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Let’s be merciful and hang them: The Catherine Heyland case

In March 1788, a police unit of the Westminster community stormed a locked room in London. They had been tipped off that two people committed a crime in that house that was forbidden under penalty of death: false coining... more ]

Between East and West or: the first Western coins of China

The first Chinese coins imitating western models were struck on the island of Formosa, modern-day Taiwan, nearly 200 years before. This article will tell the story, how it came about... more ]

Henry VII – Founder of the Tudor Dynasty

In the mid-15th century two aristocratic houses divided England deeply fighting the so-called War of the Roses. Henry VII overcame this situation by a marriage founding a new, stable dynasty: the Tudors.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 5. more ]

Henry VIII – the Man Who Had Six Wives

Henry VIII is renowned for his many wifes. Behind these marriages was his endeavour to unite love and a secure dynasty. On behalf of this goal he even broke with the Pope and the church.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 6. more ]

The Powers of the Soho Mint

William McKivor presents a medal from his own collection telling the history of its origin: It was struck in the Soho Mint in 1803, and played a role in an argument conducted in three countries in three languages on two medals, between the English manufacturer Matthew Boulton and the French Engineer J. P. Droz. more ]

Elizabeth I – Ruler of the Seven Seas

The Virgin Queen she was called by her contemporaries – and she made them tremble. Elizabeth I was a key figure of the 16th century, her navy controlled the oceans, England flourished.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 7. more ]

Ironsides of England: Oliver Cromwell

In the 17th century England experienced a period without king when the officer Oliver Cromwell was trying to establish a republic – even at the cost of precipitating the whole country into a civil war.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 8. more ]

A Glorious Revolution

Besides the fear of having no king at all the English feared always the scenario of a Catholic king. In 1688 dread of becoming re-Catholicised led the aristocrats to call a Protestant from the Netherlands to be their new king.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 9. more ]

A German on the British Throne: George I

To bar the Catholic Stuarts from the throne of England Queen Anne designated a German to become her successor: George I. But nevertheless he was a Protestant, the English were not satisfied with their new monarch.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 10. more ]

Queen of an Empire: Victoria

Under Victoria I Britain’s Empire embraced the whole world. But the Queen drew back from policy and let the politicians govern the country. That system should never change any more. By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 11. more ]

From the diary of Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys mentions a medal made by John Roettiers by order of the King of England in 1667. This intriguing piece will be auctioned at Künker’s on June 17. Here you can learn about the historical background. more ]

The Faerie Queene

It is called the most beautiful of all English coins, the coin type of young Queen Victoria that depicts her as Una leading the British lion with her scepter. The motif harks back to a 16th century poem that praised yet another queen. The Künker summer auction now offers one of these rare specimens for a pre-sale estimate of 50,000 euros. more ]

Great Britain’s 5 Guineas

Accidental attendees of the big English horse auctions in the 1960s were probably amazed to see that the bidding was still being done in guineas although the very last British guinea had been minted in 1813. Nevertheless, this denomination reflects the aristocratic way of life more than anything else in Great Britain. more ]

Poets and their income: William Shakespeare

Beyond price - no, great art has never been beyond price. Quite the opposite actually, as it had a clearly defined price. We will see, just how high that price was in this article about Shakespeare. more ]

Bonnie Prince Charles

An impressive gold medal that is being put to auction on 16 March 2017 with Künker conveys the official version of a story, we are more likely to know from folk songs, novels and the cinema: On 16 April 1746, Bonnie Prince Charles was defeated in the Battle of Culloden. more ]

The Irish harp

Every coin of Ireland, from 1 cent to 2 euros, features a harp. We ask why the harp plays such an important role in Irish identification. more ]

The coins of the Channel Island of Guernsey

The Channel Island of Guernsey is a popular destination with tourists. The island doesn’t form part of Great Britain, but, as Bailiwick, has been Crown dependency of the English monarchs since the Middle Ages. The local coins still bear witness to this. more ]

When Oxford was the capital of England...

