My elephant biga arrived -- and it actually looks metallic in my photo

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Roman Collector, Jun 22, 2021.

  1. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    This one finally arrived from Germany in today's mail and I photographed it today. I don't claim to be a professional photographer -- I use my phone camera -- but I like my photograph better than that of the auction firm. It actually looks like silver and three-dimensional!

    C Caecilius Metellus Caprarius Elephant Biga denarius.jpg
    C. Caecilius Metellus Caprarius, 125 BC.
    Roman AR denarius, 3.89 g, 18.4 mm, 1 h.
    Rome, 125 BC.
    Obv: Head of Roma, right, wearing Phrygian helmet; XVI monogram below chin, ROMA behind.
    Rev: Jupiter, crowned by flying Victory, in biga of elephants left, holding thunderbolt in left hand and reins in right hand; C METELLVS in exergue.
    Refs: Crawford RRC 269/1; Sydenham CRR 485; RCV 145; RSC Caecilia 14.

    Here's Sonntag's photo:

    C Caecilius Metellus Caprarius Elephant Biga denarius Sonntag.jpg

    Let's see your coins that look different in your own photos than in the auction/store where you bought them!
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  3. Alegandron

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

    WOW, great job! REALLY nice.
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  4. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Great photo, RC. The coin is very three-dimensional. Nice pickup! :)
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  5. ancientone

    ancientone Well-Known Member

    Nice coin RC! Whether my pics are better or not they are usually very different. Thanks for making me go back and find these pictures I was not using.

    Dealer photo

    My photo
  6. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Roma is notorious fir exposing their images. I think my shots are highly superior and more accurate.
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  7. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Another great example of absurd exposure adjustments.
  8. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    Excellent picture RC:snaphappy::singing: and great coin!:cigar:
    I get a kick out of how much this particular Metellus reverse, much like their MSC reverse, shows that the gens Caecilia liked putting iconography of their vanquished Macedonian foes wherever they could.
    Certainly this type is a nod and a wink to the old Seleukid:

  9. discodisco

    discodisco New Member

    This is entirely a matter of preference - I personally prefer brighter images. You do have to feel for the guys photographing these auctions though. It's a lot of coins to shoot.
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  10. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Nice elephant biga!
    Seller's pics
    holed as V or anchor Art Ast 21.4e.56.jpg holed as V or anchor Art Ast 21.4e.56 2.jpg
    My pics
    holed as V or anchor 1.jpg holed as V or anchor 2.jpg
    I think this coin looks better in my pic than in hand.
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