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Vespasian-RIC-1058268 viewsAR Denarius, 3.21g
Rome mint, 79 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: TR - POT X COS VIIII; Capricorn l. : below, globe
RIC 1058 (C). BMC 251. RSC 554. BNC 219.
Ex Harlan J. Berk 138, 1 June 2004, lot 224.

Another of Vespasian's recoinages. This time a reverse of Augustus is copied.

A coin in a remarkable state of preservation. The globe under the capricorn is normally cross-hatched. I've never come across another one with curving latitudinal lines.
6 commentsVespasian7010/08/15 at 09:14lordmarcovan: I've always loved this type. Used to have a m...
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Otho61 viewsRoman Empire
Otho
(Reign as 7th Emperor of the Roman Empire Jan. 15, 69-April 16, 69AD)
(b. 32 AD, d. 69 AD)


Obverse: IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, Bare head of Otho facing right

Reverse: Inverse of obverse design due to brockage error




Silver Denarius
Minted in Rome Jan. 69-April 69 AD



Translations:

IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P=Imperator(Commander-in-Chief) Marcus Otho Caesar Emperor Tribune of the Plebs



Reference:
RIC I 1, 4, 8, 16, 14 or 17
2 commentsSphinx35705/25/14 at 04:04lordmarcovan: You STOLE that thing from Heritage! The consignor ...
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Caligula56 viewsRoman Empire
Caius Caesar "Caligula"
(Reign as 3rd Emperor of the Roman Empire 37-41 AD)
(b. 12 AD, d. 41 AD)


Obverse: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS IMP, Laureate head of Caligula facing left

Reverse: SEGO BRIGA within wreath




Bronze As
Minted in Segobriga, Spain 37-41 AD



Translations:

C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS IMP = Caius Caesar Emperor Germanicus Imperator(Commander-in-Chief)

SEGO BRIGA = Segobriga, Spain (near Madrid)



References:
RPC 476
1 commentsSphinx35705/25/14 at 03:59lordmarcovan: I always sort of liked these SEGO BRIGAs as an alt...
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Augustus89 viewsRoman Imperatorial
Octavian Caesar
(Reign as ‘Augustus’ 1st Emperor of the Roman Empire 27 BC-14 AD)
(b. 63 BC, d. 14 AD)


Obverse: Bare head of Octavian facing right

Reverse: IMP CAESAR, Facing head of Octavian on ithyphallic boundary stone of Jupiter Terminus, winged thunderbolt below

Reverse refers to Octavian's reestablishment of boundaries in the east after the battle of Actium and review of the client kingdoms established by Mark Antony (in particular return of Roman territory from Cleopatra and her children)

Silver Denarius
Minted in Italy 30-29 BC




Translations:

Imperatorial=The Imperatorial period extends from the outbreak of civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey in January 49 BC and ends early 27 BC when Caesar's adopted heir Octavian was given the title "Augustus" by the Senate, effectively making him the sole ruler of the entire Roman territory. 

IMP CAESAR=Imperator(Commander-in-Chief) Caesar(Octavian took Julius Caesar’s name after he was posthumously adopted by him in 44 BC)


Reference
RIC I 269a
2 commentsSphinx35705/25/14 at 03:57lordmarcovan: Neat type, for sure.
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Caesar93 viewsRoman Imperatorial
Gaius Julius Caesar
(Reign as Dictator and/or Consul of the Roman Republic 49-44 BC)
(b. 100 BC, d. 44 BC)


Obverse: DICT.IN PERPETVO CAESAR, Wreathed and veiled head of Caesar facing right

Reverse: C MARIDIANVS, Venus holding Victory, resting elbow on shield set on globe, facing left



Silver Denarius
Minted in Rome February-March, 44 BC



Translations:

Imperatorial=The Imperatorial period extends from the outbreak of civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey in January 49 B.C. and ends early 27 B.C. when Caesar's adopted heir Octavian was given the title "Augustus" by the Senate, effectively making him the sole ruler of the entire Roman territory. 

