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Index Of All Titles


Alexander Tetradrachms
Ancient Coin Collecting 101
Ancient Coins & Modern Fakes
Ancient Counterfeits
Ancient Glass
Ancient Weapons
Ancient Wages and Prices
Ancient Weights and Scales
Anonymous Folles
Anonymous Follis
Anonymous Class A Folles
Armenian Numismatics Page
Byzantine Denominations
A Cabinet of Greek Coins
A Case of Counterfeits
Clashed Dies
Coins of Pontius Pilate
Conditions of Manufacture
Countermarked in Late Antiquity
Dictionary of Roman Coins
Doug Smith's Ancient Coins
Edict on Prices
Facing Portrait of Augustus
Fel Temp Reparatio
Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
Friend or Foe
Greek Alphabet
Greek Dates
Greek Mythology Link
Hellenistic Names & their Meanings
Helvetica's ID Help Page
Historia Numorum
Illustrated Ancient Coin Glossary
Imperial Mints of Philip the Arab
Latin Plurals
Latin Pronunciation
Library of Ancient Coinage
Life in Ancient Rome
Maps of the Ancient World
Military Belts
Mint Marks
Nabataean Numerals
Not in RIC
Numismatic Bulgarian
Numismatic Excellence Award
Numismatic French
Numismatic German
Numismatic Italian
Numismatic Spanish
Parthian Coins
Paleo-Hebrew Alphabet
Phoenician Alphabet
Pi-Style Athens Tetradrachms
Pricing and Grading Roman Coins
Roman Coin Attribution 101
Roman Mints
Roman Names
Serdi Celts
Silver Content of Parthian Drachms
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Syracusian Folles
The Evolving Ancient Coin Market
The Sign that Changed the World
The Temple Tax Hoard
Travels of Paul
Tribute Penny
Tribute Penny Debate Continued (2015)
Tribute Penny Debate Revisited (2006)
Tyrian Shekels
What Did The Julio Claudians Really Look Like?
What I Like About Ancient Coins
Widow's Mite

French numismatic terms and abbreviations

a.d. - to right (a droite)
a.g. - to left (a gauche)
aigle - eagle
assis - seated
astre - star
au-dessous - below
autel - altar
av. - averse - obverse
avec - with

baguette - rod, staff
bouclier - shield
bouquetin - wild goats or ibex

casque - helmet
champ - field
cheval - horse
chouette - owl
coin - die
corne d'abondance - cornucopia
cornu - horned
côté - side
couronne - crown
croissant - crescent

dans - in
dans le champ - in the field
debout - standing
deux - two
devant - before
dr. - obverse
dresse - stands
droite - right

entre - between
épis - ears (of grain)
et - and
étoile - star

favoris - sideburns
fer de lance - spearhead
février - February
flanque - flanks

grappe de raisin - bunch of grapes
grenetis - beading (dot border)
gauche - left
graveur - engraver

haste - spear
haut - above

idem - same
indiquant - showing
isiaque - Isis

joug - yoke

lance - spear
laurier - laurel

machoire - jaw
main - hand
mais - but
mais avec - but with
massue - club
mêmes - same

ou - or

pendent - fillet, ribbon
pieds - feet
plumb (pl.) - lead
printemps - spring

quelquefois - sometimes

raisin - grapes
rv. - reverse

sa - his
sanglier - boar
sans - without
sceptres croisés - transverse scepters
son - his
sous - under
sur - on

tenant - holding
tête - head

un, une - a

voir - see


F - fruste - Poor to Fair
très bien conservée - G - Good
B - beau - VG - Very Good
TB - très beau - F - Fine
TTB - très très beau - VF - Very Fine
TTB - très très beau - EF - Extremely Fine
SUP - superbe - nice EF to UNC - nice Extremely Fine to Uncirculated
FDC - Fleur de coin - FDC - Fleur de coin
FB - Flan bruni - Proof

fêlure du flan - flan crack
foureé - plated
rognés - clipped
troueé (tr.) - holed