This would have been better to post on Prince's birthday next month but why wait now that the coin is in hand.
Anyone that collects anonymous Byzantine Folles knows they come in categories or classes ranging from A to K, and the rare hardly seen L, M, N also. These classes were established by margret Thompson a century ago when excavating the Athenian agora which can be read about here. The classifications have evolved some since then as well. They are bronze coins that were minted over a period of two centuries and labeled anonymous due to the lack of inscription of under whose authority they were minted, or at least I presume. However they are now associated to various rulers during that period. It's actually kind of confusing and probably an outdated system, but it's...
Now that the battle is over I have grown pensive and wish to mull over what I've been seeing. First the battle I lost.
Here is perhaps the most magnificent follis of Fausta I have ever seen, still in possession of its original silver.
CNG offered it in their sale 108, and I started gearing up for it a bit more than a week ago. As I contemplated how much armor to bring to the fray, I noticed a formidable bid from one of our other list members. I needed the type for my own workup, so should I go over him? Well, all's fair and all that, but he pulled the trigger first, and I did not have the heart to try for it and risk taking it away from him. Instead I decided to settle for this and bide my time:
Ewwww! Well, she has a nice personality and only cost me $45, and is the only one available except for the forbidden fruit. Now I was ready to see how the sale would turn out. Going into the final 5 minutes, our...
When I first saw this piece in an ebay listing, I immediately began searching it's history. That is, if any could be found. To my surprise, there certainly was information regarding it and even auction archives of past sales of similar pieces.
My intial thought after clicking Buy It Now, was how much profit I could make in re-listing this wonderful piece of American history. Yes, I said American history in the Ancients forum. But this token of sorts also exuberates the history of one of the most important cities in all of Ancient Greece, let alone, one of the most iconic Greek coins ever made: A Decadrachm of Dionysius I with quadriga reverse from Syracuse.
Picture from:Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. http://www.cngcoins.com
We have all drooled over one, atleast I know I have. The spectacular artistry of not one, but two brilliant engravers, of whom were responsible for the fruition of such a coin as...
Here are some impressions of the Harzhorn Battlefield for those of you who do not have a chance to visit it. Beware - the site is impossible to reach via public transportation, even the taxi shuttle has been discontinued.
The futuristic info building is only open on Sundays. Note the Autobahn in the background - it passes through what is the only pathway between two mountain ridges that would have been impossible to cross for the supply carriages of of an ancient army train.
Here is what a Legionary wore in 235 a.D.:
... and this is what he carried with him (25 kilos in total) for more than 700 kilometers from Mainz on the Rhine to the Elbe and back (the easternmost roman military camp found so far is at Hachelbich in the former GDR):
Scientific research makes it possible to reconstruct single fights in the area. This is the spot where a Roman cavalryman died in battle after fighting his...
Who is this I speak of? I'm sure there are plenty of opinions on who it could be, but I speak of a man that has absolutely no regard for the truth and without a blink will speak with his deviled tongue to deceive the most vulnerable, just to make a buck. It's in his DNA. He's the worst of the worst. And he's back with his own TV Coin Show which I caught last night for the first time, resulting in my blood pressure rising from the more I heard and saw. So newbies beware! And stay the hell away from TV on Wednesday nights from 7-10PM EDT! Lest you risk being sucked into his vortex of lies and deception.
"Coin and Collectibles Network" recently went Live hosted by none other than defunct AAN-TV Host, Adam aka "The Chopper". Yes, the biggest charlatan in Coin TV is back with his large ego and bag of tricks he dumps on viewers, much like his AAN-TV days. (NOTE: I wrote a review of AAN-TV last year and it is available here on CoinTalk). Talk about stomach turning. It's the...
I was quite surprised when this fell into my lap. I saw the die chip above the date, and I immediately knew what this was. This Die pair was significantly misaligned at some point in its use and struck these coins very weakly. Bill Fivaz has verified my find and thought it would grade AU-50. I was in the EF range, but this is the first of this variety I have handled.
The planchet has a lot of “woodgrain” streaking.
Obviously, Huey Lewis' epic album not withstanding, sports has been one of, if not, the main driving forces propelling humanity forward, love and war aside, since the dawn of time.
I've been trying for sooooo long and will continue to hold out hope for one of the true ancient commemorative Olympic coins (no luck yet) but finally landed a beautiful Pamphylia Aspendos stater and received it earlier this week
Two wrestlers grappling; AΦ
between / EΣTFEΔIIVΣ,
slinger to right, triskeles in
SNG France 83
Not stopping there, for my birthday last year my dad got me a coin celebrating the manly art, boxing! When people ask of my past, I often say, I used to be somebody (an allusion to my time with the science of self defense...pugilism) That hand on the reverse is wrapped and ready to strike!
Ionia, Smyrna. Civic issue. 2nd-1st century...
After the emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (more commonly known as Elagabalus) was assassinated by the praetorian guard, worship of the sun god was suppressed in Rome for half a century. Why would that be? To understand, we need a little background on the nature of the cult of the sun god under Elagabalus.
Elagabalus is not just the nickname of the Roman Emperor, but was first and foremost a Syro-Roman sun god. Other variations of the name include Aelagabalus and Heliogabalus. However, I shall use Elagabalus, because the god was consistently referred to by this name on Roman coin inscriptions during the reign of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (AD 218-222), such as SACERD DEI SOLIS ELAGAB. Elagabalus is the Latinized form of the Semitic Ilāh hag-Gabal, which derives from Ilāh "god" and gabal "mountain" (compare Arabic: جبل jabal). The word means "the God of the Mountain."
The god Elagabalus was highly venerated in Emesa (modern Homs), Syria,...
As I have mentioned in a few posts I am active in Scouting. I am the Cubmaster for my Son’s Pack and a Committee Member for the associated Troop. I also Staff shooting sports for the OA and Council. But all of that is to say, with my interest in coin collecting I am going to register to be a Merit Badge Counselor for the Coin Collecting Merit Badge. I wholeheartedly believe that in order to truly earn something, you must first apply it and then teach it.
As such I’d like yall’s help in developing my content. Sure, I could use the standard “Go do your own research” or death by PowerPoint approaches, but I don’t feel they are good methods. All they do is discourage a Scout. I want to educate, amuse, and inspire a Scout who is pursuing this Merit Badge. I want them to finish with a sense of wonderment, a thirst to learn more, and a passion to continue and grow in coin collecting. I know I’m asking a lot of myself and my program. But, “If you shoot for the moon…”...
A new type of U.S. Mint® collecting that I have been pursuing specimens with a primary emphasis on ownership/gifted by a President of the United States.
President Johnson -to- Congressman Stephens -to- DrDarryl (the number of -to- indicates I achieved two degrees of separation from President Johnson).
Bonus point 1 for the original White House letter signed by President Johnson.
Bonus point 2 for the specimen identified as "...among the first Kennedy half dollars...".
Bonus point 3 for the March 24, 1964 date (it's the first day of issue of the John F. Kennedy half dollar).
Bonus point 4 for original White House envelop.
Bonus point 5 for obtaining a letter of provenance from the estate of the original recipient (redacted for privacy).
Bonus point 6 for finding another example gifted to Senator Medcalf....
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