Ancient Coins

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 […]

By April 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Rare Gold Coins from The Bently Collection Brings Nearly $9 Million

Rare Gold Coins from The Bently Collection Brings Nearly $9 Million

Rare gold coins from The Bently Collection, offered by Heritage, raises nearly $9 million to launch Bently Foundation in San Francisco – Ultra Rare 1927-D Double Eagle brings $1.2+ million to top the offerings, March 20, at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. A legendary 1927-D double eagle, the rarest coin ever minted in Denver and the […]

Gorny & Mosch Rare Coin Auction Highlights

Gorny & Mosch Rare Coin Auction Highlights

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann ………. Even though there were many remarkable results to be witnessed in the Gorny & Mosch rare coin auction sale conducted between 10 and 12 March 2014, one ought to be singled out: a set comprising four extremely rare gold coins from Czechoslovakia from 1938 that changed hands for 282,000 euros. Every […]

Künker Spring Sale Rare Coin Recap: A Week Full of Surprises

Künker Spring Sale Rare Coin Recap: A Week Full of Surprises

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann ………. 140.000 euros for a Chinese dollar from 1896, 110.000 euros for a gold coin from Czechoslovakia from 1938 – the spring sale of Künker was full of surprises! Less surprising was: the pre-sale estimate of 5.7 million euros was easily surpassed by the hammer price amounting to 8.75 million euros. […]

Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Reprints Released

Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Reprints Released

Siatras International Bookshop, a major source of export-quality academic books from Greece, has announced a series of reprints of important Greek numismatic titles. The series is called: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum (SNG). The first volume of the series SNG consists of two huge facsicles (29×38 cm, cloth spine); of which, a few brand new copies of the first edition […]

By April 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Excerpts from the E-Sylum: The Numismatourist Report: Berlin 2014

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: The Numismatourist Report: Berlin 2014

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 contributor Howard Berlin provides a glimpse into a numismatic journey abroad….. It’s 2014 and The Numismatourist is traveling. While in London, I walked around the Green Park area one […]

By March 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Chicago International Coin Fair Auction: Greek and Roman, Canadian Specimen Coins take Center Stage

Chicago International Coin Fair Auction: Greek and Roman, Canadian Specimen Coins take Center Stage

Heritage Auctions is proud to present the official auction of the 2014 Chicago International Coin Fair, set for April 9-16. Though this will certainly be a well-rounded auction, with something for every collector, there are certain highlights that worth mentioning. The auction will be held in conjunction with the annual Chicago International Coin Fair world […]

By March 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Medals from the Baums Collection highlight the Künker Spring Sale

Medals from the Baums Collection highlight the Künker Spring Sale

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann ……….. About 1,100 medals from the renaissance to the present day, made of bronze, silver and gold, some being created by famous artists, some referring to world-changing events – that is the Baums Collection, which will be liquidated by Künker during the spring sale on 13 March 2014. You will find […]

Agora Ancient Coin Auction’s Numismatic Sale #5 Closing Soon

Agora Ancient Coin Auction’s Numismatic Sale #5 Closing Soon

Agora Ancient Coin Auction’s Numismatic Sale #5  closes Tuesday, February 18th, 2013 starting at 12:00 noon EST with lots closing every 30 seconds. The sale has 336 lots which include several coins with pedigrees including five Lucanian silver coins from the Colin Pitchfork collection (some very rare varieties), one English Hammered penny from the North […]

By February 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Agora Ancient Coin Auctions helps to resume publication of the  Journal of Ancient Numismatics

Agora Ancient Coin Auctions helps to resume publication of the Journal of Ancient Numismatics

The Journal of Ancient Numismatics (JAN) is a free online journal dedicated to the study of Ancient Coins and Medieval numismatics and history. I am very pleased to announce that thanks to the generous sponsorship of Agora Auctions we will begin publishing again! The Journal now has a new website where you can access all […]

By February 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Archaic silver and German gold highlighted at upcoming Gorny & Mosch Coin Auction in Munich

Archaic silver and German gold highlighted at upcoming Gorny & Mosch Coin Auction in Munich

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann ……. The three March auctions of Gorny & Mosch in Munich cater for all tastes. Anyone with a particular interest in Archaic silver coins or gold coins from Germany is offered a selection that is without equal. From 10 to 12 March 2014, right after the Munich Numismata, Gorny & Mosch […]

Ancient Coin Highlights from the Gemini Auction to be Held at New York International. VIDEO

Ancient Coin Highlights from the Gemini Auction to be Held at New York International. VIDEO

Harlan J. Berk, President Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……. Harlan Berk is celebrating his 50th year in business as he is holding his tenth Gemini Auction of ancient coins in conjunction with the New York International Coin Convention that will take place in January 12, 2014 at the Waldorf in New York City. He shows examples […]

By December 26, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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