About Me and This Collection


I was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1988. I started collecting coins as early as 1995 when the 100 lira denominations removed from cirlucation. But it was more like "hoarding" more then "collecting". I dived into the world of coin collection in February 2004 by purchasing my first Turkish brass and nickel coins and a few Ottoman nickels. To me, having the same type minted in different years was not exciting so my coin album filled pretty quickly. Then I moved to World Coins, where I gained a lot of friends all over the world by swapping coins. Along with it, I got interested in the ancient world.

In Turkey, you can collect any coins, which is not older than the period of the last sixth Ottoman emperor, without any problems. But for medieval and ancient coins you need a license from the government. So, in July 2006, I turned 18 and got my collector license from Turkish Republic Ankara Independence War and Republic Museum. With this license, he became the youngest ancient coin collector who has the license in Turkey at that time.

I have tried to collect a broad range of periods from ancient Greek to Islamic era for a quite some time and finally settled on the Ilkhans in 2014. These are the coins that makes me tremble.

I received my BSc (cum laude) in 2011 from Bilkent University. I've enrolled to the same university for my MSc studies and graduated in 2013. I joined Prof. Sijbren Otto`s group in Groningen, the Netherlands in September 2013 to pursue my PhD on systems chemistry where I worked on novel self-replicating systems from dynamic combinatorial libraries. Since November 2018, I am a postdoctoral research fellow in Prof. Jan van Hest research group in Eindhoven University of Technology. For more information on my academic work, you can visit yigitaltay.com

February 27, 2019
I have redesigned and re-coded the website in php considering the modern standards. First time ever, login system is incorporated to prevent abuse of the data and the system.

July 20, 2018
A dedicated search engine has been built.

April 25, 2017
A special section with a dedicated sub-domain is added for Ilkhan coinage (ilkhans.altaycoins.com)

October 5, 2016
All the sections are removed and website is redesigned and dedicated for Ilkhan coins.

August 14, 2014
World coins section is removed. As I no longer collect world coins, I decided to remove it. Main focus will be on Ottoman, Seljuk of Rum, Beylik coins and of course Ilkhan coinage.

March 28, 2014
Website is online again! It is uploaded with a backup from 2011. Some of the data lost but no major loss. I decided to spend more time on this website to increase its visibility.

January 24, 2011
It has been two years since I did not add a single coin to the website. So the website goes offline.

September 1, 2008
My website is online! It is designed by me and coded by Ayhan Yaşar from Zenar Tasarım. It contains around 100 coins from ancient and medieval coins of Anatolia. In the world coins section there is about 2000 coins listed.

July 14, 2006
I got a coin collection licence to collect ancient and medieval coins in Turkey.

February 22, 2002
I bought few Turkish Republic and two nickel Ottoman coins. Thus, I literally started collecting coins.

January, 1995
As the 100 Lira went out of circulation. I gathered all the denominations and put it aside. This is the point where I have developed an interest in coin collecting.

2008, Ankara
2018, Eindhoven