Ancient coins of MACEDONIA Greece from the Greek & Roman Times Collection and GuideLearn about the types of ancient Greek coins from before Alexander the Great to the Roman control of the region https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE7FiwphBOY This video is designed for the people that may be interested in collecting ancient Greek and Roman coins from Macedonia, either as a Kingdom, Region or Province. Explored in this article and video above is a selection of various cities and kings from Macedonia that I have in my collection available for sale in my eBay online coin shop. My goal is to cut years off the learning curve in collecting ancient coins by making informative videos, and when people learn about the wonder, I can help them get the coins they want, being a win win for everyone. Please share this article, thumb up the video when you watch it as it will help others find it, as the artificial intelligence of search engines picks those things up. Enjoy!
ALEXANDER I, First King of Macedonia 495BC Ancient Silver Greek Coin Rare i36780 The Macedonian Kindom Alexander I - King: 495-454 B.C. Silver Light Tetrobol 14mm (1.51 grams) Reference: Sear 1484; B.M.C.5.,p.160,10 Horse pacing right; A on exergual line beneath. Crested helmet right in linear square within shallow incuse.King of Aigai, Alexander enlarge dhis kingdom after the retreat of the Persians in 479 B.C., and was the first of the Macedonian rulers to place his name on coinage.
ALEXANDER III the GREAT Pella Antigonos II Tetradrachm Silver Greek Coin i46302 Greek Coin of Macedonian Kingdom Alexander III the Great - King of Macedonia: 336-323 B.C. Struck under Antigonos II Gonatas: Macedonian King: 277-239 B.C. Silver Tetradrachm 27mm (16.80 grams) Pella mint, circa: 275-271 B.C. Reference: Price 621; Müller 230; SNG Copenhagen 713; Mathisen, Administrative VI.6, dies A19/P44 Head of Alexander the Great as Hercules right, wearing the lion-skin headdress. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus Aetophoros seated left, holding eagle and scepter; Macedonian helmetin field to left; OK monogram below throne.
AKANTHOS in MACEDONIA 480BC Lion Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46281 Greek city of Akanthos in Macedonia Silver Tetrobol 15mm (2.11 grams) Struck circa 480-470 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 18-21 Forepart of lioness right, seen from above; acanthus above. Quadripartite incuse square.
OLYNTHOS in MACEDONIA for CHALKIDIAN LEAGUE 432BC Apollo Lyre Greek Coin i49241 Greek city of Olynthos in Macedonia Chalkidian League Bronze 15mm (3.51 grams) Struck circa 432-348 B.C. Reference: Sear 1433; B.M.C. 5.31; Cf. Robinson-Clement Group M; SNG ANS 552 Laureate head of Apollo right. XAΛKIΔΕΩΝ, Lyre.
PERDIKKAS III brother of PHilip Kingdom of Macedonia 365BC Greek Coin i49479 Greek coin of the Kingdom of Macedonia Perdikkas III - King: 365-359 B.C. Bronze 18mm (3.34 grams) Reference: Sear 1515; B.M.C. 5.2,3 Head of young Hercules right wearing lion-skin headdress. ΠΕΡΔΙΚ / KA above and below lion standing right, holding broken spear in his jaws.
Amphipolis in Macedonia 410BC Apollo Torch Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49256 Greek city of Amphipolis in Macedonia Bronze 20mm (8.18 grams) Struck 168-149 B.C. Reference: Sear 1390 var.; SNG ANS 87 var. Laureate head of Apollo left. ΑΜ / ΦΙ above and below race-torch; all within linear square.
Eion in Macedonia 475BC Goose & Lizard RARE Ancient Silver Greek Coin i26077 Greek city of Eion in Macedonia Silver Diobol 13mm (0.92 grams) circa 475-450 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 284; SNG Lockett 1320 Goose standing right looking back, lizard above, H behind. Quadripartite incuse.
Alexander III the Great Bucephalus Ancient Greek MACEDONIA KOINON Coin i30608 Alexander III, the Great: Macedonian Greek King: 336-323 B.C. Roman Era, Olympic-Style Games Issue Bronze 25mm (12.19 grams) from the Koinon of Macedoniain Thrace under Roman Control Struck circa 222-235 A.D. under the reign of Roman Emperor Severus Alexander AΛЄΞANΔPOV, Head of Alexander the Great right with loose, flowing hair. KOINON MAKЄΔONΩN NEΩ, Alexander the Great on his legendary horse, Bucephalus, galloping right with cape flowing behind him and holding spear.* Numismatic Note: Leaders like Julius Caesar and the Romans and the Greeks alike had immense respect for the great accomplishments of Alexander the Great. Macedonia, being the kingdom of Alexander the Great's birth, this coin featuring his likeness heralds the Neocorate status of the area, along with the Olympic-style games that accompanied it. Highly-coveted type.
