Source: Coin Collecting Alltop.com
Source: Coin Collecting Alltop.com
By Descrier Staff.
A hoard of 26 rare coins from the Roman and Iron Age periods in a cave in Derbyshire by a member of the public.
The trove is the first time that Roman coins that predate the invasion of Britain in AD 43 and gold and silver pieces from the Corieltavi tribe have been found together.
The cache, which has been declared a “treasure” by authorities, has prompted a full excavation of the site in Dovedale.
British Museum’s curator of Iron Age and Roman coins, Ian Leins, said:
“Although this is a much smaller hoard than the similar finds made at Hallaton in 2000, this has been declared treasure and is an exciting discovery given the puzzling location in a cave and the fact that it lies beyond the main circulation area of the coinage.”
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.
By: Miran Rahman. May 1st 2014. (http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/)
charity fundraiser from Keighley who only recently took up metal detecting is already celebrating a major archaeological discovery.
Stephen Auker, 57, has struck gold… well, silver to be precise!
He has discovered dozens of silver Roman coins at a site in Riddlesden, the precise location of which is being kept secret.
The coins are all more than 1,700 years old, and date from the time of famed Roman emperors such as Hadrian, Trajan and Marcus Aurelius. They have already been named ‘The Riddlesden Hoard’, but have still to be valued.
By Irina Popescu. February 25th, 2014 (http://www.romania-insider.com/)
A total of 154 old coins were confiscated by the police at a numismatic fair in Brasov, center Romania.
The coins, some of them dating from the second and first centuries B.C. while others from the medieval period, came from archeological sites and were illegally sold at the fair for prices between RON 5 and RON 20.
“After the police checked the 125 persons participating at the fair, seven people aged between 35 and 61, from Bihor, Buzau, Caras Severin and Salaj counties, and Bucharest were identified, they illegally traded 154 ancient and medieval coins that seem to come from archaeological sites protected by law,” according to the Brasov County Police spokesman, Liviu Naghi, quoted by Mediafax.
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
“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.”
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 (http://news.coinupdate.com/)
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.
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
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 website:numismatics.org/Seminar, or contact the Seminar Co-Director, Dr. Peter van Alfen (email@example.com; 212-571-4470, x153).
AYDIN – Anadolu Agency. August 16th, 2013. (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com)
Providing a treasure trove of artifacts for numismatists, an archaeology museum in Aydın is showing off a large collection of silver coins dating back to between 270 and 40 B.C.
The coins include the visages of empresses and emperors, revealing history from more than 2,000 years ago.
Aydın Culture and Tourism official Nuri Aktakka said the collections dated from the Roman era and shed light on the culture of the day.
“This coin collection has been excavated from works at Nazilli Kızıldere. They belong to an emperors’ collection from 270 to 40 B.C. We know that these emperors ruled the city and that they created coins for themselves,” he said.
The coins also signify an important part of the culture of coin collection, as well as the use of tin in the era, according to Aktakka.
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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The Sentinel. May 25th, 2013 (http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk)
By Hannah Hulme.
TWO collections of Roman coins dating back 2,000 years have been declared treasure.
The hauls of silver denarius were discovered during two separate sweeps of the same North Staffordshire field last year.
The first stash of 13 coins, which date from 69AD to 161AD, was found by a group of six metal detectorists, including Andrew Bellerby, from Biddulph, and John Challinor, from Packmoor on February 20.
And a second discovery of three coins and two coin fragments from around the same period were unearthed by Scott Heeley, of Hednesford, near Cannock, at the same spot on August 19.
Both finds are believed to be part of a larger hoard of 258 coins also unearthed by Mr Heeley in February last year.
Now the latest hauls have been ruled as treasure by coroner Ian Smith at two separate treasure trove inquests held at North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court in Hartshill yesterday.
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.
March 5, 2013 (http://www.shropshirestar.com)
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.
By Mike Lockley Feb, 20th, 2013 (http://www.birminghammail.co.uk)
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.”
By Neil Watts. 19th, February 2013 (http://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk)
THE Worcestershire Hoard is on its way back to the county and will soon be going on display.
The largest haul of treasure ever found in the county, a stash of almost 4,000 Roman coins discovered by metal detecting enthusiasts on Bredon Hill in June, 2011, will be put on show at the County Museum at Hartlebury from Saturday, March 9.
It will be displayed in its unconserved state while fund-raising continues to enable Museums Worcestershire to conserve the coins and display them around the county.
JAN 9, 2013 (http://spartaindependent.com)
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.