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Numismatic Puzzle: Caesar as an Elephant

Today you will try your hand at a special denarius of Caesar. In 49 BC, in the midst of the civil war, the general chose a dramatic image: an elephant that tramples a snake. What do you think? Who is who in this political message?

Numismatic Puzzle: Greek Yin and Yang

This time, you will try your hand at a drachm from Istros on the Black Sea coast. The issue does not specify what the motif in the style of a Chinese yin and yang symbol depicts: the brothers Castor und Pollux, the trade up and down the river? Anyway: a fascinating beauty!

Numismatic Puzzle: Metapontum

Today’s coin from Metapontum in southern Italy is a masterpiece of incuse minting. The ear was the trademark of the Greek settlement on the Gulf of Taranto.

Numismatic Puzzle: The Rolling Mill

In today’s puzzle you will deal with the rolling mill. The reward is a reconstruction of this machine, which revolutionised the minting of coins in the 16th century.

Numismatic Puzzle: San Francisco’s Old Mint

This time you will deal with San Francisco’s Old Mint, which was built as a symbol of San Francisco's wealth after the California Gold Rush.

Numismatic Puzzle: Joachimsthal – The Taler’s Birthplace

In 2020 we celebrated the 500th birthday of the taler. In this puzzle, you will put together the pieces of the Joachimsthal mint, which the new currency was named after.

Numismatic Puzzle: A 1850 French Centime

Today you can try your hand at a French centime of 1850. The reward is the obverse of this coin with freedom-loving Marianne!
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