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Lydia, Kings, Sardes, Cyrus to Darius I., (cc. 550/539-520 B.C.), Berk 22, AR-Siglos, Incuse punch, #115 viewsLydia, Kings, Sardes, Cyrus to Darius I., (cc. 550/539-520 B.C.), Berk 22, AR-Siglos, Incuse punch, #1
avers: Confronted heads of a lion right and a bull left.
reverse: Incuse punch.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,0-16,0mm, weight: 5,20g, axis: 0h,
mint: Lydia, Kings, Sardes, date: time of Cyrus to Darius I., cc.550/539-520 B.C.,
ref: Berk 22, Traité I 409-11, SNG Kayhan I 1024-6,
2 commentsquadrans06/16/19 at 21:08Enodia: Nice early coin.
Laureate head right with Aegis

Mars advancing left with Victory and trophy

Rome, 85 AD


RIC 387 (C)

Holed in antiquity and plugged in the late 19th century?

Ex-Manfred Olding 2019 n 184; Ex-Sammlung Heynen 1976;Ex-Paul Schürer (1890-1976); Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956)

Comes with old tag probably from Heynen or Schürer. Olding tag incorrectly attributed to RIC 420 (different ending to legend)

Reusing was a German portrait painter of the early 20th Century whose portraits included Richard Strauss, Igor Strawinsky, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein. After Reusing's death his nephew Paul Schürer inherited and curated the collection. Heynen was a friend of Reusing's, and at an earlier date had evidently sold or exchanged or given a substantial number of coins to Reusing, this being one of those coins!

Thanks to David Atherton and Curtis Clay for the brief biography and info.
8 commentsJay GT406/06/19 at 21:39Enodia: Well done!
Island off Attica. AEGINA AR Stater.43 viewsCirca 456/45-431 B.C. (12.23gm, 21mm). Obverse: land tortoise with segmented shell. Reverse: large incuse square of heavy skew pattern. Milbank pl.2, 12; SNG Copenhagen 516; Dewing 1683; BMC Attica p. 137, 146; HGC 6, 437. Near EF, attractive light cabinet tone. Very desirable example of the type.

Ex Roma Numismatics (featured as a cover for e-Auction 57). Ex Shanna Schmidt Numismatics. Ex Munzenhandlung Harald Moller, Auction 72, 1 November 2018, lot 20.

Early commerce within the Aegean area include metal ingots used in trade. They had a distinctive plano-convex shape and were colloquially called "turtles" especially in Aegina. With the development of the concept of money, it is natural for the maritime island-state to design their coins with an image of a turtle since they had already been accustomed by the earlier ingots whose shape resembled the animal. Aegina was considered the first state to introduce money to the West that was first invented in either Ionia or Lydia. As maritime power, it rivaled Athens. Early obverse designs always feature a sea turtle. Why the inclusion of a land tortoise (testudo graeca) beginning in the middle of the 5th century B.C. is still unresolved. Few theories had been put forward: the most common was Aegina's defeat from its rival Athens, and the land tortoise symbolized sovereignty of Athens over Aegina.
6 commentsJason T06/05/19 at 04:01Enodia: Splendid! Great detail and very nicely centered......
M. Antony leg. denarius34 viewsMark Antony denarius. Circa 32-31 BC. Eastern military moving mint.
3.85 grs.
Chortis Speculatorum type.
Cr. 544/12.
9 commentslabienus05/19/19 at 20:56Enodia: Fine example, congratulations!
Phoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1 105 viewsPhoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1
avers: Veiled, draped, and turreted bust of Tyche right.
reverse: APAΔIΩN, Nike advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond; in left field, ςЧP (date) above Aramaic H above AΣ; all within wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 26,5-27,5mm, weight:14,88g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Arados, date: c. 196 = 64/3 B.C., ref: BMC 273, SNG Cop-, Duyrat 3964 (D91/R650), Rouvier 327, HGC10-72,
8 commentsquadrans05/16/19 at 17:50Enodia: Gorgeous!
SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos II Theos AR Tetradrachm30 viewsCirca 261-246 B.C. 16.87gms, 28mm, 11h. Obverse: diademed head of Antiochos I to right. Reverse: weary Herakles seated left on rock, lion skin draped over rock, holding club set on ground, cup to outer left, AP monogram below royal title. Secondary monograms in exergue. Side mint. SC 505.2. Slight smoothing on obverse field. Otherwise, extremely fine. Rare.

Please click image for better resolution.

Ex Roma Numismatics. Ex private French collection.

This is an example of a rare coin of Antiochos II depicting Herakles on the reverse. Most of Antiochos' coins show a sitting effeminate, smooth-bodied Apollo on an omphalos. This coin is a rare departure on the iconography of the reverse side showing an exceptionally elegant but masculine demigod-hero Herakles rendered artistically celebrating strength, self-sacrifice, heroism and ideal male beauty. Truly a sculptural art in miniature.
3 commentsJason T05/10/19 at 19:28Enodia: Amazing detail!
RIC 377 Vespasian Dupondius47 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Radiate head right

Pax standing left, leaning on column, with caduceus and branch; SC in field

Rome 80-81 AD


RIC 377 (R2) Titus; very rare, only one on coinarchives.


Although the issue is undated it was likely struck on the occasion of Vespasian's deification in 80 AD.
8 commentsJay GT405/04/19 at 00:14Enodia: "Take the ballista, leave the cannoli". ...
Gallienus, Hippocamp26 viewsGALLIENVS AVG,
radiate head right

hippocamp springing right

mintmark N

RIC 245, RSC 667; Sear 10292
5 commentsRobin Ayers04/29/19 at 20:06Enodia: Another great reverse... nice.
Gallienus, Griffin22 viewsAe

Radiate bust right

Griffin walking left L in exergue

Delta below

RIC 165
4 commentsRobin Ayers04/29/19 at 20:04Enodia: Love the griffin!

BMC 81, BCD 294, GVF/AEF, 13.7mm, 2.64 grams, Struck Circa. 354 - 352 B.C.E. under Onymarchos

Obverse: Bull's head facing
Reverse: Laureate head of Apollo right, lyre behind, monograms below

Nicer than the great majority of these. Bull struck in high relief and usually well worn. This level of detail scarcely seen.

Ex: Hanberry collection, 1970's - early 1990's
4 commentsMark R104/24/19 at 03:49Enodia: Nice one, and what a beautiful reverse!
Sextus Pompey -- Pharos and Scylla59 viewsSextus Pompey, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet
[Youngest Son of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)]
Obv: MAG⦁PIVS⦁IMP⦁ITER; Pharos of Messana, Neptune on top standing r. with r. hand on a trident and l. hand on a rudder, resting l. foot on prow. Galley sailing l., aquila atop a tripod placed in prow and a scepter tied with a fillet in stern. Border of dots.
Rev: PRAEF⦁ORAE⦁MARIT⦁ET⦁CLAS⦁S⦁C [AEs and MAR ligatured]; Scylla attacking l. wielding a rudder in both hands, the torso of a nude woman with two fishtails and the foreparts of three dogs as the lower body. Border of dots.
Denomination: silver denarius; Mint: Sicily, uncertain location1; Date: summer 42 - summer 39 BC2; Weight: 3.566g; Diameter: 19.8mm; Die axis: 225º; References, for example: BMCRR v. II Sicily 20 variant3, Sydenham 1349 variant3; Crawford RRC 511/4d; Sear CRI 335b.



1Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily, p.557 and Sear CRI, p. 203 suggest Messana as a possible mint location. DeRose Evans (1987), p. 124 hesitatingly suggests Mitylene (on the island of Lesbos).

2This is the date range suggested by Estiot 2006, p. 145, as she recommends going back to Crawford’s proposal of 42 - 40 BC. Crawford RRC, p. 521 suggests the period in 42 BC after Sextus Pompey defeated Q. Salvidienus Rufus. Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily, p.556 proposes 38 - 36 BC. Sydenham, p.211 follows Grueber. DeRose Evans (1987), p. 129 submits 35 BC.

3Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily 20 and Sydenham 1349 list MAR (ligatured) I but the coin here is clearly MAR (ligatured) IT. Neither Grueber nor Sydenham record MAR (ligatured) IT as part of this reverse legend for this coin type. Crawford and Sear do.

Photo credits: Forum Ancient Coins


Crawford, Michael H. Roman Republican Coinage v. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 reprint with the 1982 corrections.
DeRose Evans, Jane. "The Sicilian Coinage of Sextus Pompeius (Crawford 511)" in Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society), vol. 32 (1987): 97 - 157.
Estiot, Sylviane. “Sex. Pompée, La Sicile et La Monnaie: Problèmes de Datation.” In Aere Perennivs, en hommage á Hubert Zehnacker, édité par Jacqueline Champeaux et Martine Chassignet. Paris: L’Université Paris - Sorbonne, 2006.
Grueber, H. A. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum v. II. London: 1910.
Sear, David R. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49 - 27 BC. London: Spink, 1998.
Sydenham, Edward A. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. New York: Arno Press, 1975, rev. ed.
7 commentsTracy Aiello04/21/19 at 17:28Enodia: Love the Skylla.
The Bretti Æ Didrachm33 viewsHead of Ares left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin; grain ear below.

Nike standing left, placing wreath on trophy to left and cradling palm in her left arm; caduceus between.

Bruttium, 214-211 BC


SNG ANS 34. HN Italy 1975; Scheu 6

Rare with caduceus

Ex-Artemide Kunstauktionen e-Live auction 7 lot 48
3 commentsJay GT404/11/19 at 18:16Enodia: Cool coin. I like the helmet and griffin, and a ni...
Phoenicia, Arados 89-88 B.C5 viewsAE 21.88mm (Thickness 2.73mm), weight 5.42g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Veiled bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane, border of dots.

Reverse: Humped bull galloping left, head facing, monograms above, Aradian era date 170 (POA) & Greek letter M with Phoenician letter gimel (G) below.
2 commentsArados04/10/19 at 19:09Enodia: Nice portrait and great patina!
Sicily: Agyrion10 viewsSICILY. Agyrion. Ae Hemilitra (Mid 4th century BC), 20mm, 5.3g. Obv: AΓYPINAION. Obv: Head of young river god(?) right. Rev: ΠALAΓKAIOS (retro). Achelous Palagkaios as (the forepart of) a man-headed bull right. MSP I, 6 (this coin illustrated).

Pecunem 12, lot 22
1 commentsMolinari04/06/19 at 16:12Enodia: Great example, with the broken flan really not aff...
Fourth Democracy (289 - 287 B.C.)14 viewsNumismatic evidence suggests that republican government existed for a few years between the death of Agathokles and Hicetas' assumption of power; this is sometimes referred to as the Fourth Democracy (289 - 287 B.C.). GB88303. Bronze AE 22, Calciati II p. , 148 Ds 59/1, cf. SNG Cop 782 (uncertain control), HGC 2 148 (R2) var. (∆ vice thunderbolt), SNG ANS -, gVF, superb style, well centered on a tight flan cutting off the obverse legend, brown patina, some hard green encrustation, Syracuse, Sicily mint, weight 8.524g, maximum diameter 21.7mm, die axis 270o, 289 - 288 B.C.; obverse DIOΣ EΛEYΘEPOY, laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios left, thunderbolt behind; reverse thunderbolt with four wings, ΣYPAK/OΣIΩN in two lines, above and below; ex CNG e-auction 233 (26 May 2010), lot 110; ex Harlan J. Berk.3 commentsMark R103/26/19 at 21:28Enodia: Nice coin.
Pantikapaion, Tauric Chersonesos, Thrace, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C17 viewsPan is the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, fields, groves, mountain wilderness, and wooded glens, hunting, rustic music, theatrical criticism, and companion of the nymphs. He is connected to fertility and the season of spring. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat and is usually represented in the form of a satyr, with a cloak of goat's skin, playing the Syrinx, or flute of seven pipes, and holding the pedum or pastoral staff.

GB88294. Bronze AE 18, MacDonald Bosporus 67, SNG Cop 32, SNG BM 890, SNG Stancomb 557, Anokhin 132, HGC 7 84, gVF, beveled obverse edge, casting sprue remnant, edge crack, scratches, reverse slightly off center, Pantikapaion (Kerch, Crimea) mint, weight 4.854g, maximum diameter 17.7mm, die axis 0o, c. 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse head of Pan left; reverse ΠAN, head of bull left; ex Frascatius Ancient Coins
4 commentsMark R103/26/19 at 21:27Enodia: I like the Pan too!
Domitian RIC-82192 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Rome mint, 96 AD
RIC 821 (R2). BMC 237D. RSC 297b.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XVI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva, winged, flying l., with spear and shield
Ex jerusalemhadaya2012, eBay, 4 March 2019.

Domitian achieved tribunician power for the 16th time on 14 September 96 AD. He was assassinated in a palace plot four days later on 18 September. In between those two dates the mint struck only one issue of denarii recording Domitian as TR P XVI, needless to say they are extremely rare! The Senate decreed Damnatio Memoriae within a day of Domitian's assassination which would have quickly halted production at the mint for his coinage. The months leading up to Domitian's assassination saw the mint at Rome experimenting with many new reverse designs (altar, winged Minerva, Maia, temple reverses), breaking the monotony of the four standard Minerva types that had previously dominated the denarius. These new types are exceedingly rare and were perhaps experimental in nature. This denarius shows one of these new reverse types, Minerva Victrix, a more warrior like attribute of the goddess. The fact that this new type which originally appeared on the denarius when Domitian was TR P XV carried over to the briefly struck TR P XVI issue alongside the Maia and the M1, M3, and M4 Minerva types may hint that there was indeed change in the air at the mint. Perhaps the mix of new types with the older ones hint at a transition regarding the typology on his precious metal coinage? Regardless, the experiment was cut short by an assassin's blade, so we shall never know. This denarius may very well be the last coin ever struck for Domitian.

Fine late style with good natural toning. Same dies as the BM specimen.
10 commentsDavid Atherton03/19/19 at 06:09Enodia: Very interesting coin!
Caligula (37-41 A.D.)35 viewsAR Drachm
O: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS Bare head of Caligula to right.
R: IMPERATOR PONT MAX AVG TR POT Simpulum and lituus.
BMC 102. RIC 63 Sear 1798
5 commentsMat03/15/19 at 16:56Enodia: Nice find!
22050 Theodosius I/Campgate10 viewsTheodosius I/Campgate
AE4. 384-388 AD.
pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
campgate, 2 turrets, no star, B in left field,
TES in exergue.
Mint: Thessalonica 12.7mm 1.0g
RIC IX Thessalonica 62b, rated scarce.
1 commentsBlayne W03/12/19 at 04:54Enodia: Cool patina.
22010 Hadrian/ Standards12 viewsHadrian/3 Standards Quadrans. 125-128 AD.
laureate head right
Rev: COS III around three standards, Middle standard has legionary Eagle
S-C across fields
Mint:Rome 17.1mm 3.1g
RIC II 977; Cohen 450; Sear (1988) 1147.
1 commentsBlayne W03/12/19 at 04:52Enodia: I like this one!
22041 Constantius II/ Soldiers w Standards8 viewsConstantius II/ Soldiers w Standards
laureated and cuirassed bust right
Two soldiers either side of two standards
o on banners
CONSS in Exergue
Mint: Constantinople 17.6mm 2.6g
RIC VII Constantinople 61; Sear 17693
1 commentsBlayne W03/12/19 at 04:51Enodia: Nice coin with a very expressive portrait.
LUCANIA. Sybaris. AR Stater45 viewsCirca 550-510 B.C. (28mm, 8.43 g, 12h). Obverse: bull standing left, head reverted; VM in exergue. Reverse: incuse bull standing right, head reverted. S & S Class B, pl. XLVIII, 4-8 Gorini 2; HN Italy 1729. VF, toned.

Ex. Volteia Collection

This coin was minted before the destruction of Sybaris by its neighboring city state Kroton in 510 B.C. We do not know the exact nature why Kroton destroyed this prosperous city. Ancient sources provided us several accounts of Sybaris being a place of hedonism and excess to the point that the very name Sybaris became a byword for opulent luxury, and its destruction was a result of some divine punishment (Diodorus Siculus, Strabo, Aelianus, Athenaeus). Modern revisionist view of the possible demise of Sybaris might be the result of its vast natural wealth and successful trade with its neighbors, which gave Kroton the economic reason to subjugate it. The Sybarites established a new city called Thourioi (Thurii/Thurium) with the help of Athenian settlers. However, the Sybarites were again expelled by the Athenians in 445 B.C. and founded another city for the last time called Sybaris on the Traeis.
Sybaris might be the first to mint coins with an incuse reverse and this practice spread to other Greek city states like Kroton, Metapontion, and Poseidonia. The similar weight and technique in producing these incuse-type coins facilitated trade between the cities mentioned. The bull might represent the river god Crathis or Sybaris, or both: each deity could represent either the obverse or reverse of the coin. The ethnic VM (or YM) in exergue are the first two Greek letters of Sybaris spelled retrogradely. A curious placement of the letter sigma sideways made it appear as letter M on most coins of Sybaris.
5 commentsJason T03/11/19 at 04:09Enodia: Lovely coin, and informative write-up. The braided...
22112 Claudius/Minerva11 viewsClaudius/Minerva
bare head left.
Rev: S-C across fields,
Minerva standing right, brandishing spear and holding shield on left arm.
Mint: Rome 26.6mm 10.21g
RIC I 100; BMCRE 149; Cohen 84.
Ex Frascatius
1 commentsBlayne W02/27/19 at 23:55Enodia: Nice one.
Tyre half shekel49 viewsLaureate bust of Melkart right

ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ (of Tyre the holy and inviolable)
Eagle standing left on prow; palm over shoulder, club to the left, flanked by date LM (40) and monogram ΔP to the right.

Tyre; Year 40= 87/86 BC

Sear 5921; BMC 225

Ex-HJB Buy or Bid Sale 206, lot 103 (Nov 15, 2018); Ex-Calgary Coin

Removed from NGC holder prior to HJB.
NGC graded Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5; NGC 4278263-010

According to the Mosaic law, every year, Jewish males over the age of 20, paid a half shekel tax in silver to the Temple in Jerusalem. Mention of this tax can be found in the Bible at Exodus 30:15 Of course, at the time of writing there were no coins in circulation and this tax was paid by weight in silver. By the 1st century BC the tax was paid in either the Tyrian shekel (enough for two people) or half-shekel (for himself). The Jewish Talmud required the tax to be paid with a coin of high purity silver. The only ones that conformed to this high standard were the 94% pure silver Tyrian shekels. Even though these coins depict images of Melkart (Phoenician Hercules) and an eagle, they were still accepted at the temple because of the silver content.
4 commentsJay GT402/24/19 at 19:20Enodia: A nice example, especially under the circumstances...
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Brutus, AR Denarius - Crawford 502/211 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Brutus, 44-42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.76g; 17mm).
Military Mint, Spring-Summer 42 BCE.

Obverse: L·SESTI - PRO·Q; Veiled and draped bust of Libertas, facing right.

Reverse: Q·CAEPIO·BRVTVS·PRO·COS; Tripod with axe on left and simpulum on right.

References: Crawford 502/2; HCRI 201; Syd 1290; BMCRR East 41; Junia 37; Sestia 2.

Provenance: Ex Alan J. Harlan Collection [Triton XXII (9 Jan 2019), Lot 951]; Kunker 288 (13 Mar 2017) Lot 314; Theodor Prowe Collection [Hess (20 May 1912) Lot 933].

Marcus Junius Brutus was posthumously adopted by his maternal uncle, Quintus Servilius Caepio. Afterward, Brutus sometimes used the name Quintus Servilius Caepio Brutus, which both honored his uncle and advertised his maternal descent from Gaius Servilius Structus Ahala. Ahala was a Roman Republican hero who had killed someone with regal aspirations. In his early political career, Brutus issued coins with the portrait of Ahala on one side (see Crawford 433/2; Following the assassination of Caesar, Brutus resurrected his use of the name Quintus Servilius Caepio Brutus, as on this coin, again alluding to this Servilian connection in his family tree. Combined with the bust of Liberty on the obverse of this coin, the message is clear: that the assassins were liberators from monarchy in the old Republican tradition of their ancestors. The reverse shows the symbols of Brutus’ membership in the college of priests.

This example comes from the collection of Theodor Prowe of Moscow, one of the great collections of the early 20th century, which was auctioned in three separate 1912 sales by Bruder Egger (Greek) and Hess (Roman).
2 commentsCarausius02/17/19 at 19:43Enodia: Beautiful coin with a very pretty Libertas.
Punic occupation half shekel64 viewsNude youth on horseback to left, crowning horse with wreath; IΩ to right, ΣΩΓENHΣ below

Taras astride dolphin to left, holding cornucopiae and Nike who crowns him with wreath; TAPAΣ below.

Calabria, Tarentum ; Punic occupation, circa 212-209 BC

AR Reduced didrachm or Half-Shekel.

2.69g chipped otherwise VF+

Vlasto 975-7; HN Italy 1079.



The climax of the Carthaginian invasion of Italy was reached when Tarentum changed sides in 212 BC. The takeover of the city was a carefully planned coup by Hannibal and members of the city's democratic faction who opened the gates to Hannibal's army. The Carthaginians failed to take the citadel, but subsequent fortifications around this enemy stronghold enabled the city to remain under Punic control. Hannibal installed his own magistrates and struck coinage based on the Punic half shekel standard.
8 commentsJay GT402/17/19 at 18:10Enodia: Nice style for these.
033 Sabina (???-136 A.D.), RIC II 0395, Rome, AR-Denarius, -/-//--, •IVNONI REGINAE, Juno standing left, #155 views033 Sabina (???-136 A.D.), RIC II 0395, Rome, AR-Denarius, -/-//--, •IVNONI REGINAE, Juno standing left, #1
Wife of Hadrian.
avers: SABINA• AVGVSTA, Her bust diademed and draped right, hair in a plait behind.
reverse: •IVNONI REGINAE, Juno standing left holding patera and scepter.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-19,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 6h,
mint: Roma, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 395, RSC 43, BMCRE 940,
2 commentsquadrans02/16/19 at 04:53Enodia: Really lovely portrait!
L Flaminius Chilo, Republic Denarius20 viewsL. Flaminius Chilo
At 3.48g; 18-20mm
Crawford 302/1

Helmeted head of Roma right, X below chin

Victory driving biga right, holding reigns and wreath
2 commentsRobin Ayers02/06/19 at 07:50Enodia: Nice coin. My wife bought me one for my birthday 3...
RIC 1477A Vespasian denarius65 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Head of Vespasian, laureate, r., a small 'o' mint mark below neck

PON MAX TR P COS VII (from high l.)
Winged caduceus

Unknown "O" mint, 76 AD

Ex-Numismatica Prados

A unique specimen of the caduceus type from the rare and mysterious 'O' mint. This rare variant has the reverse legend starting from the upper left, all other known examples start from the lower right. Die matched to David Atherton's example and purchased through his recommendation.

Ted Buttrey has assigned it 1477A in the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda.
7 commentsJay GT402/01/19 at 18:36Enodia: Nice find!
P. Cornelius P.f. Blasio 47 viewsLaureate head of Janus; above I

P BLAS above, ROMA in exergue
Prow of galley right; before I

Rome, 169-158 BC

33mm, 29.27g

Crawford 189/1; Sydenham 370; BMCRR 788

A duplicate from the RBW collection of Roman Republican Coins;
Ex-Peus 330 (April 26, 1991) lot 644;
Ex-DM collection;
Ex-Calgary coin
3 commentsJay GT401/27/19 at 00:54Enodia: It's freekin' HUUUGE! Pretty cool coin Ja...
C. Calpurnius L.f. Frugi Denarius - Horseman Galloping (Crawf. 408/1b)46 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 67 BC

Obv: Head of Apollo to right, his hair bound with fillet; behind, two pellets.

Rev: Horseman galloping right; above, uncertain control mark.

Babelon (Calpurnia) 24. Crawford 408/1b. RBW -. Sydenham 860d.

Struck in high relief and with magnificent iridescent toning.

Leu Numismatik Web Auction 2, Lot 548, 03/12/17
Obolos (By Nomos) Web Auction 3, Lot 261, 15/11/15
Gorny & Mosch Auction 190, Lot 426, 11/10/10
5 commentsKained but Able01/20/19 at 04:07Enodia: Very pretty!
EB0800 Magnentius / Wreath12 viewsMagnentius, Amiens, AE3 22mm. 351-352 AD.
Obverse: D N MAGNEN-TIVS P F AVG, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right; A behind head.
Reverse: VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAE, two Victories supporting wreath inscribed VOT-V-MVLT-X. Mintmark AMB star.
References: RIC VIII 14; LRBC 10; Sear 18816.
Diameter: 22.5mm, Weight: 4.368g.
1 commentsEB01/18/19 at 18:11Enodia: Love the reverse.
218 CORINTHIA, Corinth Hadrian As 117-28 AD Isthmus10 viewsReference. very rare
RPC III, 218.7; NCP 14/6 and pl. C, XXXVII

Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., with paludamentum, seen from front

Tetrastyle temple; within, Isthmus seated l., his right hand on his head, l. resting on rudder.

7.7 gr
20 mm
1 commentsokidoki01/14/19 at 06:51Enodia: Quite an interesting coin, congratulations.
Lucania, Velia AR Nomos67 viewsCirca 280 BC. AR Nomos (22mm, 7.47 g, 10h). Williams 572 (O284/R399); HN Italy 1318; SNG ANS 1403 (same rev. die). Obverse Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with gryphon; A above, [Φ before], IE on outlined tablet behind neck guard. Reverse Lion attacking stag left; [ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ] above. VF, toned, minor scratches under tone. Well struck.

Ex Classical Numismatic Review XXXIX No. 2 Summer 2014, lot 980957.

Velia, situated on the Tyrrhenian coast of southern Italy south of Poseidonia, was founded circa 540 BC by Ionian Greek colonists from Phokaia in western Asia Minor who had fled their homeland following the Persian conquest in 545 B.C. Its coinage commenced soon after the city’s foundation and its types (forepart of lion devouring prey / incuse square) and denomination (Phokaian silver drachm) reflect the Asian origin of the early citizenry of Velia. Later, in the 5th century, the weight standard of the Velian coinage was assimilated to that of the Achaean cities of Magna Graecia producing a nomos of about 8 grams. The type of a lion, or a lion attacking or feeding on its prey, remained popular at Velia throughout the two and a half centuries of its silver coinage, which ceased just prior to the city’s alliance with Rome, negotiated circa 275 BC.
3 commentsJason T12/30/18 at 19:49Enodia: Gorgeous! My favorite Velia type.
ATTICA, Athens. AR Tetradrachm86 viewsCirca 454-404 B.C. 17.15 grams. Obverse: archaizing head of Athena right. Reverse: owl standing right, olive sprig left upper corner with crescent moon below, ethnic to right field, all within incuse square. Kroll 8. HGC 4, 1597. SNG Copenhagen 31. SNG Munchen 49. Dewing 1591-7. Gulbenkian 519-21. Kraay & Hirmer 362. Choice EF, well centered, high relief (as usual).
The quintessential "Old Style" or "Classical Style" silver tetradrachm representative coin of Classical Athens called "glaukes" or owls. Silver probably came from the mines of Laurion or from member city states of the Delian League. Countless articles and exhaustive studies had been made regarding the enormous output of these coins during its remarkable existence. One of the early trade coins of the ancient world and undeniably well travelled from the Pillars of Hercules to ancient India, hence its ubiquitous nature. What more could be said of it?
3 commentsJason T12/30/18 at 19:46Enodia: A beautiful example of THE iconic coin of the anci...
RIC 1542 Vespasian denarius59 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

Virtus standing right, left foot on prow, with spear and parazonium

Antioch, 70 AD

RIC 1542 (R);RPC 1916 (5 spec.)

Ex-Noble Roman Coins

Ragged flan typical for the Antioch series. A very rare type!
8 commentsJay GT412/28/18 at 00:52Enodia: Nice one! A more sensitive portrait than the usual...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 21187 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/24/18 at 02:44Enodia: Amazing detail.
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, C. Vibius Varus, AR Denarius - Crawford 494/3837 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Caius Vibius Varus, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.56; 20mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: Bust of Minerva wearing crested Corinthian helmet and aegis, facing right.

Reverse: Hercules standing front, head left, holding lion skin, hand resting on club.

References: Crawford 494/38; HCRI 194; Sydenham 1140; BMCRR 4303-5; Banti 67/10 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex Künker Auction 280 (26 Sep 2016), Lot 396; ex Peus Auction 328 (1990), Lot 507; ex Kunst und Münzen (June 1977), Lot 209.

There is little known about any of the four moneyers of 42 BCE besides their coins. Grueber notes that there is equally little known connection between the Vibia gens and the devices on this coin. Sear suggests that the type represents the strength of the triumvirs in their impending fight with the republican forces.

6 commentsCarausius12/18/18 at 17:06Enodia: Nice style and beautiful toning!
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, L. Lentulus and C. Marcellus, AR Denarius - Crawford 445/222 viewsRome, The Imperators.
L. Lentulus, C. Marcellus, 49 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.89g; 18mm).
Apollonia in Illyricum Mint.

Obverse: Head of Apollo facing right; L·LENT·C MARC COS surrounding.

Reverse: Jupiter facing right, holding thunderbolt and eagle; to right, alter decorated with garland; to left, * Q.

References: Crawford 445/2; HCRI 5; Sydenham 1030 (R3); BMCRR East 21; Cornelia 65.

Provenance: Ex NAC 92 (24 May 2016), Lot 1866; Vico 120 (2009), Lot 173; Argenor Numismatique Auction 4 (27 Apr 2001), Lot 94.

The dating for this type is firm because it was struck for the consuls, Lentulus and Marcellus, who shared the office in 49 BCE. Both consuls were Pompey supporters who fled Rome when Caesar marched on the City. Lentulus was later killed in Egypt, where he fled with Pompey following the defeat at Pharsalus. Little further is known of Marcellus and he likely died during the wars.

The head of Apollo on this type was chosen because the coins were struck in Apollonia, where Apollo was prominent on the coinage.

The Quaestor that produced these coins was T. Antistius. Antistius was already Quaestor in Macedonia when the Pompeians arrived in flight from Caesar. Cicero reports that Antistius was reluctant to assist the Pompeians who forced him to produce their coins. Antistius’ ambivalence is evidenced by his desire to remain anonymous, choosing only to identiy his office by the letter Q. He was pardoned by Caesar following Pompey’s defeat at Pharsalus.
3 commentsCarausius12/18/18 at 17:02Enodia: Lovely coin.
Anonymous Roma Denarius - Dioscuri Galloping (Syd 311)26 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, after 211 BC

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma (R), behind, X.

Rev: The Dioscuri galloping (R); below, ROMA in linear frame.

Sydenham 311. RBW –. Crawford 53/2.

Naville Numismatics Auction 45, Lot 374
ex. Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian.

An example of the earliest denarius coinage from its first production in the last part of the 3rd and early 2nd centuries BC. Rome overhauled its coinage around 211 BC and introduced the denarius, containing an average 4.5 grams, or 1/72 of a Roman pound, of silver. The word dēnārius is derived from the Latin dēnī "containing ten", as its value was originally of 10 assēs. It formed the backbone of Roman currency throughout the Roman Republic.
2 commentsOptimo Principi12/14/18 at 18:30Enodia: Good looking coin.. nice details and a great rever...
RIC 1399 var. Vespasian denarius68 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head right

AVG within laurel wreath, ΘI monogram above ties.

Ephesus mint. AD 69-70.


RIC 1399 unlisted variant (laurel wreath rather than oak) this coin, footnote in the upcoming RIC II addenda ; RPC 808; RSC 37.

Ex Gorny & Mosch 152 (10 October 2006), lot 2071; Ex-Cheesman collection; Ex-CNG 433 Lot 379
9 commentsJay GT412/14/18 at 18:27Enodia: Nice, sharp coin!
Ionia, Ephesos, (c.387-295 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, BMC 54, E/Φ//--, Forepart of stag right,96 viewsIonia, Ephesos, (c.387-295 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, BMC 54, E/Φ//--, Forepart of stag right,
avers: E-Φ, Bee with straight wings.
reverse: E-Φ, Forepart of stag right, head turned back.
exergue: E/Φ//--, diameter: 7,0-8,0mm, weight: 0,86g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ionia, Ephesos, date:c.387-295 B.C., ref: BMC 54, SNG Cop 241, Babelon Traite 1889, SNG Turkey 190-192,
2 commentsquadrans12/10/18 at 23:50Enodia: A very cool little coin!
Bruttium Rhegium Æ 2351 viewsLaureate head of Asklepios right

Hygieia standing left, holding serpent; III to left

Rhegium, 203-150 BC

6.28g Æ 23

(R2) Very rare

HN Italy 2560; SNG ANS 786-8, MIAMG.3645

Ex-American Rarities (Boulder); Ex-Ebay

4 commentsJay GT412/06/18 at 06:07Enodia: Nice find!
026 Hadrian Denarius 117-132 AD Aequitas standing Eastern Mint18 viewsReference.
Strack *12

Bare head, draped bust right, seen from rear

Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia

3.23 gr
18 mm
1 commentsokidoki12/05/18 at 07:05Enodia: This is an interesting portrait. Hadrian looks dis...
Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)43 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/04/18 at 01:35Enodia: Great coin!
Claudius (41 - 54 A.D.)70 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: TI KLA[UDI KAIS SEBA GERMANI AUTOKR], laureate head of Claudius right; LB to right.
R: ANTWNIA SEBASTH, draped bust of Antonia right, wearing hair in long plait.
Dated RY 2 (41/2 AD)
Dattari 114; Milne 61-64; Emmett 73.
7 commentsMat12/03/18 at 03:50Enodia: Cool coin!
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 280-272 BC. AR Nomos57 views19mm, 6.45 g, 4h
The Dioskouroi riding left; monogram above, [ΣΩ]Δ-A-M-O-Σ below
Phalanthos, nude, holding two spears, shield decorated with hippocamp, and Nike, who crowns him with wreath, riding dolphin left; ΠY to left, waves below.
Vlasto 773; HN Italy 1011. Good VF, toned, compact flan. Well centered.
4 commentsLeo12/02/18 at 19:00Enodia: Great strike, great coin. I still need one of thes...
CALABRIA. Taras. 425-380 BC. AR nomos50 views6.26 gm
Nude ephebe cantering left, holding bridle with both hands, ΛΕ (retrograde) beneath horse / TARAS, dolphin rider right, wielding trident and pointing with left hand.
HN Italy 850. Vlasto 319 (same dies).
Porous. Edge bump (8:00 obverse) and reverse scratches. Good very fine
2 commentsLeo12/02/18 at 18:55Enodia: A beautiful coin of delicate style, i like it very...
EB0031 Larissa / Horse14 viewsLarissa, Thessaly, AR drachm, 350-340 BC.
Obverse: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left.
Reverse: ΛAΡIΣ-AIΩN above and beneath horse grazing right, left forefoot raised.
References: Herrmann V 5, Lorber L-III 53, SNG Cop 121, BMC 57.
Diameter: 19mm, Weight: 5.75g.
1 commentsEB12/02/18 at 18:52Enodia: One of the prettiest coin types of the ancient wor...
EB0033 Persephone / Ajax22 viewsOpuntia, Lokris, Quarter Stater, 369-338 BC.
Obverse: Head of Persephone right, wearing earring and necklace, head
wreathed with corn-leaves.
Reverse: OΠON-TIΩN, Ajax advancing right, holding sword and large shield; coiled serpent on shield, broken spear on ground.
References: SEAR 2330.
Diameter: 15mm, Weight: 2.76g.
Ex: Superior Stamp & Coin.
2 commentsEB12/02/18 at 18:49Enodia: Pretty Persephone, and i like the martial reverse ...
EB0158 Ptolemy XII / Eagle13 viewsEgypt, Ptolemy XII, AR Tetradrachm. Year 29 = 52/51 BC, Paphos Mint.
Obverse: Diademed head of Ptolemy XII right, aegis at neck.
Reverse: ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, palm branch over shoulder, IKΘ over headdress of Isis in left field, ΠA in right field.
References: Svoronos 1839; SNG Cop 396; BMC 35-36.
Diameter: 25.5mm, Weight: 14.471g.
1 commentsEB12/02/18 at 18:47Enodia: Nice coin, with a delicately rendered portrait.
365 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Patientia23 viewsReference.
RIC 365; Strack 202; Cohen 1010

Laureate head right.

