Bing's Top 10 for 2019

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Bing, Dec 2, 2019.


Which is your favorite

  1. Thasos

    7 vote(s)
  2. Trikka

    3 vote(s)
  3. Nagidos

    4 vote(s)
  4. Kios

    0 vote(s)
  5. Ptolemy II

    4 vote(s)
  6. Anonymous Roman Republic

    21 vote(s)
  7. Sulpicius

    2 vote(s)
  8. Longus

    3 vote(s)
  9. Augustus

    13 vote(s)
  10. Septimius Severus

    1 vote(s)
  1. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    In no particular order

    Thasos 2.png
    AR Stater
    OBVERSE: Naked ithyphallic satyr carrying off a nymph who raises her arm in protest
    REVERSE: Quadripartite incluse Square
    Struck at Thasos, 525-463 BC
    8.69g, 21mm
    SNGCop 1008
    View attachment 1031647
    AR Hemidrachm
    OBV: Youth, petasos and cloak tied at neck, wrestling forepart of bull right
    REV: Forepart of horse galloping right; T-PI-KK-A-I around; all within concave incuse
    Circa 420-400 BC
    2.7g, 17mm
    SNG Cop 265
    ex: JAZ Numismatics
    AR Stater
    OBVERSE: Aphrodite seated left, holding patera over altar, crowned by Eros flying right above, rose and bud in left field, mouse under chair
    REVERSE: NAΓIΔIKON, Dionysos, loins draped (long), standing left, holding bunch of grapes and thyrsos. EY ΔIO in left field.
    Struck at Nagidos in Cilicia 356-333 BC
    9.93g, 23 mm.
    Lederer 64; Paris 809; Babelon Traite II-2 1524.8; SNG France II, 34
    ex. Warren Esty
    View attachment 1031653
    AR Hemidrachm
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right
    REVERSE: ΓPOΞ – ENOΣ; Ship’s prow left, ornamented with star
    Proxenos, magistrate
    Struck at Kios 350-300 BC
    2.4g, 15mm
    SNG Cop 373
    Ex JAZ Numismatics
    Ptolemy II.png
    AR Tetradrachm
    OBVERSE: Diademed head of Ptolemy II right, wearing aegis around neck
    REVERSE: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ [ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ], eagle standing left on thunderbolt, to left, club surmounted by Tyre monogram
    Tyre 285-260 BC
    25 mm., 14.14 grams
    Svoronos 644; SNG Copenhagen 482-3
    ex. JAZ Numismatics
    AR Didrachm
    OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Mars left, oak-sprig behind
    REVERSE: ROMANO on tablet below head of bridled horse right, ear of wheat behind
    Struck at Metapontum, 280-276 BC
    19 mm, 6.55g
    Cr13/1, Syd 1
    C. Sulpicius C.f. Galba.jpg
    AR Serrate Denarius
    OBVERSE: Conjoined laureate heads of the Dei Penates left
    REVERSE: Two soldiers swearing oath over a sow; F above; C SVLPICI C F in ex
    Struck at Rome, 106 BC
    3.8g, 19mm
    Cr312/1; Syd 572; Sulpicia 1
    L. Mussidius Longus.png
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: CONCORDIA, diademed and veiled bust of Concordia right, crescent below chin
    REVERSE: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOACIN and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above
    Rome 42BC
    3.5g, 19mm
    Crawford 494/42C; CRI 188; Sydenham 1093b; Kestner 3753-4; BMCRR Rome 4242-3, Mussidia 6a
    Augustus 21.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: CAESAR AVGVSTVS, head left wearing oak wreath
    REVERSE: DIVVS-IVLIVS to left and right of eight rayed comet
    with tail upwards
    Uncertain Spanish Mint, possibly Caesaraugusta 19-18 BC
    3.45g, 21mm
    RIC 137b RSC 97
    Septimius Severus 21.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII, laureate head right
    REVERSE: MVNIFICENTIA AVG, Elephant wearing cuirass walking right
    Struck at Rome, 196 197 AD
    3.63g, 17mm
    RIC 100, RSC 349
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2019
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Honorable mention (since I only purchased 13 coins this year)
    OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Athena right
    REVERSE: AMI-ΣOY across fields, Perseus standing facing, looking left, holding harpa and head of Medusa; Medusa's body at his feet right, AMTE and ΩΣ monograms to left and right
    Struck at Amisos 109-89 BC
    19.87g, 27mm
    BMC 30; RecGen 17h; SNG Tuebingen 2049; Malloy 16L
    M. VOLTEIUS M.F.a1.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Jupiter right
    REVERSE: Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus with closed doors; thunderbolt on pediment; below, M. VOLTEI. M. F.
    Rome 78BC
    3.60g, 18mm
    Crawford 385/1; Sydenham 774; Volteia 1
    Hadrian 14.png
    AR Drachm
    OBVERSE: AΔΡIANOC CEBACTOC, laureate draped bust right
    REVERSE: YΠATOC Γ ΠATHΡ ΠATΡIAOC, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae
    Struck at Caesarea, Cappadocia, 121-122 AD
    2.6g, 18mm
    Sydenham, Caesarea -; Metcalf, Caesarea105
    ex JAZ Coins

