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  1. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Acquired during my Mamaea bender three years ago. I have not posted it since. Let's see your coins you don't often post! It's better than looking at spam!

    Mamaea VENVS GENETRIX denarius.jpg
    Julia Mamaea, AD 222-235.
    Roman AR denarius, 3.36 g, 20.1 mm, 6 h.
    Rome, AD 223, third emission.
    Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA, draped bust, right, wearing stephane.
    Rev: VENVS GENETRIX SC, Venus standing left, holding apple in extended right hand and vertical scepter in left hand; at feet, Cupid standing right, reaching upwards.
    Refs: RIC 355; BMCRE 152-3; Cohen 72; RCV 8215; CRE 509.
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  3. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Its a beauty Roman, here's my favourite Mama:

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  4. Orielensis

    Orielensis Supporter! Supporter

    My collection of medieval coins minted by the military orders isn't seen often on this forum:
    MA – Deutschland etc., Livländischer Orden, Schilling, Neumann 204 a (3), neues Foto.png
    Livonian Order, anonymous issue (under Cisso von Ruttenberg or Jan Freitag von Loringhofen?), AR artig, 14th/15th century, Reval mint. Obv: +MAGISTRI* LIVONIE, shield of the Order. Rev: +MONETA* REVALIE; cross with three pellets in each quadrant. 18.5mm, 1.2g. Ref: Neumann 204a; Haljak 6; Hutten-Czapski 4054.

    MA – Deutschland etc., Deutscher Orden, Wynrich von Knyprode.png
    Teutonic Order, under Grand Master Winrich von Kniprode, AR schilling,1351–1382, Thorn or Danzig mint (?). Obv: + MAGST WVNRICS PRIMS; eagle shield of the Grand Master. Rev: + MONETA DNORVM PRUCI; shield of the Teutonic Order. 21mm, 1.64g. Ref: Neumann 4.

    MA – Kreuzfahrer, Johanniter auf Rhodos, Raymond Berenger, Gigliato (neues Foto).png
    Knights Hospitaller (Order of S. John) at Rhodes, under Raymond Bérenger, AR Gigliato, 1365-1374. Obv: + F RAIMUNDVS BERENGERII D GRA M; Grand Master, wearing cloak with Maltese cross on shoulder, kneeling l. in prayer before patriarchal cross set on steps; arms of Raymond Bérenger to r. Rev: + OSPITAL ♣ S • IOhS • IRLNI : QTS • RODI •; cross fleury with arms of the Knights Hospitaller at the end of each arm. 28 mm, 3.64g. Ref: Metcalf 1208–1210; CCS 22.
  5. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    An entertaining idea for a post @Roman Collector, and an interesting Julia Mamaea. I sold off most of my late roman bronzes a long time's a coin I haven't looked at for a while. This coin perhaps appropriate, for its date. In AD 324 on July 3rd Constantine was picking a fight with Licinius at Adrianople (the Battle of Adrianople, aka Hadrianopolis, today Edirne in Turkey) Constantine I TSE.jpg
    Constantine I "The Great", 307/310-337, Follis (2.95g, 18.5mm, 12h) , Thessalonica, struck AD 324
    Obv: CONSTANTINVS AVG, laureate head right.
    Rev: D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG / TSEVI. VOT / XX in two lines within wreath.
    Ref: RIC VII Thessalonica 123

    Checking Google Maps: it isn't too many days journey between Thessalonica and Adrianople.

    "When they had thus established their naval and military forces, Licinius encamped at Adrianople in Thrace, whilst Constantine sent for his navy from Piraeus, which was built and manned chiefly in Greece. Advancing with his infantry from Thessalonica, he encamped on the bank of the river Hebrus, which runs to the left of Adrianople."
    -Zosimus, New History, Book 2.22.3

    Licinius didn't fare well in this battle:

    "...the rest of his [Constantine's] army crossed the river in security, and a great slaughter commenced. Nearly thirty thousand fell; and about sunset Constantine took their camp, while Licinius, with all the forces he could muster, hastened through Thrace to his ships."
    -Zosimus, New History, Book 2.22.7

    In the end, being married to Constantine's half-sister (both were children of Constantius I "Chlorus") didn't help Licinius I or II much.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2021
  6. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    I have been on CT for a few years now and I do not have a large number of coins. However as far as I can see I have never posted this coin.
    Taras Ar Nomos 240-228 BC obv nude ephebe on cantering horse right holding filleted palm branch Rv. Taras riding dolphin left. Vlasto 947 HGC 902 6.34 grams 20 mm taras4.jpeg This coin belongs to the period after the First Punic War when Taras remained an ally of Rome. However in 212 BC the citizens threw off their alliance with Rome and joined Hannibal. This was a fatal error. On a more personal note; I question the dating of this coinage particularly the the date given for the terminus of the coinage in 228 BC. I wonder if it would have continued later. However I have no evidence of any kind to back up my query, so at present it remains just a thought.
  7. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Don't think I posted this.
    Not something to brag about but it's always nice to get a coin from a culture I didn't know much about... also my only Persian so far.
  8. Ignoramus Maximus

    Ignoramus Maximus Nomen non est omen.

    Although my collection is small, I don't think I ever posted this one before.

