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The sorrowful life of the Ottoman Prince Cem

The life of Prince Cem – the youngest son of Mehmed II – was no fortunate life at all. Even dead he was not granted peace: they demanded 5,000 ducats for the prince’s body. more ]

At the Height of the Thirty Years’ War

Why issued Emperor Ferdinand III a gold medallion on his son’s coronation to King of Hungary and Bohemia only ten years later? This numismatic question leads us in the middle of the bloody Thirty Years’ War and to Wallenstein. more ]

Two Dukes in Pomerania

On January 31, 2013, a Pomerania collection will be coming up for auction at Künkers’. Here, we present two coins from the collection that are as different as the men who had them minted. more ]

Wolfgang II von Barby (1586-1615) – An Imperial Count in Financial Straits

On January 31, 2013, Künker will hold his fabulous Berlin sale in connection with the World Money Fair. Among the many rare pieces on offer is a unique thaler from Barby. This thaler testifies to the financial difficulties of the small imperial estate at the beginning of the modern era. more ]

Translatio nummorum – Roman Emperors in the Renaissance

From November 16 to 18, 2011 experts from all over the world gathered in Berlin to discuss how their Renaissance colleagues started to interpret the wealth of coins they had at hand... more ]

Renaissance-mania captures Royal Australian Mint with a new display

The Royal Australian Mint offers to the public the display “Shadows and Perspective: The Influence of the Renaissance on Contemporary Coin Design”. The exhibition reveals techniques still used by modern mints that have been introduced in the Renaissance era. more ]

Earliest known portrait of Sultan Mehmed II to be sold by auction

On the 25th April, 2012 Baldwin’s will offer for sale the Magnus Princeps Bronze Portrait Medal of Sultan Mehmed II, c. 1460. It provides the earliest known portrait of one of history’s greatest military commanders. more ]

Exhibition on “Paduans” in Basel

A special exhibition of the Historisches Museum Basel examines why the Renaissance intellectuals were so enthralled by antiquity. It’s called “Faked Antiquity? The Paduans and the Fascination with Antiquity.” more ]

The Cloisters acquire late medieval medal connected to Jean Duc de Berry

In a recent Morton & Eden sale of Renaissance and Baroque medals, The Cloisters Museum New York purchased an extremely rare French silver repoussé impression of a gold medal that formerly belonged to the important early Renaissance collector Jean Duc de Berry. more ]

Numismatic treasures of a Renaissance collector

John Cunnally has submitted a new kind of book. He has reconstructed the collection of a prominent Renaissance scholar. He has done so by means of an illustrated catalogue of the collection, which was probably composed around 1560. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

Italian State securities on the menu

In one of his last blogs Franky Leeuwerck conducted an interview with the author of an extensive book on state bonds. You will learn a lot about the history of this means of government financing which is rooted deep in the early Renaissance period of Italy. more ]

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