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 Posted 08/08/2017  11:55 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Trying to focus and downsize my collection.

I accept Paypal, Cash, Personal check. Shipping is $3 anywhere in the US. Contact me for international shipping--it tends to run expensive. (Domestic) orders over $50 ship free!

All prices open to negotiation!

1. $12

Roman Empire, Constantine the Great
AE Follis
CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG
Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE
Victory seated left on cippus with palm branch in each hand; trophy in background, captive seated before her; officina letter Z (6th) in left field.
Mintmark CONS
RIC VII 35; Sear 16191.



Among the first issues of the newly opened Constantinople Mint, these coins are said to honor a fort that defended the new capital during its construction. This is one of the more common varieties of this scarcer type.

2. $15 each; $25 for both

Roman Empire, Trajan
AE Quadrans (1/4 As)
IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate head right
She-wolf crouching left (RIC 694) and right (RIC 692), SC below




The Quandrans at the time of Trajan was a seldom-encountered piece of small change. Generally these were minted for use by the impoverished; a quadrans was about enough to buy a single meal's worth of bread. As far as quadrans go, these are highly unusual in that they bear the Emperor's image; such low-value coins did not often warrant an engraver skilled enough to fit an attractive bust on a ~10-13mm coin.

3. $14

India, Indo-Scythians
Nahapana (c. 100 AD)
AR Drachm
Obv: Bust of Nahapana Right
Rev: Thunderbolt and Arrow, legend in Brahmi (left) and Kharosthi (right), "Nahapana, King and Satrap"




Nahapana was the third or fourth--and final--king of the first wave of Indo-Scythians to push into the heartland of India. He created a booming economy (as evidenced by a huge outpour of silver coinage) but his legacy came to a screeching halt when he was defeated and killed by the native Satavahana empire. His entire family was executed and it would be another several decades before the Scythians were able to re-take the lost territory.

4. $15

India, Maitrakas of Valabhi
Anonymous AR Drachm
c. 470-788 AD
Western Satrap-style bust Right
Trident surrounded by Brahmi legend




These are the final installment of the Western Satrap drachm, and thus the last vestige of Greek influence on Indian numismatics. The Maitrakas were originally feudatories to the Gupta dynasty, but shrugged off their overlords as the Huns broke up the Gupta's hold on the country. They flourished in the Gujarat area for nearly 200 years after the fall of the Gupta empire, and were renowned patrons of art and learning. Their coins bear a frozen inscription naming Bhatarka as their king. This is a very nice early type drachm, well struck on a very unusual bean-shaped flan.

5. $7

India, Maitrakas of Valabhi
Anonymous BI Drachm
c. 470-788 AD
Western Satrap-style bust Right
Trident surrounded by Brahmi legend




As above, but a much later iteration on a more compact flan.

6. $22

India, Gandhara
600 - 320 BC
AR scyphate (cupped) 1/8 Shatamana
Gandhara royal symbol / blank





These roughly dime-sized scyphate coins belong to the very first issuance of Indian coinage, and represent one of the three independent inventions of coinage in the world. Gandhara (in roughly modern day Pakistan) began making these coins either soon before or immediately after they became a vassal state to the Achaemenid empire soon before the death of Cyrus the Great. This coin type continued for about three centuries until the arrival of Alexander. These coins are a fascinating piece of history and probably the only "first" type that can be had for less than $250, let alone under $25!

7. $24

India/Afghanistan
Hindu Shahis (c. 850-1000 AD)
AR Jital "Bull and Horseman"
Obv: Nandi (the mount of Shiva) reclining; Nagari legend "Sri Samanta Deva", "Honorable Chief-Commander"
Rev: Mounted cavalry wearing ornate mask and holding flag.





This is a true conditional rarity of a common and historically important Indian coin. The Hindu Shahis were the vanguard against the first wave of Islamic invaders who had subjugated Sindh to the south. They were of course eventually overrun and replaced by a series of Islamic dynasties that continued the series in an abstract form.

This particular coin boasts a strong strike, clear smooth fields, a nearly complete legend, a complete bull, and a nearly complete horseman!

