Sunday, December 10, 2017

Interesting facts through collectibles: Nobel Prize

Alfred Nobel, well-known Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist, passed away on December 10, 1896. He signed his last will in 1895, which stated to use his assets to establish Nobel Prizes.

Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) writer, Peace Nobel Prize, Stamp, 1965, Austria, Colnect Catalog

In 1901, on Alfred’s fifth anniversary, first Nobel Prizes were awarded. There were 5 prizes in total for Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine. 

50 Pesetas, Banknote, 1905, Spain, Colnect Catalog

Ceremonies take place annually in Stockholm, Sweden and each laureate receives a gold medal, a diploma, and money. These prizes have the purpose to reward people for their incredible achievements.

1 New Sheqel (Nobel Prize in Literature - Shmuel Yosef Agnon), Coin, 2008, Israel, Colnect Catalog

Over the years, there were many individuals who were awarded Nobel Prize and to celebrate their beneficial work for the humanity, many collectibles were made in their names. 

William Faulkner – Litterature 1949, Maximum Card, 1985, Sweden, Colnect Catalog

There are numerous amounts of stamps, phonecards, philatelic products, coins, banknotes, milk cup lid, postcards, which you can find on Colnect. Hard work of these people to benefit humanity will always be appreciated.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Famous people through collectibles: Napoleon Bonaparte

Everyone has heard stories about Napoleon and his achievements. During the Revolution, he served in the army as an artillery officer. He managed to rapidly rise through ranks and eventually became a general. From there on he continued increasing his reputation and influence which resulting in him becoming First Consul of the Republic in 1799.

Stamp › Bicentenary of the birth of Napoleon Bonaparte, French Colonies and Territories, 1969, Colnect Catalog

In 1804, he became the first Emperor of the French. His coronation took place in Notre Dame Cathedral on December 2 and his reign continued until 1814. He managed to take control of France again in 1815 but this time his reign ended after several months.

Stamp › Silhouettes of Napoleon and Josephine, Saint Lucia, 1969, Colnect Catalog

Many different collectibles were made over the years in the name of Napoleon. On Colnect, you can find various kinds of items which are connected to him. For example, you can even find coins which were made during his reign such as this one:

 Coin › 1 Centesimo (B), Italian States, 1807, Colnect Catalog

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ordinary things through collectibles: Jukebox


It must be really hard to find people who don’t like listening to music. Today we can listen to favorite music everywhere: at home, at the car, walking at the street. It’s usual for us today but there was the time when people couldn’t do that.

Gift Card › Christmas Jukebox, 2008, USA, Colnect Catalog

On November 23, 1889, the first jukebox, which was created by Louis Glass, was displayed in San Francisco, California. It was one of the first steps which made music close to people.

Stamp › Juke Box - Presorted First Class, 1995, USA, Colnect Catalog

Similar musical devices such as music boxes were already really popular and widely spread, but this new invention completely innovated the ability to enjoy music at public places. All you needed was a nickel (5-cent coin) and you could start listening to music.

Phonecard › Sprint - Coca Cola-Jukebox 1 (Basketball hoop), 1995, Germany, Federal Republic, Colnect Catalog



With time the development of jukebox continued and today they offer several new functionalities, like selecting the song of your choice or displaying flashy lights. Even though today jukeboxes are not as popular as they were in the 1950s, they are still being used and remain as part of a music culture in U.S.

Lottery Ticket › #5503 – Jukebox Bingo, 2015, Australia, Colnect Catalog

Throughout years many different collectibles were issued which were illustrating and celebrating a jukebox, some of which can be found on Colnect.

Milk Cup Lid › Jukebox, 2002, Switzerland, Colnect Catalog

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Token › Gettone Juke Box, Italy, Colnect Catalog


Thursday, November 16, 2017

66,666 Sugar Packets Listed

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Colnectors, sugar packets just reached 66,666 items on Colnect.

 Sugar Packet › The Presbyterian Hospital, 1944, USA, Colnect Catalog

Special thank you goes to the coordinator of the category, tuixons. You did an amazing job at taking care of this sweet category.

