Something interesting that I cannot remember seeing on medieval billon deniers outside of the Holy Land - a very nice iridescent golden glow:
This is a denier of Bohemond V (cf. Malloy 126, Metcalf Class O, Allen Type 6), one of the last billon coins of the Principality of Antioch.
AE16mm, 0.49g, billon denier, minted in the Citadel of Antioch or at a secondary location in the Principality(?), cca. 1235/1240 and later.
+ BOAMVNDVS; helmeted bust l., mail composed of crescents, crescent and star flanking the bust l and r.
+ ANTIOCHIA; cross, inverted crescent in second quarter.
The type is called "Late Style" and is recognizable by the smaller flan and low weight. These late issues are of very fine craftsmanship, have complete legends and correct spelling with clean and fine lettering. The type was probably minted well into the 1240s and even later, but its terminus post quem of cca. 1235 is based on the analysis of the al-Mina hoard (Malloy p.191,...
Most of us find the Oregon Trail half dollar one of the best in the entire early commemorative coin series. I've probably owned two or three thru the years. This is one I just purchased:
Here is how it all began:
1930 Association Logo. Courtesy of the “Idaho State Historical Society, Museum Collections.”
ing the city of Washington.
Dear Friends of ancient mythology!
Here I want to talk about Kadmos, the founder of Thebes. The coin shows him in the typical founder attitude, looking back to his comrades and pointing forward asking them to follow him to new shores.
Phoenicia, Sidon, Trajan, AD 98-117
AE 24, 8.72g, 0°
struck year 227 of Sidonian era = AD 116/7
Obv.: [AVTO NEP TPAI[ANΩ KAI ΣE]
Laureate head r.
Rev.: [ΣIΔΩNOΣ NAV] - APΞIΔOΣ
Kadmos, nude to hips, stg. l. on prow, lookong r., with outstretched r. hand pointing l.
in l. field LZKΣ (retrograde, year 227)
Ref.: BMC 218; SNG Copenhagen 252; Lindgren-Kovacs 2329
rare, F+, green-red patina
(missed legend parts completed according to Sear GIC 1087)
NAVAPΞIΣ = Mistress of a Fleet, epitheton of several important maritime cities
Kadmos was the son of the Phoenician king Agenor, son of Poseidon and Libye, and his wife Telephassa. His sister was Europa and his brothers Phoinix and...
Yesterday or today, the son of Philip II (the first man to be a United King of Europe), student of Aristotle and all around THE baddest dude on the planet... EVER (only man to be Greek King, Egyptian pharaoh and Persian King of Kings), Alexander the great died 21 July 356 BCE – 10 or 11 June 323 BCE.
Here's some of my favorite coins to remember the life of a God by:
Kings of Thrace. Pella. 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm AR 27mm., 15,95g.
Head of the deified Alexander the Great to right, wearing diadem with fluttering ends and with the horn of Ammon around his ear / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ, Athena, wearing robes and helmet, seated to left on throne, holding Nike on her right hand and resting her left elbow on large round shield adorned with a gorgoneion; to left monogram. very fine. Thompson 253; Müller 471.
MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336- 323 BC). AR tetradrachm (15.98 gm). About VF, countermark, graffito....
For many years this dynastic sestertius has been a personal 'dream' or 'grail' coin of mine. Thanks to @Jay GT4 for alerting me to the listing!
Æ Sestertius, 27.84g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 143 (R). BMC 528.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CAES AVG F DES IMP AVG F COS DES II; S C in field; Titus and Domitian stg. l. and r., with spears; Titus (to r.) also with parazonium, Domitian with roll
Acquired from Olding, MA Shops, May 2019 = Olding, List 96, March 2019, Sammlung Frita Reusing, no. 140. From the collection of Fritz Reusing (1874-1956), inherited and continued by Reusing's nephew Paul Schürer (1890-1976).
An iconic dynastic sestertius struck during Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. Mattingly in BMCRE II calls it a 'famous' type but erroneously misidentifies the figures on the reverse placing Titus on the left and Domitian on the right. While that is a...
