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Nice coin!  The obverse is quite attractive.  What's the reverse like?

Sure.  This coin cost $2,635.01  back on April 10, 2020.  While "pricey" it is a very rare coin and one that links nicely with an area of interest for me, Athenian coinage, from archaic to new style.  

 Lucania, Thurium, tetradrachm (double nomos), 443-400 BC.

15.47 grams

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26 minutes ago, The Pontian said:

@robinjojo would you like to be the first ? No one seems to post their coins ? 😅

 

Well, price can be a touchy subject, and most people may be less likely to share their most expensive coins except with people they know fairly well. Here's a reasonably expensive one, though; Kipunadha, the last Kushan king.1089738693_ANS1682.png.d229619bcf602e84ebaa21ae377b4fc3.png

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Hmm... Tricky one.

My collecting focus - antoninianii - is generally a "budget" area (not to say they can't be expensive, but, for example, collecting high quality sestertii would be considerably more expensive than high quality antoninianii).

I generally buy most of my coins on eBay (and in auction group lots), so I normally pay well below market value if and when I spot a rarity (providing it goes unnoticed!)

My two best scores will have to be my sole reign antoninianus of Vabalathus. Extremely rare, and probably one of the nicest (and heaviest) of the type. I paid around £30 for it on eBay (as a single coin surprisingly). It's not much to look at in my photo, but it's great in hand.

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My other priciest coin would be my VICT GAL AVG antoninianus of Gallienus, with the bust wearing a lion skin on the obverse. This was an eBay group lot buy, and set me back around £20 in total. The only other one I've seen that has come up for sale was in considerably worse condition and was sold by CNG several years ago for around $500, with the lion skin obverse not noted in the description.

 

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I cannot say that this is my priciest but it is up among them

Ar Dekadrachm of Syracuse in the style of Euainetos 400-390 BC Obv. Charioteer driving quadriga left. in exergue cuirass flanked by greaves and a helmet. Rv. Head of Arethusa left surrounded by four dolphins. Gallatin RXIII FVI HGC 1299. 42.65 grms 33 mm Photo by W. Hansen

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The coinage of Syracuse was a major influence in Greek numismatic art beginning during the later stages of the Peloponnesian War (431-404BC)  and throughout the fourth century BC The spread of designs that either copied or were inspired by what was being done at Syracuse is actually quite remarkable.

 

 

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4 hours ago, robinjojo said:

Nice coin!  The obverse is quite attractive.  What's the reverse like?

Sure.  This coin cost $2,635.01  back on April 10, 2020.  While "pricey" it is a very rare coin and one that links nicely with an area of interest for me, Athenian coinage, from archaic to new style.  

 Lucania, Thurium, tetradrachm (double nomos), 443-400 BC.

15.47 grams

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@robinjojoi think your Arethusa Tetradrachm now costs at least 4x-5x of this coin

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9 minutes ago, kapphnwn said:

I cannot say that this is my priciest but it is up among them

Ar Dekadrachm of Syracuse in the style of Euainetos 400-390 BC Obv. Charioteer driving quadriga left. in exergue cuirass flanked by greaves and a helmet. Rv. Head of Arethusa left surrounded by four dolphins. Gallatin RXIII FVI HGC 1299. 42.65 grms 33 mm Photo by W. Hansen

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The coinage of Syracuse was a major influence in Greek numismatic art beginning during the later stages of the Peloponnesian War (431-404BC)  and throughout the fourth century BC The spread of designs that either copied or were inspired by what was being done at Syracuse is actually quite remarkable.

 

 

Absolutely amazing!!!

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This one. In large part because of the pedigree -- back to 1938 when I bought it, and now further back to 1910, from a well-known French collection. I prefer not to be specific about what I paid or what I think it's now worth, but I will say that I paid between 3x and 4x the price of my next-most expensive coin.  I very much doubt that I'll ever spend that much on a single coin again!

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1 hour ago, AncientJoe said:

My most expensive is about 35% more expensive than my second but ultimately only pricey because it's popular, not because it's rare. But, it's an historic and interesting type so I'm happy to own it:

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Obviously an awesome coin! But why don't you consider it "rare"? There's about 100 known examples, which sounds pretty rare to me!

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I'm not yet a "top shelf" collector, but I do splash out occasionally. Here's my two most expensive coins:

1) Alexander the Great gold stater from the Babylon mint. I don't generally collect Greek coins, but sometimes I am tempted by beauty!

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2) Uranius Antoninus - provincial "sestertius" from Emesa (now Homs, Syria), showing the baeytl of Elgabal in the temple (the meteorite that Elagabalus made famous).
The Greek language coins of this obscure ruler included the date in Seleucid calendar years - which firmly places his usurpation around 253/254AD. The coin also confirms the meteorite made its journey back to Emesa after Elagabalus was murdered.

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5 hours ago, Harry G said:

Hmm... Tricky one.

My collecting focus - antoninianii - is generally a "budget" area (not to say they can't be expensive, but, for example, collecting high quality sestertii would be considerably more expensive than high quality antoninianii).

I generally buy most of my coins on eBay (and in auction group lots), so I normally pay well below market value if and when I spot a rarity (providing it goes unnoticed!)

My two best scores will have to be my sole reign antoninianus of Vabalathus. Extremely rare, and probably one of the nicest (and heaviest) of the type. I paid around £30 for it on eBay (as a single coin surprisingly). It's not much to look at in my photo, but it's great in hand.

