Category Archives: Roman Coins

CoinWeek Podcast #137: Standing Up for Coins and Battling MOUs (with Peter Tompa)

 CoinWeek Podcast #137: Standing Up for Coins and Battling MOUs (with Peter Tompa) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Today on the CoinWeek Podcast, we talk to Peter Tompa about the pending renewal of an MOU between the United States and […]

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Canada: Looking through a lens, new silver coin highlights Moraine Lake in Banff National Park

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a new two-coin series which includes an element on silver Proof and colour coins that highlights the art of photography. Along with the advanced technology, which enables the addition of rich colour applications onto a Proof coin, the series offers a look through the lens of noted Canadian photographer and filmmaker Peter McKinnon

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Ancient Roman Coins – Vespasian Aureus Buried at Pompeii

Vespasian. 69-79 CE. AV Aureus – Rome Mint – Struck 70 CE By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC …. Mt. Vesuvius began erupting on August 24, 79 CE and continued for two days, burying the Roman settlements of Pompeii and Herculaneum, among others. There were warning signs: small earthquakes started a few […]

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World Records – The Most Expensive Roman Gold Coin Ever Sold at Public Auction

As one of the largest surviving Roman gold medallions, this piece is one of only two known. circa 308 CE Eight-Aureus Gold Medallion On April 5, 2011, the auction firm Numismatica Ars Classica  sold a rare Roman gold aurei medallion, which established what auction officials claimed was a new world record price. The Auction which […]

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Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

Aureus 64-65, AV 7.27 g. NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC …… The name Nero holds a particularly sinister connotation due to how history remembers his cruel and self-indulgent tendencies. His reputation was equally negative during his reign, and the discontent came to a climax in 64 CE. […]

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Monster: The Coinage of Caligula

  CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. Oderint, dum metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear). — Caligula THE ANNALS OF THE ROMAN HISTORIAN TACITUS (56 – 117 CE) survived in one damaged medieval manuscript at the Monte Cassino monastery[1]. The section covering the reign of Emperor Caligula is missing, and we […]

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A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By Joe Jaroch –  Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ………. Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the U.S. Mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s where […]

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Ancient Roman Gold Coins – Faustina, Wife of Marcus Aurelius

Ancinet Roman Gold Coin – Aureus of Faustina Junior, wife of Marcus Aurelius By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… Annia Galeria Faustina was a daughter of Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. She was named after her mother and was her parents’ fourth and youngest child and their second daughter. She was also their only […]

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Ancient Roman Coin – The Loyalty of Sextus Pompey

Roman Coin – Sextus Pompey; 42-40 BCE, Denarius By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ….. The title used on this Roman coin, praefectus classis et orae maritimae ex senatus consulto (“commander of the fleet and of the sea shores by decision of the Senate”), is a well-aimed insult to the other triumviri who […]

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Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Octavian. Gold Aureus (7.8g) minted at Rome, 32-31 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC…. Octavian was the son of Julius Caesar’s niece and Caesar himself sponsored his introduction into public life when Octavian accompanied his uncle in his triumph over the Spanish in 46 BCE. Octavian was only 20 years old when […]

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Ancient Roman Coins – Rome at its Finest under Emperor Antoninus Pius

138-161 AD. Aureus, 7.30g (6h). Rome, 140-4 AD By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… Antoninus Pius is remembered by history as a kind, just, and intelligent emperor. Having held the title for 23 years, the longest reign since that of Augustus, he had a great deal of time in office to make […]

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Ancient Roman Coins – Military Strength in Rome’s Golden Age

Ancient Roman Coins – HADRIAN. 117-138 AD. Aureus  Struck 124-128 AD. By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   Hadrian was the third of the Five Good Emperors (all shown on ancient roman coins ), reigning during the peak of Roman prosperity. His ascension to the throne was met with some controversy as […]

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Roman Coins – The Tribute Penny – Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s

