NGC-certified Ancient Coins Displayed at Bahrain Museum

Posted on 6/22/2023

Arab and Roman cultures intertwine through NGC Ancients-certified coins in a temporary exhibit at the Bahrain National Museum.

Numismatic Guaranty Company® (NGC®) is the world's largest and most trusted third-party grading service, and that is evident once again as numerous NGC-certified ancient coins were featured in a recent exhibit in Bahrain. Several international numismatic collectors were given the opportunity to display historic coins as part of an exhibition at the Bahrain National Museum. The coins, certified and secured in NGC's industry-leading holders, were displayed in the museum until June 22, 2023.

Two of the NGC Ancients coins on display in the Bahrain National Museum.
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The coins included a Silver Double-Denarius of Roman Emperor Philip I, also known as Philip the Arab, graded NGC Ancients AU, with a 5/5 Strike and 4/5 Surface; and a Gold Solidus of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I graded NGC Ancients MS, with a 5/5 Strike and 4/5 Surface. Born in Philippopolis in what today is southern Syria, Philip I ruled for five years before being overthrown in 249 A.D. Justinian I’s reign three centuries later coincided with the greatest extent of the Byzantine Empire, which at that time included much of the Middle East.

The Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain is a burgeoning market for coin collecting and grading. Arados Auctions founder and numismatic expert Mohamed Alaradi collaborated with the Bahrain Antiquities and Cultural Authority (BACA) to bring the exhibition to the Bahrain National Museum. The temporary "Coins Through Culture and History" exhibition's mission is to bring awareness to the rich history of ancient coins tied to the Arab world.

The numismatic exhibit debuted on May 22, with numerous state officials attending, including the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs and Bahrain Islamic Bank's Chief Corporate and Institutional Banking Officer. BiSB is sponsoring the exhibit, which is educating museum visitors on the cultural, economic and political roles of the Arabs and Romans through the lens of ancient coins.

"This was the true evidence of Bahrain's history and its showcasing of coins throughout the transitional period," coin collector Aqeel Almosawi told The Daily Tribune - News of Bahrain.

For more information, visit the museum's website here.

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