CoinBlazers Top 5 Ancient Coins of 2019!

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

  1. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Numismatic Enthusiast

    Well, I can officially make one of these considering that I own at least 5. I own 25 ancient coins! I'm shocked that it is that many. I received my first ancient coin in the Spring of 2019 so technically, all of my ancients qualify for this list. I will show the coin, attribution, and why it is in my top 5 list. But first I want to thank the many many many generous donors who have donated coins to my novice collection
    @John Anthony

    Lets get this party going!
    Probus AE Antoninianus. Antioch mint. IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / CLEMENTIA TEMP, emperor standing right with sceptre, receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left with sceptre, H in lower centre with dot. XXI.


    This coin, "donated" to me (I did @lordmarcovan a favor...) is one of my favorites due to its immaculate quality comparative to my other coins, strong strike and no major dings or dents.

    Paphos Mint, Cyprus
    Head of Bearded Hercules right/Eagle standing left, on thunderbolt

    This coin, given away by @Ryro is special because I always had a sweet spot for ancient Egypt and to have a coin recognizes an Egyptian ruler is an amazing coin to have for me!

    117-138 AD. AR Denarius (17mm, 2.89gm). Struck 134-138 AD. Head right / Egypt reclining against basket left, holding sistrum, ibis at feet. RIC II 297; RSC 99.

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    This coin is special due to Hadrian being such a popular ancient figure in Roman history and its a coin that has a large historical basis. Thanks again @Ryro

    M. Aurelius Scarus 118 BC AR Denarius
    3.95g 19mm Narbo Mint
    M AVRELI ROMA XVI monogram behind helmeted head of Roma right
    Gallic warrior driving biga right, SCAVRI below/ L LIC CN DOM

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    This coin is special because it was my first non- Roman Empire coin, and it developed my interest into the pre-imperial age.

    Before we get to #1, we need an honorable mention

    15 ancient coins from @tenbobbit

    and first ancient coin!
    Valens, AE3 of Aquileia.

    DN VALEN-S PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
    SECVRITAS-REIPVBLICAE, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm.
    Left field: B.
    Mintmark SMAQP.

    RIC IX Aquileia 9b, type ii(a)

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    So why is this coin special? I don't think an explanation is required, its my first ancient coin. :)

    To all the donators, educators and anyone who replied, liked and contributed to my ancients collection, here's to another hundred years of ancient coins!

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  3. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Some very generous folks helping to augment your collection. Nice stuff, and capital people.......
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  4. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Numismatic Enthusiast

    Couldn't agree more!
  5. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    Hey @CoinBlazer , that is a cool assortment of ancient coins! Looks like you had a great first year...the serrate denarius is killer.
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  6. Shea19

    Shea19 Supporter! Supporter

    Congrats on a great first year! That RR denarius is a beauty.
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  7. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    With a collection like that in such a short time I would say you are off to a great start, they are all nice but my favorite is your first coin Valens because you remind me of myself when I first started collecting ancients guess what my first was.......... Gratian.jpg
    Gratian. AD 367-383. Æ (2,01g). Rome mint. Struck AD 375-378. Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm branch. R.QUARTA. RIC IX 24c.
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  8. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Fantastic first year... your #2 is spectacular, congrats!!
  9. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    @CoinBlazer That Scarus denarius is beautiful. Although I've been collecting for years, I also got a serrate denarius for the first time this year.


    I love the ragged edges. Can't wait to get a few more Roman serrate beauties.
  10. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Wonderful start to your collection! May 2020 be good to you!
  11. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    That is a solid start.
    my favorite is #2. I have been looking for a good one of those for awhile now and haven't been able to find one in my price range. Beautiful coin. Thanks for sharing!
  12. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Micheal, Continue to enjoy the fruits of ancient coin collecting ;). The serrated denarius is my favorite :D.
  13. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Numismatic Enthusiast

    Michael* :D:D:D
  14. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

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    My spell-check let me down.
  15. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    What a start !

  16. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    A great start to your collection. My favorites are your #2 and #3.
  17. Dafydd

    Dafydd Well-Known Member

    What a great start, no 2 and no 5 are the ones I like. What excellent people on this site, it's the best!
  18. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..great coins have a few that i've been wanting for a while now..keep on keepin' on my fellow Moman..:)
  19. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Your off to a great start, Michael! You have made 2019 a smash hit. I am can hardly wait to see your 2020 wins.
  20. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Trajan Decius

    Very nice Michael. Some great coins there. Excellent start to your collection...
  21. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Numismatic Enthusiast

    Oh yes, can't wait to see my 2020 coins also, I don't think I have a specific focus yet so it'll probably be all over the board just like this year.
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