I've bought half a dozen Roman Alexandrian coins over the last few months, but decided to wait until the last one arrived to mention them, so I could post them all together. One is a type I never thought I'd be able to afford except in extremely poor condition: one of the Antoninus Pius Zodiac drachms. The kind I bought (a "Sun in Leo" variety) is clearly the most common, but examples still usually cost more than I'm able to spend. I was able to buy the coin I did only because it's very worn. Nonetheless, the main components of the design are still visible, and there's even enough of the obverse lettering remaining to determine where the legend breaks and be able to assign a Milne number! More importantly, I actually think the green and brown patina is rather attractive. The dealer assured me that there's no active bronze disease, and after receiving the coin I think I can confirm that he was right.
Here they are, with the Zodiac coin first and then the others in chronological...
AR Denarius, Antioch mint, struck AD 223
Dia.: 18.38 mm
Wt.: 3.20 g
Obv.: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: LIBERALITAS AVG, Liberalitas standing left, holding counting board and cornucopia
Ref.: RIC IV 281 Antioch
When I first saw the Liberalitas type I really wanted an example because I thought that the object that Liberalitas was holding in her right hand was an abacus. In fact, this is what the authors of RIC (1938) noted it to be as well. As an engineer and a math enthusiasts, having an abacus on one of my coins appealed to me. My assumption was that an abacus might have been used in some way in the calculations that went into the emperor distributing money to the people (a congiarium). This would have made it a great attribute for Liberalitas (the spirit of generosity).
However, during my research...
I won this lot, final cost w/premium and shipping--- $225. It looked close to 150 coins(actually 131) in the box. There were 112 1909 VDB w/95% being VF and better, mostly better. 10 - 1909-P XF-AU, 3- 1910 XF, 1 - 1914 XF, 4 Indian cents and the coin I have uploaded. I've included a couple of pics from NGC to compare shape and location of MM.
Lot that I won:
I vaguely remember hearing when I was younger that my grandmother had a gold coin stowed away somewhere. Her husband, my grandfather, is the one that got me started collecting about the time I was able to sit up on my own. We would sort pennies for hours and I would block out everything going on around us. It is some of my fondest childhood memories.
Despite that, I never really paid much interest to the gold coin story because I was concerned with stuff you found in circulation and it was impressed upon me that gold coins were expensive, thus, out of my budget.
I hadn't even thought about the coin for many years. Then, my mother moved in with us last year. She gave me some coins of my grandparents that she had held back. Mostly, low-end circulation stuff that she had held on to for sentimental reasons. Then, she mentioned the gold coin. Being a more seasoned collector now, I was interested.
Then she told me the story of how my grandmother had...
My newest acquisition is an attractive Justinian follis minted in Antioch, when it was known as Theopolis. I've turning more of my attention and efforts lately towards folles of Justinian, namely those that still have clear facial features and are the earlier, larger types (although I'd be willing to make exceptions for rarer types/mints). I'm also tempted to start a subcollection of Justinian folles from each mint that struck them (I already have Constantinople, Antioch, Rome, and Carthage).
I feel that these large, impressive coins represent well the height of the Byzantine Empire, when, driven by the ambition of Justinian, it was close to re-establishing total Roman control over western Europe and the Mediterranean basin.
Justinian I, Byzantine Empire
Obv: D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG, diademed, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and shield, cross to right
Rev. Large M, cross above, officina letter Δ below, ANNO to left,...
Good evening, everyone!
Was just messing around with bins of miscellaneous world coins, and came across my New Zealand Dollar coins (all in single coin plastic cases.) Thought it would be fun to look them up to see if any were decently valuable - turns out none of them book for even $10.
Oh well - I also thought it would be fun to image them and share here with you tonight.
1970 "Cook Islands" (Numista)
Mintage: 25,070 (plastic case)
Book Value: $6.00
1970 "Mount Cook" (Numista)
Mintage: 285,000 (plastic case) 30,000 (BU sets)
Book Value: $5.00
1974 "New Zealand Day" (Numista)
Book Value: $6.00
1978 "Coronation Jubilee / New Zealand...
I want to preface this thread by saying that firstly I apologise for the length of this post, it was originally intended to be less than half this length, but with a man as impressive as Marcellus it's hard to stick to the word count. I hope that those of you who read this end up enjoying it, and I'm excited to hear your thoughts and see everyone else's portraits of this impressive hero of the early Republic. Hope you enjoy!
Marcus Claudius Marcellus, a legend in his own time and a man of mythical stature in ours. Consul five times over, and the only Roman to have ever definitively earned the Spolia Opima; Marcellus’ remarkable life and exploits reach beyond the pale of ordinary human abilities – raising him to the same hallowed station as Romulus himself. In the near-mythical reality of Marcellus’ life, Rome had found herself a man who combined the prowess for war of the semi-divine Aeneas and Romulus, with the unwavering civil duty of...
In another thread I posted an attribution guide I did in 1989 or 1990 (I don’t recall exactly) for Draped bust half cents. I also did a similar guide for large cents. There were a few positive comment so I thought I’d post the entire book here for anyone that wants a copy. Since the early 90’s some things have changed (my address, rarity ratings, there are a couple of new varieties) but the charts are still useful.
I sold these through Penny-Wise at the time and sold about 200 copies.
This is the entire book, as prepared in 1989.
I hope someone finds it still useful.
As most of you know, I tend to dredge the bottom in terms of ancient coins. Sometimes I find treasure though and I wanted to share my recent treasures with you.
Ladies first. She was part of a 5 coin lot and was actually only $5 but the alliteration for the title wasn't as nice
Obverse: FL HELENA-AVGVSTA, draped bust right with double-row pearl diadem, and necklace
Reverse: SECVRITAS-REIPVBLICE, Securitas standing left holding branch and hem of robe.
Next is a group of 4 coins that were just listed as "Ancient Roman Coins". I looked closer and was pretty excited to see what I saw. I won this lot of 4 coins for $32.01...or $8 a piece. I think I did pretty alright.
In alphabetical order:
Obverse: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right
Reverse: CONCORDIA MILITVM, Aurelian and Concordia facing and clasping...
I've been posting on the ancient board for awhile, but I thought I might trot out some of my coins here for a change.
I've been focusing my collecting on Italian Renaissance coins, specifically those with dies that can be attributed to an individual Renaissance artist. So far I have coins by Cellini, Francia, Cesati, and Caradossa. Leone Leoni, Galeotti, and Poggini are all on my wantlist. I also consider Paduans by Cavino to fall into this category.
Post you Renaissance coins and Paduans (and medals, but especially coins)! For the purpose of this thread let's consider coins minted between 1400-1650 to be "Renaissance," especially if they show classical influence or naturalism, or are from Italy.
Without further ado, here are my coins:
Papal States.Clement VII (Giuliano de’Medici), 1523-1534, Rome mint. Doppio Carlino, AR 5.01 g. CLEMENS·VII PONT· MAX Bearded bust left with ornate cope with figures of saints and medallion. Rv. Mintmark of...
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