During my research on Gothic imitative coinage I came across these two coins:
Nr.1 (weight: 5,54 g) was found in the western Ukraine (Chernivtsi region, Sokiryansky district) and was identified as the barbaric imitation of a Roman Aureus.
Nr.2 (weight 5,49 g) was sold as a genuine Aureus of Maximianus (RIC 610, from the Cyzikus mint) by Nomos for 2.200 SFR:
Now tell me, doesn´t this look like the very same coin with the traces of mounting on the obverse and the detail below the figure on the reverse filed away?
If so, what is this? To me the obverse looks official in style, while the reverse has a "first generation barbarian" appeal.
While working on my Roman Imperial set of each individual as Caesar / Augustus / Divus, I came to realize that despite the impressive historical record that Roman coins leave for us, sometimes the pages of history and the pieces of metal in our trays don't always match up. Without going into the esoterics of history, I noticed that there were many holes in my set that history tells us shouldn't be holes.
A few off the top of my head:
- Given that Augustus allowed his BFF provincial governors to strike coins, and that so many provincial coins were made for Gaius and Lucius, why were none made for Nero Claudius Drusus while he was Caesar?
- With the sole exceptions of Vindex and Clodius Macer, how come no usurpers struck coins until the 193-197 AD civil wars? Avidius Cassius, in particular, seems like he should have issued coins?
- Even though Lucius Verus clearly took a back seat to Marcus Aurelius, I was surprised to learn that there is not a single extant coin of Verus struck...
Philip II Tetradrachm Lifetime Issue
Philip II Tetradrachm Lifetime Issue Amphipolis Mint, 355-349/8.
O: Laureate head of Zeus to right.
R: ΦΙΛΙΠ ΠΟΥ Philip II, wearing kausia and chlamys and raising his right hand in salute, riding to left; horizontal club below belly.
- Le Rider 96-108
The reverse is a representation of the King’s arrival on his accession to the throne, dressed in traditional Macedonian garb.
Early posthumous issue:
Silver Tetradrachm, Amphipolis mint. Early posthumous issue, struck under Kassander.
O: Zeus right wearing laurel wreath with berries.
R: Φ I Λ I Π - Π OY (Of Philip) Naked youth on horse prancing right holding long palm branch and reins; aplustre below; Γ under foreleg.
-Rider pl. 46, 18; SNG ANS 740. Light golden toning.
Plutarch (Alex., 3)
"To Philip, however, who had just taken Potidaea, there came three messages at the same time: the first that Parmenio had conquered the...
We all have in our collections coins featuring the famous recurring symbol : the cornucopia.
It is a representation of abundance, fecundity, fertility and happiness. Derived from the latin cornu meaning “horn”, and copiae meaning “plenty”, it has long been used as a common harvest symbol associated with a plentiful bounty. What’s his origin ? Once again we have to turn to the mythology to find an explanation. It seems that there are 2 possibilities :
1) Amalthea (a goat and the nurse of Zeus ) accidentally broke off one of her horns. Zeus felt terrible for her and so he promised that the horn would always bring her what she need.
2) Another version actually makes it the horn that Heracles snatched from Achelous (when he was transformed into a bull) during his victory over the river god.
Anyway one thing is for sure ; The cornucopia appears, in the fifth century BC, as an attribute of the god Hades. The infernal ruler is represented with this object a...
Hi all, so it has been a rather slow day at work which allowed me to spend a bit of time on a project: trying to predict a hammer price based on freely available data. This is probably impossible to do, but I tried it nonetheless and had some fun doing it.
Freely available data on SixBid (https://www.sixbid-coin-archive.com/#/en/search?currency=eur) with currency automatically recalculated to EUR to make life a bit easier. For the case studies, two search strings were used: 1) "caesar denarius elephant" and 2) "augustus denarius comet ivlivs"
Data is presented on SixBid in a more or less structured manner. First, the entire webpage was copy-pasted to google sheets. Using various (not super state of the art methods), data on hammer price, estimated price, auction house, date, grade (0=missing, 1= good, 2=fine, 3=very fine, 4=extremely fine, 5=mint state; or synonyms), NGC certificate (y/n) and provenance information (y/n) was extracted....
