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Muriel Eymery (1966-2022)

New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo: Muriel Eymery was one of the true cosmopolitans of our profession. Now, the joyful Frenchwoman who spoke such wonderful English has succumbed to cancer.

$212 Million Turnover at Stack’s Bowers Galleries in Record Year 2021

For coin dealers, 2021 was a booming year. Stack’s Bower Galleries give an overview of this year that saw as a highlight the famous 1822 Half Eagle being sold for breath-taking $8,400,000. What can we expect from the auction house in 2022? Read it here.

Archaeological Museum Displays Lisbon’s History Lavishly

Atelier Brückner completely redesigned Lisbon’s Archaeological Museum. In the new presentation visitors can immerge into 2,500 years of history of this city from the first Punic settlement until the devastating earthquake of 1755. A truly immersive experience!

Medieval Money and Banking Between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea

Helmut Rizzolli has published a book for people who do not (yet) collect coins but are interested in them. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the work and concludes: why aren’t there more books like this?

Barbara Gregory is the New Editor of The Centinel

Barbara J. Gregory has been named Editor of The Centinel, the quarterly journal of the Central States Numismatic Society. She will succeed Gerald Tebben who is retiring after 12 years as Editor of the award-winning CSNS publication.

Happy Birthday Euro: Here’s to the next 20 years!

The euro celebrates its 20th birthday. Giesecke+Devrient has accompanied Europe’s common currency from the beginning and sends a personal birthday greeting, together with some requests for the future.

Morteratsch Glacier Starts Swiss Glaciers Series

With the new Swiss Glaciers series, Swissmint calls attention to how strongly the glaciers in the Alps are affected by climate change. The first issue is dedicated to the Morteratsch glacier.

“Platinum”: First Swiss Platinum Commemorative Coin

Platinum is one of the most precious and resistant metals. With its new 25 Franc platinum coin, the Swissmint launched its first platinum coin that is only available in proof quality.

Harvey G. Stack (1928-2022)

One of the founding fathers and a chronicler of the modern American coin trade has died. Harvey Stack passed away on 3 January 2022. Ursula Kampmann remembers him.

How a Byzantine Earring Came to Denmark’s Vikings

A Byzantine gold earring of exceptional quality was found in Denmark in late 2021. Researchers believe it was a gift of the Byzantine emperor himself. You can admire it in the special exhibition “The Raid” in the National Museum of Denmark.

Dr Efrem Marcel Pegan – Researcher and Antiquarian

On 16th January 2022, Dr Efrem Marcel Pegan will celebrate his 90th birthday. Many will remember his famous Munich Numismatic Antiquarian Bookshop. Matthias Barth remembers this man who has lived his passion for numismatics and numismatic books.

These Are the COTY Category Winners in 2022

It's done: the COTY Category Winners 2020 were chosen. Find the complete list of winners here!

The Patron Saint of Portugal and Brazil in Numismatics

António Miguel Trigueiros has published a book on how the Patron Saint of Portugal was commemorated on coins, medals and decorations in Portugal and Brazil. The story starts with a revolutionary coin engraved in Paris.

Islamic Numismatist Stephen Lloyd Joins CNG

Stephen Lloyd, one of the world’s foremost experts in Islamic numismatics, has joined Classical Numismatic Group LLC and will spearhead a new series of dedicated Islamic auctions for the firm.

A Dinosaur Mints The World’s First Coin of 2022

On every 1st January of a year the Royal Australian Mint holds its famous First Coin of the Year event. In 2022 the first coin was minted by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Australia’s most famous dinosaur from the children’s music group The Wiggles.

Johann Berner Is CIT’s New CEO

Since 1 January 2022 CIT has a new CEO: Johann Berner. Former CEO Heimo Steriti has retired from this role but has not left entirely the company.

Spain’s New Latent Image Coin: “Ways of St. James”

The Royal Spanish Mint is famous for their latent image technology. The new 30 euro silver coin dedicated to The Ways of St. James illustrates this expertise featuring a quadruple latent image.

