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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.

Online Bidding Boosts Heritage’s First Quarter 2021 to Record Levels

Heritage Auctions reported total first quarter sales of $337,410,572, an increase of 16 percent over the same period last year. 80 percent of all bids came from online sources.

10 Years of SINCONA AG Zurich – A Numismatic Commemorative Publication

One article for every year of its existence: SINCONA can be proud of the Festschrift it has published as a present for itself and its customers on the occasion of the company’s 10th anniversary. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

George Floyd Medal Wins the 2021 American Medal of the Year Award

Jeanne Stevens-Sollman has won the 2021 American Medal of the Year award for her powerful work honoring George Floyd. Floyd’s famous last words “I can’t breathe” are featured on the medal along with a portrait of the young man.

Swissmint Dedicates Gold Coin to “50 Years of Swiss Women’s Right to Vote”

On 29th April 2021 Swissmint launches a new commemorative gold coin “50 years of Swiss women’s right to vote” remembering the introduction of votes for women at federal level in 1971.

The Impossible in Silver: Swissmint’s “Illusion – The Bridge of Life”

Swissmint issues a new 20 Francs silver coin on 29th April 2021. “Illusion – The Bridge of Life” is dedicated to one of the best-known works of Swiss trompe-l’oeil artist Sandro Del-Prete.

Pobjoy’s Mini Pegasus Coin

Following the success of the previous Pegasus coins, Pobjoy Mint released a new version of this coin type struck on behalf of the British Virgin Islands. It is produced on a blank weighing half a gram of gold.

Baldwin’s of St. James’s Becomes Baldwin’s AND St. James’s

The joint auctions of Baldwin’s and St. James’s are coming to an end. Both auction houses will go back to holding separate auctions in the future. It’s quite simple: Baldwin’s of St. James’s will once again become Baldwin’s AND St. James’s.

NYINC Reveals Educational Program for 2022

Do you want to meet Ursula Kampmann personally? She will be giving a presentation at the 50th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention and also participate in the media panel discussion with other important figures from numismatic media.

Why did a Constantine Rouble Realize $2.64 Million?

A pattern Rouble 1825 on behalf of the designated tsar Constantine realized astonishing $2.64 million. Thus it has become the most expensive world coin sold in a Stack’s Bowers auction. What makes this particular coin so special?

Byzantine Seals

Dumbarton Oaks has published a new volume of its collection of Byzantine seals. The work deals with anonymous seals with religious imagery. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

Charles Morgan Named New Executive Director of the Numismatic Literary Guild

The Numismatic Literary Guild has selected Charles Morgan, editor-in-chief of CoinWeek, to be the organization’s Executive Director. He succeeds numismatic researcher, author, and dealer Ron Guth who served in the post for three years.

PNG Now Accepting 2021 Awards Nominations

The Professional Numismatists Guild is now accepting nominations for its 2021 awards. Maybe you would like to see somebody special being honored? Find here the list of all awards and what kind of achievement they are given for – and how you can nominate your favorites!

Finding Treasures in Your Change: The “Turning” Stars

Did you find German euros in your change? They might be worth a fortune. Just look at the stars! If they are turning, the coin will be worth some thousand euros. Our author numiscontrol explains which types of these coins exist and what they are worth.

Latvia’s Coin of the Year 2020 is “Linden leaf”

Again Latvijas Banka in association with news portal asked: What is Latvia’s coin of the year 2020? And the public vote decided: “Linden leaf”, a collector coin dedicated to ecology.

Quokka: The Selfie-Trend Wallaby on Coins From Downunder

The Perth Mint releases a new 1oz silver proof colored coin featuring the quokka. A quokka is a small type of wallaby– and extremely popular for selfies. Indeed, it is so cute, you want to get hold of this animal – and, by the way, have a look at the coin, too!

National Coin Week in the USA – Celebrate the Hobby!

The traditional National Coin Week of the USA starts on Sunday. If you don’t live in the USA, you’re probably wondering: what’s that? And why would such an idea be good for the hobby of coin collecting in your country, too?

Why Have US MOUs Become so Restrictive Against Coin Collectors?

