How Are Antiques And Collectibles Valued?

Some people inherited antiques from their parents or relatives. These could have also come with a home that was passed down to them. It might be hard for them to let go because they feel that the pieces have value by virtue of their age.

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The same can be said about collectibles. Certain people could have a large collection of items that are no longer in circulation and wouldn’t let go of them because of their perceived value. Just how are antiques and collectibles valued?

The very first thing appraisers will look at is the condition of your antiques or collectible. Visible defects like cracks, chipping, tears, stains, and missing pieces or components devalue the object or objects regardless of their high price in online auction sites. Appraisers would have a hard time reselling a piece that is not in mint condition. They are then not likely to offer anything substantial.

Appraisers then check the rarity of the object. An object in bad condition but is extremely rare could still fetch a high price. Rarity is based on the number of existing pieces of the object, how many are in circulation in the market, and how many were made originally.

Lastly, appraisers will check for authenticity. There are a lot of fake antiques being peddled as original. The fake ones can be hard to spot sometimes. Signs of age, wear and tear, as well as signatures can be the determinants of authenticity.

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What Affects The Value Of Coins?

There are many reasons people take up coin collecting. It is a good hobby wherein collectors can appreciate the history behind the coins. It is a good way to invest in antiques. Therefore, coin collectors want to keep their coins in pristine condition. This is especially true for collectors of high value coins who are hoping their value will increase over time. There are many collections selling for thousands of dollars while some even go for millions.

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Supply and demand exert the basic pressure on prices. However, the condition of the coin, especially that of extremely rare ones, affects its value as well. Coin collectors determine the condition of the coin through a grading scale of 1 – 70. Mint condition coins have a grade of 65 – 70, the most desirable grade a coin could have. Elements affecting the grade of the coin includes the strike of the coin, the appeal of the coin, coloration, luster, and damages like dents, scratches, carbon spots, signs of improper cleaning, and corrosion.

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How Ancient Art Is At Risk In The Face Of Climate Change

Climate change is not just affecting the health and well-being of humans, flora, and fauna worldwide, but is also threatening the very existence of art, archeological finds, and cultural artifacts. As the Arctic ice erodes, for instance, Iñupiat artifacts once locked in the frozen Alaskan dirt are getting lost to the sea, sometimes faster than scientists can spot them.

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Ancient art may also be disappearing. Climate change is feared to make Neolithic and Bronze Age rock art panels in Northumberland in Northern England vanish permanently because stones may more rapidly deteriorate in the future. Changes in the environment, such as more wind as well as warmer and wetter weather, is estimated to have such devastating consequences on these artworks.

This shows that rock art doesn’t last forever, despite being among the earliest forms of art and emerging more than 50,000 years ago in different countries. Scientists, for instance, found that the Northumberland rock art is facing greater deterioration due to two things: the height of the panels and the level of exchangeable cations in the local soil.

Steps need to be taken to protect rock art, as well as the ancient art inside museums and conservation centers. Art conservation refers to maintaining and preserving these artworks, shielding them from future damage and deterioration. They have become an increasingly crucial aspect of what museums and civic authorities do, and tech advances are hoped to lead to safer, more effective techniques to preserve, analyze, and repair these objects.

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Ancient Greek Art: An Introduction

Ancient Greece has a certain familiar presence in modern times, from the Trojan War and Odysseus to the commanding presence of the Parthenon. Art has an important role in keeping the ancient culture alive and well no matter the passage of time. Here’s a quick introduction to ancient Greek art, which still delights and keeps art enthusiasts and collectors in awe.

Ancient Greeks were united by their shared language, culture, and religion despite being divided into poleis or city-states, which are self-governing bodies. Making this bond stronger were the “Panhellenic” structures and festivals that reflect all things Greek and encouraged competition and exchange, such as the Olympics.

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Much of the modern understanding of ancient Greece takes off from the classical art of 5th century B.C.E. Athens, not there are different long periods that all echo Greek civilization, art, and culture. The Greeks’ so-called “Dark Age,” for instance, followed the collapse of the Mycenaean citadels of the late Bronze Age and its construction, metal works, and writing. The Archaic Period, on the other hand, is known for its large-scale marble kouros (male youth) and kore (female youth) sculptures, with influence from ancient Egyptian sculpture.

