Why is it that for centuries – or rather thousands of years – the head has served as the motif for the side of a coin? And why has this changed in the last 200 years? This section of the series ‘Human Faces’ tackles the question whether the commandment ‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image’ applies to coins as well.
Why is it that for centuries – or rather thousands of years – the head has served as the motif for the side of a coin? And why has this changed in the last 200 years? This chapter looks at a woman of exceptional strength in her day.
Already the Roman emperors suffered from psychosomatic illnesses. This chapter of the series ‘Human Faces’ looks at why Caracalla was given sleepless nights by the assassination of his brother and what he did about that.
He is considered as one of the most powerful rulers of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Suleiman I, nicknamed The Magnificent. In the south of Hungary, archaeologists have now found what appears to be the mausoleum where his heart had been buried.
Auction house Künker at Osnabrück is going to sell a special collection of coins of The Sovereign Military Order of Malta on 11 March 2014. Roughly 160 lots take us back into an era when the Holy Land was lost but the idea of crusading was still alive in the mind of many people.
Gold coins minted right before the outbreak of World War II? Commemorative coins on the 100th anniversary of King Carol without a single reference to the ruler? You have to know the historical background to understand why Carol II had these coins commissioned in 1939.
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