I've posted a few examples here and there but not a more general overview.
Sceattas were the small coins produced out of silver and occasionally debased metal in the time between around 685-750 throughout most of Anglo-Saxon England. They are between 11-13mm in diameter and approximately 1g in weight. They feature a variety of designs, that for hundreds of years were a mystery to collectors.
They are particularly difficult due to a lack of inscription. We rely on find spots, hoard evidence, and inferences made based on the iconography and artistic merit of the pieces produced. This can sometimes feel incomplete or forced, and not all experts come to the same conclusion. Nevertheless it is a fascinating field to study and the coins themselves offer an interesting glimpse into this era in Dark Ages England.
The initial coinage probably began in Kent, a kingdom centered around the ancient city of Canterbury and, classicly, believed to have been colonized by a people from Jutland...
…………*Series dates are differentiated by style of mintmark.
A Word about Order
Mints are listed from west to east following the order in RIC VII. In each case I indicate the...
I am wondering how many of us build our collections almost exclusively from 'business purchases' and/or 'business profits from cherry-picking'? I am exclusively a US circulating coin collector and a very small time dealer here in SC. I place ads in local circulars, have a google page, and a Yelp page for my registered business. My opinion is, if we continue to buy coins this way we are going to drive prices down on many coins because we likely buy low and are willing to sell lower than brick and mortar dealers that have large overhead.
When I do splurge on coins for my collection, I never pay full blown retail at shows or at local coin shops and instead cherry-pick online (eBay, Facebook groups, etc). I only collect raw coins as you might expect. With a limited budget and a need to save for 3 college tuitions, in this way I've still been blessed enough to build a pretty respectable collection I think. I'd love to hear from others. What is the state of our hobby in terms...
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...
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