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I thought I’d post a reference to an ancient storm which devastated a Roman fleet in 255 BC.

Here are my ancient ship coins and I’d love to see yours.


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I’m hoping for the best for folks in the path of Hurricane Ian.

May you and your families come through it okay.


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Roman Egypt, Alexandria. Nero, AD 54-68. Billon Tetradrachm (22mm, 11.9g). Dated RY 13 (AD 66/67). Obv: NЄΡΩ KΛΑV ΚΑΙΣ ΣЄΒ ΓЄΡ ΑV; Radiate head left with Aegis, L-IΓ in field below chin. Rev: ΣЄBAΣTO ΦOPOΣ; Galley sailing right; dolphins below. Ref: RPC 5296; Milne 273; Dattari 263; Emmett 121.


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TIBERIUS & DIVUS AUGUSTUS AR tetradrachm. Alexandria, Egypt. TIBEPIOY KAISAR SEBASTOS, laureate head right. Reverse - QEOS SEBASTOS, radiate head of Divus Augustus right. Milne 38, Koln 48. 24mm, 8.3g.

Likely a sea-find, this coin is lighter than its contemporaries due to leaching of the baser metals.

Ex: Incitatus coins, 2011, and their description.  I purchased it mainly because I wanted a Tiberius Alexandria and the chance of having a Roman shipwreck coin.

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Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Elagabal
Denarius of the Roman Imperial Period 218/219 AD
Material: Silver
Diameter: 20mm
Weight: 2.59g
Mint: Rome
Reference: RIC IV Elagabalus 188d, Rare
Obverse: The right-facing draped, cuirassed bust of Elagabalus with a laurel wreath can be seen. The inscription reads: ANTONINVS PIVS FEL AVG for Antoninus Pius Felix Augustus. Reverse: You can see a ship’s galley with a helmsman and seven oarsmen. A standard and an acrostolium are depicted on the stern. There is a furling sail at the bow. The inscription reads: FELICITAS TEMP for Felicitas temporum (fortunate, successful times).
I dont like ships.... I get too fast seasick. Remember my last holiday Red Sea - a diving day - all people happy diving and I am the complete day under deck at the toilet. Fantastic ^^ day. 
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