Ancient ... but not a coin! Artifacts thread! Post 'em!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by lordmarcovan, Dec 25, 2017.

  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I've been fascinated by carved Roman gemstones for a while, but had never owned one, and never really expected to. In late 2012 or early 2013, I started a discussion about them on Collectors Universe, sort of along the lines of, "These aren't coins, but I really think they're neat". That sort of thing.

    In that discussion, I posted a link to the Ancient Coin Art dealer listing for this Roman bronze intaglio ring (ca. 1st to 4th century AD), which I thought was especially neat, as the carving features a capricorn engraved into the carnelian gemstone. Which just happens to be my zodiac symbol, not that I set much store by that kind of stuff.


    I mentioned I probably would never buy any of these ancient intaglios, though, because while they are reasonably affordable in many cases, I prefer to use my limited funds for coins.

    So I thought nothing more of it until a few weeks later, when I got a mysterious Priority Mail box in the mail with no return address.

    Even the ZIP code of origin had been carefully blacked out on the label, which was odd. (And a little spooky, were I a more suspicious or paranoid person, which fortunately I'm not.)

    Cracking bomb and anthrax jokes to my extremely bored non-terrified daughter, I opened the package.

    Inside was a huge cocoon of bubble wrap, and inside that a little gold colored box.

    Inside the gold box, on a bed of cotton, was the capricorn ring!


    And a blue Post-It note which read,

    So some mysterious benefactor, whose identity remains unknown to me to this day, spent $200+ to send me that mystery package with the ring in it.

    Needless to say, I was very touched by the generosity. That made my whole week... if not month. In fact, years later, I still think about that when I'm in a sulky mood and feeling underappreciated by the world.

    In 2015 I gave the ring as a birthday gift to my mother, who also happens to be a Capricorn like I am. So it's no longer mine, but it's still in the family.

    I'm visiting Mom as I type this (Christmas 2017), so I had her bring the ring out for me to take some pictures of it.

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    That's my favorite ancient non-coin artifact. Post some of yours!
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  3. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    As an estimate of the value of your stories to the community here, I'd call that a conservative valuation indeed. :)

    Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas!
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  4. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    That’s a great story and a really nice ring.

    I wish I had the funds for antiquities, but as it is, I don’t even have enough for coins!

    I have actually managed to pick up a few modest artifacts but haven’t photographed most of them.

    Here’s a favourite scarab...


    The UFO at the bottom of the base is clear proof that they are out there...

  5. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis Well-Known Member

    sassamianSeal.jpg Sassanian ring seal: c.300-600ce translucent Chalcedony intaglio with standing bird of prey and script
  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

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  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I know exactly what you mean about there not being enough money for coins, let alone antiquities.

    And I'd rather maintain exclusive focus on coins, unless i came into a LOT of money- like enough to live in a house with room for a library/study/mini-museum.

    As to ancient aliens, I know all about that. Note the space shuttle blasting off behind that lady's head on the reverse of this Nero dupondius. ;)


    Oh, wait- that's a coin. Resume with antiquities.
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  8. Youngcoin

    Youngcoin Everything Collector

    These artefacts are really neat! And LordM with all of the things you have given away on the boards you more then deserve that gift. ;)

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  9. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Here are a couple of ancient Egyptian Ushabtis I have to take care of the household chores when I pass along to the realm of the dead... 20171225_211026.jpg
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    randygeki Coin Collector

  11. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great

    Oil Lamp, Judea, 1st century AD

    Otherwise known as... Jesus's lamp ;)
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  12. Makanudo

    Makanudo Well-Known Member


    As I posted in another thread on similar subject few days ago.
    My recent purchase at the local coin show.
    I couldnt resist.

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  13. Daniel_R6

    Daniel_R6 Well-Known Member

    That's a really nice story and ring.

    Unfortunately I have no artifacts to share myself - It's all about the coins for now!
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  14. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Cogito Ergo Sum

    Here's a Roman arrowhead. 3rd-4th century A.D.

