Ancient Coins

The Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judaean Coins, Part 2, comes to Long Beach from Heritage Auctions

The Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judaean Coins, Part 2, comes to Long Beach from Heritage Auctions

Five-year run of Judaean rebel silver shekels struck during the Jewish War highlight second offering of landmark ancient coin collection, offered Sept. 5 BEVERLY HILLS – A five-year run of silver shekels struck by Judaean rebels  during the Jewish War against Rome, circa 66-70 AD, highlights the second half of the world-famousShoshana Collection of Ancient […]

NGC Ancients: Shekels and Half-Shekels of Tyre – A Brief Survey

NGC Ancients: Shekels and Half-Shekels of Tyre – A Brief Survey

By Josh Illingworth — NGC Ancients ……. NGC Ancients examines the silver Shekels and Half-Shekels of Tyre, some of the most recognizable coins of the ancient world. Though shekels were struck during the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. by several rulers of Tyre, a city of ancient Phoenicia, the most important type was struck for almost […]

OCRE – A major new tool for Roman numismatics

OCRE – A major new tool for Roman numismatics

Today, in collaboration with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the ANS launches a major new tool to aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the coins of the ancient world. OCRE (Online Coins of the Roman Empire) is an attempt to present, in an easily searchable form, all […]

Ancient Coins Found by Metal Detectorists in Bedforshire Star in London Auction

Ancient Coins Found by Metal Detectorists in Bedforshire Star in London Auction

Roman silver miliarensis came third in Nation’s Greatest Find contest   A Roman silver coin dug from a field in Bedfordshire by an amateur metal detectorist which went on to be placed third in The Nation’s Greatest Find 2010 competition is one of the star lots in a London auction of ancient and world coins […]

Numismatist’s Collection to be Sold to Benefit British Museum

Numismatist’s Collection to be Sold to Benefit British Museum

The Kenneth Day Collection expected to raise £30,000 Roman coins collected by numismatist the late Ken Day are to be sold in a specialist London auction on Tuesday July 3 and the proceeds donated to the British Museum. Auctioneers Morton & Eden will divide the coins between two sales and expect the collection to raise […]

One of the Joys of Ancient Coin Collecting

One of the Joys of Ancient Coin Collecting

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog….. Did you ever look at the image on an ancient coin and wonder, why did they choose this particular image? If the coin happens to bear the portrait of a king or emperor, the answer may seem obvious. But what about the iconography of the reverse? Does […]

Morton & Eden to Sell 5,000 Greek and Roman Coins from the Seaver Collection

Morton & Eden to Sell 5,000 Greek and Roman Coins from the Seaver Collection

Kansas University professor’s ancient coins to be offered for sale on 3rd July Kansas University Professor Jim Seaver was a collector of epic proportions. Through his love of opera, he amassed a vast number of operatic recordings, one of the largest and most important ever assembled, which he shared with listeners to his weekly programme “Opera […]

New Numismatic Book – Ancient Coins through the Bible

New Numismatic Book – Ancient Coins through the Bible

Joseph A. Dow, Author Interviewer: David Lisot A new book has been published featuring the coins in the Bible from the period 650 BC to 1500 AD. Author Joseph Dow talks about why he published the book and why he hopes it becomes a party of all collectors” numismatic libraries. Runtime 2:38 Copyright © CoinWeek […]

NGC Ancients: Ancient Masterpieces — Decadrachms of Kimon and Euainetos

NGC Ancients: Ancient Masterpieces — Decadrachms of Kimon and Euainetos

Posted by Josh Illingworth NGC Ancients This month, 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 Sicily. They are considered to […]

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Some The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) members have asked what they can do to assure that the purchases they make are legal. One might theoretically ask the same question about many objects or substances that are traded domestically and internationally. The ACCG web site offers a few common sense precautions and general observations that […]

End the Unilateral Trade Sanctions on Collectors

End the Unilateral Trade Sanctions on Collectors

By Wayne Sayles Coin collectors across the U.S. are tired of being singled out with unilateral sanctions.  The State Department’s assault on our ability to collect coins is killing another American industry and leaving coin collectors in China and Europe to freely buy and sell.  We’ve decided we aren’t going to take it anymore.  Join […]

