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Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Only a Poor Old Man, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. BenSi

    BenSi Supporter! Supporter

    Since he only reigned for 2 years he did not have many variations. 1 Hyperpyron, 1 El Aspron Trachy, 1 Billion trachy , 1 Billion tetartera ( Pictured) 1 AE tetarteron ( Sear lists two but Simon Bendall reassigned it to Trebizond issue.) and one half tetarteron.

    I do not have either of the gold but I do own the Billion Tetarteron ( 2%) silver and it is one of my favorite coins.
    OBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, standing on dais, holds nimbate beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

    REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by Christ bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, and chlamys holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. anexikakia, Christ wearing tunic and kolobion, holds gospels in l. hand.

    Size 20.84

    Weight 4.55gm
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    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    @manny9655, With sincere appreciation for your incisive comment, now I'm curious. In this medium, is the interchangability between the two versions of 'C' (/'S') endemic only to the Byzantine era (...how late?), or does it go further back? ...So far, I'm making this up, but it would be cool if it shows up in Hellenistic issues....
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    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    Freaking mag-smegging-Nificent example, @BenSi.
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  5. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    Great coins! Excellent for it's type. And what a great drama write up hehe, I am surprised they allowed this all in such a heavily Christianized world.
  6. rrdenarius

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    When I saw your title, I thought of a different guy: Marcus Piavonius Victorinus.
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    Victorinus, Emperor of Gallic Empire 269 – 271. The Gallic Empire broke away from the Roman Empire from 260 – 274. Victorinus was a successful military commander. He was tribune in 266/267 and co-consul of Rome with Postumus in 268. He succeeded Postumus (Imp of G E 260 – 269) who was killed when he refused to let his army sack a city his army had just defeated, Mogontiacum. Postumus was succeeded by Marius, who probably let the troops sack, Mogontiacum. Marius was killed two or three months later and Victorinus was declared Imperor. Victorinus was killed by one of his commanders whose wife he had seduced.
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  7. manny9655

    manny9655 Well-Known Member

    I'm afraid I don't know the answer. Sigma has 4 forms that are all still in use to some degree. The "C" isn't seen much any more but you run into it once in a while, usually as a capital letter. Then we have Σ (capital), σ and ς (lower case), the latter is used only at the end of words.

    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    Thanks! That was more incisive (and, BTW, helpful) than you might be giving yourself credit for. For one, the modern use of the terminal ç is immediately reminiscent of the same thing (except, of course, capitalized) on Hellenistic and Roman provincial coins. From there, you can already start see the evolution from ancient to modern usage.
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  9. Caesar_Augustus

    Caesar_Augustus Well-Known Member

    Waw! Would I be wrong to proclaim that these issues are amongst the very best of issues in the entire coin history of the Roman Empire? Absolutely beautiful.
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  10. BenSi

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    One more, I have been cleaning it and it has been coming out beautifully.
  11. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    It sure has! What a wonderful coin!
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