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Coin tremis, Byzantium | Hobby Keeper Articles

Tremissus of Justinian I the Great (ad 527-565)

The monetary system of the Byzantine Empire was a gold standard with an underlying solid weight of 4.5 g of 900 gold.

Read more → 24.10.2020

Photo New York | Hobby Keeper Articles

New York: 'the city that never sleeps'

A brilliant, unique, luxurious and intriguing metropolis has become the dream of thousands of tourists and hunters of millions.

Read more → 22.10.2020

Denarius, Vespasian, Ancient Rome, 69-79 | Hobby Keeper Articles

Vespasian's silver denarius (69-79 ad)

Emperor Vespasian, who was at the head of Ancient Rome in the first century ad, is associated in everyday consciousness with the textbook phrase said to his son Titus, the future Emperor: 'Money does not smell.'

Read more → 20.10.2020

Dang Khan Janibek, 742g. Ah, the Golden Horde | Hobby Keeper Articles

Money Of The Golden Horde

Coins of the ulus of Jochi, known as the 'Golden Horde' – this is a topic for numismatists of a special warehouse, who in small coins without portraits of rulers, with a legend written in Arabic script, see both the ruler, the place of coinage, and the era itself, which most of us have learned from school the wording '200 years of the Tatar-Mongol yoke'.

Read more → 16.10.2020

Great wall of China | Hobby Keeper Articles

Legendary Wall: myths and truth

Today, it is difficult to find a person who has not heard about the unique and large-scale historical structure - the great wall of China.

Read more → 13.10.2020

Eiffel tower. View from the field of Mars | Hobby Keeper Articles

'The iron lady' Paris'

When we say 'love', we mean 'Paris', and when we say 'Paris', we mean the Eiffel tower.

Read more → 08.10.2020

Photos of the Livadia Palace | Hobby Keeper Articles

Livadia Palace - you can't forbid to live beautifully

Livadia Palace is one of the most beautiful architectural structures in Crimea.

Read more → 05.10.2020


Arkady Raikin: 'happiness forms a Person'

The actor, who was applauded standing up by Stalin himself, whose front-line comrade was comrade Brezhnev, lived a long life filled with family happiness and professional recognition.

Read more → 30.09.2020

Photo by Princess Diana | Hobby Keeper Articles

Lady Dee's illusion of happiness

How do we imagine a Princess? Radiant eyes, Golden hair, soft smile...

Read more → 25.09.2020

HC Andersen, Copenhagen, 1869 | Hobby Kepper Articles

Prose of the life of the main storyteller

There is probably no child, or adult, who does not listen to the wonderful fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen.

Read more → 21.09.2020

The coin is a Tetradrachm, Phoenicia, 323-317 BC | Hobby Keepeer Articles

Phoenician tetradrachma from the city of Arados

Tetradrachma (from tetras-four, drachme-drachma) is a silver coin that served as a major monetary unit in the domestic trade of Ancient Greece, Judea, Phoenicia and in international trade.

Read more → 18.09.2020

Portrait Of Alexander Pushkin. Orest Kiprensky. 1827 | Hobby Keeper Articles

Alexander Pushkin: 'I erected a monument to myself not made with hands'

Alexander Pushkin-what is he like? What do we know about it today? After studying the writer's work, analyzing his entire life by day, Pushkin scholars have not come to a single conclusion.

Read more → 15.09.2020

Coco Chanel | Hobby Keeper Articles


She introduced a tan and a little black dress, dressed women in pantsuits and created the famous perfume number five, which became a classic of elite perfume.

Read more → 10.09.2020

Photo By Frida Kahlo | Hobby Keeper Articles

Frida Kahlo: the bitter beauty of suffering

Frida Kahlo was often called a female follower of Salvador Dali, but she believed that her work was based not on ephemeral allusions of Surrealists, but on the personal pain of loss and betrayal.

Read more → 07.09.2020

Cover photo of Maria Riva's book "the Life of Marlene Dietrich told by her daughter" | Hobby Keeper Articles

Marlene Dietrich: 'Happiness comes to the diligent'

Brilliant screen star Marlene Dietrich-actress, singer, sex symbol of the 30s, commander of the Legion of Honor, Oscar nominee, lover of such world celebrities as Ernest Hemingway and Jean Gabin...

Read more → 03.09.2020

Photo By Arthur Conan Doyle | Hobby Keeper Articles

'Elementary, My Dear Watson!'

'Elementary, My Dear Watson!'- a phrase that immediately identifies a literary hero.