    I bought it at the height of the pandemic-induced ancient craze. Fortunately, aes grave is a bit of a niche market, so prices for these remained relatively unaffected. (no bling!) So, I managed to lay my hands on a few.
    Love during times of pandemics.:D

    Aes grave triens.jpg

    This triens is from an earlier series of aes grave, dated around 270 BC, the times of the Pyrrhic war. Like all early Roman coins, the horses have a definite Carthaginian feel about them. At the time Rome had entered into an (at least nominal) strategic alliance with Carthage to fight off the Pyrrhic danger. So, it's been suggested that it wasn't chance that this horse's head obv/rev should make its appearance just when it did.
    AE Calco, Carthage, 300-264 BC. (2).jpg

    Though not the pinnacle of subtle imagery or refined workmanship, I love these coins for their sheer primitive beauty. Simple, straightforward, and extremely hefty. In a way, they remind me more of archaeological objects than of coins. Also, there's something oddly physically satisfying about them that no other coins have. If you ever see one, try and hold it in your hand. Others you can look at, admire, and study; with these, you literally feel the weight of history resting in the palm of your hand. Trust me, it feels great!:)
  9. Harry G

    Harry G Well-Known Member

    Nice thread! Here are some of mine that I don't think I've posted before.

    Aurelian antoninianus, fully silvered with some deposits. I actually think the deposits make the coin look nicer, especially reverse.
    aurelian silvering.png

    Diocletian radiate. Fantastic bust, terrible reverse
    diocletian antoninianus.jpg

    A Gordian III antoninianus with an older-looking portrait
    Gordian III Provid.jpg

    Maximianus antoninianus, almost fully silvered. This is part of his coded Hercules series, which I may have to make a post about in the future :). In short though, the 3 officianas (A, B and Γ) minted coins which each had part of the word Hercules in. Workshop A had HP, workshop B had KOY and workshop Γ had ΛI, so HP/KOY/ΛI for Hercules, so this was from workshop B. This is also shown by the B in the right field
    maximianus hercules.png

    Aaannnnnd finally a rare antoninianus of Tacitus, with INVICTVS in the obverse legend.
    tacitus invictus.jpg

    Incidentally, all of these (apart from the Maximianus) were eBay buys, and they were generally £10 or £20 each :)
  10. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Yeah! Something other than spam! I'm aboard.

    So here are some new ones I got the past month - all random acts of eBay:

    Three Greeks - that Seleucid countermark got me pretty excited; the Lincoln penny is for scale and not another one of my attribution errors ;)
    3 Greeks Jun 2021 (0) - Copy.jpg

    Julia Domna sestertius - I had one of these, but this was nicer.
    Julia Domna - Sestertius Cybele Jun 2021 (0red2).jpg

    Julia Maesa sestertius - it has a bite out of it, but for $10.50 I couldn't pass it up.
    Julia Maesa - Sest. Pudicitia Jun 2021 (0).jpg

    Antoninus Pius from Laodicea with yet another Antoninus head countermarked on it -
    CM - Laodicia Ant Pius Tyche Jun 2021 (0).jpg

    Augustus Antioch SC and a Cappadocia for Antoninus Pius - a tiny one:
    Antioch & Cappadocia Jun 2021 (0) - Copy.jpg

    Byzantine Justinian I from Antioch with the [ϴYΠ]OΛS mint name:
    Byz - Justinian I Antioch follis SB 217 Jun 2021 (0a).jpg

    I'm starting to get a real urge for coins from India...I need an intervention (and some Persian/Urdu, etc. lessons). A couple of chunky coppers -
    India, Delhi Sultanate Æ Paisa Mohd Adil Shah Suri A.H. 961 (1554 A.D.)

    Delhi Sultan - Mohd Adil Shah Suri - Paisa  Jun 2021 lot (0pair).jpg

    Delhi Sultan - Mohd Adil Shah Suri - Paisa  Jun 2021 lot (0pair3.jpg

    Finally, non-coin, non-metal - the title page from a 1607 Paris edition of Seneca. I got this years ago in a batch of miscellaneous paper from eBay - nice frontispiece, I think:
    1607 - Seneca Title Page Paris Jun 2006 (0).jpg

    1607 - Seneca Title Page Paris Jun 2006 (0c).jpg

    Whew. Glad to get that out of my system. :woot:
  11. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    Here are three owls from Israel, purchased as a lot a couple of months ago. They all crude and show varying signs of corrosion from burial, but they are interesting nonetheless.

    They weigh, from left to right, 15.0 grams, 15.5 grams and 15.5 grams. Even taking the corrosion into account, these weights suggest local manufacture.

    D-Camera Athens 3 imitation owls, Levant, 15, 15.5, 15.5g 4th cen BCE 6-27-21.jpg

    The coin on the right has an obverse counterstamp that I am still working on.
  12. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    That's an exquisite coin.
  13. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Here is a Vespasian denarius that I picked up a few years ago in my first attended coin show. I believe I found it in a bargain bin. Since I was not into ancients back then, I stuffed it in a 2x2 and totally forgot about it. I am glad that the coin "reappeared" during my regular house cleanup a few months ago. :)

  14. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice! A great purchase.
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