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Taras, Calabria

281-276 BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.05g, 10h)
O: Head of Athena facing slightly right, wearing triple crested helmet decorated with Skylla.
R: Herakles standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; club above amphora to left, ΕΥP between legs.
D'Andrea XLI, 1066; D'Andrea Diobols G, 318 (this coin); Vlasto 1437; SNG France 2135; Cote 597; SNG Cop 1004; HN Italy 1062
Very Scarce
From the Frank James collection. ex Spinks; ex Walter Holt; ex Roma Numismatics

D'Andrea Diobols plate coin, Series G, 218.
Facing heads do not occur often on Tarentine coinage, and the Athena with triple-crested helmet motif has always captivated me, so i am very happy to add this scarce type to my collection.

Next: 6th century BC

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Kroisos

circa 560-546 BC. 1/6 Stater (Silver, 11 mm, 1.67 g), Sardes. Confronted foreparts of a lion and a bull. Rev. Two incuse squares, one larger than the other. Berk 25. Rosen 667. SNG Kayhan 1019. Porous, otherwise, very fine. Purchased from Leu Numismatik Dec 2021

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Caracalla Silver Tetradrachm

Obv:- AYT K M A - ANTWNINOC - CEN, Laureate head right
Rev:- DHMARX EX Y PATOCTO D, Eagle standing facing, head right, wings open, wreath in beak, lion walking right between legs
Minted in Hierapolis (modern day Membij). A.D. 215-217 (Prieur)
Reference:- Prieur 926 (18 examples cited)

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Caracalla, AD 198-217.
Roman Provincial tetrassarion, 14.78 g, 29.6 mm, 1 h.
Thrace, Pautalia, c. AD 198-205.
Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, beardless, laureate head of Caracalla, right.
Rev: OYΛΠIAC ΠAV | TAΛIAC. Asklepios cradling serpent-entwined staff, reclining left, head right, on winged, coiled, and bearded Glykon flying right.
Refs: BMC 3.145,34; Ruzicka 612; Varbanov II 5008; Moushmov 4235, Mionnet Suppl. 2, p. 384, 1084; Vaillant n. Gr. 1074.

Next: Pautalia.

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28 minutes ago, maridvnvm said:

Next:- Caracalla

 

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Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus, known as Caracalla

Reign: Caracalla; Mint: Rome; Date: 214 AD
Nominal: Sestertius (Medallion-like); Material: Bimetallic
Diameter: 32mm; 
Weight: 32.71g
Reference: Banti 59; 
Reference: cf. RIC IV Caracalla 525c var. (draped bust)

Obverse: Bust of Caracalla, laureate and cuirassed, right; Inscription: M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG; Translation: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Pius Felix Augustus

Reverse: Caracalla, in military attire, standing right on platform, accompanied by two officers, and haranguing officer and two soldiers, all standing left; behind, vexillum; Inscription: P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P S C; Translation: Pontifex Maximus, Tribunicia Potestate Septima Decima, Imperator Tertium, Consul Quartum, Pater Patriae, Senatus Consultum; Translation: High priest, holder of tribunician power for the 17th time, Imperator for the third time, consul for the fourth time, father of the nation. Decree of the senate

 

Next: Ancient Medaillon...

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1 minute ago, Roman Collector said:

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Caracalla, AD 198-217.
Roman Provincial tetrassarion, 14.78 g, 29.6 mm, 1 h.
Thrace, Pautalia, c. AD 198-205.
Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, beardless, laureate head of Caracalla, right.
Rev: OYΛΠIAC ΠAV | TAΛIAC. Asklepios cradling serpent-entwined staff, reclining left, head right, on winged, coiled, and bearded Glykon flying right.
Refs: BMC 3.145,34; Ruzicka 612; Varbanov II 5008; Moushmov 4235, Mionnet Suppl. 2, p. 384, 1084; Vaillant n. Gr. 1074.

Next: Pautalia.

Argh - I am too late... next Roman Collector says 🙂 

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Pautalia, bonus - also a Caracalla 

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20 mm, 4,6 g,
Thrace, Pautalia. Caracalla 211-217. Ӕ.
AV K MA ANTΩNEI, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / OVΛΠIAC ΠAVTAΛIAC, Omphalos entwined by serpent erect right, set on garlanded altar.
Varbanov 4975 var. (legends).

 

Next - another provincial Caracalla (only to annoy @Prieure de Sion as his magnificent sestertius does not meet this requirement, but I wouldn't be surprise to see another show stopper from him)

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Caracalla AE34 of Antioch, Pisidia. AD 193-211. 26.20 g.

IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

COL CAES ANTIOCH, S-R, Men standing front, head right, 

crescent behind shoulders, holding Nike on globe and 

sceptre, left foot on bucranium, rooster at foot left.

BMC 38; SNG France III, 1173-1174; Paris 94; SNG von Aulock 4933; SNG Fitz. 5126; Lockett 2947; SNG Lewis 1682.

