Ancient Coins

Magnificent Syracuse Decadrachm Tops Heritage World & Ancient Coin Platinum Night Auction

Magnificent Syracuse Decadrachm Tops Heritage World & Ancient Coin Platinum Night Auction

SICILY. Syracuse. Time of Dionysius I (405-367 BC). AR decadrachm (33mm, 43.30 gm, 6h). Struck ca. 400-390 BC. Unsigned dies in the style of Euainetos. Charioteer, in flowing chiton and holding goad and reins, driving racing quadriga left; above, Nike flying right, about to crown charioteer with wreath; in exergue, panoply of arms: cuirass between […]

Rare Coins from over 50 countries offered in Heritage’s Platinum Night World & Ancient Coins auction

Rare Coins from over 50 countries offered in Heritage’s Platinum Night World & Ancient Coins auction

Rare Chinese silver and gold lead the way in Heritage’s deepest, “most sophisticated” World and Ancient Coin auction to date, Aug. 8, 2014, in Chicago A pair of exceedingly rare Chinese coins – an 1867 Ching Dynasty Pattern Silver Tael PR64 NGC and a 1916 Republic of China Yuan Shih-kai gold Pattern 10 Dollars MS63 […]

Ancient Coin Auction News: Superb Rarities in Jacquier Auction Sale 39

Ancient Coin Auction News: Superb Rarities in Jacquier Auction Sale 39

Ancient Coin Auction News: Jacquier Auction Sale 39 features many notable rarities… A selection of superb gems can be found in the catalog of the upcoming auction sale #39 of Paul-Francis Jacquier. The focus is on the Greek east, rare Antoniniani and the Gallic Empire. Additionally, the connoisseur discovers two pfennige of Charlemagne from Mainz […]

By July 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coinage of Aksum

The Coinage of Aksum

by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Ancient Coin Series Where the south declines towards the setting sun lies the country called Ethiopia, the last inhabited land in that direction. There gold is obtained in great plenty… –Herodotus, The Histories, Book 2 (c. 450 BCE) Five days march inland from the Red Sea, on the hilly Tigray Plateau, […]

Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO’s patience

Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO’s patience

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. The Daily Record, a news service for Maryland based business and legal professions, ran an interesting report about the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild forfeiture case in its July 13, 2014 issue.  This test case is described in numerous news items at the guild website.  The Daily […]

The Coinage of Carthage

The Coinage of Carthage

by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Ancient Coin Series Most of what we know about Carthaginians was written by their enemies–first the Greeks, then the Romans. They are described as greedy, treacherous and brutal. Yet even Cicero, a Roman politician born 40 years after Carthage was wiped out, grudgingly admitted that “Carthage would never have held […]

NGC Ancients Headline Heritage Auctions’ Chicago ANA Sale

NGC Ancients Headline Heritage Auctions’ Chicago ANA Sale

NGC Ancients take center stage at August’s ANA Sale…. NGC-graded world and ancient coins highlight Heritage Auctions’ first-ever World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction. The sale, which will be held August 8 at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, has a particularly strong selection of NGC- graded ancient coins. Ancient coin collectors […]

Excerpts from the e-Sylum: Medals Honor United States Chaplains

Excerpts from the e-Sylum: Medals Honor United States Chaplains

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, E-sylum reader Mel Wacks of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame discusses some new medals his organization has struck… The Jewish-American Hall of Fame is the longest continuing series of art medals being […]

By July 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatik Lanz Ancient Coin Auction: 280,000 euros for a Phanes Electrum Stater

Numismatik Lanz Ancient Coin Auction: 280,000 euros for a Phanes Electrum Stater

It is an icon of numismatics, the stater in the name of Phanes, enigmatic witness of the earliest coinage. Now it was auctioned at Lanz for 280,000 euros. Slightly less expensive was the famous EID MAR denarius of Brutus that obtained a price of 165,000 euros. More than 1,000 lots were offered by auction house […]

Discussion on Egyptian Coins at State Department MOU hearing leaves room for optimism

Discussion on Egyptian Coins at State Department MOU hearing leaves room for optimism

