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The Delian League and the Athenian Money

In 479 BC the Greeks defeated the Persians at Plataiai. At that time nobody dared to hope that the fight was so soon to end. On the contrary, every Greek city was afraid of the Persian king, who had vast resources at his disposal. He was feared to raise another army in order to conquer the whole of Greece. Something had to be done to prevent that. more ]

Dionysos - A God of the Greek Religion of Experiences

Most of us react uncomprehendingly while reading the Greek myths. We can't imagine that once rational human beings were able to believe in gods who behaved like characters invented for a soap opera on TV. Legends tell us about adultery, violation, theft, intrigue and fraud. more ]

The Colts of Corinth

This beautiful early stater of Corinth bears Pegasus on its obverse. The winged horse was the symbol of Corinth and each citizen of this important seaport felt the whole city and himself connected with this winged horse. Why did he do so and how did this connection come into being? more ]

Ainos - A Commercial Center in Thrace

Ainos, today called Enez and located on the border of the Aegean Sea in the European part of Turkey, didn't have any important resources. As far as we know, there also didn't exist any remarkable industry. Ainos reached incredible wealth during the 5th century B.C. despite these facts. more ]

I am the badge of Phanes

On March 8th, 2010, Gorny & Mosch will present a specimen of the mysterious key series of the early coin production. The Phanes stater from a private collection in Israel is estimated at 150.000 Euros. It is the ...
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Olympia and the Eleans - The introduction of the cult of Hera

For us Olympia seems to be equivalent to the peaceful contest of all nations. In referring to ancient tradition we forget entirely that ... more ]

Sikyon and its Chimaira

Why do we find Chimaira on the staters of the city of Sikyon? A search for traces...
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The Laurion silver

But one day, one noon, I believed I had found it. I was at Sounion all by myself; the summerly sun was burning; the wounded pines dripped resin... more ]

Heracles the snake-strangler

Herakles strangling the snakes, this subject occurs on the coins of some very important harbor towns of Asia Minor at the same time. This article will explain what’s behind it... more ]

The coins of Philipp II of Macedonia

Philipp II ranges amongst the most important rulers of Antiquity. He transformed the small and endangered Macedonia into one of the most powerful kingdoms of the Ancient world. His coins circulated in all of Greece and bought him what he needed - loyalty, politicians, mercenary soldiers... more ]

The coins of Alexander III the Great of Macedonia

Few historical figures have spurred people’s imagination like Alexander, King of the Macedonians. Up to the present day, his coins range amongst those every coin collector likes to add to his collection. Fortunately, these pieces come in great numbers, so that every collector can afford at least one specimen! more ]

Under the eyes of Artemis

The upcoming sale of Numismatica Genevensis SA on November 30, 2010 offers a unique gold stater struck by the citizens of Abydos. Here’s the story behind... more ]

Big price for an emergency coin

The city of Syracuse issued a marvelous gold coin during its war against the Carthaginians. A perfect specimen of this emission sold for 66.700 Euro during the last auction sale of Gorny & Mosch... more ]

And this is where Aristotle was wrong…

Aristotle, in his work on the structure of the Tarentine government, likewise described the coins of the city. He remarked that they depicted Taras, son of Poseidon, riding a dolphin. Was he right? Or is there another, more possible, option? more ]

80,000 Euros for a work of two Sicilian die cutters

For an impressive amount of money some extraordinary Greek coins were auctioned at Gorny & Mosch’s, Giessener Münzhandlung on October 10. One of them is a remarkable tetradrachm from Syracuse whose story you will read here… more ]

Alexander of Abonuteichos – a lesson from Asia Minor about gullibility in the 2nd cent. A. D.

