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Interview with the new owner of CNG, Michael Gasvoda

The news that Michael Gasvoda is the new owner and managing director of CNG was a kind of a bombshell. Now, many collectors are wondering whether the new ownership will change CNG. CoinsWeekly has asked Michael Gasvoda what’s on top of his agenda. more ]

Armenia! at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

From September 22, 2018 through January 13, 2019, the Met explores the arts and culture of the Armenians from the early fourth century through the 17th century. The exhibition focuses especially on questions of national identity, Christianization, and trade routes. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, at potter Python’s workshop ... more ]

The Largest Collection of Islamic Coins in Germany and the Western World

The next CoinsWeekly Coin Record has been requested! This time it is the largest collection of Islamic coins in Germany and the western world. It is in the possession of the Forschungsstelle für Islamische Numismatik Tübingen. 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 ]

Heritage Adds Comprehensive Ancient Coins Data to Auction lots

Comparable auction results and graded population data for many ancient coins offered in Heritage auction sales are now available on the Heritage website. Thus, the buyer no longer depends on estimates. He disposes of the information to judge by himself what a coin is worth. more ]

The Munich Show - The largest fair of Europe for minerals, fossils and precious stones

The 55th Munich Show will take place from October 26 through October 28, 2018. Spread out on 50,000 square meters, the event includes 1,250 exhibitors from all over the world and offers an information and trade platform for dealers, laymen, and everyone in between. more ]

The Background Story of a Unique George IV Medal

A unique George IV Accession medal made for presentation to his sister, Princess Augusta Sophia, is to be sold by Baldwin’s of St. James’s on September 26, 2018. You will find its story here. more ]

Free PMG Evaluations at Valkenburg PaperMoneyFair

NGC accepts PMG submissions at the Valkenburg PaperMoneyFair. The PMG Grader Colin Blyth offers a first free and nonbinding evaluation for banknotes. more ]

SNB presents results of the 2017 survey on payment methods

In the autumn of 2017, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) conducted a survey on payment methods for the first time. The aim of the survey is to obtain representative information on payment behaviour and the use of cash by households in Switzerland. more ]

IACA Excellence in Currency 2018 Technical Awards

The 2018 Banknote Conference saw the presentation of the IACA Excellence in Currency Technical Awards. Prices were awarded for the Best Currency Innovation and the Best New Currency Feature or Product. more ]

Curonian Kings on Silver Coin

To commemorate their extraordinary history, Latvijas Banka has issued a commemorative coin dedicated to the Curonian Kings. They were no kings as the name suggests, but free villagers. more ]

Spirit of Trains - Mallard

CIT Coin Invest AG has produced a coin to commemorate the 80th anniversary of a world record. On July 3, 1938, the British steam locomotive “The Mallard” briefly achieved a record speed of 125 mph and thus holds the world speed record for steam locomotives. more ]

The Most Expensive Russian Coin – and Likewise the Most Expensive European Coin

The first CoinsWeekly Coin Record to be submitted is the most expensive Russian coin. It is also the most expensive European coin and was sold by the Swiss auction house Sincona in 2012.
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Blaze Destroys National Museum of Brazil

On September 2, 2018, a large fire destroyed the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. Up to 20 million items are said to have been lost in the flames. The Brazilian population blames primarily the government and its officials for this catastrophe. more ]

Our Cartoon: Franklin’s World

Philologist, numismatist and cartoonist Claire Franklin provides insight into her daily thoughts. Recently, in Birka ... more ]

From Ore to Money: Mining, Trading, Minting

From the 5th to the 7th of September 2018, the last congress of the DAMIN research project titled “From Ore to Money: Mining, Trading, Minting” took place in Tallinn/Estonia. Speakers from 10 countries discussed topics ranging from Classical Greece to the year 2011. more ]

A Warning About New U.S. Interstate Sales Tax Ruling

In a decision regarding interstate purchases, the U.S. Supreme Court has now ruled that states can require retailers beyond their borders to collect sales-tax revenue from consumers. This is especially significant for online purchases, but all sales across state lines could now be taxed. more ]

International AUREUS Conference Call for Posters

The AUREUS Conference will take place in Orléans November 12-14, 2018. The organizers have released a call for posters addressing subjects related to gold and / or gold coinage in the western world between the 4th century BC and the end of the 1st century AD. more ]

Swiss Commemorative Coin Marks Centenary of the Death of “Swiss Army Knife” Creator

Swissmint has issued a commemorative coin reminiscent of one of Switzerland’s most popular exports. The Swiss Army Knife. We visited the manufactory where it is produced and take a look at the new commemorative coin. more ]

