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Ancient Greece

The first ancient coins came from an area of Asia Minor which is today known as Turkey and were made of electrum, a naturally occurring mixture of silver and gold. This area is regarded as the birthplace of coinage and the first to use coined money in trade. The area included ancient kingdoms and cities of Ionia and Lydia.

Greek colonists, predominantly from Athens and Attica, settled the coastline of Asia Minor from the Mediterranean up to the Black Sea. Later Alexander overthrew the entire Achaemenid Empire, conquering a territory all the way to India. For a brief period the Macedonian Empire and the Greek influence was the most powerful in the world. Coins from this era are some of the most aesthetically pleasing and beloved designs in all of human history especially given the primitive methods they were manufactured.

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  • Demetrius II Silver Tetradrachm NGC Choice About Uncirculated 5x3

    Just a hair away from mint condition, this Seleucid Kingdom, Demetrious II Silver Tetradrachm is an impressive coin due to it's size and detail. It was struck on a huge, round flan and does not look like it was issued over 2 millenia ago. Graded Choice About Uncirculated by NGC Ancients, we absolutely love placing coins like this with our clients. They're hard to find, particularly this nice. Learn More
    $2,632.50

  • Ionia Aktaion Electrum 1/6 Stater NGC Extremely Fine

    Aktaion was a hero in ancient Greek mythology, similar to Achilles.

    Aktaion is pictured on this 2,400 year old electrum 1/6th stater with a lifelike portrait and flowing hair.

    The reverse depicts a gorgon, the dreaded creature of ancient mythology.

    This remarkable electrum 1/6th stater was struck over 2,400 years ago in Mytilene, a city on the ancient island of Lesbos.

    The artwork on these ancient staters demonstrates miniature engraving at its finest. We have never offered such a great variety of these coins, and certainly not at these prices. Supplies very limited. Learn More

    Regular Price: $1,350.00

    Special Price $1,295.00

  • Attica Owl Silver Tetradrachm NGC Choice About Uncirculated 5x4

    This amazing silver Ancient was struck over 2,400 years ago and has a remarkable overall look and eye appeal. The owl, as a symbol for wisdom, was the mascot of Athena, and frequently accompanies the goddess as this coin demonstrates. According to myth, Athena, goddess of wisdom and the patron goddess of Athens, even had the ability to take the form of an owl. The front of the coin features Athena, the goddess of wisdom and reason. The back depicts an owl, the totem bird of Athena. These are highly coveted by collectors and investors, particularly those with a bold, well-centered strike. Learn More
    $3,094.00

  • Attica Owl Silver Tetradrachm NGC About Uncirculated Star 5x5

    This amazing silver Ancient was struck over 2,400 years ago and has a remarkable overall look and eye appeal. The owl, as a symbol for wisdom, was the mascot of Athena, and frequently accompanies the goddess as this coin demonstrates. According to myth, Athena, goddess of wisdom and the patron goddess of Athens, even had the ability to take the form of an owl. The front of the coin features Athena, the goddess of wisdom and reason. The back depicts an owl, the totem bird of Athena. These are highly coveted by collectors and investors, particularly those with a bold, well-centered strike. Learn More
    $2,720.00

  • Electrum 1/24th Stater NGC Choice Extremely Fine 5x4

    This exact coin is referenced in the book, Electrum, and the Invention of Coinage--listed as plate coin # 1093. Attractive, high grade and relatively tiny, this 1/24th electrum stater is one of only a handful known to exist in any condition. The obverse features a lion Head. Learn More
    $1,700.00

  • Eucratides I Silver Tetradrachm NGC Mint State 5x4

    This is the only example of this interesting, large silver issue that we've ever handled. The coin certainly doesn't look like it was struck 2150 years ago, that much is for certain. Weighing nearly 17 grams of pure silver, it depicts Eucratides I helmeted, on the obverse. The is the only mint state example we've encountered. Amazing! Learn More
    $5,100.00

  • Philip II Gold 1/8 Stater NGC Fine 4X3

    This hard-to-find fractional gold stater was issued under King Philip II of Macedon who ruled from 359-336 B.C. While circulated, this example has a very well-centered strike and pleasing overall look. A fair value indeed given the low price point. Learn More
    $1,496.00

  • Ionia Electrum 1/3 Stater NGC Extremely Fine 5x5

    What you see here is an example of some of the first coinage ever issued in the history of mankind. This third stater, or trite, was struck nearly 2,650 years ago using electrum, a mixture of gold and silver. It is a very archaic design with either pellets, or cloud-like images on the surface of the coin. The reverse shows an incuse punch. These extremely rare coins were issued in and around modern-day Turkey and this example is a great value for the price. Learn More
    $6,800.00

  • Ionia Electrum 1/3 Stater NGC About Uncirculated 5x4

    What you see here is an example of some of the first coinage ever issued in the history of mankind. This third stater, or trite, was struck nearly 2,650 years ago using electrum, a mixture of gold and silver. It is a very archaic design with either pellets, or cloud-like images on the surface of the coin. The reverse shows an incuse punch. These extremely rare coins were issued in and around modern-day Turkey and this example is graded very high. Learn More
    $8,160.00

  • Lysimachus Silver Tetradrachm NGC About Uncirculated 5x4

    Lysimachus was one of Alexander the Great's most trusted generals and advisors. This silver tetradrachm is a remarkable coin with fabulous detail and color. The obverse is thought to be a lifelike portrait of Alexander the Great, staring at the heavens, with ram's horns coming out of his head. The reverse shows the goddess Athena holding a miniature Nike, the goddess of Victory. This coin is testament to the respect and adoration that Lysimachus had for his fallen leader, Alexander the Great. These coins were only issued from 305-281 B.C. NGC has notated light marks on the holder, referring to some hairline marks on the surfaces of the coin. Learn More
    $4,556.00

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