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Hi all!

Here are my top ten coins of 2022!

This year, I haven't actually added that many coins to my collection, as I've been expanding the number of coins in my eBay store (I had ~200 this time last year, but now I have ~650 currently listed, peaking at 750 listed), and have experimented with consigning coins to auctions. The goal of this is to (hopefully) pay for at least some of my university tuition fees, so unfortunately, I haven't bought a huge amount for me. With that said, I picked up a few rarities that I have been hoping to own for a while.

 

1. Victorinus - COMES AVG

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IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust r.

COMES AVG - Victory standing left holding wreath and palm

This is one of the scarcer coins struck under Victorinus, and part of a lot that I bought at auction. Also in the lot was this coin

 

2. Victorinus - INVICTVS, Leaf Heiroglyph

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IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right

INVICTVS - Sol advancing left holding whip, his right hand raised, leaf in right field

Unfortunately, the mark in the right field has damage, but it is clearly the "leaf hieroglyph" type.

 

3. Gallienus - SALVS AVG, SPQR

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GALLIENVS AVG - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right, •• below bust

SALVS AVG / SPQR - Salus standing right, feeding serpent in arms

It's one of the commonest coins of the SPQR series, but in OK condition, and with nice silvering

 

4. Gallienus - TIA AVG TIA AVG - Error

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GALLIENVS AVG - Radiate head right

TIA AVG TIA AVG - Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and anchor

A very interesting double struck antoninianus of Gallienus, where the reverse die (LAETITIA AVG) has been flipped before striking for the second time (although the obverse has been struck with the same orientation both times?). The reverse reminds me of the style of a playing card (looks the same both sides)

 

5. Tetricus II - SPES AVGG - Bust left

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C PIV ESV TERTICVS CAES - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust left

SPES AVG - Spes walking left, lifting skirt and holding flower

A scarcer antoninianus of Tetricus II that I've wanted for some time. The obverse is a little weakly struck, but is in otherwise OK condition. This came from the same collection (but different auction) as the Victorinus ants.

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6. Carausius - ADVENTVS AVG (?) - RSR

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IMP CARAVSIVS P AVG - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust r.

ADVENTVS AVG / RSR - Emperor on horseback left, raising right hand and holding sceptre

Horrible condition, but an otherwise very rare coin. It uses the RSR mintmark, which I believe translates as "Redeunt Saturnia Regna" (or "The Saturnian Kingdom Returns")

7. Vabalathus - VENVS AVG

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IM C VHABALATHVS AVGRadiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.

VENVS AVG - Venus standing left, holding helmet and transverse spear; star to left, shield behind.

I already own a sole reign ant of Vabalathus, but this was very cheap in a group lot at auction, and I couldn't resist lol

 

8. Titus by Trajan Decius - CONSECRATIO

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DIVO TITO - Radiate head right

CONSECRATIO - Flaming altar

A nice coin from Trajan Decius' commemorative series that I got in a trade. It's an upgrade on my abysmal one of Antoninus Pius

 

9. Gallienus - AETERNITAS AVG, A under bust

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GALLIENVS AVG / A - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right

AETERNITAS AVG / PXV - Saturn standing right, holding scythe

I saw this in a small lot on eBay and had to buy it. It uses the officina mark "A" underneath the bust on the obverse.

 

10. Valens - VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM - Miliarense

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DN VALENS P F AVG - Diademed, shoulder-draped cuirassed bust of Valens

VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM / RP - Victoria standing left, foot placed on a globe, inscribing VOT / V / MVLT / X on a round shield supported by column

I never thought I'd own a miliarense, but this was relatively cheap on eBay due to the damage, but is still the most amount of money I've spent on a single coin so far. Apparently only one other exists with RP in the exergue.

I don't collect miliarenses, and would like to buy more, but unfortunately...

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Being partial to the Divi series my first choice will be the Titus ant showing a portrait of very good style, followed by the "playing card" Gallienus and the Valens Miliarense

A good year over all, and I wish you the best for your studies

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1 hour ago, Harry G said:

Hi all!

Here are my top ten coins of 2022!

This year, I haven't actually added that many coins to my collection, as I've been expanding the number of coins in my eBay store (I had ~200 this time last year, but now I have ~650 currently listed, peaking at 750 listed), and have experimented with consigning coins to auctions. The goal of this is to (hopefully) pay for at least some of my university tuition fees, so unfortunately, I haven't bought a huge amount for me. With that said, I picked up a few rarities that I have been hoping to own for a while.

 

1. Victorinus - COMES AVG

1179440370_VictorinusCOMESAVG-min.png.b51fd0dee319a4896d9af3d9e3182f83.png

IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust r.

COMES AVG - Victory standing left holding wreath and palm

This is one of the scarcer coins struck under Victorinus, and part of a lot that I bought at auction. Also in the lot was this coin

 

2. Victorinus - INVICTVS, Leaf Heiroglyph

482632146_VictorinusINVICTVSleaf-min.png.4939d4c68706900d90878c39aca713a5.png

IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right

INVICTVS - Sol advancing left holding whip, his right hand raised, leaf in right field

Unfortunately, the mark in the right field has damage, but it is clearly the "leaf hieroglyph" type.

 

3. Gallienus - SALVS AVG, SPQR

421552031_GallienusSALVSAVGSPQR-min.png.a02fb1f426fbcfd812bc4d1fa9ed1115.png

GALLIENVS AVG - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right, •• below bust

SALVS AVG / SPQR - Salus standing right, feeding serpent in arms

It's one of the commonest coins of the SPQR series, but in OK condition, and with nice silvering

 

4. Gallienus - TIA AVG TIA AVG - Error

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GALLIENVS AVG - Radiate head right

TIA AVG TIA AVG - Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and anchor

A very interesting double struck antoninianus of Gallienus, where the reverse die (LAETITIA AVG) has been flipped before striking for the second time (although the obverse has been struck with the same orientation both times?). The reverse reminds me of the style of a playing card (looks the same both sides)

 

5. Tetricus II - SPES AVGG - Bust left

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C PIV ESV TERTICVS CAES - Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust left

SPES AVG - Spes walking left, lifting skirt and holding flower

A scarcer antoninianus of Tetricus II that I've wanted for some time. The obverse is a little weakly struck, but is in otherwise OK condition. This came from the same collection (but different auction) as the Victorinus ants.

Harry, The Gallienus double strike with the 180 degree reverse rotation is a real gem 😍.

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Nice additions! Hope you can make your money for your tuition fees. 

My favorite is the miliarense issue of Valens, but also the portrait of your second Victorinus is lovely. 

Have a good 2023!

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