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Paul Rabin (+ 2021)

Paul Rabin was one of those persons you saw at many coin fairs – whether in the United States, Switzerland or Germany. The amiable coin dealer died in February 2021. Ursula Kampmann commemorates him.

Major Coin Find in Hungary: 7,000 Roman to Renaissance Coins

In mid-January, Hungarian archaeologists made an important discovery: 7,000 coins were unearthed. The coins of the hoard come from very different times: from the 2nd century AD to the time around 1500.

Will the USA Implement a New MoU With Turkey?

The American Hellenic Institute requested the Biden administration to freeze a cultural property Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Turkey that imposes import restrictions on cultural goods with implications to religious minorities in Turkey.

ANS Receives NEH Funds For OXUS-INDUS Project

The National Endowment for the Humanities funds the OXUS-INDUS Project with $150,000. The two-year joint ANS - Oxford University project researches the Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek coinage.

Coin Dealer Dan Duncan Receives ICTA Service Award

Dan Duncan has received the 2020 Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award for his continuous dedication. His efforts were crucial for maintaining Washington State’s sales-tax exemption on sales of coins.

0 CHF Banknotes Made in Switzerland – A New Field of Collection

Since 2017, there have been 0 CHF souvenir banknotes. Compared to the field of 0 euro banknotes, the quantity of issued notes is rather small. Thus, it may be a good moment to enter this field of collection! Our author numiscontrol knows what you have to keep in mind.

H2O to Offer Free Webinars On Wastewater Management

The German company H2O will be offering free webinars in English and German on wastewater management. In the first event you will learn how a sustainable water management minimises ongoing operating costs in mints.

X-Ray – Vitruvian Man

With their newest coin in ultra-high relief CIT combines in an outstanding way a masterpiece of the renaissance, the Vitruvian Man from Leonardo da Vinci, with one of the most important innovations in the history of medicine, the discovery of X-rays.

The Royal Mint Appoints Jörg Sassmannshausen as Regional Director of Sales

The Royal Mint has appointed Jörg Sassmannshausen as a Regional Director of Sales. He joins the Currency division from the Dutch Royal Mint. He has a wide range of experience in sales, commercial partnerships, and relationship management.

A Former Slave Instead of a Slave Owner? – News in the Case of the 20 Dollar Banknote

In 2016 it was decided that Harriet Tubman is to replace Andrew Jackson on the American $20 banknote. But then Trump came, and nothing changed. Under the Biden administration, things are now to move forward. However, the case has become a hotly debated issue.

How to Detect Counterfeits at All Times. Part 3: British Sovereigns

British sovereigns are popular collector and bullion coins – and often forged. Are you sure that all your coins are authentic? The expert Peter Zgorzynski shows in this article how counterfeit sovereigns can be identified.

UK Not Adopting EU Art and Antiquities Import Rules

The UK did not adopt the EU Art and Antiquities Import Rules. This will change a lot in the art market, but it also offers various opportunities for companies in the UK. We republish an article by Cultural Property News about the consequences of this move.

The Entire World of Swedish Coinage in Two Books

The coin dealer Roberto Delzanno presents a comprehensive annotated catalogue of the entire Swedish coinage in two volumes. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

CNG’s Keystone Auction 3 Postponed

CNG was alerted that six coins offered in their upcoming Keystone auction 3 seem to be property of Yale University. CNG reached an agreement with the institution and decided to postpone the sale until matters will be sorted out. Michael Gasvoda explains the details.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Precious Metals Auctions

Gold and silver coins are extremely requested right now. Stack’s Bowers Galleries offer investment products in gold, silver, platinum and palladium, as well as popular bullion coins in their monthly Precious Metals Auctions

17th Technical Forum Session 1 – Join In Online

The Technical Forum normally takes place during the World Money Fair in Berlin and is the leading conference for modern minting technology. This year the Technical Forum will happen online. Read more about the topics of the first session and how to participate.

Estonian Central Bank Accepts Designs for New Coins

Estonia’s Central Bank is accepting entries for four coin design competitions. The commemorative and circulation coins will be issued in 2022 and the prize for the winner of each design competition is 1,500 euros.

Commemorative Coins of Greece planned for 2021

The Greek Ministry of Finance has presented its Numismatic Program for 2021. As 2021 marks 200 years after the Greek Revolution of 1821 took place, the program will be extensive. Find pictures of all the scheduled coins here.

Kerry Wetterstrom To Receive NYINC Medal

The New York International Numismatic Convention has named Kerry Wetterstrom to receive the inaugural Richard Margolis Medal of Merit. He served as the NYINC’s education director from 2000 through 2020.

