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Pontos, Neokaisareia. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. AE 29mm (14.60 gm). Dated CY 142 (205/6 AD).
Obv.: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: Cult image of uncertain deity on tall base within tetrastyle temple; pellet in pediment. RG 147 var. (rev. legend); SNG Hunterian 1154 (same obv. die); SNG von Aulock 100 (same obv. die). VF.

Next....>29mm provincial, any ruler

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Commagenian Kingdom. Antiochus IV Epiphanes, AD 38-72. Æ 29mm (14.36g, 12h). Obv: Diademed head right. Rev: Scorpion seen from above, diadem before, coronate border. Ref: RPC 3852. About Very Fine, dark patina. Ex Warren Esty, June 2019.


Next: Another Antiochus.

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1 day > something completely different


MYSIA. Pergamon.
Cistophor (Circa 166-67 BC).

Obv: Cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy wreath.
Rev: Bowcase between two serpents.
Controls: Civic monogram to left, stylis (ship's mast) to right.
AR, 12.56g, 30mm
Ref.: Kleiner & Noe Series 15; SNG Copenhagen 406.


Next: serpent, snake


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5 minutes ago, shanxi said:

Next: serpent, snake


L. Procilius L.F., Denarius - Rome mint, 80 BC
Laureate head of Jupiter right, S . C behind
Juno Sospita right holding spear and shield. A snake at her feet. L . PROC[ILI/F] behind
3.77 gr
Ref : RCV # 306, RSC, Procilia # 1


Funny how the shield looks like a guitar or violin.

Next : a feature looking much different than what it's supposed to be, preferably a music instrument


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10 minutes ago, Qcumbor said:

Next : a feature looking much different than what it's supposed to be, preferably a music instrument


A very rare variant of the more common Hercules leaning on club type....Two recorded specimens known the other owned by @ambr0zie..


Gordian III AR Antoninianus 23mm/4.28gr Toned..
Ob...IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, radiate draped bust right
Rev..VIRTVTI AVGVSTI, Hercules standing right having just finished a clarinet solo, in front underwear thrown by the ecstatic crowd.
Rome mint: AD 241-243 (9th, 10th, and 11th Issues, 4th Officina) RIC 95, RSC 404

Next ...Same theme

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On a serious theme, these coins are strange, @Spaniard (I mean the 2 coins with the clarinet solo)

Initially I thought the punk rock depiction of Hercules is something caused by an eccentric die engraver so I concluded these are double die matches without checking more than 2 seconds. But checking properly, I think only the obverses are die matches. Hercules' posture is different - check the legs


My assumption is that these were from different concerts.


Now to fulfill the request - I do not have other coins with unexpected musical instruments, but I have an interesting Julia Domna. On the reverse Domna is clearly depicted, conducting an orchestra with a baton. Seated because the concert was long.



Julia Domna. Augusta AD 193-217. Rome

Denarius AR

18 mm, 2,68 g

RIC IV Caracalla 381 (denarius) S

Date: AD 211

Obv: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, Bust of Julia Domna, hair elaborately waved in ridges and turned up low at the back, draped, right / Rev: MAT AVGG MAT SEN M PATR, Julia Domna, draped, seated left, holding baton in extended right hand and conducting orchestra


Next theme - same - a coin where the action looks differently than what it should represent.

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If I had the proper age, time and energy I would test this. 20 years ago I was very surprised seeing (or hearing) trumpets in rock/ska/metal but actually the trumpet blends properly... if used properly. And it was just a joke because on my coin and @Spaniard's the hairstyle of Heracles looks punk.

I have nothing against these musical genres - in fact I played for years and I still wear long(ish) hair, even if some people think I am a priest (or other social and professional categories)

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39 minutes ago, ambr0zie said:

Next theme - same - a coin where the action looks differently than what it should represent.

Theodosius I, AD 379-395.
Roman AE half centenionalis, 0.86 g, 12.8 mm.
Dagobah, AD 388-392.
Obv: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
Rev: SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Princess Leia advancing left, raising right arm and dragging R2-D2, Admiral Ackbar's ship above, Christogram in left field.

Next: More Theodosius I.

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Hi All,


Fourth Period: 9 Aug 378 - 25 Aug 383 CE

Size: 13x15 mm
Weight: 1.62 g
Axis: 04:00
Ref: RIC IX, Alexandria, 13c (OFF Γ)
Broucheion Collection R-2017-09-20.002

Obv: Theodosius I diademed and cuirassed bust facing right. Legend: DNTHEODO - SIVSPFAVG. Solid border.
Rev: VOT / X / MULT / XX within wreath (backwards "L" in MVLT). In exergue: ALEΓ. Solid border.

