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Coins of The Ancient World

 

WIDOW'S MITES OF THE BIBLE

Mark 12:42-44 and Luke 21:2-4, tell the story of the Widow who gave all she had, two "mites". A number of tiny copper coins circulated in Judea during the time of Christ so there is no way to establish any particular design as "the" Widow's Mite. The coins were produced in vast quantities through the First Century BC and First Century AD. The quality of workmanship employed in the production of these coins varied from rushed to discernable. It is rather unusual to find a single coin that shows all of the legends and design on both side. Sizes of individual specimens also vary greatly (some where halves of the whole 'prutah' which itself was worth half of a Roman quadrans, the smallest denomination then being produced at Rome.) Whatever the exact coins, the gift of the Widow was certainly one of the two early coins shown below.

40900 - ALEXANDER JANNAEUS, 103 - 76 BC, WIDOW'S MITE, Bronze prutah, two varieties: Type 1 - obverse; cursive paleo-Hebrew inscription, Yehonatan the King, around lily, reverse; circle containing anchor. Type 2 - Sun wheel between spokes. These coins were sand cast and thus have crude designs. A lot that will contain both varieties..........................................20 for $100.00. These make great gifts! Only 5 lots to sell


5067 - ROMAN SILVER COINS, while we don't advertise them much on the site we have an extensive selection of Ancient coins and artifacts in stock and just bought a little group of high grade Roman silver coins struck in the period 218 - 244 AD. We have several nice silver denarii of the Emperor Elagabalus [218 - 222 AD] and silver antoninianus of Gordian III [238 - 244]. The denarius was replaced by the antoninianus due to the constant debasement of the Roman monetary system. Elagabalus met the fate of many Roman Emperors and was murdered with his mother and thrown in the Tiber River in 222 AD. Gordian III was one of five Emperors or pretenders who aspired to the throne of Rome in 238 AD and was murdered by his troops in 244 AD. These coins are in extremely fine condition and are fully identified when shipped. Denarius of Elagabalus..................................$75.00              Antoninianuss of Gordian III..............................................................$75.00              one of each example............................$135.00


1017 - ALEXANDER THE GREAT, Μέγας Αλέξανδρος, Megas Alexandros, (July 356 BC - June 11, 323 BC). Also known as Alexander III, King of Macedon (336-323 BC), was one of the most successful military commanders in history, conquering most of the known world before his death. Silver drachm of Alexander with him wearing a lion's skin, reverse; ZEUS enthroned. Very fine..............................$175.00     another a larger Tetradrachm, the main trade coin of the 4th Century BC. Extremely fine....................................$395.00

1019 - THE OWL OF ATHENS, Athens, 449 - 413 BC, silver tetradrachm with the head of Athena on the obverse and the famous Athenian Owl on the verso, AOE to the right, small flan with all details on the flan, very fine. One of the most famous coins of the Greek City states........................................$395.00

1020 - THE BOY ON A DOLPHIN, 3rd Century BC, silver diadrachm, Taras seated on a dolphin, horseman on reverse, one of the more popular of the Greek series. Very fine...........................................$350.00

1022 - GREEK COLONY IN SOUTHERN ITALY, METAPONTION, 330 - 300 BC, silver stater, Head of Demeter, reverse; Ear of Barley. Choice, very fine..........................................$350.00

1023 - AEGINA, 5TH CENTURY BC, Silver obel with segmented sea turtle on the obverse, reverse; incuse designs on reverse, one of the earliest Greek cultures with the sea turtle being the symbol of the Island. Fine to very fine...........................$250.00


WIDOW'S MITES

Mark 12:42-44 and Luke 21:2-4, tell the story of the Widow who gave all she had, two "mites". A number of tiny copper coins circulated in Judea during the time of Christ so there is no way to establish any particular design as "the" Widow's Mite. The coins were produced in vast quantities through the First Century BC and First Century AD. The quality of workmanship employed in the production of these coins varied from rushed to discernable. It is rather unusual to find a single coin that shows all of the legends and design on both sides. Sizes of individual specimens also vary greatly (some were halves of the whole 'prutah' which itself was worth half of a Roman quadrans, the smallest denomination then being produced at Rome). Whatever the exact coins, the gift of the Widow was certainly one of the two early coins shown below.

