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Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by The Meat man, Mar 15, 2022.

  1. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Very nice @CharlesTheBald. Great detail. I have no idea what you may have paid, but a coin like that is probably worth every penny.
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  3. The Meat man

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    Here's one I bought recently:
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  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Very nice. I purchased one of these a couple of years ago.
    AR Hemidrachm
    OBV: Youth, petasos and cloak tied at neck, wrestling forepart of bull right
    REV:Forepart of horse galloping right; T-PI-KK-A-I around; all within concave incuse
    429-400 BC
    2.7g, 17mm
    SNG Cop 265 ex: JAZ Numismatics
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  5. Blake Davis

    Blake Davis Well-Known Member

    Beautiful Byzantine - I take it from the color that these were found in the Middle East -I’ve noticed that a lot of large bronze lots from there lately - perhaps the Syrian unrest. Who knows?
  6. The Meat man

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    A couple more I got in recently -

    My oldest Chinese coin to date. This one is from the Qin Dynasty, famous for the emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 - 210 B.C.), who upon his death was interred with an estimated 8,000 life-sized terracotta soldiers, as well as over 100 chariots and hundreds of life-sized terracotta horses.

    I don't know if I've posted this here before but it is my first Byzantine (or Romaion) coin. Justinian I (the Great), who is not only remembered for his code of laws, but also as the ruler who constructed the breath-takingly magnificent Hagia Sophia:

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  7. Mr.MonkeySwag96

    Mr.MonkeySwag96 Well-Known Member


    Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine AR Hexagram. Constantinople Obv: Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine seated facing on double throne, each holding globus cruciger. δδ NN ҺЄRACILЧS ЄT ҺЄRA CONST. Rev: Cross potent set upon globus set upon three steps; K to right. δЄЧS AδIЧTA ROMANIS. SB 798. 6.06 g. 610-641 AD.
  8. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    Welcome to China numismatics. I have always been facinated by Chinese Coinage which until recently, was very little information. One book was a must to have when I got a bit interested in Chinese Imperial coinage, however it was almost unobtainable at the time I started. I lucked out.

    That book is: Chinese Currency by Frederik Schjoth former commissioner of Chinese Maritime Customes, Ning-po. The first edition was published in 1929 with line drawings of the coins which are very accurate. The coins were from his own personal collection. Mr. Schjoth was the former Commissioner of Customs in China for thirty five years and a citizen of Norway. Quite a position for a foreigner to hold. He was a long time "China Hand."

    The second edition whick I have, was revised and edited of which I have a copy was published in 1965 and edited by Virgin Hancock. Fortunately, there are several new publications.The most recent I purchased was Cast Chinese Coins by David Hartill in 2005. It is a beautiful and very well arrainged book with excellently printed examples of the coins. The book is quite complete, a very good book to have in your library. Of course, there is a lot of info out there in the ether.

    Another book I obtained recently is all in Chinese script and covers coins of the Republic.they are well photographed in color with a price guide in Western numbers which also stands in and helps for grading. It works well even though it requires a lot of page turning.

    Today we have so much info at our fingertips due to our technology. It is a fun subject with a lot of Chinese Imperial and Republic material out there. It's like eating popcorn, you can always make some more and is inexpensive compared to other areas of numismatics.

    Sorry, I don't have any pics, I'm way too busy with the Byzantine world, but sometime we need a diversion. Chinese cash coins are mine.

    Cheers to all.
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  9. mikebell

    mikebell Active Member

    As it stands, 2022 so far has been pretty quiet. My last was from CNG 512 - and is possibly the most knackered example they have handled. The portraits are quite nice, the reverse toast. You get the distinct impression she is giving Nero a lecture - and his honours relegated to the reverse must have been a step too far..
    CNG 512 Lot 517.jpg
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  10. robinjojo

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    This Syracuse tetradrachm of the Second Democracy (466-405 BC) arrived late last month, from CNG.

    I've been looking around for a Second Democracy, tetradrachm with this hair style for a few years. This example, while being a mid grade coin, is quite nice for this type.

    This coin has a provenance to a CNG auction in 2001.