You are one of those people who believe than there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy? Well, you are in accordance with a deep-seated tradition and can appeal to the fact that already in antiquity there were people who thought the same as you. .. more ]

Great is Artemis of the Ephesians

On his visit to Ephesus, St. Paul was in imminent danger to be lynched. Why was it that the Ephesians felt so threatened by this herald of a new god? Were they more pious than other Greeks? They were, in a way, since they lived on their religion… more ]

“Sing, Muse, of the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles…”

You believe that Paris abducted Helena? Which was why the Greek destroyed Troy? What if it was completely different? The later Trojans in Roman Imperial Times adhered to an entirely different version of the story – and so they celebrated their hero Hector on their coins. more ]

Bread for Tarsus

In the 3th cent., Asia Minor was famine-stricken. The city of Tarsus scored a coup that made the emperor leave the grain necessary for survival to it at a cheap rate. A coin tells of how that was achieved. more ]

A King Named Teutamados

Beyond his name, there’s very little known about Teutamados. What we do have, however, is a splendid tetradrachm minted for him. Based on this, he was evidently a Paionian ruler. more ]

The ‘Modest Aphrodite’ from Nysa-Scythopolis (Beth Shean) and Ptolemais (Akko)

A comparison between a statue of Aphrodite found at Beth Shean and a coin type from the mint of Ptolemais reminds us of the realistic nature of statues appearing on city coins. more ]

Human Faces Part 2: Athena and Athens

Why is it that for centuries – or rather thousands of years – the head has served as the motif for the side of a coin? And why has this changed in the last 200 years? Ursula Kampmann poses these questions in her book ‘MenschenGesichter,’ from which the texts for our new series are taken. more ]

Human Faces Part 4: Philip II as Hegemon of Greece

Why is it that for centuries – or rather thousands of years – the head has served as the motif for the side of a coin? And why has this changed in the last 200 years? Ursula Kampmann poses these questions in her book ‘MenschenGesichter,’ from which the texts for our new series are taken. more ]

Ancient Sybrita: the mint where the most beautiful of Crete’s coins were made

The ancient community of Sybrita in Crete stills remains something of a terra incognita. That is even the more surprising given the fact that gorgeous silver coins had been produced there in Hellenistic times that celebrate Dionysos, the god of the wine. more ]

Macedonia becomes a province

A rare Macedonian tetradrachm, minted around 147 B. C., tells a story from the beginnings of the Roman province of Macedonia. The rarity is to be auctioned off in the upcoming Künker autumn auction sale to be conducted between the 7th and the 11th October 2013. more ]

Human Faces Part 9: The Battle of Macedonia against Rome

Why is it that for centuries – or rather thousands of years – the head has served as the motif for the side of a coin? And why has this changed in the last 200 years? This chapter of the series ‘Human Faces’ looks at the battle between Macedonia and Rome. more ]

A Weight from the Empire of the Seleucids

A huge elephant is depicted on the weight that was auctioned off on 18th December 2013 in auction sale Gorny & Mosch 218 – Ancient Art. It is of interest not just to the art lover but to everyone concerned with ancient metrology. After all, both the shekel and the drachm is based on the mine, i.e. the unit represented by this weight. more ]

A cownapper as royal role model

On 10 March 2014, an octodrachm of the Edones tribe will be auctioned off at Gorny & Mosch featuring on its obverse Hermes who, after just being born, stole the cattle from Apollo. One wonders why King Getas chose that scene to be depicted on his coins. more ]

The Punic Goddess

On Friday, March 13, 2015, Künker auctions off a Siculo-Punic coin with an enigmatic depiction: on the obverse we see a beautiful woman with a Phrygian cap. Is it Dido? Is it Tanit? Or is it perhaps a completely different goddess? more ]

Sicilian Mosaic Part 10: Rescue by the Mother City of Corinth

After the murder of Dion, the ruler of Syracuse, his followers looked for help in Corinth, where the founding settlers of Syracuse had come from many centuries ago. And Timoleon in fact succeeded in stabilizing the Syracusan region. more ]

Sicilian Mosaic Part 11: The classical coinage of Syracuse

Syracusan coins are among the most beautiful strikings of antiquity. Have a look at a few examples in the following. more ]

Sicilian Mosaic Part 12: Naxos and Leontinoi

Naxos was the first Greek city founded on Sicily. Today we take a look at its coins, as well as the coins of Leontinoi, founded by Naxos, and Catane. more ]

Greek mercenaries in Persian service

In auction 304, the Osnabrück auction house Künker offers a series of early Persian coins showing portraits of kings and satraps, including four of the enigmatic tetradrachms of Athenian type with small portraits or Aramaic lettering. They are likely to have been produced under Persian orders for paying Greek mercenaries. more ]

