18 articles in the category HISTORY
Louis XIV Advent calendar
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Louis XIV Advent calendar

Advent is now here. We have compiled a special numismatic calendar this year. Twenty-six wonders of the Sun King to discover before Christmas. A new item, quote, surprise, anecdote, or other interesting content to discover each day between now and Chr(...)
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1 franc Graziani (1943)
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1 franc Graziani (1943)

In the world of numismatics, there are rare coins, very rare coins, extremely rare coins, and finally the rarest and unique coins. This 1 franc Graziani undoubtedly belongs in this final category. To tell the truth, there are only two known examples (...)
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A penny for a grave
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A penny for a grave

If you wander around American military cemeteries or memorials and cast an eye over the graves and tombs around you, you are sure to notice coins placed on the top left of the headstones...
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The story of stamp currency
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The story of stamp currency

Wars sometimes have very surprising consequences. The tremendous upheaval they cause within state structures and the changes they evoke for the daily lives of the people themselves often foster cunning, resourcefulness, and inventiveness. One frequent(...)
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Chinese mingdao knife coin from the Zhou dynasty (475-255 BC)
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Chinese mingdao knife coin from the Zhou dynasty (475-255 BC)

  Nowadays when someone mentions coins, we generally think of round ones. Back in ancient times, however, things were not always quite as...clean-cut when it came to this geometric association. And in some rather surprising ways. Over the course of a(...)
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The Francysk Skaryna commemorative ruble (Belarus, 2017)
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The Francysk Skaryna commemorative ruble (Belarus, 2017)

It’s well known that money travels and can also take you on journeys, be that through time or space. This coin is no exception and brings the two together deliciously. And very recently at that, since this commemorative ruble issued by the National Ba(...)
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Just one certainty is enough for the one who is looking.
Albert Camus