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  1. A jolly Agrippa... Agrippa, died 12 BC. Æ As (26mm, 6.45g, 5h). Barbarous copy of a Rome mint, posthumous issue struck under Gaius Caligula, AD 37-41. Obv: M AGRIPPA L F COS [III]; Head of Agrippa left, wearing rostral crown. Rev: S-C across field; Neptune standing facing, head left, holding small dolphin and trident. Ref: cf., RIC 58. Said to be ex-Frank Robinson but no ticket. Next: Early Imperial Bronze
  2. Hard to see from the photo, but some plated fourees that I have seen have similar pitting. The extent of the pitting on this one would probably expose the core at some point, but it's a possibility.
  3. I believe RPC IV.4 1403. Only two specimens listed in RPC. Rare. RPC IV.4, 1403 (ox.ac.uk)
  4. Link: Obol Roman Egypt. Alexandria. Galba, AD 68-69. Æ Obol (19mm, 3.63g, 12h). Dated RY 2 (AD 68/69). Obv: [ΣΕΡΟ]ΥΙ ΓΑΛΒΑ ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΙΣ [ΣΕΒΑ]; Laureate head of Galba to right. Rev: Canopus of Osiris to right; L-B (date) to right. Ref: Dattari (Savio) 318; Emmett 181.2; K&G 17.28; RPC I 5352 (Leu note: 7 examples, this one as nice as any illustrated). Extremely rare and unusually attractive for the issue. Ex Elsen 110 (10 Sept 2011), Lot 560. Ex CNG 87 (18 May 2011), Lot 904. Ex Leu Web Auction 26 (13 July 2023), Lot 2458
  5. Two on ACSearch. This is the nicest one. "Sold" by Roma in August 2022 for 80 GBP. Resold by Roma exactly one year later for 375 GBP. https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=10776790 Probably now on it's way to being slabbed and listed on eBay as "almost unique" for $375,000.
  6. This popped up when I used "hexagram" as a search term at Zeno.ru. Not sure it's correct, but it might point you in the right direction: ZENO.RU - Anonymous coins of Kath
  7. Edessa

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    Some of the most fun I have ever had was diving the Roman wreck out in the bay at Cavtat (just south of Dubrovnick). Wreck & amphora dive for PROs (1-6 dives) | Diving in Cavtat, Croatia | 365.tours
  8. Still waiting for this one to grow up into a Dekadrachm! Samaria. Samarian-signed Series. Circa 375-333 BC. AR Obol (9mm, 0.76g, 12h). Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right. Rev: Owl standing facing, wings spread; Š-N (in Aramaic) flanking. Ref: Meshorer and Qedar 87; Sofaer 31: GBC 1037; HGC 10, 416. Very Fine, find patina, patina chipped on reverse. Ex CNG eAuction 251 (9 Mar 2011), Lot 79.
  9. Leu, last summer. Ex Leu Numismatik (18 Jul 2022), Lot 2368. Sort of a present to myself (aren't they all?).
  10. Have not shown this one in a while. Roman Asia Minor. Ionia, Uncertain mint (Ephesus?). Claudius, AD 41-54. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (21mm, 10.77g, 6h). Uncertain mint in Asia, Group I, struck circa AD 41-42. Obv: TI CLAVD CAES•AVG; Bare head of Claudius to left. Rev: DIAN-EPHE; Tetrastyle temple on podium of four steps, enclosing cult statue of Diana of Ephesus with polos on head and fillets hanging from wrists; pediment decorated with two figures flanking large disk set on central table, and two tables and recumbent figures in angles. Ref: BMC 229; RSC 30; RIC I 118; RPC I 2222. Beautifully toned and with an enchanting portrait. Minor flan faults on the obverse, otherwise, Good Very Fine. Ex Münzen und Medallien AG Basel 500 (Jun 1987), Lot 34. From the J. M. A. L. Collection, formed between 1970 and 2000, Chaponnière & Firmenich 13 (16 May 2021), Lot 279 (with collector's ticket). Ex Leu Numismatik (18 Jul 2022), Lot 2368. Leu Auction Note: The Ephesian Temple of Diana, better known as the Artemision, was one of the largest Greek temples ever to be built. It was reconstructed in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC after having been burnt down by Herostratos in 356 and was considered by Antipatros of Sidon to be the crown of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Great festivities and processions surrounded the cult of Artemis Ephesia, attracting large crowds of visitors and pilgrims from all over the Graeco-Roman world. The famous passage in the Acts of the Apostles, in which the silversmith Demetrius, feeling threatened by Paul's sermons against the worship of devotional objects, gives a speech against the apostle, is evidence of the popularity of the cult and its great economic importance to the local community: 'You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.' (Acts 19,25-27). Paul was saved from the raging Ephesian mob by a friend, but the Artemision was burned down some two hundred years later by Gothic raiders and abandoned in late Antiquity. Most of the columns and stones were used as spolia in late Roman and early Byzantine churches such as the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. The site of the Artemision today is basically a large swampy hole in the ground, dug up by its excavators in the 19th century, which has since become overgrown with grass. To modern visitors, little recalls the original monumentality and beauty of the sanctuary as we know it from historiographical descriptions and artistic renderings, such as that on our coin. Next: Claudius.
  11. On page 27, Metcalf simply says "On this much-discussed type, Tancred appears to be wearing a turban surmounted by a jewel. (But well-struck specimens suggest that the turban is a figment of the imagination)."
  12. Well, if I was a smart nerd, I would make a star diagram of this. But a quick count of the number of coins in my Roman Imperial and Roman Provincial collection certainly fall in the Prep-Nerd side of the spectrum. Of course, there are many other considerations affecting the number of types available.
  13. Link: Globe. The Triumvirs. Octavian. Autumn 31-summer 30 BC. AR Denarius (21mm, 3.83g, 12h). Italian (Rome?) mint. Obv: Bare head of Octavian left. Rev: CAESAR - DIVI F; Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm frond. Ref: CRI 407; RIC I 254b; RSC 64. Good Very Fine. Toned, scratches, scuff on obverse, light deposits in the reverse devices, struck slightly off center on an oversized flan. Ex CNG e475 (26 Aug 2020), Lot 538.
  14. For all of you serious minded scholars that might have missed this...
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