World Money Fair 2022 in Berlin Cancelled

In 2022, again there will be no World Money Fair in Berlin. After numerous cancellations of exhibitors the organisers decided to cancel the event. For the second time in a row a virtual event will be realised instead.

One Million Archaeological Objects Recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme has now 1 million records of archaeological objects discovered by private persons. The annual report 2020 presents the most important finds.

Iconic Saint-Gaudens Ultra High Relief Gold Coin Sells for $4.75 Million

The iconic Saint-Gaudens issue is considered one of the most desirable and valuable coins in numismatics. Now, a 1907 Saint-Gaudens Ultra High Relief changed hands for a record $4.75 million in a private transaction between GreatCollections and Heritage Auctions.

“Lasting Impressions”

For over 1,100 years, Byzantines used seals in their everyday life. Dumbarton Oaks holds the world’s largest collection of these seals. A new exhibition presents the most interesting pieces.

Faces of Power – Numismatic Course in Rome

The Royal Netherlands Institute of Rome and the German Archeological Institute organize the numismatic course “Faces of Power – Coinage as a Historical Source in the Roman and Early Modern Period” in Rome in March 2022. Be aware: the application period ends soon!

Bert van Ravenswaaij Is the New Mint Master of the Royal Dutch Mint

Bert van Ravenswaaij has been appointed the new Mint Master of the Royal Dutch Mint. This change comes with numismatic consequences. His privy mark will be featured on all new Dutch circulation coins.

Tiffany Art Metropolis: Notre-Dame

With Tiffany Art Metropolis - Notre-Dame, CIT created a gold and a silver coin that combine smartminting® technology with Tiffany glass inlay to create a special work of art that does justice to the granular delicacy of the Gothic building of Paris’ cathedral Notre Dame.

Sensational Hoard of Celtic Gold Coins Discovered in Brandenburg

A volunteer archaeologist in Brandenburg found 41 Celtic gold coins. It is the second largest hoard of this coin type ever – and was found far away from the Celtic settlement areas. How did the coins get there?

Werner Burger (1936-2021)

Werner Burger was a pioneer of Chinese numismatics. His PhD thesis is said to have been the first one in that field. Now the scholar and collector died in Hong Kong on 15th November 2021, aged 85.

350.000 $ for a candy tin find

One of the very first coins to have been struck in what is now the United States, was discovered in a candy tin in a property of the Wentworth family. It now sold at Morton & Eden auction for an outstanding $351,912 (£264,000).

Byzantine Gold Coins on the Silk Road

Over one hundred Byzantine gold coins and coin imitations have been found in China. A colloquium in Changchun asked the question, how these coins came to South East Asia.

“The Heritage of Money and Coinage”

In spring 2022 Master’s and PhD students will have the opportunity attend a numismatic course in Rome connecting online and on-site activities. An application is still possible.

Pobjoy’s 50p Mr Stink

Pobjoy continues the 50 pence coins series “The World of David WalliamsTM” with “Mr Stink”. The series is dedicated to children’s author David Walliams, whose second novel describes the story of the girl Chloe who befriends with a witty tramp called Mr Stink.

The Hungarian Greyhound Continues the Hungarian Dog Breed Series

The Hungarian Mint has issued a new coin in the series “Hungarian sheep and hunting dog breeds”. The base-metal collector coin is the third coin in this series and is dedicated to the Magyar Agar, the Hungarian Greyhound.

Kingold and China’s Fake Gold Reserves

The Chinese coin dealer Kingold backed loans with 83 tons of gold bars – that’s almost 5% of China’s gold reserves! However, most of the bars turned out to be gold-plated copper, leaving creditors with debts running to the billions.

Paradigm Shift at the ANA: CNG Becomes an Official Auctioneer

Until now, the rule has been to auction US coins at ANA events. Now the ANA is breaking the mould: Classical Numismatic Group, the world-renowned specialist in ancient and world coins, will be an official auctioneer at an ANA show.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Displays “Hoard of Jazira” Collection

In 2019, the Louvre Abu Dhabi acquired a collection of Islamic coins. The over 2,800 silver coins minted between AD 300 and 800 are being studied in the context of a three-year project and will be shown to the public under the name “Hoard of Jazira Collection”.

