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Million dollar law suit against Getty

The Getty museum is being sued, because it allegedly communicated with the owner of antiques they wanted to buy. Phoenix Ancient Art consider themselves ousted as middleman and claim 77 million dollars for breach of contract. But was there ever a contract? more ]

London has been paying rent to the crown for 800 years

The Quit Rent Ceremony, where London pays rent for two properties to the respective British monarch, has been documented since 1211. The currency is still the same as 800 years ago: knives, horseshoes and nails. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, at one of the world’s leading coin grading companies ... 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 ]

Ninth Edition of “Gold Coins of the World” Published

Descending from the groundbreaking work by Robert Friedberg, the 9th edition of “Gold Coins of the World” is available. Written by Arthur L. Friedberg and Ira S. Friedberg, the unique standard reference calls on the expertise of more than 100 numismatic specialists. more ]

2017 ICOMON Meeting – Call for Papers

For the XXIV ICOMON 2017 Conference at Jakarta from September 3-9, 2017, Museum Bank Indonesia invites members, academia, professionals and public. Papers related to the theme “Money and Banking Museums: from display to engagement” are welcome. more ]

Australian coin honors motor racing legend Brabham

The Royal Australian Mint devotes a commemorative coin to motor racing legend Sir Jack Brabham. The green and gold track on the coin recalls Brabham becoming the one and only Formula 1 driver to ever win a World Championship in a car of his own construction. more ]

Greek and Roman Numismatics Summer School in Athens

The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation organises its first Summer School on Ancient Greek and Roman Numismatics, to take place at its premises in Athens, from 3 to 12 July 2017. A visiting scholar will develop a special topic. more ]

Fidel Castro

On behalf of Mongolia, Coin Invest Trust dedicates two commemorative coins to recently deceased Fidel Castro. The relief of the silver edition is especially high and rich in detail thanks to smartminting© technology. The gold edition impresses with its diameter. more ]

Green sea turtle with numismatic insides

A turtle in Thailand had to have surgery because it was dragging its leg behind, swimming. The doctors found something wildly unexpected in her stomach: 5 kilograms of coins. The animal had swallowed 915 coins. more ]

Handover at the FENAP

Dr. Hubert Lanz has been chairman of the Federation of European Numismatic Trade Associations for many years. Now he has handed over his office to a younger successor. more ]

Egypt's former minister says antiquities should stay abroad

Most Egyptian artefacts held abroad were exported legally, says Egypt’s former Antiquities Minister and argues that it is in his country’s interests to leave them where they are. 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 ]

Auction house Hermann Historica is looking for a new owner

For more then 35 years Munich-based auction house Hermann Historica has been a specialist on Arms and Armour, Firearms, Antiquities, and much more. Now the directors are looking for an entrepreneur who will lead the firm into the future. more ]

Boris Kochnev Memorial Seminar on Middle Eastern and Central Asian Numismatics

On March 18, 2017, the Ninth Seminar on Middle Eastern and Central Asian Numismatics in Memoriam Boris Kochnev will be held at Hofstra University. Limited to pre-modern times, the geography of papers ranges from the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea to the deserts of Xinjiang. more ]

Royal Canadian Mint is offering a new silver collector coin

The Royal Canadian Mint is offering a new silver collector coin, overflowing with favourite symbols of home. Royal Canadian Mint’s “Heart of our nation” silver coin gives Canadians a great way to hold onto memories of Canada 150. more ]

Pobjoy Mint strikes Capitol Building shaped coin

On behalf of the British Virgin Islands, Pobjoy Mint produces a 1-dollar coin in the shape of the United States’ Capitol. This unusual, low-mintage coin is a fitting tribute also to Capitol architect William Thornton, who was born in the issuing nation. more ]

In memoriam Georg Baums

On 16 February 2017, Georg Baums died aged 81. His collection of siege coins as well as medals referring to war and peace has become a standard reference. more ]

Pandora’s Big Disappointment

“Operation Pandora” was a major investigation program lasting over two months in 18 countries. It had very small results for such a massive operation and did provide no evidence of the antiquities trade’s association with terrorist activity. Kate Fitz Gibbon reports. more ]

Whitman Publishing Wants Your Imperfect Coins

Whitman Publishing is looking for pictures of “problem” coins to illustrate in upcoming books. Hobbyists who share their images will be credited in the books’ acknowledgments. more ]

Lycian coins

Lycian coins in European private collections – that is the title of Wilhelm Müseler’s latest publication. It turned out to be much more than a simple catalogue. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. 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 ]

CIT Produces Real Legal Tender Silver Notes

On behalf of Cook Islands, Coin Invest Trust issues the first 1 dollar notes made of 5 grams of fine silver. Depicting the skylines of the world’s great metropolises in colour, this new series creates a fusion of metal value and legal tender. more ]

Hungarian coin dedicated to Saint Margaret of Hungary

The Magyar Nemzeti Bank has issued a 50,000-forint gold coin and a 2,000-forint non-ferrous coin dedicated to Saint Margaret of Hungary. The daughter of King Béla IV was born 775 years ago and could foretell the future according to the medieval legend. 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 ]

U.S. American Secret Service recovers $30 million of counterfeit money

In a concerted action, the U.S. American Secret Service seized fake U.S. banknotes worth $30 million in Lima, Peru. Controlled by the mafia, this is where many of the world’s most-talented counterfeiters are working. more ]

