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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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20 May 2019

Ancient Coin Grades

Ancient Coins | RPSeitz

I am fairly new to Ancient Coin collecting and want to pass on what I learn to others that may also be new to Ancient Coins. Here is what I have learned about Ancient Coin grades.

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13 May 2019

Cleaning Ancient Coins

Ancient Coins | RPSeitz

An inexpensive way to purchase Ancient Coins is to purchase them unclean. This means to purchase them as they look immediately after they are literally dug out of the ground. These coins are often heavily encrusted and difficult to see. The coins in this condition must be cleaned in order to identify them.

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30 Apr 2019

Coins of the Bible

Ancient Coins | RPSeitz

As I have mentioned in other Blog Posts, I have decided to collect Ancient Coins and more specifically, I have decided to begin by collecting coins that are discussed in the Bible. I just finished reading a book that I found helpful called Coins of the Bible by Arthur Friedberg.

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16 Apr 2019

Ancient Coins of the Bible

Ancient Coins | RPSeitz

Well, I have decided to begin my Ancient Coin Collection by acquiring the Ancient Coins of the Bible. I bought the first of the collection yesterday. My first Biblical Coin is called a "Widows Mite" or a "Lepton". These coins are called "Widow's Mites" because of the story in the Bible, which tells about a poor widow woman who gave her last two lepton bronze coins to the treasury of the Jewish temple. The passage appears in Mark 12:41-44: "And Jesus sat over against the treasury and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples and saith unto them, 'Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all, they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.'"

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29 Mar 2019

The Widow And Her Two Mites- A Lesson in Christianity

Ancient Coins | A.J.

coins in the holy land were interesting, and are great coins to collect. i have one, (but for showings, i'm showing a widows mite from online.) it was made from bronze, and was minted over 2000 years ago. it was made during the reign of Alexander Jannaeus. it has a reference from the book of Mark, stating:"And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury; and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, witch make a farthing. And he called unto him, his disciples, and saith unto them, "Verily I say unto you, This poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury"; For all they did cast in of their abundance, but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."- Mark, 12:41If you want this coin, you can get a mint on for about $50. Its a Great way to start an ancient collection, especially because of the cheap pricing.

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26 Mar 2019

A Good Intro to Ancient Coins

Ancient Coins | RPSeitz

I am an amateur coin collector and new to the hobby. I am collecting some U.S. Coins, but, I am developing a real fascination and love for Ancient Coins. I love to imagine the person that was carrying that coin 2,000 years ago and thinking about what they could have possibly been purchasing. I am an avid reader and love to get my hands on as many books or articles as possible to learn more about coin collecting. I recently came across a book entitled Ancient Coins - Newbie Guide to Ancient Coins by Sam Sommer. Sam has over 30 years of experience with coins and precious metals. It is a very light read and I am sharing this in my blog with the hope that if you too have an interest in Ancient Coins, but, like me you are not very knowledgeable, this book may help get you started on your journey. Like I stated previously, it is a very light read. It is a short book, only about 40 pages. It provides very preliminary and elementary information about buying , collecting, and selling Ancient Coins. It glosses over some history of Ancient Coins, it has a chapter on real or fake coins, it discusses characteristics of Ancient Coins, provides advice about buying and selling Ancient Coins, discusses the preferred method for cleaning unclean Ancient Coins, and, briefly discusses coin grades. Now, I know what you are thinking... You MUST NOT clean your coins, but this is a safe process for cleaning unclean Ancient Coins that have been buried in the ground for 1,000 years. This is for coins that are coated with dirt and crust making it impossible to identify the coin. It is a safe process using distilled water and a tooth brush, and, like I said, it is necessary to identify the coin. So, if you are looking for a good introduction to Ancient Coins, this book will certainly do the trick. I will keep you all posted as I find more books on the subject and will share what I find. - Randy

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22 Mar 2019

Searching for Answers...

Ancient Coins | RPSeitz

I attended my first local club meeting (Meadville Coin Club, Meadville, PA) and it was nothing short of fantastic!! They had an auction and I was able to successfully bid on and win a group of Ancient Coins. I am fascinated by Ancient Coins and the stories that accompany them, and I believe these are the types of coins that I will be collecting. Unfortunately, there was no information provided with these coins, but, I really liked the way they looked and I just had to have them. I would be ever so grateful if someone could recommend a really good book to get me started on the road to Ancient Coins, a beginner's guide of sorts. I have done some very preliminary research on the coins that I purchased yesterday and I believe that I have one of them identified. I believe that this coin (Photo attached) is a bronze coin. The obverse is tough to see, but the reverse is a cross in a wreath. I think that it is a coin that was minted for Theodosius II, 10 January 402 - 28 July 450 A.D. Here is what I learned about Theodosius II. He was the only son of Emperor Arcadius and Aelia Eudoxia, was raised to the rank of Augustus at only nine months old. His mother died in 404 and his father in 408 leaving him sole emperor at six. His sister, Aelia Pulcheria, was given responsibility for his education, and the title of Augusta in 414. Most of his reign was long and peaceful, the most notable events being the completion of a new legal code, Codex Theodosianus, and the fortification of Constantinople, making it one of the most heavily defended locations in history. The last years of his reign were marred by repeated invasion of the Balkans by the Huns led by Attila. Theodosius died after a serious hunting accident in 450 A.D. Can anyone confirm whether I have identified this coin correctly, or not? Thoughts?

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16 Feb 2019

LIBERATORI/RESTITVTORI VRBIS SVAE or the entrance of the city of Rome in the orbit of Constantine. 2nd Part.

Ancient Coins | Aeternitas Numismatics

Anyway, for huge relief of the residents of the Eternal City, Constantine did not trigger any repression against them, stating in his appearance before the Senate on the same day of its entry into Rome, its intention both to be lenient with those who supported Maxentius as to respect the authority of such a prestigious and ancient camera. Indeed, far from wanting to repeat the massacre of senators led by Septimius Severus, his predecessor in the list of Roman emperors who conquered the city in the context of a civil war, Constantine wanted to shore up his power in the western half of the Empire (still in question because to the eastern August Galerius eyes, Constantine was still only Caesar) turning the hostile city of Rome in an ally. The best procedure for it was to continue, somehow, the work of Maxentius with the difference of permuting the prominence of him by Constantine own. This implied the need not only to show clemency but also needed both neutralize the power could subtract the losing side as yet beyond, suppress from awareness of the Romans the idea of Maxentius as benefactor and replace it for an image of tyrant.

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