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AE Sestertius. 29.44g, 31mm. RIC 1075; Cohen 535. O: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVII, laureate head right. R: IMP VI - COS III, within a tetrastyle temple with telamons as columns and a semicircular pediment containing, from left to right, tortoise, cockerel, ram, winged helmet, caduceus, and purse, a statue of Mercury standing left on pedestal, holding caduceus and purse; S - C in field, RELIG AVG in exergue.
This one may possibly not be an architectural type as you mean it, but I thought it'd be interesting to post because it actually shows some construction going on, specifically, Dido overseeing the building of Carthage.
AE28. 12.6g, 28mm. TYRE, Phoenicia, circa AD 218-222. Rouvier 2375; BMC 409; Price & Trell 748 (for rev. type). O: [IMP CAES] M AV ANTONIN[VS AVG], laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. R: [TVRIORVM], Dido overseeing the building of Carthage; she stands on the right, holding a rule and a transverse sceptre, facing left towards an arched city gate flanked by two towers, palm tree to her right; above the gate a mason works; below, a worker digs with a pick, legend [∆ƐI-∆Ω] to his left and right; murex shell in upper field.
Ex TIF Collection
I bought this Marcus Aurelius because of his, although I'd temporarily forgotten about his at the time of my purchase.
Sestertius; 31 mm, 24 gm; struck AD 173, Rome mint
Obv: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Rev: Mercury standing left on pedestal, holding caduceus and purse (it looks more like a patera to me); within temple with figural columns (telamones); on semicircular pediment, tortoise (unfortunately worn on this coin), cockerel, ram, caduceus, winged helmet, and purse; S-C across fields; RELIG AVG in exergue
Ref: RIC III 1074; MIR 18, 258-6/37; Banti 260
Zumbly's nice writeup of the type is here.
I have an obsession with these "Dido overseeing the building of Carthage" bronzes and am actively seeking one example from each issuing emperor/empress:
PHOENICIA, Tyre. Elagabalus
AE29, 13.4 gm
Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: Dido building Carthage; she stands to front before the arched gate of the city, looking left, holding a rule and transverse sceptre; above the gate, a mason at work, [below, a man digging with pick]; murex shell in upper field, palm tree to right
Ref: Rouvier 2375; BMC 409; AUB 245; Price & Trell 748
Writeup is here.
PHOENICIA, Tyre. Gordian III
Æ trichalkon; 29mm, 18.10 g, 12h
Obv: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Rev: Dido standing left, holding transverse rule; to left, arched gate of Carthage on which mason sits and constructs; murex shell above; in exergue, man digging right with pick
Ref: Rouvier 2430; AUB –; BMC –.
PHOENICIA, Tyre. Valerian I (CE 253-260)
Æ28.5 mm, 12.2 gm
Obv: IMP CP LIC VALERIANVS AVG; radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Rev: COL TVRO METRO; the building of Carthage: Dido standing left, holding cubit ruler and scepter, surveying construction; mason above gate, worker with pick-axe digging before gate, murex shell to lower right
Ref: Rouvier 2501; BMC 470; cf Price & Trell 748
Does this Sewer Goddess shrine count as architecture?
L. Mussidius Longus, 42 BCE
AR denarius, Rome mint.
Obv: Diademed and veiled head of Concordia right; CONCORDIA upwards behind; star in right field under chin
Rev: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOACIN and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above.
Ref: Crawford 494/42b; Bab. 6; BMC 4244; Crawf. 494/42 b; Syd. 1093a
I'd like to add more architectural coins, in particular one with a 3/4 semi-aerial view of a temple, plus one or more of an ancient port.
I would if I had any .
Here are some CNG archive examples of types I'd like to acquire:
SYRIA, Coele-Syria. Heliopolis. Divus Septimius Severus. Died AD 211. Æ (26mm, 11.56 g, 6h). Commemorative issue. Struck under Caracalla, AD 211-212. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Temple of Jupiter Heliopolitanus right, viewed from aerial perspective. Sawaya 416 (D85/R164). Near VF, earthen green patina.
BITHYNIA, Nicaea. Gallienus. AD 253-268. Æ 22mm (7.57 g, 1h). Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Aerial view of Nicaea surrounded by a octagonal wall with two gates. RG 848; SNG Copenhagen -. VF, dark green-brown patina.
Of course, a colosseum sestertius would be nice but it is totally unrealistic for my budget. A Nero Port of Ostia might be do-able but it would have to be extremely low grade, so instead I'll probably just continue to admire AncientJoe's.
Region, City: Moesia, Markianopolis
Coin: Bronze Pentassarion
AYT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC AYΓ - Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian right, facing draped bust of Serapis wearing kalathos.
UP MNOFILOU MARKIANOPOLITW - Triumphal arch or city gate with three portals, surmounted by three statues. E in doorway.
Mint: (AD 238-240)
Wt./Size/Axis: 12.21g / 28mm / -
I collect coins for the portrait series, so the most important thing to me is a fine style portrait. Occasionally, that comes with very interesting reverses!
@Ancient Aussie, it's good to meet another Aussie here! Where are you from? I am in South Yarra, Melbourne (when I'm not globetrotting!)
I am always jealous and in awe of Hermione's exceptional taste in coins. I'd never thought to collect Dido/Carthage, but it's definitely an intriguing theme.
Mulgrave many other Aussies on CT nice to meet you Greg.
Wicked. You're in Melbourne. I don't know any other Aussies who collect ancients. Although I'm sure there's plenty who collect the Australian series.
@Topcat7 is an Aussie
Oh gosh, i had no idea. I'm not the only aussie in the village then.
I occasionally browse IS Wright, and also the Monetarium when I'm in Adelaide, but there's rarely anything available that i want. Cameron from Cerberus in Adelaide (on Vcoins) is good. But I buy 99% of my coins from overseas (vcoins, ebay or the big name auctions).
Considering how much 'architecture' appeals to me as a device theme, I seem to have surprisingly few examples......but here's a denarius of Trajan with the 'column' reverse and a sestertius of Caligula....
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