NGC Ancients: Dates on Ancient Greek Coins

Many clues help narrow down the date ranges of coins minted more than 2,000 years ago At NGC Ancients, often we are asked: How do...

September Ancient & World Coin Inventory From Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics ......   New Inventory These six coins are just a sample of the 628 recent additions to our inventory. We have added new material...

Sibling Lovers: Four Royal Portraits on Popular Ancient Gold Coin from MA-Shops

By CoinWeek ....   The Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of Hellenistic Greeks from around to 305 BCE until the defeat of...

Heritage Ancient Coins: The Second Known Gold Magnesia Stater

Our upcoming Long Beach Auction of World and Ancient Coins features one of two known gold staters from Magnesia. This is a completely unrecorded...

CoinWeek: Cool Coins! 2017 Episode 4 – 4K Video

We bring to you the fourth episode of Cool Coins!, with four great coins from the bourse. Like Eisenhower dollars? This episode we have two...

Ancient Coins – A Rhodes, by Any Other Name: The Colossus of Helios

CARIAN ISLANDS. Rhodes. Ca. 229-205 BCE. AR tetradrachm (27mm, 13.64 gm, 11h). NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5. Rhodes was one of the great maritime cities...

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...

NGC Ancients: Sea Creatures on Greek Coins

An ancient people's reliance on the sea is reflected in money Finely engraved images of animals and mythic creatures are commonplace on ancient Greek coins....

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series: How Ancient Coins Were Made

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   BRICKS WERE PROBABLY the first mass-produced industrial product. Cast bronze arrowheads, produced by the millions, might well have been...

CoinWeek Ancients Series: War as Depicted on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   WAR IS MUCH older than coinage. For much of human history, warfare has absorbed our resources, energy,...

Why Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins Wrong

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   I have endured what no one on earth has endured before. I kissed the hands of the...

Dogs on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t nothing but a hound dog,...
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...
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...

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,...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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,...
Harlan J. Berk Ancient Coins Buy or Bid Sale

Ancient Coins – Harlan J. Berk’s Buy or Bid Sale #196

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   *All estimates and prices realized in US$ unless otherwise noted Since 1964, Chicago-based coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. has...

Heavier Metal: Ancient Coins Made of Lead

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   SOFT, DENSE AND dull, lead is an unattractive coining metal. Lead melts at only 327.5° C (621.5°...

The Melissa Silver Coin of Ephesus

The 203 to 133 BCE Ephesus Silver Drachm with Bee Obverse, Stag and Palm Reverse   By Gibraltar Coins and Precious Metals, Inc ......   The Coin The first...

Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   COMPARED TO COINS, postage stamps are a very modern invention. The first British stamp, the “Penny Black”,...

Bunny Money: Rabbits and Hares on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   THE LEPORIDAE ARE a family of mammals, including some 60 species of rabbits and hares. With a...

Rare Coins Spanning 2,500 Years Anchor ANA Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction

Aug. 12-17, 2015; held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association convention in Chicago   More than 2,500 years of human history, as told by some...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Decline and Fall of Macedon

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Abandoned finally by all, the king surrendered himself to the Romans. Brought before the consul’s council, the...

Coinage of Kyrene: A Greek City in Libya

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   THE JEBEL AKHDAR or “Green Mountains” of Libya stretches eastward from Benghazi for a hundred miles (160...

Ships on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   “We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well and live.” ...