Sallent's Top 10 of 2019 (with just the right amount of clickbait)

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  1. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    It's time to reveal my top 10 purchases of 2019. But as you all know, I always like to slowly reveal the coins, as delayed gratification is much more fun than showing off what you've got all at once. So here's my top 10 with just the right amount of teasing and clickbait.


    Today I will be revealing #10. Tomorrow #9, etc, etc.

    Constantius II
    Ae3 Trier Mint
    18.83 mm, 3.46g
    326 CE
    Obverse: bust laureate draped and cuirassed left.
    Reverse: PROVIDENTIAE CAESS: Camp gate, STR (pellet in crescent) in exergue.
    RIC VII 480, S

    Constantius II Campgate.jpg

    I've never been a big fan of LRBs, but every once in a while one comes along that is just too pretty or too historical to pass up. In this case, Constantius II won me over with his Beatles haircut and whimsical frown.

    So stay tune for #9 tomorrow when we continue Sallent's Top 10 of 2019.

    Feel free to comment or post your own coins.
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  3. Arkos

    Arkos Member

    How do you obtain coins like that?
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  4. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    Patiently browsing the stocks of a few European dealers on until I found a coin that truly called out at me at a price I was willing to pay.

    In other cases, browsing online auctions and the websites of other dealers I've done business with or traded coins with over the years.
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  5. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    Little known factoid: The Beatles actually referred to it as their "Constantius tribute cut"! :smuggrin::smuggrin:o_O;)
  6. Arkos

    Arkos Member

    Dang - that is an impressive site!
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  7. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice with great eye appeal, can't wait to see your other nine. 12312.jpg
    CONSTANTIUS II, as Caesar. 324-337 AD. Æ Follis (20mm - 3.5 g). Arles/Constantia mint. Struck 329 AD. FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left / VIRTVS CAESS, camp-gate with open doors and four turrets, star above; T-F//PCONST. RIC VII 335 (r4); LRBC 345
  8. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

    Nice! I love these little coins, this guy is from Trier Mint 18F9D9FB-F1A1-4FFD-B3C7-012201C77417.jpeg EA0BC7F7-55B1-40CF-9533-7DCEE65FCFFE.jpeg from JA auction
  9. Arkos

    Arkos Member

    How much do coins like that usually cost?
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  10. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    That obverse is really well struck Sallent. I eagerly await the rest.
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  11. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Why was he so grumpy? It's not like he had invaders on all sides of the empire, civil wars inside the empire, and was eventually assassinated by Magnentius....:rolleyes:
    He really should've smiled for his portrait.
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  12. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Judaean Coins Supporter

    Welcome to the Ancients Forum, @Arkos . You can go to the VCoins site and do an “Advanced Search” for Roman coins under $20 and find some very nice ones being offered. Not as nice as the one @Sallent posted but great coins if you’re starting out.
  13. dadams

    dadams Supporter! Supporter

    You sure started with a nice one @Sallent !! I’m looking forward to seeing the other tops!!
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  14. Orielensis

    Orielensis Well-Known Member

    Coins like this prove that despite their reputation, LRBs can look pretty, too. Looking forward to seeing the other nine coins.

    Some of my Constantinian Trier coins:

    Rom – Konstantin der Große, AE 3, Lagertror, Trier.png
    Constantine the Great, Roman Empire, AE 3, 326 AD, Trier mint. Obv: CONSTANTINVS AVG; bust of Constantine, laureate, r. Rev: PROVIDENTIAE AVGG; "campgate" with two turrets, star above; in exergue, PTR-crescent. 19mm, 3.30g. Ref: RIC VII Trier 475.

    Rom – Constantinus II Junior, AE 3, Lagertor, Trier.png
    Constantine II Junior, Roman Empire, AE3, 326AD, Trier. Obv: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, bust of Constantine II, laureate, draped, cuirassed, l. Rev: PROVIDENTIAE CAESS, globe on altar inscribed VOT/IS/XX; camp gate with two turrets, star above; in exergue, STR crescent. 19mm, 3.01g. Ref: RIC VII Treveri 479.

    Rom – Constans, AE 3, Zwei Victorien, Trier 2.png
    Constans, Roman Empire, AE3, 347–348 AD, Trier mint. Obv: CONSTANS P F AVG; bust of Constans, rosette-diademed, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: VICTORIAE DD AVGGQ NN; two Victories, winged, draped, standing front, facing each other, each holding wreath in r. hand and palm in l. hand; between them, star; in exergue, TRS. 15.5mm, 1.38g. Ref: RIC VIII Treveri 188.

    Welcome to CT, @Arkos ! As said above, vcoins is a good place to start. It's also worth to check out, for example, and some of the auctions taking place on

    If I were you, I'd stay away from lots of uncleaned ancient coins, though, especially those offered on ebay. In addition to never knowing where they are from, you'll likely just face an abyss of disappointment caused by hardly identifiable, heavily corroded slugs.
  15. Pishpash

    Pishpash Supporter! Supporter

    Only got one "doors open" but very happy with it.


    Ruler: Constantine II (Caesar)
    Coin: Bronze AE3
    CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C - laureate, draped & cuirassed bust left
    VIRTVS CAESS - campgate with 5 layers, four turrets, star above, open doors, S to left F to right
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    Mint: Arles (327 AD )
    Wt./Size: 2.98g / 20mm
    Reference: RIC VII Arles 315
  16. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Really nice example! Looks like it was struck yesterday. Love the portrait, super coin.:) Can't wait to see the other "nine".
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  17. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    On the click bait corner, here's a section I call "HONORABLE MENTION". This coin didn't make the top 10, but it's still brought me a lot of joy to own. I got this back in February from @Bing and the reason I got it was because...well, it was all about that crazy goat.


    Also being a tiny coin ticked off another box for me. I am addicted to tiny Greek coins. I probably have 15 or so sub-12mm ancient Greek coins. So it may not have made the top 10, but still deserves an honorable mention for the joy of ownership.

    AE 10
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right
    REVERSE: Head and neck of a goat, AIΓAE behind
    Struck at Aigai, 300-200BC
    .9g, 10mm
    SNG von Aulock 1593; SNG Copenhagen 1
    Ex: Bing
  18. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Heck of a great start to the to top ten @Sallent!
    And still my favorite LRB, of the same type, was a gift from a CT pal, @Severus Alexander:
    Constantius II
    As Caesar, AD 324-337. Æ Follis, Treveri (Trier) mint. Struck AD 326. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left / Camp-gate with two turrets and no door; star above; PTR(pellet-within-crescent). RIC VII 480; LRBC 29.
  19. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Sallent, #10 is a gem :jawdrop:! Constantius looks like an angry teenager who just got a pair of pajamas for Christmas :hilarious:.
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  20. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    I think even someone that isn't into LRB would to admit that is one handsome looking coin!
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  21. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    #10 is great, but I think I like the second one better
    GTO goat.jpg
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