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Just out of boredom, and inspired by someone else that did it, I have tried colorizing my Naples didrachm with the head of the siren Parthenope. 

Has anyone of you already tried colorizing their coins just for fun? How did they turn out? 🙂 

EDIT: To clarify, it was done digitally. No coins were harmed in the making of this post!

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Reassuring all of you :)
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12 hours ago, AncientCoinnoisseur said:

Just out of boredom, and inspired by someone else that did it, I have tried colorizing my Naples didrachm with the head of the siren Parthenope. 

Has anyone of you already tried colorizing their coins just for fun? How did they turn out? 🙂

Wow!

The shades are perfectly chosen, it looks like a real antique fresco.

 

Here are my own attempts with Alexander's tet and franc a'cheval.

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Sorry guys.
I was an archaeologist and a scholar. And coins are archaeological objects. And they must be respected.
I hope they were colored virtually on the computer if this is not the case although well made, for me it is an aberration. It's not like painting wargame soldiers.
I know, my problem. But my culture and training cannot accept such violence perpetrated on objects that have survived thousands of years of history.
Just my 5 cents

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13 hours ago, CPK said:

Cool! 

Thanks!

 

12 hours ago, Phil Anthos said:

From the Ted Turner collection. 

~ Peter 

I’m not sure I get the reference!

 

12 hours ago, Deinomenid said:

Aliexpress specialises in colourised coins. At low prices and fast delivery too.

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Ha, those are indeed sole nicely painted coins 🙂

 

9 hours ago, AETHER said:

That one turned out nice!

Thank you!

 

7 hours ago, Orange Julius said:

That’s cool! I’d like to give it a try.

I’m curious to know what app you used to colorize it!

Photoshop, but I used a quite lengthy process! I’m tempted to do all my coins, both obverse and reverse!

 

1 hour ago, I_v_a_n said:

Wow!

The shades are perfectly chosen, it looks like a real antique fresco.

 

Here are my own attempts with Alexander's tet and franc a'cheval.

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Nice ones!

 

1 hour ago, Vel Saties said:

Sorry guys.
I was an archaeologist and a scholar. And coins are archaeological objects. And they must be respected.
I hope they were colored virtually on the computer if this is not the case although well made, for me it is an aberration. It's not like painting wargame soldiers.
I know, my problem. But my culture and training cannot accept such violence perpetrated on objects that have survived thousands of years of history.
Just my 5 cents

Do not worry, it was of course all done digitally. I take extreme care in my coins and how I handle them, and I give them the proper attention and respect they deserve. We are only temporary custodians of a piece of history, and as such it is our duty to pass on this knowledge (and passion) to future generations. No coins were harmed in the making of this post 🙂 

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1 hour ago, maridvnvm said:

Here is how my avatar was created.... again entirely digitally. I apologise in advance as I am a mathematician and not an artist.

Original coin

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colorised

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Cut out

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And a Probus bust.....

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I like that Probus! Adding color like that helps you realize just how much detail is in that engraving.

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You made me try it myself.

It turned out that I'm definitely not a digital artist.  :classic_ohmy:

 

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but better than Chatgpt :classic_ninja:

I asked chatgpt to colorize the portrait on this drachm, with a golden crown and black hair:

This is the result: 😁

 

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