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Sources - 03 Attica, Athenian ObolBMC 11: Head, Barclay V. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Atica - Megaris - Aegina. London: Longmans & Co., 1888.
HGC 4: HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
SGCV I: Sear, David. Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. I, Europe: Coins of Spain, Gaul, Italy, Sicily, the Balkan lands, Greece, the Cyclades and Crete; also the Cletic issues of Western and Central Europe. London: Seaby, 1978.
Kroll: Kroll, John H. and Walker, Alan S. The Athenian Agora. Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, vol. XXVI: The Greek Coins. New Jersey: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1993.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Attica - Aegina, Vol. 14. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1944.
SNG München: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Staatliche Münzsammlung München, Attika, Megaris, Ägina, Nr. 1 - 601, Vol. 14. München: Hirmer Verlag, 2002.
Starr: Starr, Chester G. Athenian coinage 480-449 B.C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.
Svornos Athens: Svoronos, John N. Corpus of the Ancient Coins of Athens. Chicago: Ares Publishers Inc., 1975.
2 commentsTracy Aiello01/31/23 at 00:11Jay GT4: Great coin wow
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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 H01/30/23 at 23:44*Alex: Nice back story too Virgil.
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Crusaders, Antioch. Tancred as Regent 1102-1012. First type follisTancred. Regent, 1101-1112. Æ Follis (21mm, 3.18 g, 12h). First type. Nimbate bust of St. Peter facing, holding cross-tipped scepter; O/[Π]Є to right; [(TP)/O/C to left] / +/ KЄ BO/ ΘH TO ΔV/ΛO COV [T/ANHRI/+] across field. Metcalf, Crusades 60; CCS 3a. Earthen black patina. VF.3 commentsLordBest01/30/23 at 19:31Curtis JJ: You've got a great looking St. Peter on this ...
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Sources - 01 Attica, Athenian TetradrachmBMC 11: Head, Barclay V. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Atica - Megaris - Aegina. London: Longmans & Co., 1888.
HGC 4: HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Kroll: Kroll, John H. and Walker, Alan S. The Athenian Agora. Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, vol. XXVI: The Greek Coins. New Jersey: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1993.
SGCV I: Sear, David. Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. I, Europe: Coins of Spain, Gaul, Italy, Sicily, the Balkan lands, Greece, the Cyclades and Crete; also the Celtic issues of Western and Central Europe. London: Seaby, 1978.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Attica - Aegina, Vol. 14. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1944.
SNG München: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Deutschland, Staatliche Münzsammlung München. 14 Heft. Attika, Megaris, Ägina: Nr. 1 - 601. München: Hirmer Verlag, 2002.
Starr: Starr, Chester G. Athenian coinage 480-449 B.C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.
1 commentsTracy Aiello01/30/23 at 19:25quadrans: Great coin Smile, and details,
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Sources - 03 Attica, Athenian ObolBMC 11: Head, Barclay V. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Atica - Megaris - Aegina. London: Longmans & Co., 1888.
HGC 4: HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
SGCV I: Sear, David. Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. I, Europe: Coins of Spain, Gaul, Italy, Sicily, the Balkan lands, Greece, the Cyclades and Crete; also the Cletic issues of Western and Central Europe. London: Seaby, 1978.
Kroll: Kroll, John H. and Walker, Alan S. The Athenian Agora. Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, vol. XXVI: The Greek Coins. New Jersey: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1993.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Attica - Aegina, Vol. 14. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1944.
SNG München: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Staatliche Münzsammlung München, Attika, Megaris, Ägina, Nr. 1 - 601, Vol. 14. München: Hirmer Verlag, 2002.
Starr: Starr, Chester G. Athenian coinage 480-449 B.C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.
Svornos Athens: Svoronos, John N. Corpus of the Ancient Coins of Athens. Chicago: Ares Publishers Inc., 1975.
2 commentsTracy Aiello01/30/23 at 19:24quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 17. Iulia Domna, HrHJ(202) 8.17.48.06 corr. (rev. only) Iulia Domna, AD 193-211
AE 17, 3.31g, 16.62mm, 30°
obv. IOV DOM - CEBACT
Bust, draped, r.
rev. NIKOPOLI PROC ICTRO
Big 8-pointed star
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2021):
rev. No. 8.17.48.6 corr. (same die, writes NIKOPOLITWN)
obv. e.g. No. 8.17.1.5 (same die)
VF, scarce
Pedigree:
ex Gorny&Mosch, Auktion 204, 3.5.12, im Lot 2979
1 commentsJochen01/30/23 at 19:24quadrans: Nice piece.. Smile
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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 H01/30/23 at 19:18quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Crusaders, Antioch. Tancred as Regent 1102-1012. First type follisTancred. Regent, 1101-1112. Æ Follis (21mm, 3.18 g, 12h). First type. Nimbate bust of St. Peter facing, holding cross-tipped scepter; O/[Π]Є to right; [(TP)/O/C to left] / +/ KЄ BO/ ΘH TO ΔV/ΛO COV [T/ANHRI/+] across field. Metcalf, Crusades 60; CCS 3a. Earthen black patina. VF.3 commentsLordBest01/30/23 at 19:17quadrans: Nice piece.. Smile
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031. Orbiana, 225-227. AR Denarius. Rome mint.Sallustia Barbia Orbiana 225-227. AR Denarius. Rome mint. 2.83g.
Obv: SALL BARBIA ORBIANA AVG, diademed and draped bust right.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia seated left, holding patera and cornucopiae.
RIC 319
5 commentsLordBest01/30/23 at 19:17quadrans: Great coin Smile, and details,
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00001 Larissa Profile Left, Jason’s Sandal RightThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Archaic representation of Larissa in profile to the l. All within a border of dots.
Rev: Jason’s sandal to the r., Λ - Α above. All within incuse square.
Denomination: silver obol; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 500 - 479 BC; Weight: .65g; Diameter: 10mm: Die axis: 210º; References, for example: Weber 2826, pl. 109; Herrmann Group 1 Obolen; SNG Cop 90; BCD Thessaly I 1098 (this coin); HGC 4, 404.

Provenance: Ex. Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 133 Lot 53 21 Nov 2022, from the collection of “A Man In Love With Art.”; Ex. BCD Thessaly Nomos AG Auction 4 Lot 1098 May 10, 2011.

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4 commentsTracy Aiello01/30/23 at 19:16quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..Smile
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Elymais - Phraates, Eagle, Van't Haaff Type 14.2, Subtype 1-3a - Plate CoinKingdom of Elymais
Phraates
Early-Mid 2nd Cent AD
Æ Drachm
Obv.: Facing Bust in Tiara with left & right Pellets in Crescent; 1 Crossbar
Rev.: Eagle with spread wings ;Talons foreward
Æ, 3.41 g, 15 mm
Ref.: Van't Haaff Type 14.2, Subtype 1-3a THIS COIN
Ex Van't Haaff Collection
1 commentsshanxi01/30/23 at 14:55Robert L3: Outstanding for the type.
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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 H01/30/23 at 14:43Tracy Aiello: Great patina on this one.
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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 H01/30/23 at 13:51Curtis JJ: Beauty!
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RIC 486 DomitianÆ As, 9.98g
Rome mint, 86 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: FIDEI PVBLICAE; S C in field; Fides stg. r., with corn ears and plate of fruits
RIC 486 (C2). BMC 385. BNC 415.
Acquired from Ken Dorney, January 2023.

Fides holding a plate of fruits was a recurring type under Domitian until 88. It copies a similar reverse struck for Vespasian and must have held some special meaning to Domitian. H Mattingly in BMCRE II (p. xci) speculated on the importance of Fides to Domitian: 'The word 'Fides' has a wide scope and includes the ideas that we express by the words "loyalty", "integrity", "honour". Probably "credit", in a wide sense, is the nearest English equivalent. If, as seems probable, the type is closely associated with the Emperor's activities as censor, we can at once understand its popularity under Domitian. The censorship of Domitian is usually represented as a device to secure control of the composition of the senate. But this was only part of its significance. Domitian was simply carrying on from his father Vespasian the policy of close attention to the business affairs of the state and, in making himself censor for life, he was offending susceptibilities rather than serious interests. In view of the care of Domitian for the Italian land we can perhaps explain the 'agricultural' attributes of "Fides". It appears certain that the Flavians developed a financial policy of great importance, of which only the barest hints have come down to us. The fact that a festival of Fides fell on the first day of October, the month which was rechristened "Domitianus" in A.D. 84, lends further appropriateness to the type.'
1 commentsDavid Atherton01/30/23 at 05:13Jay GT4: What a fantastic piece!
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04 Attica, Athenian HemiobolObv: Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet with three olive leaves, frontal eye.
Rev: Owl standing r., tail feathers as a single prong, head facing, olive leaf to l., A☉E at 90º and downward to the r., all within incuse square.
Denomination: silver hemiobol; Mint: Athens; Date: 454 - 404 BC: Weight: .35g; Diameter: 6mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: Starr Group V Subgroup V. B. Series 5 pl. XXIV, z [?]; Svoronos Athens pl. 11, 50; Kroll 14; HGC 4, 1681.

