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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.

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.

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