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Roman Coins From the War Against Hannibal

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. The Second Punic War began when the Carthaginian general Hannibal invaded Italy in 218 BCE. Hannibal ravaged Italy with impunity for 14 years, defeating every Roman army sent out to meet him. His greatest victory was at Cannae[1] on August 2, 216 BCE, when, according to the Roman […]

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NGC Ancients – Bronze Coinage of the Greek Kings of Ptolemaic Egypt

Choice and rare ‘Bronzes’ of ancient Egypt are eagerly sought by collectors By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Egypt under the Greek ‘Ptolemaic‘ kings and queens produced a substantial coinage. In all metals, there are numerous designs, mint-designations and varieties that make the series both challenging and fascinating. In previous columns, we offered overviews of […]

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NGC Ancients – Roman Republican Silver Serrati Coins

The reason for the serrated edges on some silver Roman Republic denarii is not known   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The edges of most silver denarii of the Roman Republic have no particular features beyond those imparted by the flow of metal during the striking process. There is, however, a group of coins […]

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NGC Ancients – Collecting Greek Coins on a Budget

Greek coins are available for every budget   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… As we saw in the last column, ancient Roman coins offer some unexpected opportunities for collectors at most every level of budget. This month we’ll focus on similar bargains available in the field of ancient Greek coins, many of which are […]

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Bad Money – Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Fake Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series on Ancient Counterfeiters by Mike Markowitz …. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.” — attributed to Petronius, 1st-century Roman satirist AROUND 650 BCE, on the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea, coinage was invented. Very soon afterward, Ancient Counterfeiters and their counterfeit […]

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NGC Ancients: Classic Greek Coins, Part I

NGC’s David Vagi discusses the design varieties of select ancient Greek coins in this first of a multi-part series By David Vagi – Director, NGC Ancients …… The variety of designs found on ancient Greek coins seems limitless, and trying to pick the 10 most famous coin types is like trying to choose the 10 best […]

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Ancient Coins – A Survey of Roman Gold Coins — Part 2

By Josh Illingworth – NGC Ancients …… Part 1 At the beginning of the fourth century CE, the Roman Empire found itself in a prolonged economic decline. Centuries of warfare and misrule had slowly eroded all aspects of Roman life. Unsurprisingly, this was reflected in the Roman gold coins of the era. The gold aureus, a […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 6, 2018: Twit on Bitcoin, Fake Banknotes, Gold Caper

Coinweek News Wire for April 6, 2018 …. Current Events 1.) Filipinos Not Happy With New Coin Designs Even with this breakdown, it’s obvious that it’s not going to be easy to distinguish which coin is which. All have similar colors, identical layouts, and some are only a few millimeters bigger than others. For example, the PHP10 […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for March 9, 2018: Crypto Commem, A Fool for a Client…

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. Coin News Wire for March 9, 2018 Current Events 1.) How to Enter the Illinois Bicentennial Coin Design Contest Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs is looking for someone to design the coin that will be created and distributed to commemorate the state’s 200th birthday. Designs must be submitted by May 1. […]

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NGC Ancient Coins: Celt-Iberian “Horseman” Denarii

Coinage you might’ve seen in northeastern Spain 2,100 years ago Among the most charming coinages of the ancient world are the horseman (jinete) denarii produced in what is modern-day Spain from the mid-second century through the early first century BCE. The obverses of these coins invariably show a male head, and the reverses usually show […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for Feb. 9, 2018: Germans Love Cash, Inside Jobs, Crypto Crash…

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. Coin News Wire for February 9, 2018 Brain Food 1.) Digital != crypto != virtual I suspect that the Telegraph’s confusion may have arisen because of the tendency amongst management consultants (and others) to conflate the two entirely different kinds of electronic money: a cryptocurrency and a digital currency are […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Mark Antony’s Legionary Denarius

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. Those very things that procured him ill repute bear witness to his greatness… Antony was thought disgraced by his marriage with Cleopatra, a queen superior in power and glory … to all who were kings in her time. Antony was so great as to be thought by others worthy […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 26, 2018: Buy the Book Before your Buy the Bitcoin….

