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 on: Today at 03:09:21 pm 
Started by Jochen - Last post by Jochen
#048

A new die combination and a rev. variant for Gordian III

Gordian III, AD 238-244
AE 28, 14.05g, 210į
obv. AVT K M ANTW - GORDIANOC
       Bust, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind, laureate, r.
rev. VP CAB MODECTOV - NIKOPOLEITWN PROC (OV and PR ligate)
       in r. field one below the other I / C / T
       in ex. RON
       Tyche in long garment and mantle, wearing kalathos, stg. frontal, looking l., holding in l.
       arm cornucopiae and in extended r. hand rudder set on globe
ref.: a) not in AMNG
       b) Varbanov 4243 (but Varbanov doesn't mention legend breaks!)
       c) not in Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov (2017):
           rev. No. 8.36.38.2 var. (without globe, and has legend break N - IKO)
           obv. e.g. No. 8.36.38.4 (same die)
ANE, Vcoins, May 2017

Best regards

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 on: Today at 02:07:44 pm 
Started by zoser - Last post by archivum
David J Macdonald, Greek & Roman Coins from Aphrodisias, BAR Supp. Series 9, 1976.

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 on: Today at 12:53:24 pm 
Started by daverino - Last post by daverino
It certainly looks like a good old coin with natural wear. I can't see any sign of casting. The imprints are sharp as for a struck coin and the flat surface wear is what I would expect. I have seen a few fakes and I don't think this is one - just, as you say, weird.

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 on: Today at 12:46:53 pm 
Started by daverino - Last post by Molinari
Does the wear look natural in hand?

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 on: Today at 12:45:30 pm 
Started by daverino - Last post by daverino
I agree it doesn't look like the typical well-modeled Greek style found on most of these. This is one reason that I think it is a later mintage, You see the same change in style in  Ptolemaic and Syrian  T'drachms which are modeled on the earlier types but date from the later first century BC.

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 on: Today at 12:45:06 pm 
Started by daverino - Last post by Molinari
...In the sense that I suspect it is a cast fake.  The wear doesn't look convincing, though late tetradrachms can be weird.

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 on: Today at 12:35:08 pm 
Started by daverino - Last post by Molinari
The obverse looks totally wrong to me. 

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 on: Today at 12:30:16 pm 
Started by Paddy - Last post by curtislclay
Timka and I have just discussed that very question (no globe/globe) under Roman Coins!

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 on: Today at 12:19:13 pm 
Started by gb29400 - Last post by dougsmit
Proportions, no, but the rider sure sits low in the swayback horse.  I'd have to see a few hundred Magnentius Lugdunum coins before I'd even think about where to draw a line between official and copies.  I have no rider type from this mint to compare but the later types seem to have much more refined style.

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 on: Today at 12:09:34 pm 
Started by daverino - Last post by daverino
Hi Guys

Recently I got this tetradrachm of Lysimachus which has an unusual lozenge shape and weighs 14.7 grams - at least 2 grams less than typical. I can't see any signs that it has been clipped, shaved or broken and the wear doesn't really account for the weight difference. Perhaps the Romans made it to a different weight standard (Phoenician rather than Attic)?. I have seen Thracian T'drachms (Thasos type) that were made to a much lower weight standard under Roman rule.
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The devices on this coin are for Mueller 207 and the example  shown at the botton (Thanks Wildwinds) is typical shape and weight.

If anyone knows more about it I would appreciate the info - Thanks, Dave

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