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Just 15 Kilometres from Death – Wartime Experiences

What is it like to live and to collect in a besieged city? Axel Dörrenbach talked to Tetiana Fomenko, who runs a philatelic shop in Kharkiv. She explains why she won’t leave Ukraine and talks about the importance that collecting stamps grew to assume in these times of war. We reprint this interview with kind permission of the author and the Philapress publishing house.

A Warning to All Shopkeepers: Confidence Tricksters Ply Their Dreadful Trade

In the last CoinsWeekly issue, we had to report about a confidence trick that targeted the shop of an experienced coin dealer. To make sure this won’t happen to you, we examine how the con artists operated. There are warning signs to look out for!

Organized Gang Targeting US Coin Shops

90 seconds to grab $80,000+ from a coin shop. With extreme ruthlessness a gang robbed a Californian dealer. Doug Davis explains their procedure and what coin shops should do to protect themselves from these organized groups.

Taisei Coins Has a New President

For decades, Masahiro Oka led the Japanese coin dealership Taisei Coins to success. Now he has retired from the day-to-day business. He is succeeded by Shinsaku Baba.

Kevin Foley Stepped Down as NYINC Bourse Chairman

Kevin Foley has stepped down as Bourse Chairman of the New York International Numismatic Convention. He served 23 years in this position. NYINC President Mike Dunigan explains what this means for the convention.

Heritage Auctions Offering the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection

The Harry Bass Jr. Collection assembles some of the rarest U.S. coins estimated to be worth more than $60 million. Starting in fall 2022 Heritage will offer it for sale. The proceeds shall go to Dallas non-profits.

Market Report: Remarkable Specimens from Philately and Postal History: July 2021

In the first half of 2022, stamp auctions impressed with top prices, from the classic period to the modern era. In addition to wealthy philatelists, investors also play a role in current market activities.

CIT’s Iron Maiden: Senjutsu

After the great success of the first Iron Maiden coin, in 2022 CIT presents the second issue of the series. It is dedicated to the latest album of the heavy metal band entitled Senjutsu.

Ukraine’s Navy Coin

Ukraine honors their separate branches of the Armed Forces with a special coin series. The first coin is dedicated to the Navy.

Market Report: Remarkable Specimens from Philately and Postal History – Spring 2022

Stamp auctions in the spring of 2022 featured some special and rare specimens from Japanese postal history and philately.

Hustle and Bustle on a Reduced Scale – Impressions from the Summer Fair

It’s already over – the World Money Fair’s extra Summer Fair. Although the event hadn’t been intended to be a full-fledged replacement for the large winter fair to begin with, the organisers should be very satisfied. A few impressions from Berlin.

Jerome Eisenberg (1930-2022)

Jerome Eisenberg was an institution of the international antiquities trade. His ethical principles left a lasting mark on the collectors’ world. He has now passed away at the age of 92. Ursula Kampmann remembers him.

Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World

Persia was the dominant power of western Asia for over a millennium. Until August 2022, an exhibition in the Getty Villa Museum shows the artistic and cultural connections between Iran, Greece and Rome. And you will see remarkable artifacts – including coins!

Roman Philosophy as a Graphic Novel

Philosophy is not your field? Well, the thoughts and life of Stoic philosopher and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius become a real pleasure to investigate with this stunning graphic novel. Have a look!

Here Comes the INC 2022 Programme

In less than two months the XVI International Numismatic Congress 2022 in Warsaw will start. The organizers now present the preliminary programme with the scientific programme and all poster sessions.

Collectible Treasures: 2-Euro Commemorative Coins from Spain

Spain is a popular vacation destination and the country’s coins are just as popular among collectors. Our expert numiscontrol explains which 2-euro commemorative coins are likely to increase in value and where to find them – and what traps to avoid!

New Swiss Commemorative Coin “Solar Energy”

Swissmint continues the “Energy of the Future” series with the commemorative coin “Solar Energy”. As it is characteristic for this series, the coin has fluorescent elements that glow in the dark.

WWII-Looted Art Found in a Thrift Store

A Roman bust disappears from Bavaria during the Second World War. Then, it reappears in the unlikeliest place in the world: a thrift store in Texas. A true story with a happy ending, which also draws attention to a serious problem.

How the US Mint Was Created

Heritage offers the 1791 congressional resolution authorizing the creation of the US Mint signed by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, and other remarkable documents related to the origin of US coinage.

Shipments With Ancient Coins Lost!

Four ancient coins from a recent Cayón auction have been lost during shipping. This probably occurred in the USA. Here you can see the lost coins and their description.

