Ancient coin books and auction catalogs for sale.

Roman coin, Greek coin, Byzantine coin, and other ancient-coin reference works (for sale in the US only). 
Numismatic literature for the ancient-coin specialist.
   [My sale catalogs come with PRs so you can tell what the coins really sold for.]

Go to major references on:   Greek, Greek AECeltic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals, sale catalogs by firm.

  (If you would rather see coins for sale, go to the main page ).

NEW: 2022, Oct. 5:  Ancient Siege Warfare, by Paul Bentley Kerns
2022, August 23: Jewish coin book. Coins of Nysa-Scythoplois (both at the top).
2022, August 19:  A long run of Lanz catalogs as a large lot (on its own page). 
2022, July 25 & July 24:  Auction sale catalogs that begin with "A". Other auction sale catalogs and fixed-price lists (at the top).  Baldwin's, Freeman & Sear (some really excellent catalogs!), Christie's, Hess-Divo, Malloy, and others. Also, there are still splendid NAC catalogs. 
2022, June 28: Islamic coin catalogs
2022, June 27: Leu catalogs (at the top).
2022, June 13:  NAC catalogs, including those devoted to Roman Republican coins and those devoted to Roman gold coins
2022, June 9:  Four major BCD Greek catalogs on a page aboout them.
2022, May 9:  Some ancient-history books, not about coins, to give away (at the top). 
2022, April 10: Some Loeb Classics. Parts of Hendy ""Studies in the Byzantine Monetary Economy, c. 300-1450." A full matched set of BMC Greek.
2022, March 21: An Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards.
2022, March 18: Guide to Biblical Coins, 4th edition, by David Hendin. Studies in the Macedonian Coinage of Alexander the Great by Hyla A. Troxell.
2022, Feb. 27: Many sold items removed entirely. 

Of very special interest are: The Labors of Hercules and other heroic epics as depicted on Roman Provincial coinage Reference books on coins of the Jewish War, and Heiss on ancient Spain,  sale catalogs with an outstanding Byzantine collection, an outstanding collection of Jewish and Holy Land provincial coins, the Lanz "Leo Benz" collection of Roman imperial coins, part I, many Greek SNGs

Sale catalogs come with Prices Realized.

Green means especially good for that series. Bold green is highly desirable because of the selection of coins in that series. Green without bold is desirable.
Purple means sold.
Terms: To ask me a question, or to order, e-mail me, Warren, at e
I accept personal checks, Zelle, and PayPal to that e-mail address.  Please write first so I can confirm availability.

Shipping is in the US only. It is $4 for one catalog or book and $1 for each additional catalog
USPS media mail. You must be in the US; I do not ship to other countries unless you pay very large shipping costs required by the US Post Office.
Note: Auction sale catalogs come with copies of the PR, which makes a big difference. You can tell what coins really sold for. If you get the catalog elsewhere, you probably won't get the PR with it.

Abbreviations are explained below, such as"HV" for catalogs with High-Value coins, and "ppl" for page plates of coins.
Links to catalogs alphabetically by firm:  CNG (and Triton), Lanz, M&M, NAC, Tkalec.

Go to references on:  Greek, Celtic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals, sale catalogs by firm.



Ancient history, not coins. Ancient Siege Warfare, by Paul Bentley Kerns. Nearly new hardcover with nice DJ. $26 + shipping in poor shape on Amazon. Here $20 + $4 shipping in very nice condition. 

The Numismatic Legacy of the Jews: As depicted by a distinguished American collection. Hardcover. 9" x 11 1/2". 211 pp. Photographs in B&W enlarged throughout plus 228 on 11 page plates. Excellent condition. [$23]

Rachel Barkay. The Coinage of Nysa-Scythopolis (Beth-Shean), Israel Numismatic Society, 2003, 272 pages, 14 plates of coins, maps, brown cloth, dust jacket. Excellent condition with excellent dustjacket. On Amazon at $277 and up other than my copy. Here [$189]

Book:  Bearers of meaning: The Ottilia Buerger collection of ancient and Byzantine coins at Lawrence University. Large paperback 8 1/2" x 11". 147 coins, many high-quality Greek and Roman gold, on 208 pages, all much enlarged in B&W with mediocre photos and a long paragraph or two of discussion. [Originally $45, but it is not worth that. Here, $8]


NAC catalogs (The finest catalogs of all). By number. Those emphasizing Roman Republican coins are all gone. Those emphasizing Roman gold

Islamic coin catalogs

I am getting old and trying to get my extensive catalog collection (assembled with a lot of effort over many years) into the hands of collectors who would enjoy and appreciate them.  Since you probably don't know precisely what is in them, I have priced them low so you are highly likely to be pleased if you like sale catalogs at all. Take a chance on these. I'd take them back if you didn't like them, but they are so inexpensive that shipping will be a good part of the cost to you. If you have bought from me before, you know that they would normally cost much worth more than I ask. 

I am beginning the catalogs that begin with "A". 

Antiqua (Steve Rubinger, formerly president of NFA and still dealing with very high quality coins) fixed-price lists. Catalogs beautifully produced: 1, 1A, 2-16 (2011)(small format and thin. Some excellent antiquities. Mostly 3, 4, and 5-digit prices. c. 100-150 ancients and some antiquities per catalog. Generally very high quality coins. The run 1-16 [$29]  e.g Circus Maximus, Cleoparta portrait, IDE MAR, Nero medallion, Alexander of Carthage, Procopius gold, etc.


Aretusa (Lugano, Switzerland) 11 3/4" by 8 1/4" (large) 
1  (18 Sept. 1993) MV. MQP. 373 ancients among 700 on 21 ppl among 44. 85 G, 28 Aksumite, 156 RR (including aes grave and AE), 92 RI, 10 Byz.
    Aksumite (28)
2  (13-14 May 1994)  MV. MQP.  521 ancients among 1477 on 28 ppl among 108 ppl. 191 G, 281 R, 35 Byz, 13 DA.  [The pair, $5]

Argenor (Paris, France*) A4 format. 40% ancients. April 25, 2002 (B&W, with PR); April 22, 2004 (B&W with PR); 2006, May 3 (color, no PR); 2007, May 9 (color, no PR);  [4 issues , $8]

Ariadne Galleries (New York) glossy 8 1/4 by 11 3/4 inches.  MV. MQP. Excellent B&W photographs on plates throughout. 
1981, Dec. 9.   521 ancients illustrated throughout, plus 5 ppl. E.
1982, Sept. 15.  304 ancients.
1982, Dec. 7.  352 ancients, illustrated throughout plus 5 ppl E.
1983, Dec. 9.  406 ancients.   [4 catalogs, all with PR, $12]  

Athena (Munich, Germany)  Issued only three auction catalogs, although they issued at least 33 fixed-price lists. Excellent B&W photographs on page plates. Each MV with MQP.
 (1987, Oct. 8)  392 ancients on 20 ppl plus 1 color ppl. ,160 G, 13 RR, 198 RI (including a few large RP), 19 Byz, 1 DA
2  (1988, Oct. 4)  637 ancients on 32 ppl.  246 G, 19 RR, 308 RI (including many large RP), 62 Byz (including many AE)
3  (1990, May 15)  625 ancients among 745 lots on 31 ppl among 37.  263 G, 6 RR, 309 RI (including many large RP), 39 Byz, 6 lead seals, 2 Visigothic, 15 Venice ducats, 23 Arabic, 46 antiquities.    [3 catalogs, the whole run, each with PR. $12]

