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April 27 2016

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BRUTUS the Infamous Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Ancient Roman Coins Collecting Guide and Collection

BRUTUS the Infamous Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Ancient Roman Coins Collecting Guide and Collection

Learn about the ancient silver, gold and bronze Roman coins connected with Brutus in this article

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DVFaiq0O3w

Marcus Junius Brutus (also known as Q. Caepio Brutus) was convinced by Decimus Brutus to join him in the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March (March 15th, 44B.C.). All in all Julius Caesar suffered over 50 wounds before falling dead beneath the statue of Pompey the Great (ironic as that was his rival). Mark Antony was held up outside the senate house while this happened, so he could not come to his aid. After the death of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony gave a famous funeral speech in honor of Julius Caesar in which he read the deceased man's will, in which he left vast sums of money along with lands to the people of Rome. The sentiment quickly turned against the assassins, even though they were first consider heroes riding the Republic of a "tyrant" and Marcus Junius Brutus, Cassius and many others were forced to flee the city of Rome quickly. This left the city of Rome under the control of Mark Antony and Octavian, later known as Augustus, who was adopted as the son of Caesar in his will. This meant that Augustus was able to use the fame of Julius Caesar to his advantage, and stamp CAESAR on his coins, which allowed him to gain support. The forces of Mark Antony and Octavian Augustus defeated the forces of Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi in ancient Macedonia, in 42 B.C.

Depicted in this article are the coins of some of the most famous assassins, one of them being Deciumus Brutus, lesser known to history, but had played an important role in convincing Marcus Junius Brutus to join his cause. Decimus Brutus received great honor serving under Caesar in his Gallic campaigns (Gaul being modern France area). He also is the one who convinced Julius Caesar not to heed the warnings of his wife, and walked him into the senate house, evading Mark Antony from joining them (who could have came to help Caesar and could have foiled the attempt). Julius Caesar was also warned by a trusted friend by the name of Lepidus the night before of the plot.

Next a coin is shown which is the famous portrait coin of Julius Caesar that was struck fore about a month which featured the portrait of Julius Caesar himself, struck February-March 44 B.C. This being a lifetime portrait issue is one of the important key coins to get in the Julius Caesar coins. His portrait was used on many coins after his death, including by Augustus and Mark Antony. This coin broke the conventions of portraying a living individual on coinage, which strong Republican sentiment was against, having taken away the power of the last king hundreds of years earlier. What is interesting to note is that Brutus winds up minting his own coin with his own portrait, which is another key coin, shown in the video, which can be taken as somewhat hypocritical.

The explanation goes on further to distinguish the coins of Marcus Junius Brutus from the time period of him being the moneyer of the mint of Rome which happened in 54 B.C. In this series, his strong republican values are demonstrated, pointing to his ancestors who were responsible for bringing Rome from the rule of kings to the Republican form of government. His later issues are ones issued by him with his traveling military mint he used his troops. These coins are also interesting, rare and desired by collectors. The most famous coin being the Ides of March denarius, which features the portrait of Brutus on the front naming him Imperator, and the reverse showing the cap of liberty with two daggers on either side, and an inscription below commemorating "IDE MAR" or the Ides of March and the assassination. This was an allusion the the "great deed" that Brutus and the assassins had done for the saving of the Republic.

However after Brutus and Cassius were defeated, Augustus wound up becoming the first Roman emperor, turning Rome from a Roman Republican form form of government to a dictatorship with the ceremonial vestiges of the Senate being present, and the true power residing in the emperor.


Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Silver Roman Coin i49085

Roman Republic Albinus Bruti f. moneyer Silver Denarius 19mm (3.26 grams) Rome mint, 48 B.C. Reference: Postumia 14; B.M.C. 3967-71; Syd. 943a; Craw. 450/3b A . POSTVMIVS COS, bare head of the consul, Aulus Postumius Albinus right. ALBINV BRVTI F in wreath.

Decimus Junius Brutus was one of the assassins of Julius Caesar in the conspiracy of 44 B.C. He was adopted by A. Postumius Albinus and joined his own name with that of his adoptive father. He should not be confused with the more famous M. Junius (or Q. Caepio) Brutus. This moneyer received many marks of praise from Julius Caesar when he served under him in Gaul. This coin features the portrait of the moneyer's adopted father.

JULIUS CAESAR Lifetime 44BC Portrait Ancient Silver Roman Coin Venus Rare i46313

Julius Caesar - Roman Dictator - Silver Denarius 19mm (3.89 grams) Struck February-March  44 B.C. P. Sepullius Macer, moneyer Reference: RSC 40; B. 48; B.M.C. 4175; Syd. 1074a; Craw. 480/14 CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, his laureate and veiled head right. P . SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus Victrix standing left, holding Victory and scepter, star set on ground to right.

M. Junius Brutus Ancestors Julius Caesar Killer 54BC Silver Roman Coin i44548

Roman Republic Q. Caepio Brutus Moneyer better know as M. Junius Brutus Silver Denarius 17mm (2.33 grams) Rome mint: 54 B.C. Reference: Junia 30; B.M.C. 3864; Syd. 907; Craw. 433/2 BRVTVS behind head of L. Junius Brutus, the Ancient. AHALA behind head of Caius Servilius Ahala.

MARCUS JUNIUS BRUTUS Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Silver Roman Coin 54BC i49081

Roman Republic Q. Caepio Brutus Moneyer better known as Marcus Junius Brutus Silver Denarius 21mm (3.55 grams) Rome mint: 54 B.C. Reference: Junia 31; RRC 433/1; BMCRR Roma 3861; Sydenham 906, Catalli 2001, 618 Head of Libertas right; behind, LIBERTAS. L. Iunius Brutus walking l., between two lictors and preceded by an accensus; in exergue BRVTVS.
Marcus Junius Brutus (one of the chief assassins of Julius Caesar) Silver Denarius 17mm (3.30 grams) Struck 43-42 B.C. Military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius in western Asia Minor or northern Greece. P. Servilius Casca Longus, moneyer. Reference: RSC 3; B. 44; B.M.C. 63; Syd. 1298; Craw. 507/2; CRI 212 CASCA behind, LONGVS before, laureate and bearded head of Neptune right; trident below. BRVTVS behind, IMP before, Victory advancing right on broken scepter, holding palm frond in left hand over left shoulder and broken diadem bound with fillet in both hands.

MARCUS JUNIUS BRUTUS Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Silver Roman Coin 42BC i49074

Roman Republic Marcus Junius Brutus Silver Denarius 18mm (3.16 grams) Late summer-autumn 42 B.C. Military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius in western Asia Minor or northern Greece; Pedanius Costa, legate. Reference: RSC 4; B. 42; B.M.C. 59; Syd. 1296; Craw. 506/2; CRI 209; Kestner 3775-6; BMCRR East 59-61; RBW 1778 Laureate head of Apollo to right; LEG upward to left, COSTA downward to right. Trophy composed of cuirass, crested helmet, oval shield with incurved sides, and two crossed spears; IMP upward to left, BRVTVS downward to right.

Brutus 42BC Coin

Marcus Junius Brutus (one of the chief assassins of Julius Caesar) Silver Denarius 19mm (3.50 grams) Spring-early summer 42 B.C. Military mint traveling with Brutus in southwestern Asia Minor. L. Sestius, proquaestor. Reference: RSC 11; B. 37; B.M.C. 41; Syd. 1290; Craw. 502/2 L. SESTI . PRO . Q, veiled and draped bsut of Liberty right. Q . CAEPIO BRVTVS PRO COS, tripod between axe and simpulum.

Marcus Junius Brutus Gold Propaganda Coin 44BC i36605

Marcus Junius Brutus, Assassin of Julius Caesar Gold Propaganda Coin with Obverse of his silver Coin from 54 B.C. with his famous ancestor L. Brutus Struck under: Dynast of Thrace: Koson Gold Stater 18mm (8.86 Grams) Struck After 44 B.C. Reference: RPC 1701; BMC Thrace pg. 208, 2; BMCRR II pg. 474, 48. Superb EF. KOΣΩΝ, Roman consul accompanied by two lictors; BR monogram to left Eagle standing left on sceptre, holding wreath.

MARK ANTONY reconciles Ahenobarbus 40BC Silver Roman Republic Coin Galley i41969

Mark Antony Silver Denarius 18mm (3.35 grams) Summer 40 B.C. Uncertain mint, possibly Corcyra Reference: RSC 10; B. 56; as B.M.C.,East,111(aureus); B.A. Seaby Ltd,1952; Craw. 521/2 ANT . IMP . III . VIR  R . P . C ., his bare head right, lituus behind. CN . DOMIT . AHENOBARBVS IMP., prow, star of sixteen rays above.

AMYNTAS Galatia King Mark Antony Brutus Cassius Commander Leo Greek Coin i45946

Kingdom of Galatia Amyntas - King: 36-25 B.C. Bronze 24mm (8.89 grams) Struck circa 36-25 B.C. Reference: Sear 5694; RPC I 3505; SNG France 2377-82 Head of bearded Hercules right, club at neck; II / Є behind. Nemean Lion (the astrological zodiac sign of Leo and the constellation) standing right; B above, monogram (of AMYNTOY) in exergue.

Amyntas was a secretary of Deiotaros. He was in the military service commanding an auxiliary force in the Roman army of Brutus and Cassius. Having gained the favor of Mark Antony, because he had gone over to his side before the Battle of Philippi, Antony granted him an extensive kingdom which included Galatia, Lycaonia and parts of neighboring territories. Having deserted Antony in a timely manner to Augustus, he secured the patronage of Augustus. After having perished in battle in 25 B.C., his kingdom became a Roman province.

AUGUSTUS 27BC Pergamum Pergamon Silver Ancient Roman Coin BULL HEIFER i46357

Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Silver Denarius 20mm (3.74 grams) Pegamum mint: 27 B.C. Reference: RIC 475; RSC 28; BMCRR East 284-5 = BMCRE 662-3; BN 941-3 CAESAR, bare head right. AVGVSTVS, bull standing to right.

AUGUSTUS Victory Over Brutus Cassius Assasins of Julius Caesar Roman Coin i46748

 Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Bronze 20mm (3.95 grams) from the city of Philippi in Northern Greece Macedonia circa 27 B.C. -10 B.C. Reference: BMC 23; Sear 32 VIC AVG, Victory  standing  left. 3 legionary Standards, 'COHOR PRAEPHIL'

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BRUTUS the Infamous Assassin of JULIUS CAESAR Ancient Roman Coins Collecting Guide and Collection


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April 20 2016

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CONSTANTINE the GREAT Ancient Roman Coins Guide

Constantine I the Great and Related Ancient Roman Coin Collecting Guide

Video and Article Exploring the Types of coins from the era of Constantine the Great, his family and other important historical figures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke6n5GF7fnk

Coins of Constantine and related coins including family such as Saint Helena and more. Video discusses these coins in more detail.

Constantine the Great was Roman emperor from 307-337 A.D. His father was Constantius I 'Chlorus' and mother was Helena, also known as Saint Helena. In this article, I explore different coins of Constantine I the Great and related. Watch the video above where I talk about these coins in more detail. My name is Ilya Zlobin, and I am an expert, enthusiast, author and dealer specializing in ancient Greek Roman and Byzantine coins. You can visit   online coin shop on eBay.

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. Caesar (Recognized): 306-309 A.D. | Filius Augustorum (Recognized): 309-310 A.D. | Augustus (Self-Proclaimed): 307-310 A.D. | Augustus (Recognized): 310-337 A.D. |

Son of Constantius I and Helena | Step-son of Theodora | Husband of Minervina and Fausta | Father (by Minervina) of Crispus and (by Fausta) of Constantine II, Constantius II, Constans, Constantina (wife of Hanniballianus & Constantius Gallus) and Helena the Younger (wife of Julian II) | Son-in-law of Maximian and Eutropia | Brother-in-law of Maxentius | Half-brother of Constantia (w. of Licinius I) | Half-uncle of Delmatius, Hanniballianus, Constantius Gallus, Julian II, Licinius II and Nepotian | Grandfather of Constantia (wife of Gratian) |

The Coins of Constantine the Great and Related

Below is a link to some of the finest examples of ancient Roman coins of Constantine the Great and the related family. Reading this article and watching this video will help you also become an expert in these types of coins. Some of the advantages of collecting coins of this period, is that they are some of the most affordable coins of the time period. Also reading this article and watching this video, you can learn more about the more rare types of coins that are available so you know exactly what to look for. With 27 high quality and rare examples illustrated here, you can also explore more in my eBay Store. With over 13,000 coins and artifacts to choose from, you may find exactly what you are looking for. Every item is guaranteed authentic for a lifetime, comes with a beautiful certificate of authenticity (professionally researched, leveraging my many years of experience) FREE, and a 30 day unconditional money back satisfaction guarantee. You can make an offer on almost my entire inventory, so you can always find some amazing discounts and deals on ancient coins. I believe in having my patrons return for a lifetime, so satisfaction is my goal. If you haven't bought a coin in the best, you are  in the right hands dealing with someone whom is both passionate and professional in the subject .     

Divo CONSTANTIUS I Chlorus CONSECRATIO 306AD Eagle Constantine the Great i43470

Constantius I  'Chlorus' - Roman Emperor: 305-306 A.D. Father of Constantine I the Great Bronze Follis 29mm (10.49 grams) Lugdunum mint, circa 306-307 A.D. Deification Issue Under Constantine the Great Reference: Bastien, Lyon, 387 (30 specimens); RIC 202. Cohen 26 (2 Fr.) DIVO CONSTANTIO AVG, head laureate right. CONSECRATIO, eagle with spread wings standing right, head turned back and looking upwards.

* Numismatic Note: Super rare coin.    

HELENA Constantine the Great mother STAR 318AD Very Rare Roman Coin i19012

Helena 'known as Saint Helena'- Mother of Constantine the Great - Bronze Follis 19mm (3.39 grams) Thessalonica mint: 318-319 A.D. Reference: RIC VII 50; Kent-Hirmer pl. 162, 637; LRBC 821 Pedigree: Ex Gorny & Mosch HELENA N F, draped bust right. Eight-pointed star in laurel wreath.        

Theodora stepmother of Constantine I the Great Rare Ancient Roman Coin i42096

Theodora - wife of Constantius I, stepmother of Constantine I and mother-in-law of Licinius Commemorative struck after her death Bronze AE4 16mm (1.84 grams) Struck Posthumously at the mint of Trier circa 337-340 A.D. Reference: Trier RIC 56 FL MAX THEODORAE AVG, diademed, draped bust right PIETAS ROMANA, Pietas standing facing, holding a child at her breast, mintmark TRS dot.        

Constantine I the Great 326AD Ancient Roman Coin Military camp gate i40647

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 19mm (2.82 grams) Thessalonica mint: 326-328 A.D. Reference: RIC 153 (VII, Thessalonica) CONSTANTINVS AVG - Laureate head right. PROVIDENTIAE AVG G Exe: ./SMTSЄ - Military Camp gate with two turrets and one star.       