22nd Edition of Friedberg’s Paper Money of the United States

The Friedberg catalog of Paper Money from the United States has become a standard reference book on the subject over the last 68 years. The 22nd revised edition of 2021 is available in three different formats.

A New Name for the World’s Largest Paper Money Collection

With 300,000 banknotes, the HVB Stiftung Geldscheinsammlung is arguably the world’s largest collection of its kind. It is curated by the Giesecke+Devrient Stiftung and will therefore take on the new name Giesecke+Devrient Stiftung Geldscheinsammlung.

ECB Announces New Euro-Banknotes

Cash is popular in the Euro area, but not the design of the Euro banknotes. Thus the ECB plans to involve the public and come up with new designs by 2024. Additionally, they plan to enhance the security features of our cash even more.

Croatia Issues 20,999 (Coins with) Dalmatians

Everybody knows and loves the spotted dogs. But only a few know that they bear the name Dalmatian because they come from Dalmatia in Croatia. The country now dedicates a commemorative coin to their four-legged ambassador.

Fabergé Eggs: Rosebud Egg

Fabergé eggs represent the highest level of jewellery. In 2020, 100 years after the death of Peter Carl Fabergé, CIT dedicated a coin series to the world-famous objects of art. Now they released the third issue.

Why Is There A Shortage of Small Change in the Philippines?

The police found 50 million 1 peso coins in a warehouse in the Philippines, which have suffered from a shortage of small change for years. The central bank is calling for coin hoarding to be criminalised – but parliament passed such a bill in 2014. How come?

Can the NEXUD AI App Really Detect Illicit Cultural Objects?

The German government has awarded a €600,000 grant to NEXUD, a follow up of the ILLICID project relating to illicit antiquities. One day, an AI app may assist police and customs in detecting illegal objects. But this project just wastes money as Kate Fitz Gibbon explains.

Peru’s Gold Lights the British Museum

Masterpieces from Peru’s ancient cultures can be seen in the British Museum. For this major exhibition over 40 remarkable objects have come from Peru, among them a stunning 2,500-year-old gold headdress.

American Coins in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France

The coin cabinet at the Bibliothèque nationale de France is one of the biggest in the world. It also has a still little known and so far unpublished collection of North American coins and coins from the West Indies. Now former curator Jérôme Jambu has published the first volume of a catalogue.

Which Coin Fairs Will Take Place in the Winter of 2021/2022?

Here we go again: in the winter of 2021, coin fairs are once again being postponed or cancelled due to Covid. We help you to keep track.

Winnie the Pooh: Because Collectors Love Childhood Character Coins

A survey by The Royal Mint has found that childhood character coins are inspiring new and younger collectors. The research marks the launch of the latest coin from the Winnie the Pooh series.

Singapore Presents 2022 Year of the Tiger Chinese Almanac Coins

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has unveiled the 2022 Year of the Tiger Almanac coins. The sixth issue in the Singapore Fourth Chinese Almanac Coin Series comes up with a big range of different shapes and denominations.

The Next Attempt of Bernard von NotHaus: the Liberty Dollar Financial Association

10 years ago, Bernard von NotHaus was convicted because his silver Liberty Dollar competed with the US dollar. Now he relaunched the Liberty Dollar, this time as a private means of exchange of an association. Did von NotHaus learn from his mistakes?

Numismata Munich 2022 Cancelled

Again Numismata Munich won’t take place. The organiser has announced that the show scheduled for March “has to take another break in 2022” due to the development of the pandemic. However, the situation is different for later Numismata events.

Over $4 Million For Hawaii Five-O 1913 Liberty Nickel

An NGC-certified 1913 Liberty Nickel was sold for over $4 million dollars in a private sale by Stack’s Bowers. Only five specimens of this coin are known and this one was once featured in the police procedural “Hawaii Five-O”.