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. Coin News Wire for January 26, 2018 Brain Food 1.) This is the reason why only dead people can be featured on American currency In 1866, Congress issued an act stating that no living person can be portrayed on American currency. Our Founding Fathers believed it was unpatriotic for living […]

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Gold Sovereigns & Triple Unites Lead British Gold Coins Auctioned in New York

News & Analysis – World Coin Rarities, markets, & collecting #402 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Among all the coin auctions conducted in New York from Monday, January 8 to Sunday, January 14, there was no one single collection sold that was overwhelming or epic in nature. The main news story of the […]

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Ancient Coins – ANS Introduces Seleucid Coins Online Numismatic Reference

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO) (numismatics.org/sco). As a component of the National Endowment of the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project (see numismatics.org/pocketchange/neh-hrc), SCO aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings between […]

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World Coin Rarities Auctioned at NYINC in New York

News & Analysis – World Coin Rarities, markets, & collecting #401 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. From Monday, January 8 to Sunday, January 14, there were a large number of auction sessions for ancient and world coins at the Grand Hyatt Hotel adjacent to Grand Central Station in New York City. CNG, Goldbergs and […]

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The Polish 1621 hundred ducats – the most expensive Polish coin ever minted

By Dariusz F. Jasek ….. As edited by Etjen Vincani In the previous article the first free election of a Polish king was described. This article will deal with the subject of the second free election. After the childless death of Stephen Báthory (below left) on December 12, 1586, another free election was required. The most important candidates to the […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 5, 2018

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. CoinWeek Coin News Wire for January 5, 2018 Brain Food 1.) How much is a mint worth? In March 1995, the Australian Cabinet’s expenditure review committee put forward a submission to sell the mint. Cabinet was told the mint could be sold for $15 million and with circulating coinage diminishing […]

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NGC Ancients: A Guide to Bronze Byzantine Coin Denominations

Collectors enjoy the challenge of building sets of Byzantine Coin denominations The Byzantine Empire (491 to 1453 CE/AD) produced a tremendous number of coins during its near-millennium of existence. A large percentage of these coins were struck in copper, often Byzantine Coin denominations marks are rendered in Greek or Latin. Byzantine coinage is generally considered to have […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 29, 2017: Fake $100s, What is Crypto, Trump Challenge Coin

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 29, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The economics of the Bitcoin payment system Unlike other payment systems, Bitcoin is a two-sided platform with pre-specified rules. Its two main constituencies are the users who hold balances and engage in electronic transactions, and miners who maintain the system’s infrastructure. A […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 15, 2017: Christmas Gold Coins, Bitcoin News, Greek Coins

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 15, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Ancient Jewish Coins – Fame, Fortune and Fakes Did you get gelt? No, not the chocolate kind but honest-to-goodness gelt. Maybe you were lucky to receive a genuine Judaean coin for Chanukah. Or a medallion from the early years from the State […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 8, 2017: Money Will Burn, the Bitcoin Bubble and the Red Kettle

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 8, 2017 Current Events 1.) BEP Damaged Currency Redemption With the wildfires raging in California, it’s important to remember that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) offers a redemption program for burned, mutilated or otherwise damaged currency. Follow this link to learn more. 2.) Zimbabwe not […]

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Silver Tetradrachm Coins of Ancient Sicily: NGC Ancients

Silver tetradrachms of Sicily are highly sought after by ancient-coin collectors Collectors have long agreed that many of the most impressive ancient coins were produced in Sicily. With its advantageous location between Italy and North Africa, this island was a cultural crossroads of the Mediterranean. It also was the site of frequent warfare among those […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for November 3, 2017: Bitcoin Bound and the RCM Counterfeit Gold Mystery

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for November 3, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) The Ideal Auction Preston McAfee, Chief Economist at Microsoft, explains the different kinds of auctions, how they work, what the pros and cons are, and why we don’t have auctions for everything we buy. Truly fascinating stuff. But where it gets deep […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 20, 2017: Debtor Nation, Crypto-Corruption

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 20, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) ‘Like stars in a complex constellation, these objects convey the sweep of Jewish history’ This exceptionally rare gold coin was minted in Judaea immediately after the conquest of Jerusalem and brought with a deployment of Roman troops to England soon afterwards. Two […]

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NGC Ancients: Roman Coinage of Emperor Nero

The coinage of Nero spans his long reigns as Caesar and emperor Nero is among the best-known of all Roman emperors – but not for good reasons. During his eventful reign, from 54 to 68 CE, Nero had relatively few accomplishments, yet is credited with a long list of failures. The fact that he ruled […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 6, 2017: Australia 5 Cent, Money Evolves, Wu-Tang Clan…

