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As a fairly generalist collector, I decided to attempt to create a comprehensive collection of Elymais coins, with an initial purpose of at least one from each ruler. I find the coins fascinating and quite beautiful, including the ones with degraded reverses and sometimes just dashes. Many are affordable and easy to find. The kingdom is in a geographical region that interests me and is Greek, while having heavy Persian/Parthian/Sassanian influence. Even with a few that will be expensive for my budget, this is a series I feel I will be able to complete at some point. To build the collection, I have bought a few group lots, so I therefore have some duplicates. I find this a fun collecting area and a way to specialize while continuing my overall more general collecting activity.

27 files, last one added on Dec 15, 2022
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Roman Republic


I have very few Roman Republican coins. Will add them as I get them.

4 files, last one added on Jan 10, 2023
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Greek Thessaly


A small collection of bronze coins from Thessaly. Nothing spectacular, but I like the variety of issues.

14 files, last one added on Sep 03, 2022
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Small collection of Byzantine Empire.

5 files, last one added on Sep 07, 2022
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Crusader States


Small collection of Crusader States coins, mainly Principality of Achaea (which combines Crusader and Greek interests in one area), plus my rarest coin in my collection from the Lordship of Tyre. The Crusades has always fascinated me, my "ancestor" who gave me his last name was killed as a Knight Templar at the Battle of Hattin. I say ancestor because he owned the town and that is the origin of both a Scottish Clan and my last name. Real blood ancestor, who knows.

8 files, last one added on Sep 14, 2022
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Afghanistan, Ancient and Medieval


This folder will contain coins from Afghanistan, primarily from the period 500 - 1200 AD. Perhaps I will put Bactrian coins here if and when I get any, but my main interests here are Nezak, Turki, Hindu Shahis, and Ghazanavids as the bridge from ancients through the beginnings of Muslim rule of the area of what is now Afghanistan and Pakistan.

4 files, last one added on Jan 19, 2023
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Greek, Black Sea, Pontos, and Related


I spent almost a year in Sinop, Turkey, hence my interest in the coins of Paphlagonia and Pontos, as well as the rest of Turkey. I have decided to group my Greek Asia Minor coins in logical categories to keep my folder count to a reasonable level. This folder will contain Pontos, Paphlagonia, Bithynia, Galatia, Cappadocia, and perhaps others as they fit, such as Armenia.

24 files, last one added on Jan 20, 2023
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Misc Coins


This gallery I am using for coins that don't easily fit into my main areas of collecting, but I have acquired because of various reasons according to my wide spread interests. This gallery will be will encompass such coins I have from Judea, Seleucid Empire, Egypt, and other places where I only have a few coins and don't plan on expanding these areas into much larger collections. These are amongst the coins I have purchased because I just like the coins themselves or because of getting a good deal or any number of other reasons. I like them all even if I do not intend to pursue more thorough collections in these areas.

7 files, last one added on Jan 30, 2023
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Greek, Pisidia


I will probably add areas to this folder as I get more coins photographed. None of these coins are museum pieces, but are part of my wider Turkish mint collecting area and I, of course, enjoy them. My photography still leaves something to be desired.

5 files, last one added on Jan 19, 2023
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Greek, Thrace and Thracian Islands


Small collection of the coins of Thrace and one of the Thracian Islands

7 files, last one added on Jan 28, 2023
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Last additions - Virgil H's Gallery
British Celts, Iceni (East Anglia), Ecen10 - 43 AD
AR unit 14 mm, 1.279 gams,

O: two crescents back to back, pellets between;

R: Celticized horse right, daisy of pellets above, additional pellets before and below, EDN, ECEN or similar (not fully struck) below

Ref: cf. Cottam ABC 1672, Van Arsdell 734

Notes: aF, scyphate. This was the first coin I ever purchased in "modern" times. it was for my Irish mother-in-law who was from Liverpool and it has returned to me upon her death, She appreciated such gifts of historical significance and there was no doubt who would get it when she passed. I bought my first Alexander the Great coin in this same order. I have come a long way since then in my collecting, but I still love this one and the dealer, Forum Ancient Coins.

