My Humble Top 10 of 2020

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Bradley Trotter, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    For me, 2020 was actually the first year I've actively collected ancient coins. My selections are by no means anything exotic, beautiful, or extremely rare, but rather the foundations for a growing collection. Needless to say, collecting ancient coins is a field of numismatics that I've grown quite fond of in the past year. Despite the brevity of my post, I'd like to offer a special thanks to the members of the Cointalk Ancient Coins forum for sparking my interest in ancient coins.


    Gratian VOT XX Follis.jpg


    Bronze Ae 4

    383 – 388 A.D.

    Obverse: D N GRATIA-NVS P F AVG; pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.

    Reverse: VOT XX MVLT XXX surrounded by laurel wreath

    In ex. SM[??]




    Antoninius Pius As 148 AD.jpg

    Antoninus Pius

    Ae As, Rome ninth century celebration

    148 – 149 A.D.

    Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII; laureate head right

    Reverse: MVNIFICENTIA AVG COS IIII S-C; Munificentia standing left, holding wreath and sceptre: at feet; lion.

    RIC IV Rome 861


    Nero AS Combined.jpg


    Ae As

    65 A.D.

    Obverse: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head right.

    Reverse: S-C, Victory flying left with shield inscribed SPQR.


    Diameter: 26.0 mm

    Weight: 9.16g

    RIC 314, Sear 1976


    Gallienus I AR Antoninianus.jpg



    260 – 268 A.D.

    Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right

    Reverse: VIRTVS AVGVIRTVS AVG, Virtus standing left, resting hand on shield and holding spear.


    Diameter: 19.4 mm

    Weight 2.37g

    RIC 534


    Lucius Verus Denarius Combined.jpg

    Lucius Verus

    AR Denarius

    161-162 A.D.

    Obverse: IMP L AVREL VERVS AVG, bare head right.

    Reverse: PROV DEOR TR P II COS II, Providentia holding globe and cornucopiae.


    Diameter: 18.05 mm

    Weight: 3.14g

    RIC 482


    M. Aurelius Denarius Combined..jpg

    Marcus Aurelius

    AR Denarius

    163 A.D.

    Obverse: IMP M ANTONINVS AVG, bare head right.

    Reverse: PROV DEOR TR P XVII COS III, Providentia standing left, holding globe and cornucopiae.

    RIC 70


    Severus Alexander Dernarius.jpg

    Severus Alexander

    AR Denarius

    222 – 228 A.D.

    Obverse: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG; laureate and draped bust right.

    Reverse: PAX AETERNA AVG; Pax, draped, standing left, holding olive-branch in right hand and sceptre in left hand.

    RIC IV Rome 165


    Vespasian Denarius 70 AD.jpg


    AR Denarius

    70 – 72 A.D.

    Obverse: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M; Laureate head right.

    Reverse: TRI POT II COS III P P; Pax seated left, holding branch and caduceus

    RIC II Rome 39


    M. Aurelius Sestertius Combined.jpg

    Marcus Aurelius


    177 – 178 A.D.

    Obverse: M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXXII, laureate head right.

    Reverse: IMP VIIII COS III PP SC, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.

    RIC 1230


    Antoninius Pius Denarius 144 AD.jpg

    Antoninus Pius

    AR Denarius

    144 A.D.

    Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III; laureate head right.

    Reverse: ANNONA AVG; Modius with four-grain ears and a poppy.

    RIC III 62a
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I like the Nero. I only have a provincial of him. And it doesn't have Victory.
    Your coin is a def win in my book.
    Thanks for sharing!
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  4. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    You are off to a great start/ nice coins to boot! I think you will be hooked for life/ not a bad thing:)
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  5. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    That’s a nice selection from a lot of different imperial periods. Researching each of those coins could be like an entire course in Roman history.
  6. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..lQQks like a great start to me....i am a big fan of Nero/Victory As's meself! :)
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  7. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Bradley, You've got an interesting variety of coins, & as Galvin suggests, these coins should provide an endless amount of study :D. Judging from your layout & the accurate research you've done, you take collecting seriously ;). Given more time, you'll probably narrow your focus to a certain period or type of coin to collect. What interests you the most about ancient coins & where are you acquiring your coins from o_O? Are you employed or still going to school ?
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  8. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    Most of these coins were already attributed when I acquired them. Although Wildwinds has proven extremely helpful for those that weren’t attributed already. However, when it comes to ancient coins, I’d certainly say I’m gravitating towards 3rd-century coins and Nerva-Antonine issues. So far, though, I’ve acquired most of my coins from online sources, while half of my top ten came from Victor’s Imperial Coins. I’m also a college sophomore, so I don’t exactly have the most expansive budget.
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  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I like your gallienus! Lovely skinny face
  10. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    I’m quite fond of that coin. I was particularly drawn to its crude portrait, which is quite indicative of the overall circumstances of the latter half of the 3rd century.
  11. IMP Shogun

    IMP Shogun Well-Known Member

    Excellent selection and you seem to have a good eye. I’d be comfortable with SMHB and attributing the Gratian as from Heraclea without the ? mark (RIC 20a).

    Your number 1 would be my first choice, but I am partial to a story-telling copper As like your Pius as well.
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  12. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Nice selection of coins

    You made the right choice early from respected and trusted sources. You cannot do any better than Victor. He is a valued member of this online community.
  13. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Great coins, especially for a starter collection, keep up the good buying. Really like your Pius Modius Denarius. Congrats.
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  14. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Yes, great selection after only one year of collecting and on a very limited (my guess) budget.

    The Galienus and its somewhat astonished portrait : "What ? me ?, you mean, my face, on a coin ? nooooo !!"

    The Nero as and the thousands hands that have hold it, and all the stories going with

    Are the two that talk to me the most
    Go on, you're in the right direction

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  15. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Welcome to the club! I like the MA and Verus denarius the best. They're nice examples with the sort of even circulation wear that speaks to their use as functional currency of the day. That flattened face Gallienus is great though. :D
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  16. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    I think I only paid about $30 for those two coins @zumbly.

    It's just one of the "perks" of being a college student. Unlike my college peers, I'd much rather spend my excess money on coins rather than the newest and greatest iPhone or designer goods. Besides, I'd much rather have something that's lasted thousands of years than something that will crap out on me in 24 months.
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  17. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Nice selection for your first year, plenty of interest in what you've picked. I think the Lucius Verus denarius is my favourite, and something I'm currently lacking. Here's to a good 2021.
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  18. Alegandron

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

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  19. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    That's a much better first year of collecting ancients than I had back then!

    Also, the Modigliani-Gallienus deserves extra credit for the extravagant elongated portrait style. A coin I really like.
  20. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Congrats, Bradley!
    Also a new starter here.
    I like your coins, I think the wear is acceptable for all of them.
    I wouldnt't mind them in my albums!
    Of course I like coins in mint condition, but I don't mind at all seeing (and buying) coins with honest wear, but still beautiful and easy to be attributed.

    I like your #8 and #6 (funny thing is that I have them in my collection as well, same RIC numbers) and #1.
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  21. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    Admittedly my photography skills aren't the best. However, this Faustina I denarius deserves an honorable mention. In hand, it is a beautiful coin with excellent detail, surfaces, and high relief. It would've been in the #3 spot if it wasn't an absolute pain to photograph.

    Faustina Denarius Combined.jpg
    Faustina I
    AR Denarius
    After 141 A.D.
    Obverse: DIVA FAVSTINA; draped bust right.
    Reverse: AVGVSTA; Juno standing right, holding sceptre and lowering left hand.
    RIC III 364
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