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Ancient Coins

Coins first arose in the early Iron Age to better store and transport value, as the previously used ingots became bulky and unwieldy for traveling merchants. Many of these early coins were stamped from electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver. These electrum coins were eventually displaced by pure silver and pure gold coinage as smelting techniques improved.

The type and worth of a coin was often defined by the powerful city states of the time. King Croesus of Lydia (present-day Turkey) is credited with creating the gold and silver standard. Later, Athens used their trade power to popularize their particular standard of silver coins. While all of Greece’s city states used a drachm as a measure of value, the actual weight varied from location... Read more

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16th C. Peruvian Cob 2 Reales Coin

August 27, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
Scottsdale, AZ, USA

$55 (2 bids)

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Greek Silver Tetrobol Coin, 281-200 B.C.

August 28, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$140 (starting bid)

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Rare Greek Bronze Coin, Zeus ( 450 BC - 100 AD )

August 28, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$200 (starting bid)

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Rare Greek Gold Electrum Stater Coin, Apollo

August 28, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$300 (starting bid)

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Silver Tetradrachm Coin, Antiochos VII,

August 28, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$240 (starting bid)

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1731 Charles IV 1 Soldo Italian Copper Coin

August 28, 2016, 12:00 PM EST
Bluffton, SC, USA

$5 (starting bid)

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A Set of 3 Silver Coins of Ancient Persia Parthian Empire

August 28, 2016, 11:00 AM PST
Westlake Village, CA, USA

$50 (starting bid)

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An Achaemenid siglos

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$400 (starting bid)

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A silver drachm of Philistia

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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An extremely rare silver drachm of Philistia

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$4,000 (starting bid)

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A silver obol of Tyre, Phoenicia

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$150 (starting bid)

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A silver obol of Sidon, Phoenicia

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$200 (starting bid)

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A silver tetrobol of Arados, Phoenicia

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$100 (starting bid)

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A bronze coin of Sidon, Phoenicia with chariot

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$150 (starting bid)

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A silver obol of Sidon, Phoenicia

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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A silver gerah of Yeduh

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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A silver gerah of Yeduh

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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A silver gerah of Yeduh

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$400 (starting bid)

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A silver hemiobol of Yeduh

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$650 (starting bid)

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A silver hemiobol of Yeduh

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$275 (starting bid)

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A silver obol  of Tyre, Phoenicia

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$70 (starting bid)

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A silver obol  of Tyre, Phoenicia

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$70 (starting bid)

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A rare silver quarter-obol of Yeduh

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$350 (starting bid)

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A gold stater of Alexander the Great

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$4,000 (starting bid)

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Seven bronze coins of Alexander the Great

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$250 (starting bid)

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A silver tetradrachm of Alexander III (The Great)

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$350 (starting bid)

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A silver drachm of Alexander III (The Great)

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$100 (starting bid)

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Seven bronze coins of the Diadochi

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$375 (starting bid)

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Twelve bronze coins of the Diadochi

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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A lot of fifteen Greek bronze coins

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$600 (starting bid)

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Six bronze diobols of Ptolemy I-II

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$600 (starting bid)

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Six bronze coins of Ptolemy I-II

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$600 (starting bid)

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Six bronze coins of Ptolemy I-III

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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Six bronze coins of the Ptolemies

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$250 (starting bid)

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Seven bronze coins of the Ptolemies

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$350 (starting bid)

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A gold hemidrachm of Ptolemy I

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$1,750 (starting bid)

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A silver tetradrachm of Ptolemy II

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$100 (starting bid)

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Six Ptolemaic bronzes from the Tyre Mint

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$550 (starting bid)

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Seven bronze coins of Ptolemy III-IV from the Tyre Mint

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$450 (starting bid)

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Six bronze coins of Ptolemy III from the Tyre Mint

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$650 (starting bid)

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Five diobols of the Ptolemaic Dynasty

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$600 (starting bid)

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A bronze drachm of Ptolemy IV

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$250 (starting bid)

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The Seleucids and the Gods; a ten coin set

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$550 (starting bid)

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The Seleucids and the Gods; a seven coin set

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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The Seleucids and the Gods; a six coin set

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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Five bronze coins of Antiochus III and Antiochus IV

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$450 (starting bid)

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100 years of Seleucid bronze coinage

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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Three bronze coins associated with Antiochus VII Sidetes

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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Three bronze coins associated with Antiochus VII Sidetes

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$350 (starting bid)

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Seleucid bronze coinage from 223-129 BCE

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$550 (starting bid)

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Six bronze coins of Demetrios II with galley

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$700 (starting bid)

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Eight bronze coins of Antiochus VIII

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$375 (starting bid)

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Four bronze coins of Antiochus VII Sidetes

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$180 (starting bid)

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Four bronze coins of Alexander II Zabinas

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$200 (starting bid)

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Six bronze coins of Antiochus IX Cyzicenus

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$225 (starting bid)

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A five coin collection of Antiochus VI-IX

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$450 (starting bid)

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Six bronze coins of Alexander II Zabinas

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$180 (starting bid)

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Four bronze coins of Antiochus VIII and Cleopatra Thea

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$300 (starting bid)

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A silver tetradrachm of Antiochus VIII Epiphanes

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$500 (starting bid)

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A bronze coin of Side, Pamphylia

August 29, 2016, 2:00 PM EST
Jerusalem, Israel

$100 (starting bid)

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