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Greek Coins


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My collection of Greek coins.

Although a young and eclectic collection which has not yet begun to truly reveal my area of interest and focus namely, 6th-1st century BCE of the Greek world properly speaking, particularly Thrace & Macedonia I am nevertheless proud of it, even for all its juvenility.
It is my pleasure to be able to share it with the public in such fine manner a pleasure which expresses its boundless thanks to FORVM, for this and many-another kindness shown.

Tia Chrystine

42 files, last one added on Aug 14, 2008

Roman Coins


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My collection of Roman coins.

This small collection too, is quite eclectic as can be seen. It is composed very simply of those coins which have for one or another (or numerous) reason struck my fancy. There are not many Roman Emperors I can say I have any exceptional love & admiration for, but there are some, to be sure.
I am deeply fond of Julian II, as I am Julius Caesar &nd Octavian. I am intrigued greatly by the passionate drama of Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra. There are few men who have ever held great power in history, however, for whom I feel any deeper affection than Marcus Aurelius and Julian II.
Some Emperors have place in my collection for the great enmity which exists in the tension of my consciousness of them those such as Constantine I &nd Theodosius.
Others, like Caracalla, capture my great interest without any attendant love or hatred, and so, they too find a place in my small collection.
Of that itself, I would like only to say that it is my pleasure to be able to share it with the public in such fine manner a pleasure which expresses its boundless thanks to FORVM, for this and many-another kindness shown.

Tia Chrystine

72 files, last one added on Apr 17, 2007

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Last additions - Tiathena's Gallery
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Dolphin * 520-400 B.C. * Cast Bronze * Olbia, Sarmatia74 views
Bronze Dolphin - Olbia

Cast: 520-400 B.C.

Size: 28.20 x 9.345 mm.
Weight: 2.05 gms.

Condition: As shown in the photo. A lovely specimen.

Refs:*
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TiaAug 14, 2008
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Victory | Three Military Standards, COHOR PRAE PHIL * Philippi, Macedonia, Æ19 - 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.286 views
Victory | Three Military Standards * Philippi Commemorative

Obv: Victory, striding left, holding frond in left hand over left shoulder, closed laurel wreath in outstretched right hand: VIC AV[G]
Rev: Three Military Standards: COHOR PRAE PHIL (to left, right and exergue, repectively).

Exergue: PHIL

Mint: Philippi (Mint moving with Octavian and/or Antonius?).
Struck: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.
*(See note below regarding dating)

Size: 19.245 mm.
Weight: 4.31 grm.
Die axis: 180

Condition: Quite fine, considerably better in hand than my best photos can portray.

Refs:*
S 521
BMC 23
RPC 1651
Vagi / CHRE 347

COHOR PRAE PHIL - '(Honoring) the Praetorian Guard of Philippi.'

* This issue may date rather to the reign of Claudius or Nero.
1 commentsTiathenaApr 17, 2007
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Roma | She-wolf with Legendary twins * VRBS ROMA * Thessalonica, Æ3 Follis - 4th C. AD.169 views
Roma | She-wolf & Twins * Thessalonica, Bronze Follis

Obv: Roma helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust, left: VRBS ROMA
Rev: She-wolf standing left, head lowered, looking back & downwards to the twins, Romulus and Remus
suckling below, two stars above.

Exergue: SMTS Ε

Mint: Thessalonica
Struck: 4th C. AD

Size: 17.94 mm.
Weight: 1.57 grm.
Die axis: 0

Condition: Quite fine. As shown in photo which is quite faithful to the coin in hand.

Refs:*
RIC VII 229
(VII 229, Thessalonica)
1 commentsTiathenaApr 17, 2007
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Aegina * Sea-Turtle | Skew-pattern incuse - AR Stater, 480-456 BC.219 views
Aegina * Sea-Turtle | Skew-pattern incuse - Silver Stater

Obv: Sea-turtle.
Rev: Incuse Skew-pattern.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Aegina
Struck: 485-480 BC.

Size: 21.46 x 15.77 mm.
Weight: 11.98 grm.
Die axis: Omni-

Condition: Quite fine. Sea-turtle is missing right hind-leg, but otherwise, Superb relief and wonderful forms in fine style. Good, bright, clear, lustrous silver. Cleaned, without toning.

