Biblical-Era Judean Bronze Prutahs

Mark 12:42, 44

New Testament has reference to Biblical-Era Judean Bronze Prutahs coins. These coins had a more common name due to a very well known biblical story.

42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

In the Bible, Marks 12:42, 44, there is a reference to Biblical-Era Judean Bronze Prutahs commonly called “Widow’s Mites.” In fact, the Bible refers to a poor woman donating all the money she had, which was two Mites. In other words, she was a widow that gave all the money she had to Jesus.

These Biblical-Era Judean Bronze Prutahs still had yet another name. In addition, Widows Mite’s were also known as a “Lepton.” These bronze coins were the smallest denomination of currency used.

At the time of Mark’s writing, one mite was worth 1/64th of a silver denarius. A denarius was a day’s wage for a common worker. In today’s terms, it would be worth about 1/8th of a cent.

Bronze Prutahs commonly called Widow’s Mites

Most Bronze Prutahs or Widow’s Mites that you encounter today are very worn with most of the fine detail gone. On the other hand, at Austin Rare Coins you can find some that are far nicer than most encountered. Above all, each coin offered by Austin Rare Coins is graded by NGC Ancients in Choice Very Fine condition. Therefore, each coin being offered is certified authentic and over 1,900 years old.

You will find Bronze Prutahs or Widow’s Mites vary in their look and design. In fact, several different styles are being offered from this collection. However, not to worry, all mites being offered are indicative of the quality you can expect.

Be sure to check out the video below… Afterwards, if you have any question just contact an Ancient Coins Advisor at Austin Rare Coins at 1-800-928-6468.

Roman Emperor Trajan Decius

Gaius Messius Quintus Trajanus Decius, commonly referred to as Trajan Decius, ruled Ancient Rome from 249 to 251 AD. Roman Emperor Trajan Decius wanted to restore Rome to its former glory and ancient traditions. Therefore, he decreed the Decius’ edict. This was a proclamation for Empire-wide loyalty. The Decius’ edict meant that all Roman citizens needed to make a sacrifice to Rome’s gods or face torture, execution and seizure of assets. 

Moreover, Christian belief would not allow for them to worship any other god. As a result, Emperor Trajan Decius cracked down harshly on those he believed were undermining the ancient traditions of Rome. Consequently, they were persecuted and tortured. Even Pope Fabian was killed! By the end of Decius’ second year as Emperor, he resorted back to earlier tradition of tolerance.

The Downfall of Emperor Decius

A barbarian invasion forced Roman Emperor Trajan Decius to shift his attention away from domestic affairs. Decius needed a decisive battle win to score points with the Roman citizens. He riled his troops together and headed for Rome’s border. A battle ensued, and at first Decius seemed to have his win. He caused the Goths to flee into the marshes of Abrittus. However, it was a ruse that led him and his troops straight into an ambush. Roman Emperor Trajan Decius, and about half of his army, perished in the debacle. Instead of glorious victory, it was the first time a Roman emperor fell to a foreign enemy.

The catastrophic defeat at Abrittus accelerated the Roman Empire’s slide into anarchy. Christians claimed it was God’s revenge on their Roman persecutors.

Below – Gold Aureus coin issued during Decius’ reign. Find beautiful Roman coins like this one and many more at Austin Rare Coins. All coins offered by Austin Rare Coins are certified and graded by NGC Ancients.

The command to have Jesus Christ crucified

Pontius Pilate was Governor of Judea from 26-36 AD under the Roman emperor Tiberius. He is one of the most infamous men in history because he gave the command to have Jesus Christ crucified.

The New Testament describes Pontius Pilate as a wavering judge. It says that Pilate initially exonerated Jesus before bending to the will of the crowd, and condemning him to death. But non-Biblical sources paint a much darker picture of the Governor of Judea. His reign was corrupt and full of bribery. Although this was typical behavior for a Roman Ruler, Pilate was more ruthless than others as he also willfully defied the Jewish people’s traditions.

Pontius Pilate Bronze Prutah

Gov Judaea Pontis Pilate | Prutah Coin

The bronze coins (or ‘prutah’) was issued by Pontius Pilate between 26 – 36 AD. These coins are of especial interest to Christians and Jews. This is because of Pilate’s connection with Jesus Christ and his involvement in Jewish history. These coins were traded during the lifetime of Jesus. In fact, they were often used and traded every day!

This bronze prutah was minted between 29 and 31 AD. A prutah coin was of very low value and was mainly used in the poor province of Judea. For example, at the time of Jesus it took 24 prutah just to buy a loaf of bread. They were produced by the Mint of Jerusalem. The flans (on which ancient coins were struck) were cast in strips and then carelessly hand struck with even cruder dies. Similarly, little attention was paid to the quality of the prutah. Most are far off-center, flatly struck, or nearly unidentifiable.

