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New Washington Dollar Follows Tradition of Two Millennia

Gainesville, MO (PRWEB) February 18, 2007

As the new George Washington portrait dollar coins begin to spread through the country in the coming weeks, Americans are extending a tradition of Western civilization that goes back more than 2,000 years: honoring former leaders on struck coinage. Coins with portraits of our next three presidents, Adams, Jefferson and Madison, will be issued later this year.

Ptolemy I, king of Egypt until 283 B.C., ordered silver coins struck bearing the portrait of his predecessor Alexander the Great. After Alexander’s death in 323 B.C. Ptolemy was made Satrap of Egypt and quickly consolidated his position as the founder of the last Egyptian dynasty.

King Ptolemy’s earliest coins probably represent the first instance of the leader of a major independent nation being commemorated on coins, according to Wayne G. Sayles, author of half-a-dozen reference books on ancient coins. “From the standpoint of art history, there has always been a tendency for governments or leaders to affirm their legitimacy by honoring popular predecessors on coins,” says Sayles.

The goal behind the U.S. Mint’s thrust to establish a viable circulating one dollar coin is based on money itself. Coins are capable of circulating for as long as hundreds of years, while paper money is fragile, expensive and must be replaced frequently. If the current effort to replace the dollar bill with a new dollar coin is successful, the United States will save many millions of dollars in future years. Toward that end, the Federal Reserve which distributes coins on behalf of the mint says it has ordered more than 300 million of the Washington coins.

While American coins circulate mainly in the United States, American hundred dollar bills, silver dollars and gold coins, have long acted as a form of “international currency” and have been used for more than 100 years even in tiny local markets in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Similarly, in the time of Alexander the Great and his successors, coins were struck and circulated in their capitals. The same or almost identical coins circulated throughout all countries of the classical world, but were also struck at scores of mints spread throughout Europe and Asia.

Harlan Berk, author of several ancient coin reference books and a leading dealer of ancient coins based in Chicago, points out that the tradition of portraying current rulers on coins “lasted to the end of the Greek Hellenistic era and was bridged to the Romans by Marc Antony and Cleopatra. In fact, from Julius Caesar forward, all Roman Emperors placed their portraits on coinage.”

The tradition in the United States is never to depict living leaders on circulating coins or currency, but ancient and modern coin expert David Vagi points out that “we do have official inaugural medals and other medals that depict contemporary presidents.”

Vagi, author of Coinage and History of the Roman Empire, adds that “unlike the Greeks and the Romans we do not see our past leaders as Gods, but we venerate them nevertheless. It is no coincidence that the U.S. issues coins to commemorate our former presidents. It is a concept we inherited directly from the Europeans and the Greeks and Romans before them. It has been a tradition of Western civilization at least since the death of Alexander the Great.”

Ironically, Alexander the Great, whose government struck many millions of bronze, silver, and gold coins before his death in 323 B.C., apparently did not have his own face put on coins. Alexander was, however, a “media darling” of his day explains ancient coin collector Peter K. Tompa.

“Alexander literally spread the news of his victories over the Persian Empire by putting the portrait of the legendary Herakles (later known as Hercules), who he claimed to be his glorious ancestor, on millions of silver coins struck from silver he took from the Persian treasury.”

Tompa, also an attorney who represents coin collectors and dealers in Washington, D.C., says that today “numismatic scholars debate how much that portrait of Herakles might have resembled Alexander himself.”

Ptolemy of Egypt certainly used the portrait of his boyhood friend Alexander the Great on his coins in order to help consolidate his own claims to power as one of Alexander’s successors.

By contrast, George Washington, himself a scholar of the Republican traditions of early Rome, rejected efforts to have his own portrait placed on coins of the United States. In fact, it was not until 1932 when Washington’s image first appeared on the twenty-five cent piece, or quarter. The first image of a former American president on a circulating coin was that of Abraham Lincoln on the one cent piece in 1909, which would have been Lincoln’s 100th birthday.

Wayne Sayles, executive director of the Missouri based Ancient Coin Collector’s Guild (ACCG) pointed out that millions of genuine ancient coins depicting Greek Kings and Roman Emperors have survived until today, and can often be purchased for as little as $ 20.

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Museums given chance to buy county treasure

Museums given chance to buy county treasure
ROMAN coins, a gold ring and a silver brooch found under South Oxfordshire farmland are among artefacts to be offered to the county's museums. Two coin hoards, some dating back to the third century, were among five discoveries by people using metal …
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French man fined for ancient object thefts
When police searched his house, they found a veritable museum of objects, ranging from ancient coins and pottery pieces to rings and necklaces. The court convicted the man, who has not been named, of conducting archaeological digs without permission, …
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WWII vet's dog tags delivered 70 years later
His collection of treasures stretched back as far as civilization, from tiny relics of the Bronze Age to ancient Roman coins and hand grenades from World War I. Sometimes he gave the treasures to the people who own the land where he found them, but …
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1918 Collotype Roman Coin Medallion Artifact Von Gans Mauricius Tiberius Jewelry - Original Collotype

  • Product Type: Original Collotype; Monochrome
  • Grade: Very Fine ++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.5 x 7 inches; 27 x 18 cm
  • Authentication: Dual Serial-Numbered Certificates of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Packaged in custom sleeve w/ archival black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
This is a set containing two original 1918 monochrome collotypes and one relief halftone that depict the obverse and reverse of a Roman pectoral necklace. The piece features coins of Roman emperors such as Mauricius Tiberius and Justinus II.Please be sure to view the additional images.

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Vidin. District Court in Vidin is to sit on Thursday, August 7, on a request of Sofia City Prosecutor's Office for the removal of Gergo Gergov, Mayor of Vidin, from the post he occupies. Vasil Vasilev, Chairman of the Vidin District Court, announced …
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The Romans sought cotton goods, ivory and gemstones, spices, sandalwood and peacocks; in turn, they brought wine and olive oil, coral and gold, silver and copper. All that's left of this trail are Roman coins that have been discovered in several places …
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Journey into the distant past as you collect coins of ancient Rome. Made in the USA, Littleton's custom album organizes your ancient Roman coins by emperor, with a space for each coin. Clear album pages are organized by date, with tabbed pages. Includes an easy-reference list of Roman emperors. Coins are not included.

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