Coin #2 - Guess the CTer 2021

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Curtisimo, Feb 20, 2021.


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Poll closed Feb 23, 2021.
  1. Parthicus

  2. Curtisimo

  3. Cucumbor

  4. bcuda

  5. Theodosius

  1. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    While I think this fine coin would look good in the collection of any of the 5 members, I think it best suits @Theodosius's.

    Syracuse Hieron II Virzi 1588.jpg SICILY, Syracuse
    AE Trias. 4.08g, 17.9mm. SICILY, Syracuse, Hieron II, circa 275-269/265 BC. CNS 199; HGC 2, 1497; Virzi 1924 (this coin). O: Wreathed head of Kore-Persephone left. R: Bull butting left; club and monogram above, IE in exergue.
    Ex Edgar L. Owen Collection; ex Thomas Virzi Collection (1881-1974), no. 1924
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  3. cmezner

    cmezner do ut des Supporter

    My guess: @Theodosius, because in his own words:D:
    "My main collecting interest is artistic Greek silver, but I also love and collect Greek bronzes, many of which are just as skillfully engraved as their silver counterparts."

    My very common Æ Litra:
    Sicily, Syracuse ca. 304-289 BC
    19 mm, 8.064 g
    CNS II, 142; SNG Copenhagen 779;

    Ob.: ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ head of Artemis Soteira, savior goddess, r., quiver behind neck
    Rev.: ΑΓΑΘΟΚΛΕ(ΩΣ) ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩ(Σ), winged thunderbolt between legend

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  4. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    Me: (Checks @Theodosius ’s thread history)

    Attractive, artistic Greek coin

    Attractive, artistic Greek coin

    Attractive, artistic Greek coin

    Attractive, artistic Greek coin

    Attractive, artistic Greek coin

    (so on and so forth)

    Based on my thorough and time-consuming research, I’d say this one is his coin :)

    I even have the penguins of Madagascar backing me up!


    An interesting Ptolemaic issue that was actually struck in Sicily by Hieron II:

    Ptolemy II, Ptolemaic Kingdom
    AE diobol
    Obv: Laureate head of Zeus right, within dotted border
    Rev: ΠTOΛEMAIOY-BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, with wings spread, oval shield to left
    Mint: Syracuse (struck by Hieron II of Sicily)
    Date: 275-246 BC
    Ref: Svoronos 610

  5. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    I had trouble making up my mind on this beautiful coin :(, so I relied on our local fortune teller Alibaba :happy:. His answer was swift & sure.
    Alibaba, who sees all.png

    My favorite sestertius is pictured below :D.

    AE Sestertius 31 mm, 26.39 gm, 12 h, RIC 13 (4).jpg
    Maximus (son of Maximinus I) as Caesar, AD 236-238, Rome Mint. AE Sestertius: 26.39 gm, 31 mm, 12 h. Ex CNG Auction 70, lot 1044, 2005. Ex Munzen & Medaillen GmbH, Auction 9, lot 638, 2001.
  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    The question here is whether the five volunteers would select a coin that was obviously theirs or if they would be deceitful and pick something that is obviously something another of the five would have collected. So far I have chosen to believe that they are a bunch of liars trying to make this game difficult (and more interesting) for those of us who think we know what we are doing. I predict that my guesses will be farther from correct than could be obtained by drawing slips of paper from a hat at random. Are they likely to be doubly deceitful and pick a coin so obviously theirs that none of us would believe it was theirs and vote elsewhere? This coin seems obviously a Theodosius choice; that is why I did not vote for him. We know these people are smart but are are they also crafty and deceitful? Stay tuned.
  7. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    When I was a boy there was a story about a young lad, afraid of boars and wolves, and trying to escape them through the snowy land...but the animals could follow his steps and catch him.

    He then decided he would walk backwards to cheat them.... but would they be smart enough to discover he did and finally catch him anyway ?

    He then decided he would walk straight forward....but......

    :D Q
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2021
  8. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    I can only hope you mean to use the power of this algorithm only for for the forces of good! :D

    I assume you had to add a filter to correct for the fact that all these coins really belong to @zumbly . :wacky:
  9. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    How could anyone think that fine upstanding gentleman such as us would disguise our entry as someone else. :angelic::angelic::angelic::angelic::angelic:
  10. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Supporter! Supporter

    If I had to guess the owner of this particular coin, my guess would be @Cucumbor since he posted a Syracusan bronze in his 2020 end-of-year review. However, I must note that the hosts of this contest might have made their individual choices with the intent to playfully deceive the participants.