ANS Announces Gift from Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

The Eric P. Newman Numismatic Society has donated $50,000 to the ANS’s renowned Summer Seminar to enhance the stipend of a Visiting Scholar. In 2018, the now renamed title was granted to Prof. Mariangela Puglisi of the University of Messina in Sicily. more ]

The Royal Australian Mint Reaches for the Moon

The Royal Australian Mint has issued the second release in its The Earth and Beyond series. Following on from the first domed coin in the series, which depicted the Earth as seen from space, this new silver release celebrates the Moon, our closest celestial companion. more ]

Red Colobus Monkey Featured on Coin of Gibraltar Primates Series

Pobjoy has released the third coin of the Gibraltar Primates 50 pence Series. The coin features an adult Red Colobus monkey. The primates are really brought to life on this colored coin and it highlights the fact that these stunning animals are in danger of becoming extinct. more ]

CoinsWeekly Coin Records

The world demands superlatives. Let’s give it superlatives. You and your company have a record to announce? Here, you will find out how to submit it. more ]

To Spain! Part 7: Beautiful Córdoba

Since 1994, Córdoba has been considered World Heritage Site. As if the city needed that label to attract even more tourists. Córdoba is one of the capitals of tourism – but it still offers some quiet corners. Especially when you’re interested in coins. more ]

The Numismatic History of Liechtenstein Online

In 2019, the Principality of Liechtenstein will celebrate its 300th anniversary. Prior to this celebration, a unique, free online catalogue of all Liechtenstein coins from 1862 was recently published as part of the Online Catalogue of Swiss Coins and Banknotes. more ]

The Coins of the Order of Malta

John A. Gatt has created an opus magnum on the coins minted by the Knights of Malta. His “type corpus” really is a “die corpus” based on the analysis of 16,000 coins. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the book. more ]

40th Coinex in London

Coin dealers and collectors from all over the world will meet at the 40th Coinex in London on September 28 and 29, 2018. The coin convention is organized by the BNTA and offers space and opportunities to buy, sell, and network in a beautiful venue and ambience. more ]

New German Collectors’ Coin “Temperate Climate Zone”

The German government has announced a 5-euros collectors’ coin “Temperate Climate Zone” with an incorporated green polymer ring. This coin is the third issue of the five-part “Climate Zones of the Earth” and is expected to be issued in September of 2019. more ]

CCG Launches Collectibles Authentication Guaranty and certifies Armstrong collection

The Certified Collectibles Group has launched its seventh member company: Collectibles Authentication Guaranty. The first collection to be certified contains assets of the renowned astronaut Neil Armstrong. more ]

From coils to blanks

An essential step in coin minting is the production of blanks. This article provides a detailed overview of the modern blank production for minting. For this purpose, we visit Monea Coin Technology in Kremnica, Slovakia. more ]

Real Meteorite Lands on Collector Coin

Just in time for the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint has created a truly out-of-this-world collectible by adding a genuine meteorite fragment to limited edition silver coins. more ]

CIT Coin Invest AG launches new series

CIT Coin Invest AG dedicates its new series called “Woodland Spirits” to magical creatures with the Fox as the first one to be released. more ]

Byzantine Emperors in Finland

In 2017, a Finnish metal detectorist found several dozens of silver coins in Sysmä. They are now on display at the National Museum of Finland providing insight into the far-reaching relations of medieval Finland. more ]

Unique Exhibition on King Ashurbanipal at the British Museum

From November 8, 2018 until February 24, 2019, you can discover the remarkable story of Assyrian King Ashurbanipal at the British Museum. This is the first ever major exhibition to explore his life, faith, politics, and kingship. more ]

Otakar Dusek Receives Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award

The Mel Wacks Judaica Art Medal Award was awarded to Otakar Dusek for his Todesmarsch medal at the 2018 XXXV FIDEM Art Medal Congress. The medal is said to show “how a relatively small medal can have significance far beyond its size.” more ]

Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles Available Through Heritage Auctions

The definitive resource on the history of one of the world’s most popular collector coins, Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles, written by Roger Burdette is now available. Each issue presented here includes an extensive commentary, as well as a list of exceptional specimens. more ]

Bruce Smith joins Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has announced that Bruce Smith has joined the company as Director of Client Placement and Acquisitions. He will be operating out of the firm’s Southern California headquarters. more ]

New Coins and Banknotes for Venezuela

The Central Bank of Venezuela issues new coins and banknotes due to the devaluation of its former currency. Michael Alexander presents the new means of payment and analyses the reasons and the chances for this new currency.... more ]

