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Ancient Coin Collecting and Investment Guide
a.k.a. Numismatic Coin Collecting and Investment Guide
The reason I believe that ancient coins are the best investment is that they are relatively unknown. There is a large assortment of various historical coins and it is possible to get some great deals in them. I believe that gold and silver may be a good place to "preserve" buying power, but to get higher returns, I believe ancient coins are the way to go. I think they are fantastically interesting. There is a limited amount of them on the market. Some of the richest people in the world have collected ancient coins. I have old auction catalogs of some famous collections such as the Morgan and Mercedes. What is also exciting is that you can pack a lot of value in a small space. Unlike a painting or pottery, or other types of larger items, these are relatively easy to have a lot of even in a limited space. There is also the element of buying from a trusted source. I am known worldwide for my great coins provided with these beautiful certificates, making them more valuable, and even more valuable as more people buy and know about me. Ancient coins are also very affordable. I have items on sale as low as $20. So, you can build up a great collection for relatively small amount of money. There is also talks about a lot of "money printing" going on, basically the increase of the money, supply, causing prices to go up, so just like anything else, it may be a great place to keep up with or outpace inflation.
Benefits of buying from me:
Books on Numismatics I recommend:
Ancient Coin Collecting, Easy To Read Books by Wayne G Sayles If you would like to get the standard reference that I cite for many of my Greek coins, buy Greek Coins and Their Values Volume 1: Europe and Greek Coins and Their Values (Volume II Asia and Africa). For silver coins of the Roman Republic up until Augustus, the best standard reference book on those coins is: Roman Silver Coins: The Republic to Augustus, Vol. 1. Ancient numismatics are fun and lucrative to collect, and even more so with reference works. Greek Imperial Coins and Values, The Local Coinages of the Roman Empire by David R. Sear| Monumental Coins: Buildings & Structures on Ancient Coinage | Eric II The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins | Byzantine Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear | Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol. 1: The Republic and the Twelve Caesars 280 BC-AD 96 | Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol II, The Accession of Nerva to the Overthrow of the Severan Dynasty AD 96 - AD 235 (Vol 2) | Roman Coins and Their Values III: The Accession of Maximinus I to the Death of Carinus AD 235 - 285: | Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume IV: The Tetrachies and the Rise of the House of Constantine, AD 284-337 |
Starting is easy and fun, with some
By clicking the links below, you will search my eBay store for those specific items. This is an excellent way to build up a collection of every Roman emperor that existed as I have many of the coins, and the rarer ones once in a while.
Just some very popular historical figures of Ancient times (more names to search for are on my site, www.trustedcoins.com):
- Constantine I - Known as Constantine the Great was Roman emperor from 307-337 A.D.
- Romulus & Remus, the legendary founders of Rome, struck mostly under Constantine I the Great
- Saint Helena, mother of Constantine I the Great
- Mark Antony - Ancient general, during the time of Julius Caesar and Augustus
- Julius Caesar and or Coins that deal with Julius Caesar and possible ancestors
- Brutus, assassin of Julius Caesar and coins dealing with him
- Cleopatra, anything related to her name, there being several Cleopatras in history, one of them being the lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony
- Lysimachos, one of the generals of Alexander the Great.
- Nero the famous emperor of Rome from 54-68 A.D. Whom "Fiddled as Rome Burned"
- Philip V - King of Macedonia 221-179 B.C.
- Livia Drusilla wife of Augustus
- Augustus - First Roman Emperor from 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.
- Tiberius - Roman Emperor from 14 A.D. - 37 A.D., was emperor during Jesus Christ's time
- Caligula - Roman Emperor: 37-41 A.D.
- Claudius - Roman Emperor: 41-54 A.D.
- Nero - Roman Emperor: 54-68 A.D.
- Vitellius - Roman Emperor: 69 A.D.
- Galba - Roman Emperor: June 10th 68 A.D. - January 15th 69 A.D.
- Otho - Roman Emperor: 15 January 69 – 16 April 69 A.D.
- Vespasian - Roman Emperor: 69-79 A.D.
