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  1. The best I've been able to find on medal mintages from the Monnaies de Paris lists them in total by metal but not individually by the artist. The military medals from Tonkin and Dahomey can be calculated as individual mintages but the rest have to remain somewhat speculative though one can make decent guesses based on the totals and surviving specimens and prices.


    Here's one example of the charts from google book http://books.google.com/books?id=KpQKAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA509&dq=Exposition+Universelle+1889+m%C3%A9daille+monnayage&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-9ieT8DrD46O8wTY3sT7Dg&ved=0CFoQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=Exposition%20Universelle%201889%20m%C3%A9daille%20monnayage&f=false

  2. I would love to see larger images, as there is such fine detail in the reverse of the medal, it looks to me that the female figure is not pointing, she is in the act of crowning the artisan(as opposed to artist) with a laurel wreath. The reason I say artisan is the articles being held by him and the ones around him. I think he embodies both artists and skilled craftsmen. I even had to strain to make out the Eiffel Tower :buba: Photobucket is a good choice for free hosting of large images, which can be linked directly to a post. Small images are fine for small medals, even for large medals without much fine detail but this one, large with lots of low relief fine detail, calls out for a large image.



    The male figure could also be described as Art & Industry. The female appears to be holding an olive branch in her other hand, so she could be Peace or Concordia.




    Here's a 600x600 version. You are correct she is indeed crowning the artist(artisan). In Mazerolle's catalog the female figure is indeed Paix and the male figure is a forgeron, blacksmith.

  3. I've been looking for ways to put images in the cloud that are easily accessible elsewhere. I was thinking about looking at Google but I'll look Photobucket as well. Ideally it'll be some place where I can access them ad perhaps even upload from an iPad as well as a desktop. My originals are much larger!

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    The Worlds Fair of 1889 was a big deal for Dupuis as he produced four medals for the celebration. One was a minor alteration to the Ville de Paris type but the other three were new. Most notable is the appearance of Marianne on the obverse of one of the medals. This version, modified slightly, appears on the most commonly reproduced medals of Daniel Dupuis. The highlight of this World's Fair was the opening of the Eiffel Tower, the structure that is now the international symbol of Paris.


    A nude genius stands next to a female figure whose outstretched arm points towards the exposition grounds. A male artist looks up at the figure. The reverse is Marianne. Bronze 63mm.

  5. Zerbe published an interesting article in the Numismatist at the time praising the Secret Service for cracking down on the worthless charms. He devoted about half of his article to praising his own fractional gold pieces and the set he sold in 1915 (Coins of the Golden West) as being different from what the Secret Service went after and how they were truly collectible pieces unlike the worthless charms.

    Was he right?

  6. This is a new medal that just arrived today. This is one of the scarcer and pricier types in the Dupuis series of medals.




    This medal was issued to dedicate the new Alexander III bridge in Paris. This was done in conjunction with the 1900 exposition in Paris and Tsar Nicholas II and his Empress visited Paris for the dedication. I love the reverse river source (the figure tipping over the jug o' water). That's a theme again borrowed from ancient coins and I'd love to someday have a collection of these types on ancient coins though they tend to be rarer than I like.

  7. Posted 01 May 2012

    From : League Coiner ( Member )


    I would like first to ask you about the approximate estimated value of this nice Tetradrachm.

    Then , I wish you could tell me please about the means of detecting the place or the city where an owl tetradrachm Tyre had been struck ( like Athens or Tyre or Alexandria .. ) . Thanks .


    I would say the one in the original posting is original, VF, a slight bankers mark on the cheek, and the eta mostly off flan. I'd say around $700 for one of those.

  8. We nuture the roots of the problems we complain about. We wring our hands over yet another fake Ekatarina copper on eBay then oogle over the price of a 1913 Liberty Nickel. The fake nickel encourages the fake copper. Calling the 1804 Dollar the "king of coins" prepares the soil for seeds of the tree of evil. The 1804 Dollar just another $10,000 novodel, at best an old curio.


    It is one thing to collect Cavinos, perhaps. He's dead. How about people who collect modern Bulgarian counterfeits? Even if you buy it second hand as a known fake, you still encourage the production of more makes to deceive collectors.


    Yes, the absence of regulation does place the burden of accountability on the individual. If there are no import laws restricting clothes made with child labor the individual who opposes the practice has to take action herself. I tend to want to draw a line where things should be obvious. Off metal copies in aluminum for instance :). But then I've seen people deceived by Middle eastern tourist copies of off metal owls and dekadrachms.

  9. Hi Ian,


    If I didn't know anything I would say the coin looks like a cast copy of Roman republican type. I'm not huge into RR and less into Celtic though so what I think there is pretty meaningless. Aesthetically I prefer the stylized Celtic coins over the ones that are closer to imitations of Roman and Greek types.


    I'd like to learn more about why the Celts struck coins and what uses they had initially versus latter when they likely started to trade with coin using people, but it's one area where I've neglected my reading

  10. However, I point out - not my own insight - that the slippery slope fallacy is a slippery slope of its own: how do you know when you really are on one?


    What's often missing is a measurement of the harm. If everything is caveat emptor the hobby is damaged because more people will stay away. If you try to regulate it all new issues ensue. I think overall the market in coins has done a decent job with counterfeits but then introduced the new problem of who can tell a MS66 from a MS67. Certainly another area where deception can cost the unwary a handful of change.


    History is the accumulated knowledge gleaned from many ancient sources supported by the research of many dedicated individuals in mutiple disciplines throughout the centuries and though there are various interpretations & disagreements about much of it, I hope you are not implying that to add some complete fiction to it and disguise it as fact is acceptable in anyway?


    Perhaps that is the idea history strives to be, but actual history is written in the present and often serves the interests of those that write of fund it. While it's true that certain events and certain facts are on fairly solid ground the interpretation of history is not the same. Do you believe Hegel, Marx, Durant, Popper? The Texas or Kansas Boards of Education?

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