Juno Moneta's Blog

04 Oct 2020

Italy's Vittorio Emanuele III and his Neo_Classical Coin Designs

Coins-World | Juno Moneta

Italy began a great run of Neo-Classical coin designs beginning in 1908, and then with their commemorative coin series of 1911, on their 50th Anniversary of Unification. The most commonly available, and very affordable, example is the 10 Centesimi of this one year type. At first glance the reverses look the same but the silver 5 Lire and gold 50 Lire feature a modern steam war ship rather than a wooden ship. Either way it's a bold, dramatic and iconic way to celebrate your 50th.There's a nice article on these coins, and others of Vittorio Emanuele III, in the Oct. 2020 issue of the "Numismatist." Check it out on page 39 at this link: http://onlinedigitalpublishing.com/publication/frame.php?i=673359&p=&pn=&ver=html5

11 Nov 2017

Indian Chief Identified At Last

Coins-United States | Juno Moneta

It was great to read in the November 2017 issue of the ANA's "Numismatist" magazine that the Indian Chief depicted on the Half and Quarter Eagle gold coins, beginning in 1908, has finally been definitively identified. The proud Indian Chief is Brule' Sioux tribe Hollow Horn Bear. It's taken over 100 years but it shows that even well known coin types still benefit from rigorous research.

20 Mar 2017

National Geographic on MONEY

Money Museum | Juno Moneta

Tonight - March 20th 2017 - The National Geographic TV channel will broadcast "The Power of Money." Perhaps it will also be available, on demand, from their on-line channel on your Internet TV device such as ROKU or Apple TV.

17 May 2015

Monumental Coins - (Book Review)

Library | Juno Moneta

Collecting ancient coins depicting ancient architectural buildings, temples, and monuments is a popular specialist area of ancient coin study. This popular book on the subject reviews many of the most famous structures to appear on ancient coins, including the Temple of Jerusalem. The book is full of maps, architectural drawings, and line drawings of coins that allow the reader to see the smallest details. Many temple lay-outs are included so that the scale of the buildings, often just seen from the entrance, can be appreciated. This fine hardback volume is a medium-large format of 242 pages and was published by Krause in 1999. The book was written by Marvin Tameanko. Prices for the book are very low ($12.30 on Amazon) considering the quality and interesting reading contained in this book.

10 May 2015

Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins (Book Review)

Library | Juno Moneta

You see them quite often on coins if you collect these types. However, the references are clueless as to what star and moon devices actually mean, with rare exception. It turns out that understanding these symbols can actually help date the coins more precisely. The book is full of illustrations and charts explaining astronomical events and the associated coins. The most well known examples are the stars on the coins of Roman Republic featuring Julius Caesar. The technique, despite the fact that there were no coins of that time celebrating the event, has been used to help establish the date of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth to 4 B.C.E.

09 May 2015

Litzmannstadt...A Chapter in German Monetary History (Book Review)

Library | Juno Moneta

In your never ending quest to seek out and learn about REALLY interesting world coins you may happen upon the tragic series of coins from the Lotz Ghetto of Litzmannstadt. Following the invasion of Poland (1939) by the forces of the 3rd Reich of Germany, the Nazis set up an illusion of a "self administered" Jewish enclave in an occupied Polish town. They did this by walling in a section of town in Litzmannstadt, which already had a robust Jewish population. They forced the poor inhabitants into forced labor while they slowly starved the elderly and the leaders. Those were the good times, because beginning in 1942 they started moving some of the Jews to the extermination camps.

06 May 2015

Touring Nuremberg by Streetcar - Token (FREE Book download)

Library | Juno Moneta

I wrote a free book that examines 45 Nuremberg Streetcar tokens. These were issued in 1920, during the runaway inflation period of the Weimar Republic. This is a highly illustrated book that looks at the people, places and things that are highly regarded in Germany then and now. The book is enhanced with artwork, postcards and history of the subjects featured on these unique transportation related emergency coins. Direct link for viewing and download is:

03 May 2015

Early Japanese Coins - by D. Hartill; Book Review

Library | Juno Moneta

Early Japanese Coins is the latest catalog of pre-Meiji copper, gold and silver coins. As well as official issues, the often decorative provincial issues are covered. A selection of the intriguing Japanese amulets known as E-sen is also included. It replaces Munro and other western works. It is designed to be used both by advanced collectors who have some knowledge of characters, and beginners who will find the layout easy to follow and will quickly gain a knowledge of this coinage. It draws on historical, as well as the latest western and Japanese numismatic sources, and describes the circumstances under which many of the coins were issued and used. Guides to the Japanese language are given, and maps and lists of era names and rulers add to the background information. There is a description of how the coins were made, illustrated from a contemporary document. What I found particularly valuable was a guide to the varieties found in the Tempo Tsuho series of oval coins. These are readily available at reasonable prices with rare varieties for those who become specialists. A rarity guide, linked to an approximate value, is provided for each coin. The author has been studying and collecting Far Eastern coins for over fifty years, and has also written the prize winning Cast Chinese Coins, and the definitive Qing Cash, books that I also have and will review here. Even if you can't collect them the book will provide an excellent education on this important field.

02 May 2015

Encyclopedia of Mexican Money - Volume I

Library | Juno Moneta

Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money - Volume I is an overview and history of Mexican coinage and currency. The first volume in this four-volume encyclopedia is a richly illustrated introduction to Mexican numismatics, from pre-Columbian money to the colonial era, independence, revolutions, modern coinage reforms, commemorative programs, bullion medals, and paper money.

18 Apr 2015

Border Wars - So-Called Dollar & Arizona Tokens

Medals-So-Called Dollars | Juno Moneta

#1 It's not in great shape and they come in several varieties, I have two different large dollar sized ones. I have one that's considerably smaller but with the same US Army soldier taking aim, the reverse of that one has the "Lord's Prayer." These were intended to be given to soldiers as a 'pocket piece' by family as a reminder from home and a comfort during battle. These relate to the response by the USA to the border incursion by Pancho Villa on the community of Columbus, New Mexico. Please add a comment if you'd like to see more from the USA / Mexico Border Wars of 1916 - 1917.


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