Here's a list of really popular coins to get you started (it won't be cheap
2. Alexander the Great
(prior to 323 BC)
3. Philip II
(there are lifetime issues here as well as many that were made in the following decades)
4. Corinth Stater
(5th or 4th century BC)
5. Thebes stater
(prior to the city's destruction in 335 BC)
6. Aegina turtle stater
(6th - 4th century BC)
7. Tarantum dolphin stater
(6th-3rd century BC)
8. Man-faced bull
coinage (lots of options) from either Sicily
9. Rhodes coinage with the rose on the reverse
10. Persian coinage - siglos
with the warrior with bow, lance, or dagger.
There's an almost limitless number of choices from here.
1. Collecting coinage of various rulers of Syracuse
down the centuries, not to mention coinage from all the other Sicilian cities.
2. Greek coinage from mainland Italy
(generally pre-Roman domination) - One mentioned above is the Tarantum dolphin stater
as well as the man-faced bull
, Sybaris, and Metapontion
are also big and important issuers here.
3. You can collect Alexander the Great
successor coinage - Lysimachus
, Seleucus, and Ptolemy
are the two most popular. Ptolemy
's successor coinage is also really popular all the way down to Cleopatra
! There's a ton
of Seleucus successor coinage as well.
4. There's lots of Celtic
coinage that imitates Greek coinage (particular Philip II
and Alexander the Great
tetradrachms) that is really cool.
5. There's all kinds of really interesting coinage from largely Greek colonies in Asia Minor
(pretty much limitless).
I also want to make clear that you can make an entire collection
out of any of these avenues! For instance, you could literally just focus on Alexander the Great
lifetime tetradrachms which have a huge number of variations from different mints and even within the same mint
. The most important thing is that you buy what you're interested in and from a reputable dealer. I can tell you that it's worth paying up for quality
, too. Good luck