Real Ancient Coins... Not Replicas
Imagine owning the actual money that was being used by people who lived thousands of years ago. These are the exact coins they used every day to buy food, clothing, and other goods. Some of these coins date back hundreds of years before Christ ever walked the Earth.
Imagine owning something 20 centuries old! This is the type of thing you would expect to find only in museums. But now, you can own these incredible treasures for yourself.
Think of the hands that these coins passed through. Could they have been used by the Emperor to pay his troops? Maybe they were used by a farmer to purchase the tools needed to tend his fields... 2000 years ago. These coins are authentic relics of some of the world's greatest, ancient civilizations.
How Can These Coins Still Exist?
In ancient times there were no banks. If you wanted to protect your money, it was commonplace to bury it in order to keep it hidden. Coins were often stored in clay pots or urns to protect them form the elements. Many that were lost through misfortune (and misfortunes were many) remained intact to this day, waiting to be unearthed. These coins are sometimes discovered during construction projects or, occasionally, by the average person simply digging up a backyard garden. Others are discovered at the bottom of the sea during the excavation of ancient shipwrecks. These accumulations of coins are referred to as hoards.
Many ancient coins have been in private collections for centuries and have traded hands countless times. The 14th century saw the advent of the Renaissance which brought a new appreciation for classical Greek and Roman civilizations. An affect of this was a newly sparked interest in Greek and Roman coins, and the modern market for ancient coins was born.
Authentic Relics of the Ancient Greeks
A brisk seafaring trade and numerous military conflicts helped to create a wide variety of ancient Greek coinage throughout the Mediterranean region.
5th Century BC Greek Drachm
This silver drachm (pronounced dram) was minted in the ancient Greek city of Parion in Mysia, located in what is now modern day Turkey.
Hand struck more than 2,400 years ago, the coin's obverse depicts the head of the mythical Gorgon. In Greek mythology, the Gorgons were three demon sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes and whose terrifying gaze was capable of turning men into stone. The Gorgon’s head served as an emblem for the city of Parion and the city's soldiers used this image on their shields to frighten their enemies in battle.
369-146 BC Greek Tetrobol
This silver tetrobol was minted between 369 and 146 BC in the Greek city-state of Histiaia, located on the northern tip of the island of Euboia. The obverse features the image of the patron goddess for whom the city was named after. The nymph Histiaia is portrayed with her hair wreathed in a vine, an image that correlates to an ancient account of the city by the epic Greek poet Homer who described it as being "rich in vines."
The coin's reverse depicts Histiaia sitting at the stern of a Greek galley and is believed to commemorate the defeat of Philistides, the Tyrant of Orseus.
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