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A donative of Constantine the Great

This impressive piece belongs to a small series of silver medallions celebrating the vicennalia of Constantine II, the eldest surviving son of Constantine the Great, in 336. more ]

The First Marcomannic War of Marcus Aurelius

In the middle of the 2nd century AD the tribe of the Goths left its native homeland. The tribesmen moved southwards and expelled other people from their homes who in their turn tried to find new land further south. One of these tribes were the Marcomanni. more ]

Honni soit qui mal y pense or What exactly was the spintriae’s function?

One has to pay high prices indeed for the so-called spintriae – brothel tokens as one is secretly whispered to. There are experts who know exactly what the function of these objects was... more ]

The unlucky emperor Clodius Albinus – a portrait study

What a huge surprise when the company Gorny & Mosch – Giessener Münzhandlung auctioned off a Roman portrait head from the late 2nd cent. A. D. at auction sale 184 on December 18th, 2009. It was a high quality marble portrait in a remarkable state of preservation which some ... more ]

Drusus and Sejanus – Roman Rules of Succession to the throne

At the death of Augustus the Roman polity was not a hereditary monarchy. The power over the Romans was not transferred automatically ... more ]

Creator of the Paduans: Giovanni da Cavino

Giovanni da Cavino was an exceptionally gifted artist and an honoured businessman when he imitated the first Roman coins. As ‘Paduans’, they were destined to achieve world fame later on. He provided the high society with what it looked for and earned good money with it. In those days, nobody would have dreamt co call him a forger... more ]

A fan of Alexander the Great

Many Roman politicians adored the conquerer of the world, Alexander the Great. The emperor Caracalla was no exception... more ]

The sacrilege of Tarpeia – or propaganda under Augustus

Augustus’ reign went down in history as a Golden Age even though hardly any other emperor had more lives on his conscience. How did the “Prince of Peace” who continuously fought wars make his citizens believe that they lived in the happiest of all worlds? more ]

The sacred year of the Pagans – the Saecular Games

When the Pope declares a jubilee year, he stands in a tradition which is almost as old as Christianity itself. It was Augustus who created the practice of absolving mankind when nobody was still alive of those who had witnessed the beginning of the previous saeculum... more ]

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 ]

Pilgrim’s Ring and Coin of the Jewish War

This is the story of a ring, bought from an Arab in Jerusalem, the feasts of Shavout and Sukkot and a coin of the Jewish War... 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 ]

Magnus Maximus or the Last Romans in Britain

Around 400 AD the Roman Empire was shaken to the core. Britain’s governor claimed himself Roman Emperor, but found his only long-lasting success in the Welsh mythology.
By examining 12 coins we are going to stroll through Great Britain’s history – this is part 1... more ]

The temple of Zeus Hypsistos on Mount Gerizim near Neapolis

Present-day Nablus in Palestine had an intriguing history in antiquity. On near-by Mount Gerizim an old sanctuary of the Samaritans was situated which the Greeks and Romans re-interpreted and dedicated to Zeus. Only coins bear witness of the former significance of the temple. more ]

In the emperor’s service – the legions

Do you sometimes dream of visiting the epoch when Roman legions dominated the world, in the same way as the time traveller of H. G. Wells? Of course it is impossible, but modern re-enactment gives you quite a good idea of what the soldiers once accomplished. 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 ]

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 ]

Shipping and superstition in antiquity

Sailors faced many dangers. But the superstitious people found a way to deal with that, and many deities and animals assisted the humans on the sea. A coin from Kyzikos tells of all this, a coin minted on the visit of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. 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 ]

Introduction 'The People of Zurich and their Money' Part 1

Our series ‘The People of Zurich and their Money’ will present one exciting chapter of Swiss numismatics and economic history at a time. The introduction provides an initial overview in two parts. Follow along in this first section as we trace the evolution of Swiss numismatics from the beginning all the way through to the 16th century. more ]

The People of Zurich and Their Money 2: The Customs Station of Turicum

Our series takes you along for the ride as we explore the Zurich of times past. This time, you’ll get a chance to read about two men chatting with one another at the customs station of Turicum at the end of the 2nd century AD. Much like a good DVD, this conversation comes with a sort of ‘making of’ – a little numismatic-historical backdrop to help underscore and illustrate this conversation. more ]

