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I'm not sure how widespread UNO is, but I thought it may be fun to play a game with ancient coins.

The rules are as follows:

  • Each post shares a coin with one aspect in common with the previous coin. Possibilities are
    • May be issued by the same ruler
    • May be issued by the same city
    • May depict the same deity or subject on the reverse or obverse
  • Please include a brief attribution of the reverse and obverse for others to follow (not all of us can read Roman or Greek legends)
  • To facilitate going back and forth between Roman and Greek coins, you may use the Roman equivalent for a Greek deity and vice versa. Here's a list I found.
  • Everyone who posts according to the rules wins. Those who don't post automatically lose, unless they later post.

I'll start with this one. To make the game clearer, the following are possibilities for the next coin.

  • Has Herakles or Hercules on the obverse or reverse OR
  • Has Zeus or Jupiter on the obverse or reverse OR
  • Minted by Philip II of Macedon OR 
  • Minted by Alexander the Great OR
  • Minted in Mytilene
  • A hekte from another city

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Mytilene EL Hekte c. 332 BCE
10.5mm 2.57g 12h
Obverse : Head of Zeus (reflecting Philip II of Macedon)
Reverse : Head of Herakles with lion skin (reflecting Alexander III)
Bod.103 - B. traité- - Aulock1711 - P.- - BMC.- - Cop.- - HGCS. 5/1029 (R2)
Ex CGB

 

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Sounds fun. Similar to our other game (there are never enough games), but as I understand it, we don't have to name the next theme, you can choose it yourself as long as it shares an aspect with the previous coin?

 

Head of Zeus

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Cilicia, Anazarbos
Pseudo-autonomous issue
Time of Trajan, 113 - 114 AD
Obv.: KAICAPEΩN ΠP ANAZAPBΩ laureate head of Zeus right
Rev.: ETOVC BΛP, veiled and turreted bust of Tyche right
BΛP = local year 132
AE, 21.85 mm, 7.74g
Ref.: SNG Levante 1379

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Claudius, AD 41-54.
Roman provincial Æ 23.2 mm, 7.13 g, 12 h.
Cilicia, Caesarea (formerly Mopsuestia), AD 50/1.
Obv: ΤΙΒЄΡΙΟϹ ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ; bare head of Claudius, right.
Rev: ΚΑΙⳞΑΡΕΩΝ ΕΤΟΥⳞ Ε; veiled Tyche, seated right, on rocks and holding ears of corn; below, river god.
Refs: RPC I 4086; SNG von Aulock 6348 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); SNG Copenhagen 177 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); SNG Schweiz II (Righetti) 1759 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); SNG Österreich (Caesarea in Cappadocia) 2759-60; RG 4744-45; BMC 21.31,4 (Anazarbus?).

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Matching Tyche allowed me to add one of my most recent additions. 🙂

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Kings of Armenia. Tigranes II the Great
70-66 BCE 18.65mm 4.22g
Obverse: Head of Tigranes right, wearing Armenian tiara
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ / TIΓPAИOY; Tyche seated right on rock, river god swimming right at her feet
M&D 24; CAA 92; AC 56 uncertain Armenian mint
Ex Marc Breitsprecher

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Ummm, as shanxi stated ...

"Sounds fun. Similar to our other game (there are never enough games)"

... Kirispupis stated ... 

"The rules are as follows:

  • Each post shares a coin with one aspect in common with the previous coin. Possibilities are
    • May be issued by the same ruler
    • May be issued by the same city
    • May depict the same deity or subject on the reverse or obverse"

... ummm, so this is a winna, yes? ...

=> TYCHE

TROAS, Alexandria Troas

Pseudo-autonomous issue, Æ As

Circa mid 3rd century AD

Diameter: 19 mm

Weight: 4.27 grams

Obverse: Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right; vexillum behind

Reverse: She-wolf standing right, suckling the twins Remus and Romulus

Reference: Bellinger A495; SNG Copenhagen 104-7

Other: 10h … dark green patina with some areas of red (pretty-pretty)

Ex-stevex6 … From the Ronald J. Hansen Collection

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Lupa Romana!

