Fake Gold and Silver Coins on Hundreds of Websites
Investigators found more than 300 websites selling counterfeit "rare coins" and “precious metal” items, including some advertisers on Walmart.com.
Giro d’Italia: Italy’s 2023 Coin Collection
From high culture to pop, from Dante to Diabolik and from haute couture to haute cuisine: In 2023 Italy’s coin programme is as diverse as the country itself and features technical highlights that have never been seen before on Italian coins.
Crossing the Border by Gondola: Swissmint presents “Klein Matterhorn Cable Car”
After more than 80 years, Zermatt’s major project “Klein Matterhorn aerial cableway” will become a reality this summer. Swissmint is honoring this project with a new issue.
Big City Lights – Sydney
The second issue of CIT’s successful Big City Lights series of 2023 is dedicated to one of the world’s most popular metropolises, Sydney. This choice was inspired by an anniversary: in 2023, the Sydney Opera House celebrates its 50th birthday.
Masters of Art – Claude Monet
CIT dedicates the second issue of its Masters of Art series to Claude Monet (1840-1926). He is considered the founder of Impressionism and a defining figure of classical modernism.
Breaking News: EID MAR Aureus Returned to Greece
New York prosecutors returned an EID MAR aureus to Greece. The world’s most expensive ancient coin was seized in the course of the investigations against coin dealer Richard Beale. The case against Beale is still ongoing.
Numismata 2023: A Paean to Coin Fairs
Coin fairs are currently experiencing a boom, including the Munich Numismata. At times, the hall even had to be closed due to overcrowding. An older colleague commented: yes that’s exactly how it was in the 1970s. Ursula Kampmann reports.
Hans Linnartz (1950–2023)
Hans Linnartz worked as a coin dealer for more than fifty years. With his expertise and his friendly, good-humoured character, he shaped the numismatic scene of Germany’s Rhineland. In March 2023, he passed away unexpectedly.
Coin Theft at Linköping City Library in Sweden
77 mainly ancient and world coins were stolen from the display of the Linköping City Library in Sweden. Read on to find out what kind of coins you should watch out for.
The Human Victims of Nazi Counterfeiting Plot “Bernhard”
“Operation Bernhard” was a Nazi scheme to counterfeit British money during World War II. In the book “Forging Secrets” experts have written on the subject and give it a human face: they tell also the story of the prisoners who had to produce the fake money.
Medallist Hanna Jelonek Receives the 2022 Saltus Award
The Polish sculptor Hanna Antonina Jalonek received the 2022 J. Sanford Saltus Award. This award is given by the American Numismatic Society for Signal Achievement in the Art of the Medal.
New York Prosecutor to Press Charges Against Richard Beale / Roma Numismatics
In January 2023, Richard Beale, CEO and owner of the London-based Roma Numismatics auction house, was arrested in New York. Among other things, he is charged with falsifying the provenance of the world’s most expensive ancient gold coin.
The Medieval Hoogwoud Hoard
A detectorist found a medieval hoard in Hoogwoud, the Netherlands. Silver coins date the hoard to the 13th century, highlighting a period of armed conflict between West Friesland and Holland.
The Coinage of Sweden: The New Catalogue
The Swedish authors Dan Carlberg, Bengt Hemmingsson and Magnus Wijk have presented a new complete catalogue of Swedish coinage. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.
Applications for the 2023 Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics
The ANS invites applications for the 2023 Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics, to be awarded to the best single or multi-authored book, catalog, or online digital work related to ancient numismatics.
A Little Birdie Told Me…
Is there a little bird at the King’s ear? Michael Alexander presents a curious detail on the new coins of Charles III.
Centenary of the Opening of Tutankhamun’s Tomb
To commemorate the Centenary of the opening of Tutankhamun’s Tomb, Pobjoy presents a new silver coin featuring Tutankhamun’s Sarcophagus.
Tiffany Art Metropolis – London
The successful series Tiffany Art Metropolis shows big cities with a fascinating inlay made of Tiffany glass. After Rome and Paris, CIT now presents London.
South African Mint Launches Leopard Coins in Second Big 5 Series
The Big 5 coin range celebrates Africa’s pride – the iconic five animals that represent Southern Africa’s rich wildlife. The penultimate animal of the second coin series on this subject is the Leopard.
Roman Shipwreck Found in the Adriatic Sea
Off the Croatian coast, underwater archaeologists have discovered a large shipwreck from Roman times. It is remarkably well preserved and lies just below sea level. Coins showed them the way.
