The National Archaeological Museum of Athens would be affected by the planned change in law. Alongside other major museums, it is to become more autonomous but, in turn, will be largely on its own when it comes to its finances. The bill of the Minister of Culture and archaeologist Lina Mendoni is being hotly debated. Photo: Erik Drost / CC BY 2.0

Greek Museums Between Commercialisation and Modernisation

Five of Greece’s most important museums are to become more autonomous and operate independently of state funding. A bill of the Greek government to this effect has been hotly debated and led to strikes.

Foto: Joe Cribb.

Joe Cribb is the 2023 Derek Allen Prize Winner

Joe Cribb is a well-known specialist in the monetary history of Asia. For his outstanding contribution to the discipline of numismatics, the British numismatist has been awarded the 2023 Derek Allen Prize by the British Academy.

Dynamism and globality - this is symbolized by the moving and rotating coin in the new logo of the World Money Fair. ©WORLD MONEY FAIR.

New Corporate Design for the World Money Fair

Updates from the World Money Fair: The world’s largest coin fair has had a new managing director for some time now. Now the corporate design has also been revised.

Swissmint's latest collector coin is dedicated to Wind power. Background: Appolinary Kalashnikova via Unplash.

Swissmint Commemorates Wind Power

Following the issues on hydropower and solar energy, Swissmint completes its trilogy “Energy of the Future” with the new commemorative coin “Wind power.” As with its two predecessors, the silver coin glows in the dark.

CIT’s Topography – Grand Canyon

Those who take this Grand Canyon coin in their hands for the first time, will find it hard to believe how detailed it replicates the relief of the Grand Canyon. With this issue, CIT and B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt demonstrate that an ultra-high relief can also be turned into an ultra-low relief.

Crowds of visitors at the Sberatel. Photo: BS.

Sberatel: The Place to Meet Czech Collectors

On 8 and 9 September 2023, the Sberatel took place in Prague. It calls itself the largest coin show in Central and Eastern Europe – and this is no exaggeration. Ursula Kampmann was there.

John Mussell with Carol Hartmann. Photo: UK.

John Mussell 1942-2023

The founder of Token Publishing Ltd. died after a short illness at the age of 81. He made many friends in the numismatic world over the years. His wife Carol and his son Philip will carry on his legacy.

There is no evidence that proves that the illicit trade in antiquities is the third largest in the world. That is the finding of a new study by Donna Yates and Neil Brodie.

Researchers Analyse the Myth About the Massive Illicit Trade in Antiquities

An extensive new study shows that the scale of the illicit trade in antiquities is much smaller than activists claim. The study demonstrates how these false numbers came about, and how we actually should deal with the problem of the illicit trade in antiquities.

Many researchers were interested in the topic of the workshop. Photo: Alaa Aldin Al Chomari.

Provenanced Coin Finds Versus Rarities – The Importance of Coin Finds for Historical Statistics

Reporting coin finds is essential for the study of coinage. A Workshop in Jordan discussed the importance of coin finds for historical statistics and the experience of a group of Syrian archaeologists who turned to one of the most important groups of coin finders: children.

Even 2,500 years ago, the story of Pegasus fascinated people so much that they depicted him on coins. Background: Dorota Kudyba via Pixabay.

Pobjoy’s Pegasus is Back With Charles III

The celebrated motif of Pegasus reappears in its 6th edition for Pobjoy’s reverse frosted silver coin. The new edition carries an effigy of His Majesty King Charles III produced exclusively by Pobjoy Mint.