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Anonymous quadrantes group 02 Minerva olive tree40 viewsQuadrans
3.32 g, 16.5 mm, 12 h.
Obv. No legend. Helmeted bust of Minerva right.
Rev. Olive tree. SC in field.
RIC 9.
2 commentscckk02/22/18 at 11:20TIF: What an unusual, fascinating, and wonderful coin!
RIC 0640 Domitianus143 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C, in exergue; Domitian standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, crowned by Victory, standing left
AE/Sestertius (35.88 mm 27.28 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D.
RIC 640 (R), BMCRE 410, BNF unlisted
Purchased from Dr. Busso Peus on MA-Shops
14 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/07/17 at 12:58TIF: Gorgeous!!
The Year of the Five Emperors126 viewsThe Year of the Five Emperors refers to the year 193 AD, in which there were five claimants for the title of Roman Emperor. The five were Pertinax, Didius Julianus, Pescennius Niger, Clodius Albinus and Septimius Severus.

The political unrest began with the murder of Commodus on New Year’s Eve 192 AD. Once Commodus was assassinated, Pertinax was named emperor but immediately had opposition coming from the Praetorian Guard. They plotted an assassination of Pertinax and carried it out. Pertinax was killed while trying to resist the troops. He was only emperor for three months. Didius Julianus succeeded Pertinax as emperor but was overrun by Septimius Severus and executed on June 1. Severus was declared Caesar by the Senate but Pescinnius Niger was quickly made his enemy when he declared himself emperor. This started the civil war between Niger and Severus as both gathered troops and fought throughout the vast Roman Empire. Due to this war, Severus allowed Clodius Albinus, who he saw as a threat to his throne, to be co-Caesar so that Severus did not have to preoccupy himself with the duties of the empire so he could go win the civil war he was waging against Niger. Most historians count Severus and Albinus as two emperors even though they ruled simultaneously. The Severan dynasty was created out of the chaos of 193 AD. and Septimius Severus started this dynasty. Overall, most sources denote this year in Roman history as a year of civil war since there were rapidly changing emperors who were fighting against one another to gain a foothold as Caesar. - Wikipedia
6 commentsNemonater08/12/15 at 12:49TIF: Beautiful set. Congratulations!
Ancient Greek Coin Collection From Sixth to First Centuries B.C.314 viewsHere are the coins I started collecting from 2012 to present. As Aristotle wrote two millennia ago that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, there is no better way to present a collection of Greeks than to put them all together in a single shot. (Please click on picture for bigger resolution and to show greater details on coins).

Top row from left to right: AEOLIS, MYRINA. AR "Stephanophoric" Tetradrachm. Circa 150 BC**ILLYRIA, DYRRHACHION. AR Stater. Circa 340-280 BC**IONIA, SMYRNA. AR “Stephanophoric” Tetradrachm. Circa 150-145 BC** PELOPONNESOS, SIKYON. AR Stater. Circa 335-330 BC**ATTICA, ATHENS. “New style” Tetradrachm. Circa 169 BC.

Fifth row: BACTRIA, Antialkidas. AR Drachm. Circa 145-135 BC**CAPPADOCIA. Ariobarzanes I AR Drachm. Circa 96-63 BC**THRACE, ABDERA. AR Tetrobol. Circa 360-350 BC**THRACE, CHERSONESSOS. AR Hemidrachm. Circa 386-338 BC.

Fourth row: LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 510-480 BC**THESSALIAN LEAGUE. AR Stater. Circa 196-146 BC**MACEDONIA. Kassander AR Tetradrachm. Circa 317-315 BC**AKARNANIA, LEUKAS. AR Stater. Circa 320-280 BC**PAMPHYLIA, ASPENDOS. AR Stater. Circa 330-300 BC.

Third row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos VI AR Drachm. Circa 144-143 BC**LUCANIA, METAPONTION. AR Stater. Circa 340-330 BC**LUCANIA, VELIA. AR Stater. Circa 280 BC**PARTHIA. Mithradates II AR Drachm. Circa 121-91 BC.

Second row: MYSIA, PERGAMMON. Eumenes I AR Tetradrachm. Circa 263-241 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Mazaios AR Stater. Circa 361-334 BC**THRACE. Lysimachos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 297-281 BC**CILICIA, TARSOS. Pharnabazos AR Stater. Circa 380-374 BC**THRACE, MARONEIA. AR Tetradrachm. Mid 2nd cent. BC.

