Coin #1 - Guess the CTer 2021

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Curtisimo, Feb 17, 2021.


Comment below to play. Use the pill just for fun.

Poll closed Feb 20, 2021.
  1. Parthicus

  2. Curtisimo

  3. Cucumbor

  4. bcuda

  5. Theodosius

  1. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    I think it is CurtisimoTG trying to fool us into thinking it is Cucumbor.
    I am sure I have NEVER EVER seen CurtisimoTG make a spelling, grammar or punctuation error. This post has a few. Could it be that CTG is crafty enough to go find misspellings in other CT members' posts and then imitate that in his write up? If CurtisimoTG is forcing himself to make those errors, I wonder if he is in pain when he pushes the "POST" button! :arghh::D

    I'll say Curtisimo knowing that we usually have a chance later (don't we?) to rearrange our answers before the end of the game?

    Here is my coin with an eagle on the reverse. I like this coin but I don't see it in my collection. I may have gifted it to someone. I always referred to it as my "beefy eagle" but the attribution should be the same as the coin @Bradley Trotter posted above.


    Thanks again to CurtisimoTG and all the CT volunteers for making this contest happen!
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2021
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  3. green18

    green18 Unknown member Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Frankly, that statement scares me a bit....... devil.gif
  4. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    My guess is Curtis, he has a thing about Alexander the great and his photography is second to none with the exception of Doug maybe??
    And he talks about Alexander portraits all the time ;) here's mine to keep him happy. AA-1.jpg
    Roman Provincial. MACEDON. Koinon of Macedonia. Pseudo-autonamous 222 AD to 249 AD
    . Æ (27mm, 11.19 g, 6h). Beroea mint.
    OBV: AΛEΞANΔPOC bust of Alexander the Great right, flowing hair.
    REV: KOINMA KE ΔONΩN.B.NE Two tetrastyle temple façades; in field between, column surmounted by statue.
    Unpublished in the standard references.
    Deacon Ray, Cucumbor, cmezner and 9 others like this.
  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I'm going to go with Cucumber. This looks much like the style and condition he might collect. I'm more than likely wrong as my wife points out to me daily, but there you go. As someone said, I have a 20% chance.

    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
  6. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    I came into Round 1 thinking one way, but reading through the posts some of them made a whole lot of sense to me. My vote is for @Curtisimo and he is throwing us off the cent :)hilarious:) by going first lol good trick, my friend! :shifty: But not fast enough! (maybe?:bored:)

    Either way, here's a recent AtG from the Gordian era I picked up.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2021
  7. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    I remember this and also remember you were able to pull a fast one on some folks who are very familiar with your photo style. Great fun.

    Why am I not surprised a young Doug Smith was attracted to this type. :D Easier to hide in the closet.
    With full credit given to the talented @TIF for this hilarious image. Miss ya.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2021
  8. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    You are correct, madam :). I am keeping everyone’s guesses on a spreadsheet and I will post a reminder of how everyone has voted before the 5th Round starts. In that 5th Round everyone will be given the opportunity to guess all 5 at once for an extra chance to win. I think everyone will agree that it is much easier to guess when you can see all 5 coins. :pics::smuggrin:

    Plus it gives everyone a chance to check and make sure that I didn’t miss counting their vote... or to help me correct any splelling errors. ;)

    I will also remind everyone that no one has ever managed to guess all 5 correct so that honor is still up for grabs.
  9. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    This is the funniest thing have seen since I was 13 years old and laughed myself permanently silly reading Mad Magazine! Hahhhahhehheh!! Guffaw....LOollllzzz.
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  10. Alegandron

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

    There was no other better magazine!

  11. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    I think it's @Cucumbor. He isn't afraid to leave his Roman and French medieval comfort zone at times, and he loves great portraits. I know that because in 2018, he snatched this Crispina in AMCC1. I had wanted it, too – but I had to take a call during the online live auction, was distracted, and faster than I could say "verflixt und zugenäht!", the beautiful empress flew off to France!

