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 on: Yesterday at 05:59:18 pm 
Started by Enodia - Last post by Enodia
the style of that Nero is remarkable (for a Roman!   Tongue  ).

~ Peter

 on: Yesterday at 05:28:07 pm 
Started by FEDERICO D - Last post by Joe Sermarini
Except that our discussions here are about numismatics, not religion. 

 on: Yesterday at 04:59:11 pm 
Started by Mayadigger - Last post by otlichnik
I have seen them listed as Celtic era horse harness items.

Not sure how accurate that is.


 on: Yesterday at 04:53:34 pm 
Started by Enodia - Last post by Steve P
Cool thread ... well bumped

Ummm, here is a sweet Pontos Nike (recently sold) & a beauty of a Nero with Victory ...

Hopefully they're cool enough to hang with your great examples


 on: Yesterday at 04:47:31 pm 
Started by Enodia - Last post by Steve P
Well, I'm pretty sure that's still how I'm gonna continue to roll-out my Steve gallery ... they're mostly animal coins ... a lot of ships and weapons as well ... and wine related ... and chick coins

=> animals, ships, weapons, wine & women ........ what else is there, right?


 on: Yesterday at 04:20:38 pm 
Started by Enodia - Last post by Enodia
Yeah, there are not too many of these types which are quite common on ancient coins that we haven't run a thread on... lions, bulls, ships, etc., in addition to those I've bumped up in the last few days.
And Joe has many of these types categorized in the shop as well.

- Peter

 on: Yesterday at 04:15:40 pm 
Started by Enodia - Last post by Enodia

 on: Yesterday at 04:04:13 pm 
Started by FEDERICO D - Last post by FEDERICO D
Starting from the twenty-ninth issue tetradrachms issues are divided in parts, they are distinguished on the reverse by letters in alphabetical order reported above the Panathenaic amphora, and handled by a different monetary magistrate that is supported by two other regular officials that follow the entire issue. Under the amphora, instead, a progressive number is reported that indicates the coins minting progress. To understand better this elaborated symbol system lets observe the figure here posted which reproduces some tetradrachms from the 166-165 BC. issue distinguished by the symbol with an anchor alongside a star. The letter  Greek_Gamma on the amphora on the reverse of the coins no.1 and no.2 indicates the third part of the issue with a series of 11 parts indicated with progressive letters from A to  Greek_Lambda. Reconstructing the whole emission with the anchor and the star symbol it is noted that within each part of the emission, distinguished by a different alphabetical letter reported on the amphora, a part of the coins have under the amphora the initials ME (coin no.1,, while the remaining part of the coins have the  GreeK_Sigma Greek_Phi sign (coin no.2). These two signs, interpreted as compound numbers and not like letters, reveal to be a numerical progression formed by two products: ME that is (5) x M (10,000)= 50,000 drachms (equal to 12,500 tetradrachms) -In fact, 50,000 drachms : 4 (value of each tetradrachm  in drachms) = 12,5000 tetradrachms-  while  GreeK_Sigma Greek_Phi is 200 ( GreeK_Sigma) x 500 ( Greek_Phi) = 100,000 drachms (equal to 25,000 tetradrachms). This meant that in each part of the issue there had to be 100,000 drachms and so, in reality, 25,000 tetradrachms. The coins on and on minted, then, contained a kind of “counter”, which meant that the progressive notation informed what point the mint’s production had reached, at the moment of their minting: they started with minting the first 50,000 drachms (indicated on the ME coins) and, once minted that quantity of coins, they aimed towards the 100,000 drachms amount (indicated on the  GreeK_Sigma :Greek_Phi:coins). Once actually the amount of 100,000  drachms was minted (and so, practically 25,000 tetradrachms) they reset the “counter” and restarted minting a new series of 100,000 drachms (reported first with ME and then with  GreeK_Sigma Greek_Phi under the amphora) indicated in a new part of the issue, above the amphora with the following alphabetical letter. For this reason, the parts of the issue were indicated with an alphabetical numbering (the letters on the amphora) and the quantity of coins falling into each issue’s portion were indicated with the numerical progression (the numbers under the amphora).
Once minted all the coins falling within a given portion of the issue, then, as well as restarting the numbering of the pieces minted, even the third magistrate was replaced (the third name on the reverse in the bottom right field) it was set aside the two regular magistrate that followed the whole issue: in the specific case the magistrate  Greek_Alpha Greek_Mu Greek_Phi Greek_Iota Greek_Kappa Greek_Rho Greek_Alpha Greek_Tau Greek_Iota (coin no.1 and no.2), that had supervised the coinage of the coins in the  Greek_Gamma series adding his name to the other two regular magistrates  Greek_Tau Greek_Iota Greek_Mu Greek_Alpha Greek_Rho Greek_Chi Greek_Omicron Greek_Upsilon and  Greek_Nu Greek_Iota Greek_Kappa Greek_Alpha Greek_Gamma Greek_Omicron, it was replaced by   GreeK_Sigma Greek_Omega GreeK_Sigma Greek_Iota  Greek_Gamma Greek_epsilon called to help the   Greek_Delta series coinage (coin no.3).

 on: Yesterday at 03:59:04 pm 
Started by palves - Last post by Jay GT4
Fouree?  It looks like the silver plating has come away.

 on: Yesterday at 03:56:37 pm 
Started by Pep - Last post by *Alex


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