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Constantine I, AD 307-337.
Roman billon reduced centenionalis, 2.11 g, 17.3 mm, 12 h.
Siscia, 3rd officina, AD 334-335.
Obv: VRBS ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma, left, wearing imperial robes.
Rev: Lupa Romana, left, suckling Romulus and Remus; two stars above; •ΓSIS• in exergue.
Refs: RIC vii p. 456, 240; RCV 16515; LRBC I 750; Cohen 17.
 

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Roma

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C. Minucius Augurinus
AR Denarius, 135 BC, Rome
Obv: Helmeted head of Roma right, below chin, X, behind, ROMA.
Rev: C•A – VG Ionic column surmounted by statue, holding staff in r. hand; on either side, togate figure. Togate figure on left holding loaves in both hands, togate figure on right holding lituus. Column decorated with forepart of lion on either side at the base and two bells at the top, grain ears behind each of the lions.
Ag, 18mm, 3.69g
Ref.: Sydenham 463, Crawford 242/1.

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I think I like this game better than the original.

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Hadrian AR Denarius. Rome Mint 137-138 AD. Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right. Reverse: ROMAE AETERNAE, Roma seated left on low seat, shield at her side, holding palladium and spear. 18mm, 3.30g
Old RIC 265a

 

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Hadrian Denarius, 126-127
image.png.e0d968ce202b313b0c7b7f655e98ce26.pngRome. Silver, 17x18mm, 3.40g. Head of Hadrian, laureate, right, slight drapery on left shoulder; HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS. Virtus standing right, resting foot on helmet, holding spear and parazonium; COS III (RIC III, 851). From the Ropsley (Lincolnshire) Hoard 2018.

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Hadrian

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Hadrian
Tetradrachm, Egypt, Alexandria
Obv.: AVT KAI TPAI AΔPIA CEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r., seen from behind
Rev.: Hadrian standing leftz, holding sceptre and clasping hands with Alexandria holding vexillum, L - IE (year 15=130/131)
Billon, 13.22g, 23.5mm
Geißen 1026 ff., Dattari 1267 ff.

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Hadrian Ar Cistophorus Hierapolis 128 AD Obv Bust of Hadrian right laureate and draped Rv. Apollo standing right holding a lyre Metcalf Type 53 RPC III 1395  10.90 grms 27 mm Photo by W. Hansen1358610251_cistophadrian9-Copy.jpg.934d838c39fde2b0ae91390919e69a8b.jpg

This coin would have been part of the great recoinage that occurred during the reign of Hadrian and lead to a sudden though short lived effort by a number of mints to mint the new Chistophori

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Hadrian AR Denarius, Travel Series, Rome Mint, 130-133 AD (according to RIC II.3 p. 173: Group 10, “Provinces Cycle”) [134-138 AD according to Mattingly & Sydenham in old RIC II]. Obv. Bareheaded and draped bust right, viewed from back or side, HADRIANVS - AVG COS III PP / Rev. Alexandria, draped, standing left, holding sistrum in extended right hand and basket in left hand with snake emerging from it and situla (water pail) hanging below*; ALEX-AN-DRIA. RIC II.3 Hadrian 1504 & Pl. 31 (2019 edition), old RIC II 300 (1926 ed.), RSC II 156, BMCRE III Hadrian 826, Foss 94a, Sear RCV II 3460 (obv. var.). Purchased from Dix Noonan Webb Auction 253, 13 March 2022, Lot 1408; ex B.A. Seaby Ltd. London, retail purchase 1990 (with coin envelope from Seaby). [Footnote omitted.] 

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Too late as a response to @shanxi, but it still works for @kapphnwn!

I like this game! Question: does the same denomination qualify as a match? I can see why a denarius or antoninianus would be a little too easy, but a triobol or an octassarion would seem reasonable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Dafydd said:

I'll follow on from @kapphnwn with a reverse featuring a Lyre

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Augustus Ar. denarius, AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare hd. r., rev., the Actian Apollo stg. l., holding plectrum and lyre, IMP X across fields, ACT in ex., Lugdunum mint (Sear, 1611; RIC 171a; Seaby 144).