For a few years during the English civil war, Oxford acted as royal capital. This article presents an extremely fine “triple unit” of Charles I from this period in time, which will be put to auction in the upcoming Künker auction on June 21, 2018. more ]

Morton & Eden

It takes a certain amount of courage to face a fast bowler on the cricket pitch but in the history of the game, only one man has received a medal for bravery on the field of play... more ]

Enigmatic hoard in East London

Amateur gardeners unearthed 80 Double Eagles in a little garden in east London. If the owner won’t be found within one year, the hoard will be declared treasure... more ]

Owner of the Hackney Hoard ascertained

In 2007 residents of the London borough Hackney came upon a treasure of 80 American gold coins, while digging a frog pond. Now the real owner of these coins has been ascertained. It is the descendant of a German Jew, who escaped to Britain in 1938... more ]

Police of Albany investigates, who has a right to treasure troves in Australia

At the beginning of May 2011 a construction worker found a hoard of sovereigns while digging a trench in the port city of the Australian Albany. Now the authorities seem to wrack their brains in order to find out, who has the right to treasure troves in Australia... more ]

Why were British coins buried in Australian Albany?

At the beginning of May a little hoard of British sovereigns was found at Australian Albany. But why were they buried there? There are various theories... more ]

A new museum for Mary Rose

Once she was a flagship of England’s war marine, today Mary Rose tells us of the Tudor era. Many artifacts and an impressive hull will be exposed in a new museum at Historical dockyards in Portsmouth in 2012... more ]

HMS Victory Shipwreck To Unveal Her Treasure

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., has executed an agreement with the Maritime Heritage Foundation for the financing, archaeological survey and excavation, conservation and exhibit of HMS Victory (sunk in 1744) and artifacts from the shipwreck site. more ]

‘Cityscapes’ – City views on historical coins and medals

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham (UK), shows an exhibition on panoramic views of Europe’s great cities on European coins and medals. ‘Cityscapes’ will be on display until 6 October 2013 and in addition it will be accompanied by an online exhibition. more ]

Gold Exhibition in London

“Gold: Power and Allure” is the most comprehensive and ambitious exhibition ever staged at Goldsmiths’ Hall. Until July 28th it powerfully tells the rich and previously untold story of Britain and its relationship with gold, demonstrating the country’s unique golden heritage. more ]

Medals of first private soldier to be awarded the V.C. in the Great War at Spink

In Spink’s London auction of Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals and Militaria, on July 19, 2012 the first V.C. awarded to a private soldier in the Great War (1914-1918) was offered for sale.
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Henry VIII groats hoard declared treasure

14 silver groats minted under Henry VIII were found in a field in Norfolk (UK) and now declared treasure by a coroner. The coins may have been concealed during the famous Kett’s rebellion in 1549. more ]

Isaac Newton: from mathematical genius to crime-fighter extraordinaire

Isaac Newton is famous for his achievements in physics and astronomy. But he also was a Warden and Master of the Mint – and a successful crime-fighter who enjoyed chasing counterfeiters. more ]

Tower of London launches new exhibition on historic Mint

A new permanent exhibition has been launched at the Tower of London. Located on the historic site that was once the country’s Mint, ‘Coins and Kings’, will explore the long history of this institution and its connection to London’s premier fortress. more ]

A Short History of England

In this series we will present you some figures of the English history by their coinage. The journey starts with the Vikings and goes until today. more ]

50th Edition of Spink‘s Standard Catalogue “Coins of England”

It is an institution, perhaps comparable with the Jaeger in Germany: Spink’s Standard Catalogue on the English coinage. Ursula Kampmann writes the anniversary review. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK 2016 released

Covering all British coins from the first Celtic issues to present-day currency, the latest volume of the best-selling coin price guide in the United Kingdom, the COIN YEARBOOK 2016, has been released. more ]

Teaching history through games

The Bodleian Libraries has recently acquired a major collection of board games and pastimes dating from 1800 to the year 2000 and is showcasing a selection of them in a new display exploring how games have been used to teach history. more ]

Victoria and Albert Museum’s Europe 1600-1815 galleries open to the public

The installation of nearly 1,100 objects has completed as the London V&A opens its new galleries dedicated to the arts of living in Europe between 1600 and 1815. Seven galleries show the Museum’s unrivalled collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design. more ]

Spink revises catalog of English silver coinage

Every catalog must be updated eventually. By means of the standard reference on English silver coinage, Maurice Bull illustrated how this can be accomplished in an exemplary manner. Björn Schöpe has taken a look at the revised edition. more ]

The Atlantic Cable Medal of 1866

On July 27, 1866, 150 years ago, the Transatlantic Cable was completed connecting North America and Europe telegraphically for comparatively instant communication. Herman Blanton tells the story and what was the numismatic aspect of it. more ]

The Coin Yearbook 2017

The latest volume of the Coin Yearbook has been released. It is a price guide and collector’s handbook for the coin hobby, with features which include accurate up-to-date valuations for all English, Scottish, Irish and Island (Channel & Isle of Man) coins. more ]

