Tuesday, 25.02.2020

NEWS

Brazen Burglary in the Berlin Memorial Church – Orders and Medals Stolen

Another bold break-in at a Berlin cultural institution: During a burglary at the Memorial Church the perpetrators stole medals and orders. Here you can find descriptions and pictures. Are there any links to the raids in Berlin and Dresden?

Numismatic Exhibition in Abu Dhabi

On January 28, 2020, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed, minister of presidential affairs in the UAE, opened the “Coins of Islam: History Revealed” exhibition in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The event was organized by Dr Alain Baron.

8th Hong Kong Coin Show Rescheduled Due To Coronavirus Disease

Many events in South-East Asia are considered too risky due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease. This afflicts the world of numismatics, too. The 8th Hong Kong Coin Show, originally planned to take place from 27th to 29th March 2020, is now postponed.

850 Years Ago: The Murder that Shook the Middle Ages

2020 marks the 850th anniversary of the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. In October 2020 the British Museum will host the first ever major UK exhibition on Thomas Becket’s life, death and legacy. But the whole year is full of related events.

ANA and NGC to Launch ANA Registry

The ANA and NGC have partnered to launch the ANA Registry later this year. It will allow both NGC- and PCGS-certified U.S. coins to be registered and displayed, recognizing that most U.S. coin collectors have certified coins from both services.

South African Mint Names New Managing Director

The South African Mint has a new Managing Director: Ms Honey Mamabolo has been serving in this function effective since 1 February 2020. She has 20 years’ experience across various industry sectors, including mining, retail banking, and manufacturing.

Ethical Gold With the Help of Blockchain Technology

The Perth Mint has joined with technology specialists Security Matters Ltd to start the trueGold project. Their aim is to provide the surety that the gold has been ethically sourced and reliably tracked throughout its journey from the mine site to the marketplace.

Royal Mint’s Dinosauria Series Starts With the Megalosaurus

The Royal Mint in conjunction with the Natural History Museum launches its Dinosauria collection. Megalosaurus, Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus will feature on their own commemorative 50p coins. The series begins with Megalosaurus.

World Money Fair 2020

The 49th World Money Fair took place in Berlin from 31 January to 2 February 2020. Japan was the guest of honour. Here you find photographic impressions of the fair and the events.

Less Cultural Heritage Crimes Says WCO Report

IADAA has evaluated the World Customs Organisation’s 200-page Illicit Trade Report 2018. The data shows that this sector accounts for just 0.08% of all reported cases and seizures.

Counterfeit Coins Importer Sentenced to 10 1/2 Years in Prison

A US federal court judge in Camden, New Jersey has sentenced an admitted counterfeit coins importer to 10 1/2 years in prison. The Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation alerted and assisted the investigators.

Arab-Sasanian Coins: The New Standard Reference

In 1941, John Walker published his catalogue of the Arab-Sasanian coins of the British Museum, since then, it has been the standard reference in this field. Now, it has been replaced by Hodge Mehdi Malek’s two-volume book. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

PMG Grading On-site at PaperMoneyFair – Maastricht in April

This year’s PaperMoneyFair Maastricht will be held in Valkenburg March 30-April 5, 2020. Paper Money Guaranty will conduct on-site authentication, grading and encapsulation of paper money. This is the first time that PMG will offer this service at PaperMoneyFair.

AIA-Call for Papers: Coins as Social Artifacts

The Numismatics Interest Group of the Archaeological Institute of America released a Call for Papers for the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. The topic is “Coins as Social Artifacts”. AIA members can send in abstracts until February 24 2020.

Performance of the First Vatican Euro Coins. Part 2

When euro coins were introduced in 2002, Vatican coins were considered a safe investment. Today, our expert numiscontrol checks whether 2 euro commemorative coins and numis covers met the expectations.

A Royal Mint First – the Big Coins Go to the Trial of the Pyx

Each year thousands of coins produced by The Royal Mint go on trial at the Trial of the Pyx, one of Britain’s oldest judicial processes that dates back to 1248. This year sees a Royal Mint first with the 5 kilo and 2 kilo ‘Una and The Lion’ coin going to the trial.

