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2,000-year-old coins of Pontius Pilate, available now!

 

 

2,000-year-old Silver Drachms of India found!

Discovered: 2,500-year-old Silver Drachms used to ward off evil!

Extremely Fine Denarii discovered: Explore the Golden Age Hoard now!

Golden Age Hoard of Ancient Roman Silver Coins

Extremely Fine Antoninius Pius Denarii have been unearthed!

ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to bring you an exciting offering — silver denarii of legendary Roman Emperor Antoninius Pius, discovered in the Golden Age Hoard!

Antoninius Fulvus Pius, known as one of the ”Five Good Emperors,” reigned between A.D. 138 and 161. Regarded as a skilled administrator and builder, Rome undertook extensive construction during his reign, including aqueducts, bridges and roads throughout the empire. Despite these massive projects, he still managed to be one of the few Roman emperors to ever leave a large surplus in the public treasury for his successor.

Roman Empire, Silver Denarius of Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161) – The Golden Age Hoard NGC XF (Story Vault)

These silver denarii of Antoninius Pius have been graded by NGC Ancients and were found to be in Extremely Fine condition! To preserve their condition, each coin is encapsulated for protection, and then housed in a Story Vault Holder that visually tells the story of these exquisite coins.

Issued during a time of extended peace and prosperity throughout the Roman Empire, these coins are historical links to one of Rome’s longest-reigning emperors. Don’t miss your chance to secure such history in your coin collection!

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Celebrate Easter with coins of the Bible! Widow’s Mites available again.

Widow’s Mite Bronze Prutot

Used in a Biblical Lesson Taught by Jesus Christ Himself!

If you open a Bible to Mark 12:41-44, you will read the following account of a lesson taught by Jesus Christ, which involves a historic coin!

”Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had…”’

Judaea Bronze Prutah of Maccabean Kings (135-37 BC) – Widow’s Mite – Cornucopias & Inscriptions NGC XF (Story Vault)

These Widow’s Mite Prutot are among the most sought-after ancient treasures today, thanks to their inclusion in Jesus’ lesson and the fact that they are scarcely found in such high grades! ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to present these historic coins, graded by NGC Ancients as Fine, Very Fine or Extremely Fine, and slabbed inside special Story Vault holders.

What better purchase to make on Easter weekend, than a coin representing an important lesson taught by Jesus Himself!

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Widows Mite Bronze Prutah: Own NGC-certified coins from the Bible!

135-37 BC Widows Mite Bronze Prutah

NGC Graded Coins from the Bible!

“Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.'”

This Biblical story of the widow and her mites spoken of in Mark 12:41-44 is approximately 2,000 years old, and the coins associated with it are even older! Known commonly as bronze “Prutot,” these were the smallest and most common denomination used during Jesus’ lifetime. Due to heavy usage, these coins have been handled by countless peoples all across Ancient Judaea. They could have even been handled by the first Christians, the Apostles, or Jesus himself!

Judaea Bronze Prutah of Maccabean Kings (135-37 BC) – Widow’s Mite – Cornucopias & Inscriptions NGC XF (Story Vault)

One of the most fascinating coins mentioned in the New Testament, the Widow’s Mite Prutot are among the most sought-after ancient treasures today. Not only do collectors covet them, but the world’s most important museums display them in their permanent collections. Their significance cannot be underestimated. Despite their popularity, however, the vast majority of Widow’s Mite Prutot are in very poor condition, with very little detail still visible on their surface.

ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to present a fine group of these Prutot, graded by the Ancient Coin Division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as high as Fine, Very Fine, and even Extremely Fine! Each slabbed coin has also been put into a special display box that includes the story of the Widow’s Mites. You can own these museum-quality Widow’s Mite Prutot, and you can purchase them at amazing prices!

Money of the Bible Book – 2nd Edition

Order this coin now, and consider widening your knowledge by purchasing the Money of the Bible book, written by noted numismatic author, Kenneth Bresset.

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Ancient Jewish Prutot: Coins of the Jewish Revolt!

Ancient Jewish Prutot from the Great Revolt

Add Coins from the first Jewish-Roman War to Your Collection!

For nearly 70 years, the land of Judaea was governed by Roman Procurators, and times were relatively peaceful. This all changed in 66 B.C., when a Jewish revolt was sparked by the cruel hand of a new procurator, Gessius Florus. In response to protests of his harsh rule and excessive taxation, Florus sent his soldiers into Jerusalem to plunder the Holy Temple and crucify many of the city’s senior leaders.

