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MA-Shops: Ancient Coins from Akragas

MA-Shops: Ancient Coins from Akragas

By Joël van Dam – Owner of Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com ……   The city of Akragas was one of the predominant cities of ancient Sicily. A typically Greek city, it was founded in 688 BCE by the Geloans in Sican territory in the southern part of the island settled by Dorians. They started minting coins […]

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Gold Coin of the Great Kushans

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Gold Coin of the Great Kushans

By Lorie Ann Hambly for Heritage Auctions ……   Pompeia’s pick this time is a departure from our usual run of Greco-Roman coins: A gold double-dinar of Vima Kadphises, Kushan ruler of northern and central India from 113 to 137 CE Considering the importance of Ancient India as home of one of the Ancient World’s […]

NGC Ancients: Sea Creatures on Greek Coins

NGC Ancients: Sea Creatures on Greek Coins

An ancient people’s reliance on the sea is reflected in money Finely engraved images of animals and mythic creatures are commonplace on ancient Greek coins. The spectrum is incredible, ranging from imaginary creatures to the kinds of animals the ancients encountered in everyday life. Among the most frequently shown are aquatic creatures. This is hardly […]

Possibly 2nd Known Ancient Roman Gold Aureus of Vespasian on MA-Shops

Possibly 2nd Known Ancient Roman Gold Aureus of Vespasian on MA-Shops

By CoinWeek ….   On MA-Shops.com, Dutch coin dealer Munthandel G. Henzen is currently offering what is possibly only the second known example of a rare gold aureus from early in the reign of Roman emperor Vespasian (ruled 69-79 CE). Financing the Jewish War The coin was minted in Antioch on the Orontes, an important […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series: How Ancient Coins Were Made

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series: How Ancient Coins Were Made

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   BRICKS WERE PROBABLY the first mass-produced industrial product. Cast bronze arrowheads, produced by the millions, might well have been the second. But ancient coins were the most challenging mass-produced industrial product in antiquity. The successful mass production of ancient coins required many advances in metallurgy and a complex […]

Join Stack’s Bowers in Denver for the 2017 ANA Auction of World Coins, Ancient Coins and Paper Money

Join Stack’s Bowers in Denver for the 2017 ANA Auction of World Coins, Ancient Coins and Paper Money

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce details of their upcoming World Coin , Ancient Coin & World Paper Money Auctions, to be held in conjunction with the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money between August 1 and 5. The event will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The Ancient Coin […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Agathokles’ Victory

Ancient Greek Coins – Agathokles’ Victory

Sicily, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BC. Silver Tetradrachm By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Agathokles was the last of the larger-than-life rulers of Syracuse, but he was not merely given the right to the throne. He was born in Thermae in 361 BCE to a Greek manufacturer of pottery, but he quickly […]

Heritage ANA Platinum Night to Feature World Coins, Ancient Roman Gold

Heritage ANA Platinum Night to Feature World Coins, Ancient Roman Gold

Since Heritage’s first ANA showcase offering of world and ancient coins in 2014, the Platinum Night auction has been a marquee event for lovers of rare and beautiful coins. With nearly 500 exceptional lots from every era and region, this year’s offering, scheduled for Thursday, August 3, adds luster to this legacy. Their selection of […]

Stack’s Bowers: Gold Solidus of Magnus Maximus at August ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers: Gold Solidus of Magnus Maximus at August ANA Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers ……   For this week’s previews for the ancient coin section of the August ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction, we present a piece with great historical significance, the Gold Solidus of Magnus Maximus This coin from the late Roman Empire marks the beginning of the […]

Ancient Coins – A Soldier’s Share of Alexander the Great’s Plunder

Ancient Coins – A Soldier’s Share of Alexander the Great’s Plunder

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Alexander the Great, born in the autumn of 356 BCE and taught by the famous Aristotle, was one of the most successful military generals of all time, conquering a large part of Asia and ruling a kingdom that spanned from the Ionian sea to the […]

New Atlas Numismatics World & Ancient Coins

New Atlas Numismatics World & Ancient Coins

 546 recent additions to our world coins and ancient coins inventory. By Atlas Numismatics …… New Inventory These six coins are just a sample of the 546 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (15), World (530) and US (1). Attractive Caesar Denarius with Cabinet Patina http://atlasnumismatics.com/1043108/ These and the […]

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

Aureus 64-65, AV 7.27 g. NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ……   The name Nero holds a particularly sinister connotation due to how history remembers his cruel and self-indulgent tendencies. His reputation was equally negative during his reign, and the discontent came to a climax in 64 […]

CoinWeek Ancients Series: War as Depicted on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancients Series: War as Depicted on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   FOR MUCH OF HUMAN HISTORY, WARFARE has absorbed our resources, energy and creativity. War is much older than coinage. One of the earliest images of war in Western art is the “Battlefield Palette”, a carved slate from pre-Dynastic Egypt dated c. 3100 BCE[1]. It depicts the […]

Ancient Coins – Pontius Pilate and Other Roman Governors of Judaea

Ancient Coins – Pontius Pilate and Other Roman Governors of Judaea

Coins of the Judaean prefects and procurators are relatively plentiful, making sets fairly easy to assemble By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Among the most collectible of all Judaean coins are small bronzes issued by the local Roman authorities on behalf of the emperors in Rome. These prutot (prutah for singular) bear a variety […]

