Benefactor kirispupis Posted December 7, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted December 7, 2022 Hello everyone! I was just wondering, as I debate which coins to write up and which bronzes to include in my Top 10 Bronzes list (roughly 170 of my 190 coins purchased this year were bronzes), which do you find more interesting? Coins that are extremely rare, or coins that are beautiful? Here are some examples. The below coin is ugly. However, it may be my rarest coin. Per this paper, there are only twelve specimens known from Leon. Of those, ten are in the collection of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. Only one copy is listed in the paper of this denomination, so this coin is either unique or is one of two known. Mine is the only recorded sale of Leon in acsearch. Kings of Paeonia, Leon Æ 13mm 1.91g, 6h 278-250 BCE Wreathed head of Dionysos(?) to right / Head of lion to left; ΛEΩN to left, sword to right. Cf. AMNG III/11, p. 206 Ex Roma 2017 Ex Roma 2022 The below coin is one of my favorite bronzes, and is perhaps my most beautiful bronze, but it's not rare by any means. Pretty much every auction has them - usually more than one. Of course, due to their imagery they still sell well. Kimmerian Bosporos, Pantikapaion Æ 7.23g, 20mm, 11h. Circa 325-310 BCE Head of bearded Satyr to right / Π-Α-Ν around forepart of griffin to left; sturgeon to left below MacDonald 69; SNG BM Black Sea 869-71; SNG Stancomb 542; HGC 7, 113 Ex Roma This may be my only bronze that is both rare and beautiful. being one of four coins of Ziailas listed on acsearch and is probably the best of type. Kings of Bithynia. Ziailas, circa 250-230 BCE AE 18 mm, 4.89 g, 1 h Diademed head of Ziailas to right. Rev. BAΣIΛE[ΩΣ] / ZIAHΛA Tropy of arms. Mørkholm, Early Hellenistic Coinage, 416. SNG von Aulock 243 Ex Obolos October 2020 Ex Leu 14 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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