Looting and Smuggling in Syria? A Complicated Matter

A TV interview with former Lebanese Minister of the Interior, Nohad Machnouk, went viral: in the background appear ancient objects allegedly looted in Syrian Palmyra. But as Ivan Macquisten shows, this story is much more complicated.

Joint Auction by the Royal Mint and Taisei Coins

The Royal Mint and Taisei Coins, Japan’s largest numismatic firm, will launch their first joint auction at the Tokyo International Coin Convention 2022. They will offer rare British, Japanese and international coins. Have a look here at what to expect!

A Close Look at Great Britain’s £0 Souvenir Notes

Since 2021, Great Britain has its own souvenir notes. As an expert for 0 euro notes, our author numiscontrol wanted to know exactly how £0 notes are different from their European siblings. He even employed UV light to spot the differences.

Pobjoy Continues Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas Collection

This year Pobjoy Mint issues the second Christmas 50p coin on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The exclusively licensed product features Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs for the fourth time.

The Designs of the U.S. Mint’s 2022 Negro Leagues Baseball Coin Program

The United States Mint unveiled the designs for the 2022 Negro Leagues Baseball Commemorative Coin Program. See how the $5 gold coin, the $1 silver coin, and the half dollar clad coin will look like.

Claire Franklin Presents Her Book “Franklin’s World”

CoinsWeekly readers know Claire Franklin’s cartoon series “Franklin’s World”, which has been published weekly since 2011. Now Claire Franklin compiled her best works in a book. The vernissage took place on 6 November 2021.

How the World Money Fair 2022 Will Look Like

The World Money Fair is scheduled to take place in Berlin in January 2022. Can such a large-scale event be successful in the current situation? The fair has now presented their concept of how to ensure the security of all attendees and participants.

Winner of the ANS’s First Collier Prize Announced

In 2020 the ANS announced a new award, the Collier Prize for the best book on ancient numismatics with a prize money of $20,000. The first winner is Richard Abdy’s “Roman Imperial Coinage” vol. II. 3 on the coinage of the Emperor Hadrian.

How the Battle of Salamis Influenced Europe’s History

2,500 years ago, the decisive battle between Greeks and Persians took place. At Salamis Athens’s fleet prevailed. The special exhibition “Salamis 480” in Munich looks closely at the cause and consequences of this pivotal event.

NGC UK Hires New Premises to Expand

NGC UK’s London office is moving to a larger space within the same building due to growing demand for its expert and impartial services. Record demand on top of record prices has resulted in an extraordinary increase in the number of submissions to NGC UK.

Nomos AG Moves to Bigger Offices in Zurich

Due to their expanding business, Nomos AG moved to bigger offices. The new office provides more space and is still located in the heart of Zurich.

How to Collect 2 Euro Commemorative Coins from Italy

Italian 2 euro commemorative coins are hardly ever found in circulation. And you should be careful regarding the secondary market: there are a lot of dubious offers. Don’t worry, with the tips of our expert numiscontrol, you can master this field!

Euro Coins with Animal Designs at Eesti Pank Museum

Estonia’s Eesti Pank Museum is hosting a mini-display of euro coins with animal images until the end of 2021 to mark the launch into circulation of the new 2 euro coin dedicated to the Estonian national animal, the wolf.

Singapore Celebrates the Hawker Culture

In 2020, Singapore’s Hawker Culture was inscribed into the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Monetary Authority of Singapore celebrates this with two commemorative coins.

6,000 Silver Coins Discovered in Upper Austria

In the Freistadt District in Upper Austria, a hoard of 6,000 silver coins from the second half of the 15th century was found during construction work. The hiding place had been so cleverly chosen that the coins were not discovered for more than five centuries.

First Sentence for Attempted Theft of the Trier Gold Treasure

In 2019, three perpetrators attempted to steal the Trier Gold Treasure. Now the Trier Regional Court has sentenced one man for the role he played in the spectacular crime. So, did everything go well in this case?

