Ancient Coins

Heavier Metal: Ancient Coins Made of Lead

Heavier Metal: Ancient Coins Made of Lead

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   SOFT, DENSE AND DULL, LEAD is an unattractive coining metal. Lead melts at only 327.5° C (621.5° F) – low compared to copper, which melts at 1,085° C (1,984° F) – so it is easily recycled. It’s also toxic, something that was not well understood in antiquity. […]

By December 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Some Familiar Faces on MA-Shops.com

Some Familiar Faces on MA-Shops.com

By CoinWeek….   Already a notable presence in the European market, MA-Shops–the online marketplace created by German engineer Joachim Schwiening–is poised to grow into a significant player in the U.S. coin market as well. When it comes to competing against major U.S.-based sites such as Amazon and eBay, MA-Shops.com has two key assets. The first […]

By December 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
100th Historic Ancient Coin Auction in Coinvac Digital Archive

100th Historic Ancient Coin Auction in Coinvac Digital Archive

By Rasiel Suarez – Coinvac.com….   Ancient coin website Coinvac.com is happy to celebrate the entry of its 100th pre-Internet auction sale. Totaling over 35,000 individual lots, the effort was accomplished over several months of painstaking scanning and parsing of old auction catalogues. These were then reconstructed joining each lot’s text description to their corresponding […]

By December 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Naville Numismatics Live Auction 19 Now Online

Naville Numismatics Live Auction 19 Now Online

By Naville Numismatics Ltd….   It is our pleasure to present Naville Numismatics (NN) Live Auction 19. The auction will close on Sunday 13 December 2015, 18.00 UK time, at which time the live session will begin. Absentee bidders can bid electronically through Naville Numismatics website from the day the sale is published online up […]

By December 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VIII: Coin with Image of the Menorah. Video: 3:57

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VIII: Coin with Image of the Menorah. Video: 3:57

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot, Producer. In this episode of Coins of […]

Ancient Coins – Highly Desirable Signed Decadrachm by Kimon

Ancient Coins – Highly Desirable Signed Decadrachm by Kimon

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers …….. The inaugural preview for the upcoming January New York International Numismatic Convention Auction hosted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an exciting coin. The Decadrachms of Syracuse are widely considered to be some of the finest pieces of numismatic art in antiquity if not in the […]

NGC Ancients – Masterpieces of Kimon and Euainetos

NGC Ancients – Masterpieces of Kimon and Euainetos

Classic example of a decadrachm with Euainetos-signed dies. by Josh Illingworth, NGC Ancients ……… NGC Ancients examines the series of silver decadrachms struck at Syracuse (Sicily) in the fifth to fourth centuries B.C. During the time of Dionysius I (c.405-367 BC), a beautiful series of large silver coins were introduced at Syracuse, the chief city of […]

Serenissima: Medieval Coinage of Venice

Serenissima: Medieval Coinage of Venice

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   BETWEEN THE YEARS 1200 and 1600 a handful of feisty Italians created one of the greatest commercial and maritime empires in history. Venetians wrecked the Byzantine state, fought the Ottoman sultans to a standstill, defied a series of Popes and German emperors, and adorned their city with […]

Harlan J. Berk: Crucifixion Period Roman Nail and Widow’s Mite Set – Video: 4:37

Harlan J. Berk: Crucifixion Period Roman Nail and Widow’s Mite Set – Video: 4:37

Chicago-based coin dealer Harlan J. Berk specializes in coins and unusual items from antiquity. In this video, Harlan discusses a special collector set that his firm is offering this holiday season. For the set, the numismatists at Harlan J. Berk take a Crucifixion Period Roman Iron Nail from the 1st Century A.D. and a poor widow’s mite 1st Century B.C. […]

The Melissa Silver Coin of Ephesus

The Melissa Silver Coin of Ephesus

The 203 B.C. to 133 B.C. Ephesus Silver Drachm with Bee obverse, Stag and Palm Reverse By Gibraltar Coins and Precious Metals, Inc. ……… The Coin The first coins of Ephesus featured Bees (Melissae in Greek), dating to as early as 600 B.C.!  This coin was minted sometime in the 2nd Century B.C., estimated 202  […]

