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Ancients

Silver coins were the backbone of ancient commerce, from the early Greek city states to the end of the East Roman Empire of Byzantium. Today, these coins are highly desired for the physical connections they provide to ancient civilizations and historical eras, rather than their precious metal content.

Ancient Rome

Julius Caesar. Augustus. Nero. Hadrian. These names still resonate throughout history. Roman coins have been coveted for centuries for their physical connection to these names, and more. The appeal of Roman coins goes beyond the ancient coins collector, to historians and people who have become fascinated with the Roman Empire through books and movies.

The Roman denarius is likely the world's most popular ancient silver coin. It was introduced in 211 BC as a part of a new Roman coinage system, and was minted for nearly 500 years.

Many collectors of Roman silver coins weren't coin collectors at all, to begin with. Anyone with a passing interest in Roman history equates “Roman money” and “denarius”. When these people discovered that you could still buy a real Roman silver coin at a modest price, they were inspired to purchase one. Perhaps a Nero, Claudius, or Vespasian denarius was their first coin. Perhaps it was the first one that caught their eye at a coin convention, regardless of reign.

Once they discover the many different types of Roman silver coins, some featuring a Caesar they hadn't heard of, the denarius collecting begins in earnest.

Ancient Greece

The classical silver Athenian tetradrachm is the coin most people envision when they think of ancient Greek coins, but nearly all of the many hundreds of Greek city states also minted coins bearing their respective symbols.

Ancient Greek coins are generally larger and thicker than Roman ones, and far older. Greek city states began minting precious metal coins in the Sixth century BC, shortly after the idea originated in the ancient kingdom of Lydia. The last ancient Greek silver coins were minted in the First century BC, prior to the region being absorbed into the Roman Empire.

Ancient Greek history is divided into three eras. The Archaic Era stretched from the origin of the city states in the Sixth century BC to the final expulsion of Persian armies in 480 BC. The Classical Era followed the Archaic, running from 480 BC to Alexander the Great's conquest of Greece in 330 BC. Alexander's empire ushered in the Hellenic Era, which lasted until approximately 146 BC. The marks the point where Rome had basically assimilated Greece, and Roman coins replaced Greek ones.

Each of these eras produced a distinctive style of coin. The prices on the best and rarest examples of each era make them unobtainable for everyone but museums and billionaires. Common, worn coins can be had for prices comparable to Roman coinage.

Ancient Holy Land Coins

Other ancient coins that hold special importance include the famous Shekel of Tyre, which was used in ancient Jerusalem to pay the temple tax due to its finer purity than regular coins. It is rumored the shekel of Tyre was the type of silver coin paid to Judas to betray Jesus. In a similar vein, the tiny “widow's mite” of Biblical fame is popular among Holy Land coin collectors. Much like the denarius attracts non-collectors, the widow's mite holds a special place among Christians.

Our Guarantee

Every ancient coin that Gainesville Coins carries has been certified genuine and graded by the highly trusted Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). We are always expanding our ancient coins for sale, so check back often.

 

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