Ancient Coins

Poland, St. Patrick and Ancient Rome: Spink Coin Auctions

Poland, St. Patrick and Ancient Rome: Spink Coin Auctions

Spink and Son Ltd. is delighted to announce another installment of their famous auctions of Ancient, British, Foreign Coins and Commemorative Medals on March 22-23, 2016 in their London premises in the heart of Bloomsbury. This auction boasts of a fantastic selection of Ancient coins and the third part of one of the finest collections […]

By March 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

By Mike Markowitz …..   Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed. That he is grown so great? — Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 Julius Caesar ARISTOCRATIC ROMANS USUALLY BORE three names. For example, Gaius Julius Caesar (born 13 July 100 BCE), son of Gaius Julius Caesar[1] (died 85 BCE) belonged to […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Is it time to add ancient coins to the portfolio?

Coin Collecting Strategies – Is it time to add ancient coins to the portfolio?

By Timothy O’Fallon ….  Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals ……..   The Rare Coin Market’s Rising Credibility In 2011, gold hit nearly $1,900.00 an ounce and silver topped out at nearly $50.00 an ounce. Bullion (and older coins worth close to bullion value) were all the rage. You might remember the bold predictions some made about […]

Israeli Hiker Finds Unusual Roman Gold Coin

Israeli Hiker Finds Unusual Roman Gold Coin

Laurie Rimon found the coin during a hike in the eastern Galilee By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On Monday, March 14, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that a hiker in the northern region of Galilee had discovered an incredibly rare ancient Roman gold coin. Until this discovery, an example held in the […]

By March 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin Collecting – An Intellectual Curiosity

Ancient Coin Collecting – An Intellectual Curiosity

By Wayne G. Sayles ……….   “We treat all stakeholders with a vested interest in the site with the same intellectual curiosity, which means we interact with and learn from local populations, dealers, collectors, looters, government employees, archaeologists, museum professionals, tourists, and customs agents.” Morag Kersal, Archaeologist and Assistant Professor at DePaul University http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/monitoring-looting-in-jordan-using-drones Treating […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Coinage of the Phoenicians

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Coinage of the Phoenicians

By the third millennium BCE, a unique culture was emerging on a narrow strip of the eastern Mediterranean coast that would have an enormous impact on Western civilization. CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   A SEMITIC PEOPLE, THE PHOENICIANS developed remarkable proficiency in shipbuilding, seafaring and trade, as the prophet Ezekiel (lived […]

By February 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – Military Strength in Rome’s Golden Age

Ancient Roman Coins – Military Strength in Rome’s Golden Age

HADRIAN. 117-138 AD. AV Aureus (7.19 g, 6h). Struck 124-128 AD. By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   Hadrian was the third of the Five Good Emperors, reigning during the peak of Roman prosperity. His ascension to the throne was met with some controversy as his predecessor Trajan had not yet chosen […]

Gorny & Mosch Spring Auction: Numismatic Masterpieces from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times.

Gorny & Mosch Spring Auction: Numismatic Masterpieces from Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Modern Times.

Between March 7 and 9, 2016, Gorny & Mosch will conduct its traditional spring auction. Three sessions will offer numismatic masterpieces dating back as far as 2,500 years: from antiquity to the medieval period and modern times. As every year, Gorny & Mosch will conduct its spring auction following the Numismata. The auction is comprised […]

Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   The trouble with the Second Persian Empire was that it was not an empire… And while the tradition … required that the king of kings should be a member of the royal house, it was not specific about which member, so that there was usually a war […]

By February 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – The Loyalty of Sextus Pompey

Ancient Roman Coins – The Loyalty of Sextus Pompey

Sextus Pompey; 42-40 BCE, Denarius By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   After the death of his father, Pompey the Great, in 48 BCE, and the execution of his older brother Gnaeus Pompey the Younger three years later, Sextus Pompey, a skilled naval commander, took over the campaign started by his father. […]

Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.” — attributed to Petronius, 1st-century Roman satirist AROUND 650 BCE, on the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea, coinage was invented. Very soon afterward, counterfeit coinage appeared, and it has […]

The Modern Hobby of Ancient Coins –  A CoinWeek Exclusive with Harlan J. Berk

The Modern Hobby of Ancient Coins – A CoinWeek Exclusive with Harlan J. Berk

By CoinWeek….   Harlan J. Berk founded the company that bears his name in 1964, but like so many other numismatists, he actually got his start as a kid when someone (in Berk’s case, his mother) gave him those first fascinating coins. And now, after 52 years plus as a professional and a coin dealer–specializing […]

By January 28, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Provenance – Do you know which collection your coin is from?