Read more → 31.08.2020

The Token O. K. Z., The Russian Empire | Hobby Keeper Articles

O. K. Z. Badge.

Exonumia or paranumismatics-this is the name of collecting coin-like artifacts that were not originally intended to perform the function of money.

Read more → 27.08.2020

Silver denarius coin | Hobby Keeper Articles

Silver denarius in honor of the diva Faustina

Annia Galeria Faustina Major was the name of the wife of the ancient Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius.

Read more → 25.08.2020

Photo By Vladimir Vysotsky | Hobby Keeper Articles

Vladimir Vysotsky: 'I don't lie with one letter'

I would like to give you an opportunity to talk about Vladimir Vysotsky... to Vladimir Semyonovich himself.

Read more → 22.08.2020

Photo by the Lumiere brothers | Hobby Keeper Articles

Black and white movie by the Lumiere brothers

There are many high - profile stories associated with the world - famous French-the Lumiere brothers.

Read more → 17.08.2020

Coin drachma, Greece | Hobby Keeper Articles

The Drachma Of Ancient Greece

The drachma was the name of the national currency of the Hellenic Republic prior to the introduction of the Euro in the country since January 1, 2002.

Read more → 12.08.2020

Photo By Stephen Spilberga | Hobby Keeper Articles

Steven Spielberg: 'All I want is a life'

The great optimist and life lover Steven Spielberg count myself among the ordinary spectators.

Read more → 10.08.2020

Photo of a smiling Marilyn Monroe | Hobby Keeper Articles

Marilyn Monroe: 'I Hate to be a thing'

At different times of their idols, but there are personalities, whose bright life and unique charisma delight as their contemporaries, and fans of future generations.

Read more → 05.08.2020

A Portrait Of Mendelssohn | Hobby Keeper Articles

The Maestro of all lovers

Mendelssohn is the 'Wedding March'. Such Association occurs primarily when you hear the name of the German composer.

Read more → 01.08.2020

Portrait Of Mozart | Hobby Keeper Articles

A musical genius at all times

Talent Mozart was admired by many of his contemporaries, however, the life of a genius was filled with the unfulfilled hopes and bitter disappointments.

Read more → 30.07.2020

Coin Sequin 1 | Hobby Keeper Articles

The Venetian gold Ducat

Golden circle 980-th sample of 3.5 grams, diameter of 21 mm is the most stable medieval currency: we are talking about the gold Venetian Ducat.

Read more → 29.07.2020

Joseph Haydn | Hobby Keeper Articles

Joseph Haydn, mercury and the 'Oscar' when the stars line up

Franz Joseph Haydn glorified his birth is not known to anyone lower Austria village of Rohrau, where he came into this world.

Read more → 26.07.2020

Picture of Monet's "Boulevard des Capucines in Paris" | Hobby Keeper Articles

Claude Monet: impressions on the other side of the canvas

It is today we rave about the paintings of French impressionist Claude Monet.

Read more → 22.07.2020

My photo album with stamps | Hobby Keeper Articles

Sol inspiration is my Aivazovsky

This year, 17 (29 articles) July marks 203 years since the birth of the marine painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. Today some people prefer extravagant abstract art Picasso, I caress your soul classic seascapes.

Read more → 17.07.2020

Self-Portrait Of Rembrandt | Hobby Keeper Articles

Name - Rembrandt

The great painter from a young age set a goal to be on a par with the most famous masters of the middle Ages, by Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo. So he signed his paintings briefly, but pathetically, Rembrandt.

Read more → 15.07.2020

Nicholas Of Follendorf | Hobby Keeper Articles

Mintmaster (continued, part 3)

In the list of Russian mintmaster it is impossible not to pay attention to 2 of the dynasty - Bobrovskaya and Follendorf.

Read more → 14.07.2020

The Russo-Turkish war | Hobby Keeper Articles

Chesmensky fight he most difficult...

In continuation of the victorious events of the early EIGHTEENTH century, Russia intensified the struggle for sea domination. After more than half a century, the focus of their activities was the black sea direction, a promised political and economic benefits.

Read more → 10.07.2020

Engraving Of The Capture Of Azov | Hobby Keeper Articles

Gangut battle, the first victory of the Russian fleet

Russia the end of the SEVENTEENTH century, impoverished peasantry, an idle nobility... All this against the background of complete absence of enterprises, dirty ditches instead of roads, hard economic isolation and incapable of the regular army, unable to win over the poles or over the Turks or the Tatars, their main political opponents.

