On the fate of coin stamps of the St. Petersburg Mint
Mikhail Ivanovich Smirnov, the archivist of the St. Petersburg Mint, published an interesting article in the 6th issue of the Old Coin: “The Mints Cabinet and the Museum of the…

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Medieval coins (ca. 500-1500)
Medieval coins (ca. 500-1500)The Middle Ages spanned 1,000 years of European history, starting with the earliest chased coins of the German successor states of the Roman Empire during the Great…

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Сollecting coins
Now numismatics is not only collecting, but also a good investment of money. Not for nothing is the most ancient hobby, namely collecting coins, at present, is one of the…

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Coins and medals of the colonial countries (XVI-XXI centuries)

While in some countries, for example, in China or Japan, money in the form of coins was used for a long time, most of the Asian, African and American continents at the beginning of the 16th century remained a non-monetary zone.
In Africa, the circulation of coins was not developed until the New Age, and the means of payment were the predecessors of the coins, money in the form of pebbles and seashells. In such regions, coins most often came in the baggage of overseas colonialists, and the first minted coins were copies of metropolitan coins, marked with an additional sign to indicate the corresponding metropolis.
So, the Spanish Empire in the XVI-XVII centuries, launched a large-scale minting of coins in South America. Today, these colonial coins represent an attractive and extensive collection area. Some types of coins were minted only for circulation in the colonies and therefore are quite rare today. In the colonies of North America, overseas metal money was sometimes so lacking that, due to the lack of alternatives, paper money spread here especially quickly and began to prevail.
With independence, many former colonies began self-minting coins. In coin images, they often used the symbols of newly acquired freedom. As an example, here is the image of the goddess of liberty on American coins or the Phrygian cap of freedom on Mexican ones. Usually, at the same time, both the images and the face values ​​of the coins remained subject to European influence. The motives for their own, pre-colonial past, the country turned much later. Some types of coins were minted specifically for trade with Southeast and East Asia, such as the English, American, and Japanese trading dollars. The most famous trading coin of the 18th century was the Austrian Thaler Maria Theresa, which was exported in large quantities from overseas to Africa and supplied there with grating.
Today, many overseas countries mint beautiful series of investment coins made of gold, silver or platinum, which opened the way to the world of numismatics for many collectors. As an example, among the many other coins here can be called the South African Krugerrand or Australian nugget.
Get a piece of a large overseas world in the form of a coin and touch the fascinating monetary history of Latin America, South Africa or India.

Coins and coin type of ancient Greece
The stamp imprint on the coins is the seal of the country or city that issued it. The drawings and inscriptions on the coins represent the most important concept of…

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German coins since 1871 - from Reichsmark to Euro
With the adoption of the constitution of the German Empire on April 16, 1871, responsibility for the currency of the empire passed from individual federal states to the government of…

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What is now in price on the numismatic market
The dollar is falling, and the ruble is growing stronger. Especially - old. Antique coins are sold at auctions for "big money". So, at the Gelos auction before the new…

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