Provenance: Ex. Shanna Schmidt Numismatics January 8, 2023 from the J. de Wilde Collection; Ex. Herbert Cahn Collection (Numismatica Genevensis SA Numismatic Auction 7, 27 November 2012), lot 103 (part of).

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4 commentsTracy Aiello01/30/23 at 02:49Jay GT4: Fantastic fraction!!
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00041 Hero Wrestling Bull Protome Facing Left and Bridled Horse Facing RightThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: bull head and neck l., head turned to face the viewer, on the r. and behind half figure of the hero Thessalos to l. with r. arm over the bull’s neck and l. hand below the bull’s muzzle. All within border of dots.
Rev: ΑΛ r. and upwards, head and neck of bridled horse r. All within incuse square.
Denomination: silver obol; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 460 - 440 BC; Weight: 1.03g; Diameter: 10.5mm: Die axis: 270º; References, for example: Liampi Corpus p. 102 no. 4b (V3-R3) for weight and die axis, pl. 4, 8 for depiction; SNG München 43; BCD Thessaly II 353.2; HGC 4 479.

Provenance: Ex CGB Numismatics January 2, 2023.

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4 commentsTracy Aiello01/30/23 at 02:49Jay GT4: Very cool
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04 Attica, Athenian HemiobolObv: Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet with three olive leaves, frontal eye.
Rev: Owl standing r., tail feathers as a single prong, head facing, olive leaf to l., A☉E at 90º and downward to the r., all within incuse square.
Denomination: silver hemiobol; Mint: Athens; Date: 454 - 404 BC: Weight: .35g; Diameter: 6mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: Starr Group V Subgroup V. B. Series 5 pl. XXIV, z [?]; Svoronos Athens pl. 11, 50; Kroll 14; HGC 4, 1681.

Provenance: Ex. Shanna Schmidt Numismatics January 8, 2023 from the J. de Wilde Collection; Ex. Herbert Cahn Collection (Numismatica Genevensis SA Numismatic Auction 7, 27 November 2012), lot 103 (part of).

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4 commentsTracy Aiello01/30/23 at 00:52Virgil H: Very nice
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00041 Hero Wrestling Bull Protome Facing Left and Bridled Horse Facing RightThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: bull head and neck l., head turned to face the viewer, on the r. and behind half figure of the hero Thessalos to l. with r. arm over the bull’s neck and l. hand below the bull’s muzzle. All within border of dots.
Rev: ΑΛ r. and upwards, head and neck of bridled horse r. All within incuse square.
Denomination: silver obol; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 460 - 440 BC; Weight: 1.03g; Diameter: 10.5mm: Die axis: 270º; References, for example: Liampi Corpus p. 102 no. 4b (V3-R3) for weight and die axis, pl. 4, 8 for depiction; SNG München 43; BCD Thessaly II 353.2; HGC 4 479.

Provenance: Ex CGB Numismatics January 2, 2023.

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4 commentsTracy Aiello01/30/23 at 00:51Virgil H: Amazing coin!
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04 Attica, Athenian HemiobolObv: Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet with three olive leaves, frontal eye.
Rev: Owl standing r., tail feathers as a single prong, head facing, olive leaf to l., A☉E at 90º and downward to the r., all within incuse square.
Denomination: silver hemiobol; Mint: Athens; Date: 454 - 404 BC: Weight: .35g; Diameter: 6mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: Starr Group V Subgroup V. B. Series 5 pl. XXIV, z [?]; Svoronos Athens pl. 11, 50; Kroll 14; HGC 4, 1681.

Provenance: Ex. Shanna Schmidt Numismatics January 8, 2023 from the J. de Wilde Collection; Ex. Herbert Cahn Collection (Numismatica Genevensis SA Numismatic Auction 7, 27 November 2012), lot 103 (part of).

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4 commentsTracy Aiello01/30/23 at 00:27Curtis JJ: Very nice -- H.A. Cahn had a great collection of A...
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00041 Hero Wrestling Bull Protome Facing Left and Bridled Horse Facing RightThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: bull head and neck l., head turned to face the viewer, on the r. and behind half figure of the hero Thessalos to l. with r. arm over the bull’s neck and l. hand below the bull’s muzzle. All within border of dots.
Rev: ΑΛ r. and upwards, head and neck of bridled horse r. All within incuse square.
Denomination: silver obol; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 460 - 440 BC; Weight: 1.03g; Diameter: 10.5mm: Die axis: 270º; References, for example: Liampi Corpus p. 102 no. 4b (V3-R3) for weight and die axis, pl. 4, 8 for depiction; SNG München 43; BCD Thessaly II 353.2; HGC 4 479.

Provenance: Ex CGB Numismatics January 2, 2023.

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4 commentsTracy Aiello01/30/23 at 00:26Curtis JJ: Great coin! I love the Taurokathapsia scene on the...
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04 Attica, Athenian HemiobolObv: Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet with three olive leaves, frontal eye.
Rev: Owl standing r., tail feathers as a single prong, head facing, olive leaf to l., A☉E at 90º and downward to the r., all within incuse square.
Denomination: silver hemiobol; Mint: Athens; Date: 454 - 404 BC: Weight: .35g; Diameter: 6mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: Starr Group V Subgroup V. B. Series 5 pl. XXIV, z [?]; Svoronos Athens pl. 11, 50; Kroll 14; HGC 4, 1681.

Provenance: Ex. Shanna Schmidt Numismatics January 8, 2023 from the J. de Wilde Collection; Ex. Herbert Cahn Collection (Numismatica Genevensis SA Numismatic Auction 7, 27 November 2012), lot 103 (part of).

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4 commentsTracy Aiello01/29/23 at 23:36arizonarobin: lovely little owl!
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00041 Hero Wrestling Bull Protome Facing Left and Bridled Horse Facing RightThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: bull head and neck l., head turned to face the viewer, on the r. and behind half figure of the hero Thessalos to l. with r. arm over the bull’s neck and l. hand below the bull’s muzzle. All within border of dots.
Rev: ΑΛ r. and upwards, head and neck of bridled horse r. All within incuse square.
Denomination: silver obol; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 460 - 440 BC; Weight: 1.03g; Diameter: 10.5mm: Die axis: 270º; References, for example: Liampi Corpus p. 102 no. 4b (V3-R3) for weight and die axis, pl. 4, 8 for depiction; SNG München 43; BCD Thessaly II 353.2; HGC 4 479.

Provenance: Ex CGB Numismatics January 2, 2023.

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4 commentsTracy Aiello01/29/23 at 23:35arizonarobin: beautiful coin, love the reverse horse head
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109 Vabalathus (271-272 A.D.), T-3103 (Estiot), RIC V-I 381, Antioch, AE-Antoninianus, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, -/-//B, Bust-D2, Bust of Aurelianus right, #03109 Vabalathus (271-272 A.D.), T-3103 (Estiot), RIC V-I 381, Antioch, AE-Antoninianus, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, -/-//B, Bust-D2, Bust of Aurelianus right, #03
avers: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Bust, laureate and diademed, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, seen from the rear, right. (D2 diademed).
reverse: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated and cuirassed bust of Aurelianus right. (B1).
exergue: -/-//B, diameter: 19,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,27g, axes: 6h,
mint: Antioch, off-2, iss-1, date: 270-272 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 381, T-3103 (Estiot),
Q-003
1 commentsquadrans01/29/23 at 23:00Curtis JJ: Nice one, I like this type
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109 Vabalathus (271-272 A.D.), T-3105 (Estiot), RIC V-I 381, Antioch, AE-Antoninianus, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, -/-//Γ, Bust-D2, Bust of Aurelianus right, #01109 Vabalathus (271-272 A.D.), T-3105 (Estiot), RIC V-I 381, Antioch, AE-Antoninianus, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, -/-//Γ, Bust-D2, Bust of Aurelianus right, #01
avers: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Bust, laureate and diademed, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, seen from the rear, right. (D2 diademed).
reverse: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated and cuirassed bust of Aurelianus right. (B1).
exergue: -/-//Γ, diameter: 20,0-22,5mm, weight: 4,04g, axes: 6h,
mint: Antioch, off-3, iss-1, date: 270-272 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 381, T-3105 (Estiot),
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/29/23 at 22:58*Alex: Nice example.
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Thrace, Istros, Heads, DolphinIstros
Circa 4th century BC
AR Drachm
Obv:: Facing male heads, the left inverted
Rev.: ΙΣΤΡΙΗ, sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin with talons; AΠ monogram below.
Ref.: AMNG I 417; SNG BM Black Sea 246
1 commentsshanxi01/29/23 at 18:25Jay GT4: Wonderful
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10Carausius 287-93 AD
AE antoninianus
Obv "IMP CARAVSIVS PF AVG"
Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right
Rev "ADVENTVS AVG"
Carausius on horseback left, captive at feet
London mint
-/-//ML
RIC 10
2 commentsmauseus01/29/23 at 14:13*Alex: Wow. Superb coin.
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Probus Fides Militum - Ticinum 0101Date : 278
Mint : Ticinum
Emission : 4
Officine : 6
Titulature : IMP C PROBVS AVG CONS II
Légende : FIDES MILIT
Buste ? : H2
N° RIC : 367

