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16 Sep 2020

Coins of the Roman Empire in 450 words

Ancient Coins | Coinyoshi

Hi, I'm back for my second blog. Just finished playing a Civ 6 game as the Roman Empire, and that gave me a blog idea. Roman coins. Here we go.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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09 Jun 2019

The Oldest Coin in the World

Ancient Coins | user_65360

This is a pitcher of the oldest coin in the world this coin can be found in the British Museum. This coin has only one side and the side with a pitcher shows a roaring lion witch is the symbol of the Lydian Kings they created it around 610-600 BC. Its size is close to a dime in diameter but closer to the weight of a quarter. If you were looking for this coin in the time it was being made you could find it in modern day Turkey. This coin was made of electrum witch is a natural or artificial alloy of gold with at least 20 percent silver, used for jewelry, especially in ancient times, this coin was worth close to one paycheck for the month.

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03 Jun 2019

Guide to Biblical Coins by David Hendin

Ancient Coins | Ancient Collector

Several times I have recommended this book for those interested in the coinage of bible times, but have always admitted that I have never read it. Well, I found a bookseller who had it on "special" so I could no longer resist. Did it live up to my expectations? Has my reputation been destroyed by recommending a dud? Is the book worth $85.00? Stay tuned !!! Or should I say, read on !

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