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  1. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    Roman Republic, C. Mamilius Limetanus, AR Serrate Denarius, 82 BCE Rome Mint. Obv. Draped bust of Mercury right, wearing petasus with two wings, caduceus over left shoulder, control letter “F” behind* / Rev. Ulysses walking right, wearing mariner’s clothing and pileus, holding staff in left hand and extending right hand towards his dog, Argus, who stands left at Ulysses’ feet with his head raised towards him; C•MAMIL downwards in left field, LIMETAN [TA ligate] upwards in right field. Crawford 362/1. RSC I Mamilia 6, Sear RCV I 282 (ill.), BMCRR 2717 and 2720-2721 [two examples of control letter “F”]. 21 mm., 4.04 g., 9 h.**


    *The only known control-letters for this issue are the 11 letters of the alphabet necessary to spell out a version of the moneyer’s name, C LIMETANVS C.F. See Crawford p. 377. There are 100 different obverse dies known for this issue (id. p. 375), meaning that there should be approximately 9 different dies per control-letter, assuming that they were distributed equally.

    **The reverse design alludes to the moneyer’s claim to descent from Telegonus, son of Ulysses and Circe. See Crawford p. 377. See also id. p. 220 (noting in connection with Crawford 149 that the Mamilii were a Tusculan family and claimed descent from Telegonus, Tusculum’s founder, through his daughter Mamilia). The family’s descent from Ulysses through Telegonus also explains the depiction of Mercury -- in legend, the great-grandfather of Ulysses -- on the obverse. Id. p. 377. For the tale of Ulysses’ encounter with his old dog Argus [Argos in Greek] upon his return to Ithaca, see Homer’s Odyssey, Book 17, lines 290-327.

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  3. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status

    ... oh, thAaaat Mercury:
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  4. Edessa

    Edessa Well-Known Member

    Roman Republic. Cast Æ Semis, circa 240-225 BC (54x49mm, 130.0g, 12h). Obv: Head of Saturn left, horizontal "S" below. Rev: Prow of galley right, "S" above. Ref: Craw 35/2; TV 52. Nice Very Fine. Ex-Colosseum Coin Exchange (May 2009).

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  5. Ignoramus Maximus

    Ignoramus Maximus Nomen non est omen.

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  6. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    RR triens horse head. c. 275 - 270 BCE.

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  7. Andres2

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  8. ancientone

    ancientone Well-Known Member

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    M. Sergius Silus. 116-115 BC. AR Denarius.
    Obv: Helmeted head of Roma right; EX S C before, ROMA and X behind.
    Rev: Horseman galloping left, holding sword and head of barbarian; Q and M SERGI/SILVS below.
    Crawford 286/1

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  9. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    D-Camera Athens imitation owl counterstamp king and mem 17.1g 5-6-21.jpg

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  10. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    It may not measure up to his magnificent chin, but his nose is certainly prominent in its own right:


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  11. Andres2

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  12. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Well-Known Member

    Philip I, AD 244-249.
    Roman AR antoninianus, 3.22 g, 22.6 mm, 5 h.
    Rome, 5th officina, 4th emission, AD 245.
    Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
    Rev: LIBERALITAS AVGG II, Liberalitas standing left, holding counting board and cornucopiae.
    Refs: RIC 38c; RSC 87; RCV 8937; Hunter 21.
    Notes. This donative was given to celebrate the arrival of the imperial family in Rome in AD 245.

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  13. Ryro

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  14. TuckHard

    TuckHard Well-Known Member

    Unknown Hellenistic bronze coin
    3.53 grams | 16.5mm wide | 2.5mm thick

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  15. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status

    Best guess, yours is Seleukid.
    We're still not exactly sure if this is Macedonian or Thracian:
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  16. The Meat man

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  17. Ryro

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  18. TuckHard

    TuckHard Well-Known Member

    This was one of about five ancient coins I bought at my first coin show- still in my collection.

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    Roman Empire, Rome Mint
    Gallienus | 265-267 AD
    AE Antoninianus | 2.26 grams | 21mm wide
    Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate bust right
    Rev: SALVS AVG, XII, Salus standing right feeding serpent in arms
    Ref: RIC 274a

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  19. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    This is the first imitative owl that I purchased, back in the late 80s, from Imperial Coins (not the Australian company).

    Although I have many other imitations now, this coin has always been a favorite.

    Babylon, 4th century BC
    Imitation of types of Athens

    17.2 grams

    D-Camera Athens Babylonia imitatioin tetradrachm 4th cen BC Imperial Coins 17.2g 4-27-21.jpg

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  20. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Well-Known Member

    Huh?? Some people actually sell items in their collection??? But then you'd have fewer coins!!

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  21. Sulla80

    Sulla80 Supporter! Supporter

    There is some text to back up the Seleucid call by @Ryro, and it seems likely that the figure below the text is Zeus (head left, feet right)
    2nd century BC ANTIOXEΩN - TΩN possibly Ake-Ptolemaïs, roughly time of Antiochus IV
    Zeus standing front, head to left?
    No luck in ACSearch

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