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  1. That is a great type made after the battle of Ipsus utilizing those elephants. Apamea was certainly the hub for the elephantarchs. All of these pieces tie together nicely. Seleucus I Apamea on the Axios 300 to 281 BC Obvs: Elephant right, dotted border. Revs: BAΣIΛIEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, bridled & horned horse head left. Horizontal anchor below. AE 19x20mm, 8.57g SC 35; HGC 9, 79(R1)
  2. Maybe some of you knew, but I had no idea Dionysus was associated with a turban. My latest came with a bit of a surprise. After doing some research, I found every example of this type listed was using an old attribution. The coin is from the reign of Seleucus I. And until fairly recently the attribution was changed upon finding an excellent example of the type. The old attribution was male figure seated on rock. Pretty plain description, but safe as no one concretely knew who it was. Then came this amazing example from the collection of Petr Vesely. Which shows a much clearer obverse and what appears to be a turban on his head. Some sleuthing from Lossif and Lorber were able to identify the man as Dionysus. Apparently he is credited with the conquest of India. Seleucus being a general of Alexander, this makes sense. Also depicted is an elephant, which he recieved around 500 of them from Chandragupta Maurya. This would make him the patron of the Seleucid elephant corps. The new attribution also changed the mint from Antioch on the Orontes to Apamea. From Wikipedia Black-figure skyphos. Dionysus with a turban among female musicians. Ritsona, 520-500 BC. Archaeological Museum of Thebes. My win with some over zealous cleaning on the obverse. Seleucus I Nicator Apamea 300 to 281 BC Obvs:Turbaned bearded Dionysus seated left on rock holding ancus (elephant goad) in hand. Dotted border. Revs: BAΣIΛIEΩΣ above ΣEΛEYKOY below, horned elephant head right. Ξ in exergue, dotted border. AE 17x18mm, 6.21g SC C25; HGC 9, 78(R2) Feel free to post reattributed coins or something related.
  3. That's a nice example. Definitely in the wrong category, good find. John IV Mint: Trebizond 1446 to 1458 AD AR Asper Obvs: Λ in circle. St. Eugene on horseback right nimbate, holding cross-scepter. In upper field right ИH. Revs: John on horseback right wearing stemma with pendilia and loros, holding trefoil scepter. Trefoil beneath horse. B to right of horse. 13x14mm, 0.54g Sear 2642; Retowski 2
  4. Civic issue of Nicomedia Nicomedia mint Obvs: DEAE SANC CERERI, veiled and draped bust of Ceres left, holding grain ear and poppy in raised right hand. Revs: GEN CIVI T NICOM, Fortuna Redux standing facing, head left, holding in right hand rudder set on ground and cradling cornucopia in left arm; OPA. AE 15x16mm, 1.46g Ref: Vagi 2958; Van Heesch 1
  5. I apologize for not writing sooner, I don't have as much time to spend on this forum as I used to. Regarding the control marks if symbols were used, such as a star, I excluded it as a possibility post 310, to follow a pattern of the mint. I can re examine these controls to see if there is more to gleam there. I had to choose a cut off date somewhere. If a future hoard is found, that may give a more precise date, but that is only part of the mystery. For me the purpose of these needed more investigation. I will make a concerted effort to publish in '24. At which time other authors will be able to give criticism or confirmation of my theories.
  6. Time sure flies, a few years since I wrote about that. My considerations for the year 300 were based on 3 factors. The orientation of the officina, Diocletian's ideology, and the need for such a coin to be struck. Based on the orientation, I surmised a possible date range of 299 to 310 to match other coins with that orientation. Being Diocletian's reign was also during this period and his affinity with Jupiter, as witnessed on other coins with his name, made another connection. Thirdly the Olympics occurred 3 times during those years with 300 the only one he attended while emperor. Could 312 be the year "series II" were minted? Possibly of course, but my approach was to eliminate possibilities with evidence at hand. I spent about a year reading about that period and examining as many examples as I could find before coming to a conclusion. All of which can be found in the footnotes.
  7. That is what I have done with Seleucids. There around 2000 entries, I stopped when my 2nd child was born but I will pick it up again. How do you plan to access the data? SQL commands are very useful and not very complex. I assume you want to search queries like all coins minted in *..... In that case a relational database is the way to go. John is right, importing the data will be a large effort.
