Category Archives: Syracuse

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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Coinage of King Pyrrhus – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. EPIRUS IS A rugged corner of northwestern Greece and southern Albania. It emerged as an independent kingdom in the fourth century BCE, a time when other contemporary Greeks regarded the region’s tribes as “semi-barbarian”. About 319 BCE a prince of Epirus was born, named Pyrrhus, whose father was a […]

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Sea Creatures on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   ANCIENT PEOPLE WHO lived around the shores of the Mediterranean were intimately familiar with the marine life around them. Fish were a critical resource for these societies, figuring prominently in their culture, art, and mythology from very early times. When coinage came into wide […]

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MA-Shops: The Ancient Coins of Syracuse

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… A Powerful and Flourishing City It’s not tough to find a topic to write about when there are so many fascinating and beautiful coins available. There is so much inspiration for my blogs but also a lot of inspiration for collectors among all those great […]

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NGC Ancients – Collecting Greek Coins on a Budget

Greek coins are available for every budget   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… As we saw in the last column, ancient Roman coins offer some unexpected opportunities for collectors at most every level of budget. This month we’ll focus on similar bargains available in the field of ancient Greek coins, many of which are […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – Agathokles’ Victory

Sicily, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BC. Silver Tetradrachm By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… Agathokles was the last of the larger-than-life rulers of Syracuse, but he was not merely given the right to the throne. He was born in Thermae in 361 BCE to a Greek manufacturer of pottery, but he quickly tired […]

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NGC Ancients: Classic Greek Coins, Part 4

David Vagi continues his discussion of the designs of select ancient Greek coins in the fourth of a multi-part series By David Vagi – Director, NGC Ancients ……   As our survey of Greek silver coins continues, we’ll depart from the geographical format and investigate the coins of the Hellenistic Kingdoms. With the expansion of the […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – The Tumultuous History of Kamarina

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… The history of Kamarina, a port city on the southern coast of Sicily, is among the most tumultuous of Ancient Greece. It was founded in 599 BCE by settlers from Syracuse and its location allowed it to grow quickly and amass substantial wealth through trade. However, […]

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Silver Tetradrachm Coins of Ancient Sicily: NGC Ancients

Silver tetradrachms of Sicily are highly sought after by ancient-coin collectors Collectors have long agreed that many of the most impressive ancient coins were produced in Sicily. With its advantageous location between Italy and North Africa, this island was a cultural crossroads of the Mediterranean. It also was the site of frequent warfare among those […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Lions on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Hektor came on against them, as a murderous lions on cattle who in a low-lying meadow of a great marsh pasture by hundreds, and among them a herdsman who does not quite know how to fight a wild beast off from killing a horn-curved  ox… —Iliad, Book 15:630-636 MORE THAN THIRTY THOUSAND YEARS AGO, […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – Kamarina’s Tumultuous History

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… The history of Kamarina, a port city on the southern coast of Sicily, is among the most tumultuous of Ancient Greece. It was founded in 599 BC by settlers from Syracuse and its location allowed it to grow quickly and amass substantial wealth through trade. However, […]

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Ancient Coins – Highly Desirable Signed Decadrachm by Kimon

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers …….. The inaugural preview for the upcoming January New York International Numismatic Convention Auction hosted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an exciting coin. The Decadrachms of Syracuse are widely considered to be some of the finest pieces of numismatic art in antiquity if not in the […]

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NGC Ancients – Masterpieces of Kimon and Euainetos

Classic example of a decadrachm with Euainetos-signed dies. by Josh Illingworth, NGC Ancients ……… NGC Ancients examines the series of silver decadrachms struck at Syracuse (Sicily) in the fifth to fourth centuries B.C. During the time of Dionysius I (c.405-367 BC), a beautiful series of large silver coins were introduced at Syracuse, the chief city of […]

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