On the Obverse you’ll see a lituus, which was the wand of an augur. The wand was used to interpret natural phenomenon such as lightning flashes, the flight of birds, etc. On the Reverse there is a simpulum, more commonly known as a ladle. These ladles were used to make libations during sacrifices and was a common symbol of the Roman priesthood. These symbols offended Jewish religious sensibilities. Being placed on coinage that they would have to handle on a daily basis was just adding insult to injury.

Prutah still has dirt from the Holy Land

The command to have Jesus Christ crucified was as historical as it was horrific. The coins that we have were found in and around Jerusalem and have not been cleaned for a reason. Each coin is uniquely toned. As a matter of fact, each Prutah still has dirt from the Holy Land adhering to its surfaces. They can be cleaned to exhibit more detail. However, we chose to leave them in their original “as found” state for the sake of history.

NGC, the top grading authority in the marketplace, has graded each of our Ancient Coin Picks. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we are more than happy to assist you with your ancient coin needs!

Coin Collecting Can Be Profitable

Coin collecting is not only a rewarding and enjoyable hobby, but if done properly, coin collecting can also be profitable. In this report and the video below, we will share some of the most important things to keep in mind when coin collecting. This is in order to maximize the rewards of assembling a profitable collection, regardless of your budget.

  • The first thing is to make sure that you’re collecting an area with a solid base of other collectors. You can have the rarest coin in the world, but if nobody else wants it, then it’s unlikely to see much appreciation.
  • Make sure you own coins that are attractive. To clarify, a great looking coins will always catch the eye of a potential buyer.
  • Make sure you acquire and own coins that have been professionally graded. This should be done by a third party grading service like NGC or PCGS—the tops in the business.
  • Try to focus on key dates. Do not try to collect the most common dates for a particular issue. These key dates, or “Stoppers” in a series tend to be harder to find. These are the coins other collectors will need to complete their sets.
  • Most importantly, work with someone you can trust to give you fair prices and solid advice. It helps to work with the same dealer you started with, especially if you want to trade up or if you sell a few of your coins. Remember, if you overpay for something, you are at a disadvantage. It may take a while to recoup the original investment. Above all, coin collecting can be profitable if you collect the right coins!

Coin Collecting is FUN!

Remember, coin collecting isn’t just about profits—Coin Collecting is FUN! Historically significant areas of collecting allows you to own items that have been around for hundreds or thousands of years. You can literally hold history in your hands.

With that said, a collection put together over time with attractive and desirable coins can appreciate over time. Try to invest in coins at reasonable prices and allow for time for it to appreciate. Certain areas of the coin market have proven to be a profitable venture for many of our clients. If you have questions or need to be pointed in the right direction, give Austin Rare Coins a call! Let our decades of experience help you put together your own impressive collection.

Was Marcus Aurelius on a coin?

When people ask “Was Marcus Aurelius on a coin?” The answer is a simple – yes. In fact, most Roman emperors were commemorated by having their likeness on a coin. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180. He was known for continuing Rome’s prosperity and dealing with German tribes on the northern borders. He was also known as a philosopher. Above all, he is actually best remembered for his “rule driven by reason.”

Marcus Aurelius was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors. The last emperor of the Pax Romana. This was an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. What made Marcus so famous was his guidance by wisdom and virtue. This separated Marcus from the majority of past leaders all the way to the present. 

Across all the centuries Marcus Aurelius is perhaps one of the most likable. His sensibly, dutifulness and patience proved his stoic leadership is something the world longs for even today. Marcus book name The Meditations, survives today because it was copied and recopied in medieval monasteries. It lives as a guide book for dealing with the stresses of daily life. Especially for a leader like himself, known to lead one of the most powerful empires in human history.

Marcus Aurelius Silver Denarius

Marcus Aurelius’s portrait can be found on both gold and silver coins. In addition, his coinage survived in abundance over four decades (139 – 180 CE). However, coins of Marcus Aurelius in pristine condition are much harder to find.

Below is a video of a rare Silver Denarius with Marcus Aurelius’s depiction on it. It is a Silver Denarius in Choice Mint State certified by NGC Ancients. One that is bright and shiny all over. It also has a center strike with a circular flan of Marcus Aurelius on the front. The reverse has a facsimile of Salus with a branch and snake.

Imagine holding something made around 1,800 years ago. This coin is extremely detailed for a such an ancient coin. Austin Rare Coins & Bullion sells Ancient Coins all the way back to the first coins ever made! To find out more talk to an Ancient Coin Advisor at Austin Coins today at 1-800-928-6468!

