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Featured Ancient Coins

We only bring you the best ancient coins we feel will put you in the best position to succeed with your portfolio. Check back soon for new featured coins! For information on other coins, or our Rare Coin Program, please call 1-800-831-0007.

Mysia Lampsacus. (500-450 BC) Electrum Gold Stater

Jan18 Mysia Lampsacus F
 

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Electrum is considered to be the very origin of world coinage. This electrum gold stater was struck between 500 and 450 BC in Lampsacus, a major ancient city of a region that comprises modern day Turkey, known as Mysia. The obverse features Pegasus (the mythical winged stallion of Greek mythology) facing left with curved wings and a wreath of vine leaves surrounded by grapes, while the reverse has a simple incuse square punch.

Struck in multiple fractions, the stater was the largest denomination and was thought by many to have been a trade unit of one month’s wages. The present coin is among only 17 total pieces graded, and every public appearance is met with excitement. This piece represents over 2,500 years of history in your hands!

Julius Caesar (d. 44 BC) Gold Aureus

Jan18 Caesar F
 

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Dictator of the Roman Republic: 2,000-year-old gold from one of history’s greatest.

Julius Caesar is one of the greatest figures in human history—he amassed one of the largest and most successful armies in the world and extended Rome’s reach dramatically. He rose to power quickly, and his political story is one of the most well-known in history. His death in 44 BC would change history forever, and became a turning point that marked the beginning of the transition from the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. This aureus was struck circa 46 BC under the magistrate A. Hirtius, nearly two years before Caesar’s assassination on the Ides of March.

The obverse features the veiled head of Pietas (Roman goddess of duty and devotion) or Vesta (Roman virgin goddess of home and family), and the reverse depicts religious implements symbolic of Caesar’s position as a supreme religious figure to the Roman people. This coin is particularly well-centered and detailed (4/5 Strike) and received a 4/5 Surface grade from NGC.

This is an extremely important coin in all grades—in fact, only 129 pieces have ever crossed NGC’s desk! This is your opportunity to own an incredible historical relic and the first coin of the Twelve Caesars set. His aurei are always in high demand internationally and command the attention of all collectors.

Claudius (AD 41-54) Gold Aureus

Jan18 Claudius Gold Aureus F
 

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The First Roman Emperor Born Outside of Italy (Lugdunum)

Claudius, the fifth of the Twelve Caesars, was uncle to Caligula and is well thought to have been involved in a broad conspiracy to murder him, since he left the scene of the crime just before Caligula was murdered. Claudius fled just after Caligula’s wife and daughter were murdered, because he reportedly knew the conspirators were after him, as well.

Once Claudius became Emperor, he began the largest expansion of the Empire since the time of Augustus and led the conquest of the British Isles. Historical accounts depict him as a well-rounded Emperor, whose public works, military efforts, and presence at public trials trump the accounts that depict him as a bloodthirsty and cruel gladiator patron. His cause of death remains ambiguous and widely debated among historians. While some believe he was poisoned, others believe he died of old age.

This aureus features the bare head of Claudius facing right on the obverse. On the reverse, Claudius is seen within a Praetorian camp, where barracks of elite Roman soldiers make up the Praetorian Guard. This reverse type is exceedingly rare, with only 8 examples crossing the auction block since 2001.

This is a coin of tremendous historical importance. Whereas the gold aurei of Claudius are readily available in Very Fine and lower condition, they become conditionally rare in Extra Fine and higher. The current specimen is among the top seven coins ever graded by NGC.

Vespasian (AD 69-79) Gold Aureus

Jan18 Vespasian F
 

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The Final Ruler in the “Year of the Four Emperors.”

The Founder of the Flavian Dynasty, and the tenth of the Twelve Caesars, Emperor Vespasian ended a Civil War and was the final ruler of the tumultuous “Year of the Four Emperors.” Although his tenure only lasted 10 years, the Flavian Dynasty extended well beyond his death and brought about a time of peace for 27 years.

Prior to his time as emperor, Vespasian had an immensely successful military career. Born into an equestrian family with political ties, he eventually became a celebrated military commander. His most notable successes were during the First Jewish-Roman War and in the Roman invasion of Britain of 43 AD. In addition to his colorful military career, Vespasian was responsible for several important architectural projects, most notably the beginning of construction on the Roman Colosseum (also called the Flavian Amphitheater), as he had a love for gladiatorial games.

Coins struck during his reign served as propaganda throughout the Empire, depicting images of military victory and peace. Vespasian died in 79 AD of intestinal illness after a long and successful career as Emperor.

The obverse of this coin features the head of Vespasian facing right, and the reverse displays Pax-Nemesis standing, facing right. This piece is graded Choice AU Fine Style with near-perfect Strike (4/5) and near-perfect Surfaces (4/5). It is among only 112 coins ever graded by NGC and is one of the top 10 graded pieces in the world.

Gold Solidus of Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine (AD 613–641)

Jan18 Heraclius F
 

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The Final Ruler in the “Year of the Four Emperors.”

Among the most affordable of all “ancient” gold coins are issues of the Byzantine Empire, the successor nation of the Roman Empire. Its emperors ruled over the eastern half of the Roman world for about a millennium after the European territories had fallen into Barbarian hands late in the 5th Century AD.

Perhaps one of the best opportunities for investors is the solidus, the largest regular-issue Byzantine gold coin, which weighed about 4.45 grams. Among the most available of these are solidi of the first ten Byzantine emperors, who ruled collectively from AD 491 to 685.

The present solidus was struck under Heraclius, emperor from AD 610 to 641. In addition to prolific military campaigns, he was responsible for introducing Greek as the Eastern Roman Empire’s official language, and has long been remembered favorably in the Western Church for his reputed feat in recovering the True Cross, which had been captured by the Persians. The True Cross is believed by many Christians to be the name for the physical remnants of the cross upon which Jesus was crucified.

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