Record Delivery Time from Kelowna, B.C.

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Al Kowsky, Aug 2, 2021.

  1. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    My 3 coins from AMCC 3 arrived this morning at my condo in Churchville, NY at 11:29 AM, after being shipped from Kelowna, B.C. on July 27, 11:14 AM :happy:. That's exactly one week earlier than the Canadian P.O. projected :jawdrop:! Coins that I've won from CNG in Lancaster,PA (290 miles from where I live) usually take longer than that :smuggrin:. Needless to say, I'm elated with the coins :D. Special thanks to Tom Callaway for putting together this impressive auction :woot:.

    AMCC 3, Lot 311.jpg
    Lot #311. This coin has the rare spelling error in the obverse inscription.
    biddr - Ancient and Medieval Coins Canada, Auction 3, lot 311. Constantius I as Caesar (293-305), AE follis, issued 297-8. Alexandria (3rd off....

    AMCC 3, Lot 310, $90.00.jpg
    Lot #310. This well struck coin has faint traces of silvering & a great portrait.
    biddr - Ancient and Medieval Coins Canada, Auction 3, lot 310. Maximianus, first reign (285-305), AE follis, issued 297-8. Heraclea, 10.05g, 28...

    AMCC 3, Lot 304, $120.00 (2).jpg
    Lot #304. Galerius as Caesar, Siscia Mint.
    biddr - Ancient and Medieval Coins Canada, Auction 3, lot 304. Galerius as Caesar (293-305), AE follis, issued 296. Siscia (1st off.), 9.33g, 2...

    I was very excited to get this well struck gem with lots of silvering :D. It is only the 2nd nummus in my collection from the Siscia Mint, & it pairs well with a nummus of Diocletian that I have from the same mint ;), see photo below.

    Diocletian, Siscia Mint, 2nd Officina, AD 294.jpg
    Diocletian, AD 284-305 (struck AD 294). Siscia Mint, 2nd Officina. Billon Nummus: 9.64 gm, 29 mm, 11 h. Sear 12778.
    This is the earliest nummus in my collection from Diocletian's currency reform of AD 294. Instead of identifying the mint in the exergue, as was done with later issues, the mint used an S in the left field.

    The 3 coins I won from AMCC 3, are Ex Caesar Augustus Collection.

    Photos # 311,310, & 304 from AMCC 3, are courtesy of Tom Callaway.
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  3. Caesar_Augustus

    Caesar_Augustus Well-Known Member

    Whoa, that's some lightning speed from Canada to the States. I wish the post was that fast coming from the Stats into Canada!

    Congratulations on the coins, Al Kowsky! :) I will miss that Alexandria nummus (not follis, hah) and am very glad it went to someone so passionate about Tetrarchial nummi. Here's my own picture for your references, I was quite proud of this one:


    That Siscia follis is a curious one! I feel like the mint's boss told the engravers "make Genius a bit bigger on the next issues, boys".
  4. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander find me at NumisForums Supporter

    Wow, I'm glad they arrived so quickly! And happy you're pleased with them in hand. @Caesar_Augustus certainly did consign some beauties to the sale, didn't he!

    To add something relevant to the thread, here's a nice Galerius follis I haven't posted very often:
    galerius dattari.jpg
  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    All three are very nice coins; however, I really like the reverse details on Lot 304
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  6. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    C.A., Your photo is a great high resolution shot with a more subdued color range :cool:. This is what the coin looks like in diffused natural sunlight. You're right about Genius using more space on #304 :smuggrin:.
  7. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    S.A., That is a handsome nummus of Galerius :happy:! Lovely patina too ;). The K V letters in the field make this an important issue.
  8. Caesar_Augustus

    Caesar_Augustus Well-Known Member

    See, I also have the impression that the boss was like "Whoa, engravers, let's put some muscle on genius! What are we, Romans or barbarians?" :D
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  9. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Great coins all. And congrats on the speedy delivery.
  10. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Congrats Al, colourfull bunch.

    Here's another colourfull Galerius:

    P1180760 galerius silvered 2 (3).jpg
  11. IMP Shogun

    IMP Shogun Well-Known Member

    It is a very interesting period and the coins have fine style and are relatively easy to get in high quality. I do like the ones you won very much.
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  12. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Supporter! Supporter

    Lucky you @Al Kowsky, for the fast delivery and magnificient coins
    I'm still waiting (with great impatience) for mine to be delivered (but they have to cross the pond...)

    To stay legal, here are two coins of the period I particularily like :

    Diocletian, Follis - Alexandria mint, 2nd officina, c. AD 304-305
    IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, Laureate bust of Diocletianus right
    IOVI CONS CAES, Jupiter standing left, holding victory and spear. B in right field S | P in lower field, ALE at exergue
    11.21 gr
    Ref : Cohen # 173, RCV # 12805 (180), RIC VI # 41

    Galerius, Follis - Heraclea mint, 5th officina, c. AD 296-298
    GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, Laureate bust of Galerius right
    GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, , Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia, HTE at exergue
    10.58 gr
    Ref : RCV # 14372 (90), Cohen #78

  13. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    Andres, Your Thessalonika nummus is a great looking coin :happy:! After reviewing my archives I can find no example from that mint o_O. Eventually I'll have to snag one.
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  14. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    Q, Several years ago I managed to score an Alexandrian nummus of the same type as yours, but my coin was struck for Galerius.

    Galerius follis, Alexandria, AK Collection.jpg
    Galerius as Caesar, AD 293-305 (struck c. AD 304/5). Billon Nummus: 28 mm, 11.39 gm. 5th Officina. RIC VI 43. Scarce.
    I think both of our coins must have been struck for a special occasion ;).

    Your nummus from the Heraclea Mint has an exquisite obverse :jawdrop:! That coin is Gem MS. The only example in my collection from that mint is pictured below.

    AE 10.42 gm, 28 mm, 6 h. RIC VI 26a.jpg Severus II as caesar, (stuck AD 305/306). Heraclea Mint, 2nd Officina. Billon nummus: !0.46 gm, 28 mm, 6 h. RIC VI 26a.
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