Tag: numismatic

Small banknotes for Greater Berlin (1921-2021)

Albert Estrada-Rius Everything that has to do with collectors and the formation of collections is generating more and more interest in our home. We have an excellent example in the project Repertoire of Collections and Collectors of Art and Archeology led by academics Bonaventura Bassegoda and Francesc Fontbona from the Institut d’Estudis Catalans. This project…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Barcelona, a manufacturing centre of weighing scales / 2

Albert Estrada-Rius The correct weight of coins, a matter of public order Rulers have always claimed the power to guarantee metrological public order for the benefit of the common good. This means that it has traditionally been the authorities that have compulsorily established the system of weights and measures in force in transactions. This responsibility…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Barcelona, a manufacturing centre of weighing scales / 1

Albert Estrada-Rius From a family memory to the public heritage, the example of the Tarradell weighing scale manufacturing company Part of the historical material from the old Tarradell weighing scale workshop has recently entered the museum. It is a donation offered by sisters Núria and Eulàlia Tarradell i Font in memory of their father, the…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

The secrets of the third side of the coin

canto moneda

Albert Estrada-Rius Talking about both sides of the coin is a common phrase that forgets that there is a third with its own name: the edge. This could be defined as the outer and lateral contour that delimits and surrounds the two sides – front and back – of a coin or a medal. This…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Ways of payment in times of crisis, some reflections

Formes de pagament

Maria Clua These days we are living in a state of emergency or crisis that obliges us to adopt new measures of control and safety at all levels.  We weren’t used to living confined within the walls of our homes, working from home, going out to the street only for minimum tasks, and protecting ourselves…

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Author: Maria Clua

16th National Numismatics Congress. A look back and an appraisal

Albert Estrada-Rius Just before the start of the 16th National Numismatics Congress, Coin Hoards and Finds: protection, study and musealization, I published an article in which I explained what goes into the preparations for a congress and I ended with a confident “At last, everything is ready! And rather like in showbusiness, when the day…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

The challenge of organizing a congress: work in progress for the 16th National Numismatic Congress

Albert Estrada-Rius The intention of this post is, basically, to explain the genesis, the challenges and the preparations prior to the holding of the 16th National Numismatic Congress, for which the museum will be the venue, from 28th to 30th November. It is entitled Coin Hoards and Finds: Protection, Study and Musealization, and it invites…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

Numismatics at the Museu Nacional: activity and new projects

Albert Estrada-Rius The month of January, as is well known, is named after Janus, the Roman god of gates, crossroads and transitions, who is usually shown with two faces, one looking back to the past and the other looking forward to the future. This symbolic image invites us to take stock of the year that…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

The Other Side of the Money: The Subversive Coin

Albert Estrada-Rius Throughout history, coinage has been one of the expressions of power most highly valued by public authorities. Moreover, by circulating from one hand to another, it became an extraordinarily effective means of propaganda. This explains the care with which rulers have projected images and messages on it. It is such an obvious and…

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Author: Albert Estrada-Rius

A numismatist? What’s a numismatist?/2

Maria Clua In the previous article, we saw that one of the jobs of a numismatist is to record, classify and study, but what else is done at the Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya (Numismatic Cabinet of Catalonia – GNC) once we have the main data and the identifying details of the piece inside the collection…

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Author: Maria Clua