Tiny provincial Romans

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  1. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    I was very happy to acquire these two tiny coins, issued for the Asia Minor province in the first decades of the second century. Sorry that the pics are not perfect.

    3118-17 A 200.jpg

    3118-17 B 200.jpg

    AE10 half quadrans Hadrian 117-138. Rome Mint for Antiochia Seleucis. Obv. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev. SC over Γ in wreath. 10 mm, 1.02 gr. McAlee 543.

    AE11 half quadrans Trajan 98-117. Minted in Rome for Antiochia Seleucis. Obv. Laureate bust right. Rev. SC in wreath. 11 mm, 1.48 gr. McAlee 526.

    I wonder if you can show other small Roman provincial coins!
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  3. dougsmit

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    There was a time these were called unciae in the hobby but that was not correct and fell out of use. I have had one for years which is too bad for words.
  4. Roman Collector

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    Here are a few tiny provincials from the Balkans:

    Caracalla Nikopolis ad Istrum assarion lion.jpg
    Caracalla, AD 198-217
    Roman provincial Æ assarion, 1.92 g, 15.4 mm, 2 h
    Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum
    Obv: MAP AV K ANTΩNIN, bare head, right
    Rev: NIKOΠOΛITΩ / ΠPOC IC, lion walking right
    Refs: Varbanov 3007; Moushmov 1111; AMNG 1599 var.

    Severus Philippopolis.jpg
    Septimius Severus, AD 193-211
    Roman Provincial Æ (diassarion?) 17.7 mm; 4.06 g
    Thrace, Philippopolis
    Obv: ΑV Κ Λ CΕVΗΡΟC, laureate and draped bust right
    Rev: ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΠΟΛΕΙΤ-ΩΝ, lion walking left; ox's head before
    Refs: Moushmov 5274 var. (lion walking right); Varbanov 1305.

    Severus Markianopolis Eagle.jpg
    Septimius Severus, AD 193-211
    Roman Provincial Æ assarion, 16.4 mm; 2.34 g
    Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis
    Obv: ΑV Κ Λ CΕ|CΕVΗΡΟ[C], laureate and draped bust right
    Rev: ΜΑΡΚΙΑΝΟ|ΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ, eagle standing facing, head right
    Refs: Moushmov 391a var. (obv. legend); AMNG 593.
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  5. Clavdivs

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    I have a new Augustus.... this was the attribution that came on the envelope.. haven't investigated this yet:
    Philippi, Macedonia - bare head of Augustus right, AVG behind / two colonists (or priests?) ploughing right with yoke of oxen(3.12 grams, 16/15 mm) Philippi(?) mint, RPC I 1656 SNG Cop VI 282,
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  6. Pellinore

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    Attractive little coins all! I had forgotten to include this picture, showing the half quadrans of Hadrian on my index finger with its true diameter, 10 mm. Who can show a smaller Provincial?

    3118 finger.jpg
  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Those are tiny, and pretty awesome!

    This A-Pi from Selge is my smallest provincial, but at 13mm it's not as small as yours. Still, I think it gives Doug's coin some competition for the "too bad for words" prize... at least on this thread, anyway :).

    Antoninus Pius - Selge AE13 2499.jpg
    AE13. Scarce. 1.26g, 13mm. PISIDIA, Selge, circa AD 138-161. RPC IV Online temp #9730; SNG Cop 276. O: ΚΑΙСΑΡ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝ, laureate head right. R: СE-Λ, Club; triskeles to right (partially formed with the Λ of CE-Λ... neat!).
  8. Ed Snible

    Ed Snible Well-Known Member

    Wow @Pellinore I have never seen provincials that small!

    My smallest is a relatively huge 14mm:

    Lycaonia, Iconium, 41-138 AD (time of Claudius-Hadrian), AE 14. 2.24g

    Obv: Winged gorgoneion, snake ties below chin, within border of large beads.
    Rev: ΚΛΑΥΔΕΙΚΟΝΙΕΩΝ; Seated Cybele left, holding patera in right hand,
    left arm resting on tympanum (drum), wearing mural crown (or kalathos?), lion at feet, within beaded boarder.

    RPC Supplement IV 1608B; von Aulock Lykaonions 252
    ex-Münzen & Medaillen Gmbh (DE), auction 19, May 2006, lot 443
  9. Alegandron

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

    COOL smallies @Pellinore ... neat tiny coins.

    This is probably my smallest Provincial. Unfortunately, I really do not collect Provincials, so I have a limited offering...

    Just got this from SteveX6 Collection:
    RPrv Trajan AE Dichalkon Laureate hd L Rhinoceros walking L LI-Z yr 17 CE 113-114 12.9mm 1.25g Emmet 719 var. rhino right
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  10. Pellinore

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    Great! What a rhino!
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  11. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    Nice! This coin reminds me of me (crusty)! I would probably use it as an occasional pocket piece. :D:D:D
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  12. PlanoSteve

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    I agree - see my post above. :joyful:
  13. Publius

    Publius Active Member

    10mm?!!? :jawdrop::jawdrop::jawdrop: And I thought that I have tiny provincials... My smallest is that Caracalla from Nikopolis ad Istrum.
    36b Caracalla, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moushmov 1115.jpg
    Æ16, 2,51 g.,
    Obv.: M AV KAI ANTΩNINO (I really like how the legend is inverted :))
    Bare-headed, draped bust of young Caracalla right.
    Eagle standing left, head right with wreath in its beak.


    Æ17, 2,85 g., Trajanopolis Mint, Thrace, AD 198 - 217
    Laureate head right.
    Vase with two handles and three corn ears in it.

    29.01.2018 Caracalla Hadrianopolis.png
    Æ17, 3,62 g., Hadrianopolis Mint, Thrace, AD 198 - 217
    Laureate head right.
    Burning altar.
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  14. Dillan

    Dillan The sky is the limit !

    Here are some groups of little coins that I hope fall into this area. These have been soaking in distilled water for about a month , and will be soaking some of them some more. I have not been able to attribute these yet as I am in the learning phase as I call it , and still on page one. Hope this fits into your thread okay . Most of these measure from 11mm to 13 mm . thank you !

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  15. Pellinore

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    Thanks Dillan. When you go about attributing your coins, you will learn most of them are 4th century Roman coins issued in various cities around the Empire. The system of Roman Provincial coinage, where many towns and cities had their own local coins, often with Greek inscriptions, was abolished by the emperor Diocletian in 297 AD.
  16. Dillan

    Dillan The sky is the limit !

    Thank you for the information. I am really looking forward to the day when time allows me to do some research and a lot of reading. Much Appreciated!! thank you to the other members for the likes even though I obvious need to read , read and read some more. thank you
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