Peter Tompa shares his inside knowledge about the disgraceful story of how MOUs are used as a means of policy. He states that the State Department is cooperating with an archeological lobby group in order to foster collaboration with authoritarian states.

ANA Announces Candidates for Board of Governors

Every two years the American Numismatic Association elects the president, vice president and seven governors. Here you find out who is running for President and for other offices.

How the EU Should Modify Their Planned Cultural Property Import Regulations

Ivan Macquisten shows the weak points of the proposed regulations concerning the import of cultural goods into the EU. The international art market analyst explains how a few simple adjustments could clearly improve the draft.

Oriental Numismatic Society Meets Online in 2021

On 8 May 2021 the Oriental Numismatic Society will be meeting online. As usual the Research Centre for Islamic Numismatics Tübingen will be holding a conference on that occasion – this year via Zoom. You can still register.

Divine: CIT Puts Inca Sun God on Coin

CIT dedicates its latest coin to the Inca sun god Inti. Thanks to smartminting® technology, it has been possible to reconstruct a mysterious cult object that the members of a culture that is lost today preserved for centuries.

Swissmint Lands Twice in the Guinness Book of Records

Not one but two coins by Swissmint made it into the Guinness Book of Records. Swissmint can be proud to mint the coin with the oldest design still in circulation. The mint also issued the world’s smallest commemorative coin with its 1/4 franc commemorative coin. Congratulations on the record!

Online Consultation on New EU Cultural Property Import Regulations

The European Commission has published a draft of implementing regulations concerning the import of cultural goods into the EU. Everybody is invited to comment before April 21, 2021.

Alan Stahl Earns Award For Venice Studies

Alan Stahl, curator of numismatics at Princeton University Library, has been named the first recipient of the Giles Constable Award. The award, which is given to scholars advancing the study of Venice, was initiated in 2021.

482,000 Art Works of the Louvre at your Disposal

The Musée du Louvre has launched two new digital tools: a platform that brings together all of the museum’s artworks in one place; and a new and improved website that is more user-friendly, attractive and immersive.

Bank of England Unveils New Turing £50 Banknote

The Bank of England unveiled the design for the new £50 banknotes featuring computer pioneer Alan Turing. Along with many security features and other benefits comes a slight change in dimensions.

What will happen to the MDC Conference?

The Mint Directors Conference planned for 2021 has been postponed once again, this time to 2022. The event was to be held in South Africa, but a change of location is under discussion.

A Numismatist’s Guide to Money Part 5: The Future of Money

What is the “moneyness” of new digital monies and cryptocurrencies? In the fifth and last part of this series, Simon Bytheway discusses such issues to find out what they tell us about competing currencies, and the wider socio-economic meaning of money.

Smuggling Antiques Isn’t Worth It

A man is going to prison for trying to smuggle looted excavation finds into Britain, including numerous ancient coins. Were the objects worth the risk? Examining the goods casts doubt on that.

Stuart Weitzman’s 1933 Double Eagle: Unique on the Market and Up For Sale

Sotheby’s will be offering the one and only 1933 Double Eagle legally authorized to be privately owned. It is expected to set a new world record.

British Museum Presents Update on Treasure Reports

1,311 treasure finds for 2019, 1,077 for 2020 - these are the preliminary figures of the UK for the last two years. Find here three extraordinary cases from the last year.

David Jacobson Wins 2021 Shekel Prize

David Jacobson from the University of Oxford has won the Shekel Prize Medal of the American Israel Numismatic Association for his book “Agrippa II, the Last of the Herods” as the best 2020 publication on Judaic / Israel numismatics.

Online Symposium: On Being Conquered in Byzantium

Countless sources tell us the story from the perspective of the winners. Dumbarton Oaks dedicates a symposium to the question what it meant to be conquered. It will be hold via Zoom on 16 and 17 April 2021.

Which Coins and Topics Can You Find at Cosmos of Collectibles?

We are continuously working on our database. Recently, many new coins have been added, both historical and modern issues. This is a good opportunity for us to give an overview of all the topics available at Cosmos of Collectibles.