Splendid Tudor Jewel Amongst Important Treasure Finds Reported
The British Museum presented the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) Annual Report for 2021 and the Treasure Annual Report for 2020. These include over 45,000 archaeological items, among them an important jewel associated with Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon.
The IAPN becomes an Associate Member of CINOA
To build communication channels with authorities of the European Union, the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) joined CINOA, an organization representing the art trade.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announces New Professional Numismatist Program
If you have ever considered making your hobby your profession, Stack’s Bowers Galleries offers the perfect opportunity. Their Professional Numismatist Program is a new seminar for young adult numismatists.
Wilhelm Müseler (1952-2023)
Wilhelm Müseler was a coin dealer and one of the most renowned researchers in the field of Lycian numismatics. He was straight-forward, uncompromising and always spoke his mind. Now he has passed away. Ursula Kampmann commemorates him.
CoinsWeekly @ NUMISMATA
CoinsWeekly will be at NUMISMATA! Come see us at Box U5 and have your picture taken on this beautiful day by our photographer in front of the CoinsWeekly photo wall – for free. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Medals of America’s Discovery and Colonization
In the 19th century, Charles Wyllys Betts wrote a well known book to illustrate American colonial history through contemporary medals. Now, Christopher R. McDowell delivers an extensive update to this standard work on American medals.
Metcalf Lecturer 2023: Frédérique Duyrat
The Archaeological Institute of America presents this year’s Metcalf Lecturer and announced the numismatics panel “Ancient Coins and Sculpture” for 2024.
Künker meets Numismata
On the occasion of the Munich Numismata, Künker will organize an additional viewing for their Spring Auction Sales and a lecture by Professor Johannes Nollé. Every coin enthusiast is invited to come.
The Technical Forum 2023: New Trends in Minting Technology
At the World Money Fair’s Technical Forum 2023, mints and suppliers from across the globe presented the latest developments and trends in minting technology. What topics were discussed and what might be relevant for collectors?
Royal Canadian Mint Lays Off Employees at Winnipeg
The Royal Canadian Mint has laid off 56 employees at its facility in Winnipeg. According to the Mint this is a necessary response to effects of the pandemic.
CIT Honors the Steam Locomotive: “Steam Dream”
Since 2019, CIT has issued four coins in the series “The Journey” depicting icons of travel. The fifth coin, “Steam Dream,” celebrates the steam locomotive with four different finishes.
CIT’s Trapped – Escape
CIT concludes the successful series “Trapped”, the first numismatic picture story. The fifth issue resolves the fate of the human with the fearfully distorted face.
A Record-Breaking Find from the Age of William Wallace
The largest hoard of medieval coins since the 19th century has been unearthed in Scotland. The hoard dates back to warlike times, when big names such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce fought back England’s attempts of conquest.
Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum – Labyrinth: Knossos, Myth & Reality
A spectacular exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum shows over 200 objects that illustrate the famous Palace of Knossos, the discovery and the myths around it.
A Quantum Leap in the Cataloguing of Swiss Gold Coins
Olivier Chaponnière presented a new catalogue of Swiss gold coins that is inspired by the way coins are catalogued in US price guides. It is a gift to anyone who possesses such gold coins. Their prices are to explode – especially those of high-quality specimens. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.
ANA to Increase Security Measures at its Phoenix National Money Show®
After a series of thefts at major coin shows across the USA, the ANA will increase their security presence and video-surveillance at all conventions.
NCBA Committee Makes Commemorative Coin Recommendations
The NICAC is a committee formed by the National Coin and Bullion Association for the purpose of advising the US Congress on the adoption of commemorative programs. Find out here which topics they recommended.
A Glorious Comeback in 2023: The 50th World Money Fair
It was a comeback in the truest sense of the word: after an unvoluntary 2-year Covid break, the World Money Fair returned this year, presenting itself at least in its former magnitude and with a fantastic atmosphere. We, too, experienced the event in Berlin.
Will the USA Have Further Import Restrictions on Coins?
For years, the USA have been limiting the import of cultural property like coins through Memorandums of Understanding. Now the Cultural Property Advisory Committee has proposed further restrictions as Keith Twitchell reports.
The 2023 Numismata Munich: Everything a Collector’s Heart Desires
Those who visit the Munich Numismata on March 4th and 5th will find a sold-out venue with more than 220 exhibitors, who offer everything a collector’s heart may desire.
ANA Extends Application Deadline for Summer School 2023
The next Summer Seminar of the American Numismatic Association will take place in June 2023. This event offers students a varied selection of weeklong courses. The application deadline has been extended, read on how to apply!