Anniversary in Munich – the 50th Numismata Munich

Europe’s most successful coin fair for Classic numismatics will turn 50! The exhibition space of the Munich Numismata has increased tenfold, and 4,000 visitors come every year. It was initiated once by the Munich-based collectors. more ]

Interview with Manager of Dutch National Numismatic Collection

With more than 400,000 items, the National Numismatic Collection is the largest collection of means of payment in the Netherlands. Ursula Kampmann talked with Ewout van Haeften, who is responsible for the collection, about the current situation and plans for the future. more ]

Numismatic treasures of a Renaissance collector

John Cunnally has submitted a new kind of book. He has reconstructed the collection of a prominent Renaissance scholar. He has done so by means of an illustrated catalogue of the collection, which was probably composed around 1560. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

A touch of luxury for coin collectors: The Abafil Story

Those who collect high class coins certainly know the elegant suitcases made by Abafil. But did you know that the founder of Abafil was a coin collector himself? Find here a chronology of this producer of first class coin collecting accessories starting in 1964. more ]

Vienna Workshop on Chinese Numismatics with F. Thierry

On March 8, 2017, the Vienna-based Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture organizes a workshop on Chinese numismatics with F. Thierry. The topics addressed include the development of Chinese coinage and Sasanian Coins from China. more ]

Magical Congress of the USA – Fantastic Beasts

For the Cook Islands, Coin Invest Trust has issued a commemorative 1 oz fine silver coin limited to 5,000 pieces on the Harry Potter spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Thanks to smartminting©, the relief is spectacularly high, featuring brilliant details. more ]

Latvia issues innovative collector coin “The Earth”

A 5 euro collector coin “The Earth” has been issued by Latvijas Banka. Made of translucent perlucor with a silver outer ring and depicting Earth at the center, the issue is both innovative and unique, in terms of technology and design. 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 ]

Venezuela's monetary zigzag course

Venezuela is currently stricken by an energy crisis and food shortages. Although the people are forced to pay with wads of money already, President Maduro withdrew the highest denomination banknote worth 100 bolívar - only to declare it still valid again. more ]

Welcome to Iran! Part 14: Isfahan, or Half the World

The last episode of the numismatic diary brings us to Isfahan, whose beauty and diversity has led poets to say that “Isfahan is half the world.” And we visit this city not on just any day of the year, but on Newroz, the Iranian New Year, of all days... more ]

New permanent gallery at the Bank of England Museum

Inspired by the polymer £5 note, the Bank of England Museum has opened its new permanent gallery. Its exhibition “The Story of the Banknote – From Mulberry Paper to Flexible Plastic” journeys from the Ming dynasty money to the new fiver. 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 ]

Chicago Coin Expo Returns to Chicago

On April 5-8, 2017 the inaugural Chicago Coin Expo will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center. It is hosted by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. and the History In Your Hands Foundation. more ]

Former President Obama Receives Bronze Medals For Each Term in Office

On January 17, 2017 Treasury and U.S. Mint leaders presented bronze medals to former President Barack Obama. Emblemizing his terms in office, the two presidential medals depict his portrait and portions of memorable speeches from the time of his presidency. more ]

Commemorative coins devoted to independence and nature of Finland

In 2017, Finland will release a commemorative two-euro coin celebrating the country's centenary of independence. There is also a proposal to the Ministry of Finance for a commemorative coin paying tribute to Finnish nature, to be released in the autumn of 2017. more ]

NGC Releases New Mobile App

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has released a new mobile app that features some of the company’s most popular research tools. Optimized for both smartphones and tablets, the free NGC app is available now in the App Store and Google Play. more ]

Owner of the Pocking gold trove found

In the summer of 2016, children discovered a gold treasure worth 250,000 euros while playing. Only days before the official period would have expired, the owner unexpectedly came forward. more ]

Welcome to Iran! Part 13: Home at Zarathustra’s

The penultimate episode of the numismatic diary brings us to Yazd, the centre of the fire cult. We visit the towers of silence, the famous fire temple, and of course we can’t get around Nietzsche altogether... more ]

PNG advises caution against “Trump Coins”

The Professional Numismatists Guild advises buyers to be wary of so-called “Trump Coins” and to not take them as truly rare coins. Despite how they are being advertised, they are neither legal tender nor a great investment. more ]

Funds raised to acquire the Hoard of King Alfred

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has raised the £1.35 million required to purchase the hoard of King Alfred the Great discovered in Oxfordshire in 2015. Support was provided by the National Lottery through a Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund and private contributors. more ]

The collection of mining coins and medals of Karl Ritter von Ernst

Bernhard Prokisch has published his new catalogue. It is a collection of mining coins and medals which will not only be available in print but also digitally. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the catalogue.
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The Royal Mint and WPIC partner on new platinum investment products

The Royal Mint and the World Platinum Investment Council announced to partner on a new range of platinum investment products. Marking the Mint’s first bullion platinum offering, the partnership aims to stimulate investor demand for physical platinum worldwide. more ]

Australian coin commemorates sinking of “SS Vyner Brooke”

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the “SS Vyner Brooke”, the Royal Australian Mint struck a 20 cent commemorative coin to recognise the story of this devastating but also inspiring struggle for survival. 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 ]