Old Coins in the News
Auction results of rare old coins, treasures discovered, and numismatic features
Two brothers searching with metal detectors in a small Belgian town uncovered a hoard of over 100 coins from Ancient Rome, including several silver denarii. The coins date to the first and second centuries C.E.
At the site of one of Israel's historic port cities, a hoard of 24 gold coins was discovered. The coins were likely left by someone fleeing a battle with Crusaders at the turn of the 12th century.
An astounding Reddit post this week told the story of a soldier in World War I who was protected from a lethal bullet by the stack of silver coins in his pocket.
Error coins are an important area of numismatics for many collectors. Even as far back as Celtic times two millennia ago, mints were mistakenly producing error coins like one gold coin (from a variety of only eight known) being auctioned in November.
The Lydian stater is believed by historians and archaeologists to be among the first types of coins minted anywhere in the world. One of these historic gold coins was recovered from thieves in Turkey.
The first news reports about a hoard of ancient gold coins from imperial Rome are starting to leak out into the media. The hoard contains about 300 gold coins and was found in the basement of an old Italian theater.
After years of keeping the story secret to allow researchers to study the site, news outlets in the U.K. are finally reporting on a hoard of first-century Roman silver coins found in Yorkshire.
An archaeological team in Bulgaria unearthed nearly 1,000 silver and gold coins from the Ottoman Empire at the ruins of a medieval fortress near the Black Sea.
Although Sir Isaac Newton is best known for his scientific discoveries in physics, optics, and mathematics, there is also some interesting history behind his work at the Royal Mint (U.K.).
A considerably rare gold signet ring dating to Roman Britain was discovered by a metal detectorist working in collaboration with archaeologists in the County of Somerset in England.