Constantine I The Great 330AD Ancient Roman Coin Standard Glory of Army i39864

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 18mm (2.34 grams) Heraclea mint: 330-333 A.D. Reference: RIC 121 (VII, Heraclea) CONSTANTINVSMAXAVG - Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. GLORIAEXERCITVS Exe: .SMHB. - Two soldiers standing either side of two standards.*Numismatic Note: The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the Glory of Army "    

Constantine I The Great 313AD Ancient Roman Coin Sol Sun God Cult i39883

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 20mm (2.98 grams) Treveri mint circa 313-315A.D. Reference: RIC 40 (VII, Trier) IMPCONSTANTINVSAVG - Laureate, cuirassed bust right. SOLIINVICTOCOMITI Exe: R/X/F/RT - Sol standing left, raising hand and holding globe.        

CONSTANTINE I the GREAT RARE Ancient Roman Coin Victory Over SARMATIANS i39763

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Victory Over SARMATIANS Bronze 19mm (3.24 grams) Sirmium mint 324-325 A.D. Reference: RIC 48 (VII, Sirmium) CONSTANTINVSAVG - Laureate head right. SARMATIADEVICTA Exe: SIRM - Victory  advancing right, stepping on captive, holding Trophy  and palm.       

CONSTANTINE I the GREAT Celebrates Victory Over LICINIUS 327AD Roman Coin i44119

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Victory Over Licinius Commemorative Bronze AE3 18mm (3.30 grams) Constantinople mint: 327 A.D. Reference: RIC VII 30 CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, diademed head right. CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus holding palm in each hand, looking right; before her, trophy at foot of which kneeling captive turning head, spurned by Victory; CONS in exergue.* Numismatic Note: Rare victory over Licinius issue.    

Constantine I 'The Great' 327AD Ancient Roman Coin Victory Over Licinius i41736

Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Victory Over Licinius AE3 20mm (3.42 grams) Struck 327 A.D. in Constantinople Reference: RIC VII 30 CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG, diademed head right facing upward. CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus holding palm in each hand, looking right;  before her, trophy at foot of which kneeling captive turning head, spurned by Victory; CONS.*Numismatic Note: Rare victory over Licinius issue.     

Constantine I The Great 318AD Ancient Roman Coin Two Victories w shield i40584

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 19mm (3.13 grams) Siscia mint 318 A.D. Reference: RIC 50 (VII, Siscia) IMPCONSTANTINVSAVG - Helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear over shoulder and shield. VICTORIAELAETAEPRINCPERP Exe: HSIS - Two  Victories standing, facing each other, together holding shield reading VOT/PR on cippus.        

Constantine I The Great 327D Ancient Roman Coin Victory Nike Cult RARE i32263

Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze AE3 19mm (2.82 grams) Constantinople mint: 327 A.D. Reference: RIC 18 (VII, Constantinople) R1, LRBC 985 CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG - Laureate head right. LIBERTAS PVBLICA Exe: *B/CONS - Victory standing left on galley, holding wreath in each hand.    

Constantine I The Great 324AD Silvered Ancient Roman Coin Victory Wreath i32416

Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Silvered Bronze AE3 19mm (4.11 grams) Heraclea mint: 324 A.D. Reference: RIC 56 (VII, Heraclea) CONSTANTINVSAVG - Laureate head right. DNCONSTANTINIMAXAVG Exe: SMHΔ - Wreath, VOT/XXX within.     

CONSTANTINE I the GREAT 325AD OPEN DOOR Camp gate Rare Roman Coin i29420

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Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Bronze Follis 19mm (2.94 grams) Arles mint: 325-326 A.D. Reference: RIC VII 291 CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate head right. VIRTVS AVGG, camp gate with 4 turrets, star above, open panelled doors, SA(crescent)RL in exergue.     

CONSTANTINE I Romulus Remus SheWolf Rome Commemorative Ancient Roman Coin i48143

Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - ROME CITY COMMEMORATIVE Bronze AE3 17mm (2.52 grams)  London mint 307-333 A.D. Reference: cf.S.16526, RIC 257, B 221 VRBSROMA - Roma helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust left. No legend Exe: Double crescent/PLG - Wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus; two stars above.By circa 330 A.D., Constantine the Great completed his new capital for the Roman empire  called Constantinople. For this momentous occasion, he issued two commemorative coin types, one celebrating Rome and the other Constantinople. The type that commemorated Rome had the personification of Rome, Roma with the inscription VRBS ROMA and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus on the reverse suckling the she-wolf. The type that commemorated Constantinople had the personification of Constantinople on the obverse and Victory on a galley sailing with a shield. This was a great way for Constantine the Great to pay homage to both Rome and Constantinople.     
Constantine I 'The Great' - Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Founding of New Roman Capital - CONSTANTINOPLE Commemorative - Bronze AE4 16mm (2.68 grams) London mint  330-333 A.D. Reference: Possibly Unpublished CONSTANTINOPLIS - Constantinopolis helmeted, laureate bust left, holding scepter over shoulder. No legend  Exe: PLG- Victory standing left, stepping on galley prow, cradling scepter and resting hand on shield.* Numismatic Note: Commemorates founding of Constantinople as new Roman capital by Constantine I the Great.By circa 330 A.D., Constantine the Great completed his new capital for the Roman empire  called Constantinople. For this momentous occasion, he issued two commemorative coin types, one celebrating Rome and the other Constantinople. The type that commemorated Rome had the personification of Rome, Roma with the inscription VRBS ROMA and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus on the reverse suckling the she-wolf. The type that commemorated Constantinople had the personification of Constantinople on the obverse and Victory on a galley sailing with a shield. This was a great way for Constantine the Great to pay homage to both Rome and Constantinople.     

CRISPUS 322AD RARE Possibly Unpublished Trier Ancient Roman Coin Altar i47979

Crispus - Roman Caesar: 317-326 A.D. - Reduced Follis 20mm (2.70 grams) Trier (Treveri) circa 322-323 A.D. Reference: Rare possibly unpublished type. CRISPVS NOB CAES, helmeted, cuirassed bust right. BEATA TRANQVILLITAS Exe: PTR, globe on altar inscribed VO TIS XX; three stars above.    

FAUSTA wife of Constantine the Great Ancient Roman Coin SPES Cult HOPE i24226

Fausta - second wife of Constantine I the Great Bronze AE3 20mm (2.62 grams) Cyzicus mint 326 A.D. Reference: RIC 50v (Cyzicus) FLAVMAXFAVSTAAVG - Draped bust right. SPESREIPVBLICAE Exe: .SMKΓ.- Fausta, as Spes, holding her two sons, Constantine II and Constantius II.    

CONSTANTINE II Constantine the Great son Ancient Roman Coin Nude SOL SUN i19683

Constantine II 'Junior' - Roman Emperor: 337-340 A.D. - Bronze AE3 20mm (3.22 grams) Struck at the mint of Thessalonica 330-336 A.D. RIC 23 (VII, Thessalonica) CONSTANTINVSIVNNOBCAES - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. CLARITASREIPVBLICAE Exe: TSЄ - Sol standing left raising hand and holding a globe.     

CONSTANS Constantine the Great son 337AD Ancient Roman Coin Phoenix i44293

Constans - Roman Emperor: 337-350 A.D. -  Bronze AE3 18mm (2.96 grams) Siscia mint: 337-350 A.D. Reference: RIC 241 (VIII, Siscia), LRBC 1134 DNCONSTANSPFAVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. FELTEMPREPARATIO Exe: ΔSIS - Phoenix standing right on pile of ashes.    

VETRANIO name of CONSTANTIUS II BY THIS SIGN YOU SHALL CONQUER Roman Coin i41798

Vetranio  - Roman Emperor: 350 A.D. Vetranio in The Name of Constantius II Bronze AE2 25mm (5.46 grams) Siscia Mint: 350 A.D. Reference: RIC VIII 291; LRBC 1197 D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed & cuirassed bust right, A behind, star to right. HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS ('by this sign you shall conquer'), emperor standing left, holding labarum with Chi-Rho & spear; to the right stands Victory, crowning him with wreath & holding palm branch; A in left field, dot GSIS star.    

MAXIMIAN 285AD Ancient Roman Coin Hero Hercules w club & lion skin i27330

Maximian - Roman Emperor: 285-305, 306-308 & 310 A.D. - Bronze Antoninianus 23mm (4.25 grams) Ticinum mint:  285-288  A.D. Reference: RIC 545; Cohen 238. IMP C M A VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right HERCVLI CONSERVAT, Hercules standing right, nude, holding club with lion skin on rock pile to right, SXXIT in ex.     

Constantius Gallus 351AD Alexandria mint Ancient Roman Coin Battle Horse i42971

Constantius Gallus - Roman Caesar: 351-354 A.D. - Bronze AE2 21mm (5.23 grams) Alexandria mint: 351-354 A.D. Reference: RIC VIII 81 D N CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; behind bust, delta FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Exe: ALE - helmeted soldier to left, shield on left arm, spearing fallen horseman wearing Phrygian helmet.     

DALMATIUS Delmatius 335D Roman Caesar Ancient Genuine Coin LEGIONS i32141

Dalmatius (Delmatius) - Roman Caesar: 335-337 A.D. - Bronze AE4 17mm (1.51 grams) Thessalonica mint: 335-337 A.D. Reference: RIC 227 (Thessalonica), LRBC 850 FLDALMATIVSNOBC - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. GLORIAEXERCITVS Exe: SMTSΔ - Two soldiers either side of one standard.Numismatic Note* The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army."    

Julian II Apostate 361AD Huge Ancient Roman Coin Symbol of Taurus BULL i28615

Julian II 'the Apostate' - Roman Caesar: 355-361 A.D. - Emperor: 361-363 A.D. - Bronze AE1 (27mm, 7.25 grams) Thessalonica mint: 361-363 A.D. Reference: RIC 225. . DN FL C IVLIANVS P F AVG. pearl-diademed, draped, & cuirassed bust right. SECVRITAS REIPVB, bull standing right; palm branch-TESA-palm branch in ex.     

LICINIUS II Junior holds Victory on Globe 320AD Ancient Roman Coin RARE i37420

Licinius II 'Junior' - Roman Caesar: 317-324 A.D. - Bronze Follis 20mm (3.48 grams) Siscia mint: 320 A.D. Reference: RIC VII, S. 440, 132 LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES, Laureate, draped bust left, holding Victory on globe and mappa. VIRTVS - EXERCIT / S - F / HL / ΔSIS(star in crescent), Vexillum reading VOT/X; seated captive on either side.    

Licinius I Constantine The Great enemy 313AD Ancient Roman Coin Jupiter i44222

Licinius I - Roman Emperor 308-324 A.D. - Silvered Bronze Follis 24mm (3.44 grams) Struck at the mint of Heraclea January - February 313 A.D. Reference: RIC 73 (VII, Heraclea) IMPCVALLICINLICINIVSPFAVG - Laureate head right. IOVICONSERVATORIAVGG Exe: Δ/SMHT - Jupiter  standing left, holding Victory and scepter; eagle to left.

Maxentius Constantine the Great Enemy Ancient Roman Coin Castor & Pollux i44780

Maxentius - Roman Emperor: 307-312 A.D. Bronze Follis 24mm (6.04 grams) Ostia mint: 309-312 A.D. Reference: RIC 35 (Ostia), S 3776 IMPCMAXENTIVSPFAVG - Laureate head right. AETERNITASAVGN Exe: MOST - Castor and Pollux (the Dioscuri) standing, facing each other, each holding horse by bridle.

Constantine I the Great and Related Ancient Roman Coin Collecting Guide VIDEO


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April 01 2016

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Ancient Greek Coins of Macedonia - A guide to Collecting Them

Ancient coins of MACEDONIA Greece from the Greek & Roman Times Collection and Guide

Learn about the types of ancient Greek coins from before Alexander the Great to the Roman control of the region

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This video is designed for the people that may be interested in collecting ancient Greek and Roman coins from Macedonia, either as a Kingdom, Region or Province. Explored in this article and video above is a selection of various cities and kings from Macedonia that I have in my collection available for sale in my eBay online coin shop. My goal is to cut years off the learning curve in collecting ancient coins by making informative videos, and when people learn about the wonder, I can help them get the coins they want, being a win win for everyone. Please share this article, thumb up the video when you watch it as it will help others find it, as the artificial intelligence of search engines picks those things up. Enjoy!


Macedonia or Macedon was an ancient kingdom on the northern periphery of Classical Greece and later the dominant state of Hellenistic Greece. It was ruled during most of its existence initially by the legendary founding dynasty of the Argeads, the intermittent Antipatrids and finally the Antigonids. Home to the Macedonians, the earliest kingdom was centered on the northeastern part of the Greek peninsula, bordered by Epirus to the west, Paeonia to the north, the region of Thrace to the east and Thessaly to the south. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonia_(ancient_kingdom) 

The Roman province of Macedonia was officially established in 146 BC, after the Roman general Quintus Caecilius Metellus defeated Andriscus of Macedon, the last self-styled King of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia in 148 BC, and after the four client republics (the "tetrarchy") established by Rome in the region were dissolved. The province incorporated ancient Macedonia, with the addition of Epirus, Thessaly, and parts of Illyria, Paeonia and Thrace. This created a much larger administrative area, to which the name of 'Macedonia' was still applied. The Dardanians, to the north of the Paeonians, were not included, because they had supported the Romans in their conquest of Macedonia. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macedonia_(Roman_province)


The Ancient Coins from Macedonia

ALEXANDER I, First King of Macedonia 495BC Ancient Silver Greek Coin Rare i36780

The Macedonian Kindom Alexander I - King: 495-454 B.C. Silver Light Tetrobol 14mm (1.51 grams) Reference: Sear 1484; B.M.C.5.,p.160,10 Horse pacing right; A on exergual line beneath. Crested helmet right in linear square within shallow incuse.King of Aigai, Alexander enlarge dhis kingdom after the retreat of the Persians in 479 B.C., and was the first of the Macedonian rulers to place his name on coinage.

ALEXANDER III the GREAT Pella Antigonos II Tetradrachm Silver Greek Coin i46302

Greek Coin of Macedonian Kingdom Alexander III the Great - King of Macedonia: 336-323 B.C. Struck under Antigonos II Gonatas: Macedonian King: 277-239 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 27mm (16.80 grams) Pella mint, circa: 275-271 B.C. Reference: Price 621; Müller 230; SNG Copenhagen 713; Mathisen, Administrative VI.6, dies A19/P44 Head of Alexander the Great as Hercules right, wearing the lion-skin headdress. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and scepter; Macedonian helmetin field to left; OK monogram below throne.

AKANTHOS in MACEDONIA 480BC Lion Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46281

Greek city of Akanthos in Macedonia Silver Tetrobol 15mm (2.11 grams) Struck circa 480-470 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 18-21 Forepart of lioness right, seen from above; acanthus above. Quadripartite incuse square.

OLYNTHOS in MACEDONIA for CHALKIDIAN LEAGUE 432BC Apollo Lyre Greek Coin i49241

Greek city of Olynthos in Macedonia Chalkidian League Bronze 15mm (3.51 grams) Struck circa 432-348 B.C. Reference: Sear 1433; B.M.C. 5.31; Cf. Robinson-Clement Group M; SNG ANS 552 Laureate head of Apollo right. XAΛKIΔΕΩΝ, Lyre.

PERDIKKAS III brother of PHilip Kingdom of Macedonia 365BC Greek Coin i49479

Greek coin of the Kingdom of Macedonia Perdikkas III - King: 365-359 B.C. Bronze 18mm (3.34 grams) Reference: Sear 1515; B.M.C. 5.2,3 Head of young Hercules right wearing lion-skin headdress. ΠΕΡΔΙΚ / KA above and below lion standing right, holding broken spear in his jaws.