CoinWeek IQ: Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins All Wrong – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins All Wrong – 4K Video

Costume dramas have long been a staple in cinema, drawing audiences into worlds far removed from the present day. Some of the most popular films and shows of this genre are set in the ancient world. But how historically accurate are these productions when it comes to numismatics? Not very, says CoinWeek Ancient Coin expert […]

By November 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Rarities and Treasure Find of Obing, Bavaria in Numismatik Lanz Coin Auction

Rarities and Treasure Find of Obing, Bavaria in Numismatik Lanz Coin Auction

The upcoming Numismatic Lanz sale of December 7, 2015 focuses on ancient coins. Nevertheless, world coins are also well-represented featuring spectacular objects. Let’s only mention the Obing treasure containing about 950 coins which will be offered for sale en bloc. 675 lots will come under the hammer at Auction 161 of long-standing coin house Numismatik […]

By November 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
American Numismatic Society Announces PELLA Launch

American Numismatic Society Announces PELLA Launch

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is excited to announce the launch of its latest digital platform, PELLA (numismatics.org/pella/), an important new research tool for ancient Greek numismatics that provides a comprehensive, easily accessible online catalogue of the coinage produced by the kings of the Macedonian Argead dynasty (c.700–310 BCE). Cataloguing the individual coin types of […]

Spink: Celtic Coins and the Medusa Mystery

Spink: Celtic Coins and the Medusa Mystery

Spink is very excited to be selling a particularly singular collection this December: Celtic Coins from the Geoff Cottam Collection. Traditionally, Celtic coins have been a mysterious and poorly understood field of numismatics. In recent years, however, there has been a massive upsurge in interest as more and more literature now exists to cast light […]

By November 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

By Geoffrey Cope – Petitioncrown.com ……..   “It was, in my eyes, the perfect coin” The Love of a remarkable ageless Sestertius of Agrippina Senior. Now given a new provenance Nov 2015 This Sestertius coin was a lone piece amongst 200 of the world’s finest Greek & Roman in an Auction at Sotheby’s in the […]

By November 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
What Were They Worth? The Purchasing Power of Ancient Coins

What Were They Worth? The Purchasing Power of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Throughout the history of coinage two contradictory concepts have competed with each other. According to one concept, a coin is a piece of precious metal whose value is essentially equivalent to the value of the bullion from which it was made, and the stamp on its face […]

By November 17, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor

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 AD. This coin […]

Masterpieces of Greek Coinage at Numismatica Genevensis

Masterpieces of Greek Coinage at Numismatica Genevensis

By Numismatica Genevensis SA….   75 masterworks of Greek numismatic art will cross the auction block at Numismatica Genevensis SA on December 14, 2015. The proceeds of this sale featuring the joint collection of Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza & Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan will be donated to the Recanati-Kaplan Foundation and the Cogito Scholarship Foundation. Thirty-five […]

By November 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Roman Coins – The  “Tribute Penny” – Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s

Roman Coins – The “Tribute Penny” – Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s

Tiberius (AD 14-37). AV aureus (19mm, 7.84 gm, 7h). Lugdunum, ca. AD 18-35. by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Providing significant contrast to the many people who would eventually die fighting for their spot as emperor of Rome, Tiberius didn’t particularly want the title. He was Augustus’ stepson and became emperor in […]

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial – Antioch Tetradrachm of Augustus

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial – Antioch Tetradrachm of Augustus

Overview: This tetradrachm (a silver four-drachmae coin), issued around the year 2 BCE, is from the Greco-Roman city of Antioch-on-the-Orontes in what is now southern Turkey. In 31 BCE, the forces of Octavian, great-nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar, had defeated the forces of Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium, one […]

By October 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Mike Markowitz: Ancient Coins for Beginners at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

Mike Markowitz: Ancient Coins for Beginners at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

By CoinWeek….   If you’ve ever been fascinated by the rich glamour and history of the ancient world but have yet to make the jump into Ancient Coins, then the Whitman Expo has just the presentation for you! Once again, CoinWeek is proud to announce that our resident Ancient Coin expert Mike Markowitz will be […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Top 5 Ancient and World Coins Sold on MA Shops, Oct. 12-18

