[Ancients] Guess the CTer (2019) Master Thread

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Curtisimo, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Once again I am honored to host an ancient coin related game among friends on this fantastic forum. This will be the second time we have played this particular game so if you have any confusion on how the game works after reading the below you are welcome to read through 2017’s version to get a better idea.

    So without further ado let’s have some coin-fun.


    How the Game Works

    I have enlisted the participation of four well known CoinTalk members (plus myself). Each of us has submitted a photo of a coin that we have never posted to the forum along with a brief description of why we included the coin in our collections. See below for the list of members who have agreed to participate.

    @Al Kowsky

    The goal of the game will be for members to try and match each coin with its owner (one of the 5 members listed above). There will be a separate thread for each coin posted every 3 days and each thread will produce a winner. The winner’s name will be chosen at random from the participants in the thread but you can earn multiple chances to win based on the following rules.
    1. Guess who the owner of the coin is and give a reason why you think that. (Ex.: I believe that this coin belongs to Curtisimo because he owns pink socks and thinks a toboggan is a hat.) This is the minimum requirement for entry into the drawing. Please include a reason with your guess!
    2. Anyone who posts a photo of an ancient coin along with their guess (related or not) will receive an extra chance to win.
    3. Anyone who gives a particularly well thought out or amusing reason why you guessed a certain person will receive an extra chance to win.
    4. Anyone who guesses correctly will receive an extra chance to win.
    5. Anyone who is a young numismatist (age 18 or younger) will receive an extra chance to win. If you are a YN please say so in your entry post.
    In total there can be up to 5 chances to win for each member in each thread!

    The Prizes

    Prizes will be awarded once all 5 threads have closed and we have 5 total winners. Each winner will be able to choose which of the below prizes he or she wants. The order of choosing will be based on which winner had the most correct matches throughout the game (so it’s best to participate in all threads!). In the event of a tie the number of chances earned will serve as the tie breaker.

    All coin prizes this year will be a mystery until the winners choose which prize they want. However, each coin will have a short riddle to help winners make their picks when the time comes. The winner can either choose to reveal the coin upon choosing or wait for it to arrive to find out. Good fun!

    Mystery Prize #1 – Provided by @Orielensis
    Riddle: A celestial diety from the east.

    Mystery Prize #2 – Provided by @Ryro
    Riddle: Even the wonders of K’met could not cure his wonderlust.

    Mystery Prize #3 – Provided by @lordmarcovan
    Riddle: A choice prize that Janus would approve of.

    Mystery Prize #4 – Provided by @Curtisimo
    Riddle: A city named for a sister, struck reverses in the spirit of justice.

    Prize #5 – Provided by @Curtisimo
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2019
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  3. Curtisimo

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    I would also like to take some time to give a special thanks to a few CoinTalk members that volunteered to provide prizes for the game. I was thinking I would provide 2, possibly 3, prizes this year which would mean I would have had to change the winner selection process up a bit from last time. With the three volunteers we will be able to have a prize per round just like the 2017 game! As such I would like to extend my gratitude to the following coin-friends.


    You guys are all class acts. This is a great community :happy:.

    Game Schedule
    Assuming there are no surprises I intend to post Coin #1 on Wednesday afternoon of October 23rd. I will leave the guessing period open for 3 days once the coin is posted. The thread for Coin #2 will be posted after the guessing period for Coin #1 closes and so on. If needed, I can adjust the schedule accordingly as we go on.

    Thanks for viewing, everybody. I look forward to seeing you all playing the game over the next two weeks.
  4. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Curtis, Thanks for putting this game together :D!. Although I can't participate :( I'm anxious to see some action & winners :smuggrin:.
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  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    This should be fun. Looking forward to seeing people's guesses and the reasoning behind them :) Very cool of everyone involved.
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  6. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Numismatic Enthusiast

    Epic, I'll definitely dust off my amateur knowledge of ancients coins and see what I can do. Is there much of a strategy when it comes to this?
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  7. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    I would say yes. There is strategy on both the player and volunteer side. The volunteers don’t want to be too obvious with the coin they select for the game and give themselves up easily but at the same time they have to briefly explain why they liked it which makes it harder to disguise their identity.

    On the player side it helps to get to know a little about each player’s collection and writing style.

    Each of the 4 volunteers have been posting some excellent educational write ups along with there coins for years. I highly recommend you do a search for a few of their threads and go back and read a few. If you end up getting to see some great content you missed the first time then you are a winner in the game whether you get a prize or not ;)

    I look forward to your participation in the game. Good luck. :)
  8. Yorkshire

    Yorkshire Well-Known Member

    can't wait :)
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  9. Curtisimo

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    CoinBlazer Numismatic Enthusiast

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  14. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Game Update
    We have only one round left to go in our game ladies and gentleman. In the 5th round I will invite all those who want to do so to guess the owner of the coins from all 5 rounds. To help participants review their previous guesses for that purpose I have put together a table of everyone's guesses so far.
    Rounds 1- 4 Guesses.PNG
    Please let me know if you made a guess in one of the threads and I failed to register it above. I will go back and double check my info before the drawing but it is always helpful to have some extra eyes on the data as well.

    Round 5 will post tomorrow afternoon! In the meantime feel free to head over to the Round 4 thread and get your guess registered if you haven't done so. Remember that there will be a winner from every round!
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  15. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    You missed my guess - you - in Round 3. :)
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  16. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

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  17. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    I have submitted a guess on all of them but have only been recorded for the first.
  18. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter


    I only see where you commented on the first thread? I am only counting the voters that commented and gave a reason for their guess per the game rules.
  19. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    You missed the cutoff times. :(
  20. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    The Big Reveal
    Okay everyone it is time to find out which coin belongs to which CoinTalker!

    Coin #1 - @Al Kowsky

    Coin #2 - @Parthicus

    Coin #3 - @Valentinian

    Coin #4 - @dougsmit

    Coin #5 - @Curtisimo

    Breaking Down the Guesses

    See below for a breakdown of correct guesses per participant;
    @dadams - 4
    @Severus Alexander - 3
    @Parthicus Maximus - 3
    @Roman Collector - 3
    @zumbly - 2
    @Terence Cheesman - 2
    @Sulla80 - 2
    @bcuda - 2
    @Jwt708 - 2
    @NLL - 2
    @Ryro - 1
    @Bing - 1
    @Ancient Aussie - 1
    @TIF - 1
    @furryfrog02 - 1
    @Orielensis - 1
    @Cucumbor - 1
    @Johndakerftw - 1
    @SeptimusT - 1
    @Collect89 - 1
    @Svarog - 1
    @ValiantKnight - 1
    @Shrews1994 - 1
    @red_spork - 1
    @Orfew - 0
    @Yorkshire - 0
    @CoinBlazer - 0
    @Spaniard - 0
    @ominus1 - 0

    A few interesting notes. It appears that @dadams may have been the first player in the history of the game to get all 5 correct had he not missed out on Round 2 :eek: The first perfect winner is still up for grabs next year.

    @Severus Alexander also deserves a shout out for guessing all coins correctly in Round 5 once all coins had been revealed.
  21. Curtisimo

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    It's Time to Announce the Winners of the Prizes!

    and the winners are.....

    Congratulations guys!

    Based on guesses and chances earned the order for picking the prizes will be
    First pick: @NLL
    Second pick: @Ryro
    Third pick: @Ancient Aussie
    Fourth pick: @Collect89
    Fifth pick: @CoinBlazer

    Okay, first up. What will it be @NLL ?
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