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Quinarii: from the empire to the empire
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Quinarii: from the empire to the empire

There are quinarii, quinarii, and quinarii... There is a bamboozling pecuniary link between the Roman Empire celebrating its victories with memorable congiaries and the Napoleonic Empire celebrating its coronation: the quinarii distributed with great (...)
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Mythical Mysia
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Mythical Mysia

A long, long time ago, centuries before the arrival of Jesus Christ, when the fires of the Ancient Greek civilization were still burning bright and its cities were wealthy and numerous, the banks of the blue Propontis (now the Sea of Marmara) in Asia(...)
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The 20s of the 3rd millennium
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The 20s of the 3rd millennium

Tempus fugit As we head, more or less hesitantly, through the 20s of the third millennium AD (time flies, don’t you think?), here’s a monetary retrospective to help you see the present time not in reverse but rather look it straight in the face. Here (...)
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Treizains de mariage and other love tokens
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Treizains de mariage and other love tokens

Medals are often commemorative, and is there any event in life more worth commemorating than a wedding? However, alongside this timeless classic there is also a more intimate, more religious, and less well-known tradition known in French as the treiza(...)
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Polymer banknotes
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Polymer banknotes

The history of banknotes stretches back a very long time, although one might not think so at first, and the material used to make them has never stopped evolving over the centuries  Counterfeiting is not plain sailing Banknotes were originally made of(...)
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Commemorated jubilatory jubilees
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Commemorated jubilatory jubilees

The term “jubilee” has sometimes been a little misappropriated and its definition appears to vary depending on whether it is used in reference to the Pope, royalty, or a monumental invention... Whatever the case may be, it is now high time to salute t(...)
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