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Justinian I follis100 viewsFollis, 539-540, Nicomedia, 2nd officina, 21,1g, 45mm, superbe heavy green patina.1 commentsvercingetorix07/13/14 at 10:35Ginolerhino: Very beautiful patinated example.
Demetrios II Nikator25 views2 commentsGinolerhino01/30/12 at 17:07Ginolerhino: oh, sorry... thanks!
Maximinus Sestertius23 viewsMAXIMINUS I. 235-238 AD. Æ Sestertius. Struck 235 AD.
Obv: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
Rev: PAX AVGVSTI, S C across field, Pax Standing left, holding olive branch in outstretched right hand and cradling long sceptre in left arm.

RIC IV 58; Pink III, pg. 21; Banti 11a; BMCRE 7; Cohen 34.
1 commentsTanit02/17/10 at 16:21Ginolerhino: I like the sharp portrait. But it will be very dif...
Roman Didius Julianus Sestertius74 viewsDidius Iulianus Sestertius, 193 AD, Rome.
Obv: IMP CAES M DID SEVER IVLIAN AVG, laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORD MILIT / S - C, Concordia standing front, head left, holding legionary eagle and standard.
RIC IV, Part 1, 14 (R)
2 commentsTanit01/19/10 at 15:01Ginolerhino: Congratulations ! I have never seen a Didius Julia...
Sear 882 - Follis - ca. 620 AD - Sicily mint67 viewsEmperor: Heraclius (r. 610-641 AD)
Date: ca. 620 AD
Condition: EF
Denomination: Follis

Obverse: Countermark
To left, bust of Heraclius facing, with short beard, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with cross; to right, ; the whole on a circular punch stamped on the head of an earlier emperor ((]NVSPPA[ (Justin I and/or Justinian I)).

Reverse: , within a circular countermark. Struck on exergue of an earlier type.

Sicily mint
DO 241; Sear 882
15.94g; 31.5mm; 210°
2 commentsPep01/18/10 at 11:36Ginolerhino: Probably struck on a follis of Justinus I ?
Zenodorus, Tetrarch of Trachonitis, c. 30 - 20 B.C. Bronze AE 2037 viewsAugustus & Zenodorus, Tetrarch of Trachonitis, c. 30 - 20 B.C. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 4775, VF, Chalkis mint, 4.81g, 20.1mm, 0o, 27 - 26 B.C.; obverse “ΖΗΝΟΔΟΡΟΥ ΤΕΤΑΡΧΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΡΧΗΡΕΩΣ”, bare head of Zenodorus left; reverse L ZP NE KAI, bare head of Augustus right. Mark Antony gave the Tetrarchy of Trachonitis (in Syria) to Cleopatra in 36 B.C. After their defeat, Augustus made Zenodorus tetrarch restoring the previous dynasty. Because he was aggressive toward his neighbors, in about 24 B.C. Augustus took almost all his territory and gave it to Herod the Great. When he died in 20 B.C. the rest of his territory was also given to Herod. Ex FORVM2 commentsPodiceps01/17/10 at 15:44Ginolerhino: Very interesting and I suppose very rare. Where we...
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Umayyad Islamic fals42 viewsUmayyad Islamic fals
Obverse: "There is no god / but God, / alone/"
Reverse : "Muhammad/ is the slave of God/ and his Apostle"
1 commentsTanit01/16/10 at 08:22Ginolerhino: I think it is the same Umayyad fals as your other ...
Sabratha - Augustus - AE As62 viewsAE As 24 mm
SYRTICA, Sabratha. Augustus.8-14 AD.
Obv: CAESAR; Head of Augustus right; lituus before /
Rev: Neo-Punic "SBRT'N" to left, "R" to right, Bust of Serapis right;

RPC I 814 .
1 commentsTanit01/16/10 at 07:54Ginolerhino: Wonderful !
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Provincial Alexandria - Antoninus Pius - AE Drachme144 viewsÆ-Drachme, Alexandria (Aegyptus);

Dattari 2862 and 8723 is this same rev. type for Ant. Pius, LKB = Year 22 = 158/9 AD.
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 21 g
Obv.: AVT K TPAIAN AEL ANTWNINOC CE; laureate-headed bust of Antoninus Pius wearing cuirass and paludamentum, r.
Rev.: Sarapis seated, l., holding sceptre; at his feet, Cerberus; to l., Demeter standing, r., holding torch; to r., Tyche holding rudder and cornucopia; all wearing kalathos, all on galley with oars

"Definitely a rare type. Not in the rich Cologne collection for Ant. Pius, and Dattari, in the best collection of Alexandrian coins ever assembled, had only two worn specimens." Curtislclay.
2 commentsTanit01/16/10 at 07:50Ginolerhino: This is exceptional. Bravo !
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Punic 3 shekels57 views3 shekels - Utica. Circa 1st Century BC. Æ 28mm (16.75 gm). Jugate busts of the Dioskouri right. Above, two stars / Two horses standing right; Punic '>TG' above.