Much of modern knowledge of classical Greek art also comes from objects made out of stone and clay and surviving for thousands of years. Classical Greek pottery, perhaps the most utilitarian of its art forms, included small terracotta figurines as gifts to gods and goddesses.,

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There is a handful of notable ancient Greek artworks, including the Fallen Warrior from Temple of Aphaia, the Pergamon altar, the Riace bronzes, and the goddesses from the east pediment of the Parthenon, to name a few. To have the highest form of reverence for it means keep honoring and recognizing the remaining traces and official history of this classical art period.

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Diy Tips To Clean And Refurbish Ancient Coins

There is a whole art and established practice behind cleaning and restoring ancient coins and artifacts. In fact, there have been decades of tools, tips and tricks, rubs, solutions, and waxes used to clean old coins on one’s own but with professional quality – especially coins that are no longer issued. Here are some tips to consider and start with.

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Use mild solutions

In cleaning and restoring coins, you shall need basic tools and materials, such as a polishing wheel and water in a spray can. Simple preparation involves using a weak soap – anything that isn’t detergent – solution in distilled water to remove dirt and grease from an encrusted coin. The goal is not to inflict any damage on the upper-grade coins, especially when using harsh chemicals. If a coin is heavily encrusted, it can be soaked for a couple of months in olive oil, which won’t damage the coin further but instead dissolve the undesirable crust.

Avoid destructive cleaners

These solutions use abrasives or acids that clean and actually alter the coin surface. Widely advertised metal cleaners, for instance, are likely acid-based ones that remove some of the surface metal in the cleaning process. Avoid them to preserve the coin’s collector value. It’s also best to avoid over-cleaning so as not to diminish the coin’s value, and to stick to the least abrasive techniques.

Be patient

It will take time to clean ancient coins, and those that have more difficult deposits will require further work. There may also be multiple methods to get them sorted out. Soaking the coins in distilled water, for instance, may be a slow process and can take months, but will loosen dirt effectively without introducing damage. When in doubt, seek professional help for coin cleaning and restoration.

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Intriguing Recently Discovered Artifacts

Even in the new millennium, artifacts are still being discovered and excavated throughout the world, priceless testaments to mankind’s religiosity, innovativeness, and even dark past. Here are some of the more recent artifacts that have been unearthed.

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Earlies buddhist shrine in Nepal

Archeologists digging through a central shrine in Nepal were surprised to find an old wooden structure beneath the modern, brick-building monument. The design is very similar to the new version atop it, but the discoverers were intrigued that there was much foot traffic on the clay floor and that there were post holes on the tree roots. The finding was dated to about 550 B.C. and is now thought to have huge implications on when Buddha was actually born.

The Beardless Jesus

An excavation in the ancient city of Castulo in southern Spain revealed images in discovered glass shards that, after collation and assembly, showed a truly intriguing plate. This plate is believed to serve the eucharistic bread and showed a beardless Jesus donning a Roman toga. The apostles Paul and Peter were also depicted clean-shaven, their hairs cropped short. It’s now considered one of the earliest images of Christ to have been discovered.

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The Crucifixion bone

For decades, there have been no physical evidence discovered of the popular and well-documented Roman execution method of crucifixion. But archeologists recently found the bones of a man in a museum in Israel that now serves as the only documented proof of this harrowing punishment. The young Jew was in his twenties, and there is an iron nail embedded deeply into the man’s heel bone.

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A Look At The Artistry Of The Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine era is one of the most interesting periods in human history. A lot of stories about those centuries have made their way into legend and lore. Another popular aspect of the Byzantine Empire was its culture, with artistry inspired by religion. The art, though mainly traditional and controlled by the church, gives everyone an insight into how the world was run at the time.

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Art critics and historians note that Byzantine art is both religious and conventional, with paintings in fresco and illuminated manuscripts. They were also found on wood panels wherein mosaics were the most well-known medium. Sculptures at the time were rare, with a few carved ivories being the only exceptions.

However, as conventional as Byzantine art was, it was extremely popular for those who could afford it in Western Europe. The classical realist style became the main influence on medieval art, which in turn formed a huge part of the foundation of Italian Renaissance art.

