Pre-Columbian Digital Magazines

February 6th, 2014

I am a member of several Facebook groups. One group I am a member of is the Pre-Columbian Addiction group

This morning I found a few links posted to some digital magazines which I was truly impressed by!

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Maya News Magazine


Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Andean News

While looking at the publications he publishes, I found a third I plan on reading when I have some time:

Mike Ruggeri’s Ancient Americas Magazine

I have not been able to find out much information on Professor Ruggeri except for what he lists publicly on his Facebook page- he apparently is a Professor of History at Harold Washington College in Chicago Illinois.

Journal of Ancient Numismatics

February 6th, 2014



The Journal of Ancient Numismatics (JAN) is a free online journal dedicated to the study of Ancient and Medieval numismatics and history. 

I am very pleased to announce that thanks to the generous sponsorship of:




we will begin publishing again!

The Journal now has a new website where you can access all of the old issues and where new issues will be posted:

The Journal will be published electronically every quarter starting some time in March and all members of the Agora Auctions mailing list will be notified.

We are always looking for good article submissions. If you have an article you would like to submit please contact us.

As many of you know, JAN started out as a newsletter of my numismatic business. If you are receiving this announcement it is because at one point you were either a customer of mine or you had signed up for my mailing list via my blog or the JAN website.

I have been blessed with the support of many friends and colleagues. Thanks to you projects such as Coin Project, the Journal of Ancient Numismatics and Agora Auctions have been possible.

Top Tier Rare Coin Company Accepting Bitcoins As Payment

January 31st, 2014

BitcoinADCHICAGO, ILLINOIS, JANUARY 31 2014 – One of the country’s most respected rare coin companies, Harlan J. Berk Ltd., (HJB), is now accepting Bitcoins as a form of payment in an effort to provide better service to their clientele.

Scrutinized by some and embraced by others, are Bitcoins the currency of the future, or just a fad?

As more and more of our every day interactions move towards the intangible, founder Harlan J. Berk is excited to offer this forward thinking, cutting edge payment option.

“Sometimes being a leader means taking a leap of faith into the unproven to either confirm or deny its feasibility,” said Mr. Berk.

The kickoff for this new endeavor will begin immediately. All numismatic coins can be purchased with the use of bitcoins on the HJB website at

“After much research and evaluation we have decided to embrace this new paradigm in one of the ways we receive payment for our inventory; ancient coins, world coins, U.S. coins, paper money, maps and antiquities,” said Aaron Berk, son of Harlan J. Berk.

About Harlan J. Berk Ltd.:

Harlan J. Berk Ltd. was established in 1964 by Mr. Harlan J Berk himself, and has been located for decades in the same well-known downtown Chicago business and financial district at 31 North Clark Street. The facility’s retail store is located on the main level with an additional library consisting of over 17,000+ research books that the firm makes available to clients. The company has a very large online presence and global clientele. Since 1992, family members have taken charge of several departments. To learn more about the experts at Harlan J. Berk Ltd., please visit

Bombing in Egypt Damages Islamic Museum

January 28th, 2014

A friend and old classmate of mine (going back to the ninth grade!) Iman R, Abdulfattah works in archaeology/academia.  I just learned via her Facebook page that she is actually in Egypt and is offering whatever help she can at the site of the Islamic Museum which was damaged when an Egyptian police building was bombed. I hope that she and her colleagues will continue to be safe and that the damage was minimal.

She wrote the following (photos also attached below):

“I spent a few hours on the premises today, confined again to the area of the Museum Garden, mainly to provide administrative and moral support. Here is a brief update without compromising the very difficult work of the Ministry and Museum’s staff members, especially since an official statement has not been released:

- The artifacts have been, for the most part, cleared from the exhibition galleries and put in storage. Most of this work has been carried out by the in-house restores and the more specialized team from the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Team of first aid/first responders (they are great and I can’t sing their praises enough).
- Unfortunately, the interior and exterior of the building sustained a lot of damage, primarily from the impact of the force of the blast
- The main entrance to the Museum has been bricked shut, and all of the metal window grilles soldered back in place. Additionally, the Museum itself is now secured by the Ministry of Interior
- An official list outlining the extent of the damage will be made public, but as I suspected will take a few days
- I won’t be going to the Museum tomorrow; instead, I’ll go to the Museum Sector of the Ministry to sort through files and images that can be used to help with the reconstruction effort.

