Monday, 25.05.2020


Far From Small Change – Ancient Gold Coins Donated to the Salvation Army

A lovely story from Christmastime, before coronavirus took over our lives: instead of the usual small change, two ancient gold coins found their way into a red Salvation Army kettle. The coins have now been sold by Heritage Auctions.

Philip Attwood Left the British Museum After 41 Years

Philip Attwood left the British Museum on 1st May 2020 after forty-one years in the Department of Coins and Medals and ten years as Keeper.

Medals of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame 1969-2019

Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals have found homes in collections and museums around the world. Now, for the first time, a book by Mel Wacks publishes the biographies of more than 50 inductees along with their portrait medals.

British Museum Revamps Online Collection of Thousands of Coins

The British Museum launched a major revamp of its online collection database. So people anywhere in the world can see for free over 4 million objects comprising numismatic items like over 50,000 English coins from the medieval period to the Tudors.

Covid-19 in Japan. Impressions of a Coin Dealer

Because of Corona we are all very wrapped up in ourselves and often forget that the crisis can unfold very differently for people elsewhere. Today the Japanese coin dealer Akio Seki reports that the situation also has its good sides.

Swiss Coins Since 1850: Available to Browse Now on CoCo!

Our new database, ‘Cosmos of Collectibles’, is growing and thriving. It now includes all Swiss circulation coins since 1850 and commemorative coins since 1936. But we’re still missing some photos – can you help?

Iran Parliament Agrees to Redenomination of Rial Currency and Will Re-Introduce Toman

As a result of the rampant inflation seen by the Iranian currency trade, the Iranian Parliament has voted to implement a programme for transitioning the country’s monetary system to the Toman.

Bank of Greece Dedicates Collector Coin to “Myrtis”

In 430 BC a 11-year-old Greek girl died in Athens during an epidemic. Archaeologists found her skull calling the girl “Myrtis”. The remains were particularly well preserved permitting a recreation of her facial features. Greece dedicates a €5 silver collector coin to “Myrtis”.

International Numismatic Congress Postponed to 2022

There is many a good reason why the INC and the Organising Committee had to take the decision to postpone the International Numismatic Congress to September 2022. Although we are longing for meeting our colleagues all over the world, we have to be sensible.

Colin Narbeth (1929-2020)

Colin Narbeth died aged 90. He was the founder and driving force behind the creation of the International Bank Note Society and a true pioneer of the study and collecting of paper money, called by some ‘Mr Banknote’. Jonathan Callaway remembers him.

1892-S Morgan Dollar, Uncirculated, $15 – No Haggling!

The Red Book is a superstar of America publishing, it’s one of the most popular nonfiction titles of all time. Besides being of inestimable help for collectors of US coins, the guide book can also be used as a time machine! Follow Dennis Tucker on his journey through time.

Major Online Meeting for Token Collectors and Researchers

In times of lockdown, token collectors and researchers of the entire globe still find a way of being together and share their knowledge. The first international token web conference will take place on Sunday, 17 May 2020. The event is free of charge but requires a registration.

RNS Numismatic Early Career Lectures: Call for Papers!

The British Royal Numismatic Society is looking for two students or early career professionals working with numismatics to give a lecture to RNS members in 2021. Here you will find all the details.

PMG Achieves Major Milestone: 5 Million Notes Certified

The company’s 15th anniversary isn’t the only thing Paper Money Guaranty® can celebrate this year: PMG has now graded 5 million banknotes, becoming the first third-party grading service to achieve this important milestone.

MDC Postponed to 2021

The Mint Directors Conference has been postponed. As concerns continue, the organisers decided to move the conference hosted by the South African Mint to November 2021.

CIT – Tortoise

Aeginetic coins featuring the tortoise are considered to be among the most beautiful coins of ancient times. By means of its latest smartminting© issue Tortoise, CIT has now succeeded in transferring their motif and the incredible relief of these pieces into our age.