Patientia, seated left on low seat, holding out right hand and holding transverse sceptre in left

3.18 gr
17 mm

BMCRE 525, pl. 57.9 (same reverse die). Cohen 1010 ;RIC II 365
The Reka Devnia hoard contained two specimens of this type, one like ours and one with a draped bust. Strack 202 records the two Reka Devnia coins in Sofia, BMCRE 525, two specimens in Paris, and only three others: Gnecchi Collection, L.A. Lawrence, and Ball VI, 1932, lot 1355. This is the sole appearance of the personification Patientia on Roman coins. Apparently her name was not well received, because it was very soon changed to INDVLGENTIA AVG, and with the new name the identical type, seated female figure extending right hand and holding scepter, was struck in substantial quantity. As Strack and Mattingly suggested, the sense of the Patientia type, since it was soon to be renamed Indulgentia, may have been "endurance of other people's troubles rather than one's own" (BMCRE III, p. cxli).
2 commentsokidoki12/02/18 at 18:04Enodia: Cool coin. I definitely would not want to be on th...
Unknown King, ca. 80 - 70 BC (Arsakes XVI.)27 viewsAR tdr., 15,82gr., 28,2mm;
Sellw. 30.4, Sh --, Sunrise 312 (this coin)(Arsakes XVI., 78/77 - 62/61 BC);
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12H;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot, and ribbon; medium h-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; cuirass; dotted border 18:30 - 13h; young face;
rev: archer, right, on throne, w/bow; monogr. above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY (ΘEO)ΠATOPOΣ (EY)EPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNO(Σ);

in: Numismatic Art of Persia, The Sunrise Collection, CNG 2011, p.182, #312.

also in:, Les Différents Types.
2 commentsSchatz12/02/18 at 17:10Enodia: I love this coin, it has a very expressive portrai...
Artabanos III., 80 - 90 AD33 viewsAR tdr., 13,48gr, 26,6mm; Sellwood 74.3, Shore -, Sunrise 441 (Artabanos V, 79/80-ca.85) AD); Sinisi Type I, p.104
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h; date: November (?) 80 AD
obv.: bare-headed, left, 4-layer broad diadem, 1 loop and 2 broad ribbons; medium-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, med.-long beard gently rounded off; earring, 3-layer necklace; tunic w/ornamental fishbone border;
rev.: king, left, on throne, facing goddess w/staff or sceptre offering untied diadem in right hand; dagger on left side(?); 6 lines of legend visible: (B)ACIΛ(EΩN) (PTA)BAN(OY) ΔIKΛIOY (A)ΠE (ΛAIOY?) EΠIΦΛNOYC (ΦIΛEΛΛHNOC); year between the heads BΦT (80/81 AD); exergual line;

in: Fabrizio Sinisi, Sylloge Nummorum Parthicorum, Oesterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, 2013, cf. Plate 50, Artabanos III Type I/1(1), #844A.
2 commentsSchatz12/02/18 at 17:08Enodia: I agree, a very nice portrait. I like the reverse ...
Boeotia, Federal Coinage, (c.378-338 B.C.), BMC 30-32, AR-Hemidrachm, BO/IΩ//--, Kantharos, #174 viewsBoeotia, Federal Coinage, (c.378-338 B.C.), BMC 30-32, AR-Hemidrachm, BO/IΩ//--, Kantharos, #1
avers: Boeotian shield,
reverse: Kantharos, thunderbolt above.
exergue: BO/IΩ//--, diameter: 11,5-13,0mm, weight: 2,58 g, axes: 6h,
mint: Boeotia, Federal Coinage, date: c.378-338 B.C., ref: BMC 30-32,
1 commentsquadrans12/02/18 at 16:58Enodia: Nice
Troas, Assos, (c.400-241 B.C.), AE-10, BMC 18, AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch, #198 viewsTroas, Assos, (c.400-241 B.C.), AE-10, BMC 18, AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch, #1
avers: Helmeted head of Athena right.
reverse: AΣΣI, Griffin sitting left, palm-branch (control symbol) in exergue.
exergue: -/-//palm-branch, diameter: 9,5-10,0mm, weight:1,18g, axes: 0h,
mint: Troas, Assos, date: c.400-241 B.C., ref: BMC Troas p. 38, 18, SNG Cop 237-240 var.,
2 commentsquadrans11/24/18 at 05:37Enodia: Nice one!
Ionia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1133 viewsIonia, Miletos, (cc.350-250 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?), Lion standing left, star above, #1
avers: Laureate head of Apollo left.
reverse: Lion standing left, star above.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,0 mm, weight: 1,69g, axes: 0 h,
mint: Ionia, Miletos, date: cc.350-250 B.C., ref: Deppert-Lippitz 58 (V27/R33)(?).
3 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 18:28Enodia: I've always liked the depiction of Apollo on t...
Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #2139 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Agathokles (cc. 317-289 B.C.), AE-22, SNG Ans 749, AΓAΘOKΛEOΣ BAΣIΛEOΣ, Winged thunderbolt, #2
avers: ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ, Draped bust of Artemis Soteira right, quiver over shoulder.
reverse: ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕΟΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ, Winged thunderbolt between legend.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22 mm, weight: 9,59, axes: h,
mint: Sicily, Syracuse, date: cc.317-289 B.C., ref: SNG Ans 749,
4 commentsquadrans10/13/18 at 19:19Enodia: Lovely Artemis!
EB0007 Youth on horseback / Taras on dolphin34 viewsTarentum, CALABRIA, AR Nomos, 281-272 BC.
Obverse: Naked youth on horseback right crowning himself; IΩ behind, ZAΛO and Ionic capital below.
Reverse: Taras astride dolphin, holding distaff and akrostolion; AN behind.
References: VLASTO 803, Evans VII, G1; SNG France 1924-25; Cote 420 and McGill II, 87-89.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.602g.
3 commentsEB10/13/18 at 18:55Enodia: Very nice! Also Evans VII, G1; SNG France 1924-25;...
EB0010 Youth on horseback / Taras on dolphin30 viewsTarentum, CALABRIA, AR Nomos, 272-235 BC.
Obverse: Youth on horseback left crowning horse; ΦΙΛΩ/ΤΑΣ in two lines below, ΔΙ above.
Reverse: Taras on dolphin left, holding kantharos and distaff; cock behind.
References: VLASTO 847, SNG France 2009, SNG ANS 1176, Evans VIII, A11 and McGill II, 96.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.123g.
2 commentsEB10/13/18 at 18:31Enodia: A nice one, well centered. I think it may be Vlast...
EB0006 Nymph / Man-headed bull31 viewsNeapolis, CAMPANIA, AR Nomos/2 drm., 300-281 BC.
Obverse: Diademed head of nymph left, wearing earring and necklace.
Reverse: Man-headed bull walking left, crowned by Nike above flying left.
References: Cf. GROSE 269,3 (also see SNG ANS 350-381).
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 7.312g.
3 commentsEB10/13/18 at 18:13Enodia: Nice coin, great reverse!
Corinthian Stater53 viewsHead of Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet right

Pegasos flying left, coppa below

345-307 BC


Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/01/18 at 17:18Enodia: Nice one! I can't help with the attribution, ...
Anonymous AR Didrachm (Quadrigatus) - Janiform head and Jupiter in Quadriga (Crawf. 30/1)71 viewsAR Didrachm (Quadrigatus)
Uncertain mint, 225-214 BC
6.57g, 22mm

Obv: Laureate head of youthful Janus or Dioscuri

Rev: Jupiter holding sceptre and brandishing thunderbolt, in quadriga driven to right by Victory; ROMA incuse on raised tablet below.

Crawford 30/1; RSC 23; Sydenham 64b

Roma Numismatics Auction XVI, 498
From a private Swiss collection, outside of Italy prior to January 2011.
7 commentsKained but Able09/29/18 at 04:31Enodia: A beautiful coin!
RIC 0215 Domitianus88 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/28/18 at 05:01Enodia: Yes, beautiful reverse!
Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans101 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
7 commentsJay GT409/06/18 at 23:33Enodia: substantial!
Cr 334/1 AR Denarius L. Pomponius Molo 20 viewsL. Pomponius Molo, 97 BCE Denarius (20 mm, 3.81 g, 6 h), Rome.
L.POMPON.MOLO Laureate head of Apollo to right.
NVMA POMPIL Numa standing before altar, sacrificing. Babelon (Pomponia) 6. Crawford 334/1. Sydenham 607.
1 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:30Enodia: great reverse scene.
Cr 53/1 AR Victoriatus Anonymous 30 viewsafter 211 BC. AR Victoriatus (17mm, 3.14g, 11h) Rome mint
O: Laureate head of Jupiter r.
R: Victory standing r., crowning trophy
Crawford 53/1; RBW 191; RSC 9
[my opinion: Although Victoriati can be seen as excruciatingly repetitive, with good reason, the obverse of this coin shows considerable artistry in execution.]
3 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:29Enodia: a very cool coin!
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, AR Sestertius - Crawford 44/761 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 212-208 BCE
AR Sestertius (1.0g; 12mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, right; IIS (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Dioscuri galloping right with spears; two stars above; ROMA below in linear frame.

References: Crawford 44/7; Sydenham 142; BMCRR 13-18.

Provenance: Ex Volteia Collection [CNG 102 (18 May 2016), Lot 777]; ex August Voirol Collection [Munzen und Medaillen 38 (6-7 Dec 1968), Lot 105].

The IIS mark of value denotes that the coin is worth 2 asses + a semis, or 2.5 asses. This quarter-denarius denomination was part of the introduction of the denarius coinage following the Roman sack of Syracuse. The subsequent reduction in the weight standard and size of the bronze coinage eliminated the need for this tiny silver denomination, and it was soon discontinued. However, the denomination would be resurrected for short times during the Social War and Imperatorial eras.
4 commentsCarausius08/20/18 at 15:25Enodia: Neat coin!
VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.71 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 90.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
5 commentsCanaan08/14/18 at 18:21Enodia: Nice coin, and congratulations on completing your ...
Taras didrachm65 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC



Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
4 commentsJay GT408/10/18 at 21:08Enodia: Nice example of an early horseman.
Bruttium Uncia66 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC


Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

3 commentsJay GT408/07/18 at 21:19Enodia: Nice one, obviously influenced by Ptolemaic design...
Fulvia62 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC




RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21

Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 21:21Enodia: Yep, i was about to write the same comment. Nice!
Taras. Circa 280-228 BC. AR Diobol24 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280-228 BC. AR Diobol (10mm, 0.82 g).

Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet / Herakles standing left fighting the Nemean lion; club right. Vlasto 1415; HN Italy 1064. VF, some light smoothing in the fields on the both sides.
1 commentsLeo07/17/18 at 00:56Enodia: rare with Herkles facing left. nice one!
CALABRIA, TARAS, AR Obol - 4th century B.C.37 viewsweight 0,55gr. | silver 10mm.
obv. Female head right, surrounded by serpents
rev. Kantharos, 5 dots arround, TA above
BMC 431var. | SNG.Copenhagen- | Historia Numorum- |
SNG.Paris 2082 | SNG.München- | Jameson 131 | Vlasto 1216 RR
a very rare and intriguing cointype
2 commentsLeo07/17/18 at 00:55Enodia: fantastic coin! i've never seen one of these o...
Ionia, Teos, (c. 300-100 B.C.), AE-12, SNG Cop. 1460, THIΩN, Lyre within the square linear frame, #1152 viewsIonia, Teos, (c. 300-100 B.C.), AE-12, SNG Cop. 1460, THIΩN, Lyre within the square linear frame, #1
avers: Griffin seated right.
reverse: THI ΩN, Lyre within the square linear frame.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 11,5-12,5mm, weight: 1,82g, axes: 6h,
mint: Ionia, Teos, , date: c. 300-100 B.C., ref: SNG Cop. 1460,
1 commentsquadrans07/03/18 at 22:29Enodia: cool griffin
Lucania, Metapontom stater77 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC


Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
6 commentsJay GT406/24/18 at 21:07Enodia: Nice!
RPC 1950 Vespasian Tetradrachm95 viewsAYTOKPAT KAIΣA OVEΣΠAΣIANOY
Laureate head right

Eagle standing to left on club; palm branch in field.

Dated "New Holy Year" 4, AD 71-72

Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria


Prieur 116; McAlee 338; RPC 1950


Glossy black patina
9 commentsJay GT405/31/18 at 16:49Enodia: nice cameo effect
Calabria, Taras, (c.520-473 B.C.), AR-Litra, HN Italy 831, -/-//Scallop-shell, TAPA (retrograde), Dolphin, below, Scallop-shell,120 viewsCalabria, Taras, (c.520-473 B.C.), AR-Litra, HN Italy 831, -/-//Scallop-shell, TAPA (retrograde), Dolphin, below, Scallop-shell,
avers: Scallop-shell, linear border.
reverse: TAPA (retrograde), Dolphin, below, Scallop-shell, linear border.
exergue: -/-//Scallop-shell, diameter: 9,0-10,2mm, weight: 0,63g, axes: 6h,
mint: Calabria, Taras, date: c.520-473 B.C., ref: HN Italy 831, Vlasto 1136, Cote 102,
1 commentsquadrans05/20/18 at 20:09Enodia: Nice!
Vlasto 1136, Cote 102
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0338, Macedonian, AE-15, (Half Unit), Horse galloping right, torch below, #1144 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0338, Macedonian, AE-15, (Half Unit), Horse galloping right, torch below, #1
avers: Young male head wearing diadem right.
reverse: ΑΛΕΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Horse galloping right, torch below.
exergue: -/-//Torch, diameter: 15mm, weight: 3,30g, axes: 5h,
mint: Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, date: 336-323 B.C., ref: Price 0338,
3 commentsquadrans05/18/18 at 21:00Enodia: I like the cameo effect, especially on the reverse...
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0110, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bow and quiver in left field,655 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0110, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bow and quiver in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ-AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, right leg drawn back, holding eagle and scepter, bow and quiver in left field.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 25,5-26,5mm, weight: 17,26g, axes: 8 h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Amphipolis’ mint.
date: c. 323 - c. 320 B.C., ref: Price 110,
7 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:44Enodia: Wonderful portrait!
Macedonia, Amphipolis, (158 - 149 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, Sear 1386, MAKEΔONΩΝ/ΠPΩTHΣ, 125 viewsMacedonia, Amphipolis, (158 - 149 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, Sear 1386, MAKEΔONΩΝ/ΠPΩTHΣ,
avers:- No legends, Macedonian shield, at center of which bust of Artemis Tauropolos right, bow and quiver at her shoulder.
revers:- MAKEΔONΩΝ/ΠPΩTHΣ, above and below club within oak-wreath, thunderbolt to left, above 1 belove 2 monogram.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 30mm, weight: 16,76g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Amphipolis, date:158 - 149 B.C., B.C., ref: Sear 1386 ,
1 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:41Enodia: Very pretty Artemis
Macedonia, Macedonian Koinon, 062 ( A.D.), AE-27, AMNG 340, Lion walking right, #190 viewsMacedonia, Macedonian Koinon, 062 ( A.D.), AE-27, AMNG 340, Lion walking right, #1
062 Koinon of Macedonia, AE-27, Lion walking right,
avers:- ΑΛΕΞΑ(ΝΔΡΟΥ) ??? , Head of Alexander-III as Herakled in lionskin right.
revers:- ΚΟΙΝΟΝ-ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ(-Β-ΝΕΩΚ) ???, Lion walking right, club above.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 26-27mm, weight: 9,14g, axis: 6h,
mint: Koinon of Macedonia, date: Dated to the time of Severus Alexander, by Tom Mullally thank you Tom. :)
ref: AMNG 340., by Jochen and Tom Mullally thank you Jochen and Tom. :)
2 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:40Enodia: Love the patina!
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1106A, Mesembria, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1321 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 1106A, Mesembria, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1
avers: No legends, Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ/AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand. Monogram in left field, below Corinthian helmet right, Monogram beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 32,5-33,0mm, weight: 16,12g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Mesembria’ mint.
date: posthumous, c. 125 - c. 65 B.C., ref: Price 1106A,
4 commentsquadrans05/06/18 at 19:11Enodia: Great coin! I love the defiant, almost aggressive ...
Probus Antoninianus153 viewsIMP CM AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus right

Emperor on horseback trampling enemy, a shield in left hand, spear in right. A shield on the ground under the horse.

Bust type B

Serdica mint, 280-281 AD
4th emission, 3rd officina


RIC 880 (C).

EF with wonderful smooth dark brown/black glossy patina. Even nicer in hand.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-George W. La Borde collection

Published on
14 commentsJay GT405/05/18 at 01:07Enodia: quite lovely!
Terina, Bruttium136 viewsTEPINAION
Head of nymph right; triskeles behind

Nike seated left on plinth, holding kerykeion.

Terina, Bruttium. 300 BC


Holloway & Jenkins 107; HN Italy 2641

Ex-CNG 396 lot 29; Ex-Aegean

Also called 1/3 Nomos
4 commentsJay GT404/14/18 at 01:05Enodia: nice one Jay. i love these!
Sicily Gela AR Hexas-Dionkion 3mm 0.09g circa 480-470 BC very rare Jenkins list one coin in the British Museum32 viewsBridle horse head to right in circle of dots.Rev Two pellets {mark of value} in linear circle.2 commentsGrant H04/10/18 at 02:21Enodia: a smiley face!
Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 - 440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h. Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.469 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer, above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils. Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auction 14 lot 50 5-17-17, ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auction X, 22 June 1951, lot 192, ex V.J.E. Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant H04/10/18 at 02:20Enodia: very desirable!
Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula59 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
6 commentsJay GT404/10/18 at 00:25Enodia: very cool, and i love the geometric style so typic...
Sicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,176 viewsSicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,
avers: Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with the wing, border of dots.
reverse: KAMA, owl standing left, head facing, grasping lizard in talon, in exergue, three pellets.
exergue: -/-//•••, diameter: 14,0-14,5 mm, weight: 3,03 g, axes: 0h,
mint: Sicily, Kamarina, date: 420-405 B.C., ref: Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, SNG ANS 1229, SNG Cop 169.,
4 commentsquadrans04/07/18 at 20:32Enodia: Well centered and a clear ethnic... nice!
Bruttium, Brettii, Under Hannibal, (215-205 B.C.), AR-Quarter Shekel, SNG Cop 369, -/-//--, Free horse standing right,227 viewsBruttium, Brettii, Under Hannibal, (215-205 B.C.), AR-Quarter Shekel, SNG Cop 369, -/-//--, Free horse standing right,
avers: Head of Tanit-Demeter left, wreathed with grain, in pendant earring and necklace.
reverse: Free horse standing right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,5mm, weight: 1,67g, axes: 0h,
mint: Bruttium, Brettii, date: 215-205 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 369, Robinson, NC 1964, p. 53, 3., HN Italy 2020.,
4 commentsquadrans04/03/18 at 23:06Enodia: yep, me too... great coin!
2016 ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-2016 DOC 7 CLBC 8.4.4 80 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. hand. Scroll or hilt of sword

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger cr. Manus Dei ( Hands of God) in upper right field.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron

Size 16mm

Weight 1.7gm

DOC lists 6 examples with weights from 1.2 to 1.9 gm and sizes 15x11 to 17mm
4 commentsSimon03/22/18 at 22:19Enodia: nice detail, especially for the type.
Sicily, Syracuse, Dionysios I. (405-367 B.C.), AE-Hemilitron, SNG Ans 415-25, ΣYPA, Dolphin, and shell,167 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Dionysios I. (405-367 B.C.), AE-Hemilitron, SNG Ans 415-25, ΣYPA, Dolphin, and shell,
avers: No legend, Head of Arethusa left, wearing a necklace, hair bound in ampyx and sphendone, olive leaves behind.
reverse: Dolphin swimming right, Σ Y P A and cockle shell below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 15,5-18,0mm, weight: 3,20g, axes: 6h,
mint: Sicily, Syracuse, Dionysios I., date: 405-367 B.C., ref: SNG Ans 415-25, SNG Cop 697-699, CNS 24/1-7, HGC 2, 1480,
4 commentsquadrans03/21/18 at 16:35Enodia: Beautiful Arethusa, and such sharp details!
Ptolemy II52 viewsPtolemy II, 285/4-246 BC PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM
AR Tetradrachm 14.09 g.
NGC Grade
Ch XF Strike: 4/5 Surface: 2/5

obv. Diademed bust right of Ptolemy Soter wearing aegis around neck
rev. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑIΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed, in left field TYP monogram above club

Ref:Sv.644, SNG Cop 482-483, BMC.-, Meydancikkale 4206-4353, Noeske 84.
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/15/18 at 23:53Enodia: Nice condition, great eagle!
Attica. Athens53 viewsAttica. Athens circa 454-404 BC.
Drachm AR

13mm., 4,13g.

Head of Athena with profile eye to right, wearing disc earring, pearl necklace and a crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and a pi-style palmette /
ΑΘΕ, owl standing to right, head facing the viewer, olive sprig with berry in upper left field, all within incuse square.

very fine

Kroll 10; HGC 4, 1631.
6 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/15/18 at 23:51Enodia: Great find!
CALABRIA, Tarentum AR Obol53 viewsKantharos; five pellets around

Kantharos; five pellets around.

Tarentum, Circa 280-228 BC.

8.5mm 0.53 g

Vlasto 1655-6; HN Italy 1076.

Ex-CNG 381 Lot 13; Ex-Steve P Collection

2 commentsJay GT403/03/18 at 22:32Enodia: Remarkably well-centered for this type. Nice addit...
LUCANIA, Thourioi70 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing helmet decorated with Skylla holding rudder over shoulder

Bull butting right; below, dolphin right in waves.

Lucania, Thourioi

Circa 400-350 BC


HN Italy 1794b; SNG ANS 1048.

Ex CNG 385, Lot: 48, Ex-Steve P collection
2 commentsJay GT403/03/18 at 22:26Enodia: Nice one. I think the Skylla with rudder/dolphin r...
Bruttium drachm90 viewsVeiled head of Hera Lakinia right, wearing polos; scepter over shoulder, feather to left

Zeus standing left, right foot on ionic capital, holding scepter; crab to left, [tiny Γ between foot and scepter].

Second Punic War issue. Circa 216-214 BC.
3.88 g.

Arslan dies 12/17’; Scheu 68–77 var. (obv. symbol);

HN Italy 1969. VF, toned, struck with worn dies.

Rare issue with feather on obverse, unknown to Scheu.

Ex-CNG 407 lot 14, From the B. H. Webb Collection. Ex-Pipito Collection

Tough to photograph, much better in hand.
5 commentsJay GT402/27/18 at 20:35Enodia: i love this veiled Hera!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373A (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denar, DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, #2143 views050a Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 373A (Caracalla), Rome, AR-Denar, DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, #2
avers: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, Draped bust right
revers: DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left, holding the long torch with both hands.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,57g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 211-217 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-373A (Caracalla), p-, RSC-32, (Caracalla), BMC-1, Sear-7100,
2 commentsquadrans02/18/18 at 23:12Enodia: Beautiful coin!
CONSTANTINOPLE: Leo I21 viewsLeo I. AD 457-474. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.46 g, 6h). Constantinople mint, 10th officina. Struck AD 462 or 466. D N LEO PE RPET AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear over shoulder and shield with horseman motif / VICTORI A AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long, jeweled cross in right hand; star to right; I//CONOB. RIC X 605; Depeyrot 93/1. VF, “X” graffito on obverse, a few light marks on reverse.3 commentsMolinari02/14/18 at 15:01Enodia: Very nice!
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Obol63 viewsKantharos; three pellets around.

Bucranium; three pellets around.

Circa 380-325 BC
Weight: 0.33 g.
Diameter: 9 mm.

Rare with 3 pellets

cf. Vlasto 1617 (number of pellets); cf. BMC 432 (same). HN Italy 918; SNG France 3 specimens, c.f. 2201-03 (number of pellets)

Ex Dr. P. Vogl collection; ex Bankhaus Aufhäuser (sold 30.12.1992; with dealer's ticket), Ex-Numismatik Naumann auction 42 lot 15; Ex-Calgary Coin

A tiny coin with a fantastic design.
9 commentsJay GT401/27/18 at 19:39Enodia: A great addition Jay, but of course I'm slight...
Bruttium Uncia56 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC


HN Italy 1978

Ebay, From the Tony Hardy collection #999
5 commentsJay GT401/22/18 at 14:36Enodia: Nice eagle, and great provenance.
Athens, Greece, Old Style Tetradrachm, c. 454 - 404 B.C.101 viewsIn honor of Christmas :
Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 31, SNG Munchen 49, Kroll 8, Dewing 1611, Gulbenkian 519, HGC 4 1597, SGCV I 2526, Choice EF, bold well centered strike, high relief as usual for the type, attractive surfaces, graffito on reverse, small edge cracks, 17.176g, 24.7mm, 30o, Athens mint, c. 454 - 404 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves; reverse owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, AQE downward on right, all within incuse square.

The old-style tetradrachm of Athens is famous for its almond shaped eye, archaic smile, and charming owl reverse. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. On the reverse, a crescent moon was added.

During the period 449 - 413 B.C. huge quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance grandiose building projects such as the Parthenon and to cover the costs of the Peloponnesian War.

FORVM Ancient Coins. / From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
10 commentsSam01/21/18 at 22:59Enodia: A beautiful example of THE iconic ancient coin... ...
M. Sergius Silus (116-115 B.C.)32 viewsAR Denarius
O: Helmeted head of Roma right; mark of value behind.
R: Soldier on horseback rearing left, holding sword and severed head of barbarian; Q below.
Rome Mint
Crawford 286/1; Sydenham 534; Sergia 1.
5 commentsMat01/21/18 at 22:54Enodia: Cool coin!
1 Constans21 viewsAE4
D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, Rosette diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, Emperor standing left on galley, holding phoenix on Globe, piloted by Victory
PLG in ex

RIC Lyons 96
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/11/18 at 14:58Enodia: Interesting reverse type which I wasn't famili...
Julian II “The Philosopher” (as Caesar)16 views355-360 AD
AE3 (16mm, 1.98g)
O: Bare head right; DN IVLIANVS NOB C.
R: Emperor standing left, holding globe and spear; SPES REIPVBLICE, [B]SIRM in ex.
Sirmium mint.
RIC VIII Sirmium 81; Sear 4064
From the J. Grande collection

2 commentsEnodia01/06/18 at 21:13Enodia:
RIC 844 Domitian Cistophoric94 viewsIMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand


Rome mint for circulation in the East. 82 AD

RIC 844 (R); RPC 868

Ex-Roy's Coin
Roughness (die rust?) around features not visible in hand.
8 commentsJay GT412/11/17 at 16:14Enodia: Nice one, and a very expressive portrait.
06 Constantius Gallus49 viewsConstantius Gallus
A.D. 351- 354
19x21mm 3.9gm
DN FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES; bare-headed, draped & cuirassed bust right, Delta behind bust.
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO; Soldier spearing fallen horseman, B in left field.
In ex. CONS[?]
RIC VIII Constantinople 113
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/21/17 at 00:47Enodia: another great reverse!
Lucania Poseidonia stater71 viewsΠΟΜΕΣ
Poseidon standing right, wearing chlamys around shoulders, brandishing trident

ΠΟΜΕΣ (retrograde)
Bull standing to left, above

Poseidonia, Lucania

470-445 BC


SNG ANS 661; HN Italy 1114

Ex-Geoffrey Bell auction September 2017 lot 896
5 commentsJay GT410/07/17 at 02:14Enodia: nice early issuue, and a great bull!
Thrace, Pautalia, 051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), Varbanov II. 5129var., AE-29, OYΛΠIAC ΠAYTAΛIAC, Hermes standing half left, #187 viewsThrace, Pautalia, 051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), Varbanov II. 5129var., AE-29, OYΛΠIAC ΠAYTAΛIAC, Hermes standing half left, #1
avers:- AYT K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, Laureate head right (EEa).
revers:- OYΛΠIAC ΠAYTAΛIAC, Hermes standing half left, holding purse and caduceus, with chlamys in left hand.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 29,0-29,5mm, weight: 15,67g, axis:7h,
mint: Thrace, Pautalia, date: A.D., ref: Varbanov(Engl.,2005) II. 5129var., (Not in this legend and bust variation, EEa).
2 commentsquadrans08/18/17 at 15:24Enodia: i like the reverse!
Julian II, The Apostate (355 - 363 A.D.)31 viewsÆ3
O:  D N CL IVLIANVS NOB CAES, Bare head, draped and cuirassed right.
R: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Helmeted soldier to l., shield on l. arm, spearing falling horseman; shield on ground r. Horseman turns head to soldier and extends l. arm. M in l. field, BSIRM star in exergue.
Sirmium Mint, 355-61 A.D.
RIC 78

3 commentsMat08/05/17 at 23:19Enodia: nice patina
Henry III (1216-1272 A.D.)25 viewsAR Penny
Long Cross type Class 3b
Engraver: Henry Frowik
O: hЄNRICVS RЄX | III, Crowned facing portrait of King Henry III, 6 pointed star straddles central crown ornament, legend from 12 o'clock.
R: /hEN/RIO/NLV/NDE, Voided long cross with trefoil of pellets in each angle.
London mint
North 987, SBC 1363
2 commentsMat07/22/17 at 02:52Enodia: nice coin
050 Leopoldus I., (Leopoldus I. of Habsburg), King of Hungary, (1657-1705 A.D.), AR-3-Groschen, U-1089, Madonna and the child in the Mandorla, N/B//P-O, 1694, #01224 views050 Leopoldus I., (Leopoldus I. of Habsburg), King of Hungary, (1657-1705 A.D.), AR-3-Groschen, U-1089, Madonna and the child in the Mandorla, N/B//P-O, 1694, #01
avers:- LEOPOLD•D•G•R•[3,as value sign] I•S•A•G•H•B•R•, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, below in value sign 3.
revers:- •S•IMMAC•VIR• [coat of arms] M•MAT•D•P•H• 16-94, Madonna in the Mandorla, the child in her right hand, below crowned coat of arms, mint marks and mint marks on the side.
diameter: 20,0-21,5mm, weight: 1,37g, axis: 0h,
mint: Hungary, mint mark: N/B//P-O, Nagybánya, (today Romania : Baia Mare),
date: 1694 A.D., ref: Unger-1089, Huszar-1469,
3 commentsquadrans07/16/17 at 15:32Enodia: a nice specimen with great detail.
Aquilea, RIC VIII 113, 147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), AE-2 Follis, A/-//AQT•, FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing falling enemy,70 viewsAquilea, RIC VIII 113, 147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), AE-2 Follis, A/-//AQT•, FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing falling enemy,
avers: D N CONSTAN TIVS P F AVG, Cs1, D3, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right, "A" behind the bust
Reverse: FEL TEMP RE PARATIO, Helmeted soldier to left shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman, shield on the ground at right, Horseman wears a Phrygian helmet and sits to right and raises both hands.
exergue: A/-//--;A/-//AQT•, diameter: 24-26mm, weight:4,74g, axis:5h,
mint: Aquilea, date: 348-50 A.D., ref: RIC-VIII-113, p-324,
2 commentsquadrans07/12/17 at 14:15Enodia: pretty patina
03 Constantius II87 viewsConstantius II
25 mm, 5.67 g, 12 h)
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier,horses hoof over exerg. line

ANB Antioch 122
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/12/17 at 05:01Enodia: really nice! this reverse is one of your best, i t...
Taras 480-470 BC, Nomos54 views7.68g.

Fischer-Bossert-81, Vlasto-74. Obv: Boy on dolphin right; sea shell below. Greek legend above. Rx: Wheel pattern. Ex Gemini XII, 11 January 2015, lot 11. VF

"From the evidence of findings we know that the coins bearing a wheel, and with the designs in relief on both sides of the coins were issued for some years during the destruction of Sybaris in 510 B.C.
The wheel was an emblem of the sun-god and may perhaps show the influence of the Pythagoreans; it appears also on the coins of Tanagra and of Chalcis, and later also on coins of Phlius, circle 431 B.C.
The coins issued in this period show the rapid advance made by the Tarentines in Commerce and Art during the time 520 to 470 B.C"
1 commentsLeo06/30/17 at 17:02Enodia: a very cool early type, which i've been after ...
CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 333-331/0 BC. AR Nomos87 views19.5mm, 7.70 g, 2h
Warror, preparing to throw spear and holding shield and two more spears, on horse rearing right; [|- to left], Λ to right, KAΛ and Δ below / Phalanthos, holding crested Phrygian helmet, astride dolphin right; stars flanking, API below. Fischer-Bossert Group 60, 770–3 var. (V303/R– [unlisted rev. die]); Vlasto 543–4 (same obv. die); HN Italy 896. Good VF, toned, a little off center. From fine style dies.

On this coin we see the rider on horseback exercising his martial prowess, galloping forward and preparing to thrust a javelin into an object which the viewer does not see. On his far side he carries a round shield and two additional spears. The reverse depicts the dolphin rider facing to the right, holding a helmet of Phrygian design with cheek guards and a long, sweeping crest. Two stars in the fields flank the dolphin rider, and should perhaps be interpreted as alluding to the Dioskouroi and thus to Sparta. If so, then the design should be seen in light of the ill-fated expedition of the Spartan king Archidamos III. In 343/2 B.C. at the request of the city’s leading citizens, the Spartan king arrived with a fleet and soldiers in order to help the Tarentines to repel incursions by their Italic neighbors, notably the noisome Lucanians to Tarentum’s north and west. He was subsequently killed during the fighting, and the dolphin rider here may be thought of as mourning the slain Spartan king.
3 commentsLeo06/30/17 at 16:58Enodia: a wonderful coin with, to my mind, one of the best...
Athens Tetradrachm151 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round

ΑΘΕ right
owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, prong tail, to left olive twig
and crescent, all within incuse square

Athens 449-413 BC


SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT406/29/17 at 15:23Enodia: i love this Athena! very nice addition Jay
Titus RIC 9188 viewsAR Quinarius, 1.55g
Rome mint, 79-80 AD
RIC 91 (C). BMC 108. RSC 356.
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST (clockwise, inwardly, from low l.); Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm
Ex CNG E399, 14 June 2017, lot 486.

Titus struck a small undated issue of quinarii, most of which are fairly rare. This traditional Victory type is copied from quinarii minted by Vespasian.

