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An Intellectual Curiosity

March 3, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Treasure, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

“We treat all stakeholders with a vested interest in the site with the same intellectual curiosity, which means we interact with and learn from local populations, dealers, collectors, looters, government employees, archaeologists, museum professionals, tourists, and customs agents.”

Morag Kersal, Archaeologist and Assistant Professor at DePaul University

Treating ancient coin collectors with intellectual curiosity is an interesting way for Professor Moreg to describe interaction with a learning discipline that is older than any university in the world. Some of the foremost names in international leadership, social justice, art, science, literature, philanthropy, commerce and virtually every other facet of life were… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Funding Terrorism

January 29, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Foreign Policy, History, Investing, Legal, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

In the wake of the U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee passage of a bill “to protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural and other disasters, and for other purposes.” Every thinking American ought to give some serious thought to the part that includes “for other purposes”. The situation in Syria and Iraq is deplorable, but it is not going to be resolved by yellow journalism or poorly conceived import restrictions. Couched within this appeal for egalitarian protection of the past is a blatant and disgustingly sub-rosa agenda pushed incessantly… Full article at the source>

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No One Knows the Secrets of Gold Spirals Found in Denmark

July 19, 2015 in Anthropology, Archaeology, Blogs, Gold, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Thousands of mysterious gold spirals have been found in Zealand, Denmark. A little while back, a team of archeologists found four Bronze Age gold bracelets there. The archeologists thought they were done, so they handed the site over to amateur archaeologist Christian Albertsen. But Albertsen believed there was more to be discovered. And he was right. There was a lot more.

All in all, Albertsen located around 2,000 gold spirals. The hoard weighed in at between 200 and 300 grams. Experts believe the spirals are from between 900 and 700 B.C. during the Bronze Age. While the date and size of… Full article at the source>

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Man Finds Nazi-Era Coin Hoard Worth 45,000 Euros in Northern Germany

July 19, 2015 in Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Austrian Coins, Belgian coins, Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Coin Update (Coin Update News)


Last October, Florian Bautsch was walking with his metal detector when he stumbled upon an unusual gold piece in Lüneburg, Germany, south of Hamburg. Piqued, he kept searching, eventually discovering nine more of the coins—enough to spur him to notify local archaeologists that he might be on to something big.

After a two-week excavation, the archaeologists did find something big: a trove of 207 gold coins buried one meter deep at the foot of a tree. Bearing stamps from Belgium, France, Italy, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the coins had been buried in separate pouches that had deteriorated except for their seals, Full article at the source>

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Roman coins discovered in Bath, go on tour.

August 28, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure

By Bath Chronicle. August 27, 2014 (

Budding historians will be given the chance to examine a collection of silver Roman coins when the Beau Street hoard goes on tour this autumn.

The hoard, which includes 17,577 silver coins, was excavated by archaeologists on the site of the new Gainsborough Hotel in Beau Street, Bath, in 2007.

In March the council was awarded a grant of £372,500 from The Heritage Lottery Fund to purchase the hoard and put it on display.

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Jersey hoard: Archaeologists unpick 70,000 coins

August 23, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

Work to separate 70,000 Celtic coins and pieces of jewellery is taking place under the public gaze at Jersey Museum.


Researchers aim to remove and clean up to 500 coins a week for the next three years in a specially built glass-walled lab.

The metal detector enthusiasts who made the find are now part of the team working on the project.

They unearthed the hoard, though to be the world’s largest, in 2012 in a field in Grouville.

For the past two years the team, led by Jersey Heritage conservator Neil Mahrer, has been documenting the hoard, which is about 2,000 years old.

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Rare Coins Bear Scars of Ancient Jewish Rebellion

August 5, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, History, Israel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure

By Jeanna Bryner. August 5th, 2014 (

A Late Second Temple Period Jewish settlement with a trove of rare bronze coins inside one of its houses has been discovered in Israel.

The 114 bronze coins, which were found inside a ceramic money box and hidden in the corner of a room, date to the fourth year of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans — an uprising that destroyed the Temple on Tisha B’Av about 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported today (Aug. 5).

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A history of the world in 100 objects: The coins of Croesus

June 2, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Anna Seaman June 2nd, 2014. (

Made of electrum, an alloy of gold and silver, the coins of King Croesus were the some of the earliest to be issued. Rather crudely fashioned by a few blows of a hammer, the rounded golden lumps date back to 550BC. They were minted in what is now Turkey, in the latter period of the reign of King Croesus, who conquered the Iron Age kingdom of Lydia.

The image of a lion and a bull fighting in profile can be seen on the face of the coin; this was an indication of the purity of the metal, which lifted the responsibility for checking the individual coins from the businessman to the ruler, elevating the kingdom’s position to trade and making King Croesus extremely wealthy.

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Mould for minting Roman coins found in Talkad

May 19, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Roman Coins, World Coins

By: Akram Mohammed, Mysore, May 19, 2014 (
For those who think financial fraud or circulating fake currencies is a modern day phenomenon, an ancient Roman coin mould on display at the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage in the city is a startling revelation.


