The set consists of 28 coins, one per century, starting from the 21st century, and proceeding backward to
the beginning of coinage. The coin chosen for any given century must be unambiguously
from that century — an undated coin that, say, was minted at any time from 1375 to 1425 is ineligible to be counted in either the 14th
or 15th centuries. Also, the coin chosen for any given century can come from anywhere in the world, but
no coin-issuing-entity should be represented more than once in the set. This set does have one
Roman, and one Roman Provincial, which does bend the rule slightly, though at least the legend for the provincial is in
Greek, rather than Latin.
Bust of Elizabeth II / Stylized land, air and aquatic fauna,
varieties of flora, park building, hiker and mountain range. 26.4mm.
National arms within wreath, denomination below / High
relief star, date below. Silver, 38mm; KM #15.1.
1880-S Morgan Dollar
Liberty facing left / Eagle holding arrows and olive branch in a wreath. Silver, 38.1mm; KM #110.
1795 6 Florins
Arms within circle and wreath / Value in
center of large radiant sun, date below. One year issue reform coinage. Silver, 33.1mm; KM #110.
1618 4 Maravedis
Issued by Philip III. Castle / Rampant lion left. Valladolid mint
(aqueduct mintmark). Copper, 20.2mm; KM #14.
Lion's head in front of a city gate;
CIVITATIS RIGENSIS / Cross above crossed keys, rosette below; MONE NO ARGENTEA. Silver, 18mm; Fyodorov 620.
Double-headed eagle / Inner and outer crosses. Early dated coin. Wiener Neustadt (Vienna) mint. Silver, 18mm; Saurma 645, Frey-140.
Issued by Maria of Anjou. Monogram in a circle, legend surrounding /
Lorraine cross in a circle, legend surrounding. Silver, 14mm.
ca. 1290 Pfennig
Issued by Heinrich II von Rotteneck
and Otto III Duke of Lower Bavaria. Bust of Heinrich under an arch / Busts of Heinrich and Otto. Silver, 15.6mm.
Issued by Richard (I) Coeur de Lion. RICARDVS in two lines across field, cross above, ω below /
AQVITANIE, cross pattée. Bordeaux mint. Silver, 18mm.
1080-1091 (AH 473-484) Half Dinar
Sulayhids of Yemen
Issued by Queen Al Sayyida Arwa
in the name of her late husband al-Mukarram Ahmad. Dhu Jibla mint. Gold, 18.2mm; Album 1078.
Five Dynasties - Southern Han. Ch'ien-heng chung-pao / blank. Lead, 25mm; Schjoth 436, Jen 169.
ca. 854-862 Sceat
Kings of Northumbria, England
Issued by Aethelred II. King's name,
cross in the center / Moneyer's name, five pellets in the center. Copper, 12.6mm; Spink 861 or 864.
793 Half Dirhem
Based on the Sasanian style: Crowned bust right, border with crescents /
Two attendants flanking a flaming altar, triple border with crescents and dots. Silver, 22.8mm; Marsden 542, Walker 159 XXXIV-15.
610 (Year 21) Drachm
Issued by Khosrau II. Crowned bust of Khosrau right,
double border with 3 crescents / Two attendants flanking a flaming altar, triple border with 4 crescents. Silver, 27mm.
Issued by Justinian. Bust of Justinian, helmeted,
holding globus cruciger and shield / Angel standing facing, holding P-headed cross and globus cruciger. Gold, 23.2mm; Metcalf 358ff.
455-467 AD Drachm
Issued by Skandagupta. Head of king right / Fire altar, Brahmi legend around. Silver, 12.3mm.
Issued by Constantius II. Diademed draped bust of Constantius II /
Roman soldier spearing a fallen horseman who raises an arm in protest. Siscia mint. Bronze, 18.6mm; RIC VIII Siscia 350.
Issued by Trajan Decius. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right /
Eagle on palm right, wreath in his beak. Silver, 25.6mm; Prieur 589.
133-4 Æ (Bar Kochba revolt)
Seven branched palm tree with two bunches of dates;
Hebrew below (Simon) / Vine leaf on tendril; Hebrew around (Year two of the freedom of Israel). Copper, 22.4mm; Hendin 708.
February, 47 AD Tetradrachm
Issued by Gotarzes II. Draped and diademed bust left / King enthroned right,
Tyche presenting wreath, date (Yr 359) above, month ("Dustrou" - February) in exergue. Silver, 27.3mm; Shore 359, Sellwood 65.
1st Century BC
ca. 79 BC Half-Shekel
Laureate head of Melqart right / Eagle standing left on prow,
carrying a palm under its right wing, club in field. Silver, 23.4mm.
2nd Century BC
ca. 174-165 BC Drachm
Issued by Apollodotos I. Elephant standing right; monogram / Zebu bull standing right. Silver, 14.7mm; Bop 4D, MIG 207b.
3rd Century BC
241-238 BC Shekel-Didrachm
Zeugitania, North Africa
Libyan Revolt. Diademed head of Tanit/Kore left / Horse standing
right. Overstruck. Silver, 23.9mm; SNG Cop 236.
4th Century BC
395-308 BC Stater
Boeotian shield / Amphora. Silver, 22.5mm; Sear 2400var.
5th Century BC
ca. 450-400 BC Drachm
Apollonia Pontika, Black Sea area
Anchor and crayfish / Gorgoneion. Silver, 14.mm; Sear 1655.
6th Century BC
Late 6th Century BC Twelfth Stater
Forepart of a lion right, head turned back / Star ornament within an
incuse square. Silver, 9.8mm; Sear 3532.
7th Century BC
Pre-Kroisos Third Stater (Trite)
Lydia, Asia Minor
Head of a lion facing right / Oblong punch divided into two squares. Electrum, 12.8mm; Sear 3398.