Once again there has been a break-in at a museum. This time, it was the Australian Museum in Sydney. However, it seems that this time, the burglar was not particularly interested in stealing valuable exhibits.
2,500 years ago, Greek artists invented portrait on coins. There was a reason for it: portraits were supposed to strengthen the loyalty of the ruler’s troops. After all, mercenaries should be aware of who brought the money. Andreas Pangerl is summarizing his history of portraiture.
Finally, the proceedings of two conferences on electrum coinage have been published. The work offers a detailed picture of the evidence at hand for understanding the contexts in which early electrum coins were produced and used.