One in a million girl

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ryro, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Looking for that, not just once in a lifetime, but once in a million years girl. Though...since coins haven't been around for a million years (funny enough, around a million days though. I'll save ya the trip to your calculator app, 1,000,000 days=2739.7 years). So I suppose it's more like one in a million days girl. Just saying.
    What are those coins of females that you bought for the beauty of the female portrayed:kiss: and nobody post Dionysus;);). Well, unless your into it. No shame here amongst friends:)
    I've had plenty of coins that caught my eye due to the artists execution of a perfect hotty...and plenty that got away:facepalm::rage:
    But recently I found one who, though appears to have had more hands on her than the Faustinas;), was just too beautiful not to chase. And I WON her!:woot:
    Those Greek girls though:
    Lokris Opuntioi
    Hemidrachm around 350 BC 2.60 g. Head of a nymph with reed wreath, simple ear pendants and necklace to the right / Ajax in the Corinthian helmet with drawn short sword storming to the right, holding above the left arm oval shield with a lion as inner jewelery, spear lying on the ground. BMC 26
    Very nice. Purchased from Hohn

    So, post the coins you got for the beautiful girl on it:shame:, nymphs, empresses or whatever floats your boat!
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  3. CoinBlazer

    CoinBlazer Professional Teenager

    Are you talking about my great aunt myrtle again?
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  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Philistis was a classic beauty:


    Julia Domna has some unflattering portraits on her coins at times, but sometimes she is rendered quite attractively:

    Domna FORTVNA FELICI standing denarius.jpg

    Julia Paula is quite pretty on this issue:

    Julia Paula Concordia seated Denarius Antioch.jpg

    I get the feeling Lucilla was a looker:

    Lucilla DIANA LVCIFERA sestertius.jpg
  5. Alegandron

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

    Very nice @Ryro ! Beautiful coin! Is your wife ok with this new love affair? :)

    Here’s a Gal with her Horse...

    Carthage - Zeugitana
    AR Shekel-Didrachm
    360-264 BCE
    Horse r head l palm
    SNG COP 141
  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  7. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    My Faustina Junior... Looking for a sharp while good-style portrait is one of my 2019 collecting goals. Plus, I need a nice Faustina Senior as well. ;)

    z-faustina jr.jpg
  8. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Great nymph, Ooooh, she's beautiful! I'd have chased her too! Congrats!

    She was a looker! Would have been nominated "Miss Fecunditas", of course.

    Your's looks happy and foxy! I think I made mine mad somehow...

    I'd have to agree with you! Like mother, like daughter..
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2019
  9. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    What a beautiful coin, Ryro! Big congrats on that acquisition :). That coin says "touch me". (Cue Rocky Horror song? :D).

    Here's a beautiful Greek nymph:

    Sicily, Syracuse. Dionyisos I
    c. 390 BCE
    Æ tetras, 14 mm, 1.8 gm
    Obv: head of nymph facing slightly left, wearing necklace
    Rev: octopus
    Ref: CNS 29; SNG ANS 385

    The fairest of them all, at least in my collection... Arethusa:

    SICILY, Syracuse. Agathokles
    struck 310-305 BCE
    AR tetradrachm, 17.40 g, 24 mm
    Obv: head of the nymph Arethusa left, wearing grain wreath, earring and necklace; around, three dolphins; under, monogram (NK?)
    Rev: ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, fast chariot charioteer leads to left, holding reins and kentron; above, triskeles; in exergue, monogram
    Ref: Ierardi 12 (O2-R8); SNG Copenhagen 573 var., SNG ANS 637
    The story of its acquisition is here.
  10. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    You definitely snagged yourself a pretty one there, Ryro.
    Obviously, someone now has to... :p

    But perhaps poor imperilled Persephone on the reverse counts towards original idea? Surely it would be "a one in a million girl" to catch the fancy of the Lord of the Underworld himself.

    Phrygia - Hierapolis Abduction of Persephone.jpg
    PHRYGIA, Hierapolis. Pseudo-autonomous civic issue
    AE29. 12.36g, 29.1mm. PHRYGIA, Hierapolis, circa AD 2nd-3rd centuries. RPC Online 2045; SNG Cop 428. O: IЄPAΠOΛЄI-TΩN, head of youthful Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath. R: The Abduction of Persephone: Hades in galloping quadriga right, carrying off struggling Persephone.
  11. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Matter of Taste. Choose what you like..Berenike II, Eudoxia and Plautilla
    Beren O.JPG EudoxClean 0.jpg Plautilla O       Ric IVi-367.jpg
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  12. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    TIF, Your Agathokles tetradrachm is a magnificent specimen :jawdrop:! I almost had a nervous breakdown reading your acquisition story :nailbiting:. Your unflappable persistence in a panic situation paid-off :cool:.
  13. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Lovely portraits in this post.

    Faustina II portraits are interesting to me because of the range of styles - her earlier issues show her as a young woman, then she became more matronly after her marriage (and numerous pregnancies). Some of them are rather unflattering, at least by contemporary standards. Sometimes the workmanship is iffy too.

    This one I find very attractive, despite of, or perhaps because of, the wear. Laetitia on the reverse is rather elegant too - especially her hands and arms (although an apprentice apparently did the reverse lettering):

    Faustina II - Laetitia den Apr 2018 (0).jpg

    Here's a more mature portrait, with lots of babies on the reverse. These later portraits often show her somewhat hunched forward:

    Faustina II TEMPOR FELIC Feb 2018a.jpg
  14. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Well-Known Member

    Faustina Jr has some of the nicest female portraiture in Roman coinage in my opinion.

    I've owned four aurei of hers, each time thinking I found the "right" coin until I found a different one I preferred. After looking through several hundred examples over time, I think this is probably the nicest style I'll be able to find:


    And she definitely has a strong resemblance to her mother:

  15. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Wow. Those are indeed lovely.
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  16. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Cogito Ergo Sum

    Great coins all. I think this Salonina is fairly attractive:


  17. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I'm not sure how pretty Agrippina I was in real life, but this coin is pretty. That makes it "More Than a Woman."

    Agrippina Sr Sestertius.jpg
    Agrippina Sr Sestertius Sulzer listing.JPG

  18. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Ancient coins connect us! Supporter

    Breathtaking as always, Joe!
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  19. Fugio1

    Fugio1 Supporter! Supporter

    Here are a couple of respectable women:
    Stylistically not as impressive as Ancient Joe's Aurei but not bad for a denarius. RIC III 348 (Rome):
    Diva Faustina Sen Blu.jpg
    THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 356-342 BC. AR Drachm with Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left:
    (still trying to get a good photo of this lovely coin. This will have to do for now)
    Larissa Drachm.jpg
  20. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    What a super coin, Ryro! I've been jealous of @zumbly's stater ever since he got it; a hemidrachm is a great solution!

    Aurora is looking lovely on this Plautius Plancus, and the gorgon is clearly jealous...
    Screen Shot 2019-02-06 at 10.23.42 PM.jpg

    Portrait-wise, I'm fond of this Sabina dupondius:
    Screen Shot 2019-02-06 at 10.21.31 PM.jpg

    But what I really need is a beautiful Orbiana denarius...
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2019
  21. Alegandron

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

    This is such a cool coin. Really like it!
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