Like every year, the Numismatic Society of Zurich organised its coin fair at Swissôtel Zurich on the last weekend of October. An opportunity to have a nice chat with colleagues and, of course, to make deals.
Who opposes the antiquities trade and why? In the second part of this two-part article, Ivan Macquisten discusses the role of the media as well as cross-cultural misunderstandings in the debate of cultural property and the antiquities trade.
An important collection of Colombian coins was robbed recently. Find here an overview of the stolen coins.
Four weeks ago, we reported about the change concerning the position of the ANS Executive Director. Gilles Bransbourg will replace Ute Wartenberg. In the meantime, the ANS has published two extensive press releases giving more background. You will find them here.
Numismatic historian Q. David Bowers shares his thoughts on William Bierly’s In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion. According to him “one of the most detailed, intricate, and fascinating books in the field of American numismatics”.
If you want to search easily and for free a certain banknote certified by Paper Money Guaranty, you can use the PMG Certification tool. PMG’s online certification database now features images of more than 3 million PMG-certified notes.
For years Brexit has been a dominating subject in European politics – and a recurring one in numismatics. Coin collectors may have eagerly awaited the much anticipated commemorative Brexit coin, but – fitting the subject – there was a setback as Michael Alexander explains.
The European Vending Association celebrated its 25th anniversary. Representing the European vending, EVA has become an important reference for all mints who develop new circulation coins: After all, coins are expected to work smoothly with vending machines.
Greece has announce the numismatic programme of 2020: collector coins will feature the Persian Wars and battles of ancient Greece, 2 euro commemorative circulation coins will be dedicated to the Battle of Thermopylae and the Acquisition of Thrace.
The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato has issued a 10€ silver proof coin belonging to the series “Italy of Arts – Milan Cathedral”. It is dedicated to the world renowned gothic Cathedral, symbol of the city of Milan.
On 2 November 2019, coins were stolen during a residential burglary in Colorado Springs, CO. The victim was Kenneth Bressett, renowned US numismatist who was senior editor of the Red Book for many years. Find here a summary of the stolen objects.
What is cultural property? What are antiquities? How do they differ? Why is it so difficult to distinguish what is legal and what is looted? In this two-part article, Ivan Macquisten answers basic questions regarding the antiquities trade.
Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) presents awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding dedication to numismatics. Nominations for 2020 awards can be submitted until January 15, 2020.
The Numismatic Cabinet of the Vatican issues a magazine, in which coins and medals tell the stories by themselves: “Historia Mvndi” almost wastefully displays luxurious and high-quality close-up shots. Björn Schöpe took a look at the current issue.
The American Numismatic Society has hired Dr. Jesse Kraft as Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas.
After years of input and suggestions from customers, CNG have decided to modernize their website to better present the auctions and to offer more and better functionality for bidders. Customers can expect an array of new features.
During the Coin Conference in Rome the winners of the IACA Excellence in Currency 2019 Coin Awards were announced. Find here all the finalists and this year’s winners of the program.
CIT Coin Invest AG dedicates the fifth issue of the “Evolution of Life” series to the “Chinese predator” Sinraptor. For the first time in 1993 a fossil of the enormous dinosaur was found in the Shishugou mountain formation bordering Mongolia.
Sir David Attenborough is familiar to all those who love the BBC nature documentaries. He was honoured by naming a research ship after him. Pobjoy Mint has released a silver coin to perpetuate the naming ceremony.
The Royal Mint has unveiled a new commemorative coin to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Britain’s favourite double acts Wallace & Gromit. Inspired by the original short film, the coin features a Latin inscription, which translates to ‘cracking cheese’.
The newly acquired lead seals of the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine seal collection contain unexpected imageries and many belonged to people that had been left out of standard histories of the period. This is why the collection is essential to research of the period.
Since 1997, every year the Paper Money Fair – one of the world’s most important banknote fairs – takes place in Valkenburg in the Netherlands. But soon, visitors have to expect a fundamental change.
The exhibition "A Princely Numismatist. Grand Prince George Mikhailovich Romanov. Fate and Legacy" of the International Numismatic Club Museum in Moscow displays unique exhibits from the collection of this important collector.
Henrik Holt Christensen has joined Stack’s Bowers Galleries as Consignment Director of Europe. Mr. Christensen will focus on expanding the firm’s European network and growing its World Paper Money department.
The numismatic Open Access online journal OZeAN (Online Journal on Ancient Numismatics) promises a rapid publication of research results and the integration of state-of-the-art technology to complement scientific texts.
In a surprise move which goes against the trend, Estonia’s Central Bank announces plans to issue 10 million one-cent coins into circulation. Although the coins are much required in the Baltic country the Central Bank offers also advice on rounding rules.
