Tag: Mike Markowitz

Ancient Coin Insights: Coinage of Parthia

Ancient Coin Insights: Coinage of Parthia

by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Parthian royal history (c. 247 BC – 228 CE) is a dismal record of sons murdering fathers, and brothers slaying brothers to seize a shaky throne. Yet for most of this era, Parthia provided reasonably efficient government to a population of Greeks, Persians and Arabs; tolerating Christians, Jews, Pagans, Zoroastrians […]

Whitman Expo – Baltimore Show Report, Part 2

Whitman Expo – Baltimore Show Report, Part 2

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. The second day of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo was so busy that it took me halfway through Saturday to coalesce all of my notes and gather my thoughts. For a supposedly “small” summer show, a lot happened on the second day. Here’s a rundown of the topics […]

Elephants on Ancient Coins

Elephants on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series 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 world because it […]

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series As collectors of ancient coins, one of the most Frequently Asked Questions we encounter is “Don’t these things belong in museums?” The answer, sometimes with a patient sigh, sometimes with a snort of derision, is an emphatic, “No!” The Dirty Little Secret is that museums hate ancient coins. Or, […]

Why Did Byzantine Coins Become Cup-Shaped?

Why Did Byzantine Coins Become Cup-Shaped?

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ……. Ancient Coin Series …… On March 27, 2014 the US Mint released its first curved coins: five-dollar gold, one-dollar silver and 50-cent copper-nickel clad proof commemoratives celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  The reverse shows the stitching of a baseball (convex side), while Cassie McFarland’s […]

Whitman Expo Baltimore Coin Show Report: Part 2

Whitman Expo Baltimore Coin Show Report: Part 2

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….  A CoinWeek field report from Whitman Expo Baltimore…. I’m writing this on Sunday, as the 2014 Spring Whitman Expo Baltimore Coin Show in Baltimore comes to a close. The show was well attended and busy throughout. Possibly even busier than last month’s ANA National Money Show in Atlanta. Thursday and Friday were marked […]

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