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I have been asked once already on this forum and to what/who is on my avatar. I thought it would be interesting to find out what your avatar is and why you chose it.

I primarily collect the early issues of the Eastern mint denarii of Septimius Severus. I sit in the shadows of the acknowledged experts in this field (Curtis Clay, Doug Smith and Barry Murphy) but have been passionate about this coinage for the past 20 or so years and am focussing my collection in on the bits that interest me and areas where I might want to do some amateur research in this generally under-studied area.

My avatar is a very primitive attempt at colourising the bust from one of my denarii that I did over 15 years ago. I have been using it as an avatar ever since.

The original image of the complete coin:-

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The obverse coin cropped and colourised bust:-

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The coin was then cropped to just the bust ready for re-sizing as an avatar:-

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What is your avatar? Why did you choose it?

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Mine is one of the very first coins that came to my collection. A thicc Nero's as. Lugundum (Lyon) mint.

I really like this coin. Also Nero is one of few ancient people truly well recognized by the general public. So his coinage serves as an excellent introduction into the hobby.

 

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My profile picture is quite recent. I made it less than a month ago from one of the trachies of Theodore I Laskaris I bought that I thought had a nice portrait. Even though most of the coin is pretty worn, the face and upper torso are in in great condition, which makes it suitable to be used as an avatar. (I did remove the portrait from the rest of the coin though and used another part of the coin as a background)

Here's the coin in question

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11 minutes ago, Helvius Pertinax said:

Ah yes, I asked because I wasn't able to tell if it was Septimius or the bust of Pescennius Niger looking at me there 😂

 

I could have made a Niger avatar from this coin but am attached to my aged avatar.

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My avatar is one I use a lot - on my Youtube channel and website as well.

It was my favourite coin for a while, even though it's just a simple drachm from Philip III. The pics below are pretty bad and I'm planning on taking some better ones soon, but at least you can see the obverse of the coin there. 

 

(By the way, these aren't the exact photos used for the profile picture, but the best I could find)

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My Dog, Blue.  She passed 1-1/2 yrs ago.  She was my constant companion, coming with me everywhere:  Work, home, even room-to-room where ever I was.  She saved my life twice.  I have had many dogs, cats, and other critters in my life.  Blue and I connected like no other.

She loved everyone, and everyone really liked her too.  Always a tail a-waggin', always smiling.  Even in her final days when her dysplasia was becoming intolerable:  She smiled and was happy.  I deeply miss her Soul.

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Blue's Last Day... smiling, loving, and her paw was always on my arm all day.

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Mine is a common coin that I wanted a lot but it kept eluded me in auctions. I wanted an average condition with a decent price but prices kept going up and I was not comfortable with those levels. Not a fortune, but I just don't like paying 100 EUR for a coin that should normally be 50.

This is not a fantastic example, but I liked it.

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Reverse shows a Dacian soldier wearing peaked cap (some theories say it is a Dacian woman) and also shows the Dacian traditional weapon - the falx.

I live in the territory that was once Dacia so these coins are interesting for me.

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17 minutes ago, Alegandron said:

My Dog, Blue.  She passed 1-1/2 yrs ago. 

I remember very well when it happened and how sad you were. Brave dog as it seems

Mine is obviously where it all started for roman silver

 

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This coin represents a pivotal moment in Western history. She's rough but beautiful and presently resides in a NGC holder with this description:

Ancient Roman Imperatorial Period, Julius Caesar (Died 44 B.C.) c.49-48 B.C. AR Denarius (3.28gms) Military Mint NGC Fine Strike 4/5 Surface 2/5 Brushed Bankers Mark Overstruck

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avatarphoto.jpg.fa432ab4110fde9b418f645e94a7274d.jpgFor years I used a self portrait that showed me photographing a coin.  When it seemed likely I would no longer be posting there, I decided I did not want to leave that photo in action on all of my 20k+ posts there but deleting it got me contact from someone who noted I was not posting and that was not my intent. 

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Here, I am using a coin which is the last coin I acquired that was my favorite coin at the time I bought it. (Note I retired from competition 'My Favorite Coin' as declared on my website which (I think) I got in 1963.)   It is a bit scarce (I know of one other) and shows Septimius Severus and his buddy/Caesar Clodius Albinus face to face.  I doubt many of them were made. 

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The version with just Albinus is by far more common. (I've seen several including some in high grade that might sell to most collectors).  Mine is average or a bit below compared to the rest.  Albinus is probably the Roman whom I most closely resemble.  No Roman is much of a role model.  If there was one, it might be Pertinax but his beard was much better and I don't want to seem to be claiming more than I deserve. 

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 I considered my cut out Septimius (Alexandria mint) graphic which made a really nice T-shirt but not one I wear a lot out in public. Somewhere I have a big one but you don't need high resolution when printing on cloth.

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43 minutes ago, TheTrachyEnjoyer said:

Mine comes from a meme format.

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I took the man on the right and cut out his image lol

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I then surrounded him with coins from my collection 

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It has been updated along with more recent wins

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We have a winner. Cant beat this hehe.,

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45 minutes ago, TheTrachyEnjoyer said:

Mine comes from a meme format.

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I took the man on the right and cut out his image lol

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I then surrounded him with coins from my collection 

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It has been updated along with more recent wins

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Love those.

 

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No mystery to the avatar I just added: it's the same photo of me I used at Coin Talk until I deleted it the other day*. It comes from my German passport photo taken a few years ago after I obtained dual German & U.S. citizenship. I like it better than my U.S. passport photo or any other recent photo, mostly because I think it makes me look younger than my true advanced age!

*How many of you (of those who still can!) are planning to continue to post at both places? That's my plan as of now. I've invested way too much time and effort in Coin Talk over the last 26 months, gaining what I think is a generally positive reputation (except with the one or two people who obviously can't stand me!) to give it up entirely, at least not yet. Any more bad behavior from the administrator over there and I might change my mind.

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I intend to keep posting there. Usually I avoid non-numismatic discussions and just ignore trolls.

I learned almost everything I know from there. If not directly, when I was a total beginner I found out websites and various resources I wasn't aware of. Plus great people (I am glad most of them are here too.

And I can't leave the other place just yet. The main reason is that certain member who has his great "ID help" topics. And after identification that traditional question "Rare?".  One cannot live without that.

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