Your top purchases of 2015

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by FitzNigel, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    I enjoy the posts of people's top purchases of the year, and most of the posters here deserve their own thread, I thought I would start a joint thread for those of us who are perhaps not purchasing as much as others. Anyway, I'll start out with my top 5, and everyone else please add your top purchases for 2015!

    No. 5
    I snagged an almost complete run of British Proof sets from 1980-2010 at a local coin show. Paid face value for the coins! Okay, not ancient, but one of my collecting areas.

    No. 4
    01-GR-Alexander III-AR-TET-01.jpg
    Kingdom of Macedon
    Alexander III (the Great), r. 336-323 B.C. (c. 325-315 B.C.)
    Pella Mint, AR Tetradrachm, 25mm x 17.1 grams
    Obv.: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
    Rev.: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, holding eagle and sceptre, ΣΙ in left field
    Ref.: Price 236, Mueller 1397.
    Purchased this from RedSpork, and fills the spot for a lifetime Alexander Tet I've wanted (granted, with the dating of this coin, it may have been minted after his death, but may have been minted during his life too. That's good enough for me right now).

    No. 3
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    Norman Kingdom of Sicily
    William II, r. 1166-1189 A.D.
    Messina Mint, AE Follaro, 16.7mm x 1.7 grams
    Obv.: + OPERATAT IN VRBE MESSANE outside, O / REX W / SCOVS in center (OV ligate)
    Rev.: Arabic legend"al'malik / Ghulyalim / al-thani" (King William 2nd) in center, "bi-amr al-malik al-musta'izz" around edge
    Ref.: MEC Italy III 401 ff., Biaggi 1233
    Sadly, my only medieval coin of the year, and not even English! However, as I stated in the thread for this coin, the ruler under which this coin was minted has a special interest for me.

    No. 2
    Persian Empire
    Darius I to Xerxes II, r. 485-420 B.C.
    Sardes Mint, AR Siglos, 14mm x 5.5 grams
    Obv.: King running right holding spear and bow
    Rev.: Incuse punch
    Ref.: Carradice Type IIIb, Group A/B (pl. XII, 17).
    Still love the punchmarks on this coin - fills the spot of the Persian Empire for my history of the Silk Road series

    No. 1
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    Kingdom of Bactria
    Menander I r. c. 165/55-130 B.C.
    AR Drachm, 13mm x 2.4 grams
    Obv.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ / ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. Diademed bust of the sovereign right, coat fastened on the right shoulder
    Rev.: (Maharajasa tratarasa / Menamdrasa). Athena Alkidemos standing left. Monogram 'H' in right field
    Ref.: Bopearachi, Ménandre (I) Sôter, 67.
    I purchased this Menander coin to essentially celebrate the end of the school year. I love the details of this coin, and the historical significance of Menander AIDS in the appeal of the coin.
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  3. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    Coin collecting isn't my only hobby. I collect comic books as well, and managed to snag a nice run of early Amazing Spider-Man (#28-40)
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Great stuff, I especially like the Menander I. Just look at Athena's ample bottom.:watching::nailbiting::woot::woot::woot::woot::greedy::dead:

    I see where Kim Kardashian gets it from;)
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  5. techwriter

    techwriter Supporter! Supporter

    You just gotta love that Bactria Drachm.
  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Nice, I have #2 through #197, even the death of Gwen Stacy and 1st Punisher. Still need #1 :(
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  7. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    As my daughter says, you sure have many cool stuff!
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  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    My favorite is the Siglos.
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  9. Amos 811

    Amos 811 DisMember

    Ill add my two Cents. Here are the top 2 of the year. I know I didnt overspend on them either. 1984ddo1.jpg 1973d (2).JPG
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2015
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  10. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Great stuff!!

    I like the Spiderman comics and the sweet reverse on your Bactria example!!

