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Did the Ancients believe the Earth was round?

February 11, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Greek Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Roman Coins, World Coins

The Globe of Crates


A debate over whether the ancients knew the world is round has been simmering for centuries, and still pops up now and then. In the February 1998 issue of The Celator, Michael Marotta presented a well thought out argument for the affirmative (“Ancient coins show they knew it was round”). Examining the literature and numismatic evidence, he concluded that the ancients did indeed know the world is round and that the globes depicted on ancient coins (both Greek and Roman) are sometimes a representation of the Earth. Evidence and interpretations in these sorts of debates may continue to Full article at the source>

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Modern Greek Coin Sells for Record Price

May 13, 2014 in Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Coin Update. May 12th, 2014 (

An George I 1876 Gold 100-Dramchai broke the world record for any Modern Greek coin selling for £216,000 in A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd’s sale of European Coins from the Åke Lindén Collection on Wednesday 7th May 2014.

This exceptional rarity was from the collection of Swedish numismatist Åke Lindén, one of the world’s most prolific coin collectors. It sold in the latest of a calendar of worldwide auctions hosted by Baldwin’s presenting Lindén’s vast and esteemed collection.

Dimitri Loulakakis, Director of World Coins at A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd said: “Baldwin’s are pleased to see the continued successful dispersal of Åke Lindén’s collection, the price this George I 1876 Gold 100-Drachmai achieved illustrates the rigorous attitude Lindén had towards collecting top quality rarities and also the buoyancy of the current European coin market. We are thrilled with the outcome of the sale.”

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Naples Archeological Museum reveals ‘hidden’ treasure

March 14, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, History, Medals, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, World Coins

Closed coin collection to be shown to the public on Sunday

Marh 14th, 2014  (

(ANSAmed) – NAPOLI – To hear talk of hidden treasure makes one think immediately of an old chest full of precious antique coins. This is exactly what awaits visitors to the National Archeological Museum of Naples on Sunday March 15, when the museum will open its doors to reveal a “secret” collection for one day – that of the museum’s coins, one of the most important collections in Italy with about 150,000 pieces, from coinage of ancient Greece to that of the Bourbon mint.

The name of the guided tour is “Coins and economy in the ancient world”. It is a rare opportunity rendered even more precious by the presence of archeologists and historians, experts in numismatics, who will explain not only the eras in which the coins were used, but also economic aspects linked to their use.

Coin collecting dates back to the 1500s, as demonstrates the Farnese collection, created in Rome but arriving in Naples through the Bourbon inheritance of Charles VII of Naples. The collection shows the choice of coins and medallions preferred by erudite and Renaissance coin collectors: portraits of illustrious men, architects of ancient history, representations of historic episodes and celebrated ancient monuments that have disappeared or are no longer identifiable. Another attentive and passionate collector was Cardinal Stefano Borgia, a learned prelate from the late eighteenth century with antiquarian interests, whose collection was sold by one of his descendants to the King of Naples Joachim Murat. The Borgia collection includes coins from series produced in Etruria, Umbria, Lazio, Rome and in the central Adriatic area of Italy.

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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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The Gold and Silver Mine – How to store coins properly

December 28, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Greek Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins

By: Douglas Keefe. December 27th, 2013 (

I’m often asked the best way to store coins. The answer is determined by the condition of the coins to be stored and the purpose of storage.

Storage is meant to protect a coin from damage or deterioration in condition and appearance. Coins thrown together in a container can have their metal react to other coins they come in contact with, or with the composition of the container itself. Also, any dampness in the air that comes in contact with the coin, or even the air itself, can cause oxidation of a coin’s surface, thereby affecting its appearance.

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The Father of Medicine Honored on Gold and Silver Coins

December 4, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Euro Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

December 3, 2013 By Michael Alexander (

The Bank of Greece has issued (2nd December) two new coins which honor the man who is universally acknowledged as the father of western medicine. Hippocrates of Cos (460-377 B.C.) is remembered as the physician who based the art of healing on rational principles and liberating it from divine intervention and/or superstition. He perceived the human being as a whole entity, and health as resulting from multiple factors, including environmental and dietary ones. The Hippocratic Corpus, a collection of works left by Hippocrates and his students, deals with practically all branches of medicine and systematically records clinical symptoms and treatments, always in line with the principle “to do good, or to do no harm“. The Hippocratic Oath remains – all over the world as the guide to medical ethics and practice to this day.

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Greek coin hoard repatriated from Switzerland

June 1, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Greek Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure

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ATHENS (AP) — A hoard of ancient Greek silver coins seized at a Swiss airport is being repatriated to Greece, the country’s culture ministry says.

A ministry statement Friday said the 118 coins from the early 4th century BC were confiscated by Zurich airport customs in November 2011, from a Belgian man permanently residing in Greece.

The coins are thought to have been originally buried together, probably for safety during times of unrest, although the find spot is unknown.

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A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

March 18, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, History, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By Russell A. Augustin on March 15, 2013 ( AU Capital Management )  (

Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the US mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end?

That’s where we come in.

You don’t need to own a museum or be a Rockefeller to collect ancient coins. There are indeed thousands of possible collections, but we’ll cover the ones that could be most comfortably completed, including variations based on the overall price tag: some sets have individual coins that could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but there are alternate sets and subsets which are equally exciting and historical at more affordable prices.