CNG’s Market Report: Winter 2021

Due to the Covid pandemic the coin market changed in some ways and prices have raised in many sections. Michael Gasvoda from CNG takes a closer look and shares his view on the market situation and how it may develop.

Bank of England Museum: Smartified and Online

The Bank of England Museum is offering a lot of activities while it has to stay closed during the Covid-19 pandemic: virtual talks, tours and educational resources. The museum presents its collections now also through tours in the Smartify app.

News from the American Numismatic Association

The American Numismatic Association announced that the 2021 Summer Seminar has been officially cancelled. Instead they will offer free virtual courses. Good news: the ANA offers again $1,000 College Scholarships to Young Collectors.

The Netherlands Start With Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Netherlands

The Dutch National Numismatic Collection keeps almost 20,000 Greek coins that will now be published in eight SNG Netherlands volumes to make the coins accessible for further study. The first volumes are scheduled for publication in 2023.

Where Do I Find Euro Coins from Various Nations by Going Through Circulation Coinage?

Are you looking for foreign euro coins for your collection without success? Especially in times of Corona it isn’t easy to collect actively. Our expert numiscontrol provides you with practical tips on where to find coins from other nations conveniently, cheaply and quickly even now.

U.S. Mint Releases New Platinum Commemorative Coins

The U.S. mint dedicates a new platinum proof coin series to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 5 coins feature the five freedoms: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press, the right to peaceably assemble and to petition the Government.

Jürgen Ritter (1941-2021)

On 23 January 2021, the German coin dealer Jürgen Ritter passed away. He is one of those who worked in the coin trade out of passion and broke fresh ground in collecting. Ursula Kampmann commemorates him.

Sydney F. Martin (1945-2021)

Sydney Furman Martin died on 19 January 2021. The Trustee and former President of the American Numismatic Society was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and world-renown collector.

50th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention

The next NYINC will take place in 2022. It will be the convention’s 50th edition. Read here the first details of the programme and how to apply if you would like to participate.

The First Book and Price Guide to the Guinea

“A Guide to the Guinea 1663-1813” by Roderick A. Farey is the first book and price guide dedicated to just the Guinea, one of Britain’s most famous coins.

End the Museum Lockdown!

Whilst Austria's museums are allowed to open again, the Swiss and German museums have been closed for months. Directors of nineteen museums in and around Basel now call to open up again these important places of education, cultural diversity, and emotional empowerment.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries March Auction to be Held in Las Vegas

Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ March 2021 Auction has been relocated and will now be held in Las Vegas from 23rd to 26th March 2021 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, in coordination with the PCGS Substitute Members Only Show.

Historical Coins On Finland’s 0 Euro Banknotes

Are you a coin collector, not a banknote collector? Finland’s new 0 euro banknotes combine both passions: three series are dedicated to the country’s rulers and presidents – and feature their coins. Our author numiscontrol presents the new issues.

EVA Report: Covid-19 and the Vending Industry

EVA has published a report on what the lockdown means to Europe’s vending & OCS businesses, that both are linked to the coin industry through vending machines. It identifies the biggest threats and opportunities for suppliers and operators.

Fabergé Eggs: Rose Trellis Egg

The Rose Trellis Egg is CIT’s latest issues in the Fabergé Eggs series. It features smartminting© technology and color application.

$9.36 Million: Why the Brasher Doubloon Is the Most Expensive Gold Coin of the World

On 21 January 2021, a new record price was set by a Brasher Doubloon. At 7.69m euros, it is currently the world’s most expensive coin. We explain why someone invested so much money into this 1787 coin.

Celtic Hoard Stolen From Museum

Numerous gold coins were stolen from the archaeological parc Arkéos in Douai in northern France: a large portion of a Celtic hoard, Gallic, Roman and Merovingian pieces. Here you can see the stolen objects.

Historia Mundi

The Vatican coin cabinet issues an annual magazine that is a delight for aesthetes and numismatists. Ursula Kampmann presents the ninth issue. It contains, among other things, interesting items of Korean, Islamic and Swiss numismatics.

Richard Adams Joins Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions has a new senior numismatist in their Beverly Hills office: Richard Adams will oversee appraisals and consignments of coins, currency and stamps.

Where Are 350€ Million of Irish Punts?

When Ireland introduced the Euro nearly 10% of its former currency was unaccounted for. In the last 19 years this high figure has barely diminished. But what about the situation in other Euro countries? Michael Alexander gives an overview.

14th Coin Constellation 2020: Here Are the Winners

“Coin Constellation” is the only international coin contest held in Russia. In 2020, 26 participants from 17 countries presented their coins. Here are the winners.

