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  1. I have checked my photo file of Neapolis hemidrachms. I cannot find earlier examples from these dies than the examples reported by Amentia I have never seen coins from these dies in less than high grade. Congrats to Amentia.
  2. Some US postal employees do not recognize foreign tracking bar codes and don't know to scan them. That's why the coin can be delivered without tracking being aware of it. If your coin is still in Customs it is likely safe. I have had coins leave ISC New York and never get scanned again. They can fall off Postal trucks, somehow. I received a Guyana 1967 1 cent coin yesterday. This is an AU coin with face value of 0.005 of a US cent and collector value of 20 cents. It had International Customs Form 22 on the envelope and was declared as a button. (The seller knew it was a coin.) The seller declared it as a button without my knowledge. If customs had inspected it, it would look like I was colluding with the seller. The system is broken if sellers feel a need to do this. (I received the coin by mistake. I was trying to obtain a Guyana 1970 1 cent coin. These are much more difficult than the 1967, which is why I was willing to pay overseas shipping for one.)
  3. The site is working for me now. I went to the Apollonia Pontika page, https://silver.knowledge.wiki/Apollonia_Pontica , and saw two overstruck coins with unknown undertypes. I suspect I know the undertypes, but the site provides no way for the public to comment on the coins.
  4. Thanks for posting! I was briefly able to access it, but it is now returning errors Sorry! This site is experiencing technical difficulties. Try waiting a few minutes and reloading. (Cannot access the database) Backtrace: #0 /var/www/silver/1.35.8/includes/libs/rdbms/loadbalancer/LoadBalancer.php(937): Wikimedia\Rdbms\LoadBalancer->reportConnectionError()
  5. This mint liked to use really long inscriptions. Half the inscription is missing on this AE22, but notice the small lettering: Obv: ΑΥΤοΚΡ ΚƐСΑΡ ΤΙΤ Ɛ[ΛΙ(sic) (ΑΔΡΙ) ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС С(Β ƐΥ(СƐ))]; Antoninus Pius laureate head right Rev: [ΔΙΟΣ ΚΑΤΕΒΑΤΟΥ] ΚΥΡΡΗΣΤΩΝ and numeral letter Α in right field; Zeus Kataibates seated left on rock, holding thunderbolt over eagle and long scepter; A to right. RPC Volume IV 8539 (temporary) Acquired from Sam Sloat coins, 2015, NYINC Cyrrhus was founded by Seleucus Nicator.
  6. New style owl: ATTICA, Athens, Tetradrachm (16.49g, 27mm), month of Skirophorion (June 13 - July 13), 97 BC. Rev: Magistrates Niketes, Dionysios, and "Embi-". Owl; gorgoneion to right; M (= month 12) on amphora, MH (who probably supplied the silver) below ex Dr. Reinhard Fischer, Auction 165, Nov 2018, lot 52 Ref: Seems to match the obverse die for Thompson 961, reverse die of 958a) The dating is usually given as 98/97 BC but this one has the month M -- which is the last month of the year. Thus June/July 97 BC? The coins use a lunar calendar. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attic_calendar for the calender system; see http://astropixels.com/ephemeris/phasescat/phases-0099.html the showing the moon was new on Jun 13, 97 BC and on Jul 13, 97 BC. I wish I know how to get rid of the black corrosion.
  7. Margherita Bassi's article in Smithsonian includes more details and an animation of the CAT scan. For background, the New York Times article from last year by Nicholas Wade gives details of the contest.
  8. HJB catalogs 1-197 can be found at https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/auctioncompanydetail/510329 and the later ones at issuu.com. CNG catalogs 1-56 can be found at https://digitalhn.blogspot.com/2020/03/older-cng-catalogs.html . Coins in catalogs after 60 are available on the cngcoins.com site (excluding unsolds).
  9. Colosseum Coin Exchange did have a web site. Portions of it can be accessed through the Internet Archive, e.g. https://web.archive.org/web/20071223184640/http://www.colocoinex.com/ . There isn't enough archived to reconstruct the sales. They had mail bid sales with printed catalogs from the 1980s through the 2000s. I bought several coins from Ira at shows that had been unsold in those sales. The sale catalogs are small and the ANS library has most of of them. (I donated a few to the library). You are likely to find your coin photographed in one of those sales.
  10. This is a very rare type. Here is another example: 1.28g, AE11 The above example was in CNG, Triton VI, January 2003, lot 1563, a group lot from the David Freedman collection. Described as 'Uncertain, possibly Selge'. It took me several years to find a published example. This coin looks exactly like the example in the Pozzi collection (Boutin's catalog, not the auction), Pozzi 3359ter. ("Ter" means third -- they needed two put two coins between 3359 and 3360; these were cataloged as 3359 2nd and 3359 third.) Boutin's catalog described the coin as Euboea, Chalkis (?). I assume only on the basis of the X (Chi). I don't really buy this because typically tiny bronzes are from Asia Minor, not Euboea. If we are going to attribute based on a single letter perhaps Caria Chalketor which at least has other coins this size. It is irresponsible to catalog this as anything other than uncertain until we find an example with a findspot. Another example was sold as Concordia Numismatic, auction 4, May 2023, lot 330. The anonymous Concordia cataloger did not even bother to suggest a continent.
  11. Bronze coins of Mithradates the Great were often poorly struck. Here we see two strikes, each with the obverse so badly off center that the impressions barely overlap. Pontos, Komana. 85-65 BC. 5.50g AE21 O: 2x aegis with facing Gorgon in the centre. R: [Κ]OMA-Ν[ΩΝ], Nike advancing right, holding palm over shoulder, monogram to left Acquired Calgary Coin (Robert Kokotailo)
  12. Perhaps it was 50% back in the 1990s when I started getting the catalogs? I checked the web site, https://www.hjbltd.com/#!/policy/bbs , which doesn't give a fixed percentage. The terms say "Approximately two weeks before the sale closes, HJB will go through what has not sold and decide whether to accept bids/offers made on lots."
  13. I have found good deals in HJB sales. These are not auctions, but "Buy or Bid". 135 is the "Buy it now price". This means you can bid half that, $67.50, and likely get it. You may be able to find it slightly cheaper, but not with a nice printed catalog you can put in your library when anyone asks you to prove its "real". Only someone who really wants the coin and thinks it is worth more than the Buy It Now price will pay $135 for that Victorinus.
  14. Here is another fisherman coin: Trajan Decius. AD 249-251. AE33, 18g. The reverse inscription is TARCOU MHTROPO LEWC / AMK / ΓB. A M K Γ B is a boast of Tarsos that means "First (A is the Greek numeral one), Greatest, and Most Beautiful city of the three provinces."
  15. @Rand Web scraping https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_scraping is an automated software bot and can cause all kinds of problems (or not, depending on the skill of the author). I am not a lawyer. Biddr's term 4.1.a says no affecting website function. Term 4.1.b says no scraping. So I don't do either. For most auctions Biddr allows a PDF of the catalog to be downloaded. A single person could spend 30 minutes per week and download all of next week's catalogs and make them available privately to researchers. (I unsuccessfully tried to convince the ANS to have one of their library interns do it. I also suggested to BCD to have his librarian do it, but that library is shutting down. I can't remember if I suggested this to @rNumis) Currently there are no restrictions on downloading PDF catalogs and using them for research, beyond copyright. Please let's keep it that way! It would break my heart if tomorrow Biddr said it was against their rules to train an AI using manually downloaded catalogs.
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