Wednesday, 22.01.2020


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.

Hustle and Bustle at the 48th International Coin Fair Zurich

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.

The International Art Market as Cultural Bogeyman, Part 2

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.

Robbery in Colombia

An important collection of Colombian coins was robbed recently. Find here an overview of the stolen coins.

Gilles Bransbourg Named ANS Executive Director

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.

Bill Bierly: In God We Trust

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”.

Verify PMG Certification Now Features Images of 3 Million Notes

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.

Third Time Lucky? The Curious Case of the Elusive 50 Pence Brexit Coin

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.

EVA Celebrates 25 Years

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’s Numismatic Programme 2020

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.

New Italian Silver Coin Is Dedicated to the Duomo of Milan

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.

Alert News: Residential Burglary

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.

The International Art Market as Cultural Bogeyman, Part 1

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.

ANA Is Accepting Nominations for 2020 Awards

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.

Historia Mvndi: Picture Stories in XXL

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.

New Assistant Curator at the ANS

The American Numismatic Society has hired Dr. Jesse Kraft as Assistant Curator of the Coins and Currency of the Americas.

CNG Implement New Features on Modernized Website

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.

IACA Excellence in Currency 2019 Coin Awards

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.

Evolution of Life – Sinraptor

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.

Pobjoy Celebrates the Naming of the RRS Sir David Attenborough

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.

Cracking Coin, Gromit!

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’.

Big Data Tells Intimate Stories

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.

Big News from the Paper Money Fair

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 Legacy of Grand Prince George Mikhailovich Romanov

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 Joins Stack’s Bowers Galleries

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.

Trade journal OZeAN Offers Access to Open Data and 3D Scans

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.

No Mainstream Solution: Estonia Plans to Issue 1-Cent Coins

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.

World Banknote Summit Unveils Programme Innovations

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.

Royal Canadian Mint Honours Métis Leader Louis Riel

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.

New Coins and Medals Feature Comic Hero Asterix

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.

Ute Wartenberg Resigns as Executive Director of the ANS

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.

Currency in Crisis: German Emergency Money, 1914–1924

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.

Trésors monétaires vol. 28 – Spanish treasures in France

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.

Gold Coins From Sweden, 1512-2020

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.

Shekel Prize Medal Awarded to the Late Alex Abezgauz

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”.

A Study Has Proven: Cash Is a Public Good

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.

Meteorite Impacts: Estacado Meteorite

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.

Sir Stamford Raffles: Collecting in Southeast Asia 1811-1824

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.

Maximilian I’s Legendary Armor in New York

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.

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