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ANCIENT LYDIANS WERE THE FIRST TO PRODUCE THE GOLD COIN

Ancient gold Byzantine coins

Currency, in one form or another, has been around for centuries and has been called by a number of names. The most well-known form and the indeed the most commonly used throughout the ages is the coin. Historically, the coin has been constructed of a plethora of various metals and alloys; the most widely used…

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SURPRISINGLY AFFORDABLE SHIPWRECK COINS

  While shipwreck coins are not for every collector, they hold a special place for many. Not matter which era or region the coins hail from; they are pieces of history and remnants of the past. Some treasure seekers have recovered coins from shipwrecks that are considerably well intact. Others barely display the designs they…

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ANCIENT ROMAN COINS DISCOVERED AT JAPANESE CASTLE IN OKINAWA

More than two and a half years ago archaeologists on a dig site in Okinawa, Japan unearthed ten pieces of metal. Believing them to be nothing more than round metal pieces belonging to armor, the items were labeled and stored as such amongst various other findings. When Toshio Tsukamoto, an archaeologist with experience at excavation…

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Ancient Chinese Tomb Found Filled with Treasure

Over 2,000 years ago, a king named Liu Fei was buried. His body was laid to rest in what is now Jiangsu, China. Liu Fei’s burial was no standard affair. His family attempted to enhance Liu Fei’s quality of, well, afterlife by filling each of the mausoleum’s 11 chambers with his unimaginable wealth. Archeologists have…

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World’s Oldest Coin Is Shrouded in Mystery

One of the world’s oldest coins was recently sold in Germany. The price? Over $380,000. Issued between 600 and 625 B.C., this coin is unique because of the stamp of Phanes. The exact identity of Phanes remains unknown. And perhaps it’s the not knowing that makes this ancient coin so valuable. “I am the badge…

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