Struck in a fine and neat style, typical of the mint during this period.
5 commentsDavid Atherton06/29/17 at 03:26Enodia: i like it!
Severus Alexander 22 viewsSeverus Alexander Denarius. 228 AD. IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate, draped bust right / P M TR P VII COS II P P, Alexander sacrificing left, draped and holding patera over altar. RIC 81; RSC 357.1 commentsMolinari06/28/17 at 17:05Enodia: nice one! i like the reverse scene.
Faustina II21 viewsFaustina II, wife of Marcus Aurelius, FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, Faustina to right, rocking her sweet, characteristic bun. I V N O, around Juno seated.RIC III 674 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 7-4a; BMCRE 87 (Aurelius); RSC 85. 1 commentsMolinari06/28/17 at 17:02Enodia: a pleasing portrait.
012p Claudius-I (41-54 A.D.), Syria, Uncertain Caesarea, RPC I 4086, AE-24, KAICAPEΩN ETOYC E, Veiled Tyche seated right,150 views012p Claudius-I (41-54 A.D.), Syria, Uncertain Caesarea, RPC I 4086, AE-24, KAICAPEΩN ETOYC E, Veiled Tyche seated right,
avers:- TIBEPIOC KΛAYΔIOC KAICAP, Bare head of Tiberius right.
revers:- KAICAPEΩN ETOYC E, Veiled Tyche, seated right, on rocks and holding ears of corn, below, river god.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 24,0-24,5mm, weight: 9,7g, axes: 0h,
mint: Syria, Uncertain Caesarea, date: Year 5 = 45 A.D., ref: RPC-I-4086, BMC Anazarbus 4,
3 commentsquadrans06/24/17 at 22:29Enodia: beautiful patina!
080 Vitellius 61 viewsVitellius Denarius.
Weight: 3.30 g
Diameter: 18.50 mm
A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP TR P, laureate head right / LIBERTAS RESTITVTA, Libertas, draped, standing facing holding pileus and long rod. RIC I 81, RSC 48
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/17/17 at 14:24Enodia: very nice, and congratulations on finishing your 1...
Calabria Tarentum AR Diobol circa 325-280 BC 12mm 0.98g 10h 45 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right,wreath on helmet.Rev Herakles standing right facing left,strangling the Nemean lion,quiver to lower left ,club to lower right.
Very rare issue with wreath helmet,and Herakles standing right of lion.
EX Thomas Cederlind 165 8-1-12 lot 11
EXPeus 396 11-5-08 lot 26
EX Heidelberger Munzhandlung 28,11-12-99 lot 18
2 commentsGrant H06/16/17 at 15:06Enodia: indeed rare, nicely provenanced and well centered ...
Calabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 280-272 BC 20 mm 6.46 g 12 h62 viewsThe Dioskouroi on horseback riding left,monogram above.Rev Phalanthos astride dolphin left,holding shield ,two spears,and crowning Nike.Waves below.2 commentsGrant H06/16/17 at 15:02Enodia: I love these Dioscouri types, so important to the ...
Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 23 mm 8.22g 12 h58 viewsL below,Pegasos flying left.Rev head of Athena left wearing Corinthian helmet,behind crested Macedonian helmet between T and I.
Pegasi 151.
2 commentsGrant H06/16/17 at 14:57Enodia: very nice! well struck and with lovely toning.
091p Salonina (? - 268 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-2986, D-5334, Egypt, Alexandria, -/IЄ/L//--, Elpis walking left, #1153 views091p Salonina (? - 268 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-2986, D-5334, Egypt, Alexandria, -/IЄ/L//--, Elpis walking left, #1
avers:- KOPNHΛIA CAΛωNEINA CEB, Diademed and draped bust right.
revers:- Elpis walking left, holding flower and raising hem of robe. Palm branch upright to left, IЄ over L in right field..
exe: -/IЄ/L//--, diameter: 22,0-23,5 mm, weight:10,85 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: I/ЄL (dated year 15), 267-268 A.D., ref: Geissen-2986, Dattari-5334, Kapmann-Ganschow-91.53-p-324,
3 commentsquadrans06/03/17 at 18:10Enodia: excellent detail, especially the reverse!
RIC 271 Domitian denarius80 viewsCAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII
Laureate head right

Seat draped; above Corinthian helmet

Rome, 80-81 AD (after the deification of Vespasian)


RIC 271 (C2)

Ex-Stack's, Ex-Calgary Coin

A common type but with an exceptional reverse!
6 commentsJay GT406/03/17 at 14:59Enodia: really nice reverse, even if the seat is 'drap...
Bruttium, The Bretti, drachm74 viewsdiademed, draped and winged bust of Nike right, at left Club and crescent

River-god Aisaros/Dionysos standing, crowning himself, holding cloak and scepter, at right Snake and Σ.

216-214 BC


HNItaly 1961 SNG Copenhagen

Second Punic War issue

Ex-Calgary Coin

3 commentsJay GT406/03/17 at 03:35Enodia: nice one!
Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Philetairos, Athena, serpent, ΔTP monogram 19 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE15, 282 - 263 B.C.
Pergamene Kingdom, Philetairos
Obv.: Head of Athena right, wearing helmet decorated with a griffin
Rev.: [Φ]IΛETAI[ΡOΥ], Serpent coiled right, ΔTP monogram to left.
AE, 15mm
1 commentsshanxi06/03/17 at 01:12Enodia: i've always thought this to be a very interest...
13 Julian II 70 viewsJulian II . D N IVLIA-NVS NOB C, draped and cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards, M in left field, mintmark Delta SISL.
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/02/17 at 01:34Enodia: nice coin Randy. a good portrait of 'The Beard...
Julius Caesar Denarius - Trophy of Gallic Arms (Syd 1015)43 viewsAR Denarius
Mint moving with Julius Caesar in Spain, late 46-early 45 BC

Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Venus left; small Cupid on shoulder; lituus to left, scepter to right

Rev: Trophy of Gallic arms and carnuces; below Gallic captive, possibly Vercingetorix, kneeling left with head right; to right Gallia seated right in attitude of mourning.

Crawford 468/2; CRI 59; Sydenham 1015; RSC 14.

NAC Auction 100

ex. Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian

Possibly Lot 634 of Stack's 1971 Adams Collection sale.
2 commentsKained but Able06/02/17 at 01:22Enodia: Ms Clain-Stefanelli's collection was quite div...
Gordian III (238 - 244 A.D)36 viewsAR Antoninianus
O:  IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
R: ORIENS AVG, Sol standing left, raising right arm and holding globe in left hand.
Antioch Mint
RIC IV, Part III, 213
4 commentsMat06/02/17 at 01:11Enodia: i like the portrait too.
06 Constantius II61 viewsConstantius II
21mm 5.46g

D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed right/ FEL TEMP R-EPARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman wearing a Phrygian helmet, cltuching , Gamma left
CONSA Star in ex
RIC 81
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/01/17 at 02:37Enodia: great condition!
0844 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Alexandria reclining41 viewsReference.
Strack 711; RIC II 844; C 161.

Bareheaded and draped bust r. wearing paludamentum

Alexandria reclining l., holding ears of corn and vine branch; in front of her, ears of corn growing.
snake gliding from lap

11.44 gr
28 mm

Ex NAC sale 78, 2014, 2249.
2 commentsokidoki06/01/17 at 01:54Enodia: nice coin!
EB0090 Alexander III / Athena50 viewsTHRACE, Lysimachos (unknown mint), 323 - 281 BC, Tetradrachm,
Obv. Head of Alexander the Great with Ammon horn right,
Rev. Athena enthroned left, holding Nike (monogram over crescent), resting elbow on shield, spear resting to her right; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ to right, ΛΥΣΙΜΑΞΟΥ crowned by Nike to left, Muller 395, 16.92 grams
2 commentsEB05/31/17 at 00:26Enodia: nice coin, i love the portrait!
GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos92 views(22.5mm, 7.74 g, 1h).
Youth on horse galloping right; EY to left, NIKOΔAMO[Σ] below / Phalanthos, holding kantharos and distaff, riding dolphin left; ZOP and gazelle below. Vlasto 704; cf. HN Italy 970/958. Near EF, deep iridescent tone, a hint of porosity. Well centered on a broad flan.
3 commentsLeo05/27/17 at 17:40Enodia: beautiful! the engraver really captured the dynami...
Taras Time of Hannibal half-shekel 44 viewsCALABRIA. Taras. Time of Hannibal (ca. 212-209 BC). AR half-shekel (3.34 gm).
Magistrate Sogenes. Nude youth on horseback left, crowning horse with wreath; IΩ to right, ΣΩΓENHΣ below / Taras astride dolphin left, holding cornucopia and Nike, who crowns him with wreath. Vlasto 975-7. HN Italy 1079. Struck on a broad flan and attractively toned. Extremely Rare.

The climax of the Carthaginian invasion of Italy was reached when Tarentum changed sides in 212 BC. The takeover of the city was a carefully planned coup by Hannibal and members of the city's democratic faction who opened the gates to Hannibal's army. The Carthaginians failed to take the citadel, but subsequent fortifications around this enemy stronghold enabled the city to remain under Punic control. Hannibal installed his own magistrates and struck coinage based on the Punic half shekel standard.
1 commentsLeo05/27/17 at 17:08Enodia: stunning detail, especially on the reverse!
CALABRIA, Taras. Litra41 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 470-450 BC. Litra (Silver, 9mm, 0.80 g 6).
Scallop shell. Rev. Head of nymph to left. HN III 840. Vlasto 1162. A beautiful little coin, nicely toned. Good very fine.

Ex Schweizerischer Bankverein 29, 28 January 1992, 7.
2 commentsLeo05/27/17 at 17:03Enodia: excellent specimen, and hard to find in this condi...
CALABRIA (Apulia), Taras, c. 470-465 BC. AR Drachm53 views(14mm, 3.20g, 3h).

Forepart of hippocamp r.; pecten below. R/ Diademed head of Satyra r. Vlasto 157-9; HNItaly 839; SNG ANS 846. Rare, Good Fine
1 commentsLeo05/27/17 at 16:59Enodia: nice, hard to find addition! i was after this one ...
RIC 1554 Vespasian denarius140 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII
Laureate head right

Concordia seated left with patera and cornucopiae

Antioch, 72-73 AD


RIC 1554 (R2)
9 commentsJay GT405/19/17 at 16:02Enodia: nice find!
Constantius II Gold solidus78 viewsDN CONSTANTIVS P F AVG
Diademed head of Constantius II right.

Roma and Constantinopolis enthroned, facing each other, supporting wreath inscribed VOT XXXX, ANTΘ in exergue.

Antioch, 9th officina, ca. AD 355-361


RIC VIII 172; Depeyrot 12/1.

Freed from an NGC holder! Quite a lovely coin in hand.

SOLD to Calgary Coin June 2017

4 commentsJay GT405/11/17 at 17:29Enodia: very nice coin! glad you released it from its bond...
Aeolis, Grynion Æ12.19 viewsObv: Three-quarter facing head of Apollo, turned slightly left, wearing laurel wreath.
Rev: ΓΥΡ, mussel shell.
SNG Copenhagen 205; BMC 1.
3rd Century BC.
1 commentsancientone04/28/17 at 19:07Enodia: another cool facing head!
Fonteius denarius 73 views
Beardless laureate Janiform head of the Dioscuri XVI monogram below right chin, control letter R below left chin

C FONT (NT in monogram)
galley left ROMA below

Rome 114-113 BC

Sear 167, RRC 290/1


Ex-Calgary Coin

This type honors the naval exploits of Publius Fonteius Capito, who was praetor in Sardinia in 169 BC. The obverse relates to the origin of the Fonteia gens, which claimed as its founder Fontus, the son of Janus, in whose honor the Fontinalia was held on October 13.
7 commentsJay GT404/28/17 at 18:08Enodia: i like the coin, and the write-up too!
03 Julian II31 viewsJulian II
Ae 15

DN IVLIANV-S NOB CAES, bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right
bearded, one braid, clutching
Antioch 189

new pic
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/28/17 at 16:15Enodia: nice early portrait of 'The Philosopher' ...
3 Constantius II46 views

Constantius II

Billon centenionalis
Aquileia, officina 2; 348-350 CE
Size and Weight: 20mm x 21mm, 3.85g
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand.
Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points upwards and to the right.
Exergue: AQS•

Ref: RIC VIII Aquileia 102; LRBC 887.
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/28/17 at 16:13Enodia: "Kid doesn't want to go!" lol!
3 Constans43 viewsConstans

Billon centenionalis
Heraclea, officina 5; 348-351 CE
Size and Weight: 20mm x 21mm, 4.31g
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand.
Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads
a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs.
Exergue: SMHЄ
RIC VIII Heraclea 71; LRBC 1892

ex moonmoth
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/28/17 at 16:10Enodia: nice details, especially on the reverse.
3 Constans52 viewsConstans
Billon centenionalis 21mm, 4.3g
D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand./ FEL•TEMP•REPA-RATIO Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points upwards and to the right.
Exergue: ΔSIS(Symbol 4)M

Siscia, officina 4; 348-350 CE

Ref: RIC VIII Siscia 218; LRBC 1121
BW Ref: 107 024 079

Ex Moonmoth collection
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/26/17 at 17:59Enodia: really nice reverse!
Otho66 viewsOtho Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria . YEAR 1
C. 69 AD
obv. Otho laureate head right, LA before / rev. bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress. RPC 5358. Dattari 324
Grey tone with good metal and detail. SCARCE
Ex John Casey Collection

5 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/10/17 at 03:54Enodia: terrific coin!
Lucilla (164 - 182 A.D.)52 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΛOVKIΛΛA C–ЄB ANT CЄ ΘV, draped bust right.
R: Elpis stdg. l. holding flowers & lifting skirt. LS=6th yr.
Alexandria Mint
Dattari 3816, Emmett 2473, R5

Published on Wildwinds!

Very Rare
6 commentsMat02/02/17 at 23:53Enodia: very nice style for Alexandria.
Galba35 viewsGalba
AE25 Diobol
Alexandria, Egypt.
Obv. Laur. head left.
Rev. Bust of Isis right.
Dattari 320. Year 2 = 68/69 AD.
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/02/17 at 15:25Enodia: nice!
Julius Caesar91 viewsOCTAVIAN & DIVUS JULIUS CAESAR AE heavy dupondius. Struck in GAUL, at Colonia Viennensis, circa 36 BC. IMP CAESAR (written above and below portraits) IMP DIVI F DIVI IVLI, (written counterclockwise along edge). Bare heads of Julius Caesar and Octavian back to back (Caesar on left). Reverse - Prow of galley with pyramidal superstructure right. RPC I 517. 29x17mm, 9.6g. Rare.

Halved, presumably for change as was the custom.
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/02/17 at 01:46Enodia: nice portrait, and all there! good find Randy.
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.125 viewsSilver denarius, RIC IV 120, RSC III 440, BMCRE VI 930, Hunter III 66, SRCV II 7915, Superb EF, excellent portrait, fantastic Sol, perfect centering, a couple small encrustations on the obverse, tiny edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 3.056g, maximum diameter 20.2mm, die axis 180o, 233 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XIIII COS III P P, Sol standing left, radiate, nude but for cloak on shoulders billowing behind, raising right commanding the sun to rise, whip vertical behind in left.

Sol Invictus ("Unconquered Sun") was the sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. In 274 the Roman emperor Aurelian made it an official cult alongside the traditional Roman cults. The god was favored by emperors after Aurelian and appeared on their coins until Constantine. The last inscription referring to Sol Invictus dates to 387 and there were enough devotees in the 5th century that Augustine found it necessary to preach against them. It is commonly claimed that the date of 25 December for Christmas was selected in order to correspond with the Roman festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or "Birthday of the Unconquered Sun."

FORVM Ancient Coins / From The Sam Mansourati Collection
9 commentsSam02/01/17 at 22:27Enodia: great condition, the detail is amazing!
Brutus Gold Stater 167 viewsRoman Consul Brutus in center accompanied by two lictors
KOΣΩN in ex. BR monogram on left.

Eagle standing left on scepter, wings open raising wreath in left claw.

Eastern mint, Dacia? 43-42 B.C.


Choice aUNC

RPC I 1701; BMC Thrace p. 208, 1; BMCRR II 48; Crawford 433/1


Clickable for larger image

For an excellent write up/ theory on these coins including a fascinating metalurgy report:

And of course the numiswiki article:
15 commentsJay GT401/28/17 at 16:27Enodia: fantastic coin Jay. historic, artistic, and gold!
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 465-454 BC, AR Tetradrachm358 viewsObv. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and palmette, round earring and pearl necklace.
Rev. Owl standing right with head facing, ΑΘΕ to right, crescent and olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.
Mint: Attica, Athens, ca. 465-454 BC.

17.10g, 24mm, 10h.

Starr Group V.B.

Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 19, 1. August 2015, lot 95
9 commentskc01/19/17 at 01:40Enodia: just beautiful!
Kings of Macedon, Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC, AR Tetradrachm – Babylon II under Seleukos as Satrap 43 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion skin headdress.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ФIΛIΠΠOYZeus Aëtophoros seated left, ancient Greek Zeta beneath throne, ΛY above prow of galley in left field.

SC Ad43.15; Price P158 (Arados); Duryat (Arados) Group V, Series 11.
Struck in Babylonia 317/16 BC under Seleukos as Satrap 320-316 BC.

(27 mm, 17.01 g, 2h).

Ship ahoy ... on the Euphrates River in Babylon!

Diminutive but thought provoking is the galley prow mint control of this coin ... some of Alexander's fleet constructed in India even found its way here after the eastern anabasis. Perhaps easy to see why these types were incorrectly attributed to Arados by Price and earlier workers. The concept of ships in the desert is unusual to say the least, but proven in the written historical record and evidenced on a few of the coins of Babylon!
4 commentsn.igma01/15/17 at 21:06Enodia: great coin!
Corinthia, Corinth, 415-387 BC, AR Stater26 viewsPegasos with curled wings facing left; koppa beneath.
Head of Athena wearing Corinthian helmet right; rose behind, dolphin above.

Sear 2628.

(21 mm, 8h).
Spink & Son Ltd, December 1987.
1 commentsn.igma01/15/17 at 20:43Enodia: beautiful
Constantius II27 views2 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/13/17 at 02:15Enodia: yes, very nice!
Argolis. Argos 65 viewsArgolis. Argos AR Triobol / Wolf
Attribution: BCD Peloponnesos 1075
Date: 330-270 BC
Obverse: Forepart of wolf at bay left
Reverse: N - I flanking large A, club below, grapes to left, all in incuse square
Size: 14.02mm
Weight: 2.62 grams
7 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/13/17 at 02:15Enodia: i love these wolves!
RIC 937 Vespasian Mars denarius126 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
laureate head left

Mars standing left, holding spear and trophy

Rome, 77-8 AD


RIC II 937 (C2) ; RSC 125

Amazing iridescent rainbow toning.

Ex-Ancient treasures

8 commentsJay GT401/12/17 at 03:01Enodia: pretty!
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR stater 280-272 BC 19mm 6.42g75 viewsNude youth as Ephebus on horseback right crowning horse with wreath behind ZU, NEY MH in two lines belowRev Phalanthos riding dolphin left holding Phrygian helmet two twelve rayed stars flanking,NONY to right.ex Mynthandel 3-5-12,ex Freeman & Sear.
Vlasto 739-47,HN Italy 1006
1 commentsGrant H01/07/17 at 15:54Enodia: lovely coin! specifically i believe it is Vlasto 7...
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Nomos, 23mm 7.87g 1h141 viewsNude youth on horseback right holding rein in left hand,Crowning horse with wreath held in right hand .To left Nike flying right placing fillet on head of youth,AP below.Rev Phalanthos nude riding sideways on dolphin right head turned slightly left spearing cuttlefish below with trident held in right hand,Kto left,TAPAE to right,all encircled by waves.This coin was just in the November issues of coin world 2016 page112 by David Vagi.Fisher -Bossert group 54,717 v26-r561 Vlasto 501,HN Italy 886 SNG COP 822 same obv die.Struck from artistic dies on a broad flan and very rare issue only ten examples noted by Fisher Bossert of which four are in museums Berlin 2, Copenhagen, London3 commentsGrant H01/07/17 at 15:27Enodia: a stunning example, much nicer than the Vlasto spe...
180 Septimius Severus30 viewsSeptimius Severus
MP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II. Laureate head to right. / INVICTO IMP. Trophy with arms below. RIC IV-1 389. Emesa mint, A.D. 194-195.

better photo

ex DS
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/31/16 at 17:22Enodia: nice portrait
Holyland Oil Lamp55 viewsHerodian? Terracotta Oil Lamp
decorated with grapes and vines

1st Century BC-1st Century AD

measures 60 x 98


Ex-Time Machine(Clayton Rare Coins)

part of the David Liebert estate
5 commentsJay GT412/20/16 at 03:46Enodia: i like the type, and the photograph is really good...
Roman oil lamp46 viewsRoman Terracotta Oil Lamp
Amphora decoration

1st Century AD

measures 589 x 83 mm


Ex-Time Machine (Clayton Rare Coins)
Part of the David Liebert estate
4 commentsJay GT412/20/16 at 03:42Enodia: nice lamp!
The Twelve Caesars in Black119 views8 commentsNemonater12/17/16 at 22:15Enodia: nice set!
07 Constantius II38 viewsConstantius II AE2. 351-355 AD. D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching back , Gamma left,dot SMKB in ex.
Cyzikus 96
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/13/16 at 14:38Enodia: nice clear reverse
RIC 596 Domitian Denarius99 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII
laureate head right.

herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, holding wand with right hand and shield with left.

Rome mint.
Struck 14 September-31 December 88 AD


RIC II 596 (C2); BMCRE 131-2; BN 120-1; RSC 76/77.

Ex-Tom Vossen
9 commentsJay GT412/08/16 at 03:29Enodia: interesting coin, i've never seen one before. ...
GREEK Lesbos Mytilene Lysimachos Tetradrachm43 viewsGREEK Thracian kings, Lysimachos (323-281) Tetradrachm (17,09g), Mytilene, ca. 294-290 Obverse Head of the deified Alexander III. With Diadem and Ammonshorn right. Reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena Nikephoros with lance on throne with shield left, in the inner l. Field monogram and lyra, in the section Δ. Thompson - (cf. 133), Müller - (cf. 403). Minimal double strike.
H.D. Rauch auction 97 lot 98, 2015.
2 commentsDiogenes12/06/16 at 19:58Enodia: fantastic portrait!
Pupienus Antoninianus89 viewsPupienus silver antoninianus, Rome mint, weight 2.927g, maximum diameter 22.0mm, die axis 180o,
O: IMP CAES PVPIEN MAXIMVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: AMOR MVTVVS AVGG (Mutual Love of the Emperors), clasped hands.
- SRCV III 8518; RIC IV, part 2, 9b; RSC III 2; BMCRE VI 82, ex-Forvm.

A.D. 238 was the year of six emperors. Maximinus Thrax was killed (along with his son Maximus Caesar) when his soldiers mutinied. Gordian II was killed in battle. Gordian I hanged himself. Pupienus and Balbinus were beaten and dragged naked through the streets of Rome before being killed by the Praetorians. Gordian III lived to become sole emperor.

The ironic reverse of this coin refers to the mutual affection and friendship of the emperors Balbinus and Pupienus. Because they were quarreling they were unable to put up a joint defense against the praetorians. They were both murdered after a reign of only 99 days. - FAC
3 commentsNemonater11/27/16 at 00:05Enodia: the eternal 'glad hand'... ironic indeed! ...
Claudius (41 - 54 A.D.)70 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: TI KLA[UDI KAIS SEBA GERMANI AUTOKR], laureate head of Claudius right; LB to right.
R: ANTWNIA SEBASTH, draped bust of Antonia right, wearing hair in long plait.
Dated RY 2 (41/2 AD)
Dattari 114; Milne 61-64; Emmett 73.
7 commentsMat11/22/16 at 01:18Enodia: nice find!
THRACE, Philippopolis. Commodus. 177-192 AD. 53 viewsÆ 19 mm , 4.50 gr.
Obverse ; ΑΥΚ ΑΙΛ KOMOΔΟC - laureate head right.
Reverse ; ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΠΟΛΕΙΤΩΝ - Demeter, veiled, standing left holding poppy, two ears of corn and short torch

Rich beautiful emerald green patina.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam11/02/16 at 03:45Enodia: nice Demeter.
024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0921, RIC II(1962) 0238(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, COS IIII, Pegasus, Scarce!, #2161 views024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0921, RIC II(1962) 0238(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, COS IIII, Pegasus, Scarce!, #2
avers: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, Laureate head of Domitian right.
reverse: COS IIII, Pegasus walking right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,5mm, weight: 3,21g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 76 A.D., ref: RIC-II(1962)-0238, p-42, RIC-New-0921 (Vespasian), RSC 47, BMC 193,
2 commentsquadrans10/30/16 at 22:33Enodia: i agree, but i really love the pegasus.
Kelenderis, Cilicia, Stater c. 425 - 350 B.C.132 viewsSilver stater, SNG Levante 23 (same dies); SNG Cop 83 (same dies); SNGvA 5631 (same dies); BMC Lycaonia p. 54, 20 ff. var. (no dolphin); SNG BnF 66 var. (same), VF, superb style, well centered, light toning, 10.685g, 20.9mm, 270o, Kelenderis mint, c. 425 - 350 B.C.; obverse nude horseman facing sidesaddle on horse rearing right, whip in right; reverse KELEN, goat kneeling right, looking back, dolphin right in exergue.

Kelenderis was a port town, one of the oldest in Cilicia, described in Hellenistic and Roman sources as a small, but strong castle. The rider on the obverse may be Castor, who was not only a horse trainer but also the protector of sailors, an appropriate type for a port town.

*With my sincere thank and appreciation , Photo and Description courtesy of FORVM Ancient Coins Staff.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam10/15/16 at 03:47Enodia: a nice equestrian type of fine style, but i really...
Rare Nero provincial "sestertius"182 views
Laureate head of Nero right

Emperor riding right with lance, behind him a soldier riding right with Vexillum

16.78g, 32 mm

RPC 2104; countermark Howgego GIC 557 Prusa ad Olympum

Extremely rare (RPC cites 2 examples).

This provincial "sestertius" copies the DECVRSIO issues of Nero.

Ex-Londinium coin

Sold to Calgary Coins November 2016
6 commentsJay GT410/01/16 at 06:31Enodia: great find!
Taras 272-240 BC Nomos103 viewsCalabria, Tarentum; c. 272-240 BC, Nomos, 6.51g(new standard of weight compared with the old 7.5g). HN Italy-1043, Vlasto-915 (this coin).

Obv: Naked boy crowned by Victory flying behind him, on horse standing r. with raised l. foreleg; Greek ethnic below horse (not evident), EY in r. field.
Rx: Taras on dolphin r., holding cornucopia and trident whose head is visible behind his neck; TAPAΣ below, monogram in l. field (expanded by Vlasto to IΩΠY).
Ex Künker 193, 26 September 2011, lot 23. G&M 190, 11 October 2011, lot 15. From the M.P. Vlasto Collection. Extremely well struck reverse with beautiful detail EF.

I appreciate to have this coin. It is from M.P. Vlasto collection.
3 commentsLeo08/28/16 at 01:29Enodia: nice acquisition! the reverse, with the slightly s...
Taras, Calabria55 views400-390 BC (Period II)
AR Nomos (22mm, 7.74g, 2h).
O: Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding akrostolion in extended right hand; Λ below, all within linear border.
R: Naked ephebe holding small shield in left hand, dismounting from horse cantering left; ΤΑΡΑΣ below, all within linear border.
Vlasto 309; Fischer-Bossert Group 26, 339 (V154/R263); Evans II, type C; Cote 108; McGill II, 13; HN Italy 849
ex CNG
2 commentsEnodia08/28/16 at 01:18Enodia: it is from the second period of the equestrian typ...
Akarnania, Oiniadai, (cc.219-211 B.C.), AE-20, BMC 006, OINIAΔAN, Achelous right,234 viewsAkarnania, Oiniadai, (cc.219-211 B.C.), AE-20, BMC 006, OINIAΔAN, Achelous right,
avers:- Laureate head of Zeus right, star behind head.
revers:- OINIAΔAN above, forepart of bearded, man-headed bull river god Achelous right, AP monogram behind.
exerg: AP/-//--, diameter: 19,5-20mm, weight: 6,12g, axes: 7h,
mint: Akarnania, Oiniadai, date: cc.219-211 B.C., ref: BMC 006, BCD Akarnania 345,
1 commentsquadrans08/27/16 at 03:16Enodia: very nice!
Tarentum AR Nomos152 viewsITALY. Calabria , Taras (c.380-340 B.C.), Silver Nomos, 7.65g.
Naked ephebos, holding a small round shield and a lance, vaulting from a cantering horse left, ├ below horse. Rev. TAPAΣ , Taras as an ephebos seated astride dolphin to left, holding a Corinthian helmet in his right hand and leaning on the back of the dolphin with his left, I and waves below (Fischer-Bossert 657 (V252/R509); Vlasto 437 (these dies); SNG ANS 929 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 169). An almost invisible metal-flaw on reverse, of charming style, attractively toned, about extremely fine.
Ex:The Prospero Collection (The New York Sale, Auction XXVII, 2012)

The city of Tarentum was renowned throughout the ancient world for the quality of its horsemen, who served as mercenary cavalry for many foreign kings including Antigonos I, Demetrios I and Alexander of Epirus. The horsemen of Tarentum served as hippokontistai (mounted javelinmen), or in their specific case, elaphroi (skirmishing cavalry which throw javelins and dismount for hand to hand combat), but such was their fame that the term Tarantinoi came to mean any such skirmishing cavalry unit, regardless of their origin. Indeed, Asklepiodotos mentions Tarantinarchos (leader of Tarentines) as a military rank in Hellenistic Athens.
The scene depicted here is from an equestrian event of the Hyakinthia (the ceremonial games of Hyakinthian Apollo) which celebrated those special skills necessary in war. The armed rider would dismount at full gallop, run alongside his horse, and then remount in stride.
4 commentsLeo08/22/16 at 02:55Enodia: beautiful coin!
Taras, Calabria108 viewsCALABRIA. Tarentum. Ca. 280-228. AR diobol (0.97 gm).
Head of Athena left, wearing crested helmet decorated with Scylla / Infant Heracles strangling snakes; thunderbolt in exergue. HN Italy 1068. SNG ANS 1473. Obverse somewhat off-center, but otherwise Extremely Fine.
3 commentsLeo08/22/16 at 02:51Enodia: i've been after this type for some time now. i...
ROMAN, Maximinus I (AD 235 - 238) Silver Denarius Salus 197 viewsMaximinus I, 235 - 238 AD
Silver Denarius, Rome Mint, struck Mar 235 - Jan 236 A.D.
20mm, 3.22 grams
Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus right.
IMP[erator] MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG[vstvs] Emperor Maximinus Dutiful Augustus

Reverse: SALVS AVGVSTI ( [Dedicated to] To the health of the Emperors ) , Salus ( Hygieia - Greek - ), seated left, feeding snake rising up from altar, from Patera in right hand, resting left elbow on throne.

References ; RIC 85
A superb Choice EF masterpiece example , artistic and well executed dies.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection./ NO. RI 20450.
Given as a souvenir to a dear friend. ( 8/18/2016 )

Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks ( Her name is the source of the word "hygiene." ), who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.

*The logo of Pharmacology was taken from Salus 's Patera and snake .
5 commentsSam08/21/16 at 19:44Enodia: well struck with great detail... nice!
Æ 17.5mm, 4.78 g
O: Laureate head of Apollo r.
R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY Tripod; monograms to outer l. and r., anchor in exergue.
1 commentslaney08/18/16 at 04:15Enodia: nice portrait!
Taras diobol53 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Diobol (11mm, 1.19 g, 11h).
Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet decorated with hippocamp / Herakles kneeling right, holding club, battling the Nemean Lion. Vlasto 1297 (this coin); HN Italy 911. VF, toned, obverse off center. Good metal.
1 commentsLeo08/11/16 at 18:09Enodia: nice find! (i have the 1296 plate coin )
Taras 280-272 Stater67 viewsCALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 280-272 BC. Stater (Silver, 21mm, 6.22 g 5), Aristipp..., Gy... and Di.... ΑΡΙΣ / ΤΙΠΠ Nude male figure standing right, crowning horse ridden by young jockey to left; above to right, ΓΥ. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Phalanthos, nude, riding dolphin to right, holding arrow in his right hand and bow in his left; below right, elephant; below dolphin’s tail, ΔΙ. HN III 1000. Vlasto 732. Toned but with an obverse struck from a worn die, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.

The Tarentine didrachm was reduced from approximately 7.5g to 6.5g after 281 BC to help pay for Pyrrhus’ campaigns against the Romans.
2 commentsLeo08/11/16 at 18:05Enodia: nice coin, but the description is wrong.
GREEK, Italy, Calabria , Taras (c.380-340 B.C.), Silver Nomos117 views7.65g.
Obv:Naked ephebos, holding a small round shield and a lance, vaulting from a cantering horse left, ├ below horse.
Rev: TAPAΣ , Taras as an ephebos seated astride dolphin to left, holding a Corinthian helmet in his right hand and leaning on the back of the dolphin with his left, I and waves below (Fischer-Bossert 657 (V252/R509); Vlasto 437 (these dies); SNG ANS 929 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 169). An almost invisible metal-flaw on reverse, of charming style, attractively toned, about extremely fine.
1 commentsLeo08/11/16 at 18:00Enodia: a beautiful coin with magnificent detail!
007 Marcus Antonius Quinarius72 viewsMark Antony, 44 - 30 B.C., Silver quinarius,
Obv: Lituus, capis, and raven standing left on ground line; M A(N)T IMP above
Rev: Victory standing right, holding palm frond, crowning trophy with wreath.
Crawford 489/4, Sear CRI 121, RSC I 82, Sydenham 1159, Kestner-Hannover 3716, BMCRR Gaul 36
Ex: Forvm Ancient Coins
4 commentsorfew08/10/16 at 16:31Enodia: interesting coin, congratulations!
Mysia, Parion BMC 6996 viewsMysia, Parion, 2nd - 1st century BC
AE 22, 6.21g
obv. Head of Gorgo with snakes and wings, facing
c/m monogram in circular incus
rev. PA - RI - ANWN
Eagle with spread wings, stg. r.
monogram before, allin laurel-wreath
BMC 69; SNG von Aulock 1330; SNG Paris 1404
rare, about VF/F+

This coin is alive by the exceptional portait on the obv. Here the transition from the primordial grimacing and abhorrent Gorgo to the melancholic tantalized being of the late Hellenistic times is almost completed. For more information please look at the thread 'Mythological intersting coins'
2 commentsJochen08/04/16 at 03:53Enodia: a fascinating piece of transitional style, congrat...
Antique Glass Bottle #03113 viewsAntique Glass Bottle #03
type: Bottle
size: height:80mm, widest diameter:28mm, smallest diameter:12,5mm,
weight: 18,79g,
date: A.D.,
ref: ???
distribution: ???,
1 commentsquadrans08/04/16 at 02:53Enodia: a beautiful piece with very nice coloring, congrat...
Kolophon, Ionia Diobol43 viewsAR Diobol
Size: 10 mm, Weight: 1.00 grams, Die Axis: 12h

Kolophon, Ionia
389 – 350 BCE

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo to left.

