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  • The Franco-Prussian War begins on 19 July 1870.

    The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 was a conflict between France, led by Emperor Napoleon III, and Prussia under Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. It resulted in the fall of Napoleon III’s regime and the unification of Germany under Prussian dominance. Causes The main cause of the war was the disruption of the balance of power established in Europe at the Congress of Vienna in 1815, exacerbated by Prussia’s resounding victory over Austria. After the decisive battle of Sadowa, Bismarck ex

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    The Battle of Dyrrachium, July 10, 48 BC.

    The Battle of Dyrrhachium took place on July 10, 48 BC, during the Second Roman Civil War. This battle saw Julius Caesar and Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) clash on the outskirts of Dyrrhachium, present-day Durrës in Albania. Background In 50 BC, Caesar was in Gaul, a region he turned into a Roman province, awaiting election as consul. He planned to retain his military command until the election, after which he would request command of the war against the Parthians. However

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    US Declaration of Independence approved, July 4, 1776.

    The Declaration of Independence serves as the cornerstone document of the United States of America. Principally authored by Thomas Jefferson, it articulates the reasons why the Thirteen Colonies chose to break away from Great Britain during the American Revolution. This document was officially adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, a date commemorated annually in the US as Independence Day. The Path to Independence During the early part of their conflict with Great

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    Roman Emperor Vespasian dies on June 24, 79.

    Vespasian (17 November 9 AD– 23 June 79) was Roman emperor from 69 to 79 AD. He was the last emperor to rule during the Year of the Four Emperors and established the Flavian dynasty, which governed the Empire for 27 years. His fiscal reforms, consolidation of the empire, and extensive building program contributed significantly to political stability. Early Life & Career Titus Flavius Vespasianus was born into a family of little distinction in the small town of Falacrina, just north

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    The Battle of Vitoria, June 21, 1813.

    On June 21, 1813, at the Battle of Vitoria, the British, Portuguese, and Spanish forces decisively defeated the French forces commanded by King Joseph Bonaparte and Marshal Jean-Baptiste Jourdan near Vitoria, Spain. This victory paved the way for the Allies’ triumph in the Peninsular War. The Peninsular War The Peninsular War began in 1808, following Napoleon’s invasion of Spain and Portugal. Initially an ally of France, Spain became a battleground when Napoleon deposed the Spanish Bou

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  • Experiments In Greek Minting Technique

    Ancient coins. The following is a scan of the article by D. G. Sellwood in the 1963 edition of The Numismatic Chronicle. The two sample coins and publication were sold on VAuctions in September, 2016: http://www.vauctions.com/ViewArchiveItem.asp?id=32953 Lot 698.  [Miscellaneous]. Lot of two modern trial strikes by David Sellwood using experimental minting techniques. Includes: AR ‘tetradrachm’. Grape bunch / Side view of triple-crested Corinthian helmet right within incuse square // A

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    Earliest Coinage

    The practice of using coins as a medium of trade began during the Iron Age in the 7th and 6th Centuries BC, in Greece, Anatolia, India and China. Coins proved to be an efficient vehicle of exchange not only locally, but between different areas, since the coins were small and contained intrinsic value due to their composition of silver and gold. Trade obviously existed for millennia before the practice of stamping an image on a piece of metal, but once the concept of the Lydians began to spread,

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    Coin Hoards

    With all of the attention over the past number of years with provenance on coins to curtail illegal digging and trafficking, along with issues of importing, dealers are trying harder to add as much as they can about a coin’s history of ownership. One of the best and most interesting pieces of provenance is when a coin comes to market that is part of a documented hoard. Not only do you get to own a piece of history with Coin Hoards, you also get to know exactly where it was found after being hidd

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