Tuesday, 31.03.2020


Global Power Portugal Part 6: Megalithic Settlements in Alentejo

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. The sixth episode presents an unusual side of Portugal. With its megalithic settlements the Alentejo region shows an astonishing resemblance to Brittany.

Global Power Portugal Part 5: Evora

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. In the fifth episode, we make our way to the provincial region of Alentejo, to Evora. The idyllic small town, which has been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, was once an important residence of Portugal’s kings.

Global Power Portugal Part 4: Medieval Lisbon

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. The fourth episode takes you right into medieval Lisbon. The best place to start is the castle hill.

Edwin Tobler (1922-2020)

Edwin Tobler, the great connoisseur of Swiss numismatics died on 14 March 2020. The modest and reserved collector had a decisive influence on Swiss numismatics by means of his publications. Ursula Kampmann commemorates him.

Coins of the Medieval Prince-Bishopric of Würzburg

Hubert Ruß has published the new reference work for the medieval coins of Würzburg bishops. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

“The World in Your Hand”. A Conference in the Virtual Space

Many events have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. “The world in your hand. New directions in numismatic research” is an early career scholars conference which will be held on 3 April – as a video conference. Registration is still open.

Coin Care in Simple Terms. Part 2: Washing Day

If you collect coins, you have to treat your pieces with care. Today is washing day! numiscontrol explains which treatment the different metals of your favourite pieces need, what the perfect water temperature is and much more.

Fairmined Gold: Gold Which We Can Be Proud Of

More than 20 million people in the world mine gold in ways that destroy their health, threaten their life, and devastate the environment. The Alliance for Responsible Mining has a way to improve the operation of these mines as well as integrating them into the fair trade system.

Ecco: Italy’s New Coins

Pizza, Marcus Aurelius and Raphael: these and other motifs appear on Italy’s commemorative coins 2020. Here is an overview of the coins and their release dates.

Global Power Portugal Part 3: Lisbon, the Earthquake, and Doubts About the Existence of a Benevolent God

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. The third episode tells of the tourist-laden Lisbon, whose architecture still shows traces of the 1755 earthquake that caused philosophers to question the existence of a benevolent God for the first time.

Global Power Portugal Part 2: Belem and Henry the Navigator

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann shows us Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. In the second episode, she visits Belem, the place from which so many departed to conquer the world. Legend has it that Henry the Navigator was their inspiration.

Global Power Portugal Part 1: The Gulbenkian Museum

In her latest series of travel reports, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal. In the country on the coast of the Atlantic, she explores the numismatic and economic history of one of the world’s greatest nations of discoverers. Her first stop: the Gulbenkian Museum.

Global Power Portugal (Travel Diary 2015)

In April 2015 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Portugal. With her beautifully illustrated numismatic diary we hope to help you pass the time at home and take your mind off things! You will find all travel reports here.

Bizarre Burglary in Belgium

No, for once it’s not about millions: less than a month ago, three thieves broke into the Royal Belgian Mint. Two of them were arrested, the third man managed to escape with the loot: he stole 5 kilos of decoined euros.

Coin Care in Simple Terms. Part 1: The Basics

If you collect coins, you will have to treat your pieces with care. numiscontrol explains how to deep clean your objects on a shoestring with common household accessories and what to keep in mind on the numismatic washing day.

Pobjoy Mint Presents New 50 Pence Coin Featuring the HMS Erebus

To commemorate the 220th anniversary of the birth of Antarctic explorer James Clark Ross, a new 50 pence Coin was released on behalf of British Antarctic Territory. It features his expedition ship, the HMS Erebus, which later became famous when it went missing.

Coins Stolen After the Long Beach Coin Show

The Long Beach Police Department is investigating a vehicle burglary that happened after leaving the Long Beach Coin Show in February resulting in the loss of ancient coins. Find descriptions and photos of the stolen coins here.

