Sunday, 25.08.2019


Robbery in Wild West-Style

About $2.5 million worth of gold coins and watches were stolen from the Mexican Mint. The armed robbers entered the shop of the Mint Museum in Mexico City at gunpoint and carried their haul away in a trolley case.

A CoinsWeekly Special Issue for the Sberatel in Prague

From 6 to 7 September 2019, the Sberatel will take place in Prague. It is the largest collector’s fair in Central and Eastern Europe. On this occasion, CoinsWeekly issues a free publication in Czech.

Eightieth Birthday of Walter Grasser

The Bavarian numismatist Walter Grasser considered himself a mediator between coin museums, dealers and collectors. In the 70ies his books were numismatic bestsellers. Matthias Barth offers his congratulations on the occasion of Walter Grasser’s 80th birthday.

The Bank of England: 325 Years, 325 Objects

The Bank of England will celebrate its 325th anniversary this July with a story-filled exhibition. Objects include banknote designs, the earliest notes and 19th century forgeries. Also featured: The newly-commissioned floral banknote sculpture by artist Justine Smith.

Homo Ludens – or why Toy Money belongs in the British Museum

Playing with Money – that is the title of a small display that can be visited until 29 September 2019 in the British Museum. A small but fundamental book on the topic of games involving money written by Robert Bracey coincides with the exhibition. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

ANA honors Numismatists at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money

The ANA honored numismatists of outstanding merit at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money. Among them are Thomas Hallenbeck and George Kolbe.

The Official Press Release about the Future of Krause’s Numismatic Journals

Having been sold, Krause forms now part of Active Interest Media. Lately, the official press release about the future of Krause has been published.

Small Denominations Gain Reprieve from Chancellor

One penny and two pence cause problems in the UK. According to estimates, six out of ten are used only once before being discarded in jars. Nevertheless, the British Finance Minister has now announced that there are no plans to discontinue their production.

Manannán – 1st King of Man

On behalf of the Isle of Man, CIT Coin Invest has issued a commemorative coin for the Celtic warrior king Manannán. The namesake of the island adorns the reverse side of the silver coin, kneeling in full armor in front of the Celtic cross.

Armstrong’s Footprint on Italian Coin

2019 we celebrate the jubilee of the moon landing. The Italian Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) has released a commemorative coin, too.

Simon Bendall (1937-2019)

Everyone who collected Byzantine coins had to do with Simon Bendall. He was a collector, dealer, scientist and profound expert of the subject. On 6 August 2019 we will bury the grandmaster of Byzantine numismatics.

News about the XVI International Numismatic Congress

The XVI International Numismatic Congress will take place in Warsaw from 19 to 24 September 2021. The website is online. You will find many interesting details on the website – and more of them are added constantly!

ANA Honors Distinguished Numismatists with Awards

The American Numismatic Association has chosen this years’ award recipients. The awards will be presented to the Numismatists at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money® on August 15

The Year of the Dealer

‘SOLD! The Year of the Dealer: Antique Dealers, Art Markets and Museum’ is a collaborative research project by major British museums organized by the University of Leeds. It investigates the history of the antique, coin and art trade and its relationship with public museums.

A Life’s Work: The Rainer Opitz Collection “Reformatio in Nummis”

The catalogue of the Opitz collection has been published. The six-volume work comprises exactly 3,577 pages with more than 6,000 objects, which were collected by Rainer Opitz in about 40 years on the subject of “Reformatio in Nummis”.

Ohio Budget Kills Sales-Tax Exemption

The Ohio 2020–2021 budget eliminates the sales-tax exemption on the purchases of investment metal bullion and investment coins. The budget plan also directs the state to begin collecting sales taxes on interstate purchases.

Bank of England unveils personality to be featured on next generation £50 polymer banknote

Alan Turing will be featured on the new British £50 polymer note. He unveiled the secret of the German Enigma encryption, was one of the most important pioneers of theoretical computer science and was chemically castrated by the British Government in order to cure his homosexual orientation.