Amphipolis in Macedonia 410BC Apollo Torch Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49256

Greek city of Amphipolis in Macedonia Bronze 20mm (8.18 grams) Struck 168-149 B.C. Reference: Sear 1390 var.; SNG ANS 87 var. Laureate head of Apollo left. ΑΜ / ΦΙ above and below race-torch; all within linear square.

Eion in Macedonia 475BC Goose & Lizard RARE Ancient Silver Greek Coin i26077

Greek city of Eion in Macedonia Silver Diobol 13mm (0.92 grams) circa 475-450 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 284; SNG Lockett 1320 Goose standing right looking back, lizard above, H behind. Quadripartite incuse.

Alexander III the Great Bucephalus Ancient Greek MACEDONIA KOINON Coin i30608

Alexander III, the Great: Macedonian Greek King: 336-323 B.C. Roman Era, Olympic-Style Games Issue Bronze 25mm (12.19 grams) from the Koinon of Macedonia in Thrace under Roman Control Struck circa 222-235 A.D. under the reign of Roman Emperor Severus Alexander AΛЄΞANΔPOV, Head of Alexander the Great right with loose, flowing hair. KOINON MAKЄΔONΩN NEΩ, Alexander the Great on his legendary horse, Bucephalus, galloping right with cape flowing behind him and holding spear.* Numismatic Note: Leaders like Julius Caesar and the Romans and the Greeks alike had immense respect for the great accomplishments of Alexander the Great. Macedonia, being the kingdom of Alexander the Great's birth, this coin featuring his likeness heralds the Neocorate status of the area, along with the Olympic-style games that accompanied it. Highly-coveted type.

Akanthos in Macedonia 470BC Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin w Bull i36765

Greek city of Akanthos in Macedonia Silver Tetrobol 16mm (2.36 grams) Struck circa 470-390 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 35 Forepart of bull kneeling left, head right, two laurel branches above. Shallow quadripartite incuse square.

Thessalonica in Macedonia 187BC Ancient Greek Coin Athena War Magic Horse i33502

Greek city of Thessalonica in Macedonia Bronze 18mm (4.50 grams) Struck 187-31 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 770 Head of Athena wearing Corinthian helmet. ΘEΣΣAΛO / NIKHΣ above and below horse prancing right.

Thessalonica in Macedonia 88BC RARE Ancient Greek Coin Centaurs Janus i40946

Greek city of Thessalonica in Macedonia Bronze 24mm (6.59 grams) from the ancient Greek city of Thessalonica in the Province of Macedonia 88-21 B.C. under the control of the Romans Reference: Moushmov 6607 Laureate head of Janus ΘEΣΣAΛONIKEΩN, Two Centaurs prancing, back to back, each holding branch.

URANOPOLIS in MACEDONIA 300BC Aphrodite as Uranus Earth Globe Greek Coin i42118

Greek city of Uranopolis in Macedon Bronze 17mm (3.47 grams) Struck circa 300 B.C. Reference: Sear 1475; SNG Cop. 455; SNG ANS 914;SNG Evelpidis 1363; BMC 2 Eight-rayed star, representing the sun. OYPANIΔΩΝ ΠΟΛΕΩΣ, Aphrodite Urania seated facing on globe, holding sceptre.

AMPHIPOLIS in MACEDONIA 158BC Shield Helmet Ancient Silver Greek Coin i30137

Greek city of Amphipolis in Macedonia Silver Tetrobol 14mm (2.48 grams) Struck 158-149 B.C. Reference: Sear 1387 cf.; B.M.C. 5., p.9,11 cf. Macedonian shield, at center of which MA / KE above and below club right. Macedonian helmet left, with cheek-pieces.

PHILIP V King of Macedonia 180BC Rare Greek Coin HERO O PERSEUS Flute i21960

Greek King: Philip V - King of Macedonia: 221-179 B.C. Bronze 18mm (4.04 grams) Uncertain Macedonian mint. Struck circa 180/79 B.C. Reference:  Mamroth, Bronzemünzen 28; Touratsoglou, Macedonia 24; SNG München 1194 Head of hero Perseus right, wearing winged Phrygian helmet. B A / Φ above and below harpa within oak wreath.

PHILIPPI Macedonia 357BC Hercules Tripod Bow QUALITY Ancient Greek Coin i275088

Greek city of Philippi in Macedonia Bronze 18mm (5.80 grams) Struck 357-330 B.C. Reference: Sear 1452 var.; B.M.C. 5.8 var. Head of young Hercules left in lion's skin. Tripod; ΦIΛIΠΠΩΝ to right, bow in case to left.  

KASSANDER king of Macedonia 319BC Hercules Lion Ancient Greek Coin i49232

Greek coin of the Kingdom of Macedonia Kassander - King: 319-297 B.C. Bronze 15mm (2.94 grams) Struck at Pella or Amphipolis Reference: SNG Copenhagen 1154-5; Cf. SNG Alpha Bank 937-41 (monograms). Head of young Hercules right, clad in lion's skin. BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAΣΣANΔPOY, Lion walking left, broken spear in jaws; monograms below.

AMPHAXITIS Macedonia 196BC Hercules & Club RARE Ancient Greek Coin i30661

Greek city of Amphaxitis in Macedon Bronze 21mm (6.51 grams) Struck 196-168 B.C. Reference: Sear 1376; B.M.C. 5.1,2; AMNG III 73; SNG Copenhagen 36 var. (monograms) Head of young Hercules right, in lion's skin. ΑΜΦΑ / ΞΙΩΝ abow and below club right, within oak-wreath; monogram beneath.'Autonomous issue in the time of the Macedonian kings Philip V and Perseus. 

Macedonia 288BC Ancient Greek Coin Shield w Gorgon's head Helmet i30222

Greek - Macedonia during the Interregnum period 288-277 B.C. Bronze 15mm (3.82 grams) Reference: Sear 6781 Macedonian shield with Gorgon's head at center. Macedonian helmet dividing B - A ; in lower field to left, caduceus; to right, monogram.

TRAGILOS in MACEDONIA 400BC Hermes & Rose Ancient Greek Coin i31186

Greek city of Tragilos in Macedonia Bronze 17mm (4.52 grams) Struck circa 400 B.C. Reference: Sear 1472; SNG ANS 911; SNG Copenhagen 452 Head of Hermes right, wearing petasos. TPAIΛION, Rose; crescent in field to right.

Roman Republic Caecilia 29a Conquest of Macedonia Shield Elephant Coin i45456

Roman Republic M. Caecilius Q.f. Q.n. Metellus moneyer Silver Denarius 17mm (3.78 grams) Rome mint, circa 127 B.C. Reference: Caecilia 29a; B.M.C. 1147; Syd. 480a; Craw. 263/1b Head of Roma right, ROMA downward behind, star below chin. M. METELLVS. Q . F around Macedonian shield with elephant's head at center; all within laurel wreath.

Roman Protectorate of Macedonia 168BC Roma Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i40774

Greek city of the Roman Protectorate of Macedonia Bronze 25mm (11.47 grams) Struck circa 168-167 B.C. Time of Aemilius Paullus. Gaius Publilius. Quaestor, circa 168-167 B.C. Helmeted head of Roma right. MAKEΔONΩN / TAMIOY ΓAIOY / ΠΟΠΛΙΛIΟΥ in three lines, all within oak wreath.* Numismatic Note: Very rare, possibly unpublished coin from the Roman Macedonian protectorate with the name of the famous consul of the Roman Republic!

AUGUSTUS 27BC Edessa in Macedonia Authentic Ancient Roman Coin i33917

Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Bronze 22mm (9.83 grams) of Edessa in Macedonia Reference: Sear GIC 28; B.M.C. 5.39,16 ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ, Laureate head right. ΕΔΕΣ / ΣΑΙΩΝ in two lines within laurel-wreath; Θ above.

Tiberius 14AD Philippi Macedonia City Foundation Scene Ancient Roman Coin i30519

Tiberius - Roman Emperor: 14-37 A.D. - Bronze 18mm (4.18 grams) mint of Philippi in Macedonia 14-37 A.D. Reference: RPC I 1657; BMC 89 TI AVG, Bare head of Tiberius right. Foundation scene, two priests (pontiffs) plowing with two oxen right.

Claudius 41AD Province of Macedonia Ancient Roman Coin Macedonian shield i32126

Claudius - Roman Emperor: 41-54 A.D. - Bronze 24mm (6.87 grams) from the Province of Macedonia 41-54 A.D. Reference: RPC 1612; SGI 425. TI KΛAVΔIOΣ KAIΣAP, bare head left. ΣEBAΣTOΣ MAKEΔONΩN around the Macedonian shield.

TITUS & DOMITIAN CAESARS 77AD Stobi Macedonia Roman Coin Dionysus Temple i28335

Titus & Domitian as Caesars Bronze 25mm (5.10 grams) of Stobi in Macedonia Struck 77-78 A.D. Reference: RPC 311; Boric-Breskovic, Stobi, p. 29, Type 3; AMNG III -; Varbanov 3805 T CAESAR IMP DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Laureate and draped bust of Titus right vis-à-vis bare head of Domitian left. MVNICIPI STOBENSIVM, tetra-style temple on podium with two steps; inside, Dionysus standing left; clipeus in pediment.

DOMITIAN 81AD Amphipolis Macedonia ARTEMIS Ancient Roman / Greek Coin i29397

Domitian - Roman Caesar: 69-81 A.D. Emperor: 81-96 A.D. - Bronze 19mm (5.99 grams) of Amphipolis in Macedonia Reference: RPC 341; SNG Cop. 100 AVTO KЄCAP ΔOMITIANOC, Laureate head right. ΑΜΦΙΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ, Artemis Tauropolos standing left, holding long torch and branch, shield at her feet.

MARCUS AURELIUS 161AD Macedonia Koinon Shield Ancient Roman Coin i48742

Marcus Aurelius - Roman Emperor: 161-180 A.D. - Bronze 18mm (5.58 grams) of Macedonia Koinon Reference: Varbanov 3046 var. (head laureate), Moushmov 5890 var. (same), AMNG 283 var. (same) Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. KOINON MAKEDOΔΟΝΩΝ around Macedonian shield.

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Guide to rare ANCIENT SILVER GREEK Coins Collection VIDEO

Guide to SILVER Ancient GREEK COINS - See RARE Collection Types

Learn what different ancient silver Greek coins looked like and about the different numismatic coins for collecting purposes.

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The ancient Greeks used several metals, predominantly gold, silver and bronze types for their money standards. The ancient Greek world had a lot of city-states and kingdoms that stretched out into vast empires. The purpose of this guide and video illustrated above is to get you acquainted with some of the rarest, most desirable types of ancient silver Greek coins. With the focus being on silver, we explore 35 different ancient coins in my collection which are available in my online eBay coin shop.

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KAULONIA in BRUTTIUM 530BC Very RARE Ancient Silver Greek Stater Coin i31196

Greek city of Kaulonia in Bruttium Silver Stater 28mm (6.23 grams) Struck 530-480 B.C. Reference: Sear 252; B.M.C. 1.9 KAVΛ. Apollo, naked, walking right, holding laurel-branch in right hand and bearing on his left arm a small running naked figure, also carrying branch; in field to right, stag standing right, looking back. Similar to obverse, but incuse and reversed, and without legend.    

Side in Pamphylia 183BC Silver Tetradrachm LARGE Ancient Greek Coin i54544

Greek city of Side in Pamphylia Silver Tetradrachm 28mm (16.34 grams) Struck circa 183-175 B.C. under  Kleuchares, magistrate. Reference: SNG von Aulock 4797; SNG France 696-701; SNG Copenhagen 40 Helmeted head of Athena right. Nike advancing left, holding wreath; in left field, pomegranate; ΚΛΕ - ΥΧ across  fields.    

Athens Greece ARCHAIC 490BC TETRADRACHM Ancient Silver Greek Coin OWL i52150

Greek city of  Athens in Attica Greece - Archaic Silver Tetradrachm 20mm (16.90 grams) Struck circa 490-482 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 1591 (R2); Seltman 1927, Groups E and F; Cf. Svoronos Pl. 5;  cf. Asyut pl. XVIII Archaic head of Athena right wearing crested helmet decorated with chevron and  dot pattern. Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig behind, ΑΘΕ before.     

Athens in Attica Greece 320BC Ancient Tetradrachm Silver Greek Coin i40763

Greek city of Athens in Attica Greece - Silver Tetradrachm 21mm (17.13 grams) Struck circa 320-294 B.C. Reference: Svornos-pl.20#5 Head of Athena  right, of more advanced style, the eye seen in true profile; she wears crested helmet ornamented with three olive-leaves and floral scroll. Owl standing right, head facing; to right AΘE; to left, olive-twig and crescent.    

ATHENS Attica Greece 353BC Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin ATHENA OWL i53512

Greek city of Athens in Attica Greece - Silver Hemidrachm 13mm (1.99 grams) Struck circa 353-294 B.C. Reference: Kroll 19c-h; HGC 4, 1642 Head of Athena right, with profile eye, wearing Attic helmet. Owl standing facing between olive sprays; AΘE around.

SELINOS in SICILY 540BC Parsley Leaf Stater Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46253

Greek city of Selinos in Sicily Silver Stater 22mm (8.43 grams) Struck circa 540-515 B.C. Reference: HGC 2, 1208; Arnold-Biucchi 1992, no. 3 (R1) Wild parsley leaf. Incuse square with twelve alternating raised and lowered triangular compartments.      

KELENDERIS CILICIA 425BC Stater Nude Horse Rider Goat Silver Greek Coin i46254

Greek city of Kelenderis in Cilicia Silver Stater 22mm (10.67 grams) Struck circa 425-400 B.C. Reference: SNG BN Paris 49 (stgl.). SNG von Aulock 5627 (stgl.). Kraay, Celenderis Hoard, NC 1962, 5, 16 (stgl.); Sear 5529 var. Naked rider, with whip in left hand, seated sideways on horse prancing left, from which he is about to dismount, KEΛ below. Goat kneeling left, looking back; ivy-spray above goat.     

Kingdom of ELYMAIS Kamnaskires VI 1-2CenAD Silver Tetradrachm Greek Coin i46270

Greek Coin Kingdom of Elymais Kamnaskires VI - King: late 1st-early 2nd Century A.D. Billon Silver Tetradrachm 29mm (14.66 grams) Reference: Sear GIC 5888; B.M.C. 28.250,14; De Morgan 17 (pl. II, 1) Diademed and cuirassed bust of king left, with long beard and wide fringe of hair below diadem; behind, star within crescent above anchor. Male bust left, diademed and draped, with short beard; badly blundered Greek legend in four lines forming square around.     

ARADOS in PHOENICIA 350BC Stater Deity Galley Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46289

Greek city of Arados in Phoenicia of King Gerostratos possibly Silver Stater 18mm (9.87 grams) Struck 350-332 B.C. Reference: Sear 5977; B.M.C. 26.11,67 Laureate head of bearded deity right. Galley right, on three lines of waves; above, Phoenician letters.

ALEXANDER III the GREAT Pella Antigonos II Tetradrachm Silver Greek Coin i46302

Greek Coin of Macedonian Kingdom Alexander III the Great - King of Macedonia: 336-323 B.C. Struck under Antigonos II Gonatas: Macedonian King: 277-239 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 27mm (16.80 grams) Pella mint, circa: 275-271 B.C. Reference: Price 621; Müller 230; SNG Copenhagen 713; Mathisen, Administrative VI.6, dies A19/P44 Head of Alexander the Great as Hercules right, wearing the lion-skin headdress. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and scepter; Macedonian helmet in field to left; OK monogram below throne.    

