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Ancient Coin Forum / Re: KOINON IV Sampler
« Last post by n.igma on Today at 04:31:49 pm »
I recently received received a hard copy of KOINON IV. It is a most impressive volume in terms of content, presentation and scope.

As I usually find is the case, the digital version available for download with the purchase of the hardcopy hardly does justice to the impressive 231 page volume in the hand.

And for a price of 30 pounds for the hard copy (which also includes a digital copy download) this is an absolute bargain relative to the lofty prices attached to most numismatic publications.

Congratulations and well done Nick! In KOINON you have achieved something of which you can truly be proud. Its come a long way in four short years!

In his rules of Forvm Joe states that the number one rule on this discussion board is BE NICE. I really think that some people forget that sometimes.
Identification Help / Re: A Roman moneyer in training?
« Last post by djmacdo on Today at 04:20:57 pm »
In eastern Europe in recent centuries many coins were holed for attachment in groups, so the attractiveness of a single coin may not have mattered--it was usable just as long as it was shiny!
No such thing has happened to the best of my knowledge. There were no abusive comments I'm aware of on the Coin Talk thread, and there have been no moderator deletions so far as I know. As I said, nobody there  has attempted to denigrate Forvm (although one poster said he had a bad experience here), and I hope everyone here can refrain in the future from attacking Coin Talk and its members. So many people belong to and utilize both places that it's foolish to try to raise some sort of general antagonism between the two. I agree that the subject should be dropped.
History and Archeology / Re: Archaeological News
« Last post by Xenophon on Today at 03:50:37 pm »
Treasure hunter strikes gold with discovery of 700-year-old Henry III coin:

A detectorist has uncovered just the eighth known example of England’s “first gold coinage”, with the piece expected to sell at auction for nearly half a million pounds.

The Henry III coin, minted in 1257, owes its value both to its rarity and the unique portrait of the monarch on its obverse side.

The coin carries a pre-sale estimate of £400,000 but past examples have sold for more than £500,000. It is the first of its kind found in more than 260 years.

It was found by an anonymous treasure hunter on his first detecting trip in a decade, near Hemyock, Devon.

The finder put it on Facebook, not knowing its true value before it was spotted by an expert.

Gregory Edmund, of the auctioneer Spink, told The Telegraph he spotted the post and “immediately told the finder to take it down because I said you're going to be inundated with every man and his dog to try trying to buy this off you for a fraction of what it's worth”.

Mr Edmund and the detectorist took the coin to be assessed by the British Museum, which confirmed its significance. As it is only a single coin and not part of a larger find, it was not covered by the Treasurers Act, meaning the finder was entitled to keep it.

The coin was the first gold coin minted in England since before the Norman Conquest. However, it proved deeply unpopular and of little wider use.

Henry III, who ordered the coins to be minted, had originally been saving gold for a campaign to place his son on the throne of the Kingdom of Sicily.

However, the growing threat of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last Welsh Prince of Wales, led Henry to instead use his personal treasure to fund an expensive military campaign across Offa’s Dyke.

Its use by the King to pay his many bills and creditors may explain why this example ended up in Devon.

The portrait of Henry III on the coin’s obverse was “radically new” according to Prof Carpenter. Rather than simply showing the head of the king, it depicted him “sitting elegantly on his throne” with his sceptre and orb.

Identification Help / Re: A Roman moneyer in training?
« Last post by Jan P on Today at 03:47:52 pm »
... hence the circle above te head.
One wonders, why should anybody hole such a monsterous coin to wear around his (or her) neck ::)? Oddity maybe.
Greek Coins / Re: Help to identify Antioch coin
« Last post by Pericles J2 on Today at 03:40:12 pm »
Oh great, you rock Pekka, thank you very much!!!
Maybe we should just follow the moderator of the appropriate thread on Coin Talk, who DID clear away a lot of abusive junk and announce ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Identification Help / Justin II solidus
« Last post by Britanikus on Today at 02:48:10 pm »
Help with proper attribution for this Justin ii solidus
Roman Provincial Coins / Serdica, Gallienus, "Philomousos", Help needed!
« Last post by Jochen on Today at 02:32:13 pm »
Dear Friends of ancient coins!

I had already posted this coin a few years ago, but no result was achieved. I am therefore making here a new attempt:

Thrace, Serdica, Gallienus, AD 235-268
AE 27, 20.24g, 27.32mm, 15°
Bust, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind, radiate, r.
in l. field in 3 lines one below the other ΦIΛO / MOV / COC
Eros, nude, winged, with unknown attribute on head, stg. l., holding in lowered l. hand bow and arrow, and holding in extended r. hand small figure.
ref. a) cf. Ruzicka 479:
has laureate head r. and doesn't mention the legend in field
b) Varbanov III, 2626:
calls the rev. figure Genius and the statuette an idol
c) Moushmov 4955:
calls the rev. figure Genius (Apollo?) and has no name for the statuette
d) Hristova/Jekov
calls the rev. figur Genius and the statuette a Muse
very rare, F
We see that the description of the rev. is not homogeneous. I tend towards Eros because the figure is winged.
The 2nd problem is the small statuette. Because the legend ΦIΛOMOVCOC seems to be a connected the small statuette it should be a "friend of the Muses, friend of art and science". But what it is?

We know of Gallienus that he was a literate emperor, familiar with Greek literature. Does ΦIΛOMOVCOC mean Gallienus and is an adulation for the emperor? But Gallienus as small figur in the hand of Eros: Impossible!

Any suggestions highly appreciated!

Thanks in advance
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