My first ancient

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by cwart, Apr 30, 2018.

  1. cwart

    cwart Senior Member

    I recently made my first ancient purchase. @Valentinian had posted a few coins for sale and I knew I had to have this one as soon as I saw it. An ae of Constantine II from the Siscia mint...



    Sorry if the pics are a bit rough... a camera phone and a hand tremor are a bad combination.
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  3. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Sharp details, that's a nice lookin' LRB @cwart goood choice for a first ancient!!

    Here's a nicely silvered Constantine II VOT of mine, I forgot I had this coin!


    Constantine II as Caesar (317-337 AD)

    Obv./ CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust left. Rev./ CAESARVM NOSTRORVM around VOT X within wreath, TSBVI in ex. 19 mm 2.9g
  4. cwart

    cwart Senior Member

    Very cool coin chrsmat.

    The detail and strike were what drew me to the coin in the first place, the modern collector in me still needs that. Lol
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  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice first Ancient @cwart
    Constantine II 22.jpg
    AE Follis
    OBVERSE: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB CAES, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right
    REVERSE: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, laurel wreath around VOT X, GSIS(sunburst) in ex.
    Struck at Siscia 321-4 AD
    2.90g. 18 mm
    RIC VII 182,G
  6. cwart

    cwart Senior Member

    Very nice coin @Bing. I am definitely being drawn closer to the ancient side of things...
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  7. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    A wonderful first purchase!

    This is about the closest you can get to that type with the Flavians.

    V1414.jpg Vespasian
    AR Denarius, 3.40g
    Ephesus mint, 70 AD
    RIC 1414 (R3). BMC - . RSC - . RPC 822 (1 spec.).
    Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
    Rev: AVG and BY in oak wreath
    Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

    Rome struck a wreath with SPQR within, but I find these Ephesian wreaths more elegant.
  8. cwart

    cwart Senior Member

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  9. Collect89

    Collect89 Coin Collector

    Nice Noble Caesar.

    Here are my firsts:
    Constantine I

    Constantius II
    Constantius II.jpg
  10. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Lovely coin and a pretty good photo, too! Here's one of mine, a campgate reverse of Constantine II from the Heraclea mint:

    Constantine II Heraclea.jpg
  11. Gil-galad

    Gil-galad I AM SPARTACUS

    That's a really nice first coin and a good buy from Valentinian, he has sold many nice coins. One day I will get some too when my finances improve.

    I believe your reverse type legend translates to "Our Caesar vows five years of service."

    Here is my coin which has a left facing bust.


    Roman Imperial, Constantine II as Caesar AE3, (320-321 AD), Aquileia mint, 2.5g, 17mm

    Obverse: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB, Laureate, draped & cuirassed bust left.

    Reverse: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, VOT V in wreath, dot in badge at top of wreath. AQT dot in ex. "Our Caesar vows five years of service."

    Reference: RIC VII Aquileia 95v
  12. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Great coin from a great seller, @cwart! And more importantly, welcome to the dark side!! Just you wait, before long you'll be lusting after coins that look like this (also acquired from @Valentinian):
    Screen Shot 2018-04-30 at 7.50.30 PM.jpg
    Strike and detail are not this coin's strong point. ;)
  13. Ryro

    Ryro Another victory like that will destroy us! Supporter

    Congrats and welcome to the hobby of kings! Beautiful Connie II. Looks like it was minted yesterday!
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  14. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    very nice coin of Const. ll. congrats on your e pluribus unum on the dark side! :)
  15. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..and just regular peeps who dig history n coins! ^^
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  16. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    This lot of twelve was my first ancient purchase:

  17. Gil-galad

    Gil-galad I AM SPARTACUS

    My first ancient was a gift from Bing!!

  18. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    A great first!

    My first: c047.JPG
  19. Alegandron

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

    Nice first Ancients purchase @cwart ! And welcome to the Ancients Forum. Is your name pronounced QUART or See-Wart? :)

    I hope you will find the folks in the Ancients threads knowledgeable and helpful. Rather than a more formal environment, I find it looser and very friendly exchange of knowledge and ideas. Great stuff and a lotta fun.

    Personally, I got out of boring machine manufactured Moderns 30 years ago. I began collecting Ancients about 25 years ago as they satisfy my passion for Ancient Histories. They give me a tangible tie to critical junctures in Human History... fun for me. Ergo, I am not as concerned with the Numismatics of Ancient coins, but more as placeholders in time. Sooo... I love circulated wear (proof of usage in human transactions)

    My Constantine II's:
    RI Constantine II 337-340 CE AE3 GLORIA EXERCITVS Glory to the Army 2 Soldiers 2 Standards.jpg
    RI Constantine II 337-340 CE AE3 GLORIA EXERCITVS Glory to the Army 2 Soldiers 2 Standards

    RI Constantine II 337-340 CE AE3 VOT X.jpg
    RI Constantine II 337-340 CE AE3 VOT X
  20. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Congrats and wellcome cwart. Good quality coin you bought there.

    Here's mine , rather poor quality:

  21. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    That's a nice first ancient @cwart - "Our Caesar" is an interesting legend.
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