Tag: Ancient coins

Small Change: The Tiniest Ancient Coins

Small Change: The Tiniest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: By Mike Markowitz “Parva Ne Pereant” In 2014 the British Royal Mint issued a gold proof 50p coin only 8 mm in diameter*, weighing in at 1/40 Troy ounce (0.8 grams.) This is the smallest coin the UK has ever struck and surely one of the smallest modern coins. For comparison, […]

Ancient Coins: Strength and Unity of an Empire

Ancient Coins: Strength and Unity of an Empire

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …… The ancient Greek island of Lesbos was located in the northeastern Aegean Sea off the coast of modern-day Turkey. Its largest and wealthiest city, Mytilene, was originally founded in the 11th century BC by the Penthilidae family of Thessaly, who ruled it until […]

By October 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Cool Coins –  Coinex 2014 London, England. VIDEO: 9:39

Cool Coins – Coinex 2014 London, England. VIDEO: 9:39

Interviewer: David Lisot, Coinweek.com with Stephen Fenton, 1652 Massachusetts Silver 3 pence David Guest, 1657 Mary Queen of Scotts British Silver Ryal Stephen Hill, English Charles I High Relief gold pattern Miguel Lehman, 1800 Santiago Chile 8 reales error Christopher Martin, Roman Bronze Trajan Sesterce The Coinex convention in London is a great place to […]

By October 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Baldwins Holds Coin Auctions During Coinex September 2014. VIDEO; 3:17

Baldwins Holds Coin Auctions During Coinex September 2014. VIDEO; 3:17

Stephen Hill, Director, Baldwins & Son, Ltd. Interviewer, David Lisot, CoinWeek.com………… One of England’s auction houses offers coins of interest to the whole world. Stephen Hill describes the latest offerings and some of the highlights of current auction sales. Copyright © CoinWeek – September 2014 The UK’s Premier 36th International Numismatic Show The 2014 Coinex […]

By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins :  The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

Ancient Coins : The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……… The First Circulating Coinage Little is known about this mysterious archaic electrum coinage. It was minted in Ionia, somewhere in central Western Anatolia on the shores of the Aegean sea, but scholars have yet to identify the precise city-state that produced this sophisticated […]

Coins and the Law – On Second Thought—a chance for rule of law?

Coins and the Law – On Second Thought—a chance for rule of law?

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. The SAFE endorsement of Britain’s Article 11c of Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 at first blush might seem lacking in forethought. Here we have major cultural sites being demolished wholesale by civil war in Syria and Britain responds by prohibiting import, export and transfer of Syrian […]

By September 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Baldwin’s Coinex Auctions  90 & 91

Baldwin’s Coinex Auctions 90 & 91

The David Sellwood Collection of Parthian Coins at Coinex 2014 View the Official Coinex Auction 90 Catalogue London – A.H. Baldwin and Sons Ltd, the only official Coinex sponsors, 2014, present Auction 90; Ancient Coins, British Coins and Commemorative Medals. The sale boasts Part One of The David Sellwood Collection of Parthian Coins, the most […]

By September 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……… The Beginning of Coinage Shown with expressive and diverse imagery today, coinage started from very humble beginnings. The ancient author Herodotos wrote that “the Lydians were the first people we know of to use a gold and silver coinage”. Through hoard evidence and […]

Byzantine Gold Coin Collection Sells for Record Prices at Long Beach Expo. VIDEO: 4:10

Byzantine Gold Coin Collection Sells for Record Prices at Long Beach Expo. VIDEO: 4:10

Sam Spiegel, Senior Numismatist, Heritage Auctions Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com….. An important ancient coin collection was sold by Heritage Auctions at the Long Beach Expo that is considered a benchmark for Byzantine collectors. Sam Spiegel of Heritage talks about highlights of the sale and why record prices were set for so many items. Copyright © […]

By September 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Outstanding World and Ancient Coins highlight Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach events

Outstanding World and Ancient Coins highlight Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach events

Rare 1681 Elephant & Castle halfcrown among nearly 6,000+ World Coin lots Sept. 3-5 & 9-10 The finest certified 1681 Elephant & Castle halfcrown highlights a wealth of British material in Heritage’s upcoming World & Ancient Coins Signature® Auction, scheduled for September 3-5 in Long Beach, in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles […]

