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  1. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    The kind of face only a mother would love...

    Olbia., Gorgoneion, Circa 400-380 BC. Æ cast 36mm, 18.1 grams.

    D-Camera Olbia., Gorgoneion, Ca. 400-380 BC. Æ cast 36mm, 18.1 grams,  white, 9-17-20.jpg

    Next: A legionary coin of Mark Antony.
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  3. Dafydd

    Dafydd Well-Known Member

    That was a welcome follow on.

    MARK ANTONY. Denarius (32-31 BC). Patrae(?). Legionary issue.

    Obv: ANT AVG / III VIR R P C.
    Galley right.
    Aquila right between two signa.

    Crawford 544/10; CRI 373.

    Weight: 3.38 g.
    Diameter: 19 mm.

    Next , another Mark Antony Denarius.
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Mark Antony and Octavian (41 B.C.)
    AR Denarius
    M. Barbatius Pollio, quaestor pro praetore
    O: Bare head of Mark Antony right.
    R: Bare head of Octavian right, wearing slight beard.
    Ephesus mint, Spring-early summer 41 B.C.
    Crawford 517/2; CRI 243; Sydenham 1181

    Next: Favorite Roman Republic coin
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  5. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    I can count the number of RR denarii that I own on one hand, but this is definitely my favorite.

    Roman Republic, denarius, L. Julius L.f. Caesar, Rome, 103 BC.
    Crawford 320-1.
    3.84 grams

    D-Camera Roman Rep L. Julius L.f. Caesar, Rome, 103 BC AR Den Craw 320-1 3.84g Sal 4-10-22.jpg

    Next: A favorite Roman imperial coin.
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  6. Curtis

    Curtis Supporter! Supporter

    Wow, picking just one favorite RIC is harder than I realized! This may not be my one most favoritest (I probably hold that for my sentimental Sestertius of Hadrian, my first RIC, purchased on a trip to Europe with my parents in the 1980s when I was maybe 8 yo). But it is definitely a favorite for the portrait, the toning, and the provenance.

    Vespasian Denarius, deaccessioned from the American Numismatic Society (with museum tag showing accession number, 1001.22362) and the Hispanic Society of America Collections, donated from the Archer M. Huntington (1870-1955) Collection in the 1940s. (Almost all the Huntington coins share a complicated, fascinating, and well-documented chain-of-custody over the past ~80 years [esp. the last 10]. The ANS sued the HSA to stop them from being sold and it stirred up a huge years-long international controversy. They were eventually sold, and many donated back to the ANS. The ANS then sold many of them as duplicates! I've got almost a dozen entries for this coin's changes of custody in my full notes, most of which are shared by all ex-Huntington's on the private market.)

    CONSERVATORI-Vespasian Denarius Ex ANS Huntington ED.png

    NEXT: Another coin with an interesting story
    (story of any kind, doesn't have to be long)​
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  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    To revive the thread.

    Philip II (247 - 249 A.D.)
    NISIBIS (Mesopotamia)
    O: AYTOK K M IOVΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Philip II left.
    R: IOY CЄΠ KOΛΩ NЄCIBI MHT. Tyche of Antioch seated facing; above her head, ram (Aries) leaping right, head left; all within tetrastyle shrine; below, half-length river-god Euphrates swimming right.
    Nisibis mint
    SNG Copenhagen 240 corr, BMC 22, corr.

    Next: Any other "child" Emperor or Caesar.
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  8. Dafydd

    Dafydd Well-Known Member


    Gordian III. AD 238-244. Rome
    Sestertius Æ

    30mm., 17,71g.
    LOT NO 1377
    Youngest Roman Emperor at the age of 13.
    Next Gordian III with Tranquillina
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  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Gordian III and Tranquilina AE32 SNG Cop Singara 257.JPG

    Next: your most off center strike
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  10. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Not much off centering but since we've waited for one, here is an error that close.

    Tiberius (14 37 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right,
    R: PONTIF MAXIM, Female figure seated right, holding sceptre and branch.
    Lugdunum Mint
    RIC 26; BMC 34; RSC 16

    Next: Favorite patina coin.
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  11. Dafydd

    Dafydd Well-Known Member



    Augustus Ar. denarius, AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare hd. r., rev., the Actian Apollo stg. l., holding plectrum and lyre, IMP X across fields, ACT in ex., Lugdunum mint (Sear, 1611; RIC 171a; Seaby 144).
    RSC 1442

    This is one of my favourite coins, not sure how to differentiate toning from patina but that is probably a whole new topic.
    When I bought this the description said "old cabinet patina". Not sure if that was bait to catch the fish but it caught me!
    I couldn't do a "Heritage" write up on it but in the hand it is steely grey with olive undertones. Nicer than my photography.

    Next more patina.

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  12. IanG

    IanG Well-Known Member

    The photograph below is nice but doesn't do full justice to the rich olive-green patina of this small bronze from Selge in Pisidia. Really beautiful in hand.


