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Ancient Coin Provenance – Do you know your coins’ pedigree?

Ancient Coin Provenance – Do you know your coins’ pedigree?

Provenance Hunting Website celebrates its first anniversary. Ex-numis.com, the only website 100% dedicated to the research of lost provenances for Ancient coins, celebrates this January its first anniversary. In one year, Ex-Numis® has found thousands of lost provenances and satisfied hundreds of users like collectors, institutions, numismatic dealers, and auction houses. Launched in January 2016 […]

Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins: Superb Mint State Aureus of Galerius

Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins: Superb Mint State Aureus of Galerius

By Chris Chatigny – Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   The momentum is increasing for our Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA World’s Fair of Money auction, as we preview outstanding numismatic treasures each week. For this installment, we have an ancient Roman coin issued at the beginning of the fourth century CE, under […]

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   It has been said that archaeology stands on a foundation of potsherds, and it would be just as true to say that numismatics stands on a foundation of coin hoards. They provide us with the framework of our classification of ancient coins, and frequently a single […]

CoinWeek Podcast #31: 193 – The Year of Five Emperors – Audio: 11:07

CoinWeek Podcast #31: 193 – The Year of Five Emperors – Audio: 11:07

CoinWeek Podcast #31: 193 – The Year of Five Emperors CoinWeek Ancient Coin Writer Mike Markowitz’s insightful article “193: The Year of Five Emperors” recalls one of the bloodiest and most treacherous years in Roman history. A year that makes Game of Thrones’ Westeros seem like a quaint and stable fiefdom. In this episode of the […]

Spink Ancient Coin Auctions: Venerated Tyrants, Fathers and Unruly Mothers

Spink Ancient Coin Auctions: Venerated Tyrants, Fathers and Unruly Mothers

Spink sees many of the finest collections of coins every year and is delighted to have the honour of preparing their catalogues and conducting their sales. This June will see two of the most spectacular coin collections to breeze in through Spink USA’s front door. On June 21st Spink will be holding an auction of […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz ….   The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying a sack of gold could ride unharmed from one border of the nomad empire to the other. — Harold Lamb, Genghis Khan[1]: The Emperor of All Men, p. 112 The Rise […]

Roman Gold Coins – Stack’s Bowers Announces Part I of George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei

Roman Gold Coins – Stack’s Bowers Announces Part I of George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei

IN COLLABORATION WITH NUMISMATICA ARS CLASSICA Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the firm’s collaboration with Numismatica Ars Classica in offering the George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei – Part I, to be sold the 23rd of May, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. This meticulously curated cabinet includes some of the finest Roman […]

Ancient Coins – Charon’s Obol Coins for the Dead

Ancient Coins – Charon’s Obol Coins for the Dead

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   My advice for those who die, Declare the pennies on your eyes — The Beatles, “Taxman”, Revolver (1966) IN THE HOLLYWOOD EPIC FILM Troy (2004), King Priam of Troy (Peter O’Toole) visits the tent of the Greek hero Achilles (Brad Pitt) by night to beg for […]

Ancient Coins – The Greek and Roman Coin Collection of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha (1833–1906)

Ancient Coins – The Greek and Roman Coin Collection of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha (1833–1906)

by David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients ………. The ancient coins in the Alexandre Carathéodory collection were mainly Greek and Roman issues. Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha, a towering figure of the 19th Century Ottoman Empire, was introduced to the study of ancient coins in 1878, by chance, while serving the Ottomans as a diplomat in Berlin. While […]

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 […]

Spink Auctions: Daddies, Daughters, a Hypocrite King and a King’s Coin

Spink Auctions: Daddies, Daughters, a Hypocrite King and a King’s Coin

It is not often that a collection comes on the market that contains some of the most exquisite English coins ranging from Edward III to Charles II and each monarch in between is represented by some of the finest pieces that will be seen this year. The collection of English hammered gold coins formed by […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Markowitz: Five Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins – Video: 3:59

Markowitz: Five Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins – Video: 3:59

Ancient Coins might seem like a daunting area of numismatics to focus on for beginners. “Not so,” says CoinWeek Ancient Coin Expert Mike Markowitz. In this short informative video, shot at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore in November 2015, Mike lays out five simple things that you need to get started. This is a great […]

So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she “has an eye for coins.” Someone with this remarkable ability can look at a tray of a hundred nearly identical pieces and unerringly pick out the three or four best […]

Requiring Provenance:  An Injustice to Ancient Coin Collectors

Requiring Provenance: An Injustice to Ancient Coin Collectors

By Alfredo De La Fé….   At the 2015 Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) hearing to discuss a potential renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Italy, Prof. Patty Gerstenblith, Chair of CPAC, cited text from a Numismatica Ars Classica catalog stating that the firm will provide documentation for coins subject to US import […]

 
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