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Alexander The Great
Greek Coinage is a fascinating area of the ancient coins market, dating back to around 500 B.C. Austin Rare Coins is one of the premier ancient coin dealers in the United States, and we specialize in high-end ancient coins that have been certified and authenticated by NGC Ancients, the top ancient coin grading corporation in the business. LEARN MORE - 1-800-928-6468
Alexander the Great is without question one of the most notable figures of ancient history. His coins are incredibly desirable today (especially those in GEM MS,) with most survivors being quite worn, as they were issued over 2,300 years ago and widely circulated. This the only GEM MS we've owned recently. On the obverse you'll find Athena, the Goddess of War, and on the reverse the Goddess of Victory, Nike, is easily seen.
This amazing silver Ancient was struck over 2,400 years ago and has a remarkable overall look and eye appeal. The owl, as a symbol for wisdom, was the mascot of Athena, and frequently accompanies the goddess as this coin demonstrates. According to myth, Athena, goddess of wisdom and the patron goddess of Athens, even had the ability to take the form of an owl. The front of the coin features Athena, the goddess of wisdom and reason. The back depicts an owl, the totem bird of Athena.
This Byzantine coin was minted in the Byzantine Empire under the reign of Emperor Phocas. It has survived thousand of years in uncirculated condition! In fact, NGC Ancients graded it as Gem MS – the highest grade given! They strike and surface were also determined to be exceptional. This coin is actually one of the best surviving examples of this byzantine coin!
This is an exquisite, mint condition example of the second gold coin struck depicting Jesus Christ. Issued under Justinian II around 700 A.D., this coin has an excellent strike with flashy surfaces and has been awarded a mint state grade by NGC Ancients. Great coin for the price and highly recommended, also is listed in the book, 100 Greatest Ancient coins.
Struck nearly 2,400 years ago, this extremely well-struck silver tetradrachm is far nicer than most we encounter. Typically very worn with poor centering, this particular example is very pleasing overall. The obverse depicts two lifelike wrestlers, reminiscent of the earliest Olympic games.
The Byzantine Empire, also known as the Eastern Roman Empire, fragmented and survived a thousand years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Constantine played an integral part in the transition and reorganization of a new empire that legalized Christianity and made a new capital of Eastern Empire Constantinople...If you 're interested in learning more about Byzantine coinage, you should request our 8-page Ancient coin report. Call 1-800-928-6468!
Nearly 2,400 years ago this stunning, mint condition Persian Daric was struck and has been preserved in an attractive mint condition. It has a 4/5 strike and surfaces, along with a star for exceptional eye appeal. This is the "type 3" design, which depicts the Persian King advancing with bow and spear.
The Persian Empires were a series of imperial dynasties started by Cyrus the Great in 550 BC who create the ancient Achaemenid Empire. Achaemenid Empire prominence stretched far beyond its borders and included military, cultural, technological, and religious influences as well as the first Persian Empire to embrace the coinage monetary system. If you 're interested in learning more about Persian coinage, you should request our 8-page Ancient coin report. I Call 1-800-928-6468.
Mithridates VI Gold Stater NGC Mint StateZoom Mithridates VI Gold Stater NGC Mint State Mithridates VI Gold Stater NGC Mint State Mithridates VI Gold Stater NGC Mint State Mithridates VI Gold Stater NGC Mint State Mint state example of the gold stater struck under Mithridates who ruled from 120-64 B.C. The detail and strike on this particular example are very boldly struck with remarkable detail on the obverse and reverse.
Lysimachus was one of Alexander the Great's most trusted generals and advisors. This silver tetradrachm is a remarkable coin with fabulous detail and color. The obverse is thought to be a lifelike portrait of Alexander the Great, staring at the heavens, with ram's horns coming out of his head. The reverse shows the goddess Athena holding a miniature Nike, the goddess of Victory. This coin is testament to the respect and adoration that Lysimachus had for his fallen leader, Alexander the Great.
Three-Coin Jerusalem Shekel Set with the famed Crucifixion Shekel - This three-coin set contains the Shekel struck in AD 33/34--the year of the Crucifixion. Listed in the 100 Greatest Ancient coin book because of its immense popularity, this is only the second we've handled, and it is coveted by all. All Jerusalem Shekels are popular and desirable because of their historic appeal. Certain issues in the series, however, garner the most respect, and none more than the so-called "Crucifixion Shekel
Attica Owl Silver Tetradrachm NGC Choice About Uncirculated 5x4 This amazing silver Ancient was struck over 2,400 years ago and has a remarkable overall look and eye appeal. The owl, as a symbol for wisdom, was the mascot of Athena, and frequently accompanies the goddess as this coin demonstrates. The front of the coin features Athena, the goddess of wisdom and reason and the reverse depicts an owl, the totem bird of Athena.
Dating back to around 100 B.C. Roman coinage is one of the most popular areas of the ancient coin market. Austin Rare Coins is one of the premier ancient coin dealers in the United States, and we specialize in high-end ancient coins that have been certified and authenticated by NGC Ancients, the top ancient coin grading corporation in the business. Coinage from this era, even though these coins were struck over 2,000 years ago, are tangible and impressive!
The Alexander the Great Distater, or Double-Stater, is one of the most treasured of all Ancient Gold coins. Containing over a half-ounce of pure gold, this 2,350 year old coin represented a large amount of wealth back then, and one wonders how and why it was protected for the past 2 millenia. Considered by some coin enthusiasts as the “High Relief” of Ancient Gold, the portrait of Nike is struck with superbly high and fine detail, giving the coin an almost three dimensional appearance.
Mytilene was a city on the island of Lesbos known for producing remarkable designs on coinage over 2,500 years ago. This attractive 1/6th stater, called a “hekte”, is made of electrum; a mixture of gold and silver. Each coin was hand-struck with remarkable detail and this example has been graded extremely fine by NGC Ancients. The obverse design shows a lion roaring and the reverse has an “incuse” punch of a calf’s head.
This Type II Persian Gold Daric is the rarest of all the Persian Gold Darics, and the earliest type known. Struck around 500 B.C., it depicts the Persian Hero King in a running stance with bow drawn, ready to attack the enemy. The quality of this coin is extraordinary and the overall look is far superior to most we've handled.
Emperor Domitian ruled Rome from 81-96 AD and restored the economy by revaluing Roman coinage, rebuilding the city of Rome, and fortifying the borders of the empire. It is possible to encounter gold coinage of Domitian in lower grades, but to find a high grade example such as this is very unusual. The obverse depicts a bust of Domitian in lifelike fashion and the strike and fields are flawless.