Hess-Divo (Zurich) all in color
307 (2007, June 8) "The P. A. Collection of Ancient Coins" (in French) 799 ancients, all illustrated in color throughout, many with one side enlarged. HV. HQP. 389 G, 23 RP, 16 Celtic, 113 RR, 257 RI, 1 contorniate. Beautiful.
310 (2008, Oct. 22) 270 ancients among 278. 156 G, 20 Parthian, 10 Sas, 24 India, 2 Huns, 3 Celtic, 15 RR, 27 RI, 10 Byz, 3 Aksum
311 (2008, Oct. 22) HV. 359 ancients among 848. 150 G, 4 Celtic, 51 RR, 124 RI (including 1 Ant. Pius and 2 Commodus medallions) 28 Byz, 2 DA.  [all three with PR. $12]

Bertolami Fine Arts, 24 (June 22-23, 2016) 1019 lots of ancient in color. [no PR, $4]

Artemide Kunstauktionen XXXVII, (2012, Dec. 8) 242 lots of ancient in color. Plus the famous the Pisonello John VIII medal in bronze.  [with PR $5]

astArte (Lugano. 6 (2001, Oct. 10-11) 512 B&W ancients plus 3 color plates. Very large format--larger than A4! [$3]

Christie's  [all with PRs]
1984, Oct. 9 (London). "Highly Important Ancient Coins" Thin hardcover. VHV. HQP. 194 Roman gold coins, 38 Byzantine gold, 29 gold staters of the Kingdom of the Bosporus, and 51 Greek coins, mostly gold. Almost every coin is pictured both natural size and double size in B&W, and many, but not all, also natural size in color on 6 ppl. The photographs are okay, but could be better. (the color photos, of gold, are excellent). Seaby's called this "one of the finest collections of ancient coins which has ever been on the market" (SCMB, Dec., 1984, page 306). 52 Greek gold of Egypt and North Africa, 205 RI, 27 Byz, 29 Bosporus gold   [$12]  
     Roman gold (205), Greek Ptolemiac gold (48)Kings of the Bosporus gold and EL (29)
1985, 8 Oct. (London)"Important Ancient Coins" Hardcover. VHV. HQP. 436 ancients, almost all gold. Many, but far from all, illustrated throughout, many with enlargements (the B&W photos are okay, but not great) plus 5 color ppl. 250 Roman gold, 35 Roman silver (not all illustrated), 27 Byz gold (half illustrated), 18 Kings of the Bosporus (all illustrated), 19 Greek gold, 30 Ptolemaic gold and several decadrachms. [$10]
    Greek Ptolemiac gold (30), Roman gold (250), Kings of the Bosporus gold and EL (18)
1991, Dec. 9. (New York) "Ancient, Foreign, and United States Coins." HV. HQP. 171 ancients among 793.  134 R, 35 G, 2 Byz.  Some enlargements throughout and 7 color ppl of enlargements of ancients, moslty Roman gold. [$4]
1992, Dec. 11. "The Elisabeth Washburn King Collection of Ancient Greek Coins"  HV. HQP. 141 Greek coins, illustrated throughout, some with enlargements, and 8 color ppl of enlargements.  [$8]

Elsen 65 (2001, March 17-18) 997 ancients, 200 Islamic. Including 74 12 Caesars AE, and another 98 later AE. B&W with PR. [$4]


Freeman & Sear
Fixed-price lists:  1-8, 10, 11, 13, 14 and "mini-list A, Fall 1998." 1-8 have excellent photos in B&W. #10, 11, 13, 14 have photos gorgeous in color with enlargements. Beautiful 7 1/4" by 10" catalogs with high-quality coins with lots of description. Many medallions, rare gold, important types of sestertii, etc, rare imperatorial [12 issues, $29 + $5 shipping. The pile is about 1 3/4" thick.]  
[F&S fixed price 11, Spring/Summer 2006: 227 ancients including 26 Hadrian tridrachms from Aegeae and 12 near mint state bulls of Julian from Sirmium.


Malloy auction catalogs. (10 catalogs) IV? (no obvious issue number, but dated 1974, March 15), (V (1975 March 15), VI (1976, March 12), IX, X, XI, XII, XV, XVI, XVIII,  [10 catalogs, with PR, a 2" thick group. B&W photos of low value coins. $9+$6 shipping] 


Freeman and Sear  (13 auction catalogs with PR as one lot, $39+$8 shipping) (Los Angeles, California. All MV. MQP)     [See also Gemini and Manhattan]  
1  (3/95)  900 ancients. 274 G, 508 R, 21 Byz.  On 40 ppl plus 2 ppl of enlargements.
["F&S 28" refers to
Sternberg XXVIII of October 1995, which was held jointly with F&S]
2  (1/96)  723 ancients. 447 G, 258 R, 4 Byz.  28 ppl + 3 ppl of enlargements.
3  (10/96)  854 ancients. 304 G, 403 R, 106 ERP, 23 Byz.  36 ppl + 3 ppl of enlargements.
4  (1/98)  532 ancients. 225 G, 251 R, 36 Byz AE.  23 ppl + 2 ppl of enlargements + 5 ppl of antiquities.
5  (5/99)  571 ancients among 630.  320 G, 220 R, 31 Byz. 23 ppl + 3 ppl of enlargements.
6  (10/00)  663 ancients among 701.  181 Byz AE, 182 G, 72 architectural RP, 210 R, 18 Byz AV.  [I love the wonderful Byzantine AE in this catalog. 5 revolt of teh Heraclii, 6 huge Constantine IV, etc. I have another copy I'm keeping for myself. This catalog alone, $12. I'll break the run, if necessary.]
    Byzantine AE (181), architectural Roman Provincial (72)
7  (2/02)  651 ancients among 760.  242 G, 47 RP, 330 R, 29 Byz, 4 Arab Turkoman.  ppl interleaved. 
8  (2/03)  554 ancients among 657 lots on 41 ppl. inteleaved among 45 + 8 ppl of enlargements.  317 G, 34 RP, 62 RR, 96 RI, 41 Byz, 5 Arab figural.
9  (7/03)  "Featuring the Rey Gomez Collection of Roman Bronze coins" 732 ancients plus some multiple-coin lots on 28 ppl. plus 4 ppl of enlargements.  198 G, 30 RP,  99 RI middle bronze, 164 RR, 197 RI, 35 Byz.
    RI middle bronze (99)
10  (2/04)  527 ancients among 547 on 18 ppl among 20, + 3 E.  277 G, 22 RP, 95 RR, 102 RI, 30 Byz

**** on acsearch and CoinArchives begining with auction 13
13 (2006, Aug. 25) MV. HQP. 814 ancients among 826. B&W photos throughout, some enlargements, plus 8 ppl of color enlargements. Crete 41, 21 Celtic, 296 G, 24 RP, 62 RR, 250 RI, 118 Byz
    Crete (41)
14  (2007, June 21)  MV, HQP.  539 ancients among 560. B&W photos throughout, a few with enlargements, plus 8 ppl of color enlargements. 92 Celtic, 204 G, 29 RP, 61 RR (including 11 AE), 144 RI.
    Celtic (92)    
15  (2008, June 27) 462 ancients among 517 plus 142 unpictured large lots. B&W photos throughout, a few with enlargements (no color). 242 G, 52 RR, 147 RI, 21 Byz.