South African Mint Helps Saving the Rhinos

The South African Mint has launched the third coin in the Big 5 series featuring the indomitable rhino. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the coin will go towards protecting the fast decimating populations of rhinos.

COTY 2020: Here Are the Winners

And the Oscar goes to… Latvia! The day was sweet as honey for the Bank of Latvia when its 5-euro Honey Coin was given top honors as 2020 Coin of the Year during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the World Money Fair in Berlin.

Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Peter van Alfen

American Numismatic Society Chief Curator Dr. Peter van Alfen was awarded the 2019 Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing at the 2020 Annual Gala on January 16, 2020. Congratulations!

150 Years of Carson City Mint

150 Years ago, the Carson City Mint was founded in order to coin the masses of silver coming from the Comstock Lode. Its 150th birthday will be celebrated. One of the attractions is a medal that is struck on the very first coin press of the Carson City Mint.

Gaming and Money: A Winning Combination

Money plays a key role in countless games. Just have a look at the collection of toy money at the British Museum, where they even thought about how to collect computer money. In the National Museum Zurich you can now dive into the history of video games – with money and without.

Coin Constellation-2019

“Coin Constellation” is the only international coin contest held in Russia. Here are all the winners of year 2019.

Pobjoy Commemorates Captain Cook’s HMS Resolution

Pobjoy Mint issues a 50p coin on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Government featuring the HMS Resolution. 250 years ago, Captain Cook made the first landing, surveying and mapping of this Antarctic territory in this ship.

NYINC – The Grande Dame of “Classical” Numismatics

In 2020, the New York International Numismatic Convention was once again the meeting place for all those dealing with classical numismatics. Between auctions and meetings, the event also provided the opportunity to exchange ideas. And the mood was upbeat as always.

The 49th World Money Fair in Berlin

Are you currently thinking about what mints you should absolutely visit? Guest country Japan, of course, but other mints have brought interesting objects, too. We provide you with an overview of the special issues that can be seen at the World Money Fair.

The Taler Celebrates 500 Years

500 years ago, the first “taler” was minted in Jáchymov, then Joachimsthal. Both professional associations of the German coin trade celebrate this anniversary with an event taking place in the context of the World Money Fair. Come around!

David Fanning’s New Book about the Literary History of Confederate Paper Money

Confederate Paper Money has been so popular since the 1860s that David F. Fanning has written a book on these publications devoted to the collecting and study of this field. Interested? Then be quick: only 100 copies have been printed.

PMG Celebrates 15 Years and Nearly 5 Million Notes

Paper Money Guaranty is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2020, a year that will also see the paper money grading service surpass 5 million notes certified. Both of these milestones of longevity and volume are unparalleled achievements in third-party paper money grading.

Performance of the First Vatican Euro Coins. Part 1

When euro coins were introduced in 2002, Vatican coins were considered a safe investment. Our expert numiscontrol checked whether the objects met the expectations.

The World’s Smallest Gold Coin Comes From Switzerland and Is Already Sold Out

Currently, Swissmint continuously produces bestsellers: first Roger Federer in silver, then the smallest gold coin of Switzerland and Roger Federer in gold. Collectors had to be quick in order to purchase one of these items.

Finally: The Royal Mint Issues Brexit Coins

In this case it’s questionable whether good things come to those who wait. Anyway, Brexit is a done deal and therefore the Royal Mint eventually issues the coins minted on this occasion. Here you find out how the pieces will look like. And if you’re currently staying in Wales: the Royal Mint will open for 24 hours on Brexit day allowing every visitor to mint his very own Brexit coin.

The Royal Mint Sets New Record With Sale of Britain’s First £1 Million Coin

The Royal Mint has set a new record for British coinage after sourcing and selling a rare Edward VIII Sovereign to a private collector for £1 million. It is the first time in history that a British coin has attained a price of £1 million.

Roman Gold Jewels With Postumus Coins Missing From France’s National Library

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France has reported missing three pendants with gold coins of the Roman emperor Postumus. They had been stored in a secured stock. The police investigate.

