19th All Russian Numismatic Conference, 18th-22nd April 2017
On 18th-22nd April in Veliky Novgorod (North Russia) the 19th All-Russian Numismatic Conference was held. The conference was opened with a plenary lecture by Kyrylo Myzgin (together with Aleksander Bursche and David Wigg-Wolf) "IMAGMA: on the contemporary study of barbarian imitations of Roman coins on the territory of Barbaricum" (in Russian). The conference is held every two years and attracts a large number of numismatists, mainly from eastern Europe. This year there were more than 100 participants. The presentation about the IMAGMA-project and the study of barbarian imitations aroused great interest and discussion. In addition, future cooperation with colleagues from the numismatic collections of the State Hermitage (St. Petersburg) and the State Historical Museum (Moscow) were discussed.
Kyrylo Myzgin presenting the IMAGMA project at the Russian Numismatic Conference at Novgorod.
6th Nomisma.org/ECFN Meeting
The IMAGMA project was presented at the 6th Joint Meeting of Nomisma.org and the European Coin Find Network (ECFN), hosted by the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen from 4th–6th May (see http://ecfn.fundmuenzen.eu/index.php/news/ecfn-meeting-2017 and http://www.conferencemanager.dk/ECFN2017/programme.html).
Aleksander Bursche and Tomasz Więcek presented a paper “The problem of recording imitations in databases”, based on the experiences of IMAGMA. The first results of the project were also presented to the participants during breaks, giving rise to great interest.
2nd annual project meeting, 19th-21st April 2017
The second annual meeting of the IMAGMA project team took place at Nieborów Palace, Poland, from 19th – 21st April 2017.
Together with the members of the IMAGMA team, we also welcomed as guests Dr. Oleksandr Buhai, Department of Nuclear Physics Research of the Institute of Applied Physics in Sumy, Ukraine, and Dr. Thomas Fauchet, IRAMAT UMR 5060 Centre Ernest-Babelon, Orelans, France.
A particular focus of the meeting was a comparison of the results of the different sampling and analytical methods employed.
Prof. A. Bursche at the Polish Numismatic Society
On Monday 6th March, 5 p.m., Prof. Aleksander Bursche gave a lecture to the Polish Numismatic Society in Warsaw on the Origins of Germanic Coinage. A video of his lecture can be seen on YouTube
Testing a new sampling method in Frankfurt
Prof. Sabine Klein from the Bergbaumuseum, Bochum is testing a new method of obtaining material from coins for analysis using quartz rods to take minute samples from their surface. It is hoped that in this way it will be possible to obtain samples from gold coins in the field outside a laboratory and without drilling them.
Sabine Klein takes samples for coin by rubbing the surface with a small quartz rod
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