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 6, 2017: Brain Food 1.) INFOGRAPHIC: 58 Insane Facts About Bitcoin You probably have heard a lot of people talking about Bitcoin recently, so you’ll want to save this infographic via BitcoinPlay.net to learn what Bitcoin is, when it started, and who uses this cryptocurrency the most… […]

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The Coinage of Aksum

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   Where the south declines towards the setting sun lies the country called Ethiopia, the last inhabited land in that direction. There gold is obtained in great plenty… –Herodotus, The Histories, Book 2 (c. 450 BCE) FIVE DAYS MARCH INLAND from the Red Sea, on the hilly […]

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NGC Ancients: Dates on Ancient Greek Coins

Many clues help narrow down the date ranges of coins minted more than 2,000 years ago At NGC Ancients, often we are asked: How do we know when an ancient coin was struck? This is a fundamental question for ancient Greek coins, on par with identifying who issued a coin. For many coins, it is […]

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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 September 8, 2017: Hanging with Beatrix, Busted Bitcoin, Gold Fakers

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 8, 2017: Brain Food 1.) New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology: Dogs The first counterfeit-sniffing dog, Mike, went into the field in 1997, and other dogs since then have had great success finding and busting counterfeiters. The Secret Service has expanded the canine anti-counterfeiting program, and begun tackling counterfeiting of […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 1, 2017: Fake Gold, Fake Coins, and Fort Knox

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 1, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) Scrooge McDuck and Switzerland For almost 400 years, kreuzers were probably the most important small coins being circulated every day in Switzerland. It was not only a method of payment, but was also used to measure the value of other coins. Kreuzers […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 1, 2017: Fake Gold, Fake Coins, and Fort Knox

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for September 1, 2017: Brain Food 1.) Scrooge McDuck and Switzerland For almost 400 years, kreuzers were probably the most important small coins being circulated every day in Switzerland. It was not only a method of payment, but was also used to measure the value of other coins. […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 25, 2017: Coins, Guns, and Fort Knox

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 25, 2017:  Under the Radar 1.) King Rama IX commemorative coins unveiled A portrait of the late monarch in court regalia appears on one side of the coins along with his name in Thai. On the reverse are a depiction of the crematorium being erected at Sanam […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 25, 2017: Coins, Guns, and Fort Knox

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for August 25, 2017:  Under the Radar 1.) King Rama IX commemorative coins unveiled A portrait of the late monarch in court regalia appears on one side of the coins along with his name in Thai. On the reverse are a depiction of the crematorium being erected at […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 18, 2017: Missing Persons, Chinese Counterfeits, Bitcoin Boom

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 18, 2017:  Urgent 1.) Walter Allan’s car found, but 84-year-old Numismatist still missing Allan’s family told police they last heard from him on July 18, when he told them he was heading to the 2017 convention of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association (RCNA) in Boucherville, Qué., held […]

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NGC Ancient Coins: Roman Silver Type Set

Over its long life, the Mediterranean superpower struck a wide array of silver coins Roman silver coins were produced in astonishing variety over a period of about 800 years. Considering the broad historical themes they represent, it’s no surprise they are among the most popular of all ancient coins. Many collectors specialize in the silver […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 7, 2017: War on Cash and Coins, Monday Edition

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for August 4, 2017:  The War on Cash 4: The Cash Master 1.) Is e-payment fast rendering cash extinct? As a Guardian newspaper article points out in January, “If you begin to insist on cashlessness, it does put pressure on you to be banked and signed up to […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Collecting Ancient Weights

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin[1]. — Leviticus, 19:35-36 PEOPLE ARE NOT VERY GOOD AT estimating or comparing weight. Before the rise of market economies, people measured commodities mainly by […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 21, 2017: The Hobby Under Fire, Endangered Cash, & Coin Crime

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for July 14, 2017:  The War on Cash 2: This Time It’s Personal 1.) ‘CASH ESSENTIAL TO PERSONAL FREEDOM’ – EUROPEANS PUSH BACK The biggest cited concern for respondents was the threat the cash restrictions would pose to privacy and personal anonymity. A total of 87% of respondents viewed […]

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NGC Ancients: Sea Creatures on Greek Coins

An ancient people’s reliance on the sea is reflected in money Finely engraved images of animals and mythic creatures are commonplace on ancient Greek coins. The spectrum is incredible, ranging from imaginary creatures to the kinds of animals the ancients encountered in everyday life. Among the most frequently shown are aquatic creatures. This is hardly […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for June 23, 2017: Gold Coins, Bitcoin, Crime Alert…

