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As my first post in this forum, I would like to share these two recent Sabina denarii pickups for fun. They are some sort of a "mirror image" to each other.  I first picked up the left-facing Sabina denarius from London Ancient Coins in March. I then came up with an idea of a right-facing portrait, so the two coins would look like "chatting to each other" in my coin tray. Well, I picked one up in the recent ROMA auction; and to my surprise, both their obverse and reverse are some sort of mirror-imaged. I find it interesting to show them side by side. 🙃

Do you have coins that look like "mirror image" when placed side-by-side in a coin tray? If yes, please share!  

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Coin-gratulations on your new acquistion, @happy_collector! Those left-facing Sabina issues are scarce!

The LAETITIA reverse type of Faustina II is found with mirror image depictions. The usual type is Laetitia facing left, holding wreath and scepter.

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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman AR denarius, 3.41 g, 18.7 mm, 11 h.
Rome, late AD 162 - early 163.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, Beckmann type 7 hairstyle and wearing stephane.
Rev: LAETITIA, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and scepter.
Refs: RIC 701; BMCRE 129-131; Cohen 148; RCV --; MIR 21-4/10b diad.; CRE 198.
 
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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 24.87 g, 32.5 mm, 11 h.
Rome, AD 161-165.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Faustina II, right, with a double strand of pearls in the hair.
Rev: LAETITIA S C, Laetitia standing facing, head left, holding wreath in right hand and vertical scepter in left hand.
Refs: RIC 1654; BMCRE 924-27; Cohen 149; RCV 5279; MIR 21-6/10b.
 

But the goddess also appears facing right, holding scepter and wreath, which are less commonly encountered.

Faustina Jr LAETITIA standing right denarius stephane.jpg

Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman AR denarius, 3.19 g, 18.1 mm, 5 h.
Rome, late AD 162 - early 163.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, Beckmann type 7 hairstyle and wearing stephane.
Rev: LAETITIA, Laetitia standing right, holding scepter and wreath.
Refs: RIC 702 var. (stephane); BMCRE 127-128; RSC 152c; RCV --; MIR 22-4/10b diad.; CRE 199.
 
 
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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 24.69 g, 32 mm, 11 h.
Rome, AD 161-165.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Faustina II, right, with a double strand of pearls in the hair.
Rev: LAETITIA S C, Laetitia standing facing, head right, holding vertical scepter in right hand and wreath in left hand.
Refs: RIC --; BMCRE --; Cohen --; RCV --; MIR 21-6/10b.
Notes: Künker eLive auction 63, lot 35, 30.11.2020; known examples limited to: Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung (Auction 200), 10.10.2011, lot 2612; Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung (Auction 164), 17.3.2008, lot 411; Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH (Auction 81), 21.11.2007, lot 426; and MIR cites a specimen in Paris.
 
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Very nice Sabinas. The lefties are harder to get. I have only owned one.... a different obverse die to the one above.

Obv:- SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P, diademed and draped bust left
Rev:- VESTA, Vesta seated left holding palladium and scepter
Minted in Rome.
Reference:- BMC III 902. RIC II 398. RSC 14.

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18 hours ago, Roman Collector said:

Coin-gratulations on your new acquistion, @happy_collector! Those left-facing Sabina issues are scarce!

The LAETITIA reverse type of Faustina II is found with mirror image depictions. The usual type is Laetitia facing left, holding wreath and scepter.

Faustina Jr LAETITIA standing left denarius stephane.jpg

Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman AR denarius, 3.41 g, 18.7 mm, 11 h.
Rome, late AD 162 - early 163.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, Beckmann type 7 hairstyle and wearing stephane.
Rev: LAETITIA, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and scepter.
Refs: RIC 701; BMCRE 129-131; Cohen 148; RCV --; MIR 21-4/10b diad.; CRE 198.
 
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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 24.87 g, 32.5 mm, 11 h.
Rome, AD 161-165.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Faustina II, right, with a double strand of pearls in the hair.
Rev: LAETITIA S C, Laetitia standing facing, head left, holding wreath in right hand and vertical scepter in left hand.
Refs: RIC 1654; BMCRE 924-27; Cohen 149; RCV 5279; MIR 21-6/10b.
 

But the goddess also appears facing right, holding scepter and wreath, which are less commonly encountered.

Faustina Jr LAETITIA standing right denarius stephane.jpg

Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman AR denarius, 3.19 g, 18.1 mm, 5 h.
Rome, late AD 162 - early 163.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, Beckmann type 7 hairstyle and wearing stephane.
Rev: LAETITIA, Laetitia standing right, holding scepter and wreath.
Refs: RIC 702 var. (stephane); BMCRE 127-128; RSC 152c; RCV --; MIR 22-4/10b diad.; CRE 199.
 
 
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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 24.69 g, 32 mm, 11 h.
Rome, AD 161-165.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Faustina II, right, with a double strand of pearls in the hair.
Rev: LAETITIA S C, Laetitia standing facing, head right, holding vertical scepter in right hand and wreath in left hand.
Refs: RIC --; BMCRE --; Cohen --; RCV --; MIR 21-6/10b.
Notes: Künker eLive auction 63, lot 35, 30.11.2020; known examples limited to: Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung (Auction 200), 10.10.2011, lot 2612; Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung (Auction 164), 17.3.2008, lot 411; Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH (Auction 81), 21.11.2007, lot 426; and MIR cites a specimen in Paris.
 

Nice Faustina Junior coins, @Roman Collector.  🙂

 

16 hours ago, Spaniard said:

Nice addition @happy_collector..

Here's a Licinius...

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The coins looks cool side-by-side, @Spaniard.    

16 hours ago, maridvnvm said:

Very nice Sabinas. The lefties are harder to get. I have only owned one.... a different obverse die to the one above.

Obv:- SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P, diademed and draped bust left
Rev:- VESTA, Vesta seated left holding palladium and scepter
Minted in Rome.
Reference:- BMC III 902. RIC II 398. RSC 14.

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Nice left-facing Sabina, @maridvnvm. Thanks for sharing. 

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AUGUSTUS QUINARII

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Octavian as Augustus LEFT-Sinister 27 BC–14 CE AR QuinariusEmerita 25-23 AR 13.5mm 1.79g - P CARISI LEG Victory trophy C 387. RIC 1b SCARCE


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Philip II Ἀργεάδαι, Argeádai Makedonwn

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Makedon Philip II 359-336 BC AE 17 Apollo - Horse Rider RIGHT-LEFTfacing


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Makedon Philip II AE 18 Apollo - Youth Horseback spear hd below 359-356 BCE 18mm 6.2g SNG ANS 850-1 RIGHT-RIGHT

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Or, you can have a mirror image on the same coin...

Roman Republic. L. Memmius. 109-108 BC. AR Brockage Denarius (19mm, 3.89g, 12h). Obv: Male head right, wearing oak wreath; denomination mark below chin. Rev: Incuse of obverse. Ref: Crawford 304/1 and Memmia 1 for type. Very Fine, toned. 

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Faustina II is always good for mirrored obverses or reverses:

Mirrored obverses, same reverse:

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Mirrored Laetitia reverse, same obverse

 

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Mirrored Venus reverse, same obverse

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