Storing Coins The Roman Way

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by David Atherton, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Correct. Luckily they weren't driving directions!
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  3. David Atherton

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    When I was a kid growing up in rural Northern Ohio my brother and I were paid a dollar a quart for picking black raspberries. An added reward was my mother's homemade black raspberry milkshakes. They were heavenly.

    And nobody paid anything for inferior blackberries!
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  4. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Wonderful! I (and the rest of us, I'm sure) appreciate your sense of humor.
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  5. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Thanks, Warren :)

    I was going through my hard drive recently and gathering all of the coin photoshops and animations I've done over the last five years. Boy... there were a ton! Sure is fun :). I'm trying to find the threads each was posted in but that has been a challenge. I'm going to amass them all on one big page on my website.

    @David Atherton's cat:

  6. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    they are delicious... best kept secret or most underrated and overlooked goodie i know of..
  7. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ahaha! that's a good one! ><
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  10. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    This thread made my day! LOL!

    Here's my attempt at the Roman system.


    Man, I've got to get some more wood in my office!

    @ominus1 You know how to snack! Pringles, pie, Snickers, and salt! I think those are the 4 basic food groups! :woot:
  11. Nyatii

    Nyatii I like running w/scissors. Makes me feel dangerous

    Sugar, salt, fat, and I can't remember the 4th.....probably nicotine...
    I just adhere to the first 3.
  12. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I have, in the past, collected many things. One was old photos. The market for portraits of people is not great but let that person be holding something that links him to who he was or what he did makes that photo a treasure. Most common are soldiers but more interesting are firemen and doctors with tools of their trades. I would absolutely love to have a photo of the 1850 version of ominus' great-great grandfather at his cluttered desk filled with piles of ancient coins. The closest I have seen is my stereoview still life with things gathered around the house and a bracelet made of antoniniani. TIF's magic turned a snapshot into art. Perhaps it should be rendered in oil and offered at auction in one of those sales that takes itself too seriously.
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  13. TheRed

    TheRed Supporter! Supporter

    I grew up in Northwest Ohio picking black raspberries too, though not for money. We would use them in everything from pies and cobblers to sauces and breads. Living in Maryland now it is one of the many things I miss about Ohio.
  14. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    The fresco in the OP is wonderful. I can't recall ever having seen any contemporary Roman paintings showing coins (despite having read several illustrated books about Pompeii). The earliest coin depictions I've seen in art were probably 15th century.
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  15. David Atherton

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    I was reading Paul Robert's Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum and came across the fresco and thought it would make an interesting topic here. I love how the precious metal and the bronze coins are separated from each other, perhaps for good reason - the bronze to buy the groceries and the gold silver to be stored away in the household's strongbox.
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  16. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    it's been a good thread..(one never knows where it's gonna go)i looked up the fresco and all the other stuff found in the villa, it was very interesting! thanks for posting David, it's been humorous and educational :)
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  17. harley bissell

    harley bissell Well-Known Member

    I have seen several depictions of Jesus knocking over the tables of the money changers in the temple and the coins flying. That would be much earlier than the 15th century which could still be correct if you were talking about depictions of individual coins. .
  18. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I don't recall seeing any pictures of that scene, either - not with detail of the coins- not before the Victorian era.

    I seem to have been woefully oblivious to all the earlier coin depictions in art.
  19. AncientJoe

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    The Aetna Master would approve of the depiction of the woman outside the border of the frame. Her love for numismatics couldn't be contained by the artificial constraints imposed by a rectangular scene.
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