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The gorgons of Mallos part 2

Part 2: The uninscribed Earring Gorgons See Part 1. In 1883 Imhoof-Blumer published a rare gorgon/sphinx obol in his book Monnaies grecques and proposed that it was minted at Nagidos. 130 years later there is still no agreement on the mint of origin. Show More Summary

The gorgons of Mallos

Part 1: Was a gorgon featured on the earliest coinage of Mallos? Classical Numismatic Group, e-auction 174, October 2007, lot 55. Sometime around 400-300 BC the Greek city of Mallos issued a small bronze coin depicting the gorgon’s head on the reverse. Show More Summary

New interview with Frank Bourassa

Brigitte Noël has interviewed counterfeiter Frank Bourassa. Bourassa's crimes were previously detailed by Wells Tower for GQ. This World's Greatest Counterfeiter created $200,000,000 or $250,000,000 of counterfeit US $20 bills.... Frank dropped $125,000 on a four-color Heidelberg offset printer. Show More Summary

Provenance search service

A press release from Ex-Numis informs us that a company has been formed to search out lost coin provenances. The Ex-Numis web site tells us that it will cost 5 Swiss francs (about US$5) to submit a coin image to the service. Then, if...Show More Summary

Keep The Change: A Collector's Tales by Harley J Spiller

Keep the Change is a curious book written by Harley J. Spiller, also known as Inspector Collector. The full title is Keep the Change: A collector's tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and other Curious Currency. 112 pages, softcover. Show More Summary

India considers banning the melting of ancient coins

An article by Shakti Singh in The Times of India quotes Indian Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Hansraj Ahir promising to “Pursue with the government the need to frame rules to prohibit melting of ancient coins.” "I personally...Show More Summary

An imitation of Perseus/Pegasos?

Mithridates the Great issued thick bronze coins depicting Perseus wearing a Phrygian cap with griffin head decoration, and Pegasos on the reverse. Classical Numismatic Group Recently bronze coins of Mithridates have been appearing on the market in large quantities. Show More Summary

Imitations of the bronze coinage of Pontos

Some time around 95 BC Mithridates the Great ordered a massive emission of bronze coins depicting on aegis of Athena with the Medusa's head at the center to be struck at seven of his mints in ancient Pontus on the Southern coast of the Black Sea. Show More Summary

CN 22 from Poland

Yesterday I received a silvered bronze plaquette depicting a WWII event by the Polish artist Bohdan Chmielewski (1927-2014). The medal is interesting but instead of blogging about the medal I will show the Customs Declaration. The CN 22 form tells us that the item is a 'Podraunek' (gift), a medal, weighing 26 pounds (or 261 grams?). Show More Summary

Grading Parthian Coins

Many Parthian coins in very high grades are available for purchase. I have no data but it seems like dealer inventories are larger than usual. I wondered if this indicated new hoards had been found. I wanted to see if I could measure a change in the average grade of dealer advertised stock. Show More Summary

Conflict Coins

Last Wednesday Ute Wartenberg Kagen spoke on a panel at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. I didn't get to see the panel, as the US State Department's live stream was down. The American Numismatic Society has posted a paper in which she gives her views, entitled Collecting Coins and the Conflict in Syria. Show More Summary

Meet me in Atlantis

Mark Adams, Meet me in Atlantis It's good! I will depart from my usual practice of covering coins and technology and mention a recent book I enjoyed that has little of either. Mark Adams' Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City documents the charming cranks and visionaries who are searching for the ruins of Atlantis. Show More Summary

Blundered inscription (?)

SYRIA, Antioch. Imperial Times, I-II Century AD? AE14 (2.00 gm). Obv:...NITOIN (blundered ANTIOXEWN?); Laureate head of Apollo Rev: A; Lyre. References: Lindgren and Kovacs, 1949v. SNG Copenhagen Syria #125. I wanted to briefly mention...Show More Summary

Jane Jacobs

Mystery novels about private detectives often include a plot element where the detective and police have to work together. Both sides loath the practices of the other side. Unless the private investigator has some useful information or a long relationship with the fictional police no progress can be made on the plot. Show More Summary

Retoning recommendation

I recently acquired this Indo-Greek AE tetradrachm from a dealer in Missouri. I love the detail, but the cleaning method left some really ugly colors. It looks much worse in hand than the picture. I was wondering what folks would recommend...Show More Summary

A new way to profit from counterfeit coins

This story is three months old and was discussed by Paul Gilkes on CoinWorld.com but otherwise I haven't seen much on it. Thomas Zambito, writing for NJ.com, reported on March 24th that federal investigators discovered metal recycling...Show More Summary

Congratulations to Arthur Brand

I suspect several of my readers know Arthur Brand, who used to frequently post on numismatic discussion boards under the name of the ancient Greek die engraver Euainetos. Others may know of his Dutch-language book Het verboden Judas-evangelie...Show More Summary

Looking at the early cruciform die over time

Several things make studying the reverse “Parion” dies challenging. It is a simple geometric design, and the die cutters are cutting new dies to imitate the old. In this example, the design is very similar. The lines on the right are thicker, but this will happen as the die degrades. Show More Summary

Archaic gorgon/incuse drachms said to be minted at Parion

(Price and Waggoner, Archaic Greek Coinage: the Asyut hoard, #612) One of the most common archaic Greek coin types is the gorgon/incuse type. Unfortunately very little has been written about it. Poor specimens are common. Common and ugly coin types can be overlooked, especially without a story backed by a literary source. Show More Summary

A token with strange script

Four months ago a user on the forum /r/coins posted a machine-struck token or coin with an unusual inscription. I cannot identify the script. It seems like each letter (or syllable) is made up of one or two parts of a square plus a curve. Show More Summary

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