(Freeman and Sear's NYI sales are called "Manhattan" sales)   [Lot of three catalogs with high-value coins, $15 + $5 shipping]
Manhattan Sale 1 (2010, Jan 5) 477 ancients all in color, most enlarged in color. HV. HQP. 127 G, 48 RR, 282 RI, 14 Byz, 6 DA  [with PR]
Manhattan Sale 2 (2011, Jan. 4) 409 ancients among 418. HV. HQP. 209 G including 78 VHV, VHQP G from the Peter Guber collection, 23 RR, 89 RI, 63 Byz, 26 DA. [with PR]
Manhattan Sale 4 (2013, Jan. 8) 207 ancients among 209. 14 Celtic, 59 G, 43 RR, 85 RI, 2 Byz, 3 DA [no PR]

Heritage 2012 April 25-28, 30 & May 1 "JG Collection" [with PR, $3] 488 ancients in color.

Malloy (His good-paper catalogs. He had many on newsprint quality paper, and these are not those.)
(1974 March 15 sale),
V (1975 March 15) (complete Zodiac collection from Alexandria!), 
VI (1976 March 12) 

Malloy fixed price lists. The entire run from issue 33 to 63. (Dec. 1973 to 1992) Each is thin in small format with unremarkable ancient coins and okay but not excellent photographs in B&W. The pile is a bit over 2" thick. Is anyone trying to get all the catalogs with ancient coins? That is the best reason to get these. [$2 + $5 shipping]


Baldwin's (London)   [A large group of catalogs for $6 plus shipping]
8 1/4" by 11 5/8" glossy catalogs. Most have a majority of coins that are not ancients, usnually including nice British coins. Usually the photography is the worst among major firms. Many images have glare or just are dull.

3  (1994, Oct. 5) 179 ancients on 11 ppl among 484 lots on 34 ppl.  83 aes grave RR plus 7 more RR AE, 2 contorniates, 2RR AR, 85RI  (no Greek), 2 Anglo-Saxon sceates.  [no PR]
    aes grave RR (83 on 8 large ppl.)   
4 210 ancients  [with PR]
6  (1995, Oct. 11) 299 ancients (most, but not all photographed) on 10 ppl among 998 on 41 ppl.  163 G, 68 Parthian (only 34 photographed), 20 large Persis photographed, 53 RR including AE, 70 RI  [catlog cut down to discard the non-ancient coins part, so damaged] [with PR]
7  (1996, May 2) 307 ancients (most, but not all photographed) among 1073 on 8 1/2 ppl among 32. 147 G photos with lots of AE,  39 RR AE photos, 42 RI photos,  8 Byz photos, and excellent Theodahat large AE,  19 ancient weights, 29 crusaders and Kindom of Sicily  [with PR]
12 (1997 May 27) 190 ancients  [no PR]
14  99 ancients  [no PR]
15 ("125 years", 1997 Oct. 13) 25 ancients among 125. [no PR]

23 (2000, May 3) 338 ancients  [with PR]
28 (2001, Oct. 9) 203 ancients [no PR]
33 (2003 May 7) 313 ancients [no PR]
47 (2006 Sept 25) 251 ancients [with PR]
FPL very thin June 2002 
FPL very thin "List No, 1" November 2004
Unlike the earlier numbered catalogs, the following Baldwin's fixed-price lists have good color photos wtih many enlargements

FPL Winter 2008 (color photos, finally pretty good!) 145 ancients.
FPL Summer 2009 (color photos, pretty good) 148 ancients
FPL Winter 2010-2011 148 ancients. 
FPL Summer 2011 235 ancients
FPL Summer 2012 167 ancients 

All the Baldwin's catalogs above make a 5" pile. Total, $6 plus shipping which I think would be $11


Renovatio Monetae - Bracteates and Coinage Policies in Medieval Europe, by R. Swenssen. 8 12/" x 12". 2013. 283 pages plus 16 pages plates with facing descriptions. "Bracteates are thin, uni-faced coins that were struck with only one die. A piece of soft-material was placed under the flan, thereby creating a design of the obverse that can be seen as a mirror image on the reverse. Although these coins were very fragile, they dominated the coinage for 150-200 years in large parts of medieval Europe. This book is about the function of bracteates and how they can be linked to the evolution of coinage policies especially re-coinage."  A beautiful book with many color photos, many enlarged within and 312 on page plates at the end.  Minimum $67.30 on Amazon as I write. Excellent condition. $55 SOLD + $4 shipping. 

Leu Numismatik, Zurich, Switzerland

11 (2022, May 14) Hardcover. 243 pages. 319 ancient coins. Most greatly enlarged as well as life-size. 187 G, 24 RP, 15 RR, 85 RI, 6 Byz, 1 seal, 2 Arab gold. Beautiful with lots of commentary.  [$12]
12 (2022, May 15) Hardcover. "The Collection of [Roman coins of] Dipl. Ing. Adrian Lang." 351 pages. 647 ancient coins. Most sides both greatly enlarged and life size. 16 RR, 528 TI, 4 Byz.  A pretty even representation of Roman coins throughout the duration of the empire. Beautiful. Half below $1000, half above, only a few above $10,000.  [$12]

Some books, not on ancient coins. I want to give them away. Just order anything else that requires media-mail postage and I will add any of these in for $1--the cost of extra shipping.

Treasures from the Fitzwilliam Museum [Cambridge, England]: The Increase of Learning and Other Great Objects (Fitzwilliam Museum Publications) Mar 31, 1989 by R. A. Crighton. Large paperback. 163 pages of color photos. 11" x 9 1/2"

Newsweek's "Great Museums of the World" collection: Louvre, Paris. Hardcover. 11 1/2" x 9 1/4". 180 pages. Color photos. Photos of important stuff at the Louvre. 

The Gospel of Judas, edited by Rodolphe Kasser et al., 2006. A Codex discovered in Egypt with a previously unknown (and very unorthodox) gospel is analyzed by scholars. Hardcover. 140 pages. 5 1/2" x 8 1/8". 

Eyypt to the End of the Old Kingdom, by Cyril Aldred. 1965. Small paperback. 143 pages, about half the area of the pages is photos of Egyptian artifacts and places.

Ancient Iraq by Georges Roux. 1980. Paperback. 496 pages + 16 plates of photos. Not a picture book. [No extra postage for this one--just ask for it with the order of anything else. I want to get it into the hands of anyone who might like the book!]


After this the contents are about ancient coins

BMC Greek, the whole set in matched Fourni reprint edition.
30 books, 38" of shelf space. Used, but unmarked and all in good shape. You can buy occasional volumes individually, but you will have difficulty buying the complete matched set elsewhere. Yes, it is expensive, but it is a wonderful and often-cited reference (and Greek coins are expensive, too!)
$2,100, in the US only, including shipping.

Late Roman and early Byzantine:  Long ago my interest in late Roman coins caused me to want Hendy's "Studies in the Byzantine Monetary Economy, c. 300-1450." I could not find a copy for sale, so I photocopied parts. Now I was able to find and buy a copy, so my photocopies are extra. I have the Table of Contents (v-ix), Introduction ((1-18), Chapter 5 on "Supply" (257-305), Chapter 6 "Supervision" (316-345), Chapter 7 "Administrative basis" (371-409),  Chapter 8 Coin Production "History" (448-493), and "Preliminary Observations" (553-569), Future Directions" (662-667) Key to Plates (713-719) the late Roman plates, 1-3. Many pages have many pencil marks such as underlining.  Total, $8 including shipping. 

I have some ex-library Loeb Classics. They are all small hardcover books, 6 5/8" by 4 1/2", with the ancient text and its English translation on facing pages. For sale in the US only! They tell the stories than make your ancient coins interesting. They are withdrawn, long ago, from the Montana State University library. I used to work at MSU.

The first, Pausanius, has the original Greek on one page and an English translation on the facing page.