Flamingo Appears on Pobjoy’s New Bi-Coloured Titanium Coin

Pobjoy Mint has released a new bi-colour titanium coin on behalf of the British Virgin Islands featuring the popular flamingo. This coin has been produced in pink and light green titanium to capture the essence of this lovable bird.

“Detectorists” on German and French Television

Great Britain has a new cult sitcom that is now being broadcast in many countries – also in Germany and France: “Detectorists” deals with a topic that is rather controversial in some countries: searching objects by means of a metal detector.

Fernando Chao (1946-2021)

The enthusiastic collector, passionate researcher and renowned Argentine numismatist Dr Fernando Chao has passed away on 7 January 2021. The Federation of Numismatic and Medallist Entities of Argentina recall their former vice-president.

Certified Collectibles Group Will Expand into the World of Trading Cards

Certified Collectibles Group will launch a new company in February: Certified Sports Guaranty will be specialized in the field of sports card. CCG thus enters the highly competitive market of sports cards.

Peter K. Tompa Opens His Own Law Firm

Peter K. Tompa has opened his own law firm. He is an experienced specialist when it comes to cultural property issues, particularly those of interest to the numismatic trade.

Numismatic Crime Information Center Opens A Forum

The nonprofit Numismatic Crime Information Center has opened a new forum section on its website to discuss any type of crime related to numismatics and to give anyone the opportunity to share their knowledge, tips and information.

Swissmint Honours Friedrich Dürrenmatt

On 21st January 2021, the Federal Mint Swissmint will launch a new commemorative coin dedicated to playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt who would have celebrated his hundredth birthday this year.

“Fox” Concludes “Swiss Forest Animals” Series

The Swissmint will launch a new commemorative coin on 21st January 2021. The bimetallic coin “fox” concludes the three-part “Swiss forest animals” series.

State-of-the-Art Minting Technology

Colours, special shapes, inlays, micro inscriptions, latent images and holograms – many technologies are used on commemorative coins today. In this article, we give you an overview.

What Did the Roman Emperors Really Look like?

The graphic designer Daniel Voshart has given a fresh face to Roman emperors. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology and Photoshop, he created realistic portraits of 54 Caesars. He was helped by coins and ancient texts – and by a professional wrestler …

The Latest Mint News Quarterly is Available

“Between Collectors’ Item, Investment Product and Gambling: The Privy-Marked 2020-W American Eagle” is the cover story of the December 2020 issue of Mint News Quarterly. Find also information about latest technical developments of the minting industry.

Why Are We Collecting? Poll Results on Collecting Motives

On the occasion of his blog’s 10th anniversary, Franky Leuuwerck from Franky's Scripophily BlogSpot launched an online poll about the motives collectors of coins, banknotes, stamps and shares have. Here are the results.

Maldives Local Coins

The latest volume of the Bremer Numismatische Gesellschaft presents a monograph on Maldives local coins. In the work, the collector Peter Budgen summarised the knowledge he acquired over decades. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

Burnett Anderson Memorial Award and Booster Awards Presented Online

The American Numismatic Association presented the Burnett Anderson Memorial Award and Booster Awards during a virtual event. Here you can learn more about this year’s recipients.

New Director for the Swiss National Museum

Historian Denise Tonella will succeed Andreas Spillmann in the spring of 2021 as the new Director of the Swiss National Museum.

Royal Canadian Mint Donates $400,000 to Breakfast Club of Canada

The Royal Canadian Mint announced that its special Recognition Medal program to date has raised a total of $400,000 for the Breakfast Club of Canada COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Switzerland’s Commemorative Coin Programme 2021

Switzerland released its commemorative coin programme for 2021. Among other things, Swissmint will honour the dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt and start a new series titled “Energy of the Future”. Here you can find a complete overview.

Polish 0-Euro Banknote Dedicated to Pope John Paul II

The fifth Polish 0 Euro banknote is dedicated to the centenary of the birth of Pope John Paul II and features Karol Wojtyła as a young man. To mark the 5 years anniversary of the 0-Euro project, a special anniversary issue will be printed.

What the Thefts of Berlin and Dresden Mean for Museums and Private Collectors

Since the raid on 16 December 2020, we know for sure that the Big Maple Leaf was melted down. What does that mean for museums, coin dealers and collectors? Have our early warning systems that are meant to recover stolen coins become outdated?

Record Prices for US Coins and Banknotes in 2020

In 2020 Stack’s Bowers Galleries realized eight of the top ten highest auction prices realized for US coins in 2020 and nine of the top ten US banknotes. The company presents these coins.