  8. Alba Julia/Ai Khanoum Antiochus I Mint: Ai Khanoum 281 to 261 BC Obvs: Helmeted head of Athena right, dotted border. Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY, Nike standing left holding wreath with small wings rising above shoulders. AE 19x20mm, 5.45g Ref: SC 452 or 453; HGC 9, 164(R2)/190(R3)
  9. Neat animation! Antiochus VI Mint: Antioch 143/142 BC Obvs: No inscription. Antiochus radiate head right, within dotted border. Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIФANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, Elephant walking left. Cornucopia behind, ΣTA AE Serrate 22x23mm, 8.45g SC 2006a; HGC 9, 1043(C) Antiochus VI Mint: Uncertain mint, probably in Northern Syria Denomination C 144 to 142 BC Obvs: Forepart of panther right. Dotted border. Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠIФANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY, in four lines within ivy wreath. AE 17x18mm, 4.20g SC 2019; HGC 9, 1050(R3) Tryphon, Diodotus Mint: Antioch 142 to 138 BC Obvs: Head of Tryphon right diademed. Revs: BAΣΙΛEΩΣ TPYФΩNOΣ AYTOKPATOPOΣ, Spiked Macedonian helmet. AE 18mm, 4.9g Ref: SC 2034.1; HGC 9, 1061(S) Demetrios II, first reign Mint: Probably Seleucia in Pieria 145 to 143 BC Obvs: Diademed head of Demetrios II right within dotted border. Revs: BAΣΙΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY in two lines on right, NIKATOPEΣ on left. Anchor flukes upward, rose, flower, or lily lower left. AR Drachm 15mm, 4.02g Ref: SC 1927.1; HGC 9, 982(R2) Antiochus VII Mint: Antioch Year 174, 139 to 138 BC Obvs: Prow right surmounted by pilei of Dioscuri, dotted border. Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EYEPГETOY, Trident ornamented with dolphins facing downward on each side. Δo P flanking trident. AE 22mm, 11.2g. Ref: SC -; HGC 9, - Note: Unpublished with date Δo P instead of Δ oP; lack of symbols or controls.
  10. Went looking for it in DO, but it's not in there haha. I believe it to be a scarce year 626/7. Interesting find. Don't have a Carthage, but did find this in a lot. A contacted Sear and he replied "coin is indeed yr 29 and that IϚ is a transposed 7". Meaning it's an unpublished year 29 from Constantinople.
  11. A lot of good looking coins in this post. I don't have a count of total Seleucids, but I managed to obtain 32 different rulers and coins from 37 mints. @Sulla80 that's one of the nicest obverses for a Tryphon I've seen. My latest. Need to make my own photo, not as rough in hand. Antiochos IX Eusebes Philopator. Uncertain mint 121, probably in Syria. 96-95 BC. Radiate and beardless head to right / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ, Athena standing facing, head to left, holding long palm and grounded shield and spear; H in inner left field, all within wreath. SC 2377; HGC 9, 1259
  12. Romanus I 931 to 945 AD Mint: Constantinople AR Miliaresion Obvs: IhSЧS XRIStЧS nICA, Cross potent on three steps with cross beneath. At center oval medallion of Romanus, RW left and MA right. Revs: +ROMANO CONSTANt StЄFAnOS CЄCONSTA ЄnWbR in five lines. 23mm, 2.85g Ref: Sear 1755
  13. Constantine X 1059 to 1067 AD AE Follis, Constantinople Obvs: +ЄMMANOVHΛ IC XC, Christ raising hand in benediction. Revs: +KωN T ΔK ЄVΔK AVΓO, Constantine bearded wearing crown and loros with cross and akakia. 29mm, 9.1g Sear 1854
  14. We can only date the Antioch issues (including SMA), the other 2 mints are of unknown date. I attributed both Antioch issues to the Olympics, Jupiter to 300 and Tyche to 312. Still awaiting publication however. Nicomedia is really an oddball. I'm still working on it as well as the Alexandrian issues. BTW the bottom left coin on your infografic is mine.
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