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ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL COINS


WIDOW'S MITE FROM THE TIME OF CHRIST 

Typical ancient Judean Widow's MitesThe story of the Widow's Mite can be found in the Bible in Mark 12:41-44.  For Jesus, the widow's small offering of her only two small coins was worth far more than the large contributions of the rich who gave only a small portion of what they had.  The mite, also known as the lepton, was the smallest denomination struck in ancient Judea.  The coin was first struck during the reign of Alexander Janeaus, and continued to be used during the time of Christ.  Most display an ancient anchor on one side and a wheel on the other, though other designs were used as well. Minters were paid by how many pieces they produced, not how well they produced them.  As a result the coins tend to be crude or off center, and every coin is different.   This historic coin of the Bible is over 2000 years old and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Item MITE ANCIENT JUDEAN WIDOW'S MITE FROM TIME OF CHRIST VG-CRUDE  $29.95


NEWCOIN OF PONTIUS PILATE

Judea Certified Pontius Pilate Prutah 30-32ADJudea - Pontius Pilate, bronze PrutahThis small bronze Prutah was struck for Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem between about 30 and 32 AD.  It was during this period that Jesus was condemned by Pilate (Matthew 27:11-26).   One side of the coin depicts shows a lituus, which is a curved wooden ceremonial staff.  The other one side features a laurel wreath. The coin comes certified in a NGC "slab" holder.  The crudely made coin is extremely popular due to its close connection with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Item PILATE-NGC ANCIENT JUDEAN PRUTAH OF PONTIUS PILATE (30-32AD) in NGC holder VG-crude $99.75


NEWCOIN OF ROMAN EMPEROR NERO

Nero, 54-68AD Tetradrachm of Alexandria, Egypt depicting Nero / EagleThough it is probably apocryphal that Nero “fiddled while Rome burned”, we do know he was a lover of the arts and sports; and he was famous for his debaucheries, political murders, and the persecution of Christians. He became Emperor at age 17 in 54AD upon the poisoning death of Emperor Claudius. It is believed that he poisoned his step-brother Brittanicus, had his mother Agrippina murdered, executed his first wife Claudia after divorcing her, and kicked his second wife Poppea to death.  He carried on an affair with Statilia Messalina, and then forced her husband to commit suicide so he could marry her.  He ordered a young man named Sporus to be castrated, so he could marry him as well.  He is rumored to have Christians dipped in oil and set on fire to provide light in his garden at night. Many others, including Saint Peter, were crucified.  As his reign progressed, the treasury became depleted due to his excessive spending on palaces and public buildings. Executions increased and Nero devoted more and more of his time to sports, music festivals and orgies.  The Senate and the leader of the Praetorian Guard turned eventually against him and his excesses.  Hearing that the Senate condemned him to be beaten to death, he committed suicide in 68AD.  Nero is pictured this debased silver tetradrachm struck in Alexandria, Egypt.  At the time Egypt was under Roman control. The coin is approximately 24mm in diameter.  It is an important artifact of one of Rome’s most infamous emperors.
Item NERO ROMAN EGYPT, TETRADRACHM OF NERO 54-68AD F-VF $150.00



ROMAN COIN OF CONSTANTINE THE GREAT 

Constantine the Great Bronze coinConstantine the Great was the first Christian Emperor of Rome.  In his quest to reunite the divided Roman Empire he married the stepdaughter of the Emperor, then proceeded to kill his  father-in-law.  He converted to Christianity after receiving "a sign from God" which gave him a victory in a battle against his brother-in-law in the Battle of Milvian Bridge.  Though a Christian, he continued to honor the Roman sun god Sol. He made Sunday, the day of Sol, the official day of rest for the Roman Empire; a practice that continues today in much of the world.  Constantine called and presided over the First Council of Nicaea which established many of the tenants of Christianity.  He founded Constantinople (now Istanbul) as the new capital for the reunited Roman Empire.  The city remained the capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires for the next 1100 years.  This 16mm to 21mm bronze coin shows a clear bust of Constantine. It was struck between 310 and 337AD and  grades Fine or better.
Item ROME-CONST BRONZE COIN OF CONSTANTINE THE GREAT 310-337AD F-VF $29.95


ANCIENT ROMAN COIN OF CONSTANTIUS II

Ancient Roman bronze coin of Constantius II 337-361ADUpon the death of Constantine the Great in 337AD, his three surviving sons Constantius II, Constantine II and Constans divided the Roman Empire between them, then killed nearly every relative that might assert a claim to the throne.  They soon began warring with themselves.  Constantine II was killed by the forces of Constans in 340AD, and Constans was killed by one of his generals in 350AD, leaving Constantius II as sole ruler.  He was successful in defeating the Germanic tribes and various usurpers to the throne.  In 351AD, he elevated his cousin Constantius Gallus to the subordinate rank of Caesar, but had him executed three years later. In 355, Constantius promoted his last surviving cousin, Julian, to the Rank of Caesar.  In 360AD Julian proclaimed himself Augustus, leading to a potential war between Constantius and Julian, however Constantius died of illness in 361AD.  This bronze coin is between 16mm and 20mm in diameter and features the bust of Constantius II.
Item ROME-CON2 BRONZE COIN OF CONSTANTIUS II, 337-361AD F-VF $10.00