Online Exhibition on English Civil Wars

The ANA’s Money Museum presents an online exhibition “Coins, Crown & Conflict: An Exploration of Cromwell’s England” dedicated to the history of the English Civil Wars featuring great rarities of English coins, as well as a number of early American coins.

The Medallist Anton Meybusch

The medallist Anton Meybusch is known for his magnificent baroque medals. Karsten Kold presents a biography and a complete catalogue of Meybusch’s work. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it – despite her inexistent knowledge of Danish.

Kevin Vinton Joined Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Kevin Vinton, the expert, dealer and auctioneer in United States colonial coinage and early federal copper joined the Stack’s Bowers Galleries team. He is based in the New York City gallery.

Dumbarton Oaks Presents Byzantine Coins Online

The Dumbarton Oaks Museum possesses one of the largest collections of Byzantine coins in the world with over 12,000 items. An online exhibition presents a selection focusing on the Byzantine Emperors on coins as curator Jonathan Shea explains.

Saudi Arabia’s Commemorative Banknote Sparks Diplomatic Disagreement With India

A serious diplomatic dispute came up in the context of the G20 Summit. However, the problem wasn’t due to any controversial comments made but by a banknote issued on 25 October 2020 by The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency as Michael Alexander reports.

Royal Australian Mint Welcomes New CEO

Leigh Gordon will become the new CEO of the Royal Australian Mint following Ross MacDiarmid. Gordon will commence his position in February 2021.

Great Britain’s Commemorative Coins of 2021

The Royal Mint has announced five new designs for 2021. The coins will celebrate milestones including Her Majesty The Queen’s 95th Birthday and the 50th anniversary of Decimalisation, and feature famous science fiction author H.G. Wells.

Rendezvous With the Mona Lisa: The Louvre’s First Auction

A walk on the roofs of the Louvre, a private concert in the former reception hall of the Kings of France. With exclusive offers like these, the Louvre enters the auction stage. The first auction called “Bid for the Louvre” is unusual in every aspect.

Jean Belaubre (1931-2020)

Jean Belaubre, former curator of the museum of Monnaie de Paris, died on December 10, 2020. His successor in this position Jean-Luc Desnier recalls his achievements.

Treasures in British Gardens: Troves of 2020

A positive side of Corona? The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme noticed a boost in garden finds during lockdown. A Tudor coin hoard, a Krugerrand, and a seemingly unique copper-alloy Roman furniture fitting are only some of the intriguing finds made in 2020.

Anna Franziska Schwarzbach to Receive 2020 Saltus Award

The American Numismatic Society announced the winner of the 2020 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Art of the Medal. It was awarded to the German artist Anna Franziska Schwarzbach.

ANS Gala 2021 Will Be Held Virtually

The American Numismatic Society announced that on Thursday, January 14, 2021, it will hold its annual Gala celebration, virtually, in memory of benefactors Mark and Lottie Salton. The Gala will be open, via Zoom, to members of the Society and their guests.

ICTA Announces New Executive Director

Jimmy Hayes will step down as executive director of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets. The board of directors appointed David Crenshaw as the new executive director, effective January 1, 2021.

2021 Coin of the Year Award Nominees

The Coin of the Year Award is one of the most important awards for modern coins. Here you find the complete list of all 100 nominees for the Coty 2021. All coins were minted in 2019, so many coins share the subject of the landing on the moon.

Bullion Produces Profits for the Royal Canadian Mint

In the third quarter of 2020, the Royal Canadian Mint produced three times as many gold coins as in the same period last year. This resulted in an impressive profit of $795.4 million. Find here some information about customer demand in times of Corona.

Pobjoy Mint Continues Father Christmas Collection

The first Christmas coin issued on behalf of British Indian Ocean Territory continues Pobjoy’s popular Father Christmas™ Collection. These coins feature Father Christmas as known from the 70s children books by English author Raymond Briggs.

Investor Group Acquires PCGS for 700 Million Dollars

Collectors Universe certainly benefits from the pandemic. Since the beginning of the year, the company quintupled its market capitalization! However, the reason for this development wasn’t the coin business but the booming collectible sports cards industry.

2021 Florida United Numismatists Convention in January Cancelled

The Florida United Numismatists Convention 2021 has been cancelled. However, the Summer FUN is still expected to take place.

$20,000 For the Best Book on Ancient Numismatics

$20,000 is the prize money of the new Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics. The American Numismatic Society has created this prize to be awarded biennially to the best single- or multi-authored publication in the field of ancient numismatics.

