Lovely Ladies

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ken Dorney, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    I dont normally collect silver, especially denarii. Something about it just doesn't 'click'. But when I saw this one today I had to try and get it (which I did, and reasonably in my opinion). It has everything I like in a coin, plus for silver it has the perfect toning for my appreciation. It's just a lovely object of art. Show any attractive ladies you might have!

    Sabina. Augusta, AD 128-136/7. AR Denarius (16.5mm, 3.35 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Hadrian, circa AD 135-137/8. Diademed and draped bust right / Concordia standing left, leaning on column, holding patera and double cornucopia. RIC II 390 (Hadrian); Abdy, Chronology, New Group 4; RSC 3a. VF, toned.

    BTW, I'm unfamiliar with the Abdy reference. Does anyone know if it is a book or otherwise?
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  3. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Cogito Ergo Sum

    I rather like this portrait of Salonina from Alexandria from toward the end of the reign of her husband Gallienus.

    EGYPT, Alexandria

    Billon Tetradrachm, 23mm, 9.8 grams, 12h

    Dated RY 15 (A.D. 267-268)

    Diademed and draped bust right.

    Reverse: Eagle standing right, holding wreath in beak; palm in left field, L IE to right

    Reference: Koln 2983; Dattari 5346; Milne 4189; Curtis 1642; Emmett 3854


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  4. Kentucky

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  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A very pleasing example, Ken & one I would take just based on the toning & overall look.

    Always like the cheeks and toning on a Lucilla of mine.

    Lucilla (162 - 182 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, Draped bust right.
    R: CONCORDIA, Concordia standing facing, head left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
    Rome Mint
    RIC III 760.

    Ex. Cabinet Numismatique, Genève.
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  6. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    A lovely coin Ken. I am also a fan of that type of toning.

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  7. benhur767

    benhur767 Sapere aude

    Ken, your Sabina has beautiful toning and style.

    Julia Domna. AR denarius, Rome, 196–211 CE; 3.25g. BMCRE S10, RIC S546, RSC 14. Obv: IVLIA – AVGVSTA; draped bust r. Rx: CERERI F–RVGIF; Ceres seated l., holding corn-ears and long torch (or scepter).

    Plautilla. AR denarius, Rome, c. 202 CE; 20mm, 3.41g, 12h. BMCRE 411, Hill 585 (C), RIC 363a, RSC 1. Obv: PLAVTILLA – AVGVSTA; draped bust r., with hair in nearly vertical waves and drawn into large bun at back. Rx: CONCORDIA AVGG; Concordia, wearing diadem, standing half-l., holding patera and scepter.

    Julia Paula. AR denarius, Rome auxiliary mint, 219–20 CE. 2.65g, 7h. BMCRE 177, RIC 222, RSC 21. Obv: IVLIA PAVLA • AVG; draped bust r. Rx: VENVS GENETRIX; Venus seated l. on throne holding apple (Cohen, globe) and scepter.


    Aquilia Severa. AR denarius, Rome, 221 CE; 20mm, 3.20g. BMCRE 335, RIC 226, RSC 2. Obv: IVLIA AQVILIA SEVERA AVG; draped bust r. Rx: CONCORDIA; Concordia standing half-l., sacrificing from patera over lighted altar, holding double cornucopia, star in field r.
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  8. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Nice one Ken, gee wiz she had a good size snoz on her, great toning. 410.jpeg
    Diva Faustina senior.
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  9. Ed Snible

    Ed Snible Well-Known Member

    I was also unfamiliar with it. CNG's web site has a bibliography which is sometimes easier than the ANS catalog because it is limited:
    R. Abdy. "Chronology of Sabina's coinage at the Roman mint" in RN 171 (2014).
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  10. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That is a lovely denarius, @Ken Dorney . I have most of the Roman ladies, but here are some that nobody has yet posted:

    Agrippina I:

    Agrippina Sr Sestertius.jpg


    Marciana CONSECRATIO denarius.jpg
    Didia Clara:

    Didia Clara HILAR TEMPOR sestertius.jpg


    Orbiana Concordia Sestertius.jpg
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  11. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    I fell in love with Plautilla at first sight even though Caracalla did not. Agrippina also has a stately demeanor if not a beautiful one. And Julia Domna sestertius - for a stunning and influential Domina. 3nDJyH7Gr4kCeW5JXRb8s2sSTbr6tQ.jpg 110350N2.jpg 110350.jpg of7G6jDeZ9aq3xABi5eJ8B8kMb4Q25.jpg
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  12. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Ancient coins connect us! Supporter

    Thank you for a great thread, as always @Ken Dorney ! Here are my beautiful Julia's.

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  13. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    That op coin looks like a dream!
    Here's a couple ladies that r hard to get a date with :
    Julia Titi

    (Daughter of Titus)AE DupondiusEmpress. 10.76 grams 27mmRome AD 279-80Obv IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTADraped bust of Julia right hair in bunRv CERES AVGVST S CCeres standing left holding corn ears and long torchSear 2615 RIC Titus 177

    Former: fvrisus.rvfvs

    MANLIA SCANTILLAwife of DidiusJulianus. Augusta, 193 AD. Æ Sestertius (24.70 gm). Draped bust right / Juno standing left, holding patera and sceptre; to left, peacock standing left, head right. RIC III 18a smallish squared flan,dark green patina, sl grainy, obv

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  14. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    Maybe. Its the first coin I have bought for my collection this year and I'm getting pretty anxious. I need to collect something! Roman silver is cheap and plentiful, so maybe...

    It's a paper, and was easily found as the first search result. It can be read or downloaded here:
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  16. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Some beautiful lady coins posted, here is my Tranquillina. Tranquillina.jpg MACEDON THESSALONICA Tranquillina Bronze. AD 238-244. 26 mm. 12,11 g.
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  17. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Even though Sabina wasn't that pretty, this denarius is outstanding with a very nice style to it. Instead of attractive ladies which I don't think I have coins of, here are two skilled engravors' artwork, Plautilla and Maesa (yes, Maesa) :



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  18. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    It looks like Herennia Etruscilla's beauty is underappreciated in this thread:

    Etruscilla FECVNDITAS AVG sestertius.jpg
    Etruscilla PVDICITIA AVG seated Antoninianus Rome 2.jpg
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  19. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    So many charming portraits in this thread! @Ken Dorney, I see why you were attracted to that Sabina. @Mat, not seeing the rest of that coin I would have guessed it was some provincial or imitative. Lucilla looks very "eastern" on that coin. @benhur767, all of yours are wonderful but that Domna is really special. She looks atypically sweet :). @Roman Collector, any Imperial portrait of Agrippina I is a coup and that bronze Herennia Etruscilla is remarkably veristic/modern. She looks like someone you might meet on the street today! @octavius and @Cucumbor ... spectacular examples, as usual :D.

    I don't have that many women and haven't paid as much attention to portraits as to reverses, but here's a portrait I find appealing:

    Empress CE 163-169, wife of Lucius Verus
    AR denarius, 19 mm, 3.25 gm
    Obv: LVCILLA AVGVSTA; draped bust right
    Rev: PVDICITIA; Pudicitia, veiled, standing left, with right hand preparing to draw a veil across her face (or had she just drawn the veil off her face?), left hand at side
    Ref: RIC III 780

    She's a dead ringer (pardon the pun) for a particular type of china-head doll. My grandmother had one, although not the doll head pictured below:
  20. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    @ K.D. You chose the most expensive Roman lady. Mine is Greek.. She's also valuable and charming. Ask Ptolemy III.. He knows better.
    Berenike II. Struck in Marathos - Phoenicia.

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  21. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Julia Paula. Augusta, 219-220 AD. AR Denarius (3.00 gm). Rome mint. Obv: IVLIA PAVLA AVG, draped bust right. Rev: CONCORDIA, Concordia seated left, holding patera in her extended right hand, resting left arm on arm rest; star in left field. RIC IV 211; RSC 6a; BMCRE 172-4.
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