Refs:*
Sear, GC 1858.
Milbank, 13 (sim.?)
1 commentsTiathenaApr 13, 2007
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Septimius Severus | Apollo - Nikopolis ad Istrum, AE18 - 193-211 AD.96 views
Septimius Severus | Apollo - Nikopolis ad Istrum, AE18

Obv: Laureate head right: AV KAI CE . CEVHPOC
Rev: Apollo (or Bonus Eventus), nude, standing left, holding shallow patera in outstretched right & laurel branch in lowered left hands: NIKOPOΛEITΩN ΠPOC ICTP

Exergue: Blank.

Mint: Nikopolis ad Istrum
Struck: 193-211 AD.

Size: 19.80 x 16.87 mm.
Weight: 2.66 grm.
Die axis: 160

Condition: Very fine for all extant devices, beautiful dark-olive patina. Irregular flan.

Refs:*
Pick, AMNG 1356
2 commentsTiathenaApr 13, 2007
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Divus Augustus | Altar & PROVIDENT * AD. Æ As - 27 BC-14 AD124 views
Divus Augustus | Altar & PROVIDENT * AD. Bronze As.

Obv: Radiate head of Divus Augustus, left-facing: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER
Rev: Altar-enclosure with double panelled doors, closed; uncertain ornaments at the top, PROVIDENT beneath.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 31-37 AD
(Struck under Tiberius)

Size: 29.15 mm.
Weight: 9.71 grm.
Die axis: 180

Condition: Quite worn but with yet clearly visible images both sides; most obverse legend visible & legible, showing: [DIVV]S AVGVSTVS [P]ATER. Some light red-ish encrustration on the upper-right of the obverse, behind top of portrait.

Refs:*
BN, 132
Cohen, 228
RIC I, 81 (Tiberius)
BMCRE, 146 (Tiberius)

AUGUSTUS: Gaius Octavius Thurinus, later Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, was born Sept. 23, 63 BC. After defeating his rivals he is given the title 'Augustus' by which he became known thenceforth.
TiathenaApr 11, 2007
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Caligula | Vesta * Æ As - 37-41 AD.54 views
Caligula Gaius | Vesta, Copper As

Obv: Bare head left: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT
Rev: Vesta seated left holding patera in right hand and scepter in left hand, semi-transverse resting on left shoulder: S-C.

Exergue: None

Mint: Rome
Struck: 37-38 AD

Size: 26.90 grm.
Weight: 10.44 mm.
Die axis: 180

Condition: A well worn coin, far more pleasant to the eye in hand. A challenge to photograph for like impression.

Refs:*
BN, 54
RIC I, 38
Cohen, 27
BMCRE, 46
TiathenaApr 11, 2007
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Nero | Victory * Æ As, 54-68 AD.55 views
Nero | Victory * Copper As

Obv: Laureate head right: NERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP
Rev: Victory standing left holding oval shield inscribed, SPQR: S-C.

Exergue: None

Mint: Rome
Struck: 65 AD.

Size: 27.335
Weight: 10.07 grm.
Die axis: 180

Condition: Well worn all over, but with still vivid images and a lovely medium chocolate patina.

Refs:*
RIC I, 312
BMCRE 241
WCN 285, 290
Cohen 288
BN 399
TiathenaApr 11, 2007
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Hieron II * Poseidon | Trident * Syracuse, Sicily * 274-216 BC. Æ drachm75 views
Hieron II * Poseidon and Trident, Syracuse, Bronze drachm

Obv: Poseidon, bearded and left-facing, diademed, or hair bound with kelp-garland(?), locks hanging lose over ears and neck.
Rev: Ornate Trident centered between two dolphins in upper left and right fields, both vertical and oriented towards the bottom; ornate patterned swirls suggesting waves between central and outermost prongs of the trident, left and right.
Below, ΙΕΡ to the left of the trident staff, and Ω[NΟΣ] to the right.
( Spelling out the name of the issuing King ΙΕΡΩNΟΣ - (Hieron II) ).

Exergue: ΙΕΡΩ[NΟΣ]

Mint: Syracuse
Struck: 274-216 BC.