Gods Unto Themselves? Augustus and Caligula

The image of the Temple of Augustus on the sestertii of Caligula is among the most beautiful architectural motifs found on Roman coins. In its upcoming auction, Numismatica Genevensis is offering the finest known specimen of this fascinating issue. 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 ]

The usurper Proculus and his coinage

Umberto Moruzzi and Fabio Scatolini will tell you the story of the Roman usurper Proculus of whom we have only two coins left. Both items were hotly discussed and if you want to learn about the coins’ authenticity and 15 century fantasy coins, read this article. more ]

Sestos and Abydos, Hero and Leander: a Love Story in Coinage

Through the images on their coins ancient cities reflected on what they believed to constitute their identity. For that purpose two cities situated on the Hellespont strait in Asia Minor chose a moving love story with a tragic ending. more ]


In A. D. 107, Rome was celebrating a huge triumph. Emperor Trajan had returned from his successful campaign against the Dacians. Not only coins recall his victory but likewise a tiny emission of rare medallions one of which will be auctioned off as part of sale #224 of Gorny & Mosch to be conducted on 13 October, 2014. more ]

Documenting the Past: an Ancient Industry recorded in Coinage

An unusual coin type recently sold for 30,000 GBP at the London-based Ceres Auction House depicts an ancient industry, hitherto unrecorded on coinage or sculptural reliefs: the production of noodles. more ]

Roman Coins from the Mint of Milan

In Auction 43 of Münzen and Medaillen GmbH a collection of Roman imperial coins minted in Milan will be on offer (Lots 460-529). Here you will learn more about the issues of this mint. more ]

Postumus – The creator of the Gallic Empire

Alemanni, Juthungi, Franks, and Sassanians attack the Roman world. Postumus seizes the moment and establishes the Gallic Empire. We will tell the story of his coins on the basis of a comprehensive special collection which will be sold at the upcoming Jacquier Auction. more ]

Coins of Lucilla ‘born to the purple’

Lucilla Augusta was very special at her time: not only was she the daughter of emperor Marcus Aurelius, but at the same time she was his co-emperor’s wife. Claire Franklin illustrates by Lucilla’s coin designs how she lived her role. more ]

Globalisation in Roman times: Trade with India

In the upcoming auction of Künker on 13 March 2017, several interesting aurei are going to be put to auction. They are Indian imitations of Roman gold coins, which bespeak the close trade relations between Rome and the Indian subcontinent. more ]

Emperors bearing Gifts

June 9, 2017, Münzen und Medaillen GmbH will auction off the Markus Weder collection at Weil am Rhein featuring some extremely rare miliarense. Claire Franklin will tell us the story of these coins. more ]

A new type for an antoninianus of Postumus

In Jacquier sale 43, to be held on September 15, 2017, a hitherto unknown and unique antoninianus of Postumus will be offered. Both its date and its historical context can be pinpointed due to its special bust. more ]

Nine months and 13 days: the reign of Galba

In its Auction 333 to be held on November 30, 2017, the long-standing auction house Hess-Divo offers a particularly remarkable special collection, the Galba Collection. It is dedicated to the Roman Emperor Galba, as the first emperor who no longer stemmed from the Julio-Claudian dynasty. We tell his story through some of the rarities stemming from this collection. more ]

Gallienus and the East

On February 15, 2018, Münzen & Medaillen GmbH offers an impressive series of coins of Gallienus stemming from the Markus Weder collection. Claire Franklin-Werz is telling the story of their historical background. more ]

Maxentius, fighter for Rome

The year 307 was one of the most eventful in the history of the tetrarchy. A golden medallion, offered by Hess-Divo at auction 334, refers to this history. On it, Maxentius is being celebrated as defender of Rome. more ]

Emperor Probus – Numismatic images of his reign

On September 14, 2018, the Philippe Gysen collection of barracks emperors’ antoniniani will be auctioned off at Paul-Francis Jacquier. The collection proves that one single person can advance research if he chooses his collecting field wisely. more ]

52,000 coins found in Somerset in England

British detectorist found and reported one the biggest hoards found in Britain ever. Buried in a big jug approximately 30 cm underground were 52,000 antoniniani from the 3rd century A. D. ... more ]

Frome Hoard remains where it was found!

