World Coins: Your Newest Acquisition!

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by petro89, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. HoledandCreative

    HoledandCreative Active Member

    I thought Essai coins were Proof.
     
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  3. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Well-Known Member

    It looks like these arent considered proofs based on the grades of others I looked up.
     
  4. Coinsandmedals

    Coinsandmedals Well-Known Member

    This is a good point and a very common misconception. An essai does not always mean the coin was struck using techniques associated with proof strikes (i.e., special handling, prepared planchets, multiple strikes, special dies, etc.). Put simply, an essai is just a trial or a pattern intended to be put forth for approval. These coins can be struck in a manner of ways that can lead a host of designations (e.g., MS, SP, PF/PR). Put simply, just because a coin is an essai does not mean it is a proof coin.
     
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  5. HoledandCreative

    HoledandCreative Active Member

    I have always considered the foreign Essai and the American patterns to be of equal status, or as you said, for approval. The American are almost always referred to as proofs. The Essai coins I have seen look to be of a similar quality. Of course, there are several examples of coins struck for circulation in a low quantity that all those coins struck can be called proof.
     
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  6. coin_nut

    coin_nut Supporter! Supporter

    Big packet came yesterday, 16 coins. 1914 AU 6 p.jpg 1929 PT-ST 20 c.jpg 1945 VE 2 b.jpg 1968 ZM 10 n obv.JPG 1970 PT-TL 1 e.jpg 1970 PT-TL 2 1-2 e.jpg 1970 PT-TL 5 e.jpg 1970 PT-TL 10 e.jpg
     
  7. coin_nut

    coin_nut Supporter! Supporter

    And here are the other 8. 1970 PT-TL 20 c.jpg 1971 PT-ST 2 1-2 e.jpg 1973 PT-GW 5 e.jpg 1973 PT-GW 10 c.jpg 1995 YE 10 r.jpg 1998 NO 20 k.jpg 2002 ZW 1 d.jpg 2015 PG 50 t.jpg
     
  8. TuckHard

    TuckHard Well-Known Member

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  9. coin_nut

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  10. TuckHard

    TuckHard Well-Known Member

    Here are a couple ancients I've been working on. I have pictured the best reference I could find but if anyone knows of any attribution corrections or closer varieties and such please let me know. Some are not the best photo especially with the light and glare.

    184-150 BCE (Circa) AE Rectangle Punchmarked S1 Combined.jpg
    Post-Mauryan India
    Ujjain Region
    Circa 184-150 BCE
    Copper Rectangle; 0.98g - 9x10mm
    Four (?) punchmarks, including two suns
    See Z#228890 (shown below), category SOUTH ASIA » India » Indigenous coinage » Mauryan and early Sunga Empire » Mauryan type basemetal PMCs of early post-Mauryan period
    184-150 BCE (Circa) AE Rectangle Punchmarked Zeno.JPG

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    -35 BC-5 CE AE Quarter Unit Azes II  2.27g 16mm S1.jpg
    Indo-Scythians
    Azes II
    Circa 35 BCE - 5 CE
    AE Quarter Unit; 2.27g - 16mm
    Obv: "BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY AZOY", humped bull with monogram above
    Rev: Lion standing right with Kharoshthi script around
    Ref.: Senior 102.113b (?)
    Ref.PNG

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    270-early 300s CE AE Barbarous Imitation of Claudius II Gaul Altar Type.jpg
    Roman Empire
    Gaul-region illicit imitation altar type
    Claudius II (post-humous)
    Circa 270-early 300s CE
    AE; 1.15g - 11x13mm
    Obv: Radiate bust right
    Rev: Crude altar with illegible script around

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    346-348 CE AE4 Constans Trier Mint 'Bust right'  1.jpg
    Roman Empire
    Constans
    346-348 CE
    Trier Mint
    AE4; 1.49g 16mm
    Obv: Laurel and rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, CONSTANS-PF AVG
    Rev: GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers holding banner with an M, above TRP mintmark
    Ref.: RIC VIII Trier 112
    346-348 CE AE4 Constans Trier Mint 'Bust right'  2.jpg

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    1641 CE 8 Maravedis Felipe IV Counterstamped Madrid Mint.jpg
    Spanish Empire
    Felipe IV
    1641 CE
    Madrid Mint
    8 Maravedis; 5.71g - 20mm
    Obv: Dot over VIII counterstamped over castle
    Rev: 1641 counterstamped over rampant lion​
     
  11. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Man, you got a ton of super interesting coins/ I am amazed, whenever I see your posts!
    John
     
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  12. TuckHard

    TuckHard Well-Known Member

    Thanks John! That really means a lot. I try to get the most history for my money out of my coins typically so it definitely leads me into some pretty interesting territory!
     
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  13. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    I have been in the market for an Osroes II drachm & ended up getting a good deal on this particular one. Seemed like some ebay bidder were asleep with this one.

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    Osroes II (190 - 208 A.D.)
    AR Drachm
    O: Diademed bust left, wearing long beard, earring, and tiara with ear flap and spiral torque, and decorated with “hooks”; all within pelleted border.
    R: “hwcrw mlk” in Parthian/IΛIΛIIΛI- VV/ΛVΓV(quadrate O) XΛIΛ (sic), archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow, Λ below feet.
    Ecbatana Mint
    3.3g
    19mm
    Sellwood 85.1; Shore 437
     
  14. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Well, always nice to score a great deal, Mat. I did the same last week in Heritage Weekly Sale.
     
  15. dirty_brian

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  16. coin_nut

    coin_nut Supporter! Supporter

    That's a beauty, I have one almost as nice.
     
  17. dirty_brian

    dirty_brian Well-Known Member

    thanks, im trying to expand my crown collection to oceanic countries. its not always easy
     
  18. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I have all those FM sets still in original protective trays, they where really well designed!
     
  19. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Came across this little bunch of Mexicans somebody put together in a makeshift holder, all brilliant BU and the peso has some nice toning...

    Mexicans.jpg
     
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  20. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Also this Hu-peh Province 10 Cash, struck 1902-5. I really like a lot of the early 20th-century Chinese bronzes, but try to find them that aren't heavily worn, damaged, corroded, etc. This one is a strong EF with lovely color...

    hupeh.jpg
     
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  21. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    And lastly a George III twopence. I can't resist buying these things if they're nice examples at a decent price... GeotwopenceK.jpg
     
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