Note: Reverse, backwards "L" in MVLT; see footnote in RIC for 13c (Pearce).

Next: A coin with a backwards letter or letters.

- Broucheion

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Mysia. Kyzikos 7 mm 0.27 g
AR Obol/Hemiobol 480-400 BC. Forepart of boar right, behind, a tunny fish upwards / Head of lion left, mouth open, retrograde K above, all within incuse square. BMC Mysia, 123.


Next - boar


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A very small AE with a boar



Mysia, Pergamon
AE9, c. 300 BC
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo? right
Rev.: ΠΕΡΓ, boar´s head right, symbol above, triskeles below
AE, 0.92g, 9.2mm
Ref.: ???

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"Cute" is subjective but I find this one very cute because of the good details of the animals + oblong flan + very small size


Mysia. Kyzikos circa 525-475 BC (other sources - 450 or 480-400 BC)
Tetartemorion AR
8 mm, 0,18 g
Forepart of boar left, tunny to right / Head of roaring lion left, star to upper left, all within incuse square.
Von Fritze II 14; SNG France 375.

Next -lion roaring

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11 minutes ago, ambr0zie said:

Next -lion roaring


Shahis of Ohind AE Jital of Vakka Deva around 870 AD

Diameter 18mm and 1.9 grams.

Obv. Elephant facing left with the name "Sri Vakka Deva" above in Nagari.

Rev. Lion to the right roaring, tongue out and one front paw raised. Diamond symbol in the rump.

Next...An animal as the main depiction on both sides of the coin.

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Sangam era Cholas, some sources say from the reign of Karikala Chola from the early 2nd century AD. This coin features a tiger with pelleted circles, and an elephant with religious symbols above. Possibly a riverbed find. 
0.84 g.


Next- your extremely niche coin.

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In the absence of another theme, I'll go with another niche coin, the niche being the particularities of the empress's hairstyle.

Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 26.73 g, 32.2 mm, 11 h.
Rome, late AD 161 – early 163.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right; Beckmann Type 8 hairstyle.
Rev: IVNONI REGINAE S C, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter, peacock at feet.
Refs: RIC 1651; BMC 921; Cohen 142; RCV 5277; MIR 19-6/10a,b.
Notes: Obverse die match to BMCRE 921. Heritage Select Auction 232238, lot
64276, 21 September 2022.

Next: Juno.

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Salonina AD 254-268. From the Tareq Hani collection. Antioch
Billon Antoninianus
20 mm, 3,74 g
Date Range: AD 260 - AD 268
Bust of Salonina, diademed, draped, right, on crescent
Juno, draped, standing left, holding patera in right hand and sceptre in left hand; at her feet, peacock
RIC V Salonina (2) 92

Next - Salonina

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c. 259 - 260 A.D.
Billon antoninianus, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint
Obv.: SALONINA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in ridges and in plait looped below ear up the back of head, crescent behind shoulders
Rev.: DEAE SEGETIAE, statue of goddess Segetia standing facing in tetrastyle temple, nimbate, crescent on her head, both hands raised
Billon, 3.97g, 20.8mm, 0°
Ref.: Göbl MIR 902c, RSC IV 36, RIC V-1m p.108, 5, Hunter 21, Cunetio 731, Elmer 96, SRCV III 10631


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Tyche in a temple.

Faustina Jr Antiochia ad Cragum Tyche in temple.jpg
Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman Provincial Æ 20.2 mm, 6.93 g, 7 h.
Cilicia Trachea, Antiochia ad Cragum, AD 147-161.
Obv: ΦΑΥϹΤЄΙ-Ν-ΑN ϹЄΒΑ, bare-headed and draped bust right; early coiffure.
Rev: AΝΤ-ΙΟ-ΧЄ-ΩΝ Τ-ΗϹ ΠΑΡ, temple with four columns and rounded pediment enclosing statue of turreted Tyche seated, left, holding rudder and cornucopia.
Refs: RPC IV.3 9909 (temporary); Levante, Antiocheia 10-12; SNG Cop 67.

Coin from a city named Antioch, but NOT Antioch on the Orontes.

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Caria, Antiochia ad Maeandrum
AE 35
Obv.: ΑΥ Κ Π ΓΑΛΛΙΗΝΟΣ, Radiate, helmeted, and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield.
Rev.: ΑΝΤΙΟΧΕΩΝ, Bridge spanning the Maeandrus river; gateway to bridge to left, surmounted by stork standing right; on parapet, river-god Maeandrus reclining left, holding reed and cornucopia.
AE, 22.11g, 35.4mm
Ref.: SNG von Aulock 2430


Next: Caria

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