My childhood collection of ancients

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Spargrodan, Aug 26, 2020.

  1. Spargrodan

    Spargrodan Well-Known Member

    Long time since I posted, hope you're all well and safe out there in this difficult time.

    Last time I visited my parents I gathered my ancient coin collection from childhood and found some interesting pieces, and some that I'm not really sure about but maybe could get some help if someone knows more about them. A modest collection but a good start for a kid.

    In the beginning of this years I started to collect again. As I'm now collecting Flavians it was fun to see that my very first ancient coin, which I had forgotten about is a Judea Capta. Not a bad start for a nine year old kid!

    I believe it's rare?
    Judea 84 AD
    Rv. Minerva


    Don't know much of this one it's also worn so hard too see.
    Mysia Pergamon
    100-150 AD


    This denarii was in very nice condition.


    Trajan Decius,
    Moesia Superior, Viminacium
    249-251 AD
    Bronze AE28
    Moesia stand between bull and lion.

    Trajan_Decius ae.jpg

    Trajan Decius

    Alexandria, Egypt
    284 AD


    Constantine the Great
    307-337 AD

    Constantine the Great.jpg

    Justinian I
    527-565 AD
    12 Nummia
    Justinian I.jpg

    Harum al Rashid
    Arabian dynasty
    Bagdad, Kalifat
    806-807 AD

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  3. Spargrodan

    Spargrodan Well-Known Member

    As a kid I thought this one came to Sweden where I live with the vikings. At least I was told so by the coin dealer.
    700-900 AD

    Counterfeit of Aureus?
  4. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Welcome back, nice coins.
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  5. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

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  6. Alegandron

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

    WOW, congrats on you CHILDHOOD Ancients collection! Very nice!

    Lol, I did not get into any Ancients until your age that you are now!
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2020
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  7. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Great story - and great coins - @Spargrodan. Thank you.
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  8. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    MYSIA, Pergamum, Pseudo-autonomous civic issue (c. 40-60 CE), time of Claudius/Nero.
    Obv: ΘЄΟΝ CYN-KΛHTON, draped bust of Senate right
    Rev: ΘЄAN PΩ-MHN, laureate and draped bust of Roma right, hair rolled
    There are a few varieties listed on RPC.
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  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    When I was a kid the only coins I could afford were coins found in change lols

    My favorite is your Elagabalus
  10. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Nice coins! I have a matching one to your Alexandrian Diocletian.
    Emmett 4082(3)
  11. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    Wow, those are some very nice coins -- a whole lot better-looking than the handful of wretched LRB's that I bought as a child of 8 or 9 from a small coin shop a few blocks from where I lived. (I didn't buy another ancient coin for about 20 years after that -- only British and other world coins -- and didn't start collecting ancients actively for still another 30+ years!)
  12. Spargrodan

    Spargrodan Well-Known Member

    Thank you!

    Interesting read I was also thinking that it doesn't add up that Domitian minted this coin as he didn't participate in the siege of Jerusalem. On the other hand he's a Flavian and it's propaganda as some already have stated so who knows?

    College is still early I think, and there's no rules for when to start the most important is that you enjoy the hobby.

    Thanks! Well as long as you enjoy the hobby, that's the important thing.

    Thanks! :)

    Oh nice! Thanks, will add that information to that coin!

    I was lucky to live close to a well renowned coin dealer. I din't buy much but he showed me lots of coins mainly Swedish. I think he thought it fun with someone so young interested.

    Nice one! Your's better than mine. :)

    That collection was acquired until I stopped at 15 so quite many years, not so many coins. I was also lucky to get coins to start from my best friend's father. We used to lurke around on second hand markets trying to find "rare ones". The denarii from Trajan Decius and the worst of the Constantines that I've posted were found at such markets. But my main collection was Swedish coins as roman and greek was much harder to find. Internet have changed that, it's a completely different field today from when I started.
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