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  1. A bit of a late reply (just shy of a decade), but yes I am keeping the site going. I am always adding material like the assorted rulers pages- http://www.constantinethegreatcoins.com/Rulers/ and a page about a new reverse for Constantine http://www.constantinethegreatcoins.com/VICTORIA/ plus some pages get udated, my unofficial coins page had a pretty large overhaul recently http://www.constantinethegreatcoins.com/barb2/ a few years ago I also made a new homepage
  2. It’s Valentinian I with a SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE reverse from the Siscia mint
  3. It's pretty blurry, but I think that you have Licinius I, like the one below.
  4. You are correct that it is Arcadius. The third letter in the obverse legend is an A, which means it can only be Arcadius-- D N ARCADIVS P F AVG
  5. Your coin is Valentinian I with a GLORIA ROMANORVM reverse from the Sirmium mint, struck in A.D. 364
  6. Better late than never Crispus A.D. 321 CRISPVS NOB CAES; laureate head right. CAESARVM NOSTORVM surrounding wreath enclosing VOT V. In ex. T ✶ in crescent A RIC VII Arles 241
  7. EDXRF has been used to analyze Roman coins for many years. About two years ago, I had 23 contemporary imitations analyzed. The science department at my university did the testing for free, but I was a grad student.
  8. Sure, explain to everyone the rules, since it does not seem clear, or seems somewhat arbitrary...or do you make them up as you go, to suit yourself? For example, you mentioned that carving a common, worn nickel is okay, so is it okay to carve common, worn ancient coins? Or maybe I am not as bright as you would like to assume. Or maybe you do not understand the concept of theoretical questions that might not have easy answers, or any answer at all! If you do not understand the concept of theoretical questions that are meant to work the brain more than elicit knee-jerk responses, then this is indeed pointless...which seems to be, since you keep answering authoritatively like you have the facts, when you are actually talking about opinions. And I said "I do not approve of this myself" (concerning mutilation of coins) but that sure doesn't mean I would try to shut down conversation about it! You have called yourself a historian before, even though you carry on like an antiquarian, as you seem to lack a concept of multiple perspectives...there is no big Truth with a capital T, only little truths, and "What might be right for you, may not be right for some." -- words of wisdom from the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" If you must continue, please try to avoid the ad hominen attacks. These are personal attacks and the phrase translates as "against the man." An ad hominen argument is a logical fallacy that people employ to distract from the issue, or avoid a real answer. An example of an ad hominen attack is "I am going to assume from the posts I have read from you that you are bright enough to see the difference," or “if you truly dont see the difference, or understand.” You have tried to cast doubt on my reasoning by insinuating that I might not be intelligent enough to understand what you are talking about. In response, I did it to a lesser degree when I questioned whether you understood certain concepts. This is shabby and somewhat sophomoric, But if it is all one has… To try to get back on point, I originally asked "When does something become sacred? How old does it have to be before it is inviolate?" This does not have a real answer, but is meant to make one think about issues, it is however, a question of real historical import.
  9. So, is it okay to carve buffalo nickels up? http://www.cachecoins.org/hobo02.htm
  10. Coin 1 Licinius I 321-324 AD. IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS PF AVG, radiate draped & cuirassed bust right IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left holding victory, eagle left, captive right Coin 2 Constantinopolis Commemorative Circa A.D. 330 CONSTAN-TINOPOLI laureate, helmeted, wearing imperial mantle, holding cross- scepter with a globe. Rev. Victory stg. l., on prow with spear, shield. dot SMHdelta dot Coin 3 Licinius II DN VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C, helmeted cuirassed bust left with spear & sheild / IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left holding Victory & scepter, eagle before, captive behind In exergue SMHA RIC VII Heraclea 54 Coin 4 Julian II D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS PF AVG, helmeted bust left, with spear and shield VOT X MVLT XX, legend in four lines within wreath In exergue HERACLA RIC VIII Heraclea 105 Coin 5 This is a provincial issue of Macrinus and Diadumenian. It is from Markianopolis and the obverse legend is AV K OPEL CEVH MAKREINOC K M OPEL and under the busts ANTWNEI / NOC I do not have a complete reference for this coin, nor an idea of value.
  11. Here are three of my latest books: Callu, J. P., and P. Bastien. Inventaire des Tresors de Bronze Constantiniens (313-348). Le Tresors Monetaire des Fresnoy-les-Roye II (261-309) . Wetteren, 1981. Duval, Noël and Vladislav Popovic, eds. Sirmium VIII. Études de Numismatique Danubienne: Trésors, Lingots, Imitations. Monnaies de Fouilles IV au XII Siècle. Rome: Ecole francaise de Rome, 1978. Duncan, C. L. Coin Circulation in the Danubian and Balkan Provinces of the Roman Empire A.D. 294-578. London: Royal Numismatic Society, 1993.
  12. My pleasure. You asked about value also, and none of these coins are rare, and a few have condition issues. I would not pay more than a few dollars each, but then none are in my collecting focus! jlueke already mentioned Wildwinds as a site for I.D.ing, but it is also useful for getting an idea of what a coin might be worth, as many have prices realized. http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/
  13. But neither of these coins has a date on it. This thread was actually about your oldest coin...with a date on it. The thread seems to have evolved though!
  14. Coin 8 Constantius II Circa A.D. 350 Obv. DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG Rev. FEL TEMP REPARATIO soldier spearing fallen horseman The coin is from Siscia Coin 9 Maximinus II 308-309 AD. Obv. GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB C laureate head right Rev. GENIO CAESARIS Genius standing left, modius on head, naked except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera from which liquid flows & cornucopia In exergue MKV RIC VI Cyzicus 43
  15. Coin 6 Gordian III circa AD 240 AR Antoninianus Obv. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG radiate, draped bust right Rev. IOVI STATOR Jupiter standing front, head right, with scepter & thunderbolt. Coin 7 Valens A.D. 364-7 Obv. D N VALENS P F AVG pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right Rev. GLORIA ROMANORVM emperor advancing right dragging captive with right hand & holding labarum In exergue CONSPA RIC IX Constantinople 16b
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