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  1. Ian, that's a nice group! My coin has a few little issues; I bought it recently for $500. I feel that was a good price. "Imitative" owl tetradrachms, struck in the Levant or Egypt, are determined by stylistic differences. There are small, but important details on my coin that I believe are indicative of minting in Athens. It is also full weight (17.12gr), also a good sign.
  2. Thanks! An interesting historical footnote on Hieron II is his favorable review in Machiavelli's The Prince "For even while a private citizen his merit was so remarkable...he lacked nothing a king should have save his kingdom".
  3. Syracuse Sicily, Hieron II 275-215 BC, AE18, 5.74g Obv: Head of Poseidon left Rev: Ornamental trident, dolphin to each side "IER-WNOS" below
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    Interesting coin!
  5. A nicely detailed, smaller Roman with great patina. A good example of what you can get for just $9 Valens AE3, RIC 16b, struck 364-367 AD at Constantinople/4th. Officina OBV: DN VALEN-S PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right REV: GLORIA RO-MANORVM, emperor advancing right, holding labarum and dragging captive behind him. Mintmark: CONSP Delta
  6. Thanks--I agree this is an iconic coin, one I've wanted to own for years. This didn't set me back too far compared to most owl tets offered--but yes, it's not a coin I would buy every month;--you're welcome to guess the price paid. The other Greeks I've pictured are comparable in price to Romans in better grades, and cheaper than many US "classic" coins--I purchase carefully.
  7. 24mm, 17.12 gr. A "classical" style owl tetradrachm.
  8. Obviously, it's not Greek; that's Elagabalus. I just posted that coin as an example of dark patina/desert patina on a silver coin. This coin is indeed silver--it was subjected to cleaning, strpping down to the silver. I won't post the cleaned pictures; they are shocking.
  9. I wondered if this was a decadrachm too--but I have not rerferenced your coin against known copies. Obviously area and valuable if genuine. I have sieen a similar desert patina on silver coins:
  10. Thanks, and it looks like what I wrote is hard to read--it is Artemis.
  11. Thrace, Apollonia Pontika drachm 5-4th C. BC., 17mm, 2.75gr, Obv. Gorgoneion with tongue protruding, Rev. Anchor; A in left field, crayfish in right field.
  12. Sicily, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BC. AE24 Litra. Period 4, circa 295 BC. SWTEIRA, head of Artemis right, in triple-pendant earring & necklace, quiver over shoulder. Reverse, Winged thunderbolt, AGAQOKLEOS above, BASILEOS below 9.58 gr
  13. Nice, I think these are one of the most important coins of all time. It's the kind of coin I wouldn't mind seeing larger photos to better appreciate the details.
  14. Interesting discussion here--I did not expect as much for this thing. Regarding toy coins made by companies, those I've seen are usually not very faithful reproductions; they are deliberately different in size/design. There's a reason for that--to ensure they cannot be passed as money, so a legal problem does not follow them back to the company making them. Unless you're a shady company distributing your fakes on eBay, companies would normally avoid being charged with counterfeiting, even minor coins like these. Just my take from working on products that carry copyrights and trademarks.
  15. Thanks for your comments. Passing off on tourists is an interesting theory. I could easily imagine that happening.
  16. This is a coin I found in a dealer's junk bin. Obviously a fake, it's intrigued me why this was made. Of little collector value, I can only guess it was intended to be used in commerce. The genuine coin is EAST CARIBBEAN STATES 10 Cents KM# 5 At only 1.52 grams, it's noticeably under the official 2.6 gr weight. The casting seam is very obvious too. Plating is flaking off, revealing a darker metal underneath.
  17. I'll try to explain it. I guess the Danish grading system is mostly useful if you would like to price them for Danish collectors. "0" = UNC, "01" = EF, "1+" = VF (more like a gVF), "1" = F, 1+ = VG, 2 = G, 3 = poor. There are fewer increments than US grading, but half grades would be expressed by 1/1+ as I understand it.
  18. Nice, lower mintage coin! By Denmark grading, it looks like a 1+ or gVF.
  19. Andrey, That 1803 is a nice example with the normal Kongsberg mintmark Too bad I missed the 1649 2 Skilling for sale--that was a very good price!
  20. Thanks, I like the toning too. It's the color you would expect from a debased silver denarius, over time.
  21. Elagabalus denarius OBV: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, horned, draped bust right REV: INVICTVS SACERDOS AVG, Elagabalus standing left, holding patera sacrificing over altar and holding club upright, bull lying down behind altar, RIC 88 3.5g, 19mm, Minted at Rome, 221 AD
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