FFIVN chose 3 coins at random today and we worked on identifying them and learning a bit of the history behind them. Below are the 3 coins FFIVN chose and a few interesting things that he learned and wanted to share about each coin. Victorinus AE Antoninianus South Petherton Hoard Trier 270/1 AD Obverse: IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right Reverse: VIRTVS AVG, Virtus standing right, holding spear and shield ex @Ocatarinetabellatchitchix FFVIN especially liked the green coloring of this coin. He didn't particularly care for Victorinus, saying that he sounded like "kind of a jerk". What he did find interesting though, was that this coin was minted in Trier. Trier was founded in the 4th century BC and is considered to be the oldest city in Germany. He also thought the fact that this coin can be traced to where it was found was really cool. This is our first "hoard coin". Up Next... Northern Song Dynasty Emperor Rhen Zong 1023-1063 AD T’ien Sheng Yuan Pao Seal Script 天元聖寶 Hartil 16.73 ex @dougsmit The most interesting FFIVN learned about Emperor Rhenzong is that on 04 July 1054, Supernova SN 1054 was first observed. FFIVN has been watching a lot of Science Channel during this quarantine and just watched a show about super novas just a few days ago. He also found it pretty amazing that Rhenzong became emperor at the age of 12. Only 3 years older than FFIVN is right now. He said "I don't think I'd be ready to be the emperor when I am 12. Perhaps when I turn 16"...lol The last coin we studied today was this one. Again, pulled completely at random but was pretty cool due to its relationship to the previous coin. Northern Song Dynasty Emperor Zhen Zong 1017-1022 AD Tianxi Tung Pao 天禧通寶 Hartil 16.70 ex @dougsmit Emperor Zhenzong was the father of Emperor Rhenzong, coin number 2. We didn't find out much interesting information about Zhenzong besides that he started a peace treaty with the Liao Dynasty that led to 100 years of peace. This cost the Northern Song dynasty 100,000 ounces of silver and 200,000 bolts of silk annually! Pretty expensive peace deal. We plan on pulling out another two or three coins in the next day or two and posting them here. Hopefully you can learn along with us. If you have learned any interesting new facts about coins you've been studying while in quarantine, feel free to post them here!