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. CoinWeek...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of Julius Caesar

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he is grown so great? --Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene...

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...

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...

Small Change: The Tiniest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   “Parva Ne Pereant” IN 2014, THE BRITISH Royal Mint issued a gold proof 50p coin only eight mm...

Ancient Coins – Charon’s Obol Coins for the Dead

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   My advice for those who die, Declare the pennies on your eyes -- The Beatles, “Taxman”, Revolver (1966) IN THE...

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

The Fitzwilliam Museum - Cambridge, England By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek .... Ancient Coin Series   AS COLLECTORS OF ANCIENT COINS, one of the most Frequently Asked Questions we encounter...

The Star and Crescent on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   OUR MOON IS SOLID, NOT transparent. So it is impossible for a star to appear between the...

Coins of The Anglo-Saxons

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz....   Britain after the Romans IN THE YEAR 410 C.E., the Western Roman Emperor Honorius replied to the city magistrates...

Coinage of the First Caliphate

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz... BY THE BEGINNING of the seventh century, the lands of the Eastern Mediterranean had been ravaged by plague,...

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." --...

The Coinage of Carthage

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek.... Ancient Coin Series   MOST OF WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT CARTHAGE was written by their enemies--first the Greeks, then the Romans. They...

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...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Horses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   MORE THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL (except perhaps the dog), the horse is beloved for its strength, intelligence,...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

By Mike Markowitz .....   Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed. That he is grown so great? -- Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 Julius...

The Image of Jesus on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   As with politicians, nothing is more important to gods than image ... Perhaps this is the secret...

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...

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...

Philosopher King: The Coinage of Marcus Aurelius

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful,...

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...

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...

Why Did Byzantine Coins Become Cup-Shaped?

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   ON MARCH 27, 2014 the US Mint released its first curved coins: five-dollar gold, one-dollar silver and...

Ancient Coins: Coinage of the Barbarian Invaders

Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek...   Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas? Why...

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,...

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...

Heavier Metal: Ancient Coins Made of Lead

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz....   SOFT, DENSE AND DULL, LEAD is an unattractive coining metal. Lead melts at only 327.5° C (621.5° F)...

Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz.... Through a long chain of pious frauds and medieval myth-making, the February 14 feast day of St. Valentine,...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Janus, God of January

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   ANCIENT ROMANS KNEW even less about the prehistoric origins of their religion than we do, since we have knowledge...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   “To declare that a forged coin is genuine is a mistake, but to declare that a genuine coin is...

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...