Two tone beauties

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Nvb, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    I must admit, I am a sucker for coins with a certain look.
    Not clean and shiny. Not irridescent (although thats nice too!). Not 'perfect' in any conventional sense.
    I'm talking about when some black hoard patina or deep toning and exposed/ worn high points on a silver piece interact in such a way that the details just pop. Sometimes that look is totally natural but often there is some 'skillful cleaning' involved.
    Bronze coins of course can take on a huge array of colors and combinations, adding immeasurably to the eye appeal and overall character.

    Here are a couple of coins I could not pass up for the above reasons.

    Please share your colorful gems!

    Greek, Macedon (Roman Protectorate, First Meris, ±167-149 B.C.)

    Artemis Tetradrachm Macedonia.jpg

    Tetradrachm (±167-149 B.C.), Amphipolis
    Obv.: Diademed bust of Artemis to the right, quiver over her shoulder, within an ornate Macedonian shield
    Rev.: Horizontal club within oak wreath, thunderbolt to the left


    [​IMG] Ag (16.91 g, 29 mm, 12 h)
    [​IMG] SNG Ashmolean 3296

    Zengids of Mosul. Saif al-Din Ghazi II. 565-576/1170-1180. Æ dirhem. 568/1172-1173. VF, brown and blue-green patina.

    Zengids of Mosul. Saif al-Din Ghazi II. 565-576/1170-1180. � dirhem (28 mm, 11.21 g, 3 h). 568/1172-1173. Draped male bust facing slightly left, prominent knot at forehead; above, two winged figures / Legend in five lines and in left and right margins. Spengler & Sayles Type 60.4. VF, brown and blue-green patina.
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  3. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Well-Known Member

    Two beautiful coins.
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  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    This sounds like a negative but I see two significant facts:

    1. All ancient coins are cleaned. Some are cleaned more than others but we don't find coins that spent 2000 years in a dresser drawer.

    2. A great skill in cleaning is knowing when to stop. Many coins get overcleaned and look worse than they did when the process started. 'Skillful cleaning' is better than harsh chemicals followed by rub and scrub.
    Parthia, Mithradates II


    Constantius II siliqua
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  5. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Well-Known Member

    I love this toned beauty enough to make it my avatar coin. Its details just "pop," as you say:

    Tiberius Denarius.jpg
  6. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Well-Known Member

  7. Finn235

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  8. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    Here’s a colorful silver of Philip I with a common Annona reverse that I picked up recently at a small coin show. 1DD496B4-73D5-4EF6-9AF1-60BCD640C26D.jpeg A49D79C0-3113-4C66-8623-57D7CFE5B073.jpeg
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  9. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

    And a Bronze of Licinius I 255746EF-C30D-427D-9D75-8551B49133A3.jpeg DAA9B624-D705-42E0-8693-DB41E283E866.jpeg
  10. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus

    Here is one with contrastive toning that I love.

    vesp ric 685.jpg
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  11. Agricantus

    Agricantus Allium aflatunense

    That is certainly a very special coin that I am familiar with. Funny thing is that nowadays when I brose a catalogue and see this type, my mind says: look! RomanCollector! (Not a tribute penny)
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  12. Agricantus

    Agricantus Allium aflatunense

    And here’s a coin with mottled patina. I love the patina, it’s better in hand. I would not mind at all to have a lot of sestertii just like this one. From JAZ Numismatics.

  13. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Alexander III, the Great; 336-323 B.C. AR tetradrachm (17.1 gm). Struck circa 311-295 BC under Seleukos I, Nikator. 312-281 BC. Obv: Hd. of Herakles r. wearing lion’s skin headdress. Rev: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to r., ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ in ex. Zeus std. l. on throne holding eagle in r. hand, scepter in his l. To left, anchor and monogram, and monogram below throne.. SNG Spaer __; CSE__; Ex Slocum coll.; Ex Qazvin Hoard 8. Price 3436 (Marathos). SC 67.3a, Uncertain Mint 6A.
  14. coin_nut

    coin_nut Well-Known Member

    AD 35-405 Western Satraps Indo-Scythian AR. Does this "Indian" coin fit in with this thread? 35-405 W.Satrap AR obv (2).JPG 35-405 W.Satrap AR rev (2).JPG
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  15. Ancientnoob

    Ancientnoob Money Changer

    Sure why not? I like my Indian coins to have a certain look. I take coins however I can get them, but I really like the super deep toning. satakarniC.jpg

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  16. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    Awesome coin with some great style!
    This reminds me of my own Alexander with its areas of patina and encrustations left intact... which is of course exactly why I was drawn to it =)

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  17. Nvb

    Nvb Well-Known Member

    Thank you everyone for your shares.
    Many droolworthy coins above, in fact this thread is starting to look eerily like my Vcoins watch list..
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