One new coin and a couple of laggards

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Justin Lee, Jul 15, 2020.

  1. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    I just got this Maxentius delivered earlier today. I didn't have one of his coins and this one looked nice, was a good price, and was misattributed as Galerius. I find the details of the temple incredibly fascinating, and almost "cute", with the 2 victory figures on left and right of the roof, and the zig-zaggy embellishments.

    I picked this one up from our dear CT member, Mr. Esty (edited... Oops!) back in the end of May... A pretty cool Constantine II.

    And this one was in the same group purchased from Warren. This is an Alexis I Comnenus aspron trachy.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020
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  3. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Great pick ups, those Maxentius temple types are full of interest with their slight variations to the temple.
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  4. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Great Temple coin. I rather like contemporary engravings and reliefs of ancient temples.

    Contrary to the Greek temples with heavily statued pediments, many Roman temples went with either large bronze letters, or a variety of garlands, swags, and vegetation in the pediments.

    What I see in your coin reverse is a pediment with potentially a central vegetal wreath with swags on either side. The Victory acroteria are probably reasonably accurate, if somewhat smaller in real life.

    I do however doubt the cult statue was that large. We have some massive Roman cult statues (Constantine and Domitian, Madama Lucrezia(?) ), but I sort of doubt that there would have been a Olympian Zeus-scale deity in that temple.
  5. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Fun Maxentius with a disco dance party going on the pediment, like on mine:

    Maxentius as Augustus, AD 307-312.
    Roman billon follis, 6.53 g, 24.6 mm, 10 h.
    Rome, AD 307-308.
    Obv: IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, radiate head right.
    Rev: CONSERV VRB SVAE, Roma seated facing in hexastyle temple, head left, globe in right hand, scepter in left, shield at side behind, Victories as acroteria, wreath on pediment, H left, R S in exergue.
    Refs: RIC 202a; Cohen 21; RCV 14986.

  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    Never buy coins from Etsy the online seller of anything. Feel confident in coins from Warren Esty aka Valentinian on Coin Talk and a knowledgeable dealer.
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  7. Luke B

    Luke B Active Member

    Nice Maxentius coin. The little details on the temple definitely give the image some more character.
  8. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    Thank you for catching that! Agreed, Etsy is not the venue for purchasing ancient coins. Warren certainly is (and for lots of other resources!).
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  9. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    Great resemblance! They've certainly got the fever!! "Stayin' Alive, stayin' alive, ah ah ah ah... Stayin' aliiiiiii-iiiiii-iiiii-iiiiiive!"
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  10. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Great looking Maxentius, Justin. And the other coins are good too. Nice additions.
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  11. ominus1

    ominus1 Supporter! Supporter soon as i saw that temple you came to mind AA..:)...yeah! dandy coins.. i need one of both Max & a cup coin for my lil bunch! :)
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