Peace and good night!”

She shared the following photographs (Photos by: Matjaz Kacicnik):


Tom Mallon-McCorgray (b. 12/24/56; d.1/9/14)

January 15th, 2014

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Tom Mallon passed away on the evening of January 9, 2014.

Tom Mallon

Tom was an incredible numismatist that always was willing to give of his time to help others learn. He was incredibly helpful with Coinproject volunteering early on in the project to help test, give his input on functionality and create several of the lists of issuing authorities.
His contribution to Eastern numismatics will live on for generations to come. (You can see some of the work he did HERE)
More important than all of the above, he was a great guy with a loving family who left us way too soon.

His wife sent the following update to those that had signed up to receive updates:Friends – Tom Mallon-McCorgray died on Thursday night.  Too raw to express what my beloved, my heart and the father of my children meant to us and me.  But, please know that the outpouring of love and over-the-top generosity astounded us from the start.  “Thanks” are never going to be enough – but that’s how we feel about all of your love and support:  thankful.  And, grateful.

To all of Tom’s friends and followers and family, a memorial service is likely to be in mid-February.  Will send out communications then.

Hold all those you love closely and kiss them with the fullness of love.

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Agora Auctions Numismatic Sale #4 Now Live

January 7th, 2014
Lot 4-331. Sicily, Naxos. Ca. 461-430 B.C. PB tetradrachm. BIFACE LEAD / ROSA OFF-METAL TRIAL STRIKE

Lot 4-331. Sicily, Naxos. Ca. 461-430 B.C. PB tetradrachm. BIFACE LEAD / ROSA OFF-METAL TRIAL STRIKE

Agora Auctions Numismatic Sale #4 (at is now live and closes Tuesday, January 28th, 2013 starting at 12:00 noon EST with lots closing every 30 seconds.

This sale has 405 lots which include a very special selection of Peter Rosa test strikes from the collection of Wayne G. Sayles, author of Classical Deception. These pieces were used as part of the research when he wrote this book. These are extremely rare as only one or two test strikes were ever made from each die. Some of the uniface pieces are unique and were experiments by Peter Rosa in his attempt to refine his techniques. The dies themselves were donated by Wayne G. Sayles to the American Numismatic Society museum in New York City.

In addition, this sale is very strong in Eastern material including Baktrian, Kushan, Parthian, Sasanian, Indo-Scythian and Islamic. Other highlights include 1 coin from the Goodman Collection, 1 coin from the Mabbott Collection, 2 coins from the Mt. Angel Abbey Collection; an unsigned and possibly uncirculated early US note, and a few scarce Cappadocian provincials. We also have a very nice selection of Pre-Columbian, Egyptian and other antiquities.

We are currently in the process of preparing our fifth and sixth sales. If you are interested in consigning items to Agora Auctions, please contact us to discuss terms and procedures. We offer excellent rates and quick payment.

The Agora Auctions Team

Agora Auctions Sale #3 Closing Soon

January 5th, 2014
Our Numismatic Sale #3 (at will start closing on Tuesday, January 7th, 2013 starting at 12:00 noon EST with lots closing every 30 seconds.This sale has 239 lots which includes a nice selection of Greek silver fractions, several rare Roman Provincial coins as well as a few more Roman Republican coins from the Goodman collection. In addition, we have a very nice selection of Pre-Columbian, Egyptian and other antiquities.

We will have a table at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) which will be located in the Starlight Roof room to the right- at the side of the small stair case. If you are coming to the show please stop by and say hello, we will be demonstrating our new Android and Apple mobile device applications. You can print a discount coupon for admission here:

We are currently in the process of preparing our fifth and sixth sales. If you are interested in consigning with Agora Auctions, please contact us to discuss terms and procedures. We offer excellent rates and quick payment.

