My First Purchases of 2020

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by furryfrog02, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    FFIVN and I went to a small coin show today that has 1 ancient dealer who is a pretty nice guy. Before we went to him though, we walked around and I met with another dealer who was interested in buying a few of my West Point quarters. I sold him 5 for $50 but ended up buying 2 nickels for our US Type Set album for $5.

    After that, we stopped by the ancients dealer and had a nice chat. He gave FFIVN a Judean prutah and an unidentified Greek coin with a lyre on one side and a tripod on the other.

    I told him I was interested in a Byzantine coin and he showed a few that were beautiful but out of my price range. Then he pulled out two that were more my speed. Even better? They were $45 total. I ended up spending $1.25 for 2 "V" nickels and 2 Byzantine Follis. I'm pretty happy with that :) Here they are:


    Romanus III
    1028-1034 AD
    Class B anonymous follis
    Constantinople
    Obverse: IC-XC to right and left of bust of Christ facing with nimbate cross behind head, square in each limb of nimbus cross, holding book of gospels, a dot in center of dotted square on book
    Reverse: IS-XS BAS-ILE BAS-ILE to left and right above and below cross with dots at the ends, on three steps
    Romanus III.jpg


    Justinian I
    529-532 AD
    Obverse: DN IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG; Bust right
    Reverse: Large M between two stars; cross above, THEUP in exergue
    Justinian I.jpg
     
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Nice additions.

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    Justinian I (527 - 565 A.D.)
    Æ Follis
    O: DN ISTINI-ANVS PP AVG Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger and a shield.
    R: Large M, cross above, ANNO left, regnal year XXXI right, G ( = officina 3 ) below, THEUP in ex.
    Theoupolis - Antiochia
    18.64g
    32mm
    SB 220
     
  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I like the style change as it went further into his reign.
     
  5. TexAg

    TexAg Well-Known Member

    Nice! What does the M stand for?
     
  6. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    The M is for 40. This coin is 40 nummi or a follis.
     
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  7. TexAg

    TexAg Well-Known Member

    Thanks FF.
     
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  8. dadams

    dadams Supporter! Supporter

    Modern W quarters for ancients!!! I’d do that deal all day long.
     
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