Tag: Ancient coins

Harlan J. Berk Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Back to Their Customers

Harlan J. Berk Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Back to Their Customers

By CoinWeek….   Harlan J. Berk is a Chicago-based family-owned rare coin business that specializes in ancient coins, antiquities, world coins, U.S. coins, and maps. Hear the Harlan J. Berk story on The Distance Podcast. For 10 years, Harlan J. Berk has been rewarding its most loyal customers with something all numismatists can appreciate… more money to […]

The Melissa Silver Coin of Ephesus

The Melissa Silver Coin of Ephesus

The 203 B.C. to 133 B.C. Ephesus Silver Drachm with Bee obverse, Stag and Palm Reverse By Gibraltar Coins and Precious Metals, Inc. ……… The Coin The first coins of Ephesus featured Bees (Melissae in Greek), dating to as early as 600 B.C.!  This coin was minted sometime in the 2nd Century B.C., estimated 202  […]

CoinWeek IQ: Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins All Wrong – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins All Wrong – 4K Video

Costume dramas have long been a staple in cinema, drawing audiences into worlds far removed from the present day. Some of the most popular films and shows of this genre are set in the ancient world. But how historically accurate are these productions when it comes to numismatics? Not very, says CoinWeek Ancient Coin expert […]

Rarities and Treasure Find of Obing, Bavaria in Numismatik Lanz Coin Auction

Rarities and Treasure Find of Obing, Bavaria in Numismatik Lanz Coin Auction

The upcoming Numismatic Lanz sale of December 7, 2015 focuses on ancient coins. Nevertheless, world coins are also well-represented featuring spectacular objects. Let’s only mention the Obing treasure containing about 950 coins which will be offered for sale en bloc. 675 lots will come under the hammer at Auction 161 of long-standing coin house Numismatik […]

By November 24, 20150 Comments Read More →
Atlas Numismatics Publishes their Newest Fixed-Price List

Atlas Numismatics Publishes their Newest Fixed-Price List

Atlas Numismatics has updated their website with 380 new coins, medals, and tokens at fixed price. Selections include the following items: Fine Style Pergamum Stater 1033796 | GREEK. MYSIA. Pergamum. Struck after 336 BC. AV Stater. NGC MS (Mint State) Strike 4/5 Surface 5/5 Fine Style. 8.62gm. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / […]

By November 23, 20150 Comments Read More →
Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

By Geoffrey Cope – Petitioncrown.com ……..   “It was, in my eyes, the perfect coin” The Love of a remarkable ageless Sestertius of Agrippina Senior. Now given a new provenance Nov 2015 This Sestertius coin was a lone piece amongst 200 of the world’s finest Greek & Roman in an Auction at Sotheby’s in the […]

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor

Aureus 64-65, AV 7.27 g. NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ….   The name Nero holds a particularly sinister connotation due to how history remembers his cruel and self-indulgent tendencies. His reputation was equally negative during his reign, and the discontent came to a climax in 64 […]

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 […]

Atlas Numismatics Publishes their Newest Fixed-Price List

Atlas Numismatics Publishes their Newest Fixed-Price List

Stunning Prussia Proof 2 Mark Atlas Numismatics has updated their website with 344 new coins, medals, and tokens at fixed price. Selections include the following items: Lustrous Mint State Athenian “Owl” 1031987 | GREEK. ATTICA. Athens. Struck circa 440-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm. NGC MS (Mint State) Strike 5/5 Surface 5/5. 23mm. 17.20gm. Helmeted head of […]

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial – Antioch Tetradrachm of Augustus

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial – Antioch Tetradrachm of Augustus

Overview: This tetradrachm (a silver four-drachmae coin), issued around the year 2 BCE, is from the Greco-Roman city of Antioch-on-the-Orontes in what is now southern Turkey. In 31 BCE, the forces of Octavian, great-nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar, had defeated the forces of Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium, one […]