Akanthos in Macedonia 470BC Authentic Ancient Silver Greek Coin w Bull i36765 Greek city of Akanthos in Macedonia Silver Tetrobol 16mm (2.36 grams) Struck circa 470-390 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 35 Forepart of bull kneeling left, head right, two laurel branches above. Shallow quadripartite incuse square.
Thessalonica in Macedonia 187BC Ancient Greek Coin Athena War Magic Horse i33502 Greek city of Thessalonica in Macedonia Bronze 18mm (4.50 grams) Struck 187-31 B.C. Reference: SNG ANS 770 Head of Athena wearing Corinthian helmet. ΘEΣΣAΛO / NIKHΣ above and below horse prancing right.
Thessalonica in Macedonia 88BC RARE Ancient Greek Coin Centaurs Janus i40946 Greek city of Thessalonica in Macedonia Bronze 24mm (6.59 grams) from the ancient Greek city of Thessalonica in the Province of Macedonia 88-21 B.C. under the control of the Romans Reference: Moushmov 6607 Laureate head of Janus ΘEΣΣAΛONIKEΩN, Two Centaurs prancing, back to back, each holding branch.
URANOPOLIS in MACEDONIA 300BC Aphrodite as Uranus Earth Globe Greek Coin i42118 Greek city of Uranopolis in Macedon Bronze 17mm (3.47 grams) Struck circa 300 B.C. Reference: Sear 1475; SNG Cop. 455; SNG ANS 914;SNG Evelpidis 1363; BMC 2 Eight-rayed star, representing the sun. OYPANIΔΩΝ ΠΟΛΕΩΣ, Aphrodite Urania seated facing on globe, holding sceptre.
AMPHIPOLIS in MACEDONIA 158BC Shield Helmet Ancient Silver Greek Coin i30137 Greek city of Amphipolis in Macedonia Silver Tetrobol 14mm (2.48 grams) Struck 158-149 B.C. Reference: Sear 1387 cf.; B.M.C. 5., p.9,11 cf. Macedonian shield, at center of which MA / KE above and below club right. Macedonian helmet left, with cheek-pieces.
PHILIP V King of Macedonia 180BC Rare Greek Coin HERO O PERSEUS Flute i21960 Greek King: Philip V - King of Macedonia: 221-179 B.C. Bronze 18mm (4.04 grams) Uncertain Macedonian mint. Struck circa 180/79 B.C. Reference: Mamroth, Bronzemünzen 28; Touratsoglou, Macedonia 24; SNG München 1194 Head of hero Perseus right, wearing winged Phrygian helmet. B A / Φ above and below harpa within oak wreath.
PHILIPPI Macedonia 357BC Hercules Tripod Bow QUALITY Ancient Greek Coin i275088 Greek city of Philippi in Macedonia Bronze 18mm (5.80 grams) Struck 357-330 B.C. Reference: Sear 1452 var.; B.M.C. 5.8 var. Head of young Hercules left in lion's skin. Tripod; ΦIΛIΠΠΩΝ to right, bow in case to left.
KASSANDER king of Macedonia 319BC Hercules Lion Ancient Greek Coin i49232 Greek coin of the Kingdom of Macedonia Kassander - King: 319-297 B.C. Bronze 15mm (2.94 grams) Struck at Pella or Amphipolis Reference: SNG Copenhagen 1154-5; Cf. SNG Alpha Bank 937-41 (monograms). Head of young Hercules right, clad in lion's skin. BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAΣΣANΔPOY, Lion walking left, broken spear in jaws; monograms below.
AMPHAXITIS Macedonia 196BC Hercules & Club RARE Ancient Greek Coin i30661 Greek city of Amphaxitis in Macedon Bronze 21mm (6.51 grams) Struck 196-168 B.C. Reference: Sear 1376; B.M.C. 5.1,2; AMNG III 73; SNG Copenhagen 36 var. (monograms) Head of young Hercules right, in lion's skin. ΑΜΦΑ / ΞΙΩΝ abow and below club right, within oak-wreath; monogram beneath.'Autonomous issue in the time of the Macedonian kings Philip V and Perseus.
