Ancient Coins

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). […]

By November 11, 20160 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, 20160 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 […]

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, 20160 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, 20160 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 […]

Jacquier’s to Auction 450 Lots Featuring Ancient Coins of the Gallic Empire

Jacquier’s to Auction 450 Lots Featuring Ancient Coins of the Gallic Empire

By Paul-Francis Jacquier Auctions ….   An unbelievable number of 450 lots featuring coins of the Gallic Empire are on offer at Paul-Francis Jacquier’s auction on September 16, 2016 with a focus on antoniniani and denarii, including all rarities imaginable Postumus, Laelianus, Marius, Victorinus, Tetricus I and his son Tetricus II – these were the […]

By September 16, 20160 Comments Read More →
NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

The traditional, narrow definition of the biblical Widow’s Mite is in need of revision The Biblical Widow’s Mite is among the most familiar, yet most mysterious, coins of antiquity. Truth be told, we don’t know exactly what it was. The best place to start is the New Testament, where the widow’s offering is described in […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Kamarina’s Tumultuous History

Ancient Greek Coins – Kamarina’s Tumultuous History

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   The history of Kamarina, a port city on the southern coast of Sicily, is among the most tumultuous of Ancient Greece. It was founded in 599 BCE by settlers from Syracuse and its location allowed it to grow quickly and amass substantial wealth through trade. […]

Ancient Coin Auction News: Postumus, Creator of the Gallic Empire

Ancient Coin Auction News: Postumus, Creator of the Gallic Empire

By Paul-Francis Jacquier Auctions ….   To the inhabitants of the Roman Empire, it truly must have seemed like the beginning of the apocalypse. Plundering and murdering, a group of Alemanni went all the way to Milan, where Gallienus was finally able to repulse the attack. At the same time, the Juthungi were invading Italy. […]

By September 9, 20160 Comments Read More →
Heritage Signature Auctions: 4,300 World Coin Lots up for Bidding in Long Beach

Heritage Signature Auctions: 4,300 World Coin Lots up for Bidding in Long Beach

Heritage’s Long Beach World & Ancient coins Signature auction, scheduled for September 8-12, is open for bidding! Although it feels like the final hammer just fell on our August Platinum Night auction, we’ve managed, with the help of more than 270 consignors, to amass over 4,200 lots for your bidding consideration. Like our Long Beach […]

Ancient Coins – A Stunning Lucius Verus Gold Aureus

Ancient Coins – A Stunning Lucius Verus Gold Aureus

Late in 136 CE, the emperor Hadrian adopted a handsome, but otherwise undistinguished aristocrat named Lucius Aurelius Commodus as his intended successor, giving him the name Aelius Caesar. The new heir already had a seven-year-old son, who received the name Lucius Verus, and the boy’s place in the dynastic succession seemed secure. But Aelius died […]

Monaco Rare Coins Announces Roman Earthquake Relief Fund

Monaco Rare Coins Announces Roman Earthquake Relief Fund

Ancient Roman Coins Offer Relief for Italy Earthquake Victims Gold & Silver Romans Purchased This Month Generate a 5% Relief Fund Donation By Monaco Rare Coins ……   Since before the age of Christ, Italy has had its share of natural disasters, from the volcano of Pompeii, to the burning of Rome under Caesar Nero, […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Merovingians – Coinage of the Do-Nothing Kings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Merovingians – Coinage of the Do-Nothing Kings

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   The Franks had little idea of the state as a public institution, and the regnum Francorum (kingdom of the Franks), while remaining a family inheritance, was inherited according to the rules of private law, divided on each occasion between the sons or nearest male relatives of the deceased […]

Oldest Coin in the World Acquired by Texas Collector

Oldest Coin in the World Acquired by Texas Collector

The oldest coin in the world was just sold by a rare coin company in Austin to a private collector. Estimated to be one of only 12 known in the world today, the coin was struck 2,650 years ago in Ionia, or modern-day Turkey By Austin Rare Coins and Bullion …..   Austin Rare Coins […]

Stack’s Bowers August ANA Sale of World and Ancient Coins Realizes $4.89 Million

Stack’s Bowers August ANA Sale of World and Ancient Coins Realizes $4.89 Million

Warm sunny weather greeted attendees to the annual ANA convention last week as they brought spirited bidding to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money. The World and Ancient coins sessions realized nearly US$4.9 million (including the standard buyer’s premium) as part of the overall Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA […]

 
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