The Agora Auctions Team

Heading: Numismatic Sale #3
Lower Danube, Uncertain tribe. 2nd-3rd century B.C. AR tetradrachm. Mysia, Kyzikos. 2nd-1st century B.C. Æ 12. Rare. Arkadia, Megalopolis. Ca. 80-50 B.C. AR triobol. Rare.
Islands off Thrace, Thasos. Ca. 500-480 B.C. AR obol. Macedon, Skione. Ca. 480-450 B.C. AR diobol. Very Rare. Macedonian Kingdom. Philip II. 359-336 B.C. AE double unit. Uncertain Macedonian mint, 306-297 B.C.
Bithynia, Kalchedon. Ca. 340-320 B.C. AR siglos. Cappadocian Kingdom. Ariarathes VII. 116-101 B.C. AR tetradrachm. Crete, Kydonia. 2nd century B.C. AR diobol. Very Rare.
Pontus, Amasia. Commodus. A.D. 177-192. AE 33. Dated Year 189 = A.D. 184-185. Scarce. Caria, Antiochia ad Maeandrum. Gallienus. A.D. 253-268. AE medallion. Ca. A.D. 260. Very Rare. Hellenistic Megarian red-ware bowl. 2nd-1st Century B.C.

Agora Auctions is currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions!

Benefits of consigning with us:
  • Low sellers fees
  • Your consignment will be listed quickly
  • Payment within 20 days (ask us for details)
  • You can track your consignment real time via our website
  • We can arrange a dedicated auction for larger consignments
Please contact us at to discuss.


Agora Auctions

January 5th, 2014

I have not posted to my blog for quite some time and I apologize for not keeping it updated.

Dear friends, collectors and fellow dealers,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the creation of Agora Auctions, Inc. Agora Auctions ( has just launched the first of what will be a regular electronic auction which will take place every three weeks. Since November 26th we have held three sales with our third sale starting to close Tuesday, January 7th, 2013 starting at 12:00 noon EST with lots closing every 30 seconds.

Based in the United States, the company is run by Tom Mullally (Senior Numismatist and Auction Administrator), Matthew Richter (President and CFO) and Alfredo De La Fe (Vice President, Numismatist and Chief Technology Officer). The focus of our auctions will be Ancient, Medieval and World coins and provenanced antiquities. However, we plan on expanding into other collecting areas.

Most of the antiquities we will be offering are “minor” and provenance information will be provided to the winning bidders. The majority of our antiquities come from larger (reputable) dealers, estate sales and from long time collectors.

Thank you,

Alfredo De La Fe & The Agora Auctions Team

My dad’s new CD is out!

April 28th, 2013

My dad’s new CD just came out and it is HOT!  If you like Latin music, Click on the photograph, listen to the samples and buy some MP3′s in time for the summer!

“Sin Limites – Alfredo De La Fé y Rodry Go”.  sinlimites


A White House response: Should journal articles derived from taxpayer-funded research be available for free?

February 22nd, 2013

In the past year, a great deal of discussion has arisen concerning the subject of access to scientific articles based on research which was paid for by taxpayers.  Quite a bit of this discussion can be found on the Doug’s Archaeology” blog.

Well, someone posted a petition to the White House “We the people” website, where the White House has committed to responding to questions/issues raised which receive a certain number of signatures.  The petition in question was:

Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research.

And it generated 65,704 electronic signatures.

Well, today, a response written by Dr. John Holdren of the Office of Science and Technology.  (If you click on the link above you can read both the petition and the response).  While it is a great start, I don’t think it goes far enough.  The Office of Science and Technology issued a memorandum which states:

“The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hereby directs each Federal agency with
over $100 million in annual conduct of research and development expenditures to develop a plan
to support increased public access to the results of research funded by the Federal Government.
This includes any results published in peer-reviewed scholarly publications that are based on
research that directly arises from Federal funds, as defined in relevant OMB circulars (e.g., A-21
and A-11). It is preferred that agencies work together, where appropriate, to develop these plans.”

Why set the bar so high?  Why $100 million?

Anyway, a move in the right direction!