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Here's a coin that arrived today,   The rendering of the mouth is somewhat odd, creating what looks like, in one view, as a gaping mouth with an extended tongue.  I've seen this kind of treatment on other examples, but here the lower jaw is much lower.  Of course the "tongue" is supposed to be the lower lip, but the engraver did a crude job there, creating this whimsical expression.

At $2.00 this coin was a good buy.

Gallienus, antoninianus, Antioch, 267 AD, AETERNITAS Saturn reverse.

Van Meter 13/1; RIC 606; C. 44; MIR 1662i.

3.74 grams

Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Reverse: AETERNITAS AVG, Saturn with harpa standing right; PXV in exergue.



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The $2.00 was an offer by an eBay seller from whom I have some outstanding orders, a way of compensating for the shipping delays.  It was nice of him to do this, but of course I expect the items ordered some time ago to arrive, but time is ticking....

Two other coins were part of the lot, at $12 each, very common, so I guess in the end it all evens out in this transaction.

Probus, AE antoninianus, Antioch, (276-282 AD).  Clementia Temp. C 91. 4.05 grams.

Constantius II, centenionalis, Constantinople, (337-361 AD.) FEL TEMP REPARATIO. RIC VIII 81. 5.60 grams.


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25 minutes ago, Valentinian said:

Yes, but if shipping was 25 GBP, then not so good. I encourage all of us who mention prices to include all fees including shipping.

Good point.  Shipping was $14.  So the three coins cost $16 before shipping cost.  With shipping included the total becomes $30, or $10 per coin.  I forgot sales tax, which was $2.38.  The new total is $32.38, or a little over $10.79 per coin.  

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That Saturn-with-harpa reverse type is very interesting.  I don't have one, but here is the same reverse for his dad, Valerian I:


Valerian I Antoninianus (254-255 A.D.) Viminacium or Antioch Mint IMP [C P LIC] VALERIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / [AE]TERNITATI AVG[G], Saturn veiled, draped, standing right, holding scythe  RIC 210; Göbl 1559a.  (3.63 grams / 21 mm) eBay Mar. 2021 Lot @  $5.63  

 Attribution Notes: 

RIC 210:  Saturn holding scythe; bust draped only, but this one is cuirassed, as are others online.  RIC: Viminacium Mint; Göbl Antioch Mint 

RIC 67 (Rome) Saturn holding sceptre; obverse bust is cuirassed  I could find no correctly-described examples. 


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What a great deal, @robinjojo!! A fun coin type, indeed! Here's my example, weakly struck. The guy with the hammer was getting tired.

Gallienus, AD 253-268.
Roman billon antoninianus, 4.26 g, 18.8 mm, 12 h.
Antioch, 15th emission, AD 266-268.
Obv: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
Rev: AETERNITAS AVG, Saturn standing right, holding harpa in left hand; PXV in exergue.
Refs: RIC 606; Göbl 1662i; Cohen 44; RCV 10170.

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