Saturday Night Free For All

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Orange Julius, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Was looking through my Sassanin coinage and picked up this one again!......I just love the ' I'm in control ' portrait!....
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  3. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    I like tetrarchal folles:


    30-27 mm. 8.75 grams.
    Galerius as Caesar at Rome, c.302-3
    RIC VI Rome 104b, common.

    If you want to know more about this reverse type, see
    This variety that mentions "VRB" is issued only at Rome.
  4. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice coin.

    Along the same lines, I just got my first quarter follis, of Severus II, and I wanted to let you know how useful and enjoyable your website is on this subject - and thank you for putting it together. I used some of your site's information to put on the back of my flip for this coin (see below).

    Keep up the good work:

    Severus II - Siscia Quarter follis Apr 2021 (0).jpg
    Severus II Æ Quarter Follis
    (305-306 A.D.)
    Siscia mint

    FL VAL SEVERVS NOB C, laureate head right / GENIO POP-VLI ROMANI, Genius
    standing left, modius on head, naked except for chlamys holding patera & cornucopiae, SIS in ex.
    RIC VI Siscia 170a; Cohen 32.
    (2.24 grams / 19 x 17 mm)

    "In AD 305-306, just as the first tetrarchy was ending and the second beginning, the Roman mint of Siscia struck an AE type of unusual denomination... We don't know what it was called then, but in modern literature it is often termed the "quarter follis" or "denarius." Although there were 16 mints in the Roman empire striking coins at the time, only Siscia minted this small denomination, and only for
    a very short time..."
  5. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    Alexander III Ar Tetradrachm Amphipolis 322-320 BC Minted under the authority of Antipater. Obv Head of beardless Herakles wearing Lion skin headdress right. Rv. Zeus Aetophoros seated left Price 108 Troxell Group G2 17.19 grms 25 mm Photo by W. Hansen alexandert14.jpg This coin is a bit of a change from my usual litany of woe as I knew that this coin was already considered posthumous when I purchased it. However it was thought that the title Basileos was placed on the coins minted at Amphipolis circa 323 BC. However with the transfer of Troxell's group E and F to the ranks of those coins minted after the death of Alexander the 323 BC date became untenable. In fact I am starting to think that even the 322 BC date is being somewhat optimistic. Because these coins are of a significantly different style that the Group E's I wonder if a new workshop had been set up to mint these coins.
  6. seth77

    seth77 Well-Known Member

    A Julia Maesa antoninianus:

  7. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    I do have a soft spot for these types....
    Gadhaiya Paisa....
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  8. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Not much new here. Coins are still too expensive so I am happy with snacks where I can find them. Not to say that these coins are less than others... but I have plenty of campgates and SOLI INVICTO coins.

    I do really like these coins though, they came as a pair for less than $15 total. I didn't have a Crispus campgate from Rome and my similar Constantine Soli from Rome had some corrosion so this one is arguably better.
    Crispus - RIC VII 266
    Constantine I - RIC VII 27
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  9. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    Yes I know it is technically Sunday and I guess I am just a little bit late but okay I was talking to a friend a fellow CT er and we were discussing my rather small collection of Roman provincial coins. I must admit I do enjoy these coins but kept very few. One of them was this coin Trajan Ae 25 Caesarea Maritima 115 AD Obv Head right laureate Rv. Emperor togate standing left sacrificing over altar. RPC 3955 11.61 grms 25 mm Photo by W. Hansen caesmaritima3.jpg What I like about this coin is that thought the image of Trajan is rather crudely drawn it still conveys something of the strength and vitality of the man. Despite being the image of a 63 year old man the image shows Trajan as a strong keen eyed individual with a firm jaw. Only the sagging flesh on the cheek betray the age of the individual portrayed.
  10. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    That's a great coin. Trajan does look older here. Although I know we've had threads on the aging of emperors on coins (mainly Caracalla), it's fun to see. As for whether it's Saturday or not... Saturday doesn't end until you go to bed!
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  11. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    In this case, I'll take this as an opportunity to show this recent purchase. It's a denarius from the first year of Severus Alexander's reign. He became emperor in March 222 at about age 14 after the Praetorian Guard had assassinated his predecessor and cousin Elagabalus. Note how young the portrait still looks. It predates the development of the characteristic older imperial portrait of Severus Alexander, is based on his rare coins as Caesar, and resembles the coins of young Caracalla and Geta:

    Rom – Severus Alexander, Denar, Libertas.png
    Severus Alexander, Roman Empire, AR denarius, 224 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG; bust of Severus Alexander, laureate and draped, r. Rev: P M TR P COS P P; Libertas, draped, standing l., holding pileus in r. hand and cornucopiae in l. hand. 19mm, 2.68 g. Ref: RIC IV Severus Alexander 11d.
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  12. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    Well it is Saturday and not because I had any real choice in the matter I am working on some coins I just received of Kassander. I bought these two at the Gorny & Mosch auction in April and so I thought no problem with Fed Ex package should be in my hot little hands in a couple of weeks, WRONG.:eek: Package spent something like 3 weeks in Germany as a result of the lockdown in that country because of COVID.:banghead::banghead::banghead: Once it left it proceeded very quickly to Edmonton and then got stuck in customs. Wonderful.:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead: Finally I got it yesterday.:smuggrin: Okay here are the two coins
    Kassander as regent Ar Tetradrachm Amphipolis 317-305 BC In the name and types of Philip II of Macedon Obv. Head of Zeus right laureate Rv. Youth on horseback right Le Rider pt 46 17-18 25 mm Photo Gorny & Mosch image00097.jpg Second coin Kassander as Regent and King Ar Tetradrachm Amphipolis 315-294 BC In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Obv. Beardless head of Herakles right in lion skin headdress. Rv. Zeus Aetophoros seated left. Price 447 17.05 grams 28 mm Photo by Gorny & Mosch image00094.jpg Kassander did not mint any precious metal coins in his name. He does mint some aes. Thus he continues in the glorious tradition of the kings of Macedon of making their coinage all but impenetrable to modern study. (I can almost hear their ghosts laughing at us) Kassander mints coins of two distinct weight standards the Thraco- Macedonian standard of Philip II as well as the Attic standard of his son Alexander III.
  13. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Since it was mentioned, I'll post my lowly coin. I bought this AE20 in 2019 at the last coin show I attended before you know what. Because the bottom legend is so off center, it came to me as an Alexander but when you know what to expect the tops of ΚΑΣΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ is clear enough. Sear lists the type as 6754 but with different monograms. Obviously, I would have preferred one centered to the top so the name could be more obvious.

