British East Indies, Borneo, the Independent State of Maluka, Æ Duit, AH 1228, 1813 AD, Malacca mint, issued by Private English merchant Alexander Hare. Obverse: Shield with denomination in Arabic. Reverse: Shield with date in Gregorian and Anno Hegirae. KM-5. A scarce issue and an interesting snippet of history pertaining to the British Empire’s extension […]
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Germany, Electorate of Saxony (Albertinian Line), Elector Johann Georg II (1656-1680AD), Silver Quarter Thaler (7.23g, 31.5mm), 1661 CR, Dresden mint. Obverse: Bare Headed half-length Bust of Elector Johann Georg II facing to the right, donning Elector’s robes consisting of ermine-trimmed cloak with ruff and holding electoral sword in right hand which rests upon his shoulder, […]
To all our wonderful clients, We hope you had a safe and happy holiday season for 2021, making very merry Christmas and New Year memories. It is important to take a moment to’smell the roses’ on these notable days, to relax and recharge, but also spend the time to reflect and look back on the […]
August of 2021 was a very eventful and numismatically significant period, most notably with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois from the 10th to 14th of August. Several industry leading auction companies offered an immense and dazzling display of numismatic rarities; of note, Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries […]
Lucius Plautius Planchus, Moneyers of Imperatorial Rome 49-27 BC, Silver Denarius (3.93g, 22mm), struck at Rome 47 BC. Obverse: Head of Medusa facing forward, “L PLAVTIVS” below. Reverse: Winged Victory stands right facing forward, her wings spread wide, conducting four rearing horses – a Roman interpretation of ‘Victory in a Quadriga’ by Nichomachus of Thebes, […]
Antiochos, son of Seleukos IV Philopator,Silver Drachm (3.93g, 19mm), struck circa 175-170 BC. Obverse: Diademed Head of the young Antiochos facing right. Reverse: Naked figure of Apollo seated on Omphalus facing left, holding an arrow and bow, legend either side, “BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY”. Seaby-6974. The very brief reign of Antiochos, the younger son of King […]
During the military anarchy of the third century, Publius Licinius Valerianus, simple known as Valerian I, would become Roman Emperor in 253 AD. Unlike many others that proclaimed themselves Augustus, Valerian was of noble blood – a son of a traditional senatorial family, and held high political positions throughout his early life such as Consul, […]
En route to a temple near Carrhae in modern-day Turkey, Caracalla of the Severan Dynasty, Roman Emperor from 198 to 217 AD, would be stabbed to death by one of his soldiers, Justin Martalis – an unfortunate result of the soldier being denied the position of Centurion. The aftermath would result in the Praetorian Prefect, […]
Scotland, Lanarkshire, New Lanark Mills, Silver 5 Shillings, counter-marked circa 1800-1820 over a Mexico 8 Reales of King Charles IV dated 1792 Mo FM, struck at Mexico City. Obverse (Host coin): Laureate bust of King Charles IV facing right, “CAROLUS· IIII· DEI· GRATIA ·1792·”; Denomination “5/” counter-stamped within a counter-stamped circle, “PAYABLE AT LANARK MILLS”. […]