Augustus featured on modern coin

The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IPZS) released the third coin of a series dedicated to the Roman Emperors. It shows the first emperor Augustus.

Marking 100 Years of Calgary’s Victory Stampede With New Silver Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new silver coin commemorating the historic Victory Stampede of 1919 and the Canadian soldiers of WWI. The coin features a gold-plated cowboy riding atop his galloping steed.

Reincarnation or immortality? Coins are not struck by the hour!

When it comes to high-end watches, Bulgari bets on ancient coins. Since 1966, unique pieces have been created in irregular intervals, involving the fabrication of ancient coins. Björn Schöpe presents the current examples.

30 Months in Prison For Selling Counterfeit Coins

U.S. coin dealer Barry R. Skog was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for carrying out a counterfeit fraud scheme in multiple states. He fraudulently obtained more than fifty thousand dollars. Some victims still may be unidentified.

British Museum shows objects from Solomon Islands

A new display at the British Museum focuses on how colonial objects from Solomon Islands came to be in the Museum’s collection in London. Among these objects visitors will find some pre-monetary forms of money like local shell-money beads.

Numismática Forense Combines Numismatic and Forensic Studies

The Argentinian numismatist Diego Alvarez has launched a new website in Spanish language focussed on counterfeits and their detection. Find here some information about it.

Oluf Gerhard Tychsen (1734-1815)

He took off to convert the Jews – and became a rabbi. The pietistic Protestant originated oriental studies and Islamic numismatics. An edited collection takes up aspects of his scientific work. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

NGC, PMG and eBay Partner on Expert Review Service

Uncertified coins and banknotes on one of the world’s largest marketplaces will have a link to purchase a preliminary review by NGC and PMG experts. The Expert Review Services promise quick results and competitive prices.

20 years of H2O

H2O GmbH helps the coin industry too, to treat their industrial wastewater sustainably. After 20 years the company still has big plans as Matthias Fickenscher explains in an interview. This confirms the new extension building at the headquarter and the most recent product.

New South African Coin Celebrates ‘Environmental Rights’

The South African Mint has released a new commemorative circulation coin themed ‘Environmental Rights’ as part of its coin programme commemorating 25 years of South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

Dragonfish – Golden Arowana

CIT Coin Invest links to an Asian tradition and publishes a new silver coin on behalf of the Republic of Palau with an image of the popular, and expensive, Asian Arowana “Dragonfish”.

Dirtier than a grab handle in the subway

We have all heard the prejudice that coins and banknotes, passing through countless hands, are full of bacteria. Now, a study has shown that even credit cards are an oasis for pathogens of all kinds.

Ellsworth to Become ANA’s 61st President

Voting members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) have chosen five new candidates and four incumbents to the ANA Board of Governors for the 2019-21 election term. Ellsworth will become ANA’s 61st president, succeeding current President Gary Adkins.

Money and Calgary: The City’s History of Numismatics

The exhibition “Money and Calgary” shines a light on the fascinating numismatic history of Calgary, showcasing it’s renowned Numismatic Collection until July 20, 2019.

Upcoming Hong Kong Coin Show in August

The biannual Hong Kong Coin Show is taking place for the 7th time in August and will feature not only buying and selling, but also seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and a guided tour. Visitors and exhibitors are invited to register for an early bird fee of HKD300.

David W. Lange on the Enduring Appeal of the Lincoln Cent

Whitman has published the third edition of Q. David Bower’s “Guide Book of Lincoln Cents”. David W. Lange explains his fascination with the Lincoln cent, and why this book is “a must-have for any numismatic library”.

Verify CAG-certified Collectibles at the CAG Website

Collectors can now visit the website of Collectibles Authentication Guaranty™ to look up CAG-certified artifacts by their certification numbers. If a potential problem with a CAG-certified artifact becomes known, the search result will include an alert.

China invites submissions for collector coin designs

Everybody knows the importance of The People’s Bank of China Chinese Lunar Gold and Silver Commemorative Coins. Now, institutions and artists worldwide are invited to submit designs for the coins for the years 2021 to 2032. Submission date is August 13, 2019.

