Ancient Coins

  1. Four Misconceptions About Rare Coins

    Four Misconceptions About Rare Coins

    When it comes to investing, you’ve probably heard the advice that you shouldn’t keep all your eggs in one basket. While cliché, this is actually a sound strategy for making sure you can benefit from upward trends in multiple markets and avoid drastic losses from a singular downturn.

    If you’re ready to start diversifying your investment portfolio, one of the best ways to do it is by expanding your strategy to include commodities like precious metals. At Austin Rare Coins & Bullion, we specialize in selling ancient coins, gold and silver bullion, and more, which can help you bolster your portfolio or even expand your collection! Today, our team is here to dispel four misconceptions surrounding rare coins, so you can have a better understanding of what you’re investing in.

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  2. Should You Invest in Ancient Coins?

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    If you’ve shopped with Austin Rare Coins & Bullion before, you’re likely well on your way to generating top-notch returns from precious metal investments. But what if you’re interested in the exceptionally rare? That’s where our ancient coins come in, which are an exciting opportunity for investors and collectors alike. In this blog, our team is going to share why acquiring ancient coins might be the right move for you, so read on and check out our store to begin!

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  3. 4 Common Questions About Rare Coins

    4 Common Questions About Rare Coins

    If you’re new to the rare coin industry, you may have a few questions about rare coins and their values. At Austin Rare Coins, we’re here to help collectors, buyers, and sellers alike with their rare coins, and that also means providing valuable insight into the hobby, so we’ve collected four of the most common questions we get asked and their answers so you can get started with all the information you need!

    What Are Rare Coin Values?

    This question doesn’t always have a set answer, unfortunately. While there are certain coins that are well-known to be valuable, such as Buffalo Nickels, there are many coins that fluctuate in value. If you think you have a coin that’s rare and valuable, reach out

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  4. Thrace influenced by Greece?

    Thrace influenced by Greece?

    Was Thrace influenced by Greece & the Macedonian Empire? It is a fact, Thrace was conquered by Philip II, king of Macedonia. This occurred in the 4th century BC. Once Philip the II died Thrace became a part of the great kingdom of Alexander the Great. Following Alexander’s death, his empire was divided among his generals, who established independent kingdoms including Thrace.

    Lysimachus, who reigned from 323 to 281 BCE, was the general who succeeded Alexander as the ruler of Thrace. According to Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, Thrace was highly influenced by Greece and the Macedonian Empire's culture. But, were they?

    Yes, Thracian coinage gave homage to the once great leader of the Macedonian Empire. The Thracians under the leadership of Lysimachus used Alexander's portrait on the front of their coins. However, on the back "Lysimachus n

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  5. Philip III King of Macedon

    Philip III King of Macedon

    Philip III King of Macedon was the son of Philip II. Alexander the Great, also known as Alexander III, was also the son of Philip II. Philip III's actual name at birth was Arrhidaeus and his mother was Philinna of Larissa. Philip III didn't ascend to the Macedonian throne until after the death of Alexander III. Even though Philip III was older than Alexander he was overlooked because he was half-witted and an illegitimate son. Philip III ended up merely serving as a figurehead. He was only placed king as a pawn and out of necessity. It was Alexander III who claimed the throne right after his father’s bodyguard assassinated him. In fact, Alexander killed all his rivals before they could challenge him. However, he took Arrhidaeus under his wing because he was very fond of him. Alexander even brought his older brother on campaigns in order to protect his life.

    The Death of Alexander the Great

    When Alexander the Great died on June 10 323 BC a crisis ensued. Who would be Macedonia’s new king? Philip Arrhidaeus had to become the candidate even though he was mentally challenged. Alexander III's wife Roxana was pregnant and was waiting to give birth to their son.  He was to become the eventual heir to the throne and was to be named Alexander IV. It was decided that Philip III would reign as the appointed regent. He would be Philip III of Macedon in name only until the new Alexander IV would become old enough to rule. Philip III King of Macedon did not have a long lasting reign. Only 6 years after becoming King he was murdered by Alexander III's mother, Olympias. She put to death Philip Arrhidaeus and his wife Cassander due to her using her husband to advance her own cause. Cassander’s brother and a hundred of his partisans who were conspiring with Cassander were also killed. This cleared the path for Alexander IV to become Macedonia’s rightful new king.

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  6. Coin Collecting Can Be Profitable

    Coin Collecting Can Be Profitable

    Coin collecting is not only a rewarding and enjoyable hobby, but if done properly, coin collecting can also be profitable. In this report and the video below, we will share some of the most important things to keep in mind when coin collecting. This is in order to maximize the rewards of assembling a profitable collection, regardless of your budget.

     

    • The first thing is to make sure that you’re collecting an area with a solid base of other collectors. You can have the rarest coin in the world, but if nobody else wants it, then it's unlikely to see much appreciation.
    • Make sure you own coins that are attractive. To clarify, a great looking coins will always catch the eye of a potential buyer.
    • Make sure you acquire and own coins t
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  7. Why the Athenian owl coin was made

    Why the Athenian owl coin was made

    The ancient city of Athens holds a unique place in our hearts and minds. It was the foundation of western civilization. Even today the Parthenon stands high upon the rocky Acropolis as testament to Ancient Greece. Today, we can easily answer why the Athenian owl coin was made, because it was one of the foundations of this new western civilization.

     

    An example of the world's earliest coin was the drachma. It helped to develop a new concept of currency. Drachmas were the silver coins of ancient Greece. They dated from the mid-6th century BC and were the monetary unit of ancient Greece. Importantly, the most influential of ancient Greek coins came from the ancient City of Athens. It was the Classical Owl Tetradrachm

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  8. How and when electrum was first used as coinage

    How and when electrum was first used as coinage

    Some 600 years before Christ was born mankind started using electrum as a form of payment. This was in exchange for good and services. Ancient man found electrum in riverbeds. They were in nugget form, but it wasn't long before the very first coins were produced. This is how and when electrum was first used as coinage.

     

    These earliest coins known in the ancient world were created from this naturally occurring alloy called electrum, as a result of a mixture of gold and silver. It also often found containing other trace elements like platinum, copper and other metals. These alloys give off a shiny property that easily catches the rays of the sun. A variety of colors could be found to range from pale yellows to bright greens. Occasionally, even a brassy-color due to higher copper

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  9. Why buy a Coson Gold Stater?

    Why buy a Coson Gold Stater?

    This Beautiful Ancient Coin

     

    If some asks "why buy a Coson Gold Stater" you can answer, because you're looking for remarkable ancient coins. One that is gold and has tremendous value in the ancient coin market place. You can also tell them to just take a look at this beautiful ancient coin. Then show them the Coson Gold Staters in Mint State 4x4 Condition.

     

    Some Coin Highlights

     

    • These coins have a quarter of an ounce of pure gold and were struck around 2,000 years ago.
    • They are certified by NGC, a branch of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation devoted to ancient coins.
    • They are in mint state condition and for under $2,000.

     

    What

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  10. Are Roman coins worth anything?

    Are Roman coins worth anything?

    When it comes to ancient Roman coins investors always ask, are Roman coins worth anything? Well today, that depends on quality, rarity, and other important factors. For example, eye appeal, artistic merit, historical significance, and precise state of preservation. These are things to consider before you buy any Ancient coin.

     

    A gold aureus was worth 833⅓ denarii in 301. By 324, the same aureus was worth 4,350 denarii. Ancient coins appreciate in time. Mainly, due to the demand of a finite quantity that can be found.

     

    As noted on our Ancient Gold Coins Website:

     

    1. Ancient coins are beautiful, miniature works of art. In other words, true antiquities.
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