South African Mint to Host Mint Directors Conference

The biennial Mint Directors Conference will return to South Africa in 2020. The upcoming event will mark the 31st of its kind and will be held in Cape Town and Pretoria, in April of that year. more ]

Perth Mint Issues Star Trek Coin

Perth Mint has issued a silver proof coin on behalf of Tuvalu which features three of the key ships that appeared in the original Star Trek television series: the starship U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, a Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser and Romulan Bird-of-Prey. more ]

Dix Noonan Webb launches new stand-alone banknotes department

Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins, medals and jewellery specialists, have opened a new stand-alone banknotes department staffed by two leading experts who have joined the company from another London auction house. more ]

Hispania Antiqua: Numismatic Impressions

In Künker’s Fall Auction 312 around 170 coins from the Iberian Peninsula will be on offer. Come with us on a tour to the highlights of touristic Spain which all can trace back their origin to antiquity. more ]

France Honors Simone Veil with Commemorative Coin

France has issued a new 2 euro commemorative coin in proof version dedicated to lawyer and politician Simone Veil. Veil became known, among other things, for pushing forward the law to legalize abortion in 1975. more ]

CoinsWeekly Named Best Online News Site

On August 16, 2018, the NLG announced its award winners of 2018. For the first time the competition was open internationally and for the first time web-based media were admitted to a larger extent. At the first go, CoinsWeekly won the award for best online news site 2018. more ]

Warsaw’s National Museum prepares first permanent numismatic exhibition

The National Museum in Warsaw is preparing its first permanent numismatic exhibition thanks to the patronage of the Count Feliks Sobanski Foundation. The exhibition is scheduled to open in the first half of 2020 – so that visitors to the XVI INC will be able to visit 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 ]

PNG 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Donn Pearlman

The Professional Numismatists Guild presented its 2018 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award to Donn Pearlman, award-winning numismatic writer, public relations counselor and a former Chicago radio and television broadcaster. more ]

Little Secrets

It is not only the beauty routine of the woman portrayed on CIT’s latest silver coin that is mysterious. The technique, too, which was used to yield such a high relief with recessed color application in perfection remains the mint’s secret. more ]

2GBP Coin to Mark the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s Voyage of Discovery

The Royal Mint has embarked upon a new three-year series to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s epic Voyage of Discovery aboard HM Bark Endeavour. The commemorative coins are available in a range of finishes. more ]

Switzerland’s New 200 Franc banknote released

The National Bank of Switzerland have released their new 200-franc note replacing the banknote of the same denomination issued in 1997 as part of the Bank’s eighth series. The 9th series comes in new dimensions, with new designs and modern security features. more ]

NGC Introduces New Raw Coin Imaging Service

A new “raw” coin high-resolution imagining service was introduced by NGC on June 1, 2018. This service provides submitters with high-resolution images of their coins before they are encapsulated in NGC holders. more ]

Michael S. Gasvoda Purchases CNG

Classical Numismatic Group announces that longtime ancient coin collector Michael „Mike“ S. Gasvoda has purchased the assets of the company from Victor England and Eric McFadden. England and McFadden will continue as Senior Directors for the new company, with Gasvoda becoming Managing Director. more ]

Numismatic Miniatures from the North (2018)

In this series, we will present impressions of Ursula Kampmann's journey to Europe's Far North. There was much to marvel at in Sweden and Norway: from Viking treasures to stolen crowns to cashless payments. You can find all episodes here. more ]

A Tsarist Treasure as Crypto Currency?

A South Korean salvage company claims to have found the wreck of the Dmitri Donskoi, a ship that was scuttled in 1905. They are now accused of having defrauded investors by spreading the news about the alleged find. more ]

ACTF Special Exhibit of Counterfeits Coins

The ACTF will exhibit a five-case display of counterfeit coins, precious metal bars, and grading holders during the ANA World’s Money Fair in Philadelphia. The items were confiscated during a recent investigation and aim to illustrate levels of deceptiveness. more ]

Austrian exhibition in Innsbruck presents powerful women (and collectors)

“The Art of Power” focuses on three remarkable women who set standards in courtly culture within the Habsburg dynasty: The three archduchesses Margaret, Mary, and Catherine of House Habsburg shaped European politics during the Renaissance. more ]

ANA Highest Honor Awards Given to Numismatists Making a Difference

The American Numismatic Association is recognizing several numismatists for their dedication, hard work, passion and contributions to the field of numismatics. The recipients will be recognized at the World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, August 14th-18th, 2018. more ]