A/ IMP C PROBVS AVG CONS II Radiate bust of Probus to the left seen from 3/4 forward, wearing the consular mantle and holding a short scepter surmounted by an eagle (Scipio). (Bastien bust code: H2)

R/ FIDES MILIT /-//VIXXT, Em. 4, 6th off., (Fides) standing on the left between two military ensigns. (Type A)
1 commentsSoli I01/29/23 at 10:34Noviomagus: Nice portrait.
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Macedonia, Time of Alexander I, AR Hemiobol, struck 470 - 460 BC at Argilos in MacedoniaObverse: No legend. Forepart of Pegasos facing left.
Reverse: No legend. Quadripartite granulated incuse square.
Diameter: 8.78mm | Weight: 0.20gms | Die Axis: Uncertain
Liampi 118 | SNG - | GCV -
Rare

Argilos was a city of ancient Macedonia founded by a colony of Greeks from Andros. Although little information is known about the city until about 480 BC, the literary tradition dates the foundation to around 655/654 BC which makes Argilos the earliest Greek colony on the Thracian coast. It appears from Herodotus to have been a little to the right of the route the army of Xerxes I took during its invasion of Greece in 480 BC in the Greco-Persian Wars. Its territory must have extended as far as the right bank of the Strymona, since the mountain of Kerdylion belonged to the city.
Argilos benefited from the trading activities along the Strymona and probably also from the gold mines of the Pangeion. Ancient authors rarely mention the site, but nevertheless shed some light on the important periods of its history. In the last quarter of the 6th century BC, Argilos founded two colonies, Tragilos, in the Thracian heartland, and Kerdilion, a few kilometers to the east of the city.
Alexander I was the ruler of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia from c.498 BC until his death in 454 BC. Alexander came to the throne during the era of the kingdom's vassalage to Persia, dating back to the time of his father, Amyntas I. Although Macedonia retained a broad scope of autonomy, in 492 BC it was made a fully subordinate part of the Persian Empire. Alexander I acted as a representative of the Persian governor Mardonius during peace negotiations after the Persian defeat at the Battle of Salamis in 480 BC. From the time of Mardonius' conquest of Macedonia, Herodotus disparagingly refers to Alexander I as “hyparchos”, meaning viceroy. However, despite his cooperation with Persia, Alexander frequently gave supplies and advice to the Greek city states, and warned them of the Persian plans before the Battle of Plataea in 479 BC. After their defeat at Plataea, when the Persian army under the command of Artabazus tried to retreat all the way back to Asia Minor, most of the 43,000 survivors of the battle were attacked and killed by the forces of Alexander at the estuary of the Strymona river.
Alexander regained Macedonian independence after the end of the Persian Wars and was given the title "philhellene" by the Athenians, a title used for Greek patriots.
After the Persian defeat, Argilos became a member of the first Athenian confederation but the foundation of Amphipolis in 437 BC, which took control of the trade along the Strymona, brought an end to this. Thucydides tells us that some Argilians took part in this foundation but that the relations between the two cities quickly deteriorated and, during the Peloponnesian war, the Argilians joined with the Spartan general Brasidas to attack Amphipolis. An inscription from the temple of Asklepios in Epidauros attests that Argilos was an independent city during the 4th century.
Like other colonies in the area, Argilos was conquered by the Macedonian king Philip II in 357 B.C. Historians believe that the city was then abandoned and, though excavations have brought to light an important agricultural settlement on the acropolis dated to the years 350-200 BC, no Roman or Byzantine ruins have been uncovered there.
1 comments*Alex01/29/23 at 05:26arizonarobin: lovely little coin!
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RIC 981Vespasian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 77-78. CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head to left / Modius standing on three legs, five corn ears standing upright, two hanging over sides; IMP-XIX across fields. RIC II.1 981; BMCRE 218; RSC 215. 3.01g, 19mm, 6h.

Very fine with minor defect on reverse.
1 commentsRussell K201/29/23 at 01:25Jay GT4: Nice older looking portrait
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11.12. Kálmán., (Koloman the Bibliophile) King of Hungary, (1095-1116 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 11.12./a1.09./10., H--, CNH I.--, U--, #0111.12. Kálmán., (Koloman the Bibliophile) King of Hungary, (1095-1116 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 11.12./a1.09./10., H--, CNH I.--, U--, #01
avers: +CALMAN REX, cross between two vertical lines amongst four dots in quadrilobe, the border of dots.
reverse: +LADLAVS RE/+LADLAVSE or illegible legend, cross in a circle with wedges in the angles, border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 9,5-10,0 mm, weight: 0,30 g, axis:7h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár--, CNH I.--, Unger--,
Tóth-Kiss-Fekete: CÁC I.(Catalog of Árpadian Coinage I./Opitz I.), Privy-Mark/Szigla: 11.12./a1.09./10.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/29/23 at 01:14Stkp: very nice
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10.04. László I., "St. Ladislaus !", King of Hungary, (1077-1095 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 10.04./a1.02./03., H-024, CNH I.-028, U-017, #0110.04. László I., "St. Ladislaus !", King of Hungary, (1077-1095 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 10.04./a1.02./03., H-024, CNH I.-028, U-017, #01
avers: +LADIꙄLAVꙄ RE, Crowned bust facing in a circle of dots; border of crescents.
reverse: +LADISLAVS RE +, Cross in a circle; line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 15,5mm, weight: 0,52 g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-024, CNH I.-028, Unger-017,
Tóth-Kiss-Fekete: CÁC I.(Catalog of Árpadian Coinage I./Opitz I.), Privy-Mark/Szigla: 10.04./a1.02./03.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/29/23 at 01:13Stkp: excellent reverse
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10Carausius 287-93 AD
AE antoninianus
Obv "IMP CARAVSIVS PF AVG"
Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right
Rev "ADVENTVS AVG"
Carausius on horseback left, captive at feet
London mint
-/-//ML
RIC 10
2 commentsmauseus01/29/23 at 00:24Jay GT4: Great reverse type
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1st Century BC - 1st Century CE, IRON AGE BRITAIN, Tribe: Trinovantes, AE Unit, Struck c.10 BC – 10 CE in Camulodunum(?) in Essex under DubnovellaunusObverse: Head facing right, hair(?) lines on head divided by clear centre parting.
Reverse: Horse prancing left; complex pellets and circles above and below.
Diameter: 13.5mm | Weight: 1.61gms | Axis: 3h
SPINK: -- | BMC -- | ABC 2413
VERY RARE

Very rare uninscribed bronze unit of Dubnovellaunus found in Essex. The type is designated as a “Dubnovellaunus Centre Parting” bronze unit in ABC (Ancient British Coins), and to date (January, 2023) it is unlisted in any other major reference works.

CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW FOR INFO ON DUBNOVELLAUNUS AND THE TRINOVANTES

1 comments*Alex01/28/23 at 19:12quadrans: wow, great coin,
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CT 7.03.040 (same dies); RIC VI 174 cor.Constantine I BI Nummus. London, c. AD 311-312. CONSTANTINVS P AVG, laureate, helmeted and trabeate bust left, holding globe surmounted by Victory / COMITI AVGG NN, Sol standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, holding globe in right hand and whip in left; star in right field, PLN in exergue. 4.65g, 23mm, 5h.

Ex Paul DiMarzio Collection (CNG Feature Auction 121, 7th October 2022, Lot 971).
Ex Paul Munro-Walker Collection (Roma Numismatics Auction XIII, 23rd March 2017, Lot 1269).

