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Won the first coins of 2023 today at the ongoing Artemide auction, I will only share one though, as the other coin will be sent for cleaning first, I just need to find someone with exceptional skills when it comes to cleaning bronze coins - so if anyone is aware of an extremely skilled bronze cleaner, let me know please!

The type I am sharing is extremely difficult to find with any sort of decent strike and patina, this is one of the best specimens of this variation (RRC 17/1g) I have seen, very happy with this addition to my growing set of pre denarius Æ fractions.

 

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Roman Republic. Circa 276-260 BC. Æ Half Unit (17.50mm 5.38 g). Uncertain mint (Neapolis?).

Obverse: Helmeted head of Minerva right; below, RO; before, MANO.

Reverse: Bridled horse's head left; before, RO-MA[NO].

Reference: Crawford 17/1g.

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11 minutes ago, Michael Stolt said:

Roman Republic. Circa 276-260 BC. Æ Half Unit (17.50mm 5.38 g). Uncertain mint (Neapolis?).

Gratulation!

11 minutes ago, Michael Stolt said:

Artemide auction

I have won this little bronze...

 

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Claudius (41-54). AE Quadrans, 42 AD. Obv. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG. Hand holding scales; in field, P.N.R. Rev. PON M TR IMP PP COS II around large SC. RIC 91. C. 73. AE. 3.23 g. 17.50 mm.

 

But I will wait -  I have 2 other coins in the "pipeline" comes later today - will see what happens.

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12 minutes ago, Prieure de Sion said:

Gratulation!

I have won this little bronze...

 

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Claudius (41-54). AE Quadrans, 42 AD. Obv. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG. Hand holding scales; in field, P.N.R. Rev. PON M TR IMP PP COS II around large SC. RIC 91. C. 73. AE. 3.23 g. 17.50 mm.

 

But I will wait -  I have 2 other coins in the "pipeline" comes later today - will see what happens.

Nice one, good luck on your other targets!

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5 minutes ago, Michael Stolt said:

Nice one, good luck on your other targets!

First one - Tranquillina - lost ... because I am at the kitchen take a piece of cake and past the lot 😄 

Lesson - dont participate hungry at a online auction... ^^

 

 

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I got my last two coins tonight, which I wanted. Now it's TV time (Barbarians II) - even though I find the second season much worse than the first 🙂 

 

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Probus (276-282). BI Antoninianus, Rome mint. Obv. IMP PROBVS AVG. Helmeted, radiate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield. Rev. ROMA AETERNAE. Roma seated facing, holding Victory and sceptre, within hexastyle temple; beneath, R*Γ. RIC V 195. BI. 3.15 g. 25.50 mm. An outstanding example, from a masterly engraved and perfectly detailed dies. Lovely glossy light brown patina on silver surfaces.

 

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Commemorative series. Struck under Constantine I. AE Follis. Alexandria mint, 1st officina. Struck AD 330-354. Obv. Laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, holding reversed spear. Rev. Victory standing left on prow, holding spear and shield set on ground to right; in exergue, SMALA. RIC VII 64. AE. 2.73 g. 18.00 mm. Superb coin. Fully silvered, with golden patina.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Prieure de Sion said:

I got my last two coins tonight, which I wanted. Now it's TV time (Barbarians II) - even though I find the second season much worse than the first 🙂 

 

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Probus (276-282). BI Antoninianus, Rome mint. Obv. IMP PROBVS AVG. Helmeted, radiate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield. Rev. ROMA AETERNAE. Roma seated facing, holding Victory and sceptre, within hexastyle temple; beneath, R*Γ. RIC V 195. BI. 3.15 g. 25.50 mm. An outstanding example, from a masterly engraved and perfectly detailed dies. Lovely glossy light brown patina on silver surfaces.

 

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Commemorative series. Struck under Constantine I. AE Follis. Alexandria mint, 1st officina. Struck AD 330-354. Obv. Laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, holding reversed spear. Rev. Victory standing left on prow, holding spear and shield set on ground to right; in exergue, SMALA. RIC VII 64. AE. 2.73 g. 18.00 mm. Superb coin. Fully silvered, with golden patina.

 

 

I glanced at the TV where I had the auction running when that Probus came up and thought that might be one of the target's you were after, nice ones, congrats!

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Way to go on that early RR early this year!

Early in the year my first purchase was this late RR:

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I had fun learning more about it, the Cosmos and ancient electric guitars here;

 

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I had my first wins of the year yesterday. Though there were some disappointing losses, I was happy to pick these two up among others.

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Neonteichos was the last coin on my list from those cities in Aeolis that minted coins between 350-250 BCE. I'd lost out on a previous opportunity but this one turned out to be a much better coin.

 

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Perhaps I paid too much for this, but I'd been researching Kos and really liked this crab. It will now keep my Priapos crab company.

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10 hours ago, Ryro said:

Way to go on that early RR early this year!

Early in the year my first purchase was this late RR:

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I had fun learning more about it, the Cosmos and ancient electric guitars here;

 

Nice one! I had a specimen from the same obverse die as yours, which is the most attractive die engraved for this type in my opinion by the way. I recently saw my old specimen is up for sale at TheNumisPlace as I sold it privately to NAC a while back. No photo description available.

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I always enjoy the Roman Republic litrae series...

they also reminded me of the Carthage horse head coinage also.

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RR Anon AE Litra Minerva ROMANO Horse Head 270-269 BCE S 592 Cr 17-1g


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RR Anon AE Litra 260 BC Minerva star ROMANO Horse Hd BLACK Cr 17-1g S 593

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