Numismatic Puzzle: Cunobelinus
For many collectors, Greek coins form the highlight of numismatics. Already the Celts of Britain were enchanted by these coins. A gold stater of Cunobelinus from the 1st century BC was inspired by coins of Alexander the Great.
Numismatic Puzzle: Hadrian’s Beard
Well-shaved or with beard? It’s always a statement – and it even was in ancient Rome. Hadrian was the first emperor with beard. Why? Scholars are still trying to figure out the answer. The beard certainly added a whole new “touch” to his coins as this aureus shows.
Numismatic Puzzle: Caesar
Today we have a first for you! This denarius of 44 BC was the first coin to feature a living Roman: Gaius Julius Caesar. He mentioned two good reasons for it: the star refers to the descent from Venus, the laurel wreath to Caesar’s achievements as a general.
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!