I'm leaving for a while...

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by hotwheelsearl, Jan 21, 2022.

  1. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Hey folks,

    Tomorrow I am officially joining the US Navy, and will be starting Officer Candidate School in Rhode Island.

    I will not have any computer access for at least 9 weeks, much to my chagrin.

    If all goes well, I will be commissioned as an Ensign in the Oceanography field in mid-April.

    To celebrate, please post your best nautical-themed coins!

    Here's some of my favorites, the popular FTR Galley series of Constans!

    Barbarous AE24. Compare to the one below, you can see how the celator made some major mistakes - he places two long sticks under the emperor's left hand, where there should have been one standard, and one clothing strap of some sort. The standard itself is almost nonexistent, and the galley is also pretty gone. Very interesting to see which parts of the reverse were retained well - namely, the in-hand victory and the rudder-wielding Victory.
    I always wondered how degenerate these coins could have gotten if they were allowed to; exempli gratia the Eastern "attendants and fire altar" coins that devolved to almost nothing remotely close to the original Sasanian prototype.
    Constans Barbaric (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).JPG

    Oddly smaller AE21 official prototype
    Constans RIC VIII 118 (2020_11_18 03_38_31 UTC).JPG

    And a really elegant AE24 example. I actually always wondered if this one was fake, it seemed too perfect. This reverse has emperor holding a phoenix instead of a Victory. The details are amazing, especially the galley with some rather fine work on the fore and aft portions. The emperor's armor getup is gorgeous, and standard is rather nicely detailed.
    Constans Centenionalis Cyzicus.JPG
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  3. sand

    sand Well-Known Member

    Wow. Good luck to you.
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  4. sand

    sand Well-Known Member

    P.S. : Here are NGC photos, of my sea turtle coin, before I removed it from the NGC slab.
    Aegina AR Stater. 510 BC To 490 BC. Sear 1851. Diameter = 19 mm. Weight = 12.3 grams. Obverse Sea Turtle. Reverse Incuse Punch. Countermarks.
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  5. Mr.MonkeySwag96

    Mr.MonkeySwag96 Well-Known Member

    Good luck. It should be quite easy to find coins fitting the nautical theme since designs featuring ships and sea creatures were so prevalent on Greco-Roman coinage.


    Mark Antony Legionary Ar denarius, 32-31 BC. Military mint moving with Antony. ANT AVG[III] VI R.R.P.C, praetorian galley to r., rev., Aquila between two signa; LEG XXI across fields (RSC 58). 3.5g, diameter 18mm

    Ex. CJ Martin


    AR Denarius 20mm. 3.95g. Spanish Mint Diademed bust of Genius of the Roman People draped r., sceptre on shoulder; G.P.R. above. Terrestrial globe between rudder and sceptre; EX-S.C. to either side; In ex.: CN.LEN.Q RSC I Cornelia 54; Craw. 393/1a Good VF. Toned with attractive contrast and some remaining lustre. Nice high relief.

    Ex. Civitas Galleries


    THRACE, Apollonia Pontika. Mid-late 4th century BC. AR Drachm (3.06 gm; 15 mm). Facing gorgoneion / Anchor; A and crayfish under each fluke. SNG BM Black Sea 167; SNG Copenhagen 459. Well struck on a nice broad flan. Nicely centered. Choice EF. Toned.

    Ex. Pars Coins


    AR Denarius 19mm. 3.40g. Rome Mint 79 A.D. Laureate head, r. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M Radiate figure standing on rostral column decorated with ships' rams. TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P RIC II 16a; RSC II 289 Good VF. Scarce. Lightly toned with bright lustre. A few tiny light marks.

    Ex. Civitas Galleries


    Roman Republic, Anonymous, 217 - 215 BC AE Quartuncia, Semilibral Standard, Rome Mint, 16mm, 3.36 grams Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right. Reverse: Prow of galley right, ROMA above. Crawford 38/8 // RBW 103 // Sydenham 88

    Ex. Ken Dorney


    Vitellius, AR denarius, Civil War Issue AR 18mm/3.1gm Rome mint c. 69 AD Con/ Slightly off-struck to left, otherwise, Very Fine. Obv/ [A VITELLIVS] GERM IMP AVG TR P; laureate head right Rev/ XV VIR SACR FAC; Tripod-lebes with dolphin laying right above and raven standing right below Ref/ RIC Vol One, 109, RSC111, BCM39

    Ex. Noble Roman Coins


    90 BC - Roman Republic. L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi Æ AS / FRVGI Attribution: Crawford 340/4; Calpurnia 18; Sydenham 677 Date: 90 BC Obverse: Head of Janus Reverse: Prow right, FRVGI below Size: 26.25mm Weight: 9.72 grams Description: nearing VF

    Ex. Marc Breitsprecher
  6. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    If I play my cards right, maybe I can join the the elite Dolphin Cavalry Corps!
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  7. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    arados et iles egates.jpg
    Arados, AE 14 mm, 2nd c. BC, reverse: ram of galley - on the right: ram of Roman or Punic galley sunk at the Battle of the Aegates Islands (10 March 241 BC).

