Antiquities reach back to the time when man first began using tools. We have many beautiful and interesting artifacts from the Byzantine Empire and going back thousands of years to Pharaonic Egypt and earlier. Greek coins began to appear c.700 BC in Ephesos-Lydia and Aigina. Of course, we also have many Roman Republican, Roman Imperial and Roman Provincial coins to offer for your collection as well. Ancient Celts and Spain are available too and don't forget to buy supplies to properly store your Ancient coins and artifacts.
Roman ancient coins: the origin of numismatics
Ancient coin collections may have existed since the Roman Empire times. It is known that Augustus would give ancient kings coins, as well as foreign coins and tokens as gifts for the Saturnalia festivity. In a letter, Petrarch narrated that he was often approached by vine diggers that had found coins, either to sell them or to ask him to identify the king or emperor portrayed. In fact, Petrarch is considered to be the first collector of the Renaissance, and he presented his coin collection to Emperor Charles IV in 1355.
The first ancient coin collectors: nobles and kings
Indeed, the first coin collectors appeared at the beginning of the 15th century, when some of the most important collections where started, motivated by the admiration of the Renaissance nobility for Ancient Rome and its studies.Pope Boniface VIII, Emperor Maximilian, Louis XIV of France, Prince Joachim II of Brandenburg (that started the Berlin Coin Cabinet) and Henry IV of France are only some examples of the first numismatists. Due to the nobility of its founders, Numismatics is often also called a Hobby of Kings.
Celtic CoinsView All Celtic Coins
Ancient Celtic coins from the diverse tribes across Gaul, Britain, Macedonian Thrace, Germany and central Europe, the Danube region and southeastern Europe, as well as the uncertain tribes which still remain a mystery, but excluding Spain. Coins of Ancient Spain can be found under the Celt-Iberian section.
Ancient Spanish Coins View All Ancient Spanish Coins
Ancient Spanish coins from across the Iberian Peninsula, including Greek, Celtic, Phoenician and Punic issues. The popular and interesting Bolskan issues can be found in the Iberian subcategory.
Greek Coins View All Greek Coins
Ancient Hellenic, Hellenistic and city-state coins from across the Ancient Greek world, including Bosporus Kings, Macedonia, Thrace, Thessaly, Boeotia, and Sicily issues. The popular and interesting Athenian owl tetradrachms, can be found in the Athens subcategory.
Ancient African Coins View All Ancient African Coins
Ancient African coins from Pharaonic Egypt, to the kingdoms of Numidia, Aksum, and Mauretania.
Ancient Eastern Coins View All Ancient Eastern Coins
Ancient coins from Judaea and eastward, including Persia, Parthia, Persis, Baktria, the Huns and the Sassanians.
Roman Provincial CoinsView All Roman Provincial Coins
Also called Greek Imperial. Listed in regional order from east to west. Ancient coins issued by the Roman Empire through non-Imperial mints, such as Macedonia, Moesia, Thrace, Messenia, Roman Egypt, Syria and Cappadocia.
Roman Republican CoinsView All Roman Republican Coins
Ancient coins from the Roman Republic from 320 BC to the Roman Imperatorial period, beginning with the First Triumvirate in 59 BC. Listed alphabetically by gens, such as Aquillia, Calpurnia, Cordia, Julia, Pompeia and Valeria.
Roman Imperatorial CoinsView All Roman Imperatorial Coins
Ancient coins from the Roman Imperatorial First Triumvirate in 59 BC to the Roman Imperial period, beginning with Augustus in 27 BC. Includes Julius Caesar, Sextus Pompey, Marc Antony and Cleopatra, Brutus and Cassius.
Roman Imperial CoinsView All Roman Imperial Coins
subcategories. Includes The Twelve Caesars, Adoptive Emperors, The Severan Period, Crisis and Decline, The Secessionist Empires, Recovery of the Empire, The Tetrarchy, The Constantinian Era, and the Late Empire.