Bing's Top 10 for 2020

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  1. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    This should be relatively easy as I only added 12 coins to my collection so far this year. I do have a couple of bids still pending, but even if won, it may be 2021 before they arrive. So here they are, in no particular order. I'll let the members here decide which they like the best.

    1.
    ATTICA ATHENS
    AR Tetradrachm
    OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Athena right, in crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl
    REVERSE: AΘE, owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind
    Struck at Athens Circa 454-404 BC
    17.2g, 26mm
    Svoronos pl. 11, 20, Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597
    Former CNG
    ATTICA ATHENS 3.png

    2.
    DYNASTS OF LYKIA, MITARAPATA
    AR Diobol
    OBV: Facing lion's scalp
    REV: Triskeles, Lycian script around; all within incuse square (possible arrow in field)
    Struck at Lycia, 425 BC - 360 BC
    1.25g; 14mm
    Müseler VI, 86-90 var. (legend)
    Lycia, Mithrapata.png

    3.
    LAMPSAKOS, MYSIA THRACE
    AR Diobol
    OBVERSE: Janiform female head, in circular earring and necklace
    REVERSE: Helmeted head of Athena right
    Struck at Lampsakos, Mysia 390-330 BC
    1.28g, 13mm
    SNG Cop 189 - 192; SNGFrance 1195, SNGvA 1295
    LAMPSAKOS MYSIA.jpg
    4.
    Q. POMPONIUS MUSA ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS POMPONIA
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right; sandal to left
    REVERSE: Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, wearing long flowing tunic and peplum, standing left and leaning left arm on column, holding persona (comic mask) in outstretched right hand
    Rome 55 BC
    3.39g, 16mm
    Crawford 410/9b; Sydenham 821; Pomponia 19
    QUINTUS POMPONIUS MUSA.jpg
    5.
    LYCIA. MASIKYTES; LYCIAN LEAGUE
    AR Hemidrachm
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right
    REVERSE: Lyre, M - A across fields
    Masikytes 48-42 BC
    1.7 g, 15 mm
    RPC I 3301
    LYCIA. MASIKYTES.png

    6.
    MARCUS ANTONIUS
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
    REVERSE: LEG II, eagle between standards
    Patrae 32-31 BC
    3.75g, 17mm
    Crawford 544/14; CRI 349; RSC 27
    Marcus_Antonius_Leg_II_3.png

    7.
    MARCUS ANTONIUS
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
    REVERSE: LEG XV. Legionary eagle between two standards
    Patrae 32-31 BC
    3.19g, 17mm
    Crawford 544/30; RSC I 47; CRI 371
    Leg XV 3.jpg

    8.
    VESPASIAN
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate bust of Vespasian right
    REVERSE: CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR, heads of Titus & Domitian facing each other
    Struck at Rome, 70 AD
    2.69g, 19mm
    RIC 16; RSC 5
    Vespasian 16.jpg

    9.
    VESPASIAN
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
    REVERSE: COS VIII, Prow right, star of eight rays above
    Struck at Rome, 77-78 AD
    3.3g, 18mm
    RIC 941; RSC 136
    Vespasian 15.png

    10.
    TITUS
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: IMP TITVS CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right
    REVERSE: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, draped throne with triangular back
    Struck at Rome, 80AD
    3.07g, 19mm
    RIC 124,BMC 61, RSC 313a
    Titus 9.png
     
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    And just for kicks and grins, here are the other two:

    11.
    PROBUS
    AE Silvered Antoninianus
    OBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
    REVERSE: CLEMENTIA TEMP dot, Emperor standing right, holding eagle-tipped sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter, holding sceptre. Crescent in lower centre Mintmark KA
    Struck at Tripolis mint, 277 AD
    4g, 22mm
    RIC 928, crescent
    ex Warren Etsy
    Probus 8.jpg

    12.
    JULIAN II
    Siliqua
    OBVERSE: FL CL IVLIA-NVS PP AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
    REVERSE: VOTIS V MVLTIS X in four lines within wreath. Mintmark SLVG
    Struck at Lyons 360-363 A.D
    1.7g, 16mm
    RIC VIII Lyons 227 var (bust type); RSC 163b var (ditto); Sear 4071 var (ditto).
    Julian_II_2.png
     
  4. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    The attic tetradrachm is great! I'm also glad that you got the Vespasian prow. It's a great type and the connection to Antony can't be denied. Since we both seem to collect Flavians and Antony it's a must have coin! Mine will likely make it into my list too. Congrats!
     
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  5. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    I like the Athenian owl the most, and as 2nd and 3rd would choose the Probus and the Flavian dynastic (I leave the MA galleys for you :D)

    Q
     
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  6. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    Congratulations with your additions Bing. I vote for your Athens owl as no. 1, it's a really good looking coin, although the reverse of the LEG II MA is very appealing too... :)
     
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  7. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Great additions to your collection. My favorites are Owl, LEG II reverse and Probus.
     
  8. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    I'm not a ancient Greek collector but I have to admit that your Athenian tetradrachm is the best coin. I also like the #8 Vespasian denarius and #11 the Probus antoninianus. Congratulations !!
     
  9. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    Interesting selection. Is that your first OWL? It's still a coin on my list.

    I found the Vespasian / Prow coin really interesting. Possibly a damnatio? Are any damnationes known for Vespasian? Was that common?
     
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  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Part of me wants to say I like #11 best but I'll be good and say #3, the Lamsakos diobol. I am fond of Janiform heads that are not of Janus. I particularly like those that have distinctly different faces combined.
     
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  11. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    @Bing, nice additions: I really like the legion II reverse on the MA, and the Lampsakos diobol, and can see why the Athenian with extra tall owl would make #1. I will add another shout out for the Probus ex Warren Etsy for style of both obverse and reverse!
     
  12. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Nice group.....The owl tet is lovely but my fav's are the Janiform and Lyre.
    Cool 12!
     
  13. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic Supporter

    Nice to see so many Flavians on your list @Bing! But it's hard to disagree with your #1 pick. Congrats!
     
  14. Ryro

    Ryro They call me the 13th Caesar Supporter

    Oh baby! What a murderer's row!
    I agree with your order of coins though feel the Flavian boys deserve to be higher but couldn't place them over those saweet MAs.
    Man, your attic tet has done wonderful detail on Athena and a perfect owl:artist:
    Coingrats on a wonderful year:)
     
  15. Only a Poor Old Man

    Only a Poor Old Man Well-Known Member

    Very nice coins! Congratulations. My vote goes to the lovely owl :happy:
     
  16. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    A nice group, Bing.

    I like #1. It is beautifully centered, well struck and, of course, an iconic ancient coin.

    I also like #5 and #11, both nicely struck and with really nice obverses and reverses.
     
  17. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    All twelve great coins Bing, but that owl is one of the best I have seen, the detail on the owl is perfect, congrats on some great acquisitions.
     
  18. Quant.Geek

    Quant.Geek Well-Known Member

    Classy as always @Bing! I have to say that Athenian Owl, Lycian Hemidrachm, and the additive Probus won me over! Congrats!
     
  19. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    James, Great additions added this year :D! The Owl leads the parade :happy:, followed by the unusual Lampsakos diobol. Lovely die work for a tiny coin ;). My 3rd favorite is the stunning antoninianus of Probus in mint state :jawdrop:.
     
  20. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    Congrats on your top 10 (12) @Bing ! Your Vespasian dynastic denarius and Athenian tetradrachm are my favourites!
     
  21. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    The owl is classic but I love a Marc Antony denarius. Those 2 have to be my top favorites of your list.
    Great group of coins!
     
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