Helios, the Colossus of Rhodes – and the Rhodian tetradrachms

Ten Rhodians, ten ships, says an ancient proverb. It tells of the source of the riches of this island, which had one of the most important harbors of the ancient world. It was protected by the Colossus of Rhodes, a statue of Helios, who is also depicted on Rhodian coins. more ]

Dionysus – The God of Ecstasy

Coffee or champagne? Apollo or Dionysus? During the 19th century, Dionysus was depicted as the god of rapture, the embodiment of our subconscious. But how did the Greeks see their god? We will delve into this question by analyzing several of the coins sold in the upcoming 335th Hess Divo AG Auction, which will take place on December 6, 2018. more ]

Collecting Seleukid Coins – Part I

David Michaels provides an overview of the history and coinage of the Seleukid Empire. The article also includes a rarity guide and a brief bibliography of historical and numismatic references to get any new collector started on the path to a thriving collection. more ]

Collecting Seleukid Coins – Part II

David Michaels provides an overview of the history and coinage of the Seleukid Empire. The article also includes a rarity guide and a brief bibliography of historical and numismatic references to get any new collector started on the path to a thriving collection. more ]

Forth known stater of Phanes sold for 345.000 Euro

All attendants of the sale Gorny & Mosch, Munich 185 were thrilled, when lot no. 146 was opened on March 8th, 2010... more ]

The Amazons – Mysterious Warrior Maidens

The historical museum of Speyer presents objects, which have never before been shown in public and which shall proof that the amazons once existed...
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Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford presents a unique exhibition on the Macedonian kingdom. Over five hundred treasures will be on display, all recently found in the royal burial tombs and the palace of Aegae... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 6

What is there to be found in Pherai, the city where once upon a time such beautiful coins were produced, like the ones that reached record prices in Zurich only recently? Does reality match up with the coins’ testimony? But first a trip to Mount Olympus. more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 8

Illustrious names spring to mind when thinking of Chalkidiki. Akanthos and Terone, Uranopolis and Olynthos. But not everywhere reality answers expectations… more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 9

Stageira, Neapolis, Mesembria, Maroneia and Abdera – these are today’s destinations. We see magnificent archaeological excavations that are particularly well-kept. On the other hand, we experience some a disappointment. As always, it is going to be a colorful kaleidoscope with impressions from Northern Greece... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 10

Amphipolis and Philippi are the destinations of issue no. 10. They were once incredibly rich cities whose citizens earned their living with the trade of gold, silver and building timber. .. more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 11

Our journey home from Northern Greece to Loerrach took six days – and it was an adventure. This is part one, from Macedonia to Delphi: we visit Pella, suffer a Greek village festival and arrive at the hot sources at the Thermopylae. In addition, Thebes and Chaironea are on our agenda... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 7

Today’s stage takes us to several highlights of the journey: a peak of kindness in Pydna, a touristic highlight in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and a climax of the fight about the Greek austerity package... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 5

The fifth stage of our journey is dedicated to Dion, perhaps the most beautiful excavation in Northern Greece. And Dion was important in antiquity: Alexander sacrificed to Zeus in Dion, before he set out to conquer the world... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 4

On the fourth stage of her journey throughout Greece, Ursula Kampmann is looking for the ancient Aigai (one of so many…), an open museum and the magnificent tombs of Vergina... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 3

During her third stage of the journey throughout Greece, Ursula Kampmann visits Ioannina where she meets numismatist Katerini Liampi. The local museum is richly equipped with coins. Great mosques refer to the Ottoman heritage, the Kastro to the “Mohammedan Napoleon”... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 2

During the second stage of Ursula Kampmann’s journey to Greece, she wades through icy-cold Acheron, River of the Dead, descends to the realm of the dead and visits the oak of Dodona. There she introduces us to the world of ancient oracles... more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 1

The first stage of Ursula Kampmann’s journey to Greece takes her from Venice to Igoumenitsa and Nicopolis up to Ambracia. Hidden mosaics and fateful padlocks render the area’s visit quite difficult. But there is enough left to discover! more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece – Part 12

The last stage of our journey throughout Greece takes us to Delphi. On our trip back, however, we were in danger of faring like Odysseus who, when heading home, was carried off course… more ]