Münzkabinett Winterthur to move temporarily

The Münzkabinett Winterthur has to move out of its usual home at the Bührer Villa as the beautiful building is being renovated. During this time, the Münzkabinett can be visited in its temporary quarters. more ]

South African Mint issues tribute to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is an iconic symbol of South Africa. His legacy is now being paid tribute to with commemorative coins celebrating his birth centenary year. more ]

Sapphire Jubilee of the Coronation

Queen Elizabeth II is the world’s longest-reigning monarch – and is the first British monarch to have celebrated a Sapphire Jubilee. To commemorate her Coronation in 1953, Pobjoy Mint has released a heart-warming silver coin with technical special effects. more ]

Gold Robbery at Perth Mint Leads to Two Years in Prison

In early August of 2018, a sentence was passed on a gold thief in Australia, who had come up with a special trick in order to smuggle the stolen goods through the x-ray units. more ]

A Quarter for the Comrade

Flags, flowers and wreaths. That's what we expect to see when we visit an American military cemetery. However, for some decades now, people have also been encountering coins on headstones there. This recent tradition has a moving origin. more ]

“What is Money?” Exhibition at University of Calgary

The Nickle Galleries, a museum that belongs to the University of Calgary, presents a new exhibition named “What is money?”. It is dedicated to the fact that there are more things on earth which can be used as money than coin users have dreamt of. more ]

IAPN Congress 2018 in Prague

This year’s IAPN Congress took place in Prague. Attendees from more than 28 numismatic firms discussed new international trade laws, and various other issues. Paul Stevens was honored with the IAPN Book Price 2018 for his publication on the East India Company. more ]

New book about the coinage of Greek leagues

Following his publication on the Achaian League coinage, enthusiastic collector and numismatic expert Steve M. Benner has now written a new book about the coinage of the ancient Greek leagues from the fifth through the first century BC. more ]

Wanted: New Members for the U.S. Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

The United States Mint is accepting applications for appointment to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee as a member representing the interests of the general public in the coinage of the United States. The application deadline is August 24, 2018. more ]

Indian Summer Globe

A new silver coin designed by Coin Invest for the Cook Islands takes up the theme of the successful Cherry Blossom coin. The coin unites three different surface finishes in one and, what is more, pays tribute to the famous Viennese snow globe. more ]

The Perth Mint dedicates coins to new Spielberg movie

On behalf of Tuvalu, the Perth Mint has issued new coins referring to “Ready Player One” by Steven Spielberg. more ]

What is Money?

What is Money? Money is more than coins and bills. Anything may be used as money as long as it embodies certain characteristics and is accepted by a larger group. What kind of characteristics are required? You will learn that in this film. more ]

How Athens financed its art

Since ancient times, the Acropolis in Athens has been regarded as an artistic climax in European history. But even then such projects cost vast sums of money. Athens obtained this money through political extortion and its ruthlessly applied naval force. more ]

Social justice – No revolt in the Roman Empire

Of course there were revolts in the Roman Empire: everybody has heard of the uprising of the confederates in Italy, or the Jewish wars … But, for nearly 200 years, there was a long period of peace. In this film, we will tell you how the Romans achieved this. more ]

The Rialto of Venice: Medieval Manhatten

The Venetian Rialto had been the centre of world trade for centuries. In this film Ursula Kampmann will give us an impression of that era with the help of a painting by Carpaccio. We will meet slaves, Turks and of course the rich merchants of Venice. more ]

How the British became a nation of tea drinkers

Vast amounts of silver from the New World resulted in a large increase in minted silver in Europe. And thus the fall of the Aztec Empire led to the British passion for tea. But see for yourself! more ]

The Duchy of Brunswick and Lüneburg – its partitions within the 16th and 17th centuries

The various family lines of the Welfs who ruled parts of the Duchy of Brunswick and Lüneburg are extremely difficult to keep apart. This film on the Künker Summer Auction 308 helps you disentangle this ball of lines. more ]

Pobjoy Mint showcases the Yellow Tree Frog on new Fiji coin

In the wild forests on the Fiji Islands, there lives a special species of frogs, the Yellow Tree Frog. On an all-new Yellow Titanium coin, the British Pobjoy Mint celebrates this tree dwelling creature in 2018. more ]

US Mint releases first coin in new platinum proof coin series

The United States Mint has opened sales for the 2018 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin. It is the first release in the three-year series that features all new obverse designs on a one ounce, 99.95 percent platinum proof coin each year. more ]