This is all five volumes. The interiors are nice. They discuss cities and what (ancient) tourists would want to see in each.
Imhoof-Blumer and Gardner wrote a book "Ancient Coins Illustrating Lost Masterpieces of Ancient Art" that correlates the (mostly Roman provincial) coins with the text. (That book is not included.)
Five Loeb Classic volumes: [$59 + $8 shipping.] (They cost significantly more volume by volume on Amazon). (There is nothing directly about coins in these volumes. You'd have to buy the other book for that.)


The Fall of Troy, Qunitus Smynaeus. $58 on Amazon. [$32 + $4 shipping here]

Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War. All 8 volumes, two per book. [$45 + $7 shipping]. Unmarked except for library markings and "Withdrawn" on the top. Actually, pretty good condition except for all the usual libary marks.


Frontinus on Aquaducts. (Some ancient coins show aquaducts.) Library marks. [$9 + $4 shipping]

An Inventory of Greek Coin Hoards, edited by Thompson, Morkholm, and Kraay. Cardcover. 408 pages. Very good condition with no marks. ANS Publication, 1973. $140 on Amazon. [$95 here.] 

Guide to Biblical Coins, 4th edition, by David Hendin.  (This is not the latest edition.) A minimum of $45 on Amazon. This copy is unmarked, with nice DJ. Very good condition.  [$39]  The primary reference for Biblical and Jewish coins. 


Numismatica Ars Classica (Zürich)  "NAC"

These are the finest catalogs of the finest collections. Many are downright spectacular! I am listing them on these linked pages:  By catalog number. NAC catalogs emphasizing Roman Republican coins. NAC catalogs emphasizing Roman gold


Coins of the Seleucid Empire from the collection of Arthur Houghton, part II, by Oliver Hoover. Seleucus I to Cleopatra Selne and Antiochus XIII. 906 coins, all beautifully illustrated in B&W. ACNAC of the ANS. New. New dust jacket. Not available anywhere I could find on the web except the publisher--the ANS. Not Amazon, nore vcoins, nor AddAll, nor a straight-out google search. [$75]

Sammlung Franz Trau: Munzen Der Romischen Kaiser. The Attic books reprint of 1976. A famous collection. 53 page plates of special coins. Includes (long outdated) prices realized and 130 pages of listings in German. [$49.95]

Imitations and inventions of Roman coins: Renaissance medals of Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire, by Zander Klawans. Small format. 8 3/4" x 5 3/4". 136 pages, illustrated throughout. Excellent condition with no marks and good dust jacket. [SOLD] 

Griechische Münzen, by Imhoof-Blumer. 1972. Hardcover. 271 pages plus 378 photos. Text in German. Original in very nice shape with no interior marks. Dust jacket is also nice but for a crease aong the top about 1/2" down. [$21]

Coin books begin here

Go to major references on:   Greek, Celtic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals, sale catalogs by firm.
Greek Coins  (Roman, etc. follow chronologically) 

Book on Corinthian pegasus coins:

Les "Poulains" de Corinthe, Tomb II by Oscar E. Ravel. Tomb II (de 414-300 AV J.-C.) with plates XXIV-LXXVII
It is the 1948 original version. Pages are foxing and the cover is still on well but the connection with the flyleaves in cracking.  [$149 + $4 shipping in the US only] A major reference for less than the cost of one of the coins. 

Monnaie de Tarente, Collection Claudius Cote.  Attic book reprint of a famous Ratto catalog devoted to coins of Tarentum. 600 coins of Tarentum illustrated, but not well, plus 42 pages of lot descriptions, in French. paperback [$12.50 used on Amazon, $8 here] "Boy on a dolphin" coins.

A. Heiss, Description generale des Monnaies Antique de l'Espagne [Ancient Coins of Spain] 1870, Forni Reprint (The date of the reprint is not given in the book, but it looks old), in one large volume, 548 pages plus 68 plates of line drawings. 9" by 12". 2" thick. Maroon hardcover. No marks. Some foxing. Very good condition. Remarkably nice. As far as I can tell, it is unavailable elsewhere and sold for $300 + fees in a 2012 auction. [$265, reduced to $165, reduced to $125] Listed for $355 in paperback on Amazon, but this one is hardcover!

If you own SNG Copenhagen (Danish). I made a map of the regions covered by each of the 8 volumes of SNG Copenhagen (Danish).
It was not so obvious which volume to look in to find coins of various cities, but with this map you can find the right volume rapidly.  If you have the volumes, print this and put it with your books.
[SNG Lockett]. Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum. British Series. Volume III. The Lockett Collection. All five parts. Part I. Spain-Italy. Part II. Sicily-Thrace. Part III. Macedonia-Aegina (Gold and Silver). Part IV. Peloponnese-Aeolis (Gold and Silver). Part V. Lesbos-Cyrenaica: Addenda (Gold and Silver). (London; Published for the British Academy, 1938-49). Complete in five parts. Each volume is thin. Folio. 64 fine plates illustrating 3,542 coins with accompanying pages of descriptive text. All in the original printed card covers. Fine condition. Important and seldom offered, original edition of this major collection. Clain-Stefanelli 1913. Daehn 1971. Kroh p. 13 (four stars).
My set is in better condition from the looks of the bindings (CNG's were far from "very fine"). Their set went for $1900 + fees in summer 2019. If you know who the underbidder was, let him or her know of this set which is better and much less expensive. [$1495, reduced to $1295]  Do not buy this unless you know it and really want it. 

Sylloge Nummorem Graecorum (all folio, that is, very tall, about 15", but not thick):

SNG ANS Part 3: Bruttium-Sicly I: Abacaenum-Erex. Folio, cardcover. 1975. 1348 coins photographed. Excellent condition. No marks in the interior. "Bruttium-Sicly: A-E" inked on the spine. Cover slightly faded.  [was $295 on Amazon and now (2022, Feb.) out of stock. Here $140 + $7 shipping]

 SNG IV Fitzwilliam Museum, Leake and General Collections, part VIII, Syria-Nabathaea.  Folio. 1971. Covers very thick. Plates 117-136.  Excellent plates. None on Amazon or vcoins and a book consolidator search found none. [$39, reduced to $33 + $7 shipping (it is folio!)]

SNG IV Fitzwilliam Museum, Leake and General Collections, part II, Sicily-Thrace.  Folio. 1972. Covers very thick. Pages XV-XXXIII. Very fine, but inked "Sicily  Thrace" on spine. [$49 + $7 shipping, it is folio]

SNG Deutschland Statliche Munzsammlung Munchen, volume 1 (Hispania-Gallia Narbonensis) Cardcovers. 432 coins on 17 folio page plates. Fine. No marks. Excellent for ancient Spain and Gaul [$39, reduced to $29 + $7 shipping in the US only] 

Facing heads:

Facing Heads of Ancient Greek Coins, by Agnes Baldwin. 1914 reprint. Pamphlet. 23 pages plus 4 page plates crammed with photographs of obverse only of coins with facing heads. [$6]


Greek AE

Sasasanian Coin books:

[all sold]

Celtic, Gallic 

[all sold]

Roman Provincial coins = Greek Imperial coins

Voegtli, H. Bilder der Heldenepen in der kaiserzeitlichen griechischen Munzprägung. (Aesch, 1977). Dr. Voegtli's (formerly of Münzen und Medaillen AG) doctoral dissertation on the Labors of Hercules and other heroic epics as depicted on Roman Provincial coinage. A4. Cardcover. 168 pages (in German) plus 24 individual page plates (loose and designed to be tucked into a slot in the back cover. It looks like a typewritten thesis with 24 individual page plates. Rare and interesting. Excellent condition. [$179, reduced to $139] (This is probably less than the cost of one nice coin of these types.)

