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  1. Love the chocolate patina on that top one!
  2. @Dafydd Glad you got your book and hope you’re enjoying it. I’ve been having fun hunting through my late Roman collection and learning a bit more about them. The downside is that many of my coins are labeled with pretty generic date ranges that could be updated based on the mint mark chronologies. So, a lot of work when I feel like doing it. Here’s a few more Gallus coins. I think the best detail on his coins is his hair. I love the blow dried, combed back look, reminds me of my Dad in the 80s. Alexandria RIC VIII 74 Antioch RIC VIII 134
  3. @Harry G For the Maximian, since the Serverans weren’t minting coins with flans like this, the likely personality on the undertype that matches the flan type is Severina, wife of Aurelian.
  4. Let us know what you think about it when you get it! I’ve really been enjoying it. I buy quite a few books and although I like and value most of them, it’s often hard to get too excited about books that are primarily catalogs of summary details and reference numbers… so I don’t write many reviews/recommendations. This book is a bit different where there are lots of fun details about the coins themselves and their context within coinage and history. Anyway, enjoy!
  5. I found mine on AbeBooks I think (can’t remember and can’t find the e-receipt). Here’s a source where it’s available for $62 and $3 shipping, which I think is about what I paid. There are some other sellers with about the same price and variable shipping availabilities. Anyway, for that price it was worth it… but yeah I wouldn’t pay $177! https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=31268595201&cm_sp=snippet-_-srp1-_-tile1&searchurl=an%3DShawn%2Bcaza%26sortby%3D17
  6. THIS! …is the book I wish I had when I first started collecting, A Handbook of Late Roman Bronze Coin Types by Shawn M Caza. It covers Roman imperial bronze coinage from 324 to 395 ad (345 pages). When I started collecting, like many people, I started with buying cheap bronzes off of eBay (still do). Many (or most) of those common bronzes fall within the range of this book. In those early years, I wanted to know things about my little treasures like; what does the legend mean?, when and where was it minted?, and importantly why it was minted and what was the symbolic meaning of the design and historical context? This book summarizes the answers to those questions and packages them neatly in little sections with photographs accompanying each. This book would have saved me a lot of Googling time to find information and choosing correct information where sources conflicted. Although I say this is the book I wish I had in those early years, this book is not only a great resource for beginners but also seasoned LBR collectors. It includes deeper dives into metallic content and fineness standards, mint mark chronologies, and other information that makes it a great resource for collectors at any level. The book is not a catalog of references (there are no coin reference numbers), but a supplement to existing references. I don’t have a ton of time to dive deeply into the details but will show a few images of representative sections below. I highly recommend this book to anyone collecting Roman coins looking to beef up their library and especially to those interested in the time period. I know Shawn is a poster at FORVM’s discussion page, and I think at CoinTalk too. I’m not sure if he’s a member here or not yet but if he is, I’d like to say well done and thank you for this great book. I hope he tackles other time periods like… say Diocletian through 323 next. …then selfishly Valerian through Carinus so I have something for my ugly but loved later Crisis of the Third Century coins! I hope it’s ok to post these snippets from the book. The inclusion of these images is intended to share this great resource (I have no association with the author or book). I can take them down if needed. Anyway, if you have questions about what’s in the book, let me know. If you have the book, let me know what you think about it. Otherwise, let’s see your coins from the era covered by the book. Thanks! Cover FEL TEMP REPARATIO Mint and Field Marks Example Page: Example section: Coin!
  7. I have a real soft spot for coins of this era too, Gallienus through… Probus. As for great portraits (from also a hit-and-miss mint), Alexandria has some great ones too.
  8. Oh how I wish there were good contemporary Tacitus-like histories of the mid-late third century. There has to be SOMETHING from Probus’ reign… right? Are there any tidbits written at the time or soon after?
  9. That’s a great coin. I’ve always wanted one of those! This Gordian has always been a favorite of mine. In a sea of shinned up Gordians, this dirty one is a standout of me. I’d never clean it.
  10. On Roman Imperial coins, the radiate crown was used into Constantine’s time (anything later?) but when was the last appearance of the crescent for an empress? Here’s a Severina:
  11. Thanks for all of the hard work. I’ve used it over the years and as someone who buys eBay coins occasionally, I’ve found it extremely helpful for finding seller images and notes I forgot to save. It also is helpful in finding sale prices, although as many are from eBay, those prices can be all over the board. Here’s a coin that I bought years ago (2016) as a cleaning project. I forgot to save the seller’s image and went back last year to find it. I’ve made some progress on cleaning the coin but it’s been stubborn!
  12. I like the coin but also really like the look of that blue background. Black, gray and white are the usual backgrounds, and often I think colors are distracting… but that blue is really nice! It looks great with bronze hues and I’m sure it would look great with silver as well. I’m going to try it out!
  13. Caught another tigress… to add to my other 5 or 6 Tigresses… The new one is the first photo. The second is proof I didn’t need this one because it’s got a better cat. 🐅
  14. That’s a nice coin! I have one with the year written the same way. Diocletian Potin Tetadrachm of Alexandria. Year 9 = 292-293 AD. Obv: DIOKLETI-ANOC CEB, laureate & cuirassed bust right Rev: ENATOV, L to right, Elpis standing left, holding flower and raising hem of robe. A in ex. Milne 5063.
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