Reverse: Kithara, to left ΚΟΛΟΦΩ, to right the magistrate’s abbreviation ΑΣΤΥΑ.

- The bust of Apollo on coinage minted in Kolophon during the classical period is noted for its fine style.
- Kolophon was one of the oldest and most powerful cities in Ionia and famous for its cavalry. The city also contained a famous temple dedicated to Apollo, hence the lyre on the reverse. Interestingly, the resin from the surrounding pine trees of the city was an important additive to stringed instruments and rosin, also known as colophony, is still used today to improve the sound by direct application to the strings. Wether Apollo was chosen as the city’s main deity because of its association via the pine resin, I do not know.

Ex Aegean Numismatics 2016, Roma E-sale 12, 17 and 20 (all unsold), 2014/2015, and Ebay USA 2011
1 commentsPharsalos07/15/16 at 19:46Enodia: this really is a lovely portrait of Apollo. nice a...
Octavian AR Denarius Prow & Quadriga, circa 30BCE47 viewsAR Denarius
Octavian, 27BCE - 14CE
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 3.52 grams, Die axis: 8h

Obverse: Anepigraphic, Victory standing on prow to right, holding palm branch over her left shoulder and extends laurel wreath in right hand.

Reverse: IMP. CAESAR
Octavian standing in triumphal quadriga to right, holds reigns in left hand and extends (olive or laurel) branch in right hand.

Mint: Either Brundisium or Rome.

- This historically fascinating denarius celebrates the Battle of Actium in which Agrippa and Octavian triumphed over Antony and Kleopatra. The obverse die is the first of the entire IMP CAESAR series of Octavian; the die is shared with the last of the CAESAR DIVI F denarii of the same design. The reverse may refer to Octavian’s entry into Alexandria following the battle of Actium (31/30 BCE), or the triple triumph subsequently awarded to him in Rome (29BCE) – the dating of the type is still not precisely known.
- After the great struggles between the triumvirs, many soldiers from the vast standing armies needed to be de-commissioned and paid. It is possible that this early type was minted using silver from the Ptolemaic treasury seized by Octavian following the Battle of Actium.
- Brundisium (modern day Brindisi) in southern Italy was Octavian’s naval base, which is where this type may have been minted to pay the soldiers. Alternatively the mint may have been Rome.
- Obverse and reverse die match to LHS Numismatik Auction 103, lot 333, 2008.

Ex Praefectus Coins 2015, Ex Nomos Obolos 2 lot 204, 2015

Thank you to Mr Curtis Clay for confirming the die link and providing the published reference to this fact: C.H.V. Sutherland, 1976, Octavian’s Gold and Silver Coinage from c. 32 to 27 B.C.
3 commentsPharsalos07/15/16 at 19:43Enodia: cool coin!
TROAS, ASSOS37 views400 - 241 BC
AE 9.6mm, 0.70g
O: helmeted head of Athena right;
R: ΑΣΣΙ, griffin reclining left
Assos mint
SNG Cop 237, SNG Von Aulock 7587; BMC 37, 13
1 commentslaney07/08/16 at 22:24Enodia: cool griffin!
Ionia, Smyrna, (c.75-50 B.C.), AE-23, SNG Cop 1211, Homer seated left, Very Rare!189 viewsIonia, Smyrna, (c.75-50 B.C.), AE-23, SNG Cop 1211, Homer seated left, Very Rare!
avers:- No legend, laureate head of Apollo right.
revers:- ΣΜΥΡΝΑΙΩΝ/MEΓAKΛHΣ, Homer seated left, holding book and resting chin on hand. Magistrate Megakles. Star in the field.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 23,5mm, weight: 12,11g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ionia, Smyrna, date:c. 75-50B.C., ref: SNG Cop 1211, Milne 379, BMC Ionia ???, Very Rare !
J.G. Milne,"The Autonmous Coinage of Smyrna, Section III," Numismatic Chronicle, 1928, p. 145 for this variety. The whole article is pp. 131-171 and Plates VII-VIII. In the description do not forget the star in the field. This is one of the latest of Smyrna's autonomous issues." by djmacdo . Thanks.
2 commentsquadrans06/12/16 at 18:16Enodia: D'oh!
Myndos, Caria Drachm60 viewsAR Drachm
Size: 17 mm Weight: 4.22 grams Die axis: 12h

Myndos, Caria
Mid 2nd century BCE

Obverse: Laureate head of Serapis right.

Reverse: Headress of Isis set on two grain ears, thunderbolt below. MYNΔIΩN to left, ΘEOΔΩΡOΣ to right.

- Until recently the obverse was described as the head of Zeus, wearing the headdress of Osiris (off flan on this coin).
- It is scarce for the reverse to still retain details of the snake on the shield of the headdress.
- Myndos was originally founded by Dorian colonists from Troezen and is recorded as contributing silver and one ship to the Delian Confederacy circa 500 BCE. Later the city was refounded by Mausolos, ruler of Halicarnassus, closer to the coast.

Ex Civitas Galleries, 2007
3 commentsPharsalos06/03/16 at 20:21Enodia: terrific coin!
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 374766 viewsMacedonian Kingdom. Alexander III the Great. 336-323 B.C. AR tetradrachm (26.5 mm, 17.03 g, 3 h). Babylon mint, struck ca. 311-305 B.C. Struck by Seleukos I Nikator.
Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; monogram within wreath in left field, MI below throne.
Price 3746; SC 82.5a; Müller 734. Scratch on obverse.
In hand the dot inside the wreathed monogram, which is the difference between Price 3746 and Price 3747, can easily be seen.
Agora 56 lot 24
1 commentschance v06/01/16 at 18:17Enodia: beautiful!
Macedonia, Stobi, 051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ),Josifovski 291var., Varbanov 2929var., AE-27, Persephone's abduction, Rare !145 viewsMacedonia, Stobi, 051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), Josifovski 291var., Varbanov 4050var., AE-27, Persephone's abduction, Rare !
avers:- IM-C-M-AVRE-ANTONINVS, Laureate head of the younger Caracalla right, draped and cuirassed.
revers:- MVNICIP-STOBEN, Hades in galopping quadriga right, carrying off struggling Persephone.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 26,5-27,5mm, weight: 9,48g, axis: 1h,
mint: Macedonia, Stobi, date: A.D., ref: Josifovski 291var., Varbanov 4050var.,
2 commentsquadrans05/29/16 at 01:51Enodia: yeah, great reverse!
Troas, Gergis, quasi-autonomous, SNG von Aulock 1513239 viewsAE 9, 0.98g
struck 400-241 BC
obv. bust of the sibyl Herophile, looking facing, laureate, decorated wit two longish ear-pendant and a pearl-necklace
rev. female spinx, winged, std. r.
in r. field GER
ref. SNG von Aulock 1513; BMC 2-4
rare, F+/about VF

For more information please look at the thread 'Coins of mythological interest'!
3 commentsJochen04/26/16 at 20:24Enodia: nice coin with a lovely portrait.
THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 405/0-370 BC. AR Drachm.124 viewsObverse ; Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left, wearing ampyx and necklace.
Reverse ; Horse grazing left.

BCD Thessaly II 218; HGC 4, 432.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.

6.11 gr , EF.
4 commentsSam04/24/16 at 21:59Enodia: very handsome earlier type.
Thessaly, Scotussa, (360-344 B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 256, Bunch of grapes on vine branch, Rare!!!,201 viewsThessaly, Scotussa, (360-344 B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 256, Bunch of grapes on vine branch, Rare!!!,
avers: Head of nymph faceing.
revers: ΣΚΟΤΟΥΣΣΑΙ-ΩΝ, Bunch of grapes on vine branch.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 20-20,5mm, weight: 7,89g, axes:5 h,
mint: Thessaly, Scotussa, date: 360-344 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 256, Rogers 543,
4 commentsquadrans04/24/16 at 21:57Enodia: nice!
RIC 544 Vespasian Nemesis140 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG CENS
Laureate head of Vespasian right

Nemesis advancing right holding caduceus over snake

Rome 73 AD


RIC 544 (R), BMC 97, RSC 385.



The reverse is copied from a denarius of Claudius
7 commentsJay GT404/22/16 at 15:45Enodia: i like it!
Cypriot Bronze Appliqué Fragment of Eros/Cupid42 viewsCyprus, 1st-2nd Cent. AD. 7.83g.2 commentsMolinari04/15/16 at 18:25Enodia: really cool piece!
Antony & Octavia tetradrachm110 viewsM ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Conjoined heads of Antony and Octavia right, Antony wearing an ivy wreath

Dionysus standing left, holding cantharus and thyrsus on cista mystica flanked by two interlaced snakes

Ephesus, summer-autumn 39 BC


Imperators 263, RPC 2202, Babelon Antonia 61, Syndenham 1198, BMCRR east 135

Punch mark on the obverse protrudes onto the reverse


This series of Cistophori from Asia commemorates the marriage of Antony and Octavia and celebrate's Antony's divine status in the east as the "New Dionysus" which was bestowed on him when he arrived in Ephesus in 41 BC. Antony's titulature of "Imperator and Consul designate for the second and third times" fixes the period of issue to the latter part of 39 BC after the Pact of Misenum in July and before Antony's second Imperatorial acclamation in the winter of 39-38BC
7 commentsJay GT404/12/16 at 15:59Enodia: great dual portraits!
Livia (+ AD 29), Dupondius - *55 viewsRome mint, AD 22-23 under the reign of Tiberius
SALVS AVGVSTA, draped bust of Salus (Livia) right
13.90 g, 27 mm,.
Ref : RCV # 1740 (450), Cohen # 5 (6), RIC I, 47.
Ex Auctiones.GmbH
3 commentsPotator II03/27/16 at 21:09Enodia: great coin! and a nice portrait of the Poison Quee...
Antony & the Caesar's115 viewsSince most of the 12 Caesar's were more closely related to Antony than to Augustus I thought it was appropriate to include Antony in my 12 Caesar's group shot. Individual coins can be seen in my galleries. While I have better portraits of some Emperor's I chose these for their interesting reverses and styles.

Clickable for a larger photo.
5 commentsJay GT403/17/16 at 16:58Enodia: cool group shot... great collection!
Paeonia, King Patraos stater18 views1 commentsmarandnumiz03/16/16 at 23:23Enodia: nice clear detail, especially the reverse scene.
Vespasian / Titus and Domitian49 viewsAR Denarius
Vespasian Rome mint, 3,26g 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Laureate head right.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian, togate, seated on curule chairs, each holding branch extended in right hand, left hands at sides.
- RIC 6, BMC 46, RSC 541
3 commentsNemonater03/16/16 at 23:22Enodia: nice family portrait!
Vespasian-RIC-1345114 viewsAR Denarius, 3.24g
Uncertain Western Mint, 69-70 AD
RIC 1345 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVGVSTV; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: LIBERTAS PVBLICA; Libertas stg. l., with pileus and rod
Ex Pecunem 41, 6 March 2016, lot 675.

Many mints were operating during the civil war of 68/69 in the west and it is sometimes difficult to pin down certain issues to a specific mint. This Libertas type with an unusual AVGVSTV ending the obverse legend is one such coin and was totally unknown until recently. The reverse type suggests Spain, as does the portrait style - which is very similar to the gold and bronze issues from Tarraco. However, RIC notes that this variety of the type has no known Spanish provenance, unlike the other Libertas type (see my V1339) attributed to Spain. The coin's theme is a civil war one and most certainly was struck very early in Vespasian's reign.

A beautiful coin in hand with a spectacular portrait.
8 commentsDavid Atherton03/16/16 at 01:09Enodia: quite nice. this portrait is very lifelike.
Mark Antony, Denarius91 viewsStruck in a travelling mint, moving with Mark Antony in 41 BC
ANT AVG IMP III VI R P C, Head of Mark Antony right
Fortuna standing left, holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left; at feet, stork; below, PIETAS COS
3,82 gr - 20 mm
Ref : Crawford # 516/2, Sydenham # 1174, HCRI # 241, C # 77
Ex. Auctiones.GmbH

The following comment is copied from NAC auction # 52/294 about the very rare corresponding aureus :
The year 41 B.C., when this aureus was struck at a mint travelling in the East with Marc Antony, was a period of unusual calm for the triumvir, who took a welcomed, if unexpected, rest after the great victory he and Octavian had won late in 42 B.C. against Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi. Antony’s original plan of organising an invasion of Parthia was put on hold after he sailed to Tarsus, where he had summoned Cleopatra VII, the Greek queen of Egypt. She was to defend herself against accusations that she had aided Brutus and Cassius before Philippi, but it is generally agreed that the summons was merely a pretext for Antony’s plan to secure aid for his Parthian campaign. Their meeting was anything but a source of conflict; indeed, they found much common ground, including their agreement that it was in their mutual interests to execute Cleopatra’s sister and rival Arsinoe IV, who had been ruling Cyprus. In addition to sharing political interests, the two agreed that Antony would winter in Egypt to share a luxurious vacation with Cleopatra that caused a further postponement of Antony’s designs on Parthia. Thus began another of the queen’s liaisons with noble Romans, a prior having been Julius Caesar (and, according to Plutarch, Pompey Jr. before him). During the course of his stay in Egypt Cleopatra was impregnated, which resulted in twins born to her in 40 B.C. But this care-free period was only a momentary calm in the storm, for trouble was brewing in both the East and the West. Early in 40 B.C. Syria was overrun by the Parthians, seemingly while Antony travelled to Italy to meet Octavian following the Perusine War, in which Octavian defeated the armies of Antony’s wife and brother. The conflict with Octavian was resolved when they signed a pact at Brundisium in October, and Syria was eventually recovered through the efforts of Antony’s commanders from 40 to 38 B.C.{/i]

5 commentsPotator II03/15/16 at 06:41Enodia: excellent coin, with a very life-like potrait. nic...
612 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 122-25 AD Spes standing60 viewsReference.
Strack 576; RIC 612b; Banti 595

Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. (with visible thunderbolt on his cuirass leather strap)

Spes advancing left, holding flower and lifting dress.

28.15 gr
33 mm

From the J. Eric Engstrom Collection. Ex Lepczyk 61 (13 March 1985), lot 365; Vatican Museum duplicate from St. John’s College Collection, no. 429.
2 commentsokidoki03/13/16 at 22:37Enodia: very nice!
PAMPHYLIA SIDE Æ1619 viewsOBVERSE: Head of Athena right, in crested Corinthian helmet, winged thunder bolt countermark
REVERSE: SIDHTWN, Nike advancing left, holding wreath; pomegranate to left
Struck at Side, 2d-1st Century BC
2.72g, 16mm
SNG Cop 408, BMC 66
1 commentsLegatus03/12/16 at 18:12Enodia: nice portrait and interesting countermark.
Vespasian RIC-688214 viewsAR Denarius, 2.84g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 688 (R). BMC 147. RSC 569.
Obv: IMP CAESAR in exergue; Vespasian stg. r., with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
Rev: VESP AVG across field; Victory on prow r., with wreath and palm
Ex Nomos Obolos 4, 21 February 2016, lot 575. Ex GH Collection. Ex Superior Galleries, The Moreira sale, Part II, 10-11 December 1988, lot 2374.

A major feature of Vespasian's coinage is in its use of antiquarian styled types and recycled ones from previous eras. K. Butcher and M. Ponting in The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage have shown that a big component of Vespasian's silver bullion consisted of recycled denarii from the republic and early empire. Vespasian's moneyers were removing the older worn coinage and replacing them with brand new coins and in the process keeping some of the familiar reverse designs that the Roman public had grown accustomed to.

With that in mind, this very rare coin which copies not only the reverse design from a denarius of Octavian, it also copies the obverse. The only change is with the reverse legend VESP AVG to indicate Vespasian's authority. Being undated, it is difficult to correctly place in the series. RIC assigns it to 74 AD based on the legends. D. Hendin to 71-72, just after Vespasian and Titus' joint triumph for the Jewish War.

This denarius is so rare I have only been able to locate six other examples, all of which are in public collections: BM 3 examples (one plated), Paris (obv die match with mine), Berlin (rev die match with mine), and ANA NY. Curtis Clay has kindly informed me of several other examples offered at auction: "Glendining, 1952, Ryan Part 5, part of lot 2147, not illustrated, 'only fine but rare.' Perhaps the same coin as Trau Sale, 1935, lot 625, pl. 8: a worn example. Stack's, Knobloch, May 1980, lot 300. VF, but small edge chip (the ANA NY coin). Leu, April 1982, lot 327, VF."

I think the RIC frequency rating of 'rare' really underestimates the rarity of the type.

Fantastic old cabinet toning on a large 20mm flan.
15 commentsDavid Atherton03/10/16 at 04:48Enodia: i'm a Greek coin snob and even i love this one...
Thessaly, Larissa49 viewsAR Drachm (18.5mm, 6.10g)
Early to mid 4th century BCE

O: Head of nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair floating freely, wearing ampyx inscribed [ΓΕΥ], pendant earring and necklace; head flanked by dolphins downwards; border of dots.

R: ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙ in exergue, horse with bucranium brand crouching right, foreleg raised, tail lowered; AI in tiny letters below its belly.

Lorber-Shahar: Early, O44/R1(c)

Portrait of fine style, and rare with dolphins.

Lorber notes that the dolphins hark back to the Kimonean facing head types at Syracuse, which influenced this coinage at Larissa. Also, she notes that they serve as an allusion to the myth of Larissa's accidental drowning while playing ball by the banks of the Peneos.
1 commentsSalaethus03/09/16 at 16:56Enodia: one of the most beautiful coins of antiquity, imo....
Lucania, Velia40 viewsAR Drachm (18mm, 3.63g)
c. 430-420 BC

O: Head of nymph right

R: Owl standing right on olive branch; YEΛH behind, Δ before

BMC 9; Williams 187d
1 commentsSalaethus03/09/16 at 16:52Enodia: i love this type and really need to get one someda...
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0939, RIC (1962) 104, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS VIII, Rome standing left corn ear,197 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0939, RIC (1962) 104, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS VIII, Rome standing left corn ear,
avers:- IMP-CAESAR_VESPSIANVS-AVG, Laureate head right.
revers:- COS-VIII, Mars standing left, holding spear and trophy, wheat ear at foot in the right side.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 17mm, weight: 3,43g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 77-78 A.D., ref:RIC 0939, RIC (1962) 104, C-125,
3 commentsquadrans03/08/16 at 05:14Enodia: terrific coin!
AR Nomos of Neapolis, Campania c340-241 BC56 viewsOBV: Head of nymph facing right, bunch of grapes(?) to left
REV: Man-faced Bull walking right, Victory overhead crowning with wreath.

Sambon 436, SNG ANS 366, weight 7.3 gms; 18 mm

A coin which has all the things that I like about the ancient Greeks - beautiful sense of natural form, balanced design, and whimsical imagination. The small flan cuts off some elements of the overall design and put it in range of my budget.
4 commentsdaverino03/02/16 at 03:45Enodia: yes, a nice one indeed, and still better centered ...
Calabria, Taras50 viewsAR Didrachm
c. 330-302 BCE (Period V)

O: Naked warrior in crested helmet riding horse right, spearing downward with right hand, shield and two extra spears in left; ΔΑΙ below.

R: Naked ephebe riding dolphin left, holding trident over right shoulder, shield decorated with hippocamp in left; ΦΙ to left, ΤΑΡΑΣ to right, murex shell below.

Vlasto 594; Cote 239; Evans V, B5; Fischer-Bossert 1022a; HN Italy 935; SNG ANS 991.
1 commentsSalaethus02/12/16 at 22:19Enodia: one of my favorite Tarentine types.
Attica, Athens51 viewsAR Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.09g)
c. 454-404 BCE

O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet
R: AΘE, Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent left; all within incuse square

SNG München 49; Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597
2 commentsSalaethus02/12/16 at 22:16Enodia: pretty portrait too... nice coin!
CARTHAGE/SICILY-PUNIC AE2050 viewsOBVERSE: Date palm tree with fruit
Rev: Horse head
Struck at Zeugitana, Carthage or Siculo-Punic, 3d-4th Century BC
8.2g, 20mm
SNG Cop-103
2 commentsLegatus02/07/16 at 17:09Enodia: wrong coin?
035a Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0431 (Marc. Aur.), Rome, AR-Denarius, CONSECRAIO, Eagle on altar,105 views035a Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0431 (Marc. Aur.), Rome, AR-Denarius, CONSECRAIO, Eagle on altar,
avers: DIVVS ANTONINVS, Bare-headed bust right.
revers: CONSECRAIO, Eagle standing right on altar, head turned left.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 18-19mm, weight: 2,75g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: Consecration issue, struck after Pius' death in 161 A.D., ref: RIC-III-(Marcus Aurelius)-431-p-247, RSC-155, BMC-48,
3 commentsquadrans02/01/16 at 22:01Enodia: agreed, a very warm portrait.
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0005.0080, -/-//XXIT, Bust F1/Gvar., RIC V-II 629, AE-Antoninianus, ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor riding left, Rare!!140 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0005.0080, -/-//XXIT, Bust F1/Gvar., RIC V-II 629, AE-Antoninianus, ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor riding left, Rare!!
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield.
reverse: ADVENTVS AVG, Emperor riding left hand raised, left holding sceptre.
exergue: -/-//XXIT, diameter: 21-23mm, weight: 3,59g, axis: 7h,
mint: Siscia, 5th emission, date: 278 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 629, p-85, Alföldi 0005.0080,
2 commentsquadrans01/29/16 at 05:09Enodia: nice detail!
Laureate head of Augustus right

Gaius and Lucius stg. facing, shields and spears between them

Lugdunum 2 BC-4 AD


Sear 1597

ex-Holding History
Encrustations cleaned from behind Augustus head

Children of Marcus Agrippa and Augustus daughter Julia.
2 commentsJay GT401/28/16 at 18:17Enodia: a very nice coin, with a strong portrait.
RIC 1464 Vespasian Ephesus denarius174 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS V TR PPP
Laureate head right

Concordia seated left, annulet below, star in Exergue


Ephesus 74 AD

RIC 1464 (R2)


Ex-Calgary coin

about XF
10 commentsJay GT412/29/15 at 18:26Enodia: great portrait!
Mazaios, Satrap of Cilicia AR Stater246 viewsCILICIA, Tarsos. Mazaios. Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334 BC., 10.78g. AR Stater
O: Baaltars seated left, head and torso facing, holding eagle, grain ear, and grape bunch in extended right hand, lotus-tipped scepter in left; TN (in Aramaic) to left, M (in Aramaic) below throne, B’LTRZ ("Baal of Tarsos" or "Baaltars" in Aramaic) to right
R: Lion attacking bull left; MZDY (Mazaeus in Aramaic) above, monogram below.
- Casabonne Series 2, Group C; SNG France –; SNG Levante 106.

The obverse of this coin depicts the Baal of Tarsos.

"Baal" is a Semitic word for "Lord" or "God." The symbols of an eagle, wheat stalk, grapes, and a scepter may represent Baal’s capacity as a god involved in the seasonal cycles of life and death.

The reverse features a lion-and-bull motif as did earlier Anatolian coins of Kroisos/Croesus. But here, on the reverse, the full bodies of both lion and bull are shown, and the lion is ferociously jumping on the back of the bull, who's kneeling.

If you assume that a kneeling bull (without a lion) on the scores of later Greek and Roman coins is symbolic of Zeus, a position that Marvin Tameanko has persuasively argued for (Celator, Jan. 1995, pp. 6-11), and that the lion is symbolic of the supreme god, or Baal, of the Celicians, the symbolism of this coin, may be direct and simple: Our god is more powerful than your god.

The Baal obverse of Mazaios' coinage may have been used as the model for the Zeus reverse of Alexander the Great's huge output of silver coinage, though Martin Price believed that both coinages were based on similar models. Price did feel, however, that the celator who engraved the latter Mazaios staters also engraved Alexander III's Tarsos tetradrachms.

Mazaios (also referred to as "Mazaeus" and "Mazday") was the Persian satrap of Celicia beginning c. 361 BC, then the satrap of both Celicia and the larger territory of Transeuphratesia/Transeuphrates (Syria and Palestine, also known as Abar Nahara) beginning c. 345 BC.

Mazaios fought Alexander the Great at the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BC. After this loss, he fled to Babylon. With the Great King Darius III of Persia also fleeing Alexander's army, Mazaios was the person who surrendered the capital of the Persian Empire, Babylon, to Alexander later in 331 BC, which prevented the sack of the city. For doing this without a fight, Alexander appointed him governor of Babylon, which at the time was the world's largest city. Mazaios died in 328 BC.
10 commentsNemonater12/24/15 at 19:36Enodia: wonderful coin with stunning detail. congratulatio...
Antiochos VIII Epiphanes (Grypos)187 views121/0-97/6 BC. AR Tetradrachm (30mm, 16.72 g, 11h). Sidon mint. Dated SE 196 (117/6 BC). Diademed head right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠI-ΦANOYΣ, Zeus Ouranios standing left, holding star in extended right hand and scepter in left; to outer left; ΣIΔΩ/IEP/AΣ in three lines above monogram; C9P (date) in exergue. SC 2330.1; CSE 723; HGC 9, 1197g; DCA 268. Near EF, lightly toned. In 121 BCE, a very rare astronomical event occurred in the sky. The moon had eclipsed Jupiter, a significant celestial body of the ancient world. This phenomenon was visible from Antioch, the capital of the then-collapsing Seleucid Empire. Antiochos VIII saw this as a good omen, a harbinger that a great leader would come to Syria, so he struck symbols of the eclipse on the reverse side of Tetradrachms. The crescent above Zeus' head is the moon, and the star hovering above his hand is Jupiter.
5 commentsThatParthianGuy12/16/15 at 04:06Enodia: beautiful!
Macedonia, Kings, 015 Philip II., (359-336 B.C), SNG ANS 947, AE-18, ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ/ Π, Youth on horseback right,91 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 015 Philip II., (359-336 B.C), SNG ANS 947, AE-18, ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ/ Π, Youth on horseback right,
avers: Head of Apollo right, wearing taenia. Small "A" behind the head of Apollo.
reverse: ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Youth on horseback right, Π below.
exergue: -/-//Π, diameter: 17,5-18mm, weight: 6,37g, axis: 5h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Philipp II., date: ca. 359-336 B.C., ref: SNG ANS-947,
1 commentsquadrans11/20/15 at 00:42Enodia: nice cameo patina.
KINGS OF MACEDON. Kassander (316-297 BC). Ae 1/4 or 1/2 Unit. Uncertain mint in Macedon.12 viewsReference. Unrecorded Fraction
Cf. SNG Copenhagen 1163; SNG Alpha Bank -.

Obv: Helmet with nose and cheek guards right.
Spear head right.

1.60 g.
13 mm.
1 commentsokidoki11/12/15 at 23:01Enodia: interesting martial type... helmet and spear, no s...
Terracotta head44 viewsTerracotta fragment of a head of a woman with high braided hair and a wig topping it. 38mm. Roman, Flavian, late 1st century1 commentsCharles S11/08/15 at 03:25Enodia: very nice!
AIOLIS, LARISSA PHRIKONIS46 views4th century BC.
Æ 10.5 mm 1.16 g
O: Horned female river-god facing slightly right
R: Laureate head of Apollo right.
SNG München 565; SNG Copenhagen 212
Extremely rare
1 commentslaney11/08/15 at 00:57Enodia: interesting and unusual type. nice find!
Tiberius, AD 14-3716 viewsAE as, 11g, 28mm, 6h; Rome mint: c. 22/23 AD - 26.
Obv.: DIVUS AVGVSTVS PATER; Radiate head of Augustus left.
Rev.: Altar enclosed with double panelled door, uncertain ornaments above; S - C // PROVIDENT
Reference: RIC I Tiberius 81 (p. 99).
Notes: sold to Aleg, 11/7/15
1 commentsJohn Anthony11/08/15 at 00:27Enodia: nice portrait.
Gela - Onkiai 22 viewsGela
AE (12 - 14 mm)
420 - 405 BC.
Av.: ΓEΛAΣ / bull advancing left, Value mark (dot) in exergue
Rev.: horned head of Gelas right
1,27 Gr.
HGC 2 - 383 (R2)
1 commentsnummis durensis09/20/15 at 00:26Enodia: an interesting coin. however the bull is advancing...
Thessaly, Larissa, (c.344-337 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Coop 134, ΛΑΡ-IΣ / AIΩN, Horseman galloping right, Rare !205 viewsThessaly, Larissa, (c.344-337 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Coop 134, ΛΑΡ-IΣ / AIΩN, Horseman galloping right, Rare !
avers: Head of the nymph Larissa facing, turned slightly to the left.
revers: ΛΑΡ-IΣ / AIΩN, Horseman - Thessalian cavalryman, wearing petasos and chlamys and holding staff, riding cantering horse to right.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 11,5-12,5 mm, weight: 1,36g, axes: 9 h,
mint: Thessaly, Larissa, date: 344-337 B.C., ref: SNG Copenhagen 134, Hermann Group VII, pl. VI, 1,
1 commentsquadrans09/14/15 at 22:41Enodia: such a beautiful design. but then, being based on ...
Geta denarius116 viewsGeta denarius. Rome mint. As caesar, 200 - 202 A.D.
Weight 3.516g, maximum diameter 18.6mm,
Obverse : P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, bare headed bust right, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind.
Reverse : SECVRIT IMPERII, Securitas seated left on throne, globe in right hand, left elbow on chair
RIC IV 20b; RSC III 183a; BMCRE V p.199, 240 var (no cuirass); Hunter III 11 var (same); SRCV II 7200.
6 commentslabienus09/09/15 at 00:53Enodia: great reverse too!
Marcus Aurelius Sestertius72 viewsM ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXV
Laureate bust right

Victory standing right attaching shield, inscribed VIC GER to palm tree


RIC 1029, Sear 4978, BMC1423


Worn but with a lovely smooth chocolate patina

Sold Forum Auction March 2019
1 commentsJay GT408/25/15 at 21:28Enodia: great pic Jay!
Phokaia, Ionia44 views521-478 B.C.
Silver Obol
0.71 gm, 8.9 mm
Obv.: Head of griffin left
Rev.: Rough irregular quadripartite incuse square
BMC Ionia p.215, 84;
[SNGvA 2118; Klein 449]

Ex-Forvm GA71688
2 commentsJaimelai08/21/15 at 05:39Enodia: a screaming griffin, what a powerful image for suc...
CARIA. Knidos. Ae (Circa 250-210 BC). Uncertain magistrate.21 viewsReference.
SNG Copenhagen -; SNG von Aulock -; BMC -; Isegrim -; apparently unpublished.

Laureate head of Apollo right.

Prow right; uncertain name above; below, kerykeion right.

1.66 gr.
12 mm.
1 commentsokidoki08/13/15 at 21:08Enodia: lovely portrait!
Antoninus Pius, RIC 587, Sestertius of AD 139 (Crown series: Phoenicia)34 viewsÆ Sestertius (27,11g, Ø 34mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: PHOENICE around, COS II in ex., S | C, Phoenicia, with turreted head-dress, standing left, holding diadem as crown and short sceptre, palm tree behind; prow by left foot.
RIC 587 (R); BMC 1193; Cohen 596; Strack 794; Banti 265 (3 spec.); RCV 4202
Ex ArtCoins Roma E-Auction 28, July 2015.
1 commentsCharles S08/04/15 at 18:17Enodia: wonderful portrait!
Q. Sicinius – Sicinia-533 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC Q. Sicinius, 49 BC AR denarius (17mm, 3.8g) Rome mint.– Q. Sicinius, Sicinia, 49 B.C. Roma Head of Fortuna Populi Romani r., wearing diadem; before, FORT downward. Palm-branch tied with fillet and winged caduceus, in saltire; above, wreath; below, Q SICINIVS; on either side, III VIR. Cr 440/1; Syd 938; SRCV 410; Sicinia-51 commentsBud Stewart07/25/15 at 17:44Enodia: beautiful coin, and what a terrific reverse.
IONIA, Ephesos. Æ. Kyandros, magistrate. Circa 200 BC, 21 viewsReference.
SNG Kayhan 290 var. (magistrate); SNG Copenhagen 263-6 var. (same).

Obv. E-Φ
Bee within wreath.

Rev. Kyandros
Stag standing right, head reverted; quiver above.

1.97 gr
12 mm
2 commentsokidoki07/25/15 at 07:04Enodia: nice coin, with a well-centered bee. or is it a wa...
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0311, Macedonian, AE-18, (Unit), Bow in bow-case and club, #1605 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0311, Macedonian, AE-18, (Unit), Bow in bow-case and club, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞAN(Δ)POY, (Legend error "Δ" are missing) Quiver on bow and club, Π below.
exergue: -/-//Π, diameter: 18mm, weight:6,01 g, axes:6h,
mint: Macedonian mint, date: 336-323 B.C., ref:Price 311,
5 commentsquadrans07/12/15 at 05:35Enodia: a beautiful bronze!
73 viewsMacedon, Eion, trihemiobol, 5th century BC, goose standing right, head looking back; above, lizard, rev., quadripartite incuse square, 0.77g

Boston 610; K. Regling, Die Griechischen Munzen der Sammlung Warren, Berlin, 1906, 569 ; SNG ANS 274ff.

Ex: Morton and Eden Ltd, In association with Sotheby’s; A Collection of Exceptional Greek Coins, Catalog 51, Monday, October 24, 2011, lot 85
Ex: Numismatic Fine Arts VIII, 6 June 1980, lot 97
Ex: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Collection (accession number 04.667). Published: Catalogue of Greek Coins in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1955; 610 (this coin),
Ex: Edward Perry Warren collection; Published: Die Griechischen Munzen der Sammlung Warren, Berlin, 1906, 569 (this coin).
Ex: Canon Greenwell Collection

Note: Cannon Greenwell, a well-known Durham antiquarian, sold for £11.000 |$55.000) his fine collection of Greek coins to Edward Perry Warren in 1901.
Source: Los Angeles Herald, Volume XXVIII, Number 323, 19 August 1901, Page 7
4 commentspaul188806/27/15 at 05:56Enodia: a lovely example, congratulations!
Lucania Thourioi Stater 385 - 360 BC.82 viewsObv ; Helmeted head of Athena, helmet decorated with Skylla holding trident.
Rev ; QOURIWN, bull butting; fish in exergue.
G/aVF , 20.8 mm, 7.44 gr.


Thourioi, was a city of Magna Graecia on the Gulf of Tarentum, near the site of the older Sybaris. It owed its origin to an attempt made in 452 BC by Sybarite exiles and their descendants to re-people their old home. The new settlement was crushed by Croton, but the Athenians lent aid to the fugitives and in 443 BC Pericles sent out to Thourioi a mixed body of colonists from various parts of Greece, among whom were Herodotus and the orator Lysias.
The pretensions of the Sybarite colonists led to dissensions and ultimately to their expulsion; peace was made with Croton, and also, after a period of war, with Tarentum, and Thourioi rose rapidly in power and drew settlers from all parts of Greece, especially from Peloponnesus, so that the tie to Athens was not always acknowledged. The oracle of Delphi determined that the city had no founder but Apollo, and in the Athenian Expedition in Sicily Thourioi was at first neutral, though it finally helped the Athenians.

Thourioi had a democratic constitution and good laws, and, though we hear little of its history till in 390 BC it received a severe defeat from the rising power of the Lucanians. Many beautiful coins testify to the wealth and splendor of its days of prosperity.