Die Antiken Munzen Nord Griechenlands, in four volumes with volume II in two books, making five big hardcover books. Forni blue cloth hardcover reprint. Edited by Imhof-Blumer. Commonly abbreviated AMNG.   12 1/2" high. 6" of shelf space. For the specialist who wants some beautiful books that are remarkably complete for their regions. However, no one claims they are easy to use. You can find them as "print on demand" paperbacks. 

Volume I, Part 1. Pick, B. Die antiken Münzen von Dacien und Moesien. xv, pages 1-519, 20 photographic plates // Volume I, Part 2, Section I. Pick, B., & K. Regling. Die antiken Münzen von Dacien und Moesien. pages 520-920, with only 1 photographic plate is missing // Volume II, Part 1, Section I. Münzer, F., & M. Strack. Die antiken Münzen von Thrakien. vi, 308 pages, 8 photographic plates // Volume III, Parts 1 & 2. Gaebler, H. Die antiken Münzen von Makedonia und Paionia. vii, 196 pages, 5 photographic plates + viii, 234 pages, 40 photographic plates. Volume IV, Fritze, H. von. Die antiken Münzen Mysiens. v, 223 pages, 10 photographic plates.  
    I invite you to check CNG's auction prices realized.  Note there is some ink helping identify the volumes on the covers (first photo). A few plates have notes inked next to some photos (not many). Former owner's name on flyleafs. This set of five books:  [$325, reduced to $189 +
 $15 shipping in the US only.]

(Typical pages and plates below.)






Holy Land, Jewish, Biblical

Coins of the Jewish War of 66-73 C. E. [Corpus Nummorum Palaestinensium, Vol. III] (Hardcover, 1960) by Leo Kadman. 205 pages. 59 coins on five page plates.  Good condition. Dustjacket has 2" tear. [$45, reduced to $35]

Sternberg auction catalog 26  (16 Nov. 92)  HV. HQP. 510 ancients on 26 ppl + 2 E + 3 color (+ 22 ppl + 2 E + 2 C of cut stones and small bronzes)
    177 G, 292 R, 41 Byz.    [$4, reduced to $3]
    Yehud (17, each natural size and also x3)

Sternberg catalog (11/76)
 [#6, unnumbered]  MV. HQP.  1080 ancients.  180 G, 556 Jewish (including many AE) and related and Holy Land RP, 260 R, 43 Byz, 14 DA AE, 24 Arab-Byz.  On 47 ppl + 3 of enlargements  [$10, reduced to $7, with PR, as all do below, so I'll stop saying it.]
    Jewish and related (261), Holy Land Roman Provincial (295), Dark Ages AE (14), Arab Byz (21)

QEDEM 4  Monographs of the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Bullae and Seals from a Post-Exilic Judaen Archive, by Nahman Avigad.   Hardcover.   36 pages in English,  15 plates, 4 pages with images of lettering.  Also, the entire text in Hebrew.  Excellent condition except "Seals Judaea" written in ink in the spine  (since the title isn't!). No interior marks and almost seems new. [$30 on Amazon, $19 here, reduced to $12]


Roman Egypt:

The Coinages of the Nomes and Prefectures of Roman Egypt, by Rouge and Feurardent. Small paperback Obol reprint. Some pages loose, but all there. [$5]


Roman Republican:

NAC catalogs featuring Republican



Rodewald: Money in the Age of Tiberius  $25 on Amazon.  $12 here.  HC. VG.  [Economics and money, not collecting]

Berk 100  Buy-or-bid sale with a hoard of Maxentius coins, some very rare (e.g. elephant quadriga), AE (24), DIVO of tetrarachs (23), Romulus (12)  [The best coins from what I call the "Maxentius hoard"]  [$6, reduced to $4]

The Nietulisko Hoards of Roman Denarii [from Poland] by Kunka Mitkowa-Szubert.  Paperback, 1989. 9 1/2" by 6 3/4". 199 pages, almost all English, plus 69 plates of hoard coins, almost all Trajan to Commodus.  For the specialist scholar. Out of print. Not on Amazon. $37 on ABE but the copy is in Europe. [$35, reduced to $17, reduced to $9]

Monnaies de Fouilles du Sud-Est de la Gaule, by Claude Brenot et Jean-Pierre Callu. In French. 113 pages plus 5 page plates of coins, some Gallic but most Roman imperial coins in bad shape. Universite de Paris X Nanterre, Centre de recherches sur l"antiquite tardive et le haut moyen age, cashier no. III - 1978. You do not want this unless you are trying to build a major library complete for such things. [$19, reduced to $5].

Sternberg 28  (Oct 30, 1995)  Joint with Freeman and Sear. HV. MQP. 305 Roman imperial AE on 26 ppl + 2 color.  [$5]
    Roman imperial AE (305)


For Trajan lovers!
Trajan and the King of Armenia.
An old print, taken from a book, plate XXII from volume IV, I think. I don't know which book. An eBay seller is selling different pages which he claims are from 1620 (mine is old, but I doubt it is that old. His pages are probably copies, not originals, from a book from 1620) for $185 + $16 shipping, and his pages are cut down so the "Tome IV" part is missing.

This one could be framed. $19 + $10 shipping in the US only.
Minor crease along the bottom right corner. Short tears along the top edge. Nice condition and worthy of hanging on the wall.




Go to major references on:   Greek, Celtic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals, sale catalogs by firm.

Roman Gold Coins: 

Important NAC catalogs emphasizing Roman gold are listed on their own page:  NACgold.html  

Sincona 41 (2017 Oct. 23) Hardcover. 280 ancients, mostly gold. 31 Philip II and Alexander staters. Early Roman gold, late Roman gold, 87 Byz gold, 2 Visigothic gold.  [$8 with printed PR, of course]

Christie's 1984, Oct. 9 (London). "Highly Important Ancient Coins" Thin hardcover. VHV. HQP. 194 Roman gold coins, 38 Byzantine gold, 29 gold staters of the Kingdom of the Bosporus, and 51 Greek coins, mostly gold. Almost every coin is pictured both natural size and double size in B&W, and many, but not all, also natural size in color on 6 ppl. The photographs are okay, but could be better. (the color photos, of gold, are excellent). Seaby's called this "one of the finest collections of ancient coins which has ever been on the market" (SCMB, Dec., 1984, page 306). 52 Greek gold of Egypt and North Africa, 205 RI, 27 Byz, 29 Bosporus gold   [$12]  
     Roman gold (205), Greek Ptolemiac gold (48)Kings of the Bosporus gold and EL (29)


Late Roman

LeCam, Guy. La fin de l'empire romain et le monnayage or en Italie 455-493 [Two massive hardcover volumes.] 1983. Nearly new. [$455 + $15 shipping in the US only--they are huge!] All the gold coins of that period, usually numerous examples of each type, many greatly enlarged. Text in French. If you can afford one late Roman gold coin, you might want this massive work to see very many photos of all the types.  

