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This guy came today from Germany.  Another barbarous imitative to add to the collection:
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Barbarous Imitative
Follis
Constantine I
310-337 AD
Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed bust right in high-crested helmet, blundered legend around
Reverse: Two Victories standing facing one another holding shield on altar decorated with N in center, blundered legend around

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I have made a number of impulse purchases in my day, which hardly makes me unusual as a collector.  But tonight’s the first time that I bought at auction simply because I liked the portrait’s hairstyle!  
 

This Parthian Kingdom AR Drachm of Vologases V (191-208 AD) brought together the man-bun of a Brooklyn barista, the side-buns of Princess Leia, and the pointy beard of Frank Zappa — don’t see that every day!  It’s in pretty great shape and the tone is pleasing, but truly it was all about the hair tonight.  AR 19mm 3.68g, Sellwood 86.3, Shore 448  

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I’ve had a few of these and they all seem to be terrible. This one had some pretty bad corrosion in the form and malachite and cuprite growths, but the coin itself was outstanding, so I attempt to remove. Overall a big improvement, even though I couldn’t get the repatination very good. Almost zero circulation wear on it!

Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine /610-641 AD). Constantinople
AE Three-Quarter Follis (22.1mm 6.36g)
Obv: Crowned figures of Heraclius, holding long cross, and Heraclius Constantine, holding globus cruiger, standing facing; star above.
Rev: Large Λ; cross above, A/N/N/O to left, date to right XX; A below, CON in exergue
SB 812

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now I have 2 very ugly ones to get to a new owner.

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Here's my first purchase of 2024, from this past Saturday's Savoca Blue auction. FedEx delivered it yesterday afternoon.  I'm always impressed with the speed of Savoca's shipping.

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Nero, AD 54-68.
AE As, 10.2 g, 28.6 mm, 7 h.
Lugdunum mint, AD 62-68.
Obv: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P; Head of Nero, bare, left; small globe at point of neck.
Rev: S C; Victory, winged, draped, moving left, holding in both hands shield inscribed S [P Q] R.
Ref: RIC I (2nd ed.) 544 or 606, BMC 387.
Acquired from Savoca Coins, 192nd Blue Auction, Lot no. 323, 27 January 2024.

This was an interesting one to attribute.  I narrowed it down to two seemingly identical issues on OCRE; RIC 544 or RIC 606.   I found a post on the German language Numismatikforum (https://www.numismatikforum.de/viewtopic.php?t=28844) that explained the situation, with help from Google Translate.  It seems the two types are from two different Lugdunum emissions, RIC 544 from Emission IV and RIC 606 from Emission V.

 

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Sometimes I purchase a coin because it is a good buy, but also it gives me a "project" in terms of improving its appearance without too much intervention.  Here's a $15 acquisition from eBay, a crude and crusty follis of Justinian I, seated type, of Antioch.

Justinian I, follis (40 nummi), 529-533 AD, Antioch, officina Δ.

Sear 214

16.86 grams

Obverse: Justinian seated facing on throne, holding scepter and globus cruciger right /Reverse: Large M; cross above, star to left, crescent to right; Δ in lower middle; +THEUP in exergue.

 

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This coin when it arrived was harshly cleaned, with much bare metal showing on the high spots.

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A brief treatment with diluted liver of sulfur evened the color to a great extent.  Of course I will note on the coin's label that it has been repatinated.

Edit:  I noticed that the cruciger has an extra smaller cross above the larger one, something I don't see on my other examples.  I guess this is one of the eight varieties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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59 minutes ago, robinjojo said:

Sometimes I purchase a coin because it is a good buy, but also it gives me a "project" in terms of improving its appearance without too much intervention.  Here's a $15 acquisition from eBay, a crude and crusty follis of Justinian I, seated type, of Antioch.

Justinian I, follis (40 nummi), 529-533 AD, Antioch, officina Δ.

Sear 214

16.86 grams

Obverse: Justinian seated facing on throne, holding scepter and globus cruciger right /Reverse: Large M; cross above, star to left, crescent to right; Δ in lower middle; +THEUP in exergue.

 

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This coin when it arrived was harshly cleaned, with much bare metal showing on the high spots.

Justinian I, AE Follis, Antioch SB 214 - Picture 2 of 4

Justinian I, AE Follis, Antioch SB 214 - Picture 3 of 4

A brief treatment with diluted liver of sulfur evened the color to a great extent.  Of course I will note on the coin's label that it has been repatinated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d say that’s a great improvement. Nice

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On 1/30/2024 at 2:41 PM, ela126 said:

I’ve had a few of these and they all seem to be terrible. This one had some pretty bad corrosion in the form and malachite and cuprite growths, but the coin itself was outstanding, so I attempt to remove. Overall a big improvement, even though I couldn’t get the repatination very good. Almost zero circulation wear on it!

Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine /610-641 AD). Constantinople
AE Three-Quarter Follis (22.1mm 6.36g)
Obv: Crowned figures of Heraclius, holding long cross, and Heraclius Constantine, holding globus cruiger, standing facing; star above.
Rev: Large Λ; cross above, A/N/N/O to left, date to right XX; A below, CON in exergue
SB 812

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now I have 2 very ugly ones to get to a new owner.