Ancient Greek Coins – New Style Athens Tetradrachm

Ancient Greek Coins – New Style Athens Tetradrachm

Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. New Style Coinage, circa 154-153 BC by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC…. Athens was once immensely powerful and independent, but its invincibility was ultimately disproved. It was conquered first by Sparta, then by Macedonia, and eventually by Rome. Athens’ value was well understood, and it was allowed to remain […]

Atlas Numismatics Publishes their Newest Fixed-Price List

Atlas Numismatics Publishes their Newest Fixed-Price List

Atlas Numismatics has updated their website with 985 new coins, medals, and tokens at fixed price. Selections include the following items: Lustrous Choice Mint State Tralles Cistophorus 1032232 | GREEK. LYDIA. Tralles (Tralleis). Struck after circa 133 BC. AR Cistophorus. NGC Ch. MS (Choice Mint State) Strike 5/5 Surface 5/5. 12.59gm. Cista mystica within ivy […]

By September 30, 20150 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins –  Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

Ancient Coins – Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

NGC Ancients has certified a previously unknown denarius of Nerva By David Vagi, Director, NGC Ancients ……   About two years ago NGC Ancients shared the discovery of a new type of silver denarius of Hadrian, who ruled the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 CE. That coin had been submitted for grading and we […]

Ancient Greek Coins – The Enigma of Oinoanda

Ancient Greek Coins – The Enigma of Oinoanda

by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC…. Oinoanda, an ancient Greek city located in the upper valley of the Xanthus River, was built on the top of a high mountain in the ancient province of Lycia, now modern southwest Turkey. Little is known of the early history of the settlement in spite of several […]

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Athenian New Style Tetradrachm

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Athenian New Style Tetradrachm

Overview: The new style of Athenian “owl”–so-called due to the iconic image of Athena’s owl on the reverse–originated in a Greece newly conquered by the Romans. While retaining a profile of the Greek goddess Athena on the obverse and an owl (one of her symbols) on the reverse, several elaborate additions had been made to […]

Charles Morgan Describes MA-SHOPS.com – Video: 4:25

Charles Morgan Describes MA-SHOPS.com – Video: 4:25

MA-SHOPS.com is a European online marketplace that brings together dealers from across the continent. CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan gave the site a try, ordering a coin online, and files this report on his experience and whether U.S. collectors should give it a try.   Copyright © CoinWeek September 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source […]

Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. COMPARED TO COINS, POSTAGE STAMPS are a very modern invention. The first British stamp, the “Penny Black”, dates from 1840; the first American stamps appeared seven years later. Like coins, postage stamps have long attracted the passion of collectors, including King Farouk of Egypt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and […]

Künker Fall Auction Sale Week: Six Auctions, About 7,600 Lots, Many Special Collections

Künker Fall Auction Sale Week: Six Auctions, About 7,600 Lots, Many Special Collections

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann for Künker….   Over the course of six days, the city of Osnabrück will witness a spectacular event when nearly 7,600 lots of superb numismatic items with a total estimate of more than 10 million euros will cross the auction block. The sessions will be composed of a wide range of […]

Ancient Greek Coins – A Celebrated Naval Victory

Ancient Greek Coins – A Celebrated Naval Victory

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Antigonus III Doson was the King of Macedon from 229 to 221 BCE, 94 years after the death of Alexander the Great. His predecessor, Demetrius II, died in battle when his heir, Philip V, was only nine years old. Because of the volatile political situation, the […]

Bunny Money: Rabbits and Hares on Ancient Coins

Bunny Money: Rabbits and Hares on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE LEPORIDAE ARE A FAMILY OF MAMMALS, including some 60 species of rabbits and hares. With a wide range of symbolic associations (good luck, fertility, cleverness, swiftness, et al.), the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and hare (Lepus europaeus) have a long history in Western art, mythology and […]