A Virtual Journey to the Devastated Sites of the Middle East

Using the most recent digital techniques, an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art takes visitors on a virtual tour of three ancient cities – Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, all devastated in the recent past.

Treasures Beneath the Dubrovnik Cathedral

In his new publication, Ivan Mirnik takes a detailed look at the numismatic finds from the archaeological excavations underneath the Dubrovnik Cathedral in the 1980s.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Relocate Their Whitman Spring Expo Auction

The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo has been canceled. Therefore Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ decided to relocate their March 2020 Baltimore Auctions to California.

Cosmos of Collectibles

The contemporary reference work for the modern coin collector, that’s what Cosmos of Collectibles is. The new website helps to identify and find all coins that collectors want to have.

Why Was Numismata Munich Really Cancelled?

Numismata Munich didn’t take place. The Regional Administrative Office of Munich withdrew the permission. Was there no way one could have predicted this? Here you find out why this wasn’t possible and what changed on Friday morning.

Numismatic Events Cancelled or Postponed

As the Coronavirus is spreading, many events all over the world have been cancelled or postponed. We try to gather numismatic events affected by this recent development and will update the following list continuously. If you have to cancel your event, please make sure to notify us.

Tokens: Culture, Connections, Communities

The Royal Society published an anthology that, for the first time ever, deals with the phenomenon of tokens across time. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

ANA Call for Paper: “Women in Numismatics”

The American Numismatic Association is accepting proposals for the 2020 Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series. This year’s subject is: “Women in Numismatics”. Presentations will be given at the Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money®.

Where Have All the BREXIT Coins Gone?

On 31st January 2020 the Royal Mint issued 3 million Brexit coins and has added further millions in the meantime. Apparently, though, that is not enough and people try to hunt them down. But why do these coins seem to disappear from circulation?

Mint Directors Conference Postponed

The Mint Directors Conference in South Africa, scheduled for April 2020, is postponed to autumn 2020. The reason is once again the coronavirus according to a statement of the organisers.

Perth Mint and Royal Mint Honour Fictitious Agent 007

Great times for the 007 aficionados among coin collectors: The Royal Mint has launched an entire James Bond commemorative coin and bar collection, the Perth Mint has created a collector coin featuring the iconic 007 gun logo.

BREAKING NEWS: Numismata Munich Cancelled

The Numismata Munich has been cancelled, apparently at the instruction of the responsible public health authority. As soon as we know more details we will inform you.

Singapore International Coin Fair Rescheduled

The Singapore International Coin Fair was to take place on 3 April 2020. Just like the Hong Kong Coin show, the Singapore event has been rescheduled due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

The Effects of the Coronavirus on the Coin Trade

Everybody’s talking about the coronavirus. Newly infected people are counted on a daily basis. However, we hardly ever talk about the consequences that we will have to face because of this media-fuelled panic. The coin trade might have to adapt to some changes, too.

Theft in Sovana: Lists of Stolen Coins Have Been Published

News in the case of the missing Sovana hoard which was stolen from a museum in Sovana, Tuscany, November 2019: Here you can find lists with photos of the stolen coins.

TEFAF 2020 in Maastricht

TEFAF – The European Fine Art Fair, will take place from 7 to 15 March 2020 in Maastricht. It is one of the world’s leading art fairs with a focus on ancient objects.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Moves to Park Avenue

Stack’s Bowers Galleries flagship store in New York is moving to a new, larger location at 470 Park Avenue in the spring of 2020. In the meantime, Stack’s Bowers can be found at a temporary location.

A Big “Maple Leaf”, But Not a “Big Maple Leaf”

The Royal Canadian Mint launches its largest-ever version of its bullion coin, the Gold Maple Leaf. The 10kg Gold Maple Leaf captures every detail of the 1 oz gold bullion coin it celebrates. Of course, it is not to be confused with the 100kg “Big Maple Leaf”.

