HISTORIC CONNECTIONS

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.


$19.95AUD plus P&H

Coins of Ancient Greece


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


$34.95AUD plus P&H   OUT OF STOCK .

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

Coins of the 12 Caesars (UK SET) 


Essentially the same coin set as the set above except this set can be viewed from both sides without being removed from the display 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.

The spectacular Twelve Caesars coin pack contains 12 coins held in clear plastic blisters, and the coins obverse and reverse can be clearly seen. The full colour card show images of Roman coins on the front and back and has historical text on the reverse.


$29.95AUD plus P&H

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.


 

Roman Coin Collection - The development of coinage in the Roman Period.


Roman coins were not just a means of paying for goods. The obverse of the coins portrayed the ruling Emperor's face. The reverse of the coins were used to communicate great events or to promote the status of the Emperor to his people. For example, the Emperor may have depicted a god that had attributes with which he wished to be associated. The coins were circulated throughout the Empire bringing news, perhaps of events that had taken place far away.

The reproduction Denarius of Augustus was struck between 27BC-14AD and shows the bare head of Augustus on the obverse and Capricorn with a cornucopia and globe on the reverse.

The reproduction 22ct gold plated Aureus of Claudius was struck between 41-54AD and shows a laureate bust of Claudius on the obverse and DE BRITANN on a triumphal arch on the reverse

The reproduction bronze plated Dupondius coin of Nero was struck between 54-68AD and shows the head of Nero on the obverse and Roma in military dress on the obverse.

The reproduction bronze plated Sestertius of Nero was struck between 54-68AD is made from bronze plated lead-free pewter. The coin shows a bust of Nero on the obverse and on the reverse, Nero reinforces his military strength by picvturing himself and a soldier on horseback in 'decursio' or combat.

The reproduction bronze plated As of Antoninius Pius was struck between 138-161AD and shows the laureate head of Antoninus Pius on the obverse and Britannia seated on a rock on the reverse.

The Roman Coin Collection contains five coins held in clear plastic blisters. They are supplied in spectacular six page full colour pamphlet style packaging, complete with images and historical information relating to the history of Roman coinage.

The set explains how coins were made and the comparative earnings in Roman times. How much did a teacher earn in ancient Rome?


$24.95AUD plus P&H



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

A Star out of Jacob


A coin set containing four replica coins based around the story of the Star of Bethlehem.


Coins included in this set are:

  1.  Governor Quirinius of Antioch
  2. King Phraastes IV of Parthia
  3. King Azes II of Bactria
  4. King Aretas of Nabatea

$49.95AUD plus P&H Quote COINJACOBSET1

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

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

Coin of Cleopatra VII


A single replica coin of Cleopatra c31BC


$7.95AUD plus P&H

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.