The History of Ancient Coins
Coins, as we know them today, have been around for almost 3000 years. It is believed that coinage was invented around 630 B.C. in Asia Minor when the ancient state of Lydia (now western Turkey) was stamping round pieces of precious metals with a seal or symbol as a guarantee of their weight and purity that you will find in our ancient coins for sale.
Ancient Greek Coins Birth Place
The minting of coins spread rapidly from Lydia to the city states of ancient Greece. Around 600 B.C, the island of Aegina produced what are believed to be the first Greek coins. These coins were known as silver drachmae and obols, and depicted a turtle on the reverse, the symbol of Aegina. Click on an image below to see our ancient Greek coins for sale.
The 1st Ancient Roman Coins
The first Roman coins can be dated from 269 B.C. when a mint for the striking of gold, silver and bronze coins was established in Rome. Ancient Roman coinage often depicted a portrait of the then ruling emperor and, in some cases, members of the imperial family, as well.
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Greek and Roman citizens would bury their coins for safekeeping, much in the same way as we today place our money in the bank for safekeeping. Soldiers and citizens often buried their coins before battle, and as people were driven from their lands or even worse, killed, the coins would remain where they lay for hundreds or even thousands of years and more.