Three Favorites

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by TJC, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    Here are three new favorites of mine.
    All X-mas gifts from my lovely wife!:)

    To start here is neat little barb. I really like the character of this coin! The Rome (radiate bust) meets Athens (barbarous owl Rx) is super cool IMO!
    BarbRad339O1.jpg BarbRad339R1.jpg
    Date: 3rd to 4th Century AD
    Obverse: Radiate Bust Right
    Reverse: Crude copy of Roman theme
    Size: 11.64 mm
    Weight: 0.9 grams

    Next up is a favorite emperor of mine. Good old Gallienus. As much as Gallienus is maligned it is no surprise that his Secular Games are often forgotten in the histories while the lazy tyrant Philip I hogs all the glory for his 1000 years in business party. Anyhow, I have wanted a Gallienus / Secular Games issue for some time. Now I have one:) I am really digging this coin!!! Neck beard, stag, palm branch, a ton of silvering, well centered, legible legends, and some X-mas red highlights for character! Whats not to like?
    GallienusSecularG339xO1.jpg GallienusSecularG339xR1.jpg
    Attribution: RIC Vi 656 Antioch
    Date: 264-265 AD
    Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG; Radiate cuirassed bust right
    Reverse: SAECVLARHS AVG; Stag standing right, palm branch in exergue
    Size: 22.27mm
    Weight: 3.77 grams

    And there is more! This RR denarius is the icing on the cake! The helmeted Roma is quite attractive in itself but the she wolf Rx is a notch above terrific!! Love the Greco-Roman style of this coin!!
    SheWolfRRDenarius339xO1.jpg SheWolsRRDanarius339xR1.jpg
    Attribution: Craw 388/1b; Satriena 1; Sydenham 781a
    Date: 77 BC
    Obverse: (Inverted T)XXXII behind helmeted head of Roma (or Mars) right
    Reverse: ROMA above she-wolf standing left with right forepaw raised, P•SATRIE / NVS in exergue
    Size: 17.69mm
    Weight: 3.59 grams
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Neat Gallienus. I like the contrasting toning on the RR denarius, too.
  4. randygeki

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  5. paddyman98

    paddyman98 Let me burst your bubble! Supporter

    Where did Romulus and Remus go?.. They weren't hungry?

    Nice gifts.. Congrats!
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2018
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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Love the reverse on the RR
  7. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    What a thoughtful wife!! All I got was slippers and other articles of clothes:(;)

    I particularly like the reverse on that cool denarius too!!
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  8. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Nice pics, especially the Roman Republic.
  9. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I love the Gallienus! So much so that I had to acquire one myself!

    Gallienus SAECVLARHS AVG antoninianus.jpg
  10. Alegandron

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

    Nice Xmas gift from your Honey @TJC !

    I like your RR Denarius... contrast, reverse, and yeah, I have one also!

    RR Satrienus 77 BCE AR Denarius Mars She Wolf Sear 319 Craw 388-1.jpg
    RR Satrienus 77 BCE AR Denarius Mars She Wolf Sear 319 Craw 388-1

    I have one a Stag reverse from Gallienus' Wife:

    RI Salonina wife of Gallienus 254-268 CE AE Ant 3.61g 20mm Rome mint 267-268 CE crescent Deer Walking delta RIC V 16
  11. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    Gallienus was the emperor with the hipster stubble. And here in Troas, the Twins were hungry enough.

    3266 A Gallienus co.jpg
  12. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I hate getting clothes:( My wife finally clued into that fact this Christmas, and gave me a decent present (Double Eagle/Banknote).....actually, I ended up with new slippers too....mine were falling apart, and PJs.
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  13. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    I agree, cloths are not gifts! There are few exceptions but coins are better gifts! I email my wife coins I like that are available on vcoins. I say: "Hey honey did you get that email I sent with that cool Barbarous Radiate Bust coin with the cool owl owl on the back? I can resend it:)" She replies: "You like that thing???" Makes shopping easy for her and me a happy collector!:happy:
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  14. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    That's what I say to all three coins. Nice gifts!
  15. Gil-galad

    Gil-galad I AM SPARTACUS

    Nice gifts for sure.
  16. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Seeing the owl requires more imagination than I have but I really like the others. I particularly like the Republican with bold die number on the obverse unlike mine with small flan destroying part of it. I also add bonus points for the (Inverted T) which is just the way thee Romans made L=50 at that period. Your post makes me want an upgrade with an L.

    Perhaps a RR specialist can clarity this point. You coin show a die number only on the obverse. Are all coins with LXXXXVI (96 - the way I read your coin) obverse numbers paired with the same reverse or did they just not number reverses? Reverse dies tend to fail more frequently that obverses so many will have different numbers on the two sides and, when the numbers get large, the difference can be quite a bit. My coin below has obverse LXXVII (77) using yet another variation of L=50 and reverse of XCIV (94). It also points out the inconsistent use of subtractive numerals.
  17. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    No offense but i can't even tell whats on your first pictured coin. How can you tell if it's real
  18. Smojo

    Smojo dreamliner

    The force, use the force, you'll see :D
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  19. TJC

    TJC Well-Known Member

    This may help you see:) As for real, well the patina looks authentic to me. BarbRad339O1Red_edited-1.jpg BarbRadR8_edited-1.jpg
  20. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coins, and a thoughtful wife, congrats on both.
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  21. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Nice coins @TJC ! Of course, I like the RR wolf best.
    @dougsmit - Crawford estimates 101 obverse and 113 reverse dies. He notes that numerals I to CV are known and that none of the control numbers have more than one die. He does not mention die pairs for this issue. In some issues, obverse and reverse symbols are paired. In some issues, the obv & rev dies are paired randomly.
    M·VOLTEI·M·F Roma E14 lot375 12.26.14 a.jpg
    The coins of M.VOLTEIVS have paired obverse and reverse dies. I think this was the first coin I bought with a thunderbolt. You can see them here:
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