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  1. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Tralles, Lydia.jpg
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Zeus Larasios right
    REVERSE: DIOS TRAL-LIANWN, thunderbolt, all in wreath
    Struck at Tralles 200-1 BC
    6.51g, 17.86 mm
    Mionnet 661

    Next: Head of Zeus
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  3. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    Antiochos_4.jpg Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175-164 BCE). AE31 Egyptian style.
    Obv.: head of Zeus right.
    rev.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑNTIOXOY ΘEOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ("of the king Antiochos, the Visible God"), eagle, wings closed, standing r. on thunderbolt.
    This Seleucid king had launched a special military operation to deptolemize Egypt, and decided to annex it, so he started minting Egyptian coins (bevelled edges and central hole) with his name on reverse. But, just when he was going to enter Alexandria, the Romans sent an ambassador who told him to immediately withdraw his forces from Egypt and Antiochus complied.

    Next up : an annexation coin
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  4. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    Annexation is indeed in the news these days.....

    This is a very interesting challenge, one that actually made me think, which I am not terribly accustomed to do, but here is what I think might qualify as a coin associated with an annexation. It is Roman, and since the Romans made a specialty of annexing other people's lands, it is probably not a terribly unusual one.

    Trajan, tetradrachm, Bosra, 112-114 AD.
    11.11 grams

    D-Camera Trajan tetradrachm Bosra  112-114 AD 11.11 grams 9-29-22.jpg

    Here's an excerpt from a webpage on the city of Bosra:

    "The Nabateans however, soon gave way to another dominant culture — the Romans. Originally, the Nabateans were Roman clients, but in 106AD, Cornelius Palma seized direct control of Syria in the name of Emperor Trajan and Rome. Palma declared the region Provincia Arabia: the Roman province of Arabia.

    The Romans immediately annexed Bosra and renamed Nova Trajana Bostra. The city was quite a prize. Its strategic position on the Syrian road system made it the perfect home for a Roman garrison. Very quickly, the Roman authorities installed 5000 legionnaires in a camp outside the northern gate of Bosra and in 106 AD the city became the Roman capital of the new province."

    Here's a ink: https://historyandarchaeologyonline.com/the-history-of-bosra/

    Next: Another provincial coin of Trajan
  5. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    Very nice specimen ! But it was surely not minted in Bostra. These tridrachms or light tetradrachms (there is still a debate) are part of what numismatists call "Trajan's Arabian mint". There are also drachms with the same type (Arabia standing, tiny camel at feet), drachms with a two-humped bactrian camel, and some other tridrachms.
    Initially numismatists attributed these coins to Caesarea of Cappadocia. The discovery of a hoard near Amman, the "Tell Kalakh hoard", full of coins like these, some Arabia drachms being even overstruck on Rabbel II Nabataean silver sela'im, drew new theories : this Arabian mint must have been in Bostra. This is what Kindler assumed in his "Coinage of Bostra"
    But it does not fit with the style : the tridrachms like yours look too different from the drachms. Now, the new doxa is that the tridrachms or light tetradrachms were minted in Rome especially for Arabia. They were shipped to Arabia, for circulation there. Their style is obviously Roman. The drachms were minted in Antioch, and shipped to Arabia as well. Under Trajan there was no mint at all in Bostra, the first coins of Bostra are city-coins of Antoninus Pius.

