Macrinus (from Frank)

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  1. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I'm about two weeks late to the Frank Robinson show-and-tell, but international shipping is what it is and my wins just arrived a few days ago.

    I mentioned in another thread that one of the coins I won was a Macrinus provincial and that I wasn't sure based on Frank's pics if it was going to live up to my expectations. I didn't pay so much for it that I was very worried, but as it is I'm mightily pleased...

    Macrinus - Nicopolis AE27 2514.jpg
    AE27. 12.75g, 26.6mm. Varbanov 3437 (same dies). MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum, AD 217-218. Statius Longinus, magistrate. O: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped and curiassed bust, seen from behind. R: YΠ CTA ΛONΓINOY NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC I, Apollo standing facing, head turned left, holding branch and bow.

    While I had some doubts based on his pics, I think his description of the coin was spot on : "VF+/AVF, centered, some lgnd crowded/wk, dark greenish patina obv, rev with sl darker patch, good surfaces; excellent portrait with loads of juicy detail. Actually rare with these rev details."

    Feel free to show your Macrinuses!
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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That's a lovely coin! Here's a provincial of Macrinus from my collection:

    Macrinus Antioch.jpg
    Macrinus, Augustus AD 217-218
    Roman provincial Æ 19 mm, 3.80 g, 12:00
    Syria: Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch ad Orontem
    Obv: ΑVΤ Κ Μ Ο C ΜΑΚΡΙΝΟC CЄ, laureate and cuirassed bust right
    Rev: Large SC, Δ/Є above and beneath; all within laurel wreath interrupted by star above
    Refs: SGI 2949; BMC 20. 198,385; SNG Cop. 233; McAlee 728.
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  4. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    Both of these "Macrini" look great! OP coin is a real eye-popper. Can somebody give me a tutorial on the desirability of Macrinus coins? It's something I've noticed on this board. Is it the fact that his reign was short, making his coins scarce/rare?
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  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Very nice bronze.

    His son would like to say hi to his dad. Frank babysat him too before I adopted him. No body wanted him when all the action was happening so I felt sorry for him and adopted him.

    Diadumenian (217 - 218 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind.
    R: SPES PVBLICA, Spes advancing left, flower in right, raising skirt with left.
    Cohen #21, RIC #117

    Ex Frank Robinson Auction 103, Feb 6, 2018
    Ex. Gordon Andreas Singer

    Macrinus, (217 - 218 A.D)
    AR Tetradrachm
    Carrhae, Mesopotamia
    O: AYT K M OΠ CE MAKPINOC CE, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind.
    R: ∆MAPX EΞ YΠATOC, eaglestanding front, wings spread, head right, between legs crescent, star in left field, two pellets (second officina?) in ex; REV LEG?.
    Carrhae mint 217 - 218 A.D
    Prieur 836
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  6. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Nice @zumbly ! I am always amazed at Frank's accuracy in describing. And, it is always a joy when I open his letters (multi-stamps) with better than expected coins!

    RI Macrinus 217-218 AE25 CE Facing Quadriga.jpg
    Provincial: RI Macrinus 217-218 AE25 CE Facing Quadriga

    RI Didumenian and Macrinus 217-218 CE AE28 Markianopolis mint Serapis.jpg
    RI Didumenian and Macrinus 217-218 CE AE28 Markianopolis mint Serapis
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  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Thanks! I have just three coins of Macrinus, so don’t consider myself qualified to give a tutorial, but in my opinion, he’s an emperor of no great historical importance and his coins are generally speaking not so interesting that the general collector will desire many of them. Macrinus specialists should feel free to pillory me now :D.

    That said, I think he does cut a nice portrait on some of his coins. If his imperial coins seem pricier than the average coin of the Severan period, I think it’s a combination of relative scarcity (even though they’re far from rare) and the fact they’re often in fairly high grade. His provincial coins are quite common and be pretty affordable. My Nicopolis was around $65 including shipping. Confronted bust issues with his son Diadumenian like the one Alegandron showed above are a nice way to check off two boxes at once, especially since junior’s imperial coins are a few times more rare than dad’s and typically more expensive by the same factor.

    Here’s my Mac denarius.

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  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    A Macrinus provincial, from an uncleaned hoard...


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  9. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Struck in Antioch, these 2 coins have SC on reverse. The first weighs 4.8 g. while the second coin is oval and weighs 4.7 g.

