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This was my favorite thread for a long time on CT (along the Medieval Monday), so how about we have one here too.

I'll start:


Manuel Komnenodoukas as Despot of Thessalonica (1230-1237)
AE26mm, 2.22g, billon aspron trachy, Thessalonica mint, ca. 1231/2.
[M/X AP]; half-length bust facing of Archangel Michael, nimbate, holding sword over shoulder in right hand and sheath in left
[MANOVHΛ ΔEC] - KONCTANTINOC; full length figures of Manuel on l. and St. Constantine on r, holding between them patriarchal cross with long shaft and three steps at the base; both wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of the simplified type and holding palm branches.
cf. DOC 6.3, Type D, p.575; Sear 2180; Labarum 21800.


I've been meaning to show some more 13th century trachea/stamena but haven't got the time to do a real write-up so this format fits me best at this hour.

This is an interesting early reign issue for Manuel, of the large module and what makes it scarce is the fact that it wasn't cut at a later date, possibly close to 1240 as many others (in fact most 1230s coinage is), maybe except what was used in Constantinople (and Thessalonica?) proper. The use of Thessalonica trachea seems to have been restricted to Thracia, Bulgaria, Macedonia-Epirus, basically tying the Adriatic with the Black Sea without much penetration into Asia. The style is typical for Thessalonica -- and in those parts of the world there was no better base-metal coinage in terms of style than what Thessalonica was minting in the late 1220s and the 1230s, even with all the double-strikes and all.

Please add anything you want to this thread, especially if it's Sunday night.



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Since it's a "free for all," I'm going to get out some of the rougher stuff that probably wouldn't fit anywhere else. 😁

France ARCHBISHOPRIC OF VIENNE - ANONYMOUS AR Denier, 11th - 12th Centuries; Obv: .+. S. M. VIENNA. (Saint Maurice of Vienne), profile of Saint Maurice, facing left; Rev: MAXIMA. GALL

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Was taking some photos today..

Picked up this Caracalla provincial...

Pontos, Amaseia. Caracalla 198-217 AD. AE 30mm (13.87 gm). Dated CY 209 (207 AD). Obv.: AY KAI M AYP ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust to right. Rev.: AΔP CЄY ANT AMACIAC [M]H NЄ 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.

Sellers photo...


Mine..Lovely green/ brown patina..




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This is due Wednesday from a VCoins seller about 3 hours away. Sellers photos for now

Lucilla, 150-182 AD. AE As. 9.96g; 26mm. LVCILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right / HILARITAS SC, Hilaritas standing left, holding long palm and cornucopiae. RIC 1741; Cohen 30; Sear 5514

Ancient Coins - LUCILLA. Æ. As. HILARITAS.


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1 hour ago, seth77 said:

The rougher stuff, the high end stuff, even non-ancients and even artifacts or fossils. Things that come to your attention on a Sunday evening when you retreat to your study before bedtime.

So it can be anything that come to attention before bedtime?

Than I post this 400+ year old Yoroi



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Okay that [embedding video] was SO MUCH EASIER than I realized, lol (sorry I wasn't as steady I'd like on the Obverse of the Parthia-Persis Diobol)

Greek Silver "Fractional" Coins: Small, Tiny, and Microscopic

 fine print:

On ACSearch, with auction photos (except the group of fractions from the H. Cahn collection), as follows: Megalopolis Triobol: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html... Messenia Triobol: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html... Parthia Diobol: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html... Thessaly, Heraclea Obol: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html... Samaria Obol / Ma'eh: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html... Phokis Hemiobol (left): https://www.acsearch.info/search.html... Phokis Hemiobol (right): https://www.acsearch.info/search.html... Archaic Fractions: https://www.acsearch.info/search.html...

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Recent pick up.... a very interesting type that has some nice detail..


Ionia, Smyrna, c. 75-50 BC. Æ (22mm, 6.94g, 12h). Pasikrates, magistrate. Laureate head of Apollo r. R/ Homer seated l., holding scroll; two monograms to l

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It's Sunday again, so here is an interesting Aelia Flaccilla that I got 2 years ago from Andre Cichos:


AE2 24mm 5.28g copper maiorina, minted at Nicomedia, cca. 383-384(?)
AEL FLAC - CILLA AVG; draped, with elaborate pearl head-dress wearing pearl necklace and Imperial mantle bust right
SALVS REI - PVBLICAE; Victory sitting right, inscribing the Christian monogram Chi-Iota on shield placed on column.
SMN... in exergue
cf. RIC IX Nicomedia 42, R

The type was introduced in early 383 after the accession of Arcadius, in a bid towards dynastic independence by Theodosius I. At Nicomedia this early type for Flaccilla is rather scarce, but this specimen is unlisted and hints towards an unknown emission that should go chronologically between Nicomedia 42 and Nicomedia 43 (or perhaps before Nicomedia 28), either at the beginning of the type with Victory engraving shield or at its end, before the introduction of the new Empress standing facing type in 384. This issue has no field marks and uses officina Δ or possibly A(?), unrecorded for Nicomedia 42/28, but recorded for the Empress type Nicomedia 43 (Δ).

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As its a free for all, here is a coin that fascinated me as I had not seen one before.



Obverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Laureate and cuirassed bust of 
Aurelian facing right.

Reverse: CONCORDIA AVG, Aurelian, in military attire, standing left, holding sceptre
in left hand and clasping hands with Severina standing right, radiate bust of Sol facing
right between them. No officina mark.

RIC: 80. Sear: 11646. [Rome, AD 274-5].

Diameter: 25 mm. Weight: 9.6 g.


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