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Just like the thread over on CT because I can't help showing off my new coins. 🙂

One of my more recent ones is this hefty chunk of Babylonian silver:

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It's quite worn obviously, and "harshly cleaned" as CNG put it. Still, there is plenty of detail left, and it is nicely toned to boot. In particular I like the reverse with striding lion. And how could anyone not like a coin that is 4 - 5mm thick? 🙂

 

Let's see 'em folks! What new ancient coin/artifact did you get?

 

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Does a win from today count?

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Michael VIII Palaeologus, with Andronicus II, AR Trachy. Celebrating the coronation of Andronicus II. Constantinople, AD 1272. Nimbate St. George standing facing, wearing military attire, holding spear in right hand and shield in left; [O/Є]/Φ/[Δ/Γ/Π] to left, ΓѠΡ (ligate)/Γ/[O/C] to right / Half-length figures of Michael VIII and Andronicus II facing, both wearing stemma with pendilia and loros over divitision, holding trifurate sceptre, scroll and akakia; bust of winged archangel above between M-X, placing his hands on their heads. DOC 36 = Sear 2321 (Thessalonica) = Stack's, 12 Jan 2009, lot 3327 (same rev. die; hammer $9,500); CNG 112, lot 696 (same dies; hammer $4,750); Roma E-85, lot 2637 (same rev. die). 1.51g, 23mm, 6h.

Extremely Fine; edge chipped. Extremely Rare; the fourth known example.

From the inventory of a German dealer.

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I am extremely excited to finally win this extremely rare and desirable type. Its been a dream coin for a few years!

https://www.numisbids.com/n.php?p=lot&sid=4801&lot=2637

I was the underbidder to the underbidder on this example almost exactly one year ago. It’s crazy that I was able to win a (in my opinion) better example at half of the price! Happy hunting and I probably won’t be able to get any more coins for a while…worth it!!!

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1 minute ago, TheTrachyEnjoyer said:

 

Does a win from today count?

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Michael VIII Palaeologus, with Andronicus II, AR Trachy. Celebrating the coronation of Andronicus II. Constantinople, AD 1272. Nimbate St. George standing facing, wearing military attire, holding spear in right hand and shield in left; [O/Є]/Φ/[Δ/Γ/Π] to left, ΓѠΡ (ligate)/Γ/[O/C] to right / Half-length figures of Michael VIII and Andronicus II facing, both wearing stemma with pendilia and loros over divitision, holding trifurate sceptre, scroll and akakia; bust of winged archangel above between M-X, placing his hands on their heads. DOC 36 = Sear 2321 (Thessalonica) = Stack's, 12 Jan 2009, lot 3327 (same rev. die; hammer $9,500); CNG 112, lot 696 (same dies; hammer $4,750); Roma E-85, lot 2637 (same rev. die). 1.51g, 23mm, 6h.

Extremely Fine; edge chipped. Extremely Rare; the fourth known example.

From the inventory of a German dealer.

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I am extremely excited to finally win this extremely rare and desirable type. Its been a dream coin for a few years!

https://www.numisbids.com/n.php?p=lot&sid=4801&lot=2637

I was the underbidder to the underbidder on this example almost exactly one year ago. It’s crazy that I was able to win a (in my opinion) better example at half of the price! Happy hunting and I probably won’t be able to get any more coins for a while…worth it!!!

That is an outstanding coin! And as you say, it's much nicer looking (aside from the chip of course) than the numisbids one! Congrats! 👍

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To enrich my Antoninus Pius set, here is an Alexandrian Tetradrachm of him with pretty respectable silver content.

It can also double as the world's oldest bottle opener.
 

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I recently bought 4 coins. I think this one is becoming my favorite of the four.

I like the odd shape. 

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I learned a little bit about Philip II. He was murdered at the age of twelve. 

Philip II was sole ruler of the empire for a short time in 249 AD. He was less than 12 years old when he became emperor.

Philip II as Caesar - Philip I and II seated on Rev. 244 AD Gallery
Ori. Sestertius, Liberalitas issue.

Mint of Rome. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. / LIBERALITAS AVGG III, S C in exergue, Philip I and II seated left on sella curulis, each extending hand, Philip I holding short sceptre.
23x28mm, 14.6 grams

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I won two coins at Roma today, a cheap Diadumenian hole filler, and a Julia Paula denarius.

