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D is for the Derrones

Ar Dekadrachm?? or reduced Dodekadrachm of the Derrones 475-465 BC Charioteer driving a biga of oxen right Corinthian style helmet above Rv. Triskeles in shallow incuse circle  HGC 279 35.51 grms 35 mm Photo by W Hansen


At the time the Derrones held sway over the silver mines that were located in northern Greece. At this time they commenced striking these rather large but crude coinages. My limited study of these coins indicated that if there was a weight standard  it declined very rapidly.  Some are true dodekadrachms but others are much lighter. There does appear to be some pattern though. The coins that I could identify as coming from the same issue eg the one above with inscription MEL appear to have similar weights. Thus it is possible that these coins formed some sort of ceremonial function eg as a prize.  

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D for Domitian


Dupondius, AD 90-91, Rom
Obv.: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P, Radiate head right.
Rev.: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae.
AE, 12.15g, 28.2 mm
Ref.: RIC II 392; BMC 444

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D for Dioscouri


Denarius (Late 90s BC). Rome.
Obv: ROMA, Laureate head of Apollo right; behind star; X (mark of value) below chin.
Rev: A ALBINVS S F, The Dioscuri standing left, each holding spear and wearing pilos surmounted by star, watering horses; crescent in left field.
Ag, 3.62g, 18mm
Ref.: Crawford 335/10a, RSC Postumia 5a

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D for Dionysius I

Syracuse. Time of Dionysios I, 405-400 BC. Unsigned dies in the style of (contentious claim) Kimon and Euainetos.
Tudeer 105 (V36/R72); Gulbenkian 299 (same dies); BMC 207 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 1408 (same dies); SNG ANS -; HGC 2, 1346. 17.69g, 25mm, 7h.


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D for... Divus.

Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus Caligula for Divus Augustus
Dupondius of the Roman Imperial Period 37/41 AD
Material: AE Bronze
Diameter: 29mm
Weight: 15.48g
Mint: Rome
Reference: RIC I (second edition) Gaius/Caligula 56

Obverse: Head of Augustus, radiate, left.. The Inscription reads: DIVVS AVGVSTVS S C for Divus Augustus, Senatus Consulto (Augustus the divine, by decree of the Senate).

Reverse: Gaius Caligula, laureate and togate, seated, left, on curule chair, holding branch in right hand and resting left hand against side. The Inscription reads: CONSENSV SENAT ET EQ ORDIN P Q R for Consensus Senatus Et Equestris Ordinis Populi Que Romani (With the will of the senate, the equestrian order, and the Roman people).

Comments: Whereas in the past, misguided by the identification of the seated figure with Augustus, it was taken for granted that the legend CONSENSV SENAT ET EQ ORDIN P Q R referred to the first princeps, such an interpretation is no longer plausible. Instead, the coinage recovered for Caligula's reign finds its precise interpretation in the literarily transmitted events at the beginning of his reign. The corresponding legend refers to Caligula's accession to power in Rome, when the emperor gave a speech before the senate, knights and representatives of the plebs (Cassius Dio 59,6; Suetonius, Caligula 14), which was to confirm the Consensus Universorum. While looking through older auction catalogues, we came across a coinage (Fig. 1) that now allows an identification of the seated Togatus with Caligula quite unambiguously[...]. For the discussion on the naming of the reverse representation see v. Kaenel in Schweizer Münzblätter 1978 pp. 39 ff.

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D is for Danube.

Central Europe. Lower Danube region. 2nd century BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 13.52g, 6h). Imitating Philip II of Macedon. Obv: Stylized laureate head of Zeus right. Rev: ΦΙΠ-ΠV; Rider on horseback right; stylized wreath below, remnant of dolphin under raised leg. Ref: cf. Sammlung Flesche 652; CCCBM I -; Lanz - (cf 359-361); cf. Lanz Auction 109, 27 May 2002, Lot 51.


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D for Double tournois



Marie de Montpensier (1608-1627), Double Tournois type 5 - 1623 Atelier de Trévoux
+ MARIE . SOVVER . DE . DOMBES Buste à gauche avec large collerette et collier de perles
+ DOVBLE TOVRNOIS 1623 Trois lis et une brisure
3,13 gr
Ref : Divo Dombes # 153, CGKL # 728 (a3)


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D is for Diva and Divus ... ummm, D is for Dead dude's and dudessa's coins


Diva Faustina Senior, AE Sestertius

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Diva Julia Titi, AE Sestertius

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Divus Augustus, AE Sestertius

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D is for Deadly coins!!



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D for Denier...
France ARCHBISHOPRIC OF VIENNE - ANONYMOUS AR Denier, 11th - 12th Centuries; Obv: .+. S. M. VIENNA. (Saint Maurice of Vienne), profile of Saint Maurice, facing left; Rev: MAXIMA. GALL (Grand Gaul)

And Denarius

Marcus Aurelius. AR Denarius. Struck 161/2 AD. M ANTONINVS AVG, bare head right / CONCORD AVG TR P XVII, COS III in exergue, Concordia seated left, holding patera, resting left elbow on statuette of Spes set on base. 18mm 3.4gm

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D for Diocletian


AE 21
Obv.: IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: CONCORDIA MILITVM, Diocletian standing right, holding parazonium, and receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left, holding sceptre; HΔ between.
AE, 3.02g, 20.5mm
Ref.: Kankelfitz 5, RIC VI, p.531, 13

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Trying not to post the same coins from the previous thread so...

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Phraates bronze drachm, weight 3.6gr..15 mm diameter
Obverse.. ΦPA, Bearded bust left wearing tiara with pellet in crescent; pellet inside crescent above anchor with one crossbar right.
Reverse.. BACIΛEVC ΠPAATHC (blundered), Artemis standing right, not radiate, drawing arrow from quiver on shoulder with right hand, bow in left.
Vant Haaff 14.6.1-3;
Attributed by BobL..

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EUDOXIA (Wife of Arcadius)
ANTΔ Antioch, 400-401
S 4260 - RIC X, 83
AEL EVDOXIA AVG, Diademed bust right; above her head the Manus Dei holds a wreath.
(GLORIA RO)MANORVM, Eudoxia enthoned facing; above her head the Manus Dei holds a wreath; cross in right field.





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