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San Marino’s New Museum for Coins and More

San Marino – a small republic on a mountain in Italy. The rich cultural heritage of the microstate is now beautifully illustrated by coins and stamps in a newly opened museum curated by the renowned numismatist Roberto Ganganelli.

What You Can Expect From the International Numismatic Congress 2022 in Warsaw

The XVI International Numismatic Congress will take place in Warsaw in 2022. Due to the pandemic the event was postponed. Anna Zapolska of the organizing team gives you the most recent news of the congress and what numismatic highlights will expect you in Poland!

Vehicle Burglary after Elgin Coin Show

Returning from the Elgin Coin Show in Illinois (USA) a coin collector noticed that over 1,000 of his coins and other collectibles had been stolen. The man was the victim of a vehicle burglary on 2nd July 2021. We give you here a list of stolen items and further details.

Money in Lithuania

The National Museum of Lithuania dedicated a monograph in English to the history of money and coin collecting in Lithuania. So, international readers can learn about the numismatic history of the Baltic state in the last 2,000 years illustrated with over 1,200 images.

Joe Orlando Steps Down as CEO of Collectors Universe

Joe Orlando steps down as CEO of Collectors Universe. He has spent over 20 years with the mother company of third-party coin grading firm PCGS. Nat Turner has been appointed to the role. Turner was one of the investors who acquired PCGS in 2020.

Long Beach Expo Coin Show Returns in September 2021

The Long Beach Expo show is back! Usually the collectibles show is organized three times a year, but after several cancellations related to COVID-19 the September event will be the first one in more than one year.

Why Did the US Mint Increase the Production of Circulation Coins in the Covid Year?

In the Covid year 2020, the US Mint produced over 24 percent more circulation coins than in the previous year: 15.5 billion coins, nearly a record. This is due to a constant shortage of cash in the USA. However, the Mint alone cannot solve this issue.

Coin Invest Trust’s “Magical Lamp – 1001 Nights”

CIT has dedicated “Magical Lamp – 1001 Nights” to the stories from the Arabian Nights. The motif from Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp combines elegantly an ultra high relief with delicate color application and Black Proof.

A Visit at Heinrich Schliemann’s

There is probably no other world-class coin collection that is housed in such a romantic setting as the Numismatic Museum of Athens. Join Ursula Kampmann on her visit (that did not come without obstacles).

No More Money For the Money and Medals Network

The Money and Medals Network is a vital part in the British numismatic world. It connects institutions, contributes to revitalize collections, and trains people in museums. Arts Council England has decided not to continue funding.

NGC Certified 50 Million Coins, Tokens and Medals

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has certified 50 million coins, tokens and medals since its founding in 1987. In celebration of this number, NGC showcases 50 numismatic top collectibles: CoinsWeekly presents five of them.

I Too Was In Arcadia

Burkhard Traeger has published a volume on Arcadia as part of the Bremer Beiträge zur Münz- und Geldgeschichte. As usual, the work is a successful mix of history, numismatics and a citable catalogue. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

Royal Numismatic Society Awards Gilljam Prize to George Watson

Royal Numismatic Society has awarded the Gilljam Prize to George Watson for his book “Connections, Communities, and Coinage: The System of Coin Production in Southern Asia Minor, AD 218–276.”

Do You Pay Cash? Yes! The World’s Most Cash-Reliant Countries

In many countries people prefer cash over cashless. But what do you think, which one is currently the world’s most cash-reliant country? A hint: more than 3 out of 4 transactions are done there using banknotes and coins. Read here the results of a new research.

Customize Your £0 Souvenir Note

Sterling Souvenir Note Ltd has launched £0 souvenir notes in Great Britain. After 0 Euro notes have become a popular tourist souvenir and collector item, now the United Kingdom tourist sites can customize their own note for their visitors. Will this become a new area of interest?

Singapore Mint Launches the 2022 Macau Lunar Tiger Coins

The Singapore Mint continues its Macau Lunar Coin Series. The third issue is dedicated to the lunar year 2022, the year of the tiger. The lavish design features colour elements, and Swarovski crystals.

