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  1. Nice coin! I've got the sestertius version of your type plus a denarius with a Juno reverse: Julia Mamaea, Roman Empire, AR denarius, 225–235 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG; bust of Julia Mamaea, diademed, draped, r. Rev: IVNO AVGVSTAE; Juno, draped, seated l., holding flower in r. hand and object (swathed infant?) in l. hand. 21mm, 2.94g. Ref: RIC IV Severus Alexander 341. Julia Mamaea, Roman Empire, AE sestertius, 222–235 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IVLIA MAM[AEA] AVGVSTA; bust of Julia Mamaea, diademed, draped, r. Rev: VES[T]A; Vesta, draped, standing l., holding palladium in r. hand and sceptre in l. hand. 30mm, 24.40g. Ref: RIC IV Severus Alexander 708.
  2. Compare to this one: Almohad Caliphate in Spain and Northern Africa, anonymous, AR square dirham, c. 1163–1269 AD (558–668 AH), without mint name. Obv: “No God except Allah / It's all for God / No power except God”. Rev: “God is our Lord / Mohammed is our messenger / The Mahdi is before us”. 14mm, 1.40g. Ref: Album 496. Here is the relevant section from Album's Checklist:
  3. Heavily worn reverse dies appear to be quite a common problem in 3rd century antoniniani. I certainly didn't buy the two coins below for the reverses – the portraits appealed to me, though. Otacilia Severa, Roman Empire, antoninian, 246–248 AD, Rome mint. Obv: M OTACIL SEVERA AVG; bust of Otacilia Severa on crescent, diademed, r. Rev: IVNO CONSERVAT; Juno standing l., holding patera nd sceptre. 22mm, 3.45g. RIV IV Philip I 127. Herennia Etruscilla, Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, 249–251 AD, Rome mint. Obv: HER ETRVSCILLA AVG; bust of Herennia Etruscilla, diademed, draped, on crescent, r. Rev: PVDICITIA AVG; Pudicitia, draped, veiled, standing l., drawing veil with r. hand, holding sceptre in l. hand. 22mm, 4.13g. Ref: RIC IV Trajan Decius 58.
  4. Before: After: Elagabalus, Roman Empire, AR denarius, 218–222 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG; bust of Elagabalus, horned, draped and laureate, r. Rev: SACERD DEI SOLIS ELAGAB; Elagabalus, in Syrian priestly robes, standing right, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lighted altar, holding upright club in left hand; star in r. field. 18mm, 2.13g. Ref: RIC IV Elagabalus 131. Next: another before/after cleaning result
  5. I generally agree. Raffler's coin is much better centered and more evenly struck than mine, but it has more wear and slightly rougher surfaces. The relative importance of these point is in the eye of the individual beholder, but in my opinion, the two coins come down to being more or less equally attractive.
  6. It's crazy how prices for these have gone up in recent years. In 2019, mine hammered for €175 at Artemide, which I consider a fairly reputable dealer. Back then, I thought of this as a good but not exceptionally low price. Today, it would be a steal. Roman Republic, Imperatorial Coinage, Julius Caesar, AR denarius, 49–48 BC, military mint moving with Caesar. Obv: [CA]ESAR; elephant walking r., trampling snake. Rev: priestly implements: culullus, aspergillum, axe, apex. 20mm, 3.70g. Ref: RRC 443/1. But concerning OP's question: if I were you, I'd consider a strategy of continuously placing low-ball bids at auctions and hoping that one will eventually come through. It might take some time and patience, but you might be able to get a nice example for under retail. Since Caesar's elephant denarii are quite common, there are always a couple of listings on biddr etc.
  7. I took this picture of my collection of ancient Greek and "Eastern" silver coins in late 2021. Since then, five additional coins have joined the pile, and one of the Persian sigloi found a new home:
  8. Happy birthday, @Furryfrog02! I hope you celebrate this day properly, and I wish you all the best for the many trips around sol that are yet to come. Constantine I, Roman Empire, AE3, 312–313 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG; bust of Constantine I, laureate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: SOLI INVICTO COMITI; Sol, chlamys hanging behind, standing l., raising r. hand and holding up globe in l. hand. 20mm, 2.96g. Ref: RIC VI Rom 323a. Ex AMCC 2, lot 244. Caria, Rhodes, AR plintophoric drachm, 88–84 BC, magistrate: Nikephoros. Obv: head of Helios, radiate, r. Rev: NIKHΦOPOΣ; rosebud and ethnic R-O in incuse; in field l., hand holding grain ear. 14mm, 2.81g. Ref: Jenkins, Rhodian, Group E, 249; HGC 6, 1461.
