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Albert M. Beck celebrates his 80th birthday

The founder of the World Money Fair and the MünzenRevue is celebrating his 80th birthday. Ursula Kampmann congratulates the doyen of modern numismatics and gives an account of his life. more ]

Ross MacDiarmid congratulates Albert Beck on his 80th Birthday

Ross MacDiarmid is not only mint master of the Royal Australian Mint, but also secretary of the Mint Directors Conference. As representative of the coin producing industry he congratulates Albert Beck on his 80th birthday. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in an art house cinema in Trier ... more ]

Official recommendation on the new Cultural Property Protection Act

The official recommendation on the new German Cultural Property Protection Act has been published at the beginning of April. We will tell you where you can order it. Furthermore, the legal text has finally been translated into English by the ministry. more ]

500 years of Roman portrait art

Andreas Pangerl has initiated a book that constitutes a bibliophile declaration of love to the artworks of Roman mint masters. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the illustrated book and its articles on Roman portrait art. more ]

Grant for publications on Dutch monetary history 2017

The Youth Committee of the Royal Dutch Society for Numismatics makes a publication grant available. Eligible are publications dealing with a subject about coinage or monetary history with a special relation to the Netherlands. Applications will be accepted through July 1, 2017. more ]

A Success From Start To Finish: The 50th NUMISMATA Munich 2017

On March 4 and 5, 2017 Munich was the marketplace for Classic numismatics again. The 50th NUMISMATA conducted in the Isar metropolis recorded great buying interest, satisfied exhibitors and a great many visitors, particularly from Eastern Europe and the U.S. more ]

100th Anniversary Graf Zeppelin

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Count Ferdinand of Zeppelin's death, Coin Invest Trust has designed a commemorative coin for the Cook Islands. The high-relief 3 oz silver edition features a piece of original fabric from the “Graf Zeppelin”. more ]

Canadian coins commemorate elk and lynx

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a “Predator” 1 oz, pure silver bullion coin series featuring the lynx. It has also released a bullion coin, made from 1 oz of pure gold, from its “Call of the Wild” series, celebrating the elk. more ]

Impossible Standards? UK Bill Makes Trade in Items from Conflict Zones Since 1954 Illegal

A United Kingdom bill, the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Act 2017, has been enacted by Parliament. The chief controversy comes from a clause defining what is unlawfully exported cultural property and which is even retroactive. Kate Fitz Gibbon reports. more ]

Canada honours civil rights activist on new banknote

The Canadian Viola Desmond made history many years before Rosa Parks did. When she refused to give up her reserved-for-whites seat at the cinema in 1946, she was put into prison. Now she has become the first woman after the Queen to be put on a banknote of her country. more ]

Exhibition review: ‘Minted: Making Money and Meaning’

The Grosvenor Museum in Chester (UK) made extensive use of photography in an exhibition of 2016. Professional photos were taken of members of the public who had had their hair styled to emulate various portraits on coins. Henry Flynn reports. more ]

Yorkshire Museum acquires Wold Newton Hoard

The largest Tetrarchic hoard ever discovered in the North of England will stay in the Yorkshire Museum thanks to generous donations. Currently the coins are treated for conservation but will be revealed soon. Andrew Woods reports. more ]

Designers sought for Finland in 100 Years collector coin

The Collector Coin Committee of the centenary of Finland’s independence invites to an open, international design competition. To be released in 2018, the gold coin will be minted on the theme Finland in 100 Years. The deadline for submissions is June 2, 2017. more ]

Hungarian coins devoted to poet Arany

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of famous poet János Arany, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank is issuing a 5,000-forint miniature gold coin, a 10,000-forint silver coin and an identical 2,000-forint non-ferrous coin. more ]

Winners of Latvian collector coin design competition announced

In the competition for the design of an innovative euro collector coin, Latvijas Banka has announced the winners. The first prize goes to industrial designer Arturs Analts for his design concept “Honey”. more ]

