I particularly like Republican denarii with reverses showing animals, so I thought I'd post a few of mine. I'm excluding horses -- real and mythological -- because that would take in what seem to me to be a substantial minority (if not a majority) of Republican coins, especially the earlier ones.
Instead, here are a bull, a lion, a dolphin, a hound, and a wild boar. (In addition, although I won't re-post the Juno Sospita denarius from the thread about shields, there's a small snake on the lower right of the reverse of that coin. See https://www.cointalk.com/attachments/l-procili-juno-sospita-reverse-jpg.1061246/.)
The images are all from the sellers, except the last one.
First, the bull: Roman Republic, L. Thorius Balbus, AR Denarius, 105 BCE. Obv. Head of Juno Sospita R., “ISMR” [Iunonis Sospitae Magnae Reginae] / Rev. Bull Charging Right, A above, “L. THORIUS BALBUS.” RSC I Thoria 1, Crawford 316/1, Sear RCV I 192. 20.11 mm., 3.85 g. David R. Sear Certificate...
This type has been on my wantlist for many years but I've only had a couple opportunities to attempt to buy one and hadn't succeeded. It never comes beautiful and, to @Valentinian 's thread on "Condition and price balance", I wouldn't be 5x happier to buy the finest known (real) example which is just a bit nicer but at 5x the cost.
I was the underbidder but never saw the coin in person (I had a dealer view and represent me). Upon seeing it at the NYINC show last month, I was willing to give the winning dealer a modest profit and finally cross an important type off my list.
This coin depicts the story of Noah, including the dove, his wife, and the ark itself.
It shows how Noah and his wife standing in the ark floating on the water, first sending out a raven and later a dove (to get information about the current status of the flood) and how they thank God for their rescue after leaving the ark. These successive events are artfully drawn together into a single...
I would like to ask if anybody here has experience or knowledge concerning the Ecu de Six livres struck by the French National Convention during the revolutionary year of 1793.
I have two examples in my collection, one struck at Lyon (Atelier D), the other at Lille (Atelier W).
The Lille raises some question for me as it shows some anomalies not seen on coins of this type: first, it displays a die break on reverse which, I think, was the reason for the weak strike which can be seen in places.
The other anomaly is the irregular spacing of the date, specially the '9' which is wildly out of line with the rest of the digits in the date.
It have observed neither of these anomalies on any of the Ecu de Six Livres from Lille listed on Acsearch. Wider internet searches have also revealed nothing.
The coin otherwise conforms well to the nominal specification for the Ecu de Six Livres de la Convention which are: diameter of 38,5 mm, nominal weight of 29,23g.
The edge of my piece...
I haven’t posted for quite awhile - but I visit and lurk here at CT every day in order to soak up the great wit, wisdom - and information. It is very enjoyable!
I have disposed of my vintage woodworking tools, Samurai swords, and antique firearms collections in a very satisfactory manner and now I am enjoying every day doing calligraphy, reading about Roman history - and researching Roman Imperial coins.
Life doesn’t get any better than this!
The coins that I retained to admire, fondle and study for the remainder of my days remains at fifteen. Here are the representative Julio-Claudian coins:
Denarius, Crawford, Roman Republican Coins (RRC), No. 480/8 (March 44 BC - Alfoldi)
Coin obverse depiction: Julius Caesar wreathed head facing right
Inscription clockwise from right: CAESAR DICT PERPETVO...
The area included all of Texas, Arkansas, the Indian territories and most of Louisiana. The area which was strategic to the confederacy due to raw materials, manpower and to access Mexico by land to avoid the Union blockade. The union realized the importance of the area and devised a strategy to cut the confederacy in two along the Mississippi river early in the war. Two years later, by July 1863 the confederacy west of the Mississippi was cut off. It had been isolated since late 1862 as the union navy controlled most of the river.
The distance from eastern printers and having no facilities to print CSA money, the Trans-Mississippi department was short of cash. General E.?Kirby Smith took over the department on March 7 1863. Cash was almost nonexistent and the department was in arrears. Smith ordered earlier CSA notes that were stored or canceled to be re-issued. He used a variety of stamps to indicate the notes were revalidated or good for commerce, despite having been rendered...
