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Hyper Rare Find

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Serrator, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Serrator


    Aug 1, 2006
    Hi guys,

    I normally can be found in the retouching forum here, but I thought this might be of interest to some here as well. A coworker made a discovery a while back and allowed me to shoot some shots of it this week. I have also typed out the story behind this cool find as well for those that are curious to find out more here:


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  2. Very cool story, and a very fortunate find for your friend!
  3. Schnauzermom


    Apr 13, 2007
    How very cool!
  4. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Wow Fred
    What a find
    Good pics
    What kind of metal is that (gold)
  5. Fred...
    I will try to help with some translation of this medallion:

    On the first coin:

    Don Indigo De Davalos
    Don: Lord or sir
    Indigo: blue, could indicate a wealthy family
    de: of
    Da: son of or from
    Valos: father's name possibly meaning valley, or strength

    The back side:

    Opus Pisani Pictoris:
    Opus: work
    Pisani: Pisano
    Pictoris: pictoral, picture

    above this writing:
    Oper V Vi Se Fa
    oper: work
    V: where, there or you
    Vi: to you, yourself
    there, in that place
    Se: him
    Fa: he makes

    Possible translation:
    Lord or Sir Indigo son of DaValos
    on back: Pictoral work of Pisano
    above: Work He Himself made for you

    This medallion was probably crafted for someone Pisano knew.
    Pisano himself made this medallion possibly honoring his friend,
    or honoring an important personage.

    This is what I read out of the story you gave and the wording on this medallion.
    I am in no way an Italian or Spanish scholar!
  6. How cool! Interesting story, is the property still in the family?
  7. Serrator


    Aug 1, 2006
    Thanks guys for checking it out!

    -Gale...it is made out of bronze. Interesting point since you asked, normally bronze items of this age would have a patina or corroded looking finish but unfortunately when Jim's son found it again they cleaned it. This reduced it's value significantly. Rule #1 do not clean artifacts when found!!

    -Chayelle...would you mind if I copy your post and put it with the story? Thanks for doing that too!

    -MiriamJ...no but Jim and I have discussed keeping an eye on it for future searching possibly. Who knows what else may be there??
  8. Fred...
    If you think it might be useful...
    please feel quite free to use any or all
    of the info.
  9. Doug


    Jan 17, 2006
    East TN
    Impressive Cheryle!
  10. Serrator


    Aug 1, 2006
    Thanks Cheryle. I have added it as an update to the end of the story.
  11. Logan

    Logan Guest

    great story! great find! lucky man!
  12. Fascinating story, particularly the question of how it got to Missouri. :confused: 
  13. HAC_X

    HAC_X Guest

    Oddly enough some preliminary digging shows that one item listed
    as "VINTAGE DON INIGO DE DAVALOS MEDALLION " showed up on ebay May 16 2007, listed at $6.99 starting bid..

    Hmm... curiouser and curiouser..

  14. Man, why cant i find stuff like this, lol. Nice story behind it too.
  15. Serrator


    Aug 1, 2006
    Thanks folks for the looks and kind words! I hope to get one of the original articles on this from Jim when he returns from vacation and post it. I may even try to see if I can copy the Montel show segment onto Youtube. I know Jim has that on VHS so maybe I can get it also.
  16. bob swanson

    bob swanson Guest

    :confused: I've got what appears to be a gold coin covered in Arabic. I trying to determine the origin of it and just photographed it last night. Does anyone suppose that I should post the images on this thread or start a new one?
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