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Spent this afternoon cleaning and repositioning the top two shelves..

Have ordered the top shelf running chronologically from Domitian down to Gratian "Lots of gaps" but it did give me the chance to check each coin individually, some nice toning going on.

Second shelf I set up more chaotically with big bronzes, Sassanian, Iberic etc...

Do others reorganise?

What do you think?...Any ideas?

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10 minutes ago, Kali said:

Not something I would ever do, mine are in binders. Still, it's nice to see other photos, who choose to do this.

Thanks...I have a small collection, "at the moment", so it's quite easy to control and the cabinet is in my home office so I don't get much work done 😉...Always swinging the chair around to take a look....I started with flips in binders then changed to trays but for me this is the nicest way to view my collection and pick them up whenever I want.

 

13 minutes ago, John Conduitt said:

It looks great. Maybe you could show some reverses, but it's more spectacular with all obverses, especially with the progression through time.

Thanks John, interesting point displaying the reverse...For example the Licinius group on the second shelf are a set of officina mint marks from alpha to Epsilon and the obverses are all the same so I'll flip them around....Also two of the Caracalla Denarii were bought because of their interesting reverses not his mug shot🤔.....I'll flip them too.

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I love it! And since it's really primarily for your own viewing entertainment, there's no reason you can't switch some of the coins around once in a while to display the reverses as a change of pace. I do that sometimes with my trays of ancients; I've had the reverses of my Roman Republican coins facing up for the last few months.

I also have a glass cabinet, tabletop size, with four shelves of coins and medals displayed upright on little easels; I've posted photos of it, but not recently. I don't use it for ancient coins, but primarily for large British coronation medals and City of London medals, as well as large French Art Nouveau and Art Deco medals, and a few Napoleonic medals. The table on which I keep the display case is on my left as I sit at my desktop computer, so I can turn my head or chair anytime I want to see them. My trays of ancient coins are on the same table, most of them in a stack but two of them displayed in their Lindner coin boxes semi-upright, leaning against larger easels, so I can see those too anytime I wish.

 

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10 hours ago, Spaniard said:

Thanks John, interesting point displaying the reverse..

Maybe, if the holders are transparent enough,  you can add mirrors behind the coins?

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Thanks @Etcherdude & @DonnaML....

Donna I remember your vertical display trays they are really nice and if you remember it was those that started me to look into how to display my collection, so a belated thanks.

Tried @John Conduitt's idea and I like it!....What do you think?

Flipped around the Lics and 2 Caracalla...Gives the display more diversity...20220831_200329.jpg.523e711036392590b3f13db034195d5d.jpg20220831_200408.jpg.91ea200c39563031cd0473d2752c7422.jpg20220831_200445.jpg.d78ef3ba7c0f20e970905481040b9b12.jpg

@shanxi...Thanks for the idea...Tried a mirror but although the easels are transparent they still break up the clarity too much imo.

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22 hours ago, Spaniard said:

Spent this afternoon cleaning and repositioning the top two shelves..

Have ordered the top shelf running chronologically from Domitian down to Gratian "Lots of gaps" but it did give me the chance to check each coin individually, some nice toning going on.

Second shelf I set up more chaotically with big bronzes, Sassanian, Iberic etc...

Do others reorganise?

What do you think?...Any ideas?

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That is a really great display, @Spaniard! I'm curious: how do you deal with dust?

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@Spaniard, here are a couple of photos of the only display case I use for displaying some of my historical medals upright. (All my other glass display cases are used for displaying antiquities.)  I couldn't get the lighting right to display the right side of the top two shelves clearly -- one can't keep both sliding doors open at the same time -- but it gives an idea of what the whole thing looks like.

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A slightly better idea of what the right side of the top two shelves looks like (larger coronation & jubilee medals above, City of London medals below):

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@DonnaML....Yes lovely displays!...

You do have some beautiful looking pieces Donna..

I also like the size of the small glass cabinet, do you remember where you acquired it?

With the larger pieces they actually look better on the easels...I Don't know what size easels you've used though?

For those interested I bought the smallest easels I could find (mini), 35mm high, 35mm deep and 25mm spread at the front...You can see how a Denarius sits in comparison to the Sestertius....20220902_181511.jpg.800f728e188df2cb823a5c530498cd75.jpg

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This shows that I personally wouldn't try to mount anything smaller than around 18mm diameter as the smaller coins lean back too far in the easel imo.

