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Hi friends

Three titles for just one coin !

And a coin from Dombes, once again, sorry for you folks.

The story is about a Dombes demi-pistole, dated 1575 (@panzerman has a superior example of that coin)

Anyway, the story about the coin is interesting I think :  I had photographied this coin in 2012. Back then we were on vacation in New England and I visited a guy I had met previously on the internet who collected Dombes aswell. A man, collecting mainly early american coinage, with a huge collection I think, and because some of the french royal coinage had been overstamped to be used in the "New World", he got interested in them and discovered the Dombes principality and started to actively collect them. Ten years ago when I visited him he had a much more impressive Dombes collection than I had by that time. He gave me permission to picture his coins, and now he's had them auctioned at Goldberg. The coin I just bought has already illustrated my blog for the last ten years. Now, that coin has traveled from Dombes to the USA and is back home.

Of course Goldberg thought it would be smart to have it slabbed, even though it has "XF details" and they even wrote "Genuine, not gradable". Having such a coin graded as not gradable sounds like an oxymoron. I had to do something for this poor entombed coin



And now here is the coin after a few breaths


Louis II de Montpensier (1560-1582), Demi-pistole - 1575 - Atelier de Trévoux
+ LVDOVI . D . MONTISP . D . DOMBAR Ecu de Bourbon couronné
+ DNS . ADIVT . ET . REDEM . MEVS . 1575 : Croix feuillue
3.20 gr - 
Ref : Divo Dombes # 26, Friedberg # 121, Mantellier -, Poey d'Avant # 5107

Provenance : Ira & Larry Goldberg auction #128/1160, Ex collection R. Laviana


Please post the coins you have freed from their slabs, or that you have brought back home after they've traveled abroad



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This one was imprisoned and misattributed; it's from the Cologne mint, not the Rome one.


Hang on, little buddy! I'll bust you out of there!!


Gallienus, AD 253-268.
Roman billon antoninianus, 3.61 g, 21.1 mm, 12 h.
Cologne, AD 257-258.
Obv: GALLIENVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust, right.
Rev: VIRTVS AVGG, Gallienus in military attire standing right, holding spear and standard.
Refs: RIC 58F; Göbl 8821; Cohen 1309; RCV 10413; Hunter 58; ERIC II 1030.

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That is a fantastic addition Q! I’m planning to have a crack party 🥳 before the end of the year to photograph a few contenders for my Top 10.

31 minutes ago, Ryro said:

Despicable! Somebody paid their stupid ass money to put an ancient coin in that plastic tomb. I would never!

Jk, good work and great coin. 

Here's my most recent jail break:


That is an especially nice reverse on your Herion II Ryan. Nice capture!

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10 hours ago, Limes said:

Nice addition! Why is it called a demi pistole? I couldnt find the answer online 🙂


The pistole was a gold denomination in use in Spain, some parts of Italy, Dombes, and maybe others I forget. Its weight was that of 2 gold ecus, a bit more than 7 grams. The gold ecu, in this context, was called demi-pistole.


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