What Should Be Discussed at the International Numismatic Congress?

You can now register to attend the International Numismatic Congress in Warsaw via the online “Pre-Registration” form. In addition, you, and anyone else, can submit proposals for themes you think should be discussed in workshops and round tables at the event.

The Celtic Coins of Riegel am Kaiserstuhl

Did you know that the main trade hub of the Celts was located at the Upper Rhine? Archaeologists found 46 settlements between Basel and Karlsruhe! And a hoard of gold coins. Falko Weis wrote a monograph about it. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the book.

Application For MDC Awards Open

The Mint Directors Conference hosts two prestigious sets of industry awards – the Coin Awards, and the Packaging Awards. There are still some days left for mints to apply for the competition. The winner will be announced during MDC 2020 in South Africa.

Frank Klingemann New Managing Director at Schuler

On January 1, 2020, Frank Klingemann took over the management of the Industry division at Schuler. The Industry expert is now responsible for mechanical single presses, blanking lines, electro mobility and coin minting.

50 Years of Australia’s Indian Pacific Train

In 1970 the Indian Pacific became the first direct train to cross the Australian continent. The Royal Australian Mint is celebrating this event of 50 years ago, with a new coloured 50 cent coin depicting the iconic Australian train.

Franz Füeg (1921-2019)

On 24 November 2019, Franz Füeg died. Many coin collectors know him as one of the most important scholars of Byzantine numismatics. Only a few of them are aware that he was also one of the most distinguished architects of Switzerland.

The End of an Era: Kurt Wyprächtiger Steps Down

For 40 years, Kurt Wyprächtiger curated the numismatic collection at the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen. From the unorganised material that he was confronted with when he started the job in 1980 he built up a systematic coin collection. Now, he steps down.

The New RIC

The new volume of the highly important Roman Imperial Coinage series was published by Spink in November 2019. It deals with the coins of emperor Hadrian and has a new layout. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick to Be Recognized as Numismatic Ambassador

During the Florida United Numismatists 65th annual convention, American Numismatic Association Executive Director Kim Kiick was recognized as a Numismatic Ambassador honoring what she has given to the numismatic community over many years.

ONS Meeting in Tübingen 2020

The Research Centre of Islamic Numismatics at Tübingen University invites to the Regional Conference of Islamic numismatics in May 2020. The organizers call for presentations.

Surprising Number of Polymer £5 and £10 Banknotes Replaced Due to Damage

New information pertaining to Bank of England polymer notes has surfaced in which their lifespan has been put into question. The Bank of England has reported that nearly 50 million polymer notes have had to be replaced since they were launched due to wear and tear.

World Banknote Summit 2020 in Prague

The World Banknote Summit 2020, which takes place in Prague from 24th to 26th February, spans a range of key agenda topics presented by expert speakers. Innovative session formats will offer excellent learning opportunities and foster exchange among the participants.

Mongolian Issues Marking the Year of the Mouse

On behalf of Mongolia CIT Coin Invest released a series of issues dedicated to the year of the Mouse featuring a gold coin, a banknote, as well as a silver mini-sculpture stuck with ©smartminting technology.

Joseph M. Segel (1931-2019)

On 21 December 2019, American entrepreneur Joseph Segel died at the age of 88. He was the founder of numerous companies, most notably of QVC, an American teleshopping network, but also of The Franklin Mint, a private mint well-known among coin collectors.

Scottish Towns Return to Coin-Operated Parking Meters

A Scottish council announced a coin-operated parking meter comeback driven by people power and fueled by solar power. Having introduced a cashless initiative less than two years ago, the council is now taking a step back – or forward? – to cash-friendly parking.

The Scher Collection in the Frick Collection in New York

In 2016, Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher entrusted the Frick Collection in New York with their collection of medals. A comprehensive catalogue has been published illustrating just how unique a gift this collection is.

Numismata Munich: The Classic Coin Fair in March

From 7 to 8 March 2020, the classic among coin fairs will take place: Numismata Munich. Like every year, the most important European coin fair for classical numismatics has a lot to offer: well-known concepts and new ideas.

