Yet again we find ourselves in the midst of the Ghouls, Witches and Undead ready to slit each others bloodless throats at a moments notice. Though, enough about US politics it's the season of the WITCH, BABY!!! Time to celebrate all things spooky, ooky, cooky and macabre...ooky
In last years edition of CTGBITN we had plenty of blood curdling scares and terrors! If you would like to catch some serious fun and nightmare fodder check it out:
This year I will save you the history lesson on "all ghouls day" and get right to what you are all here for, THE VIOLENCE...I mean, the coins. Yes, of course, the coins
I started last years Creepshow off with one of Vlad "The Impaler" Tsepish (That is the real life Dracula for those with virgin necks) Grandpappys. So why not start this year off with his...
As always, post anything you feel is relevant!
Though Nero is credited with introducing the radiate crown -- representing the rays of the sun -- on his dupondii to indicate they were a double denomination (two asses), dupondii issued for empresses continued to be issued for well over a century with a draped bust, without any features apart from metallic composition to distinguish them from the as denomination. When patinated, it can be impossible to distinguish between an as and a dupondius of coins issued for an empress through the beginning of the third century.
When Caracalla introduced the double denarius (antoninianus), he adopted the convention of the radiate crown to indicate a double denomination, analogous to the relationship of the dupondius to the as. He also issued antoniniani for his mother, Julia Domna. Because the moon is the feminine equivalent of the sun, a crescent on the shoulders -- as depicted in the iconography of Juno Lucina -- was adopted to...
Dear Friends of Greek mythology!
Today I want to present one of the most mysterious gods of the Greek mythology, Darzalas the Great God of Odessos. Actually he is more a Thracian god. But very few is known about him. Here is what I could find out. But first three related coins:
Thracia, Odessos, Septimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 26, 9.98g, 26.34mm, 225°
obv. AV K Λ CEΠ - CEVHP[O]C Π
bust, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r.
rev. O - ΔHCCE - ITΩN
The Great God of Odessos, in himation, stg. l., holding cornucopiae and sacrifying
from phiale over altar l.
Die break on rev.
ref. AMNG I/1, cf. 2260 (here gorgoneion on breastplate); SNG Copenhagen 672 var.
Thracia, Odessos, Gordian III & the Great God, AD 238-244
AE 27, 11.31g, 27.37mm, 180°
obv. AVT K M ANT ΓOPΔIANOC / AVΓ
Confronted busts of Gordian III, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r., and the Great
God, in himation and with kalathos, l., with cornucopiae over l....
In my Coin World podcast from the 2019 Dayton EAC Convention discussion on counterfeits we discussed 3 "families" of fakes, the 1804 "C-6" half cent set, the 1833 "N-5" large cent set and the 1795 "off-center bust" dollar set.
The 1795 off-center bust, known as variety B-14, BB-51 is unique to the date and an obvious bad Numismatic choice for a family of differently dated counterfeits! Comparison images courtesy PCGS:
From the internet on a popular Coin Forum two different examples were separately posted for review and discussion; the main concern was authenticity by both OP’s.
Posted Review ExampleI have created a set of images comparing this with the second posted example and highlighted common marks between the two as follows.
Obverse comparison of two study examplesThese common marks have...
The common “puncture” marks
« A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else »
I love the British Museum, I love Big Ben and I even adore the British accent. But London ( Londinium) is also a place with a rich history in the ancient Roman world. So let’s overview some interesting details about this famous polis and mostly about his monetary workshop.
The founding of the city was around 50 AD. The Roman governor of Britain ( Ostorius Scapula ) gave orders to build a permanent base on the north bank of the Thames. Londinium comes from the Celtic Londinion and may relate to a personal name. In 60 AD, Boudicca, Queen of east Anglian tribe the Iceni, instigates a revolt. They sacked and burned the city to the ground. An estimated 70,000- 80,000 Roman and British were then killed in the area, many by tortures. The second, heavily planned, birth of Londinium prospered, and it supplanted Colchester as the capital of the Roman province of Britannia...
Here it is by popular request, an ultra-condensed version of my write-up on the evolution of the Indo Sassanian drachm from the Peroz prototype through the end of the Gadhaiya Paisa!
