New Purchases from the annual Houston Money Show

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by dadams, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. dadams

    dadams Supporter! Supporter

    I had a great day coining on Friday at the Houston Money Show held in Conroe, TX.

    A short 30 mile drive had me arriving at 10a. After getting signed in and paying my 3 bucks I wandered the floor a bit browsing the approx. 120 tables. As expected the majority of the dealers were trading in US coinage, which was good for me as I sold a few slabbed Morgan and Peace Dollars to supplement my buying cash. It was easier than I thought to let them go and now I'm totally resigned to sell the majority of my previous collection of US material.

    I went and visited with my friend Bruce Burton who is a numismatic bookseller at the local shows and picked up some pamphlets to add to the ever-growing library:
    Jacob, Kenneth. Coins and Christianity (Seaby, 1959)
    Banks, Florence. Coins of Bible Days (Durst, 1955)
    Hill, G.F. Imperial Persian Coinage (Obol, 1977)
    Walker, Ralph. Reading Medieval European Coins (Attic Books, 2000)

    Finally, around 1:30p I made my way back over to the foreign/ancients section and, since the crowds had dispersed, easily landed in conversation with Nick (Economopoulos) at the Pegasi Numismatics table. Nick is very easy to converse with and has, on more than one occasion, spent a good bit of time to educate me about the coins in his cases. Unfortunately, I cannot afford much that Nick has to offer but he has items for every budget and I bought all of these from Nick, save the last which came from Allen G. Berman who is another fine dealer I find extremely knowledgeable and more than willing to share and educate a novice.

    Here's what I picked up:

    Roman Provincial Egypt. Diocletian, 284-305 AD. Potin Tetradrachm. (7.56g)
    Mint of Alexandria, Egypt, struck 292/293 AD.

    CONSTANTIUS II, 337-361 AD. Silvered Æ Centenionalis (6.13 gm)
    Mint of Constantinople 348-351 AD.

    Roman Provincial Egypt. Claudius I, 41-54 AD. Æ Diobol. (9.12g)
    Mint of Alexandria, Egypt, struck 49/50 AD.

    Lucilla, Wife of Lucius Verus. Augusta c. 164-182 AD. Orichalcum sestertius. (21.55g)
    Rome Mint, under M. Aurelius & L. Verus, struck 164-166 AD.

    CARIA, Rhodes. 188-170 BC. AR Drachm (2.80 gm), mag: Philokrates.

    ENGLAND. Richard I the Lionhearted, 1189-1199 AD.
    AR Penny, (1.4g) class 4a, Moneyer Goldwine at Canterbury Mint.

    Just wanted to share with my CT friends.

    Last edited: Jan 20, 2019
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  3. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Sounds like an enjoyable day - even more so that you walked away with a few treasures... while I don't collect the type I am sure many will like the Richard I the Lionheart...

    I particularly like the Claudius with a very nice portrait and excellent reverse.

    The Rhodes coin is another that I really like. I hope you will do a write up on this coin as I would be very interested to learn more about it.
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  4. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Nice pickups! I especially like the Richard I. I very much enjoy coin shows for the great conversations. I have always bought at least one coin at every coin show but the best memories have to do with the friendships made.
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  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Very nice acquisitions, particularly the Rhodes example.
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  6. Johnnie Black

    Johnnie Black Neither Gentleman Nor Scholar

    You picked up a nice variety for sure. I met Nick at the Dalton coin show back in August and agree that he’s very nice to speak with. I spent a lot of time in his ziplock bags of coins under $100. ;)
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  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A nice haul of coins. I like the Lucilla & Rhodes.
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  8. TheRed

    TheRed Supporter! Supporter

    Those are some great coins @dadams you had a great show. The books just add to your nice haul. The drachm from Rhodes and Richard I penny are my favorites.
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  9. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    @dadams Thanks for the show write report! Thats a nice assortment
    of finds. I've dealt with Allen G. Berman for over 25+ years. He has
    a huge selection of coins to shop from. If there is a particular country
    that you collect he will take extra time to bring those coins to the show.
    He usually sends an E-mail out to collectors on his list for shows he is
    attending in their area. I highly recommend Allen.
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  10. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Great write-up @dadams . I thought the show was a good one also. I picked up three RR denarii. The one on the right looks like an over-strike. I would appreciate any thoughts on the undertype. DSCN2427.JPG
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  11. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King

    @dadams great group of coins, I especially like the Lucilla Sestertius and the Richard Penny
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  12. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Great finds
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  13. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Coin shows are numismatic museums as well as markets. At the GHCC show I saw an excellent owl and took a pic with my phone... so the photo is not as nice as the coin. I do not know how it would grade (see conversation on MS, FDC, etc. in NYINC thread), but I saw a dozen excellent owls.
  14. dadams

    dadams Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks for all the comments. I really just wanted to show them off since you all are the only ones I know who'd appreciate them. ;)

    The portrait on the Claudius is really what attracted me to this coin! I'll see what I might me able to learn about the Rhodes coin as I don't know much about it myself at this point.

    I don't make many shows but the few I've been to I have been able to meet with many of the same dealers and they are beginning to recognize me. Even if I didn't buy anything the conversation, like you say, would be worth the trip.

    :woot: You and me both! Some nice coins hiding in those baggies and obviously I couldn't resist bringing home a few.

    From what I know Allen has a stellar reputation in numismatics and I'd certainly recommend him as well. I also picked up a couple of coins from the Kingdom of Bermania

    Sorry I missed you this time around, but looks like you did well also. I like your RR denarii, but I'd be way out of my league trying to guess what the undertype might be on the one. I too had lots of fun looking at and fondling coins I'll probably never get to own. As I understand, a large hoard of Owls recently came to market and is being dispersed through the trade - now might be the time to pick one up, if you're so inclined.

    @randygeki is responsible for the FH as he's had me looking for one for quite some time, but this was the first that had the detail I liked at a price I liked.

    and we all know The Old Dead King prodded the urge for a Richard I. Allen had two Richard I portrait coins with him and I took the better of the two and passed on all of the non-portrait coins, but I don't think I can have one without the other.

    Thanks also, @Bing @Mat and @TheRed - I seem to have done good on the Rhodes drachm.

    -d :happy:
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2019
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  15. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    It's nicer than mine ^_^

  16. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Wonderful additions to your collection, @dadams ! The Diocletian tet is well-struck, well-centered, and well-preserved, which is not something commonly seen on Alexandrian tets of that era. I like the way Spes is rendered, too, with her dainty little, high-arched feet.

    Of course, I like the Claudius diobol and the Lucilla, too. Sestertii of Lucilla are typically found well-worn and often on misshapen flans. Yours is better than average.
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