Flea Market Finds

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by kevin McGonigal, May 16, 2019.

  1. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Normally I don't buy ancients at a flea market but in this case I bought these three out of a small batch ($20 for the three) if for no other reason the smooth patina. One appears to be a Justin and Sophie follis, the other larger follis is probably Anastasias or maybe Justinian. The third, the little one, I cannot identify and it may not be Byzantine at all. Any help on attribution of the smaller one appreciated. Thanks IMG_0877[3306]3 Byzantine flea market finds.jpg IMG_0878[3304] 3 byzantines flea market reverses.jpg
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  3. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    That's a nice group for twenty bucks! The third coin alone is worth more than that :).

    The third coin is Greek, from ~4th-3rd century BCE Phokis. Here's an example from CNG's archives:

    PHOKIS, Federal Coinage. After 351 BC. Æ (15mm, 2.40 g, 6h). Struck under Phalaikos or later. Head of Athena facing slightly right / Φ within wreath. BCD Lokris 470.4 (this coin). Good VF, green patina.

    Here are similar coins of Phokis currently for sale on Vcoins.
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A nice small lot for the price. I would have paid it.
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  6. Milesofwho

    Milesofwho Omnivorous collector

    The one on the far left is actually a follis of Phocas (602-610) from Theopolis (Antioch). It also shows his wife Leontia. It looks like it's from year 5, so it was made in 607.
  7. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Good deal! I really like those, especially that Phocas.
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  8. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I admit to being a bit shaky on my Byzantine attributions. As it turns out I don't have Phocas piece.
    Any idea on whether the larger follis is Anastasias or Justinian?
  9. Milesofwho

    Milesofwho Omnivorous collector

    I have nothing there. The only part I can read is the part common to all of them - PPAVG.
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  10. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    I have been trying to figure it out by comparing the images on the coins of Anastasias, Justin I and Justinian but they all look pretty much alike to me. I thought, just possibly, that it might be Sear 62
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  11. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    congrats, it must be nice to scratch an ancient coin itch at a flea market
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  12. kevin McGonigal

    kevin McGonigal Well-Known Member

    Yes and I have to admit that I will be going back to this guy's table next week as he told me he has a number of more coins like this and will bring them next week. I sure hope the weather is good.
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