    And I was gifted this one by Brian Buckland
    AE Dupondius
    OBVERSE: IVSTITIA, draped bust of Livia as Justitia right, wearing stephane
    Restoration issue under Titus.
    Rome, AD 80-81
    9.9g, 27mm
    Cohen 9, RIC II 424 (Titus), BMC 289 (Titus), Komnick 15
    Modern stamp, 7 over 36 on obverse
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2019
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  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Dang it @Bing ....
    #1 - You put my top 10 to absolute shame.
    #2 - How do you expect me to pick a favorite?!?!

    That being said, if I have to choose one, I will go with the the the the answer. You gave me just the thing I needed right before I go to bed. Hopefully I dream of some amazing coins :)
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2019
  5. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    All amazing @Bing ! I need more than one vote. My favorites are.

    ANONYMOUS ROMAN REPUBLIC - I remember your thread about this one. It’s an iconic coin and what a fantastic deal you got on it too!

    THASOS - A other iconic coin and this one is in great archaic style.

    NAGIDOS in CILICIA - That is a really elegant design on this stater.
  6. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    Several awesome coins @Bing , I voted for the Thasos stater but the Cilician stater is just as cool and I'd LOVE to have the Augustus/comet reverse!
  7. Shea19

    Shea19 Supporter! Supporter

    Wow, that’s a great top 10, @Bing!

    I voted for the Thasos stater, but the Caesar’s comet denarius and Septimius/Elephant are really excellent (and so are all of the others). Congrats on some great new additions this year.
  8. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Bing absolutely fantastic, I love them all incredibly hard to choose a favorite but if I had to it would be the Anonymous Didrachm I would love that coin in my collection. Congrats on a stellar buying year.
  9. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Holy smokes @Bing!! I guess you are consolidating... selling some lesser coins and converting them into GEMS. Awesomesauce!! The Trikka, the Nagidos, the Roman didrachm, and the comet denarius ring my bell the loudest, but they all ring it! I would love to have those coins in my collection.
  10. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Stunning coins, @Bing , all of them! I had to go with the comet denarius of Augustus, though, because of its historical significance.
  11. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    That really is a terrific list, Bing. I’d be happy with all of them, but the Augustus comet denarius the most. One of those has been on my want list forever, and yours checks all the marks on what I’d want from mine.
  12. Limes

    Limes Well-Known Member

    Very nice additions Bing. Quality over quantity, so to say! I love that Longus, but noticed the VOLTEIUS too. That is a very nice specimen, and high on my want list.
  13. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

    Tough to pick a favorite! So many awesome acquisitions. I’ll go Augustus.
  14. bcuda

    bcuda Well-Known Member

    Wow @Bing you got some really nice coins this past year !
  15. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    I like the horny satyr carrying off the nymph :D.
  16. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I voted for Nagidos in Cilicia. Congrats for all the remaining coins as well. Cheers..
  17. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Beautiful collection. I voted for the Augustus because I find the blatant lie at the centre of the story fascinating, and the consequent consecration issues of the imperial families were such an important part of the numismatic landscape.
  18. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Thanks to everyone who replied and voted. I cannot decide which is my favorite. Obviously I like 'em all or I wouldn't have made the purchases.
  19. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    That's a wonderful baker's dozen. I suppose as a Roman guy I should like the Augustus coin, for it has such a fascinating historical context bearing "his father's star." Yet I was inexplicably drawn to the haggard portrait of that PTOLEMY II. What a unique artistic sensibility.
  20. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    A superb year end list! My favourite is the 'comet' coin.
  21. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    My vote goes to the RR didrachm anyday !

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