Whenever I see your smiling face, I have to smile myself ...

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  1. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I love the empress's Mona-Lisa-style smile on this denarius. Do you have any coins depicting someone smiling?

    Mamaea VESTA patera denarius.jpg
    Julia Mamaea, AD 222-235.
    Roman AR denarius, 3.15 g, 18.3 mm, 5 h.
    Rome mint, 7th emission, AD 227.
    Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, diademed and draped bust right.
    Rev: VESTA, Vesta standing left, holding patera and transverse scepter.
    Refs: RIC 362; BMCRE 440; Cohen 85; RCV 8218.
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Most of the portraits in my collection appear as someone constipated trying to push out something too large. However, this may be the closest portrait I have to a smile
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Head of Roma r., wearing helmet decorated with circular device
    REVERSE: Victory in biga r., holding reins in both hands; in exergue, C. PVLCHER
    Struck at Rome 110-109 BC
    3.76g, 19mm
    Cr300/1, Syd 569, Claudia 1
  4. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    A very pleasing portrait.

    Most of Vespasian's portraits do not depict him smiling. I think this one has a rather bemused look.

    AR Denarius, 3.10g
    Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
    RIC 25 (R). BMC 14. RSC 90.
    Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
    Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Neptune stg. l., foot on prow, with dolphin and trident
    Acquired from Nemesis, February 2008.
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  5. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Maximinus Thrax often has a little smile:

    Maximius Thrax - PAX AVGVSTI overstrike maybe (1).JPG
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  6. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Great coins all!
    Here's a rather deranged smile for you...though I don't think it's the type that sweet baby James Taylor was singing about:
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  7. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Just a guy making his way in the universe

    Here's a Salonina tet which may have a bit of a smile, or maybe she looks like she just swallowed some vinegar...


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  8. Dougmeister

    Dougmeister The Coin Scavenger © ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Good ol' JT... '-)
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  9. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Smiling face... first thing that come up to my mind is an Athenian smile! I fell in love of my avatar coin because of its very appealing Athenian smile. Its facial proportion is special compared with the regular Classical ones. Style-wise early classical, with smaller feathers on the helmet. Although not perfect, this is one of those I'll pass on to my son.

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  10. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    ...actually, looks like he removed his dentures for the night! :D:smuggrin::eek:
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  11. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    In this Alexandrian Tet of Nero with Alex, Nero looks like he's enjoying himself. Looks like me after a big Thanksgiving meal lol
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  12. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    My Severus Alexander also seem to be glad that it's finally weekend!

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  13. juris klavins

    juris klavins Well-Known Member

    Lol - I saw that smiling face and hairdo and thought 'Ed Grimley' :rolleyes:

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