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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

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Do the coins of Antiochos IV depict the Medusa Rondanini?

The Seleukid emperor Antiochos IV, who ruled from 175 BC until his death in 164 BC, gave the Athenians a golden aegis with the Gorgon upon it. Presumably Pausanias, who lived in the 2nd century AD, actually saw the aegis at the theater in Athens. Show More Summary

Dave Surber (of Wildwinds) collection being auctioned Tuesday

Many of you use Wildwinds.com, a web site cataloging ancient coins built in 2000 by Dave Surber. Dave Surber passed away suddenly five years ago. His collection is being auctioned on Tuesday by Agora Auctions. 46 Greek coins, 61 Roman Provincial, 133 Roman Imperial, 21 Byzantine and Medieval. 26 lots of books. 35 group lots.

Collectors' source for Zero Rupee Notes

Collectors may obtain Fifth Pillar's anti-corruption Zero Rupee Notes from Joel's Coins. As of this writing Joel's price is $2/note (but cheaper in quantity.) The 50 Rupee note that the anti-corruption piece mimics has an exchange value of 83 US cents. Show More Summary

Quarter deliveries, for laundry

The web site washboard.co is offering “Quarters for laundry, delivered monthly”. Prices as low as $14.99 for $10 in quarters a month, with two day shipping. A parody? Every laundromat I've used had a change machine. But I suspect the site is real.

Unicode 7 adds symbol for Azeri Manat symbol

We can now typeset the Azerbaijani currency symbol, the Azeri Manat, as it has been added to Unicode 7.0. Code.az reported that the symbol gained wide use in 2012, appearing on advertisements and markets in Azerbaijan. The code is U+20BC. Show More Summary

A Greek die deteriorates

For many years I suspected the animated coins above were modern forgeries. The first die in the animation looks very strange. There are dots within the snakes surrounding Medusa, a very unusual feature. The first die shows blunders, such as two dots on the tongue. Show More Summary

Checking die matches with Gimp

Recently I tried to compare the dies between an XF specimen and a damaged one. I mistakenly thought both dies matched, but actually only the obverses seem to match. Let me explain how I use Gimp software to compare dies in the difficult cases. Show More Summary

Let's not forget to comment on the ancient Egyptian coins for the proposed MOU

Last week Peter Tompa suggested we should comment on a proposed emergency restrictions on the import of ancient Egyptian coins being considered by the US State Department. I don't have much to say about Egyptian coins. I have three in my collection. Show More Summary

WESPNEX coin show in Westchester County, NY

Last week there was a coin show in Westchester County, NY. The Westchester Stamp Coin and Paper Money show. Over 30 coin dealers attend. US coins, foreign coins, even ancient coins. It's in White Plains, not far from the Metro-North train station. Show More Summary

Digital Historia Numorum currently offline; need advice

I took my digital copy of Barclay Head's Historia Numorum offline. I started getting email from my provider that my web site was using large amounts of transfer. I looked at my server's logs, and found hundreds of requests for a valid...Show More Summary

Patents related to ISIS coin authentication

A few weeks ago we linked to information on the Royal Mint's ISIS technology. A recent thread on StackExchange.com links to a patent on Metallic materials with embedded luminescent particles. The abstract: Formation of an authentication...Show More Summary

“This was like a moonshot for us”

Kyle VanHemert describes the US Mint's baseball commemorative for Wired Online. “This was like a moonshot for us,” says Stephen C. Antonucci, manager of digital development for the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. “It stretched the bounds of everything we knew about coin development.”Yes, there will be a half dollar. It will be clad.

Cisco AnyConnect was overwhelming my Mac

Recently my Mac's battery life fell to about an hour. I repaired the problem, but didn't see it reported on the web, so I will post it here so Google can find it. The Activity Monitor app showed acwebsecagent and ReportCrash using about 15% of the CPU. Show More Summary

iSIS aRMour

The Royal Mint (UK) has designed a new coin process said to make make forgery impossible. 2 minute video. The technology, called iSIS, is apparently a special material that can be added to the aRMour technology that electroplates a 25 micron coating on coin blanks. Show More Summary

Seminar in Central Asian and Middle Eastern Numismatics this weekend

Readers might be interested in the Sixth Annual Seminar in Central Asian and Middle Eastern Numismatics at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY this weekend. Hempstead is on Long Island, about 25 miles East of Manhattan. There is a train to Hempstead, but it takes a long time, and I have never taken it. Show More Summary

Indian government officials seize hoard of 104 'pottu kasu'

Writing for The Times of India, Bosco Dominique tells us that Indian government officials seized a hoard of gold (?) 'pottu kasu' weighing roughly five sovereigns. I am uncertain what pottu kasu is. Google translates it as 'spud benefits'. Show More Summary

$409,200,000 of Bitcoins stolen, Mt. Gox shuts down, one million people lose account balances

Cameron Keng writes for Forbes that the Mt. Gox web site has been hacked and shut down. 744,000 BitCoins, until recently worth over $400 million USD, were hacked. As far as I can tell there is no way to get the coins back. One million folks kept accounts, called 'wallets', on the site. Bitcoins are trading now for US $490 (as of 9:15am), down from over $600 yesterday.

150 coins siezed at Romanian coin show

Does anyone speak Romanian? I found an article (no byline?) suggestingPolice confiscated [at] a numismatic and philatelic market in Brasov 154 old coins, some dating from the second and first centuries BC, and others [from] the medieval...Show More Summary

Dealing with the small change shortage in modern Palestine

Writing for y-net-news.com, Elior Levy reports on improvised replacements for the vanished half-shekel coins in occupied Gaza. Bus and taxi drivers either give change in candy, or round-up when traveling in one direction and round-down when traveling in the other. Show More Summary

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