- Titus - Roman Emperor: 79-81 A.D.
- Domitian - Roman Emperor: 81-96 A.D.
- Nerva - Roman Emperor: 96 -98 A.D.
- Trajan - Roman Emperor: 98-117 A.D.
- Hadrian - Roman Emperor: 117-138 A.D.
- Antoninus Pius - Roman Emperor: 138-161 A.D.
- Marcus Aurelius - Roman Emperor: 161-180 A.D.
- Commodus - Roman Emperor: 177-192 A.D.
- Pertinax - 'Usurper' Roman Emperor: 1 January 193 - 28 March 193 A.D.
- Didius Julianus - Roman Emperor: 193 A.D.
- Septimius Severus - Roman Emperor: 193-211 A.D.
- Julia Domna Roman Empress 193-217 A.D.
- Caracalla - Roman Emperor: 198-217 A.D. - BIOGRAPHY
- Geta - Roman Caesar: 198-209 - Emperor: 209-211 A.D.
- Macrinus - Roman Emperor: 217-218 A.D.
- Diadumenian - Roman Caesar: 218 A.D.
- Elagabalus - Roman Emperor: 218-222 A.D.
- Julia Soaemias - Roman Empress Mother of Elagabalus, Roman Emperor 218-222 A.D.
- Julia Paula - Roman Empress & First wife of Emperor Elagabalus
- Julia Maesa - Grandmother of Roman Emperors Elagbalus & Severus Alexander
- Severus Alexander - Roman Emperor: 222-235 A.D.
- Julia Mamaea Roman Empress Severus Alexander mother Ancient Coins Numismatic Investment
- Maximinus I - Roman Emperor: 235-238 A.D.
- Balbinus - Roman Emperor: 238 A.D.
- Pupienus - Roman Emperor: 238 A.D.
- Gordian I - Roman Emperor: 1st-22nd April, 238 A.D.
- Gordian II - Roman Emperor: 22 March – 12 April 238 A.D.
- Gordian III - Roman Emperor: 238-244 A.D.
- Philip I 'the Arab' - Roman Emperor: 244-249 A.D.
- Herennius Etruscus - Roman Emperor: 251 A.D.
- Trajan Decius Roman Emperor 249-251 A.D.
- Hostilian 251A.D. Roman Emperor
- Trebonianus Gallus Roman Emperor 251-253 A.D.
- Aemilian Rare Roman Emperor 253 A.D.
- Valerian I - Roman Emperor 253-260 A.D.
- Gallienus Roman Emperor 253-268 A.D.
- Valerian II - Roman Caesar: 256-258 A.D. Eldest son of Gallienus and Salonina
- Salonina - Roman Empress Wife of Gallienus
- Claudius II - Roman Emperor 268-270 A.D.
- Quintillus - Roman Emperor 270 A.D.
- Aurelian - Roman Emperor 270-275 A.D.
- Tacitus - Roman Emperor 275-276 A.D.
- Florian - Roman Emperor: 276 A.D.
- Probus - Roman Emperor 276-282 A.D.
- Carus - Roman Emperor 282-283 A.D. - Video Biography and Coins
- Carinus Roman Emperor 282-285 A.D. - Video Biography and Coins
- Numerian Roman Emperor 282-284 A.D.
- Diocletian Roman Emperor 284-305 A.D.
- Maximian Roman Emperor 286-305 A.D.
- Galerius Roman Emperor 305-311 A.D.
- Galeria Valeria Roman Empress wife of Galerius 308-311 A.D.
- Severus II Roman Emperor 306-307 A.D.
- Maxentius Roman Emperor 307-312 A.D.
- Constantius I Constantine I father Roman Emperor 293-306 A.D.
- Constantine I 'The Great'- Roman Emperor: 307-337 A.D.
- Saint Helena Roman Empress Mother of Constantine the Great
- Maximinus II Daia Roman Emperor 308-312 A.D.
- Licinius I Roman Emperor 308-324 A.D.
- Crispus - Roman Caesar: 317-326 A.D.