CT Rarity: RRR (one of four known examples, all struck from the same dies).
3 commentsPaulus J01/28/23 at 16:39Paulus J: Thanks for your comments
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074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0021, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//UI, SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left, #1074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0021, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//UI, SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left, #1
avers: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left.
exergue: -/-//UI, diameter: 21,5-22,5mm, weight: 4,55g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 248 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 021, p-70, RSC-189, Sear 2572,
Q-001
This was minted to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome, which was celebrated on April 21st, A.D. 248.
4 commentsquadrans01/28/23 at 15:25*Alex: Great coin.
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081 Herennius Etruscus (251 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 138, Rome, CONCORDIA AVG G, Rare!, #1081 Herennius Etruscus (251 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 138, Rome, CONCORDIA AVG G, Rare!, #1
avers: Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, Radiate, draped bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIA AVG G, Hands, in a handshake.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,5-23,5mm, weight: 3,94g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 250 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 138, RSC-4,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans01/28/23 at 10:44Curtis JJ: Great coin! The hands are really well done on this...
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074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0015, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//II, SAECVLARES AVG G, She-wolf, Romulus and Remus, #1074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0015, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//II, SAECVLARES AVG G, She-wolf, Romulus and Remus, #1
avers: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: SAECVLARES AVG G, She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus.
exergue: -/-//II, diameter: 21,5-24,5 mm, weight: 4,21g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 248 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 015, p-70, RSC-178, Sear 2570,
Q-001
This was minted to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome, which was celebrated on April 21st, A.D. 248.
3 commentsquadrans01/28/23 at 10:43Curtis JJ: Nice one!
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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 H01/28/23 at 08:08quadrans: Nice piece.. Smile
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074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0021, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//UI, SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left, #1074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0021, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//UI, SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left, #1
avers: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left.
exergue: -/-//UI, diameter: 21,5-22,5mm, weight: 4,55g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 248 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 021, p-70, RSC-189, Sear 2572,
Q-001
This was minted to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome, which was celebrated on April 21st, A.D. 248.
4 commentsquadrans01/27/23 at 23:02arizonarobin: What a lovely coin, I love the antelope!
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074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0015, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//II, SAECVLARES AVG G, She-wolf, Romulus and Remus, #1074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0015, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//II, SAECVLARES AVG G, She-wolf, Romulus and Remus, #1
avers: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: SAECVLARES AVG G, She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus.
exergue: -/-//II, diameter: 21,5-24,5 mm, weight: 4,21g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 248 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 015, p-70, RSC-178, Sear 2570,
Q-001
This was minted to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome, which was celebrated on April 21st, A.D. 248.
3 commentsquadrans01/27/23 at 23:02arizonarobin: beautiful wolf and twins!
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074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0015, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//II, SAECVLARES AVG G, She-wolf, Romulus and Remus, #1074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0015, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//II, SAECVLARES AVG G, She-wolf, Romulus and Remus, #1
avers: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: SAECVLARES AVG G, She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus.
exergue: -/-//II, diameter: 21,5-24,5 mm, weight: 4,21g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 248 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 015, p-70, RSC-178, Sear 2570,
Q-001
This was minted to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome, which was celebrated on April 21st, A.D. 248.
3 commentsquadrans01/27/23 at 20:31Virgil H: Love the wolf and twins
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074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0021, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//UI, SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left, #1074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0021, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//UI, SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left, #1
avers: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left.
exergue: -/-//UI, diameter: 21,5-22,5mm, weight: 4,55g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 248 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 021, p-70, RSC-189, Sear 2572,
Q-001
This was minted to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome, which was celebrated on April 21st, A.D. 248.
4 commentsquadrans01/27/23 at 20:30Virgil H: Beautiful, love the antelope, too and nice portrai...
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BCC BW25 Bronze Islamic Weight 1/6 DirhamIslamic Bronze Weight
Caesarea Maritima 1/6 Dirhem
7th-12th Century CE
Obv: Incomplete Arabic Kufic
inscription in two lines: عبدالله ('abd allah also
Abdullah), commonly used as a proper name
and as an epithet for the Caliphs (servant of God).
Rev: Blank. Flat, nearly rectangular brick-
shaped slab, cut from a sheet of metal and
stamped in relief.
AE 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.75mm. Wt: 0.48gm.
cf. Holland, W.W.O.C.M., ch.8. #143
and cf. Holland, "ANSMN 31 (1986)"
#399, 431, 471.
Surface find Caesarea Maritima, 1973
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
1 commentsv-drome01/27/23 at 19:03v-drome: Thanks to Ginolerhino for help with this reading!
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074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0021, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//UI, SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left, #1074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0021, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, -/-//UI, SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left, #1
avers: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: SAECVLARES AVG G, Antelope walking left.
exergue: -/-//UI, diameter: 21,5-22,5mm, weight: 4,55g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 248 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 021, p-70, RSC-189, Sear 2572,
Q-001
This was minted to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Rome, which was celebrated on April 21st, A.D. 248.
4 commentsquadrans01/27/23 at 18:52Tracy Aiello: Great Coin, Joe. Love that antelope.
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Tulunid: Harun bin Khumarwayh (283-292 AH) AV Dinar, Misr, 289 AH (Album 667.1)Obv: لا اله الا / الله وحده / لا شريك له (There is no God but Allah alone, he has no partner)
Obv Inner Margin: بسم الله ضرب هذا الدينار في مصر سنة مائتين وتسع وثمانين (In the name of God, this dinar was struck in Egypt in the year two hundred and eighty-nine)
Obv Outer Margin: لله الأمر من قبل و من بعد ويومئذ يفرح المؤمنون بنصر الله (To God belongs the command before and after. And that day the believers will rejoice in the victory of God (Quran 30:4-5))
Rev: لله / محمد رسول الله / المعتمد على الله / هارون بن خمارويه (To God / Muhammad is the Messenger of God / al-Mu'tamid 'ala Allah / Harun ibn Khumarwayh)
Rev Margin: محمد رسول الله ارسله بالهدى و دين الحق ليظهره على الدين كله ولو كره المشركون (Muhammad is the messenger of God. He sent him with guidance and the true religion to reveal it to all religions even if the polytheists abhor it.)
Dim: 4.13g
1 commentsQuant.Geek01/27/23 at 07:20v-drome: These are so beautiful!
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Cilicia, Coropissus. Lucius Verus Æ29Obv: ΑVΤΟ ΚΑΙϹ?Α?[ ]Λ ΑVΡΗ ΟV[; laureate head of Lucius Verus with traces of drapery, r.
Rev: ΚΟΡΟΠΙϹϹƐⲰΝ ΚΗΤⲰΝ Μ[; Zeus standing, l., holding patera over eagle and long sceptre.
2 commentsancientone01/27/23 at 07:09quadrans: Nice 👍
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Byzantine Empire: Justinian I (527-565) Æ Follis, Nicomedia, RY 15 (Sear 201; DOC 135b; MIBE 113a)Obv: D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG; Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and shield; cross to right
Rev: Large M, above, cross; to left A/N/N/O; to right X/Ч;below A; NIKO in exergue
Dim: 41.19 mm, 22.92 g, 6 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek01/27/23 at 05:51Curtis JJ: Wow that's a heck of a NIKO - Year 15 Follis!...
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Septimius Severus Denarius RIC IVa 499Septimius Severus AR denarius

3.84g, 19.2mm, 180 degrees, Laodicea mint, 198 CE

Attribution: RIC IVa 499. Cohen 695. BMCRE V 625.

O: L SEP SEVERVS PER AVG P M IMP XI, laureate head right.

R: VICT AVG COS II P P, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm branch.

18 examples in Reka Devnia, Mouchmov P.103.

Ex-Incitatus Coins, Dec 2022.
3 commentsRon C201/27/23 at 01:08Serendipity: Very impressive portrait and reverse!
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A ROMAN SARDONYX CAMEO OF MEDUSAA ROMAN SARDONYX CAMEO OF MEDUSA
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Cameo size : 4.5 cm length/ 3.5 cm width.
One of the most beautiful cameos of Medusa ever crafted and ever found
The collection of Mr B Mazeh .
2 commentsBrahim M01/26/23 at 23:30Serendipity: Amazing Roman cameo!
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A ROMAN SARDONYX CAMEO OF MEDUSAA ROMAN SARDONYX CAMEO OF MEDUSA
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Cameo size : 4.5 cm length/ 3.5 cm width.
One of the most beautiful cameos of Medusa ever crafted and ever found
The collection of Mr B Mazeh .
2 commentsBrahim M01/26/23 at 19:18Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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Constantine VIII Histamenon SBCV 1815Constantine VIII, Gold histamenon nomisma, Constantinople, 1025 - 1028 AD, 4.39g, 24.3mm, DOC III-2 2.1 var. (serifs on cross); Füeg II 2.A.8; Morrisson BnF 42/Cp/AV/01-04 var. (no pellet); Wroth BMC 3 var. (same); S
SBCV 1815, NGC Ch XF, strike 5/5, surface 2/5,
OBV: + IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM, bearded bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with straight arms and crescents in upper quarters, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction,
Gospels in left, triple border;
REV: + CWnStAntIn bASILEhS ROM, bust facing, with long beard, wearing crown and loros, labarum in left hand with pellet on shaft, akakia in right hand, triple border;
EX: Forvm Ancient Coins

