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ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL COINS


NEWANCIENT OLBIA DOLPHIN COIN

4 assorted Olbia dolphin coins, circa 5th - 3rd Century BCOlbia was a Greek city on the Black Sea in what is now Ukraine.  Between the 5th and 3rd century BC it issued these unusual bronze dolphin shaped coins. The crudely cast coins vary in size, from about 18mm to 26mm and lack tails.  This coin was minted without inscriptions. They are one of the most unusual ancient coins available, yet are now remarkably affordable due to some the discovery of some large hoards.
Item ANC-OBLIA OLBIA "DOLPHIN" COIN, circa 5th-3rd Century BC, VG-CRUDE $10.00


COIN OF PONTIUS PILATE  Restocked

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 a lituus, which is a curved wooden ceremonial staff used in Roman religous cerimonies, which made the image abhorant to many Jews.   The other side features a laurel wreath. The coin comes certified in a NGC (Numismatic Guarantee Corporation) "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


COIN 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 on 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



NEWCHEAP, UGLY ANCIENTS


worn and ugly ancient coinsThese are cheap, UGLY ancient coins.  Low grade metal detector finds.  About 90% Roman, the rest are usually Byzantine or Greek.  Coins are in terrible condition, but then you probably would not look too good after spending the past 1500 to 2000 years underground.  Every lot is different.  Multiple lots available. Can provide hours of fun and frustration.
Item ANCx10 10 LOW GRADE ANCIENT ROMAN, ETC. COINS, POOR, 19.75



BRONZE COIN OF THE KUSHAN EMPIRE Wholesale prices available to dealers

Kushan India, Bronze Tetradrachm of Soter Megas (Vima Takha) 80-105ADThe Kushan Empire covered much what is now Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India from about the first to the third century AD.  They grew wealthy controlling trade centers on the Silk Road and on the Indus River and incorporated elements of the Greek, Roman, Chinese, Persian, Indian and other cultures into their lives.  Their coins incorporate Greek designs and often use a corrupted Greek alphabet in the legends.  We offer a well made bronze Tetradrachms of Kushan king “Soter Megas”.  The title "Soter Megas" means Great Savior.   The coin, which grades VG to Fine, shows the Greek style diademed bust of the king on one side, and the king on horseback on the other.  The king thought of himself as being so great, he did not need to put his actual name on the coin.  Until quite recently however, scholars did not know who really was!  It is now believed that he is Vima Takha who succeeded Kujula Kadphises, ruling from 80AD to 105AD.  He expanded his empire into what is now Pakistan.
Item SOTER KUSHAN BRONZE TETRADRACHM,  SOTER MEGAS 80-105AD VG-F $9.75



MUSLIM COIN WITH A CHRISTIAN SYMBOL

Arab-Byzantine copper follis, circa 635-700ADAfter the death of the Prophet Mohammed, the forces of Islam burst out of Arabia, quickly conquering the Sasanian Empire and most of the Byzantine Empire. The two had exhausted themselves fighting each other, and were unable to defeat this new military force.  The Arabians did not have a much of a tradition of coinage so initially adopted the style of coins of their conquered lands.  In the formerly Byzantine areas of Syria, Palestine and Egypt their coins imitated the Christian Byzantine coins found in circulation.  We recently acquired a group of these scarce and little known Arab-Byzantine coins.  Most depict the Byzantine Emperor, wearing a crown with a cross on the obverse.  The reverse has the letter “M” indicating the denomination was a Follis.  The copper coins are about 21mm and were made from about 635 to 700AD.
Item ARAB-BYZ ARAB-BYZANTINE COPPER FOLLIS, circa 635-700AD VG-F $29.50



SILVER COINS OF THE HABBARID AMIRS OF SIND Wholesale prices available to dealers

Silver Dhamma of the Habbarid Amirs of SindhSind, located in what is now the south-eastern portion of Pakistan, was conquered by the Umayyad empire in 711AD during the reign of  Caliph al-Walid.  The Umayyad conquest was brought about by Sind pirates attacking Arab vessels and imprisoning Muslim widows and orphans. Sind became easternmost province of the vast Umayyad Caliphate which stretched from Spain to India.   By the late 9th Century the Habbarid (Hibari) Dynasty was able assert control over Sind, giving only nominal allegiance to the Caliph.  In 1010AD the Ghaznavids conquered Sind.  The coinage of the Habbarid of Sind (also known as the Amirs of Sindh) consisted of these small (10 to 11mm) silver Dhammas. The coins feature Arabic inscriptions on both sides.
Item SIND-AR SIND SILVER DHAMMA circa 870-1009AD F-VF. $7.00
Item SIND-ARx10 10 of the above SIND SILVER DHAMMAS circa 870-1009AD F-VF $39.50


LAST COIN OF THE GHAZNAVID EMPIRE

Ghaznavids, Khusrau Malik, 1160-1186AD Jita, Lahore Mint, Tye 119The Ghaznavid Empire was founded in 975AD by Turkish slave soldiers.  At its peak it ruled an area that now consists of parts of Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and north-west India. It grew wealthy due to its trading position on the Silk Road and regular raids into India.  By the time Sultan Khusrau Malik came to power in 1160 it was in serious decline. It lost its territory in Central Asia and Iran and eventually lost its capital city of Ghazi to Turkish and Ghorid invaders.  Khusrau Malik then moved the capital to Lahore.  Lahore was initially spared from the Ghorid invaders when Khusrau Malik paid them bypass the city, however the Ghorids eventually laid siege to the city.  In 1186 he was captured by the Ghorids on a ruse.  They promised to release his son who had earlier been taken hostage.  Instead they captured him as soon as he left the safety of his fort; bringing an end to Ghaznavid rule.  The 15mm bronze Jital was minted for Khusrau Malik in Lahore.  One side features an extremely crude line drawing of a Brahma bull.  The other side has inscriptions.  This inexpensive coin is the sad end of a once rich and glorious empire.
Item GAHZ-KH GHAZNAVID, KHUSRAU MALIK, 1160-86AD JITAL Tye 119 F-VF $5.00



ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL COIN SPECIAL  

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 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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