Tag: Mike Markowitz

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Iconoclasts

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Iconoclasts

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them… — […]

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 […]

The Origin of Specie: How Gold and Silver Became Money

The Origin of Specie: How Gold and Silver Became Money

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   …And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver. –Genesis, 20:16 ABIMELECH, PHILISTINE KING OF GERAR, gravely offended the patriarch Abraham by trying to appropriate his wife, Sarah, having been led to believe that Sarah was actually Abraham’s sister[1]. […]

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 Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numismatourist Howard Berlin

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numismatourist Howard Berlin

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numismatourist Howard Berlin The CoinWeek Podcast won the 2016 NLG Award for Best Audio Program. If you’d like to help the podcast grow and continue to bring you in-depth and thoughtful interviews and news coverage, then leave us a five-star review on the iTunes store. You can also download all […]

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 […]

Queen Matilda, Platinum Eagle Proof Named Two of CoinWeek’s Best Coin Designs of 2016

Queen Matilda, Platinum Eagle Proof Named Two of CoinWeek’s Best Coin Designs of 2016

By CoinWeek …..   2016 may go down as one of the most captivating years for coin design in recent memory as Mints large and small combined to produce hundreds of designs for circulating and non-circulating coins. In a highly competitive vote, France’s one-ounce .999 gold Queen Matilda 200 euro coin has been named CoinWeek’s […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. “To declare that a forged coin is genuine is a mistake, but to declare that a genuine coin is a forgery is a crime.” –Leo Mildenberg (1913 – 2001)[1] FOR CLASSICAL NUMISMATISTS any discussion of fake ancient coins is… a delicate subject. Dealers worry that fear of fakes will […]

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 […]

CoinWeek Podcast #46: Ancient Coins – What We Can Learn. How Coins Changed Us.

CoinWeek Podcast #46: Ancient Coins – What We Can Learn. How Coins Changed Us.

CoinWeek Podcast #46: Ancient Coins – What We Can Learn. How Coins Changed Us. Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek Ancients Writer Mike Markowitz sits down with editor Charles Morgan in Baltimore at the 2016 Winter Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo to […]

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The Global War Against Collectors of Ancient Coins

The Global War Against Collectors of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   By including antiquities within the political construction “cultural property” nationalist retentionist cultural policies often claim all antiquities from beneath, or on the soil of lands within their borders as cultural property and of importance to their national identity, and their citizens’ collective and individual identities.[1] THERE IS A […]

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. […]

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 […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Merovingians – Coinage of the Do-Nothing Kings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Merovingians – Coinage of the Do-Nothing Kings

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   The Franks had little idea of the state as a public institution, and the regnum Francorum (kingdom of the Franks), while remaining a family inheritance, was inherited according to the rules of private law, divided on each occasion between the sons or nearest male relatives of the deceased […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Christianization of Roman Coinage

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Christianization of Roman Coinage

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   We speak sometimes of the Roman religion as though it possessed a firm basis, but in fact it was constantly changing, the gods melting away and being replaced by others (Hale, 73). Decline of Paganism BY THE BEGINNING OF THE FOURTH CENTURY CE, the religious life of the […]

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

The Fitzwilliam Museum – Cambridge, England 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 […]

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 […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of Pergamon

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of Pergamon

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   NOW AND THEN IN HISTORY, economic, political and social forces come together in just the right combination to make a particular city the dynamic locus of cultural creativity. We see this in Athens in the time of Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BCE), Florence during the Renaissance (c. 1350 […]

Far From Home:  Ancient and Medieval Coins that Traveled

Far From Home: Ancient and Medieval Coins that Traveled

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   MANY ANCIENT COINS circulated in a narrow area, sometimes just a single city-state of a few thousand inhabitants. But there were also long-distance travelers, coins that passed from hand to hand–perhaps for decades–reaching faraway lands in the saddlebags of warriors, the strongboxes of pirates and the […]

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   It has been said that archaeology stands on a foundation of potsherds, and it would be just as true to say that numismatics stands on a foundation of coin hoards. They provide us with the framework of our classification of ancient coins, and frequently a single […]

What Do Coins at Gravestones Mean?

What Do Coins at Gravestones Mean?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Perhaps you’ve seen coins placed on the gravestones at a cemetery before and wondered what the significance of this loose change was. There are many different traditions that involve coins, especially as it pertains to the deceased or those who have served in the military. Coin Rituals […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz ….   The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying a sack of gold could ride unharmed from one border of the nomad empire to the other. — Harold Lamb, Genghis Khan[1]: The Emperor of All Men, p. 112 The Rise […]

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 […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Horses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Horses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   MORE THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL (except perhaps the dog), the horse is beloved for its strength, intelligence, speed, loyalty and beauty. The earliest images of horses created by people appear on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France, dated to almost 30,000 years ago[1]. People first […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

By Mike Markowitz …..   Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed. That he is grown so great? — Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 Julius Caesar ARISTOCRATIC ROMANS USUALLY BORE three names. For example, Gaius Julius Caesar (born 13 July 100 BCE), son of Gaius Julius Caesar[1] (died 85 BCE) belonged to […]

CoinWeek’s Weekly News Roundup – March 4, 2016

CoinWeek’s Weekly News Roundup – March 4, 2016

By Coinweek ….   Here is a recap of some of the interesting, offbeat and other news items CoinWeek has come across this week. Brain Food 1.) The Evolution of Money Alex Hernandez, tech writer and founder of smartphone and computer technology site Techaeris.com, writes a brief introduction to the history of money and monetary […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Coinage of the Phoenicians

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Coinage of the Phoenicians

By the third millennium BCE, a unique culture was emerging on a narrow strip of the eastern Mediterranean coast that would have an enormous impact on Western civilization. CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   A SEMITIC PEOPLE, THE PHOENICIANS developed remarkable proficiency in shipbuilding, seafaring and trade, as the prophet Ezekiel (lived […]

Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   The trouble with the Second Persian Empire was that it was not an empire… And while the tradition … required that the king of kings should be a member of the royal house, it was not specific about which member, so that there was usually a war […]

 
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