    Now, let's dance !!! ♩♬

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  8. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I always liked those dramatic galley coins. Will have to pick one of those up with that nice shiny officer pay...
  9. Egry

    Egry Supporter! Supporter

    Best of luck @hotwheelsearl !

    Here are some of my nautical themed coins

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  10. JPD3

    JPD3 Well-Known Member

    Although not an ancient, here's one sailing your way.
    2000 Republika E Shqiperise Albanian 20 Lek (Aluminum/Bronze) KM # 78

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    Hooyah !
  11. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    earl, Best of luck on your new venture :happy:. Breaking away from coins & the internet for this period of time is a good thing ;). Hopefully you will get a good assignment after OCS. Pictured below is a centenionalis with an appropriate reverse composition. The emperor is standing in a galley holding a globe with Victory atop & a labarum in the other hand. The galley is being steered by Victory seated in the stern.
    NGC 1883792-130 Al Kowsky Collection.jpg
  12. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . .

    I'm ancient, my exonumia isn't.

    1850 Bank of Upper Canada Token - reverse.JPG IMG_1495.JPG IMG_2225.JPG HK-409 (1915) Panama-Pacific Exposition Montana Fund - obverse.JPG IMG_1645.JPG 1715 Fleet 300th Anniversary Cob - obverse.JPG 2010 KOTCT Medal (63mm Gary Burke) - obverse.JPG
  13. ominus1

    ominus1 Supporter! Supporter

    ...joining the navy?!?...earl, i thought you were around my age...and wouldn't be joinin' much other than AARP..:p...haha...well good luck to you sir and here's a Hadrian Galley for your flotilla :) IMG_0416.JPG IMG_0417.JPG
  14. Tusky Ranger

    Tusky Ranger Active Member

    Good Luck! 21 years US Army retired! Sorry no nautical coins :(
  15. fullhart

    fullhart Junior Member

    I don't think I have anything nautical. Congrats on going for a commission. I was an E5 Electronics Technician for 9 years total.
  16. Jdomin

    Jdomin New Member

    Fair winds and following seas.
  17. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    I don't have any nautical coins, but I do have 12 years of active duty military experience (four years USMC and eight years Army), most of it as an NCO, so I'm loaded with advice for any brand new shiny officer:

    Don't let the salutes and the yes sirs go to your head...listen and learn from your senior enlisted, who have been getting their hands dirty for years doing the job that you'll only have learned about in a classroom...ask questions...ask more questions...stay humble - not soft, but humble...work for respect that's earned, rather than the forced respect that your rank will bring.

    Above all else, enjoy your time seeing new places, new cultures, new people! Wherever you go in the world, find the time to explore! And thank you for your upcoming service.
  18. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Good luck. I've been retired for over 20 years from the army and I still miss the life and comradery.
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    AR Billon Tetradrachm
    OBVERSE: ΝΕΦΡΑ ΚΛΑΒ ΚΑΗς ΣΕΜΠ, Radiate head left, wearing aegis; L IΓ to left below chin (Reginal year 13)
    REVERSE: ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΦΌΡΟς, Galley sailing right, dolphins below
    Struck at Alexandria, Egypt, 66/7 AD
    12.5g, 23mm
    Emmett 121
  19. kountryken

    kountryken Well-Known Member

    God bless you and keep you safe. Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for sharing your expertise on CT. Thank you for being a friend to CT members. Peace & Blessings, my friend, Kenneth
  20. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Fair winds and following seas (future) shipmate :)
    I spent almost 4 years at NAVSTA Newport both as a student and an instructor.

    Once you are able to get out in town, you should check out Brick Alley Pub downtown. Great food. Also where I took (the future) Mrs Frog on our first date :)

    Keep warm. Newport this time of year is a wee bit chilly. Looking forward to seeing you when you return.

    Theodosius I, AE2, GLORIA ROMANORVM, CONA.png

    Oh and a bit of advice from a soon-to-be-retired Sailor - Listen to your people. Especially your NCOs. Just because they don't have shiny bars on their shoulders doesn't mean they should be dismissed. I've seen that mindset all too often in the fleet.
    Your NCOs have been there and done all the things you just read about at OCS. Learn from them.
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