Sagalassos – City of Dreams. The ‘Pompeii of Anatolia’ in exhibition

The Gallo-Romeins Museum in Tongeren, Belgium, holds an exhibition on the ancient city of Sagalassos. The exhibition runs from October 29, 2011 to June 17, 2012 and shows mega-images and hundreds of objects... more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 1

It’s grey, it’s cold, it’s dark. Sometimes you don’t believe that it’s ever going to be light again. Enjoy a little breeze of the Turkish summer in the dead of winter. This diary of some numismatically highly interesting but barely visited sites in Turkey was written in 2009. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 2

Silifke, ancient Seleucia on the Calycadnus, is a small provincial town in the middle of nowhere nearby which once Frederick Barbarossa drowned. Follow us on our way to the ancient metropolis Antioch and into the marvellous grove of Daphne, that even today is in the modern Antiochenes’ favour as an important area for recreation. more ]

The Immortal Alexander the Great – The myth, the reality, his journey, his legacy

Did you like our last article of the week? Now you have the chance to see originals of that period in Amsterdam! more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 3

Do you know Antep and its fabulous museum with mosaics? If not, I strongly recommend it to you. Antep is a pleasant town where you quickly feel at home. Urfa, ancient Edessa, in contrast, can’t be recommended for women traveling on their own. And if you do, you will need steady nerves. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 4

Only a few images stick to your mind so powerfully as the huge heads of the broken monumental statues of Nemrut Dag. During our trip there, however, we have seen many other things: marvelous rocky landscapes, a magnificent bridge from Roman Times and lots of friendly people. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 5

Caesarea Cappadocia – only few cities in the Roman provinces possessed an equally comprehensive coinage yet barely anything Roman is still extant in the city. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 6

Ankyra is a name familiar to anyone interested in the history of the Roman emperors. The Monumentum Ancyranum is a magnificent insight into the image cultivation of Emperor Augustus. Turkish Ankara, however, has much more to offer. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009) – Part 7

You don’t have to introduce Istanbul. Everyone knows the beautiful city at Bosporus River. This was our last stop on our journey across Turkey. After having been to areas with barely any touristic infrastructure it was almost a civilization shock to finally get anything again a tourist would wish. more ]

Temple of Aphrodite in Thessaloniki cleansed

When we reported on a citizen initiative in Thessaloniki aiming at the rescue of a Greek temple, we had not thought that we would be really of help to those people. But we were: they were officially permitted to act by themselves. How? Read it here. more ]

International Congress on electrum coins at Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The new coin exhibition “White Gold: Revealing the World’s Earliest Coins” will formally open on June 26, 2012 at the renewed exhibition space of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. On this occasion a two-day international congress will be held. more ]

White Gold – exhibition in the Israel Museum

Electrum coins are among the most fascinating coinages because they are right at the beginning of Western numismatics. Unfortunately the decisive facts are still contested. The Israel Museum has just opened an exhibition on electrum issues and on that occasion held an important congress. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009)

In the summer 2009 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Turkey – of course searching for numismatic traces as she always does. She condensed her impressions in a diary whose single parts we have gathered here. more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece (2011)

In summer 2011 Ursula Kampmann travelled Greece writing about her numismatic – and other – experiences a vivid diary. Here are all part gathered. more ]

Jerusalem Electrum Congress Films online

In June 2012 an electrum congress took place in Jerusalem generating new discussions and giving many fresh ideas on this topic. Now videos show all papers given during this event. more ]

Basel displays objects from desert town Petra

Until March 17, 2013 the Antikenmuseum Basel displays an exhibition about Petra, capital of the Nabataeans in the Jordanian desert. Nabataean art and many events take the visitors into a remote world. more ]

French National Library puts 130,000 coins online

The French National Library is making available 130,000 Greek and Roman provincial coins in an online database. This monumental project is expected to be concluded by the end of 2013, but numerous coins are searchable already. more ]

Egyptian customs triumphs

Right at the border the Egyptian Antiquities Unit Bureau collaborating perfectly with the Antiquities and Tourism Police saved a priceless cultural object worth at least 100 euros from disappearing abroad. more ]

Egypt and Alexandria. A brief numismatic survey

In this series Ursula Kampmann invites you to a trip though the history of Egypt and its capital Alexandria by its coinage. more ]