A Contribution to Provenance Research

David Fanning’s book “Ancient Coins in Early American Auctions, 1869-1939” is an important contribution to provenance research and to the history of coin trade. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Opens New Company Headquarters

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has opened a new headquarters in Costa Mesa. The facility offers not only an onsite auction gallery but also a 5,000 square foot event space – about 25% more space than their previous location reflecting the firm’s current growth.

Ross MacDiarmid to Be First MDC Executive Officer

The Mint Directors Conference has created the new position of MDC Executive Officer to fill the vacancy of the Secretary-General. In a virtual election MDC members voted for Ross MacDiarmid to be the first MDC Executive Officer.

IACA Sustainability Award Goes to Louisenthal

The paper mill Louisenthal has received a sustainability award by the International Association of Currency Affairs for their longlasting research on the production of ecofriendly banknotes.

The Royal Mint Sends David Bowie Coin Into Space

The Royal Mint has launched a new commemorative coin range in their “Music Legends” series in honour of rock star David Bowie. One of these new coins has been launched into space at 35,656m orbiting the Earth’s atmosphere.

UNESCO Marks Convention’s 50th Anniversary with Doctored Photos and Disinformation

How to press your point by an implied lie: the UNESCO campaign shows objects from the Metropolitan Museum as part of the decoration of a private interieur pretending the objects were stolen. Kate Fitz Gibbon discusses this story.

Barter in West Africa

The Monnaie de Paris dedicates a special exhibition to barter in West Africa. One focus is on the Ashanti people, who used gold dust to carry out transactions until the 20th century.

“Una and the Lion” Sets Another Record

In May 2020 a 1839 “Una and the Lion” five pound coin set a record price realising 855,000 euros. In October this was surpassed by a result of 984,000 euros for another coin of the same type.

A Golden Age

Graham Barker has published a book at Spink that chronicles the images used by emperors of the 3rd century AD to convince their people that they were living in the best of all times. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

Bullion Trade in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

In October, a conference on the bullion trade in medieval and early modern Europe took place in Prague. Don’t worry if you’ve missed this opportunity: the organisers provide you with recordings of all sessions!

Videos of Denver Coin Expo During COVID

The Denver Coin Expo took place even during the COVID pandemic. To get an impression of how this was possible you can watch a video made by David Lisot from CoinTelevision with interviews featuring many dealers and collectors.

Royal Mint Museum Hosts Medal Design Competition

The Royal Mint Museum is hosting a medal design competition open to all undergraduate university students. This is part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Decimal Day in February 2021. Closing date for entries is 8 January 2021.

South African Mint’s New Big 5 Coin: Leopard

The South African Mint announced the launch of the penultimate coin in the Big 5 series. The coin will be featuring the leopard and will be available in a range of different versions and metals.

Large Hoard of Roman Denarii Found in Poland

A farmer found 1,753 denarii in Poland. This is one of the greatest treasures of Roman coins in Polish history. The silver coins bear testimony to the last resistance of the Vandals against the invading Goths – and the catastrophic consequences of their flight.

Martin David Weiss, Now’s the Time to Speak

Martin David Weiss was the founder of Panda America and one of the major promoters of Chinese coins, Pandas in particular, on the international market. Martin Weiss has just passed away and Peter Anthony remembers him taking us along the journey of his life.

2020 North Book Prize Goes to John Sills

The British Numismatic Society awarded their 2020 North Book Price to Dr John Sills for his book “Divided Kingdoms: The Iron Age Old Coinage of southern England”. With more than 10,000 Celtic gold coins catalogued it is a unique work of reference.

Moving Mints?

In 1972 Konrad Kraft published a work stating that some of the imperial coins of Asia Minor had been produced by moving mints. George Watson questions this hypothesis by examining the coins of Pamphylia, Pisidia and Cilicia from the years between 218 and 276.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Acquires Coins In Motion

Stack’s Bowers Galleries acquired Coins In Motion LLC. This new technology accurately captures the in-hand visual appeal of coins and banknotes and will be available for select highlights of the firm’s auctions very soon.

ANS Starts “Greatest Coins” Video Series

The American Numismatic Society launched the Greatest Coins video series. On a monthly basis, famous coins of historical importance in the ANS’s collection will be examined. The first video tells the story of the most celebrated Roman coin, the EID MAR denarius.

Australia’s First Coin of the Year Event Digital

This year, the Royal Australian Mint’s highly sought after First Coin of the Year event will be digital enabling anyone from anywhere in Australia to get their hands on the last coins made in 2020 and the first coins of 2021.

Pobjoy’s Christmas Crown to Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”

The Pobjoy Mint designed a new Christmas Crown to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens. The coin features Scrooge from Dickens’ famous novel A Christmas Carol.

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