Macedonia 288BC Ancient Greek Coin Shield w Gorgon's head Helmet i30222 Greek - Macedonia during the Interregnum period 288-277 B.C. Bronze 15mm (3.82 grams) Reference: Sear 6781 Macedonian shield with Gorgon's head at center. Macedonian helmet dividing B - A ; in lower field to left, caduceus; to right, monogram.
TRAGILOS in MACEDONIA 400BC Hermes & Rose Ancient Greek Coin i31186 Greek city of Tragilos in Macedonia Bronze 17mm (4.52 grams) Struck circa 400 B.C. Reference: Sear 1472; SNG ANS 911; SNG Copenhagen 452 Head of Hermes right, wearing petasos. TPAIÎ›ION, Rose; crescent in field to right.
Roman Republic Caecilia 29a Conquest of Macedonia Shield Elephant Coin i45456 Roman Republic M. Caecilius Q.f. Q.n. Metellus moneyer Silver Denarius 17mm (3.78 grams) Rome mint, circa 127 B.C. Reference: Caecilia 29a; B.M.C. 1147; Syd. 480a; Craw. 263/1b Head of Roma right, ROMA downward behind, star below chin. M. METELLVS. Q . F around Macedonian shield with elephant's head at center; all within laurel wreath.
Roman Protectorate of Macedonia 168BC Roma Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i40774 Greek city of the Roman Protectorate of MacedoniaBronze 25mm (11.47 grams) Struck circa 168-167 B.C. Time of Aemilius Paullus. Gaius Publilius. Quaestor, circa 168-167 B.C. Helmeted head of Roma right. MAKEΔONΩN / TAMIOY ΓAIOY / ΠΟΠΛΙΛIΟΥ in three lines, all within oak wreath.* Numismatic Note: Very rare, possibly unpublished coin from the Roman Macedonian protectorate with the name of the famous consul of the Roman Republic!
AUGUSTUS 27BC Edessa in Macedonia Authentic Ancient Roman Coin i33917 Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Bronze 22mm (9.83 grams) of Edessa in Macedonia Reference: Sear GIC 28; B.M.C. 5.39,16 ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ, Laureate head right. ΕΔΕΣ / ΣΑΙΩΝ in two lines within laurel-wreath; Θ above.
Tiberius 14AD Philippi Macedonia City Foundation Scene Ancient Roman Coin i30519 Tiberius - Roman Emperor: 14-37 A.D. - Bronze 18mm (4.18 grams) mint of Philippi in Macedonia 14-37 A.D. Reference: RPC I 1657; BMC 89 TI AVG, Bare head of Tiberius right. Foundation scene, two priests (pontiffs) plowing with two oxen right.
Claudius 41AD Province of Macedonia Ancient Roman Coin Macedonian shield i32126 Claudius - Roman Emperor: 41-54 A.D. - Bronze 24mm (6.87 grams) from the Province of Macedonia 41-54 A.D. Reference: RPC 1612; SGI 425. TI KΛAVΔIOΣ KAIΣAP, bare head left. ΣEBAΣTOΣ MAKEΔONΩN around the Macedonian shield.
TITUS & DOMITIAN CAESARS 77AD Stobi Macedonia Roman Coin Dionysus Temple i28335 Titus & Domitian as Caesars Bronze 25mm (5.10 grams) of Stobi in Macedonia Struck 77-78 A.D. Reference: RPC 311; Boric-Breskovic, Stobi, p. 29, Type 3; AMNG III -; Varbanov 3805 T CAESAR IMP DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Laureate and draped bust of Titus right vis-à-vis bare head of Domitian left. MVNICIPI STOBENSIVM, tetra-style temple on podium with two steps; inside, Dionysus standing left; clipeus in pediment.
DOMITIAN 81AD Amphipolis Macedonia ARTEMIS Ancient Roman / Greek Coin i29397 Domitian - Roman Caesar: 69-81 A.D. Emperor: 81-96 A.D. - Bronze 19mm (5.99 grams) of Amphipolis in Macedonia Reference: RPC 341; SNG Cop. 100 AVTO KЄCAP ΔOMITIANOC, Laureate head right. ΑΜΦΙΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ, Artemis Tauropolos standing left, holding long torch and branch, shield at her feet.
