Tag: bronze coins

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 […]

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 bridges, […]

Ancient Coin News – 2,000-Year-Old Roman Bronze Coins Found in Switzerland

Ancient Coin News – 2,000-Year-Old Roman Bronze Coins Found in Switzerland

Credit: Aargau canton archeology department   By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   A team of archaeologists in Switzerland are trying to make sense of a discovery that traces its origins back nearly two millennia. Somewhat strangely, a ceramic cooking pot filled with oil lamps and bronze coins was found during an effort to […]

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By Joe Jaroch –  Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ……….   Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the U.S. Mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s […]

NGC Ancients – Surface Quality Important for Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients – Surface Quality Important for Ancient Coins

By NGC Ancients …..   The evaluation of surface quality is paramount to establishing the overall quality of an ancient coin. Surface quality plays a significant role in establishing the desirability–and, hence, the value—of coins to collectors. For this reason, NGC Ancients evaluates the quality of a coin’s surface separately from its grade and strike. […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Two Heads Are Better Than One

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Two Heads Are Better Than One

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   THE RICH VOCABULARY OF NUMISMATICS has many terms to describe the things we see on coins. When a coin depicts two heads side by side, the usual description is “jugate busts”. The word derives from the Latin iuga, meaning “yoke”. Think of a pair of oxen yoked together. […]

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 3: Three Cent Pieces

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 3: Three Cent Pieces

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #351 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This is the third in a series on collecting U.S. patterns without spending as much as $5,000 USD on any one piece. Although patterns are not coins, some did circulate as coins and patterns are often collected along […]

NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

The traditional, narrow definition of the biblical Widow’s Mite is in need of revision The Biblical Widow’s Mite is among the most familiar, yet most mysterious, coins of antiquity. Truth be told, we don’t know exactly what it was. The best place to start is the New Testament, where the widow’s offering is described in […]

Certified World Coins – NGC Highlights in the Champion Summer Auction

Certified World Coins – NGC Highlights in the Champion Summer Auction

NGC-certified coins highlight Champion’s Summer auction, which will be held in Hong Kong on August 23 The Champion Summer Auction will be held on August 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong. The sale features coins from the Bowker East Asian Collection as well as items from the Chinese Family […]

Turtles and Tortoises on Ancient Coins

Turtles and Tortoises on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   A hare one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied, laughing: “Though you be swift as the wind, I will beat you in a race.” … On the day appointed for the race the two started together. The Tortoise never […]

Ancient Coins – Septimius Severus:  The African Emperor of Rome

Ancient Coins – Septimius Severus: The African Emperor of Rome

By Timothy O’Fallon ….  Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals ……..   In 193 CE, the Roman Praetorian Guard massacred the emperor, an ex-Senator by the name of Pertinax. Flush with the kill, they hoisted Pertinax’s severed head aloft on a lance, and announced to the crowds gathering before the Imperial palace that the throne was […]

Coins, Artifacts from Ancient Roman Shipwreck Found off Israeli Coast

Coins, Artifacts from Ancient Roman Shipwreck Found off Israeli Coast

Biggest find in Israeli territorial waters in the last 30 years By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA), with the support of the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation, has been very active in the ancient port city of Caesarea in recent years. Early in 2015, the IAA recovered the largest trove of […]

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 […]

Last Chance to Bid in Harlan J. Berk’s Ancient and World Coin Auction 195

Last Chance to Bid in Harlan J. Berk’s Ancient and World Coin Auction 195

By CoinWeek….   The good news? If you haven’t had a chance to do so, there’s still time to check out Harlan J. Berk, Ltd’s latest Buy or Bid Sale. The bad news? The sale closes today, October 29, at 4:00 pm Central Standard Time (5:00 pm EST). HJB’s Auction 195 features 580 lots of […]

Nine Ladies Dancing: The Muses on Ancient Coins

Nine Ladies Dancing: The Muses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Now let us begin with the Olympian Muses who sing for their father Zeus and delight his great soul, telling with harmonious voices of things past and present and to come. Sweet song pours from their mouths and never wearies; the house of their father Zeus the […]

A Talking Coin: A Fable of Ancient Rome

A Talking Coin: A Fable of Ancient Rome

By Geoffrey Cope…. History told through a collection and a coin An old man (a retired centurion) lives on a farm north of Rome in Italy. A farm where, almost two thousand years later, the family coin collection would be found. The year is 170 CE. The land was granted by Rome to a far […]

General Notes Regarding Classification of Australian Coin Types

General Notes Regarding Classification of Australian Coin Types

By Mark Duff for Strand Coins….   Mark Duff of Strand Coins in Sydney, Australia, provides an overview of the variety attributions for the “Benchmark Collection of Australian Pre-Decimal Coins” View the Benchmark Collection Gallery > Since the advent of currency, coins have reflected the progress of a nation, revealing in their designs and composition, the […]

Cleaned Copper May Be Challenging to Detect

Cleaned Copper May Be Challenging to Detect

Posted by David W. Lange, NGC Research Director This month Dave discusses the difficulty of detecting cleaned copper and bronze coins. My recent column on the mistaken perception held by many that old coin albums will still prompt attractive toning on coins today elicited a great deal of comment from both collectors and dealers. It […]

 
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