François de Callatay on the beauty of Greek coins

During the Brussels Ancient Art Fair 2013 Belgian expert on Greek coins François de Callatay gave a lecture on the beauty of Greek coins which is now available online. In this stimulating lecture he asked why to virtually all numismatists these coins are the most beautiful ever made. more ]

Human faces

Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? Ursula Kampmann is looking for answers to these questions in her book “Menschengesichter” (“Human faces”), from which the texts in this series are taken. more ]

The Thirty Years' War

Both religion and power were the focal points of the Thirty Years’ War that shook the whole of Europe during the 17th century. Ursula Kampmann brings that era alive. more ]

The Lokrians of Opous

There is this wonderful coinage with the unpronounceable name: the starters with Demeter’s head on the obverse and fighting Ajax on the reverse. A monograph has now been published that enlightens us about the Lokrians of Opous. Ursula Kampmann has taken a closer look at it. more ]

New web portal for Thracian coins

The Corpus Nummorum Thracorum has created a new web portal collecting virtually thousands of Thracian coins for research. An impressive amount of data, a clear interface and sophisticated search options are offered for free. more ]

The Coinage of the Scythian Kings in the West Pontic Area

Dimitar Draganov has submitted a detailed die study for the coins minted by the Skythian kings that will become the new standard reference for this coinage. Ursula Kampmann has taken a closer look at it. more ]

American Numismatic Society Launches PELLA

The American Numismatic Society has launched its latest digital platform, PELLA, an important new research tool for ancient Greek numismatics that provides an online catalogue of the coinage produced by the kings of the Macedonian Argead dynasty (c.700 and 310 BC). more ]

Exhibition in Fairfield, Connecticut: “Hair in the Classical World”

The Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University opened an exhibition on “Hair in the Classical World.” On display are objects and images from the Bronze Age through late Antiquity, including sculptures and, of course, coins. more ]

New ANS grant project on hoard analysis

HARP is the title of the latest grant project of the American Numismatic Society, aiming to create a tool that provides a global analysis of patterns of coinage circulation from Archaic to Byzantine times. more ]

ANS launches online catalogue with Egyptian National Library

The American Numismatic Society announced the digital publication of the non-hoard numismatic collection of the Egyptian National Library, in collaboration with the universities of Washington and Cairo. more ]

Museum of American Finance to Open Gold Exhibition

“Worth Its Weight” is the title of an exhibition that will be shown on Wall Street, New York, opening on November 19, 2015. Organized by the Museum of American Finance, it will feature more than 100 unique and rare gold objects. more ]

Hixenbaugh Ancient Art Presents “ART of WAR” exhibition

Hixenbaugh Ancient Art currently shows their gallery exhibition, “ART of WAR.” The exhibition brings together an unprecedented accumulation of weapons and armor from ancient Greece. more ]

Maccabees and Seleucids as reflected in coins

It is never easy to write Jewish history. Too many emotions are involved. The Maccabean Revolt is no exception. By including the coins, David M. Jacobson arrives at a much more nuanced picture. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at his book. more ]

Greek Colonisation: New Data, Current Approaches

The Proceedings of a congress held on February 6, 2015 organized by the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection have been published. more ]

British Museum presents an exhibition on 4000 years of Sicilian art

The British Museum shows the impressive exhibition ‘Sicily: culture and conquest’. Over 4000 years of history on the island are explored through objects in the museum’s own collection alongside outstanding loans from Sicily and around the world. more ]

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World

The New York Met is showing the exhibition “Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World” featuring many important loans from abroad particularly from the Pergamon Museum Berlin. Among the objects there are also coins from the ANS. more ]

The Hellenistic World - Using Coins as Sources

In collaboration with the ANS, Cambridge University Press releases a new series where leading scholars provide an overview of the ongoing research in their area of expertise. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the first volume covering the Hellenistic world. more ]

Sunken Cities: British Museum’s first major exhibition of underwater archaeology

‘Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds’ is the British Museum’s first large-scale exhibition of underwater archaeological discoveries and runs through 27 November 2016. It tells the story of two lost Egyptian cities and their recent rediscovery beneath the Mediterranean seabed. more ]

Sicilian Mosaic

The history of Sicily is shaped by the geographical situation of the island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Many peoples went through the country. Their trading, their wars and their peaceful coexistence are reflected on the coins. All parts of the series you may find here. more ]