Mazard 341; SNG 428.
2 commentsTanit01/16/10 at 07:46Ginolerhino: Could it just be a Mazard 341 3 shekel Punic coin ...
Byzantine Justinian I Decanummium88 viewsJustinian I Æ Decanummium. Carthage mint, year 13 (539-40). D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AG, diademed, draped, & cuirassed bust right / Large I, surmounted by cross; to left, A/N/N/O; to right, numerals representing the regnal year X/III ; in ex. CAR

Sear 269, DO.297-8, BMC 388-93.
4 commentsTanit01/15/10 at 14:55Ginolerhino: Magnificent. I love this kind of Byzantin...
Elagabalus Denarius26 viewsAR Denarius
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS AVG ; head right, laureate, bust draped and cuirassed.
Rev: SPEI PERPETVAE ; Spes walking l., holding flower and hitching skir

RIC 199
1 commentsTanit01/15/10 at 14:44Ginolerhino: The legend reads IMP ANTONINVS AVG. I think it is ...
Republic L PISO and Q CAEPIO52 viewsAR-Denarius.
Rome. c. 100.
Laureate head of Jupiter r., harpa.
Piso (et) Caepio q(uaestores) AD FRU(mentum) EMU(ndum) EX S(enatus) C(onsulto) :( Piso and Caepio, quaestors responsible for purchasing wheat (the people) by decree of the Senate) . Pison et Caepion seated on subsellium, corn-ears.

Cr. 330/1a; RSC Calpurnia 5; BMC 1125.
1 commentsTanit01/15/10 at 14:32Ginolerhino: I think the deity with the harpa is rather Saturn....
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Unknown Medal, Byzantine??161 viewsAny help with an ID is appreciated
35mm, 13.1gm
4 commentsJerome Holderman01/12/09 at 15:12Ginolerhino: This is neither ancient or medieval. it is a relig...
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Hasmonaean prutah (Ist C BC)61 viewsHebrew legend in wreath (If anyone can read it, please post it as a comment. thanks)
Double cornucopiae, with pomegranate between the horns.
3 commentsGinolerhino09/05/06 at 10:35Ginolerhino: Thank you ! Probably another mystery solved.
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Elymais late Ist - early IInd C AD - Kamnaskires VI (?) - AE tetradrachm71 viewsNo legend. Diademed bust left, in field to right star, crescent and anchor
Small schematic bust left, traces of blundered Greek legend
3 commentsGinolerhino08/14/06 at 22:40Ginolerhino: OK thank you. I found this chronology on grifterre...
531-579 Khosrow I - dirham from Eran-asan-kar-Kavad (Hulwan, Iran)46 viewsPahlavi legend , crowned bust right
Pahlavi legend , fire-altar with two attendants, wearing turbans.
3 commentsGinolerhino08/14/06 at 22:35Ginolerhino: Is AYRAN a city, or does it mean Iran ?
Unattributed Nabatean coin32 views15.2mm, 3.215g, 0°
Petra mint
1 commentsareich08/10/06 at 11:12Ginolerhino: Aretas IV and Queen Shaqilath
RGS, Julian the Apostate, AD 360-363491 viewsGold solidus, 22.1mm, 4.46g, EF
Struck at Antioch in Syria c. AD 362-3
FL CL IVLIA-NVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, with long beard / VIRTVS EXERCI-TVS ROMANORVM, helmeted soldier advancing right, head left, dragging captive with right and holding trophy over shoulder; ANT A in exergue. RCOA
Ex: Freeman & Sear
RIC 197 (citing a specimen at Vienna); Cohen 79 var
9 commentsLawrence Woolslayer08/08/06 at 20:55Ginolerhino: One must wear dark glasses to look at it. What...
1aa Julius Caesar166 views60 BC (formation of the First Triumvirate)-44 BC (assassination)

44 BC

Caesar's head, right, eight-pointed star behind. CAESAR IMP.
Venus standing left, holding victory and scepter. P SEPVLLIVS MACER.

