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 on: Today at 06:04:37 am 
Started by Artem M2 - Last post by djmacdo
Too poorly preserved for any certainty.

 on: Today at 05:51:02 am 
Started by VCollector - Last post by Glenn Simonelli
Yes, definitely barbarous based on the non-Latin letters in the inscriptions. But I would guess it is imitating a 5th century VICTORIA AVG (or AVGG, or AVGGG . . .) type.

 on: Today at 05:33:48 am 
Started by mdelvalle - Last post by Joe Sermarini
It is hard to be certain from a photo, but it appears to be too heavy/thick for original "silvering."

 on: Today at 03:13:51 am 
Started by Jochen - Last post by Jochen

A correction for Severus

Septimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 25, 11.08g
obv. [AV] - KAI L CE - CEVHROC
        Laureate head r.
       Apollo Sauroktonos, nude, with crossed legs (r. leg in front), tg. r., l. hand on tree 
       stump on which lizard is creeping upwards, r. hand with olive branch drawn
ref. a) not in AMNG
      b) not in Varbanov
      c) Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov (2018) No. 8.14. 7.16 corr. (writes "r. hand with arrow
           drawn backwards", but depicted coin worn)
coll. Hoeft

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 on: Today at 03:09:13 am 
Started by Jochen - Last post by Jochen

A correction for Diadumenianus

Diadumenianus, AD 217-218
AE 27(?), 11.82g
       Bare head r.
       Dionysos, nude, stg. frontal, head l., resting with raised l. hand on ribboned thyrsos,
       holding in extended r. hand kantharos; at his feet to left panther with raised foot stg. l.,
       head turned r.
ref. a) not in AMNG
      b) not in Varbanov
      c) Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov (2018) No. corr. (same dies, ligate OV not mentioned,
          writes NI - KOPOLITWN PROC I, but depicted coin worn)
wfnumisshop, Ebay, October 2019

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 on: Yesterday at 09:43:32 pm 
Started by PtolemAE - Last post by PMah
Many of you have probably been wondering, "Why has no one posted about Merino felt in over a year?"
This post resolves such worries!

I had a good chance to illustrate my wife's point that Merino felt would make a wonderfully appropriate pad for ancient coins.  The top photo (I think) will show a black piece of 100% Merino wool felt next to a red piece of "felt" from a hobby store.  Most "felt" these days is actually polyrazzamatazz --- just another form of plastic fiber.  You can see the plush density of the real wool, even though it is actually about half the weight for the same size piece.

The four coin photo shows the black Merino, center bottom red Merino, and top red hobby store.  The US Quarter shows, a bit, the difference in thickness of the real wool next to it, as does the As.  A denarius is happily perched on the red wool. 

The eight coin photo shows seven recent acquisitions, from an early Roman Republic "litra" and early Victoriatus "club-series", co-existing peacefully with other new acquisitions, and that sad and uncomfortable quarter.

I happened to be at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival (a real thing) on Sunday and picked up some Merino felt pieces for about $4/sq ft.  Not cheap, but pretty, and as soft as butter.  No "lanolin" feel at all. 

Another great thing about the Sheep and Wool Festival is that last year's competitors are often part of this year's dining ... well, never mind that part.

If you are ever travelling in New York and get a chance to go to the town of Rhinebeck, about 2 hours north of Manhattan on the Hudson River, not only can you see the annual S&W festival, but also the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, with flying original and replica WWI aircraft, and the nearby Roosevelt Historic Site, a Vanderbilt mansion, and the Culinary Institute of America.  Plenty of wineries and things to round out the trip.  You can get there by Amtrak or take MetroNorth to Poughkeepsie and take cabs.

 on: Yesterday at 09:01:13 pm 
Started by mdelvalle - Last post by mdelvalle
Thanks for your opinion.

Do you think there is any possibility that silver is original and not modern?


 on: Yesterday at 07:24:32 pm 
Started by Anaximander - Last post by Jay GT4
I always enjoy seeing the additions to your gallery

 on: Yesterday at 07:18:39 pm 
Started by Matheus L - Last post by Callimachus
A stater of Alexander will actually look like it is made of gold - like the one in this link:

Your coin looks like it is perhaps made of silver. When it begins to tarnish, silver sometimes gets a gold colored sheen to it.

 on: Yesterday at 06:52:18 pm 
Started by Matheus L - Last post by mdelvalle
I'm sorry, for me it's a bad fake.
An example of the fake coin reports gallery, so you can compare

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