Ancient/Medieval Silver & Bronze Coins
Ancient & Medieval Silver & Bronze Coins - The first Roman silver coins, the Didrachms, were struck around 280 BC along with cast bronze Aes Grave. The pre-Denarius silver coins, 280 BC to 211 BC, were called Didrachms. The Coin Reform of 211 BC made the Denarius the main silver coin and the Aes the main bronze coin. The coins of the Roman Empire began with the first Emperor Augustus in 41 BC. The main coins being the silver Denarius and the bronze As. These splendid old coins were de-based over the years, and in 215 AD the double Denarius, named Antoninianus, was issued.
Medieval coins are from the period of history also known as the Dark Ages. On our calendar, it is the millenium period from approximately 500 to 1500 AD. Most of the coins of this era were crudely struck, but they come from a part of history where man was basically fighting to survive. The average life expectancy was about 30 years, and the Black Death (aka Bubonic Plague) killed one-third of the population of Europe. This was also the period of history when the collapse of the Roman Empire gave rise to some of the nations of Europe that exist today.
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This Silver drachma is from the reign of Azes II, king of Bactria - present day Afghanistan - from 35 B.C. to A.D. 5. He was a political descendant of Alexander the Great , who brought Greek culture to the East. The o.... Read More
This silver Tetrobol was struck by the Greek city-state of Histiaea on the island of Euboea. Struck sometime in the 3rd through 2nd centuries BC. Approximate specifications: (14mm.... Read More
Silver Denarius of Emperor Domitian who ruled the empire from 81 - 96 AD. These silver coins are approximately-- 18mm X 3.3g. Obverse: Bust right. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIReverse:Can vary. A typical des.... Read More
Obverse: Bust of Herakles wearing a lion skin right. Reverse: Zeus seated left holding a septer and an eagle. ALEXANDROY to right of Zeus. Graded Choice Fine by NGC. .... Read More