1026 - JOHN HYRCANUS I (YEHOHANAN), 134 - 104 BC, WIDOW'S MITE, Bronze prutah, Hendin 454, 2.06g, 15.2mm, Jerusalem mint, obverse; Greek letter A above Hebrew inscription, Yehonanan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, surrounded by wreath, reverse; double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns, border of dots. Fine for type..........................$25.00     Very fine for type..................................$45.00

1027 - ALEXANDER JANNAEUS, 103 - 76 BC, WIDOW'S MITE, Bronze prutah, TJC N7, Hendin 467, S 6086, very fine, 270, obverse; cursive paleo-Hebrew inscription, Yehonatan the King, around lily, reverse; BASILEWS ALEXANDROU, (King Alexander in Greek), around inner circle containing anchor. Fine for type........................$25.00     Very Fine..............$45.00

1028 - ANCIENT JUDEA, PONTUS PILATE, 26 - 36 AD, Bronze Lepton, Lituus (Augur's Staff), reverse; date within a wreath, Pilate was Procurator of Judea under Tiberius during the period of Christ's death. Above average for this crude type, nice, fine or better for type. Good details............................................$95.00

1029 - THE FIRST JEWISH REVOLT, 66 - 70 AD, Bronze prutah, Hendin 661, obverse; amphora with broad rim and two handles, (in Hebrew) around, reverse; vine leaf on small branch, the freedom of Zion (in Hebrew) around. Fine.............$45.00   Very Fine...........$60.00


COINS OF THE 12 CAESARS OF ROME

1031 - ROMAN EMPIRE, CALIGULA, 37 - 41 AD, Bronze AS, portrait of Caligula facing left, reverse; Vesta seated SC, Caligula ruled for four hectic years and was deemed the "mad Emperor", one of the most infamous of the 12 Caesars. (a) very fine, lovely deep green, olive, and reddish smooth patina..............................$250.00     (b) very fine, sharp legends and much above average.................................$335.00

1032 - CLAUDIUS, 41 - 54 AD, Bronze AS, portrait of Claudius, reverse; Mars with spear SC in ex. Fine or better, nice patina.................................$85.00

1033 - ROMAN EMPIRE, NERO 54 - 68 AD, Silver denarius, portrait of Nero, reverse; Salus seated, very good, nice portrait, Persecutor of the Christians, his lunatic behavior caused his enemies to assassinate him........................................$195.00

1034 - ROMAN EMPIRE, VESPASIAN 69 - 79 AD, Silver denarius, portrait of Vespasian, military commander who took control of Rome in AD 69 after defeating his opponents for control of the army - Emperor while Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70, have several nice specimens, fine to very fine............................$75.00

1035 - ROMAN EMPIRE, DOMITIAN 81 - 96 AD, Silver denarius, portrait of Domitian, various reverses, very fine sharp. Domitian was the son of Vespasian......................$80.00


COINS OF THE FIRST CHRISTIAN EMPEROR

1036 - CONSTANTINE THE GREAT, 307 - 337 AD, Bronze AE3 portraying Constantine on the obverse and the Roman god JOVE on the reverse, very fine or somewhat better, Constantine was the first Christian Emperor of the Roman Empire. Have several quite nice with nice portraits. Fine.........................$30.00     Very fine or better..............................$45.00

1037 - BEGINNERS SPECIAL ROMAN BRONZE COINS, 270 - 350 AD, small to medium Roman bronze coins all identified as to the Emperor and reverse type, very good to very fine condition......................$25.00     two different......................$40.00 the pair 

   

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