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Patrick's Top 10 Provincial Coins of 2023

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Hi all-

I'm not really active on this forum, but thought I'd post my top coins acquired in 2023. It consists entirely of coins from Asia Minor, from the reign of Septimius Severus to Aurelian. Thanks for looking!



Septimius Severus Æ from Tarsus, Cilicia. AD 193-211
(35mm, 22.90g, 6h)
SNG Levante 1022; SNG BnF 1473
Obv: AVT KAIC Λ CΕΠT CEVHPOC CEB / laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus to right
Rev: TAPCOV MHTPO TWN Γ EΠΑPΧΕΙWN KOINOI KIΛIKIAC / Two temples, each seen in three-quarter perspective
Rarity: 4 in acsearch



Caracalla Æ from Tarsus, Cilicia. AD 215-217
(35mm, 20.21g, 6h)
SNG Levante 1069; SNG BnF 1539; SNG vA 6019
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑI Μ ΑΥΡ CEΥΗΡΟC ΑΝΤΩΝEΙΝΟC / crowned bust of Caracalla to right, wearing garment of the demiourgoi; Π-Π across fields
Rev: ΑΝΤΩΝEΙNIΑΝΗC CEΥH ΑΔ / Perseus, on left standing to right and holding harpa, and Herakles, on right standing to left and holding club and lion skin, together holding a draped bust of Caracalla to left; AMK ΓB in central field, TAPCOY in exergue
Rarity: 11 in acsearch



Severus Alexander Æ from Irenopolis, Cilicia. AD 225/6
(31mm, 21.16g, 1h)
RPC VI Online 6885; Karbach, Eirenopolis 128; c/m: Howgego 105
Obv: ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΥΡ ϹΕΥ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟϹ / laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander to right, seen from rear; c/m: laureate head right within oval incuse
Rev: ΕΙΡΗΝΟΠΟΛΙΤ ΕΟΡ / Helios standing facing in spread quadriga, raising right hand, holding whip in left; EOP (date) in exergue
Rarity: 16 in RPC



Gordian III Æ from Tarsus, Cilicia. AD 238-244
(36mm, 16.94g, 7h)
RPC VII.2 3106; SNG BnF 1699; SNG Righetti 1694
Obv: ΑΥΤ Κ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕΒ, Π Π / radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III, right, seen from rear
Rev: ΤΑΡϹΟΥ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕωϹ, Α Μ Κ Γ Β / agonistic crown, inscribed ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΟϹ, containing two palms, on table with four straight legs and two-handled vase between them
Provenance: Heidelberger 64 (2014); Elsen 64 (2000)
Rarity: 7 in RPC



Caracalla Æ from Tavium, Galatia. AD 198-217
(27mm, 11.14g, 6h)
Unpublished?; SNG BnF 2671-3 (same obv. type)
Obv: ANTΩNEINOC AYΓOYC / Laureate and draped bust of Caracalla left, holding spear and shield; shield decorated with gorgoneion
Rev: CE TPO? TAOVIANΩN / Eagle standing left on garlanded altar, head turned right, wreath in beak, signa flanking.
Rarity: unpublished, no examples of this reverse type?



Aurelian Æ from Cremna, Pisidia. AD 270-275
(32mm, 14.50g, 1h)
RPC X Online 63436; vA Pisidien II 1600–1610
Obv: IMP CS L DOM AVRELIANO /     laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian, right, seen from rear
Rev: DONATIO COL IV A CREMNE / prize crown, inscribed IEROS, containing two palm branches
Rarity: 14 in RPC



Valerian & Gallienus Æ from Mopsus, Cilicia. AD 253/4
(32mm, 21.38g, 12h)
RPC X Online 60504; SNG Levante 1361
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΥ ΛΙ ΟΥΑ ΓΑΛΛΙΗΝΟϹ ϹΕ / laureate and cuirassed bust of Gallienus, right, seen from front
Rev: ΑΔΡΙ ΟΥΑ ΓΑΛΛΙ ΜΟΜΨΕΑΤωΝ, ΕΤ ΑΚΤ / agonistic crown, inscribed ΕΥϹΕΒΙΟϹ, containing two palm branches; AKT (date) in exergue
Rarity: 2 in RPC



Gordian III Æ from Phaselis, Lycia. AD 238-244
(34mm, 22.31g, 1h)
RPC VII.2 2371 (this coin); vA Lykien 268–9
Obv: ΑΥ Κ ΜΑΡ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕ / laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III, right, seen from rear
Rev: ΦΑϹΗΛΙΤΩΝ / galley with four rowers and helmsman, left; below, two dolphins
Rarity: 3 in RPC



Valerian & Gallienus Æ from Nicomedia, Bithynia. AD 256-258
(25mm, 9.23g, 7h)
RPC X Online 74708; BMC 71 var; Rec Gen 411 var.
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΟΥΑΛΕΡΙΑΝΟϹ ΓΑΛΛΗΝΟϹ ΟΥΑΛΕΡΙΑΝΟϹ / confronted laureate, draped, and cuirassed busts of Valerian and Gallienus; between, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Valerian II, right
Rev: ΝΙΚΟΜΗΔΕΩΝ ΤΡΙϹ ΝΕΩΚΟΡΩΝ / three agonistic crowns, the outer two each containing a single palm frond, the central containing two
Provenance: Leu e20 (2022); Leu e16 (2021)
Rarity: 12 in RPC



Pupienus & Balbinus Æ from Aegeae, Cilicia. AD 238
(32mm, 17.96g, 6h)
RPC VII.2 3168 (this coin); Haymann, Aigeai 198/2 (this coin)
Obv: ΘΕΟΥϹ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟΥϹ ϹΕΜ Ρω ΑΦΡΙ ϹΕΒΒ / confronted heads of Gordian I, laureate, facing right, and Gordian II, laureate, facing left
Rev: ϹΕΥ ΑΔΡΙ ΑΙΓΕΑΙωΝ ΝΕ ΝΑ, ΔΠϹ / eagle standing left on altar, head right, wings spread. ΔΠϹ (date) in field
Provenance: Peus 366 (2000); Kovacs XI (1993)
Rarity: 4 in RPC

I hope everyone has a great new year of collecting and I look forward to seeing some of you at NYINC!

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