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Description from the auction house- Diadumenian, as Caesar, AR Denarius. Rome, AD 217-218. M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed and draped bust to right / PRINC IVVENTVTIS, prince standing facing, head to right, holding standard and sceptre; two standards to right. RIC IV 102 corr. (no wreath) (Macrinus); BMCRE 87 (Macrinus); RSC 3. 3.18g, 20mm, 6h.

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Description from the auction house- Julia Paula (wife of Elagabalus) AR Denarius. Rome, AD 219-200. IVLIA PAVLA AVG, draped bust to right / CONCORDIA, Concordia seated to left, holding patera; star in left field. RIC IV 211 (Elagabalus); BMCRE 173 (Elagabalus); RSC 6a. 3.51g, 21mm, 6h.

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4 minutes ago, noname said:

I won two coins at Roma today, a cheap Diadumenian hole filler, and a Julia Paula denarius.

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Description from the auction house- Diadumenian, as Caesar, AR Denarius. Rome, AD 217-218. M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed and draped bust to right / PRINC IVVENTVTIS, prince standing facing, head to right, holding standard and sceptre; two standards to right. RIC IV 102 corr. (no wreath) (Macrinus); BMCRE 87 (Macrinus); RSC 3. 3.18g, 20mm, 6h.

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Description from the auction house- Julia Paula (wife of Elagabalus) AR Denarius. Rome, AD 219-200. IVLIA PAVLA AVG, draped bust to right / CONCORDIA, Concordia seated to left, holding patera; star in left field. RIC IV 211 (Elagabalus); BMCRE 173 (Elagabalus); RSC 6a. 3.51g, 21mm, 6h.

Great example of the flan casting still present! 

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I just picked up this Probus from Lugdunum.

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Probus RIC Vb 116

IMP C PROBVS P•F• AVG. Radiate and draped bust right, seen from the front. 

COMES AVG. Minerva standing left, holding olive branch and spear, resting hand on shield. A in left field.

 

I primarily collect Probus because I love the wealth of diversity in his bust types, so I'm excited to pick this one up, as it's my first draped bust seen from the front. Probus' draped busts are usually seen from the back. The portrait caught my eye on this coin.

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Some of you already saw it but here it is again. This is so going to be in my Top 10 for 2022! Here's my CT thread on it: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/lighthouse-of-alexandria-coin-history-and-a-virtual-journey.396808/

Hadrian, Roman Empire
AE drachm
Obv: [AVT KAIC TΡAIAN AΔΡIANOC CEB], laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Rev: Isis Pharia sailing right, holding sistrum, the Pharos Lighthouse to right with three figures on its summit. L-I-[H] across fields
Mint: Alexandria
Date: 133-134 AD
Ref: Milne 1414; RPC 5895; Dattari 1767
(coin information from Wildwinds)

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I think the reverse with Zeus has nice patina shading and half decent detail.

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Philip I - Temple of Zeus on Rev 244-249 AD Gallery
Obverse: AVTOK K M IOVLI FILIPPOC CEB, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right

Reverse: ZEUGMATEWN, temple of Zeus Katabaites, tetrastyle temple with cult image of Zeus seated facing within, holding sceptre; peribolos below containing grove; capricorn leaping right below.
28.9mm, 16.8 grams

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6 minutes ago, thenickelguy said:

I think the reverse with Zeus has nice patina shading and half decent detail.

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Philip I - Temple of Zeus on Rev 244-249 AD Gallery
Obverse: AVTOK K M IOVLI FILIPPOC CEB, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right

Reverse: ZEUGMATEWN, temple of Zeus Katabaites, tetrastyle temple with cult image of Zeus seated facing within, holding sceptre; peribolos below containing grove; capricorn leaping right below.
28.9mm, 16.8 grams

Very cool! Is this a specific temple from the ancient world or more of a generic temple depiction? Either way, neat!

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I've decided to save up for a bigger purchase a while ago, so my last coin is from 3 or 4 months ago. I'm in love with the Hadrian, it's my avatar coin!

