CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   The Seleucid empire fell apart as things do – internal failures and others’ successes, inevitability and chance. The...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Part I | Part II Antiochus V & Timarchus When Seleucid king Antiochus IV died unexpectedly in 164 BCE, he left...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Part I Antiochus III When Seleucus III was poisoned by his officers in 223 BCE, his 18-year-old son, Antiochus, inherited an...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   MURDEROUS AND TREACHEROUS, the Seleucids, a Greek dynasty who ruled much of the Middle East from 312 to 64...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Heraclius: The Greatest Emperor You’ve Never...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series  by Mike Markowitz .....   Of the characters conspicuous in history, that of Heraclius is one of the most extraordinary and inconsistent. In the...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Ptolemies, Part III

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series  by Mike Markowitz .....   THE TRAGIC AND CHAOTIC last generations of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt were dominated by the growing power of...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Ptolemies, Part II

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series  by Mike Markowitz .....   Ptolemy IV Philopator (222 – 204 BCE) THE LONG DECLINE OF Ptolemaic Egypt began with the reign of Ptolemy IV,...

Ancient Coin Books: A Collector’s Reference Library for Classical Numismatics

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   The best advice this or any other coin collector ever got is, “Buy the book before you buy the coin.” For beginning...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying...

Medieval Numismatics: Coins of the Crusaders

Crusaders coins survive in surprising abundance and have much to tell us about this distant era, which has so many parallels to contemporary events. By...

Harlan J. Berk 206th Buy or Bid Sale: Ancient Coin Lots...

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   Harlan J. Berk has just launched its 206th Buy or Bid Sale. Comprising of 511 lots and focusing primarily on...

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,...

Ancient Coins: What About Spartan Coins ?

Spartans disdained many things that other ancient Greeks valued. One of these things was money, even coins.   CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   HUNDREDS...

What Were They Worth? The Purchasing Power of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series by Mike Markowitz.... Throughout the history of ancient coins  two contradictory concepts have competed with each other. According to one concept,...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins, Aliens and UFOs

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .... On the wall of his office in the FBI building’s basement, Special Agent Fox Mulder of the TV series...

Bad Money – Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Fake Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series on Ancient Counterfeiters by Mike Markowitz ....   Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur "The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived." --...

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...

Ancient Coins – Elephants on Ancient Coinage

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   STRONG, INTELLIGENT AND LONG-LIVED - yet surprisingly gentle - elephants have long exerted a powerful hold over...

Monster: The Coinage of Caligula

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   Oderint, dum metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear). -- Caligula THE ANNALS OF THE ROMAN...

Imperial Wannabes: The Ancient Coinage of Roman Usurpers

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   IMPERIAL ROME NEVER REALLY solved the problem of orderly succession to power. The “normal” pattern of inheritance...

Ancient Coins on Modern Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   COINAGE IS CONSERVATIVE. IF a denizen of ancient Rome picked up a modern American dime, he would...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Ancient Coinage of Armenia

By Mike Markowitz .....   The Armenians have been described through the centuries as adaptable, resilient, enterprising and steadfast. How they managed to survive while larger...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Terrible Ninth Century

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT medievalists would be hard pressed to name one thing that happened between the years...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Ancient Coinage of Yemen

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   The ancient coinage of Southern Arabia is one of the most obscure branches of numismatics. In origin...

Building Museums One Coin at a Time: Mike Markowitz Interviews David...

By CoinWeek ....   Earlier this year, Charles teamed up with CoinWeek's resident Ancient Coin expert Mike Markowitz to check out the New York International Numismatic...

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series – Million Dollar Ancients (and a Few...

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   AN ARABIAN GULF OIL SHEIK. A RETIRED software executive. A Russian oligarch. A prominent surgeon. Buyers of rare and...

CoinWeek Ancients Video: The Dekadrachm – Quarter Million Dollar Ancient Coin

 CoinWeek Ancients writer Mike Markowitz joins David Guest at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) to discuss one of the most famous and...

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...

Does This Toga Make Me Look Fat? Clothing on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   And if any man will sue thee at law and take away thy coat , let him...

God of Money: Hermes on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   Muse, sing in honor of Hermes, the son of Zeus and Maia, lord of Kyllene, lord of...