“Equality” in circulation

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a one-dollar circulation coin commemorating 50 years of progress in recognizing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited Canadians

The ILLICID final report has been published

Since April 2019, the final report of the ILLICID project has been hidden on a website. No surprise that it’s hidden. The result of the four-year study which cost €1.2 million in tax money can be summarized in a nine-page report. The IADAA has taken a closer look.

Loire-Atlantique, terre de trésors (land of treasures) exhibition

The Musée Dobrée – Grand Patrimoine de Loire-Atlantique is exhibiting for the first time, the ensemble of its monetary treasures discovered in the department over the past century and a half.

Everything there is to say about the coins of Neuchâtel

In a monumental work, Charles Froidevaux wrote down everything he discovered during 25 years of research on the numismatics of Neuchâtel between 1589 and 1818. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the three-volume work.

FDIC Backs Down on “High-Risk” Merchant List

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has fully reversed its position on a list of merchant categories thought to present a high risk for payment fraud. The misinterpretation of the list had resulted in banks’ severing ties with coin dealerships.

Call for Papers: The Numismatic World in the Long 19th Century

The organizers of the symposium “Numismatic World in the Long 19th Century” at Tübingen University in April 2020 call for papers exploring the numismatic world in the epoch – including both, the sphere of academia, and that of collecting and dealing.

A Gold Medal which flew to the moon

NGC certified more memorabilia from the possession of the Armstrong family, which will be auctioned off by Heritage in July 2019. Among them are gold and silver medals which flew to the moon as well as Armstrong’s teddy bear.

Delegate registration for MDC 2020 now open

Delegate registration for the 31st Mint Directors Conference is now open. The conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 26-29 April 2020, and is hosted by the South African Mint. Over 300 guests are expected.

Spain commemorates 50 years man on the moon

The Royal Spanish Mint has issued a 10 euro silver coin to commemorate man’s arrival on the moon and the contribution of the Spanish facilities. The coin features the Spanish Lunar Module with the moon in the background.

Pobjoy Mint Reveals Final Coin in the Big Five Series

Pobjoy Mint has announced the final coin in the collection of the Big Five African Animals. The concluding coin features the unpredictable Buffalo and is issued on behalf of Sierra Leone.

Bertelsmann acquires ownership of Krause Publications

The world’s largest publishing group, Penguin Random House, acquired Krause Publications along with the book division of the bankrupt company F+W Media. The German media group Bertelsmann owns 75% of Penguin Random House.

On the occasion of Bernd Kluge’s 70th birthday

On 18 June 2019 Bernd Kluge celebrated his 70th birthday. The former director of the Berlin Coin Cabinet is the best example of the fact that for a true numismatist the proper work only begins when he has reached retirement age.

Limes Museum Aalen Redesigned

The largest Roman museum in southern Germany was reopened in a new content-driven design on May 24, 2019. Visitors can submerse themselves in the military and civilian living environment of the Romans and Germanic peoples along the Limes in brilliantly designed exhibition halls.

A Tale of Two Empires: Rome and Persia

The exhibition ‘A Tale of Two Empires’ explores the ancient superpowers of Rome and Persia through the Barber’s extensive Late Roman coin collection and its Sasanian cache. Dr Maria Vrij, coin curator at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, introduces the exhibition.

I.A.P.N Congress 2019 Report

The International Association of Professional Numismatists (I.A.P.N.) held its annual General Assembly this May in Carefree, Arizona. Find here information about the congress and its results.

Second Edition of ‘A Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins’

This February Whitman Publishing released an updated second edition of ‘A Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins’, by Q. David Bowers. The second edition includes a foreword by Barber Coin Collectors Society president John Frost, who shares his thoughts on the book in a short essay.

Errors on zero euro notes. Part 2

Errors, failures and bad luck – that is what Numiscontrol discovers taking a look at the popular zero euro notes. Actually, this is a good thing for collectors, but in this overview, he takes the liberty to make a few critical remarks.

