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Marian and Abraham Sofaer Honored

February 5, 2014 in American Numismatic Society, Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Awards, Byzantine Coins, Coins, Collecting, Donations, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, World Coins

By: Masha Leon. On The Go. (

“We love the Forward!” Marian Scheuer Sofaer and Abraham Sofaer exclaimed in tandem when I was introduced to the husband-wife honorees at the American Numismatic Society’s 2014 Gala at the Waldorf-Astoria.

During our reception chat, the Sofaers confided, “Our favorite column is ‘Philologos.’ We’ve been Forward readers since we knew [about the paper]…. But, let’s talk later when we get back home [to California].”

The dinner notes informed: “Abe realized that coinage provided a unique opportunity to explore the rich cultural history of the Holy Land. Their collection includes coins from the early Persian period of the fourth century BC through the Macedonian, Seleucid, Ptolemaic, Roman, Byzantine, Jewish and Arab States to the Crusaders of the 13th century — a period of 1700 years…. Coins as manifestations of political and economic policy as well as religious and dynastic ideology which open a unique window on the past and present.”

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Archaic Silver and German Gold

January 31, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Books, Byzantine Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

January 29, 2014 By Ursula Kampmann (

The three March auctions of Gorny & Mosch in Munich cater for all tastes. Anyone with a particular interest in Archaic silver coins or gold coins from Germany is offered a selection that is without equal.

From 10 to 12 March 2014, right after the Munich Numismata, Gorny & Mosch will conduct their auction sales 219 to 221. No matter, which field you are collecting, no matter, which budget you are disposing of, there is something for everybody. The first day focuses on high-quality ancient coins, followed by auction sale no. 220 on 11 March under the heading ‘Ancient coins and multiple lots’. On 12 March, coins from medieval and modern times will be auctioned off, including many a rarity especially from Germany, not forgetting an interesting section of ancient-style Renaissance medals.

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Byzantine Coins and Gold Found in Garbage Pit

August 10, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Byzantine Coins, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Israel Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Treasure

AUG 7, 2013 BY Rosella Lorenzi (

Archaeologists digging at a site north of Tel Aviv have uncovered ancient coins and jewelry in a mysterious garbage dump, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement.

Located near the ancient city of Apollonia-Arsuf, the Byzantine refuse pit is one of many unearthed in the area. But unlike the other garbage dumps, the pit measures more than 100 feet in diameter.

As they dug into it, the archaeologists found a hoard of 400 Byzantine coins, 200 intact Samaritan lamps and gold jewelry amid animal bones, pottery and glass fragments.

Most objects date to the 5th-7th centuries A.D.

What was a 1,500-year-old treasure doing in a garbage pit remains a mystery, said archaeologists Oren Tal of Tel Aviv University and Moshe Ajami of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

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Ces pièces immortelles: Early Numismatic Books in the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

July 16, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Byzantine Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Roman Coins

This exhibition explores the foundations of numismatic study of Roman and Byzantine coins.

As early as the 14th century, scholars such as Petrarch recognized ancient coins as historical evidence, and individuals had begun to collect coins, medallions, and replicas of coins for their personal enjoyment and study. During the 15th century, a fashion for collecting coins, especially those linked to famous historical figures, led to the creation of large private, royal, and papal collections.

Renaissance humanism fueled scholarly interest in coins bearing portraits of historical figures and inscriptions. In many histories and biographies of Roman emperors published during this period, illustrations of coins were included with the text to allow the author and reader the opportunity to compare the evidence of the ancient texts with that of the coins.

The first illustrated books on numismatics appeared in the 16th century. Early scholarship focused on identifying authentic coins, comparing their value to modern coinage, and debating the history of coinage.

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Largest Roman coin hoard found in Shropshire returns to county

March 6, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Bronze Coins, Byzantine Coins, News, Roman Coins, Treasure

The largest Roman coin hoard ever discovered in Shropshire – featuring up to 10,000 coins – has been returned to the county permanently.

March 5, 2013 (

And the ancient haul, which is classified as treasure worth £25,000 and dating from between 317-335 A.D, will be displayed in Shrewsbury’s new £10.5 million museum and art gallery when it opens later this year.

Shropshire Museums has secured the safekeeping of the 9,236 coins from the British Museum which had been examining, recording and conserving the find since it was uncovered by novice metal detectorist Nic Davies in a field north of Shrewsbury in 2009.

The hoard is now at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre where it is being photographed and catalogued to allow people to study it online.

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Sparta family gives ancient coins, bone relics

January 12, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Bronze Coins, Byzantine Coins, Copper Coins, Roman Coins, World Coins

JAN 9, 2013 (

SPARTA — The Diaz Family of Sparta once again made their annual donations of ancient coins and a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton bone reliquary.

The family has been donating relics to local Catholic churches and schools for the past 17 years. The relics are family heirlooms, collected since the 1970s. The donations traditionally coincide with the anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first North American born Saint, on Jan. 4 1821.

This year, the recipients were St. Therese Catholic Church and School in Succasunna and St. Joseph Regional School in Newton.

“The bone reliquary and two ancient coin collections were lovingly gifted to St. Therese Catholic Church and School and to St. Joseph’s Catholic School in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Fausto and Emilia Diaz, the 26 shooting victims of Newtown, Conn. and for all American and Allied servicemen killed, wounded or missing in action,” said Angel Diaz, representing himself and his family, Bozena, Elizabeth and Sophia.

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Two Byzantine coins found in Beheira

November 26, 2012 in Byzantine Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Roman Coins, World Coins

Italian excavation mission discovers two well-preserved gold Byzantine coins in El-Baheira

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 26 Nov 2012 (

An Italian excavation mission headed by Dr. Loredana Sist from Milano University stumbled upon two well-preserved gold coins within the sand at the archaeological site Kom El-Ghoraf in El-Beheira governorate in Delta during routine excavations.

Byzantine Gold Coins

Byzantine Gold Coins

Each coin weighs 4,300 gr. The first coin depicts the figure of a Byzantine Emperor named Phocas (602-610 AD) holding in his right hand a cross. His name is on one side of the cross, while the other side shows the same emperor with a cane in one hand and a cross in the other.

The second coin shows the image of another Byzantine emperor named Heraclinus (610-641 AD) with his two sons, princes Konstantinos III and Heraclinus II, on one side while the other side features a large cross.

Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of State of Antiquities, said the very important discovery gives Egyptologists a full and complete vision of the shapes, sizes and looks of coins during such an era. It also shows the high skills of craftsmen of the Byzantine period, he added.

Mostafa Roshdi, Director of El-Beheira Antiquities, told Ahram online that the area of Kom El-Ghoraf is a very important archaeological site located between Damanhur and Rosetta. It was previously a part of the seven Nomes of Lower Egyptthe district still little explored. In the Late Period this area was dominated by the city of Metelis, not yet identified.

The vast site was destroyed intensively since the late nineteenth century, as seen from topographical maps of different periods that record the progressive dismantling.

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