Webinar on Measuring the Illicit Antiquities Trade in Data and Dollars

A webinar co-organized by the Antiquities Coalition discussed the illegal trade of coins. No surprise that the panel was mainly hostile against collecting. The event shows how little attention recent studies have received so far.

Memoranda Numismatica Atheniensia

The Greek series Memoranda Numismatica Atheniensia publishes texts by renowned authors on Greek numismatics. Daniel Baumbach took a look at the latest volumes.

2021 Annual Meeting of the Belgian School at Athens

The Belgian School at Athens organizes its “two-year” annual meeting on 23 November 2021 in Athens. The institution will present current archaeological field activities. A lecture and a reception round off the event. If you wish to attend, you can still register.

Is Paying With Collector Coins A Crime in the UK?

In the UK collector coins have legal tender status but are not intended as a means of payment. Confusing? Michael Alexander explains why a coin collector according to that law was first charged with theft – and then turned the tables.

What to Expect of the World Banknote Summit

In the World Banknote Summit’s conference program a “must” topic is of course the learnings from the Covid-19 pandemic, but also digital currencies and the future of cash. The event will be held online from 22nd to 24th November 2021 and registrations are open.

San Marino’s Official Coin Set 2021 With 2 Euro Commemorative Coins

San Marino has issued its official coin set 2021. The set features also two 2 euro commemorative coins dedicated to important European painters: Albrecht Dürer and Caravaggio.

The Gold of Anglo-Saxon England

Between 2014 and 2020, 131 gold coins were found that stand to be the largest Treasure find from the Anglo-Saxon period in England. Two pieces are missing. A policeman and detectorist sold them under false pretences.

What Shall We Do With Treasure Shipwrecks?

Millions of coins were recovered from shipwrecks on the bottom of the sea. But what should we do with them? Gary Beals explains his point of view.

A Guide Book of Continental Currency and Coins

A new catalogue of Whitman’s Red Book series is dedicated to a lesser-known, early form of American money – paper money of the Revolutionary period. Daniel Baumbach took a look at the catalogue.

PCGS Names Stephanie Sabin Permanent President

Professional Coin Grading Service has named Stephanie Sabin its permanent president. Sabin served as PCGS interim president and has more than 15 years of experience at the company.

Anatomy of Fraudulent Facebook Pop-Up Ads

Online scams related to counterfeit coins are an increasing problem for dealers and collectors. For fraudsters, Facebook has become a popular tool to advertise as well as to sell their counterfeits.

Canadian Recognition Medal Wins International Award

The Recognition Medal by the Royal Canadian Mint raised almost $750,000 for the Breakfast Club of Canada in 2020. Now the medal has won the IACA award for the Best Currency Initiative in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

US Mint Announces Designs for 2022 American Women Quarters Program Coins

The American Women Quarters Program of the US Mint starts in 2022. The first coins recognize the achievements of Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren, and Anna May Wong.

The Gold Treasure on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Divers found some Roman gold coins on Costa Blanca. Underwater archaeologists then discovered a gold treasure from late antiquity, which is considered one of the most important finds of its kind.

ANA Money Museum Receives Multi-Million Dollar Donation

Dwight Manley donated more than 1,000 medals and coins from the Baker-Manley Collection to the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum. Most of the items are related to President George Washington and include extremely rare and important specimens.

Help Prevent Trafficking in Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage!

Will cultural property from Afghanistan enter the black art market? The Afghan crisis has given rise to serious concerns about the fate of the country’s heritage under the Taliban. International dealers’ associations announce how they oppose this danger.

The New and Revised Coin Yearbook 2022

The new 2022 edition of the Coin Yearbook is fully revised and updated, it features accurate up-to-the-minute pricing of English, Scottish, Irish and Island coins and many more features.

New President For Royal Canadian Numismatic Association

Steve Woodland has assumed the presidency of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association. His vision is to make the RCNA the premier numismatic organization in Canada. He has a clear idea on what the association has to focus in order to achieve this.