A Review of 500 Years of Medal Art in Lithuania and Poland

At the XI Baltic Medal Triennial “Medal Art in Lithuania and Poland – 500 years” medals from 71 artists were exhibited. Jurgita Ludavičienė presents this exhibition, which you can still enjoy through a digital catalogue.

National Treasure Medal “Kiyomizu-dera Temple“

The newest National Treasure medal from the Japanese Mint is dedicated to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. This temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.”

In Unity Strength – Ukraine

With “In Unity Strength” the National Bank of Ukraine issued the first commemorative coin since the beginning of the war. It is dedicated to national unity as well as the international support that the country receives.

German Police Uncover Maple Leaf Fraud

Did you recently buy Canadian Maple Leaf coins via classified ads? The Cologne police recommend that you have their authenticity checked because numerous counterfeits of the popular gold coins were seized, and suspects arrested.

Graffiti on 1797 Silver Dollar Opens Window into U.S. History

Tiny hand-engraved letters on a U.S. silver dollar lead to the highly interesting life of Lucinda Walker of the Cherokee Nation. This woman links the coin to the “Trail of Tears”, the forced deportation of Native Americans.

Be Aware of Counterfeit Gold and Silver Coins Made in China

A Texas investor became an unsuspecting victim of fake “precious metal” and “rare coins” offered online. Read how suspiciously low prices are disguised and what you can learn from this case.

100 Greatest Canadian Coins and Tokens

Explore with Harvey B. Richer the 100 Greatest Canadian Coins and Tokens in his new book. Richer pushes boundaries in defining coins and tokens. And then, how to choose the greatest of the great?

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Opens New Boston Gallery

Stack’s Bowers Galleries opens a new downtown rare coin gallery in historic Boston. If you are looking for a new employment, read on as the firm is seeking to hire staff for the Boston gallery.

How UK Treasury Promotes the Use of Cash

Great Britain is planning new laws to improve access to cash. This was announced in the Queen’s Speech following a recent consultation on how important cash still is.

Numismatic Icons – Pegasos

Pegasos was one of the most commonly depicted creatures on Greek coinage. CIT dedicates a new issue of its Numismatic Icons series to the mythological creature. For the first time, aficionados of the series will be offered an alternative to the silver edition.

Royal Mint Celebrates Codebreaker Alan Turing on 50 Pence Coin

The Royal Mint has launched a collectable 50p to celebrate the life and work of Alan Turing for the first time on a coin. Turing has become famous for his achievements in codebreaking during WWII and as an icon of the LSBT*Q movement.

Brazen Armed Robbery at TEFAF Art Fair

In broad daylight, armed robbers raided a jeweller at the TEFAF art fair in Maastricht. How the robbers went about their business seems to be frighteningly simple.

These Are the Recipients of the ANA Philanthropy Awards 2022

The American Numismatic Association will recognize numismatic author Q. David Bowers and the Stack family for their successes in the numismatic community with its Philanthropy Award. The awards will be presented at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money in August.

Augustus in Saigon!?

Even as far as Vietnam you may find Roman imperial and classical Western ideas. Students of the University Vietnam delved into the country’s history and culture and present their findings in a revealing online exhibition.

IAPN Book Prizes for 2021 and 2022

After a gap of three years, in May 2022 the IAPN Assembly was eventually able to meet in person and voted for the prestigious IAPN book prizes 2021 and 2022. See all the winners here!

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Opens New Office in Virginia Beach

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has opened a new office in Virginia Beach. To manage this location the company employed two industry-experts: Devin Hipp and Kyle Honoré.

Ventris C. Gibson Confirmed as 40th Director of the U.S. Mint

The United States Mint has a new Director. Ventris C. Gibson, a high-ranking U.S. Navy veteran, took now the oath of office and is the first African-American in this position.

Canadian Gold Bullion Coin Commemorates the Klondike Gold Rush

The Royal Canadian Mint has released a gold bullion coin commemorating the Klondike Gold Rush. The second coin in a series dedicated to this historical event illustrates a crucial operation in retrieving the gold.

The World’s Most Expensive Nobel Prize Medal – Auctioned For a Good Cause

Dmitri Muratov’s 2021 Nobel Peace Prize medal broke all records at Heritage: 103.5 million dollars, by far the largest sum ever paid for a numismatic object. And all for a very good cause.

Yale’s New Gallery of Numismatics

The Yale University Art Gallery opened the new Bela Lyon Pratt Gallery of Numismatics featuring over 260 items in 16 newly designed display cases. An intimate place to quietly study breathtaking numismatic masterpieces.

