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Possibly 2nd Known Ancient Roman Gold Aureus of Vespasian on MA-Shops

Possibly 2nd Known Ancient Roman Gold Aureus of Vespasian on MA-Shops

By CoinWeek ….   On MA-Shops.com, Dutch coin dealer Munthandel G. Henzen is currently offering what is possibly only the second known example of a rare gold aureus from early in the reign of Roman emperor Vespasian (ruled 69-79 CE). Financing the Jewish War The coin was minted in Antioch on the Orontes, an important […]

Heritage ANA Platinum Night to Feature World Coins, Ancient Roman Gold

Heritage ANA Platinum Night to Feature World Coins, Ancient Roman Gold

Since Heritage’s first ANA showcase offering of world and ancient coins in 2014, the Platinum Night auction has been a marquee event for lovers of rare and beautiful coins. With nearly 500 exceptional lots from every era and region, this year’s offering, scheduled for Thursday, August 3, adds luster to this legacy. Their selection of […]

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

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 […]

Why Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins Wrong

Why Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins Wrong

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   I have endured what no one on earth has endured before. I kissed the hands of the man who killed my son. I loved my boy from the moment he opened his eyes until the moment you closed them. Let me wash his body. Let me […]

Dogs on Ancient Coins

Dogs on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t never caught a rabbit, and you ain’t no friend of mine. –Elvis Presley, 20th-century American philosopher, covering Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog” […]

Heritage Auctions: Record Prices at Inaugural CCE World & Ancient Coins Event

Heritage Auctions: Record Prices at Inaugural CCE World & Ancient Coins Event

1826 British Proof Set sells for $282,000 to lead $6.38 million auction One of the most fancied proof sets in British numismatics starred in Heritage Auctions’ CCE World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction. The 11-piece 1826 George IV Proof Set brought $282,000 USD, establishing a new record price for the set. Over 2,800 lots sold […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Jewish War

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Jewish War

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   The other practices of the Jews are sinister and revolting, and have entrenched themselves by their very wickedness. Wretches of the most abandoned kind who had no use for the religion of their fathers took to contributing dues and free-will offerings to swell the Jewish exchequer; and other […]

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek ….   Ancient Coin Series THE NIGHT SKY WAS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT to ancient people. This can be hard for us to understand, living as we do in a world where light pollution denies us a clear view of the stars. What people saw in the sky – or thought they […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spink: A Selection of Fine World Coins, Medals at NYINC

Spink: A Selection of Fine World Coins, Medals at NYINC

As we have just finished celebrating Spink’s 350th anniversary in 2016, we look forward to 2017 and all it has to bring. We also wish our clients another fun and successful year of collecting! We dedicate to them three NYINC auctions which will take place on January 13 and 15 at the Waldorf Astoria in […]

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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 […]

Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins: Domitian, Last of the Twelve Caesars

Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins: Domitian, Last of the Twelve Caesars

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers ……   The January New York International (NYINC) Auction features some fantastic world and ancient numismatic treasures from a multitude of realms. Among Roman coinage we have some fantastic pieces, including this lovely aureus from Domitian, the final entrant in Suetonius’ famed “Twelve Caesars”. Son of […]

Gadoury Auction of World Gold Coins Set for Monaco Dec. 3, 2016

Gadoury Auction of World Gold Coins Set for Monaco Dec. 3, 2016

Gold: from Ancient Times to the Present Day – featuring almost 100 $20 Liberty Head US Gold coins including many from Carson City. In the upcoming Gadoury Auction on December 3, 2016 a large collection of world gold coins will be auctioned off. Thematically, the spectrum ranges from Republican aurei to an almost complete series […]

Philosopher King:  The Coinage of Marcus Aurelius

Philosopher King: The Coinage of Marcus Aurelius

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. –The Meditations, 2:1 OF ALL THE ROMAN EMPERORS, Marcus Aurelius […]

Künker Auctions: 300,000 Euros for Roman Aureus on Defeat of Judaea

Künker Auctions: 300,000 Euros for Roman Aureus on Defeat of Judaea

In the Künker Fall Auctions week, spectacular results were achieved: 300,000 euros for an aureus of Vespasian featuring defeated Judaea, 42,000 euros for a Polish reichstaler or 48,000 euros for 4 ducats of the Great Elector. And these are only a few examples   5,700 lots with a total estimate of 8.2 million euros were […]

Rare Roman Gold Coin Found at Mount Zion Archaeological Dig

Rare Roman Gold Coin Found at Mount Zion Archaeological Dig

By University of North Carolina – Charlotte …..   UNC Charlotte’s team that has conducted archaeological excavations on Mount Zion in Jerusalem announced the discovery of a rare gold coin bearing the image of the Roman emperor Nero. “The coin is exceptional, because this is the first time that a coin of this kind has […]

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. […]

New Ancient, World Coins from Atlas Numismatics – September 2016

New Ancient, World Coins from Atlas Numismatics – September 2016

By Atlas Numismatics ……   New Inventory These seven coins are just a sample of the 713 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material in Ancient (60), World (647) and US (6). Berend Plate Coin http://atlasnumismatics.com/1038377 This and the following images courtesy of Atlas Numismatics 1038377 | GREEK. SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I. […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of Julius Caesar

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of Julius Caesar

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he is grown so great? –Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 What makes Caesar so Great? PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHING ELSE about ancient history recognize the name Julius Caesar but might be hard-pressed to say what he ever […]

Heritage Signature Auctions: 4,300 World Coin Lots up for Bidding in Long Beach

Heritage Signature Auctions: 4,300 World Coin Lots up for Bidding in Long Beach

Heritage’s Long Beach World & Ancient coins Signature auction, scheduled for September 8-12, is open for bidding! Although it feels like the final hammer just fell on our August Platinum Night auction, we’ve managed, with the help of more than 270 consignors, to amass over 4,200 lots for your bidding consideration. Like our Long Beach […]

Stack’s Bowers August ANA Sale of World and Ancient Coins Realizes $4.89 Million

Stack’s Bowers August ANA Sale of World and Ancient Coins Realizes $4.89 Million

Warm sunny weather greeted attendees to the annual ANA convention last week as they brought spirited bidding to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money. The World and Ancient coins sessions realized nearly US$4.9 million (including the standard buyer’s premium) as part of the overall Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA […]

World Records – The Most Expensive Roman Gold Coin Ever Sold at Public Auction

World Records – The Most Expensive Roman Gold Coin Ever Sold at Public Auction

As one of the largest surviving Roman gold medallions, this piece is one of only two known. circa 308 CE Eight-Aureus Gold Medallion On April 5, 2011, the auction firm Numismatica Ars Classica  sold a rare Roman gold aurei medallion, which established what auction officials claimed was a new world record price. The Auction which […]

World Coins – Baldwin & Sons Summer 2016 Fixed Price List

World Coins – Baldwin & Sons Summer 2016 Fixed Price List

A H Baldwin & Sons are delighted to announce the release of the latest installment in our Fixed Price List series, available on-line from 19 July 2016 and in catalogue form soon thereafter Baldwin’s standing within the world of numismatics has never been higher, and this has allowed us to amass the largest selection we […]

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 Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: The Wandering Emperor’s Wife

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: The Wandering Emperor’s Wife

By Heritage Auctions …..   The Roman empress Vibia Sabina (83 CE – 136/137) was both the wife and second cousin, once removed, of Roman emperor Publius Aelius Hadrianus (Hadrian). The path that took her to that exalted perch, and put her face on our gold coin, was long and winding. Sabina’s mother was Salonina Matidia, […]

 
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