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Majster wyciął dwie złote blaszki ciut większe od dziurki, zrobił w nich trzy otworki, przez otworki włożył złote druciki-sztyfciki i z obu stron przyklepał.
Jakkolwiek moja wyobraźnia złotnicza jest ograniczona, wydaje mi się że takie rękodzieło to już wyższa szkoła jazdy. Czyli nie mógł czegoś takiego wyklepać pierwszy lepszy leśny kowal, któremu za to doskonale szło wybijanie dziur w monetach, tylko dobrze wyszkolony rzemieślnik z dostępem do złotego drutu (który sam w sobie chyba zbyt łatwy do zrobienia nie jest). Poza tym takie artystyczne łatanie nie wyklucza intencji ozdobienia monety.

Jakby nie patrzeć szkoda, że to zostało zniszczone. Chyba, że po czymś dało się jednoznacznie poznać, że to w miarę współczesna łatanina.
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Ancient Coin Forum / Re: National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN)
« Last post by PtolemAE on Yesterday at 09:14:19 pm »
Great pic!  Glad you had a nice trip.

The trip began with six days in Warsaw to attend (and deliver a presentation in a session on Ptolemaic coinage) at the International Numismatics Congress, held at Warsaw University. That was fantastic. Weather wasn't so great but Warsaw was fun and the INC went off with few hitches. Always good to renew contact with colleagues and the leading scholars of ancient numismatics and meet new ones including very smart younger numismatists giving presentations related to their Ph.D. research, etc. One of the highlights of making a new contact for me was getting to meet Ed Snible. There was also a special visit to the Royal Castle's coin cabinet on my last day there. The National Museum in Warsaw is an *astonishing* art collection and even has some Ptolemaic coins, too.

Followed that with five days in Rome, the first few spent walking about the usual sights of ruins and absorbing the spectacular Vatican Museums (which includes a visit to the Sistine Chapel), walking up over 300 steps to the very top of the dome of St. Peter's on a clear sunny day, and culminating with a visit to the coin collection of the Apostolic Library of the Vatican to view and record data on many of their Ptolemaic coins, hosted by invitation of the curator, Eleanora Giampiccolo.

The last leg was another five days in the Naples area which included the archaeological excavation sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum and then into the city to see the MANN, the Duomo, and 'subterranean' Naples, a complex of ancient underground aqueducts and cisterns.

After almost three weeks traveling it's good to be back home but I'd be happy to return to any of those places as there would be plenty more to do and see. The most surprising city was Warsaw, which exceeded my expectations.

And I took a *lot* of pictures :) I will be putting more pictures of highlights of the trip onto my instagram. Rather than post that link in this report please just message me here if you wish to check it out.

PtolemAE
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Ancient Coin Forum / Re: National Archaeological Museum of Naples (MANN)
« Last post by PtolemAE on Yesterday at 08:52:59 pm »
So you had a successful trip, I am a bit jaleous :).

You can see a bit of the collection (only a tiny fraction of what they have) here: https://www.numismaticadellostato.it/web/pns/patrimonio/vetrine/napoli/medagliere?codMuseo=3
...

But you are right, these treasures should be published in an appropriate modern way.

Regards

Altamura

Thank you very much for the additional links. The collection could be a much more valuable research resource if  published in full - either in print (always good) and/or online or both.

PtolemAE
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Roman Coins / Re: New Coin to Show Off, LOL
« Last post by Virgil H on Yesterday at 08:39:35 pm »
Thanks Tracy, these Republican coins are often just so beautiful and artistic, even with a lot of redundancy in what they depict at times. Some of us have had discussions about pure art in the past, but I think so many of these measure up artistically with the best of Greek art in a lot of ways. On this coin, I think the portrait of Diana may be unsurpassed or, at least, pretty close to the best ever for the European version of her. In Asia Minor, Artemis was a different thing for the most part with both Greeks and Romans and I love those, too, having seen original Artemis sculpture in Turkey. Then again, I have also seen the Diana of Versailles at the Louvre. LOL

Cheers,
Virgil
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Roman Coins / Re: New Coin to Show Off, LOL
« Last post by Tracy Aiello on Yesterday at 07:42:31 pm »
Virgil,

What a magnificent addition to your collection. Congrats. It is indeed a beautiful coin.

Tracy
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Roman Coins / New Coin to Show Off, LOL
« Last post by Virgil H on Yesterday at 07:05:14 pm »
Just won this one at auction. I have just fallen in love with some of the Republican coins, plus there are some dog coins I really want. I am not sure how people collect Republican coins, be it eras, moneyers, or just the imagery. I would be interested in how people approach these coins. I find the AR denarius coins just beautiful.

I am lately on a roll with coins with dogs. I haven't bought many, but I am looking and bidding. This one I won. I will add this to my gallery but wanted to post it here, as well. I love everything about this coin. Part of it is the reverse with the dog and spear, but I also love the blank space on the reverse. Plus, my diety of choice has always been Artemis/Diana. Diana is associated with a stag often, but also with hunting dogs, so for me, this is the best of both worlds. I personally think the portrait of Diana on this coin is simply amazing, she is so young and beautiful and very human looking. She has her bow and quiver.

C. Postumius, Rome, 73 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.78g). Draped bust of Diana r., bow and quiver over shoulder. R/ Hound running r.; spear below, TA monogram in exergue. Crawford 394/1a; RBW 1434; RSC Postumia 9. VF

Thanks,
Virgil
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Other Metal Antiquities / Re: Curious Celtic artifact
« Last post by SC on Yesterday at 05:26:04 pm »
Many might have been hair decorations. To affix ringlets or pony-tails....

SC
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Other Metal Antiquities / Re: Roman Lead Coffin Panel
« Last post by SC on Yesterday at 05:23:33 pm »
Lovely display piece though....

SC
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Other Metal Antiquities / Re: ID for tiny belt or strap mount
« Last post by SC on Yesterday at 05:22:37 pm »
I see what you mean but I have never seen the form and it is very small.

Misc decoration I guess.

SC
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Hi guys, how can I "clean" this coin, removing this very hard malachite deposits on it? I think the coin is good below all this malachite... Thanks!

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