Ruth Martin Collections - Coins

The Ruth Martin coin collection is an assemblage of 148 coins from the Near East, representing over 15 mints and covering a period of roughly 1,000 years.

The majority of these coins are bronze by composition with a number of gold and silver pieces. The collection features an assortment of images and icons related with the socio-political propaganda of some Macedonian and Roman rulers from antiquity.


Most impressive among these are the silver tetradrachms, representing Alexander the Great through the divine personage of Hercules facing right with a reverse of Zeus on a throne holding a scepter and eagle.

An excellent resource for learning more about these and other types of coins may be found at