Investment Company Blackstone Acquired Certified Collectibles Group

The investment company Blackstone has bought a majority stake in Certified Collectibles Group. Blackstone is expecting to make huge returns in the booming collectibles market. However, collectibles as a lucrative investment field is a double-edged sword.

The Four Coins Jesus Knew

It is very human to look for physical testimonies as proof for events and persons we care about. Therefore, numismatists have been connecting the life of Jesus with coins for centuries. The University of Calgary continues this tradition with a new exhibition.

ANA Members Vote For New President Ralph W. Ross

Dr. Ralph W. Ross will be the 62th president of the American Numismatic Association, Joseph E. Boling the new vice president. The complete Board of Governors for the period 2021-2023 was elected and sees some new members.

Aleksanderia – A Festschrift for Aleksander Bursche

On 21 February 2021, Aleksander Bursche celebrated his 65th birthday. He had a lasting impact on Polish numismatics and archaeology. His students dedicated an extensive publication to him. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

TEFAF 2021 Will Be An Online Fair Again

In 2020 European Fine Art Foundation TEFAF organised its first online event. It was such a success that 2021 will see again an online fair. Over 250 exhibitors will take part in the September event.

Royal Belgian Numismatic Society Accepts Submissions For Quadrennial Prize

The Royal Belgian Numismatic Society accepts submissions for its quadrennial prize. The prize rewards a dissertation on a numismatic topic. The next prize will be given in March 2022 – if the jury finds a work worthy of the award. So check out the regulations!

Treasures in Your Wallet: Finland’s 2 Euro Commemorative Coins

Finland’s euro coins are hardly ever found in circulation abroad. And that’s what makes collecting them so exciting. But be aware: many dealers sell “error coins” at high prices. Our expert numiscontrol explains how to save money.

Trap Attack: Vampire à la CIT

CIT Coin Invest has dedicated a coin to the mysterious vampire. For the third time the Liechenstein company ventures into the realm of primal fears and intense emotions with its successful series “Trapped”. As always with state-of-the-art smartminting© technology.

From Lira to Euro. Italy’s History in Coins

Bella Italia is calling! We tell the story of the nation state of Italy by means of coins. This series takes you through Italy’s eventful transformation from a geographical concept with dozens of currencies to a Euro country.

How a UK Court Punishes a Dishonest Detectorist

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court in Essex has severely punished a detectorist. The man had found a hoard of gold coins. However, during his treasure hunt, he violated pretty much all existing rules and legal requirements. The unusual sentence seems to be somewhat archaic.

Exhibition at The Met: Politics, Patronage, and Power in Medicean Florence

The Tuscan Medici family are not only good for soap operas, they transformed the republic of Florence into a duchy ruled by them. One tool of power was art. How diligently they used some of the most celebrated artists of Italian Renaissance illustrates an exhibition at The Met.

Sberatel: Numismatic Autumn 2021 in Prague

The collectors fair Sberatel will be held in September 2021 in Prague. After realizing the event in the difficult autumn 2020 and with a currently improving general situation the organizers are confident that the fair will take place again this year.

PCGS President Brett Charville Stepping Down

Brett Charville, President of Professional Coin Grading Service, will be leaving the company after two years at the helm. He will remain part of the PCGS team while a successor is selected.

Help To Preserve Sales-Tax Exemptions On Coins in the USA

The National Coin & Bullion Association fights for sales-tax exemptions on coins, paper money, and precious-metals bullion in the USA. To make a case for these exemptions the association needs anonymous data from coin and precious-metals dealers.

First Virtual Convention of Royal Canadian Numismatic Association

Since 1954, members of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association have met annually – until the pandemic in 2020. As a reaction, the association has decided to host the annual convention in July 2021 for the first time as a virtual event.

30 Years of Croatian Independence – Coin sets in Gold and Silver

The Croatian Monetary Institute is celebrating 30 years of Croatia’s independence with two sets of gold and silver coins. The sets consist of nine denominations of the Croatian kuna packed in a representative small display case.

US Coin Honours Ralph Baer Inventor of Video Game Console

In the 70s and 80s video games where as popular as computer games today. The console and game idea were invented by German-American Ralph Baer. The U.S. Mint now dedicates a coin in the American Innovation $1 Coin Program to Baer.

