Over the years I have seen more than a few coins converted into prize medals. What follows is my write up of the most spectacular one I have ever seen:
The Milwaukee City Dragoons Schiessen Medal
The raising of Militia units in the United States dates back to British traditions in our colonial era. Able bodied young men were required to enroll in the local militias to defend their homes from the attacks of hostile Indians and their French allies. Early militia men had to provide their own weapons and clothing and attend regular training sessions. After American independence the states gradually started providing equipment and funding for militia units. Uniforms became fancier after the Napoleonic Wars. Militia membership became voluntary and in some cases socially important. In Wisconsin, militia organization began slowly in the late 1830’s (on paper) and was well established by the late 1840’s. By 1850 Milwaukee...
I like Alexandrian's coins. They are easily recognizable, often dated, some type of reverses are exclusive to this mint, and someone described them as " beautiful, with evident oriental flavour although with an aftertaste quite different from that of the Asian mints." The workshop of Alexandria produced coins for a longer period than any other provincial mint. Any other foreign currency was prohibited in Egypt for centuries. If you were a roman citizen who wants to do business there, you had to exchange your money before crossing the borders (at their advantage of course). Why did the Roman power tolerate this closed currency system? Probably because Egypt was the most important provider of wheat for the empire. I'm pretty sure all collectors want to have at least one example of Alexandria in their collection, don't you ? Who says Alexandria says Dattari. Let's talk a bit about him....
Well, the following post will feel a little out of season, but that’s because I intended to post it in December and never got around to it. Unfortunately my work situation continues to get crazier and unnecessarily hectic, which has left me little time for coining. Spring Break (and Coronavirus) has given me a little time to engage in the hobby again, and hence I was able to finish this up...
I’m sure many of us are familiar with the Christmas Carol “Good King Wenceslas”:
Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the Feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gathering winter fuel
While this is a modern carol (written in the 19th century to a 13th century tune), it tells the fictional tale of the Duke of Bohemia, delivering alms to a poor peasant on December 26 (The feast day of St. Stephen, the first Christian Martyr). Duke Wenceslaus, who was posthumously declared...
There is a current thread called “Coins Without Denominations” currently close to the top of the list here. I thought that it might be interesting to note how the first U.S. mint noted the face value on its coins.
Interestingly the half cents and large cents had the value in two places on the reverse. The half cents had the words “HALF CENT” in large letters on the reverse and the fraction “1/200” under the wreath. The large cents had “ONE CENT” and the fraction “1/100.” This was the way the value was shown until John Reich changed it starting in 1808.
1795 Lettered Edge Half Cent. This coin also had its value expressed on the edge.
1797 Large Cent
The early half dimes and dimes did not have any markings at all that defined their face value.
The 1796 Quarter, which was the first quarter-dollar had no markings as to its value....
Post your coins of Side, coins with die damage, or anything you feel is relevant!
Side (modern Selimiye) was the principal city and port of ancient Pamphylia, originally situated on the Mediterranean coast west of the mouth of the Melas (Ancient Greek: Μέλας; now Manavgat) River, in southwestern Turkey. (The site is now inland.)
Though the city was founded by Aeolian Greeks, the Sidetic language was spoken there. According to Arrian, when settlers from Cyme came to Side, they could not understand the dialect.
Having a good natural harbor and two artificial harbors for larger vessels, it was the most important port in Pamphylia. Alexander the Great occupied the city (333 BC), and the Rhodian fleet defeated that of the Seleucid king Antiochus III there (190 BC). In the 1st century BC Cilician pirates made Side their chief slave market.
The consul Servilius Vatia...
Working on a research article on a “rediscovered” counterfeit early copper, the (1694) Elephant Token; this “preview” will present some of the images and thoughts on these for discussion in this forum.
I had the opportunity at the end of the EAC 2019 Convention in Dayton, Ohio (which I chaired with my better half) to discuss some initial research of a friend and EAC Dealer on several examples of this token, attributed as “Hodder 2-B” (both thin and thick planchets), the most common variety of the type. My friend showed me his TPG certified example and the issues with it; I agreed to keep it under wraps until we could both conduct additional research. The following example is his “discovery” piece and now in my collection:
Writer's TPG certified example (cert now inactive)
As a point of reference I include this image describing the dies and die combinations known for the series according to Michael Hodder:...