SELEUKOS I Nikator Tetradrachm Athena ELEPHANT Silver Greek Coin Seleukid i46301

Greek Coin of Seleucid Kingdom Seleukos I, Nikator - King: 312-280 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 26mm (17.27 grams) Struck circa 312-280 B.C. Reference: Sear 6831 var.; HGC 9, 18 Laureate head of Zeus right. Athena, brandishing spear and holding shield, standing in chariot drawn right by four horned elephants; on left, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ; in exergue, ΣEΛΕYKOY.    

CORINTH 375BC Athena Pegasus Silver Stater Ancient Greek Coin Triskeles i46350

Greek city of Corinth in Corinthia Silver Stater 21mm (8.40 grams) Struck circa 375-300 B.C. Reference: Ravel 1065; Pegasi 383; BCD Corinth 126 Pegasus, with pointed wing, flying left; koppa beneath. Helmeted head of Athena left; behind, N and triskeles of crescents within circle.    

LARISSA in THESSALY 356BC Silver Drachm Nymph Horse Ancient Greek Coin i47969

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 20mm (5.86 grams) Struck circa 356-320 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 453; BCD Thessaly II, lot 280 Pedigree: Ex BCD Collection with his original hand-written tag and photos of this coin Head of nymph Larissa facing three-quarters left, wearing ampyx. ΛAPI/ΣΑIΩN, Horse grazing right.

LYTTOS in CRETE 430BC Eagle Boar Authentic Ancinet Silver Greek Coin i49264

Greek city of Lyttos in Crete Silver Drachm 20mm (5.50 grams) Struck circa 430-320 B.C.. Reference: Sear 3237; Svoronos, Numismatique 19; SNG Copenhagen -; BMC 5 Eagle flying left. ΓVΤΤSΘΝ, Head of boar right in dotted square within incuse square.    

THASOS an ISLAND off THRACE Archaic 525BC Satyr Nymph Silver Greek Coin i49355

Greek city of Thasos,  an Island off Thrace Silver Stater 22mm  (8.54 grams) Struck circa  525-463 B.C. Reference: HGC 6, 331; Le Rider 1-2 and 5; Sear 1357;  Weber 2500; Price & Waggoner 100-126 Naked ithyphallic satyr in kneeling-running attitude  right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph who  raises her right hand in protest. Quadripartite incuse square.    

Rhegion in Bruttium 415BC Lion Apollo Drachm Ancient Silver Greek Coin i44063

Greek city of Rhegion in Bruttium Silver Drachm 15mm (3.89 grams) Struck 415-387 B.C. Reference: Sear 502; B.M.C.1.38 Lion's scalp facing. PHΓINON, Laureate head of Apollo right, olive-sprig behind.    

SKOTUSSA in THESSALY 440BC Horse Wheat-grain Ancient Silver Greek Coin i52158

Greek city of Skotussa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 18mm (6.02 grams) Struck circa 440-420 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 587; Sear 2217; BCD Thessaly II, lots 728-729; Weber 2927 Forepart of horse prancing left. ΣKO, Wheat-grain in its husk; all within incuse square.     

EPHESOS in IONIA 340BC SILVER Tetradrachm Bee Stag Ancient Greek Coin i53493

Greek city of Ephesos in  Ionia Silver Tetradrachm 24mm (15.01 grams) Struck circa 340-325 B.C under  magistrate Euktitos Reference: BMC 41; Pixodarus O155-2; Head Chronology, p. 34, class a, 26,  Mionnet S VI, 191; Babelon Traite 1883.40 E-Φ to left and right of bee with straight  wings. EYKTITOΣ, Forepart of stag recumbent right,  head left, palm tree to left.    

JUBA II Mauretenia CLEOPATRA SELENE Mark Antony CHILD Silver Greek Coin i53496

Greek Kigdom of Mauretenia Juba II - King 25 B.C. - 23 A.D. Juba II & Cleopatra Selene Silver Denarius 17mm (3.23 grams) Reference: Sear GIC 6005; Müller III, 109,95 REX IVBA, Diademed head of Juba II right. BACIΛICCA KΛЄOΠΑΤΡΑ, large star within crescent.    

ASPENDOS in PAMPHYLIA 370BC Silver Greek Coin NUDE WRESTLERS Triskeles i53498

Greek city of Aspendos in  Pamphylia Silver Stater 22mm (10.46 grams) Struck 370-333 B.C. Reference: Sear 5398 var.; B.M.C. 19. 98, 35-6 var. Pedigree: Ex Bowers  January 1984, 3287 Two naked athletes, wrestling, grasping each other by the arms;  AΦ between  them. Slinger standing right, about to discharge his sling; triskeles  before; ΕΣΤFEΔIΙYΣ behind; all within dotted square.    

EUKRATIDES I 171BC Silver Tetradrachm RARE R1 Indo Greek Baktria Coin i53503

Indo Greek & Baktria Kingdom in India Eukratides I Megas - King circa 171-145 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 33mm (16.06 grams) Struck circa 170-145 B.C. Reference: HGC 12, 130 Rare R1; Bopearachchi 1 Diademed and draped bust right. The Dioscuri (Gemini twins) on horses rearing right; monogram below.     

KROTON BRUTTIUM 350BC Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin Eagle Tripod i45941

Greek city Kroton in Bruttium Silver Stater / Nomos 22mm (7.79 grams) Struck circa 350-300 B.C. Reference: SNGANS-362; HNItaly-2172 Eagle standing left atop olive branch. Tripod altar, KPO in field to left; Δ in field to right.    

APAMEIA in PHRYGIA 88BC Cistophoric Tetradrachm Ancient Silver Greek Coin i53491

Greek city of Apameia in Phrygia Silver Cistophoric Tetradrachm 23mm (11.28 grams) Struck  circa 88-67 B.C. Attalos and Timo-, magistrates. Reference: Sear 5113 var.; Kleiner, Late Issue XVII; SNG Copenhagen  156 Cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy-wreath. Two serpents entwined around bow and bowcase; ATTA/ΛΟY/TIMΩ  in three lines above, aulos (double flute) to right; TA  in field to left.     

VELIA in LUCANIA 300BC Philistion group Silver Greek Coin Athena Lion i53521

Greek city of Velia in Lucania Silver Stater 21mm (6.89 grams) Struck circa 300-280 B.C. Philistion group. Reference: Williams 506 (O254/R355); HN Italy 1312; SNG ANS 1387; Weber 938 Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with a dolphin, Φ on  neck guard. Lion standing right; above, Φ-I flanking ornate trident head right; YEΛHTΩN in  exergue.    

AKRAGAS in SICILY 510BC Didrachm EAGLE CRAB Silver Greek Coin RARE R1 i53571

Greek city of Akragas in Sicily Silver Didrachm 21mm (8.23 grams) Struck circa 510-500 B.C. Reference: HGC 2, 87 Rare R1; Jenkins 1970, Group Ia AKRA/CANTOΣ, Eagle standing left. Crab.    

Celtic Eastern Europe Silver Tetradrachm as Greek Philip II Macedon Coin i54000

Celtic Tribe of Eatern Europe Making coins in style of Greek king Philip II - King of Macedon: 359-336 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 25mm (14.20 grams) under unknown Celtic Tribe circa  Early 3rd century B.C. Reference: Lanz -; CCCBM I -; Pink - Laureate head of Zeus right. ΦΙΛΠΠΟΥ, Youth on horseback right, holding  palm; below belly, Λ above torch; K below raised foreleg.    

THASOS Island off Thrace Dionysus Hercules Silver Greek Tetradrachm Coin i54356

Greek city of Thasos, an Island off Thrace Silver Tetradrachm 35mm (16.68 grams) Struck after 148 B.C. Reference: Sear 1759; B.M.C 3. 67-78; SNG Cop. 1039 Head of young Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy and with the band across forehead. HPAKΛΕΟΥΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΘΑΣΙΩΝ, Hercules, naked, standing left, holding club, lion's skin over left arm; monogram in field to left.    

WINGED MONSTER on RARE Himera in Sicily 465BC Ancient Silver Greek Coin i36632

Greek city of Himera in Sicily Silver Litra 11mm (0.63 grams) Struck circa 465-415 B.C. Reference: Sear 816 var; B.M.C. 2.41 var. Forepart of monster right, with bearded human head, goat's horn, lion's paw and curled wing. HIMERAION, Naked youth seated on goat prancing left.

Tarsus Cilicia 369BC Silver Greek Coin NGC Certified AU Datames Satrap i28602

Greek city of Tarsus in Cilicia Datames, Persian Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia, 369-361 B.C.  Silver  Stater (23mm, 10.55gm.), Tarsos, 369-361 B.C. Reference: SNGLev 83; SNGFr 292, BMC 35; SNG Cop 300, SNGvA 5943. Certification: NGC Ancients Ch AU Strike: 4/5 Surface: 3/5    4277593-001 BALTRZ (=Baaltars) in Aramaic to left, Baaltars seated right, torso facing,  holding eagle-tipped scepter in right hand, grain ear & grape-bunch in left;  thymiaterion to right; all within crenellated wall. TDNM (=Datames) in Aramaic in the center, Ana, nude, facing Datames; both  have their right arms raised; between them, thymiaterion; all within pelleted  square border within linear border.

KROTON in BRUTTIUM 480BC Silver Stater NGC Certified Ch XF Greek Coin i53836

Greek city Kroton in Bruttium Silver Stater 20mm (7.58 grams) Struck circa 480-430 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS-266 NGC Ancients Certified Ch XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 3/5 3762382-007 Tripod altar, heron at left. Incuse altar.

Pedigree: From the Dr. Michael Phillip Collection. Ex: Stack's Sale December 7, 8 1989 Lot# 3016. Ex: Stack's Sawhill Sale March 1979 Lot#1009. Ex: Stack's Massachusetts Historical Society Sale March 1971, Lot# 77.

KYRENE KYRENAICA 308BC Silphium Plant NGC Certified VF Silver Greek Coin i53837

Greek city of  Kyrene in  Kyrenaica Silver Didrachm 18mm (7.73 grams) Struck circa 308-277 B.C. Reference:  SNG Cop-1234; BMC-29.51,229 NGC Ancients Certified Ch VF Strike: 3/5 Surface: 5/5 3762382-009 Diademed head of Carneius wearing horn of Ammon facing right. Silphium plant with two pairs of leaves, cornucopiae in right field.

Pedigree: From the Dr. Michael Phillip Collection; Ex: Stack's Sale December 7, 8 1989 Lot# 3212.

AMPHIPOLIS in MACEDONIA 158BC NGC Certified TETRADRACHM Silver Greek Coin i54510

Greek city of Amphipolis in Macedonia Silver Tetradrachm 30mm (16.96 grams) Struck 158-149 B.C. Reference: Sear 1386 Certification: NGC Ancients Ch XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5 3987680-080 Macedonian shield, at center of which but of Artemis Tauropolos right; bow and  quiver at her shoulder. MAKEΔONΩΝ / ΠΡΩΤΗΣ above and below club  right; in field above, monogram; all within oak-wreath, to left of which,  thunderbolt.

225BC Alexander the Great LYSIMACHOS Kalchedon Tetradrachm NGC Greek Coin i54512

Greek city of Kalchedon in Bithynia in the name and types of Lysimachos - King of Thrace: 323-281 B.C. - Silver Tetradrachm 28mm (16.94 grams) Struck circa 225 B.C. Reference: HGC 7, 526; Marinescu Group IV, Issue 46, 104.1 (O41/R95 - this  coin); Müller 254 Certification: NGC Ancients Ch XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 3/5 4246219-010 Diademed head right of the deified Alexander the Great, wearing the  horn of Ammon. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑXΟΥ,  Athena Nikephoros  seated left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind; bow and  quiver to inner  left; monogram in field to left; grain ear below.

ALEXANDER III the GREAT 260BC NGC Certified Silver TETRADRACHM Greek Coin i54522

Alexander III the Great - King of  Macedonia: 336-323 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 27mm (16.74 grams) Kalchedon in Bithynia mint, circa 260-220 B.C. Reference: Price 929 var. (Kallatis; monogram below throne); SNG München -; SNG  Alpha Bank -; SNG Saroglos - Certification:   NGC Ancients XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5 Fine Style  4277580-002 Head of Alexander the Great as  Hercules right, wearing the lion-skin headdress. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding  eagle and scepter; KA monogram in field to left; ΔX monogram below throne.

Patraos King of Paeonia 335BC NGC Certified Ch XF Silver Tetradrachm Coin i54736

Greek Coin of the Kingdom of Paeonia Patraos - King, circa 340-315 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 27mm (12.49 grams) Struck circa 335-315 B.C. Reference: Sear 1520; B.M.C. 5.4; Paeonian Hoard I, 227 (these dies); SNG ANS  1030 Certification:  NGC Ancients  Ch XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5 4277578-004 Provenance: ex Paeonian Hoard of 1968 (IGCH 410) Laureate head of Apollo right, with short hair. ΠATPAOY, Paeonian cavalryman, wearing  crested Attic helmet and full armor, on horseback galloping right and spearing  fallen Macedonian solider holding a round shield, a bucranium in left field.


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March 26 2016

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THESSALY Ancient Greek Coin GUIDE to COLLECTING Types

Guide to Ancient Greek Coins of Thessaly Central Greece

List of the cities in Thessaly which issued coins in ancient times and a collection of coins from the area

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rjIAgU3coI

The goal of this guide is to share the information about the types of ancient Greek coins that were struck by the Greek towns of the area in central Greece known as Thessaly. With the list you can see below, you can use to search my store by clicking on the term, or  printed out as a check-list to help you put together a coin collection from the area. With the video and the list of coins along with pictures and descriptions of them, you too, can become an expert in these types of coins.  Some of the cities just issued bronze coins, others issued gold silver and bronze types.

The most comprehensive book on the subject is Handbook of Ancient Greek Coins Volume 4 by Oliver D. Hoover. The other book to get is the Volume I and Volume II of Ancient Greek Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear. You can also see pictures and descriptions of coins from Thessaly for research purposes at this research site, by scrolling to the section on Thessaly with much information about the coin types.

The most prominent town of ancient Thessaly was Larissa, which minted some of the most prolific coin types of that area. Many of the city's coins featured a nymph and a horse. Many of the coins of ancient Thessaly featured horses. Thessaly issued coins into the Roman times, and the types are known as Greek Imperial/ Roman Provincial. Coins discussed in this video include those of Augustus, Claudius and Gallienus.

List of The Cities of Ancient Thessaly

Atrax
Demetrias
Dion
Ekkarra
Eureoioi
Eurymenai
Gomphi
Gonnos
Gyrton
Halos
Herakleia Trachinia
Homolion
Hypata
Iolkos
Kierion
Krannon
Lamia
Larissa
Larissa Kremaste
Meliboia
Melitaia
Methylion
Metropolis
Mopsion
Olosson
Orthos
Pagasai
Pelinna
Peuma
Phakion
Phalanna
Phaloria
Pharkadon
Pharos
Pharsalos
Pherai
Pherai, Teisiphon Tyrant of
Pherai, Alexander Tyrant of
Pierasia
Proerna
Rhizous
Skotoussa
The Ainians 
The Magnetans 
The Malians 
The Oitaians 
The Perrhaibans 
The Thessalian League 
Thebai Phthiotides 
Trikka 
Tripolis

Examples of Authentic Ancient Greek Coins of Thessaly

See the coins illustrated in the video here. It is great to see what these coins look like and get to appreciate the art and history of them.

