Banknote Summit took place in Basel. Participants benefited from “firsts” and took advantage of the more intimate Conference environment to meet and work with industry peers. Planning is already underway for the 2018 Summit in Frankfurt. more ]

Games of the Small States of Europe in San Marino

San Marino has issued a 5 euro silver collector coin in proof dedicated to the 17th edition of the “Games of the Small States of Europe San Marino 2017”. more ]

New issues of Lithuanian Labyrinth coin series

On behalf of Armenia, The Lithuanian Mint releases two additions to its silver coin series “The Labyrinths of the World”. Devoted to the Barcelona Labyrinth and Masone Labyrinth near Parma, they are equipped with a gilded ball running through the maze’s trails. 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 ]

Gold, a new digital currency?

Investors usually buy physical gold or shares that reflect the gold price. The British Royal Mint offers the first digital blockchain-based platform for trading gold. Intended as an investment option, RMG® could also become a digital currency. more ]

Antiquarians and numismatics through correspondence

Letters constitute a source numismatists have neglected so far. And yet they can tell us so much: How numismatic books came into being, where and for how much money coins had been bought, which collections had been accessed for which books, and so on. A congress in Rome has recently addressed this topic. more ]

New euro coin designs for San Marino

15 years after the Republic of San Marino introduced the euro, the national sides are being changed now for the first time. The circulation coin set will be issued by end of June but you can see all new designs in this article already. 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 ]

New Online Resource For Byzantine Coins

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

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

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

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 ]

South African coins celebrate first heart transplant’s jubilee

The South African Mint has issued a pair of coins to mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s first heart transplant by Christian Barnard in 1967. Each of the twinned coins features a heart in great detail, allowing the viewer to imagine the medical miracle. more ]

Sand Dollar

Americans call the skeleton of a sea urchin a sand dollar. Now, Coin Invest Trust makes real money out of it: They strike a sand dollar for Palau in silver and gold. more ]

Council of Europe adopts Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property

On May 3, 2017, the Council of Europe has adopted a convention that aims to establish uniform rules in regards to cultural property. The convention is still based on the allegation that the trade in antiquities promotes international terrorism. more ]

To Spain! Part 4: Valencia

Indiana Jones really was pretty dumb: looking for the Holy Grail in Petra! When every reader of CoinsWeekly knows, after reading this episode of the numismatic diary at the latest, that the Grail is in Valencia. Well, Indiana Jones should just read CoinsWeekly I guess! more ]

German scenographer redesigns Egyptian Museum

The famous Egyptian Museum will be replaced by the Grand Egyptian Museum at Gizeh featuring the most important exhibition of Egyptian objects. A German scenographer has won the competition of designing the exhibition. more ]

Central Asian Coins: 1680-1923

The Bremer Numismatische Gesellschaft has published a new volume in its series, a catalog of pre-modern Central Asian coins. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

Design for 2018 common Baltic coin chosen

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Baltic States, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will issue a 2 euro commemorative coin with a common design in 2018. Chosen by the public, the winning design by Justas Petrulis celebrates the countries’ mutual past, present and future. more ]

Pobjoy Mint releases coin with ice shelf hologram

To highlight the issue of global warming on the Antarctic, British Pobjoy Mint produces a coin that reveals a hologram effect within an image of the Larsen B Ice Shelf. Tying together the whole theme, the coin’s rim has been designed with a cracked ice effect. more ]

ANS Awarded Funding for NEH / Mellon Foundation’s Open Book Program

The digitization of the American Numismatic Society’s backlist of monographs has been funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. All of the ANS’s book-length publications through 2010 will be made available for free online for anyone to use. more ]

Puzzle over Zahi Hawass

According to Egyptian media, controversial Zahi Hawass has been appointed UN Ambassador for Global Heritage. Reliable source material is hard to find, though. So, what do we make of this news? more ]

To Spain! Part 3: Sagunto

Sagunto does not belong to the great attractions with World Heritage Site status. But if you’ve ever read anything about Hannibal’s great war, you will be curious about this city, which was destroyed by Hannibal, and whose conquest led to the Roman invasion of Spain. more ]

US Mint Launches Public Design Competition

The United States Mint calls for artists to design the obverse of the commemorative coin honoring the first manned moon landing. This will be the first time that a curved version of a five ounce silver coin is produced and offered by the United States Mint. more ]

New director of La Monnaie de Paris

The French mint La Monnaie de Paris has a new director. Aurélien Rousseau not only has years of experience in the Paris community politics. The Doctor of History has also advised the Prime Ministers of France. more ]

Praise of coin enthusiasm or: strolling through the world of numismatics

Damiano Cappellari is an ardent coin enthusiast, a nummophile, as he says. His “praise of numismatics” doesn’t want to teach but to inspire. It accomplishes this through poetic walks through the world of coin collecting, as Björn Schöpe has learned. more ]

Conference of the Museum of the Bank of Albania

The 1st Conference of the Museum of the Bank of Albania will be held in Tirana, Albania, on 14th-15th of June 2017. The conference will be a two-day event discussing “Monetary history in Albania” and “Money and Banking Museums”. more ]

Sea Turtle

Coin Invest Trust creates for Palau a dollar shaped like a sea turtle. This turtle is – like its predecessor the skull – a three-dimensional sculpture of small size. more ]

Latvian coin celebrates “The Old Man’s Mitten”

Constituting the third issue of the Fairy Tale Coin series, Latvijas Banka has released the collector coin “The Old Man’s Mitten”. After Five Cats and The Hedgehog Coat, this 5-euro silver coin, too, celebrates one of Latvian’s most loved fairy tales. more ]

Icon of American numismatics passed away

In the night to Monday, May 15, 2017, Catherine Bullowa-Moore has died aged 97. Having been dealing with coins since 1953, she was one of the few women who, already in the 1950s, managed to succeed in numismatics. more ]

Action film-like break-in

During a burglary at the coin dealership R&K Coins in Springfield (USA), the thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of coins and banknotes. In order to get into the shop, they used a brute method, one would rather associate with action films. more ]

The museum of the Italian Mint shines in new splendor

The museum of the Italian Mint has been completely refurbished in record time and finally reveals its treasures to the general public again. The museum also has a wonderful internet presence. And this is just an intermediate stop ... more ]

The human body on objects of the minor arts

The Benaki Museum in Athens and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow have organized a joint exhibition that is being immortalized in a bibliophile catalog. It bears witness to the eternal beauty of the human body. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

American Numismatic Society Launches Image-Based Roman Coin Identification

The American Numismatic Society presents a new interface for Online Coins of the Roman Empire, which allows non-specialists, hobbyists, collectors, archaeologists, and others to browse Roman Imperial coins by image for free online. more ]

Lanz gives the solution to his competition puzzle for Auction 164: the coin on the back of the catalogue was forged

On occasion of his jubilee, Dr. Hubert Lanz created a numismatic hidden object game. People had to trace a forgery that had been intentionally put in the catalogue. Thus Lanz wanted to raise awareness for the security that comes with a renowned auction house. more ]

Australian gold coin commemorates 4th Light Horse Brigade

The Perth Mint presents the latest release from ‘The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series’. Struck from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold and issued as legal tender, the limited coin honors the 4th Light Horse Brigade and its most significant action at Beersheba during WWI. 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 ]