DICT.IN PERPETVO CAESAR=Dictator for Life Julius Caesar

C MARIDIANVS=Moneyer Caius Cossutius Maridianus

References:
Crawford 480/15
RSC 42

1 commentsSphinx35705/25/14 at 03:55lordmarcovan: Neat coin. As the previous owner, I'm biased,...
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Constantius Chlorus52 viewsRoman Empire
Constantius Chlorus (the Pale)
(Reign as 54th Emperor of the Roman Empire May 305-July 306AD) (Ruled the Western part of the Empire while Galerius was Augustus of the Eastern part)
(b. 250 AD, d. 306 AD)


Obverse: IMP CONSTANTIVS AVG, Laureate and Cuirassed bust of Constantius facing left

Reverse: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing facing left, sacrificing over altar and holding cornucopia

Mintmark * PLG


Bronze Follis
Minted in Lugdunum May 305-July 306 AD



Translations:

IMP CONSTANTIVS AVG = Imperator(Commander-in-Chief) Constantius Emperor
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI = Protector of the Roman People
* PLG = The first officina in Lugdunum (Lyons, France)


References:
RIC 187a
2 commentsSphinx35705/25/14 at 03:50lordmarcovan: Looks like it has pretty nice silvering, too.
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Maximinus Thrax55 viewsRoman Empire
Maximinus Thrax
(Reign as 27th Emperor of the Roman Empire 235-238 AD)
(b. ca. 173 AD, d. 238 AD)


Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus facing right

Reverse: PM TR P II COS PP, Maximinus standing facing left, raising hand and holding spear, legionary standards on both sides




Silver Denarius
Minted in Rome 236AD



Translations:

IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG= Imperator(Commander-in-Chief) Maximinus Pious Emperor
PM TR P II COS PP=Greatest Priest, Tribune of the Plebs for the Second Time, Consul, Father of the Country





Reference:
RIC IVii 3
1 commentsSphinx35705/25/14 at 03:48lordmarcovan: That is a fantastic looking Max Thrax- one of the ...
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Ephesos, Ionia196 views350-288 BC
AE12 (2.09g)
O: Bee with straight wings, seen from above; E - Φ on either side.
R: Stag kneeling left, looking back; astragalos above.
SNG Cop 245v; Sear 4402v; BMC 14,55
ex Jack H. Beymer
13 commentsEnodia05/25/14 at 02:57lordmarcovan: Great sandy patina and terrific centering. I once...
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Matthias "Corvinus" (Mátyás Hunyadi in Hun.) (1458 - 1490 A.D.)47 viewsAR Hugary Denar
1488
O:+ M • MATHIE • R • VNGARIE •, Four-part shield with Hungarian arms (Árpádian stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion), raven with ring in escutcheon, annulets to sides.
R: PATRON — VNGARIE, Nimbate crowned Madonna with nimbate infant Jesus to her right, K—P/rosette (privy mark) in fields.
16mm
.4g
Kremnictz (Körmöczbánya) Mint
P=Mintmaster Peter Schaider
Huszar 722, Unger 567-b, and Corp. Num. Hung. II. 232 (Pohl)
2 commentsMat05/20/14 at 04:09lordmarcovan: Looks good. And familiar.
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CRISPUS (317 - 326 A.D.)60 viewsĆ(S) Follis
O:  IVL CRIS-PVS NOB C,  Laureate head right.
R:  CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT X in wreath, mintmark Delta SIS sunburst in ex.
3.8g
20mm
Sisca Mint
RIC-181D
5 commentsMat05/17/14 at 07:14lordmarcovan: Indeed- very nice. Is that silvering I see, or ju...
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Crispus PRINCIPIA IVVENTVTIS99 viewsCRISPUS CAESAR

AE3, c317AD
3.4 g - 19 mm

CRISPVS NOB CAES
bare head draped and cuirassed bust right
R/ PRINCIPIA IV-VENTVTIS
Prince helmeted, in military dress, standing left, holding reversed spear, right hand on shield set on ground.