MARCUS AURELIUS 161AD Macedonia Koinon Shield Ancient Roman Coin i48742 Marcus Aurelius - Roman Emperor: 161-180 A.D. - Bronze 18mm (5.58 grams) of Macedonia Koinon Reference: Varbanov 3046 var. (head laureate), Moushmov 5890 var. (same), AMNG 283 var. (same) Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. KOINON MAKEDOΔΟΝΩΝ around Macedonian shield.
Ships and Galleys on Ancient Greek and Roman CoinsThe Seafaring Vessels of Ancient Times used for Trade War and Recreation As you sit and marvel at the piece of history in your hand, you can almost place yourself inside the seafaring vessel and feel the feelings and almost see the sights the ancients went through. The ancient Greek and Roman empires and kingdoms were well inter-connected via the sea route and would have major trade going on between them. An example is that ancient Egypt was a major source of grain supply for the people of ancient Rome. They used ships and galleys to go between each place to spread culture, ideas, goods and even domination. The ancient Romans got major influences from the Greeks which they adapted via the trade and conquests they achieved hundreds of years BC. This article is meant to be as a survey of the types of ancient coins that depicted ships on them. What is interesting is that there was a major turning point in Western history that had to do with a ship battle that emperor Augustus' general Agrippa fought against Mark Antony, whom was commanding the fleet of the famous Egyptian queen Cleopatra. This battle in 31 B.C. Actium was the turning point which left the power of the Roman Empire in the hands of one man alone, Augustus. It is interesting to note for example, that the only biological son that Julius Caesar had was growing up under the care of Cleopatra, and if orders were not sent to eliminate him, there would be a rival to the power Augustus had. It is interesting to also note that ships were depicted on coins of many Greek cities, such as Sidon, Askalon and on coins of King Demetrios Poliorcetes of Macedon, and so much more. The study of ships all on its own could occupy many volumes. The topic had been the focal point of many ancient coin collections. Search for ships or galleys within my store here. Just some of the Interesting Coins Depicting Ships on Ancient Coins Mark Antony - Silver Denarius Struck at Actium 32-31 B.C. for Marc Antony's III Legion ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley right. LEG III , Legionary eagle between two standards. This famous coin was struck for the battle of Actium in 31 B.C. where Mark Antony's ships came head to head with the forces of Augustus' general, Agrippa.
Greek city of Histiaia in Euboia Silver Tetrobol 15mm (1.43 grams) Struck circa 300-200 B.C. Reference: Sear 2496; B.M.C. 8. 47-8 Head of nymph Histiaia right, wreathed with vine, hair rolled. ISTIAIEΩN, nymph Histiaia right on stern of galley, ornamented with wing, holding naval standard. This type, commemorated the expulsion, with Athenian help of the pro-Macedonian tyrant Philistides in 340 B.C.
Constans - Roman Emperor: 337-350 A.D. - Bronze AE3 18mm (2.96 grams) Thessalonica mint: 348-351 A.D. Reference: RIC 109 (VIII, Thessalonica) DN CONSTANS PF AVG - Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. FEL TEMP REPARATIO Exe: TESΔ - Constans standing left on galley, holding Phoenix on globe and labarum tipped with the Chi-Rho (MONOGRAM of CHRIST); Victory seated to right, steering.
Greek Ruler of Macedonian Kingdom King Demetrius I Poliorcetes - 294-288 B.C. Bronze 15mm (3.95 grams) Struck 294-288 B.C. Reference: Sear 6775; Newell 20 Head of Demetrius right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet ornamented with bull's horn. Prow of galley right; BA above, monogram beneath.
Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D. - Founding of New Roman Capital Constantinople Commemorative Bronze AE3 17mm Siscia mint circa 330-333 A.D. Reference: RIC 224 (VII, Siscia) CONSTANTINOPOLIS - Constantinopolis helmeted, laureate bust left, holding scepter over shoulder. No Legend Exe: .BSIS. - Victory standing left, stepping on galley prow, cradling scepter and resting hand on shield. By circa 330 A.D., Constantine the Great completed his new capital for the Roman empire called Constantinople. For this momentous occasion, he issued two commemorative coin types, one celebrating Rome and the other Constantinople. The type that commemorated Rome had the personification of Rome, Roma with the inscription VRBS ROMA and the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus on the reverse suckling the she-wolf. The type that commemorated Constantinople had the personification of Constantinople on the obverse and Victory on a galley sailing with a shield. This was a great way for Constantine the Great to pay homage to both Rome and Constantinople.
