The first metal coins were crude affairs. While the originator of the first metal stamped coin is very much in doubt, it is generally agreed that they were first issued on one of the islands of Greece. These coins bore a face, the reverse bearing simply a crossmark of the die. The Greeks, Persians and finally the Romans minted coins of silver, gold and bronze. crossmark of the die
Numismatists (coin collectors) today, "generally" collect items in three main areas of interest. The areas most collected today are Ancient Coins, mostly of Greek or Roman origin, Medieval or hammered coinage (a.d. 476-1453), Modern era.