Royal Australian Mint Celebrates Australia’s Olympians and Paralympians

The Royal Australian Mint has released three coins celebrating Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic teams. Despite the Tokyo games being postponed until 2021, the coins have been released on their original schedule.

Success in the Fight Against the Faked Antiquities Market

British Museum and Border Force crack down on the emerging market in faked Middle Eastern antiquities. It’s easier and cheaper to make copies than to loot ancient objects.

Salzberg on the Effects of the Corona Crisis on the Collectibles Industry

Mark Salzberg, Chairman of the Certified Collectibles Group, recently shared his thoughts on the challenges of the current crisis. He analyses the situation and sums up how the branches of Certified Collectibles Group did adapt.

Stephen Album’s Checklist of Islamic Coins Available as Free PDF Download

Those who collect Islamic coins have been using Stephen Album’s useful checklist for decades. Now the 3rd edition of “Stephen Album’s Checklist of Islamic Coins” is not only available in print, but also as PDF – for free.

ANA Severely Affected by the Pandemic

The American Numismatic Association had to adapt to the current situation, too. Not only did they have to cancel their 2020 Summer Seminar, as a result of the suspension of several programs they also had to eliminate several staff positions.

Counterfeits Gone Viral: Online Sales of Fake Gold and Silver Cost Public Millions

The enormous demand and limited supply of silver and gold bullion coins during the COVID-19 pandemic have created a breeding ground for the distribution of counterfeits that is costing investors millions of dollars.

Netherlands Broadcast First Strike Via Livestream

Despite lockdown, it was possible to be part of the Royal Dutch Mint’s ceremonial First Strike of the 75 years of freedom 5 euro coin. The National Committee broadcast the event on 5 May in a livestream.

Call for Design Proposals for China’s Olympic Coins and Banknotes 2022

On the occasion of the Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the People’s Bank of China will issue commemorative coins and banknotes. Institutions and artists worldwide are invited to submit design proposals.

Gibraltar Remembers End of WW II in Europe

On 8 May 1945 WW II ended in Europe. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Pobjoy Mint has released a coloured cupro nickel diamond finished 50 pence coin on behalf of the Government of Gibraltar.

The End of Moneytrend

This week it became known that a well-established institution of German numismatics has ceased to exist. Moneytrend filed for insolvency on 22 April 2020.

Art Dealers and the Network of Society

French art dealer Anthony JP Meyer reports on the current situation in France. He thinks of the many people who rely on his small enterprise. We thought that this post might be of the same interest for you as it was for us.

Plantation Tokens of the Dutch East Indies

A. J. Lansen has given collectors a reference work for plantation tokens in the Dutch East Indies. The book won the Tams-Mishler-Award in 2018. The new revised 4th edition lists 21 recently discovered tokens.

The Numismatist Editor-in-Chief Barbara Gregory to Retire

After 38 years at the American Numismatic Association, The Numismatist Editor-in-Chief Barbara Gregory retired in April. She passed the editorial responsibilities to current ANA Managing Editor Caleb Noel.

Summing Up the Issue With Rounding Cents

The EU Commission’s work program 2020 reveals plans to withdraw one- and two-euro cent coins from circulation. This came as a surprise to representatives of mints as there are serious concerns over the matter.

Denmark Celebrates 80th Birthday of Queen Margrethe II

The National Bank of Denmark have released new commemorative silver coins on the occasion of the 80th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Margrethe II. She succeeded to the Danish throne in 1972 and is now the longest reigning Scandinavian Monarch.

Moai Hit by a Truck

Hitting a bollard can happen, when reverse parking. Ignoring a meter-high stone sculpture on the Easter Island is a totally different ball game. However, the background is rather serious.

Coin and Banknote Markets Strong Amid Global Crisis

As the world faces an unprecedented economic and public health crisis, the numismatic markets have demonstrated incredible resiliency. Indeed, coins and banknotes represent one of the rare pockets of stability during this period of fear and uncertainty. A commentary from the specialists of NGC.