Some of the more popular coins of Trajan Decius are the antoniniani with the DACIA reverse type, such as this example from my collection:
Trajan Decius, AD 249-251.
Roman AR antoninianus, 3.81 g, 21 mm, 6 h.
Rome, AD 250-251.
Obv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
Rev: DACIA, Dacia standing left, holding Dacian draco battle standard.
Refs: RIC 12b; Cohen 16; RCV 9368; Hunter 7; ERIC II 59.
For centuries, the object in Dacia's hand has been misidentified as an ass's head.
The oldest reference I can find about this coin is Banduri's catalog, published in 1718.
The reverse description, hastam tenet dextra, in cujus summitate caput asininum, is translated, "holding in the right hand a staff, at the top of which is the head of an ass."
The catalog of Sulzer's collection, published in 1777, makes the same error.
The reverse description, dextra...
I love the feel of Alexandrian drachms, but I also love the artistry on Alexandrian coinage. It isn’t quite as naturalistic as some Greek or Roman coinage, and they are often in pretty dreadful condition, but they have an originality and exoticism which isn’t found on a lot of ancient coinage. Because of that, I’ve made them a major part of my collection, and have specifically focused on those which display some form of Egyptian imagery. It’s been a while since I made a new thread, but I would like to share a few of these coins and invite everyone to share some of theirs as well. So, here are some of my coins depicting Egyptian (or ‘Egyptianizing’) deities.
Antoninus Pius drachm
Obverse: Laureate bust right
Reverse: Isis, crowned with disk, horns and plumes right, holding Harpocrates, crowned and holding lotus flower.
Struck at Alexandria in 146/7, 34mm, 27.1g, Dattari 2648, RPC 13597 (temp)
Depictions Isis and Harpocrates in one...
Continuing to finalize research articles on silver coinage casualties of the latest wave of deceptive counterfeits I move to another key “variety”, the Liberty Seated 1854 Huge O quarter.
Like the 1927-S this variety was included in our initial Coin Week article From the Brink to the Dark Side and also started with the purchase of a damaged genuine coin that was repaired and used to make the counterfeit dies. And like others in this series the repairs were accomplished with apparent skill until compared to images of known genuine examples, and then the affected details betray the efforts of the counterfeiters; if there were but one known example it could simply look like a repaired and tooled genuine coin, but when we can document more than one with the same key differences plus additional “circulation marks” we know we are on the trail of the counterfeits!
The original “discovery example” is still in the TPG holder as seen in the images and was initially considered...
Okay, I've been hunting high and low for well over 6 months to find a second example of the rare FS-901 DDR 1899 Barber Quarter . . . and I mean high and low . . . everywhere.
Only one is presently accounted for, and its asking price is $15,000 (L&C Coins). I've searched many venues, all grades, raw and certified, everything I can think of, and invested much time in this search, especially because it seemed necessary for me to look at the reverse of the coin to identify an example, which meant taking the time to actually look at both the displayed front side and then the more important backside for the error.
Finally, wanting a front-side diagnostic which could save me 50% of the time I'd been investing in my search, I carefully studied the obverse for the first time, and discovered something completely unexpected . . . the coin is not real . . . not in my opinion anyway.
Because links may eventually be rendered useless by the removal of the on-line photos, and because I can find...
I have found the Roman Provincial coinage of Antioch in Syria personally fascinating and has been a collecting focus of mine for about a year now (with a focus on bronze). Instead of simply posting my coins over and over, I'd like this to be a "Pile On" thread where we can all share our coins of Antioch, Emperor-by-Emperor, and crowdsource any information we have about the area during the reign of that emperor.
Okay, let's start with some basics...
Antioch in Syria was located at the head of the Orontes River and was called "Antiochia ad Orontem" (Antioch on the Orontes) by the Romans. It was located in the southeast corner of Asia Minor and was a thriving center of trade around the Mediterranean Sea.
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