    Anyway, here's the obligatory ancient coin. I purchased this particular coin a little over a year ago, and it was the first denarius that I acquired for my collection.

    M. Aurelius Denarius Combined..jpg

    Marcus Aurelius
    AR Denarius
    163 A.D.
    Obverse: IMP M ANTONINVS AVG, bare head right.
    Reverse: PROV DEOR TR P XVII COS III, Providentia standing left, holding globe and cornucopiae.
    RIC 70
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2021
  11. IMP Shogun

    IMP Shogun Well-Known Member

    It's a question of which would describe dies in their reasoning; I was 50/50 between Curtismo and Theodosius.

  12. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

  13. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    interesting - I think that may explain a few things .... more research needed ;)
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  14. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    I guess Theodosius and here is why:

    That adorable and rather impish soldier in CurtisimoTG's announcement of Round 2 looks around in a sneaky manner and then after holding up a standard containing the letter "F" to cover the number "2" appears quite self-satisfied. That HAS to be some kind of clue, right? No? Since F is the 7th letter in the English alphabet but we don't have 7 participating Guest CTers this round, (and none of their names begins with "F"), perhaps covering the two is like taking it away -- substracting it, so, 7 minus 2 leaves 5, and no one's name begins with the letter E, the fifth letter of the alphabet, so that leaves the 5th person on the list, Theodosius, as the owner of this coin.


    [Edited to say that maybe it is number 2 on the list - CurtisimoTG, trying to hide the number 2? Oyyyoyyoy... I give up. I'm sticking with Theodosius for now]

    Here is a coin I got in a bunch of crusty ancients. I am still working on it, but here is the progress I can show you so far. And this is me fulfilling the requirement to post an ancient coin.

    I think my coin is attributed something like this: KYRENAICA, Kyrene AE Time of Magas as king of Kyrene, circa 282/75 BC. Obv. Head of Zeus to right, Rev palm tree with fruit and small silphium plant in the lower right.

    I have not been able, yet, to find an exact match on-line, but apparently, there should be an "A" and perhaps even a small crab on the reverse as well. This coin is still in the process of being cleaned. I am hopeful I will find an "A" and crab next time I take it out to work on it. If anyone knows the attribution, please tell me!


    Last edited: Feb 22, 2021
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  15. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Your posts are always delightful @LaCointessa .

    Right or wrong you earned an extra chance to win for being the first person to mention my animations. :happy: (My Round 4 animation is my favorite).

    The “F” is actually supposed to be a Scandinavian pentadic-runnic numeral for 2. Possibly a little anachronistic but I thought it was a fun touch ;)
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  16. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    I think this is a hallmark coin of @Theodosius'... It is stunning, Greek(ish), silver, and if a high quality design.

    And here's a coin... Gallienus tet with Nike reverse.
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  17. LaCointessa

    LaCointessa Supporter! Supporter

    Dang it!! LoLLzzz. I started to go down a similar road but stopped myself before the whole day disappeared from me! :D;)

    Cool though, @Curtisimo...Thank you! I am sure I am going to need that extra point! :(:smuggrin::hilarious:
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  18. Johndakerftw

    Johndakerftw Mr. Rogers is My Hero

    I’m putting in my guess for @Theodosius because he has some pretty rad Greek coins.

    In fact, he sent me a few a couple of years ago along with a really nice book on Greek coins.

    Here is my man faced bull from Mr. Theodosius.

    882F1026-4D73-4F4C-AAA7-273F47D0C3B2.jpeg B04DA088-19BC-48A4-8FDA-3CD25C33F179.jpeg

    I need to fix the sideways thing. :bored:

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  19. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    There have been some wonderful coins, amusing and insightful guesses and just generally great comments on this thread so far! Thanks to all that have been participating :D.

    I’ll post Round 3 today around 3:00 PM central so there is still another 4.5 hours to get your guess in if you haven’t done so already.

    Also, don’t be discouraged if you miss a round or two. Each round is its own drawing so you have the same chance to win as everyone else on the rounds you do guess on! :woot:

    So no reason not to get in on this folks!
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2021
  20. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Round 3 is officially up and running so this thread is now closed to further guesses.

    If you missed the chance to vote in this round don't let that stop you from playing along with the game! Each new round is a chance to win so you can still get in on the fun in Round 3 linked below.

    Coin #3 - Guess the CTer 2021
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