From Being Considered ‘Trash’ to Representing National Values – How Comics Came to be Featured on Coins.
So, how do we decide what motifs to feature on coins? Well, coin motifs usually refer to themes that we identify with as a society or a nation and that are generally highly regarded. Of course, what we consider to be ‘coin worthy’ changes over time. A great example for this are comics.
We should all read Thucydides says historian Marek Węcowski. Because the Greek historiographer described meticulously the social consequences of an epidemic in his own time. Thus we may anticipate the most urgent tasks to tackle after Covid-19.
In 1971 the United Kingdom became the last major country to decimalise its currency – after 143 years of thorough consideration! Follow Simon Bytheway on a trip to Brahmi numerals, Cathedrals, and a world of ‘bobs’, ‘tanners’ and ‘farthings’ …
As a result of the Turkish war, Rudolf saw his God-given omnipotence tarnished. Thus, the melancholy emperor sought refuge in his art collection, for which he always had money. However, this didn’t help him against his ambitious brother Matthias.
On his coins, Rudolf II displayed the high aspirations he had for his reign. However, day-to-day business was though and then war broke out against the Turks. And medals played a crucial role in it.
Rudolf II went down in history as an unworldly emperor hiding in the witches’ kitchens of alchemists. His brothers stole his imperial crown while he was still alive. Justly? Unjustly? Let’s try to answer this question.
In 1970, Germany minted its Olympic coins. This was the first time that sports were used as a topic of German coins. It was an innovation at the time. Since then, sports have not only become numismatically presentable but bestsellers. After all, the world has changed over the course of almost 50 years.
Super-agent James Bond seems to know everything about diamonds, champagne, and gold. But at least as for gold, the Bond movies mix facts, fictions, and urban myths. After reading Simon Bytheway’s article you will watch “Goldfinger” with different eyes!
A regulation of the Bavarian dukes William IV and his brother Louis X is still quoted frequently today: the “Reinheitsgebot” – the beer purity law of 1516. We tell its story with the help of coins from the Special Collection Bavaria, which will be on sale on 18 March 2020 at Künker.
On 18 March 2020, Künker’s auction No. 335 offers a special collection of medieval coins containing about 150 splendid bracteates. These Romanesque works of art take us back to a time when saints were regarded as fellow citizens willing to engage actively for the well-being of the community.