Ancient Artefacts Protected By Superstition

Occasionally, people return cultural items that they have stolen. From a mosaic tile to a veritable coin collection. They do not necessarily do so out of a fear of earthly punishment. Sometimes, it’s also an attempt to soothe the wrath of supernatural forces.

Roman Coin Treasure From Chianti Shines in Exhibition

It was a spectacular find: During an archaeological excavation in summer 2015, a vase came up containing almost 200 Roman silver coins. This major discovery tells much about the time after the Battle of Actium and is now on exhibition in Siena.

The 16th Summer FUN Convention in 2021 – Bigger Than Ever

The 16th Summer FUN Convention is approaching! After the enforced break due to Covid-19 the coin show is back in July 2021 and bigger than ever. Detailed criteria and guidelines will ensure the best visiting experience for attendees possible.

Over 40,000 Fake US Coins Seized

US authorities seized more than 40,000 fake US coins with many Morgan and Peace dollars. The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation assisted in this operation and says, if genuine, the counterfeits would have a retail value of about $2 million.

Call for Papers: Coinage of the Americas Conference 2021

The Coinage of the Americas Conference is reintroduced by the American Numismatic Society! For the event in September 2021, the ANS seeks presentations and papers related to Victor David Brenner. The famous sculptor is best known as designer of the US Lincoln cent.

What You Have to Know About the International Coin Design Competition 2021

The Japan Mint has opened the submission for the International Coin Design Competition 2021. As every year the mint is looking for excellent works, and creative, artistic and beautiful coin designs. Here you will find the entry information.

Pobjoy Issues Bi-Colour Titanium Coin “Fin Whale”

Pobjoy Mint brings the second largest animal in the world on a coin: the Fin Whale. The issue is part of a series of colored Titanium coins featuring the wildlife of the British Overseas Territories.

These Are the First Women in the New US Mint Quarters Program

The US Mint will launch a new Quarters series in 2022: the American Women Quarters Program. Now the Mint announced the first five women to be honored during the first year.

Antikenmuseum Basel Comes Under Fire From the Italian Police

Basel’s renowned Antikenmuseum is suspected of receiving stolen goods – according to Italian authorities, who confiscated objects from the museum. Despite all the drama, we should take a calm look at this complicated case.

What the XVI International Numismatic Congress 2022 in Warsaw Discusses

The XVI International Numismatic Congress will eventually take place in Warsaw in 2022. A round table will explore how numismatics can use virtual social networks and modern media to disseminate their activities in a digitized and globalized world.

King Money and Genoa’s Luxury

Genoa has played a major role in Italy’s history as a centre of commerce. Genoese coins testify of the many shifts, from Republic to monarchy, as rival of Pisa and under the dominion of Napoleon. An exhibition explores Genoa’s permanent supreme power: “King Money”.

Illustrated History of Milled Coinage and Medals of Modern China

Sun Hao illustrates the history of Chinese milled coinage and medals between 1889 and 1949. It includes not only a catalogue, but also historical interpretations that make it important for collectors of Chinese coins. Yawei Zhang discusses the second edition of this reference work.

Watch the 2021 COTY Ceremony Online

In 2021 the traditional ceremony for the Coin of the Year Awards was not held as usually. The pandemic made it necessary to shift from real to virtual life for the 2021 Awards Ceremony. You can watch the ceremony online now.

What You Need to Know About 2 Euro Commemorative Coins from Belgium

Do you also find 2 euro commemorative coins from Belgium in your cash every now and then? However, if you want Belgian euro coins to be true marvels in your collection, you have to choose a different way. Numiscontrol explains how to collect and what to look out for.

Royal Canadian Mint Profits of Demand For Bullion in 2021

The Royal Canadian Mint published their profits and performance for the first quarter of 2021. The Mint saw increases in revenue across both its precious metal and circulation businesses. The increase was mainly due to higher bullion volumes sold in the quarter.