Call for Applications for ANS Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics

The ANS is now accepting applications for the 66th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics to be held in New York City from June 8 through July 31, 2020. A limited number of stipends of up to $4000 are available.

What is my Euro Starter Kit from 2002 Worth Today?

On 1 January 2002, euro coins entered the cash cycle. In order to familiarise the people with the new currency, most nations issued “starter kits”. They evolved into sought-after collectors’ items. But what are these starter kits worth today?

The First Coin of the New Decade

On 1 January 2020, the Royal Australian Mint welcomed the public to its highly sought-after annual event to see the first coin of 2020 struck in its very own capital city, Canberra.

The Perth Mint Celebrates the Year of the Mouse

2020 is the Year of the Mouse, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. On 3 January, the Perth Mint released a coin with a rotating charm to commemorate this zodiac sign.

The World’s First Digital Collectors Coin

The Bank of Lithuania plans to release a blockchain-based digital collector coin in spring 2020. Naturally collectors can expect quite some unusual features. A physical silver coin will be available too, but it’s hard to get.

Business Model Cultural Property

A cultural event of superlatives: Egypt sends 166 objects of Tutankhamun around the globe. The revenues flowing back into the nation on the Nile are enormous. Whether Egypt makes best use of the money is an entirely different matter.

Edward Baldwin Retires from A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd

After 49 years in the firm, Edward Baldwin retires from his work for A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd as the last of the Baldwin clan. He has prepared the firm for the present and future opening it up to the auction business and using computer technology.

CoinsWeekly Special Issue for the New York International Numismatic Convention

Again, in 2020 there will be CoinsWeekly Special Issues and the first one will be published in the context of the New York International Numismatic Convention. The print magazine can ONLY be obtained for free AT the convention. It’s available for download as of today.

Gold & Glory – Gifts for Eternity

Basel’s cathedral was consecrated 1,000 years ago. On that occasion the Basel Historical Museum shows in the splendid display “Gold & Glory – Gifts for Eternity” exceptional objects and many coins.

Scholarships for ANA’s Summer Seminar 2020

The American Numismatic Association offers scholarships for their summer seminar 2020 in Colorado Springs. The seminar offers students an array of week-long courses designed for discovery or continued study. Read here if you should apply!

50 Years of CIT Coin Invest – 50 Years of Coin Innovations

There are only a couple of companies that had such an impact on the world of modern coins as the Liechtenstein think tank CIT Coin Invest. It is the birthplace of one the first colored coins and today CIT coins are even part of the collection of the British Museum.

Royal Canadian Mint Reports Profits and Performance for Q3 2019

The Royal Canadian Mint has released its financial results for the third quarter of 2019 which provide insight into their activities, the markets influencing their businesses and their expectations for the next twelve months.

The Liechtenstein Fabergé Egg

A project that involves two of Liechtensteins Top-Institutions: CIT Coin Invest drew inspiration from the Liechtenstein National Museum. The result is an exceptional coinage, that delights not only fans of the famous Fabergé eggs.

The 5 Most Important Copyright Rules for Beginners

Are you in need of articles to fill up your club journal or of a photo for your website? All these things can be downloaded easily from the internet. However, if you do not want to receive a letter from a lawyer, you should adhere to some rules. We explain the basics of (German) copyright.

A Lesson in Economic History: The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Up until slavery was finally abolished in the 19th century, European traders carried off millions of people from Africa to the New World. Swiss families and companies also profited from the transatlantic slave trade.

A Virtual Class Outing to the British Museum

The British Museum and Samsung have created 35,000 places for school children from across the whole UK to ‘virtually’ visit the Museum, giving them access to the British Museum’s global collection and expertise through a live broadcast to their classroom.

East Asian Coin Terminology for Spanish Speakers

Many collectors of Far Eastern coinage know how difficult the terminology of their field of interest is – if you do not speak all those languages. At least Spanish speakers have a new help at hand: Professor Santiago Blanco’s “Glosario numismático de Extremo Oriente”.

