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Offline Overlord

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Lost and stolen coins
« on: May 26, 2019, 09:27:21 AM »
The following coins went missing en route from London to India. Though Royal Mail have subsequently issued a refund, I am posting these in case they show up in the market later!

Calabria, Tarentum, AR Diobol, c. 380-325 BC, Vlasto 1254-9, HN Italy 914 (1.00 g,12 mm)
Obverse: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with hippocamp
Reverse: Herakles (Hercules) standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; [club to left], K between Herakles' legs.


Kings of Thrace: Lysimachos, AR Drachm, Ephesos, c. 294-287 BC, Thompson 174, Müller 355 (4.07 g, 18 mm)
Obverse: Diademed head of the deified Alexander the Great right, with horn of Ammon
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY. Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, transverse spear in background; kithara to inner left, A on throne



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Re: Lost and stolen coins
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2019, 09:51:13 AM »
The following three coins were dishonestly acquired from me by a fellow Indian collector last year.

1. Gaius Caligula (37-41 AD), Ĉ As, 39-41 AD, RIC I 47 (10.7 g, 27 mm). Obverse: C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P III P P, bare head left. Reverse: VESTA above, S C across field, Vesta seated left, holding patera and scepter.


2. Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II (359 - 336 BC), AE Unit, Macedonian mint (7 g, 16.9 mm). Obverse: Head of Apollo right wearing taenia. Reverse: ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male rider on prancing horse left


3. Constantine The Great, Posthumous AE Follis, Cyzicus mint, 337-340 AD (1.98 g, 15 mm). Obverse:  DV CONSTANTI-NVS PT AVGG, Veiled head, right. Reverse: Constantine driving quadriga right, Manus Dei (hand of God) reaching down to him to receive him in Heaven, SMKΓK  in exergue.

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Re: Lost and stolen coins
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2019, 10:15:29 AM »
Bad experience both. There will always be bad collectors, but at least let's make their life more difficult and watch out for these coins.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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Re: Lost and stolen coins
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2019, 12:38:07 PM »
Yes, that's one of the few things we as collectors can do. We can document our losses and hope that someone sees them on an auction site or somewhere else. I've heard of instances where stolen coins have been recovered by the actions of observant collectors or dealers. No one likes a thief.

Very sorry for your misfortune.

Bruce
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