ACTIUM VICTORY
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To be double safe and to pay homage to @DonnaML 's post, my reverse also features a female standing left on the reverse, tenuous possibly but it keeps the sequence....

I could be a stickler and point out that my post was made with full knowledge of @kapphnwn's -- regardless of my original intent to respond to @shanxi -- and fully qualifies as a response to it, so that under the stated rules your Apollo standing left (I don't think that's a female!) doesn't qualify as a match. But to keep the peace and avoid controversy so early in the thread, I won't do that. So let's carry on.

Apollo with lyre on reverse of Gordian III:

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1 minute ago, DonnaML said:

I could be a stickler and point out that my post was made with full knowledge of @kapphnwn's -- regardless of my original intent to respond to @shanxi -- and fully qualifies as a response to it, so that under the stated rules your Apollo standing left (I don't think that's a female!) doesn't qualify as a match. But to keep the peace and avoid controversy so early in the thread, I won't do that. So let's carry on.

Apollo with lyre on reverse of Gordian III:

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Oh I'm sorry @DonnaML I misinterpreted your comment about the earlier coin. I guess I'm not erudite enough to keep pace with this thread so I  deleted my post.

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2 minutes ago, Dafydd said:

Oh I'm sorry @DonnaML I misinterpreted your comment about the earlier coin. I guess I'm not erudite enough to keep pace with this thread so I  deleted my post.

That wasn't necessary; it's still there embedded in my own post! To avoid confusion, let's just take the latest of my two recent posts (i.e., Gordian III with Apollo & lyre on the reverse) as the currently operative one rather than the Hadrian/Alexandria coin. 

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OK, so let's see the lyre -  on this Lysimachos drachm

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KINGS of THRACE. Lysimachos.(305-281 BC). Ephesos. Drachm. 18 mm, 4.2 g

Obv : Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing horn of Ammon. / Rev : BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY. / Rev: Athena seated left on the throne, holding Nike, crowning the king's name, in her right hand and leaning with her left arm on shield decorated with lion's head, transverse spear with point below, lyre to the inner left field, A under the throne.

Thompson 174; Müller 355.

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Two more lyres (plus an owl) on this Trajan drachm from the Koinon of Lycia:

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Trajan AR Drachm, AD 98/99, Koinon of Lycia. Obv. Laureate head of Trajan right, ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹ ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒ ΓƐΡΜ / Rev. Two lyres with owl perched on top of them, standing to right, ΔΗΜ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤ • Β [COS II]. RPC [Roman Provincial Coinage] Vol. III 2676 (2015); RPC III Online 2676 at https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/3/2676; SNG von Aulock 4268 [Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Sammlung Hans Von Aulock, Vol. 2: Caria, Lydia, Phrygia, Lycia, Pamphylia (Berlin, 1962)]; BMC 19 Lycia 9-11 at p. 39 (ill. Pl. IX No. 11) [Hill, G.F., A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum, Lycia, Pamphylia, and Pisidia (London, 1897)]. Purchased Jan. 6, 2022 at Roma Numismatics E-Sale 93, Lot 717. 18 mm., 2.87 g., 6 h.

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Link = Trajan.

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Trajan ar Denarius 98-117AD 20mm/2.66gr (Minted 103-111AD)

Obverse-IMPTRAIANO AVG GER DAC PMTRP laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder

Reverse-COS VPPS PQR OPTIMO PRINC Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.

RIC II# 118

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Link - Carinus

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Carinus, as Caesar AD 282-283. Rome

Antoninianus Æ

20 mm, 3,61 g

M AVR CARINVS NOB CAES, bust of Carinus, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right / PIETAS AVGG, pontifical implements, variously arranged

MintMark: -/-//KAZ

RIC V Carus 155

 

P.S. I think it is a very good idea to post full description for coins and also specify clearly the LINK to the previous coin. What bothered me in the "old" game was that some requests were totally random (and difficult) and the coins were not described.

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