Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Dobbin, Jun 30, 2020.
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The fields seem to have a nice green patina that I assume is hard, not powdery. It provides good contrast to the lettering and design elements.
@Victor_Clark Thank you for the very generous offer, a PM is inbound.
If you ignore my advice and allow yourself to be sucked into the dark side, then welcome. You are among friends.
I'll admit I already had many risk factors for addiction, chiefly in this case an interest in history and tendency for collecting. It was just a matter of time until I found a focus that links the two.
@Victor_Clark kindly sent me some coins when I was starting out on CoinTalk. Very much appreciated!
It looks like Siscia mint. If you like this type, it's pretty easy to find a nice example for $20-$30.
Can you let me in on what clues indicate the mint other than the missing text? I have wondered if the smudge in front of the face is an intentional mark of some sort. Thanks.
It's mostly just the style. Each mint tended to have a slightly different style, though some were similar to others. I may be wrong, this might be Sirmium but out of all the mints it's probably one of those 2.
Last warning: Some of us are addicts. Some of us hope you will be, too. A few of us are able to restrain themselves and own only a few (hundred) coins. Others are at a point that we have no idea how many or what we have and occasionally discover we bought an unintentional duplicate. I suggest you start a computer file and/or file cards record now. It is harder to do when you have a few hundred coins.
Randy said either Siscia or Sirmium mint and I know better than to question him on this type. Below are two examples from these mints but every die was an individual work of art so neither of these will be exactly like yours. I avoid buying coins that are missing important parts of the legend mostly because I want to know and not have to guess. After you get the coins from Victor and share them here, someone will ask you where you will go from there. Be prepared. Welcome.
I like collecting, I like history, I like doing research, I like making lists, I like solving puzzles...
Seems I'm in the right place.
I was confident after learning about the first but this second specimen has me stumped again. The diameter is similar at 17-18mm but it's a fair bit thicker and what gets me is that the bust is so big in comparison to the other I have and those pictured in the tray photo above. One of the fascinating aspects to all this is the human touch of the artisans involved being so variable.
But, boredom at work and the eBay app is always a dangerous combination.
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