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  1. Classical transliteration: https://www.omniglot.com/language/articles/greektransliteration.htm
  2. I can't believe you cynics are mocking The Royal Society of Roman Coins. Were YOU established in 1770?
  3. I think the coin should be "revealed" now. If the dealer's attribution turns out to be correct, a rare and valuable coin has been given additional exposure. If your attribution is indeed the right one, an unfortunate error will, hopefully, be corrected. An ethical auction house absolutely won't want to profit via a misattribution. Remember, if the error goes uncorrected, it will be perpetuated in the auction aggregators indefinitely, potential misleading future bidders on other coins. It's unlikely to be corrected in the search engines after the fact. I think preventing confusion down the road is the decisive argument. Also, as has been mentioned upthread, I doubt the auction house has a legal obligation to accept a return after the fact, even if their misattribution is proven by experts they trust. (Ethical obligations are another matter.)
  4. The silver is dreadful, but at least some of the bronze looks ok.
  5. Next up: Luna in a biga
  6. I fully expect the market for truly top quality RR silver to remain intensely competitive... on the off chance that something actually is offered for sale. So far this year, I've seen nothing even remotely of interest to me.
  7. Next: Biga, Victory flying above
  8. I can't resist posting this, from the Capitoline link @Roman Collector posted. My wife rolled her eyes when I showed her; of course she had a chest. Obviously a well-brought up doll, taught not to scatter her clothes on the dollhouse floor.
  9. Lucius Aurelius Cotta, 105 BC, Crawford 314/1c. And, because why not, 314/1b Oh alright, twist my arm, the very scarce Crawford 314/1a without control mark: Next: Tongs.
  10. C. Antius C. f. Restio, 47 BC, Crawford 455/2a. Next up: Another with Herc carrying a trophy.
  11. Oops! I borrowed that factoid from the Naumann listing. I should've taken the time to check instead of being lazy; clearly Asia Minor coins saw that coin and added it.
  12. @Ryro A bit off topic, but maybe of interest: In trying to figure this out, I happened on this very rare, cool and tiny (10 mm) little shield from Mylasa, sold by Naumann in 2017. I'd never seen this. Are you aware of it (or have several already in your comprehensive armory, lol?) Naumann gives this attribution (I haven't checked): Imhoof, MG, p. 312, 67-8. Missing in the excellent Asia Minor Coins website.
  13. Thanks for posting this David. You inspired me to investigate other coinage of this pretty obscure city; I think I've encountered it maybe once or twice ever. I found this absolutely astonishing and wonderful coin, Nomos 24, 22 May 2022, lot 213: Nomos' description and Alan Walker's comments: PHRYGIA. Cotiaeum. Pseudo-autonomous issue, circa 200-230s. Diassarion (Bronze, 22 mm, 6.43 g, 7 h). ΔΗ - ΜΟC Bearded head of Demos to right, with light drapery over his far shoulder. Rev. Β / ΚΟΤ - ΙΑ/ΕΩ - Ν Ganymede, borne away by a large eagle (= Zeus) with spread wings who clasps him from behind, standing left, nude but for his Phrygian cap, holding a lagobolon in his left hand and raising his right above him to stroke the eagle's beak. Martin, Demos et al. Kotiaion 4.1 = SNG Copenhagen 315 (same dies, but B omitted or misread as K). Very rare and with a most interesting mythological scene on the reverse. Dark brown patina. About extremely fine. From an English collection, originally acquired prior to circa 2000. The tale of Zeus's infatuation with the Trojan shepherd Ganymede is well known: seeing him, and being transfixed by his beauty, Zeus transformed himself into an eagle and carried the youth off from his flocks on Mt. Ida to Mt. Olympus. The scene is found on a number of Roman Provincial issues, primarily from Ilium and Dardanos in the Troad, but none of them show precisely this version: here Ganymede is standing straightly at attention with his legs together, still holding his hunter's lagobolon and wearing his Phyrgian cap, but rather affectionally stroking the eagle's beak. Presumably Ganymede must have realized that his fate was not to be the same as that of the usual member of his flock when carried off by an eagle! Not my coin of course. Very seldom do I regret, even for a moment, my exclusive RR focus, but I absolutely adore this coin. 3000 CHF hammer seems like a bargain really. Note especially Ganymede's brazen blandishing of his bunny-basher (=lagobolon ), not that it'll do him much good where he's headed!
  14. The edge seems quite "smooth," consistent with filing to remove a seam. I'm not at all certain though from what we can see; I'm certainly not condemning it.
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