|Filed Under:||Collecting / Currency Collecting|
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|Archived Since:||June 9, 2008|
Writing for The Times of India, Bosco Dominique tells us that Indian government officials seized a hoard of gold (?) 'pottu kasu' weighing roughly five sovereigns. I am uncertain what pottu kasu is. Google translates it as 'spud benefits'. Show More Summary
Cameron Keng writes for Forbes that the Mt. Gox web site has been hacked and shut down. 744,000 BitCoins, until recently worth over $400 million USD, were hacked. As far as I can tell there is no way to get the coins back. One million folks kept accounts, called 'wallets', on the site. Bitcoins are trading now for US $490 (as of 9:15am), down from over $600 yesterday.
Does anyone speak Romanian? I found an article (no byline?) suggestingPolice confiscated [at] a numismatic and philatelic market in Brasov 154 old coins, some dating from the second and first centuries BC, and others [from] the medieval...Show More Summary
Writing for y-net-news.com, Elior Levy reports on improvised replacements for the vanished half-shekel coins in occupied Gaza. Bus and taxi drivers either give change in candy, or round-up when traveling in one direction and round-down when traveling in the other. Show More Summary
(CNG, auction 61, 2002, lot 245) Pictured above is a very scarce bronze coin struck by Mithradates the Great. It is usually described as depicting an Amazon wearing a wolf's scalp. We know that Mithradates' die cutters liked to engrave the face of Mithradates into his coins. Show More Summary
This coin, with the inscription AMISOS in Greek, recently sold on eBay Germany for about 100 euros. I don't think I've seen this type before. I didn't bid on it, as it isn't in my collecting area, but my mind keeps drifting back to it. Show More Summary
Reporting for Ahram Oline, Nevine El-Aref writes “The 739 supposedly Mameluke-era coins discovered in a Cairo apartment have been deemed unauthentic by an archeological committee from the Museum of Islamic Art.” It is uncertain if the photo in Ahram Online depicts the coins themselves or is a stock photo. Show More Summary
Alfredo De La Fé is reporting that well-known Chicago coin dealer Harlan Berk is accepting Bitcoins as payment for coin auctions. According to the Berk website:For Bitcoin Payments: Please make your order from our web site using the wire as payment option. Show More Summary
Mark Mudge, Jean-Pierre Voutaz, Carla Schroer, and Marlin Lum: Reflection Transformation Imaging and Virtual Representations of Coins from the Hospice of the Grand St. Bernard (2005) Eleni Kotoula and Maria Kyranoudi Study of Ancient Greek and Roman coins using Reflectance Transformation Imaging (2013)
I want to call everyone's attention to a new auction site, Agora Auctions. They are already up to sale #4. I purchased a coin from sale #3 and it looks exactly like the picture. I have met the owners and they are good guys. The current auction closes on Tuesday. Show More Summary
Museums clean ancient coins before putting them on display. Dealers and collectors often clean coins and many have their own favorite 'recipes' for cleaning. A much bigger problem is the cleaning of paper money. The researchers Nabil...Show More Summary
Martha Waggoner, writing for the Raleigh News Observer, reports that a 19 year old college student was arrested after passing a counterfeit $100 bill. “The signature on the bottom corner of the bill read "Moe Money" instead of the name of the secretary of the treasury. Show More Summary
Usually I don't collect Roman coins but something really attracted me to this tiny AE 8mm when I saw it at the New York International show. The seller described it as a "barbarous imitation" of Helena / Wolf and Twins. (The portrait could also be Fausta.) I don't think there ever was an official Roman coin with that combination. Show More Summary
Classical Numismatic Group recently auctioned a mysterious silver drachm as lot 114 in their recent auction at the New York International. The catalog notes the drachm is struck from the same die as Rosen 311, which is made of electrum, and Dewing 1008 (silver). Show More Summary
Perhaps the earliest Greek coin type depicting a gorgon was a series of rare electrum staters. We don’t know when they were struck but the style of their reverse punches suggests they were probably created before Athens struck the silver Wappenmünzen series around 520 BC. Show More Summary
In a presentation delivered at the ANS Electrum Coinage conference, François Velde pointed out that early electrum coins have very precise weights but their gold:silver ratio varies widely. Since the local gold was pure the minters were likely adding random amounts of silver. Show More Summary
The American Numismatic Society recently hosted an Early Electrum Coinage Symposium. I had been unaware of the revolution that is happening in this important field. I had expected to learn about minor advances in the field, building upon what I thought I knew. Show More Summary
Gerard LeBlond reports on the use of ancient lead for a new purpose.
As a child error coins fascinated me. I had off-center cents and 5 cent pieces and a tattered copy of Alan Herbert's 1974 book The Official Guide to Mint Errors. The book had an entire chapter on brockages. I had never seen a brockage. Show More Summary
Interesting thoughts on discouraging the ivory trade from an influential economist.