PT = Ticinum

RIC65(R5)
5 commentsgb2940005/16/14 at 05:41lordmarcovan: I was gonna say "stunning", too, but ancientone be...
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Krannon, Thessaly, Greece, (350 - 300 B.C.)86 viewsĆ Dichalkon
O: Horseman galloping right, wearing petasos and chlamys.
R: “KR-AN/NO”, hydria (water carrying vessel) mounted on cart.
Krannon mint
4.605
17.4
Rogers Thessaly 197, SNG Cop 43, SGCV I 2073

It was customary in time of drought to take a sacred chariot with Hydria in procession through the City to supplicate Apollo for rain, and if a crow settled on the wheels, that was the sign that Apollo would grant the prayers of the faithful. -- Rev. Edgar Rogers in The Copper Coinage of Thessaly
5 commentsMat05/15/14 at 16:12lordmarcovan: I've admired this type for a while and almost ...
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JULIA MAMAEA (d. 235 AD), AR denarius, VESTA47 viewsObverse- IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, diademed & draped bust right.
Reverse- VESTA, Vesta standing half-left, holding palladium and scepter.
RIC 360, RSC 81, 19mm, 3.26 g.
Ex- Mathew Baca, through a swap on Collectors Universe, February, 2012.
Comments: This coin looks a lot sharper and more lustrous in hand. I initially had a casual "take it or leave it" attitude when we were haggling out this swap- I liked this coin but didn't feel like I absolutely HAD to have it. When I got it in hand, though, I was quite happy with the deal.
2 commentslordmarcovan07/24/13 at 22:06lordmarcovan: NGC said AU (Strike 5/5, Surface 2/5), but they no...
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12 CAESARS PORTRAITS164 viewsObverse images from my collection.
R 1: Julius, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula
R 2: Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho
R 3: Vitellius, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian
2 commentslaney09/01/12 at 12:32lordmarcovan: Your Julius Caesar and Augustus blow mine away.
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*SOLD*72 viewsConstantine I AE3 Follis

Attribution: RIC VII 167, Ticinum
Date: AD 322-325
Obverse: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, laureate head r.
Reverse: DN CONSTANTINIMAX AVG, VOT dot XX and crescent below within wreath,
ST in exergue
Size: 17.2 mm
Weight: 2.82 grams

This was my gift to my father on Father's Day 2010...a history fan himself, he LOVED it!!
3 commentsNoah07/16/12 at 21:45lordmarcovan: I wish I got stuff like that on Father's Day.....
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Licinius II, Ae3, struck 317-320 A.D., 3gm, 17mm85 viewsOBV/ D N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C; lar., dr., and cuir. bust r.
REV/ PROVIDENTIAE CAESS; Jove stg. l., holding Victory on globe and sceptre, palm branch before, pellet/B in r. field.
SMN in exergue
RIC VII, 34 (Rare 1)
I have eight other similar issues of this type but this is my best; the "desert patina" on this really sets it off, eh? ;-)
3 commentsMayadigger07/16/12 at 19:25lordmarcovan: I've heard people mention "blue" patina before...
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Licinius II, Ae 3, struck 317 A.D.204 viewsLicinius II AE 3
3gm & 21mm

Obv/ LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES; laur., dr., and cuir. r.; holding mappa in r. hand, globe and sceptre in r. hand.
Rev/ IOVI CONSERVATORI CAESS; Jupiter stg. l., chalmys across l., shoulder, holding globe and sceptre; crescent/A in fields.