Bottom row: SELEUKID SYRIA. Antiochos Euergetes VII AR Tetradrachm. Circa 138-129 BC**MACEDON. Alexander III AR Tetradrachm. Circa 325-315 BC**CILICIA, AIGEAI. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 30 BC**PAIONIA. Patraos AR Tetradrachm. Circa 335-315 BC**PAMPHYLIA, SIDE. AR Tetradrachm. Circa 155-36 BC.
10 commentsJason T09/11/14 at 21:55TIF: An excellent assortment!
Billion Tridrachm from Carthage85 viewsA Billion tridrachm from Carthage, minted during the second Punic war. 9.589g, 26.2mm, Carthage mint, c. 215 - 205 B.C.

Obverse: Head of Tanit left, wearing barley wreath, pellet on leaf, triple-pendant earing, and necklace with many pendants

Reverse: Unbridled horse standing right, palm tree in background, pellet below horse's belly forward of the palm trunk; scarce;

Attribution: Alexandropoulos 44a; Müller Afrique 104; SNG Cop 190 var (no pellet); SRCV II 6494 var (same)
3 commentschuy153004/19/14 at 06:51TIF: Lovely coin-- Carthage issues are always exciting ...
SICILY, Syracuse. Agathokles tetradrachm135 viewsstruck 310-305 BC
AR tetradrachm, 17.40 g, 24 mm
Obv: head of the nymph Arethusa left, wearing grain wreath, earring and necklace; around, three dolphins; under, monogram (NK?)
Rev: ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, fast chariot charioteer leads to left, holding reins and kentron; above, triskeles; in exergue, monogram.
Ref: Ierardi 9; SNG Copenhagen 573 goes., SNG ANS 637
from ArtCoinsRoma, auction 8.

Well... this is now far and away my finest coin and will likely remain so for a long time. I'm in love!

Acquiring this coin was challenging to the point of comedy. I detailed the saga here, if you are interested:
11 commentsTIF03/09/14 at 19:23TIF: Thanks, everyone! I am so thrilled to be the new ...
Licinius II, 317-320 AD 53 viewsD N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C
laureate, cuirassed and draped bust left, globe and sceptre in left hand, mappa in right

Jupiter standing left, chlamys across shoulder, leaning on sceptre,
holding Victory on globe, captive at feet

SMANT in exergue, Z in right field
AE; 18-20mm- 3.03gr

RIC Antioch 29
Photo and Coin Description , courtesy of Robin Ayers

EX Ms. Robin Ayers

From the Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam01/18/14 at 12:14TIF: wonderful patina, beautiful coin!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Aes Grave1057 viewsAs Janus /Prow . Turlow-Vecchi n° 51. Weight 273 gr. By Plinius. (...I love it!) 9 commentsPLINIUS11/30/13 at 21:58TIF: Incredible aes grave, congratulations!
GREEK, Kyrenaika, AR Didrachm723 viewsExcellent Kyrenaikan Didrachm from Magistrate/Ptolemy I period.6 commentsalexB11/30/13 at 21:50TIF: fantastic
240 Valerian I40 viewsValerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D.
Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 1700l (Samosata), RIC V 287 (Antioch), SRCV III 9967 (uncertain Syrian mint), Fine or better, Syrian mint, 258 - 260 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse RESTITVT ORIENTIS (restorer of the East), turreted female (the Orient) presenting wreath to the Emperor standing left holding spear, pellet in wreath above; Ex Forvm

"The false propaganda on the reverse is particularly ironic considering Valerian's fate. After years of war and great losses, Valerian arranged peace talks with the Sasanian Persian emperor Sapor. He set off with a small group to discuss terms and was never seen again. In Rome it was rumored that Sapor was using his stuffed body as a footstool."
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/30/13 at 13:34TIF: Nice pickup!
Nabatean Kingdom, Aretas IV & Shuqailat I, Meshorer 114128 viewsAretas IV Philopatris, 9 BC - AD 40
Nabatean: Harithath
AE 18, 3.45g, 18.10mm, 330°
Petra, AD 23-40
obv. Jugate busts of Aretas IV and queen Shuqailat, draped and laureate, r.
in l. field ח (for Harithath), in r. field ש (for Shuqailat)
rev. 2 crossed filleted cornuacopiae
between Nabatean legend in 3 lines:
חרתת / שקי / לת
from r. to l. (transcribed):
= Harithat / Shuqailat
ref. Meshorer Nabatean 114; SNG ANS 1438
EF, superb sand patina