The ANA, eBay And Reactions of Our Readers on the Newsletter of 3 June 2021

We received several reader’s letters in response to Ursula Kampmann’s last editorial, including from the ANA. Institutions might benefit from the impulses of this discussion when deaccessioning in the future. Read for yourself!

The 1933 Double Eagle Is Again The Most Expensive Coin of the World

The 1933 Double Eagle from the Stuart Weitzmann Collection was sold by Sotheby’s for $18.9 million. This specimen is the only of its kind authorized by the U.S. Government for private ownership and now for the second time the most valuable coin of the world.

Does the EU Ban the Import of Detectorists’ Finds From the United Kingdom?

New EU licensing regulations for cultural property could hamper metal detectorists’ ability to sell finds on the European market – although these items have been cleared for sale in the UK. An analysis by Ivan Macquisten.

One Hundred Years of Chinese Silver and Gold Coins

Sun Hao’s book about Chinese gold and silver coins includes not only a catalogue, but also historical interpretations that make it important for collectors of Chinese coins. Yawei Zhang discusses this reference work to present its content to those who do not understand Chinese.

No More Sales-Tax for Coins in Arkansas

Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson signed a new law, creating an exemption from the sales and use tax for coins, currency, and bullion. Dealers and collectors have fought for this over years. Arkansas now joins the 38 other states with its legal situation.

CCG Hires New Senior Grading Finalizer – And No End

Keith Moon, one of the top coin graders in the US returns to NGC as Senior Grading Finalizer while CCG continues their hiring push. The grading company’s target is 500 Sarasota employees by summer’s end 2021.

Is the U.S. Mint Running Out Of Silver Blanks?

The enormous demand for silver products has led to a shortage of silver blanks. Even the U.S. Mint is impacted and explains what this means for collectors of US coins in 2021.

Japan Mint’s International Coin Design Competition 2020

The Japan Mint received over 400 works for the International Coin Design Competition 2020. Here you can find the final judgements in the categories “General” and “Student”.

A Triumph of Minting Technology: CIT’s Firefighter 2021

Two weeks ago, we presented CIT’s 20 dollars coin honoring the firefighters. The rush for this coin was so great that CIT is now issuing three new coins with this motif.

What Is the Destroyed Maple Leaf Really Worth?

The thieves of the giant gold coin that was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum have been caught and are behind bars. But the owner of the coin does not benefit from this: he has to go to court to make the insurance company replace the value of his coin. But how much is that?

François de Callataÿ Receives Medal of the Royal Numismatic Society

François de Callataÿ has been awarded with the medal of the Royal Numismatic Society. The society has chosen the Belgian numismatist because he is “highly distinguished for services to Numismatic Science”.

ANA Money Museum to Deaccession Parts of Collection

The ANA’s Money Museum starts selling duplicates of its collection through eBay in June 2021. The ANA will support its museum with the revenue generated from the deaccession.

Vatican Coins and Medals

Today we review two books that could not be more different: one of them is a magnificent volume on papal medals, the other a catalogue of modern Vatican coins issued between 1929 and 1978. Ursula Kampmann took a look at both of them.

CDN Publishing Acquires The Banknote Book

CDN Publishing acquired The Banknote Book, the major reference book for world paper money edited by Owen Linzmayer. It covers more than 71,000 different bank note types and varieties.

Dirty Money: Lingwell Gate’s Roman Coin Moulds

Between c.1695 and the 1830s hundreds of Roman clay coin moulds were found at Lingwell Gate in the United Kingdom. They were used to create illegal cast copies of Roman silver coins and are an important clue to forgery in the ancient world as Emily Tilley says.

YAMANA Norio is the New President of Japan Mint

YAMANA Norio was appointed as new President of Japan Mint, the State mint of Japan. He took over this position in April 2021. Mr. Yamana is an experienced leading figure with numerous positions in Japan’s National Tax Agency and Ministry of Finance.

MDC Conference Definitely Postponed

The Mint Directors Conference 2020 was postponed due to the COVID pandemic without a new date or location. Now both has been decided upon and attendees have to be very patient until the next meeting.

