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Happy New Year, folks!

I have a new poster layout and three additions (Trajan, Philip I, and Philip II ) to my modest Seleucis and Pieria collection that I’d like to share. The third of the group arrived on New Year’s Eve, making it the last coin of 2022.











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Lovely coins, @LONGINUS! And, as always, well-presented!

Here's the only silver tet of Antioch I have in my whole collection.

Otacilia Severa Tetradrachm Antioch.jpg
Otacilia Severa, 244-249.
Roman provincial AR tetradrachm, 12.23 g, 25.1 mm, 7 h.
Syria, Seleucis & Pieria, Antioch ad Orontem, AD 245.
Obv: ΜΑΡ ΟΤΑΚΙΛ CΕΟΥΗΡΑ CΕΒ, diademed and draped bust, right.
Rev: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞΟΥCΙΑC ΥΠΑΤΟ Α, eagle on palm, left, tail right, SC in exergue.
Refs: McAlee 1088; Prieur 341; BMC 541.

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A truly splendid group of coins, and splendid displays as well, @LONGINUS.  I have very few coins from this area, but as it so happens one of my last purchases for 2022 is similar to your Trajan/Tyche bust - mine has different lettering/monogram in the reverse field:


Trajan Æ 26 Year ΒΞΡ (162) (114-115 A.D.) Syria, Laodicea ad Mare [ΑΥΤΟΚΡ Ν]ΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟϹ ΑΡΙϹΤ ΚΑΙϹ ϹΕΒ ΓΕΡ [ΔΑΚ], laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder / ΙΟΥΛΙΕωΝ ΤωΝ ΚΑΙ ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕωΝ ΒΞΡturreted and veiled bust of Tyche right, IOY in right field (10.00 grams / 26 x 25 mm) eBay Dec. 2022  Attribution: RPC III 3795; BMC 41–47; Adra 1364–1444.

Die-Match Characteristics:  Obv.: TK at forehead; B at nose. Rev.: IOY, Y wide, touches B. Die-Match Obverse:  Bibliothèque nationale de France Fonds général 1146 (RPC No. 😎

Here's another one, mostly unidentifiable, with a countermark (head of Antoninus Pius) - this saw a lot of circulation, obviously: 


Trajan / Ant. Pius Æ 25 (c. 98-117 / 140-160 A.D.) Syria, Laodicea ad Mare [AYTOKΡ NEΡ TΡAIANOC AΡICT KAIC CEB ΓEΡ ΔAK ?], laureate head Trajan right / [IOYΛIEΩN TΩN KAI] ΛA[OΔIKEΩN IOY ?], turreted head of Tyche right. BMC 42-44. Countermark: A. Pius in oval.  Howgego 113. (7.95 g. / 25 mm) eBay Nov. 2018         



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As usually, great coins and great pictures. 

I want to buy a personalized mouse pad and I intend to create a group shot of some of my coins ... but I am tempted to use one of your pics if it's OK with you, @LONGINUS (note - strictly for personal use)

Here is one of my latest coins of 2022, also from Antioch. Not great, not terrible, not that cheap to be considered a true bargain, but I considered it's a pleasant coin and since that auction was my Christmas present (to myself), I said why not.


Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Otacilia Severa AD 244-249. Billon-Tetradrachm. 27 mm, 12,62 g

AD 247. ΜΑΡ ΩΤΑΚΙΛ ϹƐΟΥΗΡΑΝ ϹƐΒ, diademed and draped bust of Otacilia Severa, r., crescent at shoulders / ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ƐΞΟΥϹΙΑϹ ΥΠΑ ΤΟ Γ, ΑΝΤΙΟΧΙΑ, S C, eagle standing r., spreading wings, holding wreath in beak. RPC VIII, — (unassigned; ID 28993); Prieur 383; McAlee 1095–6, 1100A and 1101

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Great coins and presentation. I'm always envious of how you display your coins.

I think my favourite is the Trajan bronze. I like the portraits and patina. The orange gives it a nice 'earthen' look if that makes sense.

All the best for a successful 2023.

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