Shogun's Top 10 for 2020

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  1. IMP Shogun

    IMP Shogun Well-Known Member


    Here are my top ten of 2020 (in chronological order):

    Augustus, as struck 7 B.C.

    My coin collecting bug had always been in silver and gold, this coin below sparked my interest in bronze and I've added quite a diverse collection of Imperial Roman bronze coins. The portrait is what attracted me to this coin - not without it's flaws - a theme that continues in the following 9:
    Augustus 27 B.C.–14 A.D. as RIC 428 Roma
    SC with triangle mark in between
    25mm (clipped, oval) 11.36g

    Caligula, as struck 37-38 A.D.

    Attractive portrait with Vesta on the reverse and a strong obverse legend and interesting patina drew me to this one:
    Gaius Germanicus (Caligula) 37–41 A.D. RIC 38 Roma CAESAR AVG GARMANICVS PON M TR POT / VESTA
    Vesta between SC seated left holding patera and scepter
    30mm 11.2g

    Trajan, as struck 99-100 A.D.

    I'm officially an as-man (sorry been thinking about that pun for a while...) as 2020 saw a nice collection of bronze come my way from Augustus to Commodus. Portrait, legend, and Mars...check, check and check:
    Trajan 98–117 A.D. as RIC 410 Roma
    Mars, helmeted, in military dress, standing right, holding inverted spear in right hand and resting left on shield on ground between SC
    26mm 11.6

    Trajan, Antioch ae27 struck 102-114

    So you like hockey pucks, eh? I can feel Doug rolling his eyes at my artistic picture style, but one really needs to see the thickness of this coin combined with the well-struck portrait and obverse wreath designs found in these eastern bronzes. With the legend worn from what we can assume is many transactions the portrait style of photo doesn't detract from the coins representation. But you do need to hold this one, trust me - Justin, am I right?
    Trajan AE27 RPC 3595
    SC BI SC in Wreath, mintmark BI
    27mm 19.5g
    From the Iomega Collection

    Marcus Aurelius, sestertius struck 166-167 A.D.

    Really nice strike on this on both sides, rare for a coin of mine as I usually have to give up the obverse for an attractive portrait. This also has a Stoecklin provenance, a factor I had not before considered when purchasing coins via the "me like, me buy" tactic that I employ. Also a big coin, even has more than a few grams on the above ae27:
    Marcus Aurelius 161–180 A.D. sestertius RIC III 948 Roma
    Victory in long dress, advancing to left, holding wreath in outstretched right hand and palm cradled in her left arm; S-C across fields.
    30mm, 24.68g
    Ex-Stoecklin, ex-MM

    Septimius Severus, denarius struck after 201 A.D.

    And finally the silver! The obverse appears to be a cowboy carrying two saddles, or a trophy with two shields - depending on one's perspective. Well struck, great curly-faced portrait and demonstrates the militaristic time of external conflict and civil war the empire is entering (don't leave the business to your dysfunctional kids - call me for business advice before one of them gets stabbed in front of their mother!).
    Septimius 193–211 A.D. RIC IV 176 Roma
    Trophy of arms; captive seated to left and right, hands in front supporting their heads, each in attitude of mourning.
    19mm 3.39g

    Elagabulus, denarius struck 220-221 A.D.

    This denarius is well-struck and lustrous. While not my favorite silver coin, it is in the best condition of any of my silver coins. This time period does provide an opportunity to add affordable well-struck coins. Quite a bit of detail on the obverse and he's got that little stash going. I saw an off-Broadway play where the main protagonist would randomly yell out Anthony in a drawn out way, for some odd reason this coin reminds me of that even as Broadway remains closed. The flan isn't perfect and I'm still trying to get a handle on grading ancients but the legend and strike look really good and may not be properly relayed in my limited photography language:
    Elagabalus 218–222 A.D. den RIC IV 107 Roma
    Libertas standing left, holding pileus and vindicta; star to right
    19.5mm, 2.65g
    From the El Medina Collection

    Maxentius, follis struck 309-312 A.D.

    Maxentius likely moved the mint from North Africa to Ostia to prevent it from being lost to his enemies in this on-and-off civil war between freinemies. The story behind this coin is documented in a thread on the tetrarchy period where I was looking for ways to represent the mints and rulers of the time, this community is very helpful sharing ideas and helping out. Feels like somebody is trying to either represent military strength on coins or pumping them out to pay for a standing army and a strong cavalry that got clubbed to pieces:
    Maxentius (Italy) 306–312 A.D. follis RIC VI Ostia (likely formerly Carthage)
    Castor and Pollux standing facing each other leaning on scepters holding bridled horse
    Mintmark: MOSTQ
    25mm, 6.9g

    Magnentius, ae3 or centenionalis likely struck 350-353 A.D.