    I fear I should not mention it since killing women and children is no longer as fashionable as it was when Kassander executed the widow Roxanna and Alexander IV. Since this left an opening, Kassander assumed the title 'king' so this coin dates to 305-297 BC. In that time there were two prime ways to become king. You could be born son of the king OR you could kill the one who was. If you study history, you may discover that this last method was more common than you had realized. Kassander also ordered the deaths of several other people but I'll leave it to you to read about that. Being in any way related to Alexander was not a safe situation.

    Saturday night trivia: Why is the coin below ever so slightly appropriate to post here? Hint: I bought it for the legend. The goats were a bonus. ex.PeteB 2000. g92210bb2137.jpg
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  14. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coin.... sorta looks like Pietas is telling someone how she really feels :)
  15. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Doug, did you read my answer to your question in thread: Some thing small from Berk Bid/Buy 216 ?

    another bronze from Kassander:

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  16. Restitutor

    Restitutor Well-Known Member

    Picked up these exquisite specimens today! I was told they’re Julius Caesar portraits in bronze, silver, and gold. Only cost me $1,000! Couldn’t believe my luck!

  17. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Here is a Byzantine anonymous follis, Class G, attributed to Romanus IV, 1068-1071, who lost the famous battle of Manzikert (now in Eastern Turkey) to the Seljuqs, which hastened the decline of the Byzantine empire.


    29-25 mm. 5.66 grams.
    Bust of Christ facing
    Bust of the Virgin Mary facing, orans (with hands in that position)
    Sear 1867.
  18. ArtDeco

    ArtDeco =ArtDeco=

    Not a Marc Antony legionary Denarius but I always find this one interesting becuase of how it shows the legionary aquila with its wings sticking up,

    Roman Republic, C Valerius Flaccus, 82 BC
    Obv: Head of Victory (Facing Right)
    Rev: Legionary eagle between two standards.

    Crawford 365/1c
    3.7 g.


  19. Orange Julius

    Orange Julius Well-Known Member

    Got this coin as a gift. there’s something interesting about it (this particular coin, not the type)… let’s see who nails it first.
  20. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    Last week i presented two tetradrachms minted under the aegis of Kassander. Today I will present my third coin of this king
    Av Stater of Kassander Amphipolis 300-290 BC In the name and types of Alexander III Obv Helmeted head of Athena. Rv Nike standing left. in field trident. Price 172 HGC 987 8.60 grams 19 mm Photo by W. Hansen alexanderav8.jpg If you think separating the lifetime tetradrachms from the posthumous issues is fun, the staters are even more problematic. The trident symbol in the left field is used from when the stater coinage was initiated in 332 BC and continued to be used until the very end and can be used at other mints. The only means to identify a lifetime issue is to study the style of the coin. Lifetime issues have larger longer helmets with correspondingly smaller faces. As can be seen in this coin the face is large and the helmet is rather shorter and smaller. The vast majority of the Alexander staters from Amphipolis that have been offered for sale over the last twenty years have been posthumous. Working on the coinage of the Macedonian Kings reminds me of this main-qimg-0c9f733de5d29fc650eb573efb3cd00d.png
  21. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    A couple of coins arrived in the mail yesterday and today. I weighed them, measured their diameter, and took my own photos of them today:

    Faustina Sr Ancyra Ephesian Artemis.jpg
    Faustina I, AD 138-140.
    Roman provincial Æ 19.1 mm, 4.17 g, 7 h.
    Phrygia, Ankyra, AD 138-140.
    Obv: ΦΑΥϹΤЄΙΝΑ ϹЄΒΑϹΤΗ, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: ΑΝΚΥΡ-ΑΝΩΝ, cult statue of Ephesian Artemis standing facing, wearing kalathos, arms resting on supports and flanked by two stags.
    Refs: RPC IV.2, 1732 (temporary); SNG Cop 139.
    Notes: The Greek obverse inscription, ΦΑΥϹΤЄΙΝΑ ϹЄΒΑϹΤΗ, makes no mention of the empress' deified status and corresponds to FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, used on imperial issues from AD 139-140. Accordingly, RPC dates the coin to "early in the reign of Antoninus Pius," and suggests "c. 138-140."

    Faustina Jr S C Diana Sestertius earlier issue.jpg
    Faustina II, AD 147-175.
    Roman orichalcum sestertius, 24.17 g, 31.0 mm, 5 h.
    Rome, AD 153.
    Obv: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, bare-headed and draped bust, right, with earlier (Beckmann type 2b) coiffure.
    Rev: S C, Diana, draped, standing front, head left, holding out arrow in right hand and resting left on bow, set on ground.
    Refs: RIC 1383(3); BMCRE 2180-81; Cohen 206; Strack 1325; Sear 4717.
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