A lovely story from Christmastime, before coronavirus took over our lives: instead of the usual small change, two ancient gold coins found their way into a red Salvation Army kettle. The coins have now been sold by Heritage Auctions.
Philip Attwood left the British Museum on 1st May 2020 after forty-one years in the Department of Coins and Medals and ten years as Keeper.
Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals have found homes in collections and museums around the world. Now, for the first time, a book by Mel Wacks publishes the biographies of more than 50 inductees along with their portrait medals.
The British Museum launched a major revamp of its online collection database. So people anywhere in the world can see for free over 4 million objects comprising numismatic items like over 50,000 English coins from the medieval period to the Tudors.
Because of Corona we are all very wrapped up in ourselves and often forget that the crisis can unfold very differently for people elsewhere. Today the Japanese coin dealer Akio Seki reports that the situation also has its good sides.
Our new database, ‘Cosmos of Collectibles’, is growing and thriving. It now includes all Swiss circulation coins since 1850 and commemorative coins since 1936. But we’re still missing some photos – can you help?
As a result of the rampant inflation seen by the Iranian currency trade, the Iranian Parliament has voted to implement a programme for transitioning the country’s monetary system to the Toman.
In 430 BC a 11-year-old Greek girl died in Athens during an epidemic. Archaeologists found her skull calling the girl “Myrtis”. The remains were particularly well preserved permitting a recreation of her facial features. Greece dedicates a €5 silver collector coin to “Myrtis”.
There is many a good reason why the INC and the Organising Committee had to take the decision to postpone the International Numismatic Congress to September 2022. Although we are longing for meeting our colleagues all over the world, we have to be sensible.
Colin Narbeth died aged 90. He was the founder and driving force behind the creation of the International Bank Note Society and a true pioneer of the study and collecting of paper money, called by some ‘Mr Banknote’. Jonathan Callaway remembers him.