  15. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Israelite AR 2 Gerah Hacksilber ca 8th-6th C. BCE 8.8x10mm 1.12g ex David Hendin RARE.JPG
    Israelite AR 2 Gerah Hacksilber ca 8th-6th C. BCE 8.8x10mm 1.12g ex David Hendin RARE

    EGYPT Dynasty 1085-945 BCE Green Faience Ushabti.JPG
    EGYPT Twenty-First Dynasty 1085-945 BCE Green Faience Ushabti

    Scythia bronze arrowhead ca 6th C BCE Convex angle triangular blade 2.4cm.JPG
    Scythia bronze arrowhead ca 6th C BCE Convex angle triangular blade 2.4cm

    Egypt 15th Dyn Hyksos 1650-1550 BCE Scarab Sobek 16x12mm ex DeVries Petrie 942 Pl XIV.JPG
    Egypt 15th Dyn Hyksos 1650-1550 BCE Scarab Sobek 16x12mm ex DeVries Petrie 942 Pl XIV
    EX: @Ken Dorney

    Egypt 21st Dynasty Scarab 16x11mm Pharoah Neterkheperre 986-967 BCE ex DeVries collection George Fraser pg 41 #329 Plate XII
    Ex: @Ken Dorney

    Egyptian basalt heart scarab, Late Period, c. 664 - 332 BC 1.9 cm.
    Ex Boston Museum of Fine Arts

    Egyptian red-black stone amulet of trussed ox Late Period 664-332 BC 25x16mm Ex Norma Goldman 1922-2011

    +4-1/2 BILLION Years Old (Yeah, my Grandkids think these are cool):
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  16. SeptimusT

    SeptimusT Well-Known Member

    Here are some Romano British fibulae. Four of the five came from the area of St. Albans, which was once the Roman city of Verulamium. The silvered one on the bottom right came from North Yorkshire, near Ripon.

    Clockwise from the right, their types are: Kraftig Profillierte (~50 AD or later), Hod Hill (43-70 AD), Dolphin Colchester derivative (1st Century AD), bow and fantail (1st-2nd century AD), with a plate fibula at the center (2nd-3rd century AD).

  17. Loong Siew

    Loong Siew Well-Known Member

    Cool and amazing Artifacts.. they hold as much historical value as coins in my opinion. Here is mine.

    Egyptian Gold Plaque with Osiris Presentation Scene Late Period, 664-332 BC.

    A gold plaque used for covering incisions on the body during embalming or embedded among wrappings of mummies.

    With a scene with Osiris seated on a throne wearing the atef crown, holding a crook, flail and was sceptre; in front a tall column with lotus flowers tied to the top; an offering table in front of the column with two tiers of food, vases at the base; in front of the table a male and female, both wearing long robes and wigs, arms upraised in worship; vertical bands of hieroglyphs to the top of the scene. The scene shows the deceased and his wife entering the halls of paradise where they greet, and worship, the god Osiris, enthroned as the Lord of the Afterlife. Such scenes were common for copies of the Book of the Dead, being the ultimate goal for all Egyptians as they traversed the perilous path to the next world; representations on gold are rare and must have been made for a wealthy member of Egyptian society.
  18. Makanudo

    Makanudo Well-Known Member

    Celtic stone ring, Panonia plane
    5cm x 2.5cm

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  19. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Celtic Brass/Bronze Ring:

    Some folks consider this proto-money. Some say they were rings used in Horse harnesses / etc. However, being Brass, having real value in the Bronze-Age, perhaps they could had been traded as a store of wealth and value.

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    Celtic AE Ring 800-500 BCE
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  20. Johndakerftw

    Johndakerftw Mr. Rogers is My Hero

    Artifacts are total boss.

    I was at home for Christmas and saw that da bro has started a mini Roman theatre token collection. :cool:

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    Excuse the chubby, dry fingers. :confused:

  21. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Well-Known Member

    First century Celtic lead pommel from a dagger, found just down my lane, metal detecting.
    The neck is ferrous.
    I also found a 14th century Long Cross silver penny less than a foot away but 6 inches higher.




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