Pobjoy’s New Flamingo Bullion Coins

Pobjoy Mint has minted a new 2021 silver bullion coin featuring flamingos and for the first time produced in a unique reverse frosted background. The coin has been issued on behalf of the British Virgin Islands Government and is also available in gold options.

Will Expelled Atoll Inhabitants Receive Collector Coins as Compensation?

In 1966, the United Kingdom leased the Chagos Archipelago to the USA, which established a military base there. The inhabitants were forcibly removed. Now they are suing for £1 billion in compensation – to be paid in collector coins.

How To Value a Rare Coin With Damage?

It is not easy to value a damaged rare coin says coin dealer Allan Davisson. His contribution should raise our awareness that coins have become rather objects of investment than objects of collecting.

Treasure Island Jersey Buys Famous Celtic Hoard

Jersey is truly a treasure island: Two enormous hoards of Celtic coins were discovered on the Channel island. Now Jersey Heritage has bought a large portion of “Le Câtillon I”. The coins will be studied and exhibited on the island.

The Coins of the Imperial City of Augsburg

There is a new standard reference for the coinage of the imperial city of Augsburg. The collector Anton Vetterle has published an extensive type catalogue. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

Mark Borckardt Honored with The Herbert Silberman Award

As one of just 10 specialists in the last 40 years, Mark Borckardt, Senior Cataloger and Senior Numismatist at Heritage Auctions, has been awarded The Herbert Silberman Award by the Early American Coppers Club.

How Can You Realize a Coin Show During a Pandemic?

In 2020 nearly all coin shows were cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic. One of the first to be held again was the 70th Collectorama Show in February 2021. David Lisot was there and interviewed Edward Kuszmar about this experience.

The Treasure in the Jam Jar. The Gold of Morez

Rumours about a treasure in the house of the Jobez family had been around for a long time in the village of Morez located in the French Jura. But no one believed it. Now the doubters have been proven wrong: gold coins and bars have brought a windfall to the town.

Ursula Kampmann Chosen For Numismatic Literary Guild Board

Our Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Ursula Kampmann, has joined the Board of Directors of the Numismatic Literary Guild and succeeds long-time NLG executive Donn Pearlman. She is the first overseas member.

Army Flying Museum Shows Mass Art Installation of Mini Medals

The Army Flying Museum in the UK invited people from all over the country to help the museum create a mass art installation which has been inspired by their own medal collection. A most unusual mini medal exhibition will amaze even avid medal collectors.

All Gold Sovereigns At One Glance

“The Gold Sovereign Series” has become the standard reference when it comes to Britain’s legendary gold coin. A new, revised edition added all new sovereigns and fractionals issued since 2017.

Andrew Salzberg Is New CCG Executive Vice President

CCG has hired Andrew Salzberg as Executive Vice President. He comes to CCG from Asset Marketing Services, a well-known company in the US and China selling precious metal coins to collectors.

Bank of England Talk: The British £50 Note Through Time

The Bank of England regularly offers Online Talks. Curator Kirsty Parsons will take you on a journey as she explores the £50 note through time.

These Are the Designs for Estonia’s Commemorative Coins in 2022

Eesti Pank has presented the winning designs for Estonia’s three commemorative Euro coins to be issued in 2022 and for two new 2 Euro commemorative coins.

CIT Commemorates Firefighters As Real Heroes

Firefighters are among the real heroes saving lives every day. That is the reason why CIT has dedicated them an issue in its “Real Heroes” series.

Mosul Cultural Museum on Its Way to Reopening

Fundamentalist terrorists destroyed the Mosul Cultural Museum in 2015. Reconstruction has been underway since 2018. An international team is trying hard to allow the reopening of the museum soon. This is a story to raise the spirit.

Rare Error Coins Emerge from Somalia Elephant Series

An error of the 1/50 ounce coin from the popular Somalia elephant investment series was spotted. It can only be identified as such when placed on precision scales. Find here the facts about this new variety.

What Makes an Art Medal a Great Art Medal?

Was the vote on the 2021 American Medal of the Year influenced by what can be called zeitgeist? Ursula Kampmann dared to raise this question in her editorial. Find here the answers of two eminent members of the jury involved: Mel Wacks and Philip Atwood.