Catalog: Stack's 1984, May 5. The Frederick S. Knobloch Collection of Late Roman and Byzantine Coins" small format. 679 lots, many not illustrated. (I'd guess about 400 of the best are illustrated) 569 gold and silver from Diocletian to the end of the empire, 310 Byzantine gold and silver. (A few excellent copper coins are illustrated)  [$9, reduced to $7, reduced to $5]

    Late Roman and Byzantine gold and silver (579, many not illustrated)

Late Roman argenti (silver)
Nomos 3 (2011, May 10) VHV. VHQP. 259 ancients among 263. 2 Celtic, 159 G, 10 RR, 79 RI including 41 argentei from "the tetrarchy collection", 6 Byz, 3 Merovingian [$5, reduced to $4]
     late Roman argentei (41)

New York Sale 14  (2007, Jan. 10) (Baldwin's, Markov, and M&M Numismatics) HV. HQP.  494 ancients among 856, all in color.  [$10, now $8, now $6]   48 rare late Roman tetrarchal AE. [$8, reduced to $6, reduced to $4]
    late Roman tetrarchal folles and fractions (48)

    Scholarly journals (NC, ANJ) below


Baldwin's 5 (11 Oct. 1995)  "Byzantine Gold Coins from the P. J. Donald Collection" 285 Byz gold on 12 large ppl. Photos okay but worse than most. [$5
reduced to $2]
    Byzantine gold (285)

Elsen 125 (2015, June 13) 1085 ancients among 1982. 120 G, 157 Celtic, 25 RR, 130 RI, 16 RP, 544 Byz gold and silver "Collection Henri Potteir", 32 Carolingian  [$7]
    544 Byzantine gold and silver

Sternberg catalog 8  (11/78)  MV, HQP.  1015 ancients. 339 G, 41 Aksum, 374 R, 238 Byz including AE, 18 Arab-Byz, on 50 ppl + 2E  [I love this selection of AE: $8, reduced to $5]
    Aksumite (41), Byzantine AE (among 238)



[all sold]

Medieval, Arabic, Armenian, etc.:



English Coins:


Arabic, World

Arabic:  Sylloge Numorum Arabicorum Tubingen (German Edition, but there are only several pages of text; it is an SNG-style folio book.) (Paperback) Palastina, IV a Bilad as-Sam I, by Lutz Ilisch.  Folio. 577 coins on 18 very large plates. [$87 on Amazon.  $55 here + $7 shipping (because it is so tall)]


World Coin books

Le Bestiare des Monnaies, des Sceaux, et des Medailles. Heavy glossy paperback with XLIV plus 535 pages of articles in French on animals on coins and medals. Only a fraction is on ancient coins. You won't want this unless you read French, since it is mostly text--not an exhaustive list of photos.  No internal flaws. 3/4' tear at the top of the spine (could be easily taped). [$39, reduced to $12]


Go to major references on:   Greek, Celtic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals, sale catalogs by firm.

Scholarly Journals

ANS American Journal of Numismatics [$2 each] 12 [sold], 13, 22 [sold],  27 [sold]


Ancient-coin sale catalogs by firmCNG,  Lanz, NAC
etc. in alphabetical order

All the auction catalogs come with PR's (unless marked otherwise)

CNG = Classical Numismatic Group   The most prominent American ancient-coin firm.

Triton I, II, III, and IV (not part II of IV which was only Polish coins):  [Usually $25 each on vcoins when they have them (they have none as I write this), here $15, reduced to $12, each]  I think they are before CoinArchives. 

CNG 44 is Triton I  (joint offering of CNG, Freeman & Sear, and NAC) High to very high value coins with very high quality presentation.
(12/97)  1947 ancients among 2308, many enlargements throughout + 7 color E.  655 G, 95 RP, 85 aes grave, 435 RR (Goodman, part II, including very many struck AE), 480 RI, 3 DA, 32 Beneventum, 64 Byz, 26 Celtic England, 17 British  [$15, reduced to $9SOLD ]

    Beneventum (32),  Roman Republican AE (cast and struck, among 520), Roman gold (100+)
48  is Triton II  (12/98) 1206 ancients among 1331, many enlarged throughout + 16 color E. 547 G, 25 Parthian, 39 Baktrian, 42 RP, 23 aes grave, 60 RR, 359 RI, 5 DA, 15 Celtic England, 22 Anglo Saxon, 27 pennies  [$15, reduced to $9]
     Baktrian (39)
52  was Triton III  (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 1999) 1374 ancients among 1654, many enlargements throughout, + 13 color E among 15 + 4 full page B&W enlargements. 728 G, 77 RP, 151 RR, 327 RI, 8 DA, 54 Byz, 5 Celtic England, 2 English DA, 20 pennies  [$12, reduced to $8]
    RR and imperatorial gold (46)
56 was Triton IV (12/00) in two volumes, with the second catalog entiredly devoted to Polish coins -- perhaps the finest Polish collection ever offered [not offered here].  The first volume has 892 ancients among 1015, many enlargements throughout + 13 color E among 15.  352 G. 33 RP, 52 RR, 318 RI, 3 DA, 122 Byz, 3 Celtic England, 3 English DA, 7 pennies.  [The first volume wihout Polish coins: $10, reduced to $7]

74 is Triton X (CNG alone) (2007, Jan. 9-10)  HV. VHQP. 911 ancients among 1480.  All in color, many with at least one side enlarged. 8 Celtic, 454 G (including many Greek facing busts from the David Hermann collection, and "Further Selections from BCD Boiotia" 43 excellent pieces ), 33 India, 10 Sasanian, 49 RR, 272 RI, 43 Byz, 25 DA, 4 Aksum AV, 4Arab-Sasanian, 7 Anglo-Saxon.  [$10, reduced to $7 SOLD]
    Greek facing heads from the David Hermann collection (many), "Further Selections from BCD Boiotia" (43)

Triton XV, sessions 3 and 4 [only]. 2012, Jan. Lots 1020 to 2000. Many wonderful Greek, Roman Provincial, and Roman coins. [SOLD]


[44, 48, 52, 56 above as Triton catalogs] 
45  (3/98)  2556 ancients among 3080.  808 G, 289 RP (including Syrian tetradrachms), 509 RR AE, 200 RR AR), 604 RI, 15 DA, 61 Byz, 36 Celtic England, 12 English DA, 15 English  [$8, reduced to $6 SOLD]
    Roman Republican AE ("Goodman 3") (509)
49  (3/99)  mbs.  2076 ancients among 2349.  888 G (including 12 AE Kings of the Bosporus), 250 RP, 59 Roman Egypt, 98 RR, 576 RI (including 59 AE fractions, quadrans), 6 DA, 103 Byz, Viking 4, 28 Celtic England, 17 English DA, 25 English  [$6]
    Roman imperial AE fractions and quadrans (59, including 6 of the mines), Augustus (41)
50  (6/99)  mbs. 1904 ancients among 2064.  630 G, 113 RP, 8 Celtic denarii, 156 RR, 366 RI AE including 10 contorniates and 24 medallions (Vermuelle collection), 38 fake seseterii and Becker's, 414 RI, 15 DA, 51 Byz, 5 Celtic England, 4 Anglo-Saxon, 13 pennies  [$6]
    Zodiac drachms of Roman Egypt (12), Athens AE (69), Athens New Style (81), Roman mediallions (24), contorniates (10)
51  (9/99)  mbs.  1816 ancients among 1951. 804 G, 214 RP, 123 RR, 413 RI, 5 DA, 233 Byz, 7 Celtic England, 8 pennies  [$5 SOLD] 
    Greek AE of Sicily (c. 83), Athens AE (28), Ionian electrum (16), Kroisos (14), Armenia (47)
53  (3/00)  mbs.  2175 ancients among 2416, a few with enlargements throughout. 796 G, 191 Baktrian and Indo-Greek, 27 Aksumite, 177 RP, 59 Roman Egypt, 114 RR, 40 RI quandrantes, 401 RI (including 11 Pertinax denarii), 11 DA, 15 Lombards, 127 Byz, 156 Crusader "The Matthew Rich Collection," some not photographed, 6 Merovingian, 12 Celtic England, 6 English DA, 34 pennies  [$6]
    RI Quadrans (40, including 13 of Augustus), Lombards (15), Crusader (156), Aksumite (27), Baktrian and Indo-Greek (191)
54  (6/00)  mbs.  1984 ancients among 2217. 78 brockages, 24 Celtic, 800 G, 160 Baktrian and Indo-Greek, 136 RP, 170 RR, 494 RI, 8 contorniates, 12 DA, 79 Byz, 6 Beneventum, 9 Celtic England, 6 English DA, 8 pennies  [$5]
    brockages (78), Baktrian and Indo-Greek (160), Caesaria in Cappadocia (39), Septimius Severus legionary (20)   
55  (9/00)  mbs.  1585 ancients among 1878. 25 Celtic, 723 G, 252 Oriental Greek, 100 RP, 102 RR, 408 RI, 6 DA, 82 Byz, 13 Celtic England, 7 English DA, 10 pennies  [$5 SOLD]