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  11. Amos 811

    Amos 811 DisMember

    yes it is, and is that the Lombardi trophy hes holding?
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  12. rooman9

    rooman9 Lovin Shiny Things

    Here would be mine.
    Semi-Key date
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  13. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    Thanks guys! Post your top purchases as well!
  14. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I can't post pictures but I can describe.
    #1 My first Ancient Coin purchase
    #2 My next 8 Ancient Coin purchases
    #3 PCGS MS-64 Peace Dollar 1934-D Small & Large Dates
    #4 Finishing my 2nd completed circulated Peace Dollar Set (Fine or better)
    #5 1932-D & 1932-S Washington Quarters in VG for $50.00

    I've bought so many other coins and so much bullion I've lost track.
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  15. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    Excellent top 5 FN!

    man, look at those buns on athena....hubba hubba.

    your norman william ii post inspired me to purchase a coin this year!
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  16. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    CAPPADOCIAN KINGDOM Ariarathes V.jpg
    AR Drachm
    OBVERSE: Diademed head of Ariarathes V right
    REVERSE: Athena standing left, holding Nike & resting hand on grounded shield, HDI monogram in outer left field, PAFI monogram in inner left field, HF monogram in outer right field, date GL in exergue
    Struck at Cappadocia, Year 33 (= 130 BC)
    4.2g, 18mm
    SNG Copenhagen Suppl. 673–678. Simonetta p. 24, 20b
    AR Tetradrachm
    OBVERSE: Turreted, veiled, and draped bust of Tyche right
    REVERSE: Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm frond; in left field, ZOP (date) above Aramaic B above ΘЄ; all within wreath
    Arados CY 177 (83/82 BC)
    14.91g, 27mm
    Duyrat 3536–49; HGC 10, 72; DCA 772; BMC 239
    Phrygia Apameia.jpg
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Zeus right
    REVERSE: APAME to the right, cult statue of Artemis Anaïtis standing facing, magistrate HRAKLEI EGLO to left
    Struck at Pergamon 133-27 BC
    8.38g, 22mm
    SNGCop 183.1; BMC Phrygia p. 77, 48
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Janus; M•FOVRI•L•F around
    REVERSE: Roma standing left erecting trophy, gallic arms around, ROMA to right, PHLI in ex.
    Struck at Rome, 119 BC
    3.81g, 18.35mm
    Crawford 281/1, Syd 529, BMCRR (Italy) 555, Furia 18
    AR Denarius Serratus
    OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Roma right, L . COSCO . M . F around, X behind
    REVERSE: naked Celtic warrior (Bituitus), brandishing a spear & holding a shield & carnyx, driving a racing biga right, L LIC CN DOM in ex.
    Struck at Rome, 118 BC
    3.72g, 19.13mm
    Cosconia.1. Cr.282 / 2
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Bust of Hercules left, wearing lion's skin headdress, club over shoulder
    REVERSE: two horses left, rider on the nearer horse, dot X; TI Q and rat below, DOS.S in incuse on tablet in ex.
    Struck at Rome 112-111 BC
    3.92g, 18mm
    Cr297/1;Quinctia 6
    Septimius Severus 18.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS I-I laureate head right
    seven stars & crescent
    Struck at Emesa, 194-195 AD
    2.95g, 17.5mm
    RIC 417
    Gordian III 11.jpg
    AR Drachm
    OBVERSE: AY K M ANT ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC CE, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
    REVERSE: MHTPO KAIC B N, Mt. Argaeus, ETΔ in ex
    Struck at Cappadocia, Caesarea, Year 4=A.D. 240-241
    2.96g, 18.6mm
    Sydenham 603d
    Æ Sestertius
    OBVERSE: MARCIA OTACILIA SEVERA AVG, diademed and draped bust right
    REVERSE: SAECVLARES AVGG, SC in ex, Hippopotamus standing right, head raised
    Struck at Rome, 248 AD
    18.6g, 30mm
    RIC 200a, Cohen 65
    ex Warren Esty
    Valens 13.jpg
    AV Solidus
    OBVERSE: DN VALENS PER F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right
    REVERSE: RESTITVTOR REIPUBLICAE, Valens standing right, holding labarum in right hand & Victory on globe in left, cross to left. Mintmark star ANTE star
    Struck at Antioch, 364 AD
    3.6g, 19mm
    Antioch RIC 2d,xxxvii-5
  17. Ancientnoob

    Ancientnoob Money Changer

    Great coins! Better books! Man I love Comic Books. Jeeze Mat, I think you and I would get along just fine.
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  18. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    I've been working on a full run of Amazing Spider-Man for a while - nearly have from 300 to present, but I've been trying to focus on 30-130 (the Gwen Stacy years)
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  19. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES!

    gold strike for bing in 2015!


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  20. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Where did you find my picture??????
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  21. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Very nice. Still holding out for one more coin till I post mine :D
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