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My collection was very random in the early years and it took quite some time to find my collection focus. As such I now have many many coins that lay in my trays without the attention and focus that they deserve. I am going through deciding what to keep and what to part with and taking new photos of the coins as I go.

Some of the coins are making their way to the "keep" pile despite being outside my current focus. The following coin is one such example which will return to the collection.

Probus Antoninianus

Obv:– IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– ADVENTVS PROBI AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive
Minted in Rome (RS in exe) Emission 2 Officina 6. A.D. 277
Reference(s) – RIC 160 Bust Type F

Weight 4.30g. Maximum diameter 24.55 mm. Die orientation 180 degrees

A nice big flan with an elegant portrait. Some flatness in the strike.

Bought in 2004 when I was trying to build a general Probus collection before specialising in on Lugdunum.


What coins do you have in your collection that don't really fit but you wouldn't part with?

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I don't usually buy any Roman provincials, but this coin caught my eyes when I was browsing Zumbly's store. It's wafer-thin at only 5 grams, and also cheap enough to tag along with my other purchase.  


Antoninus Pius- Apamia

138-161 AD
27mm, 5.09g,
PHRYGIA, Apameia
SNG von Aulock 3495; RPC Online temp 1736
OBV: AV KAI AΔPI ANTΩNЄINOC, laureate bust right.
REV: [AΠA]-MЄ[ΩN], Tyche wearing polos standing left holding cornucopiae and rudder.

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This was a gift and an area I've yet to delve into....This is my only tet from Antioch and will be staying in my collection1712039220_secret(3).jpg.08488680e7c1b8cf41b54845d65a7ce0.jpg

SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Gordian III, AD 238-244.
AR Tetradrachm, 28mm, 13.7g, 6h, struck AD 238-240.
Obv..Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev..Eagle standing facing with spread wings, head turned to left, holding wreath in beak. //SC
McAlee 862.....Prieur 279.

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As I delve through my trays I have found a coin that I have not seen in almost 20 years. I knew that he was there somewhere but have failed to find hime every time I have looked in the past.

Probus Antoninianus

Obv:– IMP PROBVS AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
Rev:– ROMAE AETER, Roma seated in temple, holding Victory and sceptre
Minted in Rome (R vertical crescent G in exe) Emission 4 Officina 3. A.D. 279
Reference(s) – RIC 186 Bust Type G var. Not listed with vertical crescent.

The vertical crescent seem to appear on a single reverse die. I am only aware of two other examples one of which is a cuirassed bust (RIC 185) and was part of the Phillipe Gysen collection, which is illustrated on probvs.net, the other comes from a different obverse die and is illustrated on probuscoins.fr (RIC 186).

Weight 3.64g. Maximum diameter 23.30 mm. Die orientation 0 degrees


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