My first gold, Lady Luck, and an elephant headdress

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Nvb, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    I haven’t been posting much lately and am well behind on showing my acquisitions.
    Here are 3 new pickups, unrelated aside from the fact I haven’t shown them yet here.
    I hope you enjoy and comment.
    Pardon the shorthand descriptions I am posting from a smartphone :) (photos also taken with an iPhone 8)

    AV Histamenon of Basilius II 976-1025
    Christ facing
    Basil and Constantine facing, with cross
    Sear 1800, Ratto 1945
    Ex Sternberg VI, 1976 lot 1032

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    Seleucid, Laodikeia Ad Mare
    Tetradrachm 65/64 BC
    Tyche right with turreted headdress
    Zeus seated left with Nike and sceptre
    ANSMN 28, 1983. Dca-s 314
    Extremely rare date
    I could not resist this coin with its sublime style and toning. Portraits of Tyche don’t get much better. Luck would have it that my bid held up!

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    Egypt, Ptolemy I
    Tetradrachm 323-283 BC
    Alexander the Great right with elephant headdress
    Athena Alkidemos right with spear and shield
    Sear 7750
    Ex Nick Economopolous, ex Frank Robinson
    *I bought this coin today from a friend and fellow collector in my area. He was kind enough to let it go at a fair price - it’s just wonderful in hand with great contrast.

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  3. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    3 beautifull additions, congrats Nvb

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  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  5. Limes

    Limes Well-Known Member

    Very nice coins @Nvb. Nice photo's too, that iphone is not that bad! That Alexander coin is my favorite of the three.
  6. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Nvb, those 3 coins are beauties :jawdrop:! I love the Byzantine histamenon nomisma & Tyche Tet..
  7. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Beautiful coins. Congrats on the new gold!
  8. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    Those coins are amazing. That gold 1 is spiritual to me..
  9. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Very nice, I particularly admire the Tyche. Beautiful style and condition.
  10. Johndoe2000$

    Johndoe2000$ Well-Known Member

    Super nice coins shown here. Very nice.
  11. Pavlos

    Pavlos You pick out the big men. I'll make them brave!

    Great coins! Perfect strike on the gold coin, and the head of Tyche is indeed very nice.
  12. Broucheion

    Broucheion Well-Known Member

    Hi @Nvb, I love the Alexanders that were down-sized and re-issued as ~15.5 g coins. Yours is a really nice example. You can see signs of the old undertype on the reverse, between Athena's face and above the shield. It may be the (old) top of Alexander's head. Brooks Emmons wrote about these years ago in The Overstruck Coinage of Ptolemy I (ANS Museum Notes 6, 1954). She explains the fascinating story behind the adjusted weight standards that abruptly changed mid-issue. The PDF is available for free online with the rest of ANS pubs digitized content. I found it here ( ). Of course it's also discussed in Lorber's Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire.

    This coin down-sizing was also recently discussed in a bit more depth in a thread started by @Nemo (

    - Broucheion
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  13. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Lovely coins Nvb:happy: Your Basil II/ Constantine VIII AV Histamenon is gorgeous! That Seleucid Tetradrachm, very nice strike, details, glad your bid held:)
  14. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    3 gorgeous coins, great pics also, especially of the first two coins!
  15. jb_depew

    jb_depew Well-Known Member

    Great coins! That Seleucid tetradrachm is my favorite of the three. Fantastic portrait.
  16. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    Thanks @Broucheion for the informative links and commentary :)
    It’s wonderful to live in an age where so much quality numismatic literature is available online, provided one knows where to look.
    My example shows clear signs of clipping for weight reduction, as well as overstriking.
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