2000 Years of Chinese Cash Coins: China 5 Dynasty Set

China is one of the world’s greatest civilizations. Among its manifold achievements are the so-called Four Great Inventions: paper, gunpowder, moveable type, and the magnetic compass. Unsurprisingly for such an advanced society, China’s sophisticated money system dates back thousands of years.

Minted for more than two millennia from copper and iron, Chinese cash coins all have easily identifiable legends, although countless varieties are to be found. From the mint names, first used regularly by the T’ang Emperors, we can trace the expansion of China. The size changes of the coins mark the periods when inflation affected the country.

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The Great War: A Centennial

The years 2014-18 mark the centennial of World War I, the global conflict known at the time as the Great War. This remarkable collection contains six silver coins that circulated during the First World War. For wholesale pricing, click here.

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2017: An Important Anniversary

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of one of the most significant events in Western history: the beginning of the protestant Reformation.

In 1517, Martin Luther’s act of protest ignited a religious movement that would consume Europe for the next 150 years. This remarkable collection features genuine silver coins that circulated in Europe during the Protestant Reformation and the subsequent period of religious conflict known today as the Thirty Years’ War.4REFORMATIONBOX

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Love & Death on February 14: The St. Valentine’s Day Coin

Many are the tales of St. Valentine, the third-century priest martyred on February 14—what we now know as Valentine’s Day. Records from that period of Roman history, the so-called Age of Chaos, are spotty, but this is what has been handed down to us: Continue reading

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Widow’s Mites, Magi Coins, and Other Holiday Favorites

Here are some of our seasonal best-sellers:

Widow’s Mites

Nothing quite captures the spirit of giving like the parable of the Widow’s Mite. These bronze coins from the Holy Land are perennial favorites, and we offer them in a wide variety of packaging, grade, and price point.

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