14 Aug 2021

Unknown Ancient Judea Coin

Ancient Coins | user_55494

Hello ANA! This past high school semester, I participated in a study abroad to Israel, where much of my family history is. Aside from learning about all of the ancient history that occurred there thousands of years ago, I also was so exited to find some ancient coins at the flea markets. I bought this coin for around 50 shekels (around 15-16 dollars). This seems to be an bronze or copper coin from BCE, and I am assuming it is a prutah, or a small denomination of Judean coins. I have recently been doing some research about other coins from this time when all of a sudden I remembered I have one! Since this realization, I have not been able to sleep and have been researching for days, looking through archives and reading information. Based on my research, I am almost certain it is a real coin, and not a counterfeit, and I feel that it has some potential to be identified. With one side being in better condition than the other (I'm not sure which is the rev. or obv.!), I can see some Greek lettering, and figures surrounding the entire side, signifying that it may have been created during Hellenistic Judean times (Hasmonean Dynasty). However, I still cannot identify it! I can also see some Greek lettering on the other side. Well despite still researching, I was wondering if safely cleaning the coin, and removing some dirt and corrosion, while still keeping the patina intact, maybe with water and a soft toothbrush, and / or toothpick (of course no drying off with a towel!). Well despite still researching it, I also wanted to mention that I am keeping it in a two by two cardboard flip, and hoping to maintain the coins integrity. If anyone reading this has any idea what coin this or how to identify it, please let me know! Also, if anyone has any tips and pointers on restoring it, also be sure to leave a comment! Moving on to some details I noticed on this coin, I noticed a person like figure next to the striated larger figure (could be a harp!). I also am 75% certain that there is an omega symbol on the bottom, further indicating that this coin is linked to Greek origin. One other thing I was wondering is if anyone has any information on how to take better and clearer pictures of coins, either a device, or techniques using loupes, because these lousy photos are using my phone camera. Anyways, if you have any idea or have any pointers or info, be sure to leave a comment, or you can leave me an email at ellislandauer@gmail.com. Thank you for reading if you got this far!- Ellis Landauer

05 Apr 2021

Herod I Prutah

Ancient Coins | CoinStar08

Hello! I know I haven't blogged in a while, and I know they weren't that good before, so I am going to write one where you guys can learn something!Ok, so a few months ago, I got this coin on an auction on ebay. It is a Herod the 1st prutah which was made from 40-4 BCE. I bought this coin because I love ancient coins and it was made around the time of Jesus's birth, which I found fascinating! So I decided to do my own research to reveal all the really cool info about this coin.First off, this coin is made during the reign of Herod the Great. Herod the Great was a very well known king of Judea and was born in 72 BCE. He was famous for ordering huge building projects and constructions. He even renovated the second temple in Jerusalem. You might be thinking Herod seemed like a really nice guy, and a great king. But not everything ancient text tells that story. According to the book of Matthew in the bible it talks about how Herod ordered all babies to be killed! Though there is no proven evidence of this, it still is a terrible thing to happen.We also must learn about what a prutah even is! A prutah is a small denomination coin that was made of copper. These coins were definitely not very desirable back then, because you needed 10 of them to buy a single loaf of bread.Ok, time to talk about the coin. On the obverse of the coin, there is an anchor as well as writing. The prutah contains the letters HPW BACIΛ. Which means King Herod. On the reverse of the coin, there is a double cornucopia, with a caduceus between it. The coin is pretty off center because back them they used to use a hammer to print each coin. The would slam the hammer on the metal, and create the imprint of the coin. I have no clue how much this coin is worth, but I know I paid 7 bucks for it! Which at least, seemed like a good deal. If anybody has anymore info or knowledge of how much the coin is worth, please post a comment because I would love to learn more! Thank you soooo much for reading and I hope you learned something!

31 Oct 2020

Julius Caesar “Assassination Coin” Sets World Record

Ancient Coins | Donn Pearlman

October 29, 2020 – A previously unrecorded example of a valuable ancient “Ides of March” gold coin commemorating the assassination of Roman dictator Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. sold for £3,240,000 ($4,188,393, €3,588,602) on October 29, 2020. Authenticators in the United States and United Kingdom who verified its authenticity predicted it would sell for millions more than a London auction house’s conservative £500,000 pre-sale estimate.