Sarah Miller Promoted to Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions

Sarah Miller, Deputy Managing Director for the Heritage Auctions New York office, has been promoted to Senior Vice President. She will join President Greg Rohan in overseeing the New York office.

Treasury Appoints Ventris Gibson Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint

Ventris Gibson is the new Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint with decades of senior federal service. After U.S. Mint Director Ryder’s resignation, she will serve as Acting Director, making her the first Black person to head this bureau.

30 Years of Environmental Protection in Antarctica

With a new £1 coin Pobjoy Mint commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Protocol on Environmental Protection in Antarctica. The coin features the British Antarctic Territory’s Coat of Arms: the Emperor Penguin.

Italy Cancels Controversial Cashless Campaign

In a much-maligned scheme Italy’s government aimed at encouraging cashless payments by reimbursing a part of the sum paid with ec cards. Recently the European Central Bank wrote a letter of concern to Rome over the matter – not for nothing.

“A World Class Collection”: the Lottie Salton Collection

At NYINC 2021 Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Künker will offer the first portion of the Mark and Lottie Salton Collection, a vast collection of the utmost importance built up over a lifetime by the son of the famous German auctioneer Felix Schlessinger.

“Franklin’s World” as Print Edition: The Book for the Column

For years, Claire Franklin has been proving every week with her “Franklin’s World” cartoons that ancient coins and the numismatic world are anything but dull. Now Claire Franklin presents a printed book in which she published a selection of her works.

This is the Winner of the IAPN Book Prize 2021

In 2021, the International Association of Professional Numismatists organized their General Assembly for the first time virtually. During the meeting ten new members were welcomed and the winners of the IAPN Book Prize were announced.

Myntårsboken. Sveriges Mynt 995-2021

Three large works become a single small one: Roberto Delzanno condensed his catalogues on Swedish coinage published over the last years into a handy A5 volume. Can that work? Daniel Baumbach took a look at the catalogue.

Do Religious Networks Help With Commercial Renewals?

On 28th October 2021 the Center for Advanced Study “RomanIslam” organizes an online workshop with a special focus on coins: “Religious Networks as a Catalyst for Commercial Renewal? The Western Mediterranean in the Long Eighth Century”.

New Research on Transmission of Covid-19 Via Cash

Can Covid-19 spread through cash? A new ECB paper has done thorough tests to understand not only if the virus survives on banknotes and coins but also if humans can infect themselves with it. Let’s face the facts.

These Coins Were the Winners of “Coin Constellation 2021”

“Coin Constellation” has announced the winners of the XV edition in 2021. The only international contest for commemorative coins in Russia has determined winners in nine different categories. The Coin of the Year motif is very characteristic of the pandemic.

CIT Commemorates Breakthrough Album of Heavy Metal Band Iron Maiden

With the album “The Number of the Beast” Iron Maiden achieved their breakthrough in the British charts in 1982. CIT has chosen the provocative album cover for a new coin. A numismatic monument with all the trimmings.

Is the Most Expensive Coin in the World Even a Coin?

Only a few physical coins from the early stages of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin exist. One has now resurfaced after ten years. Current BTC value: US $48 million. Which makes it the most valuable numismatic item of all time.

Former ANA President Removed From ANA Accolade

The highest honor of the American Numismatic Association has been the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award. However, many award winners have asked to rename the award because a retrospective look reveals a rather ambiguous image of former ANA President Zerbe.

A Global History of Money

Money is multifaceted! In his book “A Global History of Money”, Akinobu Kuroda discusses interesting facts about money and its usage on different continents. The book is not, however, an easy read for everyone.

New 1854 Period 1 California Fractional Gold Dollar Variety Discovered

Ken Glickman, an avid collector and researcher of California Fractional Gold coins, recently discovered a new die variety of this field. The last new unlisted variety was discovered in 2016 and sold recently for a record price of $57,600.

Gräbener Pressensysteme Celebrates 100th Birthday

Gräbener Pressensysteme was entered in the local commercial register in Siegen, Germany exactly 100 years ago, in October 1921. Today, the company enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide as a specialist for knuckle-joint and coin minting presses.

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