University of Richmond Museums Presents Ancient Coins Online

The University of Richmond Museums have opened an online exhibition on the history and economy in the late medieval eastern Mediterranean. The exhibition features 53 coins from the eastern Mediterranean during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

Snapshots – A Mint News Quarterly Special Issue

Currently everyone is suffering from the restrictions imposed by COVID-19, some more, others less. What impact can we expect the situation to have on the coin producing industry? A MNQ special issue summarises the current trends.

United States Classic Gold Coins of 1834-1839

Daryl J. Haynor presents in his book about every aspect of the Classic Gold quarter eagle and half eagle series issued between 1834 and 1839. The work has established itself already as attribution system being adopted by major auction houses and grading companies.

VIA GmbH – the New Numismatic Auction House in Vienna

In the heart of Vienna, close to the “Graben” the new Auction House VIA GmbH of Mag Raphael S. Hiltbrunner has opened its doors. The company can be proud of its numismatic competence and language skills.

News From Swissmint

Last week Swissmint informed its clients about the current situation regarding commemorative coins. There are fundamental changes and, due to COVID-19, also some postponements. We summarised the most important facts.

Download All Issues of Mint News Quarterly For Free at

Since December 2014, Ursula Kampmann and her team have been publishing Mint News Quarterly, the specialist journal for the circulation and commemorative coin industry. From now on, all issues can be downloaded from the CoinsWeekly website.

Glenna Goodacre, Famous Sculptor and Coin Designer, Has Left Us

New Mexico artist Glenna Goodacre – well known to coin collectors as the designer of the Sacagawea dollar – has died of natural causes at the age of 80. She passed away at her home in Santa Fe the evening of Monday, April 13, 2020.

Jay M. Galst (1950-2020)

One of New York’s more than 10,000 corona victims is known by many who regularly visit the NYINC: Jay M. Galst was an avid collector of coins related to his area of expertise: ophthalmology. Find here a short obituary by Ursula Kampmann.

Irene ‘Neddy’ Allen (1928-2020)

Another loss in the numismatic world: London based medal dealer Irene ‘Neddy’ Allen passed away in March. Her colleague Christopher Eimer commemorates her.

Money Is History You Can Hold in Your Hands

With the help of pocket change, you can teach your children at home while their schools are closed, says the American Numismatic Association. The organization also prepares their 97th annual coin week for April 19-25.


In 2017 a colloquium was held in Warwick examining the debasement of coinage during ancient times from a variety of angles. The essay collection of the colloquium has now been published by Oxbow. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

Intensive Course on Numismatic Methodology in Athens

The Radboud University Nijmegen and the Netherlands Institute at Athens organize a postgraduate intensive course in numismatics in September 2020: “How to Tackle Ancient Greek Coinage and Coins: An Intensive Course on Numismatic Methodology”.

Currency Research Report: Covid-19 as Threat to Cash

During the Covid-19 pandemic media and health minsters advise against the use of cash as unhygienic. A new research report on how cash is currently being discussed in the media helps central banks answer apprehensions concerning cash as a germ carrier.

‘Cat’s Mill’: Latvia’s Coin of the Year 2019

The commemorative coin "Cat’s Mill" dedicated to the literary work of the Latvian poet, prose-writer and politician Kārlis Skalbe has been voted Latvia’s Coin of the Year 2019 in the traditional public vote.

Greece Commemorates Battle of Thermopylae

On 31 March Greece has issued a 2 euro coin dedicated to the Battle of Thermopylae 2,500 years ago. The coin features a Greek helmet to remember the encounter between Greeks and Persians.

Eldert Bontekoe (1954-2020)

On March 30, 2020, the author and professional numismatist Eldert Bontekoe died. In 1982, he began building his company that was to become worldwide known: Pegasi Numismatics. We re-publish his online obituary.