12 Sep 2020

The Gallic Empire and its Coinage: Part 1

Ancient Coins | user_70762

In the year 260, Valerian had been captured by the Persians after the Battle of Edessa, Also during this battle, a majority of the Roman army had been killed. As a result, Gallienus, who was previously caesar under Valerian (junior emperor), was in quite the predicament. As a result, some of the eastern provinces broke away and declared Odaenathus. This was already a bad start for Gallienus, but then Pannonia had revolts as well. Gallienus and his army went to Pannonia, and during that time, Postumus revolted. Postumus was a very powerful man in the Roman Empire, and crushed the Franks. The Gallic Empire contained Gaul and the provinces of Germania, and for a time included Hispania and Britannia. The early coins of Postumus had high silver content, probably to show the stability and prosperity of the newly free provinces. In the main Roman Empire, the coins had lost a lot of their silver content, so Postumus could have used this for propaganda. However, Postomus' coins would not have a high silver content for long, by the end of his reign, they were no better than Gallienus'. In 269, Laelianus revolted against Postumus (a revolt in a revolt!). Postumus was able to defeat the usurper after besieging him, but was killed by his own men after he didn't let them loot the city. This led to Victorinus becoming Gallic Emperor, with the death of Postumus, Hispania returned to central Roman rule (now under Claudius Gothicus). Victorinus was killed 2 years into his reign after seducing his assassin's wife. This led to the reign of Tetricus, who was eventually defeated by Aurelian (the NEW emperor of the central Roman Empire). However he was not killed, and his son even became a Roman senator. His son, Tetricus II, had served as caesar (junior emperor) of Tetricus, so Rome had a guy who revolted against it as a senator, which perfectly sums up this part of Roman history. The coins struck during the reigns of Victorinus and Tetricus were very bad, with no silver in them. Also during this time, barbarous coins were made during their reign, which were even worse. These barbarous coins ranged from close to the official coins to completely illegible with designs impossible to identify. Under Aurelian, the coinage stabilized (temporarily). I have a soft spot for Gallic Empire coins because my first purchase at a coin show was a coin of Tetricus (I also didn't know anything about the coin or the Gallic Empire at the time, but as a result of it, I learned a lot). Even though it only lasted 15 years, it had a very interesting history, and many interesting coins to collect.

03 May 2020

Ancient Coin of Unknown Origin

Ancient Coins | user_32273

I recently came into possession of an ancient coin I know almost nothing about them I was thinking Persian but I'm not sure if anybody knows what coin this is could you please tell me thanks! Of the 108 languages google translate recognizes this is not one of them as for the characters I haven't found anything like them I suspect this is a dead language which makes this search a more complicated endeavor.

04 Feb 2020

Holding History

Ancient Coins | skywolf

Coin shows and swaps are a great way to expand a person’s collection. It allows you to see and handle currency firsthand, as well as converse with fellow collectors. I especially enjoy speaking with the more experienced enthusiasts who love to support the younger generation. There is a wonderful annual coin swap in my hometown that I enjoy visiting whenever possible. One year at the local swap I was fortunate enough to find a small number of Ancient Roman coins that had been unearthed at Hadrian’s Wall. This was an exciting find for me because I had never had such an opportunity before. The coins were not in very good condition, but it was thrilling to be able to hold something so ancient in the palm of my hand. To think of all of the ancient people who had held the coins before me was astounding and exciting. What was even better, was that I found them while digging through a half price bin. It is one my absolute favorite coin collecting memories and it even inspired my mom to write an entire time travel series based around my Hadrian's Wall coins!

