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Latest additions to my gallery...
« on: April 30, 2012, 03:13:22 pm »
greetings all!
this will be a continuation of my old thread here...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=50934.0

however since i finally got a digital camera i have been trying to redo the older poor quality scans i was using before. this is very much a work in progress, and the learning curve is a bit steeper (i still can't even figure out how to load the film!), so i will appreciate any photo advice or hints along the way.
with that in mind i thought it would be a good idea to start afresh, and i will be announcing all the replaced images here, as well as any new purchases as they may occur.

the first up is a large bronze from Syracuse of Hieron II (275-215 BC).
i bought this coin in the late 80's, but it was almost impossible to get a decent scan. i still haven't got the lighting quite right, but this is SO much better than it was before that i just had to share...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-80811

i will be renewing my gallery coin by coin, so stay tuned. 

~ Peter


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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2012, 03:30:03 pm »
Congratulations, Peter, on your digital camera! I know you've wanted one for a long time :)

You'll find experimentation is so much faster and much less expensive! So you can play around with lighting angles and exposures and all it costs is time, which we all have plenty of , right ;D

Nice coin and patina!

I could almost see Hieron's sigh of relief for getting out of the box and onto the screen ;D

All the best!
Steve

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 03:49:46 pm »
thanks Steve!
yes, playing with the settings and seeing almost immediate results is a distinct advantage. i find i can still apply my film-camera skills to a certain extent, but dealing with the camera doing what it wants rather than what i want is proving to be frustrating. but never fear, i will win (stupid machines!).

i have tried shooting outdoors (ie; the Hieron AE), with and without a light box, and indoors under various types if bulbs. i'm also still figuring out the white balance with each, but it is coming together i think. this weekend i plan to buy a couple of new light fixtures and a variety of different bulbs.

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2012, 03:22:19 am »
here's another new image of an old coin. i got this one at the local coin shop when i lived in California. it was one of the guys there that turned me on to ancients, and i've never looked back!   8)

anyway, this is actually one of the first coins i shot with my new camera, and so far it's still one of the better ones...

Macedon under Perseus
Helios 3/4 facing. / Rose.

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-80986

i love this coin, and have since i first laid eyes on it. i hope you all like it too.   :)

~ Peter

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 03:43:00 pm »
here is another upgrade of a coin i've had for decades.

this one is a Punic 1/4 shekel from Akragas struck during the final Carthaginian occupation.

Head of Triptolemus right. / Horse prancing right; punic letters below.
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-81020

of course all of these upgrades will inevitably knock all the previous comments into oblivion, so feel free to indulge yourself!   ;)

~ Peter

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2012, 02:11:53 am »
and the beat goes on... (yeah, i know, but it beats starting a new thread for every coin!)

some renewed ones include a Carthaginian AE, Thasos tet, and Boeotian hemidrachm (you can use the link in my signature).

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2012, 10:54:32 pm »
i redid my Alexander tet from Amphipolis. i'm still not entirely happy with the results, but for now...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-81198

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WOW! Common low-grade LRBs!
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2012, 05:25:35 pm »
i just added a number of LRBs which i have had for a long time, but which were too crappy to scan. they don't look a lot better now, but at least they are recognizable.
new to my gallery are Valerian I, Aurelian, Claudius II, Licinius I and Crispus. i also redid my Probus.
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=3565

they are not much to look at, but if anyone can give me any more information than i have (mint, officina, etc) i would appreciate it. i just don't have the eye to recognize these Romans by sight alone, and the details are a bit sketchy to me.

thanks in advance,
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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2012, 05:18:52 pm »

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2012, 11:41:47 pm »
i uploaded newer images of some of my Taras coins earlier today, and i now continue with the rest of my collection. here's a much better image of my Corinthian stater just updated to my gallery...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-82085

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2012, 04:34:41 pm »
new coins!

today i added a couple of Sicilian bronzes recently aquired from here at Forvm. the first is from Akragas, and while it is not scarce and certainly not gem, i like it and with the two eagles devouring a hare it is probably as close as i will ever get to an Akragas dekadrachm...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-82285

next is a coin from Syracuse during the reign of Pyrrhus. i like Syracusan coins in general and the portrait on this one is terrific. but being from the reign of Pyrrhus it also ties in very nicely with my Tarentine collection...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-82287

enjoy!
~ Peter

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2012, 03:53:38 am »
i stepped outside my normal collecting area a bit with this Philip V bronze, but i found the Helios portrait very compelling...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-82306

~ Peter


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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2012, 09:37:18 pm »

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2012, 03:54:50 pm »
the first up is a large bronze from Syracuse of Hieron II (275-215 BC).
i bought this coin in the late 80's, but it was almost impossible to get a decent scan. i still haven't got the lighting quite right, but this is SO much better than it was before that i just had to share...

this was the first coin i posted after getting my new digital camera, and the results were so much better than the original scan. however, i decided it still wasn't good enough, so i recently re-shot it.
this new image is clearer, sharper and very  close to the proper color...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-82556

for those who took the time to comment on this coin previously, i appreciate your time and effort and hope you don't think i'm just pulling your chain. but ultimately i only want the best images i can get in my gallery, so i hope you all understand.

~ Peter

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2012, 04:37:52 pm »
my first new coin in quite some time is this 5th century bronze from Syracuse...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-87526

this was a gift from a dear dear friend, and i'm very happy to add it to my gallery. i hope you like it too,

~ Peter

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2012, 11:37:08 pm »
Peter,

Nice addition of a very early bronze, congrats!

Steve

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2012, 03:43:20 am »
thanks Steve.

here's another gift, a beautiful bronze again from Syracuse...
Kore left, grain behind. / Nike in biga right.

symbolically this is one of the most significant coins in my collection, and i love it dearly.

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-87593

~ Peter

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2012, 01:06:33 pm »
Another nice, well patinaed bronze! Nice details too :)
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« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2012, 02:08:56 pm »
thanks Steve, i'm very grateful to have both coins in my collection.

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2012, 04:49:15 am »
just added my first new purchase in quite awhile, a bronze of Julian II which i got quite cheap...
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-87844

i find Julian fascinating, but since Romans aren't really my field i am open to any corrections or suggestions.

thanks for looking,
~ Peter

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2012, 04:28:38 pm »
All the Best :), Joe
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« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2012, 02:25:04 pm »
thank you quadrans!  it is slow but on-going process. 

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Re: Latest additions to my gallery...
« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2013, 02:30:03 pm »
the revamp continues...

nothing new today, i've just been fixing up some of my older images, cleaning up the backgrounds and correcting the colors, etc. some of them really need to be re-done from scratch, but for now these are the best i have.
i've done my entire Roman Provincial collection (all of 5 coins), and my most recent Julian.
hopefully are are a little bit better.   ;)

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/index.php?cat=21312

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« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2013, 04:13:13 pm »
still trying to improve some of my older images, but i do have an addition..

although i don't actively collect Romans, some of the emperors have always intrigued me. in particular i have always been fascinated by the thoughtful Marcus Aurelius. i have been wanting to add a coin of his for a very long time, but at a price that would not cut into my Greek budget too terribly. however most 'bargain priced' (ie; cheap) coins of his are less than attractive, to say the least.
i recently found this one for what i consider to be dirt cheap, and couldn't resist.
the coin is worn and a bit pitted (although not as bad as the image shows), but i love the portrait.
it has always amused me that Alec Guiness, who potrayed Aurelius in the 60's movie 'The Fall of the Roman Empire' looked remarkably like the emperor himself!
see what you think...

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-91978

~ Peter


 

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