Read more → 08.07.2020

Darwin | Hobby Keeper Articles

'Beware when the Almighty sends to earth thinker'

Many school years known fundamental work of Charles Robert Darwin's On the origin of species'. However, few people know that the famous philosopher and naturalist since childhood had a passion for collecting. He collected everything - coins, shells, minerals. His collection was chaotic, but, of course, be Darwin at that time, the program HOBBYKEEPER, everything would be different.

Read more → 03.07.2020

A Poster Of Yuri Gagarin | Hobby Keeper Articles

Gagarin on the coins

Yuri Gagarin - the first human who conquered the space height. After orbiting the earth 108 minutes, he will forever remain in the history, starting Chronicle of human spaceflight.

Read more → 30.06.2020

Coin Nikolai Mundt | Hobby Keeper Articles

Mintmaster (continued, part 2)

For us, looking at the position of mintmaster from the position of the XXI century, it is important to understand that, strictly speaking, mintmaster was the chief of the mint in the modern sense of the word.

Read more → 24.06.2020

Coin Peter The Great | Hobby Keeper Articles

The iconic figures of coinage

MintmasterCoinage at all times was - and still is - a process closed from prying eyes, as the output has a special product for the money. Therefore, the coinage always has high requirements not only in terms of their appearance, but also due to the accurate regulation of the quality and quantity of material used – sample of the main precious metal (gold, silver, platinum) and the percentage of additives (alloys): a fuzzy implementation of the requirements could disrupt monetary circulation of the country. In any country someone has to monitor the implementation of these requirements and is personally responsible for their accurate performance, these controllers of coinage has historically been called a 'SyncMaster' from it. münzmeister — literally 'coin master'.

Read more → 19.06.2020

Coins with Lenin | Hobby Keeper Articles

Coins of the Soviet Union Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Collectible coins USSR with the image of Vladimir Lenin issued since 1967. Was released into circulation coins: 1 ruble and 50 kopecks. The collection was created in honor of the 50th anniversary of the great October revolution. On these coins the leader is shown full length and indicates the society is the path to a bright Communist future. Over the next years coins were issued to various memorable dates and events...

Read more → 28.04.2020

Coins Of Ancient Russia | Hobby Keeper Articles

Coins of ancient Russia

Your coins in Ancient Rus to the VIII century was not minted. In circulation was a silver Roman denarius of I-III centuries, and later the drachma and the Iranian Sassanid dynasty IV-VII centuries. At the end of the VIII century appeared in circulation silver dirhams of the Arab Caliphate, and Byzantine coins — silver miliaris and gold solidi.

Read more → 08.10.2019

Photo Tokyo, Japan | Hobby Keeper Articles

Tokyo-the young capital of Japan

If you compare Tokyo with such famous capitals as Jerusalem or Athens, you can talk about the young age of the Japanese capital.

Read more → 23.10.2020

Gold solidus, Byzantine Empire | Hobby Keeper Articles

Golden solid from Constantinople

The gold solidus appeared in circulation during the reign of the first Byzantine Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337 ad), replacing the Roman Golden aureus.

Read more → 21.10.2020

Panorama of Florence on the Elbe | Hobby Kepper Articles

Dresden: numismatic capital of Germany

The ancient capital of Saxony, the largest industrial and cultural center of Germany, a city with luxurious palaces, castles and churches - just the most beautiful place in Europe.

Read more → 19.10.2020

The Colosseum, Rome, Italy | Hobby Keeper Articles

Colosseum: what the ancient walls are silent about

The Colosseum - 'the face of ancient Rome' - as PoE called it in his magnifying poem.

Read more → 15.10.2020

The City Of Machu Picchu | Hobby Keeper Articles

Machu Picchu: the UN-lost city of the Incas

High in the mountains of South America (2400 m above sea level, to be precise), above the valley of the river with the sonorous name of Urubamba, there is an ancient city of the disappeared Inca tribe - Machu Picchu.

Read more → 12.10.2020

Photo Of The Taj Mahal | Hobby Keeper Articles

A miracle available to everyone

The majestic monument of love - the tomb of the Taj Mahal - impresses with its grandeur.

Read more → 06.10.2020


Coppers Of Paul I

Emperor Paul I during his short reign from 1797 to 1801 – 4 years, 4 months, 4 days – was marked by attempts to dissociate himself from the policy of his mother Catherine the great in almost all areas, including coinage.

