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Ancient Rome

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The span of the Roman Empire lasted from 27 BC until 500 years later with the fall of the Western Roman Empire around 476 AD. The demise was due to many factors including invading barbarians, Christianity displacing the traditional Roman religion, and a complete political collapse. Even though the western half of the empire was defeated, the Eastern Roman Empire continued on for another thousand years in the form of the Byzantine Empire.

Ancient Roman Coins are some of the most popular ancients to collect. There are hundreds of different Roman Coins and even a beginner on a modest budget can find beautiful specimens for their collection that are true works of art.

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  • Crucifixion Period Roman Nail and Widows Mite Set

    One of the great things about our business is coming into contact with truly remarkable historical artifacts with legitimate collector appeal. Each of these Crucifixion-Era sets contains an original Roman iron nail and an authentic biblical widow's mite coin--both attractively framed in a black matte floating box--all for under $100. The 'Widow's Mite' is a small bronze coin from ancient Judaea which was minted during the Hasmonean Dynasty of 140-37 BC. It is mentioned in the Bible in Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4: "He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, 'Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood." The nail comes from the Roman fortress at Inchtuthil, which was the northernmost Roman fortress in England/Scotland. It was likely commissioned in about 82 A.D. by Gnaeus Julius Agricola in his fight against the Caledonian tribes. When it was excavated in the 1950s by Sir Ian Richmond, a large pit was found in the summer of 1960 containing 875,400 complete iron nails ranging from 2-16 inches and weighing 7 tons. The pit was elaborately concealed, and the nails and ironwork were almost certainly buried by the troops to prevent their use in weaponsmithing by the local tribes when they dismantled the fortress before they finally left. Many of the nails were sent to museums as a gift and the rest of the hoard was sold to the public and other interested organizations with an offer of 5 shillings for an 8 to 10-inch nail and 25 shillings for a boxed set of 5 nails. While these nails could not have been used in the crucifixion of Jesus under Pontius Pilate, they are of the same type and manufacture as those that would have been used. The frame's exterior dimensions measure 4" X 4" X 1.5" and it has a strong but pliable film which secures the nail and coin in place. They can be easily removed and handled and replaced in the frame. The frame will stand nicely on your desk or bookshelf. Learn More

    Regular Price: $108.78

    Special Price $95.00

  • Roman Commemorative of Constantinopolis (Victory on Prow) Mint State

    Very cool and high grade bronze commemorative of the founding of Constantinople, issued in the early 300's AD. Image on the front shows Constantine in a victorious pose and the goddess of Victory standing on the prow of a ship. High grade and rather inexpensive given the age and quality. Coin shown may not be the coin you receive but indicative of the quality you can expect. Learn More

    Regular Price: $210.00

    Special Price $195.00

  • Roman Commemorative (She Wolf) Constantinian Mint State

    Rome, it was said, was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus. Of course, this was a myth; the city's "foundation myth." In this account, Romulus and Remus were the children of the god Mars and a vestal, Rhea Silvia, a descendant of Aeneas. As babies, they were exposed in the wild, and were suckled by a wolf. Later, when they decided to found a city, they argued about which hill was better, and in the quarrel, Remus was killed. This bronze coin is original and dates back nearly 1700 years--it's a commemorative coin to celebrate the foundation of Rome. It has been preserved in mint condition and clearly depicts two babies underneath a mother wolf. Coin shown may not be the coin you receive but indicative of the quality you can expect. Learn More

    Regular Price: $210.00

    Special Price $195.00

  • Roman Commemorative (She Wolf) Constantinian Choice Mint State

    Rome, it was said, was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus. Of course, this was a myth; the city's "foundation myth." In this account, Romulus and Remus were the children of the god Mars and a vestal, Rhea Silvia, a descendant of Aeneas. As babies, they were exposed in the wild, and were suckled by a wolf. Later, when they decided to found a city, they argued about which hill was better, and in the quarrel, Remus was killed. This bronze coin is original and dates back nearly 1700 years--it's a commemorative coin to celebrate the foundation of Rome. It has been preserved in a very high choice-mint condition and clearly depicts two babies underneath a mother wolf. Coin shown may not be the coin you receive but indicative of the quality you can expect. Learn More

