Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Davie, Sep 21, 2023.
Thanks in advance
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I was taught in my youth that Aesthetics, a form of Philosophy, is History, and History is the presentation of Aesthetics.
Be aware it was a Jesuit education, so...tread lightly.
Truth is....both are intertwined to a degree that separating is futile.
Yeah I feel I would have to agree for me I'm more drawn to the historical significance of the coins and the eras they were minted, like you I enjoy a finely detailed coin but for me I think history is most important and the aesthetic is a bonus.
Davie, first, welcome to CT.
These 2 options are not mutually exclusive. If we have 1 million collectors on CT (OK, that may be a slight over reach), then there are 1 million different collections; and you can bet that the majority of them include both aesthetically pleasing and historically significant specimens. But each collection will include the specimens that are particular & important to that specific collector. (...including ancients.)
To put it another way, I have friends who, whenever they buy or build a new home, they hire an interior decorator to tell them what they are supposed to like. Don't be that person.
I have coins which I feel have a very high probability were in the hands of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, & such (at least that's what I'm going with...) as well as the best specimen I could afford for its kind (like several graded 1909 S vdb's).
It's your collection, make sure it pleases you.
@Davie. Welcome to Coin Talk Ancients (and Medievals).
I collect coins, for the history and the mystery. I collect ancients, medievals, and moderns, usually earlier than 1900 AD.
I am interested in the history of the coins, and the meaning of the coin designs. I also like the appearance of coins. Therefore, I try to get the nicest examples, that I can find, that I can afford. However, I also like worn coins, because it shows that the coins were used in the past, often in faraway lands.
The 12 first, then then buy to improve detail
The beginning of the Second Triumvirate (Mark Antony and Lepidus):
Al Kamil during the 5th Crusade
Kurzuwan under siege by Genghis Khan's armies weeks before the destruction of the city:
Manuel I Comnenus (reverse) and his dream of a restored Roman Empire with MP-ΘV (i.e. ΜΗΤΗΡ ΘΕΟΥ == Meter Theou == Mother of God) Virgin Mary enthroned and facing holding nimbate head of infant Christ before her on the obverse:
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