    Laodicée Trajan.jpg
    Laodicaea (Lattakieh, Syria) - Trajan AE 25 mm
    Obv.: [AYTOKP. NEP.] TPAIANOC APICT. [KAIC. CEB. ΓEP. ΔAK. ΠAP.] , laureate bust right
    Rev.: IOYΛIEωN TωN KAI ΛAO[ΔIKEωN BΞP] , turreted bust of Tyche right

    Next : A provincial Hadrian
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  6. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    True, I know that these coins of Trajan for Bosra were likely produced in Rome, but at least they were made for a city that was annexed by Rome. Also, regarding the "tridrachm" versus "tetradrachm" designation, I've seen both used. I previously used tridrachm, but I read somewhere (I forget the source) that coins of this size are now called tetradrachms.
  7. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Hadrian 14.png
    AR Drachm
    OBVERSE: AΔΡIANOC CEBACTOC, laureate draped bust right
    REVERSE: YΠATOC Γ ΠATHΡ ΠATΡIAOC, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae
    Struck at Caesarea, Cappadocia, 121-122 AD
    2.6g, 18mm
    Sydenham, Caesarea -; Metcalf, Caesarea105
    ex JAZ Coins

    Next: Any coin purchased from JAZ Numismatics
  8. expat

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  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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  10. expat

    expat Remember you are unique, just like everyone else Supporter

    Sorry, senior moment.
    Next: Any AE Dupondius
  11. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Faustina Jr. (146 - 175 A.D.)
    O:FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, Draped bust right.
    R: CONCORDIA/SC, Concordia seated left leaning on chair with left and flower in right. By chair, cornucopia on globe.
    RCV 4724 RIC 1393

    Published on wildwinds!

    Next: Another Dupondius
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  12. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Galba 2.jpg
    AE Dupondius
    OBVERSE: SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P legend with laureate bust right
    REVERSE: PAX AVGVST legend with Pax standing left holding olive-branch and caduceus; S - C in fields
    Struck at Rome, July-August 68 AD
    13.2g, 27mm
    RIC 284; BMC 127; Sear 2129

    Next: Lets stick with the same theme. Another dupondius
  13. Clavdivs

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    Next: Nerva with a great nose.....
  14. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Nerva (96 -98 A.D.)
    Cappadocia, Caesarea
    AR Didrachm
    R: CEBACTOY TYXH, Tyche standing left holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
    Cappadocia, Caesarea 97 A.D.
    Sydenham 150, SNG von Aulock 6380

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    Next: Any Animal that is NOT an eagle.
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  15. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    Here's a two-in-one, hare and mule, quite a combination!

    Sicily, Messana, Tetradrachm, 480-461 BC.

    D-Camera Messana Tetradrachm,  480-461 BC, Roma Sale 55  6-6-20.jpg

    Next: A bidding war trophy, or an incredibly inexpensive auction acquisition (you pick).
  16. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    Is there still a 24 hours rule?

    Let's try for a large Ptolemaic bronze, any king.
  17. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Way past 24hrs, I have no Ptolemaic bronze of any sort nor is any high on my list.

    Since there is so few of us left, we should stick to slightly easier instead of obscure.

    Random, Julia Paula

    Julia Paula (219 - 220 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: IVLIA PAVLA AVG, Draped bust right.
    R: CONCORDIA, Concordia seated left, patera in right, left elbow resting on arm of throne, star in left field.
    RSC 6a , RIC 211

    Next: Concordia
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  18. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    L. Mussidius Longus.png
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: CONCORDIA, diademed and veiled bust of Concordia right, crescent below chin
    REVERSE: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOACIN and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above
    Rome 42BC
    3.5g, 19mm
    Crawford 494/42C; CRI 188; Sydenham 1093b; Kestner 3753-4; BMCRR Rome 4242-3, Mussidia 6a

    Next: Roman Republic example of your choice
  19. robinjojo

    robinjojo Well-Known Member

    Roman Republic, AR 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: Athens, any period.
  20. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    Athènes 224-198 BC.jpg
    Athens, AE 13mm, 2.94 g. Pseudo-autonomous, c. 120-175 AD.

    Next : goddess Athena
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  21. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Attica, Athens (353 - 294 B.C)
    AR Tetradrachm
    O: Helmeted head of Athena right. Pi Style 3
    R: AΘE Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square.
    21 mm
    Kroll -; HGC 4, 1599

    Ex. Numismatik-Naumann, Auction 52, Lot 126

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