50 years “Give Peace a Chance” on Canadian coin

The Royal Canadian Mint pays tribute to John Lennon’s and Yoko Ono’s legendary Bed-in for Peace with a silver coin. It features the iconic black and white photograph of the couple in a hotel bed taken in 1969.

Ruth Niedermann received Otto Paul Wenger Prize

Ruth Niedermann is a highly esteemed colleague in the numismatic world. On 17 June 2019, the owner and editor of the Numis-Post was honoured by the Association of Swiss Professional Numismatists with the Otto Paul Wenger Prize. Read here the laudation given by Ruedi Kunzmann.

Handsome men for ‘Frau Hauptmannin’

The history of Swiss foreign military service is a story of men – but they’re only half the story. Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, aunts and cousins all worked in the family-run mercenary soldiers business, invested their own money, were co-owners and had inheritance claims.

Burglars’ New Tactics

In the last few weeks, a nationwide crime pattern has emerged in the United States and Canada. Burglars have been cutting power lines to jewelry stores in order to disable alarm systems and gain entry. Coin shop owners are urged to take preventive measures.

Heritage Offers Higher-Quality Photographs of World and Ancient Coins

Heritage Auctions has launched a new feature on its website that displays high-quality photographs of world and ancient coins taken by independent third-party grading companies whenever they are available for internet auction lots.

Numismatic books at Arbor Sapientiae

Arbor Sapientiae is an Italian publishing house whose catalogue of over 20,000 titles includes numerous numismatic publications, especially on Italian and classical topics. It is also well worth taking a look at the antiquarian section!

The most important sponsor of Berlin’s Numismatic Collection collected stamps!

The Global Philatelic Network has been commissioned to auction the collection of the “greatest philatelist of our time”. This title refers to Erivan Haub, the most important sponsor of Berlin’s Numismatic Collection. And of course, the auctions will be accessible on the internet via Philasearch.

Errors on zero euro notes. Part 1

It could be a collection area of its own, all the embarrassing shortcomings and errors that occurred within the frame of the feverish production of the popular zero euro notes in an eagerness to satisfy demand. Numiscontrol gives an overview divided in two parts.

US Mint Suspends Redemption Program

In January 2018 the US Mint reinstated its Mutilated Coin Redemption Program in order to enable people and businesses to exchange mutilated coins for reimbursement. After a previous suspension of nearly 3 years to develop safeguards the Mint has decided to suspend it again.

AC/DC: Highway to Hell

With “Highway to Hell” CIT Coin Invest AG published the third issue of the AC/DC series. The highlight of the two-dollar silver coin is the colored cover of the AC/DC album of the same name.

Roman Gold a Buying Opportunity? CNG’s Market Report Spring 2019

Michael Gasvoda of Classical Numismatic Group gives in CNG’s Spring Classical Market Report a review of the state of the classical numismatic market as he sees it. Is Roman gold a buying opportunity or better go for pedigreed Greek coins? Read it here.

Chic and Practical – The Art of the Coin Purse

The new exhibition at the Monnaie de Paris Museum, is dedicated to an item essential to the circulation of money – the coin purse. The exhibition retraces the history of the purse which, literally, has been carrying coins from antiquity to the present day.

Croatia Celebrates the Kuna

The selection of the name for the post-independence Croatian currency in the early 1990s was surrounded by controversies. In a new special exhibition at the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, visitors can explore the fascinating history of the country’s coins and banknotes.

“Le Franc” – an encyclopedia of French modern numismatics

“Le Franc” is a collaborative work of French and foreign collectors, researchers and numismatists and contains over 1150 pages of history of French modern numismatics. This project was made possible by the recent digitization of over 100,000 archive pages of the Monnaie de Paris.

2020 CSNS Convention Updates

Coin dealers and collectors can find the latest information about the CSNS 81st Anniversary Convention here. Clubs and organizations are invited to hold membership meetings in conjunction with the convention and hotel reservations are now accepted.