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Hadrian, AR denarius

Rome, 126/7 CE

Obverse: laureate head of Hadrian right

Reverse: Pudicitia seated left, holding Sombrero

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6 hours ago, Ronalovich said:

I just picked up this Probus from Lugdunum.

coins ancient to romans imperial and republican probus bastien 374 sold

Probus RIC Vb 116

IMP C PROBVS P•F• AVG. Radiate and draped bust right, seen from the front. 

COMES AVG. Minerva standing left, holding olive branch and spear, resting hand on shield. A in left field.

 

I primarily collect Probus because I love the wealth of diversity in his bust types, so I'm excited to pick this one up, as it's my first draped bust seen from the front. Probus' draped busts are usually seen from the back. The portrait caught my eye on this coin.

Beautiful portrait, plenty of silvering too

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Here's one of the trachies I bought recently

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On top of being a desirable (and scarce) type with a seraph, this example also has full legends, which is quite rare for trachies from the period

Andronicus II (Sear 2352), Constantinople

Obverse: Andronicus holding sceptre and akakia

Legend: ΑΝΔΡΝΙΚΟϹ ΔΕCΠΟΤΗϹ O Π — ΑΛΕΟΛΟΓΟϹ (Full legends(!))

(ANDRONIKOS DESPOTES O P - ALEOLOGOS)

Reverse: Seraph

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My latest was this big Caracalla bronze...

Caracalla Æ 30mm of Amasia, Pontus. Dated CY 209 = AD 207. 30mm (13.87 gm)
Ob...AY KAI M AYP ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust to right (seen from behind).
Rev.. AΔP CεY ANT AMACIAC [M]Hε ΩΠ ΠO, Caracalla and Geta standing vis-à-vis, clasping right hands; ET CΘ (date) in lower field. SNG von Aulock 35 var. (legends); Rec Gen 77 var. (star in reverse field). Roma Numismatics Limited, E-sale 78, lot 852 (same dies). Rare. VF.

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10 hours ago, TheTrachyEnjoyer said:

Very cool! Is this a specific temple from the ancient world or more of a generic temple depiction? Either way, neat!

Sorry. I know very little but today I think I learned that a tetrastyle temple has 4 pillars?

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Gordian III Tarsos Elpis holding flower 238-244 AD Gallery
Cilicia. Tarsos. Bronze Æ. Medallic type about 36 mm, 22.5 gr ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΟϹ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟϹ ϹƐΒ, Π Π, radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right / ΤΑΡϹΟΥ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛƐΩϹ Α Μ Κ Γ Β, Elpis advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt.

This is the third coin I am posting of my recent 4 coin purchase.

It is large and heavy, between the size of a US half dollar and a US Silver Dollar.

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Philip III Arrhidaeus (323-317 BC). AR drachm (18mm, 6h). Lifetime issue of Abydus, ca. 323-317 BC. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress, paws tied before neck / ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Zeus seated left on backless throne, right leg drawn back, feet on stool, eagle in right hand, scepter in left; owl left in left field, horse leg below strut. Price-, cf. P27-P27A (MH monogram in left field). 

Some of these Hellenistic portraits remind me of Elvis.

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15 hours ago, filolif said:

Here's the most recent coin I've received. A beautiful Lysimachos tetradrachm. Still waiting on a few others to be shipped.

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That's a beauty! Here is my latest:

 

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Last of my 4 new ones

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Faustina II 147-175 AD
Roman provincial triassarion, 22mm, 7.4 grams, 1 h.
Thrace, Pautalia, AD 161-175.
Obv: ΦΑVCΤΕΙ-ΝΑ CΕΒΑCΤΗ, draped bust of Faustina II, right; double band of pearls around head.
Rev: ΟVΛΠΙΑC ΠΑ-VΤΑΛΙΑC, veiled Demeter seated, l., holding three ears of corn and long torch

 

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This is one of my latest Claudian coins. I've actually had it for a little while but only just now created the photo/description. I really like the portrait style.

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And another inexpensive but interesting and quite nice LRB. Just finished photographing, researching, and attributing this one. I think I've got it right.

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Researching coins while listening to Beethoven's 3rd Symphony (Eroica) - on a Friday evening to boot - what a pleasant way to pass the time. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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