Mint Industry – A New Platform For the Global Coin Producing Industry

A platform to raise awareness and provide solid-proof facts about the coin minting industry and its products – that is the aim of Mint Industry, a new website created by the Mint Directors Conference.

Pobjoy’s “Preserve Planet Earth” Coin

Pobjoy’s newest coin was influenced by the devastating wildfires in Australia. 15% of the proceeds from this Koala Coin, released on behalf of the Government of Niue, will be donated to the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Services.

Ulla Westermark (1927-2020)

The queen mum of Greek numismatics is dead. Ulla Westermark died on 22 February 2020. Ursula Kampmann honours the memory of a great numismatist who was known for her preference to stay in the background and who, perhaps for this very reason, had friends all over the world.

Unresolved Questions in the Case of the Stolen Big Maple Leaf

The verdict against the thieves of the Big Maple Leaf has been passed, but that does not mean the case is closed: Now the owner of the coin is suing the insurance company. The coin is still missing, and the insurance company has only replaced a fraction of its value. Is the Bode Museum liable?

The American Numismatic Society 2020 Annual Gala Dinner

In January 2020, some 180 friends of the American Numismatic Society gathered to honor Richard M. Beleson with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Harvard Club in New York City.

Conference: The Numismatic World in the Long 19th Century

In April 2020, a major international conference will take place at Tübingen University: “Collectors and Scholars. The Numismatic World in the Long 19th Century” is organized by Stefan Krmnicek & Hadrien Rambach and will feature a host of well-known speakers.

Numismatic Training Opportunities in the UK

The Money and Medals Network offers again numismatic training opportunities at different locations in the United Kingdom. Find out if there is an event for you coming up in the first half of 2020.

Central Banks Work Together on Digital Currency

Important Central Banks have created a group to share experience as they assess the potential cases for central bank digital currency (CBDC) in their home jurisdictions.

smartminting© – The Next Generation

At the World Money Fair 2020, CIT Coin Invest presented the first product of a new generation of smartminting© coins: now, coins can be produced with even higher relief on both sides, in a variety of metals, and featuring new designs never achieved before.

Majestic Eagle

With the mini series “Majestic Eagle”, CIT Coin Invest presents the significantly enhanced smartminting© technology: the highest points of the high relief are no longer determined by technical necessity, but rather by the artist’s creative preference.

Brazen Burglary in the Berlin Memorial Church – Orders and Medals Stolen

Another bold break-in at a Berlin cultural institution: During a burglary at the Memorial Church the perpetrators stole medals and orders. Here you can find descriptions and pictures. Are there any links to the raids in Berlin and Dresden?

Numismatic Exhibition in Abu Dhabi

On January 28, 2020, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed, minister of presidential affairs in the UAE, opened the “Coins of Islam: History Revealed” exhibition in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The event was organized by Dr Alain Baron.

8th Hong Kong Coin Show Rescheduled Due To Coronavirus Disease

Many events in South-East Asia are considered too risky due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease. This afflicts the world of numismatics, too. The 8th Hong Kong Coin Show, originally planned to take place from 27th to 29th March 2020, is now postponed.

850 Years Ago: The Murder that Shook the Middle Ages

2020 marks the 850th anniversary of the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. In October 2020 the British Museum will host the first ever major UK exhibition on Thomas Becket’s life, death and legacy. But the whole year is full of related events.

ANA and NGC to Launch ANA Registry

The ANA and NGC have partnered to launch the ANA Registry later this year. It will allow both NGC- and PCGS-certified U.S. coins to be registered and displayed, recognizing that most U.S. coin collectors have certified coins from both services.

South African Mint Names New Managing Director

The South African Mint has a new Managing Director: Ms Honey Mamabolo has been serving in this function effective since 1 February 2020. She has 20 years’ experience across various industry sectors, including mining, retail banking, and manufacturing.

