Benefactor robinjojo Posted July 24, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted July 24, 2022 (edited) Over the past few weeks I made a couple of visits to my local coin shop in San Jose to go through some of the ancients stock. I've been basically going through the same box. I am sure there are other ancients available, but the shop, always a bit of jumble, became more disorganized because of one break-in and a couple of attempted break-ins. Additional security measures, in addition to the video monitors, were added, including a beefed up door, a concrete barrier in front, in the form of a planter, and a metal security door that can be lowered electronically. Needless to say the owner is upset and very angry about this situation and there's talk that the shop will likely close in two or three years, I assume when the current lease expires. I did find a crude but interesting AE As of Nero. At least I think it is an As, but it is somewhat on the heavy side for an As. This is a well known type, with Nero playing a lyre on the reverse. The portrait, unlike most examples that I have seen, is facing left. Does anyone have the RIC# for this coin. I assume that it would have its own due to the left facing portrait. Is this a rare variety? The obverse is rough, with deposits and some corrosion, while the reverse is quite decent all things considered. Nero, AE As, 64 AD, Nero playing the lyre on reverse. 11.33 grams The second coin, which I call "Neroesque", was minted by the Artuqids of Mardin. It is the only ancient or medieval coin that I know of that has both a profile and a facing portrait on the same side, the obverse for this coin. The profile portrait clearly resembles Nero, at least to me. Perhaps others might think it is another emperor. The facing portrait is very much in the Byzantine style. Artuquids of Mardin, Husam al-Din Yuluq Arslan. AH 580-597 (1184-1201 AD), SS34, variant portrait page, 103. 13.48 grams The larger roman style portrait, in the astrological context of royalty, represents Jupiter. The facing figure, with the pointed crown could represent the sun. On December 19, 1189 an occultation, or planetary eclipse of Jupiter as it passed behind the sun occurred, deemed an auspicious conjunction. Could this coin's obverse be a reference to this event? Spengler and Sayles think it is. This coin is a fairly decent example of a scarce type. There seems to have been an attempt to clean the coin in the past, as evidenced by the scratches on both sides. Thanks for helping to ID the Nero As, and please post anything you wish. Edited July 27, 2022 by robinjojo 14 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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