The « crooked nose » challenge

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  1. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Over the years my wife often told me how sexy is my superb aquiline nose. (See my avatar portrait). The prominent bridge of my nasal appendage makes me look like an eagle (aquilinus in latin). But did you know that Plutarch, the greek biographer, wrote that the nose of Mark Antony was a characteristic and a mark of beauty and nobility:

    In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose. It is even called a « Roman nose » in the world of plastic surgery! Why was it a symbol of virility? In these times, the handsomeness standard for a man was to be an hero, a fighter or a « macho » man. And the crooked nose, like some boxers have, is an attribute of sexy masculinity. The huge statue THE COLOSSUS OF CONSTANTINE that once occupied the west apse of the Basilica of Maxentius is a very good example of the legendary « Roman nose ».


    Now here are my top 3 emperors with a crooked nose :

    1) Nerva

    2) Philip I


    3) Theodosius


    Now this is time for the Challenge: show us your best crooked nose examples ! Who nose how many we can find?
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  3. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish)

    You know I can’t let a thread about noses pass by without showing my Nerva.
    Nerva: A Rare Common Coin
    Roman Empire
    Nerva (AD 96-98)
    AR Denarius, Rome mint, struck October AD 97
    Dia.: 17 mm
    Wt.: 3.47 g
    Obv.: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P II COS III PP; Laureate bust right
    Rev.: SALVS PVBLICA; Salus, seated left, holding grain ears
    Ref.: RIC II 20
    Ex Naville Numismatic Live Auction 44 (Nov. 2018)

    This thread reminds me of the movie Rocky where he spends most of the movie talking about how proud he is that his nose has never been broken until...
  4. Orielensis

    Orielensis Well-Known Member

    Well, Nerva "the Nose" obviousy needs to be mentioned first:
    Rom – Nerva denarius, Aequitas.png
    Nerva, Roman Empire, denarius, 98 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IMP NERVA CAES AVG GERM PM TR P II, laureate head of Nerva right. Rev: IMP II COS IIII PP, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae. 18mm, 2.98g. Ref: RIC II Nerva 44.

    Victorinus had quite a prominent beak, too:
    Rom – Victorinus, Antoninian, Salus.png
    Victorinus, Gallic Roman Empire, AE antoninian, 271 AD, Trier mint. Obv: IMP C VICTORINVS PF AVG; radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Victorinus r. Rev: [VIRT]VS AVG; Virtus, helmetes, standing r., holding spear and leaning on shield. 17mm, 1.98g. Ref: Mairat 635; RIC V,2 Victorinus 78.

    This Constantine made its way into my collection exclusively because of the nose:
    Rom – Konstantin der Große, AE3, Soli invicto comiti, Rom, Beizeichen (neu).png
    Constantine I, Roman Empire, AE3, 313 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG; bust of Constantine I, laureate, draped, cuirassed, r, Rev: SOLI INVICTO COMITI; Sol, radiate, chlamys draped across r. shoulder, standing l., raising r. hand and holding globe in l. hand. 19.5mm, 3.41g. Ref: RIC VII Rome 2.

    And a very well-deserved honorable mention goes out to this anonymous medieval monk:
    MA – Herzogtum Bayern-München, Mönchspfennig.png

    Duchy of Bavaria-Munich, Ernest I and William III, AR pfennig, 1402–1435 AD, Munich mint. Obv: head of monk wearing hood l. Rev: EW in circle. 15mm, 0.46g. Ref: Beierlein 160–165.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2019
  5. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    I have a few big 'snotches'...
  6. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Some crooked noses, yes MA is on the list

    Marcus Antonius




  7. Shea19

    Shea19 Supporter! Supporter

    I think we’ll be seeing a lot of this guy in this thread.