What Antoninus Pius did as emperor

Antoninus Pius was born near Lanuvium in A.D. 86. As he grew up, he started serving as a quaestor. This was commonly known as a public official. In Ancient Rome it was also an elected position. Antoninus had great success performing his various duties.

He worked with ease under Emperor Hadrian reign. Consequently, Antoninus obtained the consulship in 120 A.D. Because Emperor Hadrian had no immediate successor he decided to adopt Antoninus on February 25th, 138 A.D. This was only months before Hadrian died of congestive heart failure.

Antoninus was suddenly thrust into position to rule the Roman Empire. What Antoninus Pius did as emperor is best understood if we take a closer look at what he didn’t do. He didn’t lead the country into war. Throughout his reign Emperor Antoninus carried out the continuation of a peaceful state.

One of the five good emperors

Emperor Antoninus was known as one of the Five Good Emperors of the Roman Empire. One of the reasons is because he didn’t perform a single military act during his 23 year reign. In fact, he never had to command an army. Instead, Antoninus dealt in diplomacy. He worked through matters of war and peace. He dealt with governors through imperial letters. His style of governance was highly praised for generations to come. Above all, Emperor Antoninus never had to leave Italy.

Emperor Antoninus Pius also became a skilled administrator and builder. He carried out the expansion of aqueducts throughout the Roman Empire. As a result, he also built new bridges and roads. All these new infrastructure builds assured that the people of the Roman Empire would get free access to drinking water.

Emperor Antoninus managed to leave behind an empire better than the empire that he inherited. Most importantly, he left a sizable public treasury of around 2.7 billion sesterces. Rome would not witness another Emperor leaving his successor with a surplus for a very long time.

Antoninus Pius Gold Aureus

Below you’ll find a video that commemorates the reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius. It shows an Antoninus Pius Gold Aureus coin, which is a beautiful piece of history that can be held in your hands. It also serves as testimony to what Antoninus Pius did as emperor. He helped to build a better empire and prevented any major conflicts. All this while staying at home and concentrating his attention to his people.

Rare Ancient Roman Coins To Own

Rare Ancient Roman Coins to own date back over 2,000 years. They have become very popular. Many investors and collector are anxious to collect and own them today. Holding something that was around so long ago is a feeling like no other. A base of collectors from all over the world have evolved. They enjoy putting together collections of ancient coins that they find very special, enjoyable, and potentially highly profitable.

Of course, not all Ancient Coins are as rare as others. Truly rare Ancient Roman Coins are far and few between. Ever Increasing demand puts pressure on the extremely limited supplies. Those in excellent condition, that only have a smaller number known to exist, are ones to own. The most desirable are worth the most money.

One of the most famous ancient coins is the Ides of March Denarius. It has a rich history of Brutus’s assassination of Julius Caesar. Only 80 specimens are known to exist in the world today. Simply put, there are far more collectors wanting to own one than there are coins in existence. Therefore, it is not uncommon to find a multiple six figure price tag for such a coin.

Reasons to Own Rare Ancient Coins

  1. Ancient coins are portable, private stores of wealth.
  2. They have very limited supplies and a growing demand from investors and collectors.
  3. Ancient coins are non-reportable and non-confiscatable.
  4. Ancient coins unearthed overseas are being seized by Dept. of Antiquities, limiting future supplies in the marketplace.

If you’re interested about learning more about Ancient Roman Coinage you should request a free copy of our 8 page Ancient Coin Report. Call 1-800-928-6468 and talk to an Ancient Coin Advisor at Austin Rare Coins & Bullion. They’re more than happy to assist you in finding the exact Ancient Roman Coins that you are looking for.

Alexander The Great Silver Drachm

Alexander The Great Silver Drachm in Holder

This Alexander The Great Silver Drachm is a beauty! Few names resonate in history like that of  General Alexander the Great of Macedon.  Even today 2,350 years after his death Coinage issued under Alexander are highly desirable and are sought after by all sorts of collectors.

A Silver Drachm Like this…Will Sell Quickly!

We are pleased to offer this remarkably high end silver drachm graded by NGC Ancients. Because it has been certified in choice mint state condition, it is highly desirable. It also has received the fine style designation, which implies it to be of the highest artistic quality. Furthermore, this particular coin is known to be a lifetime issue. This means it was struck while Alexander was still alive. Coins that were issued after his death are referred to as a posthumous issue. 

Front & Back of this Coin:

Alexander The Great Silver Drachm

Overall the look of this Silver Drachm is remarkable and it is hard to believe that it was struck nearly 2400 years ago. This coin’s silver is bright white, flashy, and the strike is absolutely solid. You will find the obverse depicts Hercules facing right in lifelike fashion wearing a lion skin helmet.

