Ancient Coins – A Celebration of Music with a Greek Kithara...

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 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 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,...

Ancient Coin Profiles – Goddess Tanit on Carthaginian Gold & Silver...

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 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...

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 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...

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 Athena's owl on the reverse--originated in a Greece newly conquered...

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,...

Coin Profile – The Owl of Athena (circa 449–413 BCE) Silver...

Silver tetradrachm coin depicting the owl of Athena (circa 449–413 BCE). The inscription "ΑΘΕ" is an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ, which may be translated as...

Ancient Coin Profile – Faustina the Elder Roman Imperial Gold Aureus

The Five Good Emperors and Antoninus Pius From about the end of the first century (96 CE) to near the end of the second (180),...

The Grandeur That Was Rome – The Secular Games of the...

By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ......   The Secular Games at the Circus Maximus were some of the largest and most memorable celebrations in antiquity....

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 Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

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

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...

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 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 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: 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 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...

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 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 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 Profile – Decimus Albinus: The “Other Brutus” Who Stabbed...

By Lorie Ann Hambly for Heritage Auctions ......   Decimus Postumus Albinus Brutus was at first a loyal adherent to the great dictator Julius Caesar. The...

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: 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...

The Salvation of Rome: Gordian III Ancient Gold Aureus at MA-Shops

By CoinWeek ....   Rome in the third century is a fascinating period for historians. It was a time of turmoil and encroaching chaos, but also...

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 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;...

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...