ambr0zie Posted December 15, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 15, 2022 (edited) Yep, I remained completely poor before Christmas because I wanted to offer a present to a guy I am forced to live with, even if often I can't stand him - I made a Christmas present to me. (note - I accept donations, please don't be shy). On a serious note, the only material thing I wanted for Christmas was a series of coins, especially since I saw some very interesting ones in an auction and I hoped nobody else was that interested. Even if when I created my top 10 with provincial and Greek coins I was convinced I will not buy a Greek coin to make it in my top 10 this year, now seeing this I am convinced I would have added it. Lesbos, Methymna AR Hemiobol. 7 mm 0.30 g Circa 350-240 BC. Facing head of Silenos / Tortoise within dotted square border, all in incuse square. Franke 18a; HGC 6, 90 A lot of reasons I wanted this coin for. First, a coin from Lesbos area (my 2nd) - a region that was very important for the Greek ancient culture. Second, a small coin showing serious artistry and talent (I often find myself wondering how were they able to create such gems) Third, a coin with Silenus - as I am interested in mythology, this was a character I wanted to have on a coin. The teacher and companion of Dionysos, probably the first being that got drunk, a discipline he was very skilled in, and usually requiring support from other satyrs to be able to walk or riding a donkey. I also remember, when I was very young and I read Ovidius' Metamorphoses, the story where Silenus grants king Midas any wish. Midas wanted everything he touched to be turned into gold. Cool, right? Well, this didn't go as expected. Last, and the most important reason, is the turtle reverse. This is one of the most favorite themes in my collection (animals) and I am always glad when I manage to add another example in my "Zoo". I had no turtles, the most classic example I know with turtles are the Aegina coins, but they are quite pricy, especially in a decent condition, so I was not able to snag one. To be honest, I prefer this depiction of the turtle! Please post coins with Silenus, or from Lesbos, or turtles! Edited December 15, 2022 by ambr0zie 16 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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