Tag: Ancient coins

Ancient Coin Profiles – Shapur I of Persia –  Rome’s Worst Nightmare

Ancient Coin Profiles – Shapur I of Persia – Rome’s Worst Nightmare

The long and glorious history of Persia as an Imperial power dates to the rise of Cyrus the Great in the sixth century BCE. Cyrus, King of the Parsa people who had settled in the region bounded by the Tigris River and the Persian Gulf, created a vast and enduring empire by subsuming the Median, […]

Ancient Coins – Collecting Strategies – Surviving the chase

Ancient Coins – Collecting Strategies – Surviving the chase

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. Once I heard about a collector who didn’t care what he had to pay for a coin, and cared even less what he could eventually sell his collection for.  I have yet to meet him, but he probably does exist—somewhere.  More typically, collectors envision their accumulations […]

Künker’s Coin Auction Week Results are In…..

Künker’s Coin Auction Week Results are In…..

The auctionweek has come to an end today with Künker’s catalogue #262 “Coins of the Ancient World”. Many of the 6,500 pieces led to heavy bidding in the coin auction room and on the telephone that resulted in an impressive total sale price of 2,6 M. Euros – 55% above the estimated price. Over the entire week  […]

Ancient Greek Coins – The Mythology of Ajax the Lesser

Ancient Greek Coins – The Mythology of Ajax the Lesser

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection….   Opus was a small, infertile territory on the coast of mainland Greece, surrounded by larger, more powerful states. While their inhabitants, the Lokrians, made a relatively small impact in history, they produced a beautiful and extensive series of coins. Mercenaries returning home after […]

Exquisite ancient coins in Harlan J. Berk’s current Buy or Bid Sale

Exquisite ancient coins in Harlan J. Berk’s current Buy or Bid Sale

Coins of exceptional beauty often deriving from famous old collections are a specialty of Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. The firm’s latest Buy or Bid Sale, which closes on 30 April 2015, offers collectors a choice of 542 ancient coins, plus 21 coins of the world and 46 antiquities or antique maps. Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., […]

By March 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …..   Lampsakos has a storied past, having been a frequent source of contention between battling powers, changing hands between Lydia, Persia, Athens, and Sparta between the sixth and fifth centuries BCE. It was the first Greek city-state to see its gold coinage reach […]

NGC Ancients: Style an Important Consideration for Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients: Style an Important Consideration for Ancient Coins

By David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients ……   The evaluation of style is paramount to establishing the desirability of an ancient coin To the best of our knowledge, all dies used to strike ancient coins were engraved by hand. There is evidence that hubbing may have been used in the production of some dies […]

Greek Coinage of Baktria

Greek Coinage of Baktria

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   “The handsome coins of the Greek kings of Bactria have always enjoyed high renown among both collectors and scholars, because of their excellent artistic qualities and their great historical value…And what portraits they are! They possess not only the purely objective and brutal frankness of later Roman […]

Overview of the Stack’s Bowers NYINC Ancient and World Coin Auction

Overview of the Stack’s Bowers NYINC Ancient and World Coin Auction

By Greg Cohen  –  Stack’s Bowers …….. Over the past few weeks, Chris Chatigny, Kyle Ponterio, Kent Ponterio, and I have been giving in-depth looks at highlights from our January NYINC Ancient and World Coin Auction  in our blog page and in our weekly newsletter. With the sale just a week or so away, we […]

By December 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Coinage of the First Caliphate

Coinage of the First Caliphate

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz… BY THE BEGINNING of the seventh century, the lands of the Eastern Mediterranean had been ravaged by plague, earthquake and decades of war between the Eastern Roman (“Byzantine”) and Sasanian Persian empires. Along the coast, the great cities were mostly Greek-speaking. In the fertile hill country, villagers spoke […]

By December 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Ancients: Strike Quality Varies on Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients: Strike Quality Varies on Ancient Coins

By David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients ….   The centering, evenness and strength of the strike can dramatically affect the appearance of an ancient coin To the best of our knowledge, ancient coins were struck the old-fashioned way – hand-hammered between two dies. Thus, the quality of strikes is inconsistent. The degree of variability is […]

Kolbe & Fanning Offer a Very Rare Volume Depicting Louis XIV’s Ancient Coin Collection

Kolbe & Fanning Offer a Very Rare Volume Depicting Louis XIV’s Ancient Coin Collection

