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I have a lot of parnassius butterflies from Sichuan😄 close to Tibetan Plateau.

Sichuan- Nagybanya 


Gabriel Bethlen

AV Dukat 1626 N-B

Nagybanya Mint

"A" again/////// or as they say it here "Eh"

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Nagybanya - Amphipolis


Macedonian Kingdom, Reign of Alexander III

336-323 BC
AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.01g)
O: Head of Alexander as Herakles right, clad in lion's skin headdress.
R: Zeus seated left on backless throne, holding eagle and sceptre, his legs parallel; eagle's head facing left in field to left, AΛEΞANΔPOY behind.
Amphipolis mint (lifetime issue).
Price 51; Sear 6713v; C. 4952
ex Jack H. Beymer

~ Peter 


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Olbia > Aksu


Emperor: Xuan Zong (Dao Guang)
Aksu Xinjiang
Obv: Dao Guang Tong Bao - 道 光 通 寶
Rev: Aksu links und rechts
1 cash
Year: 1821-28
AE, 3.89g, 25.16mm
Ref.: FD 2407, Hartill 22.652var.

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2 hours ago, shanxi said:

Aksu --> Utica

Utica is a historic city in modern-day Tunisia. According to the Roman historian Velleius Paterculus, it was built around 1100 BC. Founded in the 1st century BC and was considered the oldest Phoenician city in North Africa in ancient times. However, the archaeological finds in Utica date back to the 8th century BC. BC to the 8th century AD. Since Gades, which was founded at about the same time according to Velleius Paterculus, had no Phoenician settlement before around 800 BC. BC could be proven, the reported very early founding date is extremely doubtful. The name “Utica” is the Latinized form of the Punic-Phoenician ˁattiq, meaning “the old (city)”. Utica was located at the mouth of the Bagradas (now Medjerda) in what is now Tunisia. The cemeteries extend on both sides of the watercourse that served as a harbor. The city soon expanded inland.
The city always held a special position among Carthage's vassals. In Carthage's first treaty with Rome in 508 BC. Utica does not appear. This could mean that it was still completely independent back then. In the second treaty with Rome in 348 BC. Utica is mentioned alongside Carthage in the 4th century BC. When Agathocles advanced from Syracuse to Africa, he was able to do so in 308 BC. Take Utica and thus temporarily isolate Carthage. In the Mercenary War it was taken by the renegade mercenaries, which occurred in 240 BC. BC led to the First Battle of Utica. Even afterwards, the city remained loyal to the rebels' cause. When she finally submitted, she was not punished excessively severely. Despite this temporary apostasy, Utica once again appears as a nominal equal in the treaty between Hannibal and Philip V of Macedon in 215 BC. In the Second Punic War, Publius Cornelius Scipio besieged the city after landing in Africa and defeated the Carthaginian relief army. Utica fell in the Third Punic War around 150 BC. BC from Carthage and fought on the side of Rome. In the Roman province of Africa, Utica had the status of a free city with certain special rights and was until 43 BC. BC under the name Municipium Julium Uticense provincial capital. In 46 B.C. Cato the Younger died there by suicide.


Marcus Porcius Cato Uticensis, issued by Mn. Cordius Rufus
Reign: Roman Republic, Civil War; Mint: Military mint in North Africa, probably Utica
Date: 47/46 BC; Nominal: Denarius; Material: Silver; Diameter: 19mm; Weight: 3.78g
Reference: Sydenham 1053; Reference: Babelon Porcia 10a; Reference: Crawford RRC 462/1b
Obverse: Female bust (possibly Roma), right, hair tied with band
Inscription: ROMA M CATO PRO PR
Translation: Roma Marcus Cato Pro Praetore
Translation: Roma, Marcus [Porcius] Cato, Army Commander
Reverse: Victory seated right, holding wreath in right hand and palm-branch in left hand, over left shoulder
Inscription: VICTRIX
Translation: Victrix
Translation: Victorious
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Utica > Antioch


Trajanus Decius
Syria, Antioch
Billon Tetradrachm
Obv.: AYT K Γ ME KY TPAIANOC ΔEKIOC CEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: ΔHMAPX EΞOYCIAC / S C, Eagle standing left on branch, holding wreath in beak.
Billon, 12.46g, 25.9mm
Ref.: Prieur 582

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Heraclea ---  ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ

and next time no A and no S 😁


Asia Minor, Phrygia
AE19, 133-48 BC
Obv.: laureate head of Zeus right
Rev.: AΠAMEΩN HPAKΛEI EΓΛO, cult-statue of Artemis Anaitis seen from front.
AE, 8.14g, 19mm
Ref.: SNG München 123; SNG Tübingen 3967

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ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ - Nola (sorry, another A)


Nola, Campania

395-385 BC
AR Didrachm (21mm, 6.56g)
O: Diademed head of nymph right.
R: Man-faced bull walking left; Nike flying left above, placing wreath on bull's head, ΝΟΛAI[…] in ex.
Rutter 17; cf Sambon 806; cf HGC I, 493; HN Italy 605
ex Marc Walter Ancient Coins

Nola was located about 15 miles northeast of Neapolis, in a fertile region between the coast and the Appenine Mountains. The city still survives to this day, but very little is left of the ancient polis.
Nola is known as the city in which Augustus died in 14 AD.
Their coins are nearly identical to those of Neapolis and nearby Hyria, and in fact may actually have been struck in the former city.

