eBay Ancient and World Coins Selections
In our continuing series of curated highlights on eBay, we are pleased to offer up five new coin selections that span the ancient to modern eras. From Greece to the Central American Republic with both struck and hammered examples in gold and silver, we are please to offer up just a sample of some of the interesting and beautiful coins we found this week on eBay.
Let us know the ones you love or the ones you don’t.
Ancient Attica Athens 440-404 BC Athena Owl Tetradrachm Silver Coin NGC CH AU
eBay item number:352689799076
Helmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind.
The ancient Greek Tetradrachm from Athens is one of the most widely circulated coins of the ancient world. Known as the “Little Owl,” the coin was originally produced to finance construction of the Parthenon, but the prestige of Athens at the time ensured its dependable value and it quickly became one of the most accepted and circulated forms of coinage along international trade routes.
Struck 440-404 BC, this beautiful ancient Athenian Owl Silver Tetradrachm is certified Choice About Uncirculated, with an additional grading of 5/5 for strike and 5/5 for surface quality by NGC Ancients, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation’s (NGC) division of ancient coin grading experts. NGC rates Ancient coins based on the quality of a coin’s strike and surface on an ascending scale of 1 to 5. Having a Sheldon Scale equivalent of 55-58, this coin will have a few marks or abrasions, but very little sign of wear overall.
England Anglo Saxon Viking King Aethelred II Silver Penny S.1151 NGC MS62 Coin
eBay item number:264275209078
Æthelred II (Old English: Æþelræd, pronounced [æðelræːd]; c. 966 – 23 April 1016), known as the Unready, was King of the English from 978 to 1013 and again from 1014 until his death.
The chief problem of Æthelred’s reign was conflict with the Danes. After several decades of relative peace, Danish raids on English territory began again in earnest in the 980s.
Æthelred’s 37-year reign was the longest of any Anglo-Saxon king of England, and was only surpassed in the 13th century, by Henry III.
Size: Approx. 21mm
Weight: 1.64 gms
1835 NG M Central American Republic Silver 8 Real Reales Coin Rotation KM# 4
eBay item number:173933109830
These coins are known for their artistic design and beauty as well as their scarcity since The Central American Republic having gained independence from Spain only lasted approximately 20 years.
The confederation was comprised of Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.
Obverse: Five mountains, sun has large, full face
Reverse: Tree divides denomination
Melt Value: $11.88 (4/4/2019)
“French Angel” 1882-A France Republic 100 Francs Gold PCGS MS65
eBay item number:223456123891
The obverse is designed by the famous engraver Augustin Dupré. The guardian angel Genius is seen inscribing the French Constitution upon a tablet next to a pillar and the Gallic rooster (a French symbol).
The reverse displays the denomination (100 FRANC) and date encircled by a wreath. The words ‘LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE’ appear between the wreath and the rim. These are the national motto of France: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
This coin is extremely rare in this grade. PCGS pop of 6 and none higher, NGC pop of 3 and none higher.
PCGS # 158186
Date, mintmark 1882-A
Denomination 100 Fr
Variety Gad-1137 F-552
Holder Type Standard
Pop Higher 0
1464-70 PCGS Silver Groat 4P AU50 Great Britian S-2000 King Edward IV England UK
eBay item number:153427703024
The groat is the traditional name of a long-defunct English and Irish silver coin worth four pence, and also a Scottish coin which was originally worth fourpence, with later issues being valued at eightpence and one shilling.
Edward IV (28 April 1442 – 9 April 1483) was the King of England from 4 March 1461 to 3 October 1470, and again from 11 April 1471 until his death. He was the first Yorkist King of England.