These coins were inspired by the Sassanian silver drachms of Shah Peroz I (459-484), which were by far the most numerous coins in central Asia, largely because Peroz lost three wars against the Hephthalite Huns, and twice was forced to pay enormous ransoms consisting of hundreds of thousands of coins each to free himself and his son Kavadh from captivity. His final loss in 484 resulted in his death on the battlefield.
How exactly these came to inspire the predominant trade currency of medieval India is a source of scholarly debate, but Maheshwari (Imitations in Continuity) argue that the Gurjjar people, who were a nomadic central Asian warrior society and ostensibly slave-mercenaries of the Hunas, migrated south into what is today Gujarat around 500 AD, filling the power void left by the...
Numismatic terminology can be confusing, especially for those new to ancient coin collecting. Part of the difficulty stems from the fact that the terminology in use arises out of a centuries long tradition of studying and writing about coins. Another part of the difficulty is that we truly don't know the names of certain denominations in use in antiquity, particularly the names of the coins of the Roman imperial period after Constantine I. Therefore, our terminology is a mixture of traditional and modern terms, and often there are two (or more) words for the same denomination. This is not an essay about the various denominations. What follows is a discussion of how certain terms pertaining to copper and copper-alloy coins came into being and how we use them today.
What's up with the word brass?
Ancient coins are made out of copper, orichalcum, or bronze. Why such terms as "first brass" or "second brass" when some of these coins aren't even made out of...
Looking for some assistance from the great folks on CT. At last week's Evansville, Indiana coin show I made a significant purchase, for me. Below is a Hamburg double Thaler from the 1600s. I collect German States pretty heavily. My main focus, as many of you know, has been wildman coins. German States coins, in general, have fascinated me for a long time.
In some ways, I kind of took a leap with this purchase. I have wanted a multiple thaler but hadn't found the right one until now. It is lovely in hand, and of course, is an impressive hunk of silver. It is currently in a PCGS holder, graded AU55.
Here is where I am looking for assistance. The PCGS label says "The Annunciation" which by what I find is KM#206. The obverse matches the description but not the reverse. The reverse matches KM#205. While it's possible this is a mule I think it is more likely that this is a variety unlisted in Krause. I have not found any matches after a pretty thorough search.
Does anyone know what...
This coin is one of my favorite denarii. Even though I bought it at the end of last year I have only recently gotten around to taking my own photos of it. As such, I hope the board will not begrudge me the opportunity to give it its own thread and post some general information about it.
Mn. Aemelius Lepidus
AR Denarius, Rome mint, struck ca. 114-113 BC
Dia.: 18 mm
Wt.: 3.83 g
Obv.: ROMA, ligate MA; Laureate, diademed and draped bust of Roma, right. * behind.
Rev.: MN AEMILIO; Equestrian statue right on three arches, L E P between arches.
Ref.: Crawford 291/1
Ex zumbly Collection (AMCC Auction 1, lot 112; December 1, 2018), Ex Demetrios Armounta Collection (CNG E-Auction 325, lot 490; April 23, 2014), Purchased from Colosseum Coin Exchange (with tag)
Obverse: A Beautiful Portrait of Roma
When I think of Roma on Republican era coins I tend to think...
Just picked up this 4th century coin minted at one of my favorite places on my recent visit to South Italy.
Sicily, Eryx, c. 4th century BC. Æ (15mm, 4.86g, 9h). Female head r. R/ Horse stepping r. Horse standing r., with raised foreleg. Campana 49; CNS I, 18; SNG ANS -; HGC 2, 326. Brown patina, VF - Good VF
Eryx, (Erice) Sicily high on a mountain top reached by cable car, would take 45 min compared to 10 via cable car, but even when you reach the old city their was still an up hill walk through this ancient arch.
Well worth the walk to the top first impression of the 11th century Norman castle was awe inspiring with great views of the landscape below.
After entry (pic below) I walked out into the uppermost courtyard, mainly ruins with not much evidence of the Roman temple that once stood in the area, except for an area where diggings have uncovered a...
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