Canadian Record: 1 Kilo Platinum Coin With Diamonds

The Royal Canadian Mint’s Opulence Collection aims at redefining rare. The “Ultimate”, a 1 kilo platinum coin with 462 pink diamonds, was sold and set a new record for a coin offered at auction in Canada.

The Specimens For Siam’s Early Banknotes

Coin dealer Jan Aamlid has published a catalogue of his own collection: specimens for the early banknotes of Siam. Truly a connoisseur’s field – and the catalogue is an opulent feast for the eyes. Daniel Baumbach took a look at it.

Sophia D. Kremydi Receives 2021 ANS Huntington Award

The American Numismatic Society has given the 2021 Archer Milton Huntington Medal Award to Dr. Sophia D. Kremydi. Kremydi is renowned for her research on the ancient economies and material culture of Northern Greece.

Oriental Numismatic Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Oriental Numismatic Society celebrates its 50th anniversary with an international Zoom conference from 25th to 26th June 2022. Read what to expect from this event with international speakers.

Beautiful and Rare: 2-euro Commemorative Coins from Slovenia

Slovenian 2-euro commemorative coins are hardly ever found in circulation, but they are great collectibles: our author considers them to be among the most beautiful coins in the entire eurozone. Numiscontrol will tell you everything else you need to know.

Daydreamer – Future

CIT’s “Daydreamer – Future” uses smartminting® technology in a completely new way and creates an excellent and sophisticated illusion. Let’s draw the curtain to get a glimpse at the future!

Death Sentence for Taking Home a Vacation Souvenir?

A Briton and a German accused of smuggling antiquities were on trial in Iraq. Wanting to take home a few old shards and pieces of marble as vacation souvenirs, the men ran the risk of being sentenced to death. Now the verdict was announced.

Stavanger’s Maritime Museum

The history of shipping, shipbuilding and trade are closely linked. The Norwegian city of Stavanger dedicates a new museum to this subject – in a historic warehouse building in the harbour, of course.

How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

How would people like to be remembered let’s say 2,000 years from now? The Ashmolean Museum offers a numismatic talk for over-65s bringing together daily life questions and ancient coins. You can still book a free ticket!

Julie Abrams Joins Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries welcomes Julie Abrams as Consignment Director and Dealer Liaison and the most recent valued addition to the firm’s growing worldwide operations.

The First Quarter 2022 of the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint published its financial results for the first quarter of 2022. Compared to the singular results of 2021, revenue decreased while profit did not. Check the facts!

US Mint Begins Shipping Wilma Mankiller Quarter Coins

The United States Mint has begun shipping the third coin in the American Women Quarters Program. These circulating quarters honoring Wilma Mankiller are manufactured at the Mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver.

A CoinsWeekly Special Issue for the Hall Mint

CoinsWeekly has a new concept to inspire people to collect coins: free copies of the CoinsWeekly Special Issue will be available in selected numismatic museums. The first partner is Hasegg Castle in Hall, where the taler was created.

British Museum Displays “Mary Gillick: Modelling The Queen’s Portrait”

In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee the British Museum has opened a free display on Mary Gillick’s portrait of Elizabeth II. This portrait was used for the first ever coin of Queen Elizabeth II. But there is more to discover on the sculptor.

Early Medieval Coinage Originates From Ukraine

Where and when did Early Germanic coinage begin? In a short video, a Polish-German-Ukrainian interdisciplinary team reveals their most recent findings. Germanic communities produced coins very early in what is today Western Ukraine.

CNG Introduces New Monthly Fixed Price List

CNG offers a new monthly fixed price list published on every first Friday in certain months. The First Friday Price Lists will feature a batch of about 50 selected coins – all offered at the lowest price! Read when to expect the lists and see some of the first coins on offer.

American Medal of the Year 2022

The American Medallic Sculptors Association has announced the winner of the 2022 American Medal of the Year Award. The Covid-19 pandemic was the dominant motif.

Always Rare: 2-Euro Commemorative Coins from Slovakia

Slovakia’s 2-euro commemorative issues are few and far between, and they are hardly ever found in circulation. Nonetheless, the beautifully designed coins can be an ideal start for euro collectors and offer genuine potential. Our expert numiscontrol explains why.

“Financial Literacy” is Latvia’s New 2 Euro Commemorative Coin

Financial literacy is the capability of taking care of one’s own economic situation. Latvijas Banka marks the importance of the subject by issuing a 2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to “Financial Literacy”.

Mounties Get on the Trail of Coin Counterfeiter

A man has been arrested in Canada for allegedly uttering counterfeit circulation coins. So far, 10,000 counterfeit coins have been removed from circulation by the authorities. One detail makes the counterfeits particularly recognisable.

