updated March 3rd, 2017

HistoryandCoins is an outlook of collecting coins so as to illustrate main points in mankind’s history. Coins which represent or which were minted during particularly interesting or transitional periods in history are emphasized.  De-emphasized are collecting coins so as to complete a set, purchasing condition consensus, or coins strictly for investment.The areas this website specializes in are:

1) Ancient Coins from the Ancient Empires: Babylon, Egypt, Persia, Greece.  Rome; both Republic and Empire.  These coins span an era from the mid 7th century BCE (ca 630 BC is the oldest) until almost the 6th century AD (475 AD is the newest).

With Rome the areas shown are:

1) The Republic
2) The Imperatorial Era which is the breakdown of the Republic, starting with Sulla
3) Imperial Rome and the Golden Age up to 234 AD
4) The “Military Crisis”of the 3rd century AD, when the Roman Empire split into 3 Separate Empires
5) The Recovery Re-Unification and the Rise of Christianity (Age of Constantine)
6) The Final Decline and Fall


2) The Early Republics of Latin America and Brazil.  There is some overlap in time periods.  For example while Latin American countries began their revolutions for independence in 1810, Brazil did not become a Republic until 1889.

With Latin American shown are the early designs struck soon after Declarations of Independence. For example with Mexico, the Revolution started in 1810, with Argentina it was 1813, and with Chile it was 1818. After centuries of having to strike coins with the Spanish Pillars (& later the King), upon Independence, the new countries really went wild with designs featuring Volcanoes (on the silver), Two Volcanoes (on the gold), Eagles Eating Snakes, Radiant Sunfaces, many different portraits of Simon Bolivar, Quetzals, Lions, and more. Another characteristic of Latin American coins is that there is a very strong preference by collectors for “the crowns” (e.g. large silver and gold coins approximately 36 to 38 mm in diameter). From a historical perspective it was the minor coins that actually circulated in the countries of origin and which were used by the people. The crowns often were made simply to export silver bullion to Europe with the large gold used to pay for foreign exchange. Often the minor coins, both silver and gold, are far rarer than the crowns, particularly in high grade, yet are cheaper.

3) Spanish Colonial.
Colonial coins are really not a part of this collection and were not avoided by intention but I’ve not had much luck in obtaining many specimens: except for Brazil.   There are a few Spanish (and Portuguese) Colonial coins as pieces such as Pillar Dollars and Bust 8 Reales which are of such historical background they beg to be included.  I’d like to get an exemplary “cob” 8 reales (also known as a macuquina), however, have had not had luck in this endeavor.

4) Miscellaneous Coins.
These include France, 6 coins of Poland, 4 coins of the USA, and 2 coins of the English Civil War Era.

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  1. Hi, I have a coin which I found in my garden at a very young age. I’m not sure what it is, as it is really worn out, but I’ve done some research and I think I’m on the right track. Can you help me identify it?


    1. Hi,

      Well I can try: also I [or you] can submit it to some coin websites. One I like is http://www.collectors-society.com The 1st step, however, is to take a clear picture of the front & back, possibly also with a ruler in the photo. Try not to take a fuzzy picture. You can email the pix(s) to me at my email.

  2. Hello,

    I was just wondering what made you suspect that your French 1793 Revolution sol was a counterfeit? I bought one recently that is UNC and looks very similar to yours, so I want to make sure that it is real.


    1. Hi,

      Unfortunately I archived my emails in which the diagnostics of the Replica Revolutionary sols were described. As you can see this was from July, 2004. I believe one of the people who first brought the subject to my attention was Philippe Theret, one of the experts on Union et Force [5 franc] coins, his website is: http://www.union-et-force.com Another leading dealer in Paris who id’d the coin for me is Patrick Guillard http://patrickguillard.com

      I have a letter from him to me from 2009. He does mention that these are official restrikes made for the Centennial of the Revolution and as such they are very collectable. Originals in this condition are extremely rare and quite expensive. He has some originals (in lower grades) for sale on his website. It appears that the strike and method of manufacture was considerably cruder. Beyond that, I’d have to refer you to one of these gentlemen for a definitive diagnosis. The situation is the same for the early copper coins of Republican Peru, which were struck around 1822 and later restruck by the Peruvian Government as a commemorative in 1922.

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