NGC Lookup: https://www.ngccoin.com/certlookup/6134583-003/NGCAncients/
Constantine VIII was crowned emperor when he was an infant; however, for his first 63 years of "rule" he was a junior emperor and rarely played even a minor role in state affairs.
He spent his life in search of pleasure and entertainment, including spectator sports at the Hippodrome, feasting, riding and hunting. After his brother Basil II died,
Constantine was sole emperor for nearly the last three years of his life. He carried on as he always had, enjoying life and avoiding state business as much as possible.
Ineffective and cruel, he allegedly ordered the execution or mutilation of hundreds of innocent men.
5 commentsSRukke01/26/23 at 16:50Curtis JJ: Ohhh, so YOU got this one! Beautiful.
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Egypt, Alexandria, AD 096/097, NervaNerva
Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachm
Obv.: AVT NEPOVAΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, Laureate bust right.
Rev.: L - A=year 1 (96/97), Alexandria with elephant headdress
Billon, 12.43g, 26mm.
Ref.: Dattari 630, Kampmann/Ganschow 26.3
2 commentsshanxi01/26/23 at 16:49Curtis JJ: Oh that's a great Alexandrian tet! I love it
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132 - Probus - RIC 160 - Bust type F (Rome) (RS)Obv:– IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– ADVENTVS PROBI AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive
Minted in Rome (RS in exe) Emission 2 Officina 6. A.D. 277
Reference(s) – RIC 160 Bust Type F

Weight 4.30g. Maximum diameter 24.55 mm. Die orientation 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm01/26/23 at 16:48Curtis JJ: Great bust! What I like best: Probus introduced ca...
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JUSTINIAN I, AR 250 Nummi, struck 540 - 542 at RavennaObverse: D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG. Diademed bust of Justinian I, wearing imperial mantle, facing right.
Reverse: Large CN (= 250 Nummi) within wreath.
Diameter: 14mm | Weight: 1.07gms | Die Axis: 6
SBCV: 313 | DOC: 334a
RARE

The Ravenna mint was active from the conquest of the city by Belisarius in 540 until the fall of the Exarchate of Ravenna to the Lombards in 751.
3 comments*Alex01/26/23 at 16:43Curtis JJ: That's a beautiful specimen for this type
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Greek Coins. Cleopatra VII, 51 – 30. Drachm Alexandria circa 50-40, Æ 12.87 g. Diademed and draped bust r. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ – ΚΛΕOΠΑΤΡΑΣ Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt; cornucopia in l. field, M in r. field
Very rare and in exceptional condition for the issue.
3 commentsBrahim M01/26/23 at 16:41Curtis JJ: Great specimen! A lot of them are "strengthened," ...
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001n2. FulviaAR Quinarius. 43 BC. Lugdunum Mint. Obv: III VIR R P C, bust of Victory right with the probable likeness of Fulvia
Rev: Lion right between A and XLI; ANTONI above, IMP in ex. Cr489/6; Sy 1163.

NOTE: Although the portrait is not absolutely confirmed as being Fulvia, it is very similar to those of other provincial coins that are attributed to her.
1 commentslawrence c01/26/23 at 16:39Curtis JJ: I agree that it's a "disguised portrait" of F...
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010a2. VitelliusDenarius. Obv: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP TR P, laureate head right.
Rev: XV VIR SACR FAC, tripod lebes surmounted by dolphin, raven standing right beneath. RIC 86, RSC 114.

NOTE: Emperor 2 January -- 20 December 69. Well connected politically. While commander in Germania, troops proclaimed him emperor. Beat Otho in battle for the throne. On approach of Vespasian, he was killed by a mob.
2 commentslawrence c01/26/23 at 16:35Curtis JJ: Good one, I still need a Vitellius. Interesting mo...
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Cilicia, Coropissus. Lucius Verus Æ29Obv: ΑVΤΟ ΚΑΙϹ?Α?[ ]Λ ΑVΡΗ ΟV[; laureate head of Lucius Verus with traces of drapery, r.
Rev: ΚΟΡΟΠΙϹϹƐⲰΝ ΚΗΤⲰΝ Μ[; Zeus standing, l., holding patera over eagle and long sceptre.
2 commentsancientone01/26/23 at 16:33Curtis JJ: Very interesting style! Cool coin from a rare mint...
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RIC 1569 VespasianÆ Quadrans, 2.86g
Rome mint, 74 AD
Obv: IMP VESP AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: P M TR POT P P; Winged caduceus
RIC 1569 (R). BMC 880. BNC 894. RPC 1989 (4 spec.).
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, January 2023.

An extremely rare orichalcum quadrans struck for Vespasian in 74. Traditionally the issue has been attributed to various Eastern mints, however, recent scholarship has shown that it was produced in Rome. Style, die axis, metal, and circulation pattern all point to a Western coinage, despite the 'Eastern' flavour of the reverse designs. T. Buttrey in the RIC II.1 Addenda wrote: 'There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage'.
2 commentsDavid Atherton01/26/23 at 16:29Curtis JJ: Very cool type! I always enjoy left-facing Flavian...
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Salonina, SideSalonina, Side

AE Bronze 5 assaria; 13.130g, 29.1mm
Side (near Selimiye, Antalya Province, Turkey) mint, 254 - 260 A.D.

KOPNHΛIA CAΛΩNINA CEBA,
draped bust right, wearing stephane, star above, IA (mark of value) before neck,
countermark: E in a 7mm round punch over mark of value (revaluation to 5 assaria)

CI∆HTΩN NEΩKOPΩN,
Tyche standing slightly left, head left, kalathos on head, rudder held by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand

BMC Lycia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Leypold -, SNG Hunterian -, SNG Righetti -, Lindgren -; c/m: Howgego 805 (169 pcs.)
Ex ForvmAncientCoins

Information from FORVM purchase:
apparently unpublished, extremely rare, and only the second specimen of the type known to Forum
This type is unpublished and missing from the ANS, Coin Archives, Wildwinds, and Asia Minor Coins databases online. After an exhaustive search we found one other example of this type. The only other example know to Forum is on our own website, in the Forum Ancient Coins Members' Gallery, Countermarks Theme Gallery. Both coins were struck with the same dies.
2 commentsarizonarobin01/26/23 at 16:24Curtis JJ: Great coin! I guess the type should go in RPC vol ...
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Ionia, ErythraiSilver diobol, c. 480 - 450 B.C. ; 1.340g, 11.5mm
Erythrai (north of Ildiri, Turkey) mint,

Pegasus flying right, curled wings, pileus upper left;

EPYΘ,
rosette in incuse square

SNG Cop 561,
ex CNG auction 287, lot 169, Ex ForvmAncientCoins
3 commentsarizonarobin01/26/23 at 16:19Curtis JJ: This is a cool type, wow!
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CT 7.03.040 (same dies); RIC VI 174 cor.Constantine I BI Nummus. London, c. AD 311-312. CONSTANTINVS P AVG, laureate, helmeted and trabeate bust left, holding globe surmounted by Victory / COMITI AVGG NN, Sol standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, holding globe in right hand and whip in left; star in right field, PLN in exergue. 4.65g, 23mm, 5h.

Ex Paul DiMarzio Collection (CNG Feature Auction 121, 7th October 2022, Lot 971).
Ex Paul Munro-Walker Collection (Roma Numismatics Auction XIII, 23rd March 2017, Lot 1269).

CT Rarity: RRR (one of four known examples, all struck from the same dies).
3 commentsPaulus J01/26/23 at 16:17Curtis JJ: Another great pickup from the DiMarzio coll. Well ...
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CT 5.04.009; RIC VI 109Constantine I BI Nummus. London, AD 307-310. IMP CONSTANTINVS P AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right / MARTI PATRI PROPVG, Mars advancing right, holding spear and shield; PLN in exergue. 5.68g, 28mm, 6h.

Ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 101, 13th October 2022, Lot 1341.

CT Rarity: S (at least ten known examples).
2 commentsPaulus J01/26/23 at 16:15Curtis JJ: Great looking Constantine! Love the broad flan
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CT 7.01.024; RIC VI 145 cor.Constantine I BI Nummus. London, c. AD 311-312. CONSTANTINVS P AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, holding spear over right shoulder and shield on left arm / ADVENTVS AVGG NN, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding up spear, on horse pawing seated captive to left. 3.25g, 22mm, 6h.

Ex Paul DiMarzio Collection (CNG Feature Auction 121, 7th October 2022, Lot 970).
Ex Paul Munro-Walker Collection (Roma Numismatics Auction XIII, 23rd March 2017, Lot 1264).

