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Ancient Roman Treasure Found on Irish Beach

June 27, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Gold, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Roman Coins, Silver

By: Nick (Liberty Coin and Currency Blog)

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It’s officially beach season. So get your swim trunks, towel, sunblock, and… metal detector? Well, the metal detector may not be absolutely necessary, but it’s not a bad idea if you want to find some buried treasure. Irish retiree Brian Murray brought along his metal detector on his trip to the beach, and it paid off big time.

Murray discovered two extravagant Roman gold rings, and a silver belt buckle along the shores of Dundrum Bay in Murlough, an area in Northern Ireland famed for its natural beauty. “I was actually collecting militaria on the shores of Murlough — it was Full article at the source>

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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

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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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Curator’s Choice: The Yorkshire archaeology Hoards which are going global with Google

November 7, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, English Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Museums, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: http://www.culture24.org.uk/ November 6th, 2014.

Curator’s Choice: Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics for York Museums Trust, on the Yorkshire Museum’s collection of Yorkshire Hoards going global with Google

“The numismatic collection – money and medals – numbers over 40,000 objects and is one of the strongest in northern England.

Most of that material has been excavated with new finds coming up every year from farmers, metal detectorists and archaeologists.

A lot of that excavated material comes in the form of hoards – accumulations of wealth buried in the ground.

Yorkshire Hoards is a project between Google Cultural Institute and York Museums Trust looking at these hoards and what they can tell us about the history of the region.

Over the past 3,000 years, from the Bronze Age through to the 17th century, very large numbers of hoards have gone into the ground across Yorkshire.

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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 (http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/)

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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Hoard of rare coins from Roman and Iron Age periods found in British cave

July 7, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

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.”

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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 (http://www.deccanherald.com)
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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Historic silver coin hoard find in Riddlesden

May 2, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Charity, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

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.

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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  (http://www.ansamed.info/)

(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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Over 150 medieval and ancient coins confiscated by police at numismatic fair in Romania

February 25, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, History, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Theft, World Coins

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.

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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. (http://blogs.forward.com/)

“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 (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.

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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 (http://blogs.brown.edu)

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 (vanalfen@numismatics.org; 212-571-4470, x153).

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Coins displayed at museum reveals Aydın’s ancient past of Roman era

August 16, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

AYDIN – Anadolu Agency. August 16th, 2013. (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com)

Aydın Archeology Museum’s unique coin collection displays silver coins bearing the likeness of emperors and empresses from before the Common Era, shedding light on an important period in the province’s ancient history. The coins include the visages of empresses and emperors, revealing old history

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.

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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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Roman coins are declared treasure

May 26, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

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.

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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 )  (http://blog.jtcoins.com)

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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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 (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.

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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 (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.”

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Roman coins set for display soon

February 20, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Roman Coins, Treasure, World Coins

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.

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Steve Ahring has written a book on coins and Christianity

January 21, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Precious Metals, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By NIKKI PATRICK The Morning Sun (http://www.morningsun.net)

Posted Jan 20, 2013 @ 07:30 AM

GIRARD- Coins have always served as a medium of exchange, but are also a form of communication. In ancient times, they were often the only way of getting out messages or propaganda.

“For the bulk of human history, communication was extremely limited,” said Steve Ahring, rural Girard. “Newspapers, radios, televisions and the Internet are recent innovations. In past ages, coins played an important role in notifying citizens of changes in leadership and important events.”

He is the author of “A Numismatic History of Christianity,” tracing the beginning and evolution of Christianity over the past 2,500 years, with coins serving to verify the time, places, events and the people recorded.

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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 (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.

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Archaeology: 40 silver Roman coins from 3rd century found at Odeon site in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv

November 29, 2012 in Archaeology, Coins, History, Roman Coins, Treasure, World Coins

NOV 28 2012 by THE SOFIA GLOBE STAFF (http://www.sofiaglobe.com)

Archaeologists working at the Odeon site in Bulgaria’s second city of Plovdiv have found 40 silver coins said to date from the third century CE when the city was under Roman rule.

