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 on: Yesterday at 12:54:31 pm 
Started by FlaviusDomitianus - Last post by FlaviusDomitianus
Hello everyone,

I'd like to share this double portrait coin.

Alexandrian drachms of this era are scarce and usually pretty worn, yet always fascinating.

Kind regards


 on: Yesterday at 12:43:48 pm 
Started by moonmoth - Last post by Equity
I've been reading Harry Turtledove's fascinating picaresques, the "Hellenic Trader" novels--historical fiction set during the wars of the Diadochi. His characters frequently carry oboloi  (and perhaps tinier bits such as tetartemorioi) in their mouths, and "spit" them out to hand over to messengers &c.:

“While Sostratos eyed the dockyards and the bills and mused on world affairs, Menedemos briskly went ahead with what needed doing. Like a lot of Hellenes, he carried small change in his mouth, between his cheek and his teeth.”

Excerpt From: H. N. Turteltaub. “The Gryphon's Skull.”

I agree with other commenters here that this seems remarkably improbable (and uncomfortable and unhygienic) --is there no evidence besides the possibly satirical allusion in Aristophanes for this practice? One of Turtledove's characters is very fond of Aristophanes, so perhaps this is a meta-joke of some sort!


 on: Yesterday at 12:39:18 pm 
Started by manpace - Last post by manpace
I would  try Cartagonova. 1/2 calcos. c.220-215  BC.  Al.Bg 401 ?

You're right, that's Carthago Nova for sure.  I haven't been able to find Al.Bg 401 though.  Here's 398 and it's the horse all right.

Other coins show the palm tree with low hanging fruit.  But I haven't seen one that has horse and palm on opposite sides.  Is that what Al BG 401 is?

 on: Yesterday at 12:33:26 pm 
Started by jaxon.burke - Last post by jaxon.burke
Sorry about the picture size, didn't think it would turn out like that. But thanks for the help! I definitely see a resemblance and it sheds light on a coin that was a complete mystery to me.

 on: Yesterday at 12:26:54 pm 
Started by jrl69 - Last post by Joe Sermarini
Also, we are much less concerned about the masses of cheap bad replicas, like those made by WRL, than with fakes that are intended to deceive.

 on: Yesterday at 12:19:45 pm 
Started by benito - Last post by benito
Would this Max and his snake
accept the challenge
of this Max and his snake.

 on: Yesterday at 11:42:41 am 
Started by Connect4 - Last post by Andrew McCabe
I can’t fully identify this AE21 Roman Republic anonymous.  Obv: laureate bust Jupiter left.  Rev:  Minerva standing facing left. 18.9 -21.4mm 5.0gr axis 5hr any observations would be appreciated. Thanks

It is not a Roman Republican coin type. If authentic it would be a Greek type.

 on: Yesterday at 11:41:43 am 
Started by clueless - Last post by clueless

I have a (worn) sestertius of Antoninus Pius that I can't find in RIC etc.


Laureate bust right, legend apparently ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II

Rev: Moneta or Aeqvitas standing with cornucopia outwards and scales

Of the legend on the obverse can be clearly be seen XI CO which indictes that the legend on the reverse should read either




The latter alternative is the one I conclude is the correct one.

RIC 610 has a reverse where Moneta is standing like on this specimen holding a cornucopia outwards, but neither the obv legend nor reverse fits with my coin.

Btw, does anyone have any ideas wether there is any difference in symbolism between a cornucopia held the usual way and a cornucopia held as on this coin ?

Any information is welcome.



( The coin is better looking in reality than on the pictures, my lightsource tends to make stuff look somewhat harsh. )

 on: Yesterday at 11:38:33 am 
Started by clueless - Last post by Mark Fox
Dear clueless and Board,

Caracalla and Geta from Carrhae seems like a reasonable match to me.  Here is a specimen in the BNF database struck with a very similar (if not the same) obverse die, but featuring a different reverse type:

Your altar reverse, although common on Antonine period coinage, seem to have been rarely used at best during the Severans.
Hope this helps.

Best regards,

Mark Fox

 on: Yesterday at 11:30:08 am 
Started by Pekka K - Last post by Pekka K

Yes, I see base metal with magnifier on several places.

Pekka K

ps. sorry about poor picture.

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