Ancient Coins

Ancient coins were more than just money in ancient times, they were also monetary art were civilizations could represent their deities and ideals in miniature sculptures struck in precious metal. Ancient coins tell the story of Early Civilization through the Greek and Roman Empires, from Biblical times to the Middle Ages and Renaissance era.If Ancient coins could talk, what a story they would tell, from the people who designed and minted them, to the many hands these Ancient coins may have passed through. Throughout history, countless nations have risen and eventually crumbled, leaving the coins that survived, as tangible clues to Ancient culture. They have inspired countless countries in their coin minting and set the stage for some of the earliest coin collecting in the numismatic world.

Today, ancient coins are widely purchased and collected, and like most rare coins, there is a strong market for certified graded ancients, from top-tier third party grading companies. No matter what your preference, ancient coins are an exciting and rewarding way to add to your collection, with a rich history that can be seen in the magnificent designs on these notable coins. Ancient coins have survived for generations in the past and will continue to both be appreciated and utilized to teach future generations, making Ancient coins, truly timeless.

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    103-76 BC Judea Ancient Widow's Mite Bronze Prutah Medium Grade with Mini-Album

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    AD 117–138 Ancient Roman Empire Silver Denarius of Hadrian NGC VF

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    AD 138–161 Ancient Roman Silver Denarius of Antoninus Pius Golden Age Hoard NGC XF

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    AD 307-337 Ancient Billon Bronze Roman Nummus of Constantine I London Mint NGC Ch XF

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    AD 193–211 Ancient Roman Silver Denarius of Septimius Severus Colosseum Hoard NGC VF

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    Ancient 300-200 BC Nymphs of Athens Silver Tetrobols of Euboea NGC XF

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    A.D. 253-383 Bronze Rise and Fall of Roman Empire 20-Coin Collection with Case

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    Ancient Widows Mite Bronze Prutah NGC Choice Very Fine

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    Ancient Roman Constantine I Hand Of God NGC CH VF

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    253-268 AD Roman Bronze South Petherton Hoard Gallienus NGC XF

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    85-65 BC Indo-Greek Silver Drachm of King Nahapana Apollodotus II NGC XF+

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    375-294 BC Ancient Greece Ionia Silver Diobol of Teos NGC Ch VF

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    2nd-1st Centuries BC Ancient Greek Silver Lycian League Drachm NGC AU

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    3rd-1st Centuries BC Ancient Roman Republic Random Silver Denarius NGC VF

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    A.D. 147–175/76 Ancient Roman Empire Silver Denarius of Faustina Jr. Golden Age Hoard NGC CH XF

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    Ancient Widow's Mite Bronze Prutah Double Strike NGC Choice F

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    Ancient Roman Bronze Constans NGC AU

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    Ancient Roman Bronze Constantius II NGC CH XF

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    260-269 AD Roman Bronze South Petherton Hoard Postumus NGC AU

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    Ancient Widows Mite Bronze Prutah NGC CH F

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    Ancient Roman Victorinus Circa AD 260

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    244–249 Antioch Silver Tetradrachm Philip I – Prieur Collection NGC Ch AU

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A Brief Time-line:

Ancient Coinage really took off in early Greek civilization, and can be divided into three timeframes, Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic eras, which span more than seven centuries. The Archaic period extends from around 700 BC until the Persian Wars in about 480 BC.  The Classical period ended around 323 BC with the conquests of Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic period concluded around 30 BC with the Roman absorption of the ancient Greek world.

The Archaic Period

Some of the first coins in the world were minted during the Archaic period over 2,500 years ago, by wealthy King Croesus of Lydia, which is now the coast of modern-day turkey. The Lydians’ were early entrepreneurs who needed small forms of monetary exchange, in a standardized precious metal form, which inspired the first coins in the world, baring a symbolic design to authenticate their value. Minted from lumps of electrum, a naturally occurring gold and silver alloy, that was highly prized and abundant in the region.

Classical Greek Coinage

Greek coinage reached a high level of aesthetic and technical quality in the Classical period. Early Greek coinage is considered ancient art, as seen in gorgeous Greek Turtle Silver Stater from Aegina Island and the Greek Athena Owl coin, a beautiful silver tetradrachm which is often considered the first international currency for the ancient Greek world. Special Olympic Staters were produced only during the Olympic games to support the temporary economy and act as a commemorative coin of the events. Many collectors and numismatists consider the finest ancient coin is a large silver decadrachm from Syracuse, which is a testament to Classical Greek numismatic art. It was these Ancient coin designs that inspired President, Theodore Roosevelt to reform American coinage to works of art, who enlisted sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to design the most beautiful American coins ever produced.

Hellenistic Period

During the Hellenistic period, coins featured the portraits of Hellenistic kings like Alexander the Great and successor kings, giving us today a realistic look at the faces many historical figures of the ancient world on the obverse, with visual stories of victorious conquests and political propaganda. Hellenistic coinage was succeeded by what numismatists refer to as Roman Imperatorial Coinage.  Ancient coins can take you back in time to the creation of the Roman Empire, with the faces from Julius Caesar and Augustus, to Cleopatra and Marc Antony. Today, assembling a 12 Caesar set in either gold or silver is an exciting and rewarding adventure to pursue. The true visages of world rulers over the centuries were recorded for posterity, and many of these rulers are unknown to history except through their realistic coin portraits that we see on these Ancient coins.

Judean Coins

The Judeo-Christian religions are well represented by coins, and Ancient Coins from the Bible are very popular today. Many coins refer to events in the New Testament like ancient Widow's Mite Bronze Lepton, the Tribute Penny, Thirty Pieces of Silver coins, and the Coin in the Fish's Mouth. There were many different coins through the ages, each with different designs, weights, inscriptions, and the purity of the metals varied greatly, so a coin’s weight often determined its value. Ancient Roman Bronze Constans, who was the son of Constantine the Great. They are responsible for changing the Roman Empire from a pagan empire to a Christian empire that changed the course of history. The Byzantine Empire was primarily Christian in religion speaking the Greek language and replaced the pagan images of Rome with those of Christianity.