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The Members' Gallery / Re: Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« Last post by Jay GT4 on Today at 05:35:04 pm »
Excellent!  Thanks very much!  Nice to take it back to 1985 too!
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The Members' Gallery / Re: Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« Last post by Scribonius Probus on Today at 05:11:06 pm »
Yes, it certainly seems to be the McAlee plate coin. The little flan flaw at 4h on the obverse is distinctive, and all other features and centering seem a match to my eye.

But wait, there is more. I think your coin was McAlee's own coin, and the only example he lists.  Here is his complete catalog entry:

380. "Holy Year" 3 ( of Vespasian ) = A.D. 70/71   Same as no. 379, but obverse legend from upper r., which ends in squared "C". Prieur 141; RPC 2, 1968; BN; Empire 3, 5 May 1985, 186 = MC. ( Rare )

MC is McAlee's notation for My Collection, so I think you don't just have a plate coin, but a McAlee provenance as well.  Plus, his note that he acquired it in 1985 from Empire Coins.

Gary
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Thats a beauty Peter. When it comes to collecting and having a lack of funds to purchase some of the higher value coins I to have become intrinsically attached to the coins I do have, I think its a very personal relationship you get to have with them as you learn to understand the story they are telling its a beautiful hobby regardless of expenditure:)
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The Members' Gallery / Re: Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« Last post by ChefStu22 on Today at 04:17:30 pm »
That Tetradrachm is a peach 🤙
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The Members' Gallery / Re: Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« Last post by Jay GT4 on Today at 04:10:54 pm »
Forgot to mention, apparently it's also the McAlee plate coin.  Anyone have McAlee to check for me?  Can't seem to find an image onlline.

Thanks!
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Identification Help / Re: ID Hungarian Denar
« Last post by Jan P on Today at 03:09:51 pm »
I would not have recognized your coin on that site, but the descripion fits 100%.
And ... did you see it has a rarity index there of 97 :o !!!
Con-gra-tu- la- tions with your piece!
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Ah, memories!
I never had the deep pockets that an avid ancients collector really needs, so I always bought carefully, waiting for good deals and interesting material. As a result I am deeply connected to most of the coins in my collection. Having to pass up truly beautiful works of numismatic art makes one really appreciate the pieces that are attainable.
This coin was a gift from my wife in the late 90s, who by this time was resigned to my obsession and wanted to buy me what she thought of as a 'centerpiece' of my collection. I think she chose well, but she was an artist so I'm not at all surprised...

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=99058

The strike is sharp and well-centered on a full flan (not always the case with these), and there is no sign of the odd scalloping on the center of the grain stalk which plague so many of these beautiful didrachms.

~ Peter
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Identification Help / Re: ID Hungarian Denar
« Last post by Horatiu C on Today at 02:36:53 pm »
Thank you, it was just your help and luck from my side. Besides Numista - https://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces51205.html - I did not found anything else.
I wish you a wonderful evening.
H.
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Identification Help / Re: ID Hungarian Denar
« Last post by Jan P on Today at 02:27:29 pm »
Congratulations Horatiu! So, not the bird, but a crown. Magnificent find! I wonder if the identification will allow you to find such a specimen on the www.
For the spots, I am not the right man you need. Here are better people to advise you.
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FORVM Announcements and Website Help / Re: blank white page
« Last post by Callimachus on Today at 02:24:49 pm »
It works fine today -- just a bit slow to load the page.
As other have said here, it lasted for about 2 days.
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