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Since today is "St. Patrick's Day", let's see your "green" coinage.


Spain, Castulo Mid 2nd century B.C.

Æ Heavy Unit
O: Diademed male head right.
R Sphinx right, left forepaw raised; star to right.
ACIP 2126; SNG BM Spain 1298


Decentius (351 - 353 A.D.)

Æ Centenionalis
O: D N DECENTIVS NOB CAES, cuirassed bust right.
R: VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAE, two Victories standing facing one another,
holding between them wreath inscribed VOT / V / MVLT / X SV/RSLG
Lugdunum (Lyons) Mint
RIC VIII 137; Bastien 177; LRBC 228



Crispina (178 - 182 A.D.)

Æ Sestertius
O: CRISPINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right.
R: HILARTAS S-C, Hilaritas standing left, holding long palm and cornucopiae.
RIC III 668 (Commodus)


Faustina Jr. (146 - 175 A.D.)

O:FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, Draped bust right.
R: CONCORDIA/SC, Concordia seated left leaning on chair with left and flower in right. By chair, cornucopia on globe.
RCV 4724 RIC 1393


Ex. Harlen J Berk




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Troas, Zeleia
Æ (9mm, 1.35g, 11h)
c. 4th century BCE
Head of Artemis r., wearing stephanos. R/ Monogram (or torque) within grain-wreath.
SNG Copenhagen 503-4



Kings of Thrace, Skostokos
Æ 16mm 2.81g 12h
Kabyle, circa 277-260 BCE
Bust of Skostokos to right, wearing torque / Horseman charging right with flying mantle; ΣΚΟ[ΣΤΟΚΟΣ] below.
SNG Stancomb 300; Peter 1997, p. 219; Draganov, Cabyle, 1997, Type 1, 27-45; HGC 3.2, 1475
WildWinds plate coin
Ex Numismatics Lanz Munich 2007
Ex Heidelberger Münzhandlung Herbert Grün e.K. 2014


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I love green patinas as well. Here's a couple of Greek bronzes.



Pisidia, Selge.

Circa 2nd-1st centuries BC.

Head of Herakles facing slightly to right, wreathed with styrax; lion skin tied around neck, [club over shoulder] / Forepart of stag to right, head reverted, lance head to right; ΣEΛ across fields.

SNG BnF 1973-6; SNG Copenhagen 261 var. (no lance).

2.00g, 13mm.




Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos I Soter.

 Smyrna or Sardes mint, 281-261 BC.

Helmeted head of Athena facing / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ - ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ. Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm frond. Controls: Monogram to outer left and inner right.

SC 314b; HGC 9, 145.

2.25g, 14mm.

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Erin go bragh or however it goes (my Ancestry DNA profile had me at 37% Irish at one point, but it keeps dropping - today I'm only 24% which is enough to drink too much green beer, I suppose).  Anyway, my two most recent "greenies" are as follows:


Nerva  Æ 27 (As) (Jan. - Sep. 97 A.D.) Syria, Seleucis & Pieria Antiochia ad Orontem  [IMP] CAESAR NER[VA AVG III COS], laureate head right / S•C within laurel wreath,  B below. RPC III 3480; McAlee 421(b); Wruck 127; Butcher CRS 185. (12.75 grams / 27 x 25 mm) eBay Feb. 2023 $5.24 

Die-Match Characteristics:  Match determined by portrait and layout of S•C, laurel leaves, berries, etc. Die-Match Obv. & Rev.: Coin no. 14 of RPC III, 3480 Künker 124; 16 Mar. 2007Lot 9007

This sestertius of Serverus Alexander looks like it might have too much green (bronze disease) - I've been soaking it and only a little was loose enough to come off.  I'll keep an eye on it.  The bust is cuirassed as well as draped, which as I came to find out is somewhat scarce, at least compared to the draped-only type. 


Severus Alexander  Æ Sest. (225 A.D. / 222-231 A.D.) Rome Mint (15th emission) IM[P CAES] M AVR SEV ALEXAND[ER AV]G, laureate,  draped and cuirassed bust right / FI[DE]S MILITVM, S-C, Fides standing left, holding signum in each hand. RIC IV 552d. (18.53 grams / 31 x 27 mm) eBay Feb. 2023 $28.00 BO

Notes:  CNG date is 225 A.D. and 5th emission; OCRE says 222-231 A.D. 

Draped and cuirassed bust is considerably scarcer than the draped-only bust (RIC 552c).  I could not find die-matches or a British Museum example. 





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This is probably the greenest coin that I possess, though it could be greener...

Justinian I Follis (540/1 - Year 14), Constantinople mint, Obv: DN IVSTINIANVS PP AVG, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing holding cross on globe and shield; cross to right. Rev: Large M, ANNO to left, cross above, XIIII (date) to right, A below, CON in exergue, Sear 163

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some green:



Seleukos I.
Syria, Seleukis and Pieria
312 - 281 BC
Obv.: laureate head of Zeus right
Rev.: ΣEΛEΥKEΩN, winged thunderbolt, monogram below
AE, 7.79g, 22.60mm
Ref.: BMC 5, Newell WSM 898, SNG Spaer 39



SICILY, Syracuse.
Hiketas II. 287-278 BCE
Æ Litra
Struck circa 283-279 BCE
Obv: [ΔIOΣ EΛΛANIOY], laureate head of Zeus Hellanios
Rev: ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, eagle standing left left on thunderbolt, with wings spread, A and star left
good VF
AE, 19x23 mm, 7.5g
Ref.: CNS II, 168



Philippus I and Otacila Severa
Moesia Inferior, Tomis
AE 26
Obv.: AVT M IOVΛ ΦIΛIΠΠOC AVΓ M / WTAK CEBH/PA CEB, draped and cuirassed bust of Philipp I and draped bust of Otacilia Severa wearing stephane
Rev.: MHTPOΠ ΠON-TOV TOMEΩC, Hercules standing facing with head left, right hand leaning on club, and lions skin hanging from the left arm.
AE, 12.95g, 25.8x26.8mm
Ref.: Varbanov-, AMNG-

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The Mamertines, Messana, 241 - 220 BC, AE Trias, 20mm, 5.22g

Obv: Helmeted head of Ares to right

Rev: Aphrodite standing to left, holding uncertain object (Nike?) and sceptre; four pellets (mark of value) and [ΜΑΜΕΡΤΙΝΩΝ] to left.

Särström Series XXIA, 403-4; HGC 2, 862, ex. Roma Numismatics 2022, Anders Collection Auction, lot 448. 

This is Roma's photo, which is much better than mine. 


Galerius Maximianus, as Caesar, 293 - 305 AD. AE Fraction (Radiatus), Cyzicus Mint, 23 mm, 2.72 g.

Obv: GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES. Bust of Galerius, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right.

Rev: CONCORDIA MI-LITVM. Galerius, standing right, receiving small Victory+globe from Jupiter. Jupiter standing left with sceptre. KA mint mark.

RIC VI Cyzicus 19b; ex. Savoca 2023, Blue Auction 154, lot 1526.

This is Savoca's photo, which is much better than mine.

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Heres a green one:

minted at Constantinople during the reign of Justin I between 10 July 518 – 1 Aug. 527. Obv. D.N.IVSTINVS.P.P.AVG.: diad., dr. and cuir. bust r. Rev. Large M between two stars, above, cross, beneath, Officina letter, in ex. CON BCVS #62.


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