A little help on ID would be appreciated for this coin

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  1. Xodus

    Xodus Well-Known Member

    Hey guys (& gals) - I see the letters "IAIN" on the observe, but other than that I cannot read anything. The "eyes" on the busts almost look nabatean (sp) to me. It runs 18mm and appears to be copper/bronze. Any help would be appreciated, thanks IMG_20200221_211527175-ccfopt.jpg IMG_20200221_211609755-ccfopt.jpg !
     
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  3. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Best Answer
    An incredible find!

    Asinius Gallus, Governor of Syria
    6-5 BC
    AE16 of Temnos, Aiolis
    ΑCΙΝΙΟC ΓΑΛΛΟC ΑΓΝΟC, Bare head of Gallus right
    ΑΠΟΛΛΑC ΦΑΙΝΙΟY ΤΑΜΝΙΤΑΝ, Head of Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy
    Asinius Gallus dionysus temnos aeolis.jpg

    Probably the most common of the "Augustus posse" from the late 1st century BC, but still quite scarce.

    Asinius Gallus is perhaps best known for marrying Vipsania Agrippina when Tiberius was forced to divorce her against his will to marry Julia the Elder to play into Augustus' dynastic schemes. Gallus spent the rest of his political career butting heads with Tiberius - he openly claimed to be the biological father of Drusus, and mocked the new emperor as he accepted the titles of the Principate. Surprisingly he gave Tiberius no reason to arrest him until about 30, when he was arrested on treason charges and held in jail until he died of malnutrition.
     
  4. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister Well-Known Member

    Hmm... Caligula...?
     
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  5. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Probably a provincial issue.
     
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  6. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Best Answer
    An incredible find!

    Asinius Gallus, Governor of Syria
    6-5 BC
    AE16 of Temnos, Aiolis
    ΑCΙΝΙΟC ΓΑΛΛΟC ΑΓΝΟC, Bare head of Gallus right
    ΑΠΟΛΛΑC ΦΑΙΝΙΟY ΤΑΜΝΙΤΑΝ, Head of Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy
    Asinius Gallus dionysus temnos aeolis.jpg

    Probably the most common of the "Augustus posse" from the late 1st century BC, but still quite scarce.

    Asinius Gallus is perhaps best known for marrying Vipsania Agrippina when Tiberius was forced to divorce her against his will to marry Julia the Elder to play into Augustus' dynastic schemes. Gallus spent the rest of his political career butting heads with Tiberius - he openly claimed to be the biological father of Drusus, and mocked the new emperor as he accepted the titles of the Principate. Surprisingly he gave Tiberius no reason to arrest him until about 30, when he was arrested on treason charges and held in jail until he died of malnutrition.
     
  7. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Good work, Finn235!

    I was going to say that it looks like the stuff I have in a box full of Provincials in that condition that I sometimes take out and spend an hour or so trying to figure out.
    Sometimes I get lucky (usually when somebody helps me out on Coin Talk). A lot of them stay in the box.
     
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  8. Xodus

    Xodus Well-Known Member

    @Finn235 - I really appreciate you taking the time to help me figure that one out. I had looked at it so many times and I honestly couldn't even figure out where to start with it. I am excited to know so much about it now and will treasure it in my collection :) Thank you again Finn!
     
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