LARISSA in THESSALY 356BC Silver Drachm Nymph Horse Ancient Greek Coin i47970

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 20mm (5.75 grams) Struck circa 356-320 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 453; BCD Thessaly II, lot 280 Pedigree: Ex BCD Collection with his original hand-written tag and photos of this coin Head of nymph Larissa facing three-quarters left, wearing ampyx. ΛAPI/ΣΑIΩN, Horse grazing right.This city was named after a local water nymph named Larissa. The story goes that the nymph drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios River. In Greek mythology, the Greek hero Perseus accidentally killed his grandfather, King Akrisios of Argos when participating in the funeral games held in the city for nymph Larissa. The people of that city made their wealth from the rich agricultural area around the city and from breeding horses.

LARISSA in THESSALY 420BC Silver Drachm HERO vs BULL Ancient Greek Coin i47972

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 20mm (5.72 grams) Struck circa 420-400 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 420; BCD Thessaly II, lot 173-175 and 370.1; ANG Ashmolean 3860 Pedigree: Ex BCD Collection with his original hand-written tag and photos of this coin Hero (Thessalos or Jason) wrestling a bull. ΛAPI/ΣΑIΩN, Horse grazing right.This type references taurokathapsia (bull-wrestling) with the depiction of a hero wrestling the bull, which was a sport played at the Taureia games honoring Poseiodn Taureios. Jason was the father of Thessalos in a mythological tradition whom in turn was the ancestor of the entire Thessalian people.

Larissa in Thessaly 460BCObol Horse Lion Hydira Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46757

Greek city of Larissa  in Thessaly Silver Obol 12mm (0.72  grams) Struck circa 460-400 B.C. Reference: BCD Thessaly II 358.1 Horse prancing right; above, head of lion right. Larissa standing right, balancing hydria on raised knee; to left, lion's head fountain right, from which water pours forth; Λ Α RI around from upper left; all within incuse square.

LARISSA in THESSALY 462BC Obol Bull Horse Ancient Silver Greek Coins i46360

Greek city of Larissa  in Thessaly Silver Obol 11mm (0.94  grams) Struck circa 462-460 B.C. Reference: BCD Thessaly II 147; Liampi, Corpus 15i (V7/R9) Head and neck of bull left, turning to face viewer. ΛΑ (retrograde) downward to right, head and neck of bridled horse right; all within incuse square.

Larissa in Thessaly 350BC RARE Authentic Ancient Greek Coin Nymph Horse i42111

Greek city of Larissa  in Thessaly Bronze 18mm (7.42 grams) Struck 350-325 B.C. Reference: Sear 2132 var., B.M.C. 7. 86. Head of nymph Larissa three-quarter face to left, wearing necklace; hair confined by fillet and floating loosely, with ampyx in front. ΛΑΡΙΣΑIΩN. - Thessalian horseman right, holding spear, horse prancing; beneath, Σ.

LARISSA Thessaly THESSALIAN LEAGUE 196BC Athena Apollo Greek Coin i43487

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly under Thesssalian League Bronze 19mm (6.61 grams) Struck 196-27 B.C. Hippolochos, magistrate. Reference: Rogers 21; SNG Copenhagen 315 Laureate head of Apollo right. ΘEΣΣA/ΛΩN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; above spear; IΠΠ-OΛO; A to left; to right, P above I.

PHARSALOS in THESSALY 400BC Athena Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49251

Greek city of  Pharsalos in Thessaly Bronze 15mm (3.40 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 654; Sear 2196; Rogers 485-487; BCD Thessaly II, 653, 666.2 Head of Athena left in close-fitting crested Attic helmet ornamented with figure of Skylla. ΦΑΡΣ, Helmeted cavalryman charging right on horseback, brandishing flail upon which bird perches.One of the more important towns of Thessaly, Pharsalos was built on the northern slopes of Mt. Narthakios. It was the scene of Caesar's famous victory over Pompey in 48 B.C.

PHARSALOS in THESSALY 400BC Athena Horseman Footman Ancient Greek Coin i49255

Greek city of  Pharsalos in Thessaly Bronze 21mm (9.17 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 646; Sear 2193 var.; Rogers 503-504; BCD Thessaly II, 671.3-4 Head of Athena three-quarter face to left, wearing triple-crested Corinthian helmet. ΦΑΡΣ, Helmeted cavalryman charging right on horseback, brandishing flail; bird perches on helmet; footman advancing right, behind, carrying flail over shoulder.

PHARSALOS in THESSALY 400BC Athena Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49216

Greek city of  Pharsalos in Thessaly Bronze 12mm (1.58 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 655; Sear 2197; Weber 2912; BCD Thessaly I, lot 1286; BCD Thessaly II, lots 649 and 654 Head of Athena in Attic helmet right adorned with Skylla. ΦΑΡΣ, Head of horse right.

SKOTUSSA Thessaly400BC Hercules Horse Rare Ancient Silver Greek Coin i22382

Greek city of Skotussa in Thessaly Silver Trihemiobol 12mm (1.00 grams) Struck 400-367 B.C. Reference: Sear 2219 var. Bearded head of Hercules right, wearing lion's skin. Forepart of horse right, left leg raised; Σ-KO in lower field.

Details about SKOTUSSA in THESSALY 300BC Ares Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49475

Greek city of  Skotussa in Thessaly Bronze 20mm (5.32 grams) Struck 300-200 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 615; Sear 2223 Head of Ares right, in close-fitting helmet ornamented with plume. ΣKOTOYΣ / ΣAIΩN  above and below horse prancing right.

Details about KRANNON in THESSALY 400BC Horseman Hydria Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49156

Greek city of Krannon in Thessaly Bronze 15mm (4.87 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: Sear 2073 var.; HGC 4, 385 Horseman galloping right. Hydria, mounted on wheels.The city was near the source of the river Onchestos. People of Krannon held Poseidon in high regard. The city derived it's name from the various springs in the area (called kranna in Aiolic Greek). The city had an abundance of sheep and horses grazing in the plains which brought it great wealth. In times of drought, they had a hydria on wheels which they paraded through the city accompanied by prayers to Apollo, which it was famous for. There was also a temple of Athena and Asclepius in the city.

Details about Perrhaiboi in Thessaly 450BC Athena Horse Ancient Greek Silver Coin i46721

Greek city of Perrhaiboi in Thessaly Silver Obol 13mm (0.78 grams) Struck circa 450-400 B.C. Reference: BCD Thessaly II 551.1 Horse prancing right. Π–E–P–A, Athena Itonia, holding spear, aegis over arm, advancing right within incuse square. 

Details about Larissa Kremaste in Thessaly 300BC ACHILLES Troy Hero Ancient Greek Coin i49349

Greek city of Larissa Kremaste in Thessaly Bronze Trichalkon 19mm (5.34 grams) Struck circa 300-200 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 13; BCD Thessaly II, 403 Head of Achilles left. ΛΑΡΙ, Thetis riding hippocamp left, charring shield.Situated in the south of Thessaly, Larissa Kremaste was built on a height, hence its name. It was taken by Demetrios Poliorketes in 302 B.C., during his invasion of Thessaly. The myth goes that Achilles, the tragic hero of the Trojan war was born in the city and ruled a port of it's dominions. Larissa Kremaste was also the city that Perseus visited on his exile from Argos. Thetis was the mother of Achilles, who is shown on coins from the city to be delivering weapons to him that were forged by the smith god, Hephaistos. 

Details about MOPSION Thessaly 350BC MOPSUS v CENTAUR RARE Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i46547

Greek city of Mopsion in Thessaly Bronze Trichalkon 22mm (8.53 grams) Struck circa 2nd half of the 4th century B.C. Reference: Sear 2154 Head of Zeus three-quarter face to right; thunderbolt in field to right. ΜΟΨEIΩΝ, The Lapith Mopsons, naked, standing facing, wielding club about to strike Centaur rearing left, holding boulder over head with both hands.

Details about Greek city of Perrhaiboi in Thessaly Authentic Ancient Coin 2ndCenBC Zeus i42044

Greek city of Perrhaiboi in Thessaly Bronze Trichalkon 22mm (6.35 grams) Struck Late 2nd to early 1st century B.C. Reference: Rogers 440; SNG Copenhagen 197; BCD Thessaly II 561; SNG Alpha bank 194ff Laureate and bearded head of Zeus right. ΠEPPAIBΩN, Hera, diademed and draped, seated right on backless throne, holding long scepter with her right and resting her left on her knee.

Details about GYRTON in THESSALY 400BC Zeus Cult Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i37414

Greek city of Gyrton in Thessaly Bronze 20mm (6.86 grams) Struck 400-344 B.C. Reference: Sear 2089; B.M.C. 7.5 Laureate head of Zeus left. ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΟΝ, Horse trotting left; ΠM monogram below.

Details about PHALANNA in THESSALY 350BC Ares Nymph Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49209

Greek city of  Phalanna in Thessaly Bronze 17mm (4.06 grams) Struck circa 350-325 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 175; Sear 2180; BCD Thessaly I, lot 1255; BCD Thessaly II, lots 578-580 and 591 3-8 Head of Ares right. ΦΑΛΑΝΝΑΙΩΝ, Head of nymph Phalanna right, hair in sakkos.

Details about PHAKION in THESSALY 350BC Persephone Horseman RARE Ancient Greek Coin i49477

Greek city of Phakion in Thessaly Bronze 19mm (5.73 grams) Struck circa 300-200 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 542 (R1); Sear 2176; Papevangelou 1996, nos. 1-42; BCD Thessaly I, lot 1249; BCD Thessaly II, lot 566; B.M.C. 7.1,2 Head of Persephone right, wreathed with grain. ΦΑΚΙΑΣΤΩΝ, Horseman trotting right, right hand raised.

HALOS in THESSALY 302BC Zeus Phrixus on GOLDEN Ram RARE Greek Coin i49230

Greek city of  Halos in Thessaly Bronze 14mm (1.40 grams) Struck circa 302-265 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 8 (R1); BCD Thessaly II, lot 86.2 Laureate head of Zeus right. AΛΕΩN, Phrixos riding ram right.Where Halos was originally located is unknown, however it is known that to have been located in the northern Achaia Phthiotis and overlooked Crocus Field. The myth of the city starts at the Halean temple of Zeus Lpahystios where the twins Helle and Phrixos were to be sacrificed, when a golden-fleeced flying ram was sent to rescue them by their mother, the nymph Nephele. King Athamas of Boiotia, was the father of Helle and Phrixos and was believed to have been the founder of the city. At the end of the Third Sacred War, in 346 B.C. the city was destroyed by the Macedonian general Parmenion. In 302 B.C. the city was re-founded, but this time closer to the sea coast by either Kassander or his rival Demetrios Poliorketes, rivals for the Macedonian throne. By around 265 B.C. the city was abandoned ostensibly due to a bad earthquake.
Greek city of Pelinna in Thessaly Bronze 15mm (2.86 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 284; Sear 2166 var. (horseman right) Helmeted cavalryman charging left on horseback, spearing fallen hoplite. ΠEΛΛINAEI, Thessalian peltast advancing lef, brandishing javelin and holding shield and javelin.
Greek city of Demetrias in Thessaly Federal Coinage of The Magnetes Bronze 20mm (6.20 grams) Struck 196-146 B.C. Reference: Sear 2138; B.M.C. 7.11 Laureate head of Zeus left. ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ, Centaur standing right, right hand held before him, holding branch in left; plough to left, HΔ monogram below.

Details about LAMIA in THESSALY 325BC Athena Philoktetes Trojan War Archer Greek Coin i49224

Greek city of  Lamia in Thessaly Issuing in the name of the Malians (also known as the Malienses) Bronze Chalkous 15mm (1.50 grams) Struck circa 325-300 B.C. Reference: Sear 2142; Georgiou, Mint 16; Rogers (Malia) 384; BCD Thessaly II 125; HGC 4, 106 Helmeted head of Athena right. MAΛIEΩ, Philoktetes right, shooting arrow at bird falling to right; quiver to lower right.

Details about PEUMA in THESSALY 302BC Achilles Trojan War Troy Hero Ancient Greek Coin i49485

Greek city of  Peuma in Thessaly Bronze Chalkous 12mm (1.88 grams) Struck circa 302-286 B.C. Reference: Rogers 442; BCD Thessaly II 565 Wreathed head of Achilles right. ΠEYMATIΩN around AX monogram; Phrygian helmet to right.

Details about Pherai in Thessaly TYRANT Teisiphon 358BC Bull Horse Ancient Greek Coin i49345

Greek city of Pherai in Thessaly Teisiphon - Tyrant of Pherai: 358-354 B.C. Bronze Chalkous 15mm (2.22 grams) Reference: HGC 4; 585; Sear 2214; Rogers 530; BCD Thesssaly I, lot 1316; BCD Thessaly II, lots 709-710 Forepart of bull right, head facing. ΤΕΙΣΙΦΟΝΟΥ, forepart of horse prancing right.Teisiphon was the brother of Thebe who was the wife of the previous tyrant, Alexander. Thebe opened the door to Alexander's bedchamber. Teisiphons two brothers held Alexander down while Teisiphon finished him off with his sword. Through bribery, Teisiphon was able to get the support of Alexander's mercenaries, which they used to destroy the political opposition to his reign. Then he became the tyrant of the city, although he may have been a puppet of his sister Thebe. Teisiphon was succeeded by two further tyrants, whom were eventually overthrown by Philip II, king of Macedon.Situated west of Mt. Pelion, Pherai was the second city of Thessaly, after Larissa. In the 4th Century B.C. its tyrants extended their power over most of the region. 

Details about AUGUSTUS 27BC Thessaly Koinon ATHENA Authentic Ancient Roman Coin RARE i47217

Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Bronze Diassarion 22mm (10.46 grams) of Thessaly, Koinon of Thessaly Megalokles, strategos, and Arist–, tamias(?) Reference: Burrer Em. 2, Series 2, 69 (A17/R58); BCD Thessaly I 1398; RPC I 1428 ΣEBAΣ-TOΣ ΘEΣΣAΛΩN, laureate head right ΣTPATHΓOY M-EΓAΛOKΛEOYΣ APIΣT, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in right hand, shield on her left arm; monogram to right. 

Details about CLAUDIUS 41AD Koinon of Thessaly Thessalian League Athena Roman Coin i42048 Rare

Claudius - Roman Emperor: 41-54 A.D. - Bronze Diassarion 24mm (7.57 grams) of THESSALY, Koinon of Thessaly Antigonos, strategos Reference: RPC 1435-1436; Burrer Em. 1, Series 3, Grp. 1a, 43 corr. (A15/R34; rev. legend) ΘΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗΩΝ, Bare head of Augustus right. ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟΥ ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΟΥ, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; monogram in left field. 

Details about GALLIENUS 253AD Koinon of Thessaly Athena Authentic Ancient Roman Coin i49342

Gallienus - Roman Emperor: 253-268 A.D. - Bronze Tetrassarion 25mm (10.33 grams) of Koinon of Thessaly in Thessaly Reference: Sear GIC 4530 var.; Burrer, MA–G 53; BCD Thessaly II 991.2-991.3 AVT. ΓΑΛΛΗNΟC ΑVΓ, Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. KOINON ΘЄΣΣΑΛΩΝ, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with right hand, shield on left arm; Δ (mark of value) to left.

