Category Archives: Athens

Reading Ancient Greek Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. Perhaps one reason for the comparatively small interest in Greek coins in the country is the difficulty of understanding their inscriptions. This difficulty is not as great as might be supposed… (Pennington, 1) MODERN AMERICAN COINS are required by law to include quite a lot of text[1]. For example, […]

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Athens Before the Owls: The Wappenmünzen Coins – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. Thanks to rich silver deposits discovered at Laurion[1] in Attica in 483 BCE, the abundant “owl” tetradrachms of Athens became the dominant trade coin in the ancient world for over a century. But the Athenians had issued a variety of silver coins beginning around the year 560 BCE during […]

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Being Wise About Owls: The Athenian Owl Tetradrachm

By Michael Beall ….. A large increase in the supply of any collectible is a mixed blessing for collectors. Owners of the material see declines in value while others welcome an opportunity to upgrade or add new specimens to their collections at affordable prices. This certainly holds true for ancient coins. During the closing months […]

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NGC Ancients: Silver Coin “Pocket Change” of Central Greece

Interesting silver coins from Central Greece are available for modest prices   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… One popular area for ancient Greek coinage is central Greece, home to a number of important cities, notably Athens. From the sixth century BCE onward, a great variety of coins were struck there, principally in silver and […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – New Style Athens Tetradrachm

Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. New Style Coinage, circa 154-153 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Athens was once immensely powerful and independent, but its invincibility was ultimately disproved. It was conquered first by Sparta, then by Macedonia, and eventually by Rome. Athens’ value was well understood, and it was allowed […]

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Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus and was known in antiquity for its industries, including sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors: Thebes, Corinth, Athens, and Sparta. It was the main mint for the anti-Athenian states in the Peloponnesian War and issued […]

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NGC Ancients: Classic Greek Coins, Part I

NGC’s David Vagi discusses the design varieties of select ancient Greek coins in this first of a multi-part series By David Vagi – Director, NGC Ancients …… The variety of designs found on ancient Greek coins seems limitless, and trying to pick the 10 most famous coin types is like trying to choose the 10 best […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – New Style Athens Tetradrachm

Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. New Style Coinage, circa 154-153 BC by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC…. Athens was once immensely powerful and independent, but its invincibility was ultimately disproved. It was conquered first by Sparta, then by Macedonia, and eventually by Rome. Athens’ value was well understood, and it was allowed to remain […]

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Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus and was known in antiquity for its industries, including sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors: Thebes, Corinth, Athens, and Sparta. It was the main mint for the anti-Athenian states in the Peloponnesian War and issued […]

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