In the 4th century BC it continued to decline, and at length called in the help of the Romans against the Lucanians, and then in 282 BC against Tarentum. Thenceforward its position was dependent, and in the Second Punic War, after several vicissitudes, it was depopulated and plundered by Hannibal in 204 BC.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam06/18/15 at 17:34Enodia: nice one
Thessaly, Larissa, Nymph Larissa, Horse32 viewsLarissa, Thessaly
AR Drachm, (Mid to late 4th century BC)
Obv.: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair held by an ampyx.
Rev: ΛAPIΣ / AIΩN, Horse grazing right.
Ag, 5.97g, 19x19.5mm
Ref.: BCD Thessaly II 318
Ex Pecunem 31, Lot 116
2 commentsshanxi06/17/15 at 18:02Enodia: beautiful!
Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos I Soter, 281-261 BC, Æ 15 36 viewsThree quarter right facing laureate head of Apollo.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY Nike right erecting a trophy; controls outer left and right indecipherable or off-flan.

SC 389; HGC 9, 178 (R1).

Seleukia on the Tigris mint.

(15 mm, 2.67 g, 6h).

Gorny & Mosch 216, 16 October 2013, 2618.

Wonderfully rendered head of Apollo accompanied by a very dynamic Nike; a delightful little bronze!
3 commentsn.igma04/30/15 at 06:01Enodia: enchanting portrait, and a very nymph-ish Nike.
Calabria Tarentum AR Drachm149 viewsHead of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with Skylla preparing to hurl a stone

Owl standing to right on olive branch, head facing; ZOR (magistrate) to right, TAP to left.


Circa 281-276 BC.

Vlasto 1048. McGill 135, Cote 348, Sear 367v.
8 commentsJay GT404/11/15 at 19:12Enodia: very nice!
Thrace Mesembria Diobol86 viewsCrested Corinthian helmet facing.

M-E-T-A within wheel, surrounded by border of radiating lines.

SNG. BM. 268

11 mm


Black Sea Hoard fake
1 commentsJay GT404/08/15 at 12:50Enodia: nice one!
(edit; oh well, maybe not)
Calabria, Tarentum, 334-330 BC, AR Didrachm 60 viewsNaked horseman crowning himself on stationary horse right, small ΣA and large Ionic capital beneath.
Taras holding sea snake and whip astride dolphin facing left, KO in lower right.

Fischer-Bossert group 75, 960-973; HN Italy 941-942; SNG ANS 1026; Vlasto 654-8; Evans V, E1 and McGill II, 57-58.

(20 mm, 12h).
Spink & Son Ltd, July 1988.
4 commentsn.igma04/04/15 at 18:32Enodia: a less common type with nice strike and surfaces, ...
Sicily, Syracuse, Hiketas II, 287-278 BC, Æ 21 24 viewsWreathed head of Kore right; ΣYPA in right field.
Charioteer in biga galloping right, star above, ΠX in exergue.

SNG ANS 763 var. (torch symbol on obverse; X in exergue of reverse).

(21 mm, 9.41 g, 5h).
LWHT Collection; Classical Numismatic Group electronic Auction 167, 27 June 2007, 37; from the Charles Gillet collection; ex-Stacks 23 May 1990, 262.
1 commentsn.igma04/04/15 at 18:21Enodia: a lovely depiction of The Maiden.
Kings of Macedon, Alexander III The Great, 336-323 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Tarsos 32 viewsHead of young Herakles right in lion skin headdress, paws tied at neck.
ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡOΥ Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, pellet under throne. ΔI monogram graffiti before head of Zeus.

Price 2993; Newell Tarsos 3 (Newell’s Officina A, dies IX/25) pl. II, 2 (same dies); Muller 1291.
Tarsos mint 333/2 BC.

(26 mm, 17.18 g, 11h).

ex- Gorny & Mosch.

Newell catalogued forty examples of this type from six obverse and thirty reverse dies indicating a far more prolific issuance than the inaugural Tarsos 1 emission to which it is die linked by five examples struck with Tarsos obverse die III. All of the specimens of Tarsos 3 catalogued by Newell originated in the Demanhur Hoard. Price did not catalog any additional specimens to those noted by Newell in the British Museum Collection, which holds five specimens from the Newell Collection.
2 commentsn.igma04/04/15 at 01:20Enodia: i really like this coin. the reverse is a bit pecu...
Alexander III Lifetime Tetradrachm -- Amphipolis -- 332-326 BC52 views17.08 g, 24 mm, 220°
Amphipolis Mint
Silver Tetradrachm; Old Cabinet Toning
Minted during reign of Alexander III; Struck Under Antipater
Price 36; Troxell, Studies, Group C1

Obverse: Head of Herakles Wearing Nemean Skin Headdress Right.
Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ (Of Alexander). Zeus Aëtophoros Enthroned Left Holding Eagle and Staff. Caduceus with Fillets in Left Field.
4 commentsHydro03/26/15 at 04:18Enodia: great coin! congratulations.
Seleukos I Nicator Tetradrachm -- Babylon -- 309-300 BC33 views16.407 g, 26.2 mm, 270°
Babylonian Mint
Silver Tetradrachm; High Relief, Tight Flan, Corrosion
Minted by Seleukos as King of Syria; In Name and Style of Alexander
Price 3704; Müller Alexander 714; Armenak Hoard 135

Obverse: Head of Herakles Wearing Nemean Skin Headdress Right.
Reverse: BΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (Of King Alexander), Zeus Aëtophoros Enthroned Left Holding Eagle and Staff.

Philip III Arrhidaeus was the mentally deficient, bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa, and therefore the half-brother of Alexander the Great. On the death of Alexander he was elected king by the Macedonian Army. He was, however, imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia and in October 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias, Alexander's mother, to ensure the succession of her grandson. Seleukos served under Alexander III as an infantry general. Following, Alexander's death, he served as Commander of the Companions in Babylon under Perdiccas and Satrap of of Babylon under Antipater. During the renewed Wars of the Diadochi, Seleukos founded the Seleukid Empire in 312 BC. The Seleukid dynasty ruled Syria until Pompey made Syria a Roman province in 63 BC.
Newest FORVM purchase. A great coin; the picture really doesn't do it justice.
1 commentsHydro03/26/15 at 04:16Enodia: nice coin. this depiction of Zeus is very regal.
Marcus Agrippa97 viewsM AGRIPPA L F COS III
head of Agrippa left wearing rostral crown

Neptune standing holding dolphin and trident

Issued by Caligula in honour of his deceased grandfather Agrippa

Minted in Rome 37-41 A.D.


Ex- Ancient Treasures
5 commentsJay GT403/22/15 at 02:31Enodia: another great coin! another classic mug, but i rea...
Taras Didrachm 272-235 BC148 viewsYouth on horse standing left with monogram N below, holding wreath above its head.

Taras holding Nike & trident, on dolphin left, TAPAΣ to right API-ΣTO below.

Calabria, Taras
250 BC

21 mm, 6.7gm

Ref: SNG-Cop-923, Vlasto 873v

Ex-Imperator Coins

New photo!
3 commentsJay GT403/22/15 at 02:17Enodia: very nice! i missed this one, but what terrific de...
Roman AE-Key, #03211 viewsRoman AE-Key, #03
size:59x19 mm,
weight: 33,81g,
distribution: Roma,
2 commentsquadrans03/14/15 at 07:00Enodia: very cool, and in remarkable condition.
Greek, Calabria, Tarentum AR nomos (c. 272-240 BC)141 viewso/ Youth on horseback right; behind, Nike flying right, crowning him.
r/ Phalanthos astride dolphin left, holding grain ear and ornate trident; monogram behind.
6.1g. 19mm
Vlasto 911 This coin
2 commentsAugustin Caron03/07/15 at 00:37Enodia: a wonderful aquisition. i'm green with envy! ...
GREEK, pseudo-autonomous, Asia minor, Lydia, Saittai, BMC 23115 viewsAE 22, 5.82g, 225°
Struck early 3rd century
obv. AZIO - T - THNOC
bust of Men Aziottenos, r., wearing Phrygian cap ornamented with stars,
crescent behind shoulders
Youthfull river-god Hermos leaning l., holding reed in r. hand and cornucopiae
in l. arm; resting l. ellbow on inverted vase from which water is flowing l.
ERMOC in ex.
ref. BMC 23; SNG von Aulock 3089; Imhoof-Blumer p.127, 1; published in Patricia Lawrence, In Memory of
Eugene Numa Lane, in MVSE, vol. 42, Annual of the Museum of Art and Archeoloy, University of Missouri,
vol. 42, 2008, p. 31, fig. 6
rare, good VF
added to
added to
The stars on the cap clearly seen on this specimen are not mentioned in BMC nor SNG von Aulock. Pat Lawrence: "A glorious coin!"

Hermos, today Gediz in Turkey.
1 commentsJochen03/07/15 at 00:33Enodia: a good looking and very interesting coin, congratu...
Roman Open work belt plate106 viewsRoman bronze Open work Military belt plate.
Washer and pin on reverse peened over to secure leather belt

65mm x 23mm



2nd century AD

Antonine period

See other belt plate for a match in my gallery
3 commentsJay GT403/04/15 at 23:39Enodia: this is a cool piece.
Bronze Roman Seal box112 viewsBronze seal box with image of lion, jug above, wreath below, ( horse head to right?)

Attached to packages or letters that are tied with strings. The strings pass into the box which is then filled with wax, to protect against tampering.


26mm x 21mm x 7mm.

3mm diameter holes


2-3rd Century?


Ex-Ancient Treasures
4 commentsJay GT402/13/15 at 16:19Enodia: a cool item, but i'm thinking it's a lion ...
Lucania, Metapontion, ca. 510-470 BC, AR Didrachm33 viewsBarley ear of six grains, META upwards on left, all within cable border.
Incuse barley ear of seven grains.

HN Italy 1482; SNG ANS 237; SNG Copenhagen 1166; Noe 205.

(20 mm, 8.08 g, 12h).
Kirk Davis Classical Numismatics Catalogue 50, Fall 2006, 3.
3 commentsn.igma02/01/15 at 03:50Enodia: Beautiful! and such a numismatically important typ...
305 Diocletian 50 viewsDiocletian AE Antoninianus. Siscia? mint. IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right IOV ET HERCV CONSER AVGG, Jupiter, half naked, standing right holding sceptre & globe, facing Hercules with lionskin, club & victory on globe, crescent & delta between, XXI in ex. RIC V 323. 3 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/17/15 at 18:21Enodia: nice coin!
Greek, SICILY, Herbessos, Calciati III.5.OS.15=this coin82 viewsSICILY, Herbessos. Circa 339/8-335 BC. Æ Litra (29mm, 20.82 g, 12h). Laureate head of Sikelia right / Head of man-faced bull right. Castrizio Series III, 1; Campana 5b; CNS 5; HGC 2, 412.

Calciati Plate Coin (Calciati III.5.OS.15=this coin)

Ex. CNG eAuction 327, lot 407 (Continental Collection); Ex. Titano 14, lot 31.
1 commentsMolinari01/10/15 at 21:17Enodia: a really interesting and somewhat unusual piece. n...
Mark Antony restitution issue by Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus143 viewsANTONIVS AVGVR III VIR R P C
Galley moving left over waves

Legionary eagle between two standards LEG VI across lower field

Rome 168-9 AD


Sear 5236; RIC 443; RSC Mark Antony 83


The reasons for this remarkable restoration remain obscure. Mattingly suggests that Legio VI Ferrata, which had fought for Antony at Philippi in 42 BC, may have played a leading role in the Parthian War of AD 164, the exceptional commemoration of this achievement on the coinage being prompted both by the legion's long and distinguished history and the similarity of the names "Antonius" and "Antoninus". The 200th Anniversary of the battle of Actium perhaps provides a more obvious reason for the issue.

Curtis Clay:
The reason for the restoration is not in doubt in my opinion, having been discerned by Mommsen in 1859.

Because of their lower silver content, Antony's legionary denarii were excluded from Trajan's recoinage of 107, and therefore Trajan did not restore this type.
But by the reign of Marcus and Verus, the silver content of the current denarius had fallen to the point that it had now become profitable to recoin Antony's denarii. Marcus and Verus did so, and therefore restored the coin too, picking at random one of the commoner legions for their restoration, since it was quite unnecessary to restore coins for several different legions, or for all of them!

The Reka Devnia hoard, ending essentially in c. 241 AD, still contained 9 original legionary denarii of Antony, plus 20 restorations by Marcus and Verus!
3 commentsJay GT401/09/15 at 02:10Enodia: an interesting coin.
Pontos, Amisos, ca. 125-100 BC, Æ Obol - Struck under Mithradates VI 36 viewsMale head right, wearing bashlyk.
AMI-ΣOY either side of quiver and unstrung bow.

HGC 7, 236; SNG BMC Black Sea 1135-8; SNG Stancomb 669; SNG Copenhagen 131; SNG von Aulock 57-58; Laffaille 414; Callataÿ p. 248, n. 19, pl. XLVIII, A–B.
Probably struck ca. 120-111 BC.

(25 mm, 21.62 g, 12h).
Classical Numismatic Group electronic Auction 341, 17 December 2014, 170.

Nicely detailed and amongst the best preserved examples of the type.
2 commentsn.igma01/08/15 at 05:41Enodia: i like the rather peculiar style... very clean, es...
Attica, Eleusis, ca. 322/17-307 BC, Æ 15 50 viewsTriptolemos holding ears of wheat, in winged chariot drawn left by two serpents.
Pig standing right on a long torch (bacchos) within wreath of wheat ears; legend EΛEY (illegible) below.

BMC Attica p. 113, 10; Svoronos pl. 103.26-28; SNG Copenhagen 421-423; Kroll, Agora, 49.

(15 mm, 2.22 g, 8h).
Harlan J. Berk Buy or Bid Sale 159, 3 June 2008, 480; ex- John Twente Animal Collection.
4 commentsn.igma12/28/14 at 23:58Enodia: nice aquisition with a cool provenance. or, from y...
THESSALY, GOMPHOI36 viewsca. 306 - 283 BC
AE 19.5 mm 8.26 g
O: Head of a nymph facing, slightly left
R: GOMPHEWN; Zeus seated left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre
Rogers 220, SNG Cop. 51
1 commentslaney12/28/14 at 23:27Enodia: cool coin!
Cilicia, Tarsos, Satrap Mazaios, 361-334 BC, AR Stater56 viewsBaaltars, wearing a himation over his lower limbs, seated to left, holding a lotus-tipped sceptre, a thymiaterion surmounted by an eagle on left, Aramaic legend BLTRZ (Baaltars) to right.
Lion advancing left on ground, Aramaic legend MZDY (Mazday = Mazaios) above.

Casabonne Series 5, Group B; SNG Levante 188; SNG France 431; SNG von Aulock 5463; BMC 64.

(22 mm, 10.52 g, 11h).
Harlan J. Berk; ex- Lewis Egnew Collection: Superior, 30 May 1995, lot 7695.

This coin type is from a short-lived emission, stuck immediately prior to Alexander the Great’s invasion of Asia. The attribution of the walking-lion series of Mazaios was originally given to the mint of Tarsos, but Newell argued that they more likely were struck at Myriandros in his study of that mint in AJN 53 (1919). Later, J.D. Bing, in AJN 1 (1989), argued for an alternative attribution of the Myriandros coinage to the mint of Issos. While most dealers and numismatic works continue to follow the attribution of Newell, Casabonne’s study of Cilicia during the Persian period convincingly returns these coins of Mazaios to the mint of Tarsos.
2 commentsn.igma12/22/14 at 04:15Enodia: great coin! both sides are very bold. and an infor...
103 BC Q. Minucius M.f. Thermus99 viewsHead of young Mars left, wearing crested helmet

Q THERM MF (THE and MF in monogram)
Roman soldier advancing right, fighting with uplifted sword a barbarian soldier before him and protecting with shield a fallen comrade at his feet

Rome 103 BC

Sear 197

Sold Forum Auction December 2017
2 commentsJay GT412/07/14 at 19:25Enodia: i agree, the reverse is action-packed!
Tetrarchy Imperial Lead Seal116 viewsTwo augusti Diocletian and Maximian face to face.
Below the two Caesares Galerius and Constantius face to face.
Dolphin between


Sold to Calgary Coins 2015
4 commentsJay GT412/07/14 at 19:18Enodia: what an interesting piece!
Maroneia, Thrace Tetrobol93 viewsAR Tetrobol
Size: 15 mm Weight: 2.89 grams Die axis: 9h

Maroneia, Thrace
398-365 BCE

Obverse: Forepart of horse to left, Π to left, Λ to right.

Reverse: Grape bunch on vine; rhyton to lower left, MA to lower right. Surrounded by dotted square border, all within shallow incuse square.

- Also described as a drachm or quarter stater.
- Maroneia was famous for the quality of its wine and was named after Maron, a son of Dionysus.
- A rhyton was a ceremonial drinking vessel.

Ex Classical Numismatics Group (CNG) 2007, Ex Gorny & Mosch 156, lot 1203 2007
6 commentsPharsalos11/30/14 at 21:11Enodia: nicely struck, and a beautiful horse!
SICILY, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BC. Æ Litra 25 views21 mm , 8,7 g circa 295 BC.
SWTEIRA, head of Artemis Soteria right, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace, quiver over shoulder / AGAQOKLEOS BASILEOS, winged thunderbolt.
2 commentsAntonivs Protti11/23/14 at 04:23Enodia: very nice
Phliasia, Phlious, ca. 400-350 BC, Æ Chalkous 37 viewsBull butting left, head lowered and turned to face viewer.
Large Φ with two pellets.

HGC 5, 177; BCD Peloponnesos 129; Weber 3882 (this coin); MacIsaac Issue 2, G.

(14 mm, 1.60 g, 3h).
CNG Classical Numismatic Review XXXIX, 1, April 2014, 834574; ex- BCD Collection (not in LHS sale); ex- Virgil M. Brand Collection (Part 7, Sotheby’s, 25 October 1984), lot 306 (part of); ex- Sir Hermann Weber Collection, no. 3882 purchased from W.C. Thieme, Leipzig, 1888.

Provenance Notes:
Sir Hermann David Weber (1823-1918) was a German physician who had a very distinguished lifetime career in medicine in England, including that of being a doctor to the royal family. Collecting from the late 1870’s, he amassed one of the largest private collections of ancient Greek coins of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It consisted of over 8,500 coins in total. Weber purchased this humble Phlious chalkous in 1888 from the dealer W.C. Thieme, Leipzig. Spink and Son purchased the collection from the executors of Weber’s estate, with the condition that the firm undertake the publication of the collection. This was duly completed by the mid-1920’s in a four-volume work that remained a standard reference for ancient Greek coinage throughout much of the twentieth century. Spink and Son dispersed the Weber collection, from whence this coin found its way into the collection of the prominent American collector Virgil M Brand.

Virgil M. Brand (1862-1926), born into a wealthy American brewing family in Chicago, developed an interest in coin collecting in 1889 and amassed one of the greatest private collections of all time, consisting of 386,000 ancient and modern coins including 68,000 gold coins. Each coin in the collection was documented by an entry in what became a thirty-volume set of descriptive ledgers. A lifetime bachelor and somewhat eccentric character, Brand chose to live modestly in a small apartment above his brewery in Chicago, shunning ostentation and devoting his time to the pursuit of his collecting, reading and local charity. He spent over $3 million on coins during his life. The collection was housed in cigar boxes that were packed into leather satchels, hidden behind his book collection. Virgil M. Brand died intestate and amongst various probate disputes his two brothers began to sell off the most prominent pieces from the collection in the 1930’s. Eventually, Jane Brand Allen, a niece of Virgil M. Brand, inherited the remains of the collection. These coins were sold in a series of auctions conducted by Sotheby’s, Bowers and Merena and Spink and Son during the 1980’s.

By this means the coin came into the collection of BCD the pre-eminent collector of mainland Greek coins during the last half of the twentieth century. BCD disposed of the coins of the Peloponnesos from his collection in 2006 at which time this coin passed into the inventory of the Classical Numismatic Group from whom it was purchased after its listing in the first edition of the newly revived Classical Numismatic Review produced by the company in April 2014.
2 commentsn.igma11/23/14 at 03:48Enodia: a really cool coin type, but what a fascinating pr...
Sinope, Paphlagonia43 views125-100 B.C.
Bronze AE21
8.30 gm, 21 mm
Obv: Bust of Artemis right wearing stephane, bow and quiver over shoulder.
Rev: ΣINΩ-ΠHΣ to either side of tripod with lebes
Sear 3712;
BMC 13, p.100, 51;
SNG Vol: IX 1524 British Museum
HGC 7, 417;
[SNG Cop 313]
2 commentsJaimelai11/22/14 at 22:47Enodia: a lovely Artemis
RIC 42 Vespasian Denarius 157 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG PM
laureate head of Vespasian right

simpulum, sprinkler, jug and lituus (emblems of the augurate and pontificate)

Rome 70-71 AD

Sear 2281; RIC II, part 1, 42 (R)


Rare! Only one specimen in the Reka Devnia hoard, compared to 36 with TRI POT.
5 commentsJay GT411/21/14 at 04:52Enodia: Great portrait!
Corinth, Corinthia Drachm44 viewsAR Drachm
Size: 14 mm Weight: 2.41 grams Die axis: 6h

Corinth, Corinthia
350-300 BCE

Obverse: Pegasos with straight wings, flying to left, Q beneath.

Reverse: Head of Aphrodite to left, hair tied up elaborately, Δ behind neck.

- A Corinthian drachm was practically the equivalent of an Aegiatic standard hemidrachm, as a stater was about equal to a didrachm.

Ex World Coins Japan, 2005
1 commentsPharsalos11/02/14 at 01:48Enodia: a lovely portrait of Aphrodite, very artistic.
Athens, Attica Tetradrachm69 viewsAR Tetradrachm
Size: 23 mm Weight: 16.73 grams Die axis: 9h

Athens, Attica
454 – 415 BCE

Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves above the visor and a floral scroll on the bowl. Hair is drawn in parallel curves, wears a round earring.

Reverse: Owl standing to right, head facing with tail feathers as a single protrusion. Olive sprig and crescent moon to upper left. AΘE to right.

- Some porosity and crystallisation, attractive style. Possible bankers mark on cheek.

Ex Freeman & Sear, 2008
2 commentsPharsalos11/02/14 at 01:44Enodia: nice coin, and with a beautiful Athena!
Taras, Calabria Didrachm120 viewsNaked youth galloping right on horseback left, crowning horse with right hand, monogram ΣY in field behind youth and ΛΥK INOΣ below horse

Taras seated on dolphin left, holding chalmys and thrusting trident in right hand, owl behind TAPAS in Exergue

Calabria 272-235 BC


Vlasto 836

Ex-Pars Coins
Ex-Calgary Coins
4 commentsJay GT410/28/14 at 00:17Enodia: a nice example Jay, with great detail on Taras.
Thrace - Lysimachus23 viewsBronze AE 17, 305 - 281 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right; reverse "BASILEWS LUSIMACOU", lion forepart right, spear head below, caduceus and monogram left1 commentsNeal A10/23/14 at 02:45Enodia: i really like the full-crested obverse.
Greek - Kassander Bronze AE 1845 viewsGreek Bronze AE 18, Pella or Amphipolis mint, 305 - 297 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse "BASILEWS KASSANDROU", horseman riding right, right arm raised, diagonal thunderbolt below horse, "A" right4 commentsNeal A10/23/14 at 02:44Enodia: nice one.
Oitaioi, Thessaly18 views360-344 B.C.
Silver Hemidrachm
2.51 gm, 16.3 mm
Obv: Head of lion left, spear in jaws
Rev.: Herakles standing facing, holding club; OITAΩN (retrograde) to left

*Ex Dave Surber Collection*

Sear 2155;
BMC 7, p.37, 1, 2;
BCD 487;
[SNG Cop 176]
1 commentsJaimelai10/23/14 at 00:21Enodia: cool type, and a nice pedigree too!
RIC 703 Vespasian Denarius122 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right.

Winged caduceus.

Rome 74 AD

RIC 703 (C2); BMC 138; RSC 362

5 commentsJay GT410/07/14 at 05:07Enodia: what a great mug!
Lucius Plautius Plancus72 viewsObv: Medusa facing, flanked by coiled snakes; L PLAVTIVS below.

Rev: Victory facing, her wings spread, conducting four rearing horses; [PLANCVS] below.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 47 BC

3.8 grams, 19.5 mm, 225°

RSC Plautia 15, S429

4 commentsSPQR Matt09/14/14 at 23:11Enodia: very nice. this reverse is one of my favorite repu...
THRACE, Abdera45 viewsTHRACE, Abdera. Circa 395-360 BC. AR Tetrobol. Protes, magistrate. Griffin springing left / Laureate head of Apollo left within square; ΠP-Ω-TH-Σ around. May, Abdera Period VI, 324 (A236/P277); SNG Copenhagen 334.

Ex. Coin Elf!

1 commentsMolinari08/22/14 at 05:07Enodia: i like this coin a lot, very nice.
Cast Bronze Dolphins of Olbia28 views5th-3rd Centuries BC, Cast bronze dolphin proto-currency of Olbia. These ones are special because they levitate, as evidenced from the photo.2 commentsMolinari08/22/14 at 04:59Enodia: a nce pod!
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse41 views3 commentsNumis-Student05/14/14 at 15:19Enodia: nice patina
Plinthophoric Drachm,188-170 BC, AR 16mm. 2.8grm.157 viewsDrachm,188-170 BC,
Obv. Radiate head of Helios right
Rev. P-O, rose, bud to right in incuse square. ΑΓΗΣΙΔΑΜΟΣ (magistrate), Helmet (Symbol left field).
Ref. BMC18. p. 252, 238-9, Jenkins Plinthophoric Group A, 16, SNG Keckman I, 631, Sammlung Karl 558
3 commentsLee S02/25/14 at 15:49Enodia: very nice portrait.
L. Julius L.f. Caesar – Julia-4a61 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC L. Julius L.f. Caesar. 103 BC. AR Denarius (16mm - 3.87 g). Rome mint. CAESAR, helmeted head of Mars left; •L (retrograde) above head / Venus Genetrix in biga left, drawn by two Cupids; lyre before them, •L (retrograde) above; L. IVLI. L.F. in exergue. Crawford 320/1; Sydenham 593a; Julia 4a; RCV 1983 commentsBud Stewart02/23/14 at 23:59Enodia: wonderful coin!
181 Julia Domna - Unlisted80 viewsIVLIA DOMNA AVG, Draped bust right; FORTVN REDVC, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia
Unlisted Syrian mint.

Traded :/ :)
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/01/14 at 07:23Enodia: that's a really nice portrait.
Lucania, Thourioi Stater113 viewsHead of Athena right wearing Attic helmet decorated with Skylla holding trident

Bull butting right, solid exurgal line below HR monogram above

c. 420-400 BC


SNG ANS-1041-2 var

Ex Superior, 30 May 1995, lot 7072 (Lewis Egnew Collection), ex-HJB
4 commentsJay GT412/30/13 at 19:03Enodia: great bull!
Faustina Junior, Venus67 viewsAr Denarius

draped bust right

Venus standing left, holding rudder and apple

RIC 517c
5 commentsRobin Ayers12/27/13 at 04:42Enodia: i love the well centered Venus. but yes, the portr...
Bruttium, the Bretti130 viewsLaureated and bearded head of Zeus right, at left thunderbolt, dotted border

warrior attacking right holding shield and spear; below bucranium. Dotted border.

211-208 BC

Scheu 42; HNItaly 1988; SNG Copenhagen 1658; SNG ANS 108.


Round punch mark on obverse
3 commentsJay GT412/11/13 at 17:29Enodia: nice coin Jay!
Pontos, Amisos, AE2466 views24 mm, 21.08 g
obv: head right wearing bashlyk
rev: AMIΣOY; quiver and unstrung bow.
5 commentsareich11/28/13 at 16:00Enodia: a lovely portrait with delicate features, very nic...
GREEK, Rhodes, AR Drachm57 viewsSilver drachm minted in the city of Rhodes, under magistrate Stasion.

Circa 205 - 190 B.C.

The obverse with a beautiful facing head portrait of the famous patron deity of the City, Helios. He is shown with wind blown hair and facing slightly right.

The reverse with a blossoming rose, thunder bolt in left field, tendrils in right.

The legend above bearing the magistrates name and reading:


"Of Stasion"

The island nation of Rhodes, just off the Turkish mainland was a highly successful commercial centre in antiquity. The Island also boasted one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes. The Colossus was a monstrous statue, standing over 98 feet tall, that stood at the entrance to the city's harbour and depicted the island's patron god, Helios.

The widely traded coinage of Rhodes also proudly displayed the image of their god on the obverse. While the reverse employs a visual pun on the City name, as the Greek word for Rose is Rhodon.

Diameter: 15 mm.

Weight: 2.60 g
1 commentssuperflex11/19/13 at 16:37Enodia: Beautiful Helios!
ANTIQUITIES, Greek, Iron spear, c.300 B.C.67 viewsAn ancient Greek Iron spear point, dating to approximately 300 B.C.
A powerful weapon with long cylindrical socket for attachment to a wooden pole, now long since perished. The blade itself of elongated, triangular form with strong central mid rib.
Height: 14 inches.
4 commentssuperflex10/31/13 at 07:07Enodia: very cool!
Lucania, Velia AR Didrachm132 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left, wearing Phrygian helmet decorated with centauress, KE monogram behind

Lion left, tearing prey, A above, KE monogram below, ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ in ex.

Circa 334-300 BC


Williams 327 (O.174/R.243)
BMC 74; HN Italy 1294.

Ex-Calgary coin

The KE obverse monogram is the signature of Kleudoros, the artist or mint master of Velia.
5 commentsJay GT410/26/13 at 22:50Enodia: great coin! i love these lion & prey types
Mark Antony Legionary Denarius LEG VIII83 viewsANT AVG III VIR R P C
galley r. mast with banners at prow

legionary eagle between two standards

Patrae mint 32-31BC


This legion is not LEG VIII Augusta which was disbanded by Caesar and re-enlisted by Octavian.

5 commentsJay GT410/22/13 at 16:28Enodia: nice addition Jay!
59 views2 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/16/13 at 05:38Enodia: nice...
74 views5 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/16/13 at 05:37Enodia: beautiful dogs! struck from the same die?
Syracuse, Sicily, Hiketas, 288 - 279 B77 viewsBronze AE 23, Calciati II p. 312 ff., 168 (various obv symbols), EF, partial flat strike, 7.564g, 22.8mm, 180o, Syracuse mint, obverse DIOS ELLANIOU, laureate head of young Zeus Hellanios right, uncertain symbol behind head; reverse SURAKOSIWN, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, star left

"Hicetas was tyrant of Syracuse for about nine years. The only recorded events during his rule are his victory over Phintias, tyrant of Agrigentum, and his defeat to the Carthaginians at the river Terias. He was expelled from Syracuse by Thynion shortly before Pyrrhus arrived in Sicily."
7 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/16/13 at 05:30Enodia: great eagle! nice patina too.
Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 188 - 84 B.C.98 viewsSilver hemidrachm, cf. SNG Keckman 642 ff. (various magistrates and control symbols)Dexikrates, Fine/Fair, scratches, underweight (perhaps imitative), 0.905g, 13.0mm, 135o, Rhodos (Rhodes) mint, c. 188 - 84 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse rose with bud to right, P-O in fields, magistrates name above,ΔΕΞΙΚΡΑΤΗΣ, control symbol lower left, all within a shallow square incuse;7 commentsRandygeki(h2)10/16/13 at 05:26Enodia: nice coin!
L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus145 viewsSABIN
Bare head of King Tatius right, bearded. Palm branch before

Tarpeia facing, buried to her waist in shields, trying to ward off two soldiers who are about to cast their shields on her, star within crescent moon above

Rome, 89 BC

Sear 251, RRC 344/2a

Ex-ANE from an old collection

Jet black toning.

One of the great legends of Rome commemorated on a coin. It tells the story of Rome being besieged by the Sabine king Titus Tatius after the "Rape" of the Sabine women. Tarpeia, daughter of the Roman commander Spurius Tarpeius, went out to the Sabine camp and offered them entry to the city in exchange for "what they bore on their left arms". She had meant their gold bracelets worn on their arms. Once inside the citadel the Sabines threw their shields—carried on the left arm—upon her, crushing her to death. Her body was then thrown from a steep cliff of the southern summit of the Capitoline Hill. The cliff was named the Tarpeian Rock after Tarpeia and would become the place of execution for Rome's most notorious traitors. King Tatius and Romulus soon were reconciled through the efforts of the abducted Sabine women who had come to love their Roman abductors. They jointly ruled over Rome for the next 5 years until Tatius death.
9 commentsJay GT410/10/13 at 19:16Enodia: i love these 'scenic' types, designs which...
GREEK, Italia, Velia Lucania, AR Didrachm 108 viewsStruck 293 - 280 B.C.
The obverse with the head of Athena facing left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with griffin. Monogram behind neckpiece, Φ on neck.
The reverse with lion stalking right caduceus above. The legend reading: YEΛHTΩN = "Of Elea"
Williams 515

Elea was the ancient name of the town of Velia. According to Herodotus, in 545 B.C. a group of Ionian Greeks fled Phokaia in modern Turkey, after it was besieged by the Persians. They settled in Corsica until they were attacked by a force of Etruscans and Carthaginians. The surviving 6000 took to the sea once more before finally settling on the coast of Italy and founding the town of Hyele, later to be renamed Ele, and then, eventually, Elea.
Diameter: 22 mm. Weight: 7.20 g.
4 commentssuperflex10/09/13 at 01:07Enodia: nice catch!
CARIA, Mylasa. Lion / scorpion45 viewsHemiobol
c. 450-400 BC
9 mm, 0.5 gm
Diameter: 9 mm.
Obv: Facing forepart of lion
Rev: Scorpion within incuse square
Ref: SNG von Aulock 7803; Klein 429 (Milet)

Very nice detail for such a small coin.
3 commentsTIF10/07/13 at 16:47Enodia: remarkable detail!
Greek, Calabria, Tarentum, AR litra65 viewsStruck circa 430 B.C.

The obverse with scallop shell.

The reverse with profile female head, wearing earring, facing left.

Vlasto 1162.

Diameter: 10 mm

Weight: 0.65 g
4 commentssuperflex10/05/13 at 05:32Enodia: a nice example of Vlasto 1162, 500-430 BC. the ...
GREEK, MYSIA, Kyzikos, AR hemiobol71 viewsMYSIA, Kyzikos, AR Diobol, Circa 525-475 BC.
Forepart of boar left; tunny fish to right / Head of roaring lion left within incuse square.
Dimensions: 8 mm | Weight: 0.5 grams
4 commentssuperflex10/05/13 at 05:12Enodia: i love the detail, very nice!
Athens, Attica63 views307 - 300 B.C.
Bronze AE14
4.16 gm, 14 mm
Obv.: Head of Athena right wearing Corinthian helmet with three crests, adorned with serpent
Rev.: Owl standing left, head facing, wings closed
A to right, H Θ to left, all in olive wreath
Kroll 50; [SNG Copenhagen 94]
BMC 11, p.22, 240
HGC 4, 1719
3 commentsJaimelai09/26/13 at 20:38Enodia: a very interesting piece... congratulations!
Juglet23 viewsEgypt, Pottery Juglet, 2nd Intermediate Period, 1786 - 1567 B.C.
Tell el-Yahudiyeh style juglet; smooth, with no stippling.
Black, wheel-made, tall neck, flare rim, wide shoulders, decreasing to small pedestal base, strap handle, 3 ½" tall, Intact.
Possibly Hyksos or Ancient Israelite in origin. This style juglet would have been a luxury item containing perfumed oil.
cf. ROM 46 2:23;
ex. Alex G. Malloy Collection
2 commentsDanny Jones09/23/13 at 05:00Enodia: very nice, and amazing that such a delicate handle...
Chinese Charm with coin inscription from Later Zhou Dynasty 951 - 960 A.D.81 viewsCast Bronze Chinese Charm, Weight 8.8g, Max diameter 26.8mm, Obv. 周 元通宝 zhou yuan tong bao "Zhou First Currency", Rev. Dragon on left, Warrior with sword on right (depicting "Zhou Chu killing the dragon"), Rich brown patina.