~ Peter 


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1 hour ago, shanxi said:

and next time no A and no S 😁

Thats very hard, because all ancient citys will end with a "a", "n" or "s" - so i feel 😄 

But i will give you an "i"...


1 hour ago, Phil Anthos said:

Nola --> Aizanoi

Aizanoi (Latin Aezani) is an ancient city in the landscape of Phrygia in Asia Minor (today Turkey, near Çavdarhisar, about 50 km southwest of Kütahya). It lies in the valley of the Bedir Çayı (Penkalas), a headwater river of the Kocaçay (Rhyndakos). Extensive excavations make Aizanoi a well-researched example of a smaller city, especially during the Roman Empire. According to the founding legend, the city was founded by Arcadian settlers. There is archaeological evidence of settlement as early as the 3rd millennium BC, but a more extensive settlement did not emerge until the Hellenistic period. Around 200 BC, the area in which Aizanoi is located became part of the Kingdom of Pergamon as Phrygia epiktetos ("acquired Phrygia"); for a time it also belonged to Bithynia. The Pergamenian kings settled mercenaries who probably came from Macedonia. Together with its entire empire, the city became part of the Roman province of Asia after 133 BC.

Aizanoi experienced a great boom in the early imperial period. In particular, numerous public buildings were erected, such as a temple to Artemis Hagiotate in the middle of the 1st century AD, and before its end the sanctuary of Zeus, the main god of the city, in the form of a pseudodipteros. Large parts of it have been preserved. On the walls of the cella are the remains of extensive inscriptions from Hadrianic times, which refer to the land ownership of the sanctuary. Remarkable is a barrel vault with light windows underneath, which probably served as a cult room. Another important deity was the metre Steunene, who was worshipped in a cave. In the 2nd century AD, a theatre was also built in several construction phases, which was connected to the neighbouring stadium in an unusual way. In addition, the banks of the Penkala were fortified and in 157 a bridge was built that still exists today. Some of these building measures are connected with a rich family of the city, especially Ulpius Appuleianus Flavianus and his son Ulpius Appuleius Eurycles. Eurycles was also an envoy to the Panhellenion in Athens, which Hadrian had established. During this time, a large bath and gymnasium complex was also built, as well as a water conduit that probably led to it. Other public buildings included a round building that served as a macellum (market building) and to which a copy of Diocletian's maximum price edict was attached, and a late antique (around 400 AD) colonnaded street.


Caligula, Gaius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; Under Magistrate Straton Medeos; Bronze of the Roman Imperial Period 37/41 AD; Material: AE; Diameter: 19mm; Weight: 4.47g; Mint: Aezani, Phrygia; Reference: RPC I 3075, BMC 58; Obverse: Laureate head of Caligula, right. The Inscription reads: ΓΑΙΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ for Gaios Kaisaros (Gaius Caesar); Reverse: Zeus standing, left, with eagle and sceptre. The Inscription reads: ΑΙΖΑΝΙΤWΝ ƐΠΙ ΜΗΔΗΟΥ for Aizaniton epi Medeou ([Coin] of the citizens of Aezani, [struck] under Aristarchos Medeos).
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13 hours ago, expat said:

Denmark --> Kyzikos


Britannicus Caesar, Claudia Antonia and Claudia Octavia
Reign: Claudius; Mint: Kyzikos, Mysia; Date: 41/54 AD
Nominal: Bronze; Material: AE; Diameter: 13mm; Weight: 1.46g
Reference: RPC I 2248 (#15 this coin) 
Reference: Imhoof-Blumer, NZ 1915, 91, no. 11
Obverse: Bare head of Britannicus, right
Translation: Neos Germanicos
Translation: Youthful [Tiberius Claudius Caesar] Germanicus
Reverse: Draped busts of Antonia and Claudia Octavia, facing each other
Inscription: ΑΝ ΟΚΤΑ
Translation: Antonia Octavia
Translation: [Claudia] Antonia and [Claudia] Octavia
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Kyzikos > Shaanxi



Provice: Shaanxi
Year: 1928
top: 中華國十 (Republik China)
center: flags
bottom: IMTYPEF (Yi Mei Da Yuan Bi Er Fen)
top: 陕西省造 (Shaanxi Province)
Zentrum: Getreide, 二分 (2 Fen)
unten:伍拾枚换银币壹园 ( 50 pieces 1 Yuan)
Value: 2 Cent
Bronze, 32.3 mm, 13.48g
Ref.: KM Y# 436.1

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13 minutes ago, shanxi said:

