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Historic Coins

This section is reserved for any coins (mainly in replaceable quantities) that have interesting stories behind Emperors, kings, battles and legends that made history!

 

History can be studied in books, but it is so much more exciting to hold that history in your own hands! Reading a coin is not only about identifying an assayer or a rare mint; sometimes it is all about a monarch, king, emperor or tyrant who made history, or maybe a legend that was passed from generation to generation. These coins provide a key for opening the door to world history and treasuring the past.

 

 

 

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Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), lifetime issue, ca. 325-323 BC, Amphipolis mint. Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), lifetime issue, ca. 325-323 BC, Amphipolis mint. 17.11 grams. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion-skin headdress / Zeus seated on backless throne left, holding eagle on outstretched right hand and scepter in his left; Lustrous AU-, struck slightly off-center. j111304191017 SOLD
Thessaly, Larissa, AR drachm, 350-325 BC. Thessaly, Larissa, AR drachm, 350-325 BC. Lustrous, high-relief XF with full details on both sides (just the rearend of the horse a little truncated), faint red toning here and there. j071303807002 $595
Corinth, AR stater, 345-307 BC, Corinth, AR stater, 345-307 BC, "pegasus." Calciati-403; Ravel-1041c. Pegasos flying left, koppa below on obverse; reverse with helmeted head of Athena left, laurel sprig behind. Nicely toned AXF with bold details. j071201191015 $695

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Roman Republic, AR denarius, Vettius Sabinus, ca. 70 BC. Roman Republic, AR denarius, Vettius Sabinus, ca. 70 BC. Richly toned XF with bold details on both sides, serrated edge. j071303807004 $295
Roman Republic, AR denarius, Mn. Cordius Rufus, 46 BC. Roman Republic, AR denarius, Mn. Cordius Rufus, 46 BC. CR-463/2; Syd-978. Corinthian helmet with owl on crest on obverse; reverse with aegis of Minerva with head of Medusa in center. XF with luster and rainbow-toning, weak centers. j091203618002 $295
Roman Empire, AR denarius, Vespasian, 69-70 AD. Roman Empire, AR denarius, Vespasian, 69-70 AD. Small, thick flan with bold portrait of Vespasian, XF details, attractively toned all over. j071303807005 $295

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Ancient Judaea, copper Ancient Judaea, copper "widow's mites" (prutahs), Alexander Jannaeus (103-76 BC), choice specimens. Anchor on obverse and wheel-like star on reverse, very popular as one of the smallest-denomination coins used during the time of Christ and referred to in the Bible (Mark 12: 41-44), nice VF with dark toning. 6 available. j111303859006-11 $95 each

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Anglo-Gallic Aquitaine (Poitou), deniers, Richard I Anglo-Gallic Aquitaine (Poitou), deniers, Richard I "lionheart" (as Count of Poitou, 1172-85), PICTAVENSIS on obverse, cross on reverse. Typically thin and round, with full legend around cross, lightly toned AVF. 2 available. j031103316001-2 $150 each
Romania (Wallachia), silver ducats, Mircea the Elder (1386-1418) (Dracula's grandfather), standing king with lance on obverse, eagle/helmet/tilted shield on reverse. Crusader Achaea, denier tournois, Charles I of Anjou (1278-85). With mint name CLARENTIA around throned ruler (stylized) on obverse and cross on reverse, typically thin and round, this specimen is a darkly toned VF+, a well-preserved example from crusader-occupied Greece. j101101021008 $135
Hall in Swabia (Germany), handhellers, ca. 1200s-1300s. Hall in Swabia (Germany), handhellers, ca. 1200s-1300s. Popular medieval coins (typically thin and small) with open-palm hand as the main design, these specimens VF on average, some toned, some lustrous. 3 available. j031203531008-10 $70 each

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Japan, silver ichi-bu gins (1 bu), mid-1800s, "Samurai coins." Popular rectangular "Samurai coins" (larger version) with Japanese characters (3 on one side and 5 on the other) inside borders of dots, nice XF, 20 available. Japan, 1 bu (ichi-bu gins, "samurai coins"), mid-1800s. Each about 8.7 grams, 25mm x 15mm, 81% fine. Popular rectangular coins (larger version) with Japanese characters (3 on one side and 5 on the other) inside borders of dots, nice XF, 3 available. j111107191016-20 $65 each
Japan, silver is-shu gins (1 shu), Tokugawa Shogunate, struck 1837-69. Japan, 1 shu (is-shu gins, "samurai coins"), mid-1800s. Each about 1.8 grams, 15mm x 9.5mm, 88% fine. Popular rectangular coins (smaller version) with Japanese characters (3 on one side and 5 on the other) inside borders of dots, nicely toned XF, 31 available. j111216111021-35 $35 each

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