Any ideas what this might be?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Harry G, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. Harry G

    Harry G Well-Known Member

    Hi all!

    I saw this coin in an eBay lot that I am planning on buying, and was wondering what it is.

    To me, it looks like a republican quinarius, with a capricorn (?) reverse, but this is not an area that I specialise in (I am hoping to buy the lot for just one of the coins in it). I don't think it's gold (I think that's just the light)

    Any ideas? I am just wondering if I should adjust my max bid if it is anything special.


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  3. Claudius_Gothicus

    Claudius_Gothicus Well-Known Member

    I'm not an expert in this field, and I haven't found an exact match, but I'm pretty sure that it's a Roman Provincial from Cyzicus, with the name of the city on the reverse split in half and the Z rendered as エ; this type seems similar, but without a legend on the obverse:
  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    @Claudius_Gothicus has identified it properly. It's made of a brass-like copper alloy known as orichalcum and it has been stripped down to the bare metal in the course of (over)cleaning it.

    I hope you didn't bid on it thinking it was made of gold.

    The capricorn was a common design feature on Roman provincial coins from Mysia. Here's an example from my collection:

    Cornelia Supera, wife of Aemelian, Augusta, 253 CE.
    Roman provincial Æ 20.5mm, 3.78 g, 7 h.
    Mysia, Parium, AD 253.
    Obv: G CORN SUPERA, diademed and draped bust right.
    Rev: C. G. I. H. P., Capricorn right, cornucopiae on back; globe between legs (Sear describes as a star, but this appears to be a globe).
    Refs: SGI 4408 (var.); SNG Von Aulock 7448.
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  5. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    This is correct, the capricorn is a common symbol for Mysia provincials

    One from Augustus.
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