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Latest Issue: Volume 2, Issue 1
       
 
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  Grading Ancient Coins (A comparison by type)
By: Alfredo De La Fe
  Grading has become incredibly subjective but if standards are met technical grading should not differ much from one grader to the next. This article is the first in a series and discusses technical grading.
 
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Colin Kraay's Explanation of the Phenomenon of Overstruck Reverses on Roman Imperial and Provincial Coins
By: Curtis Clay

 

Roman coins of the first to mid third century quite often show a peculiar striking error: their obverses are normal, but their reverses are overstruck, either with two different dies of the same type, or with two different types that were however apparently in use simultaneously. The apparent explanation of this phenomenon occurred to Colin Kraay during a conversation with Curtis Clay in the early 1970s.

 
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  Money Minting Brits: Coin Clipping in Late/Post Reform Britain
By: Keith Nurse
 

Late Roman coin-clipping is now receiving an illuminating programme of scholarly scrutiny and examination.  The potential findings promise to bring new light to bear on the political and economic turmoil of the late Roman period/immediate post-Roman era in Britain. 

 
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  Pro Mn. Fonteio C. f.
By: Mark Passehl
 

The mint magistracy of Marcus Fonteius is doubly rare for being attested in the classical literature (Cicero pro M. Fonteio 5) but not represented by any extant coinage bearing his name. This article discusses the evidence that the whole tradition of the speech known as Cicero's "pro M. Fonteio" is wrong and should be "pro Mn. Fonteio".

 
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  The Technical Obverse: Another Archaic Convention
By: Wayne G. Sayles
 

By convention, numismatists illustrate the obverse of a coin to the left and the reverse to the right.  So the art historian sees a Corinthian stater differently than the technical numismatist.  One might ask what difference it makes whether the obverse is set to right or left?  The answer is that conventions ease our ability to communicate about coins.

 
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  The Cornucopia Served as a Jewish Symbol
By: David Hendin
 

How did the cornucopia became a symbol commonly used on ancient Jewish coins?  In fact, the cornucopia was one of the most popular religious symbols of the ancient world.

 
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  Ancients in the news - Articles of interest to Ancient Numismatists
By: Editor
 

-Large Hoard of Celtic Gold and Silver Coins Found in Netherlands
-NGC to Launch Services for Ancient Coins  
-Happy Days Again for Ancient Roman Coin Hoard
-A Constellation of Stars (Ancient Coins for Education prize winner)

 
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