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Taxes for Rome

Hands up anyone who hasn’t come to be annoyed by the tangled mass of regulations accompanying our tax collection. Perhaps at different times, the situation had been better… Perhaps in Rome? more ]

A temple for Honos

A coin of Trajan shows a temple for Honos in great detail. Honos? You don’t know this Roman deity? Join us and you will get to know her... more ]

The Puteal Scribonis

Most probably every collector of Roman Republican coins is aware of the pieces of Scribonius Libo showing the Puteal Scribonis. But hands up anyone who really knows what that is... more ]

The Son of Divine Caesar

Two rare aurei of the Gorny & Mosch sale from Augustus’ early years obtained impressive prices. Yet as intriguing as the two coins is the history of the man who minted them: Octavian better known as Augustus.
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A fresh interpretation of the Portland Vase as depiction of the first wedding on earth

An ancient cameo vase has recently appeared on the market. It does not only captivate by its beauty. It resembles another famous object, the Portland Vase whose interpretation had been controversially debated for a long time. But a closer look at the “new finding” permits a deeper understanding of the Portland Vase as well. 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 ]

Assassins of Caesar

Coins featuring the portrait of Brutus are extremely rare. Coin portraits of Cassius, even more so. Thus far, there is only one known coin type which probably depicts the staunch Republican. In the forthcoming Künker Fall Auction 280, you can come face to face with both assassins of Caesar. more ]

Brutus at the British Museum

On March 15, 2010 and right at the Ides of March, the British Museum exhibited a new coin: The aureus featuring the ... more ]

Rare Gold "Diss" Torc fetches £50,700 at Auction

Spink / London sold a fine and rare gold Torc, from the Iron Age of Great Britain, for £50,700 at their auction in London...
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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 ]

OCRE – A major new tool for Roman numismatics

The American Numismatic Society in collaboration with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, has launched a major new tool to aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the coins of the ancient world: OCRE. 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 ]

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 ]

Videos on Medieval and Roman numismatics

French numismatist Georges Depeyrot has uploaded onto his profile at two videos explaining the world of Roman coins and Medieval numismatics. 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

The Cheshire Hoards and the Romano-British North West

In 2012 and 2014 two hoards from the 1st and 2nd centuries AD were made in the English county of Cheshire. Museum of Liverpool is now organising a one-day conference on 27 February 2016 casting light on the findings and their historical and numismatic context. more ]

Hoarding Conference at the British Museum

A conference on ‘Hoarding and Deposition in Iron Age and Roman Britain, and Beyond’, will be taking place at the British Museum on Friday and Saturday 11th-12th March 2016, at the BP Lecture Theatre. The conference is free, but ticketed, so booking is essential. more ]

Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain

The British Museum shows a coins and medals display, ‘Hoards: the hidden history of ancient Britain’. Until 22 May 2016 this exhibition explores the stories behind the headlines focusing on prehistoric and Romano-British hoards from across the United Kingdom. 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 ]

“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 ]

Exhibition review: ‘Minted: Making Money and Meaning’

The Grosvenor Museum in Chester (UK) made extensive use of photography in an exhibition of 2016. Professional photos were taken of members of the public who had had their hair styled to emulate various portraits on coins. Henry Flynn reports. 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 ]

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 ]

New research on Roman Republican coinage

Between June 19 and 21, 2014, a research colloquium on Roman Republican coinage was held in Dresden. Central research topic was the importance of die axis for determining the mint location. Ursula Kampmann reviews the publication. 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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Rutgers digitizes the Badian Collection of Roman Republican Coins

The Rutgers University Libraries has digitized a collection of 1,250 Roman Republican Coins from the Badian collection. more ]

Shedding light on coins from Pompeii

Giacomo Pardini publishes the 523 coins recovered in a recent excavation in Pompeii. He discusses the coins as social and cultural objects providing also an up-to-date overview of coins found at Pompeii which were struck between the fourth century BC and AD 79. 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 ]

The Cistophori of the Late Republic

William Metcalf presents a die study with results about monetary history. It is a straightforward work that should be owned by all those who want to classify coins on a scholarly level. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

From eagle to she-wolf – A numismatic bestiary

The Musée d’art et d’histoire recently published a beautiful and extensively researched book about the animals depicted on ancient coins and gems. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. 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 ]

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