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Collecting Ancient Coins: Time to Consider a New Paradigm That Facilitates Lawful Trade

By Peter K. Tompa – Cultural Property Observer….. The following is a statement delivered at the Wednesday, July 22 meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) by lawyer and numismatic advocate Peter K. Tompa concerning proposed updates to the 2021 renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Italy. These updates threaten American collectors’ […]

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Ancient Coin News: A Numismatic Restoration Project Needs Your Vote

By Björn Schöpe for CoinsWeekly.com (MünzenWoche.de) …… The responsibility for the preservation of cultural heritage lies with the state, the institutions do not let anybody else interfere with this matter. But what happens if the state does not fulfill this task because it does not dispose of the means necessary in order to do so? […]

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Metal Detecting Brothers Unearth Ancient Roman Coins in Belgium

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …… One of the many fascinating aspects of coins from Ancient Rome is that they are found over a very large geographical area. You’ll find them scattered across Europe, Britain, and North Africa in addition to Rome proper. This is evidence of the great territorial expanse of the Roman Empire […]

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Roman dig crowd-funded on website

Social networks, crowd funding, archaeology, and numismatics all rolled into one? It appears numismatic study may not only be going high tech but it is also going mainstream courtesy of DigVentures.com.

Crowd-funded archaeologists in northern Yorkshire, England, are now studying one of the oldest Roman settlement sites in the region, the dig site including a significant find of Roman silver coins

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Ancient Hoard of Roman Silver Coins Accidentally Found in Bulgaria

  By CoinWeek News Staff …. Neighbors complained that the yard next door was unkempt and a public nuisance, so the authorities in Mezdra, Bulgaria began to clear the overgrown lot. During the process of uprooting one particularly old plum tree, a cache of well-patinated Ancient Roman silver coins was discovered in the tangle of […]

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Ancient Coin Collectors Guild Continues Fight Against Coin Seizure

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Until the early years of the 21st century, it was relatively easy and completely legal for an American collector to import ancient coins from most other countries. But in recent years there has been a definite trend toward ever-increasing restrictions on such activities. The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) was […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 15, 2017: Cash or Credit, Company Scrip, Gold Hold

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 15, 2017: Brain Food 1.) Why the world has so many Guineas As colonisers carved up the continent, many European nations controlled their own Guinea. At independence, French Guinea became Guinea, Spanish Guinea became Equatorial Guinea, and Portuguese Guinea became Guinea-Bissau. The region was a major source […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting…

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting… Brain Food 1.) What Happened When Hamilton Lost the Mint When Hamilton first began studying and reporting on the need for a mint, he and Jefferson were still civil, if not close friends. Politics and rivalry soon divided them, which was […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting…

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting… Brain Food 1.) What Happened When Hamilton Lost the Mint When Hamilton first began studying and reporting on the need for a mint, he and Jefferson were still civil, if not close friends. Politics and rivalry soon divided them, which […]

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Hoard of Bronze Byzantine Coins Found in Israel

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Amid routine construction on one of Jerusalem’s main highways, a cache of 1,400-year-old Byzantine bronze coins have by chance been discovered. Luckily, the work on the highway is being carefully managed by the state-owned firm Netivei Israel in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to ensure […]

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Hoard of Bronze Byzantine Coins Found in Israel

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Amid routine construction on one of Jerusalem’s main highways, a cache of 1,400-year-old Byzantine bronze coins have by chance been discovered. Luckily, the work on the highway is being carefully managed by the state-owned firm Netivei Israel in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to ensure […]

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The Origin of Specie: How Gold and Silver Became Money

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. …And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver. –Genesis, 20:16 ABIMELECH, PHILISTINE KING OF GERAR, gravely offended the patriarch Abraham by trying to appropriate his wife, Sarah, having been led to believe that Sarah was actually Abraham’s sister[1]. In […]

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Ancient Coin News – 2,000-Year-Old Roman Bronze Coins Found in Switzerland

Credit: Aargau canton archeology department   By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. A team of archaeologists in Switzerland are trying to make sense of a discovery that traces its origins back nearly two millennia. Somewhat strangely, a ceramic cooking pot filled with oil lamps and bronze coins was found during an effort to clear […]

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Coin Collecting Philosophy from Virgil M. Brand

By Q. David Bowers – Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… One of my favorite numismatic experiences was working with Norman Neubauer, the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, the heirs of Virgil M. Brand, and David E. Tripp in the sale by auction of many coins from the Brand estate. If you are an old-timer, you will […]

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Rare Roman Gold Coin Found at Mount Zion Archaeological Dig

By University of North Carolina – Charlotte ….. UNC Charlotte’s team that has conducted archaeological excavations on Mount Zion in Jerusalem announced the discovery of a rare gold coin bearing the image of the Roman emperor Nero. “The coin is exceptional, because this is the first time that a coin of this kind has turned […]

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First Read: Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide is a book that sought us out. Almost Literally. In Army chow halls across the country there’s an expression: “Eat First – Taste Later”. That’s […]

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First Read: Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide is a book that sought us out. Almost Literally. In Army chow halls across the country there’s an expression: “Eat First – Taste Later”. That’s […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 9, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 9, 2016 Brain Food 1.) The birth and death of paper money Kublai Khan, said Marco Polo, had ‘a more extensive command of treasure than any other sovereign in the universe’. There were no jangling pockets of coins in Kanbalu. Bark had been stripped from the mulberry […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 10, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for July 10, 2016 Brain Food 1.) From cotton to cash: how to (actually) make a euro Reinhold Gerstetter is responsible for the design of the euro banknotes. Fans of the old Deutsche Mark may recognize his work – he drew the faces on their last edition, before Germany […]

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CoinWeek’s Weekly News Roundup – March 4, 2016

By Coinweek …. Here is a recap of some of the interesting, offbeat and other news items CoinWeek has come across this week. Brain Food 1.) The Evolution of Money Alex Hernandez, tech writer and founder of smartphone and computer technology site Techaeris.com, writes a brief introduction to the history of money and monetary payment […]

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Israel Recovers Ancient Coins Stolen from Site

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On December 31, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that it had recovered over 800 ancient coins from the house of a Beit Shemesh man who confessed to looting items from a local archaeological site. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was apprehended by border police while on […]

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