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Charles of Anjou and the Sicilian Vespers

19 children Frederick II had had but his family was to be wiped out only a few years after his death. The enmity of the Pope is to blame or that – and an extremely effective opponent… more ]

Sigismondo Malatesta – Condottiere and Ruler of Rimini

In 1462, there was a great fire to be witnessed in Rome: Pope Pius II burnt the effigy of Sigismondo Malatesta, once beloved son and captain-general of the Holy Roman Church. Who was this man? A beast? The anti-christ? Or simply a child of one’s times? more ]

Striking Coins in Florence

Since September 17, 2011 visitors can see a marvelous exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. It is named Money and Beauty and is dedicated to the link between early modern banking and art. On exhibit is not only art, but documents, numismatists dream of like a book in which those responsible of striking coins have noted their decisions on the design... more ]

Charlemagne and the Popes – On the way to the Imperial crown

At Künker’s spring auction on March 12 and 13, 2012 a spectacular portrait Denarius of Charlemagne will be put to auction. The sole coin makes you dream. But the story behind it is fascinating as well: you can read it here. more ]

How Saint Mark came to Venice

From March 11 to 15, 2013, the collection of Dr Eduardo Curti will be liquidated. It contains numismatic rarities from medieval times, from the Migration Period until the Hundred Years’ War. Some of the most spectacular coins are from Venice, which, at the beginning of the 9th century, had absolutely no interest in becoming part of the Carolingian Empire. more ]

Expeditions into the realm of numismatics Part 1: The missing gold gulden or Basel as papal mint

In our series “Expeditions into the realm of numismatics”, we are taking you on an expedition to the treasures of the Basel Coin Cabinet. The first part revolves around a minting die for a papal gold gulden with the title of Felix V. more ]

Medieval Sicily Part 4: The Normans are coming

Around AD 1000, Sicily was ruled and shaped by the Arabs, Lower Italy by the Byzantines and the Lombards. Then the Normans came and created a new empire in the South ... more ]

Medieval Sicily Part 3: Arab Influence

The Arabs didn’t just rule Sicily. They had such an impact on its art and culture that this influence continued to have an effect long after the expulsion of the Muslim masters. This episode tells of what Europe owes to them. more ]

The Casa Savoia – A Noble Family between Italy, France, and Switzerland Part 1

Auction house Gadoury will auction off an extensive collection Casa Savoia originating from the possessions of a gentleman of the royal family. In the first article of the three-part series you will learn more about how the counts of Savoy rose from a minor noble family to being protagonists of European politics. more ]

The Hohenstaufen dynasty and Italy – Three regions of innovation in medieval Europe

From September 19th, 2010 to February 20th, 2011 a monumental exhibition on the Hohenstaufen era will take place in Mannheim... more ]

Money and beauty – an impressive exhibition in Florence

From 17 September 2011 to 22 January 2012 a rich exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, explores the links between that unique interweave of high finance, economy and art, and the religious and political upheavals of the Renaissance. Don’t miss this! Here you will spot pictures of some sources about numismatics you never have seen before, for example the Secret Account Book of the Medici Bank... more ]

New Gateway to Italian Numismatic

The Italian website Portale Numismatico dello Stato is a public project gathering numismatic material, catalogues, legal texts, essays and a whole journal making all that stuff available to everybody. In addition it offers virtual museum tours and much more... more ]

Sorrowful prince Cem issued coins

Lately we told you about prince Cem and his sorrowful life. Actually, for a short time he issued coins too. However, only few of them are preserved. What a luck that an expert on Islamic numismatics like Lutz Ilisch has turned out to be such a diligent reader of CoinsWeekly. 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 Veronese currency area

Helmut Rizzolli and Federico Pigozzo have written a weighty volume on the monetary history of the Veronese currency area, including accompanying type corpora. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the monumental work. 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 ]

3rd Edition of Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396 released

Covering more than five centuries, the third edition of D.M. Metcalf’s “Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396” has been published. It explores the evidence of archaeological excavation and of several hundred coin-hoards. more ]

A must-have for every library on the Middle Ages

Still in 2016, the long-awaited fourth volume of the comprehensive standard work on “Medieval European Coinage” has been published. It deals with Northern Italy. Ursula Kampmann took a look. more ]

Medieval Sicily

Since ancient times, Sicily has been a cultural melting pot, a junction of Africa and Europe, of West and East. The Byzantines even temporarily moved their capital there. All parts of the series you may find here. more ]

Princeton Receives Bell Collection of Ducats

The Princeton University Library Numismatic Collection has acquired the ducats collection of Benjamin R. Bell. Comprising 190 gold coins and imitations, it will enhance knowledge of this currency’s importance in the commerce of the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East. more ]

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