Exhibition in Paris: Marvellous Moneys

From gold to silver, feathers, pearls and bracelets: people have used so much different means of payment in the human history. An exhibition in the Monnaie de Paris Museum shows the whole range of them.

Paul Burkhard’s Fünfliber: A Classic Piece Celebrates its 100th Birthday

On 19 May 2022, SINCONA presented a new publication on Swiss numismatics. Hanspeter Koch has dedicated a monograph to the five-franc coin with the portrait of an ‘alpine herdsman’. And the really special part is this: this book is available in ‘very fine’ or ‘extremely fine’ condition.

Metal Detectoring Couple Finds Gold Coins

Phil and Joan Castle have been metal detecting together for over 30 years until they found a 14th century purse with five gold coins. Their find has been declared treasure and was sold at auction where it doubled the estimate.

Schuler presents the “Visual Die Protection” in an Online Seminar

With its “Visual Die Protection” Schuler has developed an image-based monitoring system for dies that helps avoid expensive repairs, downtimes, or even total failures. How exactly this works was explained in an online seminar.

ColorEYEzed: CIT’s Ocean blue

Only 8 to 10% of humanity has blue eyes. And as rare things are sought-after: No other eye color was made the subject of so many successful songs. Now CIT has dedicated a coin to blue eyes – with spectacular color printing technique.

Obituary of Maria Radnoti-Alföldi (6.6.1926-7.5.2022)

On 7 May 2022, the renowned and award-winning numismatist Maria Radnoti-Alföldi passed away. One of her numerous students, Frank Berger, commemorates her.

From “Glaring Difference” to a System of Units

Measuring with the same yardstick: for a long time, this was the exception. Until the end of the 19th century, a dizzying array of different units was used in Switzerland for weighing and measuring. Even the time of day varied from one place to the next.

Festschrift in Celebration of Lutz Ilisch’s 70th Birthday

The numismatist and Arabist Lutz Ilisch has been honoured with the Festschrift “Studia Numismatica et Islamica in Honorem Lutz Ilisch” on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Almost 20 authors contributed to the publication.

Official INC Medal Warsaw Now Available

To commemorate the International Numismatic Congress 2022 in Warsaw an official Congress Medal will be available. You can now pre-order the medal.

Wayde Milas Named PNG President

Coin dealer Wayde Milas was selected as the new President of the Professional Numismatists Guild for the 2022-2024 term. He is not the first PNG President in his family.

Green Banknote Increases Sustainability in the Cash Cycle

The “Green Banknote” by Giesecke+Devrient reduces CO2 emissions by a third compared to other banknotes and consists of much less plastic. To achieve this the banknote uses certified natural fibres.

Estonia’s 2-Euro Coin to Ukraine’s Freedom

Estonia’s Central Bank is planning to issue a 2-euro coin dedicated to the Ukraine and its struggle for freedom. The coin was designed by a young Ukrainian refugee who is studying at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Ukraine Commemorates Fight Against Russia on Coins

The National Bank of Ukraine has announced a series of commemorative coins on Ukraine’s resistance against Russia. The motives will be chosen based on an open vote by the public.

Maria Radnoti-Alföldi (1926-2022)

On 7 May 2022, Maria Radnoti-Alföldi died at the age of 95. The German-Hungarian numismatist and ancient historian influenced generations of scholars.

A Trip to the TICC 2022 in Tokyo

Our translator Michał Skubisz, who has been in Japan for a few weeks now, attended the Tokyo International Coin Convention. It was his first coin show. He shares his impressions with us.

Celtic Coins at Oxford

The Ashmolean has doubled its number of Celtic coins acquiring the John Talbot collection. The Oxford numismatists now launch the Celtic Coin Index Digital website providing access to the world’s largest dataset of Iron Age coins in Britain.

Supplement to the Corpus of Fatimid Coins

In 2006, Norman Douglas Nicol published the standard reference work “A Corpus of Fatimid Coins”, which includes over 2,700 coins. Now a supplement volume features hundreds of coins not included in the original work.

New Royal Numismatic Society Medal

One of the highest accolades in numismatics is the medal of the Royal Numismatic Society. Now the Society has made a new medal as its President Roger Bland explains. The idea for the new motif came to the medallist in an Italian restaurant.

How to Collect 2 Euro Coins from Portugal

Outside the country, 2 euro commemorative coins from Portugal are rare to find in wallets. What’s the best way to collect these issues? And what should collectors keep in mind? Our author numiscontrol has the answers.

Special Forces – Real Heroes

CIT dedicates the third issue of its successful series “Real Heroes” to all special forces of the free world and, in particular, to those of the United States. The coin features an ultra high relief, partial color printing, and microminting.