Morton & Eden Announce Sale of Four Iconic Greek Coins Dating From the 5th Century BC

Morton & Eden Announce Sale of Four Iconic Greek Coins Dating From the 5th Century BC

Specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden will offer four classical Greek coins dating from the 5th century BC in a sale in London on Monday April 23. The coins come from a private collection and were struck in Sicily when it was a Greek colony. Said specialist Tom Eden: “Each of these four iconic coins in […]

The Greatest Collection Of Judean Coins Ever Offered

The Greatest Collection Of Judean Coins Ever Offered

Heritage recently announced their offering of The Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judean Coins. Assembled over the course of four decades by a diligent collector of Judean coins, this collection is perhaps the greatest assembly of ancient coins related to the foundation of ancient Israel ever offered, with more than 2,300 coins spanning more than 11 […]

Cool Coins! London Coin Fair 2012 February

Cool Coins! London Coin Fair 2012 February

Interviewer: David Lisot Steve Hill, Director, A.H. Baldwin & Sons, 1601 Elizabeth I silver crown, Stephen Lockett, Director, London Coins Ltd, Henry VIII gold sovereign, Pamela West, British Notes, 1914 one pound bank note, David Miller, David Miller Ltd, 287 AD Roman bronze of Emperor Carausius, Peter Thompson, P&D Medallions, 1689 bronze gilded Security of […]

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Smuggling and Cyprus

Smuggling and Cyprus

I’m shocked! For years, we’ve been told by “experts” that the market for looted coins is in America, and now we find what seems to be evidence of serious smuggling of coins into Cyprus of all places. Although the news report does not specify the exact nature of the coins in question, archaeologists have repeatedly […]

By February 13, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Prototype Silver Shekel Highlights Shoshana Collection Offerings

Prototype Silver Shekel Highlights Shoshana Collection Offerings

The first silver shekel struck in Jerusalem by Jewish forces rebelling against Roman oppression in the first century CE, one of only two specimens known, will be offered as part of The Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judean Coins on March 8-9, 2012. This auction will take place at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) […]

The World’s Largest Collection of Export Permits?

The World’s Largest Collection of Export Permits?

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting A January 18th special report on CNN prompts one to wonder, where in the world would the largest collection of export permits exist?  The report itself is not of course about export permits—that would hardly attract the producers of a major news medium.  It is a report about […]

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Baldwin’s Set New World Record for Ancient Greek Coin – $3.25 Million

Baldwin’s Set New World Record for Ancient Greek Coin – $3.25 Million

The much anticipated sale of the spectacular Prospero Collection concluded at 03.30 EST this morning and, after a phenomenal eight hour ‘white glove’ auction, the team at Baldwin’s had a lot to smile about. Although results are still in the process of being confirmed initial figures released by the company state that the sale total […]

By January 7, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Finest Known 1892 Proof South African Pond Highlights NYINC Offerings

Finest Known 1892 Proof South African Pond Highlights NYINC Offerings

A simply magnificent 1892 South African Republic gold Proof Pond, PR65 NGC — the best of just 10 like pieces known to have been minted — is expected to bring $300,000+ as one of the principal highlights of our Jan. 2-3, 2012 World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction, an official auction of the New York […]

Digitizing a best-kept secret: Cornell’s coin collection

Digitizing a best-kept secret: Cornell’s coin collection

By Linda B. Glaser – Cornell University Cornell’s coin collection is one of the best-kept secrets on campus, but if archaeologist Annetta Alexandridis has her way, the world will soon have access to every one of its 1,500 coins. Thanks to the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, the coin collection will […]

By November 30, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Lot Highlights of the January 2012 Prospero Collection Auction

Lot Highlights of the January 2012 Prospero Collection Auction

Baldwins Formed over several decades by a collector with a passion for the arts and a discerning taste for outstanding examples of the most beautiful and famous ancient Greek coins, the Prospero Collection offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a group of coins of such magnitude, so meticulously sourced and so lovingly […]

