I sat around for a while trying to come up with a witty title for this thread, but it turns out my brain is very much in vacation mode...
My wallet however is not. Unexpected early paycheck means unexpected forum buying, of course! I unfortunately just found out tonight I've got a slow leak on one of my tires, so I couldn't go as high in price as I was initially thinking, as I really need to start saving ASAP for new tires (Michigan winters, how miserable thou art!), but hey... maybe after the birthday/Christmas money comes rolling in...
I am no less pleased with what decided to lure me with its siren song though. I'm big on the tetrarchy, and while Maximian isn't necessarily my favorite, I can respect his Hercules to Diocletian's Jupiter plenty. The reverse just speaks to me, and I don't have another way to put it really. Nike feels enthralling and delightful, like she's on her way to making some nobody into a somebody of serious conquest! I can't help but laugh a little when I see the mint date on this though, because oh Maximian, great imperial propaganda here, playing off your success along the Rhine by identifying yourself with a goddess of victory, when you just watched Britain slip into revolt and right out of the empire. Thus is controlling a diverse empire that really is too big for one emperor to handle (see: Gallienus). Anyways, check out the coin I fell in love with here: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5634&pos=0
There's also this little bugger that I bought to attempt attribution with (must start somewhere). I'm feeling relatively confident in my choice? I also love the portraiture on the obverse. It's pleasing and has character. I'm not sure I comprehended how small 18.1 mm was though until it was in hand! Wow, tiny. I have a funny feeling I'm going to be leaning larger coins in the future: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5634&pos=3
I'm still waiting for this beauty to come in. The post office says it has it, I'm just mildly peeved that they delivered Mr. Constantius II up there without her accompanying! Worst thing is knowing I'm out of town until Saturday evening, and it's going to be in my mailbox tomorrow... I just want to get her in hand already! USPS, you vex me so! Anyways, I've got a bit of a deity theme going so far, which is exactly what I wanted. This was another siren song, and at $6.01 in a FORVM auction, I think it was a great purchase (USPS, you're killing me here!): http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5634&pos=1
And my coin I'd appreciate an opinion on. Yeah, iPhone camera is crummy, and this guy is pretty worn, so detail is probably not great, but I got this piece at a ren fair a year ago, and have loved it madly ever since. Yes, it's mounted in jewelry. The oils on my skin are definitely starting to wear at the patina. But I'm actually okay with that. Minerva has more detail than she did when I bought it, and I appreciate that. I've got an affinity with Claudius too (What I would give for a time machine to get my hands on his writings! Especially his recounting of the civil wars that was deemed too realistic for publication. Let me put that on my Christmas list!). It's a great conversation piece, and I get compliments on it often.
Anyways, please do correct if my attribution seems off or wrong. I'm mildly obsessive compulsive about keeping things in order, and getting things right: http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=5634&pos=2