AMAZING HIGH GRADE ANCIENT SASANIAN SILVER DRACHM Restocked

Sasanian Drachm, Khusro (Khusraw) II 591-628ADThis silver Drachm struck in the name of Sasanian Emperor Khusro II (Khusraw II, Khosrau II) is over 1300 years old, yet is in Almost Uncirculated condition.  Khusro II was the last great Sasanian Emperor before the Muslim conquest. He reigned from 591 to 628AD.  He was initially put on the throne by his uncles, who deposed, blinded then killed his father. An army commander however usurped the throne and defeated K Khusro in battle.  Khusro regained the throne with the help of Byzantine Emperor Maurice.  After appointing his uncles to high positions, he had one of them murdered.  The other escaped and led a seven year revolt against Khusro until he was captured and killed.   Khusro attacked the Byzantine Empire after Maurice was murdered in 602AD.  That war lasted the rest of his reign.  Though Khusro was initially successful, the Byzantines eventually defeated the Sasanian forces.  In 628 Khusro’s son, Kavadh II revolted, captured and executed Khusro, along with most of his family.  Kavadh then made peace with Byzantines, giving them territory and paying an indemnity.  This attractive, high grade silver Drachm depicts Khusro on the obverse and a Zoroastrian fire altar with two attendants on the reverse.  The coin shows no or minimal wear, though is weakly struck in parts due to its thin planchet.  The coin is dated 628AD, the last year of his reign.  It was apparently struck in the Tajikistan region some 10 to 20 years following his death. It may have been struck due to a shortage of Drachms needed for the Silk Road trade.  At that time the Sasanian Empire was in its final death throes, beset by dynastic wars, the loss to the Byzantines, and the Muslim conquest.  The coin grades an amazing Almost Uncirculated.
Item SAS-KH2 SASANIAN DRACHM, TYPE OF KHUSRO II 591-628AD, AU $69.50



SILVER COINS OF RICHARD THE LION-HEART

Silver Denier of Richard the Lionheart, 1172-1199ADSilver 1/2 Denier of Richard the Lion heart 1172-1199AD
Richard the Lionheart was the King of England, Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou, and Duke of Normandy and had many other titles as well.  His knightly prowess made him a popular king and the subject of legends. By age of 16, Richard had taken command of his own army, putting down rebellions in Poitou against his father, Henry II.  He helped lead the Third Crusade to recapture Jerusalem from Saladin, however ineptness and in-fighting between the various Crusader forces prevented them from obtaining their goal.  On his return from the Holy Land he was captured by Henry VI, the Holy Roman Emperor and held for a huge ransom, most of which was paid by England.  He disliked England and spent less than six months there throughout his entire reign!  He died in 1199 after being wounded while laying siege to a castle in an effort to get a hoard of gold that had been found by a peasant.  Richard’s coins from England are very scarce, expensive and do not have his name on the coin.  His coins from what is now France are much more reasonable and bear his name, though not his portrait. This silver Denier of Richard the Lionheart is from Poitou (Poitiers) in western France.  The coins have a simple design.  One side of the 18mm silver coin features a cross and the legend in a crude script "+RICARDVS REX".  The other side has the legend  "PICTAVIENSIS" (Latin for Poitou) in three lines. The coin is crudely engraved, weakly struck and has seen considerable circulation in the last 800 years.  It is an historic coin from an extraordinary monarch.
Item RICH-DEN RICHARD THE LIONHEART 1189-1199 SILVER DENIER VG $99.75
Item RICH-OBOL RICHARD THE LIONHEART 1189-1199 SILVER OBOL AG-Crude $75.00


NEWCOIN OF THE CRUSADERS

Frankish Greece, silver Denier, circa 1300ADThe Fourth Crusade was supposed to retake Muslim controlled Jerusalem.  Instead it ended up sacking the city of Constantinople, the capital of the Christian-controlled Byzantine Empire in 1204.  It never made it to the Holy Land. The Byzantine lands were divided into a number of Crusader kingdoms, most ruled by French noblemen. This silver Denier is from French Crusader kingdoms in Greece.  The dime-sized coin features a crudely drawn castle on one side and a cross on the other.  It dates from about 1300AD.
Item CRUS-GREEK FRANKISH GREECE CRUSADER SILVER DENIER, circa 1300AD VF $49.75


ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL COIN SPECIAL  Restocked

A selection of three different identified ancient and medieval coins, including one silver coin.   The coins are primarily from India and central Asia.  This was been one of my best sellers for almost 40 years, however  I had to discontinue it due to the lack of affordable ancients. Due to a very fortunate recent purchase, we can again offer this special deal.   Each coin is identified in its own envelope.  Coins grade Good to Very Fine.
Item 3A&M 3 IDENTIFIED ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL COINS INCLUDING SILVER $9.75




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