Ancient Coins

Ancient Coin News – 2,000-Year-Old Roman Bronze Coins Found in Switzerland

Ancient Coin News – 2,000-Year-Old Roman Bronze Coins Found in Switzerland

Credit: Aargau canton archeology department   By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   A team of archaeologists in Switzerland are trying to make sense of a discovery that traces its origins back nearly two millennia. Somewhat strangely, a ceramic cooking pot filled with oil lamps and bronze coins was found during an effort to […]

Ancient Coins : Lydian Gold Considered the First Coins in the World

Ancient Coins : Lydian Gold Considered the First Coins in the World

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   Lydian Coins are considers to be the First Coins ever produced and used. The First Official Coin Natural resources are often a source of great wealth for a country, especially its king. The Pactolus River in Lydia, now modern day Turkey, was […]

Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins: Domitian, Last of the Twelve Caesars

Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins: Domitian, Last of the Twelve Caesars

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers ……   The January New York International (NYINC) Auction features some fantastic world and ancient numismatic treasures from a multitude of realms. Among Roman coinage we have some fantastic pieces, including this lovely aureus from Domitian, the final entrant in Suetonius’ famed “Twelve Caesars”. Son of […]

By November 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin News – Metal Detectorist Challenges Alton Hoard Value

Ancient Coin News – Metal Detectorist Challenges Alton Hoard Value

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   In 1996, a Briton who was interested in archaeology and metal detecting as a pastime discovered one of the most significant treasure hoards in the history of the U.K., the Alton Hoard. A full two decades later, the finder–a bricklayer named Peter Beasley–believes that expert appraisers downplayed […]

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By Joe Jaroch –  Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ……….   Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the U.S. Mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s […]

World Coin Auctions – Numismatic Rarities at Numismatik Lanz

World Coin Auctions – Numismatic Rarities at Numismatik Lanz

Highlights of the upcoming Lanz Auction include an aureus of Magna Urbica with a provenance dating back as far as 1907 and an elaborately worked Bavarian gnadenpfennig By Numismatik Lanz ……   Numismatic dealership Numismatik Lanz will auction off 710 lots comprising coins and medals from all over the world in their own premises on […]

By November 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
New Coins from Atlas Numismatics – November 2016

New Coins from Atlas Numismatics – November 2016

By Atlas Numismatics ……   New Inventory These six coins are just a sample of the 304 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (14), World (287) and US (3). Choice Ptolemy III Octodrachm http://atlasnumismatics.com/1039714 This and the following images courtesy of Atlas Numismatics 1039714 | GREEK. PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF […]

By November 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Philosopher King:  The Coinage of Marcus Aurelius

Philosopher King: The Coinage of Marcus Aurelius

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. –The Meditations, 2:1 OF ALL THE ROMAN EMPERORS, Marcus Aurelius […]

By November 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Gold Coins :  The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

Ancient Gold Coins : The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… The Colosseo Collection   The First Circulating Coinage Little is known about this mysterious archaic electrum coinage – the first ancient gold coin. It was minted in Ionia, somewhere in central Western Anatolia on the shores of the Aegean sea, but scholars have yet to identify […]

CoinWeek Podcast #46: Ancient Coins – What We Can Learn. How Coins Changed Us.

CoinWeek Podcast #46: Ancient Coins – What We Can Learn. How Coins Changed Us.

CoinWeek Podcast #46: Ancient Coins – What We Can Learn. How Coins Changed Us. Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek Ancients Writer Mike Markowitz sits down with editor Charles Morgan in Baltimore at the 2016 Winter Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo to […]

By November 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
New Ancient, World Coin Inventory from Atlas Numismatics

New Ancient, World Coin Inventory from Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… New Inventory These six coins are just a sample of the 515 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (35), World and US (3). Beautiful Galerius Argenteus http://atlasnumismatics.com/1035093 This and the following images courtesy of Atlas Numismatics 1035093 | ROMAN IMPERIAL. Galerius. (Caesar, 293-305 CE). Struck […]

By November 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
SAFE Collecting Supplies: Around the World in 3 Coins

SAFE Collecting Supplies: Around the World in 3 Coins

By SAFE® Collecting Supplies ……   Here at SAFE® Collecting Supplies we cover ample news and history about American coinage, but there’s a rich culture of currency extending beyond and before the good ol’ U.S.A. With that said, let’s delve into the world of international coin currency. Namely, we’ll tell three fascinating international historical coin […]

By November 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Global War Against Collectors of Ancient Coins

The Global War Against Collectors of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   By including antiquities within the political construction “cultural property” nationalist retentionist cultural policies often claim all antiquities from beneath, or on the soil of lands within their borders as cultural property and of importance to their national identity, and their citizens’ collective and individual identities.[1] THERE IS A […]

Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ………   The Beginning of Coinage Shown with expressive and diverse imagery today, ancient coins started from very humble beginnings. The ancient author Herodotus wrote that the Lydians were “the first people we know of to use a gold and silver coinage”. Through hoard […]

Künker Auctions: 300,000 Euros for Roman Aureus on Defeat of Judaea

Künker Auctions: 300,000 Euros for Roman Aureus on Defeat of Judaea

In the Künker Fall Auctions week, spectacular results were achieved: 300,000 euros for an aureus of Vespasian featuring defeated Judaea, 42,000 euros for a Polish reichstaler or 48,000 euros for 4 ducats of the Great Elector. And these are only a few examples   5,700 lots with a total estimate of 8.2 million euros were […]

By October 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Video Coin Profile: The Carthaginian 1 1/2 Gold and Silver Shekel Coin – 4K Video

CoinWeek Video Coin Profile: The Carthaginian 1 1/2 Gold and Silver Shekel Coin – 4K Video

