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RPC Volume: VI №: 10032 (temporary)
Reign: Elagabalus Persons: Elagabalus (Augustus)
City: Alexandria  Region: Egypt Province: Egypt
Denomination: Tetradrachm Average weight: 12.63 g. Issue: L B = 2 (218/9)
Obverse: Α ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΜΑ ΑΥΡ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟϹ ΕΥϹΕΒ; laureate head of Elagabalus, right
Reverse: L Β; Sarapis bust right, draped and wearing kalathos. 23mm, 11.64g.
Reference: D 4137, Ο 2757, Geissen 2313, E 2952 (2) Specimens: 27

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Elagabalus, AD 218-222.
Roman provincial Æ assarion, 2.36 g, 16.1 mm, 12 h.
Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis, AD 218-222.
Obv: ΑVΤ Κ Μ ΑVΡ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟC, laureate head, right.
Rev: ΜΑΡΚΙΑΝΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ, Telesphoros standing facing, wearing hooded cloak.
Refs: AMNG I 910; Varbanov 1421-22; Moushmov 652; SNG Budapest 191.
 
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28 mm, 11,42 g.
Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis. Septimius Severus, with Julia Domna 193-211 AD. Pentassarion Æ. 210-211. Flavius Ulpianus, legatus consularis. AV K Λ CEΠ CEYHΡOC IOYΛIA ΔOMNA CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus and draped bust of Julia Domna facing one another / ΥΦΛ ΟΥΛΠΙΑΝΟΥ ΜΑΡΚΙΑΝΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia; Є (mark of value) to left.
H&J, Marcianopolis 6.15.35.4; AMNG I 601; Varbanov 868; Moushmov 411.

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Moesia, Istrus, 450-300 BC. 1/4 Drachm AR 11mm, 1.3 grams. Two male heads facing, the left inverted / Lettering above sea eagle left on dolphin, letter A beneath dolphin

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Interesting request. Here's an odd one from Lesbos. Some sources say the confronted boar's heads form to make a frontal panther face, but I think it looks like frontal boar.

Uncertain Mint, Lesbos

500-450 BC
Billion 1/10 Stater (10mm, 1.18g)
O: Two boar's heads confronted, creating the illusion of a single boar head facing.
R: Incuse square.
SNG von Aulock 7712; SNG Munchen 645; Sear 3488
ex Forvm Ancient Coins

An unusual little coin from the island of Lesbos off the coast of Asia Minor. The very inventive 6th century BC engraver of this die has created an illusion which is quite 'outside the box' for an ancient coin, as the two confronted boar's heads can also be seen as a single facing boar. And how cool is that?

Next: let's do that one again

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Triskeles have always struck me as downright bizarre nightmare fodder:

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Pampylia - Aspendos - Triskele AR Stater, 20 MM, 10.89 gr,

465-430 BC

Obv: naked warrior walking right holding sword and shield. Rev: triskele in incuse square. 10.57 grams. Fair; banker cut to reverse. [No Reserve]

Provenance

Literature Cf. SNG France 3/12; Aulock 4483. purchased from All About Coins SLC, Jan 2023

 Next: other strange things on ancient coins

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Another boar's head/forepart Roman-Etruscan As...

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Etruria, Tarquinii. AE Aes Grave As (295.21 g), ca. 275 BC. Forepart of boar left. Reverse: Spearhead. ICC 121; HN Italy 215. Extremely Rare. Green and brown patina. Very Fine.
Ex Julio Bellescio Collection, purchased between 1980 and 1990. From Ira and Larry Goldberg.

next,  more pigs...

