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...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Ravenna: From Imperial Capital to Byzantine...

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ...he sick promenade while the doctors lie abed, the baths freeze while the houses burn, the living are thirsty...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Celtic Coinage of Gaul

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Guptas

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   IN INDIA'S LONG HISTORY, the Gupta Empire (c. 319 – 550 CE) is remembered as a golden age of...

So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Visigoths in Spain

Visigoths in Spain by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ...he history of the Visigothic kingdom is one long struggle between the nobility and the monarchy....

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Kushan Empire

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   During the first centuries of the Christian era, a vast inland empire stretched across Central Asia under the name Kushan....

CoinWeek Ancient Coins: Coins of Medieval Armenia

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   THE CILICIAN KINGDOM OF ARMENIA (1199 – 1375) produced a vibrant culture strongly influenced by interaction with neighboring Crusader states....

Bee All That You Can Bee: Honeybees on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   From the dawn of human society, the nature and origin of the bee have awakened the curiosity and interest...

The Coinage of Aksum

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   FIVE DAYS MARCH INLAND from the Red Sea, on the hilly Tigray Plateau, stands the city of...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Earliest Russian Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   SINCE ANCIENT TIMES, RUSSIA'S great rivers have served as trade routes, sending Baltic amber, luxury furs, beeswax, honey, and...

Watch: Talking Ancient Coins with Mike Beall and Mike Markowitz, Part...

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

Coins of the Bad Popes

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal...

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,...