Coin Provenance – Do you know which collection your coin is from?

Ex-Numis®, a new website, can answer an important question: Has your coin been published at an auction? Instead of looking through thousands of auction catalogues, you can now send a request to www.ex-numis.com. In the last years it has become more and more important to know a coins’ pedigree. On the one hand there are […]

By January 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Octavian. Gold Aureus (7.8g) minted at Rome, 32-31 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Octavian was the son of Julius Caesar’s niece and Caesar himself sponsored his introduction into public life when Octavian accompanied his uncle in his triumph over the Spanish in 46 BCE. Octavian was only 20 years old […]

Ancient Coins – Harlan J. Berk’s Buy or Bid Sale #196

Ancient Coins – Harlan J. Berk’s Buy or Bid Sale #196

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   *All estimates and prices realized in US$ unless otherwise noted Since 1964, Chicago-based coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. has been a major player in the ancient coin market. With their 196th Buy or Bid Sale (closing on February 4, 2016), the firm continues a tradition of offering a […]

Ancient Roman Coins –  Rome at its Finest under Emperor Antoninus Pius

Ancient Roman Coins – Rome at its Finest under Emperor Antoninus Pius

138-161 AD. Aureus, 7.30g (6h). Rome, 140-4 AD By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Antoninus Pius is remembered by history as a kind, just, and intelligent emperor. Having held the title for 23 years, the longest reign since that of Augustus, he had a great deal of time in office to […]

Ancient Coins –  How Old Is Old Enough ?

Ancient Coins – How Old Is Old Enough ?

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 […]

Ancient Coin Profiles –  Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Ancient Coin Profiles – Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Mysia, Cyzicus. Hekte circa 500-450 By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ….   Cyzicus was one of the great trade cities of the ancient world. It was located on the Sea of Marmara and ruled by the Persian Empire until its capture by Alexander the Great in 334 BCE. Starting in the […]

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting….   Some ACCG (Ancient Coin Collectors Guild) 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 […]

By December 31, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Ancients Coins – Collecting the Seven Wonders of the World

Ancients Coins – Collecting the Seven Wonders of the World

The Lighthouse of Alexandria By Julia Rich, Director, NGC Ancients…. A numismatic grand tour of some of the most important — and mysterious — ancient monuments. What can coins tell us about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? In collecting ancient coins, there are countless avenues to explore. One can curate an impressive collection […]

al-Andalus: Coinage of Islamic Spain

al-Andalus: Coinage of Islamic Spain

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   But you know, Lieutenant, in the Arab city of Cordoba were two miles of public lighting in the streets when London was a village? –Prince Feisal, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The Muslim Conquest (711-732) THE VISIGOTHS, WHO HAD MISRULED SPAIN  for two centuries, were unpopular with their […]

By December 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Harlan J. Berk: Buy or Bid Sale 196 Now Open

Harlan J. Berk: Buy or Bid Sale 196 Now Open

By Harlan J. Berk, Ltd….   Harlan J. Berk is pleased to present the 196th Buy or Bid sale. There are 387 ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins; 24 world coins; and 44 antiquities & antique maps. A few highlights from our sale: Lot 3: Ionia, Ephesus, Phanes EL trite Coins of Phanes are significant […]

By December 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – Vespasian Aureus, Buried at Pompeii

Ancient Roman Coins – Vespasian Aureus, Buried at Pompeii

Vespasian. AD 69-79. AV Aureus – Rome mint – Struck AD 70 By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ….   Mt. Vesuvius began erupting on August 24, 79 CE and continued for two days, burying the Roman settlements of Pompeii and Herculaneum, among others. There were warning signs: small earthquakes started a […]

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 BCE During the time of Dionysius I (c. 405-367 BCE), a beautiful series of large silver coins were introduced at Syracuse, the chief […]

 
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