But even though ancient coins have been collected by such noteworthy historical figures as Thomas Jefferson, Louis XIV, and Augustus Caesar himself, the field is open to all comers. We have observed that the market on these coins is less mature than that of US ones, so coins of smaller mintage and greater intrinsic value are actually far less expensive today than their American counterparts. Additionally, there is such an extensive pool of variations that you could contentedly collect for decades to come and never run out of new sets to complete.

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Greek and Roman coins discovered in Lichfield fetch £40,000 at auction

February 22, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronze Coins, Coins, Collecting, Greek Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

Bidding frenzy after experts estimated the collection at around £25,000


By Mike Lockley Feb, 20th, 2013 (

A private collection of Greek and Roman coins has fetched £40,000 at auction – more than double what was expected.

The 400 lots of classic coins, discovered in Lichfield, went under the hammer last Wednesday at auctioneers Richard Winterton’s city centre salesroom.

The haul included a Roman Republic Apulia Luceria bronze ‘quincunx’. which realised £340, a group of Roman Imperial bronze coins, which went for £380, and a pre-Roman 450 to 350 BC Lucania silver starter, which sold for £360.

A spokesman for the auctioneers said: “Some of the world’s leading authorities in this highly specialised field made the trip to attend the sale. The live internet bidding facility enabled those long distances away and abroad to participate, enabling buyers around the globe to make successful bids.”

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Hixenbaugh Ancient Art to Exhibit at 41st Annual New York International Numismatic Convention

January 6, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

New York, New York (PRWEB) January 04, 2013

Hixenbaugh Ancient Art is pleased to announce its participation in the 41st annual New York International Numismatic Convention. From Thursday January 10th through Sunday January 14th, Hixenbaugh Ancient Art will exhibit its fine quality authenticantiquities and ancient coins on the 18th floor of New York’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Ancient Coins provide us with a unique glimpse into the traditions and beliefs of ancient cultures as interesting miniature works of art that passed through the hands of our ancient ancestors.

Ancient Coins provide us with a unique glimpse into the traditions and beliefs of ancient cultures as interesting miniature works of art that passed through the hands of our ancient ancestors.

The New York International Numismatic Convention is the United States’ most prestigious numismatic events. With over 100 participants, the convention offers a wide variety of numismatics from modern coinage through antiquity. The event also includes a full range of educational programs, a special numismatic literature sale and multiple auctions conducted by many leading numismatic auction houses from around the world.

Hixenbaugh Ancient Art will be exhibiting its collection of ancient coins and a representative sample of its desirable ancient objects at this year’s convention. Ancient coins are highly collectible for their direct ties to the past as well as their artistic appeal. Ancient coins were not merely used to facilitate commerce but also to spread propaganda. Much thought was given to the meaning behind the imagery on ancient coinage. As such, the coins were very artfully designed. Much information about ancient cultures can be gleaned from reading and interpreting ancient coins. In addition to ancient coins, several newly acquired ancient Greek helmets, as well as many other fine quality ancient objects, will also be on display.

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Greece: Socrates Honored on 10 Euro Silver Proof Coin

November 24, 2012 in Coins, Greek Coins, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

November 21, 2012 By Michael Alexander (

The Bank of Greece has issued (12th November) a new collector’s coin which pays tribute to one of the world’s most noted and quoted philosophers emerging from the ancient world, Socrates – Σωκράτης (c. 469 – 399 BC).

Considered by scholars throughout recorded history as one of the premier founders of modern Western philosophy, the teachings of Socrates have left their ever-present impact and influence on debate, reason, logic, ethics and to the overall practice of the democratic principle which have been the model that has shaped modern states and civilizations. At a time of social and moral decline within Athens, Socrates openly criticized and questioned prominent Athenians and refused to sanction the existing state of affairs which was contributing to the city – state’s decline. At the same time, Socrates claimed complete loyalty to his city, his actions resulted in his arrest and prosecution in what was one of the most well-known and memorable occurrences reported and whose details survive to this day. Socrates was found guilty of both corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of “not believing in the gods of the state” and sentenced to death by drinking poison hemlock. The death of Socrates did not lessen his following or influence within Athenian society but rather heightened it due to the perception that his death was more to do with propaganda and politics.

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Numismatic Museum, Athens. (Google Art Project)

October 30, 2012 in Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

Numismatic Museum

56 Artworks, 3 Artists

The Numismatic Museum is situated in the heart of the historic center of Athens. Its collection consists of more than 500,000 objects, coins, lead seals, weights, medals and gems, from the ancient Greek world, Rome, Byzantium, Eastern civilizations, medieval and modern Europe, America and the modern Greek state. It is unique in Greece and one of the most significant of its kind worldwide.
The Museum is housed in the Iliou Melathron, once the residence of the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. The building, a work by the architect Ernst Ziller, was completed in 1880 and stood as a reference point for the Athenian social life. The building combines elements of neoclassicism and the Italian Renaissance and its decoration expresses the passion of Schliemann for antiquity.

The permanent collection presents the history of coins from the ancient Greek world until modern times, showcasing the methods of production and control, the numismatic system, the symbolism of the depictions, the market value and the coin circulation, the strong –international coins and their geopolitical expansion as well as the people’s relationship with money. The collection of medals on exhibit preserve information on important historical events, rulers, historical individuals, important buildings and cities from the Renaissance to this day. Temporary exhibitions, cultural events and planned educational programs are organized in the museum galleries and courtyard. There is a museum shop for visitors and a museum café in the garden of the Museum.

The Numismatic Museum Google Art Page

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