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  1. Finn235

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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery! How are your taste and smell? My wife got hit with the variant that makes everything taste like sand, and more than 2 years later she's only back to about 75%.
  2. I blame @DonnaML in particular for planting this idea in my head! This was another case of missing my main target, winning a lesser target, and realizing halfway through the "Medieval & World" section that I should see what else could tag along since I was already on the hook for paying $20+ shipping. Bidding was extremely weak on both of these and I won both. #1 42mm, 41.14g AE Medal of the French Consulate with Napoleon, Cambaceres, and Lebrun as Consuls Commemorating the placement of the foundation stone in the Colonne Vendôme by Lucien Bonaparte, 14 July 1800 Obv: BONAPARTE PREMIER CONSUL / CAMBACÉRÈS SECOND CONSUL LEBRUN TROISME. CONSUL DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE, Bust of Napoleon in military coat right, DUVIVER on truncation Rev: LE PEUPLE FRANÇAISE À SES DÉFENSEURS / PREMIERE PIERRE DE LA COLONNE NATIONL. POSÉE PAR LUCIEN BONAPARTE MINISTRE DE L'INTÉRIEUR 25 MESSIDOR AN 8 14 JUILLET 1800 The medal comes from just a few months after Napoleon's rise to power - before he stylized himself as Emperor. The reverse names Lucien Bonaparte as Minister of the Interior, a post he held from 1799 until 1800, when he resigned and moved to Spain after a falling out with his brother, and the two maintained an uneasy relationship for the rest of their lives. I was confused at first about why the medal mentions the Column when construction wasn't started until 1806 - but a little further digging revealed that the initial column was started in 1800 but then abandoned for six years. I particularly like the somewhat rough, "hand made" appearance of this medal - the inscriptions were obviously punched one letter at a time, and almost none of them are perfectly in line with each other. #2 52mm, 72.81g Gilt AE medal celebrating the return of Napoleon's remains to France, and advertising the book by L. Vivien which is referenced on the title. Dies by Montagny, 1844. Obv: HIST. DE LA REVOLUTION, DE L'EMPIRE DE LA RESTAURATION ET DE LA MON. DE 1830. / PUBLIÉ PAR POURRAT FRÈRES A PARIS., Laureate head of Napoleon right Rev: Alegorical France holds garland, olive and laurel branches as Napoleon's supporters bring forth his coffin; cupid/Eros holds torch and tablet engraved N on column behind left; warship Belle-Poulle fires salute behind right; Napoleon looks on from the heavens on the back of an eagle. This medal is quite a bit more common, and I was able to find several additional examples online. It was commissioned as an advertising piece for an 1844 book by Vivien which covers the history of France from 1792 - 1830, with later revisions covering up through 1840. Post those Napoleonic medals and coins, or anything else related!
  3. IMO, if you are wanting a lifetime Drusus, one of the more interesting issues would be an issue from prior to 19 with Drusus and Germanicus as Caesars. They are fairly difficult to find from Germanicus' lifetime and tend to be pretty small - I paid a massive premium for mine because of the Germanicus portrait, but this AE16 issue of Sardes in Lydia isn't *too* rare and is pretty affordable - think $30-60 in very slightly lower grade. I've seen maybe 5-8 sold in the last 3 years since I bought mine.
  4. I've actually been meaning to get around to that one since it's the only coin ever(?) struck for Drusus after his untimely death - let me know and I'm sure I could buy it off of you or we can work out a trade! I already have the matching Germanicus from the set 🙂
  5. Fun finds! IMO, the last coin is Marcus Aurelius. Is there anything engraved on that ring?
  6. My obligatory two Athens tets
  7. That's good news and looks promising - I hope I was just being too skeptical!
  8. In truth, I've reached the point where I have very serious doubts that Julius Nepos monogram AE4s are even a legitimate type that existed. Looking on ACSearch, I see this one that *might* be real, but the overall refined style gives me significant pause: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=1645495 The rest? 80% are EH fakes, and the rest are either matches to the fakes, or obviously misattributed coins 🤮 https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?term=Julius+nepos+AE+monogram&category=1-2&lot=&date_from=&date_to=&thesaurus=1&images=1&en=1&de=1&fr=1&it=1&es=1&ot=1&currency=usd&order=0
  9. Emporium Hamburg was also considered to be trustworthy, and unfortunately many of their fakes ended up getting their provenance whitewashed by consignment them through other auction houses. Here's an example of two "Julius Nepos" AE4s that I put together last time this came up on CT Left is E.H., right is CNG: https://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=329426 Makes me sick to think about the damage they did to the hobby.
  10. Not genuine, IMO. Style reminds me a bit of the Emporium Hamburg fakes from a few years ago. At any rate, the fabric is way off - genuine AEs of this period are never this refined.
  11. Private companies make these. This is the more commonly encountered repro of the type: https://www.amazon.com/Widows-Coins-Reproduction-Antique-Bronze/dp/B00NVOFJ44/ref=asc_df_B00NVOFJ44&mcid=9d8f7335b35d346b925aec1c9fbde613?tag=bngsmtphsnus-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=79852149838132&hvnetw=s&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=t&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4583451676491427&psc=1 They are one of the more common "coins of the Bible" - from the parable in Luke 21 in which a destitute widow puts in two of the lowest value coin in circulation and everyone mocks her but Jesus explains that the monetary value isn't what is important. "Mite" is an anachronism from the KJV translation - the correct term is lepton, a denomination only made in large numbers by Alexander Jannaeus, and thus assumed to be the coin referenced. Companies make them as props, usually to give to young kids. Very frequently, said kid will grow up, forget they had the fake widow's mite, and then inquire about it on forums like this one. Of the ones I provided an Amazon link for, I usually see minimum 5 ID threads a year!
  12. It's a repro widow's mite - haven't seen this particular one before, but there are at least a few companies that sell them. People give them to kids for Sunday school or similar.
  13. Banana peel, obviously.
  14. If the airport isn't helpful about how to declare the coins, I would probably just mail them to yourself. Probably much less likely that they'll get seized that way.
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