How Does the Coin Market React to Corona?

Although the corona pandemia afflicts the coin trade, the coin market seems to remain fairly resilient according to Kent Ponterio. He thinks that some aspects of the market may even have become stronger. Read his analysis of the current market situation here.

Bermanian Guild of Numismatists Fights Covid Boredom

In the 1990s coin dealer Allen G. Berman declared himself king of the fictive country Bermania. As Alanus I, since then, he has given many lectures on his jovial kingdom to members of the Bermanian Guild of Numismatists. Now a book gathers a selection of them.

Berndt Ahlström (1936-2019)

Only now it became known that Swedish coin dealer Berndt Ahlström died at the age of 83 last December 2019. He founded auction house Ahlström in Stockholm in the 1950s and was owner of the Geneva Galerie des Monnaies.

Do We Spread the Coronavirus via Cash?

Are you also requested not to pay in cash if possible when you’re grocery shopping? Due to the coronavirus. Some countries are already cleaning their circulation money. But can the coronavirus actually be transmitted via coins and banknotes?

2019 Record Year for Giesecke+Devrient

Giesecke+Devrient reports record results for the past fiscal year. The Munich-based group specializing in security technology has seen significant increases particularly from the business in digital products and services.

South African Mint Celebrates Invention of the Retinal Cryoprobe

The South African Mint introduced the ‘South African Inventions’ theme in 2016. In 2020, another South African innovation stands out on their newest commemorative coin: the Retinal Cryoprobe, invented by Dr Selig Percy Amoils in 1965.

Collector, Maecenas, Patient – The Tragic Life of Rudolf II

Rudolf II went down in history as an unworldly emperor hiding in the witches’ kitchens of alchemists. In this three-part series we analyse the phenomenon Rudolf II. Here you find all three parts.

Global Power Portugal – Part 12: Guimaraes

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. In episode 12, we travel to Guimaraes, where the origins of Portugal lie – or at least where Salazar exploited the myth of Portugal’s origins for his cause.

Global Power Portugal Part 11: Conimbriga and Aveiro

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. Episode 11 takes us to one of the largest Roman settlements excavated in Portugal as yet, Conimbriga. And then we are off to the Portuguese Venice with gondolas, meringue and busloads of tourists.

Global Power Portugal Part 10: From the Cistercians to Salazar

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. Episode 10 shows us the inherently contradictory nature of the country at the westernmost tip of Europe.

How the Internet Can Get Coin Trade Through the Crisis

In collaboration with CoinsWeekly, the Leitsinn advertising agency has developed a way for all coin dealers who want to expand online trading to do so while keeping investment cost as low as possible.

Record Level of Treasure Finds in the UK

The British Museum revealed that the number of Treasure finds in the UK made by members of the public has once again hit a record level. In 2019, a total of 81,602 finds were recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, almost 90 % of them were found by metal detectorists!

Hellenistic Portraits

What could be nicer than leafing through a book featuring magnificent pictures? After his publication on Roman portraits, Andreas Pangerl has now published a similar book on the Hellenistic kings and rulers. Johannes Nollé took a look at it.

The ANS Launches Online Fundraising Campaign for OCRE

The American Numismatic Society aims to incorporate major new research on Roman Imperial Coinage into its hugely popular digital resource Online Coins of the Roman Empire. In order to assist this project, the ANS has launched a gofundme campaign – please consider donating!

Coin Care in Simple Terms. Part 3: Special Cases Precious Metals and Slabs

Today we look at the special cases on washing day. What needs to be considered in the case of particularly valuable precious metal coins? Furthermore, numiscontrol subjects slabbed coins to a mercilessly tough extreme test.

Public Vote on Latvia’s Coin of the Year 2019

As every year, Latvijas Banka organizes a public vote for Latvia’s Coin of the Year 2019. Nominated are four collector coins: “Cat’s Mill”, “Niklāvs Strunke”, “Gifts of the Forest”, and “Freedom Fights”.