Schuler Sees Positive Trend After Covid-19 Drop

The press manufacturer Schuler, too, has been hit hard by Covid-19. However, the company generates positive results again. Read here, how Schuler did achieve this and whether its decisions might be an option for other companies, too.

Reconnaissance’s Conferences: Either Online or Postponed

Reconnaissance’s conferences scheduled for 2021 and 2022 will be held as online conferences or will be postponed to a new date. Here are the new dates for your agenda!

Tiffany Art Metropolis: Paris

CIT Coin Invest will issue a follow-up series of the famous Tiffany coins. The new series’ name is Tiffany Art Metropolis. Its first issue is dedicated to Paris.

Global Art Market Report 2021: Online Sales Exceeds General Retail

The annual Global Art Market Report 2021 reveals striking market shifts in 2020: online sales have exceeded the general retail, female collectors spent more than their male counterparts, and the USA are no more the largest global market for public auctions.

News About Our Numismatic Puzzles: Now You Can Puzzle in a Systematic Way!

Have our first numismatic jigsaw puzzles made you happy, too? Or did you bite your nails because it was too much of a challenge? That will change now! There are categories with different levels of difficulty – and we regularly add new puzzles.

Money and Medals Training Goes Digital

The Money and Medals Network training program has gone digital. Because of the pandemic they are now being hold via Zoom. In this article Henry Flynn explains how it works and how the audience has reacted.

Do You Have a Set of British Museum Electrotypes?

In the 1880s the British Museum produced frames of electrotype replica coins. The original sets include 2 frames of gems and 4 frames of Greek and Roman coins and medallions. Mary Hinton researches the history of these sets and needs your help.

CDN Publishing Ensures ANA Collector Classes To Remain Free

Launched in late June 2020, the American Numismatic Association eLearning Academy offers collectors 20 to 24 online courses per quarter. To ensure these classes remain free, the ANA partners with CDN Publishing.

Venezuela Issues One Million Bolivares Banknotes

Venezuela’s economy shrank exponentially for a seventh straight year. As an answer to that, the country has introduced a 1,000,000 bolivares banknote. It is the largest in the nation’s history – but worth only 50 US cents. An analysis by Michael Alexander.

Britannia 2021 as Woman of Colour

The Royal Mint has launched its new Britannia collection. For the first time it features two designs: the “traditional” one, and a “premium exclusive range” with Britannia as woman of colour celebrating Great Britain’s diversity.

Chagos Anemone Fish Starts Pobjoy’s New Sea Creatures Series

Pobjoy Mint has dedicated a new series of six coins to sea creatures. The first colored coin features the Chagos Anemone Fish – aka clownfish – and is issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Our Coin Puzzles Make You Happy

Doing puzzles makes you happy. From now on, we’ll help you with that by offering you coin puzzles! Three levels, lots of exciting pictures with coins and numismatic motifs. Lifts the mood during a break, clears the mind and complies with hygiene regulations!

“Fake for Real” – Exhibition at the House of European History

“Fake for Real: A history of forgery and falsification” is a new exhibition at the House of European History in Brussel. Coin collectors know that fakes can be as interesting as genuine works: explore the fascinating world of forgery, fakes and falsehoods!

The Certified Collectibles Group Expands Sarasota Footprint

The Certified Collectibles Group has increased its Sarasota footprint to 82,000 square feet. This has proved necessary as the company has been hiring at a rapid pace. The collectors’ market is booming and thus demand for certification services.

ANS Lyceum: A New Online Educational Program

The American Numismatic Society offers a new online educational program: ANS Lyceum. Participants are introduced into a specific subject through interactive lectures and discussion sessions with ANS curators. This program does not require any prior knowledge.

Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Podcast about Eco’s Baudolino

In the new podcast series of Dumbarton Oaks a senior and a younger scholar discuss subjects that may interest not only colleagues. Learn in the latest episode why Umberto Eco’s “Baudolino” is a perfect successor of his bestselling “Name of the Rose” and much more.

Heritage’s Senior Numismatist Mark Borckardt Relocates

Mark Borckardt, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger at Heritage, will soon be relocating for private motives. The ANA’s 2020 Numismatist of the Year will continue as a consignment director between the Chicago and Dallas offices of Heritage.

