L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus

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  1. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    This type has been on my want list since I first saw it. I'd originally wanted a nice Seleukos/Elephant quadriga drachm but the dealer forgot to list it as sold so I settled on this instead (I really wish I got that drachm :(). It's a nice little coin just too bad the reverse is off centre but I love it anyway.
    I got a new camera and I've been playing with it the past couple weeks and I think this is one of my better coin pictures. I think I still need to work on the lighting but I dunno, what do you guys think?? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
    L Titurius L.f. Sabinus Denarius. 89 BC.
    18mm 3.83 g
    Head of Taitus facing right, SABIN behind, A PV before
    Two Roman soldiers, each holding a woman in his arms, L.TITVRI in ex.
    Cr344/1c, Syd 698b.
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  3. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Wow, that's a pretty cool OP-RR example ...
    ... wow, imagine if they tried to circulate a coin like that nowadays, eh? (luckily, times sure have changed over the past 2,000 years)

    Ummm, or perhaps the soldiers were rescuing the women?
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  4. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    How times have changed eh
  5. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Cool coin-- a popular and desirable type!

    As for the images, the lighting is odd. It looks like it is from an extreme angle at 3:00. I'd like to see it lit more from above :)
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  6. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Thanks TIF, I'll get a pic with light from above
  7. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    By "above" I mean more axial, not from 12:00. It can be tricky with a shiny coin. Axial lighting often means whited-out reflections. Sometimes you can tilt the coin a little bit to fix those problems.
  8. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    A very neat addition, congrats.
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  9. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I love this reverse type, with the soldiers manfully carrying those Sabine ladies to Rome so they didn't have to walk all the way there :rolleyes:.

    On the pic... some areas of the field look almost totally black to me. I think you need more light on the surfaces, but actually, just do whatever TIF said.

    RR - Sabinus Transportation Sabines 1677.jpg
    L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus, moneyer

    AR Denarius. 3.96g, 20.6mm. Rome mint, 89 BC. Crawford 344/1a; Sydenham 698. O: SABIN, bareheaded and bearded head of King Tatius right; ligate TA (for Tatius) to right. R: The Kidnapping of the Sabine Women : two soldiers, facing each other, each carrying off a Sabine woman in his arms; L TITVRI in exergue.
  10. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    @zumbly I love the obverse on yours!
    Here's a couple more pics Hopefully they're better. I've been trying all sorts of light angles maybe it's the camera settings I'm not getting..
    sabinus.png sabinus (2).png
  11. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    So far, I like that top image best.
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  12. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    Try using two light sources one at 2 oclock and 10 oclock. That will provide more even lighting.
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  13. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice coin, but I have to agree with Big sister @TIF. Lighting is wrong.

    Here is mine and it's off center as well. L. TITURIUS L.F. SABINUS 1.jpg

    And a companion
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Head of Taitus facing right, SABIN behind, palm before
    REVERSE: Tarpeia buried to her waist in shields, fending off two soldiers about to throw their shields on her; L. TITVRI in exergue
    Struck at Rome 89 BC
    3.2 g, 20 mm
    Cr344/2b; Sydenham 699; Tituria 4
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  14. Alegandron

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

    Nice Sabinus @Ajax !

    I have one also...

    RR Titurius Sabinus 89 BCE AR Den Tatius Sabine rape S 249 Cr 344-1a Obv-Rev.jpg
    RR Titurius Sabinus 89 BCE AR Den Tatius Sabine rape Sear 249 Craw 344/1a
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  15. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    yeah, that's an interesting reverse...would love to have on as well...nice ajax.

    i'd offer these tips...

    1. As other have said, it's a bit dark on your original pic.

    2. Don't listen to chrsmat71 when it comes to photography advice, you've seen his work.
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