The Last Coins of the Roman Empire

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek .....   The Roman Empire began on January 16, 27 BCE when the Roman Senate conferred the titles Augustus and...

Ancient Coins: What About Spartan Coins ?

Spartans disdained many things that other ancient Greeks valued. One of these things was money, even coins.   CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   HUNDREDS...

Ancient Roman Coins: The Many Faces of Nero

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Born on December 15 in the year 37 CE, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus was not necessarily destined for greatness. He...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins, Aliens and UFOs

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   On the wall of his office in the FBI building’s basement, Special Agent Fox Mulder of the TV series...

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...

Being Wise About Owls: The Athenian Owl Tetradrachm

By Michael Beall .....   A version of this article originally appeared in the VNA Magazine   A large increase in the supply of any collectible is...

What Are Widow’s Mite Coins?

By Bullion Shark LLC ......   In the New Testament Gospels of Luke and Mark is one of the most famous passages of The Bible that...
The Crondall Hoard of Anglo-Saxon Gold Coins

The Crondall Hoard of Anglo-Saxon Gold Coins

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek .....   The Anglo-Saxons began striking coins in what was to become England around 600 CE. These early coins consisted...

World Records – The Most Expensive Roman Gold Coin Ever Sold at Public Auction

As one of the largest surviving Roman gold medallions, this piece is one of only two known. circa 308 CE Eight-Aureus Gold Medallion On April 5,...

Ancient Coins – The Wealth of the Persian Empire

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ...... The Colosseo Collection of Ancient Coins ...... Thanks to intelligent political leadership and forward-thinking approaches to governing,...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Guptas

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   IN INDIA'S LONG history, the Gupta Empire (c. 319 – 550 CE) is remembered as a golden age of...

Ancient Coins: Lydian Gold Considered First Coins in the World

Lydian coinage is considered among the very first coins ever produced and used   By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The Colosseo Collection ......   The...
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Coinage of Aksum, by Mike Markowitz

The Coinage of Aksum

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   FIVE DAYS MARCH inland from the Red Sea, on the hilly Tigray Plateau, stands the city of...
Weapons on Ancient Coins

Weapons on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   ANCIENT GREEK ARMIES fought mainly with the spear. Roman legions fought mostly with the sword. Persians fought...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying...

The Star and Crescent on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   OUR MOON IS solid, not transparent. So it is impossible for a star to appear between the...
Small Change: The Tiniest Ancient Coins

Small Change: The Tiniest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   “Parva Ne Pereant” IN 2014, THE British Royal Mint issued a gold proof 50p coin only eight mm...

NGC Ancients: Roman Coinage of Emperor Nero

The coinage of Nero spans his reigns as Caesar and emperor Nero is among the best-known of all Roman emperors – but not for good...
The Ancient Coins of Phanes - Michael T. Shutterly

The Ancient Coins of Phanes

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek .....   The first coins to be struck appeared c. 650 BCE in what is now western Turkey. These coins...

Coinage of the First Caliphate

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   BY THE BEGINNING of the seventh century CE, the lands of the Eastern Mediterranean had been ravaged...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Vikings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ON JUNE 8, 793, A BAND of Norse raiders sacked Lindisfarne, a monastery on the...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: 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...

Magnificent Syracuse Decadrachm Tops Heritage World & Ancient Coin Platinum Night Auction

SICILY. Syracuse. Time of Dionysius I (405-367 BC). AR decadrachm (33mm, 43.30 gm, 6h). Struck ca. 400-390 BC. Unsigned dies in the style of...

Reading Ancient Greek Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Perhaps one reason for the comparatively small interest in Greek coins in the country is the difficulty of understanding...
Anglo-Saxon Coins - Mike Markowitz

Coins of The Anglo-Saxons

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Britain After the Romans IN THE YEAR 410 CE, the Western Roman Emperor Honorius replied to the city...
Ancient Coins - Elephants on Ancient Coinage

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – 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...

Bad Money – Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Fake 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...
Macedonia, Philip II, struck under Philip III; Kolophon, c. 322 BC, Stater

Ancient Coin Profiles – Portrait of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great Macedonia, Philip II, struck under Philip III; Kolophon, c. 322 BCE, Stater Alexander the Great by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management,...
Ancient Coins and (Modern) Object Biographies

Ancient Coins and (Modern) Object Biographies

By Nathan Elkins for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   One way to study numismatic objects is through the lens of the anthropological/archaeological concept of object...

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,...