Here is the only ancient coin I picked up last year. I was picking up some older near Eastern denominations I didn't have yet, like a Siglos from Persia and some Phoenician fractional shekels, but didn't have a full shekel..so got this one. Rough (but I could afford it), and cool devices with the wrestlers and slinger, a triskeles, and a cool little countermark I can't make out.
Pamphylia, Aspendos 420-400 BC, Ar Stater
O:Two wrestlers. R: Slinger about to release his sling. Triskeles to right. SNG Von Aulock 4504
Here is a cool medal I picked up last fall. Commemorating an 1837 of Queen Victoria to London to attend a banquet on November 9th. I like medals that commemorate a specific historical and even, and like them even better the medal has a specific date.
This is a large medal, about 60 mm and is in pretty high relief, especially the bust of Victoria. It is SUPER shiny white metal, you can see my camera and some of myself reflected on the mirror like reverse.
I didn't think the picture really captured the medal, so I included a short video I shot in my backyard last fall. It shows the size and relief pretty well, even if my I'm the best camera man.
If you open the video in YouTube and crank up the resolution to 1080p it looks pretty sweet!
That's a cool quadrans novicius! I purchases one a few years ago for exactly the same reason you got yours. I read somewhere that mine hands and scale had something to do with Claudius restoring the weight standard for some coin that were changed by Caligula. Mine isn't quite as attractive as yours.
Claudius, AE Quadrans , AD 42. O: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG, hand holding scales, PNR in field; R: PON M TR P IMP PP COS II around S C. RIC 91, Cohen 73. 17 mm, 3.2 g.