The Leeuwengroten of the Sneek Coin Hoard (1955)

The Leeuwengroten of the Sneek Coin Hoard (1955)

Paul Torongo and myself have published on another hoard that contained leeuwengroten or gros au lion. This hoard was discovered in Sneek in 1955 and can be found in the Fries Scheepvaart Museum.

The report can be downloaded at Academeia

The Coins of the Dokkum (Klaarkamp) Hoard (1932)

The Coins of the Dokkum (Klaarkamp) Hoard (1932)

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.

It can be viewed at The Coins of the Dokkum (Klaarkamp) Hoard (1932)

Gros au lion, Flanders,

Gros au lion, Flanders,

Gros au lion, Flanders

Gros au lion, Flanders

New book published – Collecting Medieval Coins: A Beginner’s Guide by Paul A. Torongo

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.

For more information and ordering this book:
Collecting Medieval Coins: A Beginner’s Guide

Collecting Medieval Coins: A Beginner’s Guide

Publication Date: Aug 22, 2013
ISBN/EAN13: 1492172022 / 9781492172024
Page Count: 386
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Language: English
Full Color

Conference on Coins and Circulation in the Low Countries during the Middle Ages

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.

Link to the programme

Selling Coins on Catawiki

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.

See how this works.

Lecture on crusader coins @ Numismatic Society Rotterdam

On 5th February I’m going to give a lecture on Crusader Coins before the members of the Numismatic Society of Rotterdam / Numismatische Kring Rotterdam.

Looking forward to it!

Record auction result for Netherlands 25 cents 1817

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 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