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« Reply #50 on: April 05, 2011, 04:24:15 pm »

Republican coinage is wonderful, with its miriad different designs and all the stories they tell us about Rome in earlier times and about the moneyers and families...
I am with doug, my favourite Republican, by the way not yet posted in my Republican gallery, is the following:

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« Reply #51 on: April 05, 2011, 04:49:41 pm »

My first Republican is still my favorite.

Q. Thermus M.f. 103 BC. Silver denarius (3.86 gm).
Head of Mars left
Two warriors fighting, the one on the left protecting fallen comrade, the other  wearing horned helmet, Q THERM M F in exergue.
Crawford 319/1, Sydenham 592, RSC Minucia 19, RCV 197

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« Reply #52 on: April 06, 2011, 12:59:14 pm »

I always like to see this old thread reactivated, as having a kind of goldfish brain, I regularly forget it...

Here is my newest purchase for the republic :


Republic, Sestertius
Rome mint, ca 211-208 BC
Head of Roma right, IIS behind
Dioscuri riding right, two stars above, ROMA at exergue
1.06 gr, 13 mm
Ref : RCV # 46, RSC # 4


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« Reply #53 on: April 06, 2011, 01:57:54 pm »

For little reason other than the pleasure of looking at them I'd like to share 2 new coins with you,

A denarius of Lentulus and Marcellus as Consuls in 49BC, accompanying Pompey to Apollonia
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahala_rome/5589606572/

A denarius of Mark Antony with Octavian and M. Barbatus
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahala_rome/5589024387/

For learning as well as pleasure I also show two other recent acquisitions (pics 3 and 5 below). Neither coin type is listed in Roman Republican Coinage - these are "not in Crawford" types:

The first is an Uncia from the mint of Luceria; the prow on the reverse shows five cute little sailors on deck standing to attention, and the deck of the ship has a normal deckhouse but not the moveable fighting deck that is invariably a feature of the coinage of Luceria.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahala_rome/5590044563/

Nominally close to RRC 43/5, the normal coins of this type have the moveable deckhouse and have three rather than five sailors on deck - my example of the "normal" Crawford type is shown in the fourth pic below.

The last coin is even more interesting because, not only is it not listed in RRC but Michael Crawford specifically denied the possibility of the coin type existing!!! It is an unpublished variety of RRC 474/1:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahala_rome/5587293841/

The type is described in Crawford as having two varieties, both with star over head, one in a wreath and one in a dotted broder

474/1a dotted border, star (CNG, Triton XII)
http://www.acsearch.info/images/1/4966.jpg

474/1b wreathed border, star (NAC 45, 2008)
http://www.acsearch.info/images/1/9388.jpg

Crawford says, p560 n231, "The aberrant pieces of L. Valerius Aciscvlus reported by C. Cavedoni, Bullettino 1845 191, from the Borghesi collection are presumably simply lacking the star by the head of Apollo because of poor preservation". Ha! My new coin disproves this, being well preserved and plainly having no star but instead a jewel on forehead. Comparison with RSC1 / Babelon suggests other varieties may have been missed. My own 474/1b has an extremely prominent jewel above the forehead in addition to the star, it's separate placement is the most prominent I've seen (almost a BOULDER!); a survey of acsearch shows about half the coins have the jewel plus star, and half only star:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahala_rome/4631394347/

Here is another interesting and unmentioned variety with a star and a second wavy hair band (a
small snake?) again not mentioned, and clearly no jewel.

http://www.acsearch.info/images/21/201165.jpg

Nowadays I barely blink when I find yet another "not in Crawford" coin type. The internet has made it so much easier to find these rarities, PROVIDED YOU KNOW TO LOOK OUT FOR THEM. Someday I must get around to compiling a list...
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« Reply #54 on: April 06, 2011, 02:05:54 pm »

Being new, I had not run across this thread before, and I'm glad someone revived it.  Flavians have been my favorite, but I love to look at the Republic coins.  
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Two warriors fighting, the one on the left protecting fallen comrade, the other  wearing horned helmet
- This coin has always been one of my favorites.

I'll add one of my few Republican coins, and my first and only quinarius which the picture does not do justice:

Anonymous Quinarius, from 211 B.C., 1.92 g., Cr 44/6, Obv: Helmeted head of Roma, V behind. Rev: Dioscuri riding right, ROMA in linear frame below. Ex HBJ.

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« Reply #55 on: April 08, 2011, 04:14:26 pm »

LOL, I only have 4 Republicans and I still can't make up my mind as to which is my favorite!   Today, I think I'll go with:



Juno riding in biga of goats from 138 B.C. (Renia 1) just got my eye one day.

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« Reply #56 on: April 09, 2011, 01:46:07 am »

I like the biga of goats. I suspect it wouldn't be fun to drive in reality though.  Grin
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« Reply #57 on: April 09, 2011, 11:07:54 am »

I like the biga of goats. I suspect it wouldn't be fun to drive in reality though.  Grin

How about driving a biga of snakes?!!