New KOMSCO CEO and MDC Chair

Mr Jahng-Shick Bahn has been appointed the new CEO of Korea Minting, Security Printing and ID Card Operating Corporation (KOMSCO). In this function the former university professor of Management of Technology follows Mr Yong-Man Cho.

Terracotta Warriors

CIT dedicates a small series to the legendary tomb of Chinese emperor Qin Shihuang Di. The monument with an army of 8,000 terracotta warriors is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Lapland Gold Rush

Goldrush! When you hear that word, what comes to your mind? California. Yukon. Lapland? Actually the Ivalojoki River in Finland saw a gold rush once and even today people can find gold there. Whether travelling to Lapland can make you rich, reveals Sam Jacobs in this article.

A Part of the “Kruger Millions”

During the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) gold was evacuated from Pretoria. No accurate account had ever been produced, before a part of it was found in a Swiss vault. Now these famous coins are for sale again.

New Literature On Coins From Asia Minor

Starting in 2022, the “Bulletin numismatique de l’Asie Mineure” will present every year new publications discussing coins from Asia Minor. With the support of many experts Johannes Nollé and Oğuz Tekin will edit this new format as part of the online journal Gephyra.

Muenzen Gut-Lynt: A New Platform For Online Auctions and Numismatics

Muenzen Gut-Lynt is a new online auction house for numismatics. The brand was established by renowned dealers and auction houses from Switzerland and Germany. On 28 March 2021, they will be holding their first auction with over 950 pieces.

2021 CSNS Annual Convention Cancelled

The Central States Numismatic Society 2021 convention has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic effects. Nevertheless Heritage’s U.S. Coins and Currency auction will still be held as scheduled from 21st to 24th April 2021 - in Dallas.

Conference on the “Coinage of the Roman Provinces before Provincial Coinage”

The American Numismatic Society dedicates a conference to the coinage covered by the R. B. Witschonke Collection, discussing thus the phenomenon of local coinage and economy.

17th Technical Forum Session 2 – 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 here more about the topics of the second session and how to participate.

James Bond Legacy Series – Sean Connery

The Perth Mint dedicates its first issue of the James Bond Legacy Series to Sean Connery as 007. The coloured silver coin celebrates the first actor to impersonate the fictitious MI6 agent – for many aficionados still the quintessential Bond.

Coins en gros and en detail at Emporium Hamburg

The numismatic trade in the style of Hanseatic merchants, that’s what Emporium Hamburg is all about. The Stoertebeker House is home to all forms of coin trade that one can imagine. Ursula Kampmann had the opportunity to visit the premises.

Dietrich Klose Retired

At the Munich Coin Cabinet, an era came to an end on 28 January 2021: Dietrich O. A. Klose retired. Ursula Kampmann pays tribute to an extremely versatile numismatist and esteemed colleague.

Heritage Auctions Has Grown in Pandemic Year 2020

2020 was the year of the pandemic, but has boosted online sales. Heritage Auctions reports a growth of the company, total sales of $873,117,274 with $278.9 million by the numismatic market alone and internet bidding at a record height.

Leu Numismatik Acquired the Dr. E. M. Pegan Library

Leu Numismatik acquired the Dr. E. M. Pegan library. He used to be a well-known antiquarian for numismatic books in Munich and has built up his library over the last eight decades (sic!).

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announces New Philadelphia Gallery

Stack’s Bowers Galleries plans to open a new rare coin gallery in historic Philadelphia. This location in the heart of the city will offer the firm’s entire range of numismatic services and will open the doors in late summer 2021. Experienced numismatists wanted!

US Coin “Moon Landing” Is Coin of the Year 2021

The US coin “50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing” is the winner of the Coin of the Year Award 2021. The concave-convex commemorative coin placed first in two categories.

Pobjoy’s New “Climate Change” Coin

Pobjoy Mint has dedicated a new 12-sided £1 coin to the climate change. The coin is issued on behalf of the British Overseas Territory and includes all the security features of the new UK £1 coin.

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.

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