Ancient Coin Profiles: Byzantine Empire – Manuel I Aspron Trachy

Overview In 1092 CE, the Byzantine emperor Alexius I Comnenus enacted sweeping coinage reforms. He stopped production of previous denominations and introduced five new ones:...
Sikyon AR Stater. Circa 350-330 BC. Chimaera

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

By Russell A. Augustin - AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus and was known in antiquity for its industries,...
Ancient Greek Coins - The Eagles and Coinage of Akragas

Ancient Greek Coins – The Eagles and Coinage of Akragas

Ancient Greek Coins by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   From the Colosseo Collection ......   Akragas was a wealthy and powerful Greek state on...

Ancient Greek Coins – Philip II the King of Macedonia

Ancient Greek Coins by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The Colosseo Collection   Philip II was the father of Alexander the Great and the...

Ancient Coin Profile – The First Facing Portrait of a King

Ancient Coins - LYCIA. Dynasts of Lycia, Perikles (c.375-360 BCE), Silver Stater   Ancient Coin Profiles by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ...... Lycia was...

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...

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Athenian New Style Tetradrachm

New Tetradrachm Overview The new style of Athenian "owl"--so-called due to the iconic image of an owl on the reverse--originated in a Greece newly conquered...
Ancient Coins - The Sacred Stone of Kaunos Coinage

Ancient Coins – The Sacred Stone of Kaunos Coinage

Kaunos Coinage By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The Colosseo Collection ......   Kaunos was a prominent trading center in Asia Minor alongside Lycia and...
Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece - Theban Silver Stater

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Theban Silver Stater

Overview Thebes Thebes was one of the major cities of ancient Greece, and for a brief time it was the preeminent power in the Greek world....
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....
Ancient Coins - The Most Famous Coin of Antiquity - the Athenian Owl

Ancient Coins – The Most Famous Coin of Antiquity – the Athenian Owl

The Athenian Owl by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The Colosseo Collection ......   Athens was a great military power in ancient Greece and...
Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

Ancient Coins By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The Colosseo Ancient Coins Collection .........   The Beginning of Coinage Shown with expressive and diverse imagery...

The Grandeur That Was Rome – The Secular Games of the Circus Maximus

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The Secular Games at the Circus Maximus were some of the largest and most memorable celebrations...
Ancient Roman Coins - The Loyalty of Sextus Pompey

Ancient Roman Coins – The Loyalty of Sextus Pompey

Roman Coin - Sextus Pompey; 42-40 BCE, Denarius   By Russell A. Augustin - AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The title used on this Roman coin, praefectus...

Ancient Greek Coins – The Tumultuous History of Kamarina

Ancient Greek Coins of Kamarina by Russell A. Augustin - AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The history of Kamarina, a port city on the southern...

Ancient Roman Gold Coin – Faustina, Wife of Marcus Aurelius

Ancinet Roman Gold Coin - Aureus of Faustina Junior, wife of Marcus Aurelius Roman Gold Coin By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Annia...

Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

A remarkable ageless sestertius of Agrippina the Elder, now given a new provenance   By Geoffrey Cope - Petitioncrown.com ........   “It was, in my eyes, the perfect...

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,...

Ancient Coins – A Celebration of Music With a Greek Kithara or “Guitar”

Olynthus, 355-352. Chalcidian league, 432-348. Tetradrachm, silver Ancient Greek Kithara or "guitar" - the reverse depicts a kithara from which the word “guitar” is derived. The...

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial – Antioch Tetradrachm of Augustus

Overview: This tetradrachm (a silver four-drachmae coin), issued around the year 2 BCE, is from the Greco-Roman city of Antioch-on-the-Orontes in what is now southern...

Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Octavian. Gold Aureus (7.8g) minted at Rome, 32-31 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Octavian was the son of Julius Caesar's niece...

Ancient Gold Coin Profiles – Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Ancient Gold Coin - Mysia, Cyzicus. Hekte circa 500-450 By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Cyzicus was one of the great trade cities...

Ancient Greek Coins – Tetradrachm Celebrates Naval Victory by Doson

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Tetradrachm Celebrates Naval Victory by Doson Antigonus III Doson was the king of Macedon from 229 to...
Athens AR Tetradrachm. New Style Coinage, circa 154-153 BC

Ancient Greek Coins – New Style Athens Tetradrachm

Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. New Style Coinage, circa 154-153 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Athens was once immensely powerful and independent,...
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,...
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...

Ancient Greek Coins – Agathokles’ Victory

Sicily, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BCE. Silver Tetradrachm By Russell A. Augustin - AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Agathokles was the last of the larger-than-life rulers of...
Ancient Coins by Russ Augustin - Distater, 336-323 BCE. Lifetime issue struck in Macedonia (Aigai). Head of Athena r. wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with coiled serpent, hair in tight ringlets. Rv. Nike standing l. holding stylis, thunderbolt to l., monogram to lower l. 17.23 grams. Price 191. Perfectly centered and well struck in high relief. Extremely Fine.

Ancient Coins – A Soldier’s Share of Alexander the Great’s Plunder

Ancient Coins by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Alexander the Great, born in the autumn of 356 BCE and taught by the...

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

Aureus 64-65, AV 7.27 g. NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The name Nero holds a particularly sinister connotation...

Athens Before the Owls: The Wappenmünzen Coins – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Thanks to rich silver deposits discovered at Laurion in Attica in 483 BCE, the abundant “owl” tetradrachms of Athens...