ancient silver coins
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Many ancient coin investors do not know very much about the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom founded in 256 BC. Who knew this Persian area was once as a Hellenistic-era Greek state? Surprisingly, known as the "land of a thousand golden cities". In fact, the capital Bactra was one of the largest and richest cities of the ancient world.
This ancient kingdom covered what is today Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. It also covered parts of Iran and Pakistan. It is fair to say it covered most of the Indian subcontinent. Bactria covered the eastern most part of Alexander The Great's conquered territory.
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This is the first silver coins ever struck! It dates back over 2,500 years to modern-day Turkey. King Croesus of Lydia was the first person to issue a bi-metallic coinage system. In addition, it was meant for circulation throughout the kingdom. Coinage of King Croesus all used the same design. They are struck in both gold and silver. Consequently, the design showed a lion and a bull facing one another. The bull implies fertility and the lion implies strength.
The Silver staters are the largest denomination of silver coins from Croesus. There is also a half stater, quarter stater, sixth stater, twelfth stater and a tiny 1/24th stater! We have even sold 2 examples of
This Alexander The Great Silver Drachm is a beauty! Few names resonate in history like that of General Alexander the Great of Macedon. Even today 2,350 years after his death Coinage issued under Alexander are highly desirable and are sought after by all sorts of collectors.
A Silver Drachm Like this...Will Sell Quickly!
We are pleased to offer this remarkably high end silver drachm graded by NGC Ancients. Because it has been certified in choice mint state condition, it is highly desirable. It also has received the fine style designation, which implies it to be of the highest artistic quality. Furthermore, this particular coin is known to be a lifetime issue. This means it was struck while Alexander was still alive. Coins that were issued after
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What Ancient Roman coins were made of silver is a question we frequently get. This NGC Certified Roman coin minted by Emperor Otho for instance, is a great example, and it is a beautiful coin. Finding a Silver Denarius in Choice Extremely Fine Condition with 3.54 grams of silver is not an easy task.
On the front of this Otho Silver Denarius you'll find the likeness of Emperor OTHO CAESAR with his head facing right. On the reverse, seen advancing left, you'll find the likeness of VICTORIA. She is the Roman Goddess of Victory.
Marcus Otho Caesar Augustus was born Marcus Salvius