Turkoman! Facing heads. Ships. 
CNG 73  (2006, Sept. 13) 1130 ancients among 1311, all in color with some enlargements, plus 460 book lots. facing heads collection of David Herman, 541 G (including "Boeotia [sic], Further Selections from the BCD Collection," 58 pieces), 45 Oriental Greek, 98 ships on coins (G, R, RP, Alexandre Barros collection), 79 RP, 53 RR, 214 RI, 40 Byz, 5 Aksum, 2 Crusader, 41 high grade Turkoman bronze, 9 English   [$15, reduced to $8 SOLD]
    facing heads (many), ships on coins (98), Turkoman bronze (41), "Boeotia [sic], Further Selections from the BCD Collection," (58)

Helios (Munchen = Munich, Germany) The firm opened in 2008. Coins are very well-photographed in full color, without enlargements, illustrated throughout.  Descriptions are in German. Coins tend to be moderate value with numerous usual high-value exceptions. There are interesting collections offered, not just nice coins. Their Byzantine coins include excellent AE.

8 (2012, Oct. 13) 616 ancients among 860. 47 + 175 G, 5 + 6 RR, 68 RI & RP, 22 Byz gold, 9 Celtic, 5 imitations, 69 RP, 139 RI, 55 Byz incl AE, 4 Gepids, 2 Bulgaria, 4 Crusader    [$4, reduced to $3] 

Hirsch 313 "Sammlung J.G.J. Hardcover (2015, Sept. 23) 118 lots on 45 pages. Very high quality, color and enlarged in color. [$5]



Lanz  (Munich firm). Catalogs with only ancients, all with PRs, all in German -- but the pictures are in English  :)   Lanz, unlike some firms, separated ancients from other coins and issued catalogs that specialized in one or the other. Most of the missing issues did not have ancients (You can tell which had ancients and which did not on my educational site on Ancient Coin Catalog Contents).
(as "Gitta Kastner". If you want the run of Lanz catalogs, it begins as "Gitta Kastner" with the same format)
6  (11/74)   (also as "Gitta Kastner") HQP. 476 ancients on 35 ppl + 9 E.  222 G, 194 R, 60 Byz   [$6, scarce]
    After #12 the named changed to Lanz Munchen.  From this point all even-numbered catalogs are of ancients and all odd-numbered catalogs are of non-ancient coins, until number 84, which was literature.

Note:  Before number 97 the odd-numbered catalogs did not have ancients and the even-numbered catalogs had only ancients.
42  (11/87)  835 ancients on 38 ppl. 356 G, 436 R, 43 Byz   [$5]
44  (5/88)  925 ancients on 43 ppl. 319 G, 539 R, 65 Byz   [$5]
46  (11/88)  835 ancients on 38 ppl. 353 G, 410 R, 61 Byz, 10 DA.   [$5]
48  (5/89)  886 ancients on 38 ppl. 420 Greek, 28 Juba II, 402 R, 36Byz.  [$5]
Note:  Photograph quality before here is very good, but after here it is excellent.
Starting with #50 the cover color changes from pale green to black.

Note:  Before number 97 the odd-numbered catalogs did not have ancients and the even-numbered catalogs had only ancients.

60  (6/92)  1025 ancients on 41 ppl + 2 color E. 270 G, 494 R, 48 Byz, 11 Byz lead seals [$5]
62  (11/92)  987 ancients on 40 ppl + 2 color E. 453 G, 457 R, 51 Byz, 22 Byz lead seals  [$5]
67  NOT ancients. Middle ages and modern. 73 pages plates. [$1, without PR]

70 (11/74) VHV. VHQP.  "Sammlung Margaretha Ley" 289 ancients on 10 ppl + all on 18 ppl color enlargemetns. 152 G, 60 R gold, 48 Celtic, 22 imitations.  Much Roman gold.  10 regular plates, plus 18 color page-plates. 289 expensive lots. [Higher quality than the usual Lanz catalog]  [$6]
Note:  Before number 97 the odd-numbered catalogs did not have ancients and the even-numbered catalogs had only ancients.

80  (5/97)  800 ancients on 26 ppl. 215 G, 539 R, 36 Byz.  [$6, reduced to $3]
82  (11/97)  879 ancients on 35 ppl. 227 G, 611 R (including RP), 36 Byz, 6 coins of the mines. [$6, reduced to $2]

****  on CoinArchives beginning with 94, but not on acsearch at all.

Note:  Before number 97 the odd-numbered catalogs did not have ancients and the even-numbered catalogs had only ancients.

97  (5/00)  MV. MQP.  1094 ancients on 46 ppl + 1 in color.  355 G, 652 R, 48 Byz, 8 DA.   [$5]

138  (2007, Nov. 26)  MV. 1007 ancients. 53 Celtic, 437 G, 44 RR, 413 RI (includng some RP), 54 Byz (Including AE), 6 DA. [$5]
141 (2008, May 26) 930 ancients  [$5]
145 hardcover 
"Numismatic rarities" 162 ancients among 280.  [$5]
148 hardcover "Numismatic rarities" 168 ancients among 226. [$5]

Manhattan Sale (see Freeman & Sear)

Munzen und Medallien = M&M = Monnaies et Medailles (Basel, Switzerland) Many of the highest-quality coins have been sold by M&M - one of the most prominent firms in the world until they folded in 2004.
    Most early issues are in French. Some are in German.
    Very high value to high value coins. There are generally wonderful collections, not just nice coins fresh out of the ground.
    If M&M has late Roman or Byzantine, it is almost always gold. They have fixed-price lists that might offer an outstanding piece in copper, but these auctions do not, in contrast to, say, Sternberg, who often does. So, when the list here says, say, "85 Byz" do not expect any to be copper.

35   (6/67)  HV. MQP. 246 ancients among 645 on 15 ppl + 2 E (+ 2 ppl bracteates + 25 other) 212 R, 33 Byz.   [$12, reduced to $6]
53  (11/77)  VHV. HQP.  306 ancients on 21 ppl + 3 E + 1 color. 173 G, 133 R.  [$10, reduced to $3]

68  (4/86)  VHV. MQP.  463 ancients on 28 ppl + 3 E. 325 G, 111 R, 27 Byz. [$8, reduced to $3]
95  (2004, Oct. 4)  178 ancients among 463 plus one color ppl among 5. HV. MQP.  110 G, 64 RI, 4 Byz.   [$8, reduced to $2]
  [This is the end of the M&M series. They went out of business.]

Munz Zentrum thin small-format fp list 38 with 47 ancient counterfeiter's molds and 10 ppl of ancients. [$4
, reduced to $2] Not worth anything except for the molds.