Ethical Gold With the Help of Blockchain Technology

The Perth Mint has joined with technology specialists Security Matters Ltd to start the trueGold project. Their aim is to provide the surety that the gold has been ethically sourced and reliably tracked throughout its journey from the mine site to the marketplace.

Royal Mint’s Dinosauria Series Starts With the Megalosaurus

The Royal Mint in conjunction with the Natural History Museum launches its Dinosauria collection. Megalosaurus, Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus will feature on their own commemorative 50p coins. The series begins with Megalosaurus.

World Money Fair 2020

The 49th World Money Fair took place in Berlin from 31 January to 2 February 2020. Japan was the guest of honour. Here you find photographic impressions of the fair and the events.

Less Cultural Heritage Crimes Says WCO Report

IADAA has evaluated the World Customs Organisation’s 200-page Illicit Trade Report 2018. The data shows that this sector accounts for just 0.08% of all reported cases and seizures.

Counterfeit Coins Importer Sentenced to 10 1/2 Years in Prison

A US federal court judge in Camden, New Jersey has sentenced an admitted counterfeit coins importer to 10 1/2 years in prison. The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation alerted and assisted the investigators.

Arab-Sasanian Coins: The New Standard Reference

In 1941, John Walker published his catalogue of the Arab-Sasanian coins of the British Museum, since then, it has been the standard reference in this field. Now, it has been replaced by Hodge Mehdi Malek’s two-volume book. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

PMG Grading On-site at PaperMoneyFair – Maastricht in April

This year’s PaperMoneyFair Maastricht will be held in Valkenburg March 30-April 5, 2020. Paper Money Guaranty will conduct on-site authentication, grading and encapsulation of paper money. This is the first time that PMG will offer this service at PaperMoneyFair.

AIA-Call for Papers: Coins as Social Artifacts

The Numismatics Interest Group of the Archaeological Institute of America released a Call for Papers for the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. The topic is “Coins as Social Artifacts”. AIA members can send in abstracts until February 24 2020.

Performance of the First Vatican Euro Coins. Part 2

When euro coins were introduced in 2002, Vatican coins were considered a safe investment. Today, our expert numiscontrol checks whether 2 euro commemorative coins and numis covers met the expectations.

A Royal Mint First – the Big Coins Go to the Trial of the Pyx

Each year thousands of coins produced by The Royal Mint go on trial at the Trial of the Pyx, one of Britain’s oldest judicial processes that dates back to 1248. This year sees a Royal Mint first with the 5 kilo and 2 kilo ‘Una and The Lion’ coin going to the trial.

South African Mint Helps Saving the Rhinos

The South African Mint has launched the third coin in the Big 5 series featuring the indomitable rhino. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the coin will go towards protecting the fast decimating populations of rhinos.

COTY 2020: Here Are the Winners

And the Oscar goes to… Latvia! The day was sweet as honey for the Bank of Latvia when its 5-euro Honey Coin was given top honors as 2020 Coin of the Year during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the World Money Fair in Berlin.

Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Peter van Alfen

American Numismatic Society Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen was awarded the 2019 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing at the 2020 Annual Gala on January 16, 2020. Congratulations!

150 Years of Carson City Mint

150 Years ago, the Carson City Mint was founded in order to coin the masses of silver coming from the Comstock Lode. Its 150th birthday will be celebrated. One of the attractions is a medal that is struck on the very first coin press of the Carson City Mint.

Gaming and Money: A Winning Combination

Money plays a key role in countless games. Just have a look at the collection of toy money at the British Museum, where they even thought about how to collect computer money. In the National Museum Zurich you can now dive into the history of video games – with money and without.

Coin Constellation-2019

“Coin Constellation” is the only international coin contest held in Russia. Here are all the winners of year 2019.

Pobjoy Commemorates Captain Cook’s HMS Resolution

Pobjoy Mint issues a 50p coin on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Government featuring the HMS Resolution. 250 years ago, Captain Cook made the first landing, surveying and mapping of this Antarctic territory in this ship.

