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Old Collection Coins

Classical Numismatics was once the hobby of kings. It is actually possible today to buy ancient coins that were once in the collections of royalty, U.S. presidents, and other wealthy and famous collectors. Old collection coins are not only popular because of their provenance but also because properly stored coins will often attractively tone and become more beautiful over time.

Olympia, Elis, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 330 - 256 B.C.

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Olympia, an ancient Greek sanctuary in Elis on the Peloponnese peninsula, was the site of the Olympic Games every four years from the 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D. In 394 A.D., the Roman emperor Theodosius I abolished the games because they honored the pagan gods of ancient Greece.
GB85874. Bronze tetrachalkon, BCD Olympia 273; BCD Peloponnesos 654; BMC Peloponnesus p. 71, 116; SNG Cop 433; HGC 5 518 (R1), VF, nice green patina, inscriptions weak, corrosion, weight 4.669 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 270o, Olympia mint, c. 330 - 256 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse horse galloping right, F A above, ΠYP (magistrate) below; ex BCD with his tag noting, "Ex Prof. James Brindley Coll., Sotheby's, 1st Oct. 1987, lot 794 (part), the lot for £1150+15.5%."; rare; $175.00 (Ä148.75)

Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.
RA77916. Billon antoninianus, Webb Carausius 128; RIC V, part 2, 101; Hunter IV 36; SRCV IV 13639A; Cohen VII 193;, F, well centered, corrosion, encrustation, weight 3.719 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, Londinium (London, England) mint, c. 289 - 290 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PAX AVG (the peace of the Emperor), Pax standing slightly left, head left, raising olive branch in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, F - O flanking at sides, ML in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren, ex Alex G. Malloy sale XLV (19 Mar 1997), lot 650, ex K.F. Jacob Collection; scarce; $125.00 (Ä106.25)

Thebes, Boiotia, c. 315 - 288 B.C.

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The largest city in Boeotia, Thebes was leader of the Boeotian confederacy. A rival of Athens, Thebes sided with Persia during Xerxes' invasion in 480 B.C. Thebes ended Sparta's power at the Battle of Leuctra in 371. The Sacred Band of Thebes famously fell to Philip II at Chaeronea in 338. Thebes was the dominant city-state in Greece prior to its destruction by Alexander in 335 B.C.
GB76311. Bronze AE 13, BCD Boiotia 582; Head Boeotia p. 81, pl. V, 15; BMC Central p. 87, 203, pl XVI, 1; SNG Cop 373, SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Christomanos -, aVF, weight 1.580 g, maximum diameter 12.7 mm, Thebes mint, Macedonian hegemony, c. 315 - 288 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse filleted thyrsos left above, ΘHBAIΩN across center, club left below; ex BCD Collection with his round tag noting, "Bought at Baldwin's, Dec. 1970, for £1.-"; $45.00 (Ä38.25)


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