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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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Henri IV the Green Gallant
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Henri IV the Green Gallant

A monetary tribute to the Great and Green Gallant king Henry IV
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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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What if the Fall of the Roman Empire had never happened?
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What if the Fall of the Roman Empire had never happened?

What if the Fall of the Roman Empire had never happened? That’s the tantalizing premise for this novel by Robert Silverberg modestly titled “Roma Eterna”, which manages to be both historical and futuristic at the same time. The story begins in 1203 A.(...)
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Urban Transport
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Urban Transport

As we find ourselves forcibly confined to the dreamy immobility of our own homes whilst a virus is allowed to roam free, an undesirable, clandestine passenger, why not escape it all for a while...
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1 Florin 4 Kreuzer (Germany, 1713)
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1 Florin 4 Kreuzer (Germany, 1713)

Landau Fortress was constructed between 1688 and 1691 by the famous French architect Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. During the War of the Spanish Succession...
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Albert Camus