Ancient Coin Profiles – Portrait of Alexander the Great

Ancient Coin Profiles – Portrait of Alexander the Great

Macedonia, Philip II, struck under Philip III; Kolophon, c. 322 BC, Stater By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC…. With no mass media, ancient coins functioned as powerful tools for propaganda due to their portability and potential to circulate widely. Rulers would carefully choose their types and each element of the designs of their […]

Monster:  The Coinage of Caligula

Monster: The Coinage of Caligula

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Oderint, dum metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear). — Caligula THE ANNALS OF THE ROMAN HISTORIAN TACITUS (56 – 117 CE) survived in one damaged medieval manuscript at the Monte Cassino monastery[1]. The section covering the reign of Emperor Caligula is missing, and we […]

The ‘‘Twelve Caesars’’ Ancient Gold Coin

The ‘‘Twelve Caesars’’ Ancient Gold Coin

By Adam Crum – Monaco Rare Coins…….. Since historical significance adds to numismatic value, you could argue that ancient gold coins from the era of the Roman Caesars should be priceless. Even as children, we recognize the name Julius Caesar as the first in a long line of dictators of arguably the most historically-impactful empires […]

Atlas Numismatics Publishes Newest Fixed-Price List

Atlas Numismatics Publishes Newest Fixed-Price List

By Atlas Numismatics….   Atlas Numismatics has updated their website with 165 new coins, medals, and tokens at fixed price. Selections include the following items: Superb Athenian Owl 1017699 | GREEK. ATTICA. Athens. Struck circa 440-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm. NGC MS✭ (Mint State ✭) Strike 5/5 Surface 5/5. 17.18gm. Helmeted head of Athena right / […]

Ancient Coins of Cyprus

Ancient Coins of Cyprus

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   ON A CLEAR DAY, it’s just possible to see the Turkish shore 40 miles (64 km) away from Cape St. Andreas[1] at the northeastern tip of Cyprus. The third-largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia, Cyprus was settled in the ninth millennium BCE–possibly even […]

Ancient Coins – Herakles’ Slaying of the Nemean Lion

Ancient Coins – Herakles’ Slaying of the Nemean Lion

MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC…. The early Macedonian kingdom did not have sufficient access to mines to be able to mass-produce influential coinage. However, when Philip II rose to power in 359 BC, he recognized the importance of mining and prioritized the […]

NGC Ancients: The Third Side of the Coin

NGC Ancients: The Third Side of the Coin

By David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients…. The edge of an ancient coin may hold often-overlooked clues about the coin’s life and times. At NGC Ancients we examine the “third side” of all ancient coins. Though the edge bears no designs original to the coin, viewing it is an important aspect of the evaluation process […]

Agora Ancient Coin Auction #36 Now Live

Agora Ancient Coin Auction #36 Now Live

By Agora Auctions….   Agora Auctions sale #36 is live and so is the dedicated Spartan numismatic sale #68. The sale starts at noon on July 14 and starts he same day. Spartan is not using the buy/bid format used in previous catalogs for this sale. This change has allowed them to significantly lower the […]

New Book on Kushan Coins Available from the American Numismatic Society

New Book on Kushan Coins Available from the American Numismatic Society

A long-awaited publication from The American Numismatic Society (ANS), Kushan, Kushano-Sasanian, and Kidarite Coins, is now available for sale. The 322-page hardcover catalogue with 79 full-color plates, a work by David Jongeward and Joe Cribb with Peter Donovan, presents all of the Kushan coins in the ANS collection and provides detailed descriptions, selected illustrations, and […]

Natural Untouched Imperial Roman Bronze Coins

Natural Untouched Imperial Roman Bronze Coins

Coins are Art, perfection is in the eye of the beholder. An Imperial Bronze coin exemplifies the skill of a ‘master’ engraver, such wonders are pieces of beauty that will last in history forever. There are coins that create dreams when you see them and as you touch them, they speak to you “I am […]

 
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