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Byzantine Coins / Strange lead imitation of solidus
« Last post by Byzantofil on Today at 11:19:10 am »
Strange lead imitation of solidus

An interesting thing caught my eye recently. The seller stated this as a "lead seal," but this statement is questionable to me. In the lead flan there is no characteristic channel for threading the cord, but at the same time, two holes were punched. Judging by the characteristic oxides, the object, however, does not resemble modern fantasy.

The lead flan is badly dented, but the obverse still visible the image of an angel with a cross, which is characteristic of a late roman or the early byzantine solidus. The legend reads well: VICTORIA AVCCC

The reverse is generally very poorly preserved. Only a fragment of the image is visible, which does not allow me to identify the original used for imitation. If you have any version of what could have been depicted on the obverse — please speak up yours opinions.
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Roman Coins / Re: Julia Domna Dopundius?
« Last post by Kim B. N on Today at 10:54:10 am »
Thank you Pekka, RIC IV 844, i did a search on Asearch before writing asking here, Hmm.. Cheers Kim
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For the New Ancient Coin Collector / Re: Identifying A Coin
« Last post by Greg W on Today at 10:45:23 am »
Hello Pekka.

Thank you for the help. I am positive you are correct. Looking closely under magnification I can see that it is silver and not bronze as I said in my post. Closely comparing the images on my coin to those in the link I am certain that the authentication is spot on.

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Thanks again.

Best regards,
Greg
 
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For the New Ancient Coin Collector / Re: Identifying A Coin
« Last post by Pekka K on Today at 10:15:29 am »
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For the New Ancient Coin Collector / Identifying A Coin
« Last post by Greg W on Today at 09:54:32 am »
As a new beginner I am probably going about this the wrong way. But here goes.

I purchased off of eBay a bunch of low grade uncleaned coins to practise cleaning methods. One coin that did not need much of a clean I thought I would try and identify. So I looked on this site at the vast amount of information on identifying/authenticating coins. After half an hour I was completely lost so I thought if I gave you kind people some information and photographs of the coin someone would be able to identify it and make me really excited knowing what my first coin in my collection is  :).

As far as I know the coin is bronze.

The diameter is 21.9mm
The thickness is 1.6mm
The weight is 3.16g

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Oil Lamps / Re: Oil Lamps identification
« Last post by Strobilus2 on Today at 09:04:59 am »
The lamp on the left (moulded lamp) is correctly identified: Hellenistic, Asia Minor/Levant,  2nd-1st century BC. The black clay is quite common in lamps of this period and was produced by a reducing environment in the kiln. Lamps of this type are seldom faked and, although it can be difficult to be definitive based only on images, the surface and other details raise no concern and I suspect this example is probably authentic.

The lamp on the right (saucer lamp) is more problematic. My field is Classical lychnology and I know little about lamps outside that discipline - Indus Valley, etc. I see nothing in the images that suggests the lamp is not ancient but I am unfamiliar with lamps outside the Classical tradition and I cannot confirm its precise region or period.
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Apologies Arados for posting about two coins (and the mention of an auction site)  :)

So, just with the Galba coin. I think it's right but will give way to any thoughts otherwise. I think I need to invest in some proper scales - on basic digital kitchen scales, it's coming up as 3g so I don't know how much over this it is. Thank you Pete.

Skip the kjitchen scale and order a digital scale for weighing coins an jewelry.  They are not expensive and are more precise.
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Smyrna należy do tych miast antycznych, których współcześnie dostępne pozostałości nie odzwierciedlają ich pierwotnego znaczenia. Burzliwe losy polityczne, trzęsienia ziemi - to wszystko nie oszczędzało miasta od czasów antycznych aż po wiek XX. Sięgając po cystofory Hadriana można próbować rekonstruować życie religijne miasta w pierwszej połowie II wieku, nie zapominając jednakże że istniała tam już wówczas na tyle znacząca gmina chrześcijańska, iż zaliczono je siedmiu kościołów Azji wzmiankowanych w Apokalipsie św. Jana. Trudno jednak, by mogło mieć to jakiekolwiek przełożenie na ówczesne mennictwo, skupmy się więc na kultach pogańskich.

Jednym z charakterystycznych świątyń Smyrny była świątynia podwójnej Nemezis. Sam kult tej bogini jest dość powszechny, jednak tylko tutaj czczono ją podwójnie. Pauzaniasz próbuje tłumaczyć to pamięcią ufundowania nowego miasta przez Aleksandra Wielkiego - jedna z Nemezis miałaby odnosić się do miasta sprzed założenia Aleksandra, druga do nowego. We współczesnej literaturze można spotkać także inne tłumaczenia, np. o odmiennym kulcie Nemezis na brzegu europejskim i azjatyckim, który tutaj miałby znaleźć swoją sumę w podwójnej postaci bogini. Jak w poprzednio omawianych miastach, mamy do czynienia z wizerunkiem świątyni, jak samych bóstw:


https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/3/1357


https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/3/1361

Nieco mniej ważnym lokalnym bogiem był wzmiankowany już w przypadku Sardes Zeus Akraios. W dwóch różnych wersjach trzyma na ręku Nike bądź Artemidę Efezką (w tym przypadku wskazuje to na uniwersalność tego kultu w całej prowincji Azji).


https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/3/1359


https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/3/1358

Uniwersalny rewers z orłem został przypisany do Smyrny na podstawie analizy stempli - istnieją monety wykonane tym samym stemplem awersu i rewersem z Zeusem Akraiosem.


https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/3/1360

Ostatnią boginią na cystoforach Smyrny jest Cybele, w tym wypadku bita także z awersem ukazującym Sabinę. Posąg bogini został wykonany jeszcze w V w. A.Ch. przez ucznia Fidiasza, Agorakritosa, a świątynia była znana w dużej części świata antycznego (podaję za Metcalfem, gdzie na ss. 38-39 znajdują się odnośniki do dyskusji na ten temat).


https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/3/1363
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My collection /  Moja kolekcja

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=5898
probably one of the best if not the best private cistophori collection :-)
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Thank you all for the information
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