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« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2005, 05:10:03 am »

Very observant, Andrew. I've never noticed that before. There might even be a trace of an earring too in the middle coin top row.

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« Reply #26 on: June 01, 2005, 04:01:05 am »

A sequence of Gordian portaits.
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« Reply #27 on: June 01, 2005, 04:02:45 am »

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« Reply #28 on: June 01, 2005, 07:17:47 pm »

I've always wanted to do this but with all of the emperors.  It seems that so often when a reign begins the new emperor in style and often in physical characteristics resembles the previous emperor.  Probably from the mint workers not knowing what the guy looks like.  It would take forever to put together but a jpg animation or picture progression showing the endless morph from augustus on to the end would be infinitely amusing.  Not that I'm asking anyone to spend a summer doing it... but in my mind I picture one of those flip books whizing by.

Probably much less meaningful in the highly stylized days near the end.... but none the less an interesting way to look at the evolution of the art.

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« Reply #29 on: June 29, 2005, 11:02:38 am »

A new series of Tacitus:
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« Reply #30 on: June 29, 2005, 11:17:32 am »

Gorgeous set! If you ever want to part... especially that 4th one from the left!

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« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2005, 12:16:06 pm »

nice coins!  you can see the progression of the under-chin beards!


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« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2005, 01:56:49 pm »

Hi Andrew!

I don't know wether Numerianus has arranged the pics of a series in chronological order. I think he has not, or am I wrong?

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« Reply #33 on: June 29, 2005, 03:10:37 pm »

lol i dont think he did either, i just had to put a compliment/statement in there Wink


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« Reply #34 on: June 29, 2005, 03:51:55 pm »

Yes, I agree, very nice pictures!
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« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2005, 10:28:14 am »

I have a feeling that the coins of  each vendor  sometimes has a certain affinity.
This  can be explained that they are from the same hoard or just by the method
of scanning. Here are two examples: coins of Philip I from two different vendors.
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« Reply #36 on: July 03, 2005, 06:24:13 am »

One more series.
I add   a photo of the famous bust of Philip from Musei Vaticani.
I wonder whether it could serve as the IMAGO...
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« Reply #37 on: July 25, 2005, 03:18:36 pm »

What a great thread! Gordian III was the first fellow besides the Constantines that I began to recognize by portrait, Licinius and Probus too. For Gordian III its that nose...
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« Reply #38 on: July 25, 2005, 07:27:08 pm »

yeah, gordian III must have been from nose city!(corny quote from the life of brian Grin )  and the nose here on my gordian III is considered small for him!

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« Reply #39 on: October 25, 2005, 04:08:47 am »

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« Reply #40 on: October 30, 2005, 12:24:04 pm »

I once bought a group of coins that included a many sestertii of Maximinus Thrax.  I have never seen portraits so well suited to the sort of line-up used here.  One can show Maximinus starting our as a boyish Severus Alexander look-alike, and slowly turning into the devil over five or six portraits.  If anyone can do that set of photos (I don't have any of his coins any more) please do - it is so fun to see!
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« Reply #41 on: October 30, 2005, 07:59:50 pm »

The second from the left in the Decius sequence has an almost Vespasianic appearance.

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« Reply #42 on: October 31, 2005, 01:24:47 pm »

I've posted pictures of busts of different emperors starting with Augustus and going to Constantine with a few busts from each period to show the style trends, which can also be seen on coins.  Make sure you see the Lucius Verus link on the page too!

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« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2005, 09:38:20 pm »

How did a bust or coin portrait come to be?  Did a metal carver, marble artist, or other actually make a portrait of the reigning emporer and how?
So many coins were minted so quickly in some cases where an emperor only reigned for a few months that I wonder how a portrait came about.
"Please stand still Divine Emperor while I carve, commit to memory, trace, or use one of the gadgets the aliens left to us before they departed to the heavens? 
Though in later times the images became rather stylized, I find no information on how the (hopefully) accurate renderings of emperors profiles were initially obtained. And what about the artist's interpertation?  I am aware that standards of beauty and handsomness were different, but everytime I see a coin of Nero, I wonder why the artist was not crucified out of hand for showing the Emperor in a bad light.
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« Reply #44 on: December 28, 2005, 02:10:15 pm »

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