Saturday, 21 December 2019

An Extremely Fine Collecting Christmas and a Happy Numismatic New Year
from Oxford Numismatic Society 
The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown


KINGS OF THE PONTOS, Mithradates VI, Tetradrachm, Pergamum, 85/4, diademed head right, rev. stag grazing left, star and crescent to left, monogram and Δ to right, all within ivy-wreath. Mithradates VI (135–63 BC) was king of Pontus and Armenia Minor in northern Anatolia from about 12063 BC. Mithridates is remembered as one of the Roman Republics most formidable and successful enemies, who engaged three of the prominent generals from the late Roman Republic in the Mithridatic Wars: Lot 794 Date of Auction: 13th March 2018    Sold for £1,800

LORRAINE, Charles II, Gros, minted at Sierck, helmet over shield, rev. sword between holly leaves.  Lot 1244 Date of Auction: 21st March 2013   Sold for £270
Charles II (11 September 1365 25 January 1431), called the Bold (French: le Hardi) was the Duke of Lorraine from 1390 to his death and Constable of France from 1418 to 1425.
In heraldry, holly is used to symbolize truth. Holly, especially the variety found in Europe, is commonly referenced at Christmastime, and is often referred to by the name Christ's thorn. Since medieval times the plant has carried a Christian symbolism, as expressed in this popular Christmas carol "The Holly and the Ivy", in which the holly represents Jesus and the ivy represents His mother, the Virgin Mary .In Greek mythology ivy was sacred to Osiris and also associated with Dionysus. In Roman mythology Ivy was connected to Bacchus, the god of wine as it grew over his home land. Bacchus is often portrayed wearing an ivy crown, perhaps because this was once thought to prevent intoxication. (It does not)
Images and text used by kind permission of Dix Noonan Webb Ltd

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Four recent purchases straight from the oddments box. The man with the crown is probably Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. The coin with lion and castle is medieval Spanish. the others are possibly early lead farm tokens. Not bad for £3.00 

The theme of the this month was Children on Coins,
Young Rulers and Children’s Stories

Members brought items with portraits of young rulers and plenty of modern 50 p with childhood characters on them

Below are images (courtesy of the Royal Dutch Mint) of the coin designed by a child who won a competition to mark the last guilder. It is a lion.

If sterling had been abandoned in favour of the euro what design would we have chosen? Answers on a postcard please.