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600-550 B.C., 1/24 Stater, MYSIA, Cyzicus, EL6mm., 0.5gm.

Obv: Head of Tunny fish right.

Rev: Quadripartite incuse swastika punch.

Hunter & Liewald 2.2 e.f.

Von Fritze 1.9

Ex. CNG Electronic Auction 335, Lot 166.

(1) 600-550 B.C. MYSIA Kyzikos Hunter & Leiwald 2.2; (O) a.png

(1) 600-550 B.C. MYSIA Kyzikos Hunter & Leiwald 2.2; (R) a.png

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I'm getting ready to see some absolutely breathtaking coins in this thread! 😅

Mine isn't that special, but I love the test cut and the cool bankers marks, gives the coin a nice character!


Unfortunately I haven't been able to figure out more information about the marks, the one near the elbow looks like a Lambda though 🤔

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I rarely buy coins that I don't like. So if I buy a coin (except for those ones that are that cheap that it's a pity to allow them to escape, but I have to like even those) it means it's a favorite 🙂

Every collector has his or her own personal preferences and to be honest I am glad this domain is huge and anybody can get a slice 🙂

Here is a coin that is not my all time favorite (it would be extremely difficult to choose one anyway, I noticed that for some coins I bought and was extremely happy for them, after a few months I check them in the album and I ask myself why did I liked them that much ..... and the other way around, I keep re-discovering coins that were "meh" when I bought them but I start to like them months or years after).



T. Carisius (ca. 46 BC). AR denarius. Rome. 20 mm 3.33 g. MONETA, head of Juno Moneta right, wearing pendant earring and necklace; dotted border / T•CARISIVS, wreathed cap of Vulcan (or garlanded punch die) over anvil (or anvil die), between tongs (on left) and hammer (on right); all within wreath. Crawford 464/2. Sydenham 982b. Carisia 1b.

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Today my favourite is this one..



Marcus Aurelius. AD 161-180. Æ Sestertius. Rome mint. Struck AD 171...(32mm, 24.68 g)
Obv. Laureate, draped head right, IMP M ANTONINVS AVG TRP XXV
Rev. Fides standing left, holding Victory and standard, FIDES EXERCITVVM COS III SC
RIC III 997......Double die match to the only example in the British Museum Collection..



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Great coins, gang 


Ummm, my favourite coin varies depending upon my mood ... at the moment I'm craving seafood chowder, so this coin is calling me ...

AEOLIS, Gryneion. Æ11
4th century BC
Diameter: 11 mm
Weight: 1.63 grams
Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo facing slightly left
Reverse: Mussel
Reference: SNG Ashmolean 1447–8; SNG Copenhagen 205–6
Other: 2h ... black patina, a few deposits. Quite rare


Aeolis Gryneion.jpg


... but later in the day, I'll probably start thinking about BBQ-ing, so a bull-coin may appear? TBD 


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2 minutes ago, Steve said:

Great coins, gang 


Ummm, my favourite coin varies depending upon my mood ... at the moment I'm craving seafood chowder, so this coin is calling me 


Aeolis Gryneion.jpg


... but later in the day, I'll probably start thinking about BBQ-ing, so a bull-coin may appear? TBD 


Wow Interesting ! In which city was minted and when ?

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2 hours ago, Helvius Pertinax said:

Oh WOW, what a handsome coin 😮 Is that a little Medusa on Septimius' armour?

Helvius, Severus is wearing an aegis, a protective breastplate with a Medusa head, similar to the one worn by Alexander the Great as seen on the famous mosaic from Pompeii.


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Todays favorite coin.


Lydia, Tripolis. AE15. Semi-autonomous. AD 14-37.

Obv: TΡIΠOΛEITΩN, laureate head of Apollo right, with lyre.
Rev: MENANΔΡOΣ ΦIΛO KAIΣAΡ TO Δ, four lines within wreath, Maeander pattern below.

Reign of Tiberius
Magistrate Menandros.

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Here’s my (current) favorite…


AR Cistophorus (25mm, 11.48 g, 1h). Pergamum mint. Struck circa 19-18 BC. Bare head right / MART • VLTO across field, temple of Mars Ultor: circular, domed, tetrastyle temple set on five-tiered base; a signum within. RIC I 507; Sutherland Group VIIγ, 547 (O56/R12); RPC I 2220; RSC 202.

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Nice coins all! On any given day it could be one of 5 or so coins in my collection. With a combination of beauty and historical interest this Maussolos consistently ranks at or near the top.