Shaanxi --> Iconium


The ancient name of the city was Ikonion - in Roman times Iconium - and has been attested since the 4th century BC. It is possible that this name is to be connected with Ikkunawija, a city attested several times in Hittite sources between c. 1500 and 1200 BC. The towns of the Roman sub-province of Lycaonia mostly belonged to Phrygia in Greek times. Excavations in the centre of the city (Aladdin-Tepe) yielded finds similar to Phrygian arts and crafts. In 25 AD, the area was temporarily assigned to the Roman province of Galatia or to the neighbouring Cappadocia to the east or to the southern regions of Pisidia or Pamphylia. After the Roman Emperor Claudius (reign 41-54 AD) settled veterans here, the city was called Colonia Claudia Iconium, although the abbreviated form Claudiconium is also found on coins and an inscription from this period. The city is considered to be the birthplace of Saint Thecla and is mentioned in connection with Paul in the Bible (Acts 14:1-5 EU) as well as (Acts 14:21 EU).

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Reign: Nero; Mint: Iconium, Lycaonia; Date: 62/65 AD
Nominal: Bronze; Material: AE; Diameter: 22mm; Weight: 4.66g
Reference: RPC I 3545 (#15 this coin)
Reference: vA Lyk. 263–9
Rare: Specimens 15 (3 in the core collections)
Obverse: Laureate head of Nero, right
Translation: Neron Kaisaros Sebastos
Translation: Nero Caesar Augustus
Reverse: Head of Perseus with harpa, right
Translation: Klaudeikonieon
Translation: City of Iconium (Colonia Claudia Iconium, short Claudiconium)
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Iconium → Macedon (unknown mint)

Obverse: Macedonian shield with thunderbolt on boss.
Reverse: B – A either side of Macedonian helmet with chinstrap. ^E Monogram upper right.
Price 404 var (monogram upper instead of lower).   Uncertain mint in Macedon, ca. 326 BC.  4,65 g - 16 mm.


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Narbonne - Ephesus 

Ephesus, Ionia

390-320 BC
AR Diobol (10mm, 1.02g)
O: Bee with straight wings, within dotted border.
R: Confronted heads of two stags; EΦ above.
SNG Cop 242-43; SNG von Aulock 1835; SNG München 32; Sear 4375v; BMC Ionia 53, 53; 
ex Forvm Ancient Coins

The bee was sacred to the goddess Artemis, whose famous sanctuary at Ephesus was tended by Her priestesses, known collectively as Melissae, a word which translates as ‘bee’, or by some accounts ‘honey gatherer’. It is no surprise then that the coins of this city should feature the bee on their obverse.

~ Peter 


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Sakicz - Zeugitana

Carthage, Zeugitana

circa 4th-3rd century BC
AE16 (2.99g)
O: Head of Tanit left, wreathed in corn, wearing earring and necklace; pellet behind.
R: Horse standing right, palm tree in background; pellet at right.
Sear 6444v

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6 hours ago, Phil Anthos said:

Zeugitana --> Acmonia


Acmonia or Akmonia is an ancient city of Phrygia Pacatiana, in Asia Minor, now known as Ahat Köyü in the district of Banaz, Uşak Province. It is mentioned by Cicero and was a point on the road between Dorylaeum and Philadelphia. Under the Romans, it was within the conventus iuridicus of Apamea. In 2000, a large mosaic floor depicting a gymnasium was discovered in Acmonia. Despite the emergency excavations, which started on 26 June 2000, one part of the mosaic was stolen from the excavation site. The stolen parts were later recovered in Istanbul after a police raid in 2002.

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Reign: Nero, under Magistrate Lucius Servenius Capito and Iulia Severa 
Mint: Acmonea, Phrygia; Date: c. 55 AD
Nominal: Bronze; Material: AE; Diameter: 18mm; Weight: 4.60g
Reference: RPC I 3171 (#18 this coin); Reference: SNG Copenhagen 27; Reference: BMC 39-40
Obverse: Draped bust of Nero, right
Translation: Autokrator Neron Klaudios Kaisaros Sebastos Germanikos
Translation: Imperator Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Reverse: Zeus seated, left, with patera and sceptre; in field, crescent and owl
Translation: Epi Seroueniou Kapitonos kai Ioulias Seoueras Akomeneon
Translation: Under [Lucius] Servenius Capito and Iulia Severa, City of Acmonea
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3 hours ago, panzerman said:

Augsburg --> Gaul

This irregular uncertain mint is from Britain or Gaul - i take Gaul, so we a "L" .... 😉 

Marcus Aurelius Maus(aeus?) Carausius
Bronze of the Roman Imperial Period 287-293 AD
Material: AE; Diameter: 22mm; Weight: 5.87g
Mint: Britain, Gaul (?); Reference: Uncertain mint
Obverse: Head of Carausius, right. The Inscription reads: [...]CARAVS[...]
Reverse: Clasped hands (?). The Inscription reads: [...]VXI AV ++M[...]
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