Still Trapped

In 2019, CIT Coin Invest released its issue “Trapped”. Now, a second coin is being launched bearing the title “Still Trapped”. It depicts two hands desperately searching for reality behind an impermeable membrane.

Global Power Portugal Part 9: Batalha, Tomar and Fatima

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. In episode nine the legendary Monastery of Batalha and the mysterious Templar stronghold Tomar start off a series of highlights. And of course we also take a short detour to Fatima.

Global Power Portugal Part 8: The Palaces in Sintra and Mafra

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. Episode eight has a truly royal touch as we visit the palaces in Sintra and Mafra. Sintra is, after all, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Mafra one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

Global Power Portugal Part 7: Beja, Queen of the Planes?

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. In episode seven, we visit Beja, called Pax Julia under the Romans and home to a museum which has the reputation of holding the most significant Visigothic art in Portugal. But then, people call a great many things significant …

Global Power Portugal Part 6: Megalithic Settlements in Alentejo

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. The sixth episode presents an unusual side of Portugal. With its megalithic settlements the Alentejo region shows an astonishing resemblance to Brittany.

Global Power Portugal Part 5: Evora

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. In the fifth episode, we make our way to the provincial region of Alentejo, to Evora. The idyllic small town, which has been UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, was once an important residence of Portugal’s kings.

Global Power Portugal Part 4: Medieval Lisbon

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. The fourth episode takes you right into medieval Lisbon. The best place to start is the castle hill.

Edwin Tobler (1922-2020)

Edwin Tobler, the great connoisseur of Swiss numismatics died on 14 March 2020. The modest and reserved collector had a decisive influence on Swiss numismatics by means of his publications. Ursula Kampmann commemorates him.

Coins of the Medieval Prince-Bishopric of Würzburg

Hubert Ruß has published the new reference work for the medieval coins of Würzburg bishops. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

“The World in Your Hand”. A Conference in the Virtual Space

Many events have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. “The world in your hand. New directions in numismatic research” is an early career scholars conference which will be held on 3 April – as a video conference. Registration is still open.

Coin Care in Simple Terms. Part 2: Washing Day

If you collect coins, you have to treat your pieces with care. Today is washing day! numiscontrol explains which treatment the different metals of your favourite pieces need, what the perfect water temperature is and much more.

Fairmined Gold: Gold Which We Can Be Proud Of

More than 20 million people in the world mine gold in ways that destroy their health, threaten their life, and devastate the environment. The Alliance for Responsible Mining has a way to improve the operation of these mines as well as integrating them into the fair trade system.

Ecco: Italy’s New Coins

Pizza, Marcus Aurelius and Raphael: these and other motifs appear on Italy’s commemorative coins 2020. Here is an overview of the coins and their release dates.

Global Power Portugal Part 3: Lisbon, the Earthquake, and Doubts About the Existence of a Benevolent God

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. The third episode tells of the tourist-laden Lisbon, whose architecture still shows traces of the 1755 earthquake that caused philosophers to question the existence of a benevolent God for the first time.

Global Power Portugal Part 2: Belem and Henry the Navigator

In her latest travel diary, Ursula Kampmann shows us Portugal, the nation of explorers and seafarers. In the second episode, she visits Belem, the place from which so many departed to conquer the world. Legend has it that Henry the Navigator was their inspiration.

Global Power Portugal Part 1: The Gulbenkian Museum

In her latest series of travel reports, Ursula Kampmann discovers Portugal. In the country on the coast of the Atlantic, she explores the numismatic and economic history of one of the world’s greatest nations of discoverers. Her first stop: the Gulbenkian Museum.

Global Power Portugal (Travel Diary 2015)

In April 2015 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Portugal. With her beautifully illustrated numismatic diary we hope to help you pass the time at home and take your mind off things! You will find all travel reports here.