“The Emperor’s Gold” at Kunsthistorisches Museums Vienna

As part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Kunsthistorisches Museum the Coin Cabinet is showing a special exhibition running until 5 March 2017 featuring selected gold coins from the Emperor’s coin collection. more ]

Women in the Seleucid Empire

What part did women play in the rule of the Greco-Macedonian kings? A collection of essays deals with this question by scoping the Seleucid women. Ursula Kampmann has had a look at it. more ]

Digital mediation on

Digital mediation on is making the Bibliothèque nationale de France’s Coin department’s collections more accessible. Julien Olivier presents the development of thematic itineraries through the Greek and Roman coins collections. more ]

eBay's fight against hatred and discrimination

eBay has recently pulled a boner in a class of its own. The popular portal for sales of any kind removed an ancient coin from the German version of the digital market place because of the use of Nazi symbols. more ]

“It could not be imagined in a more magnificent way!”

This is how the title translates under which the Festschrift for the 65th birthday of Dieter Salzmann was published and when holding these two comprehensive volumes in your hands, one can only agree to the title. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the Festschrift. more ]

Ancient Greece Meets Modern Art

During the Liverpool Biennial 2016 Tate Liverpool has turned its first floor galleries into Ancient Greece. Until 16 October 2016 visitors encounter classical sculptures from the collection of National Museums Liverpool, alongside newly commissioned artworks. more ]

Getty Museum exhibits ancient sculptures from the SBMA

A special installation at the J. Paul Getty Museum currently puts on view 14 works of Greek and Roman art from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Due to extensive conservation work, the sculptures, most of them stemming from the Ludington Collection, shine in new splendor. more ]

Oxford exhibits Treasures from the Sicilian Seas

“Storms, War and Shipwreck” reads the title of a presentation currently on display in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK. More than 200 objects rescued from the bottom of the sea illustrate the island’s rich history. The exhibition can be viewed through September 25, 2016. more ]

Oxford displays coins of Alexander the Great

As part of the Oxford-Paris Alexander project, the Ashmolean Museum presents a display of the coins of Alexander the Great. It can be viewed at Oxford through April 23, 2017. more ]

Armenian Coinage in the Classical Period

Classical Numismatic Group have published the latest volume in their Classical Numismatic Studies series, Armenian Coinage in the Classical Period by Frank L. Kovacs. A new reference book comprising many recently discovered coins was much needed. more ]

Lycian coins

Lycian coins in European private collections – that is the title of Wilhelm Müseler’s latest publication. It turned out to be much more than a simple catalogue. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

Gems, rings and seal boxes from Caesarea Maritima

In 2016, a content-rich book on a private collection of gems, finger rings and seal boxes was written in Tel Aviv. The objects of the collection all have one common trait: they were all found in Caesarea Maritima. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

Egypt's former minister says antiquities should stay abroad

Most Egyptian artefacts held abroad were exported legally, says Egypt’s former Antiquities Minister and argues that it is in his country’s interests to leave them where they are. more ]

Antiquities trade in Egypt

There are books we have been anticipating for years. This is one of them. It paints a detailed picture of the Egyptian antiquities trade, not black, not white, but with many shades of grey. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the book. more ]

Hoards in Syria

Frédérique Duyrat has published a weighty monograph on hoards in Syria. It is more than a numismatic study. The author asks the fundamental question how and when all the Syrian coins were incorporated into Western collections. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

Boii and Taurisci

A new volume on the Celtic finds from Oberleiserberg, a Celtic settlement roughly 50 km north of Vienna, has been published. Among others, it contains interesting essays on numismatic topics. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

NEH Funds the ANS’s Hellenistic Royal Coinages Project

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the American Numismatic Society a substantial grant to fund the web-based Hellenistic Royal Coinages project which promises to help fundamentally with identifying and researching Hellenistic royal coinages. more ]

Words and Coins

A completely different exhibition concept was the basis of a 2012 exhibition held in Cologny, a suburb of Geneva, the catalog of which we present here. It focused on words and images, on books and coins. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the catalog. more ]

British Museum exhibition explores Scythians

Organised with the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Museum, the London British Museum presents “Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia”. Running to January 14, 2018, this is the first major exhibition in the UK in 40 years that reveals all aspects of Scythian life. more ]