The Nabatean name of Aretas was Harithath. Originally he was named Aeneas. His 1st wife was Huldu (AD 1-16), his 2nd wife his sister Shuqailath (since AD 23). Under his reign the Nabatean kingdom reached its largest expansion. He was called Aretas the Great. He is not related to Aretas III. The Nabatean is the origin of the Arabic script.
3 commentsJochen11/28/13 at 16:12TIF: What a wonderful Nabataean! Great centering, fabu...
Zeus Ammon, Ptolemy III Euergetes - Alexandria - Diobol - 246/222BC214 viewsAE 30.8-31.5mm : 22.97gm
OBV - Zeus Ammon, facing right
REV - Eagle standing on thunderbolt, closed wings, head facing left, cornucopia in left field, CHI RHO monogram between legs
REF - Svoronos 966
NOTE - Denomination series of Svoronos 964, 965, 966, 967, 968, 969
1 commentsPtolemAE11/27/13 at 20:53TIF: beautiful!
ANIMALS/PINK FLOYD. A themed collection of ancient coins.98 viewsFor an interactive presentation, go to this Prezi:

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9 commentsTIF11/25/13 at 16:52TIF: Yeah, Money... That just about covers it th...
ANIMALS/PINK FLOYD. A themed collection of ancient coins.98 viewsFor an interactive presentation, go to this Prezi:

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9 commentsTIF11/25/13 at 10:34TIF: I wonder if there are any coins I can correlate wi...
ANIMALS/PINK FLOYD. A themed collection of ancient coins.98 viewsFor an interactive presentation, go to this Prezi:

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9 commentsTIF11/24/13 at 20:30TIF: Thanks Randy! It's been a ton of fun and I wi...
90 viewsTHESSALY, The Oitaioi. Circa 167-146 BC.
AR Hemidrachm (15mm, 2.30 g, 1h)
Herakleia Trachinia mint
Lion’s head left, spear in its jaws
OITAI downward to right, ΩN downward to left, Herakles standing facing, holding club in both hands
Valassiadis 9; BCD Thessaly II 494 (same obverse die)

Ex BCD Collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 290), lot 57; Peus 384 (2 November 2005), lot 199; Vinchon (20 May 1959), lot 483; M. Ratto 11 (16 May 1935), lot 239; R. Ratto (4 April 1927), lot 1023; Naville-Ars Classica V (18 June 1923), lot 1764
2 commentsArdatirion11/16/13 at 14:44TIF: I like the lion style in these types. Nice one!
Wadi Mellene Meteorite slice20 viewsWadi Mellene slice
Brecciated Chondrite
L3 8-6
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/13/13 at 00:06TIF: Nice-- I like chondrites.
10 Constantius II75 viewsConstantius II. AE2. Lyons. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind head / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier standing left, one knee drawn up, about to spear fallen horseman wearing a Phrygian helmet and is sitting on ground, arms raised. A in left field. Mintmark SLG star. RIC VIII Lyons 102.2 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/13/13 at 00:04TIF: Nice reverse
ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus & Agrippa, AE As, COL NEM2628 viewsAugustus & Agrippa, AE As, 28mm (12.83 gm). Addorsed heads of Agrippa on left, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus on right, wearing oak wreath, IMP above and DIVI F below / Crocodile chained to palm tip, wreath in upper left and COL - NEM above. Nemausus, c. 10 BC - AD 10. RIC I 158 (pg. 51).
29 commentssocalcoins11/10/13 at 07:08TIF: Wow, I'd love to have a COL NEM as nice as thi...
Cilician Armenia, Seljuq of Rum: Hetoum I and Kaykhusraw II Bilingual Tram (Album-1221, Nercessian-325)54 viewsIn compliance with a peace treaty previously signed by Levon I with the Seljuq Sultan of Rum, Kaykhusraw I, Hetoum struck silver coins bearing both Armenian and Arabic legends. Known as bilingual issues, Hetoum struck them first with Kaykhusraw’s son, Kayqubad I, and later with Kayqubad’s son, Kaykhusraw II.

