Monthly Archives: October 2018

Drachm Of Lysimachus

Of all the successors of Alexander the Great, the coins of Lysimachus are the most interesting from the standpoint of variety and artistic endeavour. Lysimachus reigned from 323 to 282 B.C.1 When Alexander’s empire was divided among the Diadochi, Lysimachus was entrusted with the governorship of Thrace. This area included the peninsula of the Chersonese, […]

GREEK HISTORY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF COINAGE

For several centuries prior to the invention of coined money the Greeks, then emerging from the dark ages following the destruction of Mycenaean civilization, had been engaged in colonization. The pressures created by an expanding population, together with the desire to foster trade led to the establishment of settlements far from the mother cities. Southern […]

Inside a Chinese Coin Counterfeiting Ring

The photos in this gallery were taken inside a Chinese coin counterfeiting operation. This counterfeiting ring is suspected of putting thousands of fake coins onto the world and U.S. coin markets every month. These striking photos first emerged on certain Web-based coin discussion boards in Europe and the Far East. They came to my attention […]