Our First Upgrade

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by furryfrog02, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    At our first ever coin show looking for ancients, FFIVN and I picked out a Pontos, Amisos AE21 from a "junk bin" for $5 and boy does it put the "junk" in "junk bin". However, this coin really gave me my love for all things Nike/Victory. I have been wanting an upgrade for awhile but haven't found one that was an upgrade enough for me at a price that I could justify getting a coin that we already had an example of. I've placed bids on a few but never won one until this last week. Well, it arrived in the mail today and I couldn't be happier. A pretty good upgrade for only $9.50 if I do say so myself.

    Here is our first:

    Amisos, Pontos,
    85-65 BC
    Obverse: Aegis facing
    Reverse: AMI-ΣOY, Nike walking right, holding palm tied with fillet over left shoulder; monograms left and right

    Badly centered on the obverse. Scratched. patina flaked off. The reverse is decently centered but pretty worn and hard to see. Some flaking on the patina as well as all the little green spots.

    Here is today's arrival:

    Amisos, Pontos,
    85-65 BC
    Obverse: Aegis facing
    Reverse: AMI-ΣOY, Nike walking right, holding palm tied with fillet over left shoulder; monograms left and right
    Pontos, Amisos.png

    Let's see some of your upgrades!
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  3. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    kool! .. a good inexpensive rush...:)....i like that 2nd one!
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  4. Alegandron

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

    Great upgrade, @furryfrog02 ! these are just great coins. So cool.

    Pontic Kingdom, Amisos
    AE21, 6.95g; 85-65 BC
    Obv: Aegis with Gorgon head at center.
    Rev: Nike advancing right carrying palm branch. AMI-ΣOY in field with mongrams.
    Reference: SNG XI Stancomb 688.
    Ex: @John Anthony
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  5. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I scored this identical issue of yours for around $7. Deal of a lifeitme
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  6. Carl Wilmont

    Carl Wilmont Well-Known Member

    Great upgrade, @furryfrog02- I like that dark blue-green color! Three different looks posted here with your's and @Alegandron's olive-gold one and @hotwheelsearl's black with bluish tints coin. Here's a fourth example that has a light brown obverse and light green reverse.

  7. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Well-Known Member

    I like this issue. Here's one I've never posted here before.

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  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  9. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana

    That's an excellent upgrade, especially for the price. Mine, below, is a contemporary imitation.

    Pontos Amisos - Aegis Nike Imitation.jpg
    PONTOS, Amisos. Contemporary (Sarmatian?) Imitation
    AE23. 7.27g, 23.5mm. Contemporary (Sarmatian?) imitation of PONTOS, Amisos, circa after 105 BC. Cf. HGC 7, 242 for prototype. O: Aegis with Gorgon's head at center. R: Nike advancing right carrying palm; [A]MI-Σ… across field.

    Here's another type from Amisos, with the same Nike reverse, but the bust of an Amazon on the obverse wearing a wolf-skin headdress.

    Pontos Amisos - Amazon Wolfskin 2568.jpg
    PONTOS, Amisos
    AE21. 7.15g, 21.2mm. PONTOS, Amisos. Struck under Mithradates VI, circa 95-70 BC. HGC 7, 244; SNG BM Black Sea 1219. O: Head of Amazon right, wearing wolf-skin headdress; counter-punch behind. R: AMI-ΣOY, Nike advancing right, holding palm branch and wreath.
    Ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection
  10. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    Lovely example and great patina! A worthy upgrade!
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  11. NicholasMaximus

    NicholasMaximus Well-Known Member

    A coin that nice for less than ten bucks?

  12. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

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    Its no upgrade, but part of a cheap lot of 12 coins.
  13. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    That is a pretty nice Aegis. Shame about the damage on Nike :(
  14. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Yes, its not easy to find bronze Pontus coins in good condition. Took me some
    time to find this one, still far from perfect :(

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  15. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  16. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I like helmeted coins as well. I need to add one to my collection.
  17. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

  18. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    Those wishing to research the matter will fing quite a number of posts from at least five years ago on the Mithradates VI coins. Many were started by SteveX6 who was very active then and was particularly fond of the series. I believe he was closing in on a complete set of the mints of the type discussed here and had all the common ones of the slaying type. The things are hard to find with full details on all the important parts so some of us have one with a good Medusa body and another with a Perseus head etc. I would like to see the coin that has all the details on one smooth, well struck flan. I'd like to see it but I know I could not afford it. For the coin in this post I'll show my first of the type (an Amisosso well centered that part of everything is crowded or cut by the 'normal for these' flan..

    Less often seen but neither popular nor expensive is the Amisos fractional with Artemis and tripod. In equal grade, these will sell for less than 1/10 of the going rate for the more common slaying scene coins.
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