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Ancients & medievals - is there a reference resource I should start with?

If I knew somebody wanted to begin educating themselves about American coinage and coin collecting, I would probably suggest they start with the Red Book. Is there something comparable out there if I were to want to start learning about coins of ancient and medieval Mediterranean and Near-Eastern civilizations?

I'd love to have your recommendations!

TIA --



  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,608 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Back in the mid-'90s Krause Publications issued a six volume series by Wayne Sayles titled "Ancient Coin Collecting". I bought them as they were released and devoured the information in each volume. They are not a technical, in depth analysis of specific areas of ancient coinage, but they do give a fantastic overview for someone who wants to learn more and who might like to specialize later.

    You can still buy these fairly easily.

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  • BailathaclBailathacl Posts: 1,009 ✭✭✭
    edited December 29, 2023 8:39AM

    A wonderful and free online resource is the Wildwinds database. Lots of attribution information. Very complete collection of coin images (generally from auction sites over the years, often with prices realized), all broken down by location and/or emperor.

    Link: http://www.wildwinds.com/

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  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,590 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That link is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  • coinandcurrency242coinandcurrency242 Posts: 1,957 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 30, 2023 6:38AM

    I found ancient Greek and Roman coins by zander klawans a useful book for ancient coins. It is an official Whitman guidebook. There is alot of good info in it and shows you the different ancient coins out there. It will show you how to read ancient coins. It does not have prices in the book. More of an information book. You can get it on eBay for 16 dollars shipped. Put link below.


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