The Museum of Somerset raised 320,250 Pounds in order to preserve the biggest Roman hoard ever found in one pot in Britain for its visitors... more ]

Roman Piggybank underneath modern barracks

During an archaeological routine research connected with a reconstruction project 1.247 extremely nice preserved antoniniani were found in a pot at British Colchester... more ]

A treasure find on paper and its legal bedlam

French claims for gold coins from the time of the barrack emperors originating from the so-called hoard of Lava have feet of clay. Please find here a recent verdict, which was delivered by the administrative court of Osnabrück. more ]

Roman criminals detected by award winning amateur archaeologist

The Searcher acknowledged it to be the ‘most significant hoard’ in the Nations’ Greatest Find competition: a couple of blank bronze coins and an anvil. According to experts these objects were forgers’ equipment from around 300 AD... more ]

Two detectorists’ treasure trove rewrites the Roman History of Britain

Due to a treasure trove of ca. 100 Roman coins further investigations have been made. They unveiled a Roman settlement in a region, of which archaeology has thought until now, that it was never colonized by the Romans... more ]

‘Wailing Wall’ built after Herod

Archaeological excavations permit a new view on one of the most contentious religious places of the whole world, the Jerusalem Temple Mount. Until now it was believed to be erected by King Herod. Coins point to a later completion... 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 ]

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 ]

Roman Imperial Coinage AD 268-276 goes online

As a preliminary step to the printed revision of the Roman Imperial Coinage V.1, part 2 a new website has gone online. The database presented there applies to the imperial reigns from AD 268 until 276 and is searchable and contains more than 4,500 entries. 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 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 ]

Sensation in Völs: Roman balance with Bacchus

The Austrian museums are proposing 100 objects in a large-scale publicity campaign. Now and then the selection comprises even an object that might fascinate those interested in economical and monetary history like this reconstruction of a Roman balance. more ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 1

Romans and Celts aren’t exactly what come to mind when you think of Northern Spain. I had basically expected this trip to be just a one-time foray into medieval times, with perhaps a few ancient bits thrown in for good measure. But I was completely off the mark – Northern Spain has so much more to offer. more ]

Numismatics in Jerusalem – Part 1

Actually, numismatics concentrates on quite a narrow space in Jerusalem. There is the Israel Museum, which accommodates beside its own collection the Israel Antiquities Authority as well. And only a fifteen minutes’ walk from there you will find the exhibition of the Bank of Israel. Follow us today to a visit at the Israel Museum. 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 – Part 3

Can you hazard a guess as to which European country is the most mountainous after Switzerland? Austria? Not a chance! It’s Spain. And besides being incredibly mountainous, Spain can also boast the best-preserved Roman city wall anywhere in the world. Join us on the third leg of our incredible trip as we make our way to the Picos de Europa and then to Lugo. 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 ]

Numismatic Northern Spain – Part 6

You’ve probably never heard of Las Médulas. And yet, this site of the most important gold mines of the Roman Empire is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The landscape of Las Médulas is staggeringly beautiful, so much so that we were distracted to the point of nearly getting completely lost. more ]

The Romans in Saarland

You don’t have necessarily to go far away if you want to learn about the Romans. Did you know that the only completely reconstructed Roman Imperial villa is located in Germany, more precisely in Saarland? Follow us on our tour through a Roman high-end home. more ]

Second antoninianus of Roman Emperor Proculus found

In the 1990s a unique coin came up, a silver coin of Proculus, a Roman third century usurper. Now metal detectorists found a second specimen in England. Discussion is arousing again: genuine or Renaissance forgery? more ]

Important gold coin hoard in the UK

A metal detectorist led to what turned out to be one of the largest Roman gold coin hoards ever found in the UK. 159 gold coins from late fourth century CE were found in Hertfordshire and are now being analysed. 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 ]

Beau Street Hoard being questioned about its secrets

In 2007 an archaeological excavation in the city of Bath revealed an enormous hoard of Roman coins. The content of seven of the eight bags full of coins has been counted. Currently the coins are being analysed and described. The British Museum presents this work in its blog. more ]

The British Museum and the University of Leicester announce £645K to study Roman hoards found in Britain

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has awarded the British Museum, working in collaboration with the University of Leicester, a £645K grant for a 3-year project on “Crisis or continuity? The deposition of metalwork in the Roman world: what do coin hoards tell us about Roman Britain in the 3rd century AD?” 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 ]

Elite and Coinage in Asia Minor

A coinage more lavishly illustrated and more colorful than the one of Asia Minor in Roman Imperial times is hard to imagine. Responsible was a wealthy elite which expressed its perceptions on coins. Robert Bennett has dealt with this topic, and Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at his book. more ]