Background info courtsey

In addition to official coinage, China also has a long history of producing "coin-like" charms, amulets and talismans.

Coins, as a form of money, represent power. Coin-shaped charms are, therefore, a very compact form of power. They are filled with symbolism and are believed by the multitude of Chinese to have vast powers.

Cast throughout the centuries, these ancient charms, informally referred to by the Chinese as "ya sheng coins" (压胜钱), "flower coins" (huaqian 花钱) or "play coins" (wanqian 玩钱), were not used as money but rather to suppress evil spirits, bring "good luck", "good fortune" and to avert misfortune.

For the most part, all these old charms,...were privately cast and their quantities and dates are almost impossible to determine. Nevertheless, they serve as important cultural artifacts from the life of the common Chinese throughout the centuries.

Emperor Shizong did cast coins in earnest beginning in 955 AD, the second year of his Xiande (显德) reign, with the inscription zhou yuan tong bao (周 元通宝). To obtain the copper to make the coins, Emperor Shizong ordered the confiscation of bronze statues from 3,336 Buddhist temples. He also mandated that citizens turn in to the government all bronze utensils with the exception of bronze mirrors.

Zhou yuan tong bao coins are very well made and still exist in large quantities. Because the coins were made from Buddhist statues, they are considered to have special powers. For example, it was believed that the zhou yuan tong bao coin could cure malaria and help women going through a difficult labor.

Because of the common belief that the coin has special powers, the zhou yuan tong bao became very popular as the basis for charms and amulets. There are many charms with the inscription zhou yuan tong bao on the obverse and a dragon and phoenix on the reverse. Images of the Buddha, zodiac animals, and other auspicious objects can also be found on the reverse sides of zhou yuan tong bao charms.

The theme of this charm is "Zhou Chu killing the dragon".

A folk story about Zhou Chu appeared in the 430AD book "A New Account of the Tales of the World" and proved to be very popular. The story claims that Zhou Chu was such a hot-headed bully in his younger days that he was called one of the "Three Scourges" by the villagers in his hometown (in today's Yixing), along with a dragon and a tiger. Upon hearing the term, Zhou Chu went on to kill the tiger and the dragon. After he and the dragon disappeared for 3 days fighting in Lake Tai, the villagers celebrated wildly, just when Zhou Chu returned with the dragon's head. That was when he realized that he was the last scourge that the villagers feared. Determined to mend his old ways, he sought out Eastern Wu generals Lu Ji and Lu Yun, and received encouragement. Eventually he became an accomplished general beloved by his people~Wikipedia
3 commentsSteve E09/23/13 at 01:56Enodia: what an interesting piece. nicely detailed account...
Q. Titius – Titia-160 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC. Q. Titius AR denarius (17mm, 3.72g). Rome mint. Head of Mutinus Titinus (or Priapus) right, bound with winged diadem / Q TITI. Pegasus rearing right on inscribed tablet. Crawford 341/1; Syd 691; Titia 1; RCV 238. Ex Baumheckel.2 commentsBud Stewart08/31/13 at 22:51Enodia: nice coin Bud. i love the reverse!
Caria (Uncertain City)48 views460-440 B.C.
Silver Hemiobol
0.34 gm, 7.2 mm
Obv: foreparts of two bulls confronted 
Rev: forepart of bull left
SNG Kayhan 968-970
[Troxell Carians 11B, SNG Keckman 911–912, SNG Tüb 3327 ff.]
Ex-Forvm GS64368
2 commentsJaimelai08/08/13 at 16:29Enodia: cool coin!
Thrace, Kings, Seuthes III. (Circa 330-300 BC.), Greek-AE 15, Thunderbolt over ΣΕΥΘΟΥ,102 viewsThrace, Kings, Seuthes III. (Circa 330-300 BC.), Greek-AE 15, Thunderbolt over ΣΕΥΘΟΥ,
avers: 8 pointed Star.
revers: Thunderbolt over ΣΕΥΘΟΥ.
exerg: -/-/--, diameter: 14-15mm, weight: 2,44g, axes: h,
mint: Thrache, date: 324 BC. ??, (Circa 330-300 BC.), ref: ???,
2 commentsquadrans07/28/13 at 18:23Enodia: interesting and unusual type... nice one.
KINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios82 viewsKINGS of MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios. 323-317 BC. AR Drachm (17mm, 4.25 g, 1h). In the name of Alexander III. Kolophon mint. Struck under Menander or Kleitos, circa 322-319 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; kerykeion in left field, spearhead in outer right field. Price 1754.

This reverse die used for this coin was originally used to strike the previous issue, Price 1753, with vertical barley grain below the throne. Here one can see the remnant of the barley grain after an attempt was made to “erase” it in the die. Moreover, this coin was struck from the same obverse die as the plate coin for Price 1753.
4 commentsNick T07/19/13 at 04:58Enodia: terrific Herakles!
041a Commodus (166-180 A.D. as Caesar, 180-192 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 1604 (M.Aurel.), Rome, AE-Dup, IMP II COS II P P, Minerva standing left,157 views041a Commodus (166-180 A.D. as Caesar, 180-192 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 1604 (M.Aurel.), Rome, AE-Dup, IMP II COS II P P, Minerva standing left,
avers:- L-AVREL-COMMODVS-AVG, Radiate head right.
revers:- IMP-II-COS-II-P-P (???), Minerva standing left, holding scepter, leaning on shield, sacrificing over altar to left, S-C, across the field.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 22-24 mm, weight: 11,40 g, axis: 6 h,
mint: Rome, date: 179 A.D., ref: RIC-III-1604, p-342, (Marc. Aurelius), C-229,
2 commentsquadrans07/13/13 at 21:04Enodia: nice coin, beautiful patina!
MOESIA. Kallatis (3rd - 2nd Centuries B.C.)114 viewsAR Drachm
O: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion skin head-dress.
R: KAΛΛATIA. Stalk of grain and club above; bow in case with quiver below.
4.62 grams.
20 mm
SNG Cop. 176. SNG BM 202.
8 commentsMat07/13/13 at 18:02Enodia: great coin!
Siculo-Punic AE Horse Galloping152 viewsCarthage
Siculo-Punic Mint
(no legend)
Wreathed head of Tanit left
(no legend)
Horse galloping right
Sassari 56-136, Holleman Munten List 106

Forvm Best of Type:
6 commentsWindchildPunico07/11/13 at 14:57Enodia: very nice!
Apollonia Pontica Topalov 45 - Silver Drachm64 views450 – 404 B.C.
Silver drachm
2.81 gm, 14 mm
Obv: Attic Gorgon head facing, hair in single row of large beads, head surrounded by long snakes tied in bow at top of head.
Rev.: Anchor; A to left, crayfish to right with large chelipeds folded back
Topalov Apollonia p.588, 45; p.347, 4
Sear 1655var

Topalov Type: "Full-Face Gorgon's Head – Upright Anchor, a crab on the right, the letter A on the left or the letter A on the right and a crab on the left" Main Issue (450-424 or 410/404 B.C.)
Obv.: Full-face Gorgon's head in the classical Attic style. Gorgon's features are noble in conformity with the Attic manner of portraying her and Gorgon has more human hair in addition to the snakes.
Rev.: Upright anchor with large flukes, the letter A on one side, a crab as an additional symbol viewed from above on the other side. The image in a concave circle.
1 commentsJaimelai06/25/13 at 15:57Enodia: nice one!
Probus Billon Antoninianus132 viewsIMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate, mantled bust left holding eagle tipped scepter

Sol in spread Quadriga holding whip KAΓ in ex

Serdica 277 AD
RIC 864 Bust type H

New picture after cleaning revealed nice silvering under the grime.

This coin now published on
6 commentsJay GT406/25/13 at 04:37Enodia: very nice!
Calabria Italy Taras on Dolphin88 viewsTaras, Calabria, Italy, Silver nomos, Taros mint, 272 - 235 BC, 20.3mm, 6.375g, 0o axis, Vlasto 877 ff., SNG ANS 1197 ff., HN Italy 1033
OBV: Nude youth on horseback right, shield and two lances in left hand, spear pointed downwards in right, DI above left, API-STI/KL-HS below
REV: TARAS, Taras astride dolphin left, kantharos in right, trident in left, head of a nymph left behind; typical tight flan

The reverse depicts Taras, the son of Poseidon and of a local nymph,
Satyrion, being saved from a shipwreck by riding a dolphin sent to him by Poseidon.
This symbol of the ancient Greek city is still the symbol of Taranto today.

EX: Forum Ancient Coins
4 commentsRomanorvm06/10/13 at 22:50Enodia: nice one!
Julia Domna, Fecunditas36 viewsIVLIA DO-MNA AVG
draped bust right

Fecunditas seated right, holding child in her arms, a second child standing at her feet

AR Denarius; 3.62g; 17-19mm
RIC IV 534; BMCRE 46; RSC 42.
3 commentsRobin Ayers05/18/13 at 05:02Enodia: that's a great reverse depiction. nice additio...
Faustina Senior, Aeternitas59 viewsDIVA AVG FAVSTINA
Veiled bust draped right

Eight rayed star

Ar Denarius; 2.8g
Rome mint: AD 142; RIC 355
Ex-/jean Elsen
7 commentsRobin Ayers05/06/13 at 04:43Enodia: a beautiful, almost madonna like portrait, et bell...
Syracuse, Sicily, Dionysos I, 405 - 367 B.C.41 viewsBronze litra, Calciati vol. II, p. 89, 45, gF, 8.415g, 20.3mm, 0o, Syracuse mint, 405 - 367 B.C.; obverse SURA, head of Athena left wearing olive wreathed Corinthian helmet; reverse hippocamp left with bridles

"Dionysius I was tyrant of Syracuse. He conquered several cities in Sicily and southern Italy, opposed Carthage's influence in Sicily and made Syracuse the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies. He was regarded by the ancients as an example of the worst kind of despot - cruel, suspicious and vindictive."
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/23/13 at 04:43Enodia: nice one!
Italy - Mint Neapolis - BC 350/37071 views1 commentsRugser04/20/13 at 18:53Enodia: very nice!
Calabria,Taremtum. AR nomos 7.6gm32 viewsVlasto 661 / 302-281 BC
obv: nude youth on horseback, crowning horse.
rev:Taras on dolphin holding tripod,CAS below
2 commentshill13204/08/13 at 01:03Enodia: very nice!
Thasos AR Drachm35 viewsThasos AR Drachm 525 - 463 b.c
6g, 20mm, 12h.
O:Naked ithyphallic satyr in kneeling running attitude right carrying in his arms a struggling nymph who raises her right hand in protest
R: Quadripartite incuse square
Ref: SNG COP 1014
2 commentsAndrew B203/27/13 at 19:02Enodia: an early example of an interesting type... a nice ...
Kingdom of Macedon AR Drachm36 viewsKingdom of Macedon Alexander III Posthumous AR Drachm c. 295/4 b.c.
Mint of Miletos
4.8g, 18mm, 1h. VF
O: Head of Herakles wearing lion skin
R: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left. Monogram in left field, double axe below throne.
Ref: M.J Price 2148.
3 commentsAndrew B203/27/13 at 18:58Enodia: a nice coin with a very 'warm' portrait. c...
1) Julius Caesar154 viewsDenarius, Rome, Moneyer P. Sepullius Macer, 44 BC, 4.03g. Cr-480/11, Syd-1072; Sear, Imperators-107b. Obv: Wreathed head of Caesar r., CAESAR before, D[IC]T PERPETVO behind. Rx: Venus standing l., looking downwards, holding Victory and scepter resting on star, P SEPVLLIVS behind, MACER downwards before. Same dies as Alfoldi, Caesar in 44 v. Chr., pl. LIII, 6-8. Banker's mark behind Caesar's eye. Good portrait. Some areas of flat striking, otherwise EF

Ex HJB - purchased on the Ides of March, 2011

Gaius Julius Caesar (Classical Latin: [ˈɡaː.i.ʊs ˈjuː.lɪ.ʊs ˈkaj.sar], July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general, statesman, Consul and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and Pompey formed a political alliance that was to dominate Roman politics for several years. Their attempts to amass power through populist tactics were opposed by the conservative elite within the Roman Senate, among them Cato the Younger with the frequent support of Cicero. Caesar's conquest of Gaul, completed by 51 BC, extended Rome's territory to the English Channel and the Rhine. Caesar became the first Roman general to cross both when he built a bridge across the Rhine and conducted the first invasion of Britain.

These achievements granted him unmatched military power and threatened to eclipse the standing of Pompey, who had realigned himself with the Senate after the death of Crassus in 53 BC. With the Gallic Wars concluded, the Senate ordered Caesar to lay down his military command and return to Rome. Caesar refused, and marked his defiance in 49 BC by crossing the Rubicon with a legion, leaving his province and illegally entering Roman territory under arms. Civil war resulted, from which he emerged as the unrivaled leader of Rome.

After assuming control of government, Caesar began a program of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian calendar. He centralised the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed "dictator in perpetuity". But the underlying political conflicts had not been resolved, and on the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC, Caesar was assassinated by a group of senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus. A new series of civil wars broke out, and the constitutional government of the Republic was never restored. Caesar's adopted heir Octavian, later known as Augustus, rose to sole power, and the era of the Roman Empire began.

Much of Caesar's life is known from his own accounts of his military campaigns, and from other contemporary sources, mainly the letters and speeches of Cicero and the historical writings of Sallust. The later biographies of Caesar by Suetonius and Plutarch are also major sources. Caesar is deemed to be one of the greatest military commanders of history. Source: wikipedia
13 commentsSosius03/16/13 at 05:53Enodia: great portrait, but a beautiful Venus as well. nic...
Macedonian Kingdom, Reign of Alexander III89 views336-323 BC
AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.01g)
O: Head of Alexander as Herakles right, clad in lion's skin headdress.
R: Zeus seated left on backless throne, holding eagle and sceptre, his legs parallel; eagle's head facing left in field to left, AΛEΞANΔPOY behind.
Amphipolis mint (lifetime issue).
Price 51; Sear 6713v; C. 4952
ex Jack H. Beymer

3 commentsEnodia03/09/13 at 06:36Enodia: lol... old coin, new picture.
Sicily, Gela27 viewsAR 1/4 litra, obol or hemiobol, 0.16g
~470 BC

O: Forepart of man-headed bull r.

R: Wheel of four spokes.

Jenkins 189 or 189v (denomination)
2 commentsSosius02/28/13 at 04:35Enodia: or 1/4 litra... nice coin!!!
Istros, Thrace, c. 350 - 250 B.C.108 viewsBronze AE 15, SNG Stancomb 176-online, (BMC Thrace p. 26, 15); (SNG BM Black Sea 260); Weight 3.571 g, max. diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 180o, Istros mint, c. 350 - 250 B.C.; obv. horned head of river-god Istros (Danube) facing slightly right; rev. ΙΣΤΡΙ, sea-eagle grasping dolphin in talons; nice blue-green patina.

Background info. courtesy Forvm Ancient coins;

Istros is probably the oldest Greek colony on the Black Sea, and was founded in 657 - 656 B.C. or sometime between 630 and 620 B.C. by Milesian settlers in a strategic position near the Danube Delta.

Ex. Forvm Ancient Coins
3 commentsSteve E02/24/13 at 05:16Enodia: nice coin, and another nice patina.
Syracuse, Sicily, Pyrrhus of Epirus, 278 - 276 B.C.90 viewsBronze litra, SNG ANS SicilyIII 853; SGCV I 1214; (Calciati II p. 321, 176); (SNG Cop 813), weight 10.64 g, max. diameter 23.18 mm, Syracuse mint, 278 - 276 B.C.; obv. head of Herakles left, clad in lion's scalp head-dress; rev.
ΣΥΡΑ−ΚΟΣΙΩΝ, Athena Promachos advancing right, hurling thunderbolt with right, shield in left. A thick, dark olive green patina. Very fine style engraving! One of the nicest I've seen of Herakles on a bronze coin!

Background info. courtesy, Forvm Ancient Coins

In 279 BC, Pyrrhus forces, supporting the Greek cities of southern Italy, met and defeated the Romans at the battle of Asculum in Apulia. Pyrrhus, however, lost many men, several close associates, and all of his baggage. When one of his soldiers congratulated him on his victory, he famously replied: "Another such victory and we are ruined!" From this we have the term Pyrric victory, a victory achieved at ruinous cost.

Ex Roma Numismatics from Auction II; 2 Oct. 2011 pictured as lot 146
4 commentsSteve E02/24/13 at 05:15Enodia: great patina!
216 Otacilia Severa92 viewsOtacilia Severa, Augusta February or March 244 - September or October 249 A.D.

Silver antoninianus, SRCV III 9158, RIC IV 130, RSC IV 43, Choice gVF, 4.523g, 23.0mm, 180o, Rome mint, 247 A.D.; obverse OTACIL SEVERA AVG, draped bust right set on crescent; reverse PIETAS AVGVSTAE, Pietas, veiled, standing left, extending right, box of incense in left; full circles strike, bold portrait.

"Pietas in traditional Latin usage expressed a complex, highly valued Roman virtue; a man or woman with pietas respected his or her responsibilities to other people, gods and entities (such as the state), and understood his or her place in society with respect to others."
9 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/24/13 at 01:41Enodia: beautiful coin Randy, congratulations!
113/112 BC L. Marcius Philippus133 viewsL Marcius Philippus
ROMA monogram
Head of King Philip V of Macedon right, wearing helmet decorated with goat's horns, Φ below chin

Equestrian statue right on tablet with inscription. Horseman carrying laurel-branch flower at horses feet. (XVI monogram) below tablet.

Rome 113/112 BC


Crawford 293/1. Sydenham 551. Marcia 12.

Ex Calgary-Coin

This is the first Roman coin to depict an historical person instead of a personification or deity. The money’s ancestor L. Marcius Q.f. Philippus negotiated a treaty between Rome and Philip V of Macedon.
5 commentsJay GT402/23/13 at 21:06Enodia: interesting coin Jay, very nice!
Corinthia103 viewsObv: Pegasos flying left, koppa below.

Rev: Head of Athena facing left, wearing a Corinthian helmet over a leather cap, Δ below chin, I (unstruck) and Artemis advancing left carrying a torch.

Silver Stater, Corinth mint, 345 - 307 BC

8.4 grams, 20.8 mm, 0°

GCV 2631, Ravel 1076

5 commentsSPQR Coins02/23/13 at 06:23Enodia: very nice! i love the little Artemis/Hekate.
Augustus, 27 BC - 14 AD 32 viewsObv: No legend, diademed head of Pax facing right, olive branch before, cornucopia behind. Banker's mark on Pax's cheek.

Rev: (CA)ESAR - DIVI F, Octavian in military attire, walking right, his right hand raised and holding a spear over his left shoulder.

Denarius, Rome mint (?), c. 32 - 31 BC

3.8 grams, 19.3 mm, 270°

RIC I 253, RSC 72, S1549, VM 17
1 commentsSPQR Coins02/23/13 at 06:19Enodia: a very interesting reverse.
Marcus Aurelius as Caesar under Antoninus Pius, 139 - 161 A.D., Rome mint95 views Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III Pius 1325 b, weight 26.6 g, max. diameter 31.25 mm, Rome mint, 155 - 156 A.D.; obv. AVRELIVS CAES ANTON AVG PII F, bare headed bust r.draped on l. shoulder; rev. TR POT X COS II S C, Minerva standing left, owl in extended right, spear in left, shield at feet behind, Scarce. Olive-brown patina, some corrosion on one edge. Very fine style portrait!

Marcus Aurelius bore the junior rank of Caesar for the unusually long time of 22 years! He was about 35 years old when this coin was minted, about 5 years before he became Emperor.

Ex. Andreas Kohn

Photo by Andreas Kohn
5 commentsSteve E02/23/13 at 06:12Enodia: nice!
Lukania, Metapont, stater95 viewsca. 530-500 BC
27mm, 7.80g
obv: META; ear of barley in dotted border
rev: incuse ear of barley in a border of rays
(Noe 114)
ex. Künker Auction 83, lot 63 (17.06.2003)
4 commentsareich02/21/13 at 18:25Enodia: nice!
Germanicus by Caligula178 viewsGERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N
Bare head of Germanicus left

around large SC

Rome 40-1 AD


Sear 1822, RIC 50

Issued by Caligula in honour of his deceased father Germanicus.

3 commentsJay GT402/15/13 at 05:14Enodia: nice one!
32 Gordian III RIC 6771 viewsGordian III 238-244 AD. Ar Antoninianus. Rome Mint. 240 AD. (3,9 gr 21 mm) Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right. Rev: LIBERALITAS AVG III, Liberalitas standing left with abacus & cornucopia.
RIC 67;RSC 142; Sears 8621

Ex: Private collection
2 commentsPaddy02/07/13 at 04:30Enodia: i agree, really nice reverse.
26 Severus Alexander RIC 250112 viewsSeverus Alexander 222-235 A.D. Rome Mint. 231-235 A.D. (3,3 gr, 20 mm) Obv: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate head right with slight drapery on left shoulder. Rev: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Annona standing left by modius, holding
corn-ears and cornucopiae.
RIC 250; RSC 501c; BMC 875; Sears 7922

Ex: Private collection

The legend 'Providentia' relates to the emperor's foresight
in providing for Rome's annual grain supply
3 commentsPaddy02/07/13 at 04:29Enodia: very nice, front and back!
Syracuse tetradrachm98 viewsSICILY, Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Struck under Hieron I, circa 475-470 BC. Charioteer driving slow quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; above, Nike flying right, crowning horses with wreath / Diademed head of Arethusa right, wearing single-pendant earring and necklace; four dolphins around. SNG ANS 1072 commentsAuer02/05/13 at 15:44Enodia: very nice!
Velia91 viewsAR stater, 7.29g, Obv: Head of Athena right, Rev: Lion standing in front of palm tree, Williams 490(r), this coin, SNG Lockett 563, this coin.

ex Lockett collection
2 commentsAuer02/05/13 at 15:43Enodia: quite lovely! i would specialize in the coins of V...
Velia87 viewsAR stater, signed by Philistion, 7.30g, circa 305-290 BC, Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet decorated with winged Nike in quadriga on bowl, pegasus on neck guard, FILISTIWNOS on crest holder; Q behind, E before. Rev: Lion crouching left holding sword in mouth and right paw, the Dioskouroi above between F-I; UELHTWN in exergue. Williams 409 (c), this coin.

ex Lloyd and Evans collections
2 commentsAuer02/05/13 at 15:39Enodia: a wonderful signed coin, congratulations!
Julia Domna, Antioch48 viewsAntioch, Pisidia

draped bust right

Fortuna standing right holding branch and cornucopia

Krzyzanowska, Domna Group A, pp. 147-9, pl. X; SNG von Aulock 4930
wildwinds example (this coin)
Ae 22mm; 4.87g
5 commentsRobin Ayers01/26/13 at 23:58Enodia: she is aglow!
215 Philip I111 viewsPhilip I AR Antoninianus. Antioch? mint, 244 AD. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS P F AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right, PM below bust / VIRTVS EXERCITVS, Virtus standing right, holding spear & resting hand on shield. RIC 74, RSC 245
21mm, 3.9gms
10 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/18/13 at 02:31Enodia: nice coin, and i love the reverse.
140 Hadrian 77 viewsBetter photo

Hadrian 117-138 AD. Silver Denarius. Pax. RIC 44a

Hadrian 117-138 AD

Silver Denarius (3.35 gm)

Rome Mint 118 AD

Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG ; Laureate heroic bust right, drapery on left shoulder.
Rev: P M TR P COS II ; Pax standing left with olive branch & cornucopiae, PAX in exergue.

RIC II 44a ; Sear II 3511 ex Vaughn
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/18/13 at 02:27Enodia: a little wear, but very pleasant and the portrait ...
Alexander The great, Mesembria, tetradrachm80 viewsKings of Macedon. Alexander III. "the Great" (336-323 BC). AR Tetradrachm (29 mm, 16.74 g). Civic issue, Mesembria mint, c. 250-187 BC.
Obv. Head of Herakles wearing lion's skin right.
Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, rev: Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter; to left, corinthian helmet above monogram.
Price p. 182, 992 var. (slightly different monogram).
ex Auctiones eAuction #10, Lot 12
2 commentsareich01/17/13 at 22:51Enodia: nice coin, and beautifully toned.
Greek, Thessaly, Scotussa, (360-344 B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 256, Bunch of grapes on vine branch, Rare!!!,441 viewsThessaly, Scotussa, (360-344 B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 256, Bunch of grapes on vine branch, Rare!!!,
avers: Head of nymph faceing.
revers: ΣΚΟΤΟΥΣΣΑΙ-ΩΝ, Bunch of grapes on vine branch.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 20-20,5mm, weight: 7,89g, axes:5 h,
mint: Thessaly, Scotussa, date: 360-344 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 256, Rogers 543,
3 commentsquadrans01/12/13 at 18:31Enodia: this coin tells such a story with so little imager...
Roman Republic, C. Antestius, 146 B.C.84 viewsRoman Republic, C. Antestius, 146 B.C.

Silver denarius, SRCV 95/1, Sydenham 411, Crawford 219/1e, RSC I Antestia 1, VF, Rome mint, weight 3.971g, maximum diameter 17.3mm, die axis 90o, 146 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged helmet, C ANTESTI behind, X below chin; reverse Dioscuri riding right, puppy with both fore feet raised below, ROMA in a linear frame in ex, linear border
7 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/10/13 at 22:52Enodia: nice one Randy!
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Pyrrhos471 viewsKings of Macedon Pyrrhos 278-276BC. AE Litra (23mm). Syracuse mint.
Head of Phthia left., veiled with acanthus; Rev. winged thunderbolt &
legend 'of King Pyrrhou'. Rare, finest style. EF+
4 commentsalexB01/10/13 at 15:11Enodia: a beautiful bronze from an interesting period... b...
Corinth Stater62 viewsGreece. Corinth. Stater, ca 405-345 BC. Obv. Pegasos flying left; below Ϙ. Rev. Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet; laurel wreath right. Ravel 1009. Pegasi I, 427. AG. g. 8.33 mm. 22.002 commentsNick T01/08/13 at 17:28Enodia: nice one!
Syracuse, Sicily, Agathocles, 317 - 289 B.C.80 viewsBronze AE 18, Calciati II, p. 201, 86 Ds46/Rl 1; BMC Sicily p. 191, 335; SNG ANS 656, EF, 5.257g, 17.9mm, 270o, Syracuse mint, c. 310 - 305 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left, Campanian helmet behind; reverse SURAKOSIWN (below), Pegasos with pointed wing flying left, E/L monogram2 commentsNick T01/08/13 at 17:24Enodia: a nice bronze with a beautiful portrait of Apollo....
Abdera, Silver Drachm102 viewsSilver drachm
Obv:– Griffin springing left.
Rev:– GR-W-TH-S, laureate head of Apollo left in linear square, within incuse square
Minted in Abdera, 365 - 345 B.C.
Reference:– May 324

6 commentsmaridvnvm01/08/13 at 04:52Enodia: gorgeous!
GREEK, Attica, Athens, Athena and Owl345 viewsAttica, Athens, (449-413 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, Sear 2526, Athena and Owl,
Obv:– Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll
Rev:– owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent
diameter: 23mm, weght: 17,19g , axis- h,
mint: Attica, Athens, date: 449-413 B.C., ref.:Sear 2526,
4 commentsquadrans01/08/13 at 04:36Enodia: a nice coin overall, but a terrific owl!
Rhodes, Caria, ( 340-316 B.C.), AR-Didrachm, PΟΔΙΟΝ, Flower, E+Grapes to left, Rare!,284 viewsRhodes, Caria, ( 340-316 B.C.), AR-Didrachm, PΟΔΙΟΝ, Flower, E+Grapes to left, Rare!,
avers: No legend, Head of Helios facing slightly to right.
revers: PΟΔΙΟΝ, Rose with bud right, ΡOΔION above, bunch of grapes in field left, E below.
exerg: E/-//--, diameter: 17-22mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Rhodes, Islands off Caria, E+Grapes, date: 340-316 B.C., ref: Ashton Colossus series 1a, pl.XV 21, SNG Keckman I, 436-440, Sammlung Karl 408-411.,
4 commentsquadrans01/08/13 at 04:33Enodia: very nice!
Caria, Mylasa Scorpion51 viewsCaria, Mylasa
450-400 BC
Ar Obol; 8mm;0.5g

forepart of lion


SNG Copenhagen 379
3 commentsRobin Ayers01/06/13 at 02:55Enodia: very cool1 the unusual bird's eye view of the ...
M Sergius Silus66 viewsM. Sergius Silus AR denarius minted in Rome, between 115-114 B.C. OBV - Roma right, Rome and X crossed behind, EX.S.C. REV - soldier riding horse carrying an unsheathed sword and barbarian head right in field, Q below horse. M.SERGI below. SILVS in exergue. 3.93 grams.3 commentsRomanorvm01/05/13 at 05:00Enodia: great type, and a nice example.
Taras, Dolphin56 viewsTaras, Calabria
Circa 520-473 BC
AR Litra (12mm, 0.8g)
O" Scallop shell within linear border
R: Dolphin right within linear border; scallop shell below, ΤΑΡΑΣ (retrograde) above
Vlasto 1135; HN Italy 831.

Thank you to Enodia & Taras for the ID!
2 commentsRobin Ayers01/04/13 at 21:04Enodia: great addition! scarce and very old, it is a prett...
Otho 36 viewsOtho Denarius
19 mm 3.37 gm
Bare head right.
Securitas standing left, holding wreath and scepter.
3 commentsKoffy12/31/12 at 19:30Enodia: as nice as any i have seen of the type... BIG cong...
Philip I Sestertius130 viewsIMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Laureate bust right

Victory advancing right holding wreath and palm


244-5 AD

RIC 192a
Sear 9021


SOLD Forum Auction April 2019
7 commentsJay GT412/29/12 at 20:07Enodia: very bold!
Marcus Aurelius66 viewsAR Denarius, Rome mint, 166 CE (3.26g) O:M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head right R: TR P XX IMP IIII COS III, PAX in ex., Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopiae. BMCRE 401; RSC 435; RIC 159.

Virtually mint state.
2 commentsNemonater12/24/12 at 19:06Enodia: great coin!
Galba194 viewsDenarius. Rome, A.D. 68. Bare head of Galba right. Rv. S P Q R/OB/C S in three lines within wreath. 3.46 grams. RIC 167. BMC 34 corr. (obv. incorrectly described). RSC 287.4 commentsNemonater12/24/12 at 19:05Enodia: very nice!
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip V (221-179 B.C.), SNG Cop 1250, AE-21, Pella mint, Two goats kneeling right,207 viewsPhilip V., Macedonia, Kings, (221-179 B.C.), SNG Cop 1250, AE-21, Pella mint, Two goats kneeling right,
avers:- Head of young Herakles right, clad in lion's skin.
revers:-Two goats kneeling right side by side, BA above, Φ below.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 21 mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Philippos V., Pella mint, date: 221-179 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 1250,
1 commentsquadrans12/23/12 at 03:35Enodia: cool goats!
Attica, Athens, (449-413 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, Sear 2526, Athena and Owl,296 viewsAttica, Athens, (449-413 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, Sear 2526, Athena and Owl,
Obv:– Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll
Rev:– owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent
diameter: 23mm, weght: 17,19g , axis- h,
mint: Attica, Athens, date: 449-413 B.C., ref.:Sear 2526,
5 commentsquadrans12/23/12 at 03:33Enodia: very nice! a lovely example of THE iconic Greek co...
Thrace, Cherronesos, (cca. 400-350 B.C.), BMC-41, S-1605var, AR-Hemidrachm, Cherronesos Lion, Bee and VE, 266 viewsThrace, Cherronesos, (cca. 400-350 B.C.), BMC-41, S-1605var, AR-Hemidrachm, Cherronesos Lion, Bee and VE,
avers:- Forepart of lion right, head turned back.
revers:- Quadripartite incuse with a bee and • VE monogram in the sunken quarters.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 13mm, weight: 2,40g, axis: 11h,
mint: Thrace, Cherronesos, date: cca. 400-350 B.C., ref: BMC-41, S-1605var,
4 commentsquadrans12/23/12 at 03:30Enodia: a very nice specimen quadrans, well struck and wel...
Lucania, Metapontum AR Nomos53 viewsStruck circa 340-330 BC. AR Nomos, 7.83g. Johnston Class B2. HN Italy-1575. SNG ANS 432-440. Obverse bearded head of hero Leukippos wearing unadorned Corinthian helmet right; behind lion head right; monogram below chin. Reverse barley ear of seven grains with leaf to left; club above leaf, AMI below; META in right field.

Ex Joseph Melchione collection. Ex Ira and Larry Goldberg Pre-Long Beach Sept. 4-5, 2012 Auction 70th Sale, lot 3021. Ex CNG. VF, toned.

The head of the hero Leukippos on this coin is particularly elegant. He was a mythical king of Messene whom the Metapontines claimed as the founder of their city. His appearance on the coins almost certainly serves as an allusion to the help given to Metapontum by Alexander the Molossian, another king from across the sea. The mythological hero Leukippos (his name means owner of a white horse, i.e., a wealthy man) was particularly popular in Metapontum, appearing on the obverse of many of the city's nomoi, or staters, starting c. 350 BC. This helmeted and bearded head also served as a prototype for Rome's early didrachms with a similar head of Mars. (Commentary courtesy Classical Numismatic Group).
1 commentsJason T12/19/12 at 00:02Enodia: a very nice example, and a fine representative of ...
Kingdom of Thrace. Lysimachos AR Tetradrachm178 viewsCirca 297-281 B.C. AR Tetradrachm, Thompson 59, Müller 88 (Sestus mint), 17.146g, maximum diameter 31.2mm, die axis 0o, Mysia, Lampsacus mint. Obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great wearing the horn of Ammon. Reverse Athena seated left on prow, Nike crowning name in extended right, transverse spear resting against right side, resting left arm on shield behind, KA monogram inner left, herm outer left. gVF. Nice style, beautiful portrait of Alexander.

Ex Otakirak Collection. Ex Stack's, Bowers and Ponterio NYINC Auction 2012, lot 194. Ex FORVM.