The organisers of the World Banknote Summit 2020 have added both a new discussion format known as a Chatbox and a special printer’s workshop. The World Banknote Summit 2020 is set to take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 24th to 26th February.
The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a silver Special Edition Proof Dollar marking the 175th anniversary of the birth of Métis leader and founder of Manitoba, Louis Riel. It is the first coin to feature Michif, the official language of the Métis Nation.
60 years after the creation of the very first story around the small Gaul warrior Asterix and his friend Obelix and their dog Idefix, Monnaie de Paris has issued a series of collector coins in silver and gold, and various medals and mini medals dedicated to these popular comic heroes.
On 1 November 2019, Ute Wartenberg-Kagan will resign as executive director of the ANS. She can look back on 20 successful years – within this time she made the ANS become one of the world’s best-known numismatic societies.
The British Museum is displaying the exhibition “Currency in crisis: German emergency money, 1914–1924”. It is the first major exhibition of German Notgeld in the UK.
The Bibliothèque nationale de France has published the 28th volume of its Trésors monétaires series. The volume written by Jérôme Jambu focuses on Spanish monetary treasures in 17th and 18th century France, and features the silver coins from the wreck of the Jeanne-Élisabeth.
Roberto Delzanno published a new book on the gold coins of Sweden. It covers all Swedish gold issues including the coins of 2019. The text is written in Swedish, German and English.
The Shekel Prize Medal is awarded annually by the American Israel Numismatic Association to the author of the best book on Judaic or Holy Land numismatics. This year’s award went to Alex Abezgauz, for his book “Jewish Banknotes Based on the Collection of A. Abezgauz”.
Cash is not just one of many means of payment. A current study has proven that the possibility to pay with coins and banknotes must be recognised as public infrastructure: Anyone can simply use it without additional costs and, most importantly, without being controlled.
For the Cook Islands, CIT Coin Invest AG has designed a new silver coin as part of the Meteorite Impacts series. Just like its predecessors, the issue “Estacado Meteorite” contains a part of the meteorite it is named after.
A new exhibition at the British Museum showcases an important selection of Southeast Asian antiquities from the collection of Sir Stamford Raffles. Of course he collected coins - which turned out to be rare protective amulets.
The armor of the last knight will travel to New York on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Maximilian’s death. If you want to see these works of art which Maximilian loved to wear when having his coin portraits made, you have to visit the Metropolitan.
Nobleman, author, big landowner. Alessandro Magnaguti was all of that, but above all he was an almost fanatical coin collector, who lived in the first half of the 20th century. Damiano Cappellari dedicated a biography to him, Björn Schöpe took a look at it.
Applications for the 9th semi-annual Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (December 6 to 8, 2019) are now open. The exhibition tables for dealers and other exhibitors are available on a first come, first served basis.
The banknote grading company Paper Money Guaranty® is expanding to certify collectibles from the world of scripophily.
To celebrate fifty years of Great Britain’s revolutionary seven-sided 50p coin, The Royal Mint has released a commemorative 50p bearing the original 1969 Britannia New Pence design in different qualities. Some collectors might even strike their own 50p coin.
Everybody knows them: in 2018, The Simpsons became the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history. Now the Perth Mint has struck a 1oz gold coin featuring Homer Simpson on it on behalf of Tuvalu.
For the first time ever, a restoration project in the South of Italy was able to save thousands of coins with private aid. Now the researchers are applying for a prize for this work and need as many online votes as possible. Help them and give them your vote!
There are fairs that have been an integral part of the coin trade’s agenda for decades. Coinex is one of them. Also this year, many important auction houses and coin dealers came to London. They made use of the opportunity to participate in the auctions at the same time.
The International Committee for Money and Banking Museums has elected new board members. The new chairperson is Ute Wartenberg. The forum of the International Council of Museums represents almost 200 member institutions from all over the world.
The Art Fund is a British institution helping museums fulfilling their tasks. As many museums are not able to acquire new exhibits, the art fund supplies funding for buying new objects. Now this year's winners were announced. A numismatic project is among them.
Christopher Faulkner dedicates more than 400 pages to a single type of Canadian token described in the literature as Breton 997 to Breton 1001! Ursula Kampmann had a look at the publication and discovered everything that can be written about such emissions.
NumisSearch Offers Special Conditions for New Customers – A Perfect Opportunity for Trying Out Their Services
More than 6,000 users per day, more than 50,000 registered customers that spend an average of more than 10 minutes on the website – that is what the platforms NumisSearch, PhilaSearch and AntiquesSearch have to offer. For every auction house operating in the field of numismatics that decides to try out the platform with three auctions, NumisSearch offers special conditions.
The organizers of the international conference “Coins for the Gods, Coins for the Merchants” have released the conference program of the event at Athens on October 24 to 25, 2019.