Roman coin trove found in Swiss cherry orchard

A farmer discovered one of the biggest coin troves in Switzerland in Ueken near Frick by pure chance. Exceptionally well preserved, the more than 4,000 coins from Roman Times must have been withdrawn from circulation shortly after being struck and buried in the ground. more ]

Studies in Ancient Coinage in Honour of Andrew Burnett

There can only be a handful of people who have increased our knowledge about Roman numismatics as greatly as Andrew Burnett. To honor him, his colleagues have now prepared a festschrift which, needless to say, focuses on minting in the entire area of Roman influence. more ]

Long awaited, finally released: the new RPC

Is there anybody really in need of an explanation why he has to buy the new RPC? Ursula Kampmann provides this explanation. After all, this comprehensive catalog of Roman provincial coinage is an absolute must-have for any ambitious library. more ]

British Museum presents major Egypt exhibition

Under the title “Egypt: faith after the pharaohs”, the British Museum presents a fascinating exhibition until February 7, 2016. Dealing with 1,200 years of Egyptian history, it provides unparalleled insight into the lives of different religious communities. 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 ]

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 ]

Bronze Portraits of the Emperor Hadrian in Jerusalem

Three extant bronze portraits of Emperor Hadrian are brought together for a first-time display in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum featuring loans from the British Museum and the Louvre. The exhibition concludes the Israel Museum’s celebrations of its 50th anniversary. more ]

The funny side of numismatics: book recommendations for the boxing week

Well, did you find the wrong book under the Christmas tree, again? Then there is only one thing to do, hurry to the computer and order an entertaining, numismatically tinged book yourself. Ursula Kampmann has compiled some books tips (also for listening). 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 ]

Crowdsourced Coin-Identification Project Completed in Record Time

In December 2015 the American Numismatic Society and British Museum’s Portable Antiquity Scheme have concluded in record time a crowdsourced coin identification project thanks to the help of many volunteers. more ]

Roman coin hoard disunites British metal detectorists

The question of who is the true finder of a Roman coin hoard in Lymington, UK, currently keeps officials busy. The case illustrates the rules of etiquette of private metal detectorists. more ]

Pompeii’s end reconstructed in stereoscope

In 2009 Melbourne Museum showed an exhibition on Pompeii’s end. Highlight was a stereoscopic film in an immersive 3D theatre installation. Visitors saw there the reconstruction of the city’s last hours. A nightmarish scenario. 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 ]

600kg of Roman coins found in amphorae

In Tomares in southern Spain, construction workers have found nearly 600 kg of coins. Dating to the Tetrarchic era, the folles were stored in 19 amphorae and then buried in the ground. more ]

Hiker Found an Extremely Rare Aureus of Trajan

In Israel, a hiker found an extremely rare aureus minted by Emperor Trajan. It was turned over to the Israel Antiquities Authority. more ]

A Portrait of Antinous, in Two Parts

The Art Institute of Chicago shows two portraits of Antinous, the favorite of Roman Emperor Hadrian. Together with that masterpiece other items like coins on loan from the ANS try to cast a light on the historical figure. The display runs through August 28, 2016. 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 ]

Roman coins discovered in Japanese castle ruin

The numismatic world is stunned by sensational news from faraway Japan. Coins from the time of Constantine the Great have been found in the province of Okinawa. But how did the copper coins get into Katsuren Castle, which was only built in the 12th century? 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 ]

Defacing the past: damnation and desecration in imperial Rome

The British Museum shows ‘Defacing the past: damnation and desecration in imperial Rome’ presenting coins and other objects that were defaced, either to condemn the memory of deceased Roman emperors or to contest the power of living ones. 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 ]

Game over for the Ephesus excavation?

After more than 120 years, the Austrian Archaeological Institute has lost its excavating licence. The Turkish government thus strikes back against Austrian attitudes towards Turkey. more ]

Archaeologists discover gold coins in Pompeii

In Pompeii four skeletons have been found that were accompanied by gold coins. The human remains have been discovered in the ruins of an ancient shop on the outskirts of the city. more ]

York’s Forgotten Emperor at Yorkshire Museum

Constantius Spotlight Exhibition featuring Beaurains Hoard to open at Yorkshire Museum. The exhibition reveals the story of Constantius Chlorus (250-306 AD) who made his name in Britain, defeating rebellious generals and fighting Picts north of Hadrian’s Wall. more ]

Getty shows ‘Roman Mosaics across the Empire’

Roman Mosaics across the Empire, on view until January 1, 2018, at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, presents the artistry of mosaics as well as the contexts of their discovery throughout the Mediterranean region. more ]

Welcome to Iran! Part 11: Persepolis! At last!