SMAL in exergue. RIC VII, 25. Rare 2 chEF?
9 commentsMayadigger07/16/12 at 18:53lordmarcovan: Great desert patina. I like how you organized you...
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AUGUSTUS152 views AR Denarius (3.95 g, 7h). Tarraco. Struck 18 BC. Toga picta over tunica palmata flanked on left by aquila and on right by wreath. S P Q R PARENT / CONS SVO . Triumphal quadriga advancing right, ornamented with one Victory and surmounted by a small galloping quadriga. CAESARI above, AVGVSTO in exergue. RIC I 99; RSC 78b; BN 1187-90. Toned.
CNG 253383.
CNG photograph.
8 commentsbenito07/16/12 at 11:18lordmarcovan: Fascinating type.
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ROMULUS27 viewsAE follis. 310 AD . 6,55 grs. Bare head right. DIVO ROMVLO N V BIS CONS / Eagle,with wings spread,standing right on domed shrine with no pillars. Right door ajar. AETERNAE MEMORIAE. In exergue AES
RIV VI 257.
2 commentsbenito07/16/12 at 11:17lordmarcovan: Nice architectural type, and the desert patina is ...
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USA, Seated Liberty dime love token, 188349 views"PETE" on fence, with chick hatching from egg below. This nice pictorial was superbly engraved by a master craftsman. I think the symbolism of the hatching chick indicates this was once a christening gift when Pete was born. I have the same theory about the "stork" themed pieces in this set. This one has had some admirers in the past. Ex-eBay. Total number of 1883 dimes struck at all mints = 7,674,673.2 commentslordmarcovan07/16/12 at 01:22lordmarcovan: Thank you! I'm was still uploading more when ...
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ZENO the Isaurian (474-491 AD), AV solidus, Victory, ex-Eliasberg, struck after 476 AD535 viewsObverse- D N ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy.
Reverse- VICTORI-A AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long cross, two stars in field, CONOB in exergue.
Ex- Stack's auction of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, 4/15/2005, Lot 24.
Original description: "Zeno (emperor of the East, A.D. 476-491). AV Solidus. Thessalonica, A.D. 476 or later. CHOICE VF / RIC 941. Metcalf 223. Choice VF. 4.27 grams, 20.40 mm. Obv Helmeted, cuirassed bust three-quarters facing of Zeno, holding spear and decorated shield. Rev Victory standing l., holding long cross, two stars in field. A scarcer issue. Scratched in right obverse field and holed, otherwise Choice VF. ($80-130)."
(Price realized: $310.50.)
Comments: (Thessalonica? I thought CONOB meant Constantinople?) This has long been a sentimental favorite of mine, and is likely to remain my only ancient gold for a while. The famous pedigree doesn't hurt, either, though this was probably a "junkbox" item for Eliasberg (haha). I don't mind the hole a bit, as I have a large collection of holed coins. This piece does not reside with my regular Roman collection but is the centerpiece of my trademark "Holey Gold Hat", which I wear to shows.
3 commentslordmarcovan07/15/12 at 00:12lordmarcovan: Thank you, I just did. Would you believe that was...
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Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II 275 - 215 B.C.213 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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photo and Historical background: by Forvm Ancient Coins

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 E07/14/12 at 04:20lordmarcovan: We've already discussed this one elsewhere! N...
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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; http://www.asiaminorcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=135&pid=7204#top_display_media

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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 E07/14/12 at 04:19lordmarcovan: Note to self: Man, I want something archaic with t...
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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 E07/14/12 at 04:18lordmarcovan: Oooh... green... and mean!
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Mylasa, Caria, c. 170 - 130 B.C.87 views Silver Pseudo-Rhodian (drachm*), Ashton NC 1992, 255, SNG Kayhan 846, weight 2.2 g, maximum diameter 15.86 mm, Mylasa mint, c. 170 - 130 B.C.; Obv. facing head of Helios with eagle superimposed on r. cheek, hair loose; Rev. rose with bud/stem to right,(left bud off flan**) monogram left, ΠΕ & A to right. Same obv. die as Ashton 255 & Kayhan 846. Some surface roughness on top of both sides.

*Ashton, Kayhan, & Sear all describe this denom. as "drachm", though considerably underweight according to the Rhodian standard. Apparently these immitatives use the lower weight.

**Kayhan 846 plate shows stems and buds going both left and right. (but only describes the bud to the left), Ashton's plate also shows on both sides, and describes as such when in combination with letters /monograms. My example, is an Obv. die match, though the Rev. is not an exact die match, but is very close (probably same hand), and shows the right stem and bud clearly, but the left is off flan. Ashton identifies 107 Obv. dies in this series, and none of the rest are even close to the style of #255. This Obv. is shown with one other Rev. type(different letters).

Note; Ashton concludes the top two letters (on these later type with 4-5 letters/monograms) are abbrieviations for the month they were struck by the particular magistrate. (1st two letters in the Macedonian calender months used in Mylasa at the time) In my coin ΠΕ are for ΠΕΡΙΘΙOΣ or Peritios, the 10th month. He also concludes the monogram and lower letter abbrieviate the magistrate's name. Also, though he knows of no metrological analysis, the the quality of the silver seems to be somewhat debased compared to the Rhodian and early Pseudo-Rhodian issues.(most of the CH 4 hoard were of this later type, and were covered in a thick black patina{that were harshly cleaned}, the few earlier series and the one Rhodian type didn't have this patina and seemed to be of higher quality silver)

Historical background; courtsey Forvm Ancient Coins

Mylasa (Milas, Turkey today) was often mentioned by ancient writers. The first mention is from early 7th century B.C., when Arselis, a Carian leader from Mylasa, helped Gyges in his fight for the Lydian throne. Under Persia, Mylasa was the chief city of Caria. Mylasa joined the Delian League c. 455 B.C., but Persian rule was restored by 400. Mylasa was the hometown and first capital of the Hecatomnid dynasty, nominally Persian satraps, but practically kings of Caria and the surrounding region, 377 - 352 B.C. In the Hellenistic era, the city was contested by Alexander's successors, but prospered. Mylasa was severely damaged in the Roman Civil War in 40 B.C., but again regained prosperity under Roman rule.



