Bringing the Past Alive...

Treasure Coins

A set of replica coins. These coins obtained from the Spaniards in exchange for rum, slaves and tobacco and from privateers who made the West Indies their ports, were readily accepted and circulated. At times the Island government allowed the issuance of full Spanish coins or cut pieces(halves, quarters, thirds and eighths) at pre-established local values as high as 50% over the intrinsic value. They were usually stamped with the identifying mark and valued in bits and dogs. The practice of over valuation encouraged illegal cutting, counter marking and forgery. Occasionally Island authorities removed standard shaped slugs from the centre of coins and circulated both pieces.

A great set to study the period of the West Indies and the varied use of coinage over history.

$24.95AUD plus P&H 

Spanish Silver Cobs

Thousands of kilos of Gold and Silver was sent from south America to Spain in the 1500s. Many of these were made into coins, in this case Cobs (cut off the bar) coins that were first cut from a bar of silver then stamped with a heavy hammer and die. Many of the Treasure Fleets were ship wrecked off the Florida Coast or attacked by Pirates. 

An interesting set of coins from the period.

$24.95AUD plus P&H 

Spanish Gold Doubloons 

A set of four Spanish coins  from the 1500s. After the conquest of Mexico in 1519 by Hernan Cortes the spanish conquistadors had the locals mining gold and silver. 

Gold coins were then made from slices cut from round bars hence them being called Cobs. (Cut off the bar.) The coins were struck with heavy hammers and trimmed to proper weight.

Thousands of kilos of Gold and Silver were shipped from Central and South America to Spain via Havana, Cuba and off the Florida Coast. Hence many ships were caught in Hurricanes and were wrecked off the Florida coast.

Doubloon means double as one gold escudo is worth double the value of the larger silver one peso. 

$24.95AUD plus P&H

Coins of Ancient Greece

A set of 6 coins from Ancient Greece - Pewter cast replicas.

$29.95AUD plus P&H   

Coins of Ancient Greece and Rome

A set of six life size replica coins cast in pewter.

Packaging can vary.

$29.95AUD plus P&H

Coins of the Twelve Caesars (US SET)

A set of 12 pewter cast coins of the Roman Emperors from Julius 44BC to Domitian 96AD.

The coins look and feel very similar to the originals and are very suitable for hands on activities.

They can be removed from the packaging and handled like an original coin.

The rear side of the coins cannot be seen while the coins are still inside the package.

The Twelve Caesars, written by Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus (c.AD 71 - c.AD 135), is a set of biographies of Julius Caesar and the first eleven emperors of the Roman Empire. Material for The Twelve Caesars was gathered from the imperial archives and surviving eyewitnesses of the time, as well as his own experiences of life at court.

The work tells the tale of each Caesar's lives according to a set formula of descriptions; appearance, omens, family history, quotes and then a history, which are all given in a consistent order.

Julius Caesar was the first living Roman to have his portrait on the current coinage of the official mint. This was a sign both of his power and of the break with tradition. This practice was followed on by his successors.

The pack contains 12 Denarii from the first 12 emperors of the Roman Empire. The Emperors are Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian.

$29.95AUD plus P&H SOLD OUT of STOCK

The development of coinage...

There are many references to the shekel and its components throughout ancient literature, particularly the Bible. There is seen the bekah (half shekel), pim (third shekel), rebah (quarter shekel), gerah (twentieth shekel) and the talent, however none of these in early time actually refers to actual coinage but rather to weights of particular precious metals.

Precious metals in early times were important components within a trading system, specifically as a form of barter. Many other items also fit into the barter category, ox, sheep, cows or in fact anything of value that was of surplus value to one person but of benefit to another. The talent itself was connected with an ox. The word we use today as "pecuniary" comes from the Latin pecus meaning cattle.

When in Babylon a shekel = 180 grains of Barley = one sixtieth of a mina or manah = one sixtieth of a talent.

As trade then increased as cities and civilisations grew a barter system was inconsistent and a more precise system was needed as a means of exchange, hence the use of precious metals. They would need to be weighed and and then agreed upon in order to have a fair and consistent form of exchange. But....how does one guarantee that the piece of precious metal you receive is consistent with that exchanged elsewhere? Official marks were imprinted on them to establish their accepted authenticity and so the stage was set for the first coins...

It is usually accepted that the first coins were produced by the Lydians around the 7th century BC made of electrum an alloy of silver and gold. They were stamped with the head of a lion.

Symbols such as an ox, turtle shell, olive sprig or cluster of grapes were early symbols used, and later images of gods and goddesses and eventually images of the rulers.

We have a range of replica coins from various civilisations. These make great educational aids both for the individual and the classroom. Our range is growing as we access new product ranges.


Coins of the Bible Set 1

A set of 6 replica coins including:

Tribute Penny = "Give unto God what is God's and give unto Caesar......"

Widows Mite = "She gave all she had....."

Herod the Great = Ruler of Judea during the Birth of Christ

Herod Antipas = Ruler of Judea during the ministry of Christ

Shekel of Tyre = Thirty Pieces of Silver....

Stater of Antioch = Thirty Pieces of Silver...

$24.95AUD plus P&H

Coins of The Bible Set 2

A set of 6 coins including:

Denarius 132 - 135AD

Dilepton Simon Nasi 66-70AD

Quarter Shekel 132-135AD

Shekel 66-70AD

Shekel Bar Kochba 133AD

Judea Capta Vespasian 70AD

$24.95AUD plus P&H

Coin Pouch

A coin pouch to store your coins in.

$9.95AUD plus P&H

Leather Coin Pouch

Made from Kangaroo leather.

$9.95AUD plus P&H

Christmas Collection

A coins et based around the Christmas story and the Three Wise Men.

Coins included are:

  1. King Azes II of Bactria
  2. King Phraates IV of Parthia
  3. King Aretas IV of Nabataea

These coins come with a full description of each coin.

$49.95AUD plus P&H Quote CHRISTMASCOIN

Shekel 66-70AD

A replica coin of the 1st Jewish Revolt

$7.95AUD plus P&H

Lepton of Pontius Pilate

A single coin of Pontius Pilate prefect of Judea.

$7.95AUD plus P&H

 "Wolf" Torc wrist band.

A Torc to be worn on the wrist 60mm diameter. Metal casting.

$16.95AUD plus P&H

Prague Groschen

A replica of a silver Coin "Dei GRatia Rex Boemie" By the Grace of God the King of Bohemia.

$7.95AUD plus P&H ONE COIN

Chinese Coin Set

A set of 6 Chinese coins from large circular to early spade and knife token coins.

The large round coin is 90mm in diameter. 

$59.95AUD plus P&H SOLD OUT of STOCK

Silver Denarius of Titus

A pewter cast replica of a denarius of Titus 79-81AD

$7.95AUD plus P&H

The History of Money

You walk into the shop, you hand over a few dollars, the shopkeeper gives you the products and off you go..........
a simple transaction, but where did it all start? What are the origins of the money that rattles around in our pockets and purses?
Click here for a word document and here for a pdf.