King on horseback trotting to right holding sceptre over right shoulder, a cross above horse’s
tail and crescent over horse’s head. Armenian legend around - ՀԵԹՈՒՄ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ ՀԱՅՈՑ, Hethum King of the Armenians

السلطان الاعظم, The Sublime Sultan
غياث الدنيا والدين, Protector of the World and Faith
كيخسرو بن كيقباد, Kaykhusraw, Son of Kayqubad

Reverse Top Margin:
ضرب ﺑﺴﻴﺲ سنة أربع و, Struck in the City of Sis, the Year Four and

Reverse Left Margin:
أربعون, Forty

Reverse Right Margin:
وستمائة, And Six Hundred
1 commentsSpongeBob11/09/13 at 13:41TIF: Nice one, SpongeBob!
Sear 181388 viewsAnonymous Class A2 follis, weight 11.34g, diameter 30mm. Type 40 ornamentation. Inspection of the edge leads me to think that this specimen may have been mounted as a medallion or piece of jewellery at some point in its history, with its flan trimmed accordingly. 2 commentsAbu Galyon10/21/13 at 23:58TIF: Very nice example of the type!
Etenna; Two men with curved knives/ female with snake; AE159 viewsPisidia Etenna AE15, 2.3g. Two men running left with curved knives / Female figure advancing right; coiled snake before her. SNGCop 148 var. Ex areich, photo credit areich1 commentsPodiceps10/20/13 at 15:05TIF: Very interesting, hadn't seen one before.
Lucilla (164 - 182 A.D.)88 viewsAR Denarius
R: VOTA / PVBLI / CA, Legend in three lines within wreathm dot in middle.
RIC III 791 RSC 98
7 commentsMat10/20/13 at 15:03TIF: Congrats on another beautiful and uncommon lady!
PHARONIC KINGS OF EGYPT, Nektanebo II, 360-343 BC40 viewsAE
15 mm (4 mm thick), 4.4 gm
Obv: Ram leaping left, head reverted.
Rev: Scales of Ma'at; countermark with helmeted bust right.
Ref: Weiser 1

A few months ago a friend, upon hearing that I was collecting ancient coins, said he would like to have a coin issued by a pharaoh. Hmm. "I don't think there are any", I replied. I hadn't come across any in my whirlwind but voluminous searching, although I hadn't been searching for such a coin.

Turns out there are some. Nektanebo II, the last native pharaoh of Egypt, issued coins in bronze, gold, and perhaps silver. Prior to that, Egypt did produce some coins for the purpose of international trading-- imitations of Athens, Attica tets, for instance-- but Nektanebo appears to be the first pharaoh to issue coins for local use. Maybe.

Per auction house sales information from half a decade ago, it seems these bronzes were extremely rare. I wonder if a small horde was recently found because the prices have fallen and there are currently six specimens in retail e-stores and at least two more were auctioned off recently.

There is not universal agreement regarding the issuer, purpose, and location of circulation of these coins. Sellers tout it as the "sole pharonic issue"-- I'm sure that boosts desirability-- but it may not be accurate. Hope it is though.

CNG, in the description of this coin (one similar to mine),

Nekht-her-hebet, or Nektanebo II as he was known to the Greeks, was the nephew of Pharaoh Tachos (Djed-her). Placed in command of the Egyptian army in Syria during the Satrapal Revolt, he turned his troops against his own king and took Egypt by force. In 351-350 BC he repelled a Persian invasion but was driven from his throne in 344-343 BC by a second assault. He fled Egypt, found refuge in Ethiopia, and retained control of Upper Egypt for another few years. As the last pharaoh, Alexander sought to connect himself with Nektanebo after conquering Egypt, allowing the rumor that he was in fact his son to spread. Alexander’s connection to the pharaoh lasted, and for years the sarcophagus of Nektanebo II, now in the British Museum, was considered to be Alexander’s own.

The traditional attribution of this issue to Nektanebo, however enticing, has been increasingly contested. Finds of the coins have been consistently noted outside of Egypt. Kevin Butcher has placed the bronzes at Antioch circa 1st century BC, where the leaping ram imagery would fit well.

I wanted this coin for several reasons.

First, well… a pharaoh's coin? That's just cool.

Second, it depicts the Scales of Ma'at. Such a device was used in Jitterbug Perfume, a book by Tom Robbins, one of my favorite authors. In it, at a limbo-like way station, the newly dead have their hearts weighed against a feather. The heart must be light as a feather to move on. I was unaware until seeing this coin that the scene was taken directly from Egyptian mythology.

