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  1. Yep! I remember now. Didn't we find a few other people who had the same obverse? Here's mine-- old photo. MOESIA INFERIOR. Nicopolis ad Istrum. Elagabalus (218-222) AE. 26 mm, 11.1 gm Obv: AYT K M AYP ANTΩNEINOC. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: VΠ NOBIOV POVΦOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPON. River-god reclining right, holding branch; prow at side. Varbanov 4055. ex Falter Collection, Nature Gods We noted at least 5 or 6 different reverses for this one obverse die. One of the many coins acquired but not yet shown includes an interesting twist on the shared die phenomenon-- coins struck in different cities but with a common obverse die! There are some interesting articles about it, including a very ambitious map showing the linkages. I was digging into that aspect of provincial coins for a writeup of a very cool coin but got so bogged down that I never finished and never posted it. There were just so many interesting things about the coin that I couldn't bring it together into a coherent writeup, and then life intervened. Hopefully I'll get back to it at some point.
  2. Wow, I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy now. Thanks, everyone 🥰. Actually, @Severus Alexander first called it that and I just ran with it 😄. I've lost track-- which coin is that? I should remember because I get a kick out of that sort of thing...
  3. Hi VK, and thanks for thinking of me! I keep up with a few folks by PM but just haven't had time to browse the board like I did in the "good ol' days". I'm busy from long before dawn until I fall into bed... taking car of my mom, her dog, trying to build a house... coins have by necessity taken a back seat. I am still collecting but haven't added much in the last year or two, but I have picked up a few fabulous provincials that deserve some limelight if I ever get the time. Hopefully once the house is done and we're settled (first part of next year?) I can get back to coins. Planning a nice study in the new house were I can leisurely (ha!) look at coin books and get back into the social aspect of collection :). Hope all's well with you and all the old (and new!) gang.
  4. Yay!! So glad it showed up. If you post your 2021 Top Ten, maybe I'll finally finish mine :D. I haven't been buying a ton of coins in the last year or two but I also haven't showed the ones I did buy. 🥴 Here's a 2021 that will probably make the list. It's a provincial-- not surprising 😄 -- but it's an architectural coin and I usually either leave those for the specialist collectors or grossly underbid. The city gate is wonderfully detailed and the portrait of Poseidon compelling (looks like he just arose from the sea, hair and beard still dripping 😆) Not a common coin, either... looks like 2 other inferior examples in ACsearch and four in RPC. THRACE, Bizya Pseudoautonomous, time of Antoninus Pius (138-161 CE) AE 21 mm, 4.64 gm Obv: Draped and bearded bust of Poseidon right Rev: ΒΙΖVΗΝΩΝ. Monumental city gate: wall section with closed gate between two round towers; upper wall decorated with gallery of arches; on top, quadriga right Ref: RPC IV.1 online 9314 (4 specimens)
  5. rAmen, fellow Pastafarians! I nabbed an ancient coin that obviously depicts His Noodly Appendages: CELTIC BRITAIN, Dobunni tribe. Eisu. Circa CE 20-43; AR unit. 1.1 gm. 13 mm. Stylized head right, pellet triads for hair, pellet in ring for eye / Triple tailed annulet horse Flying Spaghetti Monster. S. 382. ABC 2081. ex Dr. Cedric S. Raine Collection
  6. ParTAY! (And by party I mean I'm going to eat some ice cream and go to bed early 🤣) Here's a Big Mac(edonian shield)... KINGS OF MACEDON, Antigonos II Gonatas277/6-239 BCE, struck after 270 BCE, Amphipolis mintAR tetradrachm, 31mm, 17.06 gObv: head of Pan in center of Macedonian shield, lagobolon over shoulder; shield decorated with stars within crescentsRev: BASILEWS ANTIGONOU, Athena Alkidemos walking left, brandishing thunderbolt and shield; helmet left, EMP monogram rightRef: SNGCop 1200v, EMP (maybe); R. Martin, "A Third-Century B.C. Hoard from Thessaly at the ANS," ANSMN 26, 536 (same obv. die).ex Demetrios Armounta Collection
  7. Hi guys!! Looking forward to this new forum :). Thanks for starting it, @Restitutor! Super coin, Phil-- love that pedigree too. Here's a fourree version that is quite nice. In recent times someone filed the edge giving a nice peek at the layers. Roman Republic, Lucius Aurelius Cotta 105 BCE Fourree AR serrate denarius, 20 mm, 3.8 gm Obv: draped bust of Vulcan right, wearing laureate pileus; tongs and star behind; all within wreath and dotted border Rev: eagle standing on thunderbolt, head left; L·COT below, V to right; all within laurel wreath and dotted border Ref: c.f. Crawford 314/1c; Sydenham 577a; Aurelia 21b formerly slabbed, NGC ChVF, 5/5 strike, 3/5 surface
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