Read more → 04.10.2020

Photo Arnold Schwarzenegger on a motorcycle | Hobby Keeper Articles

From Terminator to Governor

Those who lived in the mid-nineties of the last century, of course, remember the Mexican TV series and Western action movies that flooded the TV of the post-Soviet space.

Read more → 28.09.2020

British transatlantic steamer Titanic, 1912 | Hobby Keeper Articles

The Wreck Of The Titan

'Every night in my dreams I see you, I feel you...' these are the first words from the song performed by Celine Dion that come to mind when it comes to an incredibly dramatic episode of human history - the wreck of the British transatlantic steamer Titanic.

Read more → 23.09.2020

Photo By Vivien Leigh| Hobby Keeper Articles

Vivien Leigh: the price of success for a Hollywood legend

A surprised arched brow, jet-black curls, plump lips, and cold, beautiful eyes-such a heavenly creature is presented at the mention of Vivien Leigh.

Read more → 19.09.2020

Photo By Viktor Tsoi | Hobby Keeper Articles

'Choi is not dead. He went out for a smoke'

For the turbulent, full of changes in the 80s of the last century, Viktor Tsoi became a real idol, a symbol of defiance and the personification of strength.

Read more → 17.09.2020

Shot from the movie "Back to the future" | Hobby Keeper Articles

'Back to the future': see you in a few years...

I can't believe it, but in 2020, the film 'Back to the future' turns 35 years old.

Read more → 14.09.2020

Photo By F. G. Ranevskaya | Hobby Keeper Articles

Faina Ranevskaya: 'Damn this very talent that made me unhappy'

'Who would know my loneliness?'- exclaims Faina Georgievna in her book 'Diaries on scraps'.

Read more → 08.09.2020

Byzantine follis | Hobby Keeper Articles

Byzantine follis of the X-XI century ad.

Follis - so in Ancient Rome called a bag of copper coins, which was sealed for ease of handling – so as not to count the change.

Read more → 06.09.2020

Photo By Stolypin | Hobby Keeper Articles

Pyotr Stolypin: turn back history

A brilliant statesman, Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin went down in history as a great reformer of the Russian state.

Read more → 01.09.2020

Symbol of the 2018 FIFA world Cup | Hobby Keeper Articles

Mundiale 2018 on stamps and coins

Arrigo Sacchi called football 'the most important thing of all the unimportant things'. Well, the coach knows better.

Read more → 28.08.2020

Photo of the Sochi 2014 figure skating team | Hobby Keeper Articles

'Hot. Winter. Yours'

The theme of sports battles that broke out in Sochi from February 7 to 23, 2014, did not leave anyone indifferent.

Read more → 26.08.2020

Platinum coins of the USSR, 1977-1980 | Hobby Keeper Articles

From the depths of centuries to the present day: a brief history of Olympic coins

The first Olympic coins, covered with the dust of centuries, have been preserved since the Olympic competitions held in Ancient Greece.

Read more → 23.08.2020

Photo By Michael Jackson | Hobby Keeper Articles

Kings are not born, they become...

... due to a General hallucination. These words of Bernard Shaw aptly characterize the life and work of Michael Jackson, crowned king of the world pop pop scene.

Read more → 21.08.2020

Photo Lyubov Orlova | Hobby Keeper Articles

The prima Donna of Soviet cinema

It is difficult to imagine the Soviet cinema is effervescent and incomparable, talented and unique Lyubov Orlova.

Read more → 13.08.2020

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ACE in the hole

Unmatched, mysterious, phenomenal Harry Houdini remained for many inexplicable mystery.

Read more → 11.08.2020

Photos By Marius Petipa | Hobby Keeper Articles

Allongee Marius Petipa - a good finale to a brilliant career

The name of Marius Petipa has always been inextricably linked with the Mariinsky theatre and ballet. Moreover, the Russian, despite the fact that he was a native of Marseilles.

Read more → 07.08.2020

Photo of a smiling Chaplin | Hobby Keeper Articles

What I wanted to tell the world the Great Mute

Incredibly touching, naive and simple form of a Tramp, by which we know and love Charlie Chaplin was loved by the audience not just.

Read more → 03.08.2020

Beethoven, 1820, K. Stieler | Hobby Keeper Articles

Beethoven: the Moon, the Beatles and a little love

Speaking 'Beethoven', we mean first and foremost 'Moonlight Sonata', is thoroughly permeated with love longing and sadness about what you really want, but it is impossible to achieve.

Read more → 31.07.2020

Boldini painting "Portrait of D. Verdi", 1886 | Hobby Keeper Articles

'You can have the universe but leave me Italy'

Giuseppe Verdi is among those geniuses, whose careers are inextricably linked with the Motherland.