    Yet, I am not vexed anymore – how could I, considering that Q sent me this douzain for Secret Saturnalia last year:
    Frühe Neuzeit – Frankreich, Heinrich II, douzain, 1550, Lyon.png
    Kingdom of France, under Henry II, AR douzain aux croissants, 1550 AD, Lyons mint. Obv: + HENRICVS 2 · DEI · G · FRANCORV · REX · F · (lis); crowned French coat of arms; to l. and r., crown above crescent. Rev: + SIT · NOMEN DNI · BENEDICTVM · 1550 · (lis); pellet below 12th letter; cross fleurée with H and crown alternating in quarters; D below. 27mm 2.46g. Ref: Duplessy 997. Ex @Cucumbor (Secret Saturnalia 2020).
  12. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    I will go off script and say @bcuda
    He seems to have a very diverse collection and a gem like this coin may be a hidden feature.

  13. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Haha !

    About ten years ago, at a coin show (there were coinshows back then.... :( ), I was at the table of a coin dealer I know quite well for I had bought many coins from him in the past, haggling about the coin I had in hand and I wanted so much. After a long discussion, probably was he tired of me, he finally went down to the price I was willing to pay.

    Me : well, now, do you do student rates :D ?
    Him (collapsing) : don't tell me you're a student, are you ?
    Me : errrm, no, but it's worth a try, isn't it (I was 50 yo at the time) :D :D ?

    We're now quite good friends as he's never forgotten me since...

  14. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    I vote it is a coin of @Parthicus . I did some research on previous posts of each of the five contenders, and his posts and username suggest a focus on eastern coins. The Ptolemaic empire is on the fringe of that region and the beauty of that AE makes me think anyone might buy it, but he might not have posted it because it is not in his area of concentration.

    Here is a distantly related coin:

    Ptolemy II, 285-246. A whopping 46 mm.
    Sear Greek 7782.
    Bought in 1992 for no reason other that is was ancient and huge. That's a good enough reason, isn't it?
  15. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    Why, sure! Nothing wrong on your reasoning! :)
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  16. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    A very nice Alex III portrait. Through a careful analysis of all past posts of the 5 esteemed CT members - or maybe a couple of random searches and jumbled memories of what I've read over the last year - I estimate the following probability of ownership for this coin:
    I am not sure how I came up with @zumbly, as he wasn't one of the options. Demonstrating complete confidence in my method - I selected @Cucumbor as the provider of Coin #1. I will add to the thread, this coin from Alexandria, more than a century later:
    Ptolemy VII VIII Joint Rule.jpg
    Ptolemaeic Kings of Egypt, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon), 145-116 BC, Æ (29mm, 22.09 g, 11h), Alexandria mint, Series 7
    Obv: Diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right
    Rev: Two eagles with their wings closed standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left
    Ref: Svoronos 1424B (Joint reign of Ptolemy VI and VIII); SNG Copenhagen 308–10 (Joint reign of Ptolemy VI and Ptolemy VIII); Lorber & Faucher Series 7C
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2021
  17. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    That is a beauty!
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  18. aleppo

    aleppo Member

    I guessed @Cucumbor because I think his name is neat
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  19. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Yes and like Corinth the proper abbreviation for this name is Q. ;)
  20. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    So far we have had everything from language analysis, statistics, culinary expertise and more brought to bear in the guesses for the first round of the game :). Good times! Also, some wonderful coins shown in this thread!

    We have just about 24 hours to go before this round closes tomorrow so I figured I’d drop in and post a reminder. If you are on the fence about playing along, don’t be! You’ve got nothing to lose and all guesses are welcome. If you’re concerned about not wanting to accept a prize coin you can always choose the charity option or delegate someone to receive a prize on your behalf.

    I will also remind those voting in the poll that for me to capture your guesses and post your score at the end of the game you MUST POST A COMMENT! Please don’t be shy and make a post :)
  21. Johndakerftw

    Johndakerftw Mr. Rogers is My Hero

    I pick @Cucumbor because there were bits of cucumber in my salad for dinner. Makes complete sense, right?

    Here are some Romans that Cucumbor sent me last year. :D

    FAA9FA62-5883-470D-B13E-624D04826DD3.jpeg 8374BF28-34AD-44A6-9F8D-39E8B727D2AC.jpeg

    I have to work on getting them right side up. :/

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