Third, it is for an almost-finished themed collection I've been working on.

Nektanebo II (translated from Egyptian "Nakhthorheb (meryhathor)" or "Nekht-her-hebet" or "Nekht-harhebi" ; alternate spelling Nectanebo), the last native Egyptian pharaoh, part of the 30th dynasty. His 17 year reign spanned from 360 to 343 BC.
Birth name: Nakht-hor-heb (mery-hathor) “Strong is His Lord Horus, Beloved of Hathor”
Throne name: Snedjem-ib-re Setep-en-inhur “Pleasing to the Heart of Re, Chosen of Onuris”

Additional biographic information about Nektanebo II

About Ma'at, the Scales of Ma'at, and the weighing of hearts:

4 commentsTIF10/20/13 at 01:22TIF: Thanks for the discussion link, Lloyd. The leapin...
b. 69 BC d. 30 BC
(Queen of Egypt 51-30 BC)
AE 80 drachms 27mm 15.47g
SVORONOS 1871, SNG COP. 419-21
(ex Sayles & Lavender)
2 commentslaney10/19/13 at 22:18TIF: Nice
Roman Republic, C. Postumius denarius45 views74 BC, Rome
18.74 mm, 3.6 gm
Obv: bust of Diana right, bow and quiver over shoulder
Rev: hound running right, spear below; C. POSTVMI, TA in exergue
Ref: Crawford 394/1a

Diana doesn't look very happy.

4 commentsTIF10/19/13 at 14:13TIF: I agree, I really like this example Diana loo...
CN Plamcivs AR Denarius, Cr 432/1, Diana20 viewsOBV: Head of Diana Planciana right, wearing petasus, earring, and necklace
REV: Cretan goat standing right; bow and quiver behind
3.6g, 18mm

Minted at Rome, 55BC
1 commentsLegatus10/15/13 at 09:16TIF: Nice coin, interesting issue
Gordian III, 238 - 244 AD46 viewsObv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right.

Rev: PM TRP III COS PP, Gordian on horseback pacing left, holding a spear and raising right hand.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 240 - 241 AD