    Macrsc O 001.jpg Macrsn R 001.jpg Macrovl O 001.jpg Macrovn R 001.jpg
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  10. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Nice Macrinus.
    Macrinus, 217-218. Diassarion. Macedonia. Amphipolis. AV M OΠЄΛ CЄV MAKPINOC Laurate, draped and cuirassed bust of Macrinus to right. Rev. AMΦIΠO/ΛЄITΩN City godess enthroned left, wearing kalathos and holding patera in her right hand. SNG ANS 200. Varbanov 3285.
    Macrinus A.jpg Macrinus B.jpg
    Macrinus, with Diadumenian as Caesar. AD 217-218. Æ Pentassarion. Marcianopolis mint. Pontianus, legatus consularis. Ob. AVT K OPEL CEV MAKPEINOC K M OPE ANTWN/NOCI, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Macrinus right, seen from behind, vis-à-vis bare-headed and draped bust of Diadumenian left, seen from behind / VP PONTIANOV (OV ligate) MAPKIANOPOLEITWN, Asclepius standing facing, head left, leaning on serpent-entwined staff; E to left. AMNG I 748 var.; Mouchmov 534; Varbanov 896
    Moesia - Markianopolis - Macrinus, Diadumenian A.jpg Moesia - Markianopolis - Macrinus, Diadumenian B.jpg
  11. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    A problem with these pile on threads is I can't remember which coin I showed last time. Macrinus has many variations on Provincial portraits and could make an interesting specialty group. This Nikopolis shows Dionysos with panther and an aegis on the portrait bust.
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  12. Smojo

    Smojo dreamliner

    Z you have a nice couple of Macrinus there. I am still short of adding one myself.
    I also just recieved my multi stamped envelope from Frank the other day and I am state side. I guess that's the USPS for you.
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  13. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    A great coin Z
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  14. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    Nice Macrinus, zumbly:).
    I have never bought any coins with Frank Robinson Auctions, but I have heard a lot about him.

    Here are my two coins of Macrinus:

    Dupondius of Macrinus:
    Macrinus Dupondius-Obv - 1.jpg Macrinus Dupondius-Rev - 1.jpg

    Denarius of Macrinus:
    Macrinus Denarius Obv - 1_opt.jpg Macrinus Denarius Rev - 1_opt.jpg

    And one of his son Diadumenianus:
    Diadumenian Denarius-Obv - 1.jpg Diadumenian Denarius-Rev - 1.jpg
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  15. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    I'd say the description of that coin was spot on Z, killer obverse!

    Here's my one and only...


    Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Emesa. Macrinus, 217-218 AD. AR Tetradrachm

    O: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. R: eagle standing facing, head left, holding wreath in beak; between legs, radiate and draped bust of Shamash left. Prieur 1015. 27 mm, 12.9 g
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  16. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Thanks for the comment, folks. @Eduard , those denarii are outstanding!
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  17. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Fantastic buy zumbly, I love the realistic portrait. Congrats.
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  18. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Great coin, Z! Awesome portrait, of course, but I also like the patina... has character. :)

    My denarius:
    Screen Shot 2018-02-24 at 5.53.45 PM.jpg
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  19. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    Nice Big Mac, Z!!

    Here's my tiny Mac...
    pjimage (22).jpg
    Macrinus, Ruled 217-218 AD
    AE15, Mesopatamia, Nisibis

    Obverse: KAIC MAKPEIN, bust laureate head right.
    Reverse: Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right.
    References: Lindgren & Kovacs 2598A
    Size: 15x12mm, 3.44g
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  20. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Nice OP provincial Z. Interesting coins all around

    Macrinus, Bronze struck in Nicopolis
    AVT KM .... H MAKRINOC, Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus right
    V M AGRIPPA NIKOPOLITWNPROC IC TR, Tyche standing left, holding cornucopia and rudder
    14.26 gr
    Ref : ANMG #1710

    Macrinus, Tetradrachm struck in Antioch, Ca AD 217-218
    AYG K M OP SE MAKRINOS SEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Macrinus right
    DHMARX EXYPATO, Eagle facing, holding wreath in beak, standing on thigh. D E in upper field
    12.76 gr
    Ref : Sear #2948, Prieur # 246_055

    Diadumenian, Tetradrachm Hierapolis mint
    AVT K M OTTEA ANTONEINOC, Radiate and draped bust of diadumenian right
    DHMAP X EX VTTAT (OC), Eagle facing, head right, holding wreath in beak, lion between legs
    11,44 gr
    Ref : Prieur #947_050, Sear #315

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  21. benhur767

    benhur767 Sapere aude

    Not exactly a Macrinus, but Macrinus-ey.

    Macrinus. 217–8 CE. Æ “sestertius.” 35mm, 27.62g, 6h. “Paduan medal” after Giovanni Cavino, 1500–70. Klawans 2, Lawrence — (obverse); Lawrence 48 (reverse). Obv: IMP CAES M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG PM T P P P; laureate and cuirassed bust right, slight drapery. Rx: S | C; FID • EXERCIT in exergue; emperor addressing three soldiers. Later cast. VF.

    From the Collection of Princeton Economics (acquired by Martin R. Armstrong).
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