Top 10 (2021)

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Clavdivs, Dec 8, 2021.

  1. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Supporter! Supporter

    Campania, Cales, c. 265-240 BC. Æ (20mm, 5.51g, 6h). Laureate head of Apollo l.; shield behind. R/ Man-headed bull walking r., crowned by Nike flying above

    Extremely inexpensive and rough “man-faced bull” coin. This is sort of a “hole filler” that may never actually be upgraded.. as you know they’re very expensive in better condition. Was very happy to be able to acquire a coin featuring this amazing depiction of Achelous. Wish it was better – but sometimes you have to be happy with what you can get… so this makes my Top 10 easily..


    Sicily, Menaion. Circa 2nd Century BC. AE 18mm 4.3g, Pentonkion. Laureate & draped bust of Zeus-Serapis right / MENA-INΩN, Nike driving galloping biga right. Pi below

    This was a super cheap addition from “Bargain Bin Ancients”.. I have purchased a few coins from Brian that are real gems in my eyes. This is one. Intensity and speed are conveyed quite nicely on the reverse - Nike is driving that biga to Victory.. no doubt!


    Theodosius I. 379-395 AD. AE 2 (4.81 gm, 22mm). Thessalonica mint, 2nd officina. Struck 25 August 383-28 August 388 AD. Obv.: pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust right, holding spear and round shield. Rev.: Theodosius standing left in galley, head right, raising hand; Victory to lower right at helm, head left, rowing; (wreath)/-//·TESB

    Not everyone's favorite Emperor :stop: .. but the coin has some really nice surfaces and clear detail that I really enjoy (for the price): the helmet, spear and shield are really nice as well as the flowing robes and boots on the reverse. One of my favorites for sure.


    John Anthony always offers our community a safe and reliable place to purchase great bargains. Better than eBay any day (especially for us lacking the experience to spot good fakes). I’ve been looking for a reasonable priced example of this coin… my Mother’s middle name is Helena and my wife really likes the reverse, it leads her to reminisce of the early days - when our two girls were very young. A special coin that reminds me of the four most important women in my life. I know the babes depicted are not girls - but that is how I see it. Wonderful!


    Helmeted bust of Julian II left "DN FL CL IVLIANVS PF AV"
    Wreath "VOT X MVLT XX" "CYZD" in exergue

    A great coin of one of the most interesting Emperors to ever rule the Empire. The portrait is wonderful and every detail is so clear. I love a great patina but I love the coin itself more.. some of my selections may not be to everyone's taste but with my budget I do what I can and buy what I like. I hope you like it too.


    Marcus Aurelius, AD 161-180
    Æ Dupondius, 25mm, 10.7g, 12h; Rome, AD 161.
    Obv.: IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M; Radiate bust right, slight drapery on shoulder.
    Rev.: CONCORDIA AVGVSTOR TR P XV COS III, S C across fields; Marcus Aurelius standing right, holding scroll and clasping hands with Lucius Verus standing left, both togate

    A type I have been searching for (within my means) for a few years. Again @John Anthony provided the opportunity. This coin has had problems in the past (so have I!). But the iconography is so meaningful and powerful that I knew I would always be successful in my search eventually. Co-Emperors that ruled in apparent harmony .. well, the end may not have turned out the way they had planned.. but they tried. That is all we can do in the end. Concordia!

    Patina at last!! :). This is the first coin I ever purchased at a European auction and it went very well (except for the 4 weeks of terror as I awaited the delivery!). I wanted a Justinian follis over 40mm - with clear details and an identifiable face - but within my budget ($100).. after a few months I pulled the trigger on this great coin - at 43mm its a beast in hand!


    Maximinus II
    A.D. 312, 21mm 4.9g
    IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG; laureate head right.
    SOLI INVICTO; Sol standing left in long robe, right hand raised, left hand holding head of Serapis; BI in left and ✶ in right field.
    In ex. ANT

    I love everything about this coin... the patina with silvering underneath, some toning and the detail of the flowing robes and especially the Serapis head - its an awesome coin. This depiction of SOL with the head of Serapis is such a unique image - beautiful and weird as only the ancients can be. I hope you like it.

    OCTAVIAN & MARCUS ANTONIUS (Marc Antony) AR silver Triumvirate issue denarius. CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C, bare head of Octavian right. Reverse - M ANT IMP AVG (MP and AV both in monogram) III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P, bare head of Antony right. Struck at Ephesus mint, Spring - Summer 41 BC. 18mm, 3.4g

    Opportunistic pick up here as I was able to grab a very reasonably priced, neat portrait coin of Octavian and Marcus Antonius… yep very rough. But a coin I never thought I would own. A highlight of 2021 to be sure!!


    This coin doesn’t need much of a write up. This is the bell of the ball for me. A coin I never thought I would own. Missed my 2020 list by a month or so –. Most expensive coin I think I will ever own.. and looking at today’s prices I did very well. I thank the previous owner (a member here) for allowing me to pay in a few installments. I feel honored to hold it my hand and will stay with the family after I am gone.