3 grams, 19.2 mm, 180°

RIC IViii 81, RSC 234, S8678, VM 72

1 commentsSPQR Matt10/13/13 at 00:58TIF: What a funny portrait! He appears to be cutting h...
Western Kshatrapas: Rudrasimha I (178 - 197 A.D.)64 viewsO: Head of king right.
R. Chaitya (3-arched hill), river below, crescent moon and sun above, Brahmi legend around.
2 commentsMat10/12/13 at 23:34TIF: Great coin!
1749 - Octavian, Denarius272 viewsItalian mint, possibly Rome, 31-30 BC
Anepigraph, bare head of Octavian left
CAESAR - DIVI F, Victory standing right on globe, holding wreath
3.84 gr
Ref : HCRI # 408, RCV # 1552v, Cohen # 66, RIC # 255
The following comment is taken from CNG, sale 84 # 957 :
"Following his victory at Actium, Octavian ordered a golden statue of Victory, standing on a globe and holding a wreath and palm, to be set up on an altar in the Curia in Rome. This statue had been captured by the Romans from Pyrrhus in 272 BC, and it assumed a somewhat tutelary mystique, protecting the Roman state from dissolution. In AD 382, the emperor Gratian ordered its removal. Two years later, the senator and orator Symmachus urged Valentinian II to replace it, a request that was met with stiff opposition from the bishop of Milan, Ambrose. Though it was briefly returned to its place by the usurper Eugenius, it was again removed following his defeat. Petitions to Theodosius I for its subsequent replacement were refused, on grounds that the once-important symbol of the gods’ blessing on the Roman Empire was now nothing more than a piece of paganism"
11 commentsPotator II10/12/13 at 11:57TIF: Wow, fabulous!
Trajan, Bronze72 viewsBronze struck in Laodicea, c114-115 AD
AUTOKR NER TRAIANOC ARICT(KAIC CEB), laureate head of Trajan right
IOULIEWN TWN KAI LAODIKEWN BXR, Turreted bust of Tychee right, IOU in field
9.97 gr
Ref : Sear #1080
1 commentsPotator II10/12/13 at 11:54TIF: Very nice!
Otho, Denarius - *351 viewsDenarius minted in Rome in 69 AD
IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, Bare head of Otho right
SECURITAS PR, Securitas standing left
3.50 gr
Ref : RIC # 8, RCV #2162, Cohen #17
15 commentsPotator II10/11/13 at 17:09TIF: Agree with all of the above! Congrats
Augustus & Agrippa, AE Dupondius - *289 viewsDupondius struck in Nemausus, after 10 AD
4th type
IMP DIVI F PP, Laureate heads of Augustus and Agrippa back to back
COL NEM, Crocodile chained to palm tree
12.84 gr
Ref : RCV #1731, Cohen #8
3 commentsPotator II10/11/13 at 17:06TIF: Fabulous. Want!
Livia31 viewsLivia
21 mm 4.72 gm
O: Draped bust right
R: Tyche of Augusta seated right on throne decorated with tendrils, holding grain ears; at feet, river-god Sarus swimming right; HM (date) in legend
Provincial of Cilicia, Augusta
4 commentsKoffy10/05/13 at 23:08TIF: Fabulous
Antoninus Pius 26 viewsAntoninus Pius
26 mm 13.37 gm
O: Zeus Nikephorus (with features of Antoninus Pius) enthroned left
R: Tyche of Tarsus seated right on throne decorated with sphinx, holding grain ears and poppy; at feet, river-god Cydnus swimming right
Provincial of Cilicia, Tarsus
2 commentsKoffy10/05/13 at 23:06TIF: Wonderful! You have some fantastic coins, Koffy.
Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII61 viewsMark Antony and Cleopatra VII
22 mm 5.68 gm
O: Draped bust of Cleopatra right, wearing stephane
R: Bare head of Mark Antony right; dates in legend
Provincial of Chalcis ad Libanum
4 commentsKoffy10/05/13 at 23:04TIF: Wow, another great coin! Congrats
Majorian25 viewsMajorian AE4
13 mm 2.22 gm
Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm; MD partially visible
1 commentsKoffy10/05/13 at 23:02TIF: Wow!
GREEK, MYSIA, Kyzikos, AR hemiobol72 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 commentssuperflex10/04/13 at 18:56TIF: Very nice example!
Hadrian / Africa denarius49 viewsHADRIAN, AD 134-138
AR Denarius
18 mm, 3.53 gm, 6h
Obv: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right
Rev: AFRICA, Africa with elephant skin headdress, reclining on rock, holding scorpion and cornucopia, basket of fruit before her.
Ref: RIC 299
6 commentsTIF10/03/13 at 19:23TIF: Thanks Mat. Probably should've waited and...
Faustina Jr. (146 - 175 A.D.)86 viewsAR Denarius
O: DIVA FAUSTINA PIA, Draped bust right.
R: CONSECRATIO Pietas standing left, sacrificing from patera over a lighted altar and holding a sceptre.
RIC III 741 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 57-4/10' BMCRE 711 note; RSC 65

Very Rare

Published on Wildwinds!
8 commentsMat10/03/13 at 00:39TIF: Wonderful! Congrats
Athens, Attica146 viewsEleusinian Festival Coinage
340-335 BC
AE 16 (16mm, 3.65g)
O: Triptolemos seated left in winged chariot drawn by two serpents, holding grain ear in right hand.
R: Pig standing right on mystic staff; EΛEYΣI above, bucranium in ex.
SNG Cop 416; Sear 2586v

The Sons of Dysaules
The story of Triptolemus being charged with bringing agriculture to man has been well told. That of his brother Eubouleus perhaps less so.
Eubouleus was a swineherd whose pigs were lost when the Earth gaped open to swallow up Persephone.
Pigs were sacrificed during the Eleusinian Rites in a women’s mystery ritual known as the Thesmophoria. The piglets would be washed in the sea during the Procession and then brought back to the Sanctuary and ritually slaughtered.
It is interesting to note that in ancient Greek religion pigs were thought to be able to absorb miasma from humans, making this an even more appropriate offering.

"It is said, then, that when Demeter came to Argos she was received by Pelasgos into his home, and that Khrysanthis, knowing about the rape of Kore, related the story to her. Afterwards Trokhilos, the priest of the mysteries, fled, they say, from Argos because of the enmity of Agenor, came to Attika and married a woman of Eleusis, by whom he had two children Eubouleos and Triptolemos. That is the account given by the Argives."
~ Pausanias, Description of Greece 1. 14. 3
8 commentsEnodia09/22/13 at 07:17TIF: Very nice!
Amisos, Pontos AE 20 SNG BM1202, Cista Mystica90 viewsOBV: Head of youthful Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy
REV: AMISOU, Cista mystica with panther skin, diadem and thyrsos. Monogram to left
8.8g, 21mm

Minted at Amisos, 85-65 BC
5 commentsLegatus09/22/13 at 00:24TIF: Very nice!
ZEUGITANA, Carthage. 15 shekel.93 viewsTaking it out for a sun bath. Can't stop fondling this fabulous coin!

