On 21-Feb-1787, The provisional government of the United States, established under the Articles of Confederation, agreed to a resolution to establish a Constitutional Convention:
“Resolved that in the opinion of Congress it is expedient that on the second Monday in May next a Convention of delegates who shall have been appointed by the several states be held at Philadelphia for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation and reporting to Congress and the several legislatures such alterations and provisions therein as shall when agreed to in Congress and confirmed by the states render the federal constitution adequate to the exigencies of Government & the preservation of the Union.”
-Report of Proceedings in Congress
The Constitutional Convention...
I acquired this for its reverse image
Cilicia. Uncertain mint circa 400-300 BC.
10 mm., 0,56 g.
Facing head of Herakles, wearing lion’s skin
Eagle standing left on stag's head, all within rectangular beaded border.
Göktürk 42; SNG France 472; SNG Levante 229.
Researching the type, I came across this statue in the Getty Museum
This hollow bronze statuette depicts an eagle perched on the head of a stag; both are mounted on a stepped pyramid. The wings of the eagle are closed and its feet are placed between the antlers, which project on either side of the stag’s head. The composition is a well-known variation on the motif of an eagle perched on a quadruped (usually a bull or stag), which was common in ancient Near Eastern religious iconography and can be traced back to the Bronze Age. Most examples of this motif in the Roman period are small bronzes that seem to have originated in Anatolia (present-day...
Dear Friends of ancient mythology!
Even the corona virus should not stop our hobby.
I would like to present here an object whose meaning is still not quite clear today. On my coin it was called a 'beehive', which is complete nonsense, as a bee expert who is also historically familiar with beekeeping assured me. But first, the coin. It's an AE20 from Deultum in Thrace by Maximinus I:
Maximinus I 235-238 AD.
AE 20, 4.79g, 20.11mm, 180
Av.: IMP MAXIMINVS AVG (Lat.)
Bust, draped and cuirassed, laurel, n.r.
so-called omphalos with point on foundation
Ref: Yurukova 204; Varbanov 2425; SNG Bulgaria 756-760
SS, nice green Patina, on rev. trace of excavation
Greek omphalos is navel, Latin umbilicus. This picture is only available from Deultum. What is this strange thing? Yurokova calls it a beehive. But that's nonsense, as we already know. It's sometimes called a shrine. And the new SNG Bulgaria calls it a well of...
STADT OBERAMMERGAU (GERMAN) 1930
Town of Oberammergau (Bavaria) - Large Porcelain Medal Depicting Christ with Angels and Crosses.
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This is a medal issued in 1930 by the German city of Oberammergau. On the obverse is a depiction of Christ supported by two angels. On the reverse is the city name, the date, three crosses and crossed swords. The swords are the trademark of Meissen porcelain works. Meissen produced a wide variety of attractive coins and medals in both earth toned and white porcelain.
Oberammergau is a small German town of just over 5,000 people located in the Ammer Valley. The town is surrounded by mountains, meadows and forests near the Ammergau Alps in Bavaria. It is best known for its production of the Passion Play every ten years. The town is also well known for its woodcarving and the traditional Bavarian and religious scenes painted on the facades of many of the buildings known as Luftmalerei (pictured below)....
The university has shut down research labs due to coronavirus fears, so I am at home for a while and can finally get around to posting all my coin acquisitions of the last few months. Journey with me now back to the distant past of November 2019, when you could bring hundreds of people to gather at a coin show bourse and nobody would panic if somebody started coughing:
Indo-Scythians, Taxila mint. AE hexachalkqn (28 mm, 14.08 g). Azes II (c.35 BC- 5 AD). Obverse: Humped bull (Nandi?) right with trident below head, mint control mark above, Greek legend around "Basileos Basileon Megalou Azou" (Of the Great King of Kings Azes). Reverse: lion right, mint control mark above, legend in Kharosthi around "Maharajasa rajadirajasa mahatasa ayasa" (same meaning as Greek legend). Mitchiner ACW 2380. This coin: Purchased from Marcos Xagoraris (Aristos Ancients) at the Baltimore coin show, November 2019.
The Indo-Scythians were originally a nomadic people...
Very excited to announce this minuscule discovery in an obscure corner of numismatics!
