Online petition for preserving the right to privately collect

2015/07/28 | Categories: News, Articles

Dear collectors, as some of you may have heard already, the Commissioner for Culture and Media of the German Federal Government is currently preparing an amendment of the German Act towards the Protection of Cultural Heritage (Kulturgutschutzgesetz; KultgSchG). We are therefore asking you to sign the following online petition which we support in its entirety. It will only take you a few minutes to help towards an internationally open trade. Please feel free to sign either with your name or anonymously. ...more

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A great friend of Dresden has left this world: Peter Rickenback!

2015/06/26 | Categories: News, Articles

(wm) Encounters with this man were always impressive despite of Dresden-born Peter Reichenbach being very humble and not the tallest. Rickenback as he was known passed away on June 11, 2015 in London. He grew up in a lawyer's family and had to leave due to his Jewish origin in 1936. After constantly escaping from the nazis for three years he managed to emigrate to England where he was granted citizenship and the right for permanent sojourn in 1945. In the same year he established the Waltham Stamp Company with a successful focus on German stamps. Rickenback became famous throughout the world as a philatelist and supporter of his hometown of Dresden. He cultivated numerous specialized collections including Dresden postal history (local post), Dresden post cards and Dresden ad stamps, the latter of which he donated to the Dresden town museum in 2006. His memberships include the Berlin Philatelist Club of 1888 (since 1956) as well as the Association for Saxony Postal History and the Dresden Philatelic Association (both since 1948). Rickenback also served as a board member of the British Philatelic Trader Society and was among the first board members of the British Philatelic Federation. He was also a revered member of the World Association of Philatelic Journalists and Authors (AIJP). In 1953 Rickenback edited the first English philatelic journal for Germany, the "German Philatelic Review", for four consecutive years until 1957. In 1955 he collaborated with Joachim Hosang on the "Stamps in Battledress" paper. Later on he contributed his knowledge to numerous German philatelic books. Until the very end he continued his research on various topics regarding his hometown of Dresden. ...more

London 2015: Vol. 18 of the new FFE journal published

2015/05/27 | Categories: News, Articles

(wm) For the second time in a row Jonas Hallström is overseeing the edition of a new volume for an established book series published by the Swedish Postiljonen company, supported by the AIEP, an international association of philatelic experts and sponsored by renowned international auction houses. ...more

Lithuania: Grand principality age coinage

2015/04/01 | Categories: News, Articles

(mm) By coining a 50 Euro gold coin (999/1,000; 5,000 copies in proof) Lithuania reminds of its coinage history. This is Lithuania's first commemorative coin since the introduction of the Euro this year. The reverse shows various symmetrically aligned old coins as well as the denomination value, state name and year of issue. The obverse shows a collage of a coin die connecting an old and a new coin die bearing the "Vytis" coat o arms. As it is common for coin dies the coat of arms and state name are mirrored. ...more

Ireland: 15 Euro Nobel Prize winner Ernest Walton

2015/04/01 | Categories: News, Articles

(mm) The second issue from the series "Irish scientists and inventors" – a 15 Euro silver coin (925/1,000; 6,000 copies in proof) – is dedicated to physicist Ernest Walton. In 1951 Walton and his colleague John Cockcroft were awarded the Physics Nobel Prize for building the first nuclear particle accelerator. The coin's reverse shows the physical process enabled by the machine. The viewer can see an accelerated proton splitting the core of a lithium atom discharging an amount of energy. Alongside the denomination is the Nobel Prize winner's name as well as the year date "1932" which marks the first time scientists were able to destroy the core of a lithium atom using accelerated protons. The obverse shows the Irish harp surrounded by state name and year of issue. ...more