Can you help me identify this ancient coin?
David Vagi, who writes the “Ancients Today” column for Coin
World Special Edition, and is the director of ancients at
Numismatic Guaranty Corp., examined the coin images Ms. Henderson submitted.
Vagi said: “I can’t say if [the coin] is genuine based on the
photos, but there is a very good chance. If so, it is a Roman
provincial bronze of the Emperor Severus Alexander from the mint of
Alexandria Troas in Troas (located not far from Troy in northwestern
Turkey). The obverse shows the emperor’s portrait, the reverse shows
the She-Wolf suckling Romulus and Remus [legendary founders of Rome].”
To determine the coin’s authenticity and condition, Ms. Henderson
would need to have the coin examined by an expert in ancient coins,
such as one employed by a reputable third-party grading service.
Why hasn’t our government minted U.S. Army and Navy silver
For U.S. Army personnel and enthusiasts of that branch of the
armed forces, 2011 is their year to shine.
The U.S. Mint has released three commemorative coins honoring the
Army — a copper-nickel clad half dollar, a silver dollar and a gold
half eagle. All three commemoratives are available in both
Uncirculated and Proof finishes.
These coins were authorized by Congress under the United States
Army Commemorative Coin Act of 2008, signed into law by President
George W. Bush on Dec. 1, 2008.
The U.S. Marine Corps was honored with a commemorative silver
dollar in 2005. The coin proved so popular that then-Treasury
Secretary John W. Snow authorized an additional 100,000 coins to be
struck in addition to the 500,000 maximum called for in the enabling legislation.
As for a U.S. Navy commemorative, Coin World is not
currently aware of any related legislative efforts at this time. Coin
collectors who would like to see the Mint strike a Navy commemorative
coin are advised to write, email or telephone their congressional
representatives, as all U.S. commemorative coins must be authorized by Congress.
The Mint currently sells a 3-inch diameter bronze medal, struck in
honor of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Navy in 1975. Otherwise,
collectors can acquire privately produced items of a naval nature,
such as silver rounds.
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