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R is for Roman Sicily 

Entella Ae 20 50-40 BC Obv Bust of Helios right radiate and draped. Rv Tyche standing left holding cornucopia HGC 237 This coin illustrated. 6.78 grms 20 mm Photo by W. Hansenromansicily10.jpg.3934835267e7e5f65ad3fd6c9f35eadf.jpg

This coin is a far cry from the magnificent coinage produced in the region starting in the later half of the sixth century BC  In fact it is downright ugly. But paraphrase Josef Stalin ... really ugly does have a charm all of its own. This coin was likely minted in response to needs caused by the civil war between Sextus Pompey and Octavian. 

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R=Romanus IV Diogenes 1067-71

AV Histamenon Nomisma ND

Constantinople Mint

The Seljuk Turks won a decisive battle at Manzikert vs the Byzantines in 1071 under Alp Arslan. The Emperor was captured but returned unharmed to Constantinople.

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Rome

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Antoninus Pius, AE As. Rome 140-143 AD
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TRP COS III, laureate head right
IMPERATOR II S-C, Libertas standing left, holding pileus (cap of
freedom) and rod (vindicta).

RIC. 738, Cohen 533
11.35 g. 27 mm

 

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R is for Rubrius.

Roman Republic. L. Rubrius Dossenus. 87 BC. AR Denarius (20mm, 3.93g, 5h). Rome mint. Obv: Laureate head of Jupiter right, with scepter over shoulder; [DOS]SEN downwards behind. Rev: Triumphal quadriga right, with side-panel decorated with thunderbolt; [Victory with wreath above]; L•RVBRI in exergue. Ref: Crawford 348/1; Sydenham 705; Rubria 1; RBW 1322. Good Very Fine. Ex Nilus Coins, Sep 2004.

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R for Rhodes

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Rhodes, 88-84 BC
Asia Minor, Caria
AR Drachm, magistrate Nikephoros
‘Plinthophoric’ coinage (‘plinthophoric’ for the square incuse around the reverse type)
Obv.: Radiate head of Helios right
Rev.: Rose with bud to right; NIKHΦOPOΣ above, hand holding grain ear to lower right, P-O
Ag, 2.11g, 14mm
Ref.: Jenkins, Rhodian, Group E, 249; HGC 6, 1461

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R for Roma

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Pergamon
Asia Minor, Mysia
Anonymous issue
AD late 1st-mid 2nd cent
Obv.: ΘEON [CVN] - KΛHTON, draped bust of Senate right
Rev.: ΘEAN - [PΩM]HN, head of Roma right, wearing mural crown; monogram in right field.
AE, 3.6g, 17 mm.
Ref.: possibly BMC Mysia 135, 221

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R for Raven

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Freiburg im Breisgau
4 Kreuzer or Stäbler
after 1498
Obv.: ✿MO✿FRIBVRG✿In✿BRISG, Head of raven
Rev.: GLOR - IA✿In - EXCE - LS✿D, cross
Ag, 19.9mm, 1.26g
Ref.: Berstett - (comp. 242).

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R= Rhodes

 

AV Zecchino ND

Grandmaster Fabrice del Carretto 1513-21

The Knights Hospitalers set up shop on Rhodes after leaving the Holy Land. However the Ottoman Turks under Sulieman I laid seige to the Island and allowed them to leave under peace deal. Their next home would be Malta.

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R for the ram of a galley

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Phoenicia, Arados
Æ 16
Dated year 115 (145-144 BC)
Obv.: Bearded head of Zeus right, border of dots.
Rev.: Triple pointed ram of galley left, Phoenician letters nun and aleph above, Aradian era date 115 below.
AE, 16mm. 4.02g
Ref.: Duyrat 2005 Pg.61, No.2046-2070; HGC10 Pg24, No.88; BMC Phoenicia Pg.18, No.131-133.

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R is for Ruprecht 1.

German States, Eletorate of Pfalz. Ruprecht I, AD 1353-1390. AR Pfennig (16mm, 0.43g, 7h). Amberg mint. Obv: Facing half length portrait with hat. Rev: Lion left. Ref: Gotz 3. About Very Fine, some flatness, nice toning.

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Raise your glasses of something sparkly, it's Thanksgiving. Supplement the special occasion by selecting some shiny, spherical objects showing deities connected to successful harvests. Maybe Seleucid to Spanish or Sullas to Sols is more your style. Share your spectacular or even sub-par specimens of S

 

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