Wednesday, 21.08.2019

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Medieval Sicily Part 9: The Golden Age of Sicily Begins

Robert Guiscard left behind two adult sons. The younger took the Crucifix, the older, Robert Borsa, the dominion over his father’s kingdom. In Sicily, the situation was convenient: Robert did not have to bother with princes.

Career goal: Saint – Bernward of Hildesheim

There are only a few bishops of the Middle Ages who minted coins whom we know as much about as Bernward of Hildesheim. There is a reason for this. The churchman, from one of Saxony’s best families, intended to be worshipped as a saint after his death.

Venice, the Doges and the House of Mocenigo

The cover coin of the Künker catalog for auction 324 is a Venetian off-metal strike in gold weighing 12 zecchini of doge Alvise IV Mocenigo. He was the seventh and last doge of the Mocenigo family. Through the extensive Venice collection, which will be auctioned at Künker in June 2019, we will recount why the Mocenigo family produced so many doges.

What is a Swede doing in Poland?

On June 26, 2019, an extensive collection of Polish rarities will be auctioned at the Künker auction 323. Among them are coins of Sigismund III, who was King of Sweden and Poland simultaneously. We recount how a Swedish prince came to rule over the Poles.

A long bridge for the benefit of all

On 27 September, 2012, the mayor of Berlin inaugurated the new Rathaus Bridge. It is already the sixth bridge in this historic location. An extremely rare gold medal commemorates the first stone bridge that was erected at the same place. On 27 June, 2019, the item is auctioned off at Künker in Osnabrück.

Unknown Ducat from Mantua at Sincona

Time and again, auctions bring items on the market that until then have been unknown in the field. Thus, a previously unknown Ducato d’oro of Francesco IV Gonzaga is found in the auction catalog of Sincona Auction 54, which will be held on 20 May, 2019.

Oh Lord, My God, Give Light to My Eyes

In Auction 76, Heidelberger Münzhandlung will offer an extremely rare taler of John I, Duke of Palatine-Veldenz-Zweibrücken. It was minted by a historian, coin collector and convinced Christian who converted from the Lutheran to the Reformed faith. This taler could be a record of his decision.

A Center of Technology in Asia: The Singapore Mint

Orders from 20 countries, a cornucopia of technologies developed in-house, innovative concepts in the field of circulation coin logistics and the sales distribution of collectors’ coins – these are only a few of the terms you can use to describe The Singapore Mint. Ursula Kampmann has visited it.

Numismatic miniatures from the North: Part 4 – Treasure Island. Treasures, treasures and even more treasures

More than 700 treasure cases with around 180,000 coins have been discovered on the island of Gotland. The trader-peasants buried the earnings from their adventurous travels in the ground, where they were found by their descendants.

Numismatic miniatures from the North: Part 3 – Treasure Island. The history

If you’re looking for the island where the most treasures have been found, you don’t need to sail to the Caribbean, far from it. The highest concentration of treasure finds is in the North, more specifically on the island of Gotland, which used to be a central trading post in the Baltic Sea.

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