  9. Thie insect on this reverse (right of Athena's forehead) is usually described as a fly but might actually be a cicada: Mysia, Lampsakos, diobol, ca. 400–300 BC. Obv: Janiform female heads. Rev: Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet, ΛΑΜ around, fly right. 10mm, 1.2g. Ref: SNG France 1190; Baldwin 1924, group B, type I,19. Next: more unusual critters
  10. Roman Provinces: Egypt, Alexandria, under Maximian, AE tetradrachm, 288–289 AD. Obv: A K M A OYA MAΞIMIANOC CEB; bust of Maximian, laureate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: Alexandria standing l., holding bust of Serapis and long sceptre; date: L Δ. 18mm, 7.18g. Ref: Emmett 4093. Next: more of the same
  11. That gave me a good laugh! Roman Republic, anonymous issue ("staff and club series"), AE semis, 208 BC, mint in Etruria (?). Obv: laureate head of Saturn r.; behind, S. Rev: prow r., above, S and horizontal staff; in exergue, ROMA. 28mm, 19.86g. Ref: RRC 106/5 var (position of staff).
  12. We didn't have the less mythologically interesting Tatius type with the biga reverse yet: Roman Republic, moneyer: L. Titurius L. f. Sabinus, AR denarius, 89 BC, Rome mint. Obv: SABIN; head of king Titus Tatius r.. Rev: L. TITVRI; Victory in biga r., holding reins in l. hand and wreath in r. hand; in exergue, control-mark (branch). 18mm, 3.84g. Ref: RRC 344/3. And here is my Tarpeia: Roman Republic, moneyer: L. Titurius L. f. Sabinus, AR denarius, 89 BC, Rome mint. Obv: SABIN APV; head of king Titus Tatius r., branch before. Rev: L. TITVRI; Tarpeia seated, arms raised, being crushed with shields by two soldiers; above, star in crescent. 18mm, 3.78g. Ref: RRC 344/2c.
  13. Nice find and a write-up that adds a lot of historical context! I bought mine for the whopping sum of 3€ in 2018. A bargain bin find that might well be the ugliest coin that I own. As far as I can see, it is Kroll 46, too: Attica, Athens, AE 13, ca. 322–307 BC. Obv: head of Athena with Attic helmet r. Rev: two owls standing on thunderbolt; below, ethnic AΘE; all in olive wreath. 13mm, 2.10g. Ref: SNG Copenhagen 92–93; Kroll 46.
  14. Geta, Roman Empire, denarius, 200–202 AD, Rome mint. Obv: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT; bust of Geta, bare-headed, draped, r. Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTUTIS; Geta, holding baton and sceptre, standing l. next to trophy r. 18mm, 3.40g. Ref: RIC IV Geta 18. Next: Caracalla
  15. And another small and square bracteate, this time an episcopal issue from Basel. This recent acquisition was a chance purchase. I already had a slightly different type struck by Bishop Johann II Senn von Münsingen (posted below), but I'm not above adding variants to my medieval collection. Prince-Bishopric of Basel, under Johann II Senn von Münsingen, AR bracteate ("vierzipfliger Pfennig"), 1335–1365 AD. Obv: head of a bishop wearing mitre l., pellet above; crosier to l.. Rev: incuse design (bracteate). 17mm, 0.20g. Ref: Wielandt: Basler Münzprägung (1971), 111; HMZ 1–252; Slg. Wüthrich 26; Slg. Bonhoff 1769; Berger –. Prince-Bishopric of Basel, under Johann II Senn von Münsingen, AR bracteate ("vierzipfliger Pfennig"), 1335–1365 AD. Obv: head of a bishop wearing mitre (three pellets at each side) left, between B-A, ring above. Rev: incuse design (bracteate). 17–20mm, 0.33g. Ref: Wielandt: Basler Münzprägung (1971), 117; HMZ 1–255; Slg. Wüthrich 31; Slg. Bonhoff 1771; Berger 2415–6.
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