RSC 41

Plutarch said of the first triumvirate: There is a law among the Romans, that whoever desires the honour of a triumph must stay without the city and expect his answer. And another, that those who stand for the consulship shall appear personally upon the place. Caesar was come home at the very time of choosing consuls, and being in a difficulty between these two opposite laws, sent to the senate to desire that, since he was obliged to be absent, he might sue for the consulship by his friends. Cato, being backed by the law, at first opposed his request; afterwards perceiving that Caesar had prevailed with a great part of the senate to comply with it, he made it his business to gain time, and went on wasting the whole day in speaking. Upon which Caesar thought fit to let the triumph fall, and pursued the consulship. Entering the town and coming forward immediately, he had recourse to a piece of state policy by which everybody was deceived but Cato. This was the reconciling of Crassus and Pompey, the two men who then were most powerful in Rome. There had been a quarrel between them, which he now succeeded in making up, and by this means strengthened himself by the united power of both, and so under the cover of an action which carried all the appearance of a piece of kindness and good-nature, caused what was in effect a revolution in the government. For it was not the quarrel between Pompey and Caesar, as most men imagine, which was the origin of the civil wars, but their union, their conspiring together at first to subvert the aristocracy, and so quarrelling afterwards between themselves.

Of Caesar's military leadership, Plutarch wrote: He was so much master of the good-will and hearty service of his soldiers that those who in other expeditions were but ordinary men displayed a courage past defeating or withstanding when they went upon any danger where Caesar's glory was concerned. . . . This love of honour and passion for distinction were inspired into them and cherished in them by Caesar himself, who, by his unsparing distribution of money and honours, showed them that he did not heap up wealth from the wars for his own luxury, or the gratifying his private pleasures, but that all he received was but a public fund laid by the reward and encouragement of valour, and that he looked upon all he gave to deserving soldiers as so much increase to his own riches. Added to this also, there was no danger to which he did not willingly expose himself, no labour from which he pleaded an exemption. His contempt of danger was not so much wondered at by his soldiers because they knew how much he coveted honour. But his enduring so much hardship, which he did to all appearance beyond his natural strength, very much astonished them. For he was a spare man, had a soft and white skin, was distempered in the head and subject to an epilepsy, which, it is said, first seized him at Corduba. But he did not make the weakness of his constitution a pretext for his ease, but rather used war as the best physic against his indispositions; whilst, by indefatigable journeys, coarse diet, frequent lodging in the field, and continual laborious exercise, he struggled with his diseases and fortified his body against all attacks. He slept generally in his chariots or litters, employing even his rest in pursuit of action. In the day he was thus carried to the forts, garrisons, and camps, one servant sitting with him, who used to write down what he dictated as he went, and a soldier attending behind him with his sword drawn.
2 commentsBlindado08/08/06 at 20:48Ginolerhino: Congrats ! Those coins are not easy to find.
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Vespasian-RIC-1406189 viewsAR Denarius, 2.98g
Ephesus Mint, 69-70 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory, advancing l., holding wreath in extended r. hand and palm curving up in l.; horizontal Φ in lower l. field
RIC 1406 (R). BMC 435. RSC 280c. RPC 812 (4 spec.). BNC -.
Acquired from Amphora Coins, July 2006.

An early issue Eastern denarius of Vespasian, perhaps one of the first. Attributed to an uncertain mint in Asia Minor, the jury is still out concerning the exact location, Ephesus is the most likely candidate.

I love this coin. The portrait is one of my favorites and the style is simply beautiful. A welcomed addition to the collection.
4 commentsVespasian7008/08/06 at 10:52Ginolerhino: One of the best Vespasian portraits. Yes.
074. Theodosius II, 402-450AD. AV Solidus.490 viewsAV Solidus. Constantinople mint. Obv: DN THEODO-SIVS PF AVG - Three-quarters bust right, draped, cuirassed, holding spear over right shoulder and shield in left hand Rev: VOT XXX MVLT XXXXS - Constantinopolis seated left, holding cross on globe and scepter, her left foot sits on the prow of a galley and at rear of her throne, a shield sits; in right field, a 'star'. Exe: CONOB : AD 430-440, RIC X, 257 (s) Scarce, page 259/ 4.48 g. Choice FDC.
15 commentsLordBest08/08/06 at 07:02Ginolerhino:
9845 viewsTrajan 98-117 AD
AE sestertius
Obv "........NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER..........."
Laureate, nude "heroic" bust left.
Ceres stg left holding corn ears and torch, modius to left
Rome mint
RIC 478
2 commentsmauseus08/01/06 at 18:30Ginolerhino: Wow !
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Phoenicia, Byblos, Diadumenian, Rouvier 69968 viewsDiadumenian, Caesar, mid May 218 - 8. June 218
AE 24, 10.81g
bare head, bust, cuirassed, r.
rev. BYB - LOY / IERAC (in exergue)
distyle temple, covered by an arch decorated by shell-like swags, in which Astarte is standing r., with polos on head, spear in r. hand and foot on prow, crowned with wreath by Nike, standing on column r. before her.
BMC 40-43; Rouvier 699
scarce, about VF(?)
added to

