Ancient Greek, Roman, Biblical, Byzantine
and Persian coins
are offered, together with
numismatic literature and antiquities. The newcomer
seeking a first Roman coin and an expert numismatist
pursuing fine examples of Greek numismatic art will each find something
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beginning with navigating
site. An overview of the development
of ancient coins, discussions of how to
get started as a collector, how ancient coins
were made and how they have been preserved, grading standards and
much more make this the perfect place to begin your first visit
to Classical Coins.
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Collecting Ancient Coins - A
Roman nobles, fascinated by Greek culture, collected Greek coins and
antiquities during the reign of Augustus Caesar,
when the art and science of numismatics
Although there is no record of coin collecting during the Dark
Ages, Renaissance magnates beginning with Petrarch
collected portraits of emperors on Roman coins.
Their willingness to pay high prices for fine portrait specimens led to the first
numismatic imitations, Paduan medals struck by Cavino and other medalists of the
Different coin types attract different personalities. While Greek coins
fascinate collectors drawn to their artistic merit, Roman Imperial issues attract those
who prize their realistic and imposing portraits of emperors and their families. Persian coins have
special meaning to collectors interested
in the culture and religion of ancient Iran, and the
successors of Alexander issued unusual and attractive Indo-Greek
coins in Southwest Asia. Ancient coins were struck in many metals: gold, silver, electrum (a natural
gold-silver alloy), brass, bronze, billon (debased silver), potin, lead and even nickel.
Although ancient gold can be expensive,
some issues (notably those of the Byzantine Empire) are
very reasonably priced. Silver coins are normally well preserved,
however bronze coins often circulated for long periods and
many examples show
considerable wear, as well as the effects of natural chemical changes.
Biblical coins offer special attractions to those
interested in early Christianity or ancient Jewish culture. Such collectors may
seek a "Tribute Penny" denarius, a "Widow's Mite" lepton, a "Thirty
Pieces of Silver" shekel or coins of Herod and Pontius Pilate.
All these may best be appreciated when presented
in their historical context -- the special theme of Classical Coins.
Numismatic literature, in addition to the importance of its content, is a significant collecting subject.
The elegant engraved illustrations of Greek and Roman coins in early
numismatic books are treasured today by collectors.
Classical Coins offers a wide selection of numismatic books, monographs, sale catalogues
and other references. These can be good investments, since they recently have been appreciating
even faster than the coins they describe.
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Start your first visit to Classical Coins here. Important information
on navigating our site, selecting an ancient coin to
buy online, grading standards, an overview of ancient coinage, how ancient coins were made,
ancient coin denominations and much more.
Ancient Coin Gifts
Ancient coins make wonderful gifts. Here is a look at what is available in various price ranges.
Our Numismatic Offerings
Books about Ancient Numismatics
Articles of interest from the Ancient World
Articles of interest from Classical Creations
(including ancient coin jewelry)