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Welcome to ACE

Ancient Coins for Education, Inc. (ACE) was established in 2001 as a registered non-profit organization to encourage learning about Classical (Greek, Roman, and Byzantine) history through the use of ancient numismatics. ACE provides coins to students for their study and attribution with the help of online and computer resources.

ACE is run by volunteers and works primarily with middle and high schools (both public and private), with some elementary schools and universities also participating in specially directed versions of the program. Though the coins that ACE furnishes to these educational establishments are typically of lower monetary value, they provide a basis for unique, hands-on study of the ancient world. ACE lends assistance to creative school activities, such as Ancient Coin Museums and Archaeological Simulation projects, which encourage students' interest in ancient history.

"Pone historiam in manus discipulorum tuorum"
Put History into the hands of your students.

Ancient Coins for Education, Inc.
c/o Mark Lehman 77-A. Grattan St.
Chicopee, MA 01020
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For more information on ACE and its programs, please contact any of the following ACE directors at the above e-mail address
ACE DIRECTORS: Mark Lehman, John E. Ryan, Cathy Scaife, Souzana D. Steverding, Zee Ann Poerio, Scott Uhrick, Kevin Ingleston

Donations of uncleaned optimal quality ancient coins, identified ancient coins for the school program, prize coins for essay contests and Teacher supplied Resource prizes, coin flips, magnifiers, etc. are also needed to support the ACE program. Please contact ACE at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to discuss the items you would like to donate and make arrangements for shipping.

All photographs on this website either are the property of ACE or of others who have contributed them, and may not be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of the owner of same. All rights are reserved.


Our Essay Contests - a short explanation!

For " new to ACE" teachers, this is to give you a rough idea of the upcoming Fall Essay Contest for 2011, hich we give your students two months to complete.   We take interesting characters from the Roman Imperial past :  Your students choose their subjects from a short list... for example:  last year, the subjects were :
Agrippa (Marcus Vipsanius);  Vespasian;  Sabina ( wife of Hadrian);  Gordian III & Tranquillina;  Valerian I;   Crispus ( son of Constantine) or Theodosius I.   We got some fantastic essays!

A look at Image Contests for new Teachers

As well as our Annual Essay Contest, we have 3 other yearly Contests, which we call " Image Contests" ....  these are easy to mark ( we send you the answers which are only 1 or 2 words per question, in an Excel format) and they are designed to get your students researching.  Remember to stay tuned to the ACE Teachers Group, where we post all the contest details.  Image


Wayne Sayles generosity warms ACE teachers

Image As icy weather spread across most States in the Union, ACE Teachers  had just received a marvellous book to read on their “ Snow days” .  Thanks to noted numismatic author, Wayne Sayles,  and the generous donation of his book “Ancient Coin Collecting”,  teachers could both relax  in the warmth and make new Lesson Plans!     His book has great coin images and is brimming over with illustrated background information on Roman, Greek, Biblical and other ancient coins of all types...

It is the sort of book you keep on your desk with Post it stickers on the pages giving the timeline of all Roman and Byzantine Emperors, listing of all Roman and Greek Deities and Personifications, Greek and Latin alphabets, maps of different regions, etc - You want to see Homer on a coin, various Alexander the Great coins, an Athenian owl,  Elephants on various coins, Biblical coins, Parthian coins, Baktrian coins, Celtic coins and so on.... they are all there for teachers to see and show their students.   This was an unprecedented opportunity, especially for teachers who are fairly new to ancient coins... we have never been able to offer such a wonderful educational resource... ACE is indeed endebted to Wayne Sayles for his utmost generosity - such an opportunity is rare for teachers. 



ACE Fall 2016 Essay Contest


Congratulations to the winners of our ACE Winter 2016
Essay Contest.  We got some outstanding essays. 

The 1st place winner came from Kentucky, where a
15 year old wrote an essay set in the period of
Justinian 1st , which was marked as "near perfect"
by one of our outside judges!  
Second place went to a 13 year old from Texas,
who wrote excellently about the Flavians.  
Our plaudits go to them and their obviously inspiring
teachers.      All school finalists will be receiving
identified coins in January 2017.







ACE Fall 2016 / Spring 2017

   This academic year we welcome back teachers and schools with whom we have already worked in the past, plus some new schools whose students will be delving into Roman coins, probably for the first time.   We hope that you will find the various explanations to help as you go along on this web site.  
If you want to order Roman coins, see the Application form, and write to Souzana at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it    If you have specific questions, our President, Mark Lehman, is a veritable fount of information, and he can be reached at        This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it     
Another ancient coin and artifact guru is our Director Scott Uhrick, who carefully checks our Optimate coins before sending them out as per your orders.     ACE is run by volunteers and we have been running this registered non profit for 16 years, and look forward to this new academic year. 





ACE Essay Contests

We will be issuing the details of this year's Essay Contest shortly.
Last Winter 2015/2016, we gave the contestants a selection of subjects from Roman times -   the Eruption of Vesuvius,the Revolt of the British Iceni, a powerful Severan woman, early Christians in the Roman Empire, etc.
We got some marvelous results in the form of fascinating essays.   We have sent the students -their prizes - with the Senior Winner in KY and the Junior winner in CA, and Runners Up in TX and MD.
Our congratulations to all who took part, as all those who were winners from their respective schools, received prizes