High relief ancient coins

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  1. RichardT

    RichardT Active Member

    Hello all,

    I won this Athens tetradrachm with a relatively low bid, probably because it's lost quite a bit of weight due to corrosion or cleaning. It weighs 16.53g, about 96% of the theoretical weight of 17.2g.

    It arrived in the mail yesterday and I was immediately struck by the high relief of Athena on the obverse. It's really not obvious from photographs. I've never seen such high relief coins before and I find it very appealing.

    Does anybody have high relief ancient coins to share? Athens.jpg
     
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    This is another with very high relief, but I do not have a side image. Maybe later I will try to take one.
    ATTICA ATHENS a.jpg
     
  7. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Are you new to ancients? If not and you continue to collect them, you'll find many have high relief.

    I don't have any side images to share
     
  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Sorry I posted separately but I had to search for the side view shots. I
    Like @Jwt708 said, there are many very thick, high relief ancient coins, and I have others. I just haven't taken side images of them. In fact, I just received a tet today, which I haven't photographed, and which is very high relief.
     
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  9. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Great new addition @RichardT

    I need to take more oblique photos in order to show the relief on some of mine. Below is one I took of my Kushan Soter Megas example.

    The Great Savior Needs No Name… He Still Has One Though
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    Kushan Empire
    Vima Takto, AD 78-110
    AE Unit, Unkown mint, struck ca. AD 78-110
    Dia.: 21.2 mm
    Wt.: 8.2 g
    Obv.: Bust right, 12 rays above, holding object. 3 pronged tamga in left field
    Rev.: Horseman right, holding whip. 3 pronged tamga in right field
    Ex Severus Alexander Collection
     
  10. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper Supporter

    Yes, some ancients have some sweet relief....

    14472668818171213432919.jpg Alexander III Tetradrachm (1).jpg
     
  11. RichardT

    RichardT Active Member

    Thanks for your replies all. I've been collecting Roman coins for some time, but I am pretty new to collecting Greek coinage. It looks like Greek coinage has very impressive relief.

    Again, it's not obvious from typical seller photos so I was very pleasantly surprised.
     
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  12. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    The high relief Greek coins are lovely. Here is an AR stater from Istros, Thrace.

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  13. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Nice!

    It doesn't show in the pic, but this FH unusually high relief on the reverse.
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  14. NLL

    NLL Well-Known Member

    My owl Tetradrachm. 638170DC-9044-41A1-A579-60E9C442C6F2.jpeg B4A72A7D-0BE4-4BA2-9CE9-FC2CEB01783B.jpeg
     
  15. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    Ptolemy II, Ptolemaic Kingdom
    AR tetradrachm
    Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis
    Rev: ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, monogram in left field, shield in front of eagle
    Mint: Alexandria
    Date: 285-246 BC
    Ref: Svoronos 574

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  16. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    Here are 2 of my highest relief coins- both are tetradrachms of Alexander the Great.
    Just took the shots now. That Lysimachos tet is crazy from the side, almost half a face :))

    Lysimachos obverse

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    Lysimachos edge profile

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    Alexander Obverse

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    Alexander Profile

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  17. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    The high relief of many ancient coins-- Greek in particular-- makes them look more like miniature sculptures than coins :).

    Aegina staters have dramatic relief:


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    ISLANDS OFF ATTICA, Aegina
    456/45-431 BCE
    AR stater; 20mm, 12.32 g
    Obv: land tortoise, head in profile, with segmented shell
    Rev: large square incuse with skew pattern
    Ref: SNG Delepierre 1774ff; BMC Taf. 24.11

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    Here's a nice side shot of a coin I haven't otherwise posted (writeup still pending... hoping to have time to do it soon-ish):

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  18. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Supporter! Supporter

    Following on from TIF's turtle, here's mine:

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    Aegina.jpg
     
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  19. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    OK I had to try this in paint!
    If only I had photoshop....

    lysimachos face mirror image.jpg
     
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  20. RichardT

    RichardT Active Member

    I like how TIF put it best: miniature sculptures. And the Aegina turtles in this thread are truly stunning. Small wonder they cost so much!

    Thanks all for sharing your high relief coins. Looks like it's yet another collecting area to consider.
     
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