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Forum numizmatyki antycznej po polsku / Re: Akarnania Stater
« Last post by Piotr N on Today at 02:43:13 am »
Dzięki. To mój pierwszy pegaz :)
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It was driving me mad that it was so different from all the Cypriot flasks I found in references and online. I was so happy to find the Canaanite imitative.

Here is a link to Livius - Plutarch on Caesar and the pirates. The page says 75 B.C., not 78 B.C.  It doesn't seem likely that the events described by Plutarch happened after Rome took Olympos from the pirates. If you don't know the story, click it. It is a great read.

https://www.livius.org/sources/content/plutarch/plutarchs-caesar/caesar-and-the-pirates/
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The Canaanite flask is outstanding. Amazing it's stayed in tact for over 3000 years.  Very interesting about the color of the clay.
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I use degrees, not clock coordinates, and estimate to nearest 15 degrees.
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I always enjoy it when consignments come in that have been incorrectly identified by a previous seller AND I find something "fun." Here are some recent ones.

It is not Cypriot...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/catalog/roman-and-greek-coins.asp?param=23894q00.jpg&vpar=18&zpg=111284&fld=

It is not Lycian League...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/catalog/roman-and-greek-coins.asp?param=99393q00.jpg&vpar=18&zpg=114550&fld=
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For some coins the "wrong" die axis will give you a clue that the coin may be a fourree, imitative or a fake. Most of time current fake makers know the correct die axis.
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I think 15 degrees is fine. Jay, my collection is not that big, so I could do it once I realized it was a useful attribute. The bigger the collection, the more time involved.

Virgil
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I've wanted to add die axis for a long time but have never gotten around to it.  Big job to go through them all.  I may just start from new ones I add for now.
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I only try to be accurate to 15 degrees.
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