Lysimachos, a Macedonian of great physical strength and fortitude, rose to prominence as a σωματοφύλαξ, or “bodyguard” for Alexander the Great. When Alexander’s territories were parceled out during the settlement at Babylon in 323 BC, Lysimachos was given control of Thrace, the Chersonese, and the intervening Black Sea coast. Unfortunately, much of this territory was no longer under Macedonian control, but was claimed by various Thracian tribes. Although Lysimachos was involved to some extent in the early wars of the Diadochs, most of his early years as satrap were preoccupied with subduing the Thracian tribes, an endeavor that was largely unsuccessful. By the time he assumed the royal title in 306/5 BC, his kingdom consisted of little more than the southern portions of Thrace. While this territory included a few already active mints, such as Ainos and Byzantion, Lysimachos was forced to depend on his ally Kassander, the king of Macedon, for coinage, as the sources of bullion were under the control of his enemies. This situation changed in 302 BC, when Lysimachos raised an army at the urging of Kassander and invaded Asia Minor, territory which Antigonos I Monophthalmos controlled, and whose son, Demetrios I Poliorketes, was threatening Kassander’s southern flank in Thessaly. Lysimachos quickly captured much of the Hellespont, and he penetrated as far as Lydia. This territory was rich with both silver bullion and mint cities, including Alexandria Troas, Ephesos, Lampsakos, Magnesia, and Sardis. Lysimachos used these mints to begin striking coinage on his behalf, while at the same time, he apparently sent bullion back to Thrace, where Lysimacheia and Sestos also began to produce coinage for him. These mints initially struck coins of Alexander type for Lysimachos, but later changed to the new Lysimachos type in 297 BC. After Lysimachos and Seleukos I defeated the Antigonids at Ipsos in 301 BC, most of western Asia Minor passed to Lysimachos. He now held some of the most prosperous cities in the Aegean, and soon most of the well-established mints were striking coinage in his name. Many of these same mints were required to pay large sums of tribute in order to fund further campaigns of expansion. One such object of expansion was Macedon, the ultimate goal of all the Diodochs. Since the death of Kassander in 298 BC, it had fallen into chaos and was eventually captured by Demetrios, who was, in turn, driven out by the joint invasion of Lysimachos and Pyrrhos in 288 BC. Initially, Macedon was split between the two, with Lysimachos taking the eastern half and its mint of Amphipolis. By 285 BC, when Lysimachos also obtained the western half from Pyrrhos, Pella also began producing coinage for Lysimachos. His successes, however, were short-lived. Beginning in 284 BC with the murder of his step-sons, Lysimachos became involved in a treacherous game of political and dynastic intrigue. As a result, revolt broke out among the Asian cities under his control, and Seleukos I launched an invasion against him. At the battle of Korupedion in 281 BC, Lysimachos was killed, and his kingdom was subsumed into the Seleukid empire. Ptolemy Keraunos, however, siezed Lysimachos’ European territories after he murdered Seleukos I later that year. Edward T. Newell’s study of Lysimachos’ lifetime issues arranged them according to the territorial expansion of his kingdom. Unfortunately, Newell died before completing his study, and consequently many issues are missing from Margaret Thompson’s survey of his unfinished work. The many ‘unpublished’ coins that have appeared over the past two decades reveal how little is known about Lysimachos’ coinage. Although most catalogs list these unpublished coins as posthumous issues, this is unlikely, as most of his mint cities were taken over by other kingdoms following Lysimachos’ death. The cities that continued to issue his coins as a regular type, such as Byzantion, were mostly ones that regularly conducted trade with cities to the north of Thrace, whose economies were likely dominated by Lysimachos type coinage during his lifetime. A few cities, such as Tenedos, struck brief, sporadic issues of Lysimachos type coins long after his death, but these issues were likely struck for some specific purpose that required this type, and are not part of any regular series. At the beginning of his reign, Lysimachos continued to use Alexander’s coinage types, later modifying them by replacing Alexander’s name with his own. In 297 BC, Lysimachos introduced a new type: the obverse was a portrait of Alexander; the reverse was Athena, Lysimachos’ patron goddess. G.K Jenkins noted the power of the Alexander portrait in his commentary on the Gulbenkian Collection: “The idealized portrait of Alexander introduced on the coinage of Lysimachos in 297 BC is characterized by the horn of Ammon which appears above the ear. The allusion is to Alexander’s famous visit to the oracle of Ammon at the Siwa Oasis in 331, when the god is supposed to have greeted Alexander as ‘My son’.... The best of the Alexander heads on Lysimachos’ coinage...have a power and brilliance of effect that is irresistible. It [is speculated] that these Alexander heads may have derived from an original gem carved by Pyrgoteles, an engraver prominent among the artists of Alexander’s court....” Regardless of the inspiration for the new design, part of the remarkable attraction of this coinage is its artistic variety: each engraver created his own fresh and distinctive portrayal of the world’s greatest conqueror. (Commentary courtesy of CNG).
6 commentsJason T12/18/12 at 23:59Enodia: a great portrait, and wonderfully toned. a very ni...
Thrace, Maroneia AR Tetradrachm104 viewsLate 2nd-mid 1st centuries B.C. AR Tetradrachm, 16.18g, 31mm, 12h. Schonert-Geiss-1150 (V51/R158); SNG-Copenhagen-; Dewing-1296 (same as obverse die). Obverse wreathed head of young Dionysos right. Reverse Dionysos standing half left, holding grapes and narthex stalks, monogram to inner left & right. Near EF, minor die wear on reverse.

Ex CNG 88(14 Sept. 2011) lot 52. Ex CNG e-Auction 286 (5 Sept. 2012) lot 22.
2 commentsJason T12/18/12 at 23:49Enodia: a truly beautiful specimen!
119 BC M. Furius L. f. Philus75 viewsM FOVRI L F
Laur. head of Janus

ROMA to right PHILI in ex (PHI in monogram)
Roma standing left crowning trophy with carnyx and shield on each side, star above Roma

Rome 119 BC


Crawford 281/1; Sydenham 529; BMC 555

Commemorates the victories over the Allobroges and the Arverni in Gaul in 121 BC by CN Domitius Ahenobarbus and Q. Fabius Maximus only a few years earlier

Ex-Baranoesky Roma
4 commentsJay GT412/14/12 at 18:22Enodia: cool coin Jay, and a very good image.
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Perseus AR Drachm146 viewsThird Macedonian War. Hermias magistrate. Minted in Thessaly. 171-170 BC.
Obv.: Head of Helios facing.
Rev.: Rose with bud to right.
SNG Keckman 795.
3 commentsMinos10/13/12 at 16:42Enodia: beautiful type!
Laureate head of Titus right

Capricorn left, globe below

Reverse based on the coinage of Augustus

Rome 79 AD
RSC 280
RIC 19 (C)


Ex- Civitas, Ex-Calgary Coins
3 commentsJay GT410/10/12 at 23:54Enodia: nice coin, cool reverse!
ELIS. Olympia. 352-348 BC. AR hemidrachm.146 viewsAR hemidrachm (17mm, 2.52g). 107th-108th Olympiad.
Laureate head of Zeus right / Eagle standing right on Ionic column capital. BCD Olympia 139-42. Ex BCD (private sale). VF toned.

JHE E-Auction #7.
6 commentsDino10/09/12 at 18:47Enodia: great coin Dino.
Pantikapaion, Tauric Chersonesos, Thrace, 310 - 304 BC. 120 viewsAE 20, McDonald 69, SNG Pushkin 818, Sear GCV I 1700, weight 7.29 g, max. diameter 20.8 mm, Pantikapaion mint, c. 310 - 304 BC; Obv. bearded head of satyr right; Rev. Π Α Ν in legend, forepart of griffin left, sturgeon fish left below. Shiny green patina with a few corrosion pits. A sharp strike with little wear!

Background info; Pantikapaion (Panticapaeum) is present-day Kerch, an important Greek city and port in Taurica (Tauric Chersonese), situated on a hill (Mt. Mithridates) on the western side of the Cimmerian Bosporus (Kerch Strait), between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. It was founded by Milesians in the late 7th or early 6th century B.C. Originally called Apollonia. Wikipedia.
6 commentsSteve E10/06/12 at 15:52Enodia: nice coin with a terrific patina!
Greek, Taras, Didrachm174 viewsUnlisted with the letters in front of the horse.2 commentsPhiloromaos06/27/12 at 17:08Enodia: Vlasto 834. V835 is similar but with a different ...
Larissa, Thessaly * Trihemiobol * 370-360 BC.103 views
Obv: Nymph Larissa, front-facing slightly angled-left.
Rev: Grazing Thessalian horse, right-facing.

Exergue: [LA]R[ISAION] (worn illegible)

Mint: Larissa
Struck: ca. 370-360 BC.

Size: 10 mm.
Weight: 0.85 grams
Die axis: 90 degs.

Refs: *
Herrmann group VII, series B, pl. VI, 2
BMC Thessaly pg. 31, 75 var.

2 commentsTiathena06/06/12 at 05:28Enodia: very nice! not all the Larissa's have aged gr...
Byzantine/roman trade weight23 viewscrude x one side,
13mm by 13mm by 12mm, 15.55g
1 commentswileyc06/01/12 at 18:21Enodia: nice!
Asia Minor, Carian Islands87 viewsObv: No legend, radiate head of Helios facing right.

Rev: P - O on either side of a rose with bud to right, magistrate's name: NIKHΦOPO above, all within an incuse square.

Silver Drachm, Rhodos mint, c. 88 - 84 BC

2.3 grams, 16 mm, 0°

GCV 5063 (var.)
4 commentsSPQR Coins05/27/12 at 20:43Enodia: a beautiful coin with very sun-like toning.
CALABRIA, TARENTUM55 views315 - 302 BC
AR DIDRACHM (NOMOS) 22 mm 7.84 g
O: Naked horseman galloping with lance and shield, SA beneath
R: TARAS Taras, with trident, riding dolphin; small dolphin below
Calabria, Tarentum
2 commentslaney05/24/12 at 16:11Enodia: very nice!
Bactrian Kingdom, Apollodotos I, 174 - 160 B.C.75 viewsSilver square drachm; (Bop.4a, Mitchner 207f, SNG ANS 303); 165 -160 B.C. Weight 2.3 g., Max side measurment 16.57 mm., Obv. ΣΩTHPOΣ AΠOΛΛOΔOTOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ around, Elephant stg. r., AV monogram below; Rev. Karosthi legend around, Zebu bull stg. r., A below;. Toned with light encrustation. 4 commentsSteve E05/10/12 at 16:43Enodia: very cool coin, and a nice counterpoint to the mor...
57 viewsstill could use improvement, but thought I'd share.

Heres a link to a better photo
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/12 at 00:43Enodia: that's an interesting effect.
Lucania, Metapontum 120 viewsObv: Bearded head of Leukippos facing right, wearing a Corinthian helmet, lion's head behind.

Rev: Barley ear with seven grains, leaf to left supporting a club, AMI below, META in field to right.

Silver Didrachm, Lucania, Metapontum, 350 - 330 BC

7.9 grams, 18.5 mm, 270°

GCV 415, Johnston B2.1, SNG Munchen 985
3 commentsSPQR Coins05/02/12 at 04:43Enodia: great coin! i like the Leukippos types
M. Sergius Silus - Sergia-1119 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC AR Denarius M. Sergius Silus Rome 116-115 B.C. (3,89 gm). Helmeted head of Roma right, EX•S•C before, ROMA and X (XVI ligate) behind. Helmeted horseman galloping left, holding sword and severed head in left hand, Q below horse’s forelegs, M SERGI below, SILVS in ex, Syd 534, Cr286/1, Sear 163. RSC I Sergia-17 commentsBud Stewart04/21/12 at 05:21Enodia: nice one Bud! i know you've wanted one for som...
Ionia, Magnesia ad Meandrum, tetartemorion45 views5th century BC
6mm, 0.21g
obv: M[A], youthful head right
rev: ΓNH, bull butting right over maeander pattern
(cf. Hauck & Aufhäuser 19 (2006), 121)

Auctiones eAuction #2, Lot 42
2 commentsareich04/09/12 at 19:08Enodia: a very cool little microdot!
Macedon, Tragilos, hemiobol47 viewsca. 450-400 BC
8-9mm, 0.37g
obv: ear of grain in dotted circle
rev: T-P / A-I in quarters
Klein 163
2 commentsareich04/09/12 at 19:07Enodia: yes, a pretty little coin!
GG, Taras, c. 280 BC (Time of Pyrrhos)163 viewsGold quarter-stater, 11.7mm, 2.13g, aVF
Laureate head Apollo to right, with long hair; AP behind / Eagle with wings spread standing half left atop wingless fulmen; AP and TAPANTINΩN before. RCOA
Ex: Hess-Leu, 27th March 1956, lot 12
Fischer-Bossert p. 370, G59g and pl. 68 (this coin); HN Italy 986; Vlasto 49; SNG ANS 1043
4 commentsLawrence Woolslayer04/08/12 at 16:42Enodia: a wonderful coin, and so very 'Pyrrhic'!
Tarsus (?), Cilicia140 viewsCILICIA, Uncertain. 4th century BC. AR Obol? 10.33mm, 0.51g.
Baaltars seated left, holding grain ear / Forepart of wolf right; inverted crescent above.
Göktürk 57-8; SNG France 443; SNG Levante 224
6 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/03/12 at 05:30Enodia: a cool little coin, and great wolf!
Pontus Amisos Perseus Medusa62 viewsPontus Amisos, 109 - 89 BC (approx.), 29.03mm, 17.05g, SNG Copenhagen 137, SNG BM Black Sea 1166 - 69,
OBV: Helmeted head of Athena right, wearing triple crested helmet decorated with Griffin
REV: AMI-ΣOY, Perseus standing facing, holding harpa and Medusa's head
Medusa's body at his feet, monograms in fields
adjustment marks on obverse and reverse
3 commentsRomanorvm04/02/12 at 04:20Enodia: very cool reverse!
THRACE, Apollonia Pontika32 viewsTHRACE, Apollonia Pontika. Mid 4th-3rd centuries BC. Æ Dichalkon 14mm. Laureate head of Apollo right / Anchor; A and crayfish flanking. SNG BM Black Sea 178-81.2 commentsMolinari04/01/12 at 16:33Enodia: i believe this is from Apollonia Pontica, with the...
Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III, The Great, 336 -323 B.C. Lifetime Issue! 180 viewsMacedonian Kingdom, Alexander III, The Great, 336 -323 B.C. Lifetime Issue!
Silver drachm, Price 2553, (Muller 129); VF, flan defect on reverse, 4.297g, 16.4mm, Lydia, Sardes mint, c. 334 - 323 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus enthroned left, eagle in right, scepter in left, EYE monogram left, rose under throne.

This portrait of Herakles has an amazing resemblance to my father when he was young!

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins
9 commentsSteve E03/31/12 at 05:35Enodia: Alexander E (the Dad)
Cappadocian Kingdom, c. 130 - 80 B.C.; In the Name of the Seleukid King, Antiochus VII77 viewsSilver tetradrachm, (Houghton II 642 ff., SNG Spaer 1855, Newell SMA 282), Weight 16.560g, Max. diameter 27.9mm, Obv. diademed head of the Seleukid King Antiochos VII right, fillet border; Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXDOY EYEPΠETOY, Athena standing left, Nike in right, spear and shield in left, ligate ΔI / A left, Nike extends wreath into laurel wreath border. Toned, some light scratches.

EX. Forvm Ancient Coins

Background info, courtesy Forvm Ancient Coins;

Oliver Hoover, in Coins of the Seleucid Empire from the Collection of Arthur Houghton, attributes this type to the Cappadocian Kingdom, c. 130 - 80 B.C. The symbols were used on Cappadocian royal coinage, the coins are found in Cappadocian hoards and a tetradrachm naming the Cappadocian King Ariarathes VII Philometor (116 - 99 B.C.) bears the obverse portrait of Antiochus VII. He notes they may have been struck to pay foreign (Syrian?) mercenaries who preferred the types of Antiochus VII.

4 commentsSteve E03/27/12 at 04:53Enodia: nice one!
Trajan, 25 Jan. 98 - Aug. 117 A.D.110 viewsOrichalcum sestertius, RIC II 500, (Cowen 477), weight 21.1 g, maximum diameter 34 mm, Rome mint, obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C, Fortuna standing left, rudder on prow in right, cornucopia in left. Mottled green patina.

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6 commentsSteve E03/27/12 at 04:48Enodia: a very nice Trajan.
Crispina, Venus65 viewsCRISPINA-AVGVSTA
draped bust right

Venus standing facing, head left, holding apple and lifting drapery from shoulder

Ar denarius;3.06g;17-19mm
RIC 286a;Cohen 35
4 commentsarizonarobin03/22/12 at 05:00Enodia: beautiful.
Cilicia, Uncertain101 viewsCILICIA
AR Obol (11mm, 0.74 g)

Head of Herakles left, lion's skin tied around neck
Three-quarter facing female bust, head turned slightly left, wearing veil and necklace

SNG Levante 220
*SNG Berry 1282 to Nagidos under Pharnabazos (Thank you Frank)
From the David Herman Collection
5 commentsarizonarobin03/22/12 at 04:55Enodia: lovely coin, with a very intriguing facing head.
Caria, ram & lion107 viewsCARIA, Uncertain
4th century BC
AR Tetartemorion (6mm, 0.24 g, 12h)

Ram's head right / Roaring lion's head right
SNG Keckman 903; Troxell, Carians 10; SNG Copenhagen

5 commentsarizonarobin03/22/12 at 04:52Enodia: great coin! i always wondered if the had to use a ...
Sicily, Syracuse47 viewsDionysios I
Sicily, Syracuse; 357-344 BC

Head of Arethusa left
Dolphin leaping right, scallop shell below; ΣΥΡΑ between

Bronze hemilitron

3 commentsRobin Ayers03/22/12 at 04:50Enodia: yes, very nice!
Anonymous - RSC-17699 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC Anonymous, 115 - 114 BC, AR denarius (21mm, 3.82g). Rome mint. Helmeted head of Roma right; X behind and ROMA below / Roma seated right on shields; wolf and twins before, two birds in fields. Crawford 287/1; Sydenham 530; RSC 176; RCV 1648 commentsBud Stewart03/11/12 at 18:07Enodia: i really like this one... very nice!
Zeus Ammon on Ptolemy IV Hemidrachm546 viewsZeus Ammon portrait by master die artist. In unusually high relief and expressive style. Uncommon for this type (~ 35mm, 35gm). Issued ca. 220BC at Alexandria mint. This is one Zeus that looks like he really might just get up and step right off the coin or turn around and have something to say of great mythological significance :) 6 commentsPtolemAE03/03/12 at 05:05Enodia: a very lifelike, although somewhat forlorn looking...
C. Marius C.f. Capito - Maria-9126 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Marius C.f. Capito. 81 B.C. AR Serrate Denarius (3.86 g, 19.5 mm). CAPIT • XXXXI behind draped bust of Ceres right, wreathed in corn, symbol below chin. / Plowman steering yoke of oxen left, XXXXI above; C • MARCI • C • F / SC in ex. Crawford 378/1c; Sydenham 744b; RSC Maria 9; RCV 3009 commentsBud Stewart03/01/12 at 16:14Enodia: very nice, terrific reverse!
Campania, Neapolis, AR Nomos57 viewsCAMPANIA, Neapolis. 395-385 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 7.11 g, 12h). Diademed head of nymph right / Man-headed bull walking left on double exergue-line; above, Nike flying left, placing wreath on bull's head. Rutter 158 (O101/R143); HN Italy 563. Fine, toned. Well centered reverse. Ex. CNG 84, Lot 23. From the Collin E. Pitchfork Collection.1 commentsMolinari02/28/12 at 16:47Enodia: nice! left facing bulls are harder to find, as is ...
Julian II AE Maiorina89 viewsRIC VIII 216 Antioch, LRBC 2640
28 mm, 5.58 gm
DN FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuir. bust r.
SECVRITAS REIPVB, bull standing right, two stars above
Palm branch-ANTD-palm branch in exergue
5 commentsMark Z202/28/12 at 05:25Enodia: beautiful cameo patina, very nice Julian!
Augustus AE As 183 viewsDivus Augustus struck under Tiberius
RIC I 81 (Tiberius-old RIC), Cohen 228, Sear5 1789
10.73 gm, 28 mm
DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, rad. head left
S-C either side of large altar, PROVIDENT in ex.
9 commentsMark Z202/28/12 at 05:20Enodia: a very imperial gaze... nice bronze.
Maximinus II Follis105 viewsRIC VI 34 Cyzicus 308-309 A.D.
26 mm, 6.86 gm
GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, laureate head right
GENIO CA-ESARIS, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera from which liquid flows & cornucopiae, MKG(amma) in exergue
8 commentsMark Z02/28/12 at 05:17Enodia: great!
Domitian Dupondius129 viewsRIC II 706 (new), 393 (old) Rome, 90-91 A.D.
15.7 gm, 30 mm
Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI / S - C. Virtus standing right with spear and parazonium, foot set on helmet.
8 commentsMark Z02/28/12 at 05:15Enodia: vox populi... terrific portrait!
Aspendos Pamphylia Greek Wrestlers69 viewsPamphylia, Aspendos mint, silver stater, 370 - 333 BC, 10.383g, 22.5mm, die axis 0o, SNG Cop 233, SNG Paris 87, SNG Von Aulock -, SGCV II 5398 var
OBV: Two wrestlers, the left one holds the wrist of his opponent with his right and right forearm with his left hand, ∆Α between their legs
REV: ΕΣΤΦΕ∆ΙΙΥΣ on left, slinger, wearing short chiton, discharging sling to right, triskeles on right with feet clockwise, no trace of incuse square

In 333 B.C., after Alexander took Perga peacefully, Aspendos sent envoys to offer surrender if he would not take the taxes and horses formerly paid as tribute to the Persian king.
Agreeing, Alexander went on to Side, leaving a garrison behind. When he learned they had failed to ratify the agreement their own evnvoys had proposed, Alexander marched to the city.
The Aspendians retreated to their acropolis and again sent envoys to sue for peace. This time, however, they had to agree to harsh terms -
they would host a Macedonian garrison and pay 100 gold talents and 4.000 horses annually.

EX: Forvm Ancient Coins
4 commentsRomanorvm02/24/12 at 05:20Enodia: nice one. the slightly oblong flan frames the imag...
Civil War Era Letter130 viewsI have copied the letter verbatim, so the misspellings are as they were originally written. I got this letter from an abandoned farmhouse in Kansas that belonged to my paternal grandfather's father. No one I asked was able to give me information as to who these people were. Perhaps they are related to me, but I have yet to corroborate this. The letter was in the original envelope.

Treasurer’s Office, Wood County, Ohio
Perrysburg, March 12, 1864

Cousin Dwight,
Dear Sir
I have expressed you this day
at New Haven one hundred and
Twenty five dollars to apply
on Charles Smiths note.
He would like to hold the
balance for another year, should
it suit you, We have been very
much afflickted for the past
three weeks, three of our children
having the Scarlet fever, in its worst
form. The two babies two and a ½
years old, and your name sake
Dwight who is five and a ½ years old.
Two of them are much better (Dwight
and Mary) Howard we have but
little hope of at this time, he is
very sick. You will please acknowle(dge)
the amount received and Ably yours
John A. Norster
5 commentsNoah02/15/12 at 04:47Enodia: wow, this is like something from Ken Burns. and to...
Corinth 306-303 B.C.34 views13.8mm 2g, Corinth Mint

Obverse: Pegasus flying left, koppa below
Reverse: Ornate trident-head, M left, wreath with two dangling fillets right

FORVM-ex BCD collection
2 commentsDk0311USMC02/15/12 at 04:30Enodia: nice coin. everyone needs a Pegasus.
American Civil war bullets211 views2 American civil war Era rifle bullets.
The American civil war saw the development of these cone shaped bullets and new riffling built inside the rifle barrels for much greater accuracy.
1 commentsDk0311USMC02/15/12 at 04:27Enodia: i like these, really neat!
American Revolution Era musket ball62 views2 commentsDk0311USMC02/15/12 at 04:24Enodia: very nice. what is the diameter?
Lead sling bullet34 viewsAncient Roman led sling bullet.
These bullets are said to be more lethal at extended ranges than the arrow, due to its weight and ability to sling at greater distances.
1 commentsDk0311USMC02/15/12 at 04:21Enodia: i think these are really cool and i've always ...
Aspendos, Pamphylia Wrestlers86 viewsObv: Two naked wrestlers grappling, the athlete on the left holds his opponent's wrist with his right hand and his forearm with his left; KI between their legs.

Rev: EΣTΦEΔIIYΣ on left, slinger standing in throwing stance right, wearing a short chiton, discharging sling; clockwise triskeles on right all within a beaded square.

Silver Stater, Aspendos mint, c. 370 - 333 BC

10.74 grams, 23.2 mm, 0°

GCV 5398 (var.), SNG Coppenhagen 226, SNG Von Aulock 4557

1 commentsSPQR Coins02/07/12 at 19:26Enodia: these are cool. the detail o0f the sling is quite ...
LUCANIA, Velia, 300-280 BC129 viewsDidrachm, 7.51 g

O - Head of Athena to right, wearing Attic helmet adorned with a wing.
R - ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ /Φ Ι / Π Lion walking to right; above, ear of wheat.

HN III 1309. Williams 470-489.

Ex Rauch 86, 2 May 2010, Lot 103
Ex Nomos, Auction 5, Lot 107, 25 October 2011
7 commentsrobertpe02/07/12 at 18:37Enodia: beautiful! i love the coins of Velia in general, b...
150 Antoninus Pius156 viewsAntoninus Pius AE Sestertius. 157-158 AD. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right / TR POT XXI COS IIII, S-C in ex, Roma seated left on cuirass, foot on helmet, holding Victory and parazonium; shield behind. RIC III 979a Strack 1147 Banti 490 BMC 2036 . 27.7 g

Had to add a better pic of this one.
8 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/07/12 at 18:34Enodia: very nice!
Marcus Furius Philus38 viewsObv: M • FOVRI • L • F, laureate head of Janus looking forward and looking back.

Rev: Roma standing left, crowning a trophy with carnyx and shield on each side, star above Roma, ROMA to right, PHILI (PHI in monogram) in exergue.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 119 BC

4 grams, 19 mm, 0°

RSC Furia 18, S156
2 commentsSPQR Coins02/06/12 at 05:59Enodia: an interesting coin. the obverse design harkens ba...
Marcus Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus44 viewsObv: Helmeted and draped bust of a composite deity (referenced as Vacuna) facing right, wearing a wreath of laurel, corn, poppy and lotus, bow and quiver over her shoulder, cornucopia below chin, CESTIANVS behind, SC before.

Rev: M PLAETORIVS MF AED [CVR], eagle standing on thunderbolt, head turned left.

Note: Vacuna was an ancient Sabine goddess, identified by ancient Roman sources and later scholars with numerous other goddesses, including Ceres, Diana, Minerva, Victory, Bellona and Venus. She was mainly worshipped at a sanctuary in Horace's villa (now in the commune of Licenza), in sacred woods at Reate and at Rome.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 67 BC

4.1 grams, 18 mm, 180°

RSC Plaetoria 4, S349
2 commentsSPQR Coins02/06/12 at 05:55Enodia: this is a very nice coin... well done!
Ptolemy IV83 viewsPtolemaic Kingdom - Ptolemy IV, Philopator I - Alexandria Mint - Hemidrachm

O: Horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia

R: ΠTOΛΣMAIOY BAΣIΛΣΩΣ, eagle with wings closed standing left on thunderbolt, filleted cornucopia left, ΔI between eagle's legs

Ref: Svronos 1127, SNG Cop 201

36.3g, 33.7mm, 0 degree die axis, 222-204BC
7 commentsBiancasDad01/19/12 at 18:46Enodia: nice coin... great Zeus!
Kolophon, Ionia48 views490-400 B.C.
Silver Tetartemorion
0.19 gm, 7 mm
Obv.:   Laurate head of Apollo facing
Rev.:  TE monogram in incuse square
SNG Cop 133;
Milne, Kolophone 7;
SNG Von Aulock 1999
3 commentsJaimelai01/18/12 at 04:22Enodia: it's a microdot! what a great coin.
Byzantion, Thrace27 views357 - 340 B.C.
Silver Hemidrachm / Triobol
1.76 gm, 12 mm
Obverse: Forepart of heifer standing left on dolphin foreleg raised, ΠΥ above (the first letter is an archaic form of "B" used at Byzantion)
Reverse: Ornate trident head
Sear 1583; BMC Thrace pg. 94, 23/24; SNG Cop 484-485
2 commentsJaimelai01/18/12 at 04:17Enodia: nice coin, i especially like the trident.
Athens Tetradrachm56 views449-413 B.C. Attica Old style Tetradrachm 17g

Obverse: Head of Athena right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, hair in parallel curves. Test cut and Countermark on cheek.
Reverse: AOE Right, owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, all within incuse square. Test cuts and counter punch in eye.

2 commentsDk0311USMC01/14/12 at 20:26Enodia: THE classic coin... nice addition!
210 Gordian III73 viewsRef Gordian III AR Antoninianus, RIC 86, RSC 121
Gordian III AR Antoninianus. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right / LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing right with wreath & rudder . RSC 121.
4.7 g.

better photo
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/13/12 at 19:07Enodia: a nice portrait with quite a mischievous smile. ...
009 Germanicus (15 B.C.-19 A.D.), RIC I 057, Rome, AE-Dupondius, SIGNIS RECEPT/DEVICTIS GERM, Germanicus advancing left, 648 views009 Germanicus (15 B.C.-19 A.D.), RIC I 057, Rome, AE-Dupondius, SIGNIS RECEPT/DEVICTIS GERM, Germanicus advancing left,
"My Father received the title as conqueror of Germany from the Senate and people of Rome".
avers:- GERMANICVS CAESAR, Germanicus in triumphal quadriga right.
revers:- SIGNIS-RECEPT/DEVICTIS-GERM, large S-C across field, Germanicus advancing left holding eagle-tipped sceptre.
date: Struck under Caligula 40-41AD.
mint: Rome
diameter: 27mm
weight: 12,77g
ref: RIC-57, C-7, BMC-94,
12 commentsquadrans01/11/12 at 06:43Enodia: beautiful patina!
Thessalian League80 views196-146 B.C.
Silver Drachm
4.15 gm, 18.5 mm
Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right, ΓAYANA (magistrate) behind
Rev: Athena Itonia standing right, with shield and about to hurl spear, ΘEΣΣA - ΛΩN to sides, bunch of grapes on vine right, Π-O / Λ-Y (magistrate) across lower fields
Sear 2234 var.; BMC Thessaly p.4, 36-37; (SNG Cop 300)
5 commentsJaimelai01/08/12 at 23:31Enodia: very nice! (Apollo looks as if he just watched his...
Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, c. 368 - 248 B.C.29 viewsBronze AE 12, SGCV I 2647; cf. BMC Corinth p. 53, 423 ff., aF, Corinth mint, weight 2.041g, maximum diameter 12.2mm, die axis 165o, c. 368 - 248 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying left, koppa below; reverse ornate trident-head, uncertain symbols left, right or both; ex BCD Collection with his hand-written round tag, Ex Forvm3 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/28/11 at 19:00Enodia: these little Corinthian bronzes are cute.
Thessaly - Thessalian Confederacy. 94 viewsThessaly - Thessalian Confederacy. 196-146 B.C. AE 20 Head of Apollo, laureate, r. / Thessalian Pallas Itonia advancing right, hurling javelin and holding shield.

new photo
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/21/11 at 06:45Enodia: nice one!
Alexander III151 viewsNew photo.

Alexander III AR Tetradrachm. ‘Amphipolis’ mint. Struck under Kassander, circa 316-314 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; shield in left field, pellet-in-Π below throne.

Price 136; Troxell, Studies, issue L8.

Thanks for the atribution Lloyd!
6 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/21/11 at 06:41Enodia: great coin Randy... congratulations!
290 Probus59 viewsProbus AE Antoninianus. VIRTVS PROBI AVG, radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left with spear and shield / SECVRIT PERP, Securitas standing left leaning on column, VIXXI in ex. RIC 526 Ticinum
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/21/11 at 06:38Enodia: now that's a well armored emperor, and a cool ...
Augustus as Moneyer M. Salvis Otho28 viewsCopper as, Rome mint
Obverse: CAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRIBVNIC POT, Augustus bare head left

Struck under the supervision of Moneyer Marcus Salvius Otho
2 commentsDk0311USMC12/20/11 at 21:16Enodia: the portrait is quite clear despite the condition ...
Klazomenai, Ionia 375-340 B.C.25 viewsAE 16 4g, 18.6mm

Obverse: three quarter faceing head of Athena, wearing triple helmet decorated with olive branch, earrings and necklace.
Reverse: Ram walking right, pellet before.
2 commentsDk0311USMC12/17/11 at 18:23Enodia: me too!
Mesembria, Thrace Crested helmet facing25 views351-341/23 or 281-196/88 B.C., Black Sea, Mesembria mint 16.3mm

Obverse Crested helmet facing
Reverse MESA in four quarters of a radiate wheel.
1 commentsDk0311USMC12/15/11 at 17:26Enodia: i've always liked this type... very cool!
150 Antoninus Pius85 viewsAntoninus Pius AR Denarius. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right / TR POT XIX COS IIII, Annona standing left with corn ears & modius set on prow. RSC 983 RIC 249
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)12/15/11 at 05:21Enodia: it's quite a nice coin, even with the break. t...
Miletos, Ionia 4th Century B.C.21 viewsObverse: laureate head of Apollo right
Reverse: lion standing right, looking back at star
2 commentsDk0311USMC12/12/11 at 17:43Enodia: cool coin!
Macedon, Antiogonos Gonatas, Athena68 viewsObv: Head of Athena facing right wearing a crested Corinthian helmet (countermark stamped into the side).

Rev: B - A, Pan advancing right, erecting a trophy, a Macedonian helmet left; ANTI in monogram between Pan's legs.

AE 18, Macedonian mint, 277 - 239 BC

6.1 grams, 18 mm

GCV 6786
1 commentsSPQR Coins12/03/11 at 21:26Enodia: an interesting countermark which does not interfer...
Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)93 viewsAR Denarius
O: M ANTONINVS AVG GERM SARM, Laureate head right.
R: TR P XXX IMP VIII COS III, Roma standing left holding Victory and spear.
RIC 352; RSC 929a; BMC 669

8 commentsMat12/03/11 at 06:18Enodia: a nice portrait which really makes one realize how...
Arcadius 51 viewsArcadius AE3. D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / VIRTVS-EXERCITI, emperor standing left, head right, holding spear and resting left hand on shield. Victory, standing beside him crowns him with a wreath which she holds in her left hand. EX: ANTB Antioch
RIC IX 70 ?
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/25/11 at 17:21Enodia: that's a nice, clear portrait... good one!
Macedonian Kingdom, Phillip II, 359 - 336 B.C. Pella mint?114 viewsAE unit; SNG ANS 8-939. Weight 6.37 gr., max diameter 17.2 mm; Pella mint? (per Dr. Thomas Gibson) Obv. Apollo facing right, wearing taenia; Rev. Φ Ι Λ Ι Π Π O Υ above; boy riding horse prancing left; with N below. Thin black patina. Extra fine style!

Ex. Timeline Originals

This coin is posted as an example of the type on Wildwinds.
6 commentsSteve E11/21/11 at 05:20Enodia: yes, very pretty... and "warm" is a good descripti...
Macedonian Kingdom, Phillip II, 359 - 336 B.C. Amphipolis mint?101 viewsAE unit; SNG ANS 8-865. Weight 6.2 gr., max diameter 18.09 mm; Amphipolis mint? (per Dr. Thomas Gibson) Obv. Apollo facing left, wearing taenia; Rev. Φ Ι Λ Ι Π Π O Υ above; boy riding horse prancing right;dolphin swimming right below.Thin black patina. Less common left facing Apollo with right facing horseman!