Magnificent Syracuse Decadrachm Tops Heritage World & Ancient Coin Platinum Night Auction

Magnificent Syracuse Decadrachm Tops Heritage World & Ancient Coin Platinum Night Auction

SICILY. Syracuse. Time of Dionysius I (405-367 BC). AR decadrachm (33mm, 43.30 gm, 6h). Struck ca. 400-390 BC. Unsigned dies in the style of Euainetos. Charioteer, in flowing chiton and holding goad and reins, driving racing quadriga left; above, Nike flying right, about to crown charioteer with wreath; in exergue, panoply of arms: cuirass between […]

Rare Coins from over 50 countries offered in Heritage’s Platinum Night World & Ancient Coins auction

Rare Coins from over 50 countries offered in Heritage’s Platinum Night World & Ancient Coins auction

Rare Chinese silver and gold lead the way in Heritage’s deepest, “most sophisticated” World and Ancient Coin auction to date, Aug. 8, 2014, in Chicago A pair of exceedingly rare Chinese coins – an 1867 Ching Dynasty Pattern Silver Tael PR64 NGC and a 1916 Republic of China Yuan Shih-kai gold Pattern 10 Dollars MS63 […]

Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO’s patience

Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO’s patience

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. The Daily Record, a news service for Maryland based business and legal professions, ran an interesting report about the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild forfeiture case in its July 13, 2014 issue.  This test case is described in numerous news items at the guild website.  The Daily […]

Discussion on Egyptian Coins at State Department MOU hearing leaves room for optimism

Discussion on Egyptian Coins at State Department MOU hearing leaves room for optimism

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. The public session of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee hearing to consider a potential Memorandum of Understanding with Egypt (June 2nd) has drawn considerable interest among the regular pontificators on both sides of the issue.  Being one of that group, not necessarily by choice, we probably […]

Elephants on Ancient Coins

Elephants on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series Strong, intelligent, and long-lived – yet surprisingly gentle – elephants have long exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination. Prehistoric cave paintings depict elephants and their extinct cousins, the wooly mammoth and mastodon. Ivory from elephant tusks was a precious raw material in the ancient world because it […]

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series As collectors of ancient coins, one of the most Frequently Asked Questions we encounter is “Don’t these things belong in museums?” The answer, sometimes with a patient sigh, sometimes with a snort of derision, is an emphatic, “No!” The Dirty Little Secret is that museums hate ancient coins. Or, […]

Ancient Coin Stories: A Rare Plotina Sestercius

Ancient Coin Stories: A Rare Plotina Sestercius

by Geoffrey Cope & Dr. Alan Walker Nomos Zurich for CoinWeek…. I love Roman coins because of their artistry, their beautiful style, the fact that their content tells us about classical antiquity and, of course, for their quality. The Sestertius is, for me, the unsurpassed Roman Imperial Roman coin to collect, since its size allows […]

Why Did Byzantine Coins Become Cup-Shaped?

Why Did Byzantine Coins Become Cup-Shaped?

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ……. Ancient Coin Series …… On March 27, 2014 the US Mint released its first curved coins: five-dollar gold, one-dollar silver and 50-cent copper-nickel clad proof commemoratives celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  The reverse shows the stitching of a baseball (convex side), while Cassie McFarland’s […]

CGB founder Michel Prieur RIP

CGB founder Michel Prieur RIP

Michel Prieur, founder and president of Compagnie Générale de Bourse (CGB) passed away last week in Paris leaving behind a legacy of important contributions to numismatics.  His breadth of knowledge was most impressive and his passion for the hobby and trade was unsurpassed. One of Michel’s most memorable contributions to ancient numismatics was publication of […]

ANS Announces New Digitization Program for Roman Coins. VIDEO: 13:57

ANS Announces New Digitization Program for Roman Coins. VIDEO: 13:57

Giles Bransbourg, Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins, American Numismatic Society, Moderator: Harlan Berk……… A new program to digitize the Roman coins in the ANS Collection will begin later this year, the Online Coins of the Roman Empire(OCRE) project, Co-directed by Dr. Andrew Meadows of the ANS and Professor Roger Bagnall of ISAW and managed by […]

By April 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Chicago International Coin Fair Video Playlist

