Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by hotwheelsearl, Oct 27, 2020.
a feedback for one of the sales is below. 14-17mm seems smaller in person I suppose
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It should be obvious, to anyone with a ruler, than 14mm is pretty small haha
Maybe he got millimeters confused with inches?
(Ignore the dust)
So when I go and weigh the ancient myself, it's going to weigh 1.3g because you have all the dust!
For that, I would leave negative feedback if it was me.
Vandals, king Gunthamund (484-496). AE nummus, Carthage. Obv.: Pseudo-legend, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gunthamund right. Rev.: cross within wreath. 10 mm, 0.79 gr.
On the other hand, this one was sold on ebay without measurements, and it turned out to be much larger than I had expected (it cost exactly 1/18th of the Vandal coin). A real beauty with its subtle patina, large and thin.
AE dirham Qarakhanids, 'Imad al-Din Ulugh Igdish Chaghri Khan, mint Benakath, 602 AH = 1206 AD. 38 mm, 6.44 gr. Album 3425. Kochnev 1144.
I would be willing to bet that most Americans have NO idea what a mm is.
After getting a degree in meteorology, when all measurements were in SI, I STILL have no real concept of what metric units are.
sure, the ceiling for X-type cloud is 18km, but what’s that in American units? Beats me...
The only time I really started understanding mm was in ancient coins: >18mm is small, 20-25 is medium, and 25+ is large
It’s funny how expectations never line up with reality. Holding my first nummus, at 9mm, I was wondering what exactly I was getting myself into.
fortunately I found that big coins weren’t super expensive. Whew
small they are.
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