CT Rarity: RR (one of two known examples).
2 commentsPaulus J01/26/23 at 16:14Curtis JJ: What a fantastic coin! I got one of the other ADVE...
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Julia Paula, ConcordiaJulia Paula, Concordia
Rome mint, 220 A.D.
AR 2.892g, 19.6mm,

IVLIA PAVLA AVG,
bare-headed, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, small looped plait bun at back

CONCORDIA (harmony),
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, left elbow resting on arm of throne, star in left field

BMCRE V 172, RSC III 6a, RIC IV 211, Hunter III 1, Eauze Hoard 376 (29 spec.), SRCV II 7655
from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk, Ex ForvmAncientCoins
1 commentsarizonarobin01/26/23 at 06:01quadrans: Great 🤗👍
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Salonina, TarsosSalonina, Tarsos
(Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint,
AE 15.837g, maximum diameter 29.2mm

KOPNHΛIAN CAΛΩNINAN CE,
draped bust right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders, all within wreath;

TAPCOV MHTPOΠOΛEΩC,
Cybele seated right, wearing tall turreted crown, long scepter in left hand over left shoulder, drum on seat behind, two lions at her feet,
A M / K - Γ / Γ across fields in two lines;

SNG BnF 1837; SNG Levante 1198; SNGvA 6082; BMC Lycaonia p. 230, 329
ex Savoca Numismatik auction 118 (21 Nov 2021), lot 336
Ex ForvmAncientCoins
1 commentsarizonarobin01/26/23 at 06:00quadrans: Nice 👍
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Salonina, SideSalonina, Side

AE Bronze 5 assaria; 13.130g, 29.1mm
Side (near Selimiye, Antalya Province, Turkey) mint, 254 - 260 A.D.

KOPNHΛIA CAΛΩNINA CEBA,
draped bust right, wearing stephane, star above, IA (mark of value) before neck,
countermark: E in a 7mm round punch over mark of value (revaluation to 5 assaria)

CI∆HTΩN NEΩKOPΩN,
Tyche standing slightly left, head left, kalathos on head, rudder held by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand

BMC Lycia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Leypold -, SNG Hunterian -, SNG Righetti -, Lindgren -; c/m: Howgego 805 (169 pcs.)
Ex ForvmAncientCoins

Information from FORVM purchase:
apparently unpublished, extremely rare, and only the second specimen of the type known to Forum
This type is unpublished and missing from the ANS, Coin Archives, Wildwinds, and Asia Minor Coins databases online. After an exhaustive search we found one other example of this type. The only other example know to Forum is on our own website, in the Forum Ancient Coins Members' Gallery, Countermarks Theme Gallery. Both coins were struck with the same dies.
2 commentsarizonarobin01/26/23 at 06:00quadrans: Wow 😲
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Ionia, ErythraiSilver diobol, c. 480 - 450 B.C. ; 1.340g, 11.5mm
Erythrai (north of Ildiri, Turkey) mint,

Pegasus flying right, curled wings, pileus upper left;

EPYΘ,
rosette in incuse square

SNG Cop 561,
ex CNG auction 287, lot 169, Ex ForvmAncientCoins
3 commentsarizonarobin01/26/23 at 05:58quadrans: Nice small piece 🤗👍
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Ionia, ErythraiSilver diobol, c. 480 - 450 B.C. ; 1.340g, 11.5mm
Erythrai (north of Ildiri, Turkey) mint,

Pegasus flying right, curled wings, pileus upper left;

EPYΘ,
rosette in incuse square

SNG Cop 561,
ex CNG auction 287, lot 169, Ex ForvmAncientCoins
3 commentsarizonarobin01/26/23 at 01:31Jay GT4: Great design
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Parthia, Sellwood 28.2., Mithradates II. (123-88 B.C.), AR-Drachm, Archer right on throne, #1Parthia, Sellwood 28.2., Mithradates II. (123-88 B.C.), AR-Drachm, Archer right on throne, #1
avers: Long-bearded bust left wearing a tiara (T28iv) with six-point star, torque end single or double peller, circular border of pellets.
reverse: Beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding a bow in the right hand, no border,five-line Greek inscription: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0mm, weight: 3,88g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ecbatana, date: 123-88 B.C., ref: Sellwood 28.2, Shore --,
Q-002
3 commentsquadrans01/25/23 at 19:51Jay GT4: Lovely
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Legion XV18.35 mm 3.64 gr.
RSC I 47; HCRI 371; Sydenham 1235
2 commentsKen W201/25/23 at 19:50Jay GT4: Great clear legion
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RIC 1569 VespasianÆ Quadrans, 2.86g
Rome mint, 74 AD
Obv: IMP VESP AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: P M TR POT P P; Winged caduceus
RIC 1569 (R). BMC 880. BNC 894. RPC 1989 (4 spec.).
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, January 2023.

An extremely rare orichalcum quadrans struck for Vespasian in 74. Traditionally the issue has been attributed to various Eastern mints, however, recent scholarship has shown that it was produced in Rome. Style, die axis, metal, and circulation pattern all point to a Western coinage, despite the 'Eastern' flavour of the reverse designs. T. Buttrey in the RIC II.1 Addenda wrote: 'There is nothing like this series in the whole of Roman imperial coinage. It is a deliberate act of Orientalism, imposing the flavour of the East on a Western coinage'.
2 commentsDavid Atherton01/25/23 at 19:49Jay GT4: Great little coin
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Vespasian Vesta AR Denarius, Ex Archer Huntington, ANS & HSA w/ museum tagRoman Imperial. Vespasian AR Denarius (17mm, 3.50 g, 6h). Rome mint, struck July-December 71 CE.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M. Laureate head right.
Rev: TRI POT. Vesta seated left, draped, holding simpulum.
Ref: RIC II.1 46; RSC / Cohen 561.
Prov: Archer M. Huntington (1870-1955) Collection; loaned, then bequeathed to Hispanic Society of America (HSA 22362); on loan, American Numismatic Society (1001.1.22362; late 1940s - 2012); Sotheby's sale of Huntington coll. (8 Mar 2012); acq. anon. consortium (incl. Jose Vico, et al.); returned to ANS among 26,500 others (May 2012 - sum. 2013); sold, CNG e-Auction 397 (17 May 2017), 522; Lampasas Collection; CNG 487 (10 Mar 2021), 510; Charles Chamberlain Collection; CNG 509 (9 Feb 2022), 664; present disposition: Curtis JJ Coll. (USA).

Notes: Archer M. Huntington (AMH) founded the Hispanic Society of America and was a major benefactor of the American Numismatic Society (and president, 1905-10). HSA & ANS remain (for now) neighbors in Manhattan's Audubon Terrace, commissioned by Huntington in 1907.

The two institutions battled in the courts & press over the fate of AMH's collection (c. 2008-12). The ANS, to whom the collection had been on "permanent loan" for >65 years, vehemently opposed a planned sale by HSA, the legal owner of the 37,895 coins. The courts permitted HSA's highly controversial 2012 sale. By summer 2013, though, anonymous donors had returned ~26,500 of them. Remarkably, ANS re-deaccessioned (!) & consigned several thousand to auction, incl. this coin & two others now in my coll.

Detailed timeline & bibliography in Forum Disc. Topic 128306, Reply 5 (7 Jan 2023) [LINK]
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/25/23 at 16:57David Atherton: Nicely toned.
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RIC 980(1)Vespasian. 69-79 AD. AR Denarius. Silver Denarius (18mm, 3.19g). Rome mint. Struck 77. CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG: Head of Vespasian, laureate, right. / IMP XIX: Modius standing on three legs containing five ears of corn upright with poppy in between and two hanging over the sides. Good Fine Rare.

A rare variant of the modius type with poppies in between the corn ears.