New Archaeological Discoveries Enlighten Britain’s Past

Portable Antiquities Scheme and Treasure annual reports announced the recording of a further 82,272 archaeological finds comprising 1,008 Treasure finds. PAS is now working closely with other European areas establishing a North Sea Area finds recording group. more ]

How Tokyo, London, and New York Shaped the Modern World

In “Central Banks and Gold”, Simon James Bytheway and Mark Metzler explore how today’s financialized form of globalism took shape a century ago, when Tokyo joined London and New York as a major financial center. more ]

The rise and fall of a private mint: the Birmingham Mint

It is not a law of nature that the production of coins must be in the hands of the state. The private Birmingham Mint was the world’s leading supplier of small change in the 19th cent. It went bankrupt, when, in 2001, the Royal Mint cancelled a secret contract. more ]

Piano tuner finds gold treasure

A piano tuner in Shropshire found his work to be unexpectedly exciting. In December of 2016 he discovered 633 sovereigns and 280 half sovereigns struck between 1847 and 1915 in a piano. The owner could not be found. more ]

COIN YEARBOOK app 2017 available

The first ever price guide to British coins in app form has now been released by TokenPublishing. Available on IOS and Android, the two editions address both the discerning collector and the specialized numismatist. more ]

Revised Edition of Marsh’s Works on Sovereigns Released

Coinciding with the 200th Anniversary of the modern sovereign, Token Publishing releases Michael Marsh’s renowned works on the Gold Sovereign and Half Sovereign. The completely revised and updated publication now includes an up-to-date price guide. more ]

2nd edition of Royal Commemorative Medals of Edward VII published

The second edition of “Royal Commemorative Medals 1837-1977. Vol. 4. Edward VII, 1901-1910” by John Cumbers and Andrew Whittlestone has been published. Much expanded, all entries in the colour-illustrated book have valuations and rarities. more ]

Exhibition on medallic artist Mary Gillick

The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds presents “Mary Gillick: Her Art in your Pocket”. This is the first display dedicated to her sculpture, and presents her working processes for the production of coins and medals. Mary Gillick is famous for her coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. more ]

Exhibition illuminates Bank of England in literature

To mark the launch of the new Jane Austen £10 note, the Bank of England museum presents “Stories from the City: The Bank of England in Literature”. Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot and others figure prominently in this special exhibition that will run throughout 2018. more ]

Inaugural Exhibit of Tyrant Collection Long Beach Expo

Labeled “The Tyrants of the Thames,” the inaugural exhibition in a planned multi-year series of displays from the collection will showcase more than 500 superbly preserved examples of portrait coins of English and British rulers minted over the last 1,400 years. more ]

Ian Stewart, Baron Stewartby (1935-2018)

Bernard Harold Ian Halley Stewart died on 3 March 2018. He is considered one of the greatest experts of British numismatics. We mourn the loss of a distinguished collector and researcher who also shaped his country’s (monetary) policy. more ]

Haiti and Toussaint Louverture

Toussaint Louverture is one of the most remarkable icons of coloured identity and therefore often shown on coins and banknotes. The British Museum explores his legacy and the world’s first slave revolution taking place in Haiti. more ]

Book on coins of the English East India Company wins IAPN Book Prize

Published by Spink in 2017 “The Coins of the English East India Company. Presidency Series: A Catalogue and Pricelist” by Dr Paul Stevens has been declared the winner of the IAPN Book Prize for 2018. Currently it is available from the publisher at a special price. more ]

New book on English Silver Crowns

In his new book author Michael Day discusses the history of the English Silver Crowns, starting from the first in 1551, until the present day. more ]

On the Roman infantry’s pay

No, this article does not focus on the legionaries’ wages but rather on a 16th century English scholar who collected coins and wrote about them. Ursula Kampmann takes a look at a new contribution to the history of numismatic research. more ]

Coin collection found at Scotney Castle in Kent

A coin collection found in a castle in Kent has aroused the interest of several British numismatic experts. The 186 discovered pieces show which interesting collections can be found in some national monuments. more ]

Émigré Medallists in Britain

The British Museum presents a new exhibition called “Witnesses: émigré medallists in Britain”, which can be visited until April 7, 2019. The focused exhibition uncovers the invaluable role played by artists from abroad in the development of British medallic art. more ]

The Background Story of a Unique George IV Medal

A unique George IV Accession medal made for presentation to his sister, Princess Augusta Sophia, is to be sold by Baldwin’s of St. James’s on September 26, 2018. You will find its story here. more ]

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