One of the highlights of Kolbe & Fanning’s upcoming New York Book Auction on January 10 is lot 156, a virtually unknown first issue in book form of finely executed engravings depicting the Sun King’s collection of ancient coins. The imposing folio volume (measuring 50.5 by 35.5 cm) was created in 1682 and bound for […]

The Nativity on Coins

The Nativity on Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ……   THE NATIVITY OF JESUS IS SUCH A FAMILIAR IMAGE in visual media–from greeting cards to stained glass windows–that it is startling to discover that it does not appear anywhere in Western art until the fourth century, and – with one unique medallic exception – not on […]

By December 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Father and Son The Tudors to Star as Sovereigns in Spink London Coin Sale

Father and Son The Tudors to Star as Sovereigns in Spink London Coin Sale

On 17th and 18th December 2014, Spink and Son will be holding their second December coin sale. It is  held over two days with ancient Greek, Roman, Islamic and modern world coins on the first day, and Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Tudor and Stuart English coins as well as a few Scottish and Irish coins, and modern […]

By December 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Last Ancient Coin

The Last Ancient Coin

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz… “What was the last ancient coin?” The question is unanswerable. There was no “last” ancient coin, just as there was no “last” ancient person. Classical antiquity didn’t just stop — it morphed gradually into the medieval world, which morphed, in turn, into what we understand as the modern […]

Ancient Coins in Signature and Platinum Night Auction at NYINC

Ancient Coins in Signature and Platinum Night Auction at NYINC

By Heritage Galleries The marquee auction at the world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, features one of Heritage’s strongest-ever offerings of Ancient and World coins, with more than 2,300 lots total. For the first time in New York, Heritage will be holding Platinum Night the evening of Monday, January 5, an ultra-select offering […]

Coins and the Law : Media rush to judgement challenged

Coins and the Law : Media rush to judgement challenged

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. Editors Note: It is shocking how ignorant and misinformed the media is when it comes to issues surrounding Coins and numismatics, and even more troubling when politics and special interest agendas come into play. CoinWeeks’ good friend ,respected wordsmith and unequaled advocate for ancient coin collectors […]

By December 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins: The Eagles of Akragas

Ancient Coins: The Eagles 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 which […]

Harlan J. Berk Ltd to Present Gemini XII Ancient and World Coin Auction January 11th

Harlan J. Berk Ltd to Present Gemini XII Ancient and World Coin Auction January 11th

Harlan J. Berk Ltd. is proud to present Gemini XII which will take place on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. in the Norse Suite at the Waldorf Astoria in association with the 43rd annual New York International Coin Fair. The auction has a total of 537 lots and is comprised of extraordinary ancient […]

By November 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins: The Sacred Stone of Kaunos

Ancient Coins: The Sacred Stone of Kaunos

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 classical […]

Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series By Mike Markowitz…. In 2007, Canada captured a world record by producing five examples of a 100 kilogram gold piece (220.5 pounds, or a bit over 3215 troy ounces). It was 53 centimeters in diameter (21 inches) and three centimeters thick, denominated at one million Canadian dollars. “Why did the Royal […]

By November 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 mints […]

This Little Piggy Went to Market: Boars, Hogs, Sows and Piglets on Ancient Coins

This Little Piggy Went to Market: Boars, Hogs, Sows and Piglets on Ancient Coins

Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   Intelligent, adaptable and omnivorous, pigs have long been companions to humans. We know from cave paintings that Palaeolithic hunters pursued wild boars. The earliest evidence for the domestication of pigs dates from about 8000 BCE (Larson). Even though it is surrounded by many cultural and […]

Ancient Coins: The Most Famous Coin of Antiquity

Ancient Coins: The Most Famous Coin of Antiquity

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 prosperity, […]

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 eight 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. […]

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 […]

193: The Year of Five Emperors

193: The Year of Five Emperors

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   The Death of Commodus IN RIDLEY SCOTT’S FILM GLADIATOR (2000), demented emperor Commodus (played by Joaquin Phoenix) is slain in the Colosseum by mortally-wounded general-turned-gladiator Maximus (Russell Crowe). In the closing scene, we are left to imagine that wise Senator Gracchus (Derek Jacobi) and lovely princess […]

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 Scots 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 Sestertius 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 […]

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 […]

 
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