New Releases from Across the Globe at the Media Forum
At the World Money Fair’s Media Forum, mints from all over the world presented their numismatic programmes to the numismatic press. Here are a few impressions of what we can expect from 2023.
Ukraine Wins Top Coin of the Year Award 2023
The competition for the Coin of the Year awards 2023 was very tough. But in the end, the top award was given in a clear vote and an Ukrainian coin won with a large margin.
Pobjoy Mint: Tutankhamun’s Death Mask
100 years ago the legendary tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun was opened. Pobjoy Mint commemorates this event with a coin featuring the iconic death mask of the Egyptian ruler.
Honorees of the 2024 American Women Quarters Program
The United States Mint presents the 2024 honorees for the American Women Quarters Program. All of these women made an impact on the USA living remarkable lives as activists, politicians or artists. Read on to learn who was chosen for the 2024 quarters.
Beatrice Schärli. On the Death of a Defining Personality of Swiss Numismatics
Beatrice Schärli headed the coin cabinet of the Historisches Museum Basel and served as President of the association Circulus Numismaticus Basiliensis for more than 30 years. In January 2023, Beatrice Schärli passed away. Andreas Urs Sommer commemorates her.
Cartoons, From Caricatures to Christmas
The Bank of England has been the subject of satirical and political cartoons, but did you know that many staff members have been cartoonists themselves? Read about some of the cartoons in the Bank of England collection!
ANS Chairman’s Fellowships for Numismatic Research
The American Numismatic Society launched a new fellowship programme for their members to financially support numismatic research.
The Most Expensive Share Sold at Auction in 2021
Franky Leeuwerck presents the most expensive certificate sold in 2021 and tells us its history. This certificate of 1665 is not only the oldest French share known today but also the oldest share ever offered at any auction. No wonder it realised such an impressive result!
New ICOMON Chair and Board Members
The International Committee for Money and Banking Museums held its last elections in November 2022. A new Chair and Board for the years 2022-2025 were elected.
That Was the 2023 NYINC
The FUN in Florida was barely over when the next numismatic highlight of the young year followed just a few days later: the 51st New York International Numismatic Convention. It was Daniel Baumbach’s first New York coin show. A newbie shares his impressions.
Dutch National Museum Purchases World-Class Collection of Cameos
The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden has recently acquired 444 cameos of exceptional quality taking its place among the best collections of carved stones in Europe. More than 300 of the cameos are now on display in the museum.
The 1st Annual International Money Exposition in Nashville
For the first time the Annual International Money Exposition “IMEX” will be held in October 2023 in Nashville. Organizer Steven Ellsworth has partnered with Gary Adkins to make this show a must attend event in the USA.
Tübingen ONS Meeting 2023
In May 2023, the ONS meeting on Islamic numismatics will take place in Tübingen. After years of Zoom meetings this will be again an offline event. Read on to learn about how to register.
Highly Rare in Circulation: 2-Euro Commemorative Coins from San Marino
San Marino’s circulation coins are rare – even in the small Republic itself. And San Marino also issued just a few 2-euro commemorative coins. A real challenge for collectors. Fortunately, numiscontrol has some tips.
Norwegian Mint Strikes a Peace Medal Made from Humanium
Humanium is a new alloy. It is the result of an initiative to reduce illegal firearms by smelting them in order to use their remains for peaceful purposes. Humanium is the modern interpretation of the biblical request: Swords to Plowshares. The Norwegian Mint modified it. Now it reads: Weapons to Medals.
Switzerland Issues Bi-metal Coin “Rosenlaui Glacier”
Swissmint issues “Rosenlaui glacier”, the second coin in the “Swiss Glaciers” series. The 10 Francs bi-metal coin is available in different qualities and as part of various 2023 coin sets.
This Is the New Banknote Portrait of King Charles III
The Bank of England have unveiled the obverse portrait of King Charles III as it will be depicted on banknotes from 2024. Michael Alexander analyses the portrait and the new royal cypher or monogram.
The 2023 Designs of the $1 American Innovation Program
The United States Mint presents the new designs for the 2023 American Innovation $1 Coin Program. In 2023 the programm will feature innovators from Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, and Mississippi. Check out the new designs!
Canada Introduces Transitional Effigy of the Late Queen Elizabeth II
The Royal Canadian Mint celebrates Canada’s first woman journalist, Kathleen “Kit” Coleman. This coin introduces a transitional effigy of the late Queen Elizabeth II for collector and bullion coins until a new permanent obverse is chosen for all Canadian coins.