Ex. Aegean Nunismatics
2 commentsSteve E07/14/12 at 04:17lordmarcovan: Helios: "Ouch! Dang bird is pecking my eye out!" ...
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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 "
Courtesy: rover1.3
5 commentsSteve E07/14/12 at 04:16lordmarcovan: What Enodia said!
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Macedonian Kingdom, Phillip II, 359 - 336 B.C. Amphipolis mint?175 viewsAE unit; SNG ANS 8 872 (symbol identified as: Helios head?by H. A. Troxell), Lindgren 1274. Weight 4.7 gr., max diameter 17.1 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 left; with above mentioned unidentifiable symbol below (some describe as a left facing lion's head); Beautiful turquoise patina! Scarce type with both obv. & rev. facing left. Extra fine style!9 commentsSteve E07/14/12 at 04:16lordmarcovan: Sweet!
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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 E07/14/12 at 04:15lordmarcovan: Something about the portrait on this one "speaks" ...
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Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III, The Great, 336 -323 B.C. Lifetime Issue! 184 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!

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9 commentsSteve E07/14/12 at 04:15lordmarcovan: Love the picture of your dad. You're right......
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Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III, The Great, 336 -323 B.C. Lifetime Issue!91 viewsSilver 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!

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3 commentsSteve E07/14/12 at 04:14lordmarcovan: A numismatic classic.
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Adramytteion, Mysia, 187 - 133 B. C.216 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 E07/14/12 at 04:12lordmarcovan: Love it!!! I think I am gonna get into Greek bron...
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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 E07/14/12 at 04:11lordmarcovan: Those are neat. I gotta get me one.
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OTHO (69 AD), AR denarius, Ceres67 viewsObverse- IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right.
Reverse- PONT MAX, Ceres standing left, holding corn ears in right hand, cornucopia in left.
Silver version of RIC 20 (an aureus), 3.1 g.
NGC F (Strike 3/5, Surface 3/5), cert. #4095350-003.
Ex- Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., November, 2007.
Comments: "Rare second issue of reign", according to HJB. This was the keystone of my original Roman Imperial collection, and the only coin for which I crossed the $500 threshold. When forced to sell my collection after a 2008 layoff, I put it on eBay and took a loss. It went to a buddy, however, and he let me buy it back in August of 2010. I was always fascinated by this short-lived emperor who only lasted three months, and this coin is probably tied with my Zeno solidus as my favorite Roman.
4 commentslordmarcovan07/14/12 at 03:06lordmarcovan: Funny, I never consciously paid attention to that ...
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AUGUSTUS (27 BC-14 AD), AE as, struck ca. 7 BC, moneyer M. Salvius Otho139 viewsObverse- CAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRIBVNEC POT, bare head of Augustus right.
Reverse - M SALVIVS OTHO III VIR AAA F F around large S C.
RIC 431, 27.5mm, 11.4g.
NGC VG (Strike 3/5, Surfaces 4/5), cert. #4094567-002.
Ex-Incitatus Coins, Canada, May 2007, through VCoins store (purchased raw).
Comments: I find it interesting that the moneyer's name on this coin is the same as that of the emperor Otho who ruled 76 years later. I suspect the circa-7 BC moneyer named on this coin was the grandfather of that short-lived 69 AD emperor. This coin was part of my first Roman collection, was sold in 2008, and bought back in August 2011.
3 commentslordmarcovan07/14/12 at 03:02lordmarcovan: No, "raw" means "not slabbed". I had NGC slab thi...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Diocletian AE Follis179 viewsRIC VI Trier 677a, cf. RIC VI Cyzicus 22-3 (Cyzicus mint, 305 - 307 A.D.)
10.854 g, 27.9 mm, die axis 180o
D N DIOCLETIANO FELICISSIMO SEN AVG, laureate bust right, wearing trabea, holding branch and mappa
PROVIDENTIA DEORVM QVIES AVGG, Providentia standing right, extending right hand to Quies, standing left, holding branch and leaning on sceptre
S-F across fields, KS in lower centre, PTR in exergue
Note from Wildwinds: This coin was actually struck in Cyzicus. The PTR was left over from the original dies sent to Cyzicus by the engravers in Trier. The mintmark is actually the KS in the lower center.
Rare
Ex: FORVM, the Martin Griffiths collection ("maridvnvm" of FORVM)
4 commentsMark Z07/13/12 at 23:08lordmarcovan: Crikey! That looks Mint State!
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GREEK, TROAS, Sigeion - Facing Athena and Owl - AE12104 viewsSigeion, Troas, c. 350 BC

