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Unlisted / Constantine I BEAT TRANQLITAS from London
« Last post by Victor on August 15, 2017, 12:26:08 PM »
This one is not in RIC, but several examples are listed on Lech's site-  http://www.notinric.lechstepniewski.info/7lon-246.html

It's also in the Cloke and Toone London book.

Constantine I
A.D. 322- 323
18x19mm    3.4gm
CONSTAN-TINVS  AG, bust left, laureate and cuirassed, holding eagle-tipped sceptre in right hand.
BEAT TRAN-QLITAS, globe set on altar inscribed VOT/IS/XX; above, three stars; in fields F/B
in ex. PLON
RIC VII London –

Should come after RIC 246
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General Discussion / Re: coin broken in transit
« Last post by livingwater on August 14, 2017, 09:55:45 PM »
Sorry for the broken coin.  Years ago I dropped a Tiberius silver denarius on my kitchen tile floor.  It chipped.  On the inside I could see it had some crystallization which I assume made it more brittle.  That was a loss of about hundred-fifty bucks in value. :-\  At least is was only F condition and not EF.
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General Discussion / coin broken in transit
« Last post by Victor on August 14, 2017, 07:58:01 PM »
I just received this coin that was broken during shipping. This is a good example of why you should at least use cardboard mailers ( I use Safe-T-Mailers ) when shipping ancient coins. I can't say it would not have broken if mailed in a cardboard mailer; but it would have had a better chance. It was mailed in a flip inside thin cardboard in a regular envelope. One problem, is that letters are sorted using machines, which can do this kind of damage to fragile items. That is why I use padded mailers that are non-machineable, meaning they are sorted by hand. The coin is nothing special and did not cost much, but I still hate to get broken coins.
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General Discussion / Re: New collector
« Last post by Victor on August 12, 2017, 04:03:43 PM »
RIC VI makes a distinction on the head size of RIC 14 and 20. RIC 14 has a small head on a long neck, while 20 has a large head with a shorter neck. This is a confusing and sometimes arbitrary way to classify. The new book on the London mint by Cloke & Toone group these coins together, merely noting that there are bust variations. I would list this coin as RIC VI London 14a/20, but of course you could also list it as 14a, since it has the small head/long neck.

For comparison, below is a Maximianus that I just sold. It has the large head and short neck; but I listed it as RIC VI London 6b/17.


the second coin, with S-A in the fields, is from Siscia, struck circa A.D. 294.
RIC VI Siscia 81a, RIC lists three workshops- A, B or Γ


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General Discussion / Re: New collector
« Last post by Adriaan78 on August 12, 2017, 07:31:46 AM »
Hi Victor thank you for your reply!

If there is one thing I have learned already in collecting ancient coins is that I should stick to sellers and auctions that I trust...

One thing I am still learning is coin attribution. I still find this difficult, especially for the coins with more generic reverses and legends. The first coin attached should be Constantius I from London, RIC VI 14a. But how do you know? First there are no mintmark on it. Second. If I compare the coins with the ones I have found on Wildwinds I think it can also be RIC VI 20. Some goes for the second coins, I was told it is from Rome.. but I can't tell..
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General Discussion / Re: Funny minting
« Last post by Genio popvli romani on August 11, 2017, 04:43:09 PM »
In 2005 La Monnaie de Paris sold 1c coins to Banque de France for 4,5c. Now the manufacturing cost is estimated around 1,15c.
As the 1c is quite not used, it should disappear soon or late.
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General Discussion / Re: Funny minting
« Last post by Victor on August 11, 2017, 04:32:10 PM »
modern US pennies are copper plated zinc...and cost almost twice as much to manufacture as they are worth.
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General Discussion / Re: Funny minting
« Last post by Genio popvli romani on August 11, 2017, 04:17:14 PM »
But here in Greece, Solon would be proud of such a machine transforming 5c in 1€....For the machine owner !  ;D
I don't know if it is the same with your cents (i never tried a magnet) but our € cents are not made of copper but with copper plated steel....
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General Discussion / Re: Funny minting
« Last post by Victor on August 11, 2017, 03:31:01 PM »
in the US, these machines are found at many tourist places. I live in Nashville (which is mostly known for country music...but trust me, there is a lot more going on...just not much with ancient coins) and there are a few of these, which take 1 cent coins.

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General Discussion / Funny minting
« Last post by Genio popvli romani on August 11, 2017, 11:53:37 AM »
I am currently on Rhodes Island and can't wait to be back to home to share this funny machine in which you put a 5 €cent and press it to make a souvenir coin.
These machines exist elsewhere but it is original to find them where metallic coin has been "created".
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