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Æ 22 mm, 6,37 g
Pontic Kingdom, Amisos. Mithradates VI. 120-63 B.C, local civic issue of common type under Mithradates VI. 100-85 B.C. Facing Gorgonion as boss of fleece (aegis)-covered, octagonal shield / AMI-ΣOY, ethnic across fields divided by Nike, walking right, holding wreath and palm-branch; monograms in lower fields. SNG Cop.167 var; SNG BM Black Sea 1177-91; HGC 7,

Next - Amisos, but not the Perseus and Medusa reverse.

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15 minutes ago, ambr0zie said:

Next - Amisos, but not the Perseus and Medusa reverse.


Pontos, Amisos, AR Siglos (5.54g, 19mm, 3h), 4th century BC

Obv: Draped bust of Hera left, wearing turreted stephanos

Rev: Owl standing facing with spread wings; H ΓH across fields; ΠEIPA below

Ref: SNG Stancomb 661 (this coin); cf. SNG BM Black Sea 1071; HGC 7, 229

From the William Stancomb Collection; this coin published in Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Great Britain, Volume XI, The William Stancomb Collection of Coins of the Black Sea Region (Oxford, 2000).

To see my full "Greek Olympian" set - visit this post at SullaCoins.com where I keep notes on coins, a gallery and references to online sources that I hope are useful to other collectors of ancient coins.

Next: a plate coin OR more silver from Amisos

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Hadrian Drachm

Obv:- AVT KAI TPA ADPIANOC CEB P P VP G, Laureate bust left
Rev:- AMICOV ELEVQEPA-C ETOVC PXE, Demeter standing left holding corn ears & branched staff
Pontos, Amisos. Dated Year 166 of Amisos = 133-134 AD.
References:- cf SGI 1139, cf SNGvA 80. BMC Greek, pg. 22 Pontus 91. J.H. Nordbo, Imperial Silver Coinage of Amisus, 131/2-137/8 AD, Studies...Thomsen, p. 168, Year 166=133/4 AD, specimens 102-113


Next:- A Hadrian Drachm / Tetradrachm

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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: Hadrian from Alexandria; any denomination.
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Egypt, Alexandria Hadrian
117-138 Hemidrachm circa 131-132 (year 16),
Obv.: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r.
Rev. Nike advancing, l., holding wreath and palm-branch; in l. field, LIS.
Æ 28.80 mm., 13.09 g.
Ref.: Dattari-Savio Pl. 86, 1772. RPC 5802.
Ex Hirsch sale 106, 1977, 3209.
Ex Naville Numismatics


Next: Nike

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Sicily, Kamarina
AR litra, 11mm, 0.56g, 9h; c. 461-440/35 BC.
Obv.: Nike flying left; below, swan standing left; all within wreath.
Rev.: KAMAPI-NAION; Athena standing left, holding spear; at her feet, shield
Reference: Westermark & Jenkins series 2C; SNG ANS 1212-6.
Ex: John Anthony
The ancient city of Kamarina was originally founded by Syracuse in the 6th century BC, but destroyed some 50 years later. It was rebuilt in 461 by the Genoans, under the Olympic charioteer Psaumis. Kamarina takes its place in the annals of weird history with the following episode. The people were plagued by a mysterious disease, which was widely thought to originate in the swamp north of the city. It was suggested that the swamp be drained, but the city’s oracle advised against it, as the swamp protected the city from invaders. The inhabitants rejected the oracle’s advice, drained the swamp, and were immediately invaded and exterminated by the Carthaginians.

Here is a litra minted during the safe, swampy days of the 5th century, with lovely detail all around and what they call a “find patina,” that is, only lightly cleaned and darkly toned.

Next:  Athena - full body

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Thessaly, Thessalian League (under Roman Republic from 146 BCE, Province of Macedonia). Mid-late 1st century BCE, AR Stater ( = Double Victoriatus* = 1.5 denarius), Magistrates Italos and Diokles. Obv. Head of Zeus right, wearing oak wreath, [ITAΛOY] [behind head, off flan] / Rev. Helmeted Athena Itonia advancing right, holding shield with left hand and preparing to hurl spear with right hand; vertical legend ΘΕΣΣΑ-ΛΩN to left and right of Athena; ΔIO-KΛHΣ above spear, N-I across field. BCD** Thessaly II 874.4 [CNG, The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly, Triton XV Auction, Jan. 3, 2012, Lot 874.4 (this coin)]; HGC 4, 210 [Hoover, Oliver, Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: . . . Thessaly . . . ., Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series,Vol. 4 (2014)]; McClean II 4797-4798 [Grose, S., Catalogue of the McClean Collection of Greek Coins, Fitzwilliam Museum, Vol. II, The Greek Mainland, the Aegean islands, Crete (Cambridge, 1926)]. 20 mm., 6.09 g., 12 h. [According to BCD: From Hoard found Dec. 1996, West of Karditsa,Thessaly, Greece.]


Next, more from the Thessalian League.

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1 hour ago, DonnaML said:

Next: more from the Thessalian League.

Thessaly, Thessalian League, Mid-late 2nd century BC, AR Drachm (4.24g), Her– and Heg–, magistrates

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right; HP monogram to left

Rev: ΘEΣΣA-ΛΩN, Athena Itonia right; HΓ monogram to inner right.

Ref: BCD Thessaly II 836; BMC 42; McClean 4968



Next: another Greek city "League"

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Asia Minor, Lykian League
Ar Hemidrachm
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo right.
Rev.: M-A, Lyre; tripod to right; all within incuse square.
Ag, 1.62g, 16mm
Ref.: RPC 3310, Troxell Period IV, Series 6


Next: Apollo

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Probus (276-282)
Antoninianus, Rome
Obv.: IMP PROBVS AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle.
Rev.: SOLI INVICTO, R /crescent and star/ E in ex, Sol driving quadriga left, raising hand, holding globe and whip
4.43g, 22.4mm
Ref.: RIC 202


Next: Probus

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Antoninianus, AD 260–261
Obv.: IMP C FVL QVIETVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing l., holding scales and cornucopiae
Billon, 3.96g, 22.3mm
Ref.: Kamp.: 95.2, RIC: 2


Next : Quietus

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This Usurper did not go quietly...


Roman Imperial
Quietus (Usurper, 260-261).
AR Antoninianus (21mm, 4.55g, 5h).
Antioch mint
Obv: Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust r.
Rev: Fortuna seated l. On wheel, holding cornucopia and rudder; star in l. field.
Ref: RIC V 4; RSC 5.

Next: Carthage

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Oops! Ryro wins!

I've always considered these two coins (and others from the same hoard) as having genuine fundpatina, although I don't know how I could "prove" that.



Next up: An early "anonymous" RR silver coin with a symbol, letter or monogram.

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