    Nerva, AR Denarius (17 mm, 3.45 g), Rome, 97. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P Laureate head of Nerva to right. Rev. LIBERTAS PVBLICA Libertas standing left, holding pileus in right hand and scepter in left. RIC 19

    And an honorable mention for this unnamed ruler:

    HUNNIC TRIBES, Hephthalites. 470-565, AR Drachm (25 mm, 3.37 g), "Napki Malka" coinage. Royal male bust right wearing winged head-dress surmounted by bull's head. Rev. Fire altar with attendants.
    From the Stoecklin collection.
  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    On the distaff side we have:

    Mamaea VENVS GENETRIX sestertius.jpg
  9. ycon

    ycon Well-Known Member

    Mark Antony for sure, but Cleopatra was his equal in every way. Here they are, both.
  10. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

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  11. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    @ycon : talking about Egypt :

    The son of Merneptah, Pharaoh Seti II of Egypt.
    Pharaoh Ramesses II
  12. Alegandron

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

    The Nose Knows:

    RI Vespasian 69-79 CE AR Quinarius Victory seated wreath palm RIC 802 Rare.PNG
    RI Vespasian 69-79 CE AR Quinarius Victory seated wreath palm RIC 802 Rare

    RImp Antony-Octavian AR Denarius 41 BCE 3.65g 18.7mm Military mint Syria star Craw 528-2a Sear 1507

    How about Antony's WIFE???
    RImp Marc Antony 43 BCE AR Quinarius 13mm 1.67g Lugdunum Winged bust Victory-probly Fulvia Lion DVNI LVGV Cr 489-5 Syd 1160

    RI Nerva AE Dupondius 96-98 CE LIBERTAS PVBLICA -pileus TIF.jpg
    RI Nerva AE Dupondius 96-98 CE LIBERTAS PVBLICA -pileus TIF

    RI Domitian AR Denarius 81-96 CE Minerva spear shield COS XVI CENS PPP RIC 719.jpg
    RI Domitian AR Denarius 81-96 CE Minerva spear shield COS XVI CENS PPP RIC 719
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  13. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Some great coins and a fun idea! Not that I'm into self aggrandizement, que my theme music

    But one of my favorite threads from a couple years ago had some good schnozes as well:
    Here's a my Galba with a crooked booger blower:
  14. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Domitian 5.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right
    REVERSE: COS IIII, The Pegasus standing right with raising left foreleg
    Struck at Rome, 76AD
    3.1g, 20mm
    RIC 921
    Nerva 2.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right
    REVERSE: IVSTITIA AVGVST, Justitia seated right, holding scepter & branch
    Struck at Rome, 97 AD
    3.2g, 20mm
    RIC 18, C 101
    Nerva 1.jpg
    AE Dupondius
    OBVERSE: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P, radiate head right
    REVERSE: ILIBERTAS PVBLICA S-C, Libertas standing left, holding pileus & sceptre
    Struck at Rome, 96 AD
    13.7g, 27mm
    RIC 65, C 109
    Nerva 6.jpg
    AE Dupondius
    OBVERSE: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P Radiate head right
    REVERSE: FORTVNA AVGVST S-C, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia
    Struck at Rome, 96AD
    8.8g, 26mm
    RIC 61
    Galba 2.jpg
    AE Dupondius
    OBVERSE: SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P legend with laureate bust right
    REVERSE: PAX AVGVST legend with Pax standing left holding olive-branch and caduceus; S - C in fields
    Struck at Rome, July-August 68 AD
    13.2g, 27mm
    RIC 284; BMC 127; Sear 2129
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  15. Caesar_Augustus

    Caesar_Augustus Well-Known Member

  16. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Titus: It must have been an attractive look to the Romans back then, that's probably where the term "Roman nose" came from.:troll:
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  17. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    I wondered how long it would take for Domitian to make an appearance. Here are a few more.

    new domit combined.jpg
    Domitian ric 164.jpg
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  18. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Claudius II (2 eagles noses face to face)

  19. Alegandron

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

    GREAT Mummy Pics! Here are their Royal Scarabs from my collection:
    (Posted from before)


    SETI I
    Egypt SCARAB Seti I ca ruled 1291-1278 BCE 19th Dynasty

    Egypt Scarab RAMESSES II the Great cartouche 19th Dyn ruled 1279-1213 BCE winged uraeus cobra 4.1g 19mm Gustave Mustaki collection acquired from Egypt in 1948
    Rameses II fought the Hittites (another great Empire) at the Battle of Kadesh... Rameses told everyone HE won, as the Hittites stated THEY won. Lotta dumb mistakes from Rameses II side, but I understand it was really a draw.

    You might know them as these guys...
  20. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    Emperor Nerva had a mighty fine nose! I wonder if the Duke of Wellington was his descendant?

  21. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    You made me laugh @Alegandron . I haven’t seen Yul Brynner for a while !
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