Sol at War

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Ancient Coins

Site last updated on 6 February 2016.

Ceres at Peace

This site is hosted on a non-commercial basis by Forvm Ancient Coins.

First, links to the two main sections of this site.


Then some informative links.

These pages are .....

These ancient coin pages were inspired by the many excellent web sites about ancient coins. It would be foolish to try to match them. The best of them are way beyond my capability and resources, and why would I want to achieve a pale shadow of the best? I have listed a few sites which I think are particularly useful or interesting on my Useful Links page.

Instead, my own pages cover some subjects which interest me and were fun to put together. So, they might be interesting and fun for others, too.

What I Like

What do I like about ancient coins? I like their feeling of bringing history to life. I like their language of imagery, so different from ours that it gives me the feeling of being in a different world - look at the two coins I put right at the top, representing aggression and agriculture, therefore war and peace. I like the way I have to learn great chunks of history to find out about their context, and it's living history, not just reams of dates like the history lessons I had at school. I like the way they tell stories and send messages. Some of this might be apparent from these pages!

Nearly all the photographs on this site were taken by me. The few which are not are clearly labelled and attributed. If you want to use my photos, please ask.

Very few of my coins are really rare, and most are quite common. You can have a fascinating collection without needing a fortune. Of course, a fortune makes it easier.


Forvm Award, September 2005 Forvm Annual Award for Numismatic Excellence, Bronze, December 2011 Forvm Annual Award for Numismatic Excellence, Silver, December 2010 Forvm Annual Award for Numismatic Excellence, Bronze, December 2009 The award on the left was from the Forvm Classical Numismatics Discussion Board in November 2005. It goes to web sites that are "very informative to the coin collecting community and which promote the hobby in general." This award was a great encouragement to me in the early days of my site.

On the right are Forum's annual bronze award for 2009, silver award for 2010, and bronze again for 2011. I am very pleased with these, which always have very stiff competition. It shows that the site is really achieving its objectives, which are to be informative as well as interesting, to make connections and set out ideas, to stimulate interest, and generally do more than just make lists of coins. Additions and improvements will continue!

The list of sites which have received these awards can be seen on the Forvm discussion board here: [Winners of Forum's awards for numismatic excellence] and here: [Forum's annual website awards winners].


These pages are by Bill Welch.

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None of my coins on this site are for sale!


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