Hey folks. I own a hardware store, and while not a coin roll hunter, I occasionally see things come in the I buy out of the cash drawer for myself (I collect ancients). Today I opened a roll and found a roll of silver Roosevelt dimes. Then I opened another and found a mixed roll of Roosevelt and mercury dimes. Apparently some of the old stuff is hitting the streets.
The last large cent was produced in 1857 with small and large dates. The total mintage was 333,546. The changes were brought about because the cost of making and distributing copper coins had risen. James Snowden, the Mint Director, reported that they "barely paid expenses."
At the same time, both half cents and large cents had become unpopular in circulation. The 1857 Half Cent only had a mintage of 35,180 coins. Cents and half cents were the first coins struck for circulation by the United States. Production started in 1793. That law specified that the Cent should weigh exactly twice as much as the Half Cent. Circulation outside of large cities of these two coins was almost unheard of.
The practice of issuing silver coinage, which began in 1853 brought about the change of copper coinage. The law of 1857 brought important benefits to the citizens of the US. The half cent and the large cent we're both abandoned in 1857. The law also took Spanish coins and redeemed them, melting...
I've talked about Claudius II's final emission from Antioch and how I'm trying to complete it many times, and I often said that I would make a dedicated thread for it. Due to their rarity, however, I think it will probably take a few years to obtain even only a set of the eight different reverse types, not even taking into consideration the various bust types. So, I've decided to make that thread now, instead, when I already own four of these reverses, to which I will add the others as soon as I obtain them. In particular, however, the reason why I created this thread today is that I've just received this coin:
Claudius II (268-270), Antoninianus, Antioch mint, 4th emission.
Obverse: radiate head right, with traces of drapery to front and rear of truncation;
Reverse: Proserpina standing right, holding long-handled torch in right hand, facing Ceres standing left, holding corn-ears in right hand and long-handled torch in left hand. RIC 200 (unlisted...
Let's see your coins of Faustina you consider to be of "fine style"!
I have a handful of denarii in my collection whose portraits are quite likely to have been carved by the same die-engraver. This die engraver was clearly a master and his portraits are of a particularly fine style. I have identified the following characteristics of his work:
His portraits clearly portray Faustina wearing a stola fastened at the shoulder with a looped-shaped fibula and a palla over her stola. Unlike the situation with Julia Domna, where the loop-shaped fibula is a characteristic of the "Laodicea mint," the presence of such a design element on the coins of Faustina is not a regular feature, nor is it indicative of a particular mint. Similarly, the stola is not usually so clearly distinguished from the palla on Faustina's coinage and her portraits typically show only the palla or just the barest hint of a stola underneath. If you...
Got a pretty interesting phenomenon to share today.
I recently picked up a box of 2021 Shield Cents to search for new errors and varieties. While searching the first roll, I came across a pretty nice strikethrough error, which was exciting! What I did not expect to find was the progression of this strikethrough on other shield cents within the same roll and next 2 rolls. I know that there are such things as early, mid, and late die states for many doubled dies, but I did not know a similar thing existed with strikethroughs as well. Below are the examples the best I could photograph them as well as a small description of each one. (Photos should be in the order as listed)
1. Early Progression: Very minor strikethough error on the back of Lincoln's neck as well as in front of his mouth and below the beard.
2. Early-Mid Progression: Strikethough becomes more pronounced in front of Lincoln's bust as well as on the spot on the back of his neck.
3. Mid Progression:...
Here's a broad thaler, struck with roller dies, from Brunswick-Lüneburg-Celle, dated 1662, produced during the reign of Duke Christian Ludwig (1622-1665).
The Dutchy of Brunswick included rich deposits of silver in the Harz Mountains, located in central Germany.
The Upper Harz was once one of the most important mining regions in Germany. The major products of its mines were silver, copper, lead, iron and, from the 19th century, zinc as well. The main source of income, however, was silver. From the 16th to the middle of the 19th centuries about 40–50% of the entire German silver production originated in the Upper Harz. The taxes raised from this contributed significantly to the revenue of the royal houses in Hanover and Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and...
Fall of 269 AD.
Victorinus had been declared emperor by the troops located at Augusta Treverorum. However, only the provinces of Gaul, Germania and Great Britain recognized him. Hispania deserted the Gallic Empire and declared its loyalty to Claudius Gothicus. This inspired the city of Autun to abandon Victorinus and declare its intention to declare itself for Claudius Gothicus. This forced Victorinus to march south and lay siege to it.
Claudius did not send troops to the city, which was left alone without any rescuers. In the summer of 270, after a siege of seven months, the troops of Victorinus managed to take, plunder, and partially destroy the city.
Autun defensive walls from the Roman era.
The Roman Empire and the Gallic Empire had at least one thing in common: they both used their coinage in a purpose of propaganda, in other words promoting a particular politic cause or point of view. It was the case with the coinage of...
Following the death of his wife Faustina I, Antoninus Pius issued an astonishingly large series of posthumous issues in her name, dwarfing the coinage produced in her lifetime. There are literally dozens of different reverse types in each denomination of these posthumous coins. In contrast, her lifetime issues are limited in scope and reverse types and are not nearly as commonly encountered in the market.
Her lifetime issues are typically divided into three periods, characterized by different obverse legends.
The first issue, AD 138, appears limited to denarii, and bear the legend FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG, "Faustina, (wife) of Antoninus." The issue consists of three reverse types, Concordia standing, Concordia seated, and Vesta seated. I have discussed these scarce issues in an earlier thread.
Silver and gold coins of the second issue, AD 138-139, reflect Antoninus Pius' title of...
As some of you will know I collect (hoard) the coins of Probus from Lugdunum. This collection will never be complete as there are simply too many people who are willing to pay decent money for the scarcer bust types. I am happy to continue filling gaps elsewhere where I can. A new acquisition gives me the excuse to share a section of my obsession.
In the 9th emission, Lugdunum uses the letters A, B, C and D to represent the officina marks for officinae 1 through 4. The officina marks are almost exclusively in the left and right fields on the reverse. There is one die where the officina mark is in the exe but that is a post for a different day. The officina marks for B, C and D also appear as retrograde on some coins. Why they did this we simply do not know but they are not isolated errors and are certainly intentional.
Within the output of the third officina is the SPES AVG reverse with Spes standing left, holding flower and raising robe.
This reverse type occurs with two...
This coin was #8 on my Top 10 list for 2020, but I haven't had the chance to give a write-up until now.
Normans in Sicily. AE follaro (12 mm). William II (1166-1189). Obverse: Lion scalp facing. Reverse: Arabic inscription "al-malik/ Ghulyam/ al-thank" (King William the Second). This coin: Frank S. Robinson Sale 113, lot 405 (alternate).
The Norman kingdom in Sicily, while fairly short-lived, is one of the more interesting states in medieval Europe. For a while, it served as a model of peaceful coexistence between different cultures (Latin [Roman Catholic] Christians, Greek Christians, and North African Muslims) and was a thriving center of agriculture and art. It played a part in the Crusades, and was deeply involved in the shifting political relations between the Catholic Church, the Holy Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire. I can't do the situation justice in this post; I recommend the book "The Normans in Sicily" by John Julius...
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