How does a Coin World senior editor of world coins become a
collector of ancient coins?
The two items profiled by Jeff Starck in our latest #CWShowandTell
video below explain just that. These Roman coins were his first
ancient purchases, and they took place at a New York International
Numismatic Convention several years ago.
“I had to get them, had to add to my collection. And since then it’s
just been an area that is so fascinating [to me],” Starck says.
The first is a bronze coin featuring Constantius II, the Roman
emperor who served from 337 to 361.
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The second is a bronze fallous of Licinius, “his familiar bearded
visage seen in sharp detail on the dark greenish tinted surface of the
Licinius’s reign spanned from 308 to 324, and if you’ve heard of
him, “it’s probably because he is most remembered for co-authoring the
Edict of Milan, which ended the last great wave of Christian
persecution in the Roman Empire.”
Starck stresses that these coins are affordable, full of historical
persepctive, and provide a great jump-start to any collection.
“These late Roman bronze coins are common, eminently affordable, but
they’re also rich in history.”
Get his full explanation of the coins below.
Our Show & Tell series will feature Coin World editors explaining interesting numismatic items at the Coin World offices in Sidney, Ohio.
Enjoy the video and look out for future Show & Tell segments each week.
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