This unassuming bronze coin is over 2,200 years old and has therefore been a part of many, many lives. People, will have bought houses, food, clothing and all manner of items with this one coin.
Coins this old are difficult to find. Many are in museums, many are in private hands and many are buried in the ground waiting to be found. And most collectors are quite understandably reluctant to sell them on. But today you can own one.
The obverse of this highly collectible coin features the head of Zeus; the King of the Gods and the ruler of mankind. He was the dispenser of good and evil and the upholder of morality; rewarding good and punishing evil.
The reverse features the prow of a ship. As Greece is a maritime nation, ships were immensely important and coming from the 2nd Century BC this coin was minted during the Hellenistic period of Ancient Greece; a time when Greek influence was expanding across the Mediterranean and Arab world.
Minted in bronze, this coin would probably have been cast instead of struck, as bronze is a lot harder than most metals used in modern coin production. This also accounts for the high relief visible on the coin.
Just 24 Available
There are just 24 of these coins available for Westminster collectors and we might not see anything like it for a good many years so you will need to act quickly if you want to add one to your collection. That is the way the market for ancient coins tends to work. Someone makes a discovery and then they all get absorbed into different collections and then it is all quiet until the next big find.
The Zeus ‘King of Gods’ bronze coin comes in a protective tamper-proof numismatic capsule inside a wooden presentation case with a certificate of authenticity.
These won’t be around for long, click ‘add to basket’ now to avoid missing out.
Ancient Greek 'King of the Gods' Bronze Zeus Coin
(+ £3.99 p&p)
(+ £3.99 p&p)
- Year of Issue: 2nd century BCE
- Country of Issue: Ancient Greece
- Metal: Bronze
- Diameter: 16mm