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NGC Ancients Certifies Fabled ‘EID MAR’ Aureus of Brutus

Perhaps the most important and valuable Roman coin ever to be offered at auction — an ‘EID MAR’ aureus of Brutus in Mint State condition — has been certified by NGC Ancients, the world’s premier service for third-party authentication and grading of ancient coins. This remarkable example of one of the rarest ancient coins in […]

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NGC Ancients – Bronze Coinage of the Greek Kings of Ptolemaic Egypt

Choice and rare ‘Bronzes’ of ancient Egypt are eagerly sought by collectors By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Egypt under the Greek ‘Ptolemaic‘ kings and queens produced a substantial coinage. In all metals, there are numerous designs, mint-designations and varieties that make the series both challenging and fascinating. In previous columns, we offered overviews of […]

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NGC Ancients – The Lives of Four Emperors on Roman Coins

A popular way to collect ancient Roman coins is by emperor By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Portraits are one of the hallmarks of coins of the Roman Empire. For centuries, collectors have marveled at the images of emperors and members of their families that appear on coins. Not surprisingly, portraits often are the focus […]

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NGC Ancients – Bridges on Roman Coins

Bridges on Roman Coins By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… A number of Roman coins depict bridges, although not always exact likenesses. As engineers and architects, the Romans had few peers in the ancient world. Many of their buildings and monuments survive to this day, though most have vanished due to catastrophes or the recycling […]

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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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NGC Ancients – Roman Republican Silver Serrati Coins

The reason for the serrated edges on some silver Roman Republic denarii is not known   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The edges of most silver denarii of the Roman Republic have no particular features beyond those imparted by the flow of metal during the striking process. There is, however, a group of coins […]

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NGC Ancients – Collecting Roman Coins on a Budget

Roman coins are readily available and can be acquired for reasonable prices By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Like so many areas of numismatics, ancient coins offer opportunities for collectors of most every budget – ranging from less than $10 per coin to astonishing masterpieces that fetch seven figures. This time, we’ll take a look […]

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NGC Ancients: Late Roman Coin Reverse Types, Part 2

Reverse types of the Late Roman Empire are remarkably varied, with military and religious types being the most abundant   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Click Here for Part I In the previous column, we examined some of the familiar reverse types associated with Roman military life and the vows undertaken by emperors. In […]

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NGC Ancients: Late Roman Coin Reverse Types, Part 1

The reverse designs of late Roman coins typically feature military themes   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Coins of the Late Roman Empire have a remarkable variety of designs. In the previous column, we examined some of the principal types encountered on the obverse – typically the imperial portrait. In this installment (and the […]

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NGC Ancients: Late Roman Coin Obverse Types

Roman Emperors and many of their family members had coins with their portraits issued By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Coins of the Late Roman Empire offer a treasure trove of interesting designs at affordable prices. This has long attracted specialists to the field, as collectors can acquire intriguing, historical coins without having to sacrifice […]

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Jeff Garrett: Rediscover Ancient Coinage

Make amazing historical connections by holding coins that were part of the cogs of commerce millennia ago By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… When walking around most bourse floors at conventions these days, I am amazed by how many rare coin dealers now offer ancient coins. I would estimate that 20 to […]

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Grading Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. FEW TOPICS IN CLASSICAL NUMISMATICS provoke more ferocious argument than the grading of ancient coins. Among collectors of classic American coins the 70-point “Sheldon Scale”[1] is universally accepted as a standard. Machine-made modern coins in the highest grades have literally, never been touched by human hands. Ancient […]

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NGC Ancients – Roman Provincial Coin Portraits

Portraits on Roman provincial coins range from crude to skillfully engraved Roman provincial coins–those struck outside of Italy, in the provinces of Rome–are among the most fascinating of all ancient coins. They often have intriguing designs and bear portraits of great interest. The die engraving on provincial coins varies incredibly, from cartoonish efforts to artistic […]

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NGC Ancients: A Guide to Bronze Byzantine Coin Denominations