Size: 21.48 mm x 21.80 mm.
Weight: 8.58 grams
Die axis: ca. 350

Refs:*
Sear, 1223
SNG ANS 998 (var)?
Calciati II pg. 371, 195
SNG Morcom 827 var.
SNG Copenhagen 846 var.
1 commentsTiathenaApr 10, 2007
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Gorgoneion | Bull * Parion, AR Hemidrachm, ca. 350 – 300 B.C.117 views
Gorgoneion | Bull * Parion, Silver Hemidrachm

Obv: Gorgoneion head facing, serpentine hair in decorative coils forming border around the ghastly, archaic face.
Rev: Bull standing left, looking back to right; ΠA above PI below.

Exergue: Blank

Mint: Parion
Struck: ca. 350-300 BC.

Size: 14.25 mm.
Weight: 2.32 grm.
Die axis: 0

Condition: Quite fine & just as shown in the above photograph.

Refs:*
Sear, 3919, pg. 365
B.M.C. 15.95, 14-16
2 commentsTiathenaApr 10, 2007
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Gorgoneion | Anchor - Apollonia Pontica - AR Drachm, 450-400 BC. * Specimen 259 views
Gorgoneion | Anchor - Apollonia Pontica, Thrace: Specimen 2.

Obv: Gorgoneion facing.
Rev: Inverted anchor with crayfish in left field, monogram A in right field.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Apollonia Pontica
Struck: 450-400 BC.

Size: 15.80 x 13.025 mm.
Weight: 3.27 grams
Die axis: 0

Condition: Worn and as shown in photographs, but still remarkable and impressive coin.

Refs:*
Sear, 1655(v)
1 commentsTiathenaApr 10, 2007
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Gorgoneion | Anchor - Apollonia Pontica - AR Drachm, 450-400 BC. * Specimen 169 views
Gorgoneion | Anchor - Apollonia Pontica, Thrace: Specimen 1.

Obv: Gorgoneion facing.
Rev: Inverted anchor with crayfish in left field, monogram A in right field.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Apollonia Pontica
Struck: 450-400 BC.

Size: 16.425 mm.
Weight: 2.79 grams
Die axis: 0

Condition: Worn and as shown in photographs, but still an impressive Gorgoneion.

Refs:*
Sear, 1655(v)
TiathenaApr 10, 2007
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Ariobarzanes III, Eusebes Philoromaios | Athena - Cappadocia, AR Drachm, 52-42 BC.68 views
Ariobarzanes III, Eusebes Philoromaios | Athena - Silver Drachm

Obv: Ariobazarnes' diademed and beardless head, right facing.
Rev: Athena standing left, holding statuette of Nike in extended right, spear and shield in her left hand; star in crescent in inner left field, monogram in inner right; (illegible date in) exergue off flan: BAΣIΛEΩΣ AP[IOBAPZANOY] EYΣ[EBOY KAI ΦIΛOPΩMAIOY], enclosing reverse in square pattern.

Exergue: Off flan: [KAI ΦIΛOPΩMAIOY] and regnal date.

Mint: Mazaka or Eusebeia
Struck: 52-42 BC.

Size: 16.41 mm.
Weight: 3.5 grm.
Die axis: 0

Condition: As shown in photo.

Refs:*
Sear, 7304
Simonetta 3a
BMC Galatia, pg. 42, 4.
TiathenaMar 10, 2007
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Ariobarzanes III, Eusebes Philoromaios | Athena - Cappadocia, AR Drachm, 52-42 BC.50 views
Ariobarzanes III, Eusebes Philoromaios | Athena - Silver Drachm

Obv: Ariobazarnes' diademed and bearded head, right facing.
Rev: Athena standing left, holding statuette of Nike in extended right, spear and shield in her left hand; star in crescent in inner left field, monogram in inner right; (illegible date in) exergue off flan: BAΣIΛEΩΣ APIOBAPZANOY EYΣEB[OY KAI ΦIΛOPΩMAIOY], enclosing reverse in square pattern.

Exergue: Off flan: [KAI ΦIΛOPΩMAIOY] and regnal date.

Mint: Mazaka or Eusebeia
Struck: 52-42 BC.

Size: 16 mm.
Weight: 3.5 grm.
Die axis: 0

Condition: As shown in photo.

Refs:*
Sear, 7304
Simonetta 3a
BMC Galatia, pg. 42, 4.
TiathenaMar 10, 2007
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Miletos - Lion | Ornamental incuse - 1/12th Stater, Ionia, Late 6th Century BC.98 views
Miletos, Ionia - Lion | Ornamental incuse - 1/12th Silver Stater

Obv: Forepart of male lion right, roaring head turned back left, jaws open, lying prone head slightly raised above right forearm and paw.
Rev: Ornamental floral-star pattern in incuse square.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Miletos
Struck: Late 6th C. BC.

