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These two scyphate cast flans from Olbia ca. 400-350BC, with diademed and taenia-wearing Demeter / eagle catching 'dolphin' in its talons:

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They are very red. I think that the aquatic creatures on neither these nor the Istros coinage are supposed to be dolphins but rather sturgeon.

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The Tribute Penny of Tiberius was one of the first coins that I wanted to buy. I think that it is still one of the most iconic ancient coins, in HJB's 'Greatest 100 ancient coins' it is #50.
What has prevented me from buying one was that it is one of the more common ancient coins and still quite expensive. That‘s why I took my time until a specimen showed up that I really liked. I think that waiting a bit was worth it. In hand, it looks like on the photo.
I really really the style of it.

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There is also a video from the seller.

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I took a few coin photos today - the first in 2024.   Here's a coin from NYINC -

Gens: Thoria
Moneyer: L. Thorius Balbus
Coin: Silver Denarius
I·S·M·R - Head of Juno Sospita, right, wearing goat-skin
L·THORIVS - Bull charging right; control-mark above (S)
Exergue: BALBVS
Mint: Rome (105 BC)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.94g / 20mm / 6h
References:
  • RSC 1 (Thoria)
  • Sydenham 598
  • Crawford 316/1
Acquisition: Wolfshead Gallery NYINC Bourse 13-Jan-2024

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ATB,
Aidan.

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Snagged an elderly Euthydemos for a decent price from Heritage of all places

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Euthydemos I
Greco-Baktrian Kingdom
circa 225-200 BC
AR Tetradrachm
30 mm, 16.51 g, 11 h

Obv: Elderly portrait of Euthydemos
Rev: Herakles seated on rock throne, resting club on leg.

Bop 12a

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Everybody knows the Imperial issues of Antoninus Pius with young Marcus Aurelius, but here is a Syrian Imperial (probably Antioch minted) unit from the S - C series:

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AE22mm 9.41g

Very similar in style and module to the Laodicea ad Mare coinage with Pius and Tyche from around 140.

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On 2/10/2024 at 9:50 PM, Salomons Cat said:

The Tribute Penny of Tiberius was one of the first coins that I wanted to buy. I think that it is still one of the most iconic ancient coins, in HJB's 'Greatest 100 ancient coins' it is #50.
What has prevented me from buying one was that it is one of the more common ancient coins and still quite expensive. That‘s why I took my time until a specimen showed up that I really liked. I think that waiting a bit was worth it. In hand, it looks like on the photo.
I really really the style of it.

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There is also a video from the seller.

Thats a great coin, nice toning!

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I bought it for the nice details.

Constans, AE2, Antioch. AD 348-350. RIC VIII 128, Γ    
DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe / 
FEL TEMP REPA-RATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, walking right, looking left; leading a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree with long slender leaves. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs. Star in upper centre. Mintmark ANΓ. 

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I have another ancient riding the post on its way to me from across that huge pond everyone keeps talking about. Until it arrives, this Basil I Byzantine, flanked by Leo and Constantine, remains my latest ancient.

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Basil I (867-886) Æ Follis; Constantinople mint; Obv: +LEOh bASIL COhST AVGG, Facing half-length figures of Basil in center, Leo on left and Constantine on right, Basil wears crown and loros and holds akakia, both sons wear crown and chlamys; Rev: +bASIL COhSTAhN T S LEOhNEN QO bASIL S ROMEOh in five lines, "*" in exergue; 24mm, 7.89 grams; DOC 11.1, Sear 1713

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A silver tetradrachm of Seleukos I struck under his own name, rather than Alexander’s:

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Seleucid Kingdom, Seleukos I 312-281 BC, Silver Tetradrachm 17.06g, 26mm Head of Herakles right, wearing a lion skin. Zeus seated left, holding an eagle and scepter, monogram to left, "ΔI"below the throne. “BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY” SC 117.1c

 

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9 hours ago, singig said:

I bought it for the nice details.

Constans, AE2, Antioch. AD 348-350. RIC VIII 128, Γ    
DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe / 
FEL TEMP REPA-RATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, walking right, looking left; leading a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree with long slender leaves. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs. Star in upper centre. Mintmark ANΓ. 

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Interesting reverse. I don't know much about late Roman coins, my collection stops at Maximinus Thrax.
Do you know what the reverse means?

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4 hours ago, MrMonkeySwag96 said:

A silver tetradrachm of Seleukos I struck under his own name, rather than Alexander’s:

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Seleucid Kingdom, Seleukos I 312-281 BC, Silver Tetradrachm 17.06g, 26mm Head of Herakles right, wearing a lion skin. Zeus seated left, holding an eagle and scepter, monogram to left, "ΔI"below the throne. “BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY” SC 117.1c

 

Ha! That coin didn't take long to disappear off my watch list. 😉 Great score!