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Guide to GOLD Ancient GREEK ROMAN BYZANTINE & World Coins Collection How To

GOLD. The word in itself connotes opulence, greatness, beauty and power. This guide is designed to teach you about the various different coins possible to collect. What is shown in this video and the article with pictures of the items from the video are ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval and world coins, along with several artifacts of interest, all sharing one thing in common, being made of GOLD!  May this guide inspire you, or perhaps just show you the art and history of ancient coins. The coins shown in this video and article are coins available in my Ancient Greek Roman and Biblical Coin eBay store. Where along with gold, I have coins made of silver and bronze also, with bronze being most plentiful, so this way I have something for everyone, whether you are a beginner collector or want to pick out a unique gift, for under $50 (a beautiful bronze) coin I have what you need. You can see what I have offered at this moment:

The Different types of Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and World Coins

This is just a small selection of the vast world of the various ancient and world coins available for sale. The benefit that my patrons have in dealing with me is my vast experience of having worked with over 55,000 items which allows you to leverage my many years experience, along with a large over 14,000 item inventory to select some really interesting and rare numismatic items and antiquities. I guarantee all of my items authentic for a lifetime, and provide them with a professional Certificate of Authenticity with professional research and photographs of the item.

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Brutus Julius Caesar Roman Assassin 44BC Ancient Greek Koson GOLD Coin i53480

Marcus Junius Brutus, Assassin of Julius Caesar Gold Propaganda Coin with Obverse of his silver Coin from 54 B.C. with his famous ancestor L. Brutus Struck under: Dynast of Thrace: Koson Gold Stater 20mm (8.40 grams) Struck After 44 B.C. Reference: RPC 1701; BMC Thrace pg. 208, 2; BMCRR II pg. 474, 48. Superb EF. KOΣΩΝ, Roman consul accompanied by two  lictors; BR monogram to left Eagle standing left on sceptre, holding wreath.

Rheskuporis II & Caracalla Electrum Gold Alloy 216AD Bosporus Greek Coin i53478

Kingdom of Bosporus Rheskuporis II - King, circa 211-227 A.D. Rheskuporis II & Caracalla Electrum Stater 18mm (7.39 grams) Struck year 513 of Pontic Era (starting October, 297 B.C.), 216/217 A.D. Reference: Anohin 633g; MacDonald 556/5; Sear GIC 5482 var. ΒΑCΙΛЄѠC ΡΗCΚΟΠΟΡIΔΟC, His diademed and draped bust right. Laureate and draped bust of Roman emperor Caracalla right; date ΓΙΦ below; star in field to right.

VALENTINIAN I 364AD Authentic Ancient Gold Solidus Roman Coin CHI-RHO i52152

 Valentinian I - Roman Emperor: 364-375 A.D. - Gold Solidus 21mm (4.34 grams) Antioch mint: 364-367 A.D. Reference: RIC IX 2a DN. VALENTINIANVS P. F. AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right. RESTITVTOR REIPVBLICAE, Valentinian standing facing, head right, holding labarum with Chi-Rho banner and crowning Victory on globe, ANTI☼ in exergue.

ARCADIUS 397AD Constantinople AV Gold Solidus Ancient Roman Gold Coin i52891

Arcadius - Roman Emperor: 383-408 A.D. - Gold Solidus 20mm (4.51 grams) Constantinople mint, circa 397-402 A.D. Reference: RIC 7 D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, helmeted, raped and cuirassed bust facing, holding spear and shield. CONCORDIA AVG G S, Helmeted Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head turned right, holding scepter and Victory on globe placing wrewath atop head, right foot atop prow, CONOB in exergue.

VALENTINIAN III 430AD Quality Authentic Ancient Roman Solidus GOLD Coin i53482

Valentinian III - Roman Emperor: 425-455 A.D. Gold Solidus 21mm (4.49 grams) Ravenna mint. Struck circa AD 430-445 Reference: RIC X  2018-9; Ranieri 96 and 98; Lacam 11; Depeyrot 17/1; DOCLR 841-3; Biaggi 2349 Pedigree: Triton XIX 680; Triton XVII 817 D N P L VALENTI NIANVS P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust  right. VICTORI A AVGGG,  Valentinian standing facing, with left foot set upon serpentine human head,  holding long cross in right hand, Victory on globe in left; R–V//COMOB.

ANASTASIUS I 491AD Authentic Ancient Medieval Byzantine Solidus GOLD Coin i53476

Byzantine Empire Anastasius  I  - Emperor: April 11, 491 A.D. - July 1, 518  A.D. - Gold Solidus 21mm (4.48 grams) Constantinople mint, 8th officina Reference: Sear 5; DOC 7h D N ANASTA-SIVS PP AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of  Anastasius facing, head slightly right, holding spear over right shoulder and,  on left arm, shield decorated with motif of horseman spearing soldier. VICTORI-A  AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long staff topped by reverted staurogram;  star to left; H//CONOB.

JUSTINIAN I 538AD Gold Solidus Ancient Byzantine Coin Constantinople i52896

Byzantine Empire Justinian I 'The Great' - Emperor: 1 August 527 - 14 November 565 A.D. - Gold Solidus 20mm (4.41 grams) Constantinople mint, 538-542 A.D. Reference: Sear 139 D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and shield decorated with horseman motif. VICTORIA AVCCC IB / CONOB, Victory standing facing, holding globus cruciger and long staff surmounted by staurogram; star to right.

TIBERIUS II CONSTANTINE 578AD Quality Ancient Byzantine GOLD Coin CROSS i53481

Byzantine Empire Tiberius II Constantine -  Emperor: 26 September 578 - 14 August 582 A.D. Gold Solidus 21mm (4.41 grams) Constantinople mint Reference: Sear 422 δ M TIЬ CONSTANT P P AVG, Crowned, draped and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and shield. VICTORIA AVGG B / CONOB, Cross potent set upon four steps.

PHOCAS 602AD Gold Tremissis Constantinople Ancient Byzantine CROSS Coin i52897

Byzantine Empire Phocas - Emperor: November 23, 602 - October 5, 610 A.D. - Gold Tremissis 18mm (1.40 grams) Constantinople mint, 602-610 A.D. Reference: Sear 633. DO 18. MIB 26 ∂N FOCAS PЄRP AVς, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Phocas right, beardless. VICTORI FOCAS AVC, cross potent, CONOB below.

CONSTANS II 641AD Gold Tremissis Constantinople Byzantine CROSS Coin i52903

Byzantine Empire Constans II - Emperor: September 641-15 July 668 A.D. Gold Tremissis 17mm (1.44 grams) Constantinople mint Reference: Sear 984. d N CONSTANTINЧS T P P AV, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. VICTORIA AVςЧI / CONOB, Cross potent.

CONSTANTINE VII & ROMANUS II 945AD Gold Jesus Christ Bible Byzantine Coin i52898

Byzantine Empire Constantine VII, Porphyrogenitus - Emperor: June 6, 913 - November 9, 959 A.D. - Gold Solidus 20mm (4.37 grams) Constantinople mint, 950-955 A.D. Reference: DOC 15. Sear 1751 +IhS XPS RЄX RЄςNANTIЧM, Facing bust of Christ Pantocrator, wearing tunic, himation and a cross nimbus with three pellets in the arms, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left. CONSTANT' CЄ ROMAh' AЧςς bR', Crowned facing busts of Constantine VII, bearded and wearing loros on the left, and Romanus II, beardless and wearing chlamys on the right; both holding, between them with their right hands, a long patriarchal cross.

Constantine X 1059AD JESUS CHRIST w BIBLE Byzantine Nomisma Gold Coin i52900

 Byzantine Empire Constantine X - Emperor: December 25, 1059 - May 21, 1067 A.D. - Scyphate Gold  Histamenon Nomisma 27mm (3.80 grams) Constantinople mint Reference: Sear 1847 + IhS XIS RЄX RЄGNANTIhM,  Christ Pantocrator seated facing on square-backed throne, wearing cruciform nimbus and holding Gospels cradled in left arm. + KWN RAC -Λ O ΔOVKAC, Constantine standing facing, wearing crown, saccos, and loros, holding labarum in right hand and globus cruciger in left.

MICHAEL VII Ducas 1071AD Gold Nomisma Jesus Christ Ancient Byzantine Coin i53477

Byzantine Empire Michael  VII, Ducas  - Emperor:  October 24, 1071 A.D. - March 24, 1078 A.D. - Gold Scyphate Histamenon Nomisma 28mm (4.48 grams) Constantinople mint, circa 491-518 A.D. Reference: Sear 1868 Provenance: NY Sale 2016, 958 Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus crown, pallium and colobium, and raising  right hand in benediction; in left hand, book of Gospels; to left, IC; to right,  XC; double border. + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O Δ, Bust facing, bearded, wearing  crown and loros, and holding labarum and globe cross; double border.

John III Empire of Nicaea 1232AD Jesus Christ Mary Gold Byzantine Coin i52904

Byzantine Empire - Empire of Nicaea John III Ducas-Vatatzes - Emperor of Empire of Nicaea: 15 December 1222 – 3 November 1254 A.D. Gold Hyperpyron 29mm (4.27 grams) Magnesia mint, struck 1232-1254 A.D. Reference: Sear 2073 Christ Pantokrator seated facing on throne, IC - XC in fields above. John standing facing, holding labarum and akakia, being crowned by the Virgin Mary standing slightly left.

MICHAEL VIII Palaeologus 1261AD Gold Hyperpyron Gold Byzantine Coin NICE i52892

Byzantine Empire Michael VIII, Palaeologus - Emperor: August 15, 1261 A.D. - December 11, 1282 A.D. - Emperor of Nicaea: 1258-1261 A.D. Gold Hyperpyron 26mm (4.21 grams) Reference: Sear 2243 Bust of Virgin orans "Theotokos" within city walls of Constantinople with six groups of towers, rising over the walls. Michael left, kneeling before seated Christ who holds scroll, supported by St. Michael.This type was struck in commemoration of the capture of the city of Constantinople from the Latins.

ANDRONICUS II and III Palaeologus Gold Hyperpyron 1325AD Byzantine Coin i52893

Byzantine Empire Andronicus II and III, Palaeologus - 1325-1334 A.D. - Gold Hyperpyron 25mm (3.49 grams) Constantinople mint Reference: Sear 2461 Half-length figure of the Virgin Mary, orans, within circuit of city walls with four towers, pellet to left of upper tower; (lis) - A flanking Virgin. ANΔΡωNIK - ANΔΡωNE, Christ, nimbate and wearing pallium and colobium, standing facing, crowning Andronicus II (on left) and Andronicus III kneeling to either side, each wearing divitision and loros.

KIDARITE HUNS India Nomadic 5thCenAD Gold Stater Authentic Ancient Coin i44954

KIDARITE HUNS Sri Vinayaditya circa late 5th Century A.D. Base Gold Stater 24mm (7.16 grams) Reference: Gobl MDK 1613; MAC 3656-3660 Pedigree: Ex-Warden Numismatics, LLC with original tag Highly stylized king standing left holding trident and sacrificing at latar. "Sri Vinaya" in right field, Ditya in left field.

1114AD INDIA Gahadavalas Govindachandra GOLD STATER Medieval Ancient Coin i46288

India, Gahadavalas Govindachandra and successors, 1114-1193 A.D. Pale Gold Stater 20mm (3.95 grams) Reference: M.494 Four-armed Lakshmi seated cross-legged on lotus on obverse side holding a lotus in the upper two hands.  Inscription in Nagari script :'Shrimad-Govindachandra'.

Ancient Roman GOLD THANATOS with Torch Application 1st-2ndCenAD Artifact i53384

Ancient Roman Gold Application, circa 50-200 A.D. Measures 2.2 x 1.0 centimeters Weighs 1.30 Grams Thanatos leaning left on upside down torch.Rare authentic ancient Roman artifact.

Ancient Roman GOLD EARRINGS 1st-4thCenAD Artifact Jewelry Artifact RARE i47785

Roman Gold Earrings circa 1st-4th Century A.D. Total weight 4.10 grams Diameter, circa 2.1 cm eachBeautiful piece of jewelry from ancient times.

Ancient Roman 50AD Cupid Kantharos GOLD Plated Silver Jewelry Artifact i54010

Roman Silver Gold Plated Application Turned into Jewelry  Artifact with Cupids Circa 50-150 A.D. 1.5 x 0.9 centimeters (2.37 grams)Two cupids stand on top of two children, lifting up a a giant  kantharos (wine mixing vessel). It is apparent that this was worn in ancient  times as a piece of Jewelry. It is interesting because it brings up imagery of  Cupid, the son of Venus and the wine drinking symbolism of Bacchus, the Roman  equivalent of Dionysus.

1809 France Emperor NAPOLEON BONAPARTE Quality Antique French Gold Coin i53479

France Napoleon Bonaparte - Emperor of France: 18 May 1804 – 11 April 1814 and 20 March 1815 – 22 June 1815 1809 A Gold 20 Francs 22mm (6.42 grams) Paris Mint 0.900 Gold, approximately 0.1867 troy ounce pure gold Reference: KM 695.1 NAPOLEON EMPEREUR., Laureate head of Napoleon Bonaparte right. EMPIRE FRANҪAIS. 1809. A around 20 FRANCS within wreath; rooster in field to  left. Edge: (Star) DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE

Brutus - Julius Caesar Roman Assassin 44BC Ancient Greek GOLD Coin NGC MS i53506

NGC Ancients Certified MS  Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5 Marcus Junius Brutus, Assassin of Julius Caesar Gold Propaganda Coin with Obverse of his silver Coin from 54 B.C. with his famous ancestor L. Brutus Struck under: Dynast of Thrace: Koson Gold Stater 20mm (8.36 Grams) Struck After 44 B.C. Reference: RPC 1701; BMC Thrace pg. 208, 2; BMCRR II pg. 474, 48. Superb EF. KOΣΩΝ, Roman consul accompanied by two  lictors; BR monogram to left Eagle standing left on sceptre, holding wreath.

VALENS 364AD Gold Solidus Authentic Ancient Roman Coin NGC Certified XF i54527

Valens - Roman Emperor: 364-378 A.D. - Gold Solidus 20mm (3.87 grams) Antioch mint, 5th  officina, struck 364-367 A.D. Reference: RIC 2d; Depeyrot 20/2 Certification:  NGC Ancients  XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 2/5 4245994-011 D N VALENS PER F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and  cuirassed bust of Valens right. RESTITVTOR REI PVPLICAE Exe: ☼ANTЄ☼, Emperor standing facing, head  right, holding labarum with Christogram and Victory on  globe; cross in field to left.

HONORIUS 393AD Sirmium Mint Ancient GOLD Solidus NGC Certified Roman Coin i54528

Honorius -  Roman Emperor: 393-423 A.D. Gold Solidus 20mm Sirmium mint. Struck 393-395 A.D. Reference: RIC IX 14d.5; cf. Depeyrot 34/3 (dated 402-408 AD) Rare mint Certification:  NGC Ancients  Ch VF 3734326-040 DN HONORIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. VICTORIA AVGGG Z, Honorius standing right,  holding standard and Victory on globe, spurning captive; S-M/COMOB in exergue.