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins
2 commentsVirgil HJan 30, 2023
Arados, Phoenicia240n - 237 BC
AE 16 mm, 4.102 grams, 0 degrees

O: Turreted bust of Tech right.

R: Prow of war galley left with figurehead of Athena Promachos fighting no date, AP monogram above.

Ref: Duyrat 1374-1403; BMC Phoenicia p 13, 88-90,; Lindgren III 1334; HGC 10 86.

Notes: VF, nice glossy black patina with red earthen highlighting; obverse edge beveled, tiny edge split. Arados mint.

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins, ex-Errett Bishop collection
1 commentsVirgil HJan 30, 2023
Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt, Time of Cleopatra III and Ptolemy IX to XII116-117 BC (possibly 51 BC)
AE 9 mm, 8.83 grams, 330 degrees
Alexandria mint

O: Diademed head of Zeus Ammon to right, with ram's head over diadem.

R: Two eagles with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, to left, cornucopiae.

Ref: Faber and Lorber Series 9

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins members Auction from Concordia, July 2021
Virgil HJan 30, 2023
Seleucid Empire, Alexander II Zebina128 - 122 BC
AE 21 mm, 8.05 grams, 0 degrees

O: His head right, clad in lion's skin.

R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ / AΛEΞANΔPOY eithEr side of Nike advancing left; HPΔ monogram.

Ref: SG 7128

Notes: f-VF/AF, smooth dark patina with orangish highlighting; strong portrait

Ex-Frank S Robinson Auction 117, 2021
1 commentsVirgil HJan 30, 2023
Seleucid Empire, Antioch's VII Euergetes138 -129 BC
AE 19 mm, 5.22 grams, 45 degrees

O: Winged bust of Eros right, wreathed with myrtle.

R: Headress of Isis; BAΣIΛEΩΣ- / ANTIOXOY on right; EYEPΓETOY on left; monogram in field to left; beneath crescent and Seleucid date

Ref: SG 7098

Ex-Jean Elsen Lot (part of), July 2022
Virgil HJan 30, 2023
Greek, Thasos, Thracian Islands412 - 404 BC
AR Trihemiobol, 13 mm, 0.69 grams, 0 degrees

O: Ithyphallic satyr kneeling left, holding kanthros.

R: Amphora with two handles, θAΣ-IΩN either side.

Ref: Le Rider, Thasos 27; SNG Cop 1029; BMC 53; SG 1755

Notes: F, toned, porus.

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins Members Auction from Moneta, Oct 2021
Virgil HJan 28, 2023
Greek, Thrace, Ainos200 - 100 BC
AE 21 mm, 6.66 grams, 0 degrees

O: Head of Poseidon right, hair bound in Tania, monogram beneath neck.

R: AINION, Hermes standing left by altar, holding purse and caduceus.

Ref: BMC 45; SNG Cop 423

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins Lot (part of)
Virgil HJan 28, 2023
Greek, Thrace, Chersonesos386 - 338 BC
AR hemidrachm, 13.3 mm, 2.373 grams
Cherronesos (Gallipoli peninsula) mint

O: Lion forepart right, head turned back left.

R: Quadripartite incuse with alternating shallow and deeper sunken quarters, palm frond(?) in one sunken quarter, pellet in the opposite sunken quarter

Ref: cf. McClean II 4081; BMC Thrace p. 183, 10; HGC 3.2 1437.

Notes: F, die wear, reverse off center

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins
Virgil HJan 28, 2023
Greek, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos297 - 281 BC
AE 13 mm, 2.733 grams, 180 degrees
Kallatis mint (Mangalia, Romania mint)

O: Head of Herakles right clad in Nemean Lion's scalp headdress.

R: BA“S”I / “L”Y“S”I within a wreath of grain.

