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 Posted 12/06/2022  5:11 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a small collection of coins issued by the Este family as Marquis and Dukes of Ferrara (1344 - 1597), and have posted a few of them here: http://goccf.com/t/402661&SearchTerms=ferrara

But I did not realize this family had a renowned coin collection (Greek and Roman coins) assembled beginning in the 15th century. A Roman bronze from that collection is currently up for auction. Very interesting read: https://www.numisbids.com/n.php?p=l...6346&lot=731

The two headed eagle used to mark the coins in that collection can be found on one of the Ferrara coins in my thread (scroll down to the coin of Borso).
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 Posted 12/06/2022  6:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add samoth to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I love researching provenances.

I acquired a few items some years back that were ex-Prince of Ligne, which had me purchasing auction cats from the '70s to see if they were plated (they weren't; they were in group lots). Ditto with something from Schulman traced to the '50s.

It's interesting to see how coins that weren't thought of very highly or sold in group lots decades ago are now stand-alone lots... or even featured lots with paragraphs of text about their history.

It's unfortunate that only AVs, crowns, & medals tended to get plated in the past; it makes it hard to trace back stuff that's really interesting -- and sometimes, we come to find, extremely rare.

Maybe some of our coins will be linked to our names a couple hundred years from now! :)
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 Posted 12/06/2022  9:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Me too--it is very rewarding to trace a coin through several different hands.

@tdz, thx for posting this!
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 Posted 12/06/2022  9:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great links, thanks!
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 Posted 12/07/2022  07:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very interesting! I didn't know about this "custom" (it's probably not very common, and not advisable either, unless you are at least a count with plans to become famous among numismatists 500 years later ).

Is there a term for this? In line with the ex libris that book collectors mark their books with, would this be an ex nummis?

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How about "numismatic counterstamp"?
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