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All the words on this site were written by me except those shown in direct quotes, Pierre Monney's article on the "Tracing a Holed Tetradrachm" page, and Elizabeth Millward's article about her grandfather Edward Allen Sydenham. All but a very few of the photographs were taken by me, and almost all the coins are (or were) mine. Other peoples' coins and photographs are all acknowledged except the photo of my niece Vicky on the right. Vicky sent me that one for this page, and I don't know who took it.

I couldn't have made this site without learning a huge amount about ancient coins. And I couldn't have done that without helpful and informative emails and postings from a number of people. Some of these people were on the Moneta-L mailing list, which I recommend to anyone who's seriously interested in ancient coins. Check out Yahoo Groups if you're interested. Others inhabit the Forvm site, which has an extensive and very useful classical numismatics discussion board. Several very knowledgeable members there have passed on useful information, and they are always ready to help.

Thanks are also due for other sorts of help – Stephanie Jennings, Mary Jennings and Victoria Hill, my nieces (on the right) were the inspiration for my ancient hairstyles page. Also, of course, making a web site that didn't include their photographs would have been a Bad Thing. (Please be aware that these photos will certainly be out of date by the time you see them!)

Thanks and acknowledgements are due to:
Patricia Lawrence for enlightening emails stuffed as full of knowledge as a kiwi fruit is of green jelly, and just as tasty. In particular, thanks for the information about Spes and Sol, and also some excellent ideas for my current photo setup. But her help and inspiration goes much beyond that.
Robert Kokotailo, who knows many things about how ancient coins were made, and in particular for good ideas about haloed coins and the Julia Mamaea fourée on my Unique Coins page.
Marvin Tameanko for giving me some very useful leads on the meanings of various branches on Roman coins.
Zach Beasley, aka Beast, for posting links to hosts of interesting and relevant coin images at the drop of a hat.
Rasiel Suarez for being generally helpful even while writing a large book.
Everyone who has sold me interesting coins. (This includes Beast and Ras. See my interesting links page.)
Dane "Helvetica" Kurth, who has given me a lot of help matching up my hut coins with the correct RIC references from her tables. Dane's excellent page on Fallen Horsemen is here, and the tables of RIC references are available from here.
Curtis Clay, a very knowledgeable expert who has identified coins for many people, including me, and who has been particularly helpful and knowledgeable about my Severan coins.
And also, just about everyone else who has written a website with useful stuff in it. Of these I must certainly mention Doug Smith, who made this look interesting to me in the first place. Check out Doug's site here. Among many other things, I got the inspiration for my Medusa page from Doug, and some good ideas for coin photography – as explained in the next section.

Vicky Hill, Mary Jennings and Stephanie Jennings, my three nieces


I took nearly all the coin photos on this site, and those I didn't are clearly marked. The setups I used are fully explained on the first two pages from this menu.

Hypertext Markup Language

The HTML that makes this site go was written using WordPad and an HTML reference site. This means that when I am writing this, I have to type stuff like "h4 img class="cap" src="az/h.jpg" alt="H" ypertext Markup Language /h4" (this is the title to this paragraph, with some pointy brackets removed so that you can see the actual text I type, and not just the title again). Luckily I'm used to this by now.

I carefully cleaned up all the pages so that they validate as correct HTML, and so that the Cascading Style Sheet material I use also validates as accurate. I also test the pages in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox. The HTML is so simple that it ought to work on any browser, but I can't guarantee the exact interpretation that any particular browser will make of the Cascading Style Sheet instructions. In fact, Firefox makes the site look a bit nicer than Microsoft Internet Explorer, because it does a better job of this.

As of 11 March 2009, I have converted these pages to XHTML 1.0 Strict. This should make no difference to visitors. Validating the strict XHTML on the W3C site threw up all sorts of little coding mistakes which have now been corrected.

The content of this page was last updated on 8 December 2009.

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