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Started by Pellinore, January 28, 2022, 11:37:22 PM
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Quote from: Tirant on January 29, 2022, 09:46:19 AMIncredible!! I've always had the thought that collecting coins is such a "modern" hobby. Great to see that it happened 400 years ago, even though it maybe was reserved for rich people. I'd like to know how did mr. Rockox get those coins, and how did they "survive" those 2000 years without being melted.
Quote from: Figleaf on January 29, 2022, 11:18:18 AMWhat strikes me in the collection of the painter you photographed is the high grade of the coins. I guess the painter was interested in the details of the portraits and the shadows that created such a lively impression in order to help him paint better portraits.As for the antiquities trade, I would venture that it was a direct descendent of the medieval thirst for religious relics, developing and widening during the renaissance to meet the interest in classical Greece and Rome of that time.Peter
Quote from: Figleaf on January 29, 2022, 05:10:19 PMbut did not note was that if the mayor was an antiquities lover and his next door neighbour a successful painter, the painter would have seen the interest of the coins and the mayor would have had the money to buy more.