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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.

 

 

Greek Coins

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Sicily, Akragas, AR nomos, 490-472 BC. Akragas, Sicily, AR didrachm, ca. 482-474 BC. SNG ANS 954-960. Crab within shallow incuse circle/ Sea eagle standing left. Nicely toned Very Fine. j101716112002 $1,175
Sicily, Akragas, AR nomos, 490-472 BC. Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm, "owl," 454-404 BC. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. 16.79 grams. Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Rainbow-toned AU with full and well-centered details, the owl and Athena especially nice. j111516111006 $1,175
Corinthia, Corinth, AR stater, ca. 300 BC, Pegasus. Corinthia, Corinth, AR stater, ca. 300 BC, Pegasus. Pegasos flying left / Helmeted head of Athena left. Very deeply toned, decent centering on a very round small planchet. j011704359001 $395
Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, struck 300-290 BC. Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, struck 300-290 BC. cf. Price 511. 17.13 grams. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / ALEXANDROU, Zeus seated left, holding eagle in right hand, sceptre in left; X in left field, wreath under throne. Bold details, lightly toned VF+, slightly off-center strike. j011504076001 $795
Lucania, Velia, AR nomos or stater or didrachm, ca. 300-280 BC. Lucania, Velia, AR nomos or stater or didrachm, ca. 300-280 BC. Head of Athena right, wearing winged and laureate Attic helmet; AH monogram behind, F before / UELHTWN, lion walking right; F-I flanking grain ear above, P below j041720141079 $525
Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm "owl," ca. 165-42 BC, "New Style," struck 134/3 BC, magistrates Timarchos, Nikag(oras) and Menander. Helmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right on amphora, head facing; magistrates' names in field to left, all within wreath. j041720141082 $975
Islands off Thrace, Thasos, AR tetradrachm, ca. 140-110 BC. Islands off Thrace, Thasos, AR tetradrachm, ca. 140-110 BC. HGC 6, 359. 16.89 grams. Wreathed head of young Dionysos right / Herakles standing left, holding club, lion skin draped over arm; M to inner left. Lustrous, non-toned XF on a broad flan with full details. j011504076003 $795
Kings of Cappadocia, AR tetradrachm, Ariarathos VII Philometer, ca. 106-101/0 BC, struck in the name and types of Antiochos VII of Syria, Ariaratheia or Eusebia-Tyana mint, struck ca. 104-2 BC. Kings of Cappadocia, AR tetradrachm, Ariarathos VII Philometer, ca. 106-101/0 BC, struck in the name and types of Antiochos VII of Syria, Ariaratheia or Eusebia-Tyana mint, struck ca. 104-2 BC. Lorber & Houghton Series 1, Issue 3, 121-151 (obverse die A6); SC 2148 (Antiochos VII); HGC 7, 829; HGC 9, 1069 (Antiochos VII). 16.53 grams. Diademed head of Antiochos VII right / Athena Nikephoros standing left; monogram above A to outer left, O to inner left, monogram to inner right; all within laurel wreath. XF with hint of luster and incipient toning, nice details. j021503141005 $495

Roman Coins

Roman Republic, AR denarius, 211-155 BC, ROMA and biga. Roman Republic, AR denarius, 211-155 BC, ROMA . Helmeted head of Roma in winged helmet right, ROMA left / Victory driving quadriga galloping right and holding long palm branch j081604295001 $195

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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
Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, Postumus, 259-268 AD.

Romano-Gallic Emperor, Postumus. AR antoninianus, AD 260-269.Treveri (Trier) mint. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Providentia standing left, holding scepter and globe. RIC V 80.

j101214031009 $95

Other Historical Coins

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. j031103316002 $150
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. j031203531009 $70
Ancient Judaea, copper Romania (Wallachia), silver ducat, Mircea the Old (1386-1418), dracula's grandfather. A tiny, thin coin with standing king with lance on obverse, eagle/helmet/tilted shield on reverse, toned VF+ with slightly off-center strike and bold but uneven details. j111501021001 SOLD

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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. 12 available. j071507191029-40 $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. 12 available. j071507191011-20 $35 each

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