Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Imperial Silver Denarius – Caligula & Agrippina...

Overview: Caligula long ago entered the popular imagination as an archetype of the sadistic and depraved Roman emperor. From a distance of almost 2,000 years,...

Sibling Lovers: Four Royal Portraits on Popular Ancient Gold Coin from...

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

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Gold Coin of the Great...

By Lorie Ann Hambly for Heritage Auctions ......   Pompeia's pick this time is a departure from our usual run of Greco-Roman coins: A gold double-dinar...

Possibly 2nd Known Ancient Roman Gold Aureus of Vespasian on MA-Shops

By CoinWeek ....   On MA-Shops.com, Dutch coin dealer Munthandel G. Henzen is currently offering what is possibly only the second known example of a rare...

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

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

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Vetranio, Temporary Emperor

By Lorie Ann Hambly for Heritage Auctions ......   Vetranio (we do not know a first or family name) was born to humble parents in Moesia,...

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Kingdom of Macedon Gold Stater

Overview: Macedon The Kingdom of Macedon was considered a barbaric place by the cultivated Greeks of Attica (such as the Athenians) and the Peloponnese (such as...

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial Bronze Dupondius – Augustus and Agrippa...

Overview: Two intriguing aspects of this coin stand out upon first viewing. By far the most dramatic and alluring of the two is the crocodile...

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...

Ancient Coin Profiles: Silver Stater of Tarsus

Overview: Tarsus Tarsus was an ancient city located on the southern Mediterranean shore of Asia Minor in what is now modern Turkey. It was already ancient...

Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection .........   The Beginning of Coinage Shown with expressive and diverse imagery today, ancient coins started from...

CoinWeek Video Coin Profile: The Carthaginian 1 1/2 Gold and Silver...

Atlas Numismatics and CoinWeek offer a look into the world of ancient Carthage with this video coin profile of the Carthaginian 1 1/2 Shekel...

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 Coins – A Celebration of Music with a Greek “Guitar”

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

Ancient Coin Profile – The First Facing Portrait of a King

LYCIA. Dynasts of Lycia, Perikles (c.375-360 BCE), Silver Stater By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Lycia was a mountainous region in Anatolia with...

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: A Jewish War Shekel of...

By Lorie Ann Hambly for Heritage Auctions ......   One of the most important coins in this year's Platinum Night offering is also one of the...

Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Elis, Olympia, 87th-90th Olympiad, 432-420 BC. AR Stater By Russell A. Augustin - AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ......   One of the few ancient...

Ancient Coin Profiles: Carthaginian Gold & Silver 1 1/2 Shekel

Overview: Carthage At its peak, the ancient North African city of Carthage rivaled the Eternal City of Rome for military and economic control of the western...

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: The Wandering Emperor’s Wife

By Heritage Auctions .....   The Roman empress Vibia Sabina (83 CE – 136/137) was both the wife and second cousin, once removed, of Roman emperor Publius...

Ancient Roman Gold Coins – Faustina, Wife of Marcus Aurelius

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

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Elephants for Egypt – Ptolemy...

By Heritage Auctions ..... Ptolemy I Soter, founder of the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt, started out life as the son of the Macedonian nobleman Lagus;...

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Mourning Becomes Mark Antony

Click here for the First Antony Portrait denarius listing at the Chicago International Coin Convention (April 14-19) Signature Auction It would be too easy to...

Ancient Coin Profiles – Civic Badge of Cyzicus

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

Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

By Geoffrey Cope - Petitioncrown.com ........   “It was, in my eyes, the perfect coin” The Love of a remarkable ageless Sestertius of Agrippina Senior. Now...

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 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: the...

Ancient Coin Profiles: Greece – Athenian New Style Tetradrachm

Overview: The new style of Athenian "owl"--so-called due to the iconic image of Athena's owl on the reverse--originated in a Greece newly conquered by the...