AE45, 95.4g
circa 200 BC
Obverse: head of Tanit
Reverse: horse standing right, left foreleg up; above, radiate disc flanked by uraei

I don't have a reference book and the only other picture of one I've found is on the site. Their list indicates four specimens known to them. Don't know if this is one of the four.
5 commentsTIF09/18/13 at 22:47TIF: I'm so glad I nabbed this coin! And yep...
PHOENICIA, Aradus. Trajan with Astarte42 views116-117 AD (date EOT, year 375)
Æ22, 9.65 g
Obv: draped bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane and veil falling from chignon; before, small laureate bust of Trajan
Rev: bull charging left
Ref: SNG Copenhagen 81; BMC 374

It seems unusual to have the emperor depicted smaller than the deity. I really like the coin and am happy to have it in my collection. Nice sandy patina.
5 commentsTIF09/15/13 at 16:41TIF: Thanks, Matt!
PUNIC, Zeugitana, Carthage, BI Tridrachm - Second Punic War Issue, struck ca. 215-210 BC 122 viewsYouthful head of Tanit left, wreathed with corn, wearing single drop pendant earring.
Horse standing right, palm tree behind.
Lorber Group 2; MAA 79; SNG Copenhagen 351.
(26 mm, 10.48 g, 12h)

Lorber in analysing a 1995 commerce hoard (CH 9.690) of Second Punic War billon tridrachms that was closed around 205 BC, concluded that this youthful portrayal of Tanit was most probably introduced in the aftermath of Hannibal’s victory over the Romans at Cannae in 216 BC. She inferred a Barcid propaganda association with the youthful portrayal, one that was later overturned as the tide of war turned against the Barcid generals, accompanied by the reversion to the traditional portrayal of Tanit on the coinage of Carthage in the closing years of the Second Punic War.
6 commentsLloyd09/11/13 at 19:44TIF: Wow, wonderful! The portrait is particularly love...
CORINTHIA, Corinth. Pegasus / Athena with Silenus45 viewsCORINTHIA. Corinth
345-307 BC
AR stater
8.65 gm
Obv: Pegasus flying left, qoppa below
Rev: Helmeted head of Athena left wearing necklace; head of Silenus behind
Ravel 1046. Calciati 408.

Same type of Corinth stater chosen by HJB to represent #23 in his book "100 Greatest Ancient Coins"
3 commentsTIF09/11/13 at 16:45TIF: Looks like an ancient photobomb
Moesia, Markianopolis, 054 Macrinus (217-218 A.D.), Hristova-Jekov (2014), AE-27, Pentassarion, VΠ ΠONTIAN OV MAΡKIANO ΠOΛIT, Radiate serpent, 112 viewsMoesia, Markianopolis, 054 Macrinus (217-218 A.D.), Hristova-Jekov (2014), AE-27, Pentassarion, VΠ ΠONTIAN OV MAΡKIANO ΠOΛIT, Radiate serpent,
avers:- AY K OΠEL CEVH MAKREINOC, (K?) M OΠEL AN-TΩNEINOC, Laureate head of Macrinus facing bare-headed bust of Diadumenian.
revers:- VΠ-ΠONTIAN-OV MAΡKIANO-ΠOΛIT, Radiate serpent in in four coils, head right. Round E in right field.
exe: -/-//ΠOΛIT, diameter: 27-28mm, weight: 12,38g, axis: 6h,
mint: Moesia, Markianopolis, date: 217-218 A.D., ref: Mushmov-554var., Varbanov-1214var.,
4 commentsquadrans09/11/13 at 12:40TIF: Fantastic type, love it!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1786 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen orriginally from the Morreti Collection.
Obv. Posthumous portrait ordered by Caligula to commemorate his mother who had tragically died in exile. Rev.The carpentum drawn by two mules, the vehicle reserved for the use of the women of the imperial family in the city.
Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
25 commentsPetitioncrown07/22/13 at 14:04BasalState: Spectacular!
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