Jeremy Posted December 24, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 24, 2022 (edited) I’m staying inside today as a blizzard sweeps across Minnesota and using the opportunity to pull together my top 12 of 2022. A top 12 because I’ve given up trying to pare down the list to 10 🙂 In the last year I found myself buying more Greek and Roman provincial coins, and less Roman imperial coins than in the past. Provincials have been a fun area to collect, since they combine the artistry and mythological themes of Greek coins with high quality, stately portraits of Roman emperors and empresses. I haven’t had much time lately to post on the forum, but I have been lurking regularly and admiring the nice coins and expansive knowledge that everyone contributes. I hope that 2023 brings you good health, happiness, and lots of coins from your wish list. In no particular order, my top 12 of 2022: 12. Cilicia, Tarsos AR Stater Balakros, satrap of Cilicia under Alexander III Circa 333-323 BC or 330 to 323 BC Obverse: Baaltars seated left, holding lotus-tipped sceptre, grain ear and grape bunch to left, Σ under throne. Reverse: Facing bust of Athena, draped, wearing triple-crested helmet and necklace. References: SNG Levante Suppl. 21; SNG France 368; SNG von Aulock 5964. 24mm; 10.88g 11. Caria, Rhodes, Uncertain reign Æ 33 mm 31 BC - 60 AD Epikrates, magistrate Obverse: Radiate head of Dionysos left, wearing ivy wreath. Reverse: PΩΔΙΩΝ ΕΠΙ ΕΠΙΚΡΑΤΕΥϹ; Nike standing left on rose, holding aphlaston and palm. References: RPC I 2762; SNG von Aulock 2849. 33mm; 26.89g A large, scarce bronze with an anepigraphic obverse that I was drawn to. 10 Troas, Alexandria, Pseudo-autonomous, Time of Trebonianus Gallus Æ 24mm 251-253 AD Obverse: CO ALEX TRO; Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right; vexillum to left. Reverse: COL AVG / TROAD; Apollo, nude to the waist, seated left, holding arrows with his extended right hand, his left hand rests on seat; to left, the priest Krinis, nude to the waist, seated right; at his feet, forepart of hound sniffing the ground; between Apollo and Krinis, the herdsman Orodes standing right, holding pedum; above, animal (likely a mouse) pierced by arrow. References: RPC IX 473 (2 specimens) var. (obv. legend); Bellinger A481. 24mm; 6.70g An extremely rare mythological type depicting a scene with Apollo Smintheus, a manifestation of Apollo translating to 'Apollo, Lord of Mice'. Apollo Smintheus is mentioned in the very begging of the Iliad, where he unleashes a plague on Agamemnon for kidnapping the daughter of his priest, Chryses. 9. Cappadocia, Caesarea-Eusebeia, Hadrian AR didrachm 117-138 AD Struck 128-138 AD Obverse: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟC CEBACTOC; Laureate head right. Reverse: Rev.ΥΠΑΤΟC Γ ΠΑΤΗΡ ΠΑΤ; Club flanked by star and crescent. References: Metcalf 101; Sydenham 282. 22mm; 6.01g 8. Pamphylia, Side AR tetradrachm Circa 205-100 BC St-, magistrate Obverse: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet. Reverse: Nike advancing left, holding wreath; to left, pomegranate above ΣΤ monogram. References: SNG France 710-12. 29mm; 16.89g 7. Metapontum AR Stater/Nomos Circa 540-510 BC Obverse: META upwards on right, ear of barley with eight grains, border of dots within two concentric linear circles. Reverse: Incuse ear of barley with eight grains, rayed border. References: Noe Class VI, 125 (same dies); SNG ANS 215; HN Italy 1479. 28mm; 8.12g From an old English collection with dark cabinet toning. 6. Pisidia, Cremna, Tranquillina (wife of Gordian III) Æ 25mm 238-244 AD Obverse: SAB TRANQVILLINAM AVGVS[TAM]; Draped bust of Tranquillina right, wearing stephane, crescent behind. Reverse: COL CREM - N - E - NSIVM; The Three Graces, arm in arm, the one on the left and right each holding a flower. References: SNG von Aulock, Pisidien II, 1423; SNG Paris 1512. 25mm; 12.11g 5. Asia Minor, uncertain, Antinoüs lead Tessera Antinoüs died 130 AD Obverse: Bare-headed, heroic nude three-quarter bust of Antinoüs to left. Reverse: Engraved chequer pattern. References: Blum -. Pudill -. Apparently unpublished and unique. 37mm; 55.3g A huge lead tessera I picked up in a Leu Numismatik auction. It’s so big that it even contends with my Ptolemy III tetrobol as the largest object in my collection. I haven’t seen another lead tessera with as nice of a depiction of Antinoüs. 4. Pamphylia, Aspendos AR stater Circa 380-325 BC Obverse: Two wrestlers grappling; ΣK between. Reverse: EΣTFEΔIIYΣ; Slinger in throwing stance right; triskeles to right; all within pelleted square border; c/m: wolf running to right within rectangular incuse. References: Tekin Series 4; SNG BnF 107; for c/m, Tekin, Aspendos Sikkeleri, 28. I had the opportunity to upgrade my old Aspendos stater with this one. It has so much luster it’s hard to photograph. 3. Thrace, Pautalia, Septimius Severus Æ 27mm 193-217 AD Obverse: AVT Λ CЄΠTI CЄVHPOC ΠЄ; Laureate head right. Reverse: OVΛΠIAC ΠAVTAΛIAC; The serpent Glykon coiled with four coils, with radiate head right and with fish-like tail. References: Ruzicka, Pautalia, 396; Varbanov 4806 var. (obverse legend) 29mm; 13.34g One of two coins I added to my Glykon subcollection this year (both from Pautalia in Thrace). 2.Thrace, Pautalia, Caracalla Æ 30mm 198-217 AD Obverse: AYT K M AY CEY ANTΩNEINOC; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right, seen from the front with aegis. Reverse: OYΛΠIAC ΠAYTAΛIAC; Asklepios cradling serpent-entwined staff, reclining left, head right, on winged, coiled, and bearded Glycon flying right. References: Varbanov 5007; Moushmov 4235; Ruzicka 618. 30mm; 18.94g This massive coin depicts the Greek god of healing riding Glykon, an “incarnation” of Asklepios that was invented by a schemer named Alexander of Abonoteichos. Glykon was a huge, live snake adorned with a beard, humanoid face mask, and a fish-like tail. The cult of Glykon grew into an influential cult in the Roman Empire. 1. Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy I Soter AR tetradrachm 305/4-282 BC Struck in Alexandria, 294 BC Signed 'Delta' tetradrachm Obverse: Diademed bust of Ptolemy I right, aegis tied around neck; Δ behind ear, dotted border. Reverse: ΠTOΛEMAIOY-BAΣIΛEΩΣ; Eagle standing left on thunderbolt; P above ΠA monogram in left field. References: CPE 154; Svoronos 256. 28mm; 14.10g A Ptolemy I tetradrachm signed by the famous Delta engraver behind Ptolemy's ear. Edited December 24, 2022 by Jeremy 30 1 2 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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