Tag: Mike Markowitz

Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.” — attributed to Petronius, 1st-century Roman satirist AROUND 650 BCE, on the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea, coinage was invented. Very soon afterward, counterfeit coinage appeared, and it has been […]

al-Andalus: Coinage of Islamic Spain

al-Andalus: Coinage of Islamic Spain

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   But you know, Lieutenant, in the Arab city of Cordoba were two miles of public lighting in the streets when London was a village? —Prince Feisal, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The Muslim Conquest (711-732) THE VISIGOTHS, WHO HAD MISRULED SPAIN  for two centuries, were unpopular with their […]

By December 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Heavier Metal: Ancient Coins Made of Lead

Heavier Metal: Ancient Coins Made of Lead

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   SOFT, DENSE AND DULL, LEAD is an unattractive coining metal. Lead melts at only 327.5° C (621.5° F) – low compared to copper, which melts at 1,085° C (1,984° F) – so it is easily recycled. It’s also toxic, something that was not well understood in antiquity. […]

By December 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VIII: Coin with Image of the Menorah. Video: 3:57

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VIII: Coin with Image of the Menorah. Video: 3:57

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot, Producer. In this episode of Coins of […]

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 […]

By November 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Mike Markowitz: Ancient Coins for Beginners at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

Mike Markowitz: Ancient Coins for Beginners at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

By CoinWeek….   If you’ve ever been fascinated by the rich glamour and history of the ancient world but have yet to make the jump into Ancient Coins, then the Whitman Expo has just the presentation for you! Once again, CoinWeek is proud to announce that our resident Ancient Coin expert Mike Markowitz will be […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Power Couples and Princesses in Purple: Coinage of Byzantine Empresses

Power Couples and Princesses in Purple: Coinage of Byzantine Empresses

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   In the Byzantine empire power was technically vested in the emperor. Nevertheless, a number of empresses played an important part in government and even took control… Most commonly empresses came to power as regents for young sons, implying a fixed period of caretaker government until the young […]

ISIS Coin Operation Suffers Apparent Setback

ISIS Coin Operation Suffers Apparent Setback

By Coinweek News Staff…. According to an Agence French Press report published on October 7, 2015, Turkish authorities arrested six suspected members of the Islamic State on suspicion of trying to manufacture coins for use in ISIS-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria. The six men were arrested in Gaziantep, a city in Turkey’s southeastern territory, a […]

By October 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin Profiles: Byzantine Empire – Manuel I Aspron Trachy

Ancient Coin Profiles: Byzantine Empire – Manuel I Aspron Trachy

Overview: In 1092 CE the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnenus enacted sweeping coinage reforms. He stopped production of previous denominations and introduced five new ones: the gold hyperpyron (which served as the unit of account for the new money), the electrum aspron trachy, the billon (copper and silver) aspron trachy, the copper tetarteron, and the […]

By October 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she “has an eye for coins.” Someone with this remarkable ability can look at a tray of a hundred nearly identical pieces and unerringly pick out the three or four best […]

By September 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   On August 31, 2015 the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” or “Daesh”[1], which claims to be a new Islamic Caliphate[2], released a video announcing its first precious metal currency of gold dinars and silver dirhams. The ambitious stated objective of this coinage is to end the “American […]

By September 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By September 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

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 […]

Mike Markowitz to Discuss Ships on Ancient Coins at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

Mike Markowitz to Discuss Ships on Ancient Coins at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Historian. Military Analyst. Gentleman game designer. Numismatist. Author Mike Markowitz is many things, and one of those things happens to be CoinWeek’s resident expert on Ancient Coins. Twice monthly, CoinWeek has the privilege and the pleasure of bringing you the latest in his series of exploratory articles, covering the entire […]

By July 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 earlier–by […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Decline and Fall of Macedon

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Decline and Fall of Macedon

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Abandoned finally by all, the king surrendered himself to the Romans. Brought before the consul’s council, the king was peppered with questions by Paullus, but he stood in silence and wept and then flung himself on the ground as a suppliant for his life. Paullus lost his […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series –  The Paradox of Byzantine Silver

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Paradox of Byzantine Silver

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   The position of silver in the hierarchy of metals struck during the sixth century was a curious one. In the East, the currency in ordinary circulation consisted entirely of gold and copper. Though a number of silver coins of different types and modules have survived, they have […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part IX: Prutah of Pontius Pilate. Video: 2:52

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part IX: Prutah of Pontius Pilate. Video: 2:52

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot, Producer. In this final episode of Coins […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VII: Persian Gold Daric. Video: 3:22

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VII: Persian Gold Daric. Video: 3:22

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot, Producer. In this […]

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 […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VI: Graven Image on a Coins. Video: 4:00

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VI: Graven Image on a Coins. Video: 4:00

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part V: Coins from the Time of Hanukkah

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part V: Coins from the Time of Hanukkah

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

Coinage of Kyrene: A Greek City in Libya

Coinage of Kyrene: A Greek City in Libya

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE JEBEL AKHDAR OR “GREEN MOUNTAINS” OF LIBYA stretches eastward from Benghazi for a hundred miles (160 km) along the coast. With an average annual rainfall of 15-20 inches (375-500 mm), these limestone hills are the most forested region in North Africa. In ancient times, before centuries […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 4 (Thirty Pieces of Silver)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 4 (Thirty Pieces of Silver)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

CoinWeek Celebrates Its First 10,000 Facebook Fans

CoinWeek Celebrates Its First 10,000 Facebook Fans

By CoinWeek….   As of May 1, Coinweek now has 10,000 fans on Facebook   *Doing our best Sally Field impersonation* You like us, you really like us! It’s been a good year for us at CoinWeek.com. We’ve greatly expanded our reach and scope, and had a lot of fun doing it. Whether it’s breaking […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 3 (The Widow’s Mite)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 3 (The Widow’s Mite)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

By April 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ships on Ancient Coins

Ships on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   “We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well and live.” – Quintus Arrius, Ben Hur (1959) BY THE SIXTH CENTURY BCE, when coinage came into wide use in the Mediterranean world, ships had evolved to a high technical level. Most ships on ancient coins […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 2 (Farthings for Sparrows)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 2 (Farthings for Sparrows)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

By April 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 1 (Tribute Penny)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 1 (Tribute Penny)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer.   […]

 
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