|Filed Under:||Collecting / Currency Collecting|
|Posts on Regator:||206|
|Posts / Week:||0.5|
|Archived Since:||June 9, 2008|
(via BoingBoing!): Perfume maker perfects the smell of American paper currency.
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
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
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
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
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 online. It is now hosted by Amazon.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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