12 RELIGIONS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: BRONZE AND SILVER COIN COLLECTION

12 RELIGIONS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: BRONZE AND SILVER COIN COLLECTION


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre 1492: Item # 1330170

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Biblical Artifacts
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What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Why does Fortune smile on some of us, while others seem cursed? What happens to our souls when we die? Do we have souls at all? Finding satisfactory answers to these existential questions consumed the intellectual energy of our ancestors—just as it consumes us to this day.

This remarkable collection pays tribute to 12 of the most significant religions of the ancient world.


1. Jainism, Mauryan Empire, karshapana

Material: Silver

Diameter/Weight: 12-17 mm/ 2.6-3.4 g

Obverse: Impressions of symbols

Reverse: Same


2. Judaism, A. Jannaeus, lepton

Material: Bronze

Diameter/Weight: 11-13 mm/ 0.3-1 g

Obverse: Anchor

Reverse: Star


3. Hellenistic Polytheism, Nicaea, AE

Material: Bronze

Diameter/Weight: 17-19.5 mm/ 2-4.5 g

Obverse: Portrait

Reverse: Assortment


4. Arianism - Roman Emp. Valens, nummus

Material: Bronze

Diameter/Weight: 16.5-19.5 mm/ 2-3.5 g

Obverse: Portrait of emperor

Reverse: Assortment


5. Zoroastrianism - Indo-Sassanian, drachm

Material: Silver

Diameter/Weight: 13-18 mm/ 3.9-4.5 g

Obverse: Indo-Sassanian bust

Reverse: Fire altar


6. Hinduism - Chola-Rajaraja, massa

Material: Bronze

Diameter/Weight: 18-20.3 mm/ 3.6-4.6 g

Obverse: Seated king

Reverse: Standing king


7. Taoism - China Song, cash

Material: Bronze

Diameter/Weight: 24-25.5 mm; 2.8-4.1 g

Obverse: Chinese characters-uniface

Reverse: Blank


8. Christianity- Byzantine Empire, trachy

Material: Bronze

Diameter/Weight: 20.5-29.5 mm/ 2.2-4.3 g

Obverse: Christ seated

Reverse: Virgin or Manuel facing


9. Islam - India Sultans of Delhi, 1/2 tanka

Material: Billon

Diameter/Weight: 14-18 mm/ 3.2-3.5 g

Obverse: Ruler's titles

Reverse: Caliphs, mints and dates


10. Shamanism - Mongol Empire, fals

Material: Bronze

Diameter/Weight: 15.5-30 mm/ 2.5-4.5 g

Obverse: Mint names, family titles

Reverse: Dates and declaration of faith


11. Shintoism - Japan, mon

Material: Copper

Diameter/Weight: 22.5 mm/ 3.3 g

Obverse: Japanese characters-uniface

Reverse: Uniface


12. Buddhism - Cambodia, 1/2 Fuang

Material:Bronze

Diameter/Weight: 12.5-15.5 mm/ 0.9-1.5 g

Obverse: Hamsa bird-uniface

Reverse: Uniface


Each coin is protected in an archival capsule and beautifully displayed in a deluxe custom made cherry hardwood case. Each collection comes with an informational booklet, certificate of authenticity, and a plaque inscribed with a list of the coins. The deluxe case is packaged in an attractive black gift box. Box measures 10 5/8" x 5 7/16" x 2".

For a further discussion of the religions represented in this set please see the attached images.