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RI Trajan Decius 249-251 CE AR Ant Dacia draco standard
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Trajan Decius AD 249-251.
Roman AR antoninianus, 4.25 g, 21.5 mm, 6 h.
Rome, 2nd officina, 2nd emission, AD 249.
Obv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: GENIVS EXERC ILLVRICIANI, Genius, wearing polos on head, nude except for short cloak on shoulders, standing left, holding patera in right hand and cornucopiae in left hand; to right, standard.
Refs: RIC 16c; Cohen 49; RCV 9374; Hunter 11 var. (reverse legend).
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11.13 g 26.2 mm
Constantius I, as Caesar, Æ Nummus. Treveri, AD 298-299. FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate bust left / GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius, towered and nude to waist, standing facing, head turned left, holding cornucopiae with his left hand, patera in his right hand; B- gamma across fields, TR in exergue. RIC 196 (R) - but not with B gamma.
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Roman provincial Æ 13 mm, 1.2 g.
Antioch, Pisidia, time of Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161.
Obv: ANTIOCH, draped bust of Mercury/Hermes (head assimilated to portrait of Marcus Aurelius as Caesar), left; to right, caduceus.
Rev: COLONI, chicken walking right.
Refs: RPC IV.3, 7350 (temporary); BMC 19.176,1 (pl. XXXI, 1); SNG von Aulock 4916; Krzyżanowska 140–1, VII.7–9; cf. SNG BN 1067.
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Asia Minor, Troas
AE13, 4th Century B.C.
Obv.: horseman galloping right, wearing petasos and chlamys flying behind
Rev.: cock standing right, ∆AP downward on right
AE, 2.739g, maximum diameter 12.7mm, die axis 180deg
Ref.: SNG Cop 293; SNGvA 1504; SNG München 177; SNG Tübingen 2582; BMC Troas p. 49, 8; McClean 7812; Weber 5363
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Lepidus - Marc Antony
Military mint traveling TransAlpine Gaul
Craw 489-3 Syd 1158a RSC3
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RR Plaetorius Cest 67 BC AR Den Helmeted Vacuna Sabine goddess quivr cornu S-C Eagle tbolt S 349 Cr 409-1
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A quarter shekel (1.70g) of Punic Spain, Carthagonova (Cartagena), ca. 237-209 BCE. Reverse is a Carthaginian elephant (though not outfitted for battle). The obverse depicts Melkart/Herakles with club over his shoulder. But...does it also depict Hannibal or one of the other Barcids? Some say so (though, oddly, not as many as the club-less portrait, which generally seems to have the same features to me, and to resemble the few known sculptures of Hannibal).
Next: "Is it or isn't it?" Disguised ("with the features of") or disputed-identity portrait...
Fulvia (83 BC – 40 BC)
Powerful aristocratic woman, wife of Publius Clodius Pulcher (62-52 BC), Gaius Scribonius Curio (52-51 BC) and Marcus Antonius (47-40 BC).
AR Quinarius, Late 43-42 BC
Obv.: Winged bust of Fulvia with the features of Victory
Rev.: [LVGV] DVNI [A] XL, Lion advancing right
Ag, 1.66g, 13.2mm
Ref.: Craw. 489/5, RPC 512, Syd. 1160
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Good one, @shanxi ! I wouldn't have thought of that.
Here's another controversial one, albeit with some prominent supporters (like the Hannbal-Herakles above): Philip II of Macedon. Harlan J Berk, in his 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, proposes that several classical rulers' numismatic portraits appear concealed in busts of the divine (not, in principle, that surprising, since it was a common motif in classical art, albeit taboo on the coinage of some societies).
Of this coin, Berk (2008:50) writes that "it marks Philip II as the first Greek of the Hellenistic era to put his own portrait on a coin."
Kings of Macedon, Philip II (BC 359 - 336), Posthumous AR Tetradrachm (14.03g, 25.03mm, 10h). Amphipolis, temp. Kassander (as Regent, BC 313 – 310), BC 310 - 307 (315 - 294 in some sources).
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right (with the features of Philip II?).
Reverse: ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ. Nude youth on horseback r., holding palm. Λ above bucranium beneath horse; monogram E below raised foreleg.
Refs: LeRider pl. 47: 1, 7; SNG ANS 759-62 (see also 770).
Pedigree: Ex-VAuctions Sale 304, #79 (6 March 2014), Ex-Ancient Imports / Marc Breitsprecher.
NEXT: Yet another PORTRAIT OF X - AS - Y (whether controversial or totally conventional!)
next: Seleukos I Nikator
LOL, that would been my post, also! I believe she was the first living Roman woman placed on a coin. Very nice Quinarius!
Seleukos I NIKATOR AE
Seleucid Seleukos I 312-280 BCE AE 20 Athena-Elephant Spaer 129
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Cilicia. Soloi 440-410 BC.
Obv.: Amazon, wearing a pointed bonnet, with drapery around her, kneeling to left, holding bow, at her waist, gorytos, Corinthian helmet right
Rev.: ΣΟΛΕΩ[Ν], large bunch of grapes, to right, laurel branch, all within border of dots in an incuse square.
Ag, 20mm, 10.63g
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Galerius. As Caesar. Minted circa 299-303 CE. AE Follis. 28.5mm, 10.51g. Carthage mint, fourth officina. Obverse: MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES. Laureate head right. Reverse: SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART. Personification of Carthage holding fruits in both hands. Δ in exergue. RIC VI Carthage 32b.
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Another Nero Provincial.
I got beat by Donna ML
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