 

I'm also really pleased with the lighting I've used, led strips that can be recharged using usb...These can be set to off/on via remote control or come on via movement, so if you put your hand in the sensor switches on the light for a time that you've preset....Only 25 euros....Here's a couple of photos looking up under the shelf above..

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2 hours ago, Spaniard said:

@DonnaML....Yes lovely displays!...

You do have some beautiful looking pieces Donna..

I also like the size of the small glass cabinet, do you remember where you acquired it?

With the larger pieces they actually look better on the easels...I Don't know what size easels you've used though?

 

Thank you, @Spaniard. I bought that display case (which is about 21 inches or 53 cm high, and around the same width) at least 20 years ago, and I'm afraid that I have absolutely no recollection of where I ordered it or how much it cost me. I think it was one of those "some assembly required" items, which I never enjoy putting together! I do remember that even then, there were lots of places that sold glass display cases or vitrines of various sizes.

For the smaller medals, I use the 1.4" high (about 35.5 mm.) acrylic display easels (ordered through Amazon, where I found a great many of them). For the larger medals, I find the 2.16" high (about 54.8 mm.) size to be large enough to hold them.  And I agree that larger medals (about 50 mm. or more in diameter, approximately the size of the ones on the top shelf) look great standing up like that. Better than lying flat in a tray, in my opinion. The ones on the second shelf are all 65 mm. or more in diameter.

In an attempt at providing light, I've tried inexpensive adhesive battery-operated strip lighting on the bottoms of the shelves above the medals. I've found they're more trouble than they're worth, because the batteries wear out quickly, and it's impossible to change them without expending a great deal of effort to unstick the adhesive and remove the strip. If I ever find a kind for which one can put in new batteries without removing the entire item, I may try again.

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Nice display @Spaniard - quite attractive. I'm one of those collectors who keeps almost everything in paper envelopes with some plastic flips. For the most part the flips I find prone to cracking and collecting dust. So actually there is nothing to see unless I remove a coin by hand.

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1 hour ago, DonnaML said:

In an attempt at providing light, I've tried inexpensive adhesive battery-operated strip lighting on the bottoms of the shelves above the medals. I've found they're more trouble than they're worth, because the batteries wear out quickly, and it's impossible to change them without expending a great deal of effort to unstick the adhesive and remove the strip. If I ever find a kind for which one can put in new batteries without removing the entire item, I may try again.

Thanks Donna....Maybe have a look at this system...I now realise it was 25 euros for two... 20220902_223850.jpg.eafa98b5aba6a61a179a26f0686a1df2.jpg

They are so user friendly and you just take off the strip light from the metal magnetic strips which are stuck (believe me they stick!) when needed and charge them via a USB...Once charged plonk them back onto their respective metal strip bases...

Here's a photo looking up at the two metal straps that are stuck to the underside of the above glass shelf...20220902_225002.jpg.11c70cf45cb750401226221b8379f423.jpg

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4 minutes ago, Spaniard said:

Thanks Donna....Maybe have a look at this system...I now realise it was 25 euros for two... 20220902_223850.jpg.eafa98b5aba6a61a179a26f0686a1df2.jpg

They are so user friendly and you just take off the strip light from the metal magnetic strips which are stuck (believe me they stick!) when needed and charge them via a USB...Once charged plonk them back onto their respective metal strip bases...

Thanks! That definitely sounds a lot more user-friendly than what I tried years ago. I notice that it says "Motion Sensor." Does that mean you can't just turn the light on manually? What do you do, wave your hand under it?

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@DonnaMLYou can have a simple on/off switch or set it to sensor and it will come on for a preset (you can set it) length of time...I personally just switch it on and off when I want..

One thing to note as your coins are big is it would probably be better to position the strip light as far forward as possible on the underside of the shelf above to illuminate the coins.... But this is something you can play around with when setting them up.

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@Agrippa...Thanks...

Yes of course....Looking at other examples this one is 'nice' for its type, the more common type is of Trajan....

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Phoenicia, Arados 2 B.C
Aradus mint, year 258 (local Era) = 2/1 BC. 8,9 g - 20mm
Obverse: Bust of Astarte-Europa right with smaller head of Augustus in front.
Reverse: Humped bull galloping left, head facing, Phoenician letters beth (B), taw (TH), zayin (Z) & aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 258 (ΣNH) below.
RPC I 4483.

Here's a couple of interesting links for those interested.
https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/1/4483
https://phoeniciancoins.wordpress.c...%83nh-2-aap/

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