Latest Issue of Financial History Now Available for Free

The Issue 131 of Financial History, the magazine of the Museum of American Finance, is now available. You can download it for free. One of the topics is “US Presidents and the Federal Reserve”.

Tribute in Silver to Extremely Rare Palestine Mandate Banknotes

Banknote collectors may dream of the extremely rare 50 and 100 pound Palestine Mandate banknotes. As only few collectors will be able to afford one of those pieces, the Israel Coins and Medal Corp. offers facsimiles produced in silver.

Schuler Group Delivers Four Minting Presses to the State Mints of Baden-Württemberg

Quite literally a press release: State Mints of Baden-Württemberg, producer of nearly half of the German euro coins, renew their machine park with four brand new minting presses from the Schuler Group.

AC/DC: For Those About to Rock

With “For those about to rock”, CIT Coin Invest AG releases the fifth issue of its AC/DC series. It is dedicated to the 7th international studio album and therefore to one of the most famous AC/DC songs: “For those about to rock. We salute you.”

Royal Mint Continues 50p Celebration with Piedfort Sets

The Royal Mint launched the 50p British Culture and Military Sets as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of this revolutionary seven-sided coin. Now, the mint has unveiled a Piedfort version of the sets celebrating key cultural and military milestones.

There Is Nothing Else Quite Like It – The Beijing International Coin Expo

The Beijing International Coin Expo, held this year from November 15-17, isn’t a regular coin show. It represents an annual opportunity for the Chinese numismatic world to promote its products and to measure its progress. Peter Anthony attended and shared his impressions.

The COTY Is Back

The popular Coin of the Year Award Contest will also take place in 2020. After Krause’s crisis, the future of the COTY was uncertain. But now, the judges were contacted and the candidates for the best coins in ten categories are in the starting blocks.

Scenarios of Power. An International Students’ Exhibition

How did the Romans use coins as a mass medium? An exhibition designed by students from Germany and China takes a look at this subject in a refreshing way, with a modern approach and complementary perspectives from East and West.

Complete Inventory of Currency Dealer Stolen

A dealer’s nightmare has come true: A US currency dealer has lost nearly his entire inventory at a vehicle burglary. Most of the material was obsoletes.

Disneyland At Auction

A two-day auction at Van Eaton Galleries will feature over 1,500 items that trace the history of Walt Disney’s theme parks from before inception to present day – including rare Walt Disney documents, attraction props, art, and much more. Maybe even the famous Disney Dollars.

The Coin Yearbook 2020 Now Available

The Coin Yearbook 2020 is an independent price guide and collector’s handbook for the coin hobby, with features which include accurate up-to-date valuations for all English, Scottish, Irish and Island (Channel & Isle of Man) coins in an updated edition for 2020.

A Gigantic Gathering of Coin Artists – the Shanghai Coin Design Forum

From near and far the Shanghai Coin Design Forum brought artists together to discuss and explore the challenge of expressing themselves on a tiny coin in today’s world. A fascinating range of approaches to an art form in transition, says Peter Anthony, who reports.

“Physical Cash Is Irreplaceable” – Part 2

Ursula Dalinghaus has conducted a study about the importance of cash as part of the public infrastructure. She states that cash is irreplaceable. She and the anthropologist Bill Maurer explain their position in this interview.

Star Trek’s Star Fleet Command Emblem as a Set of Coins

On 25 November the Perth Mint released a set of two coins, one of them a “Holey Dollar”, that represents the Star Fleet Command Emblem from the popular Star Trek franchise.

Swissmint Honours Tennis Ace Roger Federer

Swissmint dedicates a commemorative coin to Roger Federer. For the first time a living person will be shown on a Swiss coin. If you want to have this coin, there will be great news for you - as the Swissmint has changed the procedure of ordering.

British Pobjoy Mint Celebrates Christmas

Coming soon, to a chimney near you! Following the success of the 2018 Father Christmas coin, Pobjoy Mint presents a new design featuring Father ChristmasTM 2019.

