A Numismatist at War: Max von Bahrfeldt

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ...he Army had become the most popular, most admired, and most respected and most influential entity in the new...

Ancient Coin Highlights of the Heritage January 2021 NYINC Auction

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   In recent years, Heritage Auctions has become a major player in the ancient coin market. Traditionally in America, the...

Talking Ancient Coins With Mike Beall and Mike Markowitz, Part II:...

 In Part II of Talking Ancient Coins, collector Mike Beall sits down with CoinWeek Ancients writer Mike Markowitz to take a numismatic tour of...

The Medieval English Coins of the Wars of the Roses

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The late medieval monarchies of Europe were fundamentally fragile and prone to civil disorder. Political stability and harmony depended...

Reading Ancient Roman Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ANCIENT ROMANS WERE practical-minded people; they didn’t like wasted effort. Every letter on an ancient Roman coin die was...

The Coinage of Rhegium

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   FOR CENTURIES, THE narrow Strait of Messina that separates Sicily from the toe of Italy...

CoinWeek Podcast #145: Ancient Coin Weight Standards

  CoinWeek Podcast #145: Ancient Coin Weight Standards Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on...

Reading Ancient Greek Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Perhaps one reason for the comparatively small interest in Greek coins in the country is the difficulty of understanding...

Money People Hated: Damnatio Memoriae on Ancient Roman Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   yimakh shemo ve zikhro יִמַּח שְׁמוֹ וְזִכְרוֹ ("Let his name and his memory be erased”) — ancient Hebrew...

CoinWeek Podcast #141: Precious Metals in Antiquity (with Mike Markowitz)

 CoinWeek Podcast #141: Precious Metals in Antiquity (with Mike Markowitz) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe...

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...

Coinage of King Pyrrhus – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   EPIRUS IS A rugged corner of northwestern Greece and southern Albania. It emerged as an independent kingdom in the...

CoinWeek Podcast #140: What Made Alexander Great?

 CoinWeek Podcast #140: What Made Alexander Great? Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on...

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,...

Byzantine Coinage of the Empress Irene – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ATHENS IN THE eighth century was a provincial small town living on memories of past glories. But its aristocrats...

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...

One of a Kind: Some Unique Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   “This is a very rare coin; only two examples known! Unfortunately, the only guy in...

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...

The Daric: Persian Gold – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The Achaemenid Empire of Persia ruled much of the Middle East from 550 to 330 BCE. With a diversity...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

Fake Ancient Coins by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   “To declare that a forged coin is genuine is a mistake, but to declare that a...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Macedon Before Alexander

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The extent of the Kingdom of Macedonia is as ill-defined as its history is fragmentary (Raymond, 3). ANCIENT MACEDONIANS WERE...

Coinage of the Mughals

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The Mughal (or “Moghul") Empire ruled much of South Asia for over three centuries. Mughal emperors accumulated vast wealth,...

Coins of Medieval Hungary: Part 2

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Link to Part I When King Andrew III, last survivor of Hungary’s Árpád dynasty, died without an heir in 1301,...

Coins of Medieval Hungary: Part I

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ABOUT THE YEAR 895, THE MAGYARS, a federation of nomadic tribes whose origin was in the distant forests of...

Mike Markowitz: The Coins of Shakespeare

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Shakespeare’s works are rich in allusions to coins. Such references were meant to bring his audiences into closer identification...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Travels With Hadrian

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   IN THE ANCIENT world, travel was hazardous and uncomfortable, even for the elite. Yet remarkably, the Roman emperor Hadrian spent...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Vikings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ON JUNE 8, 793, A BAND of Norse raiders sacked Lindisfarne, a monastery on the...

Mythical Monsters on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist....

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Nabataeans

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ...reat must have been the opulence of a city, which could dedicate such monuments to the memory of its...

Sea Creatures on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ANCIENT PEOPLE WHO lived around the shores of the Mediterranean were intimately familiar with the...