The Archaic Smile on Ancient Coins

The Archaic Smile on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Mona Lisa must have had the highway blues, You can tell by the way she smiled... — Bob Dylan,...
Music on Ancient Coins

Music on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   MUSIC IS MUCH older than civilization — it may be as old as language itself. The earliest...
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Coinage of Trebizond

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Coinage of Trebizond

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The coinage of Trebizond supplies an instance, not very rare in numismatics, of a currency of great abundance remaining...
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Last Ancient Coin

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Last Ancient Coin

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   "What was the last ancient coin?" The question is unanswerable. There was no "last” ancient coin, just as there...
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Coinage of Aksum, by Mike Markowitz

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...
Trees on Ancient Coins - CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series, by Mike Markowitz

Trees on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   MOST ANCIENT PEOPLE lived close to nature. Long before they built temples of stone, they worshipped their...
Weapons on Ancient Coins

Weapons on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   ANCIENT GREEK ARMIES fought mainly with the spear. Roman legions fought mostly with the sword. Persians fought...
“Top Ten” Ancient Coins of 1974 Revisited

“Top Ten” Ancient Coins of 1974 Revisited

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   The magazine Numismatic Scrapbook was published from 1935 to 1976 at Chicago by printer and collector Lee Hewitt (1911-1987)....
Ancient Coins - Elephants on Ancient Coinage

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – 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...
Medieval Coins of Portugal

Medieval Coins of Portugal

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Portugal, a small, narrow country on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian peninsula ... was created during the Christian...

CoinWeek Podcast #161: Let’s Get Medieval: Mike Markowitz on Coins of the Middle Ages

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Eagles on Ancient Coins

Eagles on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   MAJESTIC, POWERFUL, SWIFT, and intelligent, the eagle has held a strong grip on human imagination since the...
Temples on Ancient Coins

Temples on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Temples were designed to house a statue of the deity and store votive offerings, and were not...
Crown of Iron: Coins of the Lombard Kings

Crown of Iron: Coins of the Lombard Kings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   THE LOMBARDS, A tribe that traced their origin to Scandinavia, migrated into Eastern Europe in the fifth...
CoinWeek Podcast #157: The History of Numismatics - Mike Markowitz

CoinWeek Podcast #157: The History of Numismatics

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The Coinage of Ancient Mauretania

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   ANCIENT MAURETANIA WAS a region of coastal North Africa stretching from modern-day Algeria to Morocco. It should...
CoinWeek Podcast #154: Beware the Ides of March, by CoinWeek Ancient Coins writer Mike Markowitz

CoinWeek Podcast #154: Beware the Ides of March

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series - Mike Markowitz: Ten Coins I’d Love to Own

Mike Markowitz: Ten Coins I’d Love to Own

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   I collect Late Roman (c. 300-491 CE) and Byzantine (c. 491-1350 CE) gold coins. The tangled histories of these...

The Coinage of Ancient Numidia

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   NORTH AFRICA IN antiquity was a greener place. Climate change and centuries of deforestation and overgrazing have...

CoinWeek Podcast #148: How to Become a Professional Classical Numismatist

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A Numismatist at War: Max von Bahrfeldt by CoinWeek Ancient Coins Expert Mike Markowitz

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: Coins of the...

 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

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

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

  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 #141: Precious Metals in Antinquity by Mike Markowitz, CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

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...