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Carthage 1/2 Shekel (NGC AU*) from 2nd Punic War featuring obverse male head possibly of Melqart with Hannibal's features. Reverse is a charging war elephant.

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Carthage 1/2 Shekel (NGC AU*) from 2nd Punic War featuring obverse male head possibly of Melqart with Hannibal's features. Reverse is a charging war elephant.

 

Very nice Hannibal piece. Do you have any additional historical info on this? Was it issued during the 2nd Punic War or afterwards? I'd imagine that as Carthage was ruled by a senate, like Rome, that they wouldn't put a living general on the coinage. Also any info on how you got it would be appreciated. Yes, I might try to get one of my own, but hopefully you don't need to buy more than one of these?

 

Only got one ancient so far in 2016. Had been looking for a decent one of these Pompey the Great/ War Galley denarii ever since I saw one on the front cover of a Dieter Gorney Auction (#56, 7 Oktober, 1991, lot 388). Threw in a cheap bid without representation at Heritage NYICS '16, but was very pleased when I saw it in person. There was one other superb lot (Medieval/Modern) sold at NYICS to which I was the immediate underbidder which I'm still sorry I lost.

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Pompey the Great formed the 1st Triumverate (Caesar, Crassius, & Pompey). Pompey was the main guy behind the faction of senators who opposed Caesar but died after a battle in 48 BC. This coin was struck in 44-43 BC by his son; Sextus Pompey. In a slab as choice EXF it is a bit off-center but fortunately is of good metal, surfaces, & strike. I bought it "sight unseen" Still due to my experience with world coins, I will NOT buy any more slabs that I don't see for myself

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Hello - new to the group. Wondering if anyone knows what this coin is. We have been trying to figure it out for years and no coin shop has ever been able to tell us. Thank you in advance.

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On 9/25/2017 at 4:39 PM, LoriBird23 said:

Hello - new to the group. Wondering if anyone knows what this coin is. We have been trying to figure it out for years and no coin shop has ever been able to tell us. Thank you in advance.

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This appears to be a Roman Bronze Sestertius of Emperor Galba (68-69 AD).

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With that clue - I found this description and information on http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/galba/t.html :

Galba Paduan type AE "Sestertius". 1500-1570 AD. IMP SER SVLP GALBA CAES AVG TR POT, laureate draped bust right / S-C, emperor on platform standing left, before five soldiers, ADLOCVT in ex. Klawans 3.

Galba, AE ''sestertius'' struck from dies by Giovanni Cavino,      1500-1570, (20.18g) apparently overstruck over a genuine Roman  sestertius, as were many of his ''medals''. IMP SER SVLP GALBA CAES AVG TR POT Laureate and draped bust right. / Emperor on  platform standing left, before five soldiers, S C at sides,      ADLOCVT in exergue. Kwalans 3/ 4 (These dies).

Does this seem to match as well as I think it does??

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So, is this coin the original, or the Cavino overstrike?

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What is a Cavino overstrike?  I'm not finding anything specific in a search for that name.

How would you tell if it is a Cavino overstrike?

It was given to my parents on their wedding day in 1949 - if a date helps at all.

Thanks . . .

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Giovanni Cavino was a medalist and, according to some, a forger, born in Padua, Italy in 1500. More info Here .

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As far as how to tell the difference, I am not nearly familiar enough with these to know. Maybe Doug or someone else will chime in.

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This is the oldest coin i have not sure of its worth NGC recognizes its authentic but no value was given..Tried several other coin specialist but nobody can tell me its worth .. would really like to sell this coin

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On February 7, 2018 at 12:52 AM, LoriBird23 said:

With that clue - I found this description and information on http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/galba/t.html :

Galba Paduan type AE "Sestertius". 1500-1570 AD. IMP SER SVLP GALBA CAES AVG TR POT, laureate draped bust right / S-C, emperor on platform standing left, before five soldiers, ADLOCVT in ex. Klawans 3.

Galba, AE ''sestertius'' struck from dies by Giovanni Cavino,      1500-1570, (20.18g) apparently overstruck over a genuine Roman  sestertius, as were many of his ''medals''. IMP SER SVLP GALBA CAES AVG TR POT Laureate and draped bust right. / Emperor on  platform standing left, before five soldiers, S C at sides,      ADLOCVT in exergue. Kwalans 3/ 4 (These dies).

Does this seem to match as well as I think it does??

This looks more like an original sestertius than a 16th century Italian recreation because it's so weakly struck. However, it looks like it's possibly the same dies as the Cavino, and it does appear to be an over-strike, so it could well be a poorly executed Cavino.

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MAGNIA URBICA (Augusta, 283-285). Antoninianus. Rome. Obv: MAGN VRBICA AVG. Draped bust right, wearing stephane and set upon crescent. Rev: VENVS VICTRIX / KAς. Venus standing left, holding helmet and sceptre; shield to left. RIC 343. Weight: 3.62 g. Diameter: 21 mm.

 

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I'd like member feedback on this coin I acquired two days ago. It's a handsome Roman Provincial bronze coin struck in Oea, Syrtica (modern day Tripoli, Libya). There are a number of things I don't like about this slab: 1. The coin rattles in the slab & now the angle of rotation is off more than the photo shows. 2. The slab states that the coin is AE24. It actually measures 32 mm, not 24 mm. 3. The slab states "Livia, wife of Augustus", but this has nothing to do with the coin & should be removed. The coin was struck under the authority of Tiberius, not Livia. 4. There is no date range on this coin & there should be. Tiberius was emperor from AD 14-37. Should I send this coin back to NGC for corrections & slabbed so it doesn't rattle? See attached photos.

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On 3/1/2011 at 12:37 AM, lordmarcovan said:

All of these have been bought since the new year and are pending at NGC right now.

 

 

 

Julius Caesar, lifetime portrait denarius from around the time of his assassination, circa February to March of 44 BC. (An ugly duckling, perhaps, but rather rare!)

 

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The Tiberius "Tribute Penny" denarius of biblical fame.

 

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A denarius of the short-lived civil war emperor Otho, 69 AD. I bought this from Harlan J. Berk in 2007, had to sell it with most of my collection when I got laid off in 2008, and just recently bought it back.

 

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A Vespasian "Judaea Capta" denarius.

 

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A nice bright, high grade Domitian denarius.

 

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Loved one of your box of twenty I seen one time PCGS Forum??? Anyway always great coins you show!!! Thank you Sir!! There was a Gold Deep Cameo from 1800's I think...British? Younger Queen on obverse??? It looked the best I've ever seen for as old as it is!!!

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I'm upgrading from the newbie page but I still don't have a clue!  I've a number of coins that I've not been able to ID.  This one has me vexed!

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My Eastern Roman Emperors are almost complete!  This will go to NGC once I accumulate a few more needed ancients. Arcadius:

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My first ancient acquisition in a long time.  

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On 9/11/2018 at 12:04 AM, Capone1929 said:

India Mauryan Empire 322-185 B.C. Silver Karshapana 

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I've seen this before, almost bought one...very cool...

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2 hours ago, Numismatic, A.A.S. said:

I've seen this before, almost bought one...very cool...

Thank you! 

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Roman empire not sure exactly what it is but Early Roman Empire for sure about all I know about this lil coin. Aphrodite Godess of Love? Venus? As the obverse image is of a Man and woman making love!!! Looks like a gear or wheel of some sort as well, I'm stumped 😒

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