Marcus Volteius, 76 BC.
obv: wreathed head of Bacchus or Liber, r. ; rev: Ceres in biga of serpents, r.
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« Reply #58 on: April 10, 2011, 07:40:02 am »

I'd prefer a quadriga, even if it is just one of horses ...
Having only 9 republicans, because my topics are far off, I think that my Balbus, Crawford 271,1 from 125 BC is worth showing. I have it because of the Macedonian shield the Nike is driving over.

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« Reply #59 on: April 20, 2011, 04:20:07 pm »

I had been quietly building a small collection of Republicans but personal circumstances forced me to part with the vast majority of them. A welcome return to work has allowed me to start again and so I thought I would begin with another minor obsession of mine, the Papia, Gryphon serratus coins.

The obverse isn't pretty with poor Juno Sospita suffering from wear, a couple of punch marks and a scratch but I can forgive the obverse everything for what I think is a lovely looking Gryphon on the reverse. Another element that drew me to this coin was the symbol pairing of a Harpa and winged Petasos. The winged Petasos belonging to Mercury, who is also said to have used a harpa to kill Argus. So this symbol pair are the symbols of a god in much the same way as the Hippocamp and Dolphin around anchor are on the example I posted earlier in this thread.

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« Reply #60 on: April 20, 2011, 04:33:50 pm »

Great Papia!  I also am trying to assemble the myriad of control symbols of this type.  I thought I'd share two of my new acquisitions here:

C. Servilius Vatia Restoration

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-66562

And a fantastic fouree of Mussidius Longus with Venus Cloacina!:

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-66563

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« Reply #61 on: April 25, 2011, 02:25:35 pm »

Here's my smallest Republican: half litra  Cr 26/4

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« Reply #62 on: April 25, 2011, 03:11:21 pm »

One of my favorite republicans. M. Vargunteius
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« Reply #63 on: April 25, 2011, 04:59:06 pm »

One of my favorite republicans. M. Vargunteius

Very nice.  I also really like your M Sergius Silus (Soldier riding horse carrying an unsheathed sword and barbarian head). It is one of my favorite types and your example is of very high qualitySmiley
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« Reply #64 on: April 26, 2011, 12:47:19 am »

Here's my smallest Republican: half litra  Cr 26/4

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This is one of the prettiest dog types I know on a coin, ancient or modern. Here's my example of the same type. Sorry, not a variety or anything else to add, but it's a type worth showing twice!
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« Reply #65 on: April 26, 2011, 05:19:00 pm »

This is one of the prettiest dog types I know on a coin, ancient or modern. Here's my example of the same type.

My favorite Republican hound in motion ..... (excuse the photo as the coin is jet black)
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« Reply #66 on: April 26, 2011, 09:17:44 pm »

This is one of the prettiest dog types I know on a coin, ancient or modern. Here's my example of the same type.

My favorite Republican hound in motion ..... (excuse the photo as the coin is jet black)

Spectacular toning, sharp strike and condition. Very nice!
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« Reply #67 on: April 26, 2011, 09:29:15 pm »

Thanks.  The toning is really wonderful and not truly captured in the image... deep reflective black with iridescent overtones around the devices. I find it a marvel in the hand and the dog in full flight is just a great image.
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« Reply #68 on: April 26, 2011, 09:32:06 pm »

Lloyd I wish mine was that nice!  Fantastic!


Here's another of my latest Republican coins.  I had to sell several of my coins to get it but I think it's worth it:

BRVTVS!
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-65030

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« Reply #69 on: April 27, 2011, 03:08:03 am »

Always difficult to decide on favorite coins. As RR my two favorites
1. For  historical significance. Sulla seated. Left King Bocchus of Mauretania presenting olive branch. To right  Jugurtha King of Numidia ,hands tyed at back.
2. For architecture. The shrine of Venus Cloacina. Only existing representation AFAIK.
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« Reply #70 on: February 19, 2012, 11:04:25 pm »

What a lovely progression of coins on this thread! As it's already been resurrected once, I don't feel too guilty reviving it.
Andrew: Quite interesting to see a Triskelion on a Republican coin. Symbol acquired from the Celts by osmosis, or did it have independent significance in Roman mythology, I wonder?
Maridvnvm: your running gryphon is fantastic!
Benito: the Venus/Cloacina association is quite incongruous!

Being a novice, I only have this apparently far-from-rare contribution, but it's fast becoming a favourite for its whimsy and toning. A denarius of Mn. Fonteius, attributed as featuring Vejovis on the obverse, but interestingly, a winged infant Genius (of the Roman people?) on the reverse, astride a goat. There are apparently at least two variants of the reverse, where the caps of the Dioscuri are positioned above or level with baby Genius. I don't (yet) own Crawford, so perhaps there are more. Very curious as to the significance of the motifs/symbology. There is apparently some disagreement as to the identity of the figure on the reverse: some sources call him Cupid.

It appears Marcus Fonteius was defended by Cicero (!) against charges of corruption ( http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/For_Marcus_Fonteius ) But does not, otherwise, seem to have been a particularly notable figure. All very fascinating.
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