ok, let me see if i can answer everyone's questions.
first off, i'm not kidding myself into thinking this will be a piece of cake. the collating task is thankfully not one i have to worry about as the printing plates are all prepared digitally from the master pdf's. the rest, unfortunately, will be.
since the questions revolve mostly around probus
, an emperor i haven't done yet, i can say the following:
- the format will be the same as that of carus
and all the others in the book. consistency
in format is a bookwide rule i won't break except perhaps in a couple of "experimental" cases. for one, under philip i
caved in and distinguished a variety between busts seen from front and those from rear. personally, i think it's trivial but i'm game to see what comes
any time i break one of these consistency
rules i pile on an excessive amount of work
and make the book a bit
less cohesive for the benefit of a few ultra-specialists. so far, it's not worth it as an investment of time.
- where i will break it down more than ric is to give each mintmark
arrangement a separate entry. two identical mintmarks
with different officinae
will have two ensuing entries. you don't need to tell me this will be a daunting task, i already know. again, you can probably get a feel for what i have done with carus
. with the carus
rough draft and the probus
section of eric I
you can get a pretty good
idea of where i will be going with this.
- i wouldn't be so crude as to call any one piece "unlisted". the workaround however is elegant enough: if i can't find a listing in one of my references i put in the reference i do know. my sort order is preferentially listed first by a printed reference, then by an online one if i have access to the image (usually a tantalus
id no.) and lastly by a "collection
of so-and-so" if i don't have the image. if i haven't actually SEEN the coin in hand or from a decent pic i'm not likely to include it unless it comes
from a printed reference (in which case it would be provisionally listed as an "unconfirmed")
- not getting too fancy with decorations of accessories. this is where i draw the line. and again, i realize this is an arbitrary line that isn't necessarily right or wrong and may even change for eric
iii. for a design element to trigger a discrete variety in eric ii
it has to be substantial. to use the provided example, alfoldi
clearly goes overboard by breaking down the positioning of the barbarian in distress (and a similar parallel can be found in ric viii
temp varieties, also taking pains to point out the various ways the horseman falls).
- i'm also not taking account of legend
breaks, or puncutating dots within breaks, as i feel that is also rather trivial. however, i'm much more sensitive to mintmarks
and will give varieties here a lot more attention.
- a bigger problem for me will be in determining whether two identical coins in terms of design were minted in different cities. there's a lot of controversy surrounding origin mints and i'm kind of caught in the crossfire. since i don't have anywhere near the scholastic genius
of a gobl or pink
when they disagree i'm left with an awkward position. the format presently allows for an entry such as Bx, Ox, Rx, Tx, My where x's are the representative line item making up the coin from a primary list of availables and the y's are the mint
cities. in this way i can account for any given entry with the same design and mintmark
to be listed in as many mint
cities as there are listed. this confuses the user as it forces him or her to catalog
a coin based on style
cues alone which is beyond the scope of the book and is, as we have noted, controversial in the first place. any suggestions?probus
is an extreme example both because ric is so notoriously weak in this area
and also because of the sheer corpus of coins. i will probably use gobl and estiot
as my primary references for the 270-280 decade and since i can't afford the books at the moment i'm putting these guys on the back burner. all in all i expect both the probus
sections to number in the thousands when all is said and done.