Tag: Greek Coins

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ancient Coins – A Soldier’s Share of Alexander the Great’s Plunder

Ancient Coins – A Soldier’s Share of Alexander the Great’s Plunder

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Alexander the Great, born in the autumn of 356 BCE and taught by the famous Aristotle, was one of the most successful military generals of all time, conquering a large part of Asia and ruling a kingdom that spanned from the Ionian sea to the Himalayas […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Zeus at Olympia

Ancient Greek Coins – Zeus at Olympia

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   As the Olympics became progressively more popular, the city of Elis sought to build a new, larger temple which was worthy of Zeus, the king of the gods. The project to build the Temple of Zeus began in 470 BCE and was completed in 456 BCE. […]

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus and was known in antiquity for its industries, including sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors: Thebes, Corinth, Athens, and Sparta. It was the main mint for the anti-Athenian states in the Peloponnesian War and issued […]

David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   With their natural grace and implied motion, Ships are among the most beautiful elements in the coin designs for nations around the globe and provide a wonderful collecting topic for beginning and advanced collectors. The appeal of a graceful Bahamian sloop or a smooth-sailing Fiji outrigger canoe in […]

Kolbe & Fanning Expand Online Numismatic Bookstore

Kolbe & Fanning Expand Online Numismatic Bookstore

Kolbe & Fanning have been augmenting their online bookstore, substantially expanding offerings of numismatic books for direct retail sale at fixed prices. Their online bookstore, on the main Kolbe & Fanning website at www.numislit.com, currently includes over 1350 titles spanning the entire world of numismatics. While many numismatists associate Kolbe & Fanning strictly with auctions, […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Philip II, King of Macedonia

Ancient Greek Coins – Philip II, King of Macedonia

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   The Colosseo Collection Philip II was the father of Alexander the Great and the youngest son of King Amyntas III. He took the throne in 359 BCE upon the death of his elder brothers, at a time when Macedonia was a poorly organized, economically insignificant, and […]

ANS Announces 2015 Archer M. Huntington Award Winner Arthur Houghton

ANS Announces 2015 Archer M. Huntington Award Winner Arthur Houghton

The Trustees of the American Numismatic Society have voted to award Arthur A. Houghton, III the 2015 Archer M. Huntington Award in recognition of his outstanding career contributions to numismatic scholarship. The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM at American Numismatic Society headquarters in New York City. The […]

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., […]

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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 BC. It was the first Greek city-state to see its gold coinage reach broad […]

Israel Recovers Ancient Coins Stolen from Site

Israel Recovers Ancient Coins Stolen from Site

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On December 31, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that it had recovered over 800 ancient coins from the house of a Beit Shemesh man who confessed to looting items from a local archaeological site. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was apprehended by border police while on […]

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 […]

Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …… One of the few ancient traditions to survive until the modern world is the Olympics. Occurring in the same four-year cycle today as in antiquity, they mark a time when differences are put aside and the world’s attention focuses on athletic competition between […]

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 […]

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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 religious taboos, […]

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 BC, Athens was brought into a golden age. During this period of prosperity, […]

The Ancient Coinage of Crete

The Ancient Coinage of Crete

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….  Labyrinths and Minotaurs and Bulls, Oh My! For the Ancient Greeks, Crete was a place of myth and legend. It was the birthplace of Zeus and the site of the Labyrinth. It was home to the Minotaur and the Cretan Bull. It was also the center of Minoan […]

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 […]

Ancient Coin Auction: Numismatic Rarities at Lanz

Ancient Coin Auction: Numismatic Rarities at Lanz

On 5 June 2014, Numismatik Lanz invites to attend its 158th auction sale at its office located at Maximiliansplatz 10 in Munich. The highlights are two coins of Phanes and the famous Brutus denarius depicting liberty cap and daggers. On 5 June 2014, more than 1,000 lots will be called out in auction sale no. […]

Gorny & Mosch Rare Coin Auction Highlights

Gorny & Mosch Rare Coin Auction Highlights

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann ………. Even though there were many remarkable results to be witnessed in the Gorny & Mosch rare coin auction sale conducted between 10 and 12 March 2014, one ought to be singled out: a set comprising four extremely rare gold coins from Czechoslovakia from 1938 that changed hands for 282,000 euros. Every […]

Ancient Roman Gold Coins Shine at Gorny & Mosch Auction

Ancient Roman Gold Coins Shine at Gorny & Mosch Auction

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann – CoinsWeekly.com ……. 57,500 euros for an aureus of Augustus, 80,500 euros for Septimius Severus and Otho, nearly 53,000 euros for Diocletian – right now, Roman gold reaches maximum prices.* In addition, the results for Greek and Roman coins were not to be sniffed at, either. Between March 4 and 7, […]

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By by Joe Jaroch – Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ………. Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the US 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 […]

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An Important Collection of Bracteates to be offered Dec. 10-11th by Numismatik Lanz

An Important Collection of Bracteates to be offered Dec. 10-11th by Numismatik Lanz

By Dr. Ursula Kampmann – CoinsWeekly.com From ancient coins to magnificent issues from the Middle Ages and Modern Era – Numismatik Lanz is presenting quite an extensive offering on December 10th and 11th. The splendid collection of coins from the Middle Ages is particularly impressive and truly something that no connoisseur should miss. On behalf […]

Morton and Eden to Sell Greek Coins Formerly in the Collection of Denyse Berend

Morton and Eden to Sell Greek Coins Formerly in the Collection of Denyse Berend

Important ancient Greek coins exhibited by a leading New York gallery in the 1980s and previously in the collection of Mme. Denyse Bérend, the renowned French numismatist, will be sold by specialist London auctioneers Morton & Eden later this month. Now in a private collection whose owner has consigned them to the November 14 sale, […]

Lot Highlights of the January 2012 Prospero Collection Auction

Lot Highlights of the January 2012 Prospero Collection Auction

Baldwins Formed over several decades by a collector with a passion for the arts and a discerning taste for outstanding examples of the most beautiful and famous ancient Greek coins, the Prospero Collection offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a group of coins of such magnitude, so meticulously sourced and so lovingly […]

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