"Show me the money": A look at investing in rare coinsHaving collectibles as an investment can be a great way to diversify your investment portfolio and minimize risk. The general rule of thumb is to invest in what you love when it comes to collectibles so that if your collection doesn't realize a return, you still get to enjoy your collection.With uncertainty ever present in the public and private markets coupled with recession and other economic ups and downs, tangible assets, also known as hard assets, present a variety of options for investors who want to put money toward areas of their personal interest. These may include income producing assets such as timberland, farmland, and commodities of all kind. For more general information on investing in tangible assets, click here. Collectibles are fast becoming a popular investment vehicle for those who have lost trust in the public stock markets or are tired of fluctuations. Tangibles allow an investment to appreciate in value over time, which appeals to investors; however, personal interest in a tangible asset remains the number one reason people choose to invest in collecting them. Rare coins are considered to be a commodity-like investment where sentimental value may exist, but coins are one tangible that can also produce attractive financial returns. Note that there is a distinction between coins as bullion and coins as numismatics. Bullion has a higher 'melt value' – the value the metal would be worth if melted down. Numismatic coins, because they are often much older and made of various metals and components, have a lower melt value and are worth less when melted then they are in coin form. The general rule of thumb is to buy bullion for business, numismatics for fun. This is the second in an AIMkts® series providing an introduction into various subclasses of antiques and collectibles. This installment: rare coins. Why rare coins? People collect rare coins for the same reason people collect art, says Ilya Zlobin, ancient numismatic coin expert, dealer and enthusiast of TrustedCoins.com. “Rare coins, especially of the ancient Greeks and Romans capture the feel and the art of the time period [like] statues and architecture that have long been lost to history...” Also, says Zlobin, there is a very high upside resale potential should investors make the right buy for the right price. “...Stories of exponential growth understandable stoke investor interest in the world of collectibles,” according to a 2012 Barclay's report. However, “Relatively few wealth individuals own treasure solely for its financial characteristics. Investors that do seek financial returns on insurance from their treasure typically favor commodity-like items, such as precious metals, coins and jewelry.” Once nicknamed “the hobby of kings“, collecting coins has become an everyman's game thanks to a rise in numismatic scholarship, education, access to information and a growing sophistication of the general public over the last 500 years and is popularly referred to as “the king of hobbies”. For the average person, owning coins make possessing a piece of history remarkably accessible, and for those with an interest in antiquities, coins are more accessible, in general, than larger, tangible asset investments. For beginners, collecting rare coins may seem daunting. Experts and experienced collectors offer this advice: Specialize – Choose a particular emperor, denomination, theme or time period and use it to guide how you invest. Stay focused on a particular concentration and build within that. Financier Louis E. Eliasberg did just that and his collection got him listed among the world's most famed collectors.Scrutinize – Don't just pick randomly from your choices. Know what you're looking for and examine coins carefully to make sure they fit with the direction you're taking your collection.Study – Collectors shouldn't just take the opinions or advice of sellers. Collectors should become experts themselves, studying up on values, denominations, rarity and other aspects of the area in which they intent to collection so as to make an informed decision when investing. Read trade magazines, talk to other collectors and learn what questions to ask. Never buy what you don't understand. Study up on some coin collecting lingo here.Start Small – Buying small will allow investors to start collecting without betting the farm. Buying large quantities of coins or buying high priced coins should only come with experience. While buying rare coins or coins minted with historically importance is ideal, amateur or inexperience collectors should never spend large amounts of money on coins they don't understand. Collector and numismatics mentor Susan Headley notes, “If you can't afford to shell out $2,000 [per] coin to buy...high grades, then buy common coins in the finest grades you can.”Grading Adding to that advice, we caution all coin investors to know their dealer. Investing in rare coins is as much as investment as putting money toward any asset class – trust is key. As a purveyor of rare coins, Zlobin notes that the grading scale is subjective one, with Good (G) being the lowest, to Very Good (VG), then Fine (F) followed by Very Fine (VF), followed by Extra Fine (EF) and finally, a perfect mint-state called Fleur-De-Coin (FDC). The overall appearance of a coin and its appeal to buyers and sellers alike are all highly subjective matters and grading standards may vary. Well-known houses like Heritage Auctions provide some guidance and the Professional Coin Grading Service, among others, can give a point of reference as well, but keep in mind that very fine distinctions between coins will make a big difference in its worth, even thousands of dollars' worth of difference for the smallest