Fun at the FUN
FUN is short for Florida United Numismatists. With 620 exhibitors, it is said to be the largest coin show for dealers in the US. An XXXL event, so to speak. Ursula Kampmann visited the show.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries: Visiting the Numismatic Club House
Stack’s Bowers Galleries are proud to be the oldest US auction house for outstanding coins. Its New York address was long known as “The Numismatic Club House on 57th Street”. Ursula Kampmann visited the new club house on Park Avenue.
NCBA Names New Chairman and Officers
The National Coin and Bullion Association confirmed its new officers during its recent board meeting during the FUN Convention. The new NCBA chairman is Patrick Ian Perez of Greysheet.
David W. Lange (1958–2023)
David Lange was one of the world’s leading experts on US coins and author of numerous books on this subject. For over 25 years he had been a Research Director at NGC. He passed away on January 16, 2023.
Symposium on Alexandria’s Roman Imperial Coinage
The Circolo Numismatico Ticinese will hold an international symposium dedicated to Alexandria’s Roman Imperial coinage in Lugano in 2024. The organizing committee is formed by eminent experts.
These Are the COTY Winners 2023
The category winners of the COTY 2023 have been announced. More than one award went to Canada, Austria, and Ukraine respectively. Read on to learn about the category winners!
Theft at the 2023 NYINC
Despite strict security measures and alert security guards, the booth of a dealer was robbed at the New York International Numismatic Convention in January 2023. Here you can find a list of the stolen items.
How Was the U.S. Rare Coin Market in 2022? Roaring!
The market for rare United States coins enjoyed a banner year in 2022 with many hundreds of price records says an analysis by CDN Publishing. Read the details - and some thoughts of what to expect from 2023.
Dr Elina Screen New President of the British Numismatic Society
In 2022, Dr Kevin Clancy ended his term as president of the British Numismatic Society, and Dr Elina Screen, the society’s new president, took up office. She is the first woman in this position.
Kelvin Cheung Joins Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Hong Kong Office
Kelvin Cheung, one of the foremost experts in world paper money and Asian coins, will join Stack’s Bowers’ leading team of numismatic specialists beginning in February 2023.
Highly Rare in Circulation: 2-Euro Commemorative Coins from Andorra
The Principality of Andorra has only been minting its own euro coins since 2014. If you want to collect 2-euro commemorative coins from Andorra, you should know a few things. Our author numiscontrol explains how collectors can find interesting pieces.
This Was TEMAN 2022
In November 2022, the 20th TEMAN Conference was held in Singapore. At the meeting of Southeast Asian mints, representatives of mints and suppliers from all over the world discussed the challenges of our times. Here are a few impressions.
How Mints Can Turn Collectors into Customers
How can mints create a sustainable market for their collectible products? In her presentation at the 2022 TEMAN Conference, Ursula Kampmann explained in detail how coin producers can turn collectors into loyal customers. The video is now online.
Mint Meetings in 2023
Mint Directors will have two important meetings in 2023. Everybody involved in coin production should keep in mind these dates.
The End of a Long-Established Company: Faude & Huguenin Is Bankrupt
Almost unnoticed, a more than 150-year-long chapter of numismatics came to an end in 2022: Faude & Huguenin is bankrupt. Covid wasn’t the only reason for the downfall of Switzerland’s most important medal producer: leading employees are charged with fraud.
Apply for the ANS Summer Seminar in Numismatics 2023
Are you an advanced student or PhD candidate looking for a way to get a grip on numismatics? Apply now for the eight-week ANS Summer Seminar, taught by ANS staff and guest lecturers!
Comprehensive Catalogue of Anglo-Saxon Gold Coins
With “Gold Coins of Anglo-Saxon England” Tony Abramson offers a complete account of all recorded early English gold coinage. The book aims at detectorists, field liaison officers, curators, scholars, dealers, auction cataloguers and collectors.
Ken McDevitt is the New Director of Leu Numismatik USA
Ken McDevitt is the new Director of Leu Numismatik USA. The former Managing Numismatist at Classical Numismatic Group will represent Leu Numismatik in North America.
Season’s Greetings – Frohe Festtage –メリークリスマス – Sretan Božić: Numismatic Christmas Cards to CoinsWeekly
Every year, the CoinsWeekly staff receives a wealth of Christmas cards. Most of them are way too beautiful to be thrown away after New Year’s Eve. After all, many of them focus on numismatic themes. Here are our most beautiful Christmas cards of the past years.
An Expert Opinion on Sponsianus
Did a Roman emperor called Sponsianus exist and mint coins? A recent study claims this, but it has been widely refuted by experts. Aleksander Bursche and Kyrylo Myzgin from the University of Warsaw, present their opinion on this matter.
