What's Your Favorite Coin?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Gary R. Wilson, Mar 9, 2020.

  1. Orielensis

    Orielensis Well-Known Member

    Well, my favorite coin very much changes depending on my mood. Also, my favorite Romans are different from my favorite medievals and Greeks, not even to speak of Celtic and "Eastern" coins. I find it impossible to clearly rank my appreciation for these numismatic fields, although most of the time I consider myself primarily a medieval collector.

    Today, these two bracteates would be on top of my list. This answer might be different tomorrow:
    MA – Deutschland etc., Halberstadt, Gero von Schermbke, Brakteat, Hlg. Stephan.png
    Bishopric of Halberstadt, under Gero von Schermbke (sometimes: von Schochwitz), AR bracteate, 1169–1177 AD. Obv: + S–STEPHANVSPROTOMARTI; bust of St. Stephen facing between three stones and star. Rev: negative design. 25mm, 0.83g. Ref: Berger 1324; Slg. Bonhoff 483. Ex Münzenhandlung Löchte (Rheine); ex Teutoburger Münzauktionen, auction 125, lot 1978.

    MA – Deutschland etc., Fulda, Heinrich IV, Brakteat.png
    Abbey of Fulda, under Heinrich IV. von Erthal, AR bracteate, ca. 1249–1261 AD. Obv: Abbot seated facing holding palm branch and book; in Gothic polylobe and double pearl border; around outer Rim; H-V-H-V. Rev: negative design. 29mm, 0.52g. Ref: Berger 2293. Ex CNG 459, lot 579; ex “HC Collection.”
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  3. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    Nero ASSES 002.JPG Nero ASSES 004.JPG
    ..i feel ya on that..maybe you could choose one for today...:)..
    ..any reason to show coins is a good reason...:)

    now here's mine at the moment..and it's alway in the top few all the time..:)Nero dupondius, securitas seated
  4. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I like them all, but have a special fondness for this one....
    AV Dukat 1646 A-I Weissenberg Mint
    Georg I Rakozki 1630-48 Prince of Transylvania
    Vassal State of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet IV 795d6b4fc3461edeeacab426258e5b35.jpg 21bcd389790308d1950e70beca3e033f.jpg
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  5. Gary R. Wilson


    Thank you jamesicus. I appreciate it.
  6. Gary R. Wilson


    Nice coin. That type is on my bucket list.
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    Very nice Bing.
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    Nice Caracalla.
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  9. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Your OP coin is a real treasure Gary, an extremely hard to get in your coins quality. I can see why it's your favorite. With me I love all my coins especially the architecture type, which is most of them but my last purchase is a coin I never thought I would get. tiberius concordia (1024x519).jpg Tiberius Æ Sestertius.(33mm, 25.5gm) Rome, AD 35-36. The Temple of Concordia: Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and sceptre, above altar within hexastyle façade set on podium; entrance flanked by statues of Hercules and Mercury; pediment decorated with statues of Jupiter, Juno, Minerva, and Victories in acroteria; wings of transverse cella with windows behind; pediments decorated with statues / TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST P M TR POT XXXVII around large S•C. RIC 61; C. 69; BMC 116; BN 100. NGC graded Choice Fine. Stack's Jan NYINC, lot 22114.
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  10. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    My favorite by far and will remain so (unless I acquire a better example).

    Odoacer, Kingdom of Italy
    AE nummus
    Obv: OD[O-VAC], bare-headed, draped bust right
    Rev: Odoacer's monogram (letters ODOVA) within wreath
    Mint: Ravenna
    Date: 476-493 AD
    Ref: RIC X 3502

  11. Gary R. Wilson


    That's an awesome coin. I love the architecture types also.
  12. Gary R. Wilson


    That's a great historical coin.
  13. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    My favorite changes often. Today I am fond of Asses.

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    The cast variety

    and the scale weight variety, either the top right or bottom right, or .....
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  14. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic Supporter

    I previously answered this in the thread Doug linked from last year, but in the meantime I have acquired a coin that changed my answer slightly.

    Originally I picked one favourite silver coin and one favourite bronze. The bronze choice has changed.

    Favourite silver

    AR Denarius, 2.84g
    Rome mint, 74 AD
    Obv: IMP CAESAR in exergue; Vespasian stg. r., with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
    Rev: VESP AVG across field; Victory on prow r., with wreath and palm
    RIC 688 (R). BMC 147. RSC 569. BNC 121.
    Ex Nomos Obolos 4, 21 February 2016, lot 575. Ex GH Collection. Ex Superior Galleries, The Moreira sale, Part II, 10-11 December 1988, lot 2374.

    Favourite Bronze


    Æ Sestertius, 26.69g
    Rome mint, 71 AD
    Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
    Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Palm tree; to l. Captive stg. r.; to r., Judaea std. r. on cuirass; both figures surrounded by arms
    RIC 159 (C3). BMC 532. BNC 490, pl. XLIV (same dies).
    Acquired from Witter Coins, eBay, October 2019. Ex Triton V, 16 January 2002, lot 1913 (From the Robert Schonwalter Collection). Ex Worner List 1, January 1951, no. 394. Formerly in NGC holder #4683650-005, with grade 'F', strike 5/5, surface 3/5.
  15. Gary R. Wilson


    Great coins David. Like I told Doug, just because someone had a favorite last year doesn't mean it is the same this year. I didn't see that thread so I do want to know. Thanks for your reply.
  16. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    I´ll never be able to top my avatar Sestertius.
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  17. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    As I said above, my favorite changes often. My favorite was going to be....
    Dioscuri Mercury bid but did not get GM 3.10.20.jpg
    I was up at 4AM Houston time for the auction, but to quote Bob Uker, it was: "a bit outside" of my price range.
    Now my next favorite will have to come from this weekend's Houston Spring Coin Show. My favorite dealer, Nick, should be there.
  18. JulesUK

    JulesUK Well-Known Member

    My latest addition is now my favourite thanks to winning a recent JAZ Numismatics auction (Note: Mythology theme):-

    8-Greek Poseidon Trident combo.jpg

    HEIRON II (275-215 BC) Sicily, Syracuse. AE Litra, 20mm, 5.7g
    Obv; Head of Poseidon left, wearing tainia.
    Rev; Ornamented Trident head flanked by dolphins downward, letters beside base
    (Heiron in Greek)
    Ref HGC 2, 1550 – From the Theodosius collection.
  19. Xodus

    Xodus Well-Known Member

    This guy here. I think it's Antioch, but I don't recall who's on it.

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  20. Xodus

    Xodus Well-Known Member

    My other Favorite!

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  21. Salaethus

    Salaethus Well-Known Member

    This Geta sestertius is my current favorite. It was likely struck very late in 211 in anticipation of the Vota Publica of 212, so right around the time of Geta's assassination. Geta example.jpg
    Geta Æ sestertius. Rome, late 211 AD. P SEPTIMIVS GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate and bearded bust of Geta right / VOTA PVBLICA, Geta, togate and veiled, standing left, sacrificing out of patera over tripod behind which a bull reclines; S-C across fields. RIC 187a; C. 232; BMCRE 235. 27.16 g, 31 mm.
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