T-Bone Tuesday -- Victory Advancing Left of Antioch Edition

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  1. Roman Collector

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    The reverse type on this coin is the mirror image of a coin I posted for a previous edition of T-Bone Tuesday. That coin was part of the first issue of Antioch; this coin is from the second issue and illustrates the system of dots and Roman numerals used as officina marks at the Antioch mint.

    Trebonianus Gallus VICTORIA AVG advancing left antoninianus Antioch Zeus.jpg
    Trebonianus Gallus, AD 251-253.
    Roman debased AR antoninianus, 3.8 g, 21.7 mm, 7 h.
    Antioch, second officina, second issue, late AD 251 - mid AD 252.
    Obv: IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust (viewed from back) of Trebonianus Gallus, right; •• below.
    Rev: VICTORIA AVG, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond; •• in exergue.
    Refs: RIC 93; Cohen 126; RCV 9653; Hunter 55.
    Notes: Examples are known from all officinae. The same reverse type is commonly encountered on coins of Gallus' third issue.

    This coin illustrates the 2nd issue type of Antioch, characterized by a cuirassed and undraped bust with a fine style portrait, and with officina marks on both obverse and reverse. The first issue also shows Gallus cuirassed but undraped, but with officina marks only on the obverse. The third series features a draped and cuirassed bust of crude style and officina marks on both sides. I discuss this in more detail in a previous edition of T-Bone Tuesday.

    Don't expect much luster on these coins -- my coin illustrates the severe debasement of the coins from this mint. Gallus's coins of the Antioch mint average only 18.9% silver, whereas those issued in Rome were less debased (30.9%), with the least debased being the unknown branch mint previously believed to have been Mediolanum (37.9% silver) (Pannekeet, Table 3). The "cheap metal alloys from which they were struck fared poorly after going into circulation and fared even worse once buried," making them "range from the eyesore to the barely collectable" (@Suarez, ERIC II, p. 474).

    Post your coins of T-Bone from Antioch, your favorite Victory reverse types, or anything you feel is relevant!



    Pannekeet, Cornelis GJ. "A Theory on How the Denarius Disappeared and the Debasement of the Antoninianus." Academia.edu, www.academia.edu/3784962/A_theory_on_how_the_denarius_disappeared_and_the_debasement_of_the_antoninianus?auto=download.
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  3. Curtis

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    Interesting paper on the Denarius & debasement of the Ant! Here's a group shot of a few of my T-Bones, some of which are a bit chewed on, including a Victory left (from Rome, I think).

    AR Antoninianus (3.88g, 21mm). Rome, 6th off., 5th em., 253. Radiate, draped bust. Victory left, wreath and palm frond. RIC 48a. Some here may recognize the Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction tag in the photo. Ex-AMMCA2, JB (Edmonton) Collection. Interestingly, I've ended with ex-JB Coll. coins from quite the range of sources (AMMC, CNG, private purchase of an estate collection via my uncle in Wisconsin, others).

    AR Antoninianus. Rome, 1st off., 5th em., 253. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Aeternitas holding phoenix on globe and wand. RIC 30. Ex-Kolner Munzkabinett.

    AE Sestertius (13.24g, 28mm, 7h). Rome, 2nd officina, 251-2. Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right. Libertas holding pileus and scepter. RIC IV 114a. Uncertain pedigree c. 2010-13. Typical square flan. Light. Some Sestertius "debasement" seems to be going on here, too...

  4. Curtisimo

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    Nice coin @Roman Collector ! How about a mix of T-Bone, Nike and Antioch?

    Gives me a chance to post some of my updated photos of these coins.

    T-Bone + Antioch
    Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch
    Trebonianus Gallus
    AR tetradrachm, struck ca. 251-253, 1st officina
    Obv.: Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: Eagle standing facing, head and tail right, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak; A between legs. SC in exergue
    Ref.: McAlee 1173a; Prieur 657
    Ex Tenbobbit Collection; Purchased privately from the collection of an English gentleman in 2005; Ex AMCC 2, Lot 434 (Nov. 9, 2019)

    Nike / Victory
    Roman Republic
    AR Victoriatus, mint in Sicily, struck ca. 211-208 BC
    Dia.: 17 mm
    Wt.: 3.3 g
    Obv.: Head of Jupiter right
    Rev.: ROMA; Victory right crowning trophy
    Ref.: Crawford 70/1, Brinkman Group B

    Roman Empire
    Julian II, AD 360-363
    AR Siliqua, Lugdunum mint, struck ca. AD 360-361
    Wt.: 2.23 g
    Dia.: 18 mm
    Obv.: FL CL IVLIA NVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
    Rev.: VICTORIA DD NN AVG, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond
    Ref.: LVG. RIC VIII 212; Lyon 259; RSC 58†c, IRBCH 1424
    Ex Harptree Hoard (1887)

    Roman Empire
    Canstantius II (AD 337-361)
    AE16, Siscia mint
    Ref.: RIC VIII 182

    Philippus II
    AR Tetradrachm, Antioch mint, AD 248
    Dia.: 27 mm
    Wt.: 12.5 g
    Obv.: ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΙΟΥΛΙ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟC CΕΒ, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philippus II right
    Rev.: ΔHΜΑΡX ΕΞΟΥCΙΑC ΥΠΑΤΟΔ, Eagle standing right, holding a wreath in beak. ANTIOXIA / SC in exergue
    Ref.: BMC 551, Prieur 474
    Ex Cucumbor Collection

    Roman Empire
    Julian II (AD 360-363)
    AE1, Antioch mint, struck ca. AD 361-363
    Dia.: 28 mm
    Wt.: 8.7 g
    Obv.: D N FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG: Diademed, cuirassed bust right.
    Rev.: SECVRITAS REI PVB; Bull, head facing, standing right. Two starts above
    Ref.: RIC VIII 216, pg 532
    Ex Frank S. Robinson Collection, Purchased from David Micheals (Palladium) in the 1990s, ex FSR Auction 107 lot 389 (Jan. 2019), ex FSR Jan. 2010 sale.
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