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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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Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm "owl," 454-404 BC. Rainbow-toned AU with full and well-centered details, the owl and Athena especially nice. j111516111006 HOLD

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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

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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
 Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, Amphipolis mint, Price-468. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Zeus seated left, holding eagle in right hand, scepter in left, lambda and torch in left field, cantharus below throne. AVF with minor marks on reverse. Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, Amphipolis mint, Price-468. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Zeus seated left, holding eagle in right hand, scepter in left, lambda and torch in left field, cantharus below throne. AVF with minor marks on reverse. j031504102003 HOLD

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Silkyon, Sikyonia, AR hemidrachm, ca. 100-60 BC. Silkyon, Sikyonia, AR hemidrachm, ca. 100-60 BC. BCD Pelop. 344.1. Dove right / Large sigma (for Sikyon) and lettering "OLYMPIADAS." Lustrous XF with all details visible. j011504078011 $225

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Roman Republic, AR denarius, 211-155 BC, ROMA and biga. Roman Republic, AR denarius, 211-155 BC, ROMA and biga. j081604295001 $195

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Roman Empire, AR denarius, Vespasian, 69-70 AD. Roman Empire, AR denarius, Vespasian, 69-70 AD. 3.26 grams. Small, thick flan with bold portrait of Vespasian, XF details, attractively toned all over. j071303807005 $295
Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, Postumus, 259-268 AD. Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, Postumus, 259-268 AD. j101214031009 $95

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Other

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. 1 left. 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, these specimens VF on average, some toned, some lustrous. 1 left. j031203531009 $70 each
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. 14 available. j071507191027-40 $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. 14 available. j071507191009-20 $35 each

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