Ancient Coins

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 […]

Ancient Coins Star In $3.3M Heritage-Gemini Auction

Ancient Coins Star In $3.3M Heritage-Gemini Auction

Outstanding ancient coins brought strong prices in our just-concluded 2011 April Heritage-Gemini Signature Ancient Coins Auction, which took place at the Chicago International Coin Fair in Rosemont, IL on April 14. Overall, this auction realized over $3.3 million, including all buyer’s premiums. The top coin in this auction was a spectacular tetradrachm from the island […]

Unique Coin Of Aitna In Sicily To Be Offered For Sale in London June 9th.

Unique Coin Of Aitna In Sicily To Be Offered For Sale in London June 9th.

Auction at Morton & Eden in London on June 9 A small silver coin is expected to cause excitement among collectors of ancient Greek coins when it is offered for sale by specialist London coins and medals auctioneers Morton & Eden on June 9. The silver drachm dates from a 15-year period between 475 and […]

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Ancient Coin Import Restrictions: Relegated to Insignificance

Ancient Coin Import Restrictions: Relegated to Insignificance

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting In reading documents recently released to ACCG under the Freedom of Information Act, it struck me as odd that the Treasury Department was in the loop for approval of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rule that would implement the Italian Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). A document titled […]

Important Greek silver, Roman gold feature in first joint Heritage Auctions-Gemini CICF sale

Important Greek silver, Roman gold feature in first joint Heritage Auctions-Gemini CICF sale

More than 540 ancient coins ready for auction, April 14, at CICF, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Convention Centerin Rosemont, IL A silver decadrachm of Athens struck 2,500 years ago, a silver tetradrachm of Naxos in Sicily struck circa 430 BC and a remarkable offering of Roman gold coins – spanning the […]

Windfall Expected From The North Suffork Hoard of Roman Silver Coins

Windfall Expected From The North Suffork Hoard of Roman Silver Coins

A chance find of a single Roman silver coin in a North Suffolk field is set to bring a cash windfall to two metal detectorists and the farmer on whose land it was discovered. Instead of one coin, retired Suffolk enthusiasts Norman Howard and John Halles eventually unearthed a hidden store of 206 denarii dating […]

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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 […]

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Coin Auctions: Goldberg Pre Long Beach and Dan Holmes Sale Results

Coin Auctions: Goldberg Pre Long Beach and Dan Holmes Sale Results

January 30, 2011 The Dan Holmes Sale, Part IV This was a memorable session which concluded the auction of this historic and memorable collection. Many bidders attended the pre-auction party the night before the sale, and celebrated again with the family after Sunday’s active session. Part IV of the collection, Late Date Large Cents, realized […]

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Dancing with the Universe –  The Infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates Coins

Dancing with the Universe – The Infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates Coins

From Wayne Sayles Blog Ancient Coin Collecting, With kind permission of John Hooker I’m sure that most are quite familiar with the infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates coins. As the link here describes, it was a badly mishandled discovery which became a major impetus for the new Treasure Act to replace the old treasure trove […]

By February 3, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Import Restrictions: Planning a vacation in Italy? — DON’T

Coin Import Restrictions: Planning a vacation in Italy? — DON’T

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog Today, the U.S. State Department (DOS) imposed import restrictions on numerous types of ancient coins cast or struck in Italy. Although the clear majority of public comment on the Memorandum Of  Understanding with Italy was in opposition to restrictions on coins from any period, DOS sided, as […]

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Heritage’s World and Ancient Coin Auction in NYC

Heritage’s World and Ancient Coin Auction in NYC

International numismatic treasures highlighted by rare German, Polish and South American coins, as well as the largest gold coin in the world, a Chinese 321+ ounce Beijing Olympics gold 100,000 Yuan

Using Ancient Coins to Map Trade Routes in Mediterranean Europe

Using Ancient Coins to Map Trade Routes in Mediterranean Europe

Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton have launched a research project in which nuclear radiation is used to identify changes in metal content among ancient Greek and Roman coins held in a world-class collection amassed at the university since the 1940s. By probing the metal content of coins exchanged thousands of years ago in Mediterranean […]

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Second Edition of Rasiel Suarez’ Book “Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins” Available

Second Edition of Rasiel Suarez’ Book “Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins” Available

OLYMPIA, WA. November, 2010 — Lovers of classical Rome along with legions of coin collectors helped drive 2005’s “Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins” to an unlikely Top Ten position in the most sought after out-of-print books in America according to Bookfinder.com the news of which was then brought to national attention in an article in […]

By November 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
The Whole Cultural Record

The Whole Cultural Record

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting In the latest issue of Archaeology magazine (Nov-Dec 2010) AIA President Brian Rose proposes an intriguing professional goal, saying — “We must preserve the whole cultural record.” By “We”, I presume that he means archaeologists, since nobody else on the planet would dare to dream so big. We […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins: The Yin and Yang – A Smorgasbord of Views on Cultural Property

Ancient Coins: The Yin and Yang – A Smorgasbord of Views on Cultural Property

This week I was treated to a smorgasbord of views on cultural property from members of the archaeological and collecting communities. On Tuesday morning, I listened with interest to the presentations of several archaeologists at the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) in Washington, DC. This was my fifth appearance at a CPAC […]

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