If ever there was a reason why I wanted to travel Iran, it was Persepolis, the capital of the Persians with its incredible Apadana. Finally the day has come. We are going to see the city of cities! 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 ]

Yorkshire Museum acquires Wold Newton Hoard

The largest Tetrarchic hoard ever discovered in the North of England will stay in the Yorkshire Museum thanks to generous donations. Currently the coins are treated for conservation but will be revealed soon. Andrew Woods reports. more ]

500 years of Roman portrait art

Andreas Pangerl has initiated a book that constitutes a bibliophile declaration of love to the artworks of Roman mint masters. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the illustrated book and its articles on Roman portrait art. 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 ]

The coinage of Ephesus

The coinage of Ephesus from Roman Imperial times is central to the understanding of provincial numismatics. Stefan Karwiese has been working on it for many years. Now, he presents a commentary volume to his controversial catalog. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

American Numismatic Society Launches Image-Based Roman Coin Identification

The American Numismatic Society presents a new interface for Online Coins of the Roman Empire, which allows non-specialists, hobbyists, collectors, archaeologists, and others to browse Roman Imperial coins by image for free online. 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 ]

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 ]

“Faces of Power” – Exhibition in Jerusalem

The Israel Museum shows ‘Faces of Power. Roman Gold Coins from the Victor A. Adda Collection until June 2018. Haim Gitler describes the exhibition and the story of arguably “one of the century’s major collections of Roman gold coins”. more ]

Seaton Down Hoard on display in Exeter

The Seaton Down Hoard has arrived at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter. With 22,888 Roman coins, it is by far the largest coin hoard found in Devon and the third largest ever found in Britain. 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 Coinage of the First Jewish Revolt against Rome

Numismatist Robert Deutsch has published ‘The Jewish Coinage During the First Revolt against Rome’ dealing with all the numismatic aspects of the First Revolt coins. He presents his monograph in detail here. 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 ]

Virtual Tour of “Faces of Power” Exhibition

Since summer 2017 the Israel Museum has been showing the exhibition “Faces of Power” of Roman gold coins. Now the museum has published an amazing 360 degree virtual tour in combination with an audio guide. more ]

Coin hoard unveils the location of a settlement

A coin hoard in the Bulgarian city of Mezdra offers new insights into local history. Archaeologists expect a hitherto unknown settlement at the site of around 1,000 silver coins of imperial times – most of which are already gone. more ]

The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery at the Met

Just a few days remain to visit the exhibition of the Metropolitan featuring the Tazze Aldobrandini. They are dedicated to the Roman emperors and their decoding is the solution of a riddle numismatists will love. We simply have to publish these wonderful pictures. 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 ]

Serdica’s mint found?

In 2015, Bulgarian archaeologists found a gigantic Roman hoard in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. They are convinced that a mint was located there during late antiquity. Other experts have reason to doubt this claim. more ]

Exhibition at Chinese university showcases strong women on ancient coins

At the Northeast Normal University in Changchun, People’s Republic of China, a team of 15 students has developed an exhibition highlighting strong women on ancient coinage, mostly from the Roman Empire. 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 ]

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 ]

Donald Trump in the tradition of ancient emperors

The meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un took place after all. Prior to this summit, a medal minted on this occasion had led to controversial debates. This is, however, quite a common procedure that dates to back antiquity. more ]

The first book about the monetary history of Estonia has been published

From sestertius to cent – 2000 years of money in Estonia – this is the title of a new numismatic book, that for the first time tells the reader the entire history of money and coins in Estonia. 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 ]

A Numismatic Approach to Nerva’s Policies

The images on coins can contribute essential facts to our understanding of Roman policies during the time of the Roman Empire. Nathan T. Elkins demonstrates this idea using the example of the reign of Nerva. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at his book. more ]

Gold Treasure Found Under Theater in Como

In Como, construction workers have discovered an incredible find of 300 gold coins from the 5th century AD. We do not know much so far, but media outlets already repeat an alleged market value of several millions of euros. Is the treasure really worth that much? more ]

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