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  1. Mokiechan, For me, it really makes the coin come alive when I learn more about the historical context. I am in the process of going through my entire collection and doing some additional research/revision all of my Owner's Comments. So I'm kind of in "re-discovery" mode. Those that I think are most interesting for others to read about, those I am posting here in my journal, and I truly appreciate your feedback. Thanks!
  2. Newly edited and re-posted Owner's Comments for an ancient bronze struck by Herod the Great, part of The Roman Empire, an NGC Ancients Custom Set. Whether viewed as ruthless tyrant or resourceful visionary, the man known to history as Herod the Great (73 BC– 4 BC) served as one of the early Roman Empire’s most influential client rulers. Never referred to as “the Great” in his own lifetime, Herod was apparently more popular with Romans than Judaeans. In particular, Herod infamously exploited resources at his disposal to carry out grandiose architectural projects that rivaled, or e
  3. What beautiful toning, thanks for posting!
  4. What also is interesting is that apparently there are also examples of the reverse. For instance, a lot of argentei struck by Diocletion as part of his coinage reform have survived in very high uncirculated condition. The reason why so many high quality examples have survived is probably because the return back to high silver content coinage resulted in more hoarding again, at least that theory makes a lot of sense to me.
  5. Thanks for your comments, I appreciate it. This is certainly among the "most iconic" ancient coins, another example I would say is Tiberius' tribute penny (I have that one in the collection), and the Athena owl tetradrachm (I sadly have not yet got around to procuring one of those).
  6. thisistheshow, That is a very interesting question, and I actually have wondered about that myself. I would say it depends on the coin. For this particular coin, I would say yes. The side portrait of Marc Antony on this coin is highly distinctive, and Marc Antony was among the most famous Roman men (along with his fellow triumvirs). Even for a citizen who was not literate (and that was probably ~90% by the way), I would imagine that they would either at least recognize Antony from the portrait, or possibly at least understand that he was associated with the letters
  7. Newly edited and re-posted Owner's Comments for a legionary denarius struck by Marc Antony, part of The Roman Empire, an NGC Ancients Custom Set. This ancient coin was struck by Marc Antony at Patrae (modern day Patras, Greece) circa 32-31 BC. Antony produced millions of similar coins, all bearing the obverse image of a galley, and the reverse image of two military standards (signa or vexilla) on either side of an aquila military standard. The aquila, or eagle, represented the specific military standard representing each Roman legion. The reverse inscription on this particular de
  8. Newly edited and re-posted Owner's Comments for an ancient bronze depicting Octavia and Marc Antony, part of The Roman Empire, an NGC Ancients Custom Set. The nexus of relationships to Octavia (69 – 11 BC) reads like a who’s who of the early Roman Empire: sister of Octavian (also known as Augustus), adoptive niece of Julius Caesar, grandmother of Emperor Claudius, and great-grandmother of Emperor Caligula, to name a few. Among all of Octavia’s relationships, perhaps most famous – or infamous, rather – was Octavia’s marriage to Marc Anthony, her second and his fourth nuptial, respec
  9. Newly edited and re-posted Owner's Comments for an ancient quinarius depicting Fulvia as Victory , part of The Roman Empire, an NGC Ancients Custom Set. Depending on the historical source, Fulvia (83? - 40 BC) was either the antithesis, or role model, of a Roman matron. As sole survivor of a noble and deep-rooted clan, she coveted political status and power. As such, and within the constraints of Rome’s male-dominated culture, Fulvia influenced many powerful men around her. Like any ambitious Roman noblewoman, she sought partners of rising political status. Her first husband, a
  10. As an example, I found an absolutely stunning Pertinax denarius while perusing a wonderful coin shop in Munich. The only "flaw" was a fairly pronounced flan crack. I didn't realize my peril...when I returned home and unpacked my suitcase, I was all ready to pack up my latest coin off to NGC for grading and include into my collection...to my dismay, the coin had split into two! :-( Needless to say, I didn't bother to ship to NGC for grading (although I do wonder is there is some reasonable method to repair it?!). Also sorry about my late response to your response...I have take seve
  11. KD, Thanks for your comment on my research. Indeed this is a very small coin, I found a bit challenging to grab and manipulate in hand (that is, before I sent off to NGC Ancients for encapsulation).
  12. Teacher Brian, thanks for your comment, I really appreciate the feedback!
  13. BipolarBaby, I completely agree with you on the pricing of ancient coins being all over the place. At least with modern coins, in particular slabbed modern coins, there are usually a plethora of specimens of each date/mint to choose from, and their strikes and surfaces are very consistent (cleaned coins are a notable exception of course!), so the pricing is relatively competitive and consistent, for instance from dealer to dealer. When it comes to ancient coins, each type is relatively more rare, oftentimes extremely rare, and much more variable in their strike and the chemical degradat
  14. Newly edited and re-posted Owner's Comments for an ancient obol struck by Lepidus, part of The Roman Empire, an NGC Ancients Custom Set. Participating in the Roman Empire’s genesis were many monumental figures of ancient history: Julius Caesar, his ally-turned-assassin Brutus, Pompey the Great, the famous lovers Marc Antony and Cleopatra, Octavian (a.k.a. Augustus), and then there is…Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (88? - 12? BC). If the name isn’t familiar, no wonder - Lepidus turned out the prototypical persona non grata of Roman politics. Borrowing sic erat scriptum the tagline of a lat
  15. Thanks for your comment, I am glad you found worthwhile to read!