Seven Ancient Gold Islamic Coins Found in Israel

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ....   On Sunday, December 29--the fourth night of Hanukkah--the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced the discovery of seven Islamic gold...

Outstanding Ancient and World Coins at Heritage New York International Auction

As we usher in the beginning of a new decade, it is apparent that the international numismatic market is more vibrant than ever, including...

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

Ancient Coin Collecting by Joe Jaroch - Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ......   Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a...

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...

Between Text and Objects: Ancient Coins and the “Periplus of the...

The American Numismatic Society Presents a Lecture with Dr. Shailen Bhandare on Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Between Text and Objects: Coinage and the “Periplus...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Kushan Empire

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   During the first centuries of the Christian era, a vast inland empire stretched across Central Asia under the name Kushan....

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...

CoinWeek IQ: An Introduction to Ancient Indian Punch Mark Coins

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek .....   Ancient coinage developed in three primary, distinct traditions. We all know one of them: the Greek tradition of struck...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Earliest Russian Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   SINCE ANCIENT TIMES, RUSSIA'S great rivers have served as trade routes, sending Baltic amber, luxury furs, beeswax, honey, and...

When It Comes to Ancient Coins, How Old Is Old Enough...

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coins Collecting Blog ......   The classification of cultures generally tracks along two interrelated lines: chronological and geographical. For centuries, collectors struggled...

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...

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...

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...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Ancient Coinage of Armenia

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The Armenians have been described through the centuries as adaptable, resilient, enterprising and steadfast. How they managed to survive...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Ancient Coinage of Yemen

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The ancient coinage of Southern Arabia is one of the most obscure branches of numismatics. In origin it is...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Lions on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Hektor came on against them, as a murderous lions on cattle who in a low-lying meadow of a great marsh...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Ancient Coins Under $100

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Aren’t they very expensive? Along with How do you know they’re authentic?, this is probably the most common question that...

Ancient Coin Collectors Guild Continues Fight Against Coin Seizure

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ....   Until the early years of the 21st century, it was relatively easy and completely legal for an American collector...

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...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Collecting Ancient Weights

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest...

CoinWeek Ancients Series: War as Depicted on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   FOR MUCH OF HUMAN HISTORY, warfare has absorbed our resources, energy and creativity. War is much older...

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek .....   THE NIGHT SKY was especially important to ancient people. This can be hard for us to understand, living as...

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,...

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...

Coins and Panetta’s Biggest Fear

By Wayne Sayles - Ancient Coin Collecting Blog .....   In today's Washington Post, on page 19, columnist George Will (one of my favorite people)...

Ancient Coins: Affirmation of Audacity

By Wayne Sayles - Ancient Coin Blog .....   During the period from July 2004 through August 2007 the numismatic community, by way of the Ancient...

The Whole Cultural Record

By Wayne Sayles - Ancient Coin Collecting .....   In the latest issue of Archaeology magazine (Nov-Dec 2010) AIA President Brian Rose proposes an intriguing professional...

Ancient Coins: The Yin and Yang – A Smorgasbord of Views...

This week I was treated to a smorgasbord of views on cultural property from members of the archaeological and collecting communities. On Tuesday morning, I...