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. The public session of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee hearing to consider a potential Memorandum of Understanding with Egypt (June 2nd) has drawn considerable interest among the regular pontificators on both sides of the issue.  Being one of that group, not necessarily by choice, we probably […]

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series The night sky was really important to ancient people. This can be hard for us to understand, living as we do in a world where light pollution denies us a clear view of the stars. What people saw in the sky – or thought they saw – […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels (Part II)

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels (Part II)

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, E-sylum readers continue to discuss last week’s topic on the use of racial and ethnic slurs on Hobo Nickels…. Click Here to read Part One   Last week Bob Leonard wrote: The […]

By June 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Elephants on Ancient Coins

Elephants on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series Strong, intelligent, and long-lived – yet surprisingly gentle – elephants have long exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination. Prehistoric cave paintings depict elephants and their extinct cousins, the wooly mammoth and mastodon. Ivory from elephant tusks was a precious raw material in the ancient world because it […]

Looking forward to 2014/2015 Ancient Coin Market Conditions

Looking forward to 2014/2015 Ancient Coin Market Conditions

By Geoffrey Cope www.petitioncrown.com A few years ago I proposed that Coin Collecting / Numismatics should be classed as an ASSET CLASS in their own right. I considered that having a mix of different asset classes can assist to reduce your overall risk and volatility and assist to preserve your hard earned wealth. Coins are just […]

Egyptian Coins and New School Archaeology

Egyptian Coins and New School Archaeology

By Wayne Sales…. As the State Department hearing on a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Egypt approaches, comments have appeared online espousing divergent points of view.  Readers of this blog will naturally be most familiar with the views of private collectors and independent scholars.  The archaeological community is the opposite pole in almost every […]

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series As collectors of ancient coins, one of the most Frequently Asked Questions we encounter is “Don’t these things belong in museums?” The answer, sometimes with a patient sigh, sometimes with a snort of derision, is an emphatic, “No!” The Dirty Little Secret is that museums hate ancient coins. Or, […]

Rosenblum Rare Coin Auction Catalog 44A: Israeli and Ancient Coins from Judea

Rosenblum Rare Coin Auction Catalog 44A: Israeli and Ancient Coins from Judea

Rosenblum Rare Coin Auction Catalog 44A Features Largest Ever Roman Coin Selection, Ancient Coins From Judea, Israel Material and much more  Veteran and widely-respected numismatist William M. Rosenblum latest auction, 44A, is now open for bidding. As usual the Rosenblum sale offers a varied selection of ancient to modern coins, as well as medals, tokens, […]

Ancient Coin Stories: A Rare Plotina Sestercius

Ancient Coin Stories: A Rare Plotina Sestercius

by Geoffrey Cope & Dr. Alan Walker Nomos Zurich for CoinWeek…. I love Roman coins because of their artistry, their beautiful style, the fact that their content tells us about classical antiquity and, of course, for their quality. The Sestertius is, for me, the unsurpassed Roman Imperial Roman coin to collect, since its size allows […]

Ancient Coin Insights: Real Roman Women on Coins

Ancient Coin Insights: Real Roman Women on Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series Much like Americans, Republican Romans had a deep-rooted prejudice against depicting living people on their money. It was something that pretentious Greek kings and tyrants did. When Julius Caesar violated this taboo, his assassins claimed that he was trying to make himself a king. And yet, within […]

Ancient Coin Auction: Numismatic Rarities at Lanz

Ancient Coin Auction: Numismatic Rarities at Lanz

On 5 June 2014, Numismatik Lanz invites to attend its 158th auction sale at its office located at Maximiliansplatz 10 in Munich. The highlights are two coins of Phanes and the famous Brutus denarius depicting liberty cap and daggers. On 5 June 2014, more than 1,000 lots will be called out in auction sale no. […]

Rare Greek Coin Book Auction: Duplicates of the BCD Library

Rare Greek Coin Book Auction: Duplicates of the BCD Library

The world’s most significant rare Greek coin book library is selling its duplicate books…. CoinWeek thanks Dr. Ursula Kampmann for the heads up on this significant offering from Auctiones GmbH. If there is anything in the world that puts the BCD collection of ancient Greek coins in the shade, it is the BCD Library, which is by […]

Why Did Byzantine Coins Become Cup-Shaped?

