Quant.Geek's Top Ten under $50 for 2020

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Quant.Geek, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. Quant.Geek

    Quant.Geek Well-Known Member

    While last year was better, with respect to the number of coins I bought as well as some really nice bargains I got, this year was somewhat difficult. With ongoing situations like COVID and the IBOR Transition (look it up if you are interested :yack:), things got a lot more "interesting" with work and family. As such, I drastically cut down on my purchases this year, but I still managed to pick up some bargins. As such, you don't need to spend a ton of $$$ to get some quality Ancient Coins. However, I will post another thread on my overall Top Ten coins that is not capped :D. So, without any further delay, here is my list of top ten coins that were under $50 in no particular order:

    Byzantine Empire: Nicephorus I (802-811) Æ Follis, Syracuse (Sear 1612)
    I already had a nice Nicephorus I follis from Syracuse, but this one was also quite nice, albeit, the hole. Furthermore, his follis rarely shows up...

    Byzantine Empire: Justin II (565-578) Æ Decanummium, Antioch (Sear 382)


    Byzantine Empire: Heraclius (610-641) Æ Follis, Constantinople (Sear 805)
    Overstruck on a Follis of Phocas, specifically Sear 665; which is also overstruck on an undetermined host.

    Byzantine Empire: Leo V (813-820) Æ Follis, Constantinople (Sear 1630)
    Overstruck on a Follis of Nicephorus I, specifically Sear 1607. I need to take a better photo of this coin to determine the second overstrike on the reverse.

    Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Æ Tetarteron

    Overstruck on an Anonymous Class B follis.

    Byzantine Empire: Constantine X Ducas (1059-1067) Æ Follis

    I have a few of these, but I don't have a good one that was compactly struck. A nice little upgrade to the one that came in a lot and also a good replacement for one that got stolen in transit :mad::

    I started to add to my Elymias, Parthian and Arab-Sassanian collection this year...

    KINGS of ELYMIAS: Orodes III (2nd century CE) Æ Dichalkon

    KINGS of ELYMIAS: Phraates (Early-mid 2nd century CE) Æ drachm

    KINGS of ELYMIAS: Phraates (Early-mid 2nd century CE) Æ drachm

    Arab Sasanian: Farrukhzad (75-79 AH) Æ Dirham, Dasht
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Those are all great but I love the Byzantines!
    I'm torn between the Leo V overstrike and the Heraclius overstrike as my favorite.
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  4. Only a Poor Old Man

    Only a Poor Old Man Well-Known Member

    Your follis of Constantine X is really nice. It has been on my list for quite a while, but nothing decent has come along so far.. But you gotta love the Leo V overstrike.. The lack of effort in many of those re-issues is almost comical. Working in a Byzantine mint must have been a really badly paid job :arghh: Or, they simply didn't care about pleb money like coppers, as most of the gold coins are usually well designed/detailed and struck.
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  5. Alegandron

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

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  6. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Nice selection at unbeatable price !

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  7. Caesar_Augustus

    Caesar_Augustus Well-Known Member

    Wow, what a visually appealing set of coins, Quant! :D
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  8. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    You got some really nice coins for unbeatable prices/ congratulations on your fine 2020!
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  9. Quant.Geek

    Quant.Geek Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone! Among the overstrikes, the Leo V Follis is my favorite and fell in love with it once I saw it on ebay. The Nicephorus I Follis and Constantine X Follis are outstanding at this price point, couldn't be happier...
  10. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Nice selections, at great prices. I like the first coin you show.
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  11. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Under $50!....My type of list!.....@Quant.Geek ...Nice group!
    I have no idea about Byzantine coins, not my collecting area but they all look to have good detail!....Really nice Elymais coins though and particularly like the eagle reverse but all 3 are nice examples....Congrats!
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  12. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Very nice coins. Congratulations!
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  13. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting the coins and good luck next year...
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  14. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice set of coins at a great price, congrats.
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  15. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Great set of coins @Quant.Geek . My favorite is your Constantine X Follis. That is a very nice looking coin for under $50.

    These budget lists are fun.
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  16. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Q.G., The Heraclius follis overstruck on a Phocas follis is a "pearl in the oyster" :D. A great score for under $50. Knowing that Heraclius executed Phocas, gives the coin added meaning :smuggrin:...
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