distinction. Subjectivity is considered to be one of the risks in rare coin investing. “With many dealers and collectors, the coin's state of preservation and aesthetic beauty are of paramount importance. In other words a beautiful coin is more desirable, and also much rarer in that state of preservation,” says Zlobin. “There are other things that are important for ancient numismatic coins, too, such as centering, the artistic beauty of the strike and its sharpness. Ancient coins were struck by hand, so a coin in fantastic preservation that is nicely centered and of an interesting historical character, period or city would have higher value.” Speaking of risk... “Caveat emptor” says Zlobin. “Deal with people that provide a guarantee and a good track record with their coins [and] with people you know and trust. Always ask for the best possible price.” Just like any investment has inherent risk, coin collecting is no different. Are the risks any greater or less than investing anywhere else? Not if you invest in what you love, say collectors. “There are many reputable dealers out there,” says Zlobin “It is a very big advantage to deal with them, as many have knowledge and experience, and know that it's just good business to sell only authentic coins.” However, the Federal Trade Commission has issued warnings to help protect consumers from fraud. Read the warning here. False claims about grading, current value and buy back options are the most common ways investors lose money when collecting coins. “Examine coins in person. It's difficult, if not impossible, to make a practical decision about buying a particular coin based on a photo or a conversation with the seller,” advises the FTC. “Check out any coin dealers in a search engine online. Read about other people's experiences. Try to communicate offline if possible to clarify any details. In addition, contact your state Attorney General and local consumer protection agency.” And always get a second opinion. Zlobin's risk advice to investors is: Always try to get the best possible price – Investing in rare coins doesn't have to break your bank. Some dealers can give you breaks as the margins are often-times sufficient for everyone to be happy.Be detached about the outcome of the deal – Do your best to secure a great deal, but be an investor that can also think as a collector. This way you win either way.Keep records of how much you paid for a coin, and all receipts – This will give you a record of the coin's grade, and purchase information. Also, if you want to sell these investments and realize a profit, you'll need to be organized.Work with dealers willing to prove themselves – Some dealers provide a lifetime guarantee of authenticity, and some will issue certificates of authenticity.Return on Investment In general, investors can expect rare coins to have an investment horizon similar to most other investments – one that will last for a few months to many years. “I have seen ancient coins sold at one major auction house, to be sold just several months later and for more money at another auction house,” says Zlobin. “Yes, it is possible to make money rather quickly with intimate knowledge of the market [but] the money in ancient numismatic coins is made during the purchase of the item. A good rule of thumb is to always do your research and know that you can at least get what you paid for the coin back... With uncertainties about the valuations of all the global currencies, it is a good idea to hedge your net worth with this being a great avenue for storing wealth. Numismatic coins especially may carry a higher resale value than gold or silver bullion, as they are not as prone to those specific market fluctuations.” There are professional numismatic reference sites, where investors can trace the price trends of many different coin types going back many years and get an idea of how certain coins will fare on the resale market. Although any investment carries risk, and although almost all dealers of any investment will tell you that “past performance is not an indicator of future results”, investors can make informed decisions about their coins by taking a look at how the pros have traced them through the years. Is collecting rare coins for you? So, who are the buyers of rare coins? For the most part, they are anyone who is interested in owning a tangible piece of history. “For ancient numismatic coins specifically, the historical value is very important,” Zlobin says. “For example, a Julius Caesar coin sells in any market in practically any condition. Another well-known name would be Alexander the Great.” Coin collecting, known as “the king of hobbies” is an investment almost anyone can make. For serious investors, coins are a tangible asset that will provide diversity in an investment portfolio and help hedge against inflation as the value of rare coins is generally stable. “A lot of people don't know this, but ancient coins are actually quite abundant,”according to Zlobin. Some celebrities and many other famous individuals are known to be avid coin collectors such as J.P. Morgan, the Hunt brothers hockey great Wayne Gretzky, Buddy Ebsen (aka “Jed Clampett”), and Nicole Kidman. “Coins, especially numismatic coins, are a beautiful asset to have,” says Zlobin. “Think about how tough it would be to fit a huge painting or a statue or another heavy work of art in your pocket, but an ancient coin can be placed in your pocket, yet be worth quite a lot of money. So you can say the reason why coins are so popular is that they are the original form of money and will always have some sort of value, whether intrinsic or numismatic, or both.”
By Alicia Purdy, Contributing Editor, Accredited Investor Markets Reprinted with permission from Accredited Investor Markets (www.aimkts.com)