    16.92 grams

    D-Camera Syracuse Tetradrachm, Second Democracy,466-05BC 16.92g,CNG eAuct 518 31 VF, 6-25-22.jpg
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  11. Mr.MonkeySwag96

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    Two Republican silver coins:

    A denarius of the moneyer Cornelius Lentulus Clodianus. I love the portrait of Mars on this coin.


    ROMAN REPUBLIC. Cn Cornelius Lentulus Clodianus, moneyer. AR Denarius, 19mm, 3.5g, 6h; Rome, 88 BC. Obv..: Bust of Mars right seen from behind. Rev.: Victory in biga right, CN. LENTVL in exergue Ref.: Rsc-50; Craw-345/1.

    Ex. Jaz Numismatics

    My first quinarius. This particular quinarius is historically important as it was issued by Cato the Younger to fund his war against Julius Caesar. My example was struck off center on the obverse, but has a sharply struck reverse and pretty toning


    Roman Republic, M. Porcius Cato, 47 - 46 BC Silver Quinarius African Mint, 14mm, 1.75 grams Obverse: Head of Liber right wearing ivy wreath. Reverse: Victory seated right holding patera and palm branch. Porcia 11 // Crawford 462/2

    Ex. Ken Dorney
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  12. Mr.MonkeySwag96

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    My final purchase for the month, a posthumous denarius of Faustina the Elder:


    3.51g, 18mm Head of Faustina right "DIVA FAVSTINA" "AVGVSTA" Ceres standing left holding a torch and scepter. RSC 96

    Ex. Aegean Numismatics
  13. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice obverse detail
  14. Chris B

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    A few new additions:

    Calebra Tarentum 01.jpg
    Much nicer than the pictures show.

    Calabria, Tarentum; Stater Ca. 281-240 BC.

    Weight: 6.52g.


    Obverse: Naked boy on horse walking l. which is crowned by standing male figure; ΓΥ to r., beneath horse, ΑΡΙ-ΣΤΙ-Π, in three lines; ΤΑΡΑΣ in front to l
    Reverse: Taras on dolphin r. with bow; beneath to l. ΔΙ and elephant.

    Greece 454 01.jpg

    Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. Circa 454-404 BC.

    Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor and spiral palmette on bowl, round earring with central boss, and pearl necklace
    Reverse: Owl standing to right with head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind, ΑΘ[Ε] before; all within incuse square.

    Kroll 8; Dewing 1591-8; SNG Copenhagen 31; HGC 4, 1597.

    Weight: 17.5g
    Diameter: 25mm
  15. The Meat man

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    Here's one I bought a little while ago. I like it for its good centering and strong, crisp strike.

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  16. Blake Davis

    Blake Davis Well-Known Member

    Still very nice - is it just me or is it getting more and more difficult to find good coins at an affordable price? Of course that is different for everyone, but it just seems to be getting harder - I have not bought a coin for my collection in six months. Of course the coins I am looking for aren't exactly easy to find.

    The parity between the dollar and the euro does present an opportunity though!
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  17. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    It's not just you!
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  18. The Meat man

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    My latest. Also my first "slabbed" coin.


    It's the second Syrian Augustus tetradrachm I own, the first being an earlier issue from 2 B.C. Of the two, I prefer the portrait on this one, but the reverse is not as interesting as the older, Tyche/Orontes design.

    Unlike many here, I don't have strong feelings either way about slabs. On the one hand I like the organized presentation it gives. On the other, I would have liked to have more information included, and of course I like to handle the coins sometimes. I'm not sure yet if I will be breaking this one out.
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  19. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Nice. Great portrait.
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  21. ArtDeco

    ArtDeco Well-Known Member

    My recent auction lots that I've won, its going to be a while before I actually recieve these coins but I should show these here anyways.

    Zeugitania, Carthage
    2nd Punic War
    Southern Italian Mint (Hannibal Barca and his forces in Italy)
    AR 1/4 Shekel
    Obv: Tanit
    Rev: Punic horse, globe between legs.

    Punic-Iberia (Barcids in Spain)
    2nd Punic War
    AR Shekel
    Obv: Male Head (Hamilcar? Hannibal? Hasdrubal? Melkart???)
    Rev: Punic horse in front of palm tree.

    These are gonna be my new babies and my most prized coins.
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