Ancient Coins

Ancient Coin Auctions – Numismatic Rarities at Numismatik Lanz

Ancient Coin Auctions – Numismatic Rarities at Numismatik Lanz

By Numismatik Lanz …..   A large batch of Greek electrum coins will cross the auction block in the upcoming sale of long-standing coin house Numismatik Lanz. Altogether, Auction 162 offers 570 lots featuring coins and medals from all around the world; the focus is placed on ancient times. 570 lots comprising coins and medals […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz ….   The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying a sack of gold could ride unharmed from one border of the nomad empire to the other. — Harold Lamb, Genghis Khan[1]: The Emperor of All Men, p. 112 The Rise […]

Coins, Artifacts from Ancient Roman Shipwreck Found off Israeli Coast

Coins, Artifacts from Ancient Roman Shipwreck Found off Israeli Coast

Biggest find in Israeli territorial waters in the last 30 years By CoinWeek News Staff ….   The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA), with the support of the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation, has been very active in the ancient port city of Caesarea in recent years. Early in 2015, the IAA recovered the largest trove of gold […]

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Link to Part 1 5.) Irene of Athens Like much of the Middle Ages, the history of the Byzantine Empire is fascinating and complex. Unfortunately, it’s not a familiar topic to many Americans. Numismatically, it’s an exceedingly rich field of study, and the next woman […]

NGC Ancient Coins: Celtic Copycats

NGC Ancient Coins: Celtic Copycats

Celtic coins are cultural artifacts to be considered in the scheme of ancient European history The artistry of ancient Celtic coins is easy to dismiss as unsophisticated and crude, especially in comparison to the Greek and Roman coins after which oftentimes they were modeled. And while Celtic coins aren’t to everyone’s liking – perhaps they […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Front Facing Portraiture

Ancient Greek Coins – Front Facing Portraiture

 An apparently unique variety (the only specimen known with this magistrate name) of an extremely rare type. By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Undoubtedly the finest specimen known of this wonderful issue bearing one of the finest facing portraits of the Greek coinage. Of extraordinary late Classical style and with a […]

Roman Gold Coins – Stack’s Bowers Announces Part I of George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei

Roman Gold Coins – Stack’s Bowers Announces Part I of George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei

IN COLLABORATION WITH NUMISMATICA ARS CLASSICA Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the firm’s collaboration with Numismatica Ars Classica in offering the George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei – Part I, to be sold the 23rd of May, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. This meticulously curated cabinet includes some of the finest Roman […]

Ancient Coins – Charon’s Obol Coins for the Dead

Ancient Coins – Charon’s Obol Coins for the Dead

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   My advice for those who die, Declare the pennies on your eyes — The Beatles, “Taxman”, Revolver (1966) IN THE HOLLYWOOD EPIC FILM Troy (2004), King Priam of Troy (Peter O’Toole) visits the tent of the Greek hero Achilles (Brad Pitt) by night to beg for […]

Massive Hoard of Ancient Roman Coins Found in Spain

Massive Hoard of Ancient Roman Coins Found in Spain

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Late last week, construction workers in the town of Tomares, a suburb of the southern Spanish city of Seville, discovered a hoard of almost 1,323 pounds (600 kg) of ancient Roman coins. According to city planner Lola Vallejo, workers were performing routine work on water pipes near Zaudín Park […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Horses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Horses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   MORE THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL (except perhaps the dog), the horse is beloved for its strength, intelligence, speed, loyalty and beauty. The earliest images of horses created by people appear on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France, dated to almost 30,000 years ago[1]. People first […]

Atlas Numismatics Publishes New Fixed-Price List

Atlas Numismatics Publishes New Fixed-Price List

Atlas Numismatics has updated their website with 1,116 new coins, medals, and tokens at fixed price. Selections include the following items: Beautifully Toned Leontini Tetradrachm 1035091 | GREEK. SICILY. Leontini. Struck circa 430-420 BC. AR Tetradrachm. NGC MS✭ (Mint State ✭) Strike 5/5 Surface 5/5 Fine Style. 24mm. 17.45gm. Laureate head of Apollo, left / […]

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Top 5 World Coins Sold on MA-Shops – March, 2016

Top 5 World Coins Sold on MA-Shops – March, 2016

By CoinWeek ……   At MA-Shops, the width and breadth of offerings is deep, with a large variety of ancient and world coins at your perusal. Here are five top-selling coins for the end of March, 2016: GERMAN, ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF MÜNSTER: 1710 Franz Arnold von Metternich Taler. CH UNCSold for: US$3,609.28 ROMAN IMPERIAL: […]

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Ancient Coins – The Greek and Roman Coin Collection of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha (1833–1906)

Ancient Coins – The Greek and Roman Coin Collection of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha (1833–1906)

by David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients ………. The ancient coins in the Alexandre Carathéodory collection were mainly Greek and Roman issues. Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha, a towering figure of the 19th Century Ottoman Empire, was introduced to the study of ancient coins in 1878, by chance, while serving the Ottomans as a diplomat in Berlin. While […]

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Mourning Becomes Mark Antony

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Mourning Becomes Mark Antony

Click here for the First Antony Portrait denarius listing at the Chicago International Coin Convention (April 14-19) Signature Auction It would be too easy to pick a coin of Julius Caesar to mark the Ides of March (a couple of days ago), so instead we will examine an intriguing coin of the one who had […]

The First Ancient Coins – Aegina’s Sea Turtle

The First Ancient Coins – Aegina’s Sea Turtle

ISLANDS off ATTICA, Aegina. Circa 550-530/25 BC. AR Stater. Sea turtle By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   Aegina is a rocky and mountainous island in the Saronic Gulf located about 25 miles southeast of Athens. It was settled by the Dorians around 900 BCE and was named after the daughter of […]