The World Money Fair Holding GmbH (WMF) has announced that Albert Beck is again taking on the role as the company’s Managing Director. Gitta Künker is stepping down as Managing Director.
On the occasion of the ANA World’s Fair of Money 2019, CIT Coin Invest AG presented its fourth design of the successful Skull series. Inspired by the “land of liberty” and “Easy Rider”, these issues are dedicated to all bikers.
Italy is issuing a 5 Euro silver coin dedicated to the “30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall”. It features the dove of peace behind a colourful mural clashing with the Berlin Wall.
Did you also read the Famous Five when you were young? Shame on you! You have been poisoned with racist thoughts! At least according to those who made the Royal Mint block a commemorative coin in honour of Enid Blyton. How should this issue be dealt with?
The British Museum opens a new exhibition on the artistic interaction between Eastern and Western art from the 1500s to present age. The display confronts models and imitations as well as paintings inspired by an art trend known today as Orientalism.
The ANS has awarded Prof. Oğuz Tekin with the Archer M. Huntington Award for Excellence in Numismatic Scholarship. Tekin is specialized in ancient Greek and Roman coinage as well as ancient metrology and the first citizen of Turkey to receive this honor.
The American Numismatic Association’s 2019 literary awards recognize articles published in the 2018 volume of ANA’s official magazine, The Numismatist, and awarded young and adult writers.
Paper Money Guaranty® has certified a previously unknown British India banknote at an on-site grading event in Hong Kong. The 1925 banknote was not previously known to specialists.
On June 29, 2019, the security paper factory Königstein celebrated its 450th anniversary. The Paper Mill in Königstein belongs to the world’s highest-performing production locations for the manufacture of banknotes and security papers.
Latvijas Banka issued a 2 euro commemorative coin named “The Rising Sun” dedicated to the history of the Coat of Arms of Latvia and paying tribute to the artist Ansis Cīrulis.
Pobjoy Mint has released a 2019 dated Pegasus silver bullion. The coin is issued by the British Virgin Islands and shows the mythical horse Pegasus. Many coins from the territory have featured horses in Royal events, including Trooping the colour.
In Silver Spring, a coin store was robbed on 17 September 2019 – unfortunately, that is nothing unusual in today’s world. What is special about this robbery is the fact that surveillance cameras filmed every detail of the robber’s actions.
The National Museum in Zurich dedicates an exhibition to this impressive chapter of economic history. Cotton fabrics from India endangered even the well established French silk production.
The American Numismatic Society will honor its former Trustee Richard M. Beleson with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Gala Dinner in New York City on January 16, 2020. Proceeds from the Gala ticket sales will be used to support research and education in numismatics.
They are not coins – and yet, seal imprints can be found in auction catalogues from time to time. With good reason. They are exciting testimonies to economic history and thanks to the new work of R. van Laere, they can now be identified properly. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.
Great Britain’s important coin fairs are just around the corner: Right after the Coinex, the London Coin Fair and the Special Quarterly Show of the Midland Coin Fair take place in November and December. Here you find the practical information.
On 16 May 2020, the 6th International Numismatic Conference of the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium will focus on long interruptions in coinage during Antiquity. Proposals for submissions are due 1 October 2019. Travel expenses will be covered.
Issuance of the new 100-franc note started in Switzerland on 12 September 2019. The new banknote completes the ninth series of Swiss banknotes.
The Royal Dutch Mint has released a new 5 Euro coin. Featuring satin and zigzag stitches pointing to parachutes, the Market Garden 5 Euro Coin tells the impressive story of the largest airborne operation in history that took place and failed 75 years ago.
With “The Razors Edge”, CIT Coin Invest AG publishes its fourth issue of the AC/DC series. This piece features latest minting technology making it an impressive collecting item even for those coin collectors who do not listen to AC/DC music on a regular basis.
In 2017, a 100-kilogram Maple Leaf was stolen from the Bode Museum – the trial against the accused appears to be just as gigantic as the gold coin itself. Two and a half years later, the investigation is still ongoing. But why is it so difficult to reach a verdict?
Modern, fancy, with a smack of luxury from times long past – this is Paris’ new museum of economy in a 1920s Banque de France branch office, a former Neo-Renaissance palace. Citéco familiarises with economy through games, computer stations, and many historical objects.
Many coin collectors know the “Brand collection”. Now, the Chicago Coin Club presents his famous member. Virgil M. Brand inducted to the Hall of Fame of this coin club owned the biggest private coin collection of all times.
The appearance of a date on a coin is not a given. The first dated coins stem from the end of the Renaissance period. Robert A. Levinson dedicated a book to these early dated coins, and now, its second edition has been published.
Former police chief and head of the Numismatic Crime Information Center Doug Davis has been selected by the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) to be its next Director of Anti-Counterfeiting.
