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The Battle of Lepanto

The famous battle of Lepanto, the great victory of Christianity over the Turks, has been celebrated as one of the major events of world history, even though it did not change the course of history. Find more information on its significance and its representation on a Papal bronze medal...
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Christians fight against Christians with the assistance of the Turks

It is an unspectacular coin, that testimony of the culminating conflict between France and Spain, between Francis I and Charles V. ... more ]

Leyden suffering – a siege during the Dutch War of Independence

Few wars have appealed to people’s emotions like the Dutch War of Independence. The roles seemed to be assigned all too clearly: on the one side there were the evil Catholic Spaniards, on the other the good Protestant Dutchmen. What we omit, however, is that this war was one the first in which propaganda was utilized in full awareness of its effects. more ]

From Pavia to the Sack of Rome – siege coins in Italy

Why was it that Renaissance rulers went to Italy to seek good fortune? Why was it that thousands of ducats and thaler were spent on mercenary soldiers? This article gives an insight into the war between Francis I of France and Charles V of Italy... 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 ]

The Order of the Golden Fleece

Countless coins from the Holy Roman Empire show something many catalogs briefly address as “neck chain” of the Order of the Golden Fleece. This article will explain, when and where this chivalric order originated and why it became the most important order of knights all over the Old World... more ]

The history of South America told by coins from the Lissner Collection

The numismatic history of South America is as fascinating as its political turmoils between the Spanish Conquista and the fight for independence. The Lissner Collection has gathered innumerous numismatic gems and thus illustrates perfectly this intriguing history. more ]

Human faces, part 48: Simón Bolívar, South America’s heroic freedom fighter

Why was the human head the motif on coins for centuries, no, for millennia? And why did that change in the last 200 years? In this episode: Why Bolivia is called Bolivia. more ]

Alexander Farnese – The man who almost kept the Netherlands in Spanish governance

When talking about the Eighty Years’ War, one usually encounters names such as Egmont, the Duke of Alba and the Prince of Orange. Alexander Farnese, however, who almost preserved Spanish rule over the Netherlands, is less known. We are telling his story by means of coins of the Geneart collection which will be auctioned off at Künker on June 18, 2018. more ]

“A Meeting of Two Worlds”: Historic Ibero-American Coins Re-issued

The Royal Spanish Mint issued nine Ibero-American historic coins like Argentina’s first 1-peso coin or the Spanish 8-reales. But on the obverse these coins show the coats-of-arms of all participating countries... more ]

“Black Swan” Treasure from Sunken Ship Still Contested

A treasure of 500,000 coins discovered in 2007 by the Odyssey Marine Exploration continues to keep occupied the courts. After a negative decision of the appellate court, Odyssey has announced to request an en banc hearing... more ]

Huntington Collection For Sale – Spanish history in 37,895 coins

The vast Archer M. Huntington Collection of coins relating to the history of Spain will be offered as a single lot in a sealed-bid auction at Sotheby’s New York ending on 8 March 2012. One of the world’s most famous coin collections is expected to realize between $25 and 35 million. more ]

Spain has been handed over treasure from shipwreck

After years of law suits a US federal court ruled that a treasure valued at more than $500 million has to be returned to Spain. Thus, the private sea recovery firm that discovered the treasure in 2007 had to hand it over. more ]

More Good News about the Huntington Collection

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous friend of the ANS, approximately 9,000 additional Huntington coins have been purchased and will be placed on long-term loan to the ANS. Thus more than half of the collection has been regained. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain (2012)

In April 2012 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Northern Spain. During the summer she published her numismatic diary of this travel. Here you can read all single parts. more ]

Spanish treasure fleet objects presented to public after 400 years

When the Spanish Treasure Fleet on the way back from America to Europe sunk during a terrible hurricane in the Straits of Florida in 1622 the Bank of Madrid broke. One of the vessels was excavated and now the objects are presented to the public. more ]

$1 million of 1715 Fleet shipwreck coins coming to market

Sunken Spanish colonial gold treasure coins discovered during the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Fleet’s demise are offered for the first time. In addition to NGC encapsulation, each coin is accompanied by the original, numbered archeological tag of the expedition crew. more ]

Quarrel over San José gold treasure escalates

In November 2015, the wreckage of the galleon San José that was sunk in 1708 was found off the Colombian coast. It is said to be still loaded with gold and precious stones. Planning to recover this huge treasure, a U.S. American company even risks a battle at sea. more ]

The Coins of Queen Isabel II of Spain

Patrick O’Connor has published his comprehensive monograph on the coinage of Isabel II of Spain. It contains a catalog of all her coins, including patterns, medals, and fantasies. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

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