Poland, St. Patrick and Ancient Rome: Spink Coin Auctions

Poland, St. Patrick and Ancient Rome: Spink Coin Auctions

Spink and Son Ltd. is delighted to announce another installment of their famous auctions of Ancient, British, Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals on March 22-23, 2016 in their London premises in the heart of Bloomsbury. This auction boasts of a fantastic selection of Ancient coins and the third part of one of the finest collections […]

By March 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

By Mike Markowitz …..   Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed. That he is grown so great? — Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 Julius Caesar ARISTOCRATIC ROMANS USUALLY BORE three names. For example, Gaius Julius Caesar (born 13 July 100 BCE), son of Gaius Julius Caesar[1] (died 85 BCE) belonged to […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Is it time to add ancient coins to the portfolio?

Coin Collecting Strategies – Is it time to add ancient coins to the portfolio?

By Timothy O’Fallon ….  Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals ……..   The Rare Coin Market’s Rising Credibility In 2011, gold hit nearly $1,900.00 an ounce and silver topped out at nearly $50.00 an ounce. Bullion (and older coins worth close to bullion value) were all the rage. You might remember the bold predictions some made about […]

Israeli Hiker Finds 2nd Known Example of Unusual Roman Gold Coin

Israeli Hiker Finds 2nd Known Example of Unusual Roman Gold Coin

Laurie Rimon found the coin during a hike in the eastern Galilee By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On Monday, March 14, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that a hiker in the northern region of Galilee had discovered an incredibly rare ancient Roman gold coin. So rare, in fact, that an example held […]

By March 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin Collecting – An Intellectual Curiosity

Ancient Coin Collecting – An Intellectual Curiosity

By Wayne G. Sayles ……….   “We treat all stakeholders with a vested interest in the site with the same intellectual curiosity, which means we interact with and learn from local populations, dealers, collectors, looters, government employees, archaeologists, museum professionals, tourists, and customs agents.“ Morag Kersal, Archaeologist and Assistant Professor at DePaul University http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/monitoring-looting-in-jordan-using-drones Treating […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Coinage of the Phoenicians

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Coinage of the Phoenicians

By the third millennium BCE, a unique culture was emerging on a narrow strip of the eastern Mediterranean coast that would have an enormous impact on Western civilization. CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   A SEMITIC PEOPLE, THE PHOENICIANS developed remarkable proficiency in shipbuilding, seafaring and trade, as the prophet Ezekiel (lived […]

By February 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – Military Strength in Rome’s Golden Age

Ancient Roman Coins – Military Strength in Rome’s Golden Age

HADRIAN. 117-138 AD. AV Aureus (7.19 g, 6h). Struck 124-128 AD. By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   Hadrian was the third of the Five Good Emperors, reigning during the peak of Roman prosperity. His ascension to the throne was met with some controversy as his predecessor Trajan had not yet chosen […]

Gorny & Mosch Spring Auction: Numismatic Masterpieces from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times.

Gorny & Mosch Spring Auction: Numismatic Masterpieces from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times.

Between March 7 and 9, 2016, Gorny & Mosch will conduct its traditional spring auction. Three sessions will offer numismatic masterpieces dating back as far as 2,500 years: from antiquity to the medieval period and modern times. As every year, Gorny & Mosch will conduct its spring auction following the Numismata. The auction is comprised […]

Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   The trouble with the Second Persian Empire was that it was not an empire… And while the tradition … required that the king of kings should be a member of the royal house, it was not specific about which member, so that there was usually a war […]

By February 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – The Loyalty of Sextus Pompey

Ancient Roman Coins – The Loyalty of Sextus Pompey

Sextus Pompey; 42-40 BCE, Denarius By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   After the death of his father, Pompey the Great, in 48 BCE, and the execution of his older brother Gnaeus Pompey the Younger three years later, Sextus Pompey, a skilled naval commander, took over the campaign started by his father. […]

Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.” — attributed to Petronius, 1st-century Roman satirist AROUND 650 BCE, on the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea, coinage was invented. Very soon afterward, counterfeit coinage appeared, and it has been […]

The Modern Hobby of Ancient Coins –  A CoinWeek Exclusive with Harlan J. Berk

The Modern Hobby of Ancient Coins – A CoinWeek Exclusive with Harlan J. Berk

By CoinWeek….   Harlan J. Berk founded the company that bears his name in 1964, but like so many other numismatists, he actually got his start as a kid when someone (in Berk’s case, his mother) gave him those first fascinating coins. And now, after 52 years plus as a professional and a coin dealer–specializing […]

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Coin Provenance – Do you know which collection your coin is from?

Coin Provenance – Do you know which collection your coin is from?

Ex-Numis®, a new website, can answer an important question: Has your coin been published at an auction? Instead of looking through thousands of auction catalogues, you can now send a request to www.ex-numis.com. In the last years it has become more and more important to know a coins’ pedigree. On the one hand there are […]

By January 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Octavian. Gold Aureus (7.8g) minted at Rome, 32-31 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Octavian was the son of Julius Caesar’s niece and Caesar himself sponsored his introduction into public life when Octavian accompanied his uncle in his triumph over the Spanish in 46 BCE. Octavian was only 20 years old […]

Ancient Coins – Harlan J. Berk’s Buy or Bid Sale #196

Ancient Coins – Harlan J. Berk’s Buy or Bid Sale #196

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   *All estimates and prices realized in US$ unless otherwise noted Since 1964, Chicago-based coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. has been a major player in the ancient coin market. With their 196th Buy or Bid Sale (closing on February 4, 2016), the firm continues a tradition of offering a […]

 
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