Obverse, Roman Gold Aureus of Julius Caesar. Image courtesy Atlas Numismatics

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Gold Aureus of Julius Caesar

Overview: Julius Caesar The Roman general and dictator Julius Caesar is still famous 2,061 years after his death, though most people are probably more familiar with...
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...

Ancient Coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Ancient Olympics - Elis, Olympia, 87th-90th Olympiad, 432-420 BCE. AR Stater Coins of the Ancient Olympics by Russell A. Augustin - AU Capital Management,...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Mark Antony’s Legionary Denarius

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Those very things that procured him ill repute bear witness to his greatness... Antony was thought disgraced by his...
Ancient Roman Coins - Vespasian Aureus Buried at Pompeii

Ancient Roman Coins – Vespasian Aureus Buried at Pompeii

Vespasian. 69-79 CE. AV Aureus - Rome Mint - Struck 70 CE   Aureus Buried at Pompeii by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Mt....

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°...

Questions and Answers About Coin Collecting Basics

By David Hendin for CoinWeek .....   Dear David (from Bill K.): How do I properly display my coins in a home or school? Are there...
Tyre Shekel

Graven Images and the Coins of Ancient Tyre

By David Hendin for CoinWeek ..... Silver shekels and half-shekels of Tyre were used by Jews in ancient Jerusalem to pay the annual Temple tribute...
The Rise and Fall of the Roman Sestertius

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Sestertius

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek .....   After the denarius, the sestertius is the second most commonly recognized coin of the Roman Empire (27 BCE -...

Prices and Coins in the Ancient World

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   When I was a kid, I walked to school both ways! When I was younger, movie tickets were only...
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....

NGC Ancients: Classic Greek Coins, Part I

NGC's David Vagi discusses the design varieties of select ancient Greek coins in this first of a multi-part series By David Vagi - Director, NGC Ancients...

The Byzantine Anonymous Follis – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   IN THE ANCIENT world, gold and silver were the coinage of the elite, but humble copper was the coinage...

Sea Creatures on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ANCIENT PEOPLE WHO lived around the shores of the Mediterranean were intimately familiar with the...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

By Mike Markowitz .....   Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed. That he is grown so great? -- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 Julius...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Nabataeans

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ...reat must have been the opulence of a city, which could dedicate such monuments to the memory of its...

NGC Ancients – Bronze Coinage of the Greek Kings of Ptolemaic Egypt

Choice and rare 'Bronzes' of ancient Egypt are eagerly sought by collectors   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   Egypt under the Greek 'Ptolemaic' kings and queens...

Grading Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   FEW TOPICS IN CLASSICAL numismatics provoke more ferocious argument than the grading of ancient coins. Among collectors of...
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Last Ancient Coin

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Last Ancient Coin

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   "What was the last ancient coin?" The question is unanswerable. There was no "last” ancient coin, just as there...

The Gaius & Lucius Denarius of Augustus – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   A BRILLIANT ORGANIZER and commander, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa engineered Octavian’s rise to supreme power in the waning days of...

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...
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm

Ancient Coins – Alexander the Great Tetradrachms and Herakles’ Slaying of the Nemean Lion

MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander the Great Tetradrachms (336-323 BC). AR Tetradrachms by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The early Macedonian kingdom did not have...
Roman Gold -Tiberius (AD 14-37). AV aureus

Ancient Roman Coins – The Tribute Penny – Render Unto Caesar What Is Caesar’s

Tribute Penny - Tiberius (14-37 CE). AV aureus ). Lugdunum, ca. 18-35 CE. The same type was also issued in silver, which became known as...
The Influence of Historic and Ancient Coin Designs

The Influence of Historic and Ancient Coin Designs

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   History is a continuum and time moves linearly. Generally, as time progresses, artistic and cultural trends evolve and build...

NGC Ancients: Late Roman Coin Reverse Types, Part 1

The reverse designs of late Roman coins typically feature military themes   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   Coins of the Late Roman Empire have a remarkable...

Roman Coins From the War Against Hannibal

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek .....   The Second Punic War began when the Carthaginian general Hannibal invaded Italy in 218 BCE. Hannibal ravaged Italy with...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Travels With Hadrian

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   IN THE ANCIENT world, travel was hazardous and uncomfortable, even for the elite. Yet remarkably, the Roman emperor Hadrian spent...

From Ancient to Modern – The Square-Holed Cash Coinage of China: MA-Shops

By Joël van Dam - Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com ......   Most collectors have seen these coins and there's a chance you might even have one...
Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ......   IN 2007, CANADA captured a world record by producing five examples of a 100-kilogram gold piece (220.5...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Ptolemies, Part I

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series  by Mike Markowitz .....   OF ALL THE successors of Alexander the Great, the family of Ptolemy, son of Lagos, was the most successful,...