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Potamikon Collection


My favorite type of Greek coinage. For some reason the image of a man-faced bull strikes me. Perhaps it's in my blood.

See my publication (co-authored by Nicola Sisci), for more information on this iconography:

Nicholas Molinari and Nicola Sisci, Potamikon: Sinews of Acheloios. A Comprehensive Catalog of the Bronze Coinage of the Man-Faced Bull, with Essays on Origin and Identity (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2016). ISBN 978-1-78491-409-7 (hardback).

74 files, last one added on Sep 01, 2019

Roman: Republican Coinage


Not much here but these are nice examples.

5 files, last one added on Jun 28, 2017

Greek: Misc.


Various Greek bronze coins not covered in the Syrian and Asia Minor sections. Some nice examples throughout.

20 files, last one added on Feb 16, 2017

Roman: Imperial and Provincial Coinage


A scattering of Roman Imperial and Provincial coinage. Some I acquired when I first started collecting. My favorite is the AE Follis of Diocletian, the image used for the album cover.

46 files, last one added on Jul 20, 2018

Greek: Asia Minor


50 files, last one added on Jun 23, 2018

Byzantine: Misc. Bronze


Almost entirely from the same lot. The photos do not do the thick green patinas justice. Some very nice examples.

10 files, last one added on Sep 12, 2017

Greek: Syrian Bronze (Royal Seleukid Issues)


Royal Seleukid issues from Seleukos I to Antiochos XII, although I'm trying to fill in the gaps. Most have beautiful desert patinas, which originally perked my interest.

51 files, last one added on Mar 30, 2012

Ancient Silver Coins


An assortment of ancient silver coinage. Since I don't have many silver pieces I've cataloged most of them here.

4 files, last one added on Mar 14, 2018

Greek: Syrian Bronze (Civic Issues)


Syrian bronzes not issued by the Seleukid kings. Some rare types.

17 files, last one added on Feb 17, 2009

World Coins


Maravedis, US coins, and even a few tokens. My favorite is the 1826 half dollar.

14 files, last one added on Feb 22, 2009

Greek: Phoenicia & Africa


A selection of very nice Phoenician bronzes. I'm working on more precise dating for some issues.

15 files, last one added on Mar 16, 2014

Anti-Semitic Notgeld


These are really unbelievable. I am not an anti-Semite, I picked them up for a lesson on pre-Nazi anti-Semitism. The one I find most outrageous is the "Jew hanging from tree" type. Ask yourself, how could people actually use this as money?

10 files, last one added on Mar 07, 2012

Other Ancient Cultures


This section contains Kushan, Elymaian, and Nabataean coins.