Photo does not do this coin justice, it looks much nicer in hand.
2 commentsRussell K201/25/23 at 16:53David Atherton: Great example.
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Legion XV18.35 mm 3.64 gr.
RSC I 47; HCRI 371; Sydenham 1235
2 commentsKen W201/25/23 at 03:37Virgil H: Nice!
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Antestius Denarius, 146 BCE, Dog Running (Water Spaniel w/ "Lion Cut"?)Roman Republic. C. Antestius AR Denarius (3.81g, 19mm). Rome, 146 BCE.
Obv: C•ANTESTI (ANTE ligate) to l. Head of Roma right, X below.
Rev: ROMA in ex. Dioscuri, each holding spear, riding r.; dog running r., both fore-feet raised.
Ref: Antestia 1; Crawford 219/1e; BMCRR Rome 859.
See also: Giulio DeFlorio's page on this type, hosted by FORVM: [LINK].
Prov: Ex-Artemide Aste srl e-Auction 11 (26 Jan 2020), Lot 236
Notes: Although hounds were also popular on Greek coinage, Roman Republican denarii provide more varied depictions of the breeds and contexts of dogs in their society. This issue is notable for illustrating what might be described today as a “lion cut,” popular for poodles and other water dogs.
This dog has been identified as a proto-poodle, or water spaniel of some sort – a working dog. The “lion cut” permits buoyancy and warmth as the dog retrieves fowl from water. A similar breed, similarly groomed, is portrayed by Caesius (Cr. 298/1), but in a distinctly domestic setting, hinting that, already in antiquity, canine coiffure may have been as much about fashion as function.
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/25/23 at 01:39Virgil H: Incredible example
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Antestius Denarius, 146 BCE, Dog Running (Water Spaniel w/ "Lion Cut"?)Roman Republic. C. Antestius AR Denarius (3.81g, 19mm). Rome, 146 BCE.
Obv: C•ANTESTI (ANTE ligate) to l. Head of Roma right, X below.
Rev: ROMA in ex. Dioscuri, each holding spear, riding r.; dog running r., both fore-feet raised.
Ref: Antestia 1; Crawford 219/1e; BMCRR Rome 859.
See also: Giulio DeFlorio's page on this type, hosted by FORVM: [LINK].
Prov: Ex-Artemide Aste srl e-Auction 11 (26 Jan 2020), Lot 236
Notes: Although hounds were also popular on Greek coinage, Roman Republican denarii provide more varied depictions of the breeds and contexts of dogs in their society. This issue is notable for illustrating what might be described today as a “lion cut,” popular for poodles and other water dogs.
This dog has been identified as a proto-poodle, or water spaniel of some sort – a working dog. The “lion cut” permits buoyancy and warmth as the dog retrieves fowl from water. A similar breed, similarly groomed, is portrayed by Caesius (Cr. 298/1), but in a distinctly domestic setting, hinting that, already in antiquity, canine coiffure may have been as much about fashion as function.
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/25/23 at 00:33Tracy Aiello: Absolutely a great coin.
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The "Dreadlocked Gallia," Hostilius Saserna AR Denarius, 48 BCERoman Republic. L. Hostilius Saserna AR Denarius (4,03g, 19mm, 8h), Rome, 48 BCE.
Obv: Head of Gallia (as Pallor) w/ corded hair, grimacing, facing r.; Gallic trumpet (carnyx) behind.
Rev: L•HOSTILIVS / SASERNA. Diana / Artemis of Massalia (after Ephesos) standing facing, holding spear & stag by antler.
Ref: Crawford 448/3; Hostilia 4; Syd 953; Fitzwilliam CM 1459-1963 (ill. on CRRO).
Prov: Bertolami Fine Arts Web Auction 92 (3 Oct 2020), Lot 987.

Notes: A classic of Republican "captives" coinage, the obverse depicts the same female captive shown on Julius Caesar's famous denarius (Craw 468/1); my specimen: [FAC Gallery LINK]. A second denarius was issued depicting the head of the male (Vercingetorix?).
The obverse dies for this type (Crawford observed 126 of them!) fall into two groups: those presenting an "idealized" Gallia (much more common), and those attempting greater "realism" (including this one). (Some dies in the latter group are dreadful.)
This particular die presents a uniquely vivacious portrait in highly realistic style. Was this a "master die" for the issue, based on an actual living Gallic captive as the model? Who was she? If one accepts Vercingetorix as the male captive on Caesar's & Saserna's denarii, could "Gallia" have been a member of his family?

More notes, references linked, coin-in-hand video: [website LINK]
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/25/23 at 00:31Tracy Aiello: Beautiful coin. Has been on my want list for a whi...
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Parthia, Sellwood 28.2., Mithradates II. (123-88 B.C.), AR-Drachm, Archer right on throne, #1Parthia, Sellwood 28.2., Mithradates II. (123-88 B.C.), AR-Drachm, Archer right on throne, #1
avers: Long-bearded bust left wearing a tiara (T28iv) with six-point star, torque end single or double peller, circular border of pellets.
reverse: Beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding a bow in the right hand, no border,five-line Greek inscription: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0mm, weight: 3,88g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ecbatana, date: 123-88 B.C., ref: Sellwood 28.2, Shore --,
Q-002
3 commentsquadrans01/24/23 at 22:36Ron C2: Great portrait!
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"Rape of the Sabines," Founding Myth of Rome, on Titurius Sabinus DenariusRoman Republican. L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus AR Denarius (19mm, 3.89 g, 6 h), Rome 89 BCE.
Obv: SABIN Bare-headed and bearded head of King Titus Tatius to right; in field to right, TA monogram.
Rev: L•TITVRI Rape of the Sabine women.
Ref: Babelon (Tituria) 1; Crawford 344/1a.
Prov: Ex Leu WA 20 (16 Jul 2022), 2263; Chaponnière & Firmenich 13 (16 May 2021), 254 (part), from the J.M.A.L. Collection (formed 1970-2000).
[If JMAL sees this & wishes to share more about the provenance & the collection, I would love to hear!]
Notes: It is often emphasized that the “Rape of the Sabines,” one of Rome’s founding myths, refers to "rape" in an older sense of the word, meaning "abduction." Nonetheless, the purpose of the abduction was to compel marriage and reproduction. Even if the Sabine women (at least some) eventually accepted the marriages in Livy's version, it is difficult to remove the modern reading of "sexual assault" from the myth.
It is quite revealing that Romans publicly took great pride in the myth of their founding fathers kidnapping and forcing the mothers of the first Romans into relationships we’d call slavery today. Two thousand years ago, though, such coercive social relations were far less objectionable (at least to those in power).
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/24/23 at 22:22quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..Smile
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The "Dreadlocked Gallia," Hostilius Saserna AR Denarius, 48 BCERoman Republic. L. Hostilius Saserna AR Denarius (4,03g, 19mm, 8h), Rome, 48 BCE.
Obv: Head of Gallia (as Pallor) w/ corded hair, grimacing, facing r.; Gallic trumpet (carnyx) behind.
Rev: L•HOSTILIVS / SASERNA. Diana / Artemis of Massalia (after Ephesos) standing facing, holding spear & stag by antler.
Ref: Crawford 448/3; Hostilia 4; Syd 953; Fitzwilliam CM 1459-1963 (ill. on CRRO).
Prov: Bertolami Fine Arts Web Auction 92 (3 Oct 2020), Lot 987.

Notes: A classic of Republican "captives" coinage, the obverse depicts the same female captive shown on Julius Caesar's famous denarius (Craw 468/1); my specimen: [FAC Gallery LINK]. A second denarius was issued depicting the head of the male (Vercingetorix?).
The obverse dies for this type (Crawford observed 126 of them!) fall into two groups: those presenting an "idealized" Gallia (much more common), and those attempting greater "realism" (including this one). (Some dies in the latter group are dreadful.)
This particular die presents a uniquely vivacious portrait in highly realistic style. Was this a "master die" for the issue, based on an actual living Gallic captive as the model? Who was she? If one accepts Vercingetorix as the male captive on Caesar's & Saserna's denarii, could "Gallia" have been a member of his family?

More notes, references linked, coin-in-hand video: [website LINK]
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/24/23 at 22:20quadrans: Nice piece.. Smile
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Parthia, Sellwood 28.2., Mithradates II. (123-88 B.C.), AR-Drachm, Archer right on throne, #1Parthia, Sellwood 28.2., Mithradates II. (123-88 B.C.), AR-Drachm, Archer right on throne, #1
avers: Long-bearded bust left wearing a tiara (T28iv) with six-point star, torque end single or double peller, circular border of pellets.
reverse: Beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding a bow in the right hand, no border,five-line Greek inscription: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0mm, weight: 3,88g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ecbatana, date: 123-88 B.C., ref: Sellwood 28.2, Shore --,
Q-002
3 commentsquadrans01/24/23 at 21:18Virgil H: Beautiful
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The "Dreadlocked Gallia," Hostilius Saserna AR Denarius, 48 BCERoman Republic. L. Hostilius Saserna AR Denarius (4,03g, 19mm, 8h), Rome, 48 BCE.
Obv: Head of Gallia (as Pallor) w/ corded hair, grimacing, facing r.; Gallic trumpet (carnyx) behind.
Rev: L•HOSTILIVS / SASERNA. Diana / Artemis of Massalia (after Ephesos) standing facing, holding spear & stag by antler.
Ref: Crawford 448/3; Hostilia 4; Syd 953; Fitzwilliam CM 1459-1963 (ill. on CRRO).
Prov: Bertolami Fine Arts Web Auction 92 (3 Oct 2020), Lot 987.

