Snakes on Ancient Coins

Snakes on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   This reptile, as an image of divinity and of nature, is figured both in its natural shape, and under...
Ancient Coins - The Wealth of the Persian Empire

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,...
How Were Roman Serrate Coins Made and Why?

How Were Roman Serrate Coins Made and Why?

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   An interesting group of Roman Republican coins, serrati (saw-edged) denarii have proved to be an enigma for numismatists for...
Sassanian Silver Drachms

Sassanian Silver Drachms

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek .....   Ardashir V, King of Persis, defeated Artabanus IV, the last Shahanshah (“King of Kings”) of Parthia, at the...
Helmets on Ancient Greek Coins

Helmets on Ancient Greek Coins

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek .....   In this article, I want to cover some of the ancient Greek helmets that can be found on ancient...
CoinWeek Podcast #166: Beyond Greece and Rome

CoinWeek Podcast #166: Beyond Greece and Rome

 The CoinWeek Podcast is brought to you by PCGS. Check out PCGS’ new grading specials and take advantage of an exclusive offer to get...
Ancient Coins of the Kingdom of Sophene

Ancient Coins of the Kingdom of Sophene

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek .....   The Kingdom of Sophene is another one of those ancient countries that has not received very much attention from...
Künker Offers Ancient Greek, Roman and Celtic Coins in Spring Auctions

Künker Offers Ancient Greek, Roman and Celtic Coins in Spring Auctions

Künker Auctions 365-367 by Künker GmbH ......   The second part of Künker’s Spring Auction Sales is completely dedicated to antiquity. In addition to many collections...
Coins of the Persian Kings of Kings

Coins of the Persian Kings of Kings

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek .....   The Persians did not have a coinage system of their own until about 546 BCE when Cyrus the...
Collecting Ancient Coins

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

Ancient Coin Collecting by Joe Jaroch - Posted with Permission by AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like...
The Hole Truth: Ancient Coins That Were Pierced

The Hole Truth: Ancient Coins That Were Pierced

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Don’t buy damaged coins. They will be impossible to sell. This was some of the best advice...
The Ancient Celtic Coinage of Britain

The Ancient Celtic Coinage of Britain

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   FOR ANCIENT GREEKS and Romans, Britain was a mysterious land at the northern edge of the world. As...
Ancient Chinese Coins and the World's Oldest Mint

Ancient Chinese Coins and the World’s Oldest Mint

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   In early August 2021, Han Zhao and his team of Chinese archaeologists with the State University of Zhengzhou, announced...
The Archaic Smile on Ancient Coins

The Archaic Smile on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues, You can tell by the way she smiled... — Bob Dylan,...
The Gold Coins of Ancient Carthage

The Gold Coins of Ancient Carthage

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Phoenician traders first landed in northern Tunis and founded Qart-Ḥadašt or the “New City” in the second half of...
Music on Ancient Coins

Music on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   MUSIC IS MUCH older than civilization — it may be as old as language itself. The earliest...
Dating the Ancient Shekels of Tyre

Dating the Ancient Shekels of Tyre

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Much has been written by eminent numismatists and religious scholars on the biblical significance of the shekels of Tyre....

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: 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...
Top 10 Women on Coins, Part 2

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ....   Link to Part 1 5.) Irene of Athens Like much of the Middle Ages, the history of the...
CNG Auction 118 of World and Ancient Coins Tops $4 Million, Doubles Estimate

CNG Auction 118 of World and Ancient Coins Tops $4 Million, Doubles Estimate

Surging demand for quality Ancient and World coins pushed Classical Numismatic Group’s (CNG) Feature Auction 118, held September 13-14 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to over...
Trees on Ancient Coins - CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series, by Mike Markowitz

Trees on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   MOST ANCIENT PEOPLE lived close to nature. Long before they built temples of stone, they worshipped their...
Strong Lineup of Ancient and World Coins Feature at September CNG Sale - Happening Now

Strong Lineup of Ancient and World Coins Features at September CNG Sale – Happening...

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   As of Friday, August 6, 2021, Classical Numismatic Group’s (CNG) Feature Auction 118 has been open for online bidding....
Tempest Over a “Cheater’s Weight”

Tempest Over a “Cheater’s Weight”

By David Hendin for CoinWeek .....   A scientist need not be chastised for every error. Neither should every archaeologist, numismatist, or historian. But when the...
Ancient Electrum Coins: The Case for Manufactured Alloys

Ancient Electrum Coins: The Case for Manufactured Alloys

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   In 2016, archeologists discovered a small golden bead (3.175 mm, 0.148 g) while digging in the ancient village of...
Coinage in the Roman Provinces: ANS Conference Highlights, Part 3

Coinage in the Roman Provinces: ANS Conference Highlights, Part 3

By Lucia Carbone for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   Part 1 | Part 2 The third and final day of the conference, chaired by Joel Allen...
“Top Ten” Ancient Coins of 1974 Revisited

“Top Ten” Ancient Coins of 1974 Revisited

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The magazine Numismatic Scrapbook was published from 1935 to 1976 at Chicago by printer and collector Lee Hewitt (1911-1987)....
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...
Ancient Coins From the Jay M. Galst Collection: ANS

Ancient Coins From the Jay M. Galst Collection: ANS

By Peter van Alfen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   Over the course of 40 years of serious collecting, our friend and colleague Jay Martin...
Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   Many--probably most--coins do not have any inherent directionality in the images or legends on their two...