Read more → 29.07.2020

The Image Of Chopin | Hobby Keeper Articles

Frederic Chopin: 'I give my Heart to the Motherland'

Figuratively and literally the heart of the Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, remained faithful to his homeland.

Read more → 28.07.2020

P. I. Tchaikovsky | Hobby Keeper Articles

Patriarchal romanticism of Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is known to the world as a brilliant composer, author of operas, ballets, symphonies, romances. He is one of those brilliant artists whose creative take-off is inseparable from the fate of their country.

Read more → 24.07.2020

Malevich painting "Blooming Apple trees" | Hobby Keeper Articles

Pointless eternal rest Kazimir Malevich

Of course for those who are more close to the classical canons of painting, the paintings of Kazimir Malevich seems kind of stupid nonsense, aggressive degenerative daubs.

Read more → 21.07.2020

The painting "the Starry night" | Hobby Keeper Articles

'The sadness will last forever'

These last words of Vincent van Gogh became the motto of his life. Misunderstood, rejected by society, placed in a hospital for the mentally ill van Gogh never ceased to write, leaving to posterity more than 2,000 of his paintings.

Read more → 16.07.2020

The Coin | Hobby Keeper Articles

Mintmaster (continued, part 4)

The efforts of such masters as Nikolai Follendorf, minting Russian coins became more technologically advanced, and their appearance more attractive.

Read more → 15.07.2020

Bloch-Bauer | Hobby Keeper Articles

The most expensive paintings on coins

Can you see the Creek, or to attach the canvas to the gentle breath of the night breeze?.. Painting meets solid 'Yes', demonstrating to the world the masterpieces of the geniuses of van Gogh and Munch, Cezanne and Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. Let them have the originals of the paintings are few, but enjoy a small elegant reproduction to afford any connoisseur. Especially if it is placed on an original coin.

Read more → 13.07.2020

Picture the Thunder of victory | Hobby Keeper Articles

The day of military glory

Federal Law of the Russian Federation establishes the memorable days of Russia, which marks of the great victories of the Russian troops. On a par with the defeat of the Tatars at Kulikovo field, and a victory over the Teutons at lake Peipus is the triumph of the young Russian fleet at Cape Gangut in the Baltic sea.

Read more → 09.07.2020

Coins | Hobby Keeper Articles

Interesting facts about coins

Numismatics cannot be considered separately from historical science. Actually, numismatics and the history of coins. For centuries, mankind accumulate experience of operations with currency. Before you settle in our wallets-sounding coins, the money's going through an interesting path of development. We offer you a selection of the most amazing facts, telling mankind about the history of commodity-money relations.

Read more → 06.07.2020

Che Guevara | Hobby Keeper Articles

Che Guevara on the coins

Image Ernesto Guevara de La Serna, known worldwide as Che Guevara, or simply Che, pushed out on numerous coins not in vain. Of course, his political ideology as an active fighter for the victory of world revolution today has lost its relevance. However, a comprehensive, open to the world the personality of Che Guevara, of course, will always be interesting.

Read more → 02.07.2020

Badge | Hobby Keeper Articles

Payment coins tokens

Coins the tokens represent a very curious specimen of the attempts to eliminate the circulation of money from the sphere of internal circulation of commercial structures, such as clubs, gambling houses, restaurants, hotels, shops, etc.

Read more → 26.06.2020

Coin Catherine II | Hobby Keeper Articles

Mintmaster (continued part 1)

Historians detect the beginnings of the profession of mintmasters in antiquity. So in Ancient Greece in city-States there was a special controller for applying the mark on the silver coins of your policy, which was especially important for tetradrachms, which actually served the function of international money. Ancient Rome during the Republic established a panel of 3 persons with the functions of mintmaster, and Julius Caesar increased the number to 4-H.

Read more → 22.06.2020

Numismatics | Hobby Keeper Articles

As I discovered numismatics

I have, like a real numismatist (I want to believe that I can call myself so) has a lot of friends and acquaintances with whom we have a common passion - coins. But I, and all my friends collectors started with something small.

Read more → 16.06.2020

Coin 1 rouble | Hobby Keeper Articles

That you can buy on the ruble in different eras?

The Russian currency is in circulation for at least eight centuries — evidenced by the Novgorod birchbark documents. But, of course, the real value of the national currency and its appearance varied greatly from era to era. That you can buy on the ruble in different historical periods in this article...

Read more → 08.10.2019

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