NGC Upgrades Mobile App with NGC Registry and Other Exciting Features

NGC® has announced significant updates to its NGC mobile app as e.g. the app now incorporates the NGC Registry, a powerful online platform where collectors register and display their NGC-certified coins and compete against other collectors around the world for recognition and prizes.

Close to 170,000 Jobs in the European Union Depend on the Production of Coins

For the first time a study investigated on what effects the production of coins has on the economy and employment of the European Union. Result: 169,900 people have jobs that are directly or indirectly linked to coin production.

Henk Schiffmacher designs own anniversary medal

The world renowned Dutch tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher is celebrating his 40th anniversary in the business. The Royal Dutch Mint is honouring the artist with the Henk Schiffmacher coin, based on his own artistic design.

25 years of constitutional democracy in South Africa with new collectable coins

South Africa’s 25 young years as a constitutional democracy is the subject of the South African Mint Company’s ‘SA25 – Celebrating South Africa’ coin series, which commemorates the rights and freedoms espoused by South Africa’s Constitution.

Hornby Island, BC Trade Token: Year 2

Located off the coast of British Columbia, Hornby Island is a place of fascinating cultural and natural heritage. In honor of this island and an effort to enhance their local commerce and fundraising opportunities, a new token as now been released.

Goldkammer Frankfurt: A New State-of-the-Art Museum

Europe’s new state-of-the-art museum Goldkammer Frankfurt is now open. Visitors can discover the art and history of gold in many ways walking through underground treasure rooms enriched with digital experiences

The Global Art Market Report 2019

Art Basel and UBS present their annual global art market analysis, covering all aspects of the international market and highlighting the most important developments of the previous year.

“Money and Books” in Padua

An exhibition in Padua presents a rich selection of the most significant numismatic books printed in Italy and Europe from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century highlighting the rediscovery of classical antiquity conveyed through the exchange and study of Roman coins.

IAPN votes in Daniel Frank Sedwick as President

Daniel Frank Sedwick has been sworn in as president of the International Association of Professional Numismatists. His new term began during the annual IAPN congress held May 13-15 in Carefree, Arizona. Former president Arne Kirsch has been nominated honorary president.

Conference: James Loeb – The Collector and Connoisseur

The Conference “James Loeb – The Collector and Connoisseur” will take place on the 7th and 8th June 2019 in Munich. International experts will hold lectures on James Loeb’s collection of antiques, his historical legacy, impact, and contemporary relevance.

Teutoburger organizes their live bidding via Numissearch

The Teutoburger Münzauktion specializes in Southeast Asia and China. It is no surprise that Volker Wolframm opts for the Numissearch platform when it comes to live bidding. On Numissearch, every step of the bidding process is possible in the Chinese language.

New 100 and 200 euro banknotes in circulation

The new €100 and €200 banknotes, the last notes in the Europa series, have started circulating on 28 May 2019. The banknotes use new and innovative security features and are easy to check using the “feel, look and tilt” method.

IACA Excellence in Currency Awards for Coins

The International Association for Currency Affairs has opened nominations for the Excellence in Currency Awards for Coins. The deadline for nominations is 30 June 2019.

Crystal Skull – Luna de Sangre Speaks of Apocalypse

Crystal Skull is back – with the ominous Luna de Sangre issue. Centerpiece of the coin designed by CIT Coin Invest AG on behalf of Equatorial Guinea is a metallic blue, skull shaped Swarovski crystal superimposed on a blood moon.

World famous detective Sherlock Holmes to be commemorated on UK coin

With a commemorative 50p the Royal Mint celebrates the 160 years since the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. It will feature a design which requires a magnifying glass to read.

Penultimate Coin in Series of the Big Five Features the Sleek Leopard

Pobjoy Mint has released the fourth coin in the popular series of five featuring the Big Five African Animals. The penultimate coin features the majestic Leopard and is issued on behalf of Sierra Leone.

The Manifold World of Challenge Coins

Tokens to maintain the morale during a government shutdown and medals of intercultural friendship – Challenge Coins tell many moving stories. Some have been compiled in books and others can be purchased for a song in shops in the Middle East. Here is the latest from the world of Challenge Coins.