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Next; Geta bronze

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MESOPOTAMIA. Edessa. Septimius Severus, with Caracalla and Geta, 193-211. Ae (bronze, 3.66 g, 20 mm). [...] Laureate head of Septimius to right, facing laureate and draped bust of Caracalla to left. Rev. [..]AVP[..], bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta to right; before, crescent on filleted globe. Lindgren II, 2559; cf. Nomos obolos 17, lot 550; Roma 88, lot 638. Nearly very fine. Extremely rare

Next: brothers on same coin

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Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus and his younger twin Commodus on a coin celebrating their birth.

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Faustina II, 147-175 CE.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 24.65 g, 30.4 mm, 12 h.
Rome, 161 CE.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right (Beckmann Type 5 hairstyle).
Rev: SAECVLI FELICIT SC, draped throne on which there are two infant boys, Antoninus and Commodus, with stars above their heads.
Refs: RIC 1665; BMCRE 936; Cohen 193; RCV 5282; MIR27-6/10a.
Note: Issued to commemorate the birth of Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus and his twin brother, Commodus, in AD 161. See here for a discussion of the type.

Next: Pulvinar.

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The only two pulvinars I have are the denarius and dupondius of the same type as @Roman Collector's sestertius:

Faustina II [Junior] (wife of Marcus Aurelius & daughter of Antoninus Pius), AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 161 AD. Obv. Draped bust right, hair in chignon behind, wearing stephane, FAVSTINA AVGVSTA / Rev. Two infant boys seated on draped throne (pulvinar), each raising an arm towards the other, with hands touching [compass dot between them], SAECVLI FELICIT. RIC III [Marcus Aurelius] 712, RSC II 191 [variety without stars above boys’ heads], Sear RCV II 5260 (ill.), BMCRE IV Marcus Aurelius 139, Dinsdale 005600(a) [Dinsdale, Paul H., The Imperial Coinage of the Middle Antonines: Marcus Aurelius with Lucius Verus and Commodus, Ch. 4, Faustina II - Undated, 158-176 (2020) at p. 57; photo at p. 62 (see http://romanpaulus.x10host.com/Marcus/04 - Faustina II - Undated, 158-176 (med_res).pdf ). 17.5 mm., 3.39 g., 12h.*

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*The two infant boys are Faustina II’s twin sons b. 31 Aug 161 AD: Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus (the older twin, d. 165 AD) and Commodus, the ninth and tenth children of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II.

Faustina II [Junior] (wife of Marcus Aurelius & daughter of Antoninus Pius), AE As or orichalcum Dupondius, Rome Mint, 161 AD. Obv. Draped bust right, hair in chignon behind, FAVSTINA AVGVSTA / Rev. Two infant boys seated on draped throne (pulvinar), each raising an arm towards the other, with hands touching, SAECVLI FELICIT; S - C across fields. RIC III [Marcus Aurelius] 1666, BMCRE IV Marcus Aurelius 991, Cohen 194, RCV II 5302, Dinsdale 006660 [variety without stars above boys’ heads] [Dinsdale, Paul H., The Imperial Coinage of the Middle Antonines: Marcus Aurelius with Lucius Verus and Commodus, Ch. 4, Faustina II - Undated, 158-176 (2020) at p. 69; photo at p. 75 (see http://romanpaulus.x10host.com/Marcus/04%20-%20Faustina%20II%20-%20Undated,%20158-176%20%28med_res%29.pdf )]. 25 mm., 11.5 g. Purchased from Incitatus Coins (Steve McBride), St. Johns, NL, Canada, May 2022.*

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*See footnote to previous coin.

Next, more twins, real or mythological.

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8 hours ago, DonnaML said:

Next, more twins, real or mythological.

 

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Nero Claudius Drusus (Drusus minor), son of Tiberius

Sestertius of the Roman Imperial Period 22/23 AD
Material: AE Bronze; Diameter: 34mm; Weight: 27.24g; Mint: Rome
Reference: RIC I (second edition) Tiberius 42
Provenance: from the famous Lottie and Mark Salton Collection incl. original Collectors Ticket
Provenance: Ex Auction M. Etienne Bourgey, Paris 1923, No. 69.
Provenance: Ex Auction Ars Classica 12, Luzern 1926, No. 2747.

Obverse: Confronted heads of Drusus twin sons Tiberius Gemellus and Germanicus on crossed cornuacopiae, with caduceus between; Reverse: Legend surrounding large S C. The Inscription reads: DRVSVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N PONT TR POT II for Drusus Caesar Tiberii Augusti Filius, Divi Augusti Nepos, Pontifex, Tribunicia Potestate Secunda (Drusus Caesar, son of Augustus Tiberius, grandson of the divine Augustus, [high] priest, holder of tribunician power for the second time).

 

Next: more twins please...

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Twin gods, Artemis and her younger twin Apollo.

