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About Rudnik Numismatics

RUDNIK Numismatics is dedicated to serving the needs of the beginning and more advanced classical numismatic collectors alike. Since 1998 we have continually offered interesting material in diverse price ranges, all the while remaining committed to popularizing the hobby of old coin collecting. Lofty rhetoric aside, it is truly our belief that the benefits of this endeavor - and exploring the economic and historical contexts, as well as the artistic and cultural interdependencies involved - offer an organic understanding and depth of civilizational perception that far surpasses the ramifications of a mere "collecting hobby". We try to reflect this view in our material selection and presentation.

Our business is currently conducted primarily over the Web. We do have a limited physical presence at a couple of regular bourse venues, primarily the biannual San Francisco Historical Bourse (SFHB), as well as occasionally the monthly San Francisco Ancient Numismatic Society (normally every second Saturday of each month; please inquire for specific times and to confirm our presence if needed). Private viewing of select material by appointment can also be arranged; please inquire if interested. Either way, whether operating in cyber or physical space - we pride ourselves in customer service and satisfaction, based on a personal relationship centered around the needs of the collector.

We feature a large fixed price inventory, as well as semi-regular online auctions conducted through our own auctioning system, usually lasting 10 days each. Fixed-price stock is listed on a regular basis, and the search mechanism allows to browse by posting dates and thus focus on most recent additions.

Our selection of Ancient Greek and Roman coinage are generally geared to a wide spectrum of collecting interests ranging from beginner to advanced intermediate; we occasionally stock high-end pieces, but generally all items are below $1000 (most of them well below). We often try to focus on scarcer and in some way "specialty items", including those of mythological, artistic, historical or other particular interest for the specialized collector; some of this is reflected in our suggested collecting "themes". We feature a premier selection of Byzantine stock, with one of the most diverse Byzantine bronze offerings in the trade. We further stock a relatively broad selection of medieval material, with a particular focus on several key areas, and an unparalleled offering of medieval Balkan stock. Almost all of our material is meticulously researched and attributed, supplied with historical context where pertinent, and conservatively graded. There is also a limited selection of more modern coins in stock, as well as limited OMD (orders, medals, militaria) material. Please bear in mind that at all times there is a fair amount of unlisted stock - both on the retail and wholesale level - so please feel free to inquire about specific items or kinds of inventory. We are in the contunuous process of actively acquiring new material from diverse sources, and are always pleased to serve want lists of active collectors as part of a mutually beneficial long-term relationship.

Our main focus is on retail sales of classical coins. In addition, we provide secondary services, which include buying material (individual pieces and collections) and doing consignment sales, appraisal and attribution. For more information regarding all these secondary services, please send us a simple email message.


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About our name:

The word Rudnik (ROOD-nik) denotes a mine in a number of Slavic languages, including Russian, Polish and Serbocroatian. Its root is in the Slavic noun "rouda", meaning "ore", which apparently in even older times specifically referred to a red ore, and in turn is derived from the old Indo-European "*reudh", which also generated the modern English words "red" and "ruddy" (as in ruddy complexion), as well as the modern Serbocroatian verb "zarud(j)eti" (to blush, or to turn slightly red).

Rudnik is also a place name for several locations in the Balkans, the most prominent of which is a mountain in north central Serbia, between present-day towns of Gornji Milanovac and Arandjelovac. It derives its name from the Middle Ages, when this was the site of one of three most prominent silver mines in medieval Serbia, and the first one to have commenced operation, sometime in the 1290s, after the original Brskovo mine some decades earlier. A money mint and large trade center are known to have existed around it, which have operated as part of the Serbian state through the mid-15th century. Referred to usually in Italian and Latin documents as "dinari di Rudenico", the silver pieces of the Rudnik mint were some of the finest medieval coins of their time.