THEODOSIUS II 424AD Thessalonica GOLD Soldius NGC Certified MS Roman Coin i54530

Theodosius II -  Roman Emperor: 408-450 A.D. Gold Solidus 24mm (4.22 grams) Thessalonica mint, struck 424-430  A.D. Reference: RIC X, 365. Depeyrot 51/1. Rare Certification:  NGC Ancients  MS (Mint State) Strike: 4/5 Surface: 2/5 4245994-007 D N THEODO-SIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of  Theodosius facing, head slightly right, holding spear over left shoulder and  shield with horseman motif on right arm. GLOR ORVI-S TERRAR, Theodosius standing facing, holding labarum in his right  hand and globus cruciger in his left; in field to left, star, TESOB in exergue.

THEODOSIUS II 430AD Gold Soldius Ancient Roman Coin NGC Certified XF i53831

Theodosius II - Roman Emperor: 408-450 A.D. - Gold Solidus 21mm (4.41 grams) Constantinople mint, 10th officina,  circa 430-440 A.D. Reference: RIC 257; Depeyrot 81/1 NGC Ancients Certified XF Strike: 5/5 Surface: 3/5 D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing  slightly right, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman. VOT XXX MVLT XXXX, Constantinopolis enthroned left with shield behind, holding  cross on globe and sceptre; foot on prow; star in right field; officina I; CONOB  in exergue.

476AD Emperor ZENO Rare Ancient Roman GOLD Solidus Coin NGC Mint State MS i53390

Zeno - Roman Emperor: 474-475 & 476-491 A.D. - Gold Solidus 21mm (4.47 grams) Struck in Constantinople, 6th officina, second  reign, 476-491 A.D. NGC Ancients MS Strike: 4/5 Surface: 4/5 Reference: RIC 929 D N ZENO PERP AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust to front,  head slightly right, holding spear over right shoulder and shield on left arm. VICTORI-A AVGGG S, Victory standing left, holding long voided cross decorated  with jewels, star in right field, CONOB in exergue.

ANASTASIUS 491AD Ancient Byzantine GOLD Solidus Coin NGC Certified AU i54532

Byzantine Empire Anastasius  I  - Emperor: April 11, 491 A.D. - July 1, 518  A.D. - Gold Solidus 20mm (4.47 grams) Constantinople mint, 10th officina Reference: Sear 3; DOC 3i Certification:  NGC Ancients  Ch AU Strike: 4/5 Surface: 3/5 3673999-020 D N ANASTA-SIVS PP AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of  Anastasius facing, head slightly right, holding spear over right shoulder and,  on left arm, shield decorated with motif of horseman spearing soldier. VICTORI-A AVGGG I, Victory standing left, holding long voided cross decorated  with jewels, star to right, CONOB in exergue.

MAURICE TIBERIUS 583AD Constantiple GOLD Byzantine Coin NGC Certified MS i54534

Byzantine Empire Maurice Tiberius - Emperor: August 13,  582-November 22, 602 A.D. Gold Solidus 21mm Constantinople mint, 9th officina, struck circa  583-602  A.D. Reference: Sear 478. DOC 5i Certification:  NGC Ancients  MS 4246224-008 ∂N MAVRC TIb P P AVI, pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust of  Maurice facing, holding globus cruciger in right hand. VICTORI-A AVCCC, Angel standing facing, holding long staff terminating in  staurogram and globus cruciger; Θ//CONOB.

PHOCAS 607AD NGC Certified AU Ancient Byzantine GOLD Solidus Coin w ANGEL i54737

Byzantine Empire Phocas -  Emperor: November 23, 602 - October 5, 610 A.D. - Gold Solidus 21mm (4.47 grams) Constantinople mint, struck circa 607-610  A.D. Reference: DOC 10g; MIB 9; SB 620 Certification:  NGC Ancients  Ch AU Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5 4277578-002 Pedigree: From The Alexander White III Collection d N FOCAS PЄRP AVI, crowned, draped and  cuirassed bust of Phocas facing, holding globus cruciger.  VICTORIA AVGu,  angel standing facing, holding staff surmounted by a staurogram, and globus  cruciger, Z//CONOB in exergue.

PHOCAS 607AD NGC Certified AU Ancient Byzantine GOLD Solidus Coin w ANGEL i54738

Byzantine Empire Phocas -  Emperor: November 23, 602 - October 5, 610 A.D. - Gold Solidus 20mm (4.35 grams) Constantinople mint, struck circa 603-607  A.D. Reference: DOC 5h; MIBE 7; SB 618 Certification:  NGC Ancients  Ch AU Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5 4277578-001 Pedigree: From The Alexander White III Collection O N FOCAE PЄRP AVG, crowned, draped and  cuirassed bust of Phocas facing, holding globus cruciger. VICTORIA AVGG, angel  standing facing, holding staff surmounted by a staurogram, and globus cruciger,  H//CONOB in exergue.

CONSTANS II Pagonatos 646AD Gold Solidus Byzantine NGC Certified MS Coin i54535

Byzantine Empire Constans II, Pagonatos - Emperor: September 641-15 July 668  A.D. Gold Solidus 19mm (4.47 grams) Constantinople, 8th officina, dated  IY 5 (646/7 A.D.) Reference: Sear 942. DOC 5d. Rare! Certification:  NGC Ancients  MS Strike: 4/5 Surface: 4/5 4247225-004 d N CONSTAN-TINЧS PP AV, crowned and draped bust facing, holding globus cruciger. VICTORIA AVGЧ, cross potent sent on three steps; Є (date) in right field; H//CONOB.

LEO III & CONSTANTINE V Syracuse Gold Byzantine Coin NGC Certified MS i54536

Byzantine Empire Leo  III the Isaurian -  Byzantine Emperor: March 25, 717 - June 18, 741 A.D. with Constantine V, Copronymus - Byzantine Emperor: June 18, 741 - September 14,  775 A.D. Gold Tremissis 13mm (1.16 grams) Syracuse mint, struck circa  735-741 A.D. Reference: Sear 1528A;  DOC 51 VERY RARE! Certification:  NGC Ancients  MS Strike: 4/5 Surface: 4/5 3815732-013 ∂ LЄON P A MЧ, crowned facing bust of Leo, wearing chlamys pinned at right  shoulder, holding globus cruciger in right hand and akakia in left. ∂ N CONST-ANTIN, crowned facing bust of Constantine, beardless, wearing chlamys  pinned at right shoulder, holding cross potent in right hand and akakia in left,  + in right field.

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March 21 2016

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How to Manage Store Display and Keep Track of Large Coin Collection & Supplies

How to Manage Store Display and Keep Track of Large Coin Collection & Supplies

Guide to staying Organized, getting Maximum Pleasure and even Showing Your Collection to Others


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I am writing this article as an ancient coin expert, dealer and enthusiast of many years. I have worked with over 53,000 ancient coins. I have some simple techniques that make coin collecting fun and organized. This is geared for those that want to  manage their small to large coin collection with effectiveness and professionalism. I cover topics such as where to buy, how to keep records and how to organize and display your coin collection.

Shop with Reputable Coin Dealers

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Shop with a reputable ancient Greek and Roman coin dealer. It is best if he/she has a great track record and provide a guarantee of authenticity. Also a beautiful certificate is also an added bonus. A reputable seller would be happy to give a refund or exchange should professional coin grading companies or people such as David R. Sear or NGC find a coin is other than described.

Keep Records

When you buy coins, get the certificates of authenticity keep them in a standard vinyl binder in sheet protectors which you can get an any place they sell office supplies. You can also print out a receipt of the PayPal payment you sent and possibly the contact details of the seller you bought from. I have had personal experience when I purchased a coin from another dealer and since I did not keep the receipt at the time, it left a sour taste in both of our mouths when I had to return the coin, I knowing that I bought it from them and having no proof. So this would facilitate an easy return and refund as you kept a record of the item. This way you can buy from many different dealers, and also remember how much the item cost, should you want to sell it in the future, plus you have the description right there, should you want to place it on eBay or another venue. Another helpful technique is to write a little item number of the coin and write it on the little slip of paper that coin in the coin flip and having a list where you write the number where you kept it. Think also about this, a lot of collectors don't keep records and if they pass on and nobody in the family ever got involved with the coins, nobody knows how much they paid, so they may not got the price the original collector paid. Something worthwhile to think about. Keeping score is very important.

Keep Your Coin Collection Organized

I recommend keeping your coins in boxes that are of standard size a 2X2 inch standard. The coins themselves I recommend in non-plasticized coin flips, I recommend getting the package with the little papers so that if anything you can write info on those, such as how much you paid or corresponding to your record keeping system. If you want to display your coins, you can put them on a tray and enjoy their beauty. So below are the coin flips, trays and boxes I use everyday for storage and display of my coins:

These double pocket coin flips are available in 1 1/2, 2 x 2 and 2 1/2 inch sizes, some include paper inserts.Non-Plasticized flips are slightly more rigid than regular vinyl flips. They are considered safe for long term storage of your coins.
Organize and display your coins with our felt coin display trays, designed to be used with our Aluminum coin display case (above) or as a stand alone item. Measures 16 1/8" x 10½"Our display trays are available for storing cardboard coin holders in 1½" x 1½" and 2" x 2" sizes and for slab coin holders in either a horizontal or vertical arrangement; or a full flat tray to use any way you like!
A plastic coin storage box for 2x2 cardboard or plastic coin holders.Features:
  • Triple Compartment Design
  • Blue color
  • Made with durable plastic
  • Measures 2¼" x 9¼"

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March 19 2016

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SHIPS as Galleys & Triremes on Ancient Greek & Roman Coins

Ships and Galleys on Ancient Greek and Roman Coins

The Seafaring Vessels of Ancient Times used for Trade War and Recreation

As you sit and marvel at the piece of history in your hand, you can almost place yourself inside the seafaring vessel and feel the feelings and almost see the sights the ancients went through. The ancient Greek and Roman empires and kingdoms were well inter-connected via the sea route and would have major trade going on between them. An example is that ancient Egypt was a major source of grain supply for the people of ancient Rome. They used ships and galleys to go between each place to spread culture, ideas, goods and even domination. The ancient Romans got major influences from the Greeks which they adapted via the trade and conquests they achieved hundreds of years BC. This article is meant to be as a survey of the types of ancient coins that depicted ships on them.

What is interesting is that there was a major turning point in Western history that had to do with a ship battle that emperor Augustus' general Agrippa fought against Mark Antony, whom was commanding the fleet of the famous Egyptian queen Cleopatra. This battle in 31 B.C. Actium was the turning point which left the power of the Roman Empire in the hands of one man alone, Augustus. It is interesting to note for example, that the only biological son that Julius Caesar had was growing up under the care of Cleopatra, and if orders were not sent to eliminate him, there would be a rival to the power Augustus had.

It is interesting to also note that ships were depicted on coins of many Greek cities, such as Sidon, Askalon and on coins of King Demetrios Poliorcetes of Macedon, and so much more. The study of ships all on its own could occupy many volumes. The topic had been the focal point of many ancient coin collections.

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Just some of the Interesting Coins Depicting Ships on Ancient Coins

authentic ancient silver roman coin of mark antony with cleopatra's ships for his legionsauthentic ancient silver roman coin of mark antony with cleopatra's ships for his legions Mark Antony - Silver Denarius
Struck at Actium 32-31 B.C. for Marc Antony's III Legion
ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley right.
LEG III , Legionary eagle between two standards.
This famous coin was struck for the battle of Actium in 31 B.C.
where Mark Antony's ships came head to head with the forces of Augustus' general, Agrippa. Authentic ancient silver greek coin for sale  Authentic ancient silver greek coin for sale Greek city of Histiaia in Euboia
Silver Tetrobol 15mm (1.43 grams) Struck circa 300-200 B.C.
Reference: Sear 2496; B.M.C. 8. 47-8
Head of nymph Histiaia right, wreathed with vine, hair rolled.
ISTIAIEΩN, nymph Histiaia right on stern of galley, ornamented with wing, holding naval standard.

This type, commemorated the expulsion, with Athenian help of the pro-Macedonian tyrant Philistides in 340 B.C.

  Constans - Roman Emperor: 337-350 A.D. -
Bronze AE3 18mm (2.96 grams) Thessalonica mint: 348-351 A.D.
Reference: RIC 109 (VIII, Thessalonica)
DN CONSTANS PF AVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
FEL TEMP REPARATIO Exe: TESΔ - Constans standing left on galley, holding Phoenix on globe
and labarum tipped with the Chi-Rho (MONOGRAM of CHRIST); Victory seated to right, steering. Authentic ancient macedonian greek coin with galley ship triremeAuthentic ancient macedonian greek coin with galley ship trireme   Greek Ruler of 
Macedonian Kingdom 
King Demetrius I Poliorcetes - 294-288 B.C. 

Bronze 15mm (3.95 grams) Struck 294-288 B.C.
Reference: Sear 6775; Newell 20
Head of Demetrius right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet ornamented with bull's horn. 
Prow of galley right; BA above, monogram beneath.  Constantine the great authentic ancient roman coin commeorating the founding of rome  Constantine the great authentic ancient roman coin commeorating the founding of rome

Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. -
Founding of New Roman Capital Constantinople Commemorative
Bronze AE3 17mm  Siscia mint circa 330-333 A.D.
Reference: RIC 224 (VII, Siscia)
 CONSTANTINOPOLIS - Constantinopolis helmeted, laureate bust left, holding scepter over shoulder.
 No Legend Exe: .BSIS. - Victory standing left, stepping on galley prow, cradling scepter
and resting hand on shield.

By circa 330 A.D., Constantine the Great completed his new capital for the Roman empire  called Constantinople. For this momentous occasion, he issued two commemorative coin types, one celebrating Rome and the other Constantinople. The type that commemorated Rome had the personification of Rome, Roma with the inscription VRBS ROMA and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus on the reverse suckling the she-wolf. The type that commemorated Constantinople had the personification of Constantinople on the obverse and Victory on a galley sailing with a shield. This was a great way for Constantine the Great to pay homage to both Rome and Constantinople.

Authentic ancient roman coin of hadrian with galley trireme for sale  Authentic ancient roman coin of hadrian with galley trireme for sale

Hadrian - Roman Emperor: 117-138 A.D. -
Bronze As 26mm (9.54 grams) Rome mint: 125-128 A.D.
Reference: RIC 673, Cohen 446 var., BMC 1342; Strack 619
Pedigree: Ex Gorny & Mosch
HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right.
COS III, galley with rowers & pilot right, SC below.

Reverse refers to Hadrian's travels around the empire on his first great tour.


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March 17 2016

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The Types of SILVER Ancient coins of ROMAN REPUBLIC

Guide to Collecting Coins of the ROMAN REPUBLIC

The silver Roman coins before the emperors, prior to 27 B.C. Video presentation with how-to article


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ephapZPEGeM

For almost 500 years (510-27 B.C.), Rome was a Republic and not a dictatorship as it turned into after Julius Caesar and the civil wars that followed. Over it's evolution, Rome had many different coin types issued. This guide is to the silver coins of the Romans from the time of the Republic. Watch the video above for a great explanation on the topic and how to start collecting, along with examples of types available. All of the coins from the Roman Republic have a reference to a standard book on the subject, Roman Silver Coins Volume 1 by David R. Sear which is a must for any ancient coin library that is interested in the topic. Quite frankly it is the only book on you really need on the silver coins of the Roman republic, along with those of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Lepidus and even Augustus. The author, David R. Sear, adopted the standard that Ernest Babelon arranged them in 1885 for the quickest reference purposes.