One of the most iconic members of the Indo-Sassanian family is the terminus of the third and easternmost "track", attributed to the Pratihara dynasty - the Adivaraha-dramma.
It is unique not only for being the least Sassanian of all Indo-sassanian coins, retaining only the vestigial fire altar shaft with highly stylized attendants, but it is also the only coin firmly attributable to both its medieval name in inscriptions and its historic issuer, Mihira Bhoja I, r. 836-885 AD.
Obv: Adivaraha, the boar avatar of Vishnu, standing right in heroic pose, stomping on a lion, flanked by Trishula and chakra wheel
Rev: Nagari: Sri Ma Madi / Va Ra Ha above vestigial fire altar, flanked by highly stylized attendants
Although this coin is a top contender for a lifetime issue, the type was extended for up to a century, becoming more crude but ultimately unchanged until...
I bought an unidentified Byzantine trachy (cup-shaped coin) on eBay. Like many late Byzantine trachy, the flan has problems. It is bent and has a small hole. But, it also has remarkably clear lettering. I have the major reference books, but did not find it with some looking through the plates of several Byzantine-coin books. However, I knew it was clear enough to identify eventually. When I did, with the help of @Voulgaroktonou, I saw it was in some of those books, but their examples were in such poor condition they were not easy to recognize as the same type.
It is Theodore I, founder of the short-lived Empire of Thessalonica.
Theodore Comnenus-Ducas Angelus, emperor of the Empire of Thessalonica,
31 mm. Originally cup-shaped, but partially squashed since then.
Struck c. 1227/8
St. Demetrius (patron saint of Thessalonica)
O AΓIOC ΔHMHTPIOC
Emperor left and Virgin with halo right holding patriarchal cross (two crossbars)
The city of Flaviopolis in Cilicia, also known as Flavias, is shrouded in mystery. The city was founded by Vespasian, as part of an imperial program for the urbanization of the Cilician Plain. It was located northeast of Anazarbos along a tributary of the Pyramus river (modern Ceyhan River), but its exact location is not certain. Some archaeologists identify it with the modern town of Kadirli, where mosaic floors, inscriptions, and building blocks have been found. Moreover, a 6th century church has been excavated at Kadirli, consistent with Flaviopolis being a bishopric of Cilicia Secunda in the early Christian era.
Coins of the city are typically dated according to an era beginning with the founding of the city. Hill assigns a date of AD 74 for the city's founding, whereas Sear assigns a date of AD 73. RPC IV.3 online calculates the dates the coins issued by the city from year 1 = AD 73 as well. However, the earliest known coins are of the...
STADT BIELEFELD (GERMAN) GOLDMARK 1923
L- 40.5 City Savings Bank of Bielefeld (Westfalen) Gilded Bronze 1 Mark Coin / Post WW I Propaganda / Stab-in-the-Back / Occupation of the Ruhr.
This coin was issued in 1923 by the city savings bank of the German city of Bielefeld. This outstanding coin exhibits some of the highest levels of craftsmanship and design to be found on notgeld. It is also a wonderful and poignant example of post war propaganda illustrating many of the underlying reasons for continued discontent in Germany after what was seen as a humiliating defeat in World War I.
Obverse: "Michel unbesiegt aber betrogen" (Michel, undefeated but betrayed) / this inscription is repeating what is known as the 'stab-in-the-back' legend, in German it is called the Dolchstoß-Legende. Depicted is a bust right resembling Otto von Bismarck as 'Michel' wearing a sleeping cap inside the one denomination....
As if the title isn’t confusing enough, it’s my second choice for the title of this giveaway, giveaway. Going off of what is hot/trending on social media is a good way to get participation... but something about calling this the COIN-VID-19 giveaway made me think people might not want to participate
“So,” you might ask, “why is the giveaway a giveaway, ry to the ro?”
If I’m being honest, it’s cause i can’t trust you.
Calm down. Not you the reader of this and long time CT buddy O mine. But the Non-royal you. Everyone.
Learning from giveaways of the past, in this giveaway the winner will get to pick who the prize goes to!(and, no, you cannot pick yourself. You weisenhiemer)
Without further ado,
Here’s what’s up for grabs:
The 12 Caesars by Michael Grant, not Suetonius. It’s a fun and far less sensationalizing account of these great (ish) men. And it has TONS of excellent pictures of coins, statues etc...
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