By October 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Cretan stater coin brings $479,000 World Record price at Morton & Eden

Ancient Cretan stater coin brings $479,000 World Record price at Morton & Eden

By Paul Fraser Collectibles Depicting Zeus with lover Europa, the Cretan stater made a record in the $6.4m ancient coin auction London numismatic specialists Morton & Eden have had some spectacular results in their auction yesterday (October 24), A Collection of Exceptional Ancient Greek Coins. Several lots broke the six figure mark, and most of […]

Ancient Coins: How old is “Ancient”?

Ancient Coins: How old is “Ancient”?

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog The classification of cultures generally tracks along two interrelated lines: chronological and geographical. For centuries, coin collectors struggled with the lack of a coherent system for cataloguing the vast array of issues from antiquity through the modern era. Joseph Eckhel (1737-1798), a secularized Jesuit abbot who served […]

By October 14, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Tetradrachms of Alexander the Great

Tetradrachms of Alexander the Great

This month, NGC Ancients examines the silver tetradrachms of Alexander III of Macedon (356–323 B.C.), better known as Alexander the Great. Throughout history, few names resonate like that of Alexander the Great. Born a son of the Macedonian King Philip II in 356 B.C., this young man was tutored in war and philosophy by some […]

$6.8 million Norman Jacobs Collection leads $20.5+ million Heritage Auction World & Ancient Coins event in Long Beach

$6.8 million Norman Jacobs Collection leads $20.5+ million Heritage Auction World & Ancient Coins event in Long Beach

Sept. 8-9 auction led by $1.39+ million 1909 Korean Gold Coin set and $546,250 “Ides of March” denarius; Heritage’s most successful World & Ancient coins event to date BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Led by the $6.8 million Norman Jacobs Collection, featuring an absolutely stellar 1909 set of Korean gold coins that realized a total $1,391,500, […]

By September 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coins and Panetta’s Biggest Fear

Coins and Panetta’s Biggest Fear

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog In today’s Washington Post, on page 19, columnist George Will (one of my favorite people) writes about the problems facing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.  Mr. Will astutely describes a plenteous list of threats that Panetta has on his plate every day, but sees the biggest threat […]

By September 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
‘First Hellenistic Gold Coin Ever Struck’ To Be Auctioned In London On October 2nd

‘First Hellenistic Gold Coin Ever Struck’ To Be Auctioned In London On October 2nd

A unique gold coin of the enigmatic Greco-Baktrian ruler Sophytes, which may very well be the first ever Hellenistic gold issue, is to be auctioned in London on October 2nd and is expected to fetch £200,000. Roma Numismatics’ second public auction of Ancient Coins on 2 October will feature a unique gold coin of the […]

By September 16, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Baldwin’s Auction 71 Announced

Baldwin’s Auction 71 Announced

Baldwin’s auction 71, the second of two official Coinex auctions, contains an array of high quality, interesting pieces from the Indian, Ancient and Islamic worlds and is set to be one of the most spectacular sales of the Coinex season.  Held in the CIPFA Conference Centre on the 29th September the auction starts at 10.00am […]

By September 12, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Baldwin’s London Auction 70 Preview

Baldwin’s London Auction 70 Preview

The first of Baldwin’s two official Coinex auctions will be held on the 28th September this year and will include a spectacular selection of Ancient and British Coins, Military and Commemorative Medals and South African Banknotes, Coins and Medals. Numerous lots in the sale carry some fascinating historical references and are sure to attract a […]

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Baldwin’s Discusses the Upcoming Prospero Ancient Coin Sale

Baldwin’s Discusses the Upcoming Prospero Ancient Coin Sale

Baldwin Auction of Ancients Interviewer: David Lisot Paul Hill of A.H. Baldwin & Sons discusses lots from the upcoming Prospero Ancient Coin Sale to be held in January 2012. Mr. Hill is the ancient numismatist for the firm and shares examples of some of the better pieces as well as what kind of person purchases […]

By September 5, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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