Notes: A classic of Republican "captives" coinage, the obverse depicts the same female captive shown on Julius Caesar's famous denarius (Craw 468/1); my specimen: [FAC Gallery LINK]. A second denarius was issued depicting the head of the male (Vercingetorix?).
The obverse dies for this type (Crawford observed 126 of them!) fall into two groups: those presenting an "idealized" Gallia (much more common), and those attempting greater "realism" (including this one). (Some dies in the latter group are dreadful.)
This particular die presents a uniquely vivacious portrait in highly realistic style. Was this a "master die" for the issue, based on an actual living Gallic captive as the model? Who was she? If one accepts Vercingetorix as the male captive on Caesar's & Saserna's denarii, could "Gallia" have been a member of his family?

More notes, references linked, coin-in-hand video: [website LINK]
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/24/23 at 21:03Jay GT4: Great!
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Vespasian Vesta AR Denarius, Ex Archer Huntington, ANS & HSA w/ museum tagRoman Imperial. Vespasian AR Denarius (17mm, 3.50 g, 6h). Rome mint, struck July-December 71 CE.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M. Laureate head right.
Rev: TRI POT. Vesta seated left, draped, holding simpulum.
Ref: RIC II.1 46; RSC / Cohen 561.
Prov: Archer M. Huntington (1870-1955) Collection; loaned, then bequeathed to Hispanic Society of America (HSA 22362); on loan, American Numismatic Society (1001.1.22362; late 1940s - 2012); Sotheby's sale of Huntington coll. (8 Mar 2012); acq. anon. consortium (incl. Jose Vico, et al.); returned to ANS among 26,500 others (May 2012 - sum. 2013); sold, CNG e-Auction 397 (17 May 2017), 522; Lampasas Collection; CNG 487 (10 Mar 2021), 510; Charles Chamberlain Collection; CNG 509 (9 Feb 2022), 664; present disposition: Curtis JJ Coll. (USA).

Notes: Archer M. Huntington (AMH) founded the Hispanic Society of America and was a major benefactor of the American Numismatic Society (and president, 1905-10). HSA & ANS remain (for now) neighbors in Manhattan's Audubon Terrace, commissioned by Huntington in 1907.

The two institutions battled in the courts & press over the fate of AMH's collection (c. 2008-12). The ANS, to whom the collection had been on "permanent loan" for >65 years, vehemently opposed a planned sale by HSA, the legal owner of the 37,895 coins. The courts permitted HSA's highly controversial 2012 sale. By summer 2013, though, anonymous donors had returned ~26,500 of them. Remarkably, ANS re-deaccessioned (!) & consigned several thousand to auction, incl. this coin & two others now in my coll.

Detailed timeline & bibliography in Forum Disc. Topic 128306, Reply 5 (7 Jan 2023) [LINK]
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/24/23 at 21:02Jay GT4: Great style portrait
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Antestius Denarius, 146 BCE, Dog Running (Water Spaniel w/ "Lion Cut"?)Roman Republic. C. Antestius AR Denarius (3.81g, 19mm). Rome, 146 BCE.
Obv: C•ANTESTI (ANTE ligate) to l. Head of Roma right, X below.
Rev: ROMA in ex. Dioscuri, each holding spear, riding r.; dog running r., both fore-feet raised.
Ref: Antestia 1; Crawford 219/1e; BMCRR Rome 859.
See also: Giulio DeFlorio's page on this type, hosted by FORVM: [LINK].
Prov: Ex-Artemide Aste srl e-Auction 11 (26 Jan 2020), Lot 236
Notes: Although hounds were also popular on Greek coinage, Roman Republican denarii provide more varied depictions of the breeds and contexts of dogs in their society. This issue is notable for illustrating what might be described today as a “lion cut,” popular for poodles and other water dogs.
This dog has been identified as a proto-poodle, or water spaniel of some sort – a working dog. The “lion cut” permits buoyancy and warmth as the dog retrieves fowl from water. A similar breed, similarly groomed, is portrayed by Caesius (Cr. 298/1), but in a distinctly domestic setting, hinting that, already in antiquity, canine coiffure may have been as much about fashion as function.
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/24/23 at 21:02Jay GT4: Fantastic coin Curtis
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Velia, Lucania305-290 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 0.93g)
O: Head of nymph right, hair in sakkos with loose ribbon dangling behind; (?) symbol before.
R: Owl facing with wings spread, [standing on Z].
Williams 636; SNG ANS 1278; HGC I, 1334; HN Italy 1324
Scarce
ex Savoca Numismatics

4 commentsEnodia01/24/23 at 19:46quadrans: Nice piece.. Smile
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Andronicus II Palaeologus Hyperpyron Sear 2461Andronicus II Palaeologus AV Hyperpyron

4.20g, 25.0mm, 180 degrees, Constantinople mint, 1325-1328 CE and later.

Attribution: DOC 494-497. Sear 2461. PCPC 185 (sigla 4). Double struck obverse.

O: Half-length figure of the Virgin (Theotokos), orans, within four groups of towers on city walls. sigla: •/fleur de lis.

R: ANONIKVC AͶAIVC (fragments of ANΔPONIKOC twice), Christ standing facing, crowning Andronicus II and Andronicus III, kneeling to left and right respectively.

Ex-CNG eAuction 530 (4 Jan 2023) Lot 913. Ex-J.-P. Righetti Collection.
3 commentsRon C201/24/23 at 19:44quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Carolingian. Carloman, King of West Francia. Short Cross Denier of Limoges. Carolingian. Carloman, King of West Francia. 882-884 AD. AR Denier (1.63 gm, 23mm, 9h) of Lemov]acium] (Limoges). Short cross pattée. ✠ CΛRLOMΛN REX. / Karolus monogram, ₭ΛR◇LVS. ✠ LIMOV X CIVIS. EF CNG Triton XXVI #989. "Light toning in devices, some very light ghosting on reverse otherwise very well struck on a large flan. EF. Very rare especially so fine." Depeyrot 509; M&G 1201; MEC 1 – .1 commentsAnaximander01/24/23 at 18:24quadrans: Great coin Smile, and details,
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Vespasian Vesta AR Denarius, Ex Archer Huntington, ANS & HSA w/ museum tagRoman Imperial. Vespasian AR Denarius (17mm, 3.50 g, 6h). Rome mint, struck July-December 71 CE.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M. Laureate head right.
Rev: TRI POT. Vesta seated left, draped, holding simpulum.
Ref: RIC II.1 46; RSC / Cohen 561.
Prov: Archer M. Huntington (1870-1955) Collection; loaned, then bequeathed to Hispanic Society of America (HSA 22362); on loan, American Numismatic Society (1001.1.22362; late 1940s - 2012); Sotheby's sale of Huntington coll. (8 Mar 2012); acq. anon. consortium (incl. Jose Vico, et al.); returned to ANS among 26,500 others (May 2012 - sum. 2013); sold, CNG e-Auction 397 (17 May 2017), 522; Lampasas Collection; CNG 487 (10 Mar 2021), 510; Charles Chamberlain Collection; CNG 509 (9 Feb 2022), 664; present disposition: Curtis JJ Coll. (USA).

Notes: Archer M. Huntington (AMH) founded the Hispanic Society of America and was a major benefactor of the American Numismatic Society (and president, 1905-10). HSA & ANS remain (for now) neighbors in Manhattan's Audubon Terrace, commissioned by Huntington in 1907.

The two institutions battled in the courts & press over the fate of AMH's collection (c. 2008-12). The ANS, to whom the collection had been on "permanent loan" for >65 years, vehemently opposed a planned sale by HSA, the legal owner of the 37,895 coins. The courts permitted HSA's highly controversial 2012 sale. By summer 2013, though, anonymous donors had returned ~26,500 of them. Remarkably, ANS re-deaccessioned (!) & consigned several thousand to auction, incl. this coin & two others now in my coll.

Detailed timeline & bibliography in Forum Disc. Topic 128306, Reply 5 (7 Jan 2023) [LINK]
3 commentsCurtis JJ01/24/23 at 18:24quadrans: Nice piece.. Smile
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10.03. László I., "St. Ladislaus !", King of Hungary, (1077-1095 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 10.03./a2.01./04., H-023, CNH I.-027, U-019, #0110.03. László I., "St. Ladislaus !", King of Hungary, (1077-1095 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 10.03./a2.01./04., H-023, CNH I.-027, U-019, #01
avers: +LADIꙄLAVꙄ RE, Crowned bust facing in a circle of dots.
reverse: +LADISLAVS RE, Cross in a circle, line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,5-20,0mm, weight: 0,78g, axis: 9h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-023, CNH I.-027, Unger-019,
Tóth-Kiss-Fekete: CÁC I.(Catalog of Árpadian Coinage I./Opitz I.), Privy-Mark/Szigla: 10.03./a2.01./04.,
Q-002
2 commentsquadrans01/24/23 at 14:14*Alex: Me too, great obverse.
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