The coins were said by archaeologists to have been minted during the Severan dynasty, while ruled from 193 to 235 CE and variously feature images of four different emperors.

The Odeon site, dating from the second to fifth centuries, is the location of a Roman-era theatre, and is smaller in scale than Plovdiv’s well-known ancient theatre in the city’s Old Town.

The coins were found near the complex of administrative buildings at the northern end of the forum complex.

This archaeological season, more than 600 coins have been excavated at Plovdiv’s Odeon site. From the Hellenic era, there have been many finds of pottery.

At the Odeon site, a marble eagle was found earlier in 2012, and is estimated to date from the second to third century. Maya Martinova, head of the dig at the site, said that the eagle was of a type from the interiors of public buildings, and along with finds of marble columns and other items, was proof of the luxurious interiors of buildings in Phillipopolis, a prosperous city at the time.

The Odeon site has also seen finds of tiles depicting theatrical masks and Roman pottery. The coins include some with the images, respectively, of the emperors Geta and Caracalla, minted in ancient Sofia and in ancient Plovdiv at the end of the second and beginning of the third centuries.

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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 (http://english.ahram.org.eg)

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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Lucky Penny Turns Into Silver Coins

November 11, 2012 in Coins, Precious Metals, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

7. November 2012 (Precious Metals Refining Blog, http://www.mgsrefining.com)

In the month of May earlier this year, a sizeable silver treasure hoard was found in the UK, thanks in part to a man’s lucky penny.

Scott Heeley set out in a field near Stoke-on-Trent as part of a trip with his metal detector club. Even with an experienced group searching the field, no one had expected to uncover anything astounding that day. Still, the spirits were high. Heeley wasn’t the least bit discouraged after his metal detector went off and he dug up an old penny (a good trait to have for a metal detectorist). He even told his friend “this penny will bring me luck,” and he kept on searching. He just had no idea how right he was.

A few minutes later, Heeley’s metal detector went off again. This time, the results were much better – three silver coins nestled in a small hole. However, the metal detector kept on beeping, so Heeley got to digging. Eventually, the hole opened up and out spilled the hoard. In total, Heeley’s lucky penny brought him 211 silver coins and 69 fragments.

Interestingly, this find was only 30 or so miles from the location of the gigantic Stafordshire treasure hoard.

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Rare Roman coin amongst Somerset collection

October 30, 2012 in Coins, Roman Coins

(http://www.bbc.co.uk) BBC News Somerset

30 October 2012

A rare Roman coin dating back to AD 269 has been found amongst a bequeathed private collection in Somerset.

The coin is a radiate of Gaius Marcus Aurelius Marius, an emperor believed to have reigned for only months.

The Marius coin was discovered by staff at the Community Heritage Access Centre in Yeovil. Photo: Community Heritage Access Centre

The Marius coin was discovered by staff at the Community Heritage Access Centre in Yeovil. Photo: Community Heritage Access Centre

It was discovered in the Ilminster area and is part of a collection of hundreds of coins owned by Bristol-born James Stevens Cox, who died in 1997.

Ben Sayers, from the Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) in Yeovil, said it was “an amazing discovery”.

“The chances of a coin minted in such a small window of opportunity surviving the best part of 2,000 years are tiny,” he added.

The centre, which will house the coin, said there could be as few as 50 of the coins in existence in England.

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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.

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Roman gold coin hoard found in St Albans is ‘nationally significant’

October 17, 2012 in Gold Coins, Roman Coins

BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk)

The stash – found on private land north of St Albans – is believed to be one of the largest Roman gold coin hoards discovered in the UK.

The 159 coins date to the end of the 4th Century during the final years of Roman rule in Britain. After AD 408 no more coin supplies reached the country.

The value of the hoard has not yet been assessed.

A team from St Albans City and District Council museums’ service investigated the site at the beginning of October to confirm the find.

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