Monetary Relations Between Switzerland and Italy in the Middle Ages

The proceedings of an international conference on the monetary circulation between Switzerland and Italy in the high Middle Ages have been published. The event was organized by the Circolo Numismatico Ticinese in 2018 and shed light on some crucial points.

Chicago World’s Fair of Money Gets the Green Light

Get ready for Chicago! The ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Chicago will take place as scheduled from 10th to 14th August 2021. A first-ever “Dealer Day” will be held immediately prior to the show.

Did the Ancient World Need No Coins?

In some phases in Greek and Roman history coin production was interrupted for years, decades or even centuries. The 6th International Numismatic Conference of the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium is focusing on the long interruptions in coinage.

Royal Canadian Mint Annual Report 2020

The Royal Canadian Mint published its financial results for 2020 providing insight into their activities. It tells a lot about the exceptionally strong global market demand for bullion that the mint increased its revenue in this sector by 74% in 2020.

Schuler Sells 1,000th High-Performance Minting Press

After 37 years Schuler will deliver its 1000th high-performance minting press to the Bavarian State Mint. The 150-ton press not only produces bi-metal and tri-metal coins in a single operation but can also process translucent polymer rings as in the popular collector coins.

The Royal Mint’s Largest Coin

The Royal Mint has produced its largest coin in its 1,100-year history to celebrate the conclusion of its Queen’s Beasts collection. A team of master craftspeople produced the coin over 400 hours – including four days of polishing.

The Most Influential People in Numismatics?

Coin World is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a publication entitled ‘The 60 Most Influential People in Numismatics’. Their selection is questionable to say the least.

Not All Break-Ins at German Museums are Successful!

It is reassuring to know that not every attempt to break into a German museum is successful: in 2019, thieves failed in their attempt to steal an enormous hoard of Roman gold coins in Trier. Now, one of them is appearing in court.

Numismatic Jubilee in Moscow’s Pushkin Museum

75 years ago the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts opened its numismatic department, today one of Russia’s most important numismatic collections. Moscow’s museum is celebrating this event with the exhibition “Curators. The Brotherhood of the Key”.

The West African Manilla Currency

Rolf Denk’s book is an important contribution to the research on the trade and use of manillas. Manillas were used as a form of currency in trade with West Africa, including in the slave trade. Ursula Kampmann takes a look at the work.

Numismatica Ars Classica Re-Enters EU With Belgian Office

Numismatica Ars Classica has opened an office in Bruxelles. With Brexit, the Swiss auction house NAC lost its office within the European Union. The Belgium office replaces the London location and facilitates transactions with clients living in the EU.

RNS Early Career Lectures: Call For Papers!

Are you young and eager to share your numismatic ideas? The Royal Numismatic Society is looking for two students, early career professionals or people who have recently begun working with numismatics, to give a lecture to RNS members in 2022.

Popular Rarities: Estonia’s 2 Euro Commemorative Coins

You probably hardly ever come across euro coins from Estonia in circulation. Our expert numiscontrol explains which Estonian 2 euro commemorative coins you should hunt down during your treasure hunt.

Natanya Van Niekerk Receives COTY Lifetime Achievement Award

Natanya Van Niekerk created almost 20 award-winning coin designs, two of which went on to win the overall COTY. Now she was given the COTY Lifetime Achievement Award. COTY coordinator Tom Michael pays tribute to an exceptional coin designer.

Open Roads – Open Minds

CIT dedicates a coin to the roads of the world and to all those who love speed and classic cars. It addresses cosmopolitans for whom the journey is the ultimate reward and the real pleasure. And, of course, it was made for all aficionados of cutting-edge minting technology.

10 Years of SINCONA

Over the last decade, the Swiss numismatic auction house SINCONA has become one of the most innovative players on the international market. The team around Jürg Richter is known for maintaining the difficult balance between tradition and state-of-the-art technology.

Britain’s Iron Age Coin Catalogue “ABC” Available Online

If you need to research Iron Age coins from Britain you have a new tool at hand: the University of Oxford provides online access to the most comprehensive typology on the subject, the Ancient British Coins catalogue – for free.

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