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My least interesting purchase of the month, a bronze Prutah of John Hyrcanus:

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JOHN HYRKANOS I (Yehohanan) Judaea, Hasmonean Kingdom, 134-104 BC. Jerusalem. ‘Yehohanan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews’ (Paleo-Hebrew) in four lines within wreath; above inscription, Greek letter A. Reverse - Double cornucopiae adorned with ribbons, pomegranate or poppy between. Hendin 1131-1132. 15mm, 2.3g.

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Thank you @singig, that's a great explanation.

I am investing heavily in coins this month 😄 And I'm very pleased with my most recent purchases. The coins are not only on exceptionally fine condition, but they also came with 2 pleasant surprises.
 

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Severus Alexander, 226 AD. 18mm, 286g.
Rev: ANNONA AVG, Annona standing left holding cornucopiae and grain ear over modius.
Ref: RIC 133

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Severus Alexander, 232 AD. 21mm, 3.14g.
Rev: MARS VLTOR, Mars advancing right holding spear and shield.
Ref: RIC 246

Pleasant surprise #1:
The coins came with 2 collector tickets that show provenances from 2002 and 2003.
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Both denarii have provenances from British numismatists, the one with MARS VLTOR probably from Graeme Monk and the ANNONA denarius from Andrew Barrett. 

Pleasant surprise #2:
Swiss import customs have a reputation of being extraordinarily strict about the import of ancient coins. Every coin dealer knows that. Probably because Switzerland has had a bad reputation in the past, as a trade platform for illegally looted ancient artifacts.
Quite often, import customs open my letters and packages and usually they charge me with ~ $40 for that. But sometimes they don't. I don't know how they decide when to do that and when not. Maybe it just depends on their motivation. Anyway - this time I did not have to pay import tax. Which is nice, especially since I became increasingly worried recently about the developments and possibly increasing restrictions concerning the trade with ancient coins.

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I built my latest order around this charming Trajan Decius Sestertius. 

The Domitian sestertius is one of my favorite types.  There seem to be some smoothing issues, especially on the reverse.  I also find it a bit strange that the coin would be F/aVG. Perhaps there's some tooling on the obverse?

The ugly Valerian was thrown in because of the unusually high weight.

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Trajan Decius, 249-251. Æ Sestertius (30 mm, 16.08 g), Rome. Obv. IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Trajan Decius right. Rev. VICTORIA AVG S C Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond. RIC IV 126d; Cohen 117

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Domitian, 81-96. Æ Sestertius (35 mm, 21.16 g), Rome, 90-91. Obv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P Laureate head of Domitian right. Rev. IOVI VICTORI / S C Jupiter seated left on throne, holding Victory and sceptre. RIC 702; BMCRE II, p.398, 439; Cohen 314

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Valerian I, 253-260. Ӕ Sestertius (31 mm, 25.14 g), Rome, 255-256. Obv. IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Valerian I to right. Rev. APOLINI CONSERVA S - C Apollo standing left, holding laurel branch and lyre set on rock. RIC 152; MIR 72h

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4 minutes ago, Nerosmyfavorite68 said:

There seem to be some smoothing issues

I wouldn't worry about that, almost all big bronzes are smoothed to an extend and looks great as is 🙂

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I picked up a bucket list coin for my birthday coming up. Athens owl Tetradrachm new style 149/148 bc. This beast is 30mm and is beautiful despite not having the nicest surface. I wasn't sure whether to get the old style or the new style but this was $175 so I just went for this one. It's just special. I'm not sure this one is famous as the old owl but it is just as magnificent.

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2 hours ago, Amarmur said:

I picked up a bucket list coin for my birthday coming up. Athens owl Tetradrachm new style 149/148 bc. This beast is 30mm and is beautiful despite not having the nicest surface. I wasn't sure whether to get the old style or the new style but this was $175 so I just went for this one. It's just special. I'm not sure this one is famous as the old owl but it is just as magnificent.

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Congratulations! That is an awesome coin for the money. 👍

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Added this new Victory type of Gallienus to my collection today. I was very happy that it arrived. The seller was awesome but the USPS wasn't so much...

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Gallienus
Billon Antoninianus
Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, draped bust right
Reverse: VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm, star in left field

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This is my newest fraction from Carthage, what makes it special is the high silver content , I think has more than 70% silver. I was unable to find a similar billon/silver fraction.

Maximianus , Billon Silver Fraction , Carthage , 303 AD , RIC VI Carthage 37b
IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG , Bust of Maximian, radiate, draped, cuirassed, right /
VOT X•X / FK within a wreath , MintMark: FK (Felix Karthago) , 3.34 g

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