 

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Here's a rather angry-looking sow:

Roman Republic, C. Sulpicius C.f. Galba, AR Serrate Denarius, 106 BCE, Rome Mint. Obv. Jugate heads of Dei Penates left, D•P•P [Dei Penates Publici] beneath heads / Rev. Two soldiers facing each other, holding spears and pointing at sow lying down between them; S above; in exergue: C•SVL•ICI•C•F. [Indication of undertype on right of reverse, causing loss of detail.]  RSC I Sulpicia 1, Crawford 312/1, Sydenham 572, BMCRR Rome 1324, Sear RCV I 189 (ill.)  18.12 mm., 3.83 g. [See Sear RCV I at p. 108: “Crawford’s interpretation of this interesting type seems the most convincing: it refers to Aeneas’ [landing at and founding of] Lavinium (home of the Sulpicia gens) with the Penates, and the subsequent miracle of the great white sow [giving birth to 30 piglets], which foretold the founding of Alba Longa,” where the soil was more fertile, 30 years later.] (Purchased from Marc Breitsprecher, ex Madroosi Collection [Joe Blazick]).
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Next, more jugate heads/busts on a Roman Republican coin.

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Here's one I've posted before, but I like it, so...

Gens: Antia
Moneyer: C. Antius Restio
Coin: Silver Denarius
DEI PENATES - Jugate heads of Dei Penates right
C·ANTIVS·C·F - Hercules walking right, holding trophy and club
Mint: Rome (47 BC)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.90g / 20mm / -
References:
  • RSC 2 (Antia)
  • Sydenham 971
  • Crawford 455/2a
  • BMCRR 4032
  • HCRI 35
Acquisition: Naville Numismatics Online auction NN Live 76 #323 2-Oct-2022

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Next - Heracles/Hercules

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Velia, Lucania

4th-2nd century BC
AE 15 (15mm, 2.91g)
O: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress.
R: Owl standing left on olive sprig, head facing; YEΛH behind.
SNG ANS 1414-15; Di Bello 208; HN Italy 1332; HGC I, 1342
Rare
ex Marcantica

References give a broad date range to this lovely bronze, but I think we can be a little more specific. The fine style, especially of the bust, look much more like late 4th century-ish and leads me to believe this coin should be placed earlier within the period.

Next: Perseus 

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Here's King Perseus of Macedonia on the reverse.

Gens: Aemilia
Moneyer: Paullus A. Lepidus
Coin: Silver Denarius
PAVLLVS·LEPIDVS CONCORDIA - Head of Concordia right, wearing veil and diadem
TER PAVLLVS - Trophy; on right, togate figure of L. Aemilius Paullus; on left, three captives (King Perseus of Macedon and his sons)
Mint: Rome (62 BC)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.91g / - / -
References:
  • RSC 10 (Aemilia)
  • Sydenham 926
  • Crawford 415/1
  • BMCRR Rome 3373-5
  • RBW 1497
Acquisition: Tauler & Fau Online auction Subasta 103 #1293 1-Feb-2022

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Next - another RR denarius.

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11 minutes ago, akeady said:

Next - another RR denarius.

 

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L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus and L. Scribonius Libo, Denarius - Rome mint, 62 BCE
PAVLLUS LEPIDVS CONCORD, diademed and draped bust of concordia right
PVTEAL SCRIBON above and LIBO below the puteal scribonianum, ornamented with garland between two lyres and hammer
3,11 gr - 19/20 mm
Ref : RCV #368, RSC, Aemilia #11

 

Next : Scribonius Libo denarius, with either hammer, anvil or tongs (bonus point for anvil or tongs) 😄 

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OK - here's a tongs - someone was selling one with an anvil in the Cabinet section here before the listings disappeared!

Gens: Scribonia
Moneyer: L. Scribonius Libo
Coin: Silver Denarius
LIBO / BON EVENT - Head of Bonus Eventus right
PVTEAL / SCRIBON - Puteal Scribonianum, decorated with garland and two lyres; at base, tongs
Mint: Rome (62 BC)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.79g / 20mm / 7h
References:
  • RSC 8b (Scribonia)
  • Sydenham 928
  • Crawford 416/1b
Acquisition: HJB Online Store BBS 211 #181 5-Jul-2020

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Next - any Greek coin.

