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Precious metals have long been valued, treasured and used as a medium of exchange. Sometime around 650 B.C. coins made their first appearance and
they were used both in commerce and as a means of promotion or propaganda--a purpose they continue to serve today.
On this website you will find some of the oldest, beautiful, and unique gold coins ever handled. Most of these gold coins are thousands of years old and, while crudely produced, feature some of the most intricate and stunning designs ever seen on coinage. Furthermore, each Ancient coin has been graded and certified by NGC, the leading grading service of Certified Ancient coinage in the world today. Be sure to find out more at our Ancient Coins Facebook Page.
Absolutely phenomenal and extremely rare Gold Stater of the highest quality. The overall look is simply phenomenal given it was issued over 2,300 years ago. Struck during the reign of Phillip II, the father of Alexander the Great, it is without question a museum quality antiquity. Comprised of approximately ¼ ounce of pure gold, the obverse features the head of Apollo and the reverse a charioteer with two intricately etched horses. There is no question the artist who carved these dies was one of the finest of his time.Kingdom of Lydia El Third Stater struck from Electrum (610-546 B.C.) NGC - Choice About Uncirculated
This was the first coin struck with an obverse portrait produced for commerce, and it is remarkably preserved. It is composed of a electrum, which is a mixture of gold and silver occurring in nature. While crudely produced, the detail is extraordinary and it is hard to believe it was struck over 2,600 years ago. The obverse pictures the roaring lion with a radiating sun in the background—this is the actually the precursor to the first bimetallic coinage struck in the mid 550’s BC. Often referred to as a “trite”, or third-stater, it's one of the earliest forms of money.
This Gold Distater, or double-stater, is one of the most remarkable coins in the Ancient world. In fact, some refer to it as the
“High Relief” of the Ancient coin world as it appears three dimensional due to an extraordinary level of craftsmanship and size. Containing
half-ounce of pure gold, the obverse features Athena the Goddess of War and Nike, the Goddess of Victory on the reverse. This is the most impressive, notable and desirable coin issued during the reign of Alexander the Great and is highly prized today.
This magnificent Gold Stater was struck over 2,500 years ago in Persia. As you can see, the quality is incredible for something produced under crude conditions. Struck during the reign of King Croesus, the obverse employs a lion and bull, thought to symbolize life and fertility. The luster and overall appearance is incredible, and these coins are seldom encountered in any condition today. When they do surface, there are ready and willing collectors who realize the incredible value.
If this coin looks rather primitive, it’s because it is. This is the first true coinage, issued around 650 B.C. in Ionia, or modern day Turkey.
While it appears to be gold, it is actually comprised of electrum, a mixture of gold and silver. The lines on the obverse are thought to have represented flowing
water, which is where the electrum was often mined. The reverse employs a double punch. It is remarkably well preserved and the finest example we’ve encountered.
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