NAC (see Numismatica Ars Classica, below)

New York Sale (Baldwin's, M&M Numismatics, and Vecchi in conjunction for 1 and 2, just Baldwin's and M&M Numismatics for 3, Baldwin's, M&M Numismatics, and Markov for 4-7)  All high value coins with high quality presentation.

14  (2007, Jan. 10) (Baldwin's, Markov, and M&M Numismatics) HV. HQP.  494 ancients among 856, all in color.  [$10, now $8, now $6]   48 rare late Roman tetrarchal AE. [SOLD]
    late Roman tetrarchal folles and fractions (48)

23  (2010, Jan 6)  288 ancient, 100 India, some Islamic [$4, reduced to $1, reduced to free! with an order]

28  (2012, Jan 5)  MV in color with some enlargements. 93 ancient coins among 285. 50 G, 2 RP, 3 RR, 34 RI, 1 Taman Goth, 1 Byz, 2 ancient British  [$2, reduced to free, with an order


Numismatic Fine Arts = (NFA)
[all sold]

Many NAC catalogs. The finest catalogs ever produced. Totally gorgeous coins and excellent cataloging.
Numismatica Ars Classica (NAC)
Numismatica Ars Classica  (auction sales)  (Swiss firm, but text in English, with PRs)

The numbered sales are all superb, with highest quality coins and major rarities. All coins are very well illustrated with excellent high-quality photos. The numbered sales have additional color plates and plates of enlargements. There are also four special sales.
If you know CNG catalogs, think of the NAC numbered sales as, on average, significantly higher quality coins, equally well photographed, with less description, but far more enlargements and use of gorgeous color. If you like CNG quality coins, you will love these.
All with "Prices Realized."  That is important. PRs are not easy to find. Most catalogs come without PRs. If you buy these elsewhere, you probably won't get the PR and won't be able to tell what the coins really sold for.

[28  (Jan. 31, 2005)  Hapsberg [not ancients] 

41  (2007, Nov. 2) VHQ. VHQP. 146 ancients.  7 G gold, 28 VHQ RR including 12 gold, 109 RI mostly gold.  [$8]

45 (2008, April 2) "The Barry Feirstein Collection of Ancient Coins, Part IV".  VHV. VHQP. 147 ancients. 59 RR (including an EID MAR in gold) and 88 RI up to Macrinus. [$8 SOLD]

51  (2009, March 5)  1127 ancient coins. VHV. VHQP.  "Featuring the William James Conte collection of Roman sestertii and bronze and silver medallions, part I." 132 RR, 329 RI including 45 of the very highest quality Roman sestertii, 14 Byz, 2 DA gold, 203 G, 119 RR, 308 RI, 20 Byz, 2 DA gold (there are two separate sections with Roman coins)  This includes the 460,000+16.5% Swiss frank Caligula sestertius which I think is the best extant sestertius (better than the $2,000,000 Hadrian).  [$12 SOLD]
    sestertii (45+ others)

Here are two important, but not ancient-coin, catalogs:
[14 is a huge and spectacular collection of coins of the Popes and Italian and Spanish mints -- not ancients. $15, reduced to $9]
[16  is not ancients, rather Italian, Spanish, huge 128 B&W plates plus XXX color plates!  $15, reduced to $9]

A few Sternberg catalogs:
26  (16 Nov. 92)  HV. HQP. 510 ancients on 26 ppl + 2 E + 3 color (+ 22 ppl + 2 E + 2 C of cut stones and small bronzes)
    177 G, 292 R, 41 Byz.    [$4, reduced to $3]
    Yehud (17, each natural size and also x3)

28  (Oct 30, 1995)  Joint with Freeman and Sear. HV. MQP. 305 Roman imperial AE on 26 ppl + 2 color.  [$5, reduced to $3] 
    Roman imperial AE (305)

Tkalec  (Usually one catalog per year, numbered by the year. VHQP. Superb photography in catalogs since 1991.)

Although catalogs have many very high value coins, they are not all rare coins. They seem to regularly offer some common coins in superb condition with spectacular patina or toning. All their catalogs since 1994 are truly beautiful. Swiss firm, catalogs in English. All spectacular!
    Tkalec has old PRs on his site, but the site is not well-designed or maintained and the link is hard to find, so here it is:
2006, 2005, 2007, feb, april, Sept 2008, May 2009, Feb 2013, Oct. 2013, May 2010, May 2011, Oct. 2011, Feb. 2012, Nov. 2014, 
Triton (these are regarded here as CNG catalogs with numbers in their run of catalogs.) (joint offerings of CNG, Freeman & Sear, and NAC, and later CNG alone) All high to very high value coins with very high quality presentation.


Do you want to know what the German Mark, or Swiss Franc, was worth at some date in the past? Here is a website that  not only has today's exchange rates, but the rates for almost any weekday date you pick in the past!

To ask me a question, or to order, e-mail me, Warren, at:
    Terms of sale.


What is in ancient-coin auction catalogs? 
See my educational site, "Ancient Coin Auction Catalogs: Contents," to find out.

As they say, "Buy the book before the coin." Catalogs are cheap compared to coins. What's rare? What's not? What is valuable? What's not? What is high grade? What is not? Find out by collecting these extensively illustrated catalogs with the prices realized. [If you order and don't love what you get, I'll happily refund all but postage (but, I'll wonder why you don't realize how valuable and beautiful catalogs are!).]

People often feel that their reference books do not have enough pictures. Well, catalogs often have hundreds of high-quality photos of top-quality coins with real prices actually paid! If you want more photos of high-quality coins (far nicer than most eBay coins), catalogs are the source for you.

Most of us really want to "look up" our coins and find out the Sear number, Van Meter number, RIC number, BMC number, etc. Well, with catalogs you have still more places to look them up. I take notes on the auction-sale prices and conditions of coin types I have. I have a lot of catalogs, so that makes for a lot of fun "looking up" the new coins I buy. Also, I take notes on prices of coins I would like. I spend a lot of time reading and rereading my catalogs.

Green marks themes with a remarkable emphasis in the catalog. 
Bold green makes it one of the very best catalogs for that theme.

PR = prices realized. Except as noted, all have photocopies of the prices realized (unless mrked otherwise), which makes them much more valuable as references .
    VHQ  = very high quality presentation [Such as most horizontal format NFA catalogs and many NAC catalogs.]
    HQ = high quality presentation  [Much better than typical, probably with plates of enlargements and color plates, but not as spectacular as VHQ.]
    MQ = moderate quality presentiation. [One excellent photo per coin with not very many enlargements, such as most CNG catalogs.]
    VHV = very high value = Many coins above $5000 and the offering is not diluted by many coins below $500. The finest and rarest Greek silver types, the best sestertii and Roman gold. Perhaps unusual Greek gold and Roman medallions. The finest coins you could possibly buy.
    HV = high value = Most coins costing over $500. Collectors who want to spend less than $500 on a coin will find little they can buy.
    MV = moderate value =  Collectors who want to spend less than $500 on a coin will still have a lot of coins to consider. MV catalogs will probably have some very expensive coins above $5000 and many expensive coins above $1000, but  the majority of their coins will be between $100 and $500.

ppl  = page plates  (Some catalogs have illustrations throughout, some at the end on page plates.)
E = page plate of enlargements
G = Greek (includes, as usual for the term "Greek,"  Jewish, Parthian, Sasanian, etc. unless those series are mentioned separately)
RR = Roman Republican  (before Octavian/Augustus)
RP = Roman provincial = Greek Imperial
RI = Roman imperial (before Anastasius)
Byz = Byzantine
DA = Dark Ages

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