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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

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Ancient Astronauts

Mike Markowitz covers The “Alien” Coin for CoinWeek.

Video on creating 'coins' with CNC machine

I stumbled across this 9 minute video which shows the process of creating a medallion with realistic bust using a CNC machine. The medallion produced looks quite good! It looks better than most of the 'coins' featured in do-it-yourself coin making videos. Show More Summary

Print on demand catalog of the coins of Troas

I recently purchased a Print on Demand copy of Warwick Wroths 1894 catalog of the British Museum collection Catalogue of the Greek Coins of Troas, Aeolis, and Lesbos. Google scanned three copies of this book: from the University of Michigan,...Show More Summary

Artist Mike Bouchet makes art gallery smell like money

(via BoingBoing!): Perfume maker perfects the smell of American paper currency.

ISEGRIM search form

ISEGRIM is a database of 60,000 Greek coins of Asia Minor developed by Otfried v. Vacano at the University in Düsseldorf. There are no pictures. Unlike other search sites, instead of filling out forms the user was to write "queries" using a special syntax similar to Lucene. Show More Summary

Odd surface on presumably fake coin

I show here two coins from the same die pair. The high grade example is a Bulgarian replica of a Neapolis stater. The damaged example was sold as genuine on eBay this spring. This replica shows up being offered from time to time as genuine. Show More Summary

3D model of Kushan coin

The Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw has provided a remarkable 3d scan of a Kushan bronze coin. The model was done by Otto Bagi and Sergi Mañas Jolis. Apparently photogrammetry was used to to infer the 3D coordinates. Show More Summary

Is this 'panther' Cerberus?

Numismatic Naumann, auction 46, lot 182 Medusa is not the only creature in Greek mythology with snakes for hair. The monstrous dog Cerberus, who fought Herakles, had a mane of snakes. Coin depictions of Cerberus (electrum hekte, Italian bronze, Roman aureus) show the monster with two or three heads but no snakes. Show More Summary

Identifying a bronze coin using Münsterberg

I purchased this coin in 2004 from Clark's Ancients. It had been identified as being from Abdera, like the first example on this CoinTalk thread. It did not look like that type. It had previously sold in 1980, and the tickets that came with it showed several unsuccessful attempts to ID the inscription. Show More Summary

snible.org should be back

snible.org should be back online. It is now hosted by Amazon.

snible.org will be back soon

My web site snible.org is down. I hope to have it up again tonight. Until then, you may access the AWS mirror. It was not hacked. The operators shut it down because it went over quota. It is apparently under attack by a virus.

Collectors have the opportunity to comment against Cypriot import restrictions

Ancient coins struck in Cyprus before 235 AD cannot be imported into the United States unless they have an export permit from the Government of Cyprus or documentation they left Cyprus before July 16, 2007. It is believed that no export permits are granted for coins. Show More Summary

The gorgons of Mallos part 3

Antiochos IV, Uncertain mint (Mallos?), 175-164 BC (Münzen & Medaillen Auction 30, May 2009 “Roland Müller collection”, lot 706) 1.56g 11mm Web sites and reference books for Greek coins group the coins by city. For example, Wildwind.com's Mallos entry contains the coins struck under the authority of Mallos. Show More Summary

It will soon be difficult to sell autographed slabs in California

David Siders reports for the Sacramento Bee that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a law with a lot of new requirements for selling autographed items (such as books and coin slabs) in their state. The bill was promoted by Assemblywoman Ling-Ling Chang, and Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. Show More Summary

Strangest ancient coin I've seen this month

A very unusual reverse on an ancient Greek diobol! The reverse side literally depicts the lion's tail end. Typically on ancient Greek coins it is the front half of the animal that appears. The front half is called a 'protome'. There is no word for the back half appearing, as there hasn't been a need. Show More Summary

US Department of Justice settles with accused counterfeiters

See part 1 Real or fake US coins? Photo: FORMERFEDSGROUP.COM via blogs.wsj.com Joe Palazzolo, writing for Wall Street Journal blogs, reports that the United States Justice Department has settled with three scrap metal importers. TheShow More Summary

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

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