Who's Your Valentine?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mat, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Since today is Valentine's Day, I thought it would be fun to post which figure from history you would pick as your Valentine.

    It can be anyone from history & time period.

    Just post a coin or a few & why you pick the person.

    My pic is Orbiana. With many empresses I have acquired over the years, I always found Orbiana to be one of the most attractive. I think it may have to do with the cheekbones seem to be more raised/fuller than other empress portraits.

    Orbiana (225 - 227 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: SALL BARBIA ORBIANA AVG, draped bust right.
    R: CONCORDIA AVGG,Concordia seated left holding double cornucopia and patera.
    RIC IV 319, RSC III 1, BMCRE VI 287, SRCV II 8191
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  3. Nice portrait to me on this Salonina tet of Alexandria:

    EGYPT, Alexandria

    Billon Tetradrachm, 23mm, 9.8 grams, 12h

    Dated RY 15 (A.D. 267-268)

    Diademed and draped bust right.

    Reverse: Eagle standing right, holding wreath in beak; palm in left field, L IE to right

    Reference: Koln 2983; Dattari 5346; Milne 4189; Curtis 1642; Emmett 3854


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  4. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Plautilla anyday, but don't tell her husband, he's kinda brutal :D


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  5. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Considering the way he felt about her, you might have been able to run away with her with his blessing. Caracalla was fine with her exile in 205 and executed her immediately after the death of Septimius in 211. I suspect Caracalla would have sold her as a slave had Septimius allowed it. What was the going rate for a low mileage ex wife?
    How are we to know if this paper is history or historical fiction?
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  6. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    There where no coins with her image/ I would 100 percent pick Helen of Troy;)
  7. Theodosius

    Theodosius Unrepentant Fine Style Freak! Supporter

    I am picking Larissa for my valentine:

    Larissa Drachm 1Na.jpg

    or maybe Persephone:

    Locris Opuntia stater 1a.jpg

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  8. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Supporter! Supporter

    For my mythological valentine, I'll pick Hera.


    And for my real person, Faustina Junior:

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  9. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Mine for ancients/ Lucilla
    Present/ Grace Kelly wife of Prince Ranier III Monaco 1966 issue. Non coin/ Helen of Troy from recent movie. lf - 2020-02-14T173040.877.jpg c004e5ee4443fe7d1b0107b52bc88ccc.jpg
  10. Ryro

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

    Hilarious thread idea @Mat! And Orbs is a beauty. But my heart belongs to a nymph. I'm obsessed. You might say I'm a nymph-omanic.
    Her name...Arethusa:
    Dionysios I
    Sicily, Syracuse
    Æ Hemilitron, circa 405-400 BC. Head of Arethusa left; laurel branch behind / Dolphin right; cockle shell below, ΣVPA between. CNS 24; SNG ANS 417; HGC 2, 1480. 3.63g, 18mm

    SICILY, Syracuse

    Second Democracy (465-405 BC). Ae Trionkia.
    Obv: ΣYPA.
    Head of Arethusa right, dolphin to left and right.
    Rev: Octopus; three pellets around.
    HGC 2, 1428.
    Condition: Very fine.
    Weight: 3 g.
    Diameter: 15 mm
    SICILY. Syracuse. DeinomenidTyranny

    485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm - 17.45 g). Struck circa 480-475 BC. Charioteer driving walking quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; Nike flying above crowning horses / Diademed head of Arethusa right, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise. Boehringer 134 (V60/R93); SNG ANS 38 (same dies); Randazzo -. rev sl off-ctr, sl surface imperfections,most notably a horizontal scratchlike flaw in obvright field.

    Sicily, Syracuse
    Deinomenid Dinasty (485-425), Litra, c. 470 BC, AR (g 0,78 mm 10), Laureate head of nymph Arethusa r., wearing earrings and necklace, dotted border, Rv. Σ-V-R-A, wheel with four spokes. Boehringer 402 SNG Copenhagen - SNG ANS 124-126.
    CILICIA, Mint Uncertain

    400-350 BC. Obol (Silver, 10 mm, 0.58 g, 1 h). Female head facing, turned slightly to left, wearing earrings, necklace and flowing hair (Arethusa?). Rev. Facing head of Bes. Göktürk 44. SNG Levante 233. SNG France 486. Fine metal and attractive on both sides. Very fine.

    Ex: Leu auction 4 Ex: Nomos Obolos 14
  11. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Mine is still Julia Domna....But after reading @dougsmit link.....Hmm.......................... Still brains are sexy!
  12. tenbobbit

    tenbobbit Supporter! Supporter

    Seeing as this one arrived this morning, she has to be my valentine.
    Yes I know I am not her type but then again who is ?

    Artemis, Gallia - Massalia
    picture courtesy of www.navillenumismatics.com
  13. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Callipygian Venus, for obvious reasons...

  14. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Valentinian on Valentine's Day? Not my type exactly...

    Valentinian AE Nov 2018 (1).JPG
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  15. akeady

    akeady Well-Known Member

    When I showed this to a non-coin collecting friend, he said "Who's the doll?", so I guess Ceres should be my Valentine:


    (Obv. of Cr. 427/1 denarius of 56 BC).

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  16. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I have always liked a woman with backbone, so Athena:
    Taras, Calabria.jpg
    AR Diobol
    OBVERSE: Head of Athena in crested helmet left decorated with Skylla
    REVERSE: Herakles kneeling right, strangling lion
    Struck at Taras 380-334 BC
    1.2g, 11mm
    Vlasto 1316
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  17. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I have always had a soft spot for Faustina II:

    Faustina Jr IVNONI REGINAE standing sestertius jpeg.jpg
    Faustina Jr statue Musei Capitolini di Roma 2.jpg
    Faustina Jr statue Musei Capitolini di Roma.jpg
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  18. Tejas

    Tejas Well-Known Member

    This is probably my best female portrait coins. I bought the coin this month, just because of the lovely portrait and the nice hair style: Faustina Junior // VENVS Screenshot 2020-02-16 at 18.41.21.png
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