NYINC – The Grande Dame of “Classical” Numismatics

In 2020, the New York International Numismatic Convention was once again the meeting place for all those dealing with classical numismatics. Between auctions and meetings, the event also provided the opportunity to exchange ideas. And the mood was upbeat as always.

The 49th World Money Fair in Berlin

Are you currently thinking about what mints you should absolutely visit? Guest country Japan, of course, but other mints have brought interesting objects, too. We provide you with an overview of the special issues that can be seen at the World Money Fair.

The Taler Celebrates 500 Years

500 years ago, the first “taler” was minted in Jáchymov, then Joachimsthal. Both professional associations of the German coin trade celebrate this anniversary with an event taking place in the context of the World Money Fair. Come around!

David Fanning’s New Book about the Literary History of Confederate Paper Money

Confederate Paper Money has been so popular since the 1860s that David F. Fanning has written a book on these publications devoted to the collecting and study of this field. Interested? Then be quick: only 100 copies have been printed.

PMG Celebrates 15 Years and Nearly 5 Million Notes

Paper Money Guaranty is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020, a year that will also see the paper money grading service surpass 5 million notes certified. Both of these milestones of longevity and volume are unparalleled achievements in third-party paper money grading.

Performance of the First Vatican Euro Coins. Part 1

When euro coins were introduced in 2002, Vatican coins were considered a safe investment. Our expert numiscontrol checked whether the objects met the expectations.

The World’s Smallest Gold Coin Comes From Switzerland and Is Already Sold Out

Currently, Swissmint continuously produces bestsellers: first Roger Federer in silver, then the smallest gold coin of Switzerland and Roger Federer in gold. Collectors had to be quick in order to purchase one of these items.

Finally: The Royal Mint Issues Brexit Coins

In this case it’s questionable whether good things come to those who wait. Anyway, Brexit is a done deal and therefore the Royal Mint eventually issues the coins minted on this occasion. Here you find out how the pieces will look like. And if you’re currently staying in Wales: the Royal Mint will open for 24 hours on Brexit day allowing every visitor to mint his very own Brexit coin.

The Royal Mint Sets New Record With Sale of Britain’s First £1 Million Coin

The Royal Mint has set a new record for British coinage after sourcing and selling a rare Edward VIII Sovereign to a private collector for £1 million. It is the first time in history that a British coin has attained a price of £1 million.

Roman Gold Jewels With Postumus Coins Missing From France’s National Library

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France has reported missing three pendants with gold coins of the Roman emperor Postumus. They had been stored in a secured stock. The police investigate.

What Should Be Discussed at the International Numismatic Congress?

You can now register to attend the International Numismatic Congress in Warsaw via the online “Pre-Registration” form. In addition, you, and anyone else, can submit proposals for themes you think should be discussed in workshops and round tables at the event.

The Celtic Coins of Riegel am Kaiserstuhl

Did you know that the main trade hub of the Celts was located at the Upper Rhine? Archaeologists found 46 settlements between Basel and Karlsruhe! And a hoard of gold coins. Falko Weis wrote a monograph about it. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the book.

Application For MDC Awards Open

The Mint Directors Conference hosts two prestigious sets of industry awards – the Coin Awards, and the Packaging Awards. There are still some days left for mints to apply for the competition. The winner will be announced during MDC 2020 in South Africa.

Frank Klingemann New Managing Director at Schuler

On January 1, 2020, Frank Klingemann took over the management of the Industry division at Schuler. The Industry expert is now responsible for mechanical single presses, blanking lines, electro mobility and coin minting.

50 Years of Australia’s Indian Pacific Train

In 1970 the Indian Pacific became the first direct train to cross the Australian continent. The Royal Australian Mint is celebrating this event of 50 years ago, with a new coloured 50 cent coin depicting the iconic Australian train.

