Some new adoptions

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Limes, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Limes

    Limes Supporter! Supporter

    Hello, its been a while since ive posted here. Its been busy with the preparations for the new little one who is due soon, and work too. Coining has nevertheless been going strong, and i would like to share some new adoptions to the adoptive emperors collection.

    First, a big one, of Hadrian. My heaviest and largest coin so far. One can do some work-out with this big one. All that weight is heavy for Hadrian, he looks a bit grumpy... Lovely green coloring, too!
    25.3 Hadrian sest.jpg

    Next, an AP As. This is my second coin of AP. Nothing special about the edition, but a very lovely example. Lovely green color, again, and i really like the portrait on this one. I got it in a lot of 2, with the MA below, for a very fair price (perhaps even a bargain) in my opinion.
    29.2 AP.jpg

    Next, another one of AP, and my third one of this emperor. A coin that has been on my want-list, and i got this one for my birthday from my amazing wife. Its a very good looking example, and this particular variant is not mentioned in RIC (there are more than a dozen variants though, for what its worth...)
    29.3 AP.jpg

    Last one, an As of Marcus Aurelius. It came in the lot with the As of AP, above. When researching it, i couldn't find that many examples, and some examples auctioned came with the mentioning of it being a rare type. Whatever that's worth, i was happy to find this in the lot, also because, again, of the lovely light-green color. In hand this coin is really amazing, and the portrait is really clear!
    33.4 MA.jpg

    When i have the time i will post my other new additions to the collection: the Julio-Claudian dynasty, Severan dynasty and the civil war era (or, four emperors). I still have to do some research on those coins.

    Feel free to comment and/or post whatever you like.
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  3. Roman Collector

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    Lovely coins, @Limes ! That AP as with the Pax reverse is very attractive!
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  4. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Gosh, you're after my heart with coins like that. Beautiful.
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  5. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    Super green patina on those first two, and the two headed denarius is awesome!

    Here's a MA provincial I post every now and again to see if anyone knows what is is.

    Unknown Roman provincial of Marcus Aurelius

    22mm, 4.6 g, 161-180 AD
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  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    When I bought my as at a show I liked it for the identifiable face of Pius on the reverse. I got home and discovered that there was supposed to be letters in exergue. I was less enamored with the coin. I want my VOTA.

    One fourree; one not - both different varieties
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  7. Limes

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    Interesting! Dont know this one, the reverse is artemis tauropolos?
  8. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    I really don't know, I think it is the emperor on horseback.
  9. Paul M.

    Paul M. Well-Known Member

    Solid group of Antonines, @Limes! Kinda funny to call them "adoptions" :)

    That denarius is a very popular one due to having AP and MA on it. I've been looking for one casually, and they get pretty expensive in EF.
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  11. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice selection there, Limes. As for the Marcus Aurelius as with Pietas (RIC 1333), I have one of those, not as nice as yours. When I was researching it, I couldn't find very many examples either.

    I am beginning to suspect that some of these Antonine "middle bronzes" are considerably scarcer than one might think - but because they are kind of typical (gods standing around as Doug puts it) and the emperors are easy to find as a type, the scarcity doesn't really lead to much collector interest or a bump in value. I (over)paid about $6 for this one:

    Marcus Aurelius - As Pietas Sep 2018 (0).jpg

    Marcus Aurelius Æ As
    (155-156 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    [AVRELI]VS CAES [ANTON AVG PII F], bare head right / TR POT [X] COS II, Pietas
    standing left, holding box and dropping incense onto lit altar or candelabrum; S-C across.
    RIC 1333 (Pius) (R1).
    (9.56 grams / 26 mm)
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  12. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    very desirable group L...and many blessing on your family additions, not to mention the coinage :).. the 5 good in bronze 004.JPG the 5 good in bronze 005.JPG bronze of the Antonines adopted, good emperors
  13. Limes

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    thanks for the kind comments everyone!

    I agree, Marsyas Mike. A small difference in eg the legend, of bust type, makes a coin more rare than another one, but what would that imply? I can image the die-hard collector loves those kinds of finds. For me it is exciting, yes, but when it comes to a choice between either a more 'common' coin with lovely looks and shrek-like patina or a lesser specimen with a rare legend, I too would probably go for the first one.
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