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 23, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a foreigner-friendly redesign? The five-yen coin is the only denomination without its value written in numerals. The only indication of its worth is in the kanji characters 五円, which mean “five yen,” and so foreign visitors who […]

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Ancient Coins – Pontius Pilate and Other Roman Governors of Judaea

Coins of the Judaean prefects and procurators are relatively plentiful, making sets fairly easy to assemble By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Among the most collectible of all Judaean coins are small bronzes issued by the local Roman authorities on behalf of the emperors in Rome. These prutot (prutah for singular) bear a variety of […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Vikings knew how to maintain trust in their money By the 880s the Vikings had taken over the territory of all but the West Saxons but they provided their subjugated peoples with money they knew – in the form of imitations of […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As the Vikings […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As the […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 12, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for May 12, 2017 Current Events 1.) Indian Demonetization did not impede future black money flows: UN report The Indian government’s demonetisation measures did not impede future black money flows in new denominations, a UN report said on Monday. According to UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 5, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for May 5, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The Krugerrand: Half a century as a store of value The renowned Krugerrand – dubbed the world’s first, most successful and widely-traded gold bullion coin – this year celebrates 50 years since its first minting. It was mainly created to add value […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 28, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for April 21, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The Hidden Science Of The New British Pound Coin There is however one security feature that the Royal Mint are being particularly cagey about, and that is the feature that they deem to make the coins the most difficult ever to forge. […]

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NGC Ancients: Roman Bronzes Appeal to Specialist Collectors

The early Romans’ appreciation for copper money remained strong through the collapse of the Roman Empire In the ancient Greek world there was a strong preference for precious metal coinage. Base metal coins were added to the mix only long after gold, silver and electrum coins had come into regular use – and even then, […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 7, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for April 7 2017 Brain Food 1.) How tough is the new £5 note? The new UK’s new £5 bank note – made of polymer rather than paper – gets the “chemistry treatment”. Featuring Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff [Of popular Youtube channel Periodic Videos. The professor donated an equivalent […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for March 10, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for March 10, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Switzerland ranked world’s worst currency manipulator The Economist magazine placed Switzerland first in a recent ranking of currency manipulators. According to the analysis, China, commonly thought of as the world’s champion at keeping its currency’s value artificially low, appears to be doing […]

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Teen Weirdo Emperor: The Coinage of Elagabalus

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   …[To] sport with the passions and prejudices of his subjects, and to subvert every law of nature and decency, were in the number of his most delicious amusements. A long train of concubines, and a rapid succession of wives, among whom was a vestal virgin, ravished […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for February 24, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for February 24, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The Secret Art History on Your Money The “fancy heads” both prettied things up and made the documents harder to counterfeit. A $1 bill issued by the Corn Exchange Bank of Wisconsin in the 1850s or ’60s shows a head derived from […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for February 24, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for February 24, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The Secret Art History on Your Money The “fancy heads” both prettied things up and made the documents harder to counterfeit. A $1 bill issued by the Corn Exchange Bank of Wisconsin in the 1850s or ’60s shows a head derived […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for February 10, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for February 10, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The “Scandalous” Quarter Protest That Wasn’t Some accounts even claimed that famous anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock had personally led the attack against the coin. The only problem with that story? Comstock died in 1915… 2.) Minting history “The world of coins is […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 27, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for January 27, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Should bank tellers reveal the value of old coins? A teenager takes a bunch of old coins, some of them may be of silver or antiques, to a bank and gets just the face value of them in exchange. The question, “Does […]

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World Coins – A History of the Netherlands Gold Ducat, Part 2: The Standard to Be Followed

By Dariusz F. Jasek ….. Link to Part 1 About a century before the birth of the Netherlands gold ducat, many different gold coins were in circulation in the Low Countries and neighboring lands. Various coin types were usually minted strictly for specific purposes: e.g. goldguldens were usually minted for trade with Germany, while gold […]

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World Coins – A History of the Netherlands Gold Ducat, Part 2: The Standard to Be Followed

By Dariusz F. Jasek ….. Link to Part 1 About a century before the birth of the Netherlands gold ducat, many different gold coins were in circulation in the Low Countries and neighboring lands. Various coin types were usually minted strictly for specific purposes: e.g. goldguldens were usually minted for trade with Germany, while gold […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Sphinxes on Ancient Coins

The business of a sphinx is to be mysterious By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   …somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs…[1] — W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” (1920) IN […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 13, 2017

