Di Nomos Posted December 16, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 16, 2022 This isn't really a top coins list, as I only purchased three coins this year, and I wasn't going to do it at all, but decided I'd show them. As someone who is consumed by ancient Greek coins, I really enjoy others end of year lists and seeing great coins from other eras and civilisations, so thanks to everyone who posts their coins. Anyway, I'm assembling a small collection of the best quality coins I can afford that cover as much of the Greek world as possible. This obviously limits the number of coins I can afford. The first coin I purchased is a coin I have admired since I first saw it in the Prospero collection. Then it came up for sale in an NAC auction last year, but I had to pass as I'd already spent my budget earlier in that auction. I was a bit disappointed I'd missed it. Then, much to my surprise, it came up for sale in a Nomos fixed price list sale. I had to get it, it's not very often you get a second chance like that. And I thought their price was fair also. The coin is a tetradrachm from the Cycladic island of Tenos. Minted c. 200 - 180 BC. The obverse has a figure of Apollo with a rams horn. The reverse has Poseidon seated, holding a dolphin in one hand and a trident in the other, with a bunch of grapes in the left field. What is very obvious is the die makers have copied the very well known Alexander tetradrachm Zeus reverse and Lysamichos Alexander obverse, but put their own twist on the design. Anyway, you can see what I mean with the coin. Next I bought a stater from Larissa in Thessaly, minted c. 350 BC. I've been on the lookout for one of these for a few years, but always get outbid. This one has a few problems, some die rust around Larissa's eyes, and the reverse die had a few issues also. But I love the style and I'm really pleased I bid on it, as I think the price was fair. My last coin purchase was in the recent Nomos sale. When I first saw this, I thought this is just what I'm looking for, but thought the estimate was a bit steep for a hemidrachm. Just before the auction, decided to do some research, and found that they do in fact command high prices and the estimate is reasonable. I knew my targets in the NAC sale the day after this would get blown out of the water (they did), so decided to go for it. And I'm pleased I did. Kyrene, Kyrenaica hemidrachm c. 500 - 480 BC. I really wanted a coin from Kyrene, and I love their archaic coinage. This coin is only small, (but thick), and the head of Zeus is fantastic I think, it really appeals to me. And the heart shaped seed of the silphium plant on the obverse is also very attractive. Anyway, well done if you read all that. Didn't intend to ramble so much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone on Numis Forums. 31 1 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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