Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by David Atherton, Jul 12, 2018 at 6:31 AM.
Correct. Luckily they weren't driving directions!
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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!
Wonderful! I (and the rest of us, I'm sure) appreciate your sense of humor.
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:
they are delicious... best kept secret or most underrated and overlooked goodie i know of..
ahaha! that's a good one! ><
Lol. A classic.
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!
Sugar, salt, fat, and I can't remember the 4th.....probably nicotine...
I just adhere to the first 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. .
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.
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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