8. $8

India/Afghanistan
Hindu Shahis (c. 850-1000 AD)
AR Jital "Bull and Horseman"
Obv: Nandi (the mount of Shiva) reclining; Nagari legend "Sri Samanta Deva", "Honorable Chief-Commander"
Rev: Mounted cavalry wearing ornate mask and holding flag.





As above, this is a more typical specimen, but still solid on its own. This is a great way to dip your toes into Indian numismatics! Note the subtle artistic differences, particularly in the face of the bull and the legend calligraphy; this is probably an earlier specimen and a good testimony to the longevity of this series.

9. $7

Rome
Probus AE Antoninianus
IMP CM AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, Cuirassed bust right holding spear
ROMAE AETERNAE, Temple of Roma
RIC 191




Admittedly a bit rough, but solid and a nice example of the type. Good candidate for cleaning; some olive oil should break up the encrustations.

10. $22

Rome
Julia Maesa AE Limes Denarius
IVLIA MAESA AVG
IVNO, Juno standing left, holding patera and sceptre
RIC 254 (Limes)




Julia Maesa herself was a fasinating individual, and was the grand architect of the return of the Severans to power following their deposition by Macrinus in 217. Limes denarii were cast or struck base metal coins that were shipped to the war-torn frontier lands to pay soldiers without risking silver falling into enemy hands. It is believed that the soldiers could redeem these coins for good silver denarii upon returning to the Roman heartland. This is a fascinating piece of Roman history, and is almost guaranteed to have been used by a Roman soldier fighting the Goths or Persians!

11. $10

Rome
Constantine the Great
IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG
SOL INVICTO COMITI, Sol Radiate, holding globe, right hand raised.
London mint




This is a nice solid example of an early Pagan issue of Constantine the Great, issued from the famed London mint!

12. $10

Gallienus, sole reign 260-268
IMP GALLIENVS PF AVG, Radiate bust right
SALVS AVG, Aesculapius standing, leaning on serpent-entwined staff, Mintmark P
RIC 511




Somewhat patchy patina, but a generous, fully intact flan with great eye appeal. Tough reverse deity as well!

13. $15

Indo-Greek Kingdom, Apollodotus II
AR Drachm
80-65 BC
Basileos Soteros Apollodotou, bust right
Translation of same in Kharosthi, Athena standing left, holding Aegis and throwing thunderbolt




The Indo-Greek kingdom was a splinter state from Greek Bactria, pushing into what we would today consider India. The kings maintained their Greek names and Heritage, but many learned the native languages and converted to Buddhism. Their kingdom thrived for about a century before being crushed by the invading Scythians and rising Kushans. This is about an average example of the type.
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 Posted 08/09/2017  12:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coconutjoe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oh boy... this is a great starter set for someone

I wish I'm into Ancient coins!!
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8. $8

India/Afghanistan
Hindu Shahis (c. 850-1000 AD)
AR Jital "Bull and Horseman"
Obv: Nandi (the mount of Shiva) reclining; Nagari legend "Sri Samanta Deva", "Honorable Chief-Commander"
Rev: Mounted cavalry wearing ornate mask and holding flag.

No 13. $15

Indo-Greek Kingdom, Apollodotus II
AR Drachm
80-65 BC
Basileos Soteros Apollodotou, bust right
Translation of same in Kharosthi, Athena standing left, holding Aegis and throwing thunderbolt

3. $14

India, Indo-Scythians
Nahapana (c. 100 AD)
AR Drachm
Obv: Bust of Nahapana Right
Rev: Thunderbolt and Arrow, legend in Brahmi (left) and Kharosthi (right), "Nahapana, King and Satrap"
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 Posted 08/10/2017  09:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
3, 8, and 13 are reserved!

Remainder are still avaialable
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 Posted 08/10/2017  10:54 am  Show Profile   Check TheNickelGuy's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TheNickelGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I paid for 3 8 and lucky 13 there Finn-ster! Check your piggy bank, should be there.
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2 (both coins), 6 and 12 are gone!
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Money is in the bank. I look forward to seeing them when I get back from patrol!

Have a great day brother!
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 Posted 08/17/2017  3:08 pm  Show Profile   Check TheNickelGuy's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add TheNickelGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My coins arrived today and I am very pleased. Finn, you are one first class act! Thank you!
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