    Pisidia, Selge.

    Circa 2nd-1st centuries BC.

    Head of Herakles facing slightly to right, wreathed with styrax; lion skin tied around neck, [club over shoulder] / Forepart of stag to right, head reverted, lance head to right; ΣEΛ across fields.

    SNG BnF 1973-6; SNG Copenhagen 261 var. (no lance).

    2.00g, 13mm.

    Next: coin with stag.
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  13. Dafydd

    Dafydd Well-Known Member

    L. Hostilius Saserna. AR Denarius, Rome Mint, ca. 48 B.C.
    Bare head of female Gallic captive facing right, carnyx behind; Reverse: Diana of Ephesus standing facing, holding long spear, stag in left field.

    If you are of an age like me and bought Superman comics, the female captive could have been from the planet Bizarro!

    Next more Stags.
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  14. Curtis

    Curtis Supporter! Supporter

    CONSERVATORI-Hostilius Saserna AR Denarius Dreadlocked Gallia DRAFT 2-B.png

    Gallienus Zoo Coins - Animal AE Antonianus X 9, CNG e-496, Lot 936 (Both Sides).jpg

    NEXT: Interesting Hair
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  15. Dafydd

    Dafydd Well-Known Member


    I always found this interesting , what went on with his beard? Rollers? Were the circles meant to symbolise planets?
    Laur. head of Jupiter right , SC behind.

    Appears to be the principal coinage of the faction opposed to the return of Sulla to Rome. Balbus strikes as praetor by special decree of the Senate.

    Victory in quadriga right holding wreath and palm. Control letter M below.

    Next more interesting hair.
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  16. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Phraates IV (38 - 2 B.C.)
    AR Tetradrachm
    O: Diademed and draped bust left, wart on forehead, wearing pointed beard and torque with no end visible; all within pelleted border.
    R: BACILE[WS] BACILEWN ARSAKO U EUERGETOU DIKAIOU EPIFANOUS FILELLHN[OS], Phraates seated right on throne, Tyche standing left before him, presenting a palm and holding cornucopiae; year between throne legs, [month in exergue]
    Seleukeia on the Tigris mint.
    Sellwood 51

    Next: Mount Argaeus
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  17. Curtis

    Curtis Supporter! Supporter

    Now: Mt. Argaios Countermark.

    (or another Mt. Arg. anytime!)

    Here's a little Britannicus from Caesarea-Eusebia. Virtually all of these have a Mt. Argaios countermark (Howgego 424):

    Britannicus AE20 Themis 6, Lot 432 (2020) & 3 (2019), 287.jpg
    Coin-hand-video: https://i.imgur.com/UwcZA4x.mp4

    Cappadocia, Caesaraea-Eusebia. Britannicus (41-55 CE). Struck 48/49 CE, Year 8 of Claudius (Augustus, 41-54 CE).
    : KΛAYΔIOC KAICAP BPITANNIKOC [trans: Claudius Caesar Britannicus]. Bare head of Britannicus to left. Countermark: Mount Argaios, ΚΛΘ.
    Reverse: OKTAOYIA ANTWNINA. [KAICAP ET H in exergue.] Octavia and Antonia, both holding cornucopiae, clasp hands.
    References: RPC I 3656 (10 specs. [7 ill.], first 7 in print ed.); BMC 13 = Sydenham 61 (typical c/m Howgego 424 & additional c/m Howgego 671). Countermark: Howgego 424.

    (or another Mt. Arg. anytime!)
  18. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    ^That's cool!

    Tiberius (14 - 34 A.D.)
    Billon Tetradrachm
    EGYPT, Alexandria
    O: [TI]BERIOS KAISAR SEBASTOS, laureate head of Tiberius right; LID (date) in right field.
    R: QEOS SEBASTOS, radiate head of Augustus left.
    EGYPT, Alexandria Mint, year 14=27/28 A.D.
    RPC I 5090; Milne 54; Emmett 61.

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  19. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I have a lot of Republican favorites. This is just one of them.

    L Furius CNF Brocchus.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Bust of Ceres right between wheat-ear and barley-corn; III VIR across field, BROCCHI below
    REVERSE: Curule chair between fasces; L. FVRI/CN. F above
    Rome 63 BC
    3.9g, 20mm
    Cr414/1; Furia 23

    Next: Curule chair
  20. Curtis

    Curtis Supporter! Supporter

    Before-and-after photos of Titus denarius with Curule reverse.

    Previously in the A. Short Collection (already cut), and before that Jyrki Muona, who donated it to be cut for science (top photo from Archaeology Data Service, UK, where alloy info is stored on coins used in Butcher & Ponting's 2014 book on the Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage. Below: the microscopy photos for which they cut this and a bunch of other coins to look inside.)

    Titus Denarius Ex Jyrki Muona Before After.jpg

    (or not quite round anymore!)
  21. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Antoninus Pius AE As, Rome, AD.jpg
    NEXT: Any off centred obv or rev
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