Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by macsauce2012, Jan 14, 2020.
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Plus a lot of ancient coin guys!
It looks like it is Athena on the reverse holding a statuette of Nike. Struck in year 2 (told to us by the letter B on the right, the 2nd letter of the greek alphabet) of Carinus' reign, or 283/284 AD.
It's a very nice example, @macsauce2012!
Here is one of my Carinus Alexandrian Tetradrachms:
Carinus (as Caesar), Ruled 282-283 AD
AE Tetradrachm, Egypt, Alexandria
Struck 282/283 AD
Obverse: A K MA KAPINOC K, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae, date LA in upper left field (year 1=282/283 AD).
References: Emmett 4012, Dattari 5576, Köln 3172
Ex: Naville Numismatics, Auction 49, Lot #203 (5-12-2019)
I very much like @TIF's guidelines, though (below). Of course, the ideal would be to glean enough help and info to eventually be able to identify coins for yourself, which is often more fun.
Guidelines for posting coins for identification
One coin per thread.
Do not flood the board with requests. Perhaps one per day, or less.
Include adequate images of both sides of the coin. The pictures should be in focus, of large enough size, and well lit. Crop the images so we see mostly coin, not a tiny round object on a big table. It is preferable to join the obverse and reverse into one side-by-side image. There are numerous free photo editing apps for this. When cropped, a side-by-side picture of 1000 pixels in width is a good size. If the sides are not joined, 400 to 500 pixels wide is plenty, assuming you've cropped out most of the background.
Upload the coin image and show as "Full Image" in thread rather than as a thumbnail. If people have to click to see the image, you won't get as many lookers.
Include the weight and diameter of the coin.
Tell us how you acquired the coin and any other information which might help.
Tell us what steps you've taken so far in your effort to identify the coin.
Tell us what you think it might be.
Wow that is so cool! Thank you so much for this information. Where might I go to get a trustworthy appraisal. I do not have any other ancient coins, but I do have a coin collection with roughly 2,000 coins or more. Would you suggest or recommend to try to upload as many coins as I can to an online inventory for ease of classifying and appraising? I really like this site, does coin talk have an online inventory option? BTW, Nice coin!
As Pish suggested, simple searching on Vcoins.com will often bring up similar coins and can be used to get a rough retail market "self-appraisal" of a coin (again, as Pish points out, retail is not actual value, so minus some from what you see, like 25% to even 50% lower).
For example, a similar coin to your coin appears in the search results for "Carinus Tetradrachm" on Vcoins.com and can give you a (retail) starting point: https://www.vcoins.com/en/Search.as...cords=100&SearchOnSale=False&Unassigned=False
And as Gavin stated, we welcome your posting your coins from your collection, but it's suggested to follow the guidelines above to keep the forum from being overloaded, keep things respectful for all, and to provide the best information to those members willing and able to help... and we love to see people take it upon themselves to seek out answers themselves before posting and share what they have found out in their post as a way for them learn for themselves. We were all starting out beginners at some point in the past.
We've had a discussion about exactly that, the cataloging of our collections. Feel free to review the thread and try some options out: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/ancients-do-you-digitally-catalog-your-collection.350297/
In a perfect world, all people would read and heed the TIF rules before posting BUT there is one more she was taking for granted. This is the ancients section of Coin Talk. A collection of 2001 coins with only one ancient has nothing more to post here. There are other sections of Coin Talk but I have no idea what they expect. Your first ancient is a much nicer coin tthan most first coins we see. We will look forward to your ancient #2.
That is a good example of a Carinus tetradrachm of Alexandria. One further point about your coin in an economic sense is that were only used in Egypt, they did not circulate outside of that province. So folks going into Egypt had to exchange their Imperial coins into the standard of Egypt. And likewise folks leaving Egypt had to exchange their Egyptian money into Imperial money, struck by the authorized mints of the Empire. I also have a Carinus tetradrachm.
Carinus (283-284 A.D.)
AE Tetradrachm of Alexandria, 19mm 7.19 grams
Year 2 = 284 AD.
Obverse: A K M A KAΡINOC CEB, laureate, cuirassed bust right
Reverse: L-B, Elpis standing left holding flower and hem of skirt.
Reference: Milne 4701-3, BMC 2454, Koln 3177
Gary in Washington, minus my dog, Peaches
That's a very nice Alexandrian tetradrachm. Do you have other ancient coins or are the rest medieval or later?
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