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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Iconoclasts

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Iconoclasts

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them… — […]

Ancient Coins – The Wealth of the Persian Empire

Ancient Coins – The Wealth of the Persian Empire

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection of Ancient Coins ……   Thanks to intelligent political leadership and forward-thinking approaches to governing, the Persian Empire quickly became a substantial power of the ancient world. By not interfering with local customs or religions and granting equal rights for all citizens as long […]

Lost Gold Coins of Ancient India Imply Greater Mystery

Lost Gold Coins of Ancient India Imply Greater Mystery

By Shaquille Brissett for Gainesville Coins ….   Last year, a bevy of ancient gold coins were discovered in the unassuming Indian village of Jankipuram. News of the discovery sent shockwaves throughout the town of Tonk, in the state of Rajasthan, as well as the larger numismatic community. How did those coins get there? The […]

Ancient Greek Coins –  The Eagles and Coinage of Akragas

Ancient Greek Coins – The Eagles and Coinage of Akragas

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   Akragas was a wealthy and powerful Greek state on the southern coast of Sicily, second only to Syracuse in importance. The city was famous for its lavish building projects, proudly displaying its wealth in the form of numerous massive temples, many of […]

Teen Weirdo Emperor: The Coinage of Elagabalus

Teen Weirdo Emperor: The Coinage of Elagabalus

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   …[To] sport with the passions and prejudices of his subjects, and to subvert every law of nature and decency, were in the number of his most delicious amusements. A long train of concubines, and a rapid succession of wives, among whom was a vestal virgin, ravished […]

CoinWeek News Wire for March 3, 2017

CoinWeek News Wire for March 3, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for March 10, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Coins tell tales of kings, their fancies The longest reigning ruler Aurangazeb changed his monetary system so many times in his 49 years of reign that numismatist and author of the book South Asian Coins and Paper Money, Rajender Marudhar, says […]

Selections from Atlas Numismatics New Ancient, World Coin Inventory

Selections from Atlas Numismatics New Ancient, World Coin Inventory

By Atlas Numismatics ……   New Inventory These six coins are just a sample of the 879 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (88), World (784) and US (7). Beautiful Perseus Drachm http://atlasnumismatics.com/1041035 This and the following images courtesy of Atlas Numismatics 1041035 | GREEK. KINGDOM OF MACEDON. Perseus. […]

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Gold Aureus of Julius Caesar

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Gold Aureus of Julius Caesar

Overview: Julius Caesar The Roman general and dictator Julius Caesar is still famous 2,061 years after his death, though most people are probably more familiar with the legend than the man and his actual achievements. Not that the facts disappoint. Caesar was by all accounts an energetic and forceful personality, his life lending itself quite […]

Ancient Coin with Early Depiction of Colosseum Fetches Record Price at Dix Noonan Webb

Ancient Coin with Early Depiction of Colosseum Fetches Record Price at Dix Noonan Webb

By Dix Noonan Webb ……   An important collection of Roman bronze coins formed by a connoisseur before and during the Second World War and back on the market for the first time in 75 years attracted furious bidding at Dix Noonan Webb in London. Every single one of the 194 lots sold in an […]

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Ancient Coins – The Sacred Stone of Kaunos Coinage

Ancient Coins – The Sacred Stone of Kaunos Coinage

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   Kaunos was a prominent trading center in Asia Minor alongside Lycia and Caria. It was mentioned by ancient authors specifically because of how its customs and language differed from Caria. Until recently, it was not possible to decisively attribute any archaic or […]

Coinweek IQ: Grading Ancient Coins with David Vagi – 4K Video

Coinweek IQ: Grading Ancient Coins with David Vagi – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ is an ongoing series of exclusive videos that go in-depth into important numismatic topics and feature many of the hobby’s leading experts and personalities. In this IQ video, CoinWeek sits down with NGC Ancients director David Vagi to discuss collecting ancient coins, ancient coin grading, and how new collectors should approach this remarkable […]

The Origin of Specie: How Gold and Silver Became Money

The Origin of Specie: How Gold and Silver Became Money

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   …And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver. –Genesis, 20:16 ABIMELECH, PHILISTINE KING OF GERAR, gravely offended the patriarch Abraham by trying to appropriate his wife, Sarah, having been led to believe that Sarah was actually Abraham’s sister[1]. […]

Ancient Coins – Elephants on Ancient Coinage

Ancient Coins – Elephants on Ancient Coinage

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   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 […]

Recent Activity Shows World Coin Market Gaining Momentum

Recent Activity Shows World Coin Market Gaining Momentum

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   It has been real cold in the Granite State. Luckily for the first time in a couple years we haven’t been hit with a huge “named” winter storm to wrap up January in New England. What we do have is an exciting and aggressive start to […]

New Ancient, World Coin Inventory from Atlas Numismatics

New Ancient, World Coin Inventory from Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics ……   New Inventory These six coins are just a sample of the 738 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (37), World (751) and US (13). Beautifully Toned Alexander III Tetradrachm http://atlasnumismatics.com/1040195 This and the following images courtesy of Atlas Numismatics 1040195 | GREEK. KINGDOM OF […]

