Ancient Greece Tetradrachm Gela Sicily  466BC to 413BC
Ancient Greece Tetradrachm Gela Sicily 466BC to 413BC

There is a growing segment of numismatics (coin collecting) that specializes in ancient and medieval coinage. A surprising number of these coins still exist, and modern cleaning and conservation methods are revealing their beauty and wonder. You can actually hold coins from ancient Greece and Rome in your hand, and add old, old coins from Bible times, and even before, to your collection. Two of our favorite dealer sites for such coins are:


Many of these coins are very afforadable, and all are extremely interesting.

Jeff's coin is a replica (COPY) of an Greek silver tetradrachm from Gela (Sicily). Since it is a copy, it is worth only small amounts. You can find these on dealer sites and on eBay for $10 US dollars or so. Were it real, it could easily fetch 100s, even 1000s, of dollars. If it were not a copy, the coin in the pictured condition would bring around $1000. Very roughly, for genuine coins without problems such as scratches, stains, spots, and so forth:

worn: $300 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1000
well preserved: $2500

Some interesting tid bits about Jeff's coin (gleaned from the Internet) are:

The bull-man is the river god Gelas

The charioteer is sometimes commanding a biga (a chariot drawn by two horses), sometimes a quadriga (a chariot drawn by four horses). The horses are always galloping right, being crowned by Nike (the Greek personification of victory) flying above.

The date is somewhere around 466-413 BC

You can see several other genuine coins like this at this link.

One online collector thinks that many coins like this were manufactured recently and distributed in the US to promote a Greek book

Coin: 7034 , Genre: Ancient
Requested by: jeff cormier, Thu, 10-Mar-2011 12:51:08 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sat, 02-Nov-2013 02:06:57 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 12-Dec-2014 10:30:18 GMT
Requester description: looks like it is made of gold and pressed. looks like the letters CEAAI on top of a bull with man face on one side and the letters COPT below a person standing behind a horse on the other side. no dates, and it is not perfectly round. I found it on my property while digging in the ground in Williamson, NY.
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I am holding this same coin in my hand right now and I have two of them heavily worn though but i think it it real - Jared Pringle
:) - CoinQuest

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