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.
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.
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, 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.
Hubert Ruß has published the new reference work for the medieval coins of Würzburg bishops. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo has been canceled. Therefore Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ decided to relocate their March 2020 Baltimore Auctions to California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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®.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 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 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.
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”.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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” is the only international coin contest held in Russia. Here are all the winners of year 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
When euro coins were introduced in 2002, Vatican coins were considered a safe investment. Our expert numiscontrol checked whether the objects met the expectations.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.