What Will Happen to the Winterthur Coin Cabinet?

The Winterthur Coin Cabinet is internationally renowned – but it’s too much of a financial burden for this Swiss municipality. At least that’s what some of the parliamentarians think. They demand the city stop financing the museum.

How Was The Bank of England Involved in Transatlantic Slavery?

The Bank of England Museum reopened again after a two-year Covid break. In a new temporary exhibition the museum investigates the connection between “Slavery & the Bank”.

Sixbid Now Available in Six Additional Languages

In addition to English and German, Sixbid is now also available in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

PNG and ANA Renaming Important Awards

The Professional Numismatists Guild and the American Numismatic Association renamed two of their important numismatic awards honoring two prominent contemporary figures of the numismatic world: Harvey G. Stack and Chester L. Krause.

Numismatic Literary Guild Appoints Patrick Ian Perez as Executive Director

The executive board of the Numismatic Literary Guild has appointed Patrick Ian Perez as Executive Director of the organization.

Swiss Gold Coin Commemorates the Last 10-Franc Vreneli

In 2022, Swissmint is commemorating the last minting of the 10-franc gold Vreneli in 1922 with a gold coin. In the Swissmint online shop the coin was sold out only hours after the official issue. What makes this issue so special?

U.S. Banknotes To Be Printed in New Facility

The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces banknotes and other federal security products. In 2027, the Bureau will move to a state-of-the-art facility.

Four-Legged Treasure Hunters: Two Dogs Make Coin Finds

Two numismatically-minded dogs made headlines in recent weeks. Thanks to their fine noses, they tracked down coin hoards. But can coins even be sniffed out?

What Can Really BIG Money Teach Us About Our World?

Really big pieces of money have often been treated as “curiosities” and overlooked in favor of shiny gold coins and crisp modern banknotes. As the stars of a new exhibition in the Smithsonian, they will do the heavy lifting as curator Ellen Feingold explains.

The 2022 World Money Fair in Berlin Will Be Again an On-Site Event

The World Money Fair Berlin had to be cancelled twice in a row, but in 2022 it will be held again as an on-site event – however, in the form of an international summer fair. Here you can find out what else will change and what will remain the same!

The Coin-Weights of Europe

Paul and Bente Withers have been collecting coin-weights for almost fifty years and are gathering their knowledge in the series “Coin-Weights of Europe”. After the first volume being published in 2021, now volumes 2 and 3 followed.

Stockholm Numismatica 2022

In 2022, Stockholm Numismatica will take place on 2nd October 2022. For the first time it is organized in collaboration between The Swedish Numismatic Society’s auction company Misab and the Swedish coin dealers association SMF.

2021 Giesecke+Devrient Achieves Best Result in Company’s History

For 2021 Giesecke+Devrient announces sales almost reaching the high level of the pre-pandemic period. The company is increasingly investing in research and development.

Silverland – The Rock

“The Rock”, CIT’s new issue, imitates the crystalline structure of quartz by using the special smartminting® technology with an ultra high relief. It thus combines state-of-the-art minting technology, innovative thinking and ingenious design.

Hero or Eagle? The Philippine’s New 1000 Piso Banknote

For decades, Filipino banknotes have featured three World War II heroes. A new series celebrates the country’s flora and fauna – and arouses fierce opposition. The case shows: money is certainly more than just a means of payment.

Memories of the First Post-War Olympics

On 6 May 2022, auction house Rapp offers a series of memorabilia of Kurt Gassmann, co-organiser of the 1948 St Moritz Olympic Winter Games and Secretary General of FIFA from 1951 to 1960. His estate includes Olympic medals and, what’s more, a torch used to carry the Olympic flame to London in 1948.

U.S. Sales Boom at MA-Shops Numismatic Marketplace

Numismatic marketplace MA-Shops has recorded triple-digit growth in its coin sales in the US over the last five years. The Founder and CEO of MA-Shops explains how this was possible.

Beth Deisher Receives the 2022 Q. David Bowers Award

In 2022, the Central States Numismatic Society honors Beth Deisher with the annual Q. David Bowers Award. The numismatic journalist was chosen for her lifetime achievements in the field of numismatics.

Mint Directors Forum Online

After two years of Covid-19 the Mint Directors Conference will hold an online forum to explore the impact the pandemic has had on the circulating coin and numismatic business as well as precious metal coin demand. Find the programme and details here.

How to Help Ukrainians By Buying Collectibles

There are many projects to help Ukrainians in this difficult time. Some of them raise funds through special collectible issues. We present two of them, a banknote from the Czech Republic and a medal by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame.

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