ICOM Launches Emergency Red List of Ukraine
The International Council of Museums has launched the “Emergency Red List of Cultural Objects at Risk – Ukraine”. The list is intended as a tool for the identification of looted and stolen cultural objects from Ukraine.
Steve Album is Moving Its Offices
Steve Album Rare Coins will be moving to a new office building in Santa Rosa.
Italy’s Cuisine in All Its Numismatic Colours
Food is Italy’s flagship. Reason enough for the dolce vita nation to celebrate its diverse food culture with a coin series – in exuberant colours. In addition, collectors from abroad can look forward to an exciting novelty.
CIT Celebrates Historic Instruments – Astrolabe
CIT dedicates a new 2-oz silver coin in Antique Finish and ultra high relief to the astrolabe. Since late antiquity, this instrument has enabled us to exactly determine the position of a celestial body – the foundation of modern astronomy.
CIT’s “Cyber Queen – The Beginning”
CIT has its finger right on the pulse of pop culture: “Cyber Queen – The Beginning” is dedicated to the science fiction sub-genre cyberpunk.
CoinsWeekly Special Issue for the 2023 NYINC
In January 2023, CoinsWeekly will be at the New York International Numismatic Convention again. As usual, a CoinsWeekly Special Issue is published on the occasion. The print magazine can ONLY be obtained for free at the convention. It’s available for download as of today.
International exhibition “100 Years: Litas, Lats, Kroon”
The three Baltic countries – Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia – all introduced their national currencies 100 years ago. To commemorate this, the three countries coordinated a joint exhibition that is now on view in Lithuania.
The Coins of Mysia from the Plankenhorn Collection
Those interested in coins from Asia Minor under Roman rule certainly are familiar with the Plankenhorn name. The State Coin Collection of Munich now published the catalogue of his coins from Mysia, authored by the collector himself. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.
NAC USA Invites Its Customers to Its New Offices
NAC USA opened its new business premises in October 2022. When travelling to Chicago, collectors now find a numismatic oasis in the heart of the city. Those who want to consign pieces for one of Numismatica Ars Classica’s or Naville’s auction sales may do so in the Windy City.
Coin Dealer Michael Brandt to Close His Business
After 41 years in the coin trade, coin dealer Michael Brandt closes his coin shop in Tübingen’s old town at the end of 2022.
Foundation of International Mint Industry Association
The International Mint Industry Association unites public and private mints and industry suppliers. Its goal is to support the mint industry by proactively promoting the availability and acceptance of cash.
King Charles III Coins Enter Circulation
The first coins bearing the official effigy of King Charles III started to appear in circulation from 8 December 2022. Post office branches around the UK received 4.9 million 50 pence coins.
CIT’s Typefaces: Sherlock
CIT dedicates a new issue to Sherlock Holmes. Microminting creates a portrait of the detective through letters – the numismatic interpretation of what happens in our mind when we read.
What Made the Ellerby Hoard so Valuable
In 2019, a couple found hundreds of gold coins under their floor when renovating their kitchen. The hoard tells a story from 18th-century England and is as spectacular as its auction result ...
Hoards – Archaeological Treasures from West Norfolk
A selection of interesting hoards from West Norfolk is on display at the Lynn Museum. Among them 32 gold coins found inside a cow bone.
Syracusan Small Silver Coins from the Period of Signing Artists
Hartmut Kreutzer published a die study for Syracusan drachms and small silver coins from the period of signing artists. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.
Remembering Robert E. White (1941-2022)
Coin dealer Robert E. White recently passed away. He was a regular appearance at numismatic events all over the world. His colleague and friend, Texan coin dealer Jeffrey S. Zarit, shares some personal memories of Bob White.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries Expands into Vancouver
Stack’s Bowers opens new offices in Vancouver with the new Buyer and Consignment Director Adem Karisik.
A Spectacular Farewell to the Kuna: Croatia Mints the World’s Smallest Coin
On 1 January 2023, Croatia will introduce the euro. To mark the occasion, the Croatian Mint came up with something very special for the last kuna commemorative issue: it will set a new record for the world’s smallest coin. The record coin is only available in a set, together with a commemorative issue for the Višnjan Observatory.
How the World’s Smallest Coin Was Minted
On 1 January 2023, Croatia will change over to the euro. And while minting presses are producing the new coins at full speed, the Croatian Mint treats itself to something very special. It wants to bid farewell to the kuna with a bang and demonstrate its technical skills at the same time: Croatia mints the world’s smallest coin. A Look Behind the Scenes.