    Regular Price: $262.50

    Special Price $249.00

  • Gordian III Silver Double-Denarius NGC Extremely Fine

    This large, impressive silver coin dates back to Ancient Rome. Depicting Gordian III, the youngest to rule the empire at 13, this Double Denarius is a solid value in the current marketplace in our opinion, not to mention, it's just cool. NGC Ancients has awarded the high grade of extremely fine to this 1,800+ year old coin. Coin pictured is not the exact coin you will receive, however, it is the quality you can expect. Learn More

    Regular Price: $174.00

    Special Price $169.00

  • Septimus Severus Silver Denarius NGC Extremely Fine

    Struck between 98-117 AD, this 1800 year old silver coin depicts the emperor's bust on the obverse with various implements on the reverse. We are of the opinion that attractive, low-priced Roman Silver is a fantastic value in today's marketplace because of the ability to put together sets for reasonable overall prices. This particular coin depicts Septimus Severus who ruled from 193 to 211. Really a nice group for the price and a fantastic gift or collectible investment. Coin shown may not be the actual coin you receive, however, this image is very typical of the quality you can expect when ordering. Great coin for the price and highly recommended. Learn More

    Regular Price: $150.00

    Special Price $145.00

  • Philip II Silver Double-Denarius NGC Mint State

    A truly remarkable coin for the money, this large, silver Roman Double Denarius has it all! It has been preserved in mint condition and depicts Emperor Philip II on the obverse in lifelike fashion. We luckily stumbled across a small group of these at a recent convention and bought every one we could. Coin pictured is not the exact coin you will receive but is the quality and grade you can expect. Learn More

    Regular Price: $471.25

    Special Price $459.00

  • Antonius Pius Silver Denarius NGC XF

    We believe these 1,800 year old Roman Denarii are excellent values for the price. Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD), was the father of Marcus Aurelius. Rome was at it's greatest during this timeframe and these authentic Roman silver denarii are well struck and nicely preserved. Coin shown is not the actual coin you will receive, but the quality and look you can expect. Learn More

    Regular Price: $181.50

    Special Price $149.00

  • Constantine Bronze BI Nummus NGC MS

    Emperor Constantine I is often credited with converting the Roman Empire to Christianity. In fact, though he ended the persecution of Christians and eventually converted, some historians debate the true nature of his faith.After unifying the Roman Empire under his rule in A.D. 324, Constantine rebuilt his seat of his power in largely Christian Byzantium, which was renamed Constantinople and today is Istanbul. The growth of a Christian ruling class under Constantine ensured the faith's increasing and enduring prominence through the Roman, and later Byzantine, Empire. These bronze coins were minted under his heir, Constantine II, between 337-361 A.D. and have been preserved in an uncirculated condition. They have been graded by NGC to be mint state, and all design detail is centered and extremely evident on both sides. If you're looking for a great gift or new addition to your collection without breaking the bank, have a look at these while we have them. Only ten available. Learn More

    Regular Price: $272.25

    Special Price $239.00

  • Postumus Bronze Double-Denarius NGC MS

    Superb Bronze from the Roman Age of Chaos. Struck over 1,700 years ago, these impressive Bronze Double Denarius coins are preserved in a fantastic mint state condition. Struck under Emperor Postumus who ruled from 260-269 A.D. during the Roman "Age of Chaos"---they are beautiful remnants of a time when Rome was coming apart at the seams due to invasions and political turmoil. The obverse depicts the emperor wearing a crown, facing right, with remarkable detail on both sides. Highly recommended and only 15 available. Learn More

    Regular Price: $288.75

    Special Price $239.00

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