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 on: Today at 09:44:35 am 
Started by Adriaan v - Last post by 77HK77
Why not a full blown reference to Constantine?

I do not believe him (magnentius) a Christian; his actions outside this coin show sympathy to pagans.
He is in the mist of a power struggle between fractions all stemming from Constantine I
His power base was the same that helped Constantine rise

Although a definite christian symbol, contextually you can make the argument it was intended to represent a rightful ruler and heir to Constantine something a usurper would want to project. I would argue that projecting legitimacy in his actions more important than projecting Christianity. He was exposed to the symbolism of Herculean and Jovian factional identities in the course of his service. Projecting a position of "rightful" power through association to a symbolic god figure is not a foreign concept to the time period.

The counter argument can be the inclusion of the alpha and omega, something only a true christian would do; however someone ignorant of Christianity would not necessarily understand the meaning of the extra symbols

Flip a coin on which is right?

EDIT: My comment "Why not a full blown reference to Constantine?" was in reference to a suggestion that the chi-Rho was a nod to Constantine. However the post has been deleted. I believe Victor made the suggestion

 on: Today at 09:40:47 am 
Started by Andrew McCabe - Last post by Molinari
It seems to me like we should give our friends at acsearch the benefit of the doubt that if it becomes a problem, they will address it.  Flipping through the comments right now it doesn't seem like anyone is actively abusing the system.

 on: Today at 09:36:33 am 
Started by quadrans - Last post by quadrans

114 Numerianus (283-284 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 461, Siscia, -/-//SMSXXIΓ, Bust-A, VOTA PVBLICA, Numerian and Carinus standing, Scarce!
avers:- IMP-C-NVMERIANVS-P-F-AVG, Radiate, draped, bust right, seen from behind. (A)
revers:- VOTA-PVBLICA, Numerian and Carinus standing, facing each other, each sacrificing over altar and holding a standard.
exerg: -/-//SMSXXIΓ, diameter: 22mm, weight: 3,39g, axes: 1h,
mint: Siscia, 6th emission,3rd. off, date: 284 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 461A, p-200, C-122, Scarce!


 on: Today at 09:30:52 am 
Started by Finn235 - Last post by Finn235
Apologies for the photographs, was in a hurry and had to use different methods for the obverse and reverse to best capture the details.

Did not measure it, but ballpark 12-15mm, 1.5-2.5g.

Came from a very thoroughly mixed lot, so its neighbors were not much help. Best guess at this time is 12 nummi (I+B) of Justinian I, maybe Alexandria mint? Either struck on a horribly undersized flan (5 nummi) or broken and worn during a very long life.


 on: Today at 09:30:16 am 
Started by palves - Last post by Joe Sermarini
That's it.

 on: Today at 09:18:22 am 
Started by Carausius - Last post by Carausius
Every few months, I bring a couple of my key old catalogues to my binder. Below are two that I picked-up at my last visit. Both volumes contain Leo Hamburger sales, so I bound them as a matched set. The first is RBW's copy of the Niklovitz Collection (1925), the second is Hamburger Auktions 95 & 96 (1932).  All are bound in theee-quarter, tan English goat with "stone-pattern" hand-marbled boards, raised bands, black leather spine labels and gilt. I don't bind all of my catalogues this elaborately - some are more deserving than others.

 on: Today at 08:45:54 am 
Started by Frans Diederik - Last post by Pharsalos
Hmm, that is one lucky dealer. Were you able to determine at which point the coin was lost?

I would guess in this case the forger pressed a mould of an obverse genuine Antoninus dupondius, then a reverse of something like standing Pax or Fortuna. Then fill in the reverse legend and a couple of details of the reverse figure, then re-engrave your own, eg the 'SICILIA' legend and the 'poppy' and finally cast the coin. With no genuine example readily available to compare, not much to lose on the forger's part.

 on: Today at 08:43:25 am 
Started by Frans Diederik - Last post by Frans Diederik
They are so rare that sometimes a collector is happy with a very worn specimen.
I noticed this specimen of the Coronarium series in a lot and bought it cheaply: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP laureate head right / [ALEXANDRIA] around, COS II in exergue and S - C in fields. Alexandria standing left, holding crown (some still say box) looks like a plate of pancakes, and an ibis on her left arm. In the standard reference works a variation with COS - II also in the fields is given as the standard, but I have seen several coins like mine. I also noticed a reverse die identical specimen sold by Kuenker, but here with drapery on far shoulder. I have also seen a different, but similar reverse die.
So there are at least three variations of this unrecorded coin type.


 on: Today at 07:49:41 am 
Started by Nero 30 - Last post by Arados
Thanks for your kind words and if possible please remember to leave some coins for me.  Wink

 on: Today at 07:38:45 am 
Started by cabbell2207 - Last post by OldMoney
Your images are still out of focus, however I think there is enough
there upon which to make comment.

Based solely on the images, I can see nothing wrong with it. You
are always best advised to have anything like this examined "in
" by a relevant expert in ancient numismatics (specifically!).

The weight is about right, and both of the dies are certainly known
(perhaps more importantly, known to have been struck together).

Your piece is a little more interesting for me, as it does not have a
clear name that is readily readable nor fully discernable (much the
same as several others known from this reverse die).

Those dots and lines are definitely meant to indicate a magistrate's
name, but what that name may be has yet to be determined. Your
piece adds nothing to that equation, unfortunately.

It appears to be a genuine 2nd century BC Silver Drachma from the
city of Ephesus in Ionia.

Walter Holt

(and one I'd like to own - hint, hint!) Smiley

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