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 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,...

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...

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 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 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: 9 Solidi Medallion of Constantine the Great

Gold medallions were gifts produced for the Roman emperor to bestow upon high-ranking civilian and military individuals, as well as "foreign ambassadors and chieftains...

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 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 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...

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...

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 – 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 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),...

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...

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...

Coins of Herod the Great – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   IN BIBLICAL HISTORY and popular legend, Herod "the Great", Rome’s client king of Judaea from 40 to 4 BCE,...

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 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 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 Coin Profiles – Portrait of Alexander the Great

Macedonia, Philip II, struck under Philip III; Kolophon, c. 322 BC, Stater By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   With no mass media, ancient...

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...

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

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...

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

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

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 – 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 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,...

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:...

Ancient Coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

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

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;...