Atlas Numismatics and CoinWeek offer a look into the world of ancient Carthage with this video coin profile of the Carthaginian 1 1/2 Shekel gold and silver coin. Struck bearing the likeness of the goddess Tanit on the obverse and a lithe and powerful horse on the reverse, this ancient coin is both beautiful and […]

NGC Ancients – Thoughts on Collecting Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients – Thoughts on Collecting Ancient Coins

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Ancient coins are extremely popular because of their historical importance, artistic merit and affordability. This year’s ANA convention was held in Anaheim, California and dealers from the United States and around the world were in attendance. Collectors were there in force, but in numbers that […]

By October 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Theban Silver Stater

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Theban Silver Stater

Overview: Thebes Thebes was one of the major cities of ancient Greece, and for a brief time it was the preeminent power in the Greek world. It first rose to prominence during the late Bronze Age (approx. 1600 – 1100 BCE) as part of the Mycenaean civilization that birthed many of the great cities of […]

By October 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Ancient Coins: Unusual Bactrian Portraits

NGC Ancient Coins: Unusual Bactrian Portraits

By NGC Ancients …..   The royal busts of the Indo-Greek kings are often adorned with unusual helmets and headdresses Among the most interesting and diverse portraits on ancient ‘Greek’ coinage are those of the Indo-Greek kings of Bactria, a region on the fringe of the Greek world. In addition to the portraits themselves, which […]

Ancient Coins – A Celebration of Music with a Greek “Guitar”

Ancient Coins – A Celebration of Music with a Greek “Guitar”

Olynthus, 355-352. Chalcidian league, 432-348. Tetradrachm, silver Ancient Greek “guitar” – the reverse depicts a kithara from which the word “guitar” is derived. By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Fearful of Athens and the growing power of the Macedonian Kingdom, Olynthus and the other free cities of the Chalcidice banded together […]

Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins: Stunning Denarius of Brutus

Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins: Stunning Denarius of Brutus

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers ……   For our second preview for the upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries January 2017 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) Auction, we are excited to showcase a gorgeous ancient coin: a silver denarius of Brutus. This coin was struck under the authority of Marcus Junius Brutus the […]

CoinWeek: Cool Coins! Episode 50 – Legendary Edition 4K

CoinWeek: Cool Coins! Episode 50 – Legendary Edition 4K

CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! is back. In this special 50th Episode, we’ve lined up four of the industry’s most respected and knowledgeable dealers to share some of their favorite coins. You won’t want to miss a second of this 4K video program. Segments: Q. David Bowers of Stack’s Bowers discusses the Pine Tree Shilling. Ira Goldberg […]

NGC Ancients – Surface Quality Important for Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients – Surface Quality Important for Ancient Coins

By NGC Ancients …..   The evaluation of surface quality is paramount to establishing the overall quality of an ancient coin. Surface quality plays a significant role in establishing the desirability–and, hence, the value—of coins to collectors. For this reason, NGC Ancients evaluates the quality of a coin’s surface separately from its grade and strike. […]

Rare Roman Gold Coin Found at Mount Zion Archaeological Dig

Rare Roman Gold Coin Found at Mount Zion Archaeological Dig

By University of North Carolina – Charlotte …..   UNC Charlotte’s team that has conducted archaeological excavations on Mount Zion in Jerusalem announced the discovery of a rare gold coin bearing the image of the Roman emperor Nero. “The coin is exceptional, because this is the first time that a coin of this kind has […]

By October 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Two Heads Are Better Than One

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Two Heads Are Better Than One

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   THE RICH VOCABULARY OF NUMISMATICS has many terms to describe the things we see on coins. When a coin depicts two heads side by side, the usual description is “jugate busts”. The word derives from the Latin iuga, meaning “yoke”. Think of a pair of oxen yoked together. […]

By September 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
New Ancient, World Coins from Atlas Numismatics – September 2016

New Ancient, World Coins from Atlas Numismatics – September 2016

By Atlas Numismatics ……   New Inventory These seven coins are just a sample of the 713 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (60), World (647) and US (6). Berend Plate Coin http://atlasnumismatics.com/1038377 This and the following images courtesy of Atlas Numismatics 1038377 | GREEK. SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I. […]

By September 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Rarities from Northern Greece in Upcoming Gorny & Mosch Auction

Rarities from Northern Greece in Upcoming Gorny & Mosch Auction

From October 10-14, 2016 Gorny & Mosch will hold three auctions. Several collections will be on sale, for example, an exquisite collection of coins from Northern Greece, as well as extensive collections of Bavaria, Stolberg, Salzburg, and Russia From October 10-14, 2016 Gorny & Mosch will hold three fall auctions. As always, the first (Auction […]

By September 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
After 140 Years, A Hoard is Finally Ready to be Dispersed at Spink

After 140 Years, A Hoard is Finally Ready to be Dispersed at Spink

Something very exciting is happening at Spink this September. As the dust begins to settle after the mammoth celebrations commemorating Spink’s 350th year, Spink’s auction room will be graced with the privilege of selling the famous Harptree Hoard of fourth-century silver coins. This will form part of the auction of Ancient, British and Foreign Coins […]

By September 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin Profile – The First Facing Portrait of a King

Ancient Coin Profile – The First Facing Portrait of a King

LYCIA. Dynasts of Lycia, Perikles (c.375-360 BCE), Silver Stater By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Lycia was a mountainous region in Anatolia with dramatic slopes that plunge into the sea. Many of its cities left the Delian League as Athens and Sparta fought the Peloponnesian War but in 429 BCE, Athens […]

By September 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of Julius Caesar

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of Julius Caesar

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he is grown so great? –Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 What makes Caesar so Great? PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHING ELSE about ancient history recognize the name Julius Caesar but might be hard-pressed to say what he ever […]

By September 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
 
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