  By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for January 13, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Collector has passion for ancient coins Borland turns to the register and takes out a handful of quarters. “See this?” he says. “That’s not money.” He drops the coins back in the register. “They’re tokens,” he says. “I know what money […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Janus, God of January

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. ANCIENT ROMANS KNEW even less about the prehistoric origins of their religion than we do, since we have knowledge from centuries of archaeology. Latin writers of the Classical era tried to connect their own native Italian gods to the prestigious gods of ancient Greece, with their complex genealogies and […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Janus, God of January

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   ANCIENT ROMANS KNEW even less about the prehistoric origins of their religion than we do, since we have knowledge from centuries of archaeology. Latin writers of the Classical era tried to connect their own native Italian gods to the prestigious gods of ancient Greece, with their complex genealogies […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Bridges on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   ROMANS WERE PROUD of their bridges, some of the most spectacular feats of ancient engineering. The high priest of the Roman state religion was called the Pontifex Maximus–literally the “supreme bridge-builder”–a title later adopted by the Popes of the Roman Catholic Church. A number of Roman coins depict […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 9, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for December 9, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Plough uncovers major hoard of Roman coins A WONDERFUL collection of 120 Roman Imperial coins was unearthed in the Isle of Axholme. The so-called Owston Ferry Hoard was discovered in 1952 by Mr. A. T. Pitchfork. Ploughing a field in the village, […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016 Brain Food 1.) What is the Average Lifespan of a Coin? Coins are tough little devils. Over the course of a coins’ lifespan, they will be dropped, kicked, stepped on, possibly run over by a vehicle, or involved in some children’s experiment to discover just how […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 7, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 7, 2016 Brain Food 1.) ANA Unveils Treasures In Your Pocket In 2014 a collector discovered a 1969-S Lincoln cent in his pocket change. Upon further inspection, he realized it was a rare doubled die cent. The value of his find? $19,800… To encourage budding coin collectors, the […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Two Heads Are Better Than One

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. THE RICH VOCABULARY OF NUMISMATICS has many terms to describe the things we see on coins. When a coin depicts two heads side by side, the usual description is “jugate busts”. The word derives from the Latin iuga, meaning “yoke”. Think of a pair of oxen yoked together. Jugate […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 23, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 23, 2016 The Future Is Now 1.) Bitcoin is money, U.S. judge says in case tied to JPMorgan hack “Bitcoins are funds within the plain meaning of that term,” [Judge Alison] Nathan wrote. “Bitcoins can be accepted as a payment for goods and services or bought directly […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 16, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 9, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Deciphering history, one coin at a time Pankaj Tandon, an accidental numismatist, is breathing life into forgotten kingdoms and solving historical puzzles with the help of ancient currency… 2.) Printing money, minting coins, refining gold IF THERE is one single Philippine institution […]

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NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

The traditional, narrow definition of the biblical Widow’s Mite is in need of revision The Biblical Widow’s Mite is among the most familiar, yet most mysterious, coins of antiquity. Truth be told, we don’t know exactly what it was. The best place to start is the New Testament, where the widow’s offering is described in […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 2, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 2, 2016 Brain Food 1.) What to do with an ink-stained bank note? Would you know what to do with a bank note stained with dye — an indicator that the note was stolen in a robbery or ATM theft?… 2.) Collectors Universe Reports Financial Results for […]

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New York International Numismatic Convention Announces Room Rates at Waldorf Astoria

By New York International Numismatic Convention …… Kevin Foley, Bourse Chairman for the 45th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), has announced that event’s special discounted rates at its Waldorf Astoria event site for 2017. NYINC activities begin on Friday, January 6, when lot viewing for its full week of auction functions gets underway. […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Gold Is Hot This Year. So Are Fakes “If we sit and wait around for the government to take care of it, we’ll all be in real trouble,“ said Terry Hanlon, president of Dillon Gage Metals, a wholesale precious-metals trader… 2.) A […]

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Coin Industry News – World Numismatics Announces New Company Partner

By World Numismatics, LLC (Mexican Coin Company) …… World Numismatics is pleased to announce that Benjamin Bell has joined our team as a full partner in the company. Ben is well-known throughout the numismatics community. We take great pride in making this announcement and enthusiastically welcome Ben to our firm. He will be a key […]

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Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.” — attributed to Petronius, 1st-century Roman satirist AROUND 650 BCE, on the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea, coinage was invented. Very soon afterward, counterfeit coinage appeared, and it has been with […]

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