Ex. Timeline Originals

This coin posted as an example of the type on Wildwinds.
5 commentsSteve E11/21/11 at 05:17Enodia: i like the left-facing type.
Adramytteion, Mysia, 187 - 133 B. C.212 viewsAE12; (Weber 4949); weight 2.1g, max. diameter 12.83mm; Obv.laureate head of Zeus, facing slightly right, Rev. ΑΔΡΑ above, M-Y(in retrograde) below bird, eagle standing left on rock; grain ear before. Green patina.

The city is said to have been named after its founder, Adramys (also Adromos, Adromon or Adromus), notable for being a brother of king Kroisos of Lydia. Sear GCV II p. 355

Ex. Aegean Numismatics
8 commentsSteve E11/17/11 at 17:42Enodia: a beautiful little coin with a style usually reser...
Roman Empire, Julia Dommna62 viewsJulia Domna AR-Denar Rom Diana

Kaiserin: Julia Domna, gest. 217 n.C.

Nominal: AR-Denar.

Stadt: Rom.

Vs.: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Drapierte Büste der Kaiserin nach rechts.

Rs.: DIANA LVCIFERA Diana steht nach links, hält brennende Fackel.

Erhaltung: gutes sehr schön.

Maße: 2,57g, 19mm. Kamp: 50.69.

3 commentsM. V. Celerinus11/14/11 at 17:48Enodia: a charming portrait... very nice!
Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C.95 viewsBronze AE Unit, SGCV II 6697, aVF, 7.079g, 16.9mm, 0o, Macedonian mint, obverse head of Apollo right wearing taenia; reverse FILIPPOU, young male rider on prancing horse right;

"Philip II expanded the size and influence of the Macedonian Kingdom, but is perhaps best known as the father of Alexander the Great. He personally selected the design of his coins. In 356 B.C., the year Alexander the Great was born, Philip's race horse won in the Olympic Games. The reverse of this type likely depicts his winning horse."

ex Forvm
8 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/12/11 at 22:41Enodia: nice one. i really like the very emotive Apollo.
Italy, Calabria, Brundisium mint, Lindgren II #246 (var.)20 viewsItaly, Calabria, Brundisium mint, Semis, B.C. AE, 20mm 7.74g, Lindgren II #246 (var.)
O: Laureate head of Poseidon r., with long trident behind
R: BRVM (below), Taras, naked, riding a dolphin, holding in his outstretched right hand, Nike crowning, and in his left, a cithara
1 commentscasata137ec11/11/11 at 06:18Enodia: cool one.
Sicily, Panormos as "Ziz", Jenkins, "Coins of Punic Sicily," in SNR 50 (1971), pl. 24, 2160 viewsSICILY, Panormos as "Ziz" . Circa 380-340 BC. Æ Litra 11.66g 28mm, Jenkins, "Coins of Punic Sicily," in SNR 50 (1971), pl. 24, 21; SNG ANS 554; Calciati I pg. 270, 5; BMC Sicily pg. 250, 38; SNG Copenhagen 518; SNG Morcom -; Laffaille 192; Virzi 1302-306.
O: Head of Hera left wearing single-pendant earring and stephane decorated with three fleur-de-lis
R: Punic 'sys' in exergue, man-headed bull standing left; radiate head of Helios above
5 commentscasata137ec11/11/11 at 06:16Enodia: a very nice and most unusual coin... congratulatio...
Sicily, Syracuse mint, Agathokles, BMC Sicily 617 (or similar)23 viewsSICILY, Syracuse mint, Agathokles, Struck 289-287/5 B.C. AE, 16mm 3.33g, BAR issue 36; CNS 105 Ds 8 (Agathokles), (or similar) possibly BMC Sicily 617 (or similar)
O: ΣΥΡAKOΣIΩN, Head of Kore left; unknown symbol (grapes? bow?) behind
R: Bull butting left; (possible) trident head above (or empty, corrosion is keeping from clear attribution), ΑΓ in exergue
2 commentscasata137ec11/11/11 at 06:14Enodia: great bull!
Italy, Campania, Neapolis, SNG Cop 51677 viewsItaly, Campania, Neapolis mint, c. 270 - 240 B.C. AE, 5.385g, 20.2mm, 315o, SNG Cop 516
O: NEOΠOΛITΩN, laureate head of Apollo left, Ξ behind
R: man-headed bull standing right, being crowned by Nike who flies above, I Σ below
4 commentscasata137ec11/11/11 at 06:12Enodia: really nice!
Ionia, Teos mint, SNG Kayhan 60281 viewsIonia, Teos mint, Silver Tetartemorion (1/4 Obol), c. 475 - 450 B.C., 6mm 0.24g, SNG Kayhan 602
O: griffin head right
R: quadripartite incuse square

4 commentscasata137ec11/06/11 at 15:18Enodia: i've always loved these microscopic griffin ty...
Pisidia, Selge, BMC 20-2564 viewsPisidia, Selge, Obol, 400-333 BC AR, 10mm 0.68g, BMC 20-25
O: facing head of Gorgon with flowing hair
R: head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet, astragalos behind
5 commentscasata137ec11/06/11 at 15:16Enodia: very cool!
Civil War Cannon Ball133 viewsWeight: Approx. 3 lbs.

Excavated from the Perryville, Kentucky Battlefield - Fought Oct. 8th, 1862.

Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg's autumn 1862 invasion of Kentucky had reached the outskirts of Louisville and Cincinnati, but he was forced to retreat and regroup. On October 7, the Federal army of Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell, numbering nearly 55,000, converged on the small crossroads town of Perryville, Kentucky, in three columns.

Union forces first skirmished with Rebel cavalry on the Springfield Pike before the fighting became more general, on Peters Hill, as the grayclad infantry arrived. The next day, at dawn, fighting began again around Peters Hill as a Union division advanced up the pike, halting just before the Confederate line. The fighting then stopped for a time. After noon, a Confederate division struck the Union left flank and forced it to fall back.

When more Confederate divisions joined the fray, the Union line made a stubborn stand, counter attacked, but finally fell back with some troops routed. Buell did not know of the happenings on the field, or he would have sent forward some reserves. Even so, the Union troops on the left flank, reinforced by two brigades, stabilized their line, and the Rebel attack sputtered to a halt.

Later, a Rebel brigade assaulted the Union division on the Springfield Pike but was repulsed and fell back into Perryville. The Yankees pursued, and skirmishing occurred in the streets in the evening before dark. Union reinforcements were threatening the Rebel left flank by now. Bragg, short of men and supplies, withdrew during the night, and, after pausing at Harrodsburg, continued the Confederate retrograde by way of Cumberland Gap into East Tennessee. The Confederate offensive was over, and the Union controlled Kentucky.

Result(s): Union strategic victory

Location: Boyle County

Campaign: Confederate Heartland Offensive (1862)

Date(s): October 8, 1862

Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell [US]; Gen. Braxton Bragg [CS]

Forces Engaged: Army of the Ohio [US]; Army of the Mississippi [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 7,407 total (US 4,211; CS 3,196)
1 commentsNoah11/02/11 at 03:13Enodia: very cool!
Brass Coal Shuttle49 viewsDate: Late 19th/early 20th century

This device was used to scoop coal easily. It has porcelain handles painted with a cobalt blue design.
1 commentsNoah11/02/11 at 03:12Enodia: my Granny had one very similar, but with different...
Medieval Bronze Bell69 viewsDate: Circa 13th Century AD
Size: length 43 mm, diameter of opening 42 mm

This decorated Medieval bronze bell has a amazing glossy green patina. The clapper is much newer producing a lovely sound.
1 commentsNoah11/02/11 at 03:07Enodia: an interesting piece Noah, and in remarkable condi...
Thessaly, Larissa mint, BMC Thessaly to Aetolia pg. 31, 83 var 63 viewsThessaly, Larissa mint, 400-344 B.C. AE, 19mm 7.57g, SNG Cop 141 var (rev legend), BMC Thessaly to Aetolia pg. 31, 83 var (rev legend)
O: Head of nymph Larissa facing slightly left, crowned with corn
R: ΛAPIΣ[AIΩN] (or similar), Horseman r. wearing petasus and chiton, holding lance, horse prancing
8 commentscasata137ec09/28/11 at 04:30Enodia: really nice Chris! facing head coins are cool, and...
KINGS of THRACE. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm70 viewsKINGS of THRACE. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (31mm, 16.79 g, 12h). Abydos mint. Struck 297/6-282/1 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind; griffin head to outer left, monogram to inner left. Thompson 70; Müller 126. Near VF, lightly toned, a few minor scratches.

Ex CNG Auction 264 Lot 19
4 commentsPhiloromaos09/21/11 at 18:07Enodia: nice one... congratulations.
Nerva Denarius - Clasped Hands (RIC 2)154 viewsAR Denarius
Rome 97 AD

Obv: Laureate bust of NERVA (R)

Rev: Shaking/Clasped Hands (Nerva and the Military)
CONCORDIA EXERCITUM (Harmony with the Army)


5 commentsKained but Able09/11/11 at 22:36Enodia: wow, dazzling!
Troas, Birytis, SNG Cop 251 61 viewsTroas, Birytis mint, c. 300 B.C. AE, 9mm 0.74g, SGCV II 4059, SNG Cop 251 ff
O: bearded head of Kabeiros right wearing pilos
R: B-I/PY (clockwise, P reversed), triskelis formed by three crescents, linear border
1 commentscasata137ec09/10/11 at 17:20Enodia: a cool little coin!
GREEK, Calabria, Tarentum, Nomos59 viewsCalabria, Tarentum
290 – 281 BCE
AR Nomos – 7.81 gms

Obv: Nude ephebus on horse rearing r., spearing downward with right hand and holding round shield and two spare javelins in left, ΣA under horse
Rev: TAPAΣ, Taras riding dolphin left, extending right hand and holding distaff in left, pellet in l. field, prow left below

SNG ANS 985-6, Vlasto 586-7
4 commentsdlyumkis09/03/11 at 19:04Enodia: nice one.
[2000a] Taras, Calabria, Italy, c. 272 - 235 B.C.55 viewsSilver nomos, Vlasto 877, gVF, Taras mint, 6.497g, 20.0mm, 45o, c. 272 - 235 BC. Obverse: DI above, API-STI/KL-HS below, nude youth on horseback right, spearing downward; Reverse: TARAS, Phalanthos on dolphin left, holding trident; nymph head behind. Ex FORVM.

As the world's foremost numismatist, David R. Sear, has said, 'Magna Graecia and Sicily . . . undoubtedly represent the finest examples of numismatic art in the ancient world. Personally, I am quite drawn to the coins of Taras (Tarentum) because of their infinite variety of types on the basic theme of horseman and dolphin-rider.'

This "variation on a theme" concept appeals to me on many levels, and I am reminded of Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn. This masterpiece was, in fact, not composed by Haydn but Johannes Brahms. The B-flat major theme was "borrowed" from Haydn by Brahms for his composition. But there is another nice twist; modern scholarship, for the most part, now agrees that the theme wasn't Haydn's at all. He, too, had "borrowed" it.

So what does this detour into audio art's "variation on a theme" business have to do with numismatics? The ancient Greeks have a wonderful word for art "based upon" art; the word is ekphrasis (ecphrasis). It comes from the Greek ek 'out' and phrasis 'speak'. The verb ekphrazein, means to proclaim or call. One example of ekphrasis is a painting of a sculpture: the painting is "telling the story of" the sculpture, and so becoming a storyteller, as well as a story (work of art) itself. Or it may operate the other way round. Any art may describe any other art. In a manner that I find captivating, I understand these silver nomos of Taras as numismatic art "telling the story of" numismatic art: at once the story teller and the story.

J. P. Fitzgerald, Jr.
3 commentsCleisthenes09/03/11 at 19:00Enodia: good detail and clear inscriptions... a very nice ...
GREEK, Kyme hemiobol, 480/450 BC 284 views8mm, 0.35g
obv: KY; head of eagle left
rev: incuse square of mill-sail pattern
BMC p. 105, 10 ff.
7 commentsareich09/03/11 at 17:58Enodia: not much metal, but a whole lotta coin! very nice.
GREEK, Kyrenaika, AR Didrachm689 viewsExcellent Kyrenaikan Didrachm from Magistrate/Ptolemy I period.6 commentsalexB09/03/11 at 17:51Enodia: a beautiful coin with a great depiction of the sil...
190 Caracalla147 viewsCaracalla AR Antoninianus.
216 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, radiate draped bust right, seen from behind / P M TR P XVIIII COS IIII P P, Serapis, modius on head, standing left, raising right hand & holding sceptre.
Size: 22.5mm Weight: 5.3 grams
RSC 349b. RIC 280b BMC 165. Hill (1964) 1573.

Click to enlarge for best pic.
16 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/02/11 at 06:08Enodia: a very thoughtful looking Caracalla. and yes, well...
CALABRIA, TARENTUM, 302-280 BC85 viewsDidrachm, 22mm, 7.86g

O. Jockey on horse sprinting r.
R. Taras std on dolphin l, holding distaff & kantharos

Alexan Magistrate

Vlasto 697

Ex Washington Numismatic Gallery
5 commentsAZRobbo08/31/11 at 17:10Enodia: yes, Alexan--- is all we know him by. that is his ...
ATTICA, ATHENS, 449-413 BC193 viewsTetradrachm, 24mm, 17.14g

O: Head of Athena right, wearing helmet ornamented with vine scroll and laurel leaves.
R: Owl facing standing right, head facing, AΘE to right, olive sprig and crescent to left, all within incuse square.

After 449 BC. Helmeted head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor & a spiral palmette on the bowl / AΘE, owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig & crescent behind.

SNG Copenhagen 31. SG.2526

Ex Washington Numismatic Gallery
7 commentsAZRobbo08/31/11 at 05:10Enodia: it seems all the good adjectives have been used! b...
CALABRIA, TARENTUM, 302-280 BC85 viewsDidrachm, 22mm, 7.86g

O. Jockey on horse sprinting r.
R. Taras std on dolphin l, holding distaff & kantharos

Alexan Magistrate

Vlasto 697

Ex Washington Numismatic Gallery
5 commentsAZRobbo08/31/11 at 05:07Enodia: a very nice didrachm of a somewhat scarcer magistr...
Satraps of Caria, Hekatomnos AR Tetradrachm90 views(392-376 BC)
Obv.: Zeus Labraundos holding labrys over shoulder and spear.
Rev.: Lion crouching.
SNG Kayhan 868-9.
6 commentsMinos08/23/11 at 16:30Enodia: beautiful! Zeus' pose and the folds of his rob...
Calabria, Tarentum AR Nomos89 views(315-302 BC). Sl- and K-, magistrates.
Obv.: Warrior on horseback right, holding shield and spear, preparing to throw spear; ΣA below.
Rev.: Phalanthos, holding kantharos and trident, on dolphin left; K to left; below, dolphin left.
Vlasto 607.
7 commentsMinos08/23/11 at 16:25Enodia: nice! very good detail, especially from the fresh ...
M. Herennius - Herennia-183 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC M Herennius. AR denarius (18mm, 3.83g). 108 - 107 BC Rome mint. Diademed head of Pietas right PIETAS (TA ligate) behind, •T (control symbols); / Amphinomus carrying his father right. M HERENNI (HE ligate) Crawford 308/1a, Syd 567, RCV 1855 commentsBud Stewart08/23/11 at 05:28Enodia: a very pretty coin.
Antiochos VI, Dionysos, 145 - 142 BC155 viewsObv: No legend, diademed, radiate head of Antiochos VI facing right.

BAΣIAEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY / EΠIΦANOYΣ / ΔIONYΣOY, Apollo seated left on an omphalos holding an arrow in his right hand and resting his left hand on a bow placed on the ground; A/Π between his legs; OP ΣTA (Year 170) in exergue.

Silver Drachm, Antioch mint, 143 - 142 BC

4.3 grams, 17.5 mm, 0°

GCV II 7073, Newell SMA 250, SNG Isreal 1766
6 commentsSPQR Coins08/20/11 at 05:00Enodia: i agree, a very nice piece, and the Apollo is wond...
CALABRIA, TARENTUM69 views315 - 302 BC
AR DIDRACHM (NOMOS) 22 mm 7.84 g
O: Naked horseman galloping with lance and shield, SA beneath
R: TARAS Taras, with trident, riding dolphin; small dolphin below
Calabria, Tarentum
3 commentslaney08/18/11 at 19:20Enodia: very nice!
Sicily, Gela, BMC Sicily 7926 viewsSicily, Gela, ca 339-310 B.C. AE litra, 26/21mm 11.55g, BMC Sicily 79
O: Youth r., wearing crested helmet, with feather at the side, and chlamys; about to slay with a sword a ram running r., which he seizes with left hand
R: Free horse prancing r.; above, star of 8 rays (*either worn or missing from strike)
1 commentscasata137ec08/14/11 at 18:02Enodia: what a cool scenic obverse! it seems to bring us c...
Aeolis, Larissa Phrikonis,101 viewsAeolis, Larissa Phrikonis, Circa 4th Century B.C. AE, 9mm 0.85g, Weber 5563
O: Horned, three-quarter facing female head, turned slightly right, wearing necklace
R: ΛA, bull's head right
2 commentscasata137ec08/14/11 at 18:00Enodia: a very nice facing-head coin. good find!
x bot Roman Empire, Claudius289 viewsClaudius Æ As. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, bare head left / LIBERTAS AVGVSTA S-C, Libertas standing facing, with pileus and extending left hand. RIC 97

Click and enlarge for better photo

ex BoT contender
6 commentsRandygeki(h2)08/12/11 at 17:44Enodia: nice coin randy, with a really great portrait of C...
GREEK, Thrace, Thasos AR Tetradrachm391 views(168/7-148 BC)
Obv.: Wreathed head of young Dionysos right.
Rev.: Herakles standing left, head left, holding club, lion skin draped over left arm; M to inner left.
Le Rider, Thasiennes 51; SNG Copenhagen 1039.
6 commentsMinos08/10/11 at 16:57Enodia: beautiful coin, especially the reverse detail.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Julian II, AE1 Antioch631 viewsJulian II. 360-363 AD. AE1 (8.89 gm). Antioch mint, 4th officina. DNFLCLIVLI-ANVSPFAVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / SECVRITAS REIPVB, bull standing right, two stars above; (palm) ANTD (palm).
RIC VIII 216; LRBC 2640.
Grade: good VF, dark brown patina.
I can not understand why the coin was graded as gVF only - there are no any visible traces of circulating.
The most perfect portrait of Julian which I have seen ever. If you do not agree, show me better!
13 commentsIVLIANVS07/24/11 at 23:43Enodia: magnificent portrait, especially for a Julian. bea...
Philipp II, AE18 89 views18mm, 6.51g
obv: diademed head right
rev: ΦIΛIΠΠOY; horseman right
4 commentsareich07/16/11 at 21:46Enodia: a delicate portrait for such a common type... nice...
Julian II57 viewsJulian II AE 1. D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / SECVRITAS REIPVB dot, bull standing right, two stars above; palm branch-CONSPA-palm branch.Constantinople
RIC 164

Much better and more green in hand but very glossy and difficult to photo.
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/16/11 at 21:43Enodia: very nice. and i agree with rover, a fascinating e...
Septimius Severus, 9 Apr.193 - 4 Feb.211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior96 viewsBronze AE 27, Hristova/Jekov; p. 73 , VF, 10.667g, 27.1mm, 45deg.,Nikopolis ad Istrum mint, Obv. AYT Λ CEΠT CEYHPOC Π, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Rev. Y ΦΛ OYΛΠIAN NIKOΠOΛIT / ΠPOC I, Nike advancing left, wreath in right, palm frond in left; Extremely Rare. Smooth olive patina.

Statement with regards to rarity by Curtis Clay; from this discussion thread:

"In this case, they [ Hristova/Jekov] can only show two specimens, from the same die pair (Steve's example too is from the same dies), and no varieties; the type was not known to AMNG in 1898; more generally, coins of Septimius at Nicopolis under Ulpianus as governor are rather rare, suggesting that Septimius may have died and so been dropped from the coinage fairly early in the issue. So all in all, apparently a rare type in a scarce issue, perhaps struck from only one reverse die." brackets added

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins
Ex Richard Pearlman

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Thanks to Petrus Elmsley for the reference!
2 commentsSteve E07/07/11 at 05:18Enodia: i like it. i think the portrait looks quite 'a...
Syracuse, Sicily; AE 16; Reign of Agathokles, 317 - 289 B. C.310 viewsAE 16; Lindgren 571, (Calciati II 101 or 102). Weight 3.2g. diam.16mm; Obv. head of Persephone left, hair rolled, wearing earring and necklace, cornucopiae right? (too worn to be sure), Ε Y P A K Ω Ε I Ω N on left (partially off flan); Rev. butting bull left, dolphin above, monogram in ex.(mostly off flan); Splendid blue-green patina and finely engraved dies.

Ex. Dr. Paul Rynearson

Photo by: Dr. Paul Rynearson

Background info.: Quote from Dr. Rynearson's book "Collecting Ancient Greek Coins" p.123. "At times, Sicily's volcanic soil produces some of the most remarkable blues and greens ever seen in numismatics". He reiterated this statement in his listing of this coin.
12 commentsSteve E07/07/11 at 05:11Enodia: very nice, and it really does look like a a jewel!
Apulia, Arpi (Italy) 3rd Century B.C.97 viewsAE 21; SGCV I 569, Lindgren 210; Weight 7.7 gr., Max. Diameter 21.17 mm; Obv. Δ A Σ O Y on right, Laureate head of Zeus left, thunderbolt behind; Rev. Calydonian Boar w/bristling ridgeback right, spearhead above, A P Π A N Ω N in ex.

Background info:

Arpi origially allied with Rome in 326 B.C. Later sided with Hannibal 217-213 B.C., then recaptured by Rome.
5 commentsSteve E07/07/11 at 05:06Enodia: nice coin Steve, with an unusually clear boar.
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 449-413 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Starr pl. xxii, 61141 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing helmet ornamented with vine scroll and laurel leaves.
Owl facing standing right, head facing, AΘE to right, olive sprig and crescent to left, all within incuse square.
Starr pl. xxii, 6; SNG Copenhagen 33; Sear 2526.
(22 mm, 17.18 g, 10h)
17 commentsLloyd T07/05/11 at 18:14Enodia: there ought to be a sixth star available for this ...
Ptolemy VI Philometor487 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Alexandria mint
Struck c. 170-164 B.C.
27mm 14.2g
Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.
Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 265
16 commentsmihali8406/06/11 at 23:38Enodia: fantastic! strike and condition... beautiful.
Thymbra, Troas170 views350 B.C.
Bronze Æ 17
4.73 gm, 17 mm
Obv.: Bearded, laurate and horned head of Zeus Ammon left
Rev.: Eight-rayed star with inscription Θ-Y between rays, HP monogram below
Sear 4147; BMC Troas p. 89, 4
8 commentsJaimelai05/14/11 at 02:59Enodia: another really nice portrait. this Zeus is wonderf...
Mesembria, Thrace48 views450 - 350 B.C.
Silver Diobol
1.12 gm, 11 mm
Obv.: Crested Corinthian helmet facing
Rev.: M-E-T-A in the four quarters of a wheel surrounded by border of radiating lines
Sear 1673; BMC 3, p.132, 2; SNG Cop 652; SNG Black Sea 268
2 commentsJaimelai05/14/11 at 02:57Enodia: very cool!
Sidon, Phoenicia57 views64 B.C. - 117 A.D.
Bronze AE17
4.96 gm, 17 mm
Obv.: Head of young Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy, hair in knot at back and in two long plaits on neck, border of dots
Rev.: Cista mystica, thyrsos behind [date above], ΣIΔΩNOΣ / ΘEAΣ below, all in ivy wreath
Sear 5967; BMC Phoenicia p. 168, 159/60

Inscription reads "Holy Sidon"
3 commentsJaimelai05/14/11 at 02:57Enodia: nice portrait of Dionysus, especially for the era.
Abdera, Thrace57 views480-465 B.C.
Silver Obol
0.64 gm, 9 mm
Obv.: Griffin seated left, right foreleg raised
Rev.: Rough quadripartite incuse square
BMC 3, 14; Sear 1533; May 120; SNG Cop 312-314
1 commentsJaimelai05/14/11 at 02:55Enodia: excellent! hard to find these little ones well-cen...
Aurelian Antoninianus32 viewsIMP C AVRELIANVS AVG

radiate, cuirassed bust right


Sol standing left, holding globe, right hand raised, captive at foot left.

Left field: Star. Mintmark: V.
Goebl 222c5 Siscia.
2 commentsWill Hooton05/13/11 at 17:12Enodia: nice coin, front and back... well done!
Marc Antony Legionary Denarius Leg II or III45 viewsMarc Antony Denarius, 13mm, Leg II or III 44-30 B.C.
Obverse: ANT•AVG / III•VIR•R•P•C, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow
Reverse: LEG - II or III, legionary eagle between two standards
2 commentsDk0311USMC05/08/11 at 02:49Enodia: nice! i have to get one of these someday. (and i&#...
Alexander III the Great, Lifetime issue82 viewsMacedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue, 19mm
Obverse: Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion headdress tied at neck
Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, club above, bow inside case below
4 commentsDk0311USMC05/08/11 at 02:45Enodia: good portrait on this one... nice!
MACEDON, Neapolis. Late 5th-early 4th Century BC.62 viewsAR Hemidrachm (12mm 1.9 gm).
Facing gorgoneion
N-E-Ω-Π, Artemis head right.
SNG ANS 425-427.
6 commentsDino05/03/11 at 15:40Enodia: a real gem of a coin, and what a beautiful Artemis...
MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 383/2 BC.120 viewsAR Tetrobol (13mm, 2.4 g, 9h).
Olynthos mint.
Laureate head of Apollo left / Kithara.
8 commentsDino05/03/11 at 15:38Enodia: beautiful coin! and it makes a nice bookend with y...
Thrace, Thasos. 411-350 BC.79 viewsAR Tritemorion. 0.4gms. 9mm.

Obv: Head of bald & bearded Satyr right

Rev: Q A S I, two dolphins swimming left & right, one above the other. BMC 60. SNGCop 1033.
3 commentsDino05/03/11 at 15:36Enodia: yes, amazing detail for such a tiny little speck! ...
Trajan161 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch mint, c. 103-111 AD
24mm, 14.7g
Obv: Laureate bust of Trajan right, above Eagle standing right, club to right.
Rev: Laureate bust of Melqart-Herakles right with lion skin tied at neck.
McAlee 455; Prieur 1495.
9 commentsmihali8404/30/11 at 23:35Enodia: interesting coin, with an almost Hellenistic rever...
Athena, Pegasus stater62 viewsObv: No legend, Pegasos, with pointed wings, flying l., ϙ (koppa) beneath.

Rev: No legend, head of Athena facing left, wearing a Corinthian helmet, bound with olive-wreath, over a leather cap; behind is a boar facing left.

Silver Stater, Corinth mint, 350 - 306 BC

8.1 grams, 20 mm, 0°

GCV 2629 (var.)
3 commentsSPQR Coins04/30/11 at 01:37Enodia: a very nice 'must have'.
Phokaia, Ionia, c. 530 - 510 B.C.115 viewsSilver hemiobol, BMC Ionia p. 215, 82, aVF, 1.037g, 8.5mm, 3.17mm thick, Phokaia mint, 530 - 510 B.C.; Obv. head of griffin left,(seal on right at edge of flan?) Rev. rough quadripartite incuse square. Among the earliest silver coins minted!

Die match;

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Background Information:

Phokaia (Phocaea) (modern day Foca, Turkey), northern most of the Ionian cities, located on the western coast of Anatolia (asia minor), at the mouth of the river Hermus (now Gediz), and between the Gulf of Smyrna (now Izmir) to the south and the Gulf of Cyme to the north. Phokaia had a thriving seafaring economy and a powerful naval fleet. It was one of the largest cities of the ancient world. Herodotus described the walls of the city as having a diameter of 5 kilometers. Probably following the Lydians, the Phocaeans were among the earliest in the world to make and use coins as money. Source of background info, Wikipedia
5 commentsSteve E04/27/11 at 17:34Enodia: such a dynamic scene on such a little canvas! i re...
Vespasian, Jul. 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Syrian Provincial Coinage, Struck at Rome120 viewsOrichalcum as, ANS Journel 7-8(1995-96) McAlee 63, Butcher 4 p.406-407,plate 20; (RPC 1984); (BMC Galatia p. 177, 219); (SNG Cop 172), VF, 5.571g, 22.0mm, 180deg., Rome mint, 74 A.D.(undated); Obv. IMP CAESAR VESP AVG, laureate head of Vespasian left; Rev. S C within laurel wreath; Scarce. Mottled olive patina.

Background info courtesy Richard G. McAlee, ANS Journel 7-8(1995-96).

"During Vespasian's reign orichalcum coins were struck (probably in Rome) for circulation in Syria... They were produced in four denominations... dupondius, as, semis, quadrans... Each denomination was struck bearing the portraits of Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian. Some of the coins of Vespasian and Titus are not dated, but all of those which are, as well as all of the coins of Domitian, can be dated to 74. There are reverse die links between the orichalcum asses of all three emperors, indicating that the entire group was struck in 74."

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8 commentsSteve E04/27/11 at 17:31Enodia: nice portrait (what a mug!), and a lovely patina.
Athens, Greece, Eye-in-Profile Style Pi Type III or IV, Tetradrachm, c. 353 - 340 B.C.174 viewsSilver tetradrachm, Sear GCV I 2547, (SNG München 96), (SNG Delepierre 1479), gVF, banker's mark, 16.358g, 22.8mm, 225 deg., Obv. head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, no pellet above earring; Rev. owl standing right, head facing, to right AθE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent; nicely centered on a very tight round flan, slight evidence that it was stuck on a demonetized folded/hammerred flan; slightly toned.

The style of Athena's face with the banker's mark have great appeal to me. I bought it for my 50th birthday!

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9 commentsSteve E04/27/11 at 17:29Enodia: a very pretty Athena.
Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II 275 - 215 B.C.211 viewsBronze AE 27, Sear GCV 1 1221 var., Lindgren 587 var. 18.022g, 27.4mm, 270 deg, Syracuse mint, c. 275-215 B.C.; Obv. diademed head of Hieron left, beardless; Rev. horseman prancing right, holding couched spear, N below (E in Sear example, Pi in Lindgren), no legend shows in ex. (as in both ref. examples), could be off flan; rough mottled green patina.
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Historical background;

Hieron II was tyrant and then king of Syracuse, c. 270 to 215 B.C. His rule brought 50 years of peace and prosperity, and Syracuse became one of the most renowned capitols of antiquity. He enlarged the theater and built an immense altar. The literary figure Theocritus and the philosipher Archimedes lived under his rule. After struggling against the Mamertini, he eventually allied with Rome.
8 commentsSteve E04/27/11 at 17:28Enodia: one of my favorite of the Syracusan bronzes, and t...
Mopsus, Cilicia, 2nd Century B.C.100 viewsBronze AE 20, Sear GCV II 5576, (BMC Cilicia p. 103, 5), VF, 7.502g, 20.9mm, 0 deg., Mopsus mint, Obv. laureate head of Zeus right; Rev. MOΨEATΩN THΕ IEπAΕ KAI AYTONOMOY, flaming round altar on 3 legs, MH and Hπ monograms below; green and light desert patina.

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Background Information from Sear GCV p.507

Background Information:

Mopsus (Mopsos) situated on the river Pyramos, north-east of Mallos, the city was named after the brother of Amphilochos. (During the reign of Antiochos IV of Syria, 175-164 B.C., it bore the name of Seleukeia

MOΨEATΩN THΕ IEΡΑΣ KAI AYTONOMOY, means " of the people of Mopsos, sacred and independent "
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5 commentsSteve E04/27/11 at 17:25Enodia: a magnificent Zeus! (terrific patina too)
Napoleon I° Empereur - Demi Franc 1808 D49 viewsAtelier de Lyon (D)
NAPOLEON EMPEREUR ., tête lauree a droite
REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE ., couronne de laurier entourant DEMI FRANC en deux lignes, a l'exergue 1808 . D
Tranche lisse
2.48 gr
Ref : Le Franc VIII # 177/5
Still the same confusion. : Emperor on the obverse, but Emperor of a republic...
2 commentsPotator II04/24/11 at 17:43Enodia: Confusion to Boney!
3° republique - 1 franc 190160 viewsREPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE, semeuse allant a gauche
LIBERTE . EGALITE . FRATERNITE, 1 FRANC en deux lignes, en dessous une branche d'olivier, a l'exergue 1901
Tranche cannelée
5.00 gr
Ref : Le Franc VIII # 217/6
1 commentsPotator II04/24/11 at 17:40Enodia: very nice! i love the way the toning frames the ob...
Calabria - Tarentum34 viewsAR diobol
320-228 BC
O - Helmeted head of Athena right
R - Hercules fighting the Nemean lion

1 commentsmauseus04/16/11 at 19:39Enodia: very hard to find with a full crest.
35220 viewsL Iuli Burso; c.85 BC
AR denarius
Obv Head right with the attributes of Apolo, Mercury and Neptune, symbols behind
Victory in quadriga right, TI above
Rome mint
Crawford 352
Five specimens with this obverse/reverse pairing of symbols noted by De Ruyter in NC 1996
2 commentsmauseus04/16/11 at 18:21Enodia: a very nice coin with lovely toning.
38428 viewsL Papi c.79 BC
AR denarius
Obv Head of Juno Sospita right, control mark behind
Rev "L.PAPI"
Gryphon leaping right over control mark
Rome mint
Crawford 384 (control mark pair 119)
5 commentsmauseus04/16/11 at 18:18Enodia: nice! i've always liked these types.
Bruttium, Rhegion15 viewsBruttium, Rhegion: Æ13, ca. 351-280 BC, 1.68gm, 12.6mm. Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right; PHΓIN in right field. Rev: Lion's head with rounded ears facing. SNG ANS 702.2 commentsTLP04/15/11 at 18:20Enodia: a nice coin with a beautiful patina. i almost boug...
C. Antestius - Antestia-1a107 viewsRoman Republic, AR Denarius (3.26 gm), C.ANTESTI, 146 BC, Rome Mint, Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma looking to the right, before X, C.AESTI behind, border of dots. Reverse: Dioscuri going right, puppy below looking upwards with one forefoot raised, ROMA in exergue. Crawford 219/1D, Sydenham 411, Antestia-1a, RCV 95/14 commentsBud Stewart04/14/11 at 18:44Enodia: nice coin, with a beautiful reverse scene.
Arkadia, Megalopolis, BMC Peloponnesus pg 174, 62-6348 viewsArkadia, Megalopolis mint, Arkadian League Trichalkon, c. 330-275 B.C. AE, 19mm 6.04g, BCD Peloponnesus (Megalopolis) 1533, BMC Peloponnesus pg 174, 62-63
O: Horned head of Pan r.
R: Large APk monogram of solid form; A to left, syrinx below
4 commentscasata137ec04/12/11 at 18:34Enodia: nice coin, great patina!