Together with fellow researcher Paul Torongo we have published our report on an old coin hoard.
The hoard was discovered in 1932 in Dokkum in the northern part of the Netherlands on the site of a former monastery (Klaarkamp). The coins were transferred to the local museum in the 70’s but never fully described until now. This report is part of our bigger research on the medieval gros compagnon au lion also know as leeuwengroot or lion groat.
On one of my travels to the UK I received some change in a shop. When I came home I noticed a 20 pence 2004 coin that looked different from other 20p coins I had. I found a 20p from … Continue reading →
Last week a new book came out – Collecting Medieval Coins: A Beginner’s Guide – by long time collector of medieval coins, Paul Torongo.
Paul has worked on this book for years with the objective to give collectors who are new to medieval coins a guide on what they can encounter when entering this area. Collecting medieval coins is often treated without great detail when coin collecting is discussed in general.
The book gives an overview of the varied field of medieval numismatics with full colour images of coins. It is not an extensive catalogue of all European medieval coins, but it gives a cross-section of what is out there.
The value of the book is on collecting medieval coins and offers information on various aspects of collecting medieval coins, including the minting process, minting policies, buying medieval coins, lettering, identifying, preservation, photographing and grading of medieval coins (grading is quite different compared to grading modern coins).
Medieval numismatics is characterised by a long time frame (c. 500 to 1500 AD), fragmented geography, varied coinages and coin types, specialist studies and hard to find literature, lack of contemporary resources and often coins that are difficult to find or to identify. All things that might daunt the beginning collector. This book offers a usefull guide to the beginning but also the advanced collector to start and enjoy collecting medieval coins. The book might turn out to be a must have for every collector of medieval coins.
On 24th of May I’m travelling to the Royal Librabry in Brussels for the 1st International Numismatic Conference of the Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium, organized in collaboration with the Coin Cabinet of the Royal Library of Belgium.
The topic is “Coin Use and Coin Circulation in the Low Countries during the Middle Ages (7th – 15th centuries”
It is an interesting programme varying from circulation of sceattas in the early Middle Ages to the coinage of Late Medieval Period in the Low Countries.
Some well known numismatists are speaking that day.
Looking forward to learn more on medieval numismatics and meet fellow numismatists.
I have started to list some coins as a trial on Catawiki. A site that lists all kinds of collectables. Collectors can make an online catalogue, sell coins and participate in auctions.
Catawiki started as a Dutch site, but is now avalaible in several languages.
Wednesday 14th till 17th November the MPO (Munten- en Postzegel Organisatie) held their auction of coins, medals and banknotes.
A record was set for a rare Dutch 25 cents 1817 struck under king Willem I. This 25 cents (kwartje in Dutch) was the first of its type after the French occupation of the Netherlands. Decision to strike these coins was made in 1816 and in 1817 the first trial strikes were made. The results were not satisfying and the trials were recalled to be destroyed. A few survived and one of them was auctioned Friday 16th November.
The hammer price was EURO 62.000. With the auction costs and VAT the total for the buyer was EURO 76.260. According to the auction house a record for a coin of Dutch origin.
The coin can be seen in the online catalog www.mpo.nl. MPO auction 36, Lot no. “>1470
25 Cent 1817.U (Utrecht mint) (Sch. 284a / KM 48) – FDC / RRR.
Start bid EUR 20.000, result EURO 62.000
Last Saturday the Coin Fair Assen 2012 (Muntmanifestatie 2012) took place. This yearly event seems bigger every time.
There were coin dealers from Holland, Germany, Belgium, Denmark but also from Ukrain, Lebanon and China.
I managed to buy a few crusader coins for my collection!