Satraps of Caria
AR Tetradrachm, Halikarnassus mint, struck ca. 377 - 352 BC
Dia.: 23 mm
Wt.: 15.06 g
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo facing three-quarters right
Rev.: MAYΣΣΩΛΛO, Zeus Labraundos standing right
Ref.: BMC 1 var; SNG Von Aulock 2359 var.; Traité II, 91
Ex Roma Auction II, lot 302 (Oct. 2, 2011)

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It's so, so difficult to pick only one!  I've had enough trouble the last couple of years even picking a top 10, so I always cheat slightly and end up with several different top 10s -- Imperial, Provincial, Republican, etc. But today, I think I'll choose my coin with the oldest documented provenance (not counting hoard coins like the couple I have from the 1887 East Harptree hoard) -- a coin I also happen to think is one of the most beautiful I own, as well as one of my only two aurei. The 1938 provenance was discovered by Arete Coins, the dealer from whom I made the purchase, with the aid of the Ex-Numis company.  I established the 1910 provenance myself, with the help of other Coin Talk members, most importantly Mike Braunlin.

Vespasian AV Aureus, 75 AD (Cos VI), Rome Mint. Obv. Laureate head right, IMP CAESAR - VESPASIANVS AVG [counter-clockwise from 5:00] / Rev. Victory holding palm branch in left hand and wreath in outstretched right hand, standing left on cista mystica flanked by two coiled serpents with heads pointing upwards*, PON MAX - TR P COS VI [clockwise from 8:00]. Two small edge dents/cuts on obverse at 3:00 and 6:00 (possibly from old jewelry mount). 19 mm., 7.22 g. RIC II-1 Vespasian 775 (2007 ed.), old RIC II Vespasian 82 (1926 ed.), BMCRE 168, Cohen 370, Sear RCV I 2254 (ill. p. 431). Purchased from Arete Coins, Seattle, WA, Dec. 2021; ex. Triskeles Auctions Sale 21, Lot 392, 29 Sep. 2017; ex. Ars Classica XVIII (“COLLECTION TRÈS IMPORTANTE MONNAIES ROMAINES FORMÊE PAR UN DIPLOMATE ÉTRANGER DEPUIS LONGTEMPS DÉCÉDÉ” [Collection of Vicomte de Sartiges]), Lot 144 [ill. Pl. 6], 10 Oct. 1938, l'Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland (Experts Dr. Jacob Hirsch & M. Lucien Naville);** ex. Collection of Louis, Vicomte de Sartiges (1859-1924), published in Sartiges, Vicomte de, “Collection du vicomte de Sartiges. Séries grecque et romaine, en 1910, ainsi que les acquisitions depuis cette date”
(Paris, D.A. Longuet; Plates I-XLIII published 1910; undated supplement contains five additional plates), Pl. XXVI, No. 105 [this coin, acquired before 1910]. ***


*See Sear RCV I at p. 431: “The reverse type is inspired by the triumviral cistophoric coinage of Provincial Asia” (citing Sear RCV I 1512-1513, issued by Mark Antony). See also similar reverse on silver quinarius issued by Octavian, RIC I 276, Sear RCV I 1568.

**The Ars Classica 1938 catalogue with photo and description of this coin, Lot 144:







***See Provenance Glossary, p. 14, Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 91 Catalogue, 23 May 2016,  Zurich, Switzerland:


This coin as illustrated & described in the 1910 catalogue of the de Sartiges Collection, Pl. XXVI, No. 105:






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Given a fairly specific category, I might be able to answer this question.  Otherwise... impossible!! 🤪

Here's my favourite tetradrachm:


Rhodes tetradrachm in the name and types of Alexander III 'The Great,' c. 205-190 BCE (Cretan War period). Price 2513. Signed by die engraver "Danaos"(?).  Obverse die match with Ashmolean's Price 2513.

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31 minutes ago, Kosmas said:

Amazing Coin !! I would like to have one !

Me too. It is amazing. But I couldn't buy one, as with all that intricate detail, I'd be too afraid of buying a tooled coin.

Picking a single favourite is impossible, and obviously, I can't follow AncientJoe. So I'll just post a coin I think I'm least likely to sell.

Antoninus Pius As, 154-155image.png.a316448454c40884fb339dfa62707655.pngBritain or Rome. Bronze, 8.63g. Laureate head right; ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII. Britannia seated left on rock, resting head on hand; arms in background; BRITANNIA - COS IIII around; SC in exergue (RIC III, 934).

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