The Roman coin mould, which is being displayed for the first time since its excavation in 1993, indicates that fake coins were in circulation around 19 to 20 centuries ago. The terracotta mould is among the most important objects displayed at the exhibition, apart from terracotta figurines, iron objects, bronze dies, stone beads.

M S Krishnamurthy, a retired professor of Archaeology who led the team that unearthed the mould, told Deccan Herald that it was a mould for Roman coins in circulation during the first century AD. “The coins probably were minted either during the period of Augustus or his son Tiberius,” he said.

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60th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics — Application Deadline February 14, 2014

October 31, 2013 in American Numismatic Society, Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Clubs and Associations, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Seminars

October 30th, 2013 by Sarah F. Sharpe (

Study at the foremost seminar in numismatic methods and theory For over half a century, The American Numismatic Society, a scholarly organization and museum of coins, money, and the economic history of all periods, has offered select graduate students and junior faculty the opportunity to work hands-on with its preeminent numismatic collections. With over three-quarters of a million objects, the collection is particularly strong in Greek, Roman, Islamic, and Far Eastern coinages, as well as Medallic Art. Located in New York City’s SoHo district, the Society also houses the most complete numismatic library anywhere.

The rigorous eight-week course, taught by ANS staff, guest lecturers, and a Visiting Scholar, introduces students to the methods, theories, and history of the discipline. In addition to the lecture program, students will select a numismatic research topic and, utilizing ANS resources, write a paper during the Seminar. The Seminar is intended to provide students of History, Art History, Textual Studies, and Archeology who have little or no numismatic background with a working knowledge of a body of evidence that is often overlooked and poorly understood. Successful applicants are typically doctoral candidates or junior faculty in a related discipline, but masters candidates are admitted as well. This year’s Visiting Scholar will be Professor Suzanne Frey-Kupper of the Department of Classics
and Ancient History at Warwick University. Prof. Frey-Kupper is well known for her research and publications on the Greek, Punic and Roman coinages of the Western Mediterranean.

Applications are due no later than February 14, 2014. A limited number of stipends of up to $4000 are available to US citizens, and non-US citizens studying at US institutions under J-1 visas.

For application forms and further information, please see the Summer Seminar page of our, or contact the Seminar Co-Director, Dr. Peter van Alfen (; 212-571-4470, x153).

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Ancient coins found in Andhra town temple

June 3, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Copper, Copper Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure

TNN | Jun 3, 2013. (

ELURU: Ancient coins have been discovered from underneath the Dwajasthambam of Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple at Palacole town in West Godavari district. Temple authorities, who were restoring the Dwajasthambam that fell down last year, were astonished to find a large cache of gold, silver and copper coins inside the foundation. They had dug up the foundation of Dwajasthambam to install a new one.

The temple authorities have informed officials of the state archaeology department. The period of the coins and their historical and archaeological value is yet to be ascertained. They also found a Kurma Yantra from the site.

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Rare “bullet coin” in London auction: Thai treasure expected to sell for up to £6,000 in Morton & Eden sale

June 1, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

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LONDON.- An extremely rare so-called bullet coin the size and shape of a marble discovered in a collection of Far Eastern coins formed in the 1960s is expected to sell for up to £6,000 in a London sale next Wednesday (June 5).

Made in 1880, the silver coin commemorates the death of the mother of Rama V (1853-1910), known as the Royal Buddha, who was considered one of the greatest kings of Siam. It will be sold by specialist auctioneers Morton & Eden in association with Sotheby’s.

Bullet coins (pot duang) remained in use in ancient Siam (Thailand) until 1860 when traditional flat coinage was introduced. They were made from bars of silver and gold, thicker in the middle, and bent round to form a complete circle. The shape is thought to imitate the ancient currency of cowrie shells, widely used as money. Their value depended on size, ranging from 1/128 of a baht to 80 baht in silver and from 1/32 to 4 baht in gold.

The very rare example in Morton & Eden’s sale would have had an unusually high value of 20 baht but would never have been in circulation and was probably made for ceremonial purposes.

Auction specialist Jeremy Cheek said he was amazed when he found the coin in the collection. “Bullet coins of this size and type are extremely rare and unusual,” he said. “The uninitiated would pass them by but they are coveted by collectors.

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Australian scientist plans to reveal, rewrite history behind ancient coins discovery

May 20, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Australian Coins, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

ANI  |  Washington  May 19, 2013 (

An Australian scientist is planning an expedition to the Wessel islands in July and will revisit the location where five coins and an old map might reveal findings recreating Australia’s history.

Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University in US Ian McIntosh plans to open up possibilities that the 1000-year-old coins may prove that explorers from distant countries might have landed in Australian shores much earlier than James Cook declared it ‘terra nullius’ and claimed it for the British throne in, The Age reports.

McIntosh and his team of Australian and American historians, archaeologists, geomorphologists and Aboriginal rangers say that the five African coins date back to the 900s to 1300s and are from the former Kilwa sultanate, now a World Heritage ruin on an island off Tanzania.

Australian soldier Maurie Isenberg had discovered a handful of coins in the sand during his stay at one of the islands and in 1979 he rediscovered his ‘treasure’ and found out from a museum that the coins proved to be 1000 years old. He marked an old map with an ‘X’ to remember where he had found them.

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