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Over the course of human civilization, men and women were portrayed on coins with a variety of hair styles, reflecting the times in which they lived.

Here's an example from the later Baroque period, a thaler of Charles VI of Austria, Hall Mint, 1729.  As was the fashion of that time, men, especially those of means, wore very elaborate hair pieces.  The hair pieces, or wigs if you will, varied over the course of the 18th century, generally becoming simpler and smaller in design.

An interesting aspect of this coin is that it came from a hoard of Hapsburg and other crowns, including 8 reales and Maria Theresa thalers, in Yemen.  No doubt some Yemeni merchant or banker stored these popular trade coins back in the 18th century.

Charles Vi, 1729

AR Thaler

Obverse

Laureate portrait facing right, the bottom of the bust reaches the rim, legend (start 1h) divided above, no inner circle.

Lettering: CAROL VI D G R I S A GE HI HU BO REX

Reverse
Crowned double headed imperial eagle, composite arms at center with a small Tyrol shield, legend (start 1h) divided below, no inner circle.

Lettering: ARCHID AUST DUX BU COM TYROL date

KM# 1617; D 1054 

28.19 grams

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So, please post your "good hair" portraits, ancient or world!  Let the hair fly!

 

 

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EXCELLENT topic for a thread!

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And of course:

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Haha. Poor Carus. A friend of mine is bald and often says, "God only made a few perfect heads. The rest he put hair on!"

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Style is in the Eye of the Beholder!

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Ionia Klazomenai 480-400 BC AR Drachm Pentobol 3.5g 13mm Forepart winged boar r gorgoneion incuse sq Cf SNG Copenhagen 12 Rare


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SICILY Kamarina Æ Onkia 13mm 1.5g 420-405 BC-OLDEST Gorgon tongue - KAMA owl r lizard in claw pellet in ex SNG Münch 411

The Etrurian Metus, Goddess of Terror, similar to Medusa
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Etruria Populonia 3rd C BCE AR 20 As 8.1g Metus Blank HN 152

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The Romans placed a high value in depicting a full head of hair on their imperatorial coinage, regardless of whether or not that was the case with a given emperor.

Such as Vespasian:

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I have a couple of Marcus Aurelius coins with perfectly coiffured hair but I like this coin  because ,on the obverse,  the beard has as much attention paid to it  as the hair.

Surely someone will show their Otho?

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270-272 AD. Antioch mint. Obv: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R legend with laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG legend with radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; ? below. RIC 381; Sear 11718.

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I think he was embedded in the past

TypeStandard circulation coin

Years1870-1892

Value8 Florins / 20 Francs

CurrencyAustro-Hungarian gulden (decimalized, 1857-1892)

CompositionGold (.900)

Weight6.4516 g

Diameter21 mm

Thickness1.2 mm

ShapeRound

TechniqueMilled

OrientationMedal alignment ↑↑

DemonetizedYes

NumberN# 17723

ReferencesKM# 2269

 

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Sometimes it’s not just the hair but the whole package, hair, mustache, sideburns! Quintillus’ superior style comes through even on the coins of the period.

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Gotta love the Beatles mop top on Magnentius too!

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What about glorious mullets?!

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I'd consider this a good hair portrait!

Agrippina Sr. (d. AD 33)

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AE Sestertius (36mm, 26.92 g). Rome mint. AD 50-54, struck under Claudius. AGRIPPINA M F GERM-ANICI CAESARIS, draped bust right / TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P around S×C. RIC I 102.

 Ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 81 (25 February 2021), lot 1059.

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 Medusa's striking hair style was enough to turn one to stone...

 

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then there's a hairy father Jupiter...

 

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Nero was said to wear his hair in the style of gladiators, (whatever that means); well, here it is...

 

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