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This rare coin is in the latest Hirsch auction

I have never  looked into these coins before but I downloaded,( Free on the web) Thonemann, Silver coinage of Antioch on the Meander, and this turns out to be seemingly another Roman proxy coinage due to the rumblings of the first Mithradatic war.  Basically this Antioch produced no silver coinage before and suddenly out of the blue produced a flurry of tetradrachms and drachms  of low weight and size!

I think Thonemann is correct . 

What other short term coins issues are entirely due to the Mithradatic wars?  Abydos, Seleucia Piera...any others?  Bloody Romans, what did they do for us?



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Just the kind of person I love. Found this in a note by another Bulgarian scholar.

"Penchev 2001. Penchev is the single keeper of the coin collection at the National History Museum in Sofia. As a rule, he strictly forbids any approach for access to and research on the coins in the collection, whether from Bulgarian or foreign scholars."

With these people around and nourished....what is the point!  Smells fishy to me...what has he got to hide?  You cannot make it up, but is the second example i know of...museums eh?  Brick prisons of Ignorance.


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Read and be appalled!  On academia under E. Paunov


A great paper by Evgeni  Paunov absolutely fascinating......coins go a hiking in ancient times and today!

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1 hour ago, NewStyleKing said:

With these people around and nourished....what is the point! 

There are plenty more examples sadly. For example Epizephyrian Lokri is a fascinating place, far more than coinage (especially as they were late to mint) but  most of the discoveries lie  in crates scattered around the area's museums. The claim is they haven't got round to analysing and publishing it.  Many of the huge number of crates are from Orsi's excavations in circa 1900! That's quite a lot of  time. Large parts of the site remain  officially  unexcavated, though  oddly  coins and material seem to pop up regardless. I'm sure all are from  looters and  none  is from these crates...

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli is another  obvious sinner. They still haven't shown  anything like a full  list  of the coins that were stolen nor  is  it at all clear which were the  ones that were recovered. A cynic  might wonder why, especially as  it was partly an  inside-job based on arrests.

It's very hard to say secrecy/lack of access/lack of cataloging is for anything  other than nefarious ends.


Plus some of those museums have  just vast numbers of coins, the temptation to borrow a few must be enormous. Who is going to miss  just one of these in Syracuse's museum (incidentally named after Orsi) -

(not my photo but I can attest to piles of all sorts of ancients like this there)
















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