Tribute Penny – Tiberius (AD 14-37). AV aureus ). Lugdunum, ca. AD 18-35. The same type was also issued in silver, which became known as the “ Tribute Penny ” due to its famous reference in the Bible by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC…. Providing significant contrast to the many people who would […]

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Ancient Roman Coins – Vespasian Aureus, Buried at Pompeii

  Vespasian. AD 69-79. AV Aureus – Rome mint – Struck AD 70 By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC …. Mt. Vesuvius began erupting on August 24, 79 CE and continued for two days, burying the Roman settlements of Pompeii and Herculaneum, among others. There were warning signs: small earthquakes started a […]

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Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

Aureus 64-65, AV 7.27 g. NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC …. The name Nero holds a particularly sinister connotation due to how history remembers his cruel and self-indulgent tendencies. His reputation was equally negative during his reign, and the discontent came to a climax in 64 CE. […]

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Hoard of 41 Roman solidi discovered in a Dutch orchard

The Dutch website de Volksrant reports (in a June 2 article by Geertje Dekkers) on the disclosure of a 41-piece gold hoard unearthed in an orchard in Gelderland. Based on certain of the gold solidi—those from the brief rule of Majorian (457–461)—experts believe the coins were buried around 460 AD

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Hoard of 41 Roman solidi discovered in a Dutch orchard

The Dutch website de Volksrant reports (in a June 2 article by Geertje Dekkers) on the disclosure of a 41-piece gold hoard unearthed in an orchard in Gelderland. Based on certain of the gold solidi—those from the brief rule of Majorian (457–461)—experts believe the coins were buried around 460 AD

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American Numismatic Society Launches Image-Based Identification for Roman Coins

  New ANS Database makes it easier to identify Roman Coins… The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce a new interface for Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE), which allows non-specialists, hobbyists, collectors, archaeologists, and others to browse Roman Imperial coins by image for free online. People can compare the coins in […]

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Ancient Coins – How Elephants were Depicted on Ancient Coinage

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. STRONG, INTELLIGENT AND LONG-LIVED – yet surprisingly gentle – elephants have long exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination. Prehistoric cave paintings depict elephants and their extinct cousins, the wooly mammoth and mastodon. Ivory from elephant tusks was a precious raw material in the ancient world […]

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A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By Joe Jaroch -  Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ………. Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the U.S. Mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s where […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of Julius Caesar

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he is grown so great? —Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 What makes Caesar so Great? PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHING ELSE about ancient history recognize the name Julius Caesar but might be hard-pressed to say what he ever did, […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of Julius Caesar

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he is grown so great? —Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 What makes Caesar so Great? PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHING ELSE about ancient history recognize the name Julius Caesar but might be hard-pressed to say what he ever did, […]

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Monaco Rare Coins Announces Roman Earthquake Relief Fund

Ancient Roman Coins Offer Relief for Italy Earthquake Victims Gold & Silver Romans Purchased This Month Generate a 5% Relief Fund Donation By Monaco Rare Coins …… Since before the age of Christ, Italy has had its share of natural disasters, from the volcano of Pompeii, to the burning of Rome under Caesar Nero, to […]

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World Records – The most expensive Roman gold coin ever sold at a public auction.

As one of the largest surviving Roman gold medallions, this piece is one of only two known. circa A.D. 308 8-Aureus Gold Medallion On April 5, 2011, the auction firm Numismatica Ars Classica  sold a rare Roman gold aurei medallion, which established what auction officials claimed was a new world record price . The Auction […]

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Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting….   Some ACCG (Ancient Coin Collectors Guild) members have asked what they can do to assure that the purchases they make are legal. One might theoretically ask the same question about many objects or substances that are traded domestically and internationally. The ACCG web site offers a few […]

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Roman Coins – The “Tribute Penny” – Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s