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Macedonian Kingdom, Reign of Perseus

171-170 BC
AR Drachm (15mm, 2.81g)
Uncertain mint in Thessaly
Hermios magistrate.
O: Head of Helios facing 3/4 right, hair loose.
R: Rose with bud on right; I-Ω to either side of stem, EPMIAΣ (magistrate) above.
Price, Larissa p. 241; SNG Keckman 795; Sear 5092
ex Jack H. Beymer

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Julian II. Apostate. (361-363 AD). Æ Follis. (17mm, 2,96g) Antioch. Obv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG. diademed, helmeted and armed bust left. Rev: VOT / X / MVLT / XX. legend in wreath

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TRAJAN AE dupondius. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, radiate bust right, drapery on far shoulder. Reverse - S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S-C; trophy, two shields at base. Cohen 573, RCV 3224. 28mm, 12.0g. Commemorating victory in Dacia...

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Next,  Roman coin relating to Dacia...

 

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This certainly relates to Dacia:

Trajan AR Denarius, AD 113-114, Rome Mint. Obv. Laureate & draped bust right, seen from three-quarters behind; IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI PP / Rev. Trajan’s column, with spiral bands enclosing large dots on face, placed on decorated base with door in center, flanked by two eagles with beaks facing inwards, and surmounted by statue of Trajan standing facing, holding long scepter in left hand [right arm not visible]; SPQR OPTI-MO PRINCIPI. 17.5 mm., 3.06 g., 6 h. RIC II Trajan 293, RSC II Trajan 558 (laureate bust draped but rev. var.: OPTIMO rather than OPTI-MO), BMCRE III Trajan 455 & Pl. 17 No. 2 (laureate bust draped, OPTI-MO); Sear RCV 891 (3rd ed. 1981) [not in Millennium Edition]. Purchased from cgb.fr Internet Auction, 26 April 2022, Lot 95.

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Next, another ancient coin depicting a building or monument that still exists today.

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Here is my favorite coin with an altar 

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30 mm, 13,72 g.
Pontus, Amasia. Geta, as Caesar 198-209. Ӕ. 208-209. Π CЄΠTI ΓЄTAC KЄCAP, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta, right / AΔP CЄY ANT AMACIAC MH NЄ ΠP ΠO / ЄT CH, altar of Zeus Strateus, on the altar a dead bull with its legs up; on the bull, an eagle, standing facing, head left, with wings spread, holding a crown in its beak; tree to left. RG 96.

Next - Geta, provincial coin. 

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Roman Syria. Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Geta. AD 209-211. Billon Tetradrachm (26mm, 12.56g, 6h). Struck circa AD 211-212. Obv: Laureate head right. Rev: Eagle standing facing on ground line, head right, with wings displayed, holding wreath in beak; star above each wing. Ref: McAlee 720; Prieur 213. Good Very Fine. Ex CNG e256 (25 May 2011), Lot 253. Ex Goldberg Pre-Long Beach (30 Jun 2022), Lot 2380.

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Next: Caracalla, Roman Provincial

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Caracalla, 198-217 CE.
Roman Provincial tetrassarion, 14.78 g, 29.6 mm, 1 h.
Thrace, Pautalia, c. 198-205 CE.
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.

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About as youthful as one can get on a coin:

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.* image.png.d5d2d3a4bdb5664b24168873473a239a.png

*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.

Next, another coin showing brothers -- real or mythical.

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A similar type of coin - but issued a little later. 

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18 mm, 2,4 g.
Fausta. Augusta 324-326. Ӕ follis. Nicomedia. 325-326.
FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG, bust of Fausta, waved hair, mantled, right / SALVS REI – PVBLICAE, Fausta, veiled, draped, standing front, head left, holding two children in her arms (Constantine II and Constantius II). Mintmark MNA.
RIC VII Nicomedia 130.

Next - same theme. 

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