Ancient Coins

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 […]

By February 20, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By January 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By September 12, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
Morton & Eden Announce Single-owner Auction  of Exceptional Ancient Greek Coins

Morton & Eden Announce Single-owner Auction of Exceptional Ancient Greek Coins

Sale brings back to the market rarities not seen since 1960s and 70s Morton & Eden, the specialist London coin and medal auctioneers, are delighted to announce an important single-owner sale of ancient Greek coins of exceptional quality and rarity. The collection will be offered in London on Monday October 24 and is expected to […]

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecing 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 commons […]

The Most Famous Ancient Coin Of All

The Most Famous Ancient Coin Of All

The most famous ancient coin in existence, the “Ides of March” silver denarius struck by Julius Caesar’s assassin Marcus Brutus, celebrating the infamous deed, will return to its longtime California home this summer for display before heading to the auction block as part of Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 7 Long Beach Signature World & Ancient Coins […]

NGC Ancients: The Roman Civil War of A.D. 68–69, Year of Five Emperors

NGC Ancients: The Roman Civil War of A.D. 68–69, Year of Five Emperors

By Josh Illingworth – NGC Ancients This year marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. The concept of civil war was quite familiar to the ancient Romans as well — with this in mind, NGC Ancients examines the five emperors who battled for control of an empire during the Roman […]

Rare coin of an evil Roman dictator is exchanged for $7,500 in London

Rare coin of an evil Roman dictator is exchanged for $7,500 in London

By Paul Frasier Collectibles The sestertius depicting the Emperor Nero was one of the key highlights of the David Heuer collection Baldwin’s has just released the results of their auction of the David Heuer collection of Ancient, British and Foreign coins, which took place earlier this month. A family statement with the auction gives a […]

Baldwin’s Presents The David Heuer Collection of Ancient Coins

Baldwin’s Presents The David Heuer Collection of Ancient Coins

Baldwin’s are delighted to be offering The David Heuer Collection of Ancient Greek and Roman, British and Foreign coins as part of their 4th June Argentum auction.  The collection comprises 151 lots amassed by the Heuer family during the 1930s – 1980s.  Many of the Greek coins were bought in London during the 1950s and […]

Heritage-Gemini Ancients sales net $3.4 million, part of Heritage’s $9.6+ million CICF Auction

Heritage-Gemini Ancients sales net $3.4 million, part of Heritage’s $9.6+ million CICF Auction

Silver tetradrachm of Naxos in Sicily brings $174,800 to lead the way A spectacular silver tetradrachm of Naxos in Sicily, struck circa 415 BC, brought $174,800 and a gold medallion of the Roman Emperor Constantius  II fetched $126,500 at the Heritage-Gemini auction of ancient coins, Thursday, April 14, in conjunction with the Chicago International Coin […]

Byzantine Bronzes at EAC

Byzantine Bronzes at EAC

Members of EAC are collectors of early American copper coins. Once you get the “copper bug” you find out that copper coins have been used for centuries as a medium of exchange. Hear collector/dealer Jerry Bobbe describe and show a collection of rare Byzantine coppers even bigger than American large cents.   Byzantine Bronzes at […]

Silver Stater of Alexander of Pherai Highlights at Nomos Ancient Coin Auction Tomarrow

Silver Stater of Alexander of Pherai Highlights at Nomos Ancient Coin Auction Tomarrow

By Paul Fraser Collectibles The sale is based on the mysterious and exceptional collection owned by an unknown ‘BCD’ As we’ve noted, coin auctioneers Nomos are holding a spectacular sale of ancient coins next week, including some exceptionally fine rarities, notably a silver drachm from Naxos and a Lampsakos gold stater. Actually, that’s not quite […]

The most expensive Roman gold coin ever sold at a public auction.

The most expensive Roman gold coin ever sold at a public auction.

As one of the largest surviving Roman medallions, this piece is one of only two known. circa A.D. 308 8-Aureus Gold Medallion According to the auction firm Numismatica Ars Classica and as reported by CoinWorld’s Jeff Starck, ” A rare gold aurei medallion of ancient Rome established what auction officials claim is a new world […]

Ancient Coins: Affirmation of Audacity

Ancient Coins: Affirmation of Audacity

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Blog During the period from July 2004 through August 2007 the numismatic community, by way of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG), the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) and the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), submitted eighteen requests for information to the U.S. State Department (DOS). These were formal […]

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