Ref: Müller pl. XLII, 14, SNG Cop 1168, SGCV II 6822.

Notes: VF, dark green patina, scratches, earthen deposits

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins
Virgil HJan 28, 2023
Greek, Thrace, Ainos280 - 260 BC
AE 21 mm, 9.19 grams, 180 degrees

O: Head of Hermes right, wearing brimmed petasus with flat top.

R: AINI-ON (ON very small beneath goat), goat standing left

Ref: AMNG II 374

Notes: Rare

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins Lot (part of)
Virgil HJan 28, 2023
Greek, Thrace, Sestos3100 -290 BC
AE 21 mm, 7.434 grams, 0 degrees

O: Female head left, wearing sphendone.

R: ΣA, Demeter seated left os cyst mystic, holding grain ears; herm to left.

Ref: Fritze 1; HGC 3.2 1640.
Virgil HJan 28, 2023
Greek, Thrace, Byzantion387 - 340 BC
AR Hemidrachm, 11.6 mm, 1.967 grams 270 degrees
Byzantion (Istanbul) mint

O: Forepart of cow standing left on dolphin left, right foreleg raised, “BU” above (the first letter is an archaic form of "B" used at Byzantium), monogram under foreleg.

R: Ornamented trident head

Ref: cf. Schönert-Geiss Byzantion 773 ff.; SNG BM 17; SNG Cop 484; BMC Thrace p. 94, 22.

Notes: F, toned, tight flan, edge split, perhaps overstruck.

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins, ex-Errett Bishop Collection
1 commentsVirgil HJan 28, 2023

Random files - Virgil H's Gallery
Kingdom of Bithynia, Prusias II Kynegos182 - 149 BC
AE 29 mm, 11.61 grams, 0 degrees
Denomination A

O: Head of Athena in crested Corinthian helmet left.

R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠΡOYΣIOY left, Nike walking right, holding trophy over left shoulder.

Ref: HGC 7 626; SNG Cop 642, SNGvA 6884; RecGen 28

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins Lot (part of), Nov 2022
Virgil H
Kamnaskires-Orodesearly-mid 2nd cent AD
AE Drachm, 16 mm, 3.21 grams

O: Diademed bust facing forward without tuft of hair on top; Large curly tufts or hair horizontally oriented on sides. Pellet in crescent right of bust with one crossbar on anchor. Pellet border.

R: Irregular dashes, no border

Ref: van't Haalf 12.3.1-1A

Notes: Based on Robert L3's comments, I have changed this one from 12.3.1-1B to 12.3.1-1A. I appreciate his comments, see below:

You’ve got this as a VH 12.3.1-1B. Are you sure there is only a single crossbar on the anchor? Almost looks like there might be a faint remnant of a second crossbar - which, if so, would of course prompt an adjustment to the VH number. Might be worth getting this one under a loupe to check.

I agonized over this one initially. The second crossbar is so faint, I thought maybe it was an artifact or something. This one I am pretty sure has no hair tuft on top and has horizontal hair tufts. Assuming that is correct, it has to be 12.3.1-1B or 12.3.1-1A. I think that you are correct, and it is most likely 1A.

ex- Ex-CNG eAuction 512 Lot 901 (part of)
Virgil H
German States, Duchy of Bavaria-Landshut, Henry XVI the Rich1393 - 1450 A.D.
Silver pfennig, 15.5 mm, 0.52 grams, 45 degrees
Ötting (Altötting, Germany) mint

O: hound left, tree on far side

R: Gothic letter H between two annulets, struck over raised square (quadratum supercusum)

Ref: Wittelsbach 3435

Notes: VF, rare. This is an interesting coin purchased mainly because it has a dog, but also because I have been to Bavaria-Landshut. I also appreciate its technique of manufacture. I find it quite pleasing in hand. Also, it appears that Henry XVI the Rich was not a nice man.

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins Oct 2022; ex-Münzenhandlung Manfred Olding (Osnabrück, Germany)
1 commentsVirgil H

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