The respected Tokyo based company Taisei Coins Corporation will accept collectibles to be submitted to NGC, NCS and PMG as an Official Submission Center in Japan.
40 years ago, the Roman Museum in Nyon (Switzerland) opened its gates for the first time. On 21 and 22 September 2019, the museum celebrates this anniversary with numerous activities.
Louisenthal has analyzed the production of banknotes with regard to sustainability and launched an information campaign to raise awareness. This campaign also aims to assist central banks and banknote printing plants in improving the sustainability of banknotes.
While the Wallabies, Australia’s national rugby team is embarking on the Rugby World Cup in Japan, Royal Australian Mint issues a $2 limited edition coin with the Wallabies’ logo. The coin will be available in Woolworths supermarket registers.
Anyone who believes that coin fairs are in crisis should visit Prague’s Sberatel. Over two days, more than 10,000 visitors flooded the exhibition halls. They lunged enthusiastically at the wide-ranged offer. CoinsWeekly was there.
A collector lost approximately $60,000 in rare coins stolen from his car in August. Now most of them have been recovered. A suspect had offered them to coin dealers who informed the police. This is a striking proof for a basic fact: Early warning systems among coin dealers are really efficient.
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Asia’s most important coin show, the Hong Kong Coin Show, took place from 23 to 25 August 2019. The fair did not only amaze with an incredibly rich numismatic offer but also with insightful seminars and workshops.
The American Numismatic Society honoured William E. Metcalf with a festschrift presented by former students and colleagues in recognition of the researcher’s impact on numismatics. The former Chief curator and Yale professor is a reknown expert of cistophori.
Like every autumn, the Numismata will take place in Berlin and in Frankfurt: the Numismata Berlin from 12 to 13 October, the Numismata Frankfurt from 22 to 23 November. Be aware that this year’s Numismata Frankfurt already starts on Friday. In return, it will not take place on Sunday.
The American Numismatic Association has chosen the host city and venue for the 2021 National Money Show. The event will take place on March 11-13, 2021 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Delegates of mints and issuing authorities will be meeting from 4 to 7 November 2019 in Singapore. The 2019 TEMAN conference is hosted by the Singapore Mint. The deadline for submitting conference paper proposals is fixed on 18 September 2019.
On 12 September 2019, Swissmint will conclude this year’s coin programme of Switzerland with the new “Furka Pass” silver coin, the second in the three-part Swiss Alpine passes coin series, and with the 2019 Christmas coin set.
Latvijas Banka has issued a specially shaped coin in silver dedicated to the creative heritage of Niklāvs Strunke (1894–1966), Latvian painter, graphic artist and stage designer. The coin features fragments of two of his most distinguished works.
1066: William the Conqueror subdues England. This moment in history is illustrated by a coin hoard found by metal detectorists in Somerset in January 2019. This is the largest Norman hoard found since 1833. And what is more: This coin hoard is of prime historical significance.
The first Numismatic Summer School at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations in Changchun, China was a success. The students discovered the medium coin, the European numismatists learned from unexpected questions.
Die Produktion in der „Zecca“ wurde eingestellt, doch noch immer ist sie Sitz der Schule für Medaillenkunst (SAM). Nun wird sie zum Kulturzentrum, das dem gesamten Viertel Esquilino in Rom zugutekommt.
Are you living in or visiting Buenos Aires? Make sure to attend ‘Mythology on Coins from Greece and Rome’. The Banco Provincia Museum offers a free exhibition on Greek and Roman coinage with a focus on classical mythology in cooperation with ADVENTVS.
The Met Cloisters is currently exhibiting one of the best-known testimonies to the persecution of Jews in the context of the Great Plague: the Colmar treasure. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the publication.
The Chicago suburb of Rosemont again proved to be a popular site for the World’s Fair of Money, with many hobbyists lauding the show as the best in recent...
It’s just one month that George Kolbe was honored by the ANA with the Lifetimes Achievement Award. Now the personal library of the most eminent numismatic bookseller George F. Kolbe will be sold at auction featuring not only his books but also various related collectables.
We are happy to reprint an article which was originally published at the Gold Chervonets Magazine in Russian on a new material used for coins by the Russian joint-stock company Goznak. Mass production of coins made of the new material is due to start by the end of 2019.
The South African Mint unveiled the last edition in the ‘Life of a Legend – Nelson Mandela’ Protea collectable coin series. The 2019 range pays tribute to the Republic’s first democratically elected president and global icon’s legacy.
CIT Coin Invest has issued the second issue of the “Lullaby” series. “Little Princess” combines the ancient tradition of presenting a newborn child with a lucky coin, with a musical box that can be purchased with the coin.
Pobjoy Mint has relesed the first coin in the 50p series on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The coin features the green sea turtle portrayed in colour.