TL;DR: A cheap clip-on macro lens improved my simple iPhone coin photography.
This is a post for people like me who use their cell phone to photograph coins. True photography aficionados should avert their eyes. TIF and Doug Smith should not even be reading this post. It will just depress them.
I use my iPhone for coin photography and editing. About a year ago, I upgraded to the iPhone X. While the camera was better in many ways, it was actually worse than my iPhone 6 for close-up photography. I saw a set of Godefa cell phone lens attachments on Amazon for about $20 and suggested it offhand as a Christmas gift. Lo and behold, my wife got it for me (https://www.amazon.com/Fisheye-Telephoto-Kaleidoscope-Starburst-Compatible/dp/B07DHHXLXF ). I was skeptical that these cheap attachments would work, but I have been pleased with the 15x macro lens, which is the only one from the set I really use.
You just take your iPhone out of its case and clip on the...
SILVER 10 SOLS - UNITED STATES OF BELGIUM
Obverse: Brabant lion standing right - MON NOV ARG PROV FOED BELG / 1790 (mint mark)
Reverse: Two hands shaking, arrows behind - IN VNIONE SALVS / X-SOLS
Verenigde Belgische Staten - États-Belgiques-Unis - United States of Belgium / Insurrection Coinage / Belgian Revolution of 1789-1790 or Brabant Revolution, Revolt against Joseph II (HRE) / designed by Theodore Van Berckel, engraver at the Brussels Mint. The bundle of 11 arrows representing 11 provinces: East Flanders, West Flanders, Brabant, Hainault, Tournai, Namur, Luxembourg, Liège, Limburg, Antwerp and Mechelen.
The obverse of this coin shows the Brabant lion standing (rampant) facing right with the inscription MON(eta) NOV(us) ARG(ent) PROV(inciae) FOED(eratus) BELG(ica) / New Silver Money of the Federated Provinces of Belgium. Below the lion is the date 1790 with the face of an angel in between the 7 and 9. This is...
I purchased a tetradrachm of Antiochus II several months ago when I was just dipping my toes into Seleucid coinage. The coin is nice and shows healthy wear consistent with a large demonation that circulated in Asia minor and the Middle East. However, I did not delve much into Antiochus II's reign as King. Initially I thought he was a mediocre King who had no notable achievements in life. However I was wrong. Sources are notoriously difficult to find for the time period, hence why so much of his life's achievements can be written on a postcard, but it seems Antiochus II was a strong ruler who along with Antigonus II managed to successfully check Ptolemaic power.
Here is what we know of Antiochus II Theos
- Born in 287 BCE to Antiochus I Soter and Stratonice I
- 268/7 BCE-Became heir apparent after Antiochus I had his older son, Seleucus, put to death for treason.
- Became King in 261 BCE after the death of his father Antiochus I, he begins...
If one studies the coinage of Trebonianus Gallus and Volusian, it becomes apparent that certain issues of the Rome mint feature reverse types with and without a star in the field. This phenomenon appears to be limited to the Rome mint and such varieties are not to be found on the issues for the branch mint (traditionally attributed to Mediolanum) or for Antioch. Three reverse types issued for Gallus and three for Volusian feature stars. Those for Gallus are: FELICITAS PVBLICA, LIBERTAS AVG, and PIETAS AVGG. For Volusian, these are: CONCORDIA AVGG, PAX AVGG, and VIRTVS AVGG. This thread only deals with those of Gallus; my collection of Volusian issues remains much too incomplete to illustrate them.
In an analysis of the Dorchester hoard,* Mattingly notes that the issues with the star (71 examples for Gallus, 83 for Volusian) are uniformly underrepresented compared to those without the star (200 for Gallus, 195 for Volusian) by about 2-1/2 to 1. On the basis of the portraiture and...
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