This area of collecting is one of my personal favorites. There are many important coins dealing with historical events, great generals, important personages, the gods, the goddesses, festivals, architectural works, stories and so much more. However, just like with any topic, it is good to have a guide that will help you learn that it is more simple than you even thought to pursue the collecting of these types. The video you can watch , shows you many types and gets you familiarized with the subject. The list below, allows you to quickly search my store and learn more about the various types of coins according to what I have available at this time.

The coins shown on the video and much more can be seen here: http://bit.ly/republiccoins

The List of the Moneyer Names

This part of the guide is designed to give you an easy way to search my eBay store with advanced search parameters, which search for the specific moneyer names below with the description that are in line with the book: Roman Silver Coins Volume 1 by David R. Sear. As you click each, you will be able to see any examples of that specific moneyer I have available. The goal of this list is to make it easy and fun to explore, learn and even put together a very comprehensive collection of ancient Roman Republican coins.

You can also do a search yourself in my store for by checking off the box that says "in titles & descriptions" and then typing in specifically in quotes "", the parameter like this: "reference: moneyernamehere". This way if you are already proficient in the types and are looking for specific examples, you can find them yourself also without having to refer to this guide.



Guide to the Coins of the Roman Republic Video


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March 15 2016

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"Show me the money": A look at investing in rare coins

"Show me the money": A look at investing in rare coins

Having collectibles as an investment can be a great way to diversify your investment portfolio and minimize risk. The general rule of thumb is to invest in what you love when it comes to collectibles so that if your collection doesn’t realize a return, you still get to enjoy your collection.With uncertainty ever present in the public and private markets coupled with recession and other economic ups and downs, tangible assets, also known as hard assets, present a variety of options for investors who want to put money toward areas of their personal interest.

These may include income producing assets such as timberland, farmland, and commodities of all kind.  For more general information on investing in tangible assets, click here.

Collectibles are fast becoming a popular investment vehicle for those who have lost trust in the public stock markets or are tired of fluctuations. Tangibles allow an investment to appreciate in value over time, which appeals to investors; however, personal interest in a tangible asset remains the number one reason people choose to invest in collecting them. Rare coins are considered to be a commodity-like investment where sentimental value may exist, but coins are one tangible that can also produce attractive financial returns.

Note that there is a distinction between coins as bullion and coins as numismatics. Bullion has a higher ‘melt value’ – the value the metal would be worth if melted down. Numismatic coins, because they are often much older and made of various metals and components, have a lower melt value and are worth less when melted then they are in coin form. The general rule of thumb is to buy bullion for business, numismatics for fun.

This is the second in an AIMkts® series providing an introduction into various subclasses of antiques and collectibles.  This installment:  rare coins.

Why rare coins? 

People collect rare coins for the same reason people collect art, says Ilya Zlobin, ancient numismatic coin expert, dealer and enthusiast of TrustedCoins.com. “Rare coins, especially of the ancient Greeks and Romans capture the feel and the art of the time period [like] statues and architecture that have long been lost to history…” Also, says Zlobin, there is a very high upside resale potential should investors make the right buy for the right price.

“…Stories of exponential growth understandable stoke investor interest in the world of collectibles,” according to a 2012 Barclay’s report. However, “Relatively few wealth individuals own treasure solely for its financial characteristics. Investors that do seek financial returns on insurance from their treasure typically favor commodity-like items, such as precious metals, coins and jewelry.”

Once nicknamed “the hobby of kings“, collecting coins has become an everyman’s game thanks to a rise in numismatic scholarship, education, access to information and a growing sophistication of the general public over the last 500 years and is popularly referred to as “the king of hobbies”. For the average person, owning coins make possessing a piece of history remarkably accessible, and for those with an interest in antiquities, coins are more accessible, in general, than larger, tangible asset investments.

For beginners, collecting rare coins may seem daunting. Experts and experienced collectors offer this advice:

  • Specialize – Choose a particular emperor, denomination, theme or time period and use it to guide how you invest. Stay focused on a particular concentration and build within that. Financier Louis E. Eliasberg did just that and his collection got him listed among the world’s most famed collectors.
  • Scrutinize – Don’t just pick randomly from your choices. Know what you’re looking for and examine coins carefully to make sure they fit with the direction you’re taking your collection.
  • Study – Collectors shouldn’t just take the opinions or advice of sellers. Collectors should become experts themselves, studying up on values, denominations, rarity and other aspects of the area in which they intent to collection so as to make an informed decision when investing. Read trade magazines, talk to other collectors and learn what questions to ask. Never buy what you don’t understand. Study up on some coin collecting lingo here.
  • Start Small – Buying small will allow investors to start collecting without betting the farm. Buying large quantities of coins or buying high priced coins should only come with experience. While buying rare coins or coins minted with historically importance is ideal, amateur or inexperience collectors should never spend large amounts of money on coins they don’t understand. Collector and numismatics mentor Susan Headley notes, “If you can’t afford to shell out $2,000 [per] coin to buy…high grades, then buy common coins in the finest grades you can.”
Grading

Adding to that advice, we caution all coin investors to know their dealer. Investing in rare coins is as much as investment as putting money toward any asset class – trust is key. As a purveyor of rare coins, Zlobin notes that the grading scale is subjective one, with Good (G) being the lowest, to Very Good (VG), then Fine (F) followed by Very Fine (VF), followed by Extra Fine (EF) and finally, a perfect mint-state called Fleur-De-Coin (FDC).

The overall appearance of a coin and its appeal to buyers and sellers alike are all highly subjective matters and grading standards may vary. Well-known houses like Heritage Auctions provide some guidance and the Professional Coin Grading Service, among others, can give a point of reference as well, but keep in mind that very fine distinctions between coins will make a big difference in its worth, even thousands of dollars’ worth of difference for the smallest distinction. Subjectivity is considered to be one of the risks in rare coin investing.

“With many dealers and collectors, the coin’s state of preservation and aesthetic beauty are of paramount importance. In other words a beautiful coin is more desirable, and also much rarer in that state of preservation,” says Zlobin. “There are other things that are important for ancient numismatic coins, too, such as centering, the artistic beauty of the strike and its sharpness. Ancient coins were struck by hand, so a coin in fantastic preservation that is nicely centered and of an interesting historical character, period or city would have higher value.”

Speaking of risk…

“Caveat emptor” says Zlobin. “Deal with people that provide a guarantee and a good track record with their coins [and] with people you know and trust. Always ask for the best possible price.”

Just like any investment has inherent risk, coin collecting is no different. Are the risks any greater or less than investing anywhere else? Not if you invest in what you love, say collectors. “There are many reputable dealers out there,” says Zlobin “It is a very big advantage to deal with them, as many have knowledge and experience, and know that it’s just good business to sell only authentic coins.”

However, the Federal Trade Commission has issued warnings to help protect consumers from fraud. Read the warning here. False claims about grading, current value and buy back options are the most common ways investors lose money when collecting coins. “Examine coins in person. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to make a practical decision about buying a particular coin based on a photo or a conversation with the seller,” advises the FTC. “Check out any coin dealers in a search engine online. Read about other people’s experiences. Try to communicate offline if possible to clarify any details. In addition, contact your state Attorney General and local consumer protection agency.” And always get a second opinion.

Zlobin’s risk advice to investors is:

  • Always try to get the best possible price – Investing in rare coins doesn’t have to break your bank. Some dealers can give you breaks as the margins are often-times sufficient for everyone to be happy.
  • Be detached about the outcome of the deal – Do your best to secure a great deal, but be an investor that can also think as a collector. This way you win either way.
  • Keep records of how much you paid for a coin, and all receipts – This will give you a record of the coin’s grade, and purchase information.  Also, if you want to sell these investments and realize a profit, you’ll need to be organized.
  • Work with dealers willing to prove themselves – Some dealers provide a lifetime guarantee of authenticity, and some will issue certificates of authenticity.
Return on Investment

In general, investors can expect rare coins to have an investment horizon similar to most other investments – one that will last for a few months to many years. “I have seen ancient coins sold at one major auction house, to be sold just several months later and for more money at another auction house,” says Zlobin. “Yes, it is possible to make money rather quickly with intimate knowledge of the market [but] the money in ancient numismatic coins is made during the purchase of the item. A good rule of thumb is to always do your research and know that you can at least get what you paid for the coin back… With uncertainties about the valuations of all the global currencies, it is a good idea to hedge your net worth with this being a great avenue for storing wealth. Numismatic coins especially may carry a higher resale value than gold or silver bullion, as they are not as prone to those specific market fluctuations.”

There are professional numismatic reference sites, where investors can trace the price trends of many different coin types going back many years and get an idea of how certain coins will fare on the resale market. Although any investment carries risk, and although almost all dealers of any investment will tell you that “past performance is not an indicator of future results”, investors can make informed decisions about their coins by taking a look at how the pros have traced them through the years.

Is collecting rare coins for you?

So, who are the buyers of rare coins? For the most part, they are anyone who is interested in owning a tangible piece of history. “For ancient numismatic coins specifically, the historical value is very important,” Zlobin says. “For example, a Julius Caesar coin sells in any market in practically any condition. Another well-known name would be Alexander the Great.”

Coin collecting, known as “the king of hobbies” is an investment almost anyone can make. For serious investors, coins are a tangible asset that will provide diversity in an investment portfolio and help hedge against inflation as the value of rare coins is generally stable. “A lot of people don’t know this, but ancient coins are actually quite abundant,”according to Zlobin. Some celebrities and many other famous individuals are known to be avid coin collectors such as J.P. Morgan, the Hunt brothers hockey great Wayne Gretzky, Buddy Ebsen (aka “Jed Clampett”), and Nicole Kidman.

“Coins, especially numismatic coins, are a beautiful asset to have,” says Zlobin. “Think about how tough it would be to fit a huge painting or a statue or another heavy work of art in your pocket, but an ancient coin can be placed in your pocket, yet be worth quite a lot of money. So you can say the reason why coins are so popular is that they are the original form of money and will always have some sort of value, whether intrinsic or numismatic, or both.”


By Alicia Purdy, Contributing Editor, Accredited Investor Markets
Reprinted with permission from Accredited Investor Markets (www.aimkts.com)

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March 14 2016

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CHARIOTS as shown on Authentic Ancient Greek & Roman Coins

Ancient Greek and Roman Chariots on Coins

Biga ancient roman chariot coin

See the different types of chariots depicted on coins of ancient Greece and Rome

The ancient Greeks and Romans used the chariot for war, racing, processions and travel. On ancient coins, the chariot was featured being driven by emperors, important personages and even gods and goddesses. They were usually pulled by horses, but on ancient coins sometimes even by flying serpents and goats. There is a certain excitement associated with the chariot that is almost archetypal. The Latin word "carrus" is the root of the English word "chariot". Imagine the excitement the ancient spectators would feel as they saw chariots racing around the Circus Maximus in Rome or even other parts of the empire. Chariots are a fascinating topic of study and collecting. See the sights and feel the feeling with these authentic ancient coins depicting the chariot here.

Click here to see all coins with a chariot.

Biga ancient roman chariot coin Triga three horse chariot ancient roman coin Triumphal quadriga four horse chariot roman coin Sol the sun god in four horse drawn quadriga chariot

Biga, Triga and Quadriga chariots on ancient ancient Roman coins. Biga means a two horse, triga means a three horse and a quadriga means four horse chariot.

A chariot pulled by goats!

By winged serpents, with this depiction of Triptolemus.

By even elephants! There is even a story about Pompey the Great who tried to use a chariot pulled by elephants for his triumphal march through Rome. It couldn't fit through the gates though, so he had to get on a regular chariot pulled by horses. There was a Greek general who had a battle on the streets of one of the Greek cities he tried to conquer. One of his commanders tried sending an elephant through the doorway into the city. However, the elephant got stuck and the re-enforcements could not come for the battle. Also it was Seleukos I of the Seleukid kingdom, who traded the territories Alexander the Great won in northern India for 500 War elephants. Hannibal also apparently used the war elephants. Alexander the Great battled elephants in India mounted by archers. Interesting and exciting creatures elephants are!

Interesting type issued for Constantine, for his deification, where he is pictured taking a quadriga (four horse) chariot up to heaven with the hand of God accepting him.

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March 09 2016

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TOUR of ANCIENT ROME with PROFESSOR Exploring Colosseum Forum and More

Video Tour of Ancient Rome with Professor Exploring Colosseum Forum & More


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHlvqj3HD5s

Took tour with professional tour guide and published professor who lives in Rome and knows it inside out. This intimate experience shows Rome as it really is meant to be experienced with detours into "hidden gems". He explained how the city went from the one of ancient times and how it was built up over time. The tour starts at the Colosseum and takes you through a detour to a preserved Roman buildings turned into a church. After which point there is a visit to the Roman forum, along which includes the famous Senate house where Julius Caesar got assassinated on the Ides of March 44 B.C. and the final resting place of his ashes in the forum. There was a visit the home of the vestal Virgins. Then of course we go to higher ground and see the palace that the Caesars lived in at Rome. Overall a breathtaking experience into the ancient past as cannot be experienced through just reading. It was a pleasure visiting these sites because I have been fascinated with ancient coins all of these years, and now I was able to have an even stronger understanding and appreciation of the subject.

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March 06 2016

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Ancient GREEK & ROMAN Coin Collecting Guide VIDEOS

Ancient Coin Collecting Guide 30+ Educational Video Collection

View All the Videos About Ancient Coins Talking About Various Topics of Interest in Ancient Coins


Click here to watch all the educational videos about coins

This is my collection of my entire works that I have done up to this point in regards to presenting ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins on video and explaining the historical context they have come from. This is an amazing way to feel the amazing history almost in your hands that may spark your interest in the various topics covered. It would be a great idea to save this article in PDF format with the link at the bottom of this post.

These videos are arranged in a YouTube playlist and when you go there you will be able to choose which videos would interest you, or you can let the whole entire series play one after another after another. This is a great almost "hands-on" way to learn the various topics covered in ancient coin collecting. Click here to start watching the collection. There are also links below the video that take you to an article for the video you are watching.

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Interview with Expert about Ancient Coin Collecting & Alternative Investing

Great tips and information about the topic of ancient coins by Accredited Investor Markets Radio - a podcast about investing in alternative assets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp4zNGnrx7M

Collecting rare coins, the once-named “hobby of kings” has grown to become the “king of hobbies”, with people from all walks of life getting into the game. In Episode 22, investors will learn the basics of numismatic investing with rare coins dealer and coin expert Ilya Zlobin of TrustedCoins.com. Accredited Investor Markets Radio host Chris Cahill has an in-depth discussion with Zlobin about ancient coin quality and factors that affect value as well as what the coolest coins are on the market right now.

About Ilya Zlobin

Ilya Zlobin is an expert, author, enthusiast and dealer in ancient coins. He has authored dozens of articles and videos regarding various topics in ancient coin collecting. Ilya is world-renowned for his knowledge in this field having worked with over 54,000 ancient coins and having over 10 years experience in this field selling and researching numismatic coins. He continues writing articles and making videos educating the public about the wonders of ancient coins. His belief is that anything worth doing is worth doing well. He has a selection of thousands of different ancient coins available through his website , http://www.TrustedCoins.com

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