Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz.... COMPARED TO COINS, POSTAGE STAMPS are a very modern invention. The first British stamp, the “Penny Black”, dates...

The Last Ancient Coin

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

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...

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...

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VII:...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In...

Markowitz: Five Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins –...

Ancient Coins might seem like a daunting area of numismatics to focus on for beginners. "Not so," says CoinWeek Ancient Coin Expert Mike Markowitz. In...

Coinage of Kyrene: A Greek City in Libya

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz....   THE JEBEL AKHDAR OR “GREEN MOUNTAINS” OF LIBYA stretches eastward from Benghazi for a hundred miles (160 km)...

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...

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part IX:...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this...

The Origin of Specie: How Gold and Silver Became Money

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   ...And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver. --Genesis, 20:16 ABIMELECH,...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Christianization of Roman Coinage

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   We speak sometimes of the Roman religion as though it possessed a firm basis, but in fact it was...

193: The Year of Five Emperors

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   The Death of Commodus IN RIDLEY SCOTT'S FILM GLADIATOR (2000), demented emperor Commodus (played by Joaquin Phoenix) is...

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." --...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Jewish War

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   The other practices of the Jews are sinister and revolting, and have entrenched themselves by their very wickedness. Wretches...

Nine Ladies Dancing: The Muses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz....   Now let us begin with the Olympian Muses who sing for their father Zeus and delight his great...

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,...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of Pergamon

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   NOW AND THEN IN HISTORY, economic, political and social forces come together in just the right combination to make a...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Lions on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   Hektor came on against them, as a murderous lions on cattle who in a low-lying meadow of a great marsh...

Dogs on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t nothing but a hound dog,...

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: 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: Two Heads Are Better Than One

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   THE RICH VOCABULARY OF NUMISMATICS has many terms to describe the things we see on coins. When a coin...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Merovingians – Coinage of the Do-Nothing...

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   The Franks had little idea of the state as a public institution, and the regnum Francorum (kingdom of the...

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...

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 4...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors....

Mike Markowitz to Discuss Ships on Ancient Coins at Whitman Baltimore...

By CoinWeek News Staff....   Historian. Military Analyst. Gentleman game designer. Numismatist. Author Mike Markowitz is many things, and one of those things happens to be CoinWeek’s...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Sphinxes on Ancient Coins

The business of a sphinx is to be mysterious By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   ...somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and...

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...

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...

Why Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins Wrong

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   I have endured what no one on earth has endured before. I kissed the hands of the...