ANA Board of Governors Election is Live

Every two years, the terms of all American Numismatic Association elected officials expire. Find here the nominations for the ANA’s 2019 election of officers. Members can either vote via mail or online using an eBallot.

Women Candidates’ presentation for ANA election

Among the readers and supporters of CoinsWeekly are two women who are running for the ANA election. Here are the reasons why they think it makes sense to vote for them.

Kansas Governor Signs Bill Providing Sales-Tax Exemption

Kansas has joined 38 other U.S. states with a sales-tax exemption on sales of gold and silver coins as well as all gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion. Both dealers and collectors had previous championed the cause for many years.

The medals of Erminio Varisco

The Vatican Numismatic Cabinet has added a series of exciting contemporary medals to its collections: Erminio Varisco’s widow entrusted curator Eleonora Giampiccolo with her husband’s estate, which is presented in this catalog. Ursula Kampmann has had a look through it.

Symposium in Athens examines economy of the sacred

The Belgian School at Athens will host the symposium “Coins for the Gods, coins for the merchants – Economy of the sacred compared to the economy of profane” from October 24-26, 2019. This is their call for papers.

The Winners of the 2018 International Coin Design Competition

For 20 years Japan Mint has been holding their international competition for coin engravers. This year a design from Poland was honored as most excellent work. For all engravers who did not participate this year: Find here the details for your participation in the next contest.

Canadian circulation coin honours Canadians who fought at D-Day

The Royal Canadian Mint is launching a $2 circulation coin honouring the Canadians who, landing in Normandy, France 75 years ago, helped establish the Allied foothold that would lead to the liberation of Western Europe.

Mutiny and Rebellion in Australia

Angry mutinous sailors, a dramatic military coup, and a miners’ uprising – these are some of the key moments of Australian history. The Royal Australian Mint has launched the first coins in a series commemorating the country’s tempestuous colonial era.

Happy 70th Birthday – In Honor of Fritz Rudolf Künker

Few people have had such a lasting impact on post-war coin trade in Germany like Fritz Rudolf Künker. Starting out as a one-man business, Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co. KG would grow into one of the largest numismatic companies in the world. On 21 May 2019, “K1” is turning 70. Ursula Kampmann is honoring him with the following text.

The ANS offers its congratulations on Fritz Rudolf Künker’s birthday

Ute Wartenberg-Kagan offers her congratulations on the occasion of Fritz Rudolf Künker’s birthday. She acknowledges him as the person that has done most on an international level to restore the tradition of the German scholar-dealer that World War II interrupted.

Crisis and Innovation in the 1920s

The 1920s was a time of unprecedented change. In a new exhibition, the Fitzwilliam Museum tells the story of simultaneous prosperity and artistic innovation as well as political and economic crisis in Europe and America through coins, medals and banknotes.

ANS Presents Roman Republican Die Project

The Roman Republican Die Project aims at providing a precise quantification of the monetary production under the Roman Republic. The first two parts of this project have been generously funded by the Arete Foundation.

The Hobby and the Market – A Guide to Coin Collecting

The second edition of Robert W. Shippee’s popular book “Pleasure and Profit” has been published. Dennis Tucker has taken a look at the unique work, which remains an insightful guide to building a coin collection and investing in coins intelligently.

Symposium “Lord Stewartby – The Numismatic Legacy”

The British Numismatic Society’s 2019 Summer meeting on the academic legacy of Lord Stewartby, a distinguished member of the society, is being held in London on Friday 28 June.

New Kazakhstan Coins Feature Latin-Based Alphabet

As Kazakhstan continues its national project of transitioning to the Latin alphabet, the National Bank has announced a new version of circulation coins reflecting this change. The move is seen as an effort to distance the country from Russian influence and the Soviet era.

Registration now open for World Banknote Summit 2020

Registration for the World Banknote Summit 2020 in Prague is now open. The third edition will be offering learning and networking opportunities in a familiar environment: topics will address practical issues related to banknote design, production and circulation management.

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