    A Mark Antony and a Julius Caesar in one year!! Fantastic!

    I have some other priorities going currently - helping pay for the one kids College and helping with another’s Law School .. as well as buying them both used vehicles this year… so I will be keeping things lower end for a bit. Fine by me.

    Been a very rewarding coin year for me. But so is any year we add coins to our collections... no matter the number or the cost. We're very lucky.

    Generally my last 18 months has been extremely difficult ... as I am sure many understand. If you don't that is Ok too.

    Onwards and upwards... I hope everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable 2022.
  2. Avatar

    Guest User Guest

    to hide this ad.
  3. Marsman

    Marsman Well-Known Member

    This is a top ten I love. Ten coins and with every coin an enthusiastic explanation why you love the coin. Beautiful coins. The Nike coin is superb. Congrats and all the best for you :)
    Clavdivs and Carl Wilmont like this.
  4. DonnaML

    DonnaML Supporter! Supporter

    My favorites: the Julian II (wonderful portrait), the Marcus Aurelius, and, of course, the Julius Caesar elephant denarius.
  5. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    Nice coins, yes. My favourite is your Justinian follis. Jealous.
    Clavdivs likes this.
  6. ambr0zie

    ambr0zie Dacian Taraboste

    Excellent, every coin with your story.
    As for coins, Julius Caesar and Octavian/Marc Antony are my favorites.
    I like the rest also so if I would choose a third, then it's Maximinus II - never seen this reverse until now.
    Clavdivs likes this.
  7. Sulla80

    Sulla80 one coin at a time Supporter

    A nice set, @Clavdivs, and your sentiment is one that I share. Besides the surprise that one can own a Mark Anthony and a Caesar denarius, the Sicily, Menaion is my favorite in the list. Congratulations on a good year, and best wishes for 2022!
    Clavdivs likes this.
  8. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Great top 10!
    I love the Victory driving a biga. I don't have a single one of that type. I need to work on that for 2022 :)

    I think my favorite out of all of them though is that Maximinus II. I've been on a kick of those last large folles lately and more specifically, folles of Maximinus II. Yours has everything I could ask for: Well struck, beautiful patina, and great imagery with Sol holding Serapis' head. Love it :)
    Clavdivs and DonnaML like this.
  9. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    Your list is like a flight take off, from humble coins to all the way above the skies!
    Clavdivs likes this.
  10. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    Great list! My favs are the RAD Julius Caesar and both Marcs, Antony and Aurelius :wideyed::woot::cigar:
    Clavdivs likes this.
  11. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Clavdivs, It looks like you scored some handsome coins :happy:. I'm a sucker for big Byzantine bronze coins, so your hefty 40 nummi coin is my favorite :D. The dupondius of Marcus Aurelius is a great pick to :cool:.
    Clavdivs likes this.
  12. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter Dealer

    I know how much better in hand that MA dupondius looks. It just isn't a photogenic coin. Someone had covered it with green enamel paint to mimic a patina, and I cleaned it off with acetone. Then it soaked in distilled water, got heat dried and treated with Verdicure. Then I watched it for a few months to see if it would develop bonze disease. It came out ok. In hand it gives you the natural, bright color of orichalcum.
    Clavdivs, rrdenarius and DonnaML like this.
  13. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Great line up for 2021, especially love your Antony portrait, congrats.
    Clavdivs likes this.
  14. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    You had a great year with a diverse set of coins. My favorite is the MAXIMINVS / Sol holding head of Serapis. You can't go wrong with a head in hand coin.
    Clavdivs likes this.
  15. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Very nice "top 10":)
    You had a great 2021, fine additions for your collection:D
    Clavdivs likes this.
  16. Spaniard

    Spaniard Supporter! Supporter

    Lovely group! @Clavdivs.......Love the Menaion biga bronze, great movement and nice twin colouring!.....The maximinus II has great green toning and super detail on the reverse!....Next is that Iconic O & M.A Denarius really nice.....Congrats on a cool 12 months! ...Paul
    Clavdivs likes this.
  17. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    Great coins. I like Theodosius I, Marcus Aurelius and Julius Caesar.
    Clavdivs likes this.
  18. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    @Claudivs , that is a nice representative group of ancient coins. My favorite is the whopping Justinian, but the others are interesting too.
    Clavdivs likes this.
  19. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Ancient Kingdoms Supporter

    Superb group of coins, @Clavdivs . Nike peeling out is my favorite.

    Clavdivs likes this.
  20. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    That Justinian I follis, year 13, Constantinople, was an excellent buy - a really nice coin in every respect.
    Clavdivs likes this.
  21. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Great selections, @Clavdivs. :)

    Thanks for sharing the stories behind your choice of these coins. My favorites are the Maximinus II and the Julius Caesar denarius.
    Clavdivs likes this.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page