Cassander copper coins from 1914 Pella Excavations re-published

The 1914 excavations in the region of Pella unearthed copper coins minted in the name of Cassander enriching our poor knowledge of his coinage. Demetrius Siatras makes this edition from 1918/1921 available again. The advantage: The Greek text was translated into English. more ]

CNG’s Handbook of Greek Coins: Macedon and Its Neighbors

CNG has published the tenth published volume in The Handbook of Greek Coinage series: “Handbook of Coins of Macedon and Its Neighbors. Part II: Thrace, Skythia, and Taurike, Sixth to First Centuries BC” (the second part of Volume 3 in the series). more ]

ANS provides online image-zooming feature

The American Numismatic Society will make its highest-resolution images available. With 160,000 numismatic objects photographed thus far, this will enable researchers to zoom down into minute details, in order to assist them in their work. more ]

Stolen Cyrenaican stater on the numismatic market

In 2011 a large collection of coins was stolen from the Commercial Bank of Benghazi. Now some pieces have come up in auctions. Alessandro Cattaneo and Michele Asolati identified one and describe how exemplarily auction house Leu acted. more ]

175 years of the Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium

On May 21, 2016 the Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium celebrated its 175th anniversary. Time to look back. In a colloquium, researchers reconstructed the history of numismatics in Belgium. Now the accompanying proceedings have been released. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

Syracuse in the Time of the Peloponnesian War

A new standard work of reference on the Syracusan tetradrachms in the time of the signing artists was released. Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert and Ute Wartenberg revised and annotated Tudeer’s catalog. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the opus. more ]

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

From 26 April to 29 July 2018 the British Museum will show ‘Rodin and the art of ancient Greece’. It is little known that Rodin took his inspiration from the works of the Greek artist Pheidias who conceived the Parthenon sculptures. more ]

New catalogue showcases the rarest gems in the National Museum in Krakow

For enthusiasts of engraved gems, the National Museum in Krakow is one of the must-known places to experience the full width of this particular art form. A new catalogue written by Pawel Golyzniak celebrates some of the masterpieces in the museum’s collection. more ]

Seleucid Coins Online is Now Live

ANS has released a new web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online, a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings and reports on the substantial increase in the number of coins available now for study on PELLA website. more ]

The story of the Stoecklin Collection

The Stoecklin Collection was formed over a span of three generations and nearly 100 years. Many coins were not collected for their perfect quality but because they tell intriguing stories. But the story of the collection is a great story itself. Alan S. Walker tells it. more ]

A Collection in Context – The Dr. Karl von Schäffer collection

In 1888, Karl von Schäffer left his collection to the University of Tübingen. A team of authors has reconstructed the origin of this collection in a book. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at this first volume of the new “Tübinger Numismatische Studien”. more ]

The coinage of Apollonia Pontica

Dimitar Draganov has written another volume of the SNG Bulgaria, dedicated to the coins of the ancient town of Apollonia Pontica. The Ruse collection’s material is so abundant that a monograph is justified. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at this Volume. more ]

Book on Akragas by Ulla Westermark published

Ulla Westermark’s book on the coinage of Akragas was announced several years ago. Now it has finally been published. It was due to technical difficulties that the publication had to be postponed for a long time. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at this new corpus of dies. more ]

Online platform shows Terralba findings

More than 370 coins among them many of Punic origin have been found in the Sardinian region of Terralba. They have been cataloged on the Numisdata Sardinia website. The interactive web page offers maps of findspots, descriptions, and a detailed bibliography section. more ]

New book about the coinage of Greek leagues

Following his publication on the Achaian League coinage, enthusiastic collector and numismatic expert Steve M. Benner has now written a new book about the coinage of the ancient Greek leagues from the fifth through the first century BC. more ]

Record Update – The Most Expensive Greek Coin

An earlier CoinsWeekly Coin Record submission has been surpassed: the world’s most expensive Greek coin. Our readers have pointed out a piece that sold for an impressive 3.25 million U.S. dollars in 2012. more ]

The Fascinating World of Swords

The Landesmuseum Württemberg in Stuttgart has dedicated an exhibition to the symbol of power. Visitors will not only find fascinatingly beautiful swords, but also weapons and battle scenes depicted on paintings, Hollywood posters, and – coins and medals! more ]

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