Size: 9.57 mm.
Weight: 1.171 grm.
Die axis: Omni-

Condition: Remarkably good. Excellent details in lion's mane. End of nose unfortunately severed off-flan, otherwise, fairly well centered and nicely struck overall. Beautiful details in the floral-stellate pattern of the reverse. Good silver, nicely toned and a wonderful little coin in hand.

Refs:*
Sear, 3532
BMC p. 186, 22 ff.
SNG Kayhan, 476 ff.

Ex-FORVM.
5 commentsTiathenaMar 05, 2007
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Dionysus | Herakles * Thasos, Thrace - AR Tetradrachm, After 148 BC.96 views
Dionysus | Herakles - Silver Tetradrachm.

Obv: Head of Dionysus wreathed in ivy, right-facing, long free-coils of hair falling upon shoulder.
Rev: Herakles, nude, standing facing, head left, holding olive-branch club at rest, draped in lion's skin, left hand resting on hip. M Monogram between right knee and club: HPAKΛEOYΣ, down-vertical in right field - ΘAΣIΩN, horizontal below - ΣΩTHPOΣ, down-vertical in left field.

Exergue: ΘAΣIΩN

Mint: Thasos
Struck: post 148 BC.

Size: 33.62 mm.
Weight: 16.91 grm.
Die axis: 0

Condition: Beautiful overall. Well centered, nicely struck. Bright, clear and lustrous silver, superb devices and legends. Subtle, but distinctive toning.

Refs:*
Sear, GCV, 1759.
2 commentsTiathenaFeb 20, 2007

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Marcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD., Silver Denarius83 views
AR Denarius

Obv: IMP M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG * Bare head, right (handsome portrait)
Rev: CONCORD AVG TR P XVI; Concordia seated left, holding patera in right hand; cornucopia beneath her seat.
COS III in exergue

Mint: Rome
Struck: Dec. 161 to Dec. 162 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.4 grams.
Die axis: 0 degs.

RIC III, 35
Cohen 35
Sear 1408(v)

1 commentsTiathena
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Trajan * "PARTHICO-Felicitas" AD 98-117 * Silver Denarius92 views
"Trajan begins his last campaign, the conquest of Parthia"

Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GER DAC- Laureate bust right, draped.
Rev: PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P SPQR - Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 103-111 AD.

Size: 18.4 mm.
Weight: 3.8 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Beautiful luster, untarnished by the gentle wear.

RIC II, 332, page 268
Cohen 191
BMCRE 626
RSC 191
Sear RCATV (RCV 2000 Edition), #3141
(Van Meter 28/7, VB2)

2 commentsTiathena
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Julia Maesa * Pietas Augusta, Silver Antoninianus 218-223 AD.114 views
"Julia Maesa solemnly vows to take her position as Augusta with respect to Rome."

Obv: IVLIA MAESA AVG - Draped bust, right facing
Rev: PIETAS AVG - Pietas standing left, raising both hands up, grain basket in left arm & hand, to the left at feet, a lit altar

Mint: Rome
Struck: 218-222 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.38 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright luster.

Refs:*
RIC IVii, 266, page 50
Ashmolean collection
SEAR RCV II (2002), #7755, page 631

2 commentsTiathena
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Manuel I * Virgin crowning Emperor, Æ Billon Trachy, 1143-1180 AD.141 views
Manuel I * Virgin crowning Emperor, Billon Trachy

Obv: Bearded Xristos, seated facing on throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, in left hand book of Gospels; to left, IC with bar above and to right XC with bar above. Two stars, one in left and right fields respectively.
Rev: MANα HA ΔεCΠOT (or similar). The Virgin, nimbate to the right of Manuel on left, both standing facing; The Virgin wears pallium and maphorium and with her right hand crowns the emperor, who wears divitision and loros, and holds labarum and gl. cruciger; between the heads, M or MP with bar above; to right V with bar above.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Constantinople
Struck: 1143-1180 AD.

Size: 30 mm.
Weight: 4.03 grams
Die axis: 180

Condition: Worn as evident in photo, but retaining moderately strong images on both sides.

Refs:*
Sear, BCATV, 1966
(Common)

3 commentsTiathena