Friday, 04.12.2020

UNESCO Marks Convention’s 50th Anniversary with Doctored Photos and Disinformation

How to press your point by an implied lie: the UNESCO campaign shows objects from the Metropolitan Museum as part of the decoration of a private interieur pretending the objects were stolen. Kate Fitz Gibbon discusses this story.

Barter in West Africa

The Monnaie de Paris dedicates a special exhibition to barter in West Africa. One focus is on the Ashanti people, who used gold dust to carry out transactions until the 20th century.

“Una and the Lion” Sets Another Record

In May 2020 a 1839 “Una and the Lion” five pound coin set a record price realising 855,000 euros. In October this was surpassed by a result of 984,000 euros for another coin of the same type.

A Numismatist’s Guide to Money Part 2: Theories of Money

What is money? After discussing what money does Simon Bytheway now presents the three central theories of money and gives numismatists a proper understanding of economic theory. So, how can we describe what makes something “money”? Let’s have a look!

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, on Mount Olympus…


MintNews Quarterly 7/2020 September

  • The Secondary Market: A Question of Essential Importance
  • How to Break the Vicious Circle and Create a Secondary Market
  • How to Foster an Active Secondary Market: the Classic Coin Market as a Model
  • Best Practice: What Classic Coin Dealers Do to Promote Numismatics
  • The Ten Commandments of Contemporary Coinage

MünzenMarkt 32

  • Die Macht der Bilder des Augustus
  • Embleme – verzwickte Bilderrätsel auf Münzen und wie man sie löst
  • Verunglimpfung, Hohn & Lächerlichkeit: Die Welt der Spottmedaillen
  • 180.000 Euro kostet der teuerste deutsche Taler
  • Unter der Lupe: Auktionsberichte



Nuremberg’s Most Beautiful Coins in a Film

Heidelberger Münzhandlung Grün offers in its auction No. 80 numerous coins from Nuremberg. In a short film, you will see a selection of the city’s most beautiful ducats, talers and pfennigs.


Casoli, Andrea

Andrea Casoli is a Swiss numismatist and has been working as a curator at the coin cabinet of the Basel Historical Museum since 2020. He mainly works on ancient coinage and the monetary history of Switzerland.