Ancient Coins – Zeus, the King of the Gods

Ancient Coins – Zeus, the King of the Gods

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   Depending on who was in control at the time, the electrum coinage of Phokaia and Mytilene in Ionia was struck as payment to either the Persian Empire or the Delian League. Issued semi-annually, the volume of coins minted was prolific – both […]

Ancient Coin Profiles: Silver Stater of Tarsus

Ancient Coin Profiles: Silver Stater of Tarsus

Overview: Tarsus Tarsus was an ancient city located on the southern Mediterranean shore of Asia Minor in what is now modern Turkey. It was already ancient when the Persians added it to their empire, with habitation going back to the Stone Age. It sat at the intersection of important regional and world trade routes, and […]

Ancient Coins – After Three Years, Excavation of Jersey Hoard Complete

Ancient Coins – After Three Years, Excavation of Jersey Hoard Complete

By Shaquille Brissett for Gainesville Coins ….   On Sundays friends Reg Mead and Richard Miles would take to the fields of Grouville, in the Bailiwick of Jersey, an island in the United Kingdom, to search for an ancient Celtic Hoard. The hoard had become the stuff of legend, only coming to the men by […]

Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction of World & Ancient Coins Realizes $4.86 Million

Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction of World & Ancient Coins Realizes $4.86 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries rang in the New Year with tremendous results at the January New York International Auction. An excellent array of coins was anchored by several superb collections, including Selections from the Estate of Richard Doty, Selections from the Michael Druck Collection, The Mezo Toth Kalman Collection, The Dr. Michael Popoff Collection and Selections […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Sphinxes on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Sphinxes on Ancient Coins

The business of a sphinx is to be mysterious By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   …somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs…[1] — W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” (1920) IN […]

Ancient Coins – The Most Famous Coin of Antiquity – the Athenian Owl

Ancient Coins – The Most Famous Coin of Antiquity – the Athenian Owl

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   Athens was a great military power in ancient Greece and is considered the birthplace of Western civilization and democracy. After defeating the Persians at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE, Athens was brought into a golden age. During this period of […]

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 […]

Heritage NYINC World, Ancient Coin Auctions Now Open for Bidding

Heritage NYINC World, Ancient Coin Auctions Now Open for Bidding

Heritage’s January NYINC auctions are now open for bidding! Going by the pre-sale estimate, this could very well be the highest-grossing World and Ancient Coin auction that Heritage has ever presented. In total, between the January 8-9 Signature Floor Auction and January 17-18 Internet Sessions, we have over 6,000 lots on offer. With so many […]

Ancient Electrum Coins – Strength and Unity of an Empire

Ancient Electrum 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 BCE by the Penthilidae family of Thessaly, who ruled […]

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numismatourist Howard Berlin

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numismatourist Howard Berlin

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numismatourist Howard Berlin The CoinWeek Podcast won the 2016 NLG Award for Best Audio Program. If you’d like to help the podcast grow and continue to bring you in-depth and thoughtful interviews and news coverage, then leave us a five-star review on the iTunes store. You can also download all […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Janus, God of January

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Janus, God of January

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   ANCIENT ROMANS KNEW even less about the prehistoric origins of their religion than we do, since we have knowledge from centuries of archaeology. Latin writers of the Classical era tried to connect their own native Italian gods to the prestigious gods of ancient Greece, with their complex genealogies […]

Ancient & World Coins – New from Atlas Numismatics

Ancient & World Coins – New from Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics ……   We will be attending the FUN Convention and the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) in January. Please note that we will only be able to carry a portion of the inventory available on our website; if you would like us to include any specific items for your examination at […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Bridges on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Bridges on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   ROMANS WERE PROUD of their bridges, some of the most spectacular feats of ancient engineering. The high priest of the Roman state religion was called the Pontifex Maximus–literally the “supreme bridge-builder”–a title later adopted by the Popes of the Roman Catholic Church. A number of Roman coins depict […]

Goldbergs: Extraordinary Collection of Ancient Jewish Coins at Auction January 10

Goldbergs: Extraordinary Collection of Ancient Jewish Coins at Auction January 10

By Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers ……   One of the most extensive collections of extraordinary high quality ancient Jewish coins, assembled by a Long Island Doctor over two decades, will be auctioned at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on January 10. Included are a remarkable number (45) of extremely rare silver coins picturing the Holy […]

NGC Ancients: Rare Overstruck “Judaea Capta” Bar Kokhba Coin Discovered

NGC Ancients: Rare Overstruck “Judaea Capta” Bar Kokhba Coin Discovered

NGC brings to light one of the fabled rarities of ancient Jewish coinage In 132 CE, following nearly 60 years of simmering resentment towards the Roman destruction of the Holy Temple, the people of Judaea were on the brink of rebellion. When the new revolt began, a certain Simon bar Kokhba led a relatively small […]

 
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