Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

ancient coins - Ionia. Striated; 650s BC, EL Hekte

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ………   The Beginning of Coinage Shown with expressive and diverse imagery today, ancient coins started from very humble beginnings. The ancient author Herodotus wrote that the Lydians were “the first people we know of to use a gold and silver coinage”. Through hoard […]

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Ancient Coins – A Celebration of Music with a Greek “Guitar”

ancient Greek Guitar on Coin

Olynthus, 355-352. Chalcidian league, 432-348. Tetradrachm, silver Ancient Greek “guitar” – the reverse depicts a kithara from which the word “guitar” is derived. By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Fearful of Athens and the growing power of the Macedonian Kingdom, Olynthus and the other free cities of the Chalcidice banded together […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – Kamarina’s Tumultuous History

Greek Sicily

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… The history of Kamarina, a port city on the southern coast of Sicily, is among the most tumultuous of Ancient Greece. It was founded in 599 BCE by settlers from Syracuse and its location allowed it to grow quickly and amass substantial wealth through trade. However, […]

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Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Elis, Olympia, 87th-90th Olympiad, 432-420 BC. AR Stater

Elis, Olympia, 87th-90th Olympiad, 432-420 BC. AR Stater [1] By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …… One of the few ancient traditions to survive until the modern world is the Olympics. Occurring in the same four-year cycle today as in antiquity, they mark a time when differences are put […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – Front Facing Portraiture

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An apparently unique variety (the only specimen known with this magistrate name) of an extremely rare type. By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Undoubtedly the finest specimen known of this wonderful issue bearing one of the finest facing portraits of the Greek coinage. Of extraordinary late Classical style and with a […]

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The First Ancient Coins – Aegina’s Sea Turtle

Sea_turtle

ISLANDS off ATTICA, Aegina. Circa 550-530/25 BC. AR Stater. Sea turtle By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   Aegina is a rocky and mountainous island in the Saronic Gulf located about 25 miles southeast of Athens. It was settled by the Dorians around 900 BCE and was named after the daughter of […]

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