26 Sep 2019

2008 "Perfect" Oklahoma Quarter

Ancient Coins | JudeA

I got home today and checked the mail. I didn't expect it to come this early in the mail, but it did. I finally got my thing I won from the YN auction! The package included my quarter which is graded by NGC as being PF(70) Ultra Cameo with 90% Silver. It also had this holographic token thing in it. I don't really know what that is and if any other YN's got that could you please let me know. I also got my YN dollar requests, (YN80 total.) They also sent me a random 1 YN dollar bill, so now I have the type set to YN dollars. There is the YN100, YN50, YN20, YN10, YN5, and YN1. Also I received a 2019 D cent and a blank planchet cent in the YN dollar request form, I don't really know why I got that, but I'll take it! If you guys want to see the coin I won go to the 2019 auction catalog and it is lot #85. Happy Hunting and I hope that the other YN's will be receiving their wins soon to!

03 Sep 2019

aorta A guide for the Roman coin collector book review guide

Ancient Coins | SALMON

aorta is a confusing book but when you learn how to use it it makes sense and is a pretty helpful guide on identifying Roman coins. how the book works is: it lists all the busts, then obverses, then reverses, then types, then mints. Find the correct ruler in the book. Choose the correct information and match it with the pre-matched information after the unchosen information. This is the value of your coin. also provided is information about the ruler and the coins produced by the ruler. below the information on the coins produced by the ruler a rectangle encasing rarity and average price of the coins first, there is the number of coins produced by the ruler and the rarity rating by coinvac (now coryssahttp://www.coryssa.org/index.php/home/index) followed by the rank of the coin ex. 85th concludes with ebay and auction average prices the auction prices refer to the higher-end options, for example, ms64 coins are sold less on ebay than in auctions.

01 Aug 2019

Why are ancient coins less valuable than 19th century silver coins

Ancient Coins | SALMON

It is funny because ancient coins have so much more history than 19th-century silver coins (a roman person may have held the same coin that you are holding). I think that coins should be viewed by not just their rarity but also their history, for example, a 1906 Indian head penny that was the time of the San Francisco earthquake. 19th-century silver coins like Morgan dollars they may be silver coins but they don't have much history.next time you are at a local coin shop look for coins that look cool and have a rich history.


Money.org Blog and Forum Terms & Conditions of Use / Disclaimer

This is a community-sourced blog. Any views or opinions represented in this blog are personal and belong solely to the blog post’s author, and do not represent the views or opinions of the American Numismatic Association, and may not represent the views or opinions of people, institutions or organizations that the author may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity.

All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The American Numismatic Association (ANA) makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The ANA does not monitor the blog on a constant basis.

The ANA will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information, nor for the availability of this information. The ANA will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

Downloadable Files and Images

Any downloadable file, including but not limited to pdfs, docs, jpegs, pngs, is provided at the user’s own risk. The ANA will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages resulting from a corrupted or damaged file.

Blog/Forum Posts and Comments

In these terms and conditions, “user content” means material including without limitation text, images, audio material, video material, and audio-visual material that you submit to this website, for whatever purpose.

Blog/forum posts and comments are encouraged. However, the ANA reserves the right to edit or delete any blog/forum posts or comments without notice. User content deemed to fall under the following categories will be removed and may prompt disciplinary actions, including, but not limited to, review and suspension/revocation of blog and forum privileges:

  • User content deemed to be spam or questionable spam.
  • User content intended for commercial purposes or to buy, sell or trade items.
  • User content containing profanity.
  • User content containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive.
  • User content containing hate speech, credible threats, or direct attacks on an individual or group.

In addition, user content shall not be illegal or unlawful, shall not infringe any third party’s legal rights, and shall not be capable of giving rise to legal action whether against you, the ANA, or a third party under any applicable law.

The ANA may terminate your access to all or any part of the website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately. If you wish to terminate this Agreement or your Money.org account (if you have one), you may simply discontinue using the website. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.

The ANA reserves the right to display advertisements on your account and blog pages.

This blog’s terms & conditions of use / disclaimer is subject to change at anytime.

We use cookies to provide users the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your cookie settings, we'll assume that you agree to receive all cookies on money.org. You may disable cookies at any time using your internet browser configuration. By continuing to use this website, you agree to our privacy policy and terms of use. To learn more about how we use cookies and to review our privacy policy, click here.