A. Postumius A.f. Sp.n. Albinus

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  1. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    I picked both of these up over the last month or so and I guess it is my first completed set, albeit a very small one.
    I don't really know too much about this moneyer other than he minted two coin types in 81 BC both of which relate to famous ancestors.

    The first coin refers to the sacrifice the Romans are said to have made to Diana prior to the battle of Lake Regillus where the expelled last king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, attempted to retake the throne. The Romans, who were led by dictator Aulus Postumius Albus, defeated Superbus and the Latin League.
    A Postumius.png
    Roman Republic
    AR serrate denarius 3.91 g, 20 mm
    A. Postumius A.f. Sp.n. Albinus
    Rome mint, 81 BC
    Draped bust of Diana right, with bow and quiver over shoulder; bucranium above / Priest and bull with lighted altar between them.
    Crawford 372/1; Sydenham 745; RSC Postumia 7.

    The second coin refers to the moneyers ancestor Lucius Postumius Albinus who was made praetor in 180 BC and got the province of Hispania Ulterior. While Praetor he conquered the Vaccaei and Lusitani and was awarded a triumph on his return to Rome in 178 BC. He was consul in 173 BC with Marcus Popillius Laenas.
    A Postumius Hispan.png
    Roman Republic
    AR Serrate Denarius 3.8 g, 20 mm
    A. Postumius A.f. Sp.n. Albinus
    Veiled head of Hispania right, HISPAN behind / Togate figure standing left, raising hand; legionary eagle to left; fasces with axe to right.
    Crawford 372/2; Sydenham 746; RSC Postumia 8.

    I'd say that's some pretty cool ancestors to have. I think I got the write ups correct, if not feel free to correct me and please share anything you think relevant.
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  3. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Both super nice coins, congrats! I love the reverses, esp. on #2 which is so charming. (The details on the face!) Particularly nice serrations on #2 also. And both with great mytho-historical references!
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  4. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Both are great! That 2nd one is in killer condition.
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  5. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Very nice snags! The reverse of the second one is really excellent. I also wish my Crawford 372/1 was as well-centered as yours.

    RR albinus diana.jpg
    RR - Post Albinus Hispan.jpg
  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    They both loo superb.
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  7. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Nice catches !
    I don't have any of them

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  8. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Wonderful duo @Ajax !!!

    I have an example of the second but continually lose out whenever I chase one of the first.
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  9. Carthago

    Carthago Does this look infected to you?

  10. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

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  11. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Great coins everyone!
  12. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Not that bad ! :D
    Very nice

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  13. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    On the Hispania piece, I see an M or N graffito on the obverse? I do like those types of coins. Shows just one other aspect of humanity. Someone left their mark over 2,000 years ago and we can see it now.
  14. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Huh I never noticed that. I'll have to take a closer look when I get home. Good eye.
  15. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    From my computer screen it looks like an "M"
  16. dlhill132

    dlhill132 Member Supporter

    Awesome new coins Ajax.

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  17. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    well played ajax...well played.
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