    Continuing the unique mint theme is this barbarous-like product of Amiens. Magnentius is an interesting character with his wife ending up being married to Valentinian I (is this Game of Thrones or history?) makes me think his support didn't go away after his military defeats. Also marks a period of time when Roman and Germanic (Frankish/Saxon/Gallic) cultures are already blurred. Chi Rho also represents that the support Magnentius received was due in part to religious as well as cultural changes disrupting the empire - although it was ultimately a pagan revival that brought him support and ultimately defeat (good thing Contsantius stayed away from the battle and did all that praying).
    Magnentius 350–353 A.D. ae3 RIC 27 Amiens
    bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind head
    two Victories holding shield inscribed VOT-V-MVLT-X in four lines above altar, chi-rho above shield. Mintmark AMB*
    24mm, 4.13g

    Honorius, solidus

    The fall of Rome is a very dynamic period of time and attracts quite a bit of interest. Having read Gibbons, and other sources, and really enjoying playing Honorius in Rome Total War: Atilla are some of the reasons I acquired this solidus. It also adds a coin type I did not have at a reasonable pricing point for the type in a period where the quality of the bronze is in decline and the silver is wicked expensive. The wars with the goths and internal drama with Stilicho further made me want to "invest" in this one:
    Honorius 395–423 A.D. solidus RIC X 1287d Ravenna
    Honorius standing right, spurning captive, holding labarum and Victory on globe
    22mm, 4.43g

    I've enjoyed everyone sharing their 2020 collecting journeys and hope you enjoy mine as well. Here's to at least 10 more in 2021!
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2020
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  3. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Gorgeous coins. My favorites are solidus and Elagabal.
    I was also attracted by the lustrous of the Elagabalus denarius with the same reverse:
  4. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    You obviously had a good collecting year – congrats!

    The Marcus Aurelius sestertius is in extraordinarily good style, and I also like the looks of your Trajan as a lot.
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  5. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

    That solidus is going to be a fan favorite. But I’m drawn to the more humble Maxentius. I think it’s a fascinating coin and context. I will be posting one of these in my top 10 list as well, with wolf and twins.
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  6. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Nice selection, and yellow is a very attractive colour for coins. That said, I like Augustus' monneyer's issues asses, and the Maxentius too (but I like it even better with a hint of shewolf....;) )

    Maxentius, Follis - Ostia mint, 3rd officina AD 309
    IMP C MAXENTIVS PF AVG, Laureate head of Maxentius right
    AET ERNITAS AVGN, Dioscuri facing each other, holding their horse by bridle. Between them she wolf suckling Remus and Romulus. MOSTΓ at exergue
    7.43 gr
    Ref : Cohen # 10, RCV # 14976 (100), RIC VI # 16

  7. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Great coins all with fantastic eye appeal, but I really like your Trajan Mars. Congrats on a great year of collecting.
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  8. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Q: terrific!!!
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  9. Alegandron

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

    Nice captures, @IMP Shogun ! Great selection, great quality.
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  10. bcuda

    bcuda Supporter! Supporter

    Love the Trajan AS and the Marcus Aurelius Sestertius a lot!
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  11. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I always appreciate the 'uncommon' mint theme. The Amiens Magnentius looks like it could use a better photo and certainly deserves a try. Overall it is a good group lead by the solidus.
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  12. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..very impressive :)
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  13. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    IMP Shogun, You acquired an excellent variety of choice Roman coins this year :D! My favorite is the gold solidus of Honorius. I have a coin of the same type, however, your coin has a more detailed reverse than mine. My 2nd favorite is the handsome sestertius of Marcus Aurelius. The coin has an excellent portrait & attractive patina. My 3rd favorite is the as of Trajan. The coin has a great portrait, an excellent depiction of Mars, & a handsome milk chocolate patina :cool:.
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  14. Magnus Maximus

    Magnus Maximus Dulce et Decorum est....

    A man of taste! Personally I think Atilla is one of the best Total War games CA have churned out in awhile.

    Nice coins btw!
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  15. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    A wonderful group. I think my favorites are the bronzes with portraits of Augustus, Trajan, and Marcus Aurelius.
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  16. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Excellent acquisitions for your collection, @IMP Shogun! My favorite is the very attractive and historically important sestertius of Marcus Aurelius that once belonged to Dr. Stoecklin.
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  18. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    The Aurelius is my favorite, but all the others are excellent too. Very nicely done!
  19. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    Nice solidus!

    Very nice coins, indeed.
  20. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Lovely selection, the Nerva-Antonine bronzes being my particular favourites.
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  21. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    Some really great coins, you had a good year! I really like the bronze of Augustus (lovely portrait, despite the wear) and the MA sestertius. That one is well struck, attractive patina, and great portrait indeed. Lovely coin.
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