I did a search and did not find anything recent about this. I don't mind sharing some chapters in my book project.
It will all come together soon. Patience is a virtue.
A small poster in my Numismatic Library.
“The first speaker and master of ceremonies was John Stanley Rice (1899-1985). Rice, who was the primary person responsible for the 1938 75th Anniversary Reunion, and for erecting the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, was a Gettysburg resident. He was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania on January 28, 1899. John S. Rice was a Lutheran, a Democrat, a manufacturer, and a prominent fruit grower. He served in the United States Army during World War I and in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. From 1933-1940 he was a State Senator. He lost a bid for Governor in 1946. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1948, 1952, 1956, and 1964. He was Secretary...
Like my thread on Medieval Books, I thought I might try to keep track of my thoughts on the various books on Ancient coins I have read. While these are not as numerous as the Medieval books, I would be happy for others to chime in (as they have done on the medieval book review post). I would just ask that we try to keep things to a similar format for consistency.
Clare Rowan, From Caesar to Augustus (c. 49 BC-AD 14): Using Coins as Sources. Guides to the Coinage of the Ancient World. Series EditorAndrew Meadows. Cambridge: University Press, 2019.
This book is a little gem on the historical background of many coins issued during the intriguing years between the rise of Julius Caesar and the reign of Augustus. Clare Rowan clearly explains how the various coins issued during this time of transition were used as a...
According to Geraldine Chimirri-Russell curator emerita for the Nickle Art Museum of the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, certain series of ancient Celtic coins present lifelike three-dimensional images when viewed obliquely at arm’s length. This was intentional. Moreover, such presentations have been discovered on coins across cultures, showing people, animals, and buildings.
ABOVE: Illustration from page 92 of Made for Trade: A New View of Icenian Coinage by John Talbot (Oxbow, 2017). Sassanian coins with 3-dimensional oblique view.
(An earlier version of this article appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of the Mich-Matist of the Michigan State Numismatic Society.)
· Chimirri-Russell first announced her findings at the 13th International Conference on Numismatics held in Madrid, Spain, September 15-19, 2003. Her paper was titled “Changing...
I wanted to share my latest Mint Error acquisition. It's a beauty!
1 Cent - 1939 S Mint
MS 65 Red
With Occluded Gas Bubble on the Obverse - Planchet Error (Hard to see but it's located under LIBERTY)
From the error-ref.com website
Quote - "Definition: On rare occasions a pocket of gas forms and expands when a planchet is struck. The heat generated by the strike is deemed responsible for the gas expansion. The expanding gas pushes up the overlying metal, producing a rounded bulge with soft borders. If the roof remains intact, the error is designated an “occluded gas bubble”. If the roof explodes from the internal pressure, we call it a “ruptured gas bubble”. By definition, occluded gas bubbles are generally restricted to solid-alloy issues. While gas bubbles are sometimes seen on clad coins, these always turn out to have been caused by heat applied externally outside the Mint....
George McClellan's post inspired me to showcase some pieces issued during the Panic of 1907. The Panic was caused by a number of factors including a significant drop in the stock market, a failed attempt to take over the United Copper Company and the collapse of the Knickerbocker Trust Company in NY. The ripples of these events were felt throughout the country as depositors withdrew cash from the banking system.
The inelasticity in the money supply exacerbated the problem and led directly to the creation of the Federal Reserve System.
To put liquidity in the system local clearing houses, businesses and banks created cash substitutes to act as circulating media. The most common were circulating checks, clearing house certificates and payroll checks.
This first piece is a clearing house check (really a draft) issued through the Milwaukee Clearing House.
This is a Clearing House Certificate from San Francisco. The...
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