Alexander The Great Silver Drachm - Reverse

The reverse shows Zeus seated upon a throne holding a scepter in his left hand but an eagle is perched on his right hand. You can clearly make out the muscularity features of Zeus and the centering on the back of the coin is absolutely perfect.

Is this Coin is For Sale?

We have only one of these Alexander The Great Silver Drachms available, and expect it to sell quickly given the low price point and all of the features described above. Ancient coins are a remarkable area of the numismatic marketplace. Coins issued under famous generals or noteworthy leaders are highly desirable today—particularly those in such a remarkably high state of preservation. 

Have questions about this coin? Then be sure to call our ancient coin advisor to learn more. This type of coin is a rare find, so it would definitely be a great addition for ancient coin collectors and investors alike!

Alexander The Great Silver Drachm - Both Sides

Why buy a Coson Gold Stater?

This Beautiful Ancient Coin

If some asks “why buy a Coson Gold Stater” you can answer, because you’re looking for remarkable ancient coins. One that is gold and has tremendous value in the ancient coin market place. You can also tell them to just take a look at this beautiful ancient coin. Then show them the Coson Gold Staters in Mint State 4×4 Condition.

Some Coin Highlightsv

  • These coins have a quarter of an ounce of pure gold and were struck around 2,000 years ago.
  • They are certified by NGC, a branch of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation devoted to ancient coins.
  • They are in mint state condition and for under $2,000.

What is on these coins?

The obverse of this coin depicts 3 soldiers in procession and is very impressive. On the reverse you’ll find an intricate design of an Eagle holding an Olive wreath, so both sides are incredible.

Is this the only one?

These coins are newly acquired and we have 3 available. If you are interested and you have any questions just give us a call. You can also go directly to the website page to purchase one of these.

Some great views of this coin:

Collectors always love to own what other people can’t have.

Quality, rarity, and price are the most important factors to consider before you purchase any beautiful Ancient Coin. Other factors are also important like eye appeal, artistic merit, historical significance, and precise state of preservation, so buyer beware.

The Ancient Coin Market has been hot in the last few years and moving into what we believe is a bull market cycle. At any point in time, certain beautiful Ancient Coins may be performing very well while other areas may be quiet. That’s why it’s important to talk to an Ancient Coin Advisor at Austin Rare Coins.

Some collectors will prefer to focus on the hottest areas of the market while investors may be “value seekers” looking for the best quality coins. So when someone asks you, why buy a Coson Gold Stater? You can say because Austin Rare Coins has some great offers on them. Whatever beautiful Ancient Coin you desire… it should be the best deal and bang for the buck.

For all the facts on the history of the Ancient Rare Coin market, order our free Ancient Coins Buyer’s Guide today!

What is a Gold Aureus?

A gold coin of ancient Rome

What is a Gold Aureus? The Julius Caesar Gold Aureus was a gold coin of ancient Rome originally valued at 25 pure Silver Denarii. From the 1st century BC to the beginning of the 4th century AD the aureus was commonly struck. It later was replaced by the Solidus. This gold Aureus was struck Caesar during the Roman Republican period under Julius Caesar by Praetor A. Hirtius.

The aureus was heavier than the same size denarius because gold is more dense than silver. Before Julius Caesar became emperor of Rome the gold aureus wasn’t very common. It was Caesar’s extravagant spending and trying to gain favor with the social elitist that led to the aureas becoming more popular.

Caesar becomes the first emperor

Instead of gaining favor, Caesar’s populist and authoritarian reforms angered the elites. In fact, after Caesar centralized the bureaucracy of the Republic he made sure that he would be proclaimed “dictator for life.” Not the best way to please the social elite and this of course led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

It also led to Caesar’s demise in 44 BC on the 15th of March, the Ides of March. This day which was was famously dramatized in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. The 15th of March corresponds with the 74th day In the Roman calendar. The day that was notable as a religious observances day for Romans to settle all debts. Ironically, it became notoriously known as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar. It was a major turning point in Roman history.

History in your hands

As you can see holding a Julius Caesar Gold Aureus is like holding a piece of history. On this Gold Aureus the head of Vesta is shown on the obverse. The priestly equipment adorns the reverse. This is a simply remarkable Julius Caesar Gold Aureus in Choice Very Fine Condition. It has also been awarded very high marks of 5 for Strike and 4 for Surfaces from NGC. This coin is hard to find in any condition!

The first Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar, is still known around the world over 2,000 years after his demise. Collecting and owning a gold stater that has seen circulation in the past makes you wonder just whose hands actually have touched it. Who knows, maybe even Julius Caesar himself. Something to ponder when you look at such a beautiful and historical remembrance of Ancient Rome. Now when someone asks, what is a Gold Aureus? You know at least one fine example with a great story!