ASTARTE, a major Northwest-Semitic goddess, was cognate with the East-Semitic goddess Ishtar. She was connected with fertility, sexuality and war. She was accepted by the Greeks under the name of Aphrodite. Cyprus, one of Aphrodite's main cult centers supplied the name Cypris as Aphrodite's most common byname.

BYBLOS , one of her important cult centers and therefore called 'the Holy Byblos', in ancient times was the most important port of export for Egyptian papyros to Greece. Therefore Greek biblos = book, and The Holy Bible!

For more information look at the thread 'Coins of mythological interest'
2 commentsJochen07/26/06 at 22:05Ginolerhino: Wonderful ! I don't think there are a lot ...
RIC 58, C 17
Rome, 247-249 AD
5 commentswhitetd4907/25/06 at 21:28Ginolerhino: I do like your Millenium series. Bravo.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Julia Domna, Rome - RIC IV 574115 viewsJulia Domna Denarius
obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA. Draped bust right.
rev: PIETAS PVBLICA. Pietas standing facing, head left, both hands raised, lit altar left.
Struck 198-202 A.D. at Rome
RIC IV 574
Van Meter 40
4 commentsJericho07/25/06 at 15:28Ginolerhino: I always liked her. Even more since I've seen this...
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Tarsus (Cilicia) - Severus Alexander AE37108 views[ ... CE]OVHPOC AΛ[EΞAN]ΔPOC , laureate, draped and cuirassed bust ; Γ in field to right
Rev.: illegible circular legend. Apollo facing, resting on column. Beneath, Nike holding palm and wreath driving quadrifa right. In field : A M. K. / H MHTP. / Π. B.
3 commentsGinolerhino07/25/06 at 15:03Ginolerhino: 37 mm diam. Maybe it's not a medallion but a very ...
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Perga (Pamphylia) - Volusianus51 viewsA. K. Γ. OVIB. ΓAΛ OVOΛOVCIANON , laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, upon eagle standing right holding wreath in beak.
ΠEP ΓAI ΩN , Tyche holding cornucopia seated left, facing Artemis standing right, a stag (?) at her feet.
30 mm

It looks very much like this unpublished one (and is probably from the same reverse die) :
2 commentsGinolerhino07/25/06 at 15:00Ginolerhino: Same for me. It doesn't appear to be a Consecratio...
Julia Domna, AE 1639 viewsIOVLIA D/OMNA CEB
Bust draped, right
Kantharos (drinking cup)
AMNG 1484 var., different obverse legend
Varbanov (Eng.) I, 2868 (but bust F, not bust E, IOVLIA DOMNA CE)
4 commentswhitetd4907/25/06 at 14:49Ginolerhino: Very handsome coin, for a great Augusta.
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Marcianopolis - Caracalla and his mother - 5 assaria86 viewsObverse : Bust of Caracalla as imperator (laureate, wearing cuirass and paludamentum) facing his mother Julia Domna's bust.
Reverse : Temple with four columns, and cultus-statue of Tyche holding rudder and cornucopia. Exergue : E (mark of value : 5 assaria).

Hristova/Jekov No. (Thank you Jochen!)
7 commentsGinolerhino07/23/06 at 21:50Ginolerhino: All of you must be right. I'll change the descript...
VRBS ROMA Æ3 Follis * Commemorative280 views
VRBS ROMA * Commemorative - Founding of the City of Rome

Obv: VRBS ROMA - Roma wearing plumed & crested helmet with visor, draped in Imperial robe and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: No legend: She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus; two stars above.

Exergue: R (Wreath) Q

Mint: Rome
Struck: 333-335 AD.

Size: 16.12 mm.
Weight: c. 2.5 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: In good condition, well struck, nicely-centered and a rather pretty dark-olive green patina overall.

Note: Coin not in my private collection. Birthday gift to my niece, February 2006.

Ref: RIC VII Rome 354
2 commentsTiathena07/18/06 at 08:55Ginolerhino: Funny you gave it as a gift to your niece. My aunt...
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