Collectors enjoy the challenge of building sets of Byzantine Coin denominations The Byzantine Empire (491 to 1453 CE/AD) produced a tremendous number of coins during its near-millennium of existence. A large percentage of these coins were struck in copper, often Byzantine Coin denominations marks are rendered in Greek or Latin. Byzantine coinage is generally considered to have […]

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NGC-Certified World and Ancient Coins Top Heritage Auctions’ ANA Sale

Coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) stood out in Heritage Auctions’ recent Platinum Night sale, held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, August 1-5 in Denver. The sale was headlined by a group of nine NGC-certified Japanese Proof coins from the 1870s that sold for a combined $793,125 USD. […]

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NGC Ancients: Roman Bronzes Appeal to Specialist Collectors

The early Romans’ appreciation for copper money remained strong through the collapse of the Roman Empire In the ancient Greek world there was a strong preference for precious metal coinage. Base metal coins were added to the mix only long after gold, silver and electrum coins had come into regular use – and even then, […]

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Coinweek IQ: Grading Ancient Coins with David Vagi – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ is an ongoing series of exclusive videos that go in-depth into important numismatic topics and feature many of the hobby’s leading experts and personalities. In this IQ video, CoinWeek sits down with NGC Ancients’ Director David Vagi to discuss collecting ancient coins, ancient coin grading, and how new collectors should approach this remarkable […]

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Certified Coins – NGC: A Letter from Mark Salzberg

NGC’s 30th Anniversary The chairman of CCG reflects on the highlights of 2016 and looks ahead to 2017 Dear Fellow Numismatists: I hope that the new year is off to a great start for all of you. For me, this year is particularly special because it marks NGC’s 30th anniversary. It is amazing how much […]

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Certified Coins – NGC: A Letter from Mark Salzberg

NGC’s 30th Anniversary The chairman of CCG reflects on the highlights of 2016 and looks ahead to 2017 Dear Fellow Numismatists: I hope that the new year is off to a great start for all of you. For me, this year is particularly special because it marks NGC’s 30th anniversary. It is amazing how much […]

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NGC Ancient Coins: Unusual Bactrian Portraits

By NGC Ancients …..   The royal busts of the Indo-Greek kings are often adorned with unusual helmets and headdresses Among the most interesting and diverse portraits on ancient ‘Greek’ coinage are those of the Indo-Greek kings of Bactria, a region on the fringe of the Greek world. In addition to the portraits themselves, which […]

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The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. While the modern coin market is hot, Ancient world coins an exciting option; Colonial era coins from mother country a great value As we approach the fall season, Major League Baseball is sprinting toward an exciting post season, football has returned, network TV is ready to unveil […]

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NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

The traditional, narrow definition of the biblical Widow’s Mite is in need of revision The Biblical Widow’s Mite is among the most familiar, yet most mysterious, coins of antiquity. Truth be told, we don’t know exactly what it was. The best place to start is the New Testament, where the widow’s offering is described in […]

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NGC Ancient Coins: The Golden Age of Rome

Perhaps no epoch in history has been so admired as the Roman Empire of the 2nd Century CE – Rome’s ‘Golden Age’ – during which the Romans achieved a balance of political stability and economic and intellectual success that had never before existed Rome’s Golden Age is famously described by the historian Edward Gibbon. In […]

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NGC Ancient Roman Coins: The Golden Age of Rome

Perhaps no epoch in history has been so admired as the Roman Empire of the 2nd Century CE. The Emperors are depicted on these ancient Roman coins. During this time, Romans achieved a balance of political stability and economic and intellectual success that had never before existed Ancient Roman Coins Rome’s Golden Age is famously […]

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NGC Ancients Grades Possibly Unique Roman Gold Medallion

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded an important large-sized gold medallion of the Roman Emperor Constantine I (307-337 CE) that many believe to be unique. One of the most famous Roman Emperors, Constantine I is often called “the Great” for his many achievements during his three decades in power. He is particularly well known for […]

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