Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by jamesicus, Sep 20, 2019.
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I also weave out of ancients & go into Medieval and World Moderns. I love both equally.
It really depends on $ & what is available in my budget for the week or month.
1. Flavian denarii.
2. Flavian imperial silver.
3. Flavian imperial and provincial silver.
4. All imperial and provincial Flavian coinage.
Each stage was a major leap forward. The last/current one will keep me busy for several lifetimes!
Eventually I added a side collection of Tetrarchic coins and much later another side collection of coins of the English Civil War Kings.
I have now broken up the Tetrarchic coin side collection and English Civil War side collection and have ended up with two main Roman Imperial coin collections: Julio-Claudian coins and coins with Romano-Britannic associations. There are several cross-over coins.
My emphasis is on coins with important (to me) historical association rather than condition and appearance.
I would love to get my hands on a drachm depicting the zodiac, but I have yet to find one even at a semi-reasonable price. Since I've visited the site of Antinoopolis (modern Sheikh-el-Bada), I am keen to get a drachm of Antinous as well. Since I don't have one I'll share a relatively common type of Hadrian.
Egypt, Alexandria - Hadrian. (117-138)
Type: AE Drachm, 32mm 24.42 grams
Obverse: AVT KAI TPAI AAPIA CEB, Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: LDW (delta) EK in exergue, Nilos reclining left upon a crocodile, holding cornucopia and reed, Genius emerging from the cornucopia and pointing at letters IS in upper field
Reference: Milne 1269
In the past, however, I followed the "one per emperor/empress" theme in Romans as far as I could (ended up with over 100 different faces in that portrait gallery), and later, I completed a mixed bronze and silver set along the popular "Twelve Caesars" theme.
*The first collection did not include all Twelve Caesars because it was an "A-to-Z" (Augustus to Zeno) collection, and thus lacked Julius Caesar.
In coins, I translate this to mean I should collect a coin or two of many descriptions and as many coins as I can from my specialties. I cheat and refuse to buy anything that I find completely boring or priced so high that I would have to compromise my collections in more desired areas. I do not collect modern coins (I have a few but most have been with me for 50 years when I still found them interesting). I do not collect popular 'rarities' in high grades (Biblical, Caesar portraits, gold unless it has something going for it other than being gold). I do collect anything that speaks to me saying, "Buy me, please." The number one thing on my want list is any interesting coin that I did not previously know to exist but that I believe I should have known had I not been too blind to see it before.
1. Coins of Septimius Severus and Julia Domna 193-195 Eastern mints (including unofficial)
2. Coins of Septimius Severus 193 Rome
4. Technically interesting, odd or weird coins including but not limited to errors (only ancient/medieval)
5. Coins that I never expected to see but somehow got lucky
I have posted each of these here so many times that I must apologize for showing them again. Groups 1 through 4 are represented in my collection by 50-1000 coins. Group 5 is much less frequent but very special to me. All together the five groups make up about half of my coins with the other half being 'general' and 'asked nicely' types. When I get between 50 and 100 coins in an area, I ask myself if it is time to declare a new specialty or to back off saying 'enough'. My interest in late Roman has been falling off to the point that I have sold or given away some that I once would have kept. It lost its status as a 'specialty' but several LR coins are still included in other specialties.
I have had the BEST six years
But on the end, I always stick to: "If I really like it, I buy it" (or atleast I try to buy it ).
Then I veered off and started to collect Islamic medieval coinage:
Then I flirted with Indian ancient and medieval coinage:
and once I grew bored with all that, I even dabbled in medieval European coinage:
But eventually I drifted away from medieval coinage altogether and started collecting ancient Chinese coinage:
But these days I'm back to collecting only ancient Greek and Roman coinage...and I'm a generalist in those two areas. With a Max cap of 200 coins for my collection, as a generalist I doubt my Greek and Roman collection will ever be considered "coherent" by specialists, but I just buy and collect what I like and that's all that really matters to me...
Coins with Venus:
Trebonianus Gallus and Volusian:
Gallienus (especially the zoo):
Confronted busts on provincial coins:
A man’s reach must exceed his grasp or what’s a heaven for?
Oh, but I do have one side collection that I just started - The Restoration coinage of Titus - and I just made the following example one of my “Twenty”.
AUGUSTUS AS, TITUS RESTORATION ISSUE, 80-81 AD
(27mm, 10.71 gm)
BMCRE Volume II, Rome, Titus No. 273-275
RIC Volume II, Part 1 (second edition), Titus, No. 462
Obverse depiction: Augustus, radiate head facing left
Inscription: DIVVS AV GVSTVS PATER
Reverse depiction: Eagle with wings spread standing on Globe
Inscription: IMP T CAES AVG RESTITVIT - S C (above, left and right)
I suppose I'm similar to @Mat a bit of everything except I own 'Zero Greek'... at the moment...And as @dougsmit said if something catches my eye I go for it..Usually abstract portraits...
My main set, if you want to call it that, is the Kashmir series where now I'm beginning to expand into the Muslim take over although coins not photographed yet...@jamesicus super web page...
Too many to attached where they can be easily seen, but here are a couple of them:
@Bing...Wow what a set! ....I don't know this series well, hence the question...Why is there a space between the 2 Legio III coins? Are there different variants?
That is Legio III and Legio IIII. The space was purely for aesthetics. Those that know this series of coins can see that there are a couple missing from the set. But they are either so rare I will never acquire one, or fantasy of some collectors imagination.
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