Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Collect89, Jul 21, 2017.
I think I got there first! So, another Roman provincial -- from Nero.
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Notoriously Nero's have noodly hair:
Nero from Alexandria:
Type: Billon Tetradrachm, 25mm 12.73 grams
Obverse: NERW KLAY KAIS SEB GER, Radiate crowned head facing right.
Reverse: AVTO-KRA, Draped bust of Egyptian god Serapis facing right, wearing Kalathos (basket) on head, date LI (year 10)
Reference: Milne 222, Koln 160, RPC 5274, BMCGr 156: Sear 2001.
Next: Colossus of Rhodes
Wow. That nose of Nero's. I don't think the engraver liked him very much!
Achaea. Corinthia, Corinth. Nero Æ20. Claudius Anaxilaus and P. Ventidius Fronto Corinthia, Corinth. Nero. 54-68 AD. Æ 20mm . Ti. Claudius Anaxilaus and P. Ventidius Fronto, Duovirs. Struck 67-68 AD. Laureate head of Nero left / Nero stands facing within tetrastyle temple. BCD Corinth 480. SNG Copenhagen 235-236. RPC I 1208.
Next: Provincial from Corinth
Isn't the next one supposed to be the Colussus of Rhodes?
12 hours rule, but I don't want to leave the theme completely. Here is the head of the Colossus of Rhodes:
Drachm (Circa 88/42 BC-AD 14).
Obv: Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right.
Rev: P – O, Rose seen from above. Control: below, grain ear left.
AR, 4.08g, 18mm
Ref.: HGC 6, 1456; SNG von Aulock 2839
Next: Flower on a greek coin
next:another coin of Rhodos
Helios on Rhodian coins = the Colossus of Rhodes? I admit that I never knew that.
There is an article by Richard Ashton which argues that a specific series of Rhodian didrachms probably shows the head of the Colossus. In general, I tend to be a bit skeptical about such spectacular identifications, but I know far too little about Rhodian coinage to have an informed opinion on this issue. You can find the article here.
Here is a tiny Rhodian bronze:
Caria, Rhodes, AE10, ca. 394–304 BC. Obv: rosebud. Rev: rosebud; ethnic P-O. 10mm, 0.95g. Ref: SNG Copenhagen 248; BMC 70–73.
Next: another flower
I recalled it was the prevailing theory, but what I was surprised to learn: there don't seem to be any ancient coins that depict the statue in full. (Perhaps others will correct me.) I was hoping that, in the same way as the Alexandria Lighthouse or Trajan's great equestrian statue (Equus Traiani), coins might at least provide the only surviving portrait of another great lost monument. Sadly, as far as I can tell, none exist. (Except for the head, a detail that makes these coins even more rewarding.)
Thanks for the article link @Orielensis ! I had read many of Ashton's articles in The Numismatic Chronicle and others that are available "open access" on JSTOR, but did not know that one was available at persee.fr! have read that article so I wouldn't try to defend his argument, but in its favor, many of the designs on Greek and Roman coins were depictions of statues (equestrian statures, for instance, are a popular motif).
Speaking of R.H.J. ASHTON, here's "Pseudo-Rhodian" Helios-Flower drachm that was cited in his 2002 Clubs article. This coin is #79 in: “Clubs, Thunderbolts, Torches, Stars and Caducei: more Pseudo-Rhodian Drachms from Mainland Greece and the Islands”. The Numismatic Chronicle. The Numismatic Chronicle Vol. 162 (2002). https://www.jstor.org/stable/42668203
Next: Another coin cited or "plate coin" in any reference or article or book (incl. online references like RPC Online; commonly described as "this coin referenced" or "this coins illustrated" in auction descriptions).
I have read about these more rare didrachm issues as well, nice theory though. I collect quite some Rhodian coins, one album page is full already.
I'll go for this diobol, I haven't really show it on the forum:
Islands off Caria, Rhodos. Rhodes. AR Diobol. Circa 275-250 B.C.
Obverse: Radiate head of Helios right.
Reverse: P-O Two rose buds; above, Phrygian helmet.
Reference: Ashton series 3, 78-79. Karl 458-460. SNG Copenhagen 744. SNG Keckman 519-522. SNG Munich 589.
I have it's younger sister as well, struck during the Plinthophoric coinage.
Islands off Caria, Rhodos. Rhodes. AR Diobol. Circa 188-84 B.C.
Obverse: Radiate head of Helios right.
Reverse: P-O Rose with bud to left bud; to right, star.
Reference: SNG Copenhagen 849. SNG Keckman 695.
Next: AR Diobol
Annia Faustina, 3rd wife of Elagabalus, Augusta, 221 CE.
Isinda, Pisidia; AE 25.0 mm, 8.55 gm
Obv: ANNIAN FAVCTEINAN, Dr. bust of Faustina r.
Rev: Confronted heads of Serapis and Isis, in field, E-Delta (yr. 4 ).
Refs: Ex Lindgren I A1322A, ex von Aulock, Pisidia I 833 (Plate coin for both references).
Here is the info from Lindgren I:
Next: Another plate coin
@Pavlos I think we put them up simultaneously but I've got one that'll hit both follows, yours & @Roman Collector : A Diobol or 1/12 Stater plate coin from Demeester's book "Les Animeaux et La Monnaie Grecque"
(Great examples of both of those coins above, the flowers and the plate, by the way! The two rose buds example is so cool, haven't seen that before. Double plate coin for that Annia Faustina; I love when they're older references with interesting "archaic" fonts and photography.)
Edit: I don't have Demeester's book yet, but here's an image from the NAC catalog where the "The J. FALM Collection: Miniature Masterpieces of Greek Coinage depicting Animals" was sold -- those are the coins that were the subjects for Demeester, A & B. Daubersy (2003) Les Animaux et La Monnaie Grecque. Une collection preivee de petites monnaies grecques en argent a theme animalier
Next: Another Bee or insect (grasshopper, fly etc)
I think we indeed placed them at the same time, nice diobol!
I got this tiny fraction recently:
Ionia, Ephesos. AR Hemitetartemorion (?), circa 500-420 BC.
Reverse: Head of an eagle to right within incuse square.
Reference: Karwiese Series IV, Type 1. SNG Kayhan 130.
Next: Coin with atleast 2 different animals
Moesia Superior, Viminacium, Gordian III,
Issue AN IIII = year 4
Dating AD 242/3
Obverse inscription IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
Obverse design - radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III, r., seen from rear
Reverse inscription P M S COL VIM, AN IIII
Reverse design Moesia standing l.; at l., bull standing r.; at r., lion standing l.
Next - another feline on a coin
OBV: Head of Athena Right, wearing attic helmet with Hippocamp
REV: Herakles standing to right, wrestling with Nemean lion. Club to left
HN Italy 914
Next - Herakles
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