Classical Numismatics Discussion
  Welcome Guest. Please login or register. All Items Purchased From Forum Ancient Coins Are Guaranteed Authentic For Eternity!!! Explore Our Website And Find Joy In The History, Numismatics, Art, Mythology, And Geography Of Coins!!! Expert Authentication - Accurate Descriptions - Reasonable Prices - Coins From Under $10 To Museum Quality Rarities Welcome Guest. Please login or register. Internet challenged? We Are Happy To Take Your Order Over The Phone 252-646-1958 Explore Our Website And Find Joy In The History, Numismatics, Art, Mythology, And Geography Of Coins!!! Support Our Efforts To Serve The Classical Numismatics Community - Shop At Forum Ancient Coins

New & Reduced

Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... 10
And here is a type not listed by Curtis combined with this obverse die. LIBE-R AVG, Liberalitas seated left.

Same dies as HJB Buy or Bid Sale 198 Lot 402

Other Metal Antiquities / Re: Mysterious Object
« Last post by SC on Today at 08:24:39 am »
The decoration doesn't look Roman to me.  Much more modern I think.

17th-19th century???

They state they are replicas in the listing:
....."This is a stylistic piece and is sold as a modern replica, not an authentic item"........

In my opinion, it's still a fraud. This information should be in the title of the auction.
Other Antiquities / Re: Ancient Roman Slavery Artifacts?
« Last post by Curtis JJ on Today at 05:21:32 am »
It's an interesting topic. One of my favorite collecting themes is "captives" on Roman coins. The iconography, but mainly the sociological and historical context (my research/teaching interests were sociology of violence, history of knowledge). So I'd be curious to learn what someone who studies modern slavery (i.e., recent centuries) finds interesting & important to understand about slavery in the ancient world.

I've never tried to find the manacles/shackles on the private market, but there have been various archaeological finds of human remains still bound, so you can see what the technology of restraint and captivity was. For example, a 2021 article in Smithsonian Magazine on a British Roman bound captive unearthed [LINK]

Roman artworks and decorations depicting slaves/captives seem to have been reasonably abundant. Oil lamps and small bronze figurines especially seem to have survived to the present. I suppose some of these may have been used in the homes and daily lives of ordinary Romans?

Two Attached Images: (1) pair of Roman bronze statuettes of bound captives in museums (public domain images from Wikipedia); (2) pair of Roman oil lamps depicting "barbarians" / "captives" (from the decades-old catalog of a defunct Swiss firm).

Some here have published on the topic, both about the relevant coins and other antiquities. An interesting article on bronze barbarian/captives figures by someone who posts here: József Géza Kiss, 2021, "Bound in bronze – a Roman bronze statuette of a barbarian prisoner" [LINK]. An article about the related topic of warfare with barbarians being depicted (for the late Roman "captives" imagery, you'd have to look at the book): Shawn Caza, 2019, "Back in the saddle again: a re-examination of the FEL TEMP REPARATIO Falling horseman type" [LINK].

I won't go on about more academic articles & scholarly books on the topic -- unless anyone else does. (I'm always up for it, and would certainly like to learn more.)

My Forum Gallery of Barbarians & Captives on Roman coins [LINK]
My "Barbarians, Captives, and Enemies" Collection page [LINK]
Identification Help / Re: Greek AE3 coin
« Last post by Altamura on Today at 03:29:32 am »
It is probably from Aigai in Aiolis:
so the horse is a goat  :).

Please give the weight in g and the size in mm of the coins, that simplifies the search.


As Harold Mattingly was the first to observe in his publication of the Dorchester Hoard in Numismatic Chronicle 1939, quite a few earlier denarii were restruck as antoniniani by Trajan Decius towards the end of his reign in 251, and Trebonianus Gallus and Volusian then briefly continued the same practice at the beginning of their reign in the summer of the same year.

About 30 identifiable overstrikes from the Dorchester Hoard, including four of Hostilian as Caesar, are described by Mattingly on pp. 42-43 of his article. Interesting coins, especially when some or many details of the undertype can still be identified, as on your piece!

Thanks for this reference!
Identification Help / Re: "Naples 2nd Century"
« Last post by Pekka K on Today at 01:25:22 am »

Yes, Neapolis Samaria, like:

Pekka K
Identification Help / Re: Help with this Greek coin
« Last post by Waldemar S on Today at 12:58:42 am »
Drachme - Illirien Damastion 
several coin pads
Regards Waldemar
Identification Help / Help identifying these 2 Alexander Drachms
« Last post by Yoni S2 on Yesterday at 11:01:15 pm »
Hi FORVM, long time lurker, first time poster. I recently brought two Alexander coins, but the descriptions were not the most descriptive, could anyone help me identify these exact coins? I do have Price Vol 2 but I find the images quite hard to identify as they are small and without much detail compared to modern digital images. As a side note, I am not sure if these are authentic but it is possible they just have more wear than I am used to as they seem to lack detail. The weights seem right and the diameters also seem ok. If you believe they are not authentic, please let me know as I am learning. Looking forward to posting more in the future.

Description of 1: 3.97 grams, 17.49 mm, 336-323 BC
Description of 2: 4.05 grams, 18.09 mm, 336-323 BC
Genuinely modern coins
Pages: [1] 2 3 4 5 6 ... 10
All coins are guaranteed for eternity