- Constantius II Roman Emperor 337-361 A.D.
- Dalmatius Roman Caesar 335-337 A.D.
- Constantine II Roman Emperor 337-340AD Son of Constantine the Great
- Constans - Roman Emperor: 337-350 A.D.
- Hannibalianus - Roman Caesar: 335-337 A.D.
- Vetranio - Roman Emperor: 350 A.D.
- Julian II Constantine I half brother Roman Emperor 361-363 A.D.
- Procopius Roman Emperor Usurper 363-366 A.D.
- Jovian Roman Emperor 363-364 A.D.
- Valentinian I the Great Roman Emperor 364-375 A.D.
- Valens Roman Emperor 364-378 A.D.
- Gratian Roman Emperor 375-383 A.D.
- VALENTINIAN II Roman Emperor 375-392AD
- Theodosius I - Roman Emperor: 379-395 A.D.
- Aelia Flacilla Roman Empress Theodosius I Wife 379-385 A.D.
- Arcadius Roman Emperor 393-408 A.D.
- Eudoxia - Roman Empress: 395-404 A.D.
- Honorius Roman Emperor 393-423 A.D.
- Theodosius II Byzantine Emperor 408-450 A.D.
- Johannes Roman Usurper 423-425 A.D.
- Avitus Western Roman Emperor 455-456 A.D.
- Leo I the Thracian Byzantine Emperor 457-474 A.D.
- Zeno Byzantine Emperor 474-475 and 476-491 A.D.
- Justinian I the Great Byzantine Emperor 527-565 A.D.
Ancient Greek Cities of Interest
- Athens Attica Greece
- Amphipolis in Macedonia
- Pella in Macedonia
- Philippi in Macedonia
- Syracuse in Sicily
- Cities of Ancient Sicily
- Macedon or Macedonia Ancient Greek area where Alexander the Great heralded from
- Lydia cities
- Asia Minor Cities
- Pergamon in Asia Minor
Ancient Greek Rulers
- Philip II - Macedonian King from 359-336 B.C. whom minted coins in honor of his Olympic Games victory in ancient times, depicting a youth on a horse and Apollo
- Alexander III - Known as Alexander the Great, Macedonian King from 336-323 B.C.
- Cassander - Macedonian King 319-297 B.C. - Video Biography and Coins
Related to Christianity
- Jesus Christ on ancient/medieval Byzantine Coins
- Chi-Rho the Early Christian Monogram of Christ - Roman Military Standard Depicting the Chi-Rho - Video Biography and Coins
- Pontius Pilate - Known chiefly for the Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
- Medieval & Byzantine Coins depicting Jesus Christ
Ancient Greek / Roman Deities, Locations and more:
- Zeus ancient Greek king of the gods
- Ancient Coins of the Greeks and Romans dealing with the topic of OLYMPIC GAMES
- Jupiter Roman Counterpart of the Ancient Greek god
- Demeter goddess of the harvest
- Tyche ancient Greek goddess of good luck
- Fortuna, Roman equivalent of the goddess of good luck
- Felicitas, Roman good luck and fortune goddess
- Asclepius the Ancient Greek / Roman god of medicine, his staff being the medical symbol used today
- Salus, daughter of Asclepius, goddess of health/hygiene for the Romans
- Hygeia the Greek equivalent of the Salus, daughter of Asclepius
- Telesphorus, son of Asclepius
- Apollo, the Ancient Greek / Roman god
- Athena, the goddess of wisdom for the Greeks
- Minerva, the Roman version of Athena
- Roma, the personification of the city of Rome
- Mars, ancient Roman god of war
- Hermes, Greek god of commerce
- Mercury, the Roman equivalent of the Greek god
- Pegasus, the flying horse depicted on ancient coins
- River-god, personifications of rivers around ancient cities
- Bull on ancient Greek / Roman coins
- Artemis, ancient Greek goddess of hunt
- Diana, the Roman counterpart of the Greek Artemis
- Coins depicting the Cross from Early Christinity
- Macedonia, the homeland of Alexander the Great had many cities minting coins
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