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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


FOUR CENTURIES OF ROMAN HISTORY AS SEEN THROUGH ITS COINAGE

81001 - A COLLECTION OF 27 DIFFERENT ROMAN COINS IN BOTH SILVER AND BRONZE, including coins from the 1st Century AD and into the 4th Century AD. The grouping includes silver denarii, silver antoninianius and several sizes of bronze coins. There are 26 different Emperors and one coin of Helena, Mother of Constantine the Great, who was canonized a Saint for her piousness and her converting her son Constantine the Great to Christianity. Included are emperors such as Domitian, and Diolcletian who were persecutors of early Christians, Hadrian, conqueror of Britian and builder of "Hadrian's Wall" in Britain, Caracalla who murdered his own brother Geta. Coins included are the following: Domitian 81 - 96 AD, Hadrian 117 - 138 AD, Septimus Serverus 193 - 211 AD, Caracalla 198 - 217 AD, Elagabalus 218 - 222 AD, Severus Alexander 222 - 235 AD, Gordian III 235 - 238 AD, Valerian I 253 - 260 AD, Gallienus 253 - 268 AD, Claudius II 268 - 270 AD, Aurelian 270 - 275 AD, Probus 276 - 282 AD, Diocletian 284 - 310 AD, Maxmianus 286 - 310 AD, Constantius I 305 - 306 AD, Constantine the Great 307 - 337 AD, Helena 33 - 346 AD, Licinius I 308 - 328 AD, Constantine II 316 - 337 AD, Constans 333 - 337 AD, Constantine Gallus 333 - 337 AD, Julian II 360 - 363 AD, Valens 374 - 378 AD, Gratian 367 - 383 AD, ValentIan II 364 - 375 AD, Theodosius I 379 - 395 AD, Arcadius 383 - 408 AD. This grouping contains coins issued during the height of the power of the Roman Empire through the period of a gradual decline of the Empire. Many of these Emperors were murdered by rivals after murdering their predecessors to obtain power. The coins will grade fine or better, all are identified as to the ruler, date, denomination, and a description of the reverse inscriptions and deities shown. A wonderful grouping to study Roman history by holding it in your hands. Our individual price for this group is $889, as a collection only....................................................................$685.00 {We guarantee your satisfaction on this collection}


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


THE TRIBUTE PENNY OF THE BIBLE

The silver denarius of Tiberius is commonly referred to as the "Tribute Penny of the Bible" in response to Matthew 22:17. While other denarii of previous emperors were surely in circulation in Judea at that time, the coin of Tiberius is most sort after due to the coin being minted during the period of Christ's preaching and teaching in that region. The gospel relates Jesus' answer to the Jews on the question of tribute to Caesar...

Jesus and the Tribute Penny - Matthew 22:17; Tell us therefore, what thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt me, you hypocrites? Show me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

We have several examples in stock to fit any budget:

70601 - TIBERIUS 14-37 AD, Silver denarius, obverse: Bust of Tiberius facing right, Reverse: Livia seated to the right. Known as "The Tribute Penny of the Bible". A nice representative specimen with good portrait, average wear, most of legend. Very good.........................$250.00 SOLD

70602 - TIBERIUS 14-37 AD, Silver denarius, Obverse: Bust of Tiberius facing right, Reverse: Livia seated to the right. Known as "The Tribute Penny of the Bible". A nice representative specimen with good portrait, old money changer's mark on obverse testing the quality of the silver. Very good, most of obverse legend.............................$250.00 SOLD

70603 - TIBERIUS 14-37 AD, Silver denarius, Obverse: Bust of Tiberius facing right, Reverse: Livia seated to the right. Known as "The Tribute Penny of the Bible". A nice representative specimen with good portrait, good obverse legend, abt. Very fine/near fine. Nice silver........................................$325.00 SOLD

70604 - TIBERIUS 14-37 AD
, Silver denarius, Obverse: Bust of Tiberius facing right, Reverse: Livia seated to the right. Known as "The Tribute Penny of the Bible". A nice representative specimen with good portrait, nice portrait and full legend. Very fine.....................................................
$350.00 SOLD


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

1018 - CLEOPATRA (CLEOPATRA VII), (January 69 BC - November 30, 30 BC) was a co-ruler of Egypt with her father (Ptolemy XII Auletes), her brothers/husbands Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, consummated a liaison with Gaius Julius Caesar that solidified her grip on the throne and after Caesar's assassination, aligned with Mark Antony. It is said that Cleopatra took her own life on August 12, 30 BC, allegedly by means of an asp. Silver Tetradrachm of Cleopatra VII struck 41 - 40 BC, head of Ptolomy with feminine features. Very fine, well struck..................................$750.00

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

1025 - THE SHEKEL OF TYRE, THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER COIN, minted in the Biblical City of Tyre, known as the 30 Pieces of Silver coin due to the circulation of these large silver coins during the time of Christ in the Holy Land. A large silver Shekel with the obverse of Melquart and the reverse of a large standing eagle, minted 87/7 BC. Exceptional condition with high relief. Have two available, a massive coin, reputed to be the exact type of silver coin given to Judas for the betrayal of Jesus..................................$750.00


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


ROMAN COINS

1024 - THE TWO HEADED GOD JANUS, ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, Circa 225 - 212 BC. AR Didrachm or Quadrigatus. Laureate head of Janus; below truncation/Jupiter in quadriga driven by victory; ROMA raised on, outlined tablet. Cf. Crawford pl. 29, 3. V......................................$395.00

COINS OF THE 12 CAESARS OF ROME


1030 - ROMAN EMPIRE, TIBERIUS 14 - 37 AD
, silver denarius, known as the "Tribute Penny of the Bible", portrait of Tiberius, reverse; his mother Livia seated , abt. Very fine.....................................
$325.00         Extremely Fine................$450.00

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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