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...

Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series By Mike Markowitz.... In 2007, Canada captured a world record by producing five examples of a 100 kilogram gold piece (220.5...

The Magnificent Ancients of the Nelson Bunker Hunt Coin Collection

Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Fitzgerald: The rich are different than you and me. Hemingway: Yes, they have more money. IN THE ARCANE...

This Little Piggy Went to Market: Boars, Hogs, Sows and Piglets...

Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   INTELLIGENT, ADAPTABLE AND OMNIVOROUS, PIGS have long been companions to humans. We know from cave paintings...

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...

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series: The Ancient Coinage of Crete

Labyrinths and Minotaurs and Bulls, Oh My!   CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   FOR THE ANCIENT GREEKS, CRETE was a place of myth and...

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...

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...

Ancient Coin Insights: Coinage of Parthia

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   PARTHIAN ROYAL HISTORY (c. 247 BC – 228 CE) IS a dismal record of sons murdering fathers, and brothers...

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 Coin Insights: Real Roman Women on Coins

Coinweek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ....   MUCH LIKE AMERICANS, Republican Romans had a deep-rooted prejudice against depicting living people on their money. It...

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...

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The First Real Woman to Appear on...

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ....   THE EARLIEST COINS, WHICH emerged around 650 BCE on the shores of the Aegean Sea, depicted ancient symbols of...