Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by John Anthony, Nov 5, 2021.

  1. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status Supporter

    Huh, I read that as:
    • A coin who's beauty wasn't truly appreciated until I beheld it
    • A coin that you, TIF herself, trusted my expertise to remedy thanks to my years of helping rehab coins of that viscous disease
    • A coin that I was able to outwit a master and identify
    • And lastly, don't spout that diagonalist propaganda to me. We both are well steeped in the history and culture of Tiffily
    Not even you can ruin the Saturnalia that YOU gave me;)
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  3. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Get a room you two. :rolleyes:
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  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I opened my SS this afternoon with loads of fanfare

    It's a nice coin and I appreciate it; however, I have no idea where to begin to identify it. My images don't do it justice, and they are hasty images to begin with. Perhaps someone here can help me attribute.

    Thank you Secret Saturn.

    Oh, and thanks for the beautiful stamps!!!!
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  5. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

  6. TIF

    TIF Always learning.

    Do you want the attribution or a hint?

    Edit-- never mind, @JayAg47's got it covered :D
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  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    It looks something like this:
    Augustus, AE24, Kingdom of Thrace. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΡOIMHTAΛKOY, jugate heads of King Rhoemetalkes & Queen Pythodoris right / KAIΣAΡOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, bare head of Augustus right. SNGCop 1190, SGI 5396.
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  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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  10. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Well-Known Member

    IO SATURNALIA :singing::singing::singing:

    I received these awesome coins from a generous CTAF member whose identity is a mystery.

    A superb Byzantine follis
    and a really cool Seleucid Antiochus VII owl coin.


    I decided to remove the coins from their information covered flips for ease of photographing them.


    Last edited: Dec 18, 2021
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  11. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I was the lucky recipient of two beautiful coins from my Secret Saturn! This lovely campgate of Licinius and a scarce provincial issued for Faustina II!

    Thank you, Secret Saturn!!! :joyful::shame::happy:

    Licinius I, AD 308-324.
    Roman billon follis, 2.71 g, 18.3 mm, 11 h.
    Heraclea, second officina, AD 317-18.
    Obv: IMP LICI-NIVS AVG, Laureate and draped bust right, holding globe, scepter and mappa.
    Rev: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG, three-turreted gateway of military camp; Λ in right field; SMHB in exergue.
    Refs: RIC vii, p. 547, 48 var. (bust right); Cohen 145; RCV 15268.

    Faustina II, AD 147-175.
    Roman provincial Æ 19.5 mm, 4.46 g, 7 h.
    Lydia, Saïtta, under Fl. Herk(y)lanos, archon, c. AD 148-150.
    Obv: ΦAVCTЄINA CЄBACTH, draped bust right, wearing a string of pearls around head.
    Rev: ЄΠ Φ ΗΡΚΛΑΝΟV ϹΑΙΤΤΗΝΩΝ, Artemis advancing right, drawing arrow from quiver and holding bow; at feet to right, hound.
    Refs: RPC IV.2 online 11561 (temporary); BMC --; SNG Copenhagen --; SNG von Aulock --.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2021
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  12. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    I actually found my Secret Saturn. Thank you @Dafydd for your wonderful gifts!
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2021
  13. Alex22

    Alex22 Active Member

    Io Saturnalia everyone! Glad to report that my gift has been well received in New York. No sign of a mystery package from SS arriving at our doorsteps, but fingers crossed and maybe Christmas it is for my coinelebration :nailbiting:.
  14. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Well-Known Member

    My apologies, I almost forgot
    Many thanks to my Secret Saturnalia Santa!

    Feel free to send me a clue to your identity ;)

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  15. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Supporter! Supporter

    I can't wait !

    No news from Secret Saturn, no news from giftee either .... :(

  16. TheRed

    TheRed Supporter! Supporter

    After a busy day at work yesterday followed by the office holiday party with an open bar I didn't get to open my Saturnalia gift until this morning. What I found is a beautiful Roman coin with a things looking lady on the obverse.
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    I apologize got the poor quality of photos. In the best of conditions it isn't one out my strengths. My attribution is as follows, buy I welcome any corrections or additions to it as needed:
    Herennia Etruscilla (wife of Trajanus Decius) Antoninianus, struck AD 249 - 253.
    Obv: HER ETRVSCILLA AVG, Diademed and draped bust right on crescent.
    Rev: PVDICITIA AVG, Pudicitia seated left holding sceptre.

    Thank you Secret Saturn, I love the coin! This is my first antoninianus and empress of Roman. The size of it is really pleasing and I love the detail in Herennia's hair.
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  17. ancientone

    ancientone Well-Known Member

    IO Saturnalia! Still waiting patiently here on both ends.
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  18. Dafydd

    Dafydd Well-Known Member

    Io Saturnalia!

    I really don't know who my Secret Saturnalia posts as but thank you Edwin for my wonderful gifts.

    The first coin is a Hadrian Didrachm with a bold portrait and at 21mm and 6.09g much more substantial than any of my Hadrian denarii. Reverse :Mt. Argaeus surmounted by Helios holding sceptre and globe.
    RPC 3087 // Sydenham 263. This is a great coin in the hand and now I want to consider more didrachm in my collection. Last year my Secret Saturnalia gifts opened up an interest in Medieval that I had not considered and now I have something else to interest me. This is a great event!


    The second coin is a superb Aurelian Billion Antoninianus . Obverse ;radiate, curassed bust right. Reverse ; Sol standing left, holding globe and raising hand, two seating captives flanking. Ex Aethelred collection , ex JAZ Numismatics.
    RIC Online 2673.
    I have a "thing" for captive reverses and have several and in fact posted my Vespasian Judea Captive denarius in a CT competition.
    I have several "Restorer of the World" Antoninianus but not this one and none as well preserved as this one, a truly lovely coin with traces of silvering extant.
    Both coins look better in the hand than my photography. The packet containing these coins arrived in under a week from the USA and was on my mantlepiece tempting me for some days but I am glad I resisted temptation. Thanks again and it is heart warming to see the kindness, generosity and great fellowship of this forum.
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  19. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    I’m very happy that you and your kids like the coins! Happy holidays and Io Saturnalia to all of you.

    My own gift hasn’t arrived yet. I guess it might take a while for Saturn to cross the Atlantic, but I promise to post it as soon as I get it.
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  20. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate!

    Kind of relieved to see that I’m not the only one still waiting for their gift.
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  21. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Last year I seemed to be the only one waiting and waiting and waiting. Believe me, I feel your pain.
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