ITALIAN FILM + ANCIENT ROMAN COINS OF SICILY @ ICS
The Italian Cultural Society of DC
and ANCIENT ROMAN COINS OF SICILY
SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014 (Film @ 1:00 pm)
NUMISMATIC COINS PRESENTATION (3:00 pm)
ITALIAN CULTURAL SOCIETY
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS VILLAGE CENTER
4433 S Park Ave | Chevy Chase, MD 20815
METRO RAIL: RED line - Friendship Heights Stop.
ICS Web site > http://italianculturalsociety.org/
NON-ICS Members = $ 5.00 Donation at the door.
*** FREE Food and Beverages follow the concert ***
Italian Movie of the Month: To be determined
2:00 PM "FREE" Italian Language Practice
With Prof. Silvana De Luca of ICS Italian Language School
NUMISMATIC: ANCIENT ROMAN COINS OF SICILY
by ICS Member Frank PALUMBO
HISTORY OF NUMISMATICS
Coin collecting may have existed in ancient times. Caesar Augustus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augustus) gave "coins of every device, including old pieces of the kings and foreign money" as Saturnalia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturnalia) feast gifts.
The Italian Renaissance writer and one of the Italian language founding fathers Petrarch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrarch) wrote in a letter that he was often approached by vinediggers with old coins asking him to buy or to identify the ruler. He is credited as the first Renaissance collector. Petrarch presented a collection of Roman coins to Emperor Charles IV (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_IV,_Holy_Roman_Emperor) in 1355.
The first book on coins was De Asse et Partibus (1514) by Guillaume Budé. During the early Renaissance ancient coins were collected by European royalty and nobility. Collectors of coins were Pope Boniface VIII (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boniface_VIII), Emperor Maximilian of the Holy Roman Empire, Louis XIV (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIV) of France, Ferdinand I, Elector Joachim II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joachim_II_Hector,_Elector_of_Brandenburg) of Brandenburg who started the Berlin coin cabinet and Henry IV of France (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_IV_of_France). Due to its most esteemed founders Numismatics is called the"Hobby of Kings".