Judaea Bronze Prutah of First Jewish-Roman War (AD 66-70) – First Revolt – Amphora and Vine Leaf NGC F

The revolt created by these terrible acts is commonly known as the ”Great Revolt,” and it represented a very serious threat to Rome. Fighting waged for over 4 years until it finally ended in 70 A.D. with a Roman victory and the destruction of the Holy Temple. During the revolt, many coins were minted in Jerusalem not only for use as currency, but also to boost the morale of the Jewish people and freedom fighters. All of these coins reflected the cause of freedom that the Jews fought for, with the clear legend: For the Freedom of Zion.

MCM is proud to present a number of Bronze Prutot issued during this tumultuous ancient conflict!

The smallest and most-used denomination, these nearly 2-millennia-old coins have been preserved remarkably well. While they do show their use, each coin still clearly shows its designs and the inspiring legend is quite visible. The Ancient Coin Division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation certified and encapsulated these Jewish Bronzes. This means you can rest assured knowing each coin has been authenticated by professionals and have an excellent means to preserve them further through time.

Act now to secure these historic Great Revolt Prutot for your collection!

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Coins of the Wise Men: An Ancient Holiday Find!

Coins of Indo-Scythian King Azes

These ancient coins may have been carried by one of the biblical Wise Men of the East!

The “Wise Men of the East,” described in the Bible, were guided by the Star of Bethlehem to find the baby, Jesus. Christian tradition speaks of three Wise Men named Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. Many believe Caspar to have been a representative sent by the ”Great King Azes”’ of the ancient Indo-Scythian Kingdom. His travels and gifts to Jesus would have been financed by the Silver Tetradrachms issued by the King, which were in wide circulation during the time of Jesus’ birth.

Indo-Scythians Silver Tetradrachm of Azes I/II – After 58 BC NGC Ch Fine – Obverse

These Silver Tetradrachms bear designs showing King Azes on horseback and a standing figure of Athena. These Greek designs were inspired by the culture spread by Alexander the Great during his rule. The obverse legends are written in Greek and the reverse in Indian script, showing these as some of the earliest bilingual coins ever issued.

You can add some of these Silver Tetradrachm of Azes to your collection right now! ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to present these coins certified by the ancient coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Each coin has been graded by experts and encapsulated for protection. Each Tetradrachm will be accompanied by a special holder that contains the certified coin itself and a card telling its story and relation to the wise men!

Indo-Scythians Silver Tetradrachm of Azes I/II – After 58 BC NGC Ch Fine – Reverse

What better way to celebrate Christmas and the Nativity this year, than by adding a coin that may have been carried by one of the Wise Men to your collection? Act now – only limited quantities of these historical pieces are available. Secure yours today!

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Hungarian Madonna and Child Denars from the oldest Mint in the world!

Hungary Silver Madonna & Child Denars

Hold a piece of medieval history in your hands!

Hungarian Madonna and Child Denars were some of the most respected coinage of their time. Roughly the size of a dime, they were first struck during the reign of King Matthias Corvinus (1458-1490) with an image of the Virgin Mary, a Madonna, holding the baby Jesus, the child.

This highly religious design served as a sign for the beginning of the Hungarian Renaissance that soon followed, and even became a defiant symbol in Hungary’s war with the Ottoman Turks. Denars carrying this signature Hungarian design were minted for centuries, until around 1620!

Random Date (c. 1450-1620) Hungary Silver Denar – Madonna and Child NGC AU58

If you look closely, you can see the Mint mark “K B” on the coin’s reverse. This stands for the Kremnica Mint, which is the oldest operating Mint in the world. The Mint that struck these 400+ year old Silver Madonna and Child Denars is still striking circulation coinage for countries around the world today!

As one of the first coins to bear an image of Mary and Jesus, and one of the first to show the exact date they were struck, these Denars are especially significant to collectors. Unfortunately, the heavy use of these revered coins and the rough passage of time resulted in only a few good examples surviving until today. Despite this low availability, you can secure these historic silver coins for your collection right now at MCM!

The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has examined and certified these well-preserved coins, where they were assigned exceptional grades. Some have even been classified as Mint State! Examples are dated all over the circa 1450-1620 range, but most are from the 16th century. Don’t hesitate to secure yours — add one of these Madonna and Child Silver Denars to your collection today!

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