House Search in Munich Coin Dealership

The Italian Carabinieri are linking illicit excavations in the area of ancient Crotone to an auction house in Munich. Using drones, the police observed diggers excavating holes in archaeological sites.

William Turner: Painter and Shareholder

An Exhibition at the Bank of England gives insight into the stock dealing activities of the romantic painter William Turner. His face will soon appear on the new £20 note.

National Museum Zurich Opens its West Wing

The renovation of the West Wing of the National Museum Zurich is now complete. This wing of the building presents a chamber of treasures in a historical appearance but with state-of-the-art technology and houses one of the largest collections of finger rings of the world.

Revised Edition of Standard Reference for Global Circulation Coins

In October this year, the Directory of Circulating Coins was published for the third time. Now the practical reference book for circulation coins is up to date again.

NGC Grades One of the First Morgan Dollars From San Francisco

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has certified one of the first 10 Morgan Dollars struck by the San Francisco Mint. Hundreds of millions of Morgan Dollars were struck from 1878 to 1921. The 1878-S Morgan Dollar certified by NGC ranks as one of the most important.

Richard Weaver Selected As New PNG President

Richard Weaver has been elected President of the Professional Numismatists Guild for the 2019–2021 term. In the past, he was the PNG Vice President. Now, the new president wants to refurbish the organization’s reputation as an “elite old boys club”.

“Physical Cash Is Irreplaceable” – Part 1

Ursula Dalinghaus has conducted a study about the importance of cash as part of the public infrastructure. She states that cash is irreplaceable. She and the anthropologist Bill Maurer explain their position in this interview.

Royal Australian Mint Commemorates Qantas Airline Centenary

To mark the centenary of Australia’s flag carrier Qantas the Royal Australian Mint and the national carrier have revealed a new $1 Australian circulating coin, a collectible Qantas Centenary 11 Coin Set, along with a ‘Golden Ticket’ competition.

Latvija Remembers Freedom Fights

Latvijas Banka has issued a silver collector coin “Freedom Fights (1918–1920)” dedicated to the Latvian War of Independence and all those people who helped to win independence and hold freedom in high esteem.

Troy at the British Museum: Myth and Reality

Troy: myth and reality will be the first exhibition in the UK to feature finds from Heinrich Schliemann’s excavations at the site of Troy. It tells the stories that have fascinated and inspired people for more than 3,000 years from the Trojan horse to Hollywood films.

The Coins from Lake Constance

Since the High Middle Ages, it has been one of the most important economic areas of Europe: the region of Lake Constance. A new catalogue presents this region’s minting authorities and their coins. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

The Treasure of Hiddensee and the Baltic Week

The Treasure of Hiddensee is an important testimony to the culture of the Vikings. Its replica from 1973, however, says a lot about the GDR. After all, one of the copies was made for Honecker. In December the Teutoburger Münzauktion will auction one of three known copies.

Parts of the Treasure of Sovana Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances

A hoard of late antique Solidi was kept in a small museum near its place of discovery, the church of Sovana. Now 66 Solidi have disappeared. The police are treading in the dark.

Steps to Take When You Inherit Coins

Have you recently inherited a coin collection and don’t know what to do with it? The guide book “Managing and Settling a Numismatic Estate: How to Preserve or Dispose of a Coin Collection” by the American Numismatic Association helps you figure out the next steps.

ANS Bestows Saltus Award to Mashiko Nakashima

The American Numismatic Society presents its 2019 J. Sanford Saltus Award for Excellence in Medallic Art to Mashiko Nakashima. The ceremony will take place on December 12, 2019.

How Dirty Is a Cash Machine in London?

Did you ever feel like washing your hands after taking cash from an ATM? A study reveals the levels of dirt lurking on ATMs in key London areas. What do you think is cleaner: a cash machine touchscreen or a public toilet door handle? Surprise, surprise.

The 7 Summits – Kilimanjaro

CIT Coin Invest has issued the fourth issue of the series “The Seven Summits”. It pays tribute to Mount Kilimanjaro by featuring a realistic image of Africa’s highest mountain that arises from the coins’ reverse.

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