Ancient Greek, Persian, and Egyptian Coins

This encompasses ancient Greece, their surrounding colonies, and other ancient empires

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an early electrum stater
Samoan weight standard, 17.32 g
mid 7th century B.C.E.

Stack's NYICS auction Jan 5, 2012, lot# 267
(photo by Stack's)

This is one of the world's first coins.

historical comments

Persian gold dirac
mid 5th century B.C.E.
Gorney & Mosche

Acheamid Persia, gold dirac

I'm planning to sneak into Teran when I have vacation and seeing if I can buy more of these: particularly a gold double dirac. I'll wear a burka disguise but I'll pay in American dollars. First I have to get a permit from the US State Department permitting me to travel to Iran.
Read about it on CNN

Athens silver tetradrachm
480 - 420 B.C.E.
(photo by Stack's)

These were trade coins. Typically these were issued from 449 - 413 BC, however this one was described as struck from 480 BC: slightly earlier. Not sure sure why, have to talk with a specialist in these.

Silver octadrachm
Phoenician city of Sidon ca 340 B.C.E


Egypt, Ptolemy II bronze
(r. 283-246 BC)
47 mm diam, 98.1 grams

Tom Cederlind Auctions,
22 May, 2014, lot# 111

While on-line charts seem to indicate this is Ptolemy III, I've been advised that the consensus of research indicates Ptolemy II. Also the size and weight of these is supposedly unusual at 98.1 grams. Ptolemaic bronzes at 67 grams and lighter are among the most common and inexpensive of large module ancient coins.

The circular pit in the coin center was used for machining purposes of the cast planchlets but unlike the Aes Grave series, these were struck coins. There are several excellent sites devoted just to Ptolemaic bronzes:

I should mention that Tom Cederlind appears to be a very knowledgeable ancient coin dealer and unlike some, he likes to talk to collectors about coins. You can find his website here:

Ancient Egypt was conquered and incorporated into the Persian Empire. They rebelled against Persian rule in 404 BC, although ultimately had to wait for Alexander of Macedon before gaining some degree of independence. They became independent until conquered again by the Romans ~30 BC. These large bronze coins were struck while they were an independent nation.

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