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Running Thread! Let's See Some Ancient (And Medieval) Eye Candy!

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 Posted 08/02/2018  04:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add maridvnvm to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not wanting this thread to get too far down the list....

Aurelian, denarius

Obv:- IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:- VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm.
Minted in Rome, (B _ //VSV). Allocated by Estiot to Emission 10 dating to end A.D. 274.
Reference:- Paris-185, Gobl-135f2 (9 spec.), RIC-71, C-250 (Elberling, 6 Fr.).

Rare with VSV. Virtually fully silvered , a good strike, well centred and not showing much evidence of wear.


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 Posted 08/02/2018  04:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add 1c5d7n5m to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Roman Republic, AR denarius

eye candy with great detail in depicting the human eye
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 Posted 08/02/2018  04:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Kushanshah to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've always been fond of this coin for its remarkable sea foam green (almost turquoise), patina. Commodus, AD 177-192 AE24 of Nicopolis ad Istrum. Tyche reverse. Pick AMNG I, 1239.2; Moushmov 899; Varbanov 2179v (ICTRON); cf. CNG 268, lot 202 for an example struck from the same die pair.

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 Posted 08/02/2018  11:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Love that patina!

I have a similarly colored Philip II bronze:


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 Posted 08/02/2018  3:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jskirwin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply



Bronze Half-Calco minted in Hispania during the Carthaginian occupation (218-210BC)
The goddess Tanit head / horse and palm (symbol of Carthage)

Minted at a time when Hannibal Barca was the stuff of Roman nightmares.
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Medieval south India, Yadavas of Devagiri
Singhana Deva? (Early 13th century)
AR "damma"
Lion / blank


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Roman Republic -- denarius, 151 BC (Sear RCV 84):



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Great examples of patina !

patina is one of the more important qualities of a coin
very distinctive in old copper and silver

Here is an example in copper of a "rekenpenning" that circulated for small money (a 6gr copper liard) in the late 16th century. But this pariticular piece entered into a collection directly after minting*. The reason is that this copper jeton has political agenda in the Dutch Revolt against Spain (1568-1648)

1585: William of Orange was assassinated the previous year; Alexander Farnese was extremely successful in capturