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....
Since this came up in another discusson, I thought I'd repost it here. Maybe put it on the FAQ board, if it meets approval.
The LordM "No Tools" Slab-Cracking Technique
Essentially my technique consists of inserting the top portion of the slab (the part where the label is) between two fixed, immovable, and sturdy surfaces like a gap between the boards on a porch or deck, and then pushing the slab with one's foot to "bend" it, exerting pressure in one direction. The placement of the slab between the boards means that while you're exerting pressure on it, you're "bending" it until it snaps in two, breaking off that top portion where the label is....
Went to my first show today - the Central States show. Figured I'd give my experience as a first timer. Wanted to go Thursday or Friday as everyone says those are the best days but just couldn't get out of work so went today. Most of the dealers were still there this morning but almost all said they were packing up around 2:00. Everyone but one said they were having a good show but said it was pretty dead today (again I have no experience to compare to so will have to take their word that it was dead today seemed fine to me!).
First thing I did was go to the Heritage table because a friend said the Sunday online auction had lot viewing until noon. They told me there was no lot viewing only pickups so I wasn't thrilled about that since I spent hours putting together a list to check out in hand. Mentioned that at the first table I stopped by and he said "they're still doing lot viewing this morning go upstairs and look" and sure enough I went upstairs and was able to view the...
Richard The Lionheart
Born in 1157 in Oxford, Richard was the fourth child of King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Richard was said to be tall, skilled in combat, and politically cunning. He also possessed a violent temper, not an uncommon trait in his family. A betrothal was arranged between Richard and Alice of the Vexin (daughter of Louis VII of France), but the marriage never took place. At one point the Pope himself intervened and ordered that the marriage take place, but to no avail. Various reasons have been put forward to explain Richard’s apparent unwillingness to marry Alice, amongst them it has been suggested that Richard was homosexual. In addition to never being married to Alice, Richard maintained a close friendship with Philip II of France during his early years. Arguing against his homosexuality is the fact that Richard had mistresses and sired at least one illegitimate son, he also eventually married Berengaria of Navarre, although...
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