Bizarre Burglary in Belgium

No, for once it’s not about millions: less than a month ago, three thieves broke into the Royal Belgian Mint. Two of them were arrested, the third man managed to escape with the loot: he stole 5 kilos of decoined euros.

Coin Care in Simple Terms. Part 1: The Basics

If you collect coins, you will have to treat your pieces with care. numiscontrol explains how to deep clean your objects on a shoestring with common household accessories and what to keep in mind on the numismatic washing day.

Pobjoy Mint Presents New 50 Pence Coin Featuring the HMS Erebus

To commemorate the 220th anniversary of the birth of Antarctic explorer James Clark Ross, a new 50 pence Coin was released on behalf of British Antarctic Territory. It features his expedition ship, the HMS Erebus, which later became famous when it went missing.

Coins Stolen After the Long Beach Coin Show

The Long Beach Police Department is investigating a vehicle burglary that happened after leaving the Long Beach Coin Show in February resulting in the loss of ancient coins. Find descriptions and photos of the stolen coins here.

A Virtual Journey to the Devastated Sites of the Middle East

Using the most recent digital techniques, an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art takes visitors on a virtual tour of three ancient cities – Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, all devastated in the recent past.

Treasures Beneath the Dubrovnik Cathedral

In his new publication, Ivan Mirnik takes a detailed look at the numismatic finds from the archaeological excavations underneath the Dubrovnik Cathedral in the 1980s.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Relocate Their Whitman Spring Expo Auction

The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo has been canceled. Therefore Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ decided to relocate their March 2020 Baltimore Auctions to California.

Cosmos of Collectibles

The contemporary reference work for the modern coin collector, that’s what Cosmos of Collectibles is. The new website helps to identify and find all coins that collectors want to have.

Why Was Numismata Munich Really Cancelled?

Numismata Munich didn’t take place. The Regional Administrative Office of Munich withdrew the permission. Was there no way one could have predicted this? Here you find out why this wasn’t possible and what changed on Friday morning.

Numismatic Events Cancelled or Postponed

As the Coronavirus is spreading, many events all over the world have been cancelled or postponed. We try to gather numismatic events affected by this recent development and will update the following list continuously. If you have to cancel your event, please make sure to notify us.

Tokens: Culture, Connections, Communities

The Royal Society published an anthology that, for the first time ever, deals with the phenomenon of tokens across time. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

ANA Call for Paper: “Women in Numismatics”

The American Numismatic Association is accepting proposals for the 2020 Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series. This year’s subject is: “Women in Numismatics”. Presentations will be given at the Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money®.

Where Have All the BREXIT Coins Gone?

On 31st January 2020 the Royal Mint issued 3 million Brexit coins and has added further millions in the meantime. Apparently, though, that is not enough and people try to hunt them down. But why do these coins seem to disappear from circulation?

Mint Directors Conference Postponed

The Mint Directors Conference in South Africa, scheduled for April 2020, is postponed to autumn 2020. The reason is once again the coronavirus according to a statement of the organisers.

Perth Mint and Royal Mint Honour Fictitious Agent 007

Great times for the 007 aficionados among coin collectors: The Royal Mint has launched an entire James Bond commemorative coin and bar collection, the Perth Mint has created a collector coin featuring the iconic 007 gun logo.

BREAKING NEWS: Numismata Munich Cancelled

The Numismata Munich has been cancelled, apparently at the instruction of the responsible public health authority. As soon as we know more details we will inform you.

Singapore International Coin Fair Rescheduled

The Singapore International Coin Fair was to take place on 3 April 2020. Just like the Hong Kong Coin show, the Singapore event has been rescheduled due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

The Effects of the Coronavirus on the Coin Trade

Everybody’s talking about the coronavirus. Newly infected people are counted on a daily basis. However, we hardly ever talk about the consequences that we will have to face because of this media-fuelled panic. The coin trade might have to adapt to some changes, too.

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