Collection of Ancient Roman Silver Denarii in Special Internet Auction

Collection of Ancient Roman Silver Denarii in Special Internet Auction

The Paul Balla Collection is a true labor of love, assembled with care and connoisseurship, with each Roman Emperor represented by multiple reverse types and portrait styles, several of them quite rare and seldom offered. The first offering from this collection is our first all-ancients Monthly Internet Auction, comprising 303 individual and group lots drawn […]

CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017

CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Vikings knew how to maintain trust in their money By the 880s the Vikings had taken over the territory of all but the West Saxons but they provided their subjugated peoples with money they knew – in the form of imitations […]

Why Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins Wrong

Why Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins Wrong

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   I have endured what no one on earth has endured before. I kissed the hands of the man who killed my son. I loved my boy from the moment he opened his eyes until the moment you closed them. Let me wash his body. Let me […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Zeus at Olympia

Ancient Greek Coins – Zeus at Olympia

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… As the Olympics became progressively more popular, the city of Elis sought to build a new, larger temple which was worthy of Zeus, the king of the gods. The project to build the Temple of Zeus began in 470 BCE and was completed in 456 BCE. […]

Ancient & World Coins – New from Atlas Numismatics May 2017

Ancient & World Coins – New from Atlas Numismatics May 2017

By Atlas Numismatics ……   We will be attending the 51st World Coin, Stamp, Phone Card Fair June 2-4. Please note that we will only be able to carry a portion of the inventory available on our website; if you would like us to include any specific items for your examination at the shows please […]

Stack’s Bowers 2017 ANA World’s Fair Auction – Exceptional Signed Decadrachm by Euainetos

Stack’s Bowers 2017 ANA World’s Fair Auction – Exceptional Signed Decadrachm by Euainetos

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers ……   The inaugural preview for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction features a very exciting coin. The Decadrachms of Syracuse are widely considered to be among the finest pieces of numismatic art in antiquity, if not in the entire history […]

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Vetranio, Temporary Emperor

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Vetranio, Temporary Emperor

By Lorie Ann Hambly for Heritage Auctions ……   Vetranio (we do not know a first or family name) was born to humble parents in Moesia, probably in the 290s CE. He entered the army and served with distinction under the mighty Constantine I (AD 306-337), the first Christian ruler of Rome, who even during […]

Dogs on Ancient Coins

Dogs on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t never caught a rabbit, and you ain’t no friend of mine. –Elvis Presley, 20th-century American philosopher, covering Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog” […]

Princeton University Acquires Peter Donald Collection of Byzantine Coins

Princeton University Acquires Peter Donald Collection of Byzantine Coins

By Princeton University Library ……   The Princeton University Numismatic Collection announces the acquisition of Peter Donald’s vast collection of rare Byzantine coins. Comprising 5,280 coins, the London-based numismatic scholar’s collection is one of the most comprehensive private collections in the world. It provides an in-depth representation of virtually all known varieties of Byzantine bronze […]

Ancient Coins –  Choice Persian Coins on MA-Shops

Ancient Coins – Choice Persian Coins on MA-Shops

Ancient Coins from the Source: Curated Highlights from MA-Shops By Joël van Dam, Owner of Joëlnumismatics for MA-Shops.com …… Typical Design of Persian coins The conquest of Cyrus of the Lydian Kingdom in the 540s BCE and of Babylonia in the 530s BCE extended the area of his power enormously beyond Iran. His son, Cambyses […]

Stack’s Bowers Galleries May 2017 World Collector’s Choice Online Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries May 2017 World Collector’s Choice Online Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to announce details of their May 2017 Collector’s Choice Online Auction of World and Ancient coins and World Currency. The Ancient coins auction will begin live bidding on Wednesday, May 17 at 9 AM Pacific Time. World currency will begin at 11 AM Pacific Time. World coins auction will begin […]

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Kingdom of Macedon Gold Stater

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Kingdom of Macedon Gold Stater

Overview: Macedon The Kingdom of Macedon was considered a barbaric place by the cultivated Greeks of Attica (such as the Athenians) and the Peloponnese (such as the Spartans) to the South. In fact, a certain king of Macedon named Alexander I (ruled approximately 498-454 BCE) wasn’t even allowed to participate in the Olympic Games until […]

American Numismatic Society Launches Image-Based Identification for Roman Coins

American Numismatic Society Launches Image-Based Identification for Roman Coins

New ANS Database makes it easier to identify Roman Coins   The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce a new interface for Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE), which allows non-specialists, hobbyists, collectors, archaeologists and others to browse Roman Imperial coins by image for free online. People can compare the coins in […]

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus and was known in antiquity for its industries, including sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors: Thebes, Corinth, Athens, and Sparta. It was the main mint for the anti-Athenian states in the Peloponnesian War and issued […]

New Additions to Atlas Numismatics Inventory of Ancient, World Coins – April

New Additions to Atlas Numismatics Inventory of Ancient, World Coins – April

By Atlas Numismatics ……   Tokyo Bound We will be attending the Tokyo International Coin Convention (TICC). 来週、T.I.C.C.に東京お楽しみに会います。Please note that we will only be able to carry a portion of the inventory available on our website; if you would like us to include any specific items for your examination at the shows please contact us […]

Cultural Property Overreach Encroaches on Collectors’ Rights

Cultural Property Overreach Encroaches on Collectors’ Rights

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting ….   Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire, an apologist for cultural property nationalists and a critic of private ownership and trade in cultural property, has posted on his blog a quite lucid history of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) experiences in District and Appellate Court over […]

 
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