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My other priciest coin would be my VICT GAL AVG antoninianus of Gallienus, with the bust wearing a lion skin on the obverse. This was an eBay group lot buy, and set me back around £20 in total. The only other one I've seen that has come up for sale was in considerably worse condition and was sold by CNG several years ago for around $500, with the lion skin obverse not noted in the description.

 

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Hell yes -those are great scores! And it does show that eBay is still a good venue to find treasures (if you have the perseverance!)

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20 minutes ago, GregH said:

Obviously an awesome coin! But why don't you consider it "rare"? There's about 100 known examples, which sounds pretty rare to me!

Thanks! It's all relative with ancients: the type comes up every couple years whereas many coins may only surface every 20+ years, with <10 known. The threshold for rarity in general with ancients is very high and, relative to other coins in the Republican and Imperatorial series, the Eid Mar is "available".

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4 minutes ago, AncientJoe said:

Thanks! It's all relative with ancients: the type comes up every couple years whereas many coins may only surface every 20+ years, with <10 known. The threshold for rarity in general with ancients is very high and, relative to other coins in the Republican and Imperatorial series, the Eid Mar is "available".

That makes sense. Other examples I can think of (within my one-per-ruler collecting interests) are coins of Olybrius, Glycerius or Petronius Maximus - I couldn't get one even if I had the money. They almost never appear on the market.

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When I started I bought almost exclusively $1/coin bargain bin (AKA cull) lots off of eBay. Then I came around to appreciating how much nicer the $20 ancients are. Then the $100 ancients... at least I haven't broken the $1k mark yet!

My priciest is probably a toss-up between these- they all came pretty close to that $1k mark

Probably overpaid for this Claudius I cistophorus, but there is a fine line between a $600 Claudius cistophor and a $2500 one

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This Didius Julianus was just behind the Claudius in price, but I think the higher BP makes it the most expensive single purchase.

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This Pescennius Niger isn't too far behind either of them

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This Lesbos hekte is my priciest Greek and by far my most expensive impulse buy - I saw the archaic style Herakles and just had to have it!

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Honorary mention, this Alexander III lifetime tet was my first major purchase over $500 and remains one of my favorite coins in my collection.

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If I felt so inclined / desperate enough to sell them, I do have a handful that could potentially break the $1k mark, although I didn't pay nearly that much for them.

This Kyme diobol was a lot find and was unique when I found it, but I think 2 or 3 others have surfaced since, all in horrid condition. It sold at Roma in 2017 for something like $350-400 before being consigned to Leu and somehow ending up in a lot. In today's market it likely could go for 3x what it did 5 years ago

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This weird Kelenderis obol is AFAIK still unique in its combination of Athena with the goat reverse - a reverse die match (with horse obverse) sold a number of years ago for ~$300 so this one could theoretically hammer higher

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This Quinctilius Varus was consigned to a lesser-known auction house and improperly highlighted which allowed me to grab it for ~$500, when the type usually goes for $3k-5k in this condition

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I'm still scratching my head how I got this Caesonia / Drusilla so cheaply, as the few examples I saw hammered in the $2k range

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Hmm, I have several that are probably in a similar-ish price/value range, but these days you can never be sure exactly when something will bring "moon money" so it's hard to tell which would be the highest. These would probably be my top 3 and all in a similar range:

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8 minutes ago, Kazuma78 said:

Hmm, I have several that are probably in a similar-ish price/value range, but these days you can never be sure exactly when something will bring "moon money" so it's hard to tell which would be the highest. These would probably be my top 3 and all in a similar range:

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Great coins @Kazuma78! I particularly like Hieron Tetradrachm…

was shekel $6,500- $8,000 price tag, like Daric & Hieron Tetradrachm.

I believe Hieron is from NAC sale a few years back, 2019-2020, if I am not mistaken

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These are my two priciest ancient coins. I probably won't pickup another "pricier" piece, since my wife and I are saving money for house and future overseas trips. However, I really love Faustina Junior coins with young-looking portraits (those with "Faustinae"). Maybe I'll make an exception when I see one within my price range. 😅    

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15 minutes ago, Finn235 said:

Probably overpaid for this Claudius I cistophorus, but there is a fine line between a $600 Claudius cistophor and a $2500 one

 

It's something I struggle with - am I getting a good deal by paying 10x the price for a marginally better example?

And the top end coins are often riddled with professionally executed tooling, smoothing and repatination issues.

Honest wear, like on your cistophorus, is reassuring.

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My most expensive ancient coin, the coin for which I paid the most money, including shipping, is this Byzantine Justinian I The Great 40 nummi follis. A coin from near the peak of the Byzantine Empire, in terms of its power and territory. I bought this coin last year. For a Byzantine bronze coin, it was pretty pricey. These are seller photos.

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Justinian I The Great : AE 40 Nummi Follis. Regnal Year 13. 539 AD To 540 AD. Constantinople Mint. Sear 163. 40 mm. 23.02 grams. Obverse Justinian I Bust Facing Front. Reverse Large M Mint "CON" Officina E.

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The coin pictured below is the most expensive ancient coin in my collection, I spent $3,600.00 for it January 2021.

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In the past I spent a great deal more for American coins. The 1801 $10 Gold Eagle pictured below cost me $17,500.00 in 2012, & I sold it at a Heritage auction in 2014 for $18,800.00 to buy ancient coins ☺️.

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The very same coin was sold again on May 5, 2022 by Heritage, only this time it had a CAC sticker on it & sold for $26,400.00 😮!

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