Spaniards favourite 10 coins of 2019

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  1. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Here's my favourites of this year....Hope you like..

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    10...
    Licinius I (308-324 AD) AE3 Reduced Follis 19mm/2.67gr
    Obverse..IMP LICINIVS AVG, laureate draped bust left holding globe, sceptre and mappa.
    Reverse..PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, campgate with three turrets and no door, 7 layers...
    Mintmark HTB 2nd oficina....Minted (316-317)
    RIC VII Heraclea Thrace #15; Sear 15264.
    I'll always have a soft spot for this Emperor his was the first Ancient coin I ever bought. This is my 3rd coin from the HT mint..
    9...
    Jaime II Aragon 1291-1327
    Dinero (Billon) Approx 18mm diameter - 1.17gr
    Obverse - Crowned portrait facing left..Legend around ARA - GON
    Reverse - Double cross..Legend around IACOBUS REX
    Mint Jaca...Cru-364
    My first Purchase of Medieval coinage.
    8...
    Castulo, Spain AE As. 30 mm, 22g. 76-45 BC.
    ISCER SACAL, youthful male head right.
    CAST SOCED, sphinx right.
    Burgos (2008) 709; Ripolles 905; Villaronga 14.
    Another first, picking up this quite rare chunk of Iberic Copper.
    7...
    ANTONINUS PIUS. 138-161 AD. Æ Sestertius (33mm, 26.75 g.)
    Struck 159/160 AD.
    Obverse..ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII, laureate head right
    Rev. PIETATI AVG COS IIII SC, Pietas standing left holding globe, Faustina Junior as Pietas standing left, between Faustina Minima, Lucilla & holding baby Fadilla.
    RIC III 1031
    Another first!....My first ever Roman Sestertius...These are addictive!
    6...
    Spain, Bolskan (Osca). Circa 150-100 BC. AE Unit (10.35 gm, 24mm).
    Obverse: Bearded head right; dolphin behind.
    Reverse: "BOLSKAN" in Celt-Iberian in exergue, rider on horse right, holding spear; star behind.
    CNH 8; SNG BM Spain 734; SNG Copenhagen 325. VF.
    I just love the style of these coins....
    5...
    Avanti Deva (Varttideva) 1164-1171 A.D.
    Obverse- Goddess Ardochsho/Lakshmi seated facing in half lotus position, with Nagari legend 'A' left/'Va nti' right
    Reverse- King standing facing and sacrificing at altar.Nagari legend 'Deva' bottom right.
    Not much known about this ruler..He was the son of Paramanuka (1154-64 A.D.)Who was in turn the son of my last dated coin Jayasimha (1128-54 A.D.)
    Very difficult to find this king especially with a good attributable legend.
    4...
    Nerva AR Denarius. Rome, AD 97.
    Obverse..IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR POT, laureate head right
    Reverse..COS III PATER PATRIAE, Priestly emblems: simpulum, aspergillum, guttus, and lituus.
    RIC 24; RSC 48. 3.12g, 17mm, 6h.
    Near Very Fine.
    From a private Swiss collection.
    This was a quite an important coin for me as it completed my 5 good emperors set...
    3...
    Plotina, AE18 of Gordus-Julia, Lydia. 98-117. Magistrate Poplios.
    Obverse..ΠΛΩTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right
    Reverse..EΠI ΠOΠΛIOY ΓOΡΔHNΩ, Zeus seated left, holding patera and sceptre.
    BMC 18.....Ref wildwinds(thanks)
    Great help from sharp-eyed Finn235 (thanks) This also completed the 5 good emperors wives...
    2...
    MARIUS. Romano-Gallic Emperor, 269 AD.
    IMP CM AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
    VICTORIA AVG, Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm.
    RIC#17...Mint Trier?
    Again great help from Finn235...A rare Emperor/Usurper that I didn't feel I would be able to afford for quite a while, especially in this condition..
    1...
    EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. BI Tetradrachm (23mm, 11.94 g, 12h). Dated RY 12 (AD 148/149).
    Obverse..Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right..
    Reverse..Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornucopia from which emerges a Genius; Iς (for 16 cubits) above, crocodile below, (date) around.
    Köln 1594; Dattari (Savio) 2294; K&G 35.426; Emmett 1413.12. Dark gray-brown surfaces. VF.
    Ex Hermanubis Collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 377, 29 June 2016), lot 269.
    My first Tetradrachm with the added bonus of a great provenance thanks to BobL's sharp eyes..These are also going to be very addictive!
     
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  3. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    #8 is really cool! I've not seen a coin like that before!
     
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  4. Alegandron

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

    Great job, @Spaniard Osca, Castula, Plotina, and Nerva are nice for me!
     
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  5. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    Very nice 2019 collection, @Spaniard ! I’ve always admired the Spanish/Celtic coins. The illustration style is somewhat modern and Expressionistic. I wonder if Picasso was inspired by them.

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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I'm with you. Your number 1 coin, the A Pius, is my favorite but the Nerva is a close second.
     
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  7. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Some great coins in your diverse group, looks like you had a good buying year. I like your novel way of displaying the ten, well done. There all nice but the Nerva and Castula are standouts. Congrats.
     
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  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Well-done! I like the two Antoninus Pius bronzes!
     
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  9. Orielensis

    Orielensis Well-Known Member

    A nice and very diverse selection of coin!

    For me, especially the Bolskan AE unit with the nice Celt-Iberian portrait has a ton of eye appeal.

    Also, congrats on finding a nice Marius. That's a pretty coin of an emperor who is notoriously hard to come by.
     
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  10. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Excellent coins. I agree with you--I put #1 and #2 in that same order. That is a very good portrait of Marius. My #3 would be your #6--I like those Spanish AE.
     
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  11. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    Awesome stuff man, I really like all the Spanish stuff you have there, including the medieval!
     
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  12. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I agree, some really nice coins, esp. the ones from Spain. I am intrigued with Spanish medieval coinage. Thanks for sharing:happy:
     
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  13. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Your #1 is lovely, but the two I want most are #2 and #3 :troll: - both great portraits and hard to get! (Would love to see larger photos of your top 3...)
     
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  14. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I like #2 and #3 as well, but #1 has to be my favorite. In a sea full of junky Alexandrian A-Pi tets with one problem or another, that one is a real gem.
     
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  15. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the nice comments really appreciated...
    Nice to see the interest in the Spanish coinage too.

    .....Here you go..




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  16. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    Excellent year, and nice collage of the coins!

    I'm not sure I like the attention Alexandrians have been getting though ;) :D.
     
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  17. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Excellent coins, my favorite is Pius tetradrachm.
     
  18. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    All of them are covetable, but your #1 deserves being #1

    Q
     
  19. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    Excellent coins - and presentation - #1, #6 and #4 caught my eye first - best wishes!
     
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  20. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Superb year! All are great selections, but I agree that Pius deserves the number 1 spot!
     
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