Why Did Byzantine Coins Become Cup-Shaped?

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ……. Ancient Coin Series …… On March 27, 2014 the US Mint released its first curved coins: five-dollar gold, one-dollar silver and 50-cent copper-nickel clad proof commemoratives celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  The reverse shows the stitching of a baseball (convex side), while Cassie McFarland’s […]

CGB founder Michel Prieur RIP

CGB founder Michel Prieur RIP

Michel Prieur, founder and president of Compagnie Générale de Bourse (CGB) passed away last week in Paris leaving behind a legacy of important contributions to numismatics.  His breadth of knowledge was most impressive and his passion for the hobby and trade was unsurpassed. One of Michel’s most memorable contributions to ancient numismatics was publication of […]

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Offers Third Party Grading for Ancient Coins. VIDEO: 2:05.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Offers Third Party Grading for Ancient Coins. VIDEO: 2:05.

David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com………… One of the major third party grading services grades and authenticates ancient coins. NGC Director David Vagi talks about the service his company offers and why there is a need in numismatics for ancient coin grading. He also comments on recent auction […]

By April 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
ANS Announces New Digitization Program for Roman Coins. VIDEO: 13:57

ANS Announces New Digitization Program for Roman Coins. VIDEO: 13:57

Giles Bransbourg, Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins, American Numismatic Society, Moderator: Harlan Berk……… A new program to digitize the Roman coins in the ANS Collection will begin later this year, the Online Coins of the Roman Empire(OCRE) project, Co-directed by Dr. Andrew Meadows of the ANS and Professor Roger Bagnall of ISAW and managed by […]

By April 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Cool Ancient Coins! CICF 2014. VIDEO: 6:32

Cool Ancient Coins! CICF 2014. VIDEO: 6:32

Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com with Harlan J. Berk, Harlan J. Berk Ltd and Sam Spiegel, Heritage Auctions……. Here are some of the most valuable and interesting coins of the ancient world. Find out what Cleopatra really looked liked and a coin celebrating one of the first great sport stadiums. These ancient coins include a silver […]

By April 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Do Ancient Coins Need Third Party Grading? VIDEO: 3:44

Do Ancient Coins Need Third Party Grading? VIDEO: 3:44

Harlan J. Berk, Sam Spiegel, & David Vagi Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com ………. Grading ancient coins is still an area of controversy.  Old school numismatics believes that coins of antiquity are meant to be held and appreciated in a tactile fashion. Third party grading is changing that perspective. Now ancients can be  graded by an […]

By April 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Heritage Sells Ancient and World Coins in Chicago at CICF Conventions. VIDEO: 2:02

Heritage Sells Ancient and World Coins in Chicago at CICF Conventions. VIDEO: 2:02

Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Auctions Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……. An important collection of ancient Roman gold coins was sold at the Chicago International Coin Fair by Heritage Auctions. Vice president Cris Bierrenbach talks about the sale and why ancient coins are becoming more popular with collectors. Copyright © CoinWeek LLC. April, 2014 The 39th Annual Chicago […]

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The First Real Woman to Appear on a Coin

The First Real Woman to Appear on a Coin

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….. The earliest coins, which emerged around 650 BCE on the shores of the Aegean Sea, depicted ancient symbols of power such as the lion and the bull. Shortly after 500 BCE images of mythological beings start to appear on the coinage of Greek cities: gods, heroes, and imaginary creatures like […]

1865 Canadian gold pattern coin could bring $80,000 in $10+ million Heritage CICF World & Ancient Coins auction

1865 Canadian gold pattern coin could bring $80,000 in $10+ million Heritage CICF World & Ancient Coins auction

Heritage’s largest World & Ancient coins offering to date, 6,500 lots strong; on the block April 10, at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF); AD 193 gold aureus of Emperor Pertinax expected to realize more than $60,000. An 1865 Canadian gold Pattern Specimen 2 Dollars, SP63 PCGS, one of the rarest and most important pattern […]

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