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Severus Alexander 222-235 CE.
Roman provincial Æ 24 mm, 9.19 g.
Cilicia, Seleukeia ad Kalykadnon.
Obv: AV K M AVP CEOVH AΛEΞANΔPOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: CEΛEVKEΩN KAΛVΚA-ΔNΩ, confronted, draped, and laureate busts of Apollo and Artemis, c/m: o within Δ within triangular incuse.
Ref: RPC Online VI, 7043 (temporary); Ziegler 474-476; SNG France 2 1009 = RG 4468; SNG Levante 761; SNG Levante Suppl. 195; SNG Pfalz 1056-61; Lindgren III 898. Countermark: Howgego 670.

Next: Countermarked.

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Attica. Athens. Circa 449-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 17.01g, 10h). Mid-mass coinage issue, struck circa 440-430 BC. Obv: Head of Athena right, with frontal eye. Rev: Owl standing right, head facing, closed tail feathers; olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square. Ref: Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. Very Fine, major test cuts on obverse and reverse, countermarks on Athena's cheek.

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7 minutes ago, Edessa said:

Next: Athens.

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Attica Owl, Contemporary imitation

Tetradrachm of the Attica Period 454/404 BC
Material: Silver; Diameter: 22mm; Weight: 16.77g; Mint: imitating Athen
For prototype see: HGC 4, 1597; SNG Copenhagen 31; SNG München 49; Kroll 8
Provenance: Ex Auctiones Numismatics Bern, Switzerland
Provenance: Ex CNG Classical Numismatic Group Lancaster, USA

Obverse: Head of Athena right, wearing earring, necklace with pendants, and crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl; Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left, AΘE to right; all within incuse square.

 

Next: another ancient contemporary imitation... 

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Egypt, Athens Imitative, Silver tetradrachm

Obv:– Head of Athena right, droopy eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and bent-back palmette, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves.
Rev:– ΑΘΕ, right, owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, all within incuse square;
Minted in Egypt from . B.C. 420 - 380.
Reference:– cf. SNG Cop 31 ff., SGCV I 2526 (Athens),

Ex- Forum Ancient Coins. The metal did not fill the die completely on the obverse resulting in the rough flat high area near Athena's temple. A test cut on the reverse was filled with pitch in antiquity.

The silver is quite bright making it relatively tricky to photograph.

From the Harald Ulrik Sverdrup Collection. Ex CNG. From a small hoard of 5 Athenian and 4 Athenian imitative issues.

Comment provided by Forum -
"Athenian tetradrachms with this droopy eye and bent back palmette have been identified as Egyptian imitative issues because they are most frequently found in Egypt and rarely in Greece.

Early in his reign the Egyptian Pharaoh Hakor, who ruled from 393 to 380 B.C., revolted against his overlord, the Persian King Artaxerxes. In 390 B.C. Hakor joined a tripartite alliance with Athens and King Evagoras of Cyprus. Persian attacks on Egypt in 385 and 383 were repulsed by Egyptian soldiers and Greek mercenaries under the command of the Athenian general Chabrias. Perhaps these coins were struck to pay the general and his Greek mercenaries."

17.157g, 25.3mm, 270o

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Next:- A coin with one or more test cuts

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Septimius Severus fouree denarius

Obv:- SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:- RESTITVTOR VRBIS, Roma seated left on shield holding victory and reversed spear
Minted in Rome. A.D. 202-210
Reference:- cf. RIC 288

Sections of core visible at 1 o'clock on the reverse

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11 minutes ago, maridvnvm said:

Next:- Roma seated

 

Lucius Septimius Severus Pertinax
Denarius of the Roman Imperial Period 202/210 AD
Material: Silver; Diameter: 20mm; Weight: 3.35g; Mint: Lugdunum
Reference: RIC IV Septimius Severus 288 (denarius)
Provenance: Ex Stacks & Bowers Numimsmatics USA
Provenance: From the Martineit Family Collection of Ancient and World Coins

Obverse: Head of Septimius Severus, laureate, right. The Inscription reads: SEVERVS PIVS AVG for Severus Pius Augustus; Reverse: Roma, helmeted, draped, seated left on shield, holding palladium in right hand and spear in left hand. The Inscription reads: RESTITVTOR VRBIS for Restitutor Urbis (Restorer of the city (Rome)).
 

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 Next: Ops...

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13 hours and no Ops, it seems. On to something else. How about an Alexandrian tet with a provenance?

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Hadrian, AD 117-138.
Roman provincial billon tetradrachm, 12.76 g, 24.8 mm, 11 h.
Egypt, Alexandria, year 21=AD 136/7.
Obv: ΑVΤ ΚΑΙϹ ΤΡΑ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹЄΒ; laureate head of Hadrian, right, drapery on l. shoulder.
Rev: L ΚΑ; Demeter standing facing, head l., wearing crescent, holding ears of corn and torch.
Refs: RPC III, 6131; BMC 16.71,579; Köln 1209; Dattari 1335; Milne 1519; Emmett 832.
Note: Ex-Clain-Stefanelli.

Next: Demeter.

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