5 files, last one added on Mar 16, 2014



6 files, last one added on Jul 04, 2018

Sold Coins


135 files, last one added on Jun 28, 2017


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Last additions - Molinari's Gallery
Tarsos0 viewsMolinariSep 01, 2019
Tarsos80 views1 commentsMolinariSep 01, 2019
Maximus13 viewsMaximus, AE Sestertius (22.03g), MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right / PRICIPI IVVENTVTIS S-C, Maximus standing left with baton & spear, standards behind. RIC 13, Cohen 14, BMC 213.MolinariJul 20, 2018
Trebonianus Gallus14 viewsTrebonianus Gallus AE Sestertius (15.30g). AD 251. IMP CAES C VIBIVS TREBONIANVS GALLVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / VOTIS-DECENNA-LIBVS-SC in four lines within laurel wreath. RIC 127a; Cohen 137; Sear 9683.MolinariJul 20, 2018
Valerian I11 viewsValerian I, AE sestertius, (17.71g), IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG Laureate, cuirassed bust right / VICTORIA AVGG, S-C, Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm. RIC 177; Sear 10022.MolinariJul 20, 2018
Volusian13 viewsVOLUSIAN. 251-253 AD. ∆ Sestertius (18.09g). IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / CONCORDIA AVGG, S C across fields, Concordia standing left, holding patera and double cornucopiae. RIC IV 249a; Hunter 34; Cohen 21; Sear 9784.MolinariJul 20, 2018
Herrenius Etruscus21 viewsHerennius Etruscus ∆ Sestertius, 18.83g. Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, bare-headed draped bust right / PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S-C, Herennius standing left, holding rod and spear. Cohen 28, Sear 9534, RIC 171a.1 commentsMolinariJul 19, 2018
Maximinus I Thrax21 viewsMaximinus I Thrax (the Thracian), AE Sestertius, 20.39g. 236-238 AD. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate, cuirassed, draped bust right / SALVS AVGVSTI S-C, Salus seated left, feeding snake rising from altar. RIC 85; Cohen 92; BMCRE 175-176; Banti 24; Sear 8338.1 commentsMolinariJul 19, 2018
Otacillia Severa13 viewsOtacilia Severa ∆ Sestertius. MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed and draped bust right / PIETAS AVGVSTAE S-C, Pietas standing, raising right hand holding corn ears, incense box in left hand. RIC 208a, Cohen 46.MolinariJul 19, 2018
Philip I28 viewsPhilip I. AD 244-249. ∆ Sestertius (18.02g). Rome mint, 10th emission, AD 248. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / SAECVLVM NOVVM, octastyle temple with statue of Roma seated facing within; S C in exergue. Commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome. RIC IV 164 corr. (rev. legend); Banti 52.1 commentsMolinariJul 19, 2018
Philip I10 viewsPhilip I AE Sestertius (18.68g), RIC 150a, Cohen 138 - Philip I AE Sestertius. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right / P M TR P IIII COS II P P S C, Felicitas standing left with caduceus & cornucopiae. RIC 150a, Cohen 138, Sear 9005.MolinariJul 19, 2018
Mariniana24 viewsDiva Mariniana, wife of Valerian I, ∆ Sestertius, 14.50g. Rome mint. DIVAE MARINIANAE, veiled, diademed & draped bust right / CONSECRATIO S-C, peacock standing facing, head left, feathers in full display. RIC 9, Sear 10073.1 commentsMolinariJul 19, 2018
Orbiana21 viewsOrbiana, AE sestertius (18.27g). AD 225-227. SALL BARBIA ORBIANA AVG, diademed and draped bust right / CONCORDIA AVGVSTORVM S-C, Concord seated left holding patera and double cornucopiae. RIC 655, Cohen 4, Sear 8193, BMC 293.1 commentsMolinariJul 19, 2018
Postumus10 viewsPostumus. Romano-Gallic Emperor, AD 260-269. ∆ Sestertius (11.87g). Treveri (Trier) mint. 1st bronze emission, 2nd phase, mid AD 260. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, IMP POSTVMVS P F AVG / Galley left, LAETITIA AVG. RIC V 144; Mairat Ė; Bastien 7; Banti 23.MolinariJul 19, 2018
Postumus12 viewsPostumus AE Double Sestertius (30.11g). IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right / FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing facing, head left, holding two standards. RIC 123, Cohen 74, Sear 11040.MolinariJul 19, 2018
Trajan Decius10 viewsTrajan Decius AE Sestertius (15.50g), RIC 117a, Cohen 53 - Trajan Decius AE Sestertius. IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate & cuirassed bust right / GENIVS EXERC ILLVRICIANI S-C, Genius standing left, holding patera & cornucopiae, standard behind. Cohen 53, Sear 9404.MolinariJul 19, 2018

Random files - Molinari's Gallery
SICILY: The Sileraians28 viewsSICILY, The Sileraians (Sileraioi), 6.86g, ca 357-336 BC. ∆ Tetras over AE Litra. OBV: Forepart of Acheloios Silaros Himera as a man-faced bull to right, SILERAIWN retrograde before, above, and behind, linear border. REV: Naked Leukaspis charging right with spear & shield. Calciati III S. 301 Em. 2/9; Campana 2; Moretti 417; Castrizio I, 2/1; MSP I, 56 (this coin illustrated); R. Cantilena, "A proposito dei Tyrrhenoi e dei Sileraioi," in Nomismata: studi di numismatica offerti ad Aldina Cutroni Tusa per il suo novantatreesimo compleanno (2016), Fig. 3 (this coin illustrated).

My favorite piece.

Ex. Lanz, Auction 153 (2011), Numismatiche Raritaeten, Los 0101

Peter keeps leaving nice comments and I keep deleting and reuploading the picture, so I've taken the liberty of adding his comment here:

Enodia: "My favorite piece". understandable, this is a terrific coin. i really love this particular MFB... nice!
1 commentsMolinari
CAMPANIA, Neapolis9 viewsCAMPANIA, Neapolis, 3.40g. Head of Apollo facing right, wearing laurel wreath with leaves in triple clusters, AP monogram behind/ Acheloios Sebethos as a man-faced bull to right, standing on single line, head facing, star with 8 rays in wreath above, Δ below, NEYΠOΛITΩN in ex. Dotted border. Taliercio IIa, 7; MSP I, 238.Molinari
Julia Domna, AR Denarius16 viewsJulia Domna, IVLIA AVGUSTA, draped bust of Julia Domna to right / VENVS FELIX, Venus standing left, holding apple and drawing veil from shoulder. RIC 580; RSC 198.

Antiochos VIII, Grypos45 viewsAE15, 2.47g, Antiochos VIII (Grypos), Antioch on the Orontes. Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΞΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ, the date in exergue is BϘP = 121/0 BC, first year of his sole reign. Hoover HGC 9, 1220. VF.

(Thanks to Rover for correct attribution!)