Half a Million Dollar for a 1851 $20 Liberty Error

During the FUN Convention in Tampa a 1851 $20 Liberty struck on a large cent planchet error was sold for nearly half a million dollars. Error coin expert Fred Weinberg knows this coin perfectly and tells its amazing history in this video. more ]

The bracteates: An image of society in the High Middle Ages

In a short film, the beautifully preserved bracteates of the Professor Helmut Hahn collection illustrate the medieval estate-based society. And the historical background in turn helps to better understand their imagery. more ]

Medal production in 1930

In 1929/1930, the America-based Medallic Art Company made a film that shows the making of a medal, from the draft to the delivery of the product finished. This is a fascinating glimpse into early 20th century medal production! more ]

Casting medallions for beginners

Everybody can make a medallion. At least all graduating students at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A Youtube video shows how even unexperienced students succeed in producing bronze medallions. more ]

From Georg Heinrich Sander to the Collection of a History Enthusiast

Georg Heinrich Sander assembled an impressive coin collection in the middle of the 18th century. A collector of today was impressed and reconstructed his collection according to his publication. This film is bridging the gap between these coin collectors, separated by centuries, united by enthusiasm. more ]

The Dr Rainer Opitz Collection

Luther, the Reformation and the consequent Protestantism are among the historical forces that have shaped our world. This film presents the Opitz Collection, a collection with a distinct focus on this subject illustrating the historical background. more ]

James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video Free on PNG YouTube Channel

The Professional Numismatists Guild has uploaded the award-winning video “Money: History in Your Hands” on its new YouTube channel. Narrated by acclaimed actor James Earl Jones, it gives advice about buying, storing and selling numismatic items and bullion for everyone. more ]

Ships on Coins and Medals

Do you also dream of circumventing the world numismatically? Then this film about ships on coins and medals is just the right remedy for your wanderlust. The shown specimens will be offered at the Künker Summer Auction Sale. more ]

British Museum podcast shows how to deface a coin

In a British Museum podcast episode Tom Hockenhull, curator of Modern money, discussed the phenomenon of counterstamping coins during the British suffragette movement for publicity. He also demonstrates the counterstamping process in action! more ]

The War of the Spanish Succession

On November 1, 1700 the childless King of Spain died. The fight for his empire was the reason for the War of the Spanish Succession. This film will tell you its history using coins and medals from that period. more ]

William Goetzmann on “Money Changes Everything”

In a lecture at the Museum of American Finance financial historian William Goetzmann argued that development of finance has made the growth of civilizations possible. You can now watch the lecture on video. more ]

Coins and Medals of the Popes

Coins and medals of the Popes are popular among collectors all over the world. A little film explains several papal symbols and summarizes the history of modern papacy using coins and medals. more ]

David Hendin presents coins from the Jewish War

David Hendin is Adjunct Curator for the American Numismatic Society and an expert in ancient Jewish coins. In a video for the ‘Ancient Jew Review’ he gives a brief history of the war and presents some of the Jewish coins minted during this period. more ]

Money in Ancient Rome

Republic, Senate, Dictator, we all know what these terms do mean. And we tend to transfer the modern interpretation to Ancient Rome. Nevertheless, then politics was completely different. What it did look like, you will learn in this PDF slideshow series. more ]

Coins and Medals from Regensburg

The Rudolf Spitzner Collection of coins and medals from Regensburg features numismatic items ranging from medieval pfennigs to convention talers of the last prince-bishop of Regensburg. A film presents some of the numerous numismatic rarities. more ]

Russian Medals: Peter the Great of Russia

Did you ever ask yourself why there are so many medals of Peter the Great? This fact has to be credited to Catherine the Great. And if you want to know why, you should have a look at this Künker Podcast. more ]

The Principality of Transylvania

In their Summer Auction 2015 auction house Künker offered some extraordinary gold pieces. A film tells you the history full of conflicts of Count Dracula’s Transsylvania following these coins. more ]

Coins of the Roman Republic

In the Spring Auction 259-262 auction house Künker sold a special collection Roman Republic on March, 9th 2015. On that occasion Künker has prepared a little movie that gives you historical information on some of the intriguing coinages. more ]

The First Gold Coins of the United States

A selection of extremely rare, early private gold dollars of the American gold fields was part of the Künker’s Berlin-Auction 258 on January, 29th, 2015. This film narrates the gripping story behind these coins. more ]

Mining Coins as Artifacts of State-of-the-Art Mining Technology

You have to know one or two things about the history of mining technology to fully understand the purpose of the various buildings and installations you see depicted on mining coins. This film helps you. Join us in our descent into a numismatic mine! more ]