Franz Füeg (1921-2019)

On 24 November 2019, Franz Füeg died. Many coin collectors know him as one of the most important scholars of Byzantine numismatics. Only a few of them are aware that he was also one of the most distinguished architects of Switzerland.

The End of an Era: Kurt Wyprächtiger Steps Down

For 40 years, Kurt Wyprächtiger curated the numismatic collection at the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen. From the unorganised material that he was confronted with when he started the job in 1980 he built up a systematic coin collection. Now, he steps down.

The New RIC

The new volume of the highly important Roman Imperial Coinage series was published by Spink in November 2019. It deals with the coins of emperor Hadrian and has a new layout. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick to Be Recognized as Numismatic Ambassador

During the Florida United Numismatists 65th annual convention, American Numismatic Association Executive Director Kim Kiick was recognized as a Numismatic Ambassador honoring what she has given to the numismatic community over many years.

ONS Meeting in Tübingen 2020

The Research Centre of Islamic Numismatics at Tübingen University invites to the Regional Conference of Islamic numismatics in May 2020. The organizers call for presentations.

Surprising Number of Polymer £5 and £10 Banknotes Replaced Due to Damage

New information pertaining to Bank of England polymer notes has surfaced in which their lifespan has been put into question. The Bank of England has reported that nearly 50 million polymer notes have had to be replaced since they were launched due to wear and tear.

World Banknote Summit 2020 in Prague

The World Banknote Summit 2020, which takes place in Prague from 24th to 26th February, spans a range of key agenda topics presented by expert speakers. Innovative session formats will offer excellent learning opportunities and foster exchange among the participants.

Mongolian Issues Marking the Year of the Mouse

On behalf of Mongolia CIT Coin Invest released a series of issues dedicated to the year of the Mouse featuring a gold coin, a banknote, as well as a silver mini-sculpture stuck with ©smartminting technology.

Joseph M. Segel (1931-2019)

On 21 December 2019, American entrepreneur Joseph Segel died at the age of 88. He was the founder of numerous companies, most notably of QVC, an American teleshopping network, but also of The Franklin Mint, a private mint well-known among coin collectors.

Scottish Towns Return to Coin-Operated Parking Meters

A Scottish council announced a coin-operated parking meter comeback driven by people power and fueled by solar power. Having introduced a cashless initiative less than two years ago, the council is now taking a step back – or forward? – to cash-friendly parking.

The Scher Collection in the Frick Collection in New York

In 2016, Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher entrusted the Frick Collection in New York with their collection of medals. A comprehensive catalogue has been published illustrating just how unique a gift this collection is.

Numismata Munich: The Classic Coin Fair in March

From 7 to 8 March 2020, the classic among coin fairs will take place: Numismata Munich. Like every year, the most important European coin fair for classical numismatics has a lot to offer: well-known concepts and new ideas.

Call for Applications for ANS Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics

The ANS is now accepting applications for the 66th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics to be held in New York City from June 8 through July 31, 2020. A limited number of stipends of up to $4000 are available.

What is my Euro Starter Kit from 2002 Worth Today?

On 1 January 2002, euro coins entered the cash cycle. In order to familiarise the people with the new currency, most nations issued “starter kits”. They evolved into sought-after collectors’ items. But what are these starter kits worth today?

The First Coin of the New Decade

On 1 January 2020, the Royal Australian Mint welcomed the public to its highly sought-after annual event to see the first coin of 2020 struck in its very own capital city, Canberra.

The Perth Mint Celebrates the Year of the Mouse

2020 is the Year of the Mouse, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. On 3 January, the Perth Mint released a coin with a rotating charm to commemorate this zodiac sign.

The World’s First Digital Collectors Coin

The Bank of Lithuania plans to release a blockchain-based digital collector coin in spring 2020. Naturally collectors can expect quite some unusual features. A physical silver coin will be available too, but it’s hard to get.

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