So about fifteen years after getting my first Twelve Caesars coin, I have finally finished my Twelve Caesars set to my satisfaction. I say “to my satisfaction” because it was technically complete after I bought Orfew’s Otho in AMCC 2. But my Titus was a slug, so I bought a better Titus a few weeks ago. It just came in today from the Great White North. Here’s a “virtual tray.” A group photo is at the end of this post.
I subscribe to the school that says there are no rules for a Twelve Caesars set. But my arbitrary guidelines were 1) all imperial (no provincial); 2) all bronze. (I didn't care if the emperor was the Caesar or Augustus.) I soon found out that imperial bronze was impossible for Julius Caesar and Otho, so I had to go denarii there. I also recognized that sestertii would be out of my price range. I’m happy with the middle bronze (AE as) collection I assembled. My favorite might be humble Claudius, with its genuine and...
On this date: Preparing for his Scottish campaign, while in Eboracum (York), Septimius Severus dies!
Say what you will about his negatives, and there's plenty to say, but this guy didn't just run the empire. It was a better and safer place then when he'd taken over... Until he died, that is.
The legacy he left behind would've been incredible had Geta gotten to Caracalla first.
(Classic tondo showcasing a straight up Geta damnation)
Instead, a conversation about the man consists of how he took the world by sheer will and force alone, how awesome his wife was and thenhow awful his son was.
Ol' Septy, as he would have us call him, consolidated and dominated. And yet despite his son issuing one if the largest citizenship rights decrees of all time, due to his utter lunacy, his sons reputation in many ways has tarnished his reputation.
Enough said about that. Here's to the man. The man that headed Pesky Niger off at the...
Questions pop up not infrequently about whether a serial number deserves a premium.
Here is a general guide to the answer:
Information condensed from:
"An Official Whitman Guidebook"
Collector’s Guide to Modern Federal Reserve Notes / Series 1963-2009
By Robert Azpiazu
LOW and FANCY SERIAL NUMBERS.
Quoted values are for Choice Crisp Uncirculated (CHCU)
Higher face values sometimes get a higher premium BUT not in proportion to face values. A $100 face note does NOT get 100 times the premium of a $1 face note. The factor is more on the order of 2 times.
Special exceptions have a significantly higher value.
Low Numbers - The lower, the better.
00000001 through 00000009
Value Range - $500 to $1,500 depending on face value (with a few special exceptions)
00000010 through 00000099
Value Range - $200 -...
Henry Clay is one of my favorite historical figures. He was an American attorney and statesman who represented Kentucky in both the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. Clay served as the 7th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and served as the ninth U.S. secretary of state. He received electoral votes in the 1824, 1832, and 1844 presidential elections and helped found both the National Republican Party and the Whig Party. For his role in defusing sectional crises, he earned the appellation of the "Great Compromiser."
He has a fascinating history that is well worth digging in to. He was a major part of the political landscape of the early to mid 1800s. Interestingly he was the first person to lie in state at the Capitol rotunda after he passed in June of 1852.
One small part of my collection is medal and tokens that relate to Henry Clay.
1844 Henry Clay Campaign Medal, Dewitt HC-1844-6, MS62 NGC....
The local coin club here in Charleston has a small show twice a year, usually in February and August. The show was this weekend, so I decided to go check it out yesterday after work. It is usually a very small show, only about 40 dealers or so. Friday afternoon is usually slower than Saturday, and it was chilly and rainy which dampened turnout even more. There were actually more collectors buying than I expected, with a fairly steady stream.
It is very interesting to compare the type of material at a small show like this, compared to a big show like FUN. At FUN, nearly every dealer has a table full of slabbed coins, and they might have a couple of boxes or folders of raw coins. At this show, nearly everything was raw. Many dealers didn't have any slabbed coins at all, or just a small portion of the case.
While looking around, this coin caught my eye. Very attractive, original dark grey surfaces, with the perfect cameo contrast that we all love so much. So I bought it. Go ahead...
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