Peculiarities of Globalisation: German Blanks Acquisition

Who could imagine that German 1 and 2 euro cents are struck on Russian blanks? This article which was first published in the Mint News Quarterly addresses some odd inconsistencies in the German blank acquisition policy. more ]

How Great Britain has been prepared for the new 1 Pound-Coin

Great Britain has introduced the new £1 coin in March 2017. This brings a lot of changes. The Mint News Quarterly has published an interview about the enormous task of preparing all businesses to get ready for the conversion, which we republish here. more ]

MoAF opens exhibition on Blacks on US Currency

The New York Museum of American Finance has opened the traveling exhibit “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency”. On loan from the Museum of UnCut Funk and on view through January 2018, it centers upon blacks which have significantly influenced history. more ]

A new look on Merovingian coinage

Why write a book about Merovingian coinage, when according to popular belief it was so rare? Because it was not so rare at all. Philippe Schiesser changes profoundly the traditional picture of the coinage and level of monetization of the Merovingian age of silver in this book. more ]

Brussels conference on posthumous fate of Greco-Roman coins

On May 19, 2017 the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium will host the 5th International Numismatic Conference in Brussels. The program of the conference “How They Died: Overstriking and Reminting in the Greco-Roman World” is now available. more ]

Quilling Art Bird

For the Cook Islands, Coin Invest Trust creates the second issue of the series Quilling Art. Every specimen of the 999 pieces edition is unique, with handcrafted Quilling elements, a colorful bird and two green leaves. more ]

A coin for the dead – monetary discoveries within burials

From 23-24 November 2017 an international conference in Athens will revisit the question of monetary discoveries within burials through a contextual approach, incited by conceptual progress in the analysis of funerary documentation that has been made in the last years. more ]

Tübingen ONS-Meeting 2017

The annual meeting of the Tübingen Oriental Numismatic Society will take place on May 6 and 7, 2017. The organizers are looking forward to international participation and welcome further papers. more ]

Australian coin commemorates Norse goddess Freya

Kicking off a three-coin series on Norse goddesses, The Perth Mint strikes a 2oz high relief coin featuring Freya. Made of 99.99% pure silver with an antique finish, the limited coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. more ]

Giant gold coin stolen from Bode Museum

In a spectacular heist in the Berlin Bode Museum, one the world’s largest and most valuable gold coins was stolen. The theft is almost unprecedented. The great force the perpetrators executed came totally unexpected. more ]

Crimean gold to (no) end

Who owns objects that were lent to another country, when the original owner becomes part of a different state during the lending period? This has been an important question since 2014, regarding the gold objects from Crimea. A court in Amsterdam has ruled. more ]

The Rise of the Art Medal - the Belle Epoque and Beyond

“The Rise of the Art Medal – the Belle Epoque and Beyond” is an exhibition in New York running until July 2017. It is this period that saw the emergence and development of the art medal – and hence the discussion of what constitutes a medal. 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 ]

The Toledo Sale Presented by Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.

Recently Harlan J. Berk, Ltd was fortunate enough to work on a unique experiment with the Toledo Museum of Art in their decision to deaccession. The aim is to permit many pieces to remain in the collections of museums and institutions, and to offer material to private collectors alike. more ]

Tim Wilkes works again independently

In 2014 Tim Wilkes and Matt Curtis started a joint business, Wilkes & Curtis Ltd. Now Tim Wilkes has announced that he will be trading independently again. more ]

Spanish Mint issues coins for 2018 FIFA World Cup

Invited by FIFA, the Royal Mint of Spain participates in the official collector coin program of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The coins in gold and in silver feature the effigy of H.M. the King Felipe VI as well as football motifs. 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 ]

NGC & Chen Gi Mao Form NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® and noted numismatist Chen Gi Mao have announced that they will form the NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau. An extremely rare 1897 Ferracute Szechuan Pattern Set is the first certified coin. 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]