I don't think I've ever seen a great looking one of these. Your example is much nicer looking than mine, that's for sure!

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Mine also happened to be overstruck on Sear 808.

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20 minutes ago, ela126 said:

I’d say that’s a great improvement. Nice

Thanks 

As a rule I avoid, or at least try to, going beyond the occasional cleaning with distilled water for a bronze coin.  But, as this was a $15 coin, it was worth "improving" its color.  

Perhaps in another 500 years it will look even better!

 

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I have some other large folles(GENIO POPVLI ..) from the tetrarchy period but no one has a cuirassed bust , this was the main reason to buy it. In that period the Londinium mint used the same type of cuirassed bust for the other three emperors.

Galerius, as Caesar AE Follis. London mint. RIC VI 15    
MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES, laureate, cuirassed bust right (small head, long neck) /
GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys draped over shoulder (hangs low), holding patera and cornucopiae. No mintmark. 
28 mm / 10.1 g

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Of the 2 coins that I can think of that have been lost in the mail in my years of buying online, one was a Galeria Valeria that I won for ~$10. She wasn't great but she was mine for a decent price. I was pretty bummed about it. I've been looking for one for several years now. Many bids. Many losses. 

Finally, I won one the other day and she just arrived. Better than the one that was lost in the mail and only a few dollars more. I'm pretty happy. I wasn't expecting it to be as big as it was. 

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Galeria Valeria
Follis, 25mm/6.94g
Struck 309-310 AD
Heraclea Mint
Obverse: GAL VALERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right
Reverse: VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing facing, head left, holding apple upwards and raising drapery
Mintmark HTB

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I’ve been filling out my 11th century recently. Some decent examples, and a slightly liberal use of saturation with the photo editor.

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Class A2 
Basil II and Constantine VIII, 976 - 1025 A.D.
Sear 1813
13.5g

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Romanus IV Diogenes (1068-1071 AD)
SB 1866
13.8g

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Michael VII Ducas (1071-1078 AD)
Half follis - potentially - die match and weight match to a CNG example
Sear 1880a
4.55g

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Michael VII. 1071-1078
Follis
Sear 1878
6.1g

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Class I Anonymous
Nicephorus III, 7 January 1078 – 1 April 1081
Follis
Sear 1889
5.3g

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Alexius 1 - 1081-1118
Tetarteron
Thessalonica mint
SB 1931
2.8g

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Here's a crude, generally dark and scratched didrachm from Gela - not much to look at here - but purchased a relatively  fair price at $75.00.  This is the first coin that I've owned from this city.

The centering is not bad, but the strike is uneven.  This coin was struck on a narrow lower weight flan, so the obverse legend, below the man-faced bull  has been cut off.

Sicily, Gela. didrachm circa 490/85 – 480/75 BC.

Jenkins, Gela 88 (O27-R45); HGC 2, 363.

7.99 grams

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I’ve owned many modern gold coins, but this is my first ancient gold coin:

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Byzantine Empire, Justinian 527-565, AV Semissis 2.16g, 19mm Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justinian right. Victory seated right inscribing a shield. "VICTORIA AVGGG", Staurogram to right. "CONOB" in exergue. SB 143

 

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Here's my latest acquisition.  I've been looking for one of these for three years.  Now, I have both sides of the temple of Venus and Roma.

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Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD.
AE sestertius, 24.9 g, 32.7 mm, 11 h.
Rome mint, AD 141.
Obv: [ANT]ONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR [P COS III]; Head of Antoninus Pius, laureate, right.
Rev: [VENERI] FELICI [SC]; Front view of decastyle temple with statues on roof and in pediment.
Refs: RIC 651a, Sear RCV 4257.
Acquired from CGB Numismatics Paris, 27 January 2024.

 

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I'm a first-time poster, and I thought that this would be a good thread to get my feet wet on and get my formatting mistakes out of the way.

Here is my latest acquisition: a nice electrum myshemihekte, with a lion's paw obverse and incuse punch reverse, probably Alyattes in Lydia, late 7th / early 6th century. I'm not putting in the details from the auction listing, because I think that the real story is a little more murky. It has a cute little banker's mark.

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A 1/24 stater checking in at a big 0.58 g, 6 mm diameter.

One think that I like about these little lion's paws is that they look fresh even when a bit worn, and I love the idea that they were actually used. Can you imagine carrying and using one of tiny things in a transaction - it was probably worth about three day's pay.

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Siscia seems to also have had a distinct style, with thinner emperors, giraffe necks and awkward arms  on the obverse, besides the singular symbol markings on the reverse. But I was sold on the patina, which is even more radiant irl.

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This guy came today. It was mistakenly listed as his grandfather, Valerian I, and had a BIN for $35 OBO so I offered $30 and it was accepted. It is listed in wildwinds as a rare reverse and I could only find 2 examples on acsearch. 

It checks off 2 boxes for me in particular so I was happy to pay a bit more than I normally do. 
1) Emperor (or in this case, Caesar) that I did not yet have.
2) Victory reverse

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Valerian II as Caesar
Billon Antoninianus
Antioch
255 AD
Obverse: P LIC COR VALERIANVS CAES, radiate, draped bust right
Reverse: VICTORIA GERMAN, Victory standing right, presenting wreath to Valerian II, standing left, holding spear

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