Tiberius (AD 14-37). AV aureus (19mm, 7.84 gm, 7h). Lugdunum, ca. AD 18-35. by Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC…. Providing significant contrast to the many people who would eventually die fighting for their spot as emperor of Rome, Tiberius didn’t particularly want the title. He was Augustus’ stepson and became emperor in 14 […]

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Agora Ancient Coin Auction #36 Now Live

By Agora Auctions…. Agora Auctions sale #36 is live and so is the dedicated Spartan numismatic sale #68. The sale starts at noon on July 14 and starts he same day. Spartan is not using the buy/bid format used in previous catalogs for this sale. This change has allowed them to significantly lower the estimates […]

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Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part IX: Prutah of Pontius Pilate. Video: 2:52

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot, Producer. In this final episode of Coins […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Expand Online Numismatic Bookstore

Kolbe & Fanning have been augmenting their online bookstore, substantially expanding offerings of numismatic books for direct retail sale at fixed prices. Their online bookstore, on the main Kolbe & Fanning website at www.numislit.com, currently includes over 1350 titles spanning the entire world of numismatics. While many numismatists associate Kolbe & Fanning strictly with auctions, […]

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Exquisite ancient coins in Harlan J. Berk’s current Buy or Bid Sale

Coins of exceptional beauty often deriving from famous old collections are a specialty of Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. The firm’s latest Buy or Bid Sale, which closes on 30 April 2015, offers collectors a choice of 542 ancient coins, plus 21 coins of the world and 46 antiquities or antique maps. Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., […]

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First Read: Coinage in the Roman Economy

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Essay by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Coinage in the Roman Economy by Kenneth Harl, Ph.D. Buy the book before you buy the coin. -Numismatic proverb (attributed to Aaron Feldman) I’m always a little embarrassed when CoinWeek describes me as an […]

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Israel Recovers Ancient Coins Stolen from Site

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On December 31, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that it had recovered over 800 ancient coins from the house of a Beit Shemesh man who confessed to looting items from a local archaeological site. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was apprehended by border police while on […]

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Harlan J. Berk Ltd to Present Gemini XII Ancient and World Coin Auction January 11th

Harlan J. Berk Ltd. is proud to present Gemini XII which will take place on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 3:20 p.m. in the Norse Suite at the Waldorf Astoria in association with the 43rd annual New York International Coin Fair. The auction has a total of 537 lots and is comprised of extraordinary ancient […]

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This Little Piggy Went to Market: Boars, Hogs, Sows and Piglets on Ancient Coins

Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Intelligent, adaptable and omnivorous, pigs have long been companions to humans. We know from cave paintings that Palaeolithic hunters pursued wild boars. The earliest evidence for the domestication of pigs dates from about 8000 BCE (Larson). Even though it is surrounded by many cultural and religious taboos, […]

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Small Change: The Tiniest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: By Mike Markowitz “Parva Ne Pereant” In 2014 the British Royal Mint issued a gold proof 50p coin only 8 mm in diameter*, weighing in at 1/40 Troy ounce (0.8 grams.) This is the smallest coin the UK has ever struck and surely one of the smallest modern coins. For comparison, […]

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ANS Announces New Digitization Program for Roman Coins. VIDEO: 13:57

Giles Bransbourg, Adjunct Curator of Roman Coins, American Numismatic Society, Moderator: Harlan Berk……… A new program to digitize the Roman coins in the ANS Collection will begin later this year, the Online Coins of the Roman Empire(OCRE) project, Co-directed by Dr. Andrew Meadows of the ANS and Professor Roger Bagnall of ISAW and managed by […]

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Cool Ancient Coins! CICF 2014. VIDEO: 6:32

Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com with Harlan J. Berk, Harlan J. Berk Ltd and Sam Spiegel, Heritage Auctions……. Here are some of the most valuable and interesting coins of the ancient world. Find out what Cleopatra really looked liked and a coin celebrating one of the first great sport stadiums. These ancient coins include a silver […]

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