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Antique Coins: Animals

Another popular theme for collecting Antique Coins centers around animals. The ancient cultures loved animals and incorporated them on everything from pottery to mosaics to buildings and coins. Some animals are scarce to rare, such as bears, and some are extremely common, eagles and lions for example. And then there are the mythical animals, such as the sphinx, pegasus and hippocamp. There have been many coins through the ages which have animals as a major part of their design. If you are an animal lover, we have many items for you to consider adding to your zoo, among these featured treasures:

Roman Republican Coins

The Roman Republican period began after the Roman Kingdom was overthrown by Roman nobles in 509 BC and lasted until the establishment of the Roman Empire by Octavian/Augustus in 27 BC. Although coinage began in the Greek world before the beginning of the Republic, sheep and lumps of bronze were used as vehicles of trade. The lumps of bronze had to be weighed during each transaction to determine their value and these are called aes rude and considered proto-money and very collectible. Near the end of the 4th Century BC, some began to make flat bronze bars with or without a design on them, roughly weighing five Roman pounds, or libra. A libra weighed 328.9 grams. These flat bars are called aes signatum and are another form of proto-money. The city of Rome began producing its own aes signatum...

Celtic Coins

Tribal kingdoms existed across Europe for centuries – the Greeks calling them Keltoi and the Romans referring to them as Galli, but both meaning “barbarian”. They spoke various Celtic languages and many produced coinage. Some of the art styles are very similar to those they were imitating, where others are extremely abstract. Sometimes the tribes were hired as mercenaries and other times they waged war on the large civilizations trying to settle the areas. And still other times, they warred with each other. Then the Celtic Coins are a great Coin Collector Category. The dealers on VCoins have a wide variety of Celtic coins for your consideration, including these featured items:

Women in Ancient Rome

Women in Ancient Rome often had a great deal of influence over how the Empire still lives with us today. Sometimes the devoted husband truly loved his wife and declared a long mourning period and had monuments built to his deceased, as in the case of Antoninus Pius and Faustina I. Other times, the wife was complicit or even assisted in the murder of her husband, as in the case of Claudius and Agrippina. Sometimes the royal ladies were deified and celebrated on coins, such as Trajan’s wife, Plotina, sister, Marciana, and niece, Matidia. Besides celebrating the ladies themselves, the coins also serve to show popular styles of the period. Here is a selection available on VCoins, showing a wide variety of this very popular collecting area. Our Selection:

Egyptian Coins

Egypt was the personal property of the Roman Emperor and the grain supply from Africa was critical to the massive empire. Although the Egyptian pantheon was changed after the pharaohs were no longer in power, some of the gods remained and some were merged with Roman and Greek gods.The coins produced in Roman Egypt are widely collected and it is here you can find many of the old gods. Our Selection:

Gold Coins

Gold Coins has been viewed as something valuable since the dawn of coinage. Gold has been used as money for many reasons. It is fungible, with a low spread between the prices to buy and sell. Gold is also easily transportable, as it has a high value to weight ratio, compared to other commodities, such as silver. Gold can be re-coined, divided into smaller units, or re-melted into larger units such as gold bars, without destroying its metal value. It’s a store of value, a commodity to trade and something kings and queens have lusted over for millennia. Thankfully for collectors today, many of the ancient cultures used gold to produce breathtaking works of art we are now able to collect, study and treasure. Enjoy some of these diverse ancient cultures available through VCoins:

Paper Money – Banknote

Paper money in local form was invented during the 7th century by the Tang Dynasty in China and was an efficient and practical way of exchanging payment for goods and services instead of carrying around heavy copper coinage. The Song Dynasty developed the practice from a centralized government in the 11th century during a shortage of copper for coins. Over the centuries, everyone from individual merchants and banks to rebel and recognized governments issued currency to pay for their needs. Although our name is VCoins, our dealers also carry a beautiful selection of paper money from around the world. Also known as Banknote Our selection:

Byzantine Empire. Byzantine Coins

The Byzantine Empire spanned for nearly 1000 years, or more depending on where you start. Some numismatists mark the beginning at 330 AD, when Constantine the Great moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to Constantinople. Others use the death of Zeno and the reign of Anastasius I in April 491 to signify the official transformation. Even the name “Byzantine” is still not universally accepted – some preferring the term “Romaion” instead. The empire fell with Constantine XI Palaeologus, on May 29, 1453, when the Ottoman Empire laid siege to Constantinople. Here is a selection of Byzantine coins we have available, representing eight of the main periods.  

US Coins

US Coins. Although VCoins is very strong in the Ancients market of the Hobby of Kings, we also have excellent offerings for collectors of US material as well – and it keeps growing daily! From Colonial to modern issues, graded gems to errors, paper money to books and supplies, check back often with our VCoins family of dealers for all of your US collecting needs. Coins of the United States dollar were first minted in 1792. New coins have been produced annually since then and they make up a valuable aspect of the United States currency system. Today, circulating coins exist in denominations of 1¢ (i.e. 1 cent or $0.01), 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, and $1.00. Also minted are bullion (including gold, silver and platinum) and commemorative coins. All of these are produced by the United States Min...

The Twelve Caesars

Twelve Caesars Coins. Although the beginning of the Imperial period of the Roman Empire kicked off with Augustus in 27 BC, numismatists call the first period the Twelve Caesars. Gaius Seutonius Tranquillus wrote a set of twelve biographies titled “De Vita Caesarum”, commonly called the Twelve Caesars, which includes Julius Caesar and the first eleven emperors. A very popular collecting theme, you can find coins from all twelve famous rulers here on VCoins. Among the many collections of ancient coins that can be assembled, one of the most challenging and desirable is that of the “Twelve Caesars.” They can be collected in copper (and its principal alloys), silver or gold; the latter is the most difficult to complete. Thus, it is a rare opportunity indeed to present th...

Ancient Architecture

Although the civilizations have been gone for many centuries, you can still see what some of the structures once looked like through the coins of the time. This can be found in many denarius coins. Ancient Roman architecture adopted the external language of classical Greek architecture for the purposes of the ancient Romans, but grew so different from Greek buildings as to become a new architectural style. The two styles are often considered one body of classical architecture. Roman architecture flourished in the Roman Republic and even more so under the Empire, when the great majority of surviving buildings were constructed. It used new materials, particularly concrete, and newer technologies such as the arch and the dome to make buildings that were typically strong and well-engineered. L...

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