Russian coins and medals (XV-XX century)
The history of Russian coins is still relatively short. In its development, the monetary business of Russia did not directly rely on ancient or medieval designs, and yet in an amazingly short time it reached such a level of diversity and beauty that collectors quickly become fascinated with striking images on coins and medals, as well as large-scale gold and silver minting.
Whereas the money of many countries of the world, such as the American dollar, takes its name from the silver thaler, minted since the end of the 15th century, Russia has come a special way in the field of coinage. Continue reading
Yuri Pokras on how the Violiti Internet auction works
We talk about the largest Internet site for the sale of antiquities in the post-Soviet space with the famous Kiev collector, Violiti website administrator Yuri Pokrass.
– How many years has “Violiti”?
– This year the forum itself turns 10 years old. Initially, it was created as a club for active recreation and metal search and was called “Treasure Seeker Violiti”. Over time, people began to sell and buy something on this resource, a market was formed – at first absolutely chaotic and unprofessional. As in a regular forum, it was possible to set up an item, offered a price for it, and bargaining began. Gradually, there was a large number of lovers of antiquity who shared their knowledge. They were elected experts of the resource, appeared control and rather tough moderation in order to prevent incorrect communication and sale of fakes. Continue reading
Numismatics Museum in Nicosia
The ancient Greeks attributed the invention to heroes of myths, and the Romans to their gods Janus and Saturn (they believed that the oldest coins were made by Janus in honor of the god of time, who came to Italy from the island of Crete). Coins as a reflection of the era of their creation and existence: face value and weight, and most importantly, images and legend – all this has a long history in each case and reveals to the modern researcher, and simply to an inquiring mind, secrets and pictures of the past.
The museum was established in Nicosia in 1995 and since then it has remained unique in Cyprus. Continue reading