Sugar Packet › Venus, 2008, Spain, Colnect Catalog

Benjamin Eisenstadt, the founder of Cumberland Packing, invented sugar packets because he was working for a tea factory and got tired of refilling and unclogging sugar dispensers in his cafeteria.

Sugar Packet › BTA Catering - Blue, Georgia, Colnect Catalog

Today there are many different shapes of sugar packets all around the world for collectors to collect. Collecting sugar packets is called sucrology.

Sugar Packet › Museo de la caña de azucar, Colombia, Colnect Catalog 

Most common places to find sugar packets are restaurants and hotels, but in some countries where sucrology is common many companies are producing sugar packets and selling them. In Europe, there are many collector clubs dedicated to sugar packets, some of them even hosting international events for fellow sucrologists to gather together.

Sugar Packet › Airlines - Air France, France, Colnect Colnect

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

100,100 Coins Passed

The number of coins is increasing on Colnect and just reached 100,100.

5 Pesetas, Spain, States, 1823, Colnect catalog

We want to thank all of you who contributed to coin category for your dedication and hard work, especially to coordinators, Angelo Parla [angelo13] and Hernán Bofill [hbofill12].

1/25 Crown (Centenary of the Cinema. Charlie Chaplin 1889-1977), Gibraltar, 1996, Colnect Catalog

Coins are small, flat objects, commonly having round shape with the purpose of trading. They are mostly issued by government and made out of metal. Some coins are made of more valuable materials like gold, silver or copper and mainly serve as a collectible item to numismatists.

1,000,000,000,000 Mark, German Notgeld, 1923, Colnect catalog

Did you know that there were times when coin’s face value was lower than the metal it was made out of? It usually happens because of an inflation and sometimes the difference is so big that authorities have to issue similar coins but with a different substance. Otherwise, people might start melting it down to get a bigger value out of them.

10 Dollars (Big Ben), Cook Islands, 2008, Colnect catalog

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Famous people through collectibles: Grace Kelly

On November 12, 1929, an American actress and a Princess of Monaco, Grace Patricia Kelly was born. And it’s a great occasion to look at her charming personality through collectibles.

Stamp: Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier III, crown and monogram, Monaco, 1956, Colnect

There are many various collectibles which were made in her honor. Some of them could be found on Colnect. Currently, you can find 30 stamps, 8 coins, 6 phone cards which are connected to Grace Kelly in our catalog. For example, several of these stamps were made in 1956 to represent her marriage such as the one provided below. Also, many of the items owned by Grace Kelly during filming or things signed by her are collected by people all around the world.


Stamp: Rear Window, Monaco, 2016, Colnect

Throughout her career, Grace Kelly starred in many successful films, such as High Noon (1952), Mogambo (1953), for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, Rear Window (1954), To Catch a Thief (1955), and The Swan (1956). Those films became a golden classic of cinema and are loved by thousand people around the globe.


Phone card: Renato Casaro 2 - Unforgotten (Cary Grant / Grace Kelly), Germany, 2000, Colnect

In 1956 she retired from being an actress and married Prince Rainier III. She continued her life as a mother of 3 and a Princess of Monaco until her death in 1982, which was caused by a car accident due to her suffering a stroke.

Coin: 10 Dollars (Grace Kelly 30th Anniversary of death), Fiji, 2012, Colnect

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Friday, November 10, 2017

44,444 Beer Coasters Listed

We are happy to announce that beer coaster category on Colnect just reached the number of 44,444.

Trinkt das gute Mainzer Aktien-Bier,1930, Germany, Federal Republic, Colnect

We would like to thank the coordinator Patrick Dupuy [Hinano40] for taking good care of this category and all of you who contributed to it.

Stella Artois, 1985, Belgium, Colnect

The history of beer coasters begins in 1880. Friedrich Horn made first coasters out of cardboard, which was followed by first coasters manufactured out of wood by Robert Sputh in 1882. They are used to place a beverage on top of it to protect the surface of a table.

Woods Crak, 2017, Italy, Colnect

Beer coasters are branded with the purpose of advertising which makes them perfect for collecting. Did you know that practice of collecting coasters is called tegestology? Today collecting beer coasters is really common and some of them were made specifically for collectors.

Barbaroja, Argentina, Colnect

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