Chicago International Coin Fair Video Playlist

The 39th Annual Chicago International Coin Fair The Chicago International Coin Fair is one of the most popular conventions in the United States serving the interests of collectors and dealers of world coins and paper money as well as ancient coins, antiquities and allied collectibles. •    100 booth all world, ancient and antiquities bourse area […]

By April 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Cool Ancient Coins! CICF 2014. VIDEO: 6:32

Cool Ancient Coins! CICF 2014. VIDEO: 6:32

Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com with Harlan J. Berk, Harlan J. Berk Ltd and Sam Spiegel, Heritage Auctions……. Here are some of the most valuable and interesting coins of the ancient world. Find out what Cleopatra really looked liked and a coin celebrating one of the first great sport stadiums. These ancient coins include a silver […]

By April 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Do Ancient Coins Need Third Party Grading? VIDEO: 3:44

Do Ancient Coins Need Third Party Grading? VIDEO: 3:44

Harlan J. Berk, Sam Spiegel, & David Vagi Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com ………. Grading ancient coins is still an area of controversy.  Old school numismatics believes that coins of antiquity are meant to be held and appreciated in a tactile fashion. Third party grading is changing that perspective. Now ancients can be  graded by an […]

By April 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The First Real Woman to Appear on a Coin

The First Real Woman to Appear on a Coin

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….. The earliest coins, which emerged around 650 BCE on the shores of the Aegean Sea, depicted ancient symbols of power such as the lion and the bull. Shortly after 500 BCE images of mythological beings start to appear on the coinage of Greek cities: gods, heroes, and imaginary creatures like […]

1865 Canadian gold pattern coin could bring $80,000 in $10+ million Heritage CICF World & Ancient Coins auction

1865 Canadian gold pattern coin could bring $80,000 in $10+ million Heritage CICF World & Ancient Coins auction

Heritage’s largest World & Ancient coins offering to date, 6,500 lots strong; on the block April 10, at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF); AD 193 gold aureus of Emperor Pertinax expected to realize more than $60,000. An 1865 Canadian gold Pattern Specimen 2 Dollars, SP63 PCGS, one of the rarest and most important pattern […]

Gorny & Mosch Rare Coin Auction Highlights

Gorny & Mosch Rare Coin Auction Highlights

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann ………. Even though there were many remarkable results to be witnessed in the Gorny & Mosch rare coin auction sale conducted between 10 and 12 March 2014, one ought to be singled out: a set comprising four extremely rare gold coins from Czechoslovakia from 1938 that changed hands for 282,000 euros. Every […]

Künker Spring Sale Rare Coin Recap: A Week Full of Surprises

Künker Spring Sale Rare Coin Recap: A Week Full of Surprises

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann ………. 140.000 euros for a Chinese dollar from 1896, 110.000 euros for a gold coin from Czechoslovakia from 1938 – the spring sale of Künker was full of surprises! Less surprising was: the pre-sale estimate of 5.7 million euros was easily surpassed by the hammer price amounting to 8.75 million euros. […]

Medals from the Baums Collection highlight the Künker Spring Sale

Medals from the Baums Collection highlight the Künker Spring Sale

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann ……….. About 1,100 medals from the renaissance to the present day, made of bronze, silver and gold, some being created by famous artists, some referring to world-changing events – that is the Baums Collection, which will be liquidated by Künker during the spring sale on 13 March 2014. You will find […]

Agora Ancient Coin Auctions helps to resume publication of the  Journal of Ancient Numismatics

Agora Ancient Coin Auctions helps to resume publication of the Journal of Ancient Numismatics

The Journal of Ancient Numismatics (JAN) is a free online journal dedicated to the study of Ancient Coins and Medieval numismatics and history. I am very pleased to announce that thanks to the generous sponsorship of Agora Auctions we will begin publishing again! The Journal now has a new website where you can access all […]

By February 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Archaic silver and German gold highlighted at upcoming Gorny & Mosch Coin Auction in Munich

Archaic silver and German gold highlighted at upcoming Gorny & Mosch Coin Auction in Munich

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann ……. The three March auctions of Gorny & Mosch in Munich cater for all tastes. Anyone with a particular interest in Archaic silver coins or gold coins from Germany is offered a selection that is without equal. From 10 to 12 March 2014, right after the Munich Numismata, Gorny & Mosch […]

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