Top 5 Ancient and World Coins Sold on MA Shops, Oct. 12-18

By CoinWeek….   Here (in ascending order) are the top five hammer prices for Ancient and World coins sold on MA Shops the week of October 12-18, 2015: GERMAN, WÜRTTEMBERG: 1811 Fredrick II./I. Silver Kronenthaler. VF+ The kronenthaler was a silver trade coin originally issued in 1755 as the currency of the Hapsburg-dominated parts of […]

By October 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Power Couples and Princesses in Purple: Coinage of Byzantine Empresses

Power Couples and Princesses in Purple: Coinage of Byzantine Empresses

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ……   In the Byzantine empire power was technically vested in the emperor. Nevertheless, a number of empresses played an important part in government and even took control… Most commonly empresses came to power as regents for young sons, implying a fixed period of caretaker government until the […]

Highlights of Künker GmbH eLive Auction 37

Highlights of Künker GmbH eLive Auction 37

By Künker GmbH & Company….   Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Our upcoming eLive Auction 37 is available for viewing online now. Please go to eLive-Auction.de and you will find all items going up for sale. Once again, the online auction will be held on three days, from Tuesday, October 20 to Thursday, October 22, […]

By October 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Greek Coins – A Celebration of Music

Ancient Greek Coins – A Celebration of Music

Olynthus, 355-352. Chalcidian league, 432-348. Tetradrachm, silver 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 in 432 BCE, forming the Chalcadian League as a defensive coalition. Athens failed to break up […]

Ancient Coin Profiles: Byzantine Empire – Manuel I Aspron Trachy

Ancient Coin Profiles: Byzantine Empire – Manuel I Aspron Trachy

Overview: In 1092 CE the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus enacted sweeping coinage reforms. He stopped production of previous denominations and introduced five new ones: the gold hyperpyron (which served as the unit of account for the new money), the electrum aspron trachy, the billon (copper and silver) aspron trachy, the copper tetarteron, and the […]

By October 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Thomas Tesoriero’s Twelve Caesars on Gold Coins at 5th Wall Street Bourse

Thomas Tesoriero’s Twelve Caesars on Gold Coins at 5th Wall Street Bourse

By Wall Street Collectors Bourse….   OCTOBER 22-24, 2015 AT THE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FINANCE A featured speaker at the 5th Bourse, Thomas Tesoriero will talk about his exciting collection “The Twelve Caesars on Gold Coins” on Thursday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m. Among the many collections of ancient coins that can be assembled, one […]

By October 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
For Ancient Coin Collectors –  Jacquier Auction 40

For Ancient Coin Collectors – Jacquier Auction 40

Celts. Eburones (Gallia Belgica). Electrum stater By Paul-Francis Jacquier Auctions…. Aficionados looking for numismatic rarities certainly know auction house Paul-Francis Jacquier. Once again, his 40th catalog offers extraordinary items featuring perfect bronzes dating from Roman Imperial Times as well as a number of rare quinarii. 920 lots will come under the hammer at Auction 40 […]

By October 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Must Listen: Harlan J. Berk featured on The Distance Podcast – Audio: 16:10

Must Listen: Harlan J. Berk featured on The Distance Podcast – Audio: 16:10

As students of history, Harlan Berk and his three children know that circumstances around them can change rapidly. They’ve learned to adapt the family business through 51 years of buying and selling ancient coins, as well as antiquities and maps. From rare artifacts to a mystery involving long-lost valuables and the FBI, there’s no telling […]

By September 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
ANS Loans Rare Roman Coins for Bulgari Exhibit

ANS Loans Rare Roman Coins for Bulgari Exhibit

The America Numismatic Society (ANS) has loaned a selection of very rare ancient Roman coins to Italian jeweler Bulgari for their upcoming exhibit “Bulgari & Rome: Eternal Inspiration,” a Roman-inspired jewelry exhibition celebrating Bulgari’s heritage. This short-run exhibition features 18 unique Roman pieces from the Society’s collection alongside the showcased jewelry. Particular highlights from the […]

 
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