Obv: Facing head of Athena in crested Athenian helmet
Rev: Owl standing right, head facing.
Diameter: 12.5 mm, Weight: 2.01 grams.
Cf. Sear 4145
RARE

former David Hendin (Amphora Coins)
5 commentsAnemicOak07/13/12 at 18:16lordmarcovan: I've seen members on Collectors Universe using...
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CLAUDIUS (41-54 AD), AE as, LIBERTAS77 viewsObverse- TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left.
Reverse- LIBERTAS AVGVSTA/ S-C, Libertas standing facing with pileus, extending left hand.
RIC 113, 28 mm, 9.03 g.
NGC Ch F ("sand patina", Strike 3/5, Surface 3/5), cert. #4094567-003.
Ex-?, probably eBay, July 2011, purchased raw.
Comments: I've always liked "sandy" or "desert" patina on late Roman coins from the eastern empire, but have hardly ever seen it on earlier Imperial coins like this. I've forgotten who I bought this from, though I think it was off eBay. I saved some partial notes, though unfortunately they didn't include the seller's name or the exact cost. I do remember being happy with the price. The seller said this was struck at Tarraco, circa 50-54 AD. I'm not entirely sure of the attribution.

5 commentslordmarcovan07/13/12 at 18:15lordmarcovan: @curtisclay- thanks- I will review that attributio...
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C. Megalodon Fossilized Tooth89 viewsC. Megalodon Fossilized Tooth, height 53.5 mm, width 36.9 mm.

Megalodon...meaning "big tooth", from Greek μέγας (mega, "big") and ὀδούς (odon, "tooth")) is an extinct species of shark that lived roughly from 28 to 1.5 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era (late Oligocene to early Pleistocene). from Wikipedia
3 commentsSteve E07/12/12 at 18:53lordmarcovan: Yes, that's definitely a Meg!
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Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.89 viewsSilver denarius, RIC II 45a, (RSC II 1027), weight 2.47g, max. diameter 19mm, Rome mint, 118 A.D.; Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bare-chest bust right, drapery on left shoulder; Rev. P M TR P COS II, Pietas standing left, veiled, raising right hand, PIE-TAS across fields; Scarce, nice toning.

Ex. Sphinx Numismatics

Background info, courtesy Forvm Ancient Coins

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.
4 commentsSteve E07/11/12 at 23:45lordmarcovan: I like the toning on this piece. I think I used t...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)191 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
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
3 commentsPetitioncrown07/11/12 at 07:44lordmarcovan: That's in such AMAZING condition, it ...
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Roman Empire, Gallienus, Antoninianus, 267 24 viewsGallenius

Antioch Mint

1 commentsBilly Kingsley07/10/12 at 22:49lordmarcovan: Another one with nice patina. I used to own a nea...
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Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis, 324-32522 viewsConstantine the Great

Cyzicus Mint

1 commentsBilly Kingsley07/10/12 at 22:47lordmarcovan: Hey, that looks familiar! Did you get it from me?...
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Crispus, Issue 3, Toone - (279 var.)26 viewsCRISPVS_NOBCAES, Laureate, cuirassed bust left, shield on left shoulder, spear pointing forward
BEATTRA_NQLITAS, Altar
-/-//PLON
Weight
Said to have been found at Petra
2 commentsAdrianus07/10/12 at 21:09lordmarcovan: Fantastic desert patina! Sharp detail, too. The ...
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Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II 275 - 215 B.C.213 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.
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins

photo and Historical background: by Forvm Ancient Coins

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 E07/10/12 at 05:40lordmarcovan: Great design. I love the horseman. The portrait ...
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