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Art historians also noted the exceptional originality of Byzantine art having a minimal influence unto itself, with the Eastern Orthodox church being its main contributor. The influence of Byzantine art stretched far beyond Italy and extended all the way to Egypt, Arabia, and Russia.

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How To Authenticate Ancient Coins

Forgeries of ancient coins are believed to be as old as coinage itself. Thus, learning how to authenticate coins in one’s ancient coin collection is also a timeless skill, one that requires knowledge, experience/exposure, and research. Often a visual inspection will do, but sometimes more sophisticated tests are done in difficult cases.

A genuine coin, for starters, is made of the correct type and density of metal. While a silver dime is made of silver, a gold dollar is made of at least 14 karat gold. Coins that are produced completely of the right metal or alloy, too, will differ both in weight and density. Genuine coins have a standard mass measurable with a good quality balance, while each metal or alloy has a standard density measurable by simple tests.

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For more valuable coins, it is advisable to use a professional grading service. Companies such as the Professional Coin Grading Service offer these services. Dealers also usually offer grading services, although they also outsource the job to the kind of companies mentioned above.

Avoid ancient coin sources, too, that say they know nothing about ancient coins but are guided by a “knowledgeable” friend or have “found it recently in granny’s attic.” There could be sellers offering enticing coins such as Sicilian tetradrachms, of relatively high grade and wonderful listing details. They could also say, however, that while the coins were from a decades-old collection and are believed to be genuine, they are unable to guarantee the authenticity – and they offer no returns.

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If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Learn authentication as an exciting part of the process, where technology and free internet have made it so much easier and convenient.

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How To Tell If An Artwork Is Real Or Fake

Forgery, or the creation of rip-offs, is very prevalent in many facets of modern living: from clothes and shoes to high-fashion bags and even art. Paintings are some of the most replicated, and you don’t want to waste that precious money. Here are some tips to ensure that you don’t become the next fraud victim.

First is to study closely the back of paintings or, for sculptures, the bottom. Auction labels and/or auction stamps are often placed in the area. Forgers tend to take these areas for granted and just focus on making the front part look authentic.

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Provenance documentation is something you should insist on. This is very important, especially to avoid legal trouble if, say, the artwork turns out to be authentic but actually stolen. In line with this, make sure that the said provenance is exactly for the artwork you’re buying and not just borrowed from some other work. Of course, you’ve to look closely at the document and ensure that it isn’t fake.

It goes without saying that you should only buy from a dealer with a great track record. Buying online can be tempting and is definitely more convenient but being physically present in a reputable gallery is the best way to buy. Finally, requesting for forensic tests is now becoming the norm when buying artifacts and art, so ask for this from your dealer.

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Some famous archeological finds that were proven to be fake

It is not uncommon for curators of galleries receiving huge amounts of donated artifacts to find the occasional fake or fraudulent ones. However authentic-looking these antiquities or ancient art are, the keen-eyed gallery staff should be able to distinguish the rip-offs from the truly collectible. But history has seen quite a few bogus archeological “finds.” Here are some of the most popular and most documented.

Crystal Skulls

These famed skulls, thought be ancient artifacts from the Mayan or Aztec societies, were made popular worldwide in an Indiana Jones film. They indeed look both intriguing and fascinating. But Smithsonian anthropologist examining them using powerful microscopes found out in 2005 that the cuts into the crystal showed evidence of modern techniques: both the cuts and grooves were done with modern lapidary wheels, and the skulls themselves were polished using modern machinery. They were created by European craftsmen in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Kensington Runestone

A farmer in Kensington, Minnesota, claimed to have discovered stones near the town that showed strange runes. This was in 1898, and more than a century later, scholars who have studied the stone claim that the runes were carved by 14th-century Vikings. However, modern findings prove that the stone was in fact created in the 19th century, and do not match other runes from the medieval era.

The Donation of Constantine

This is a well-documented case of a forged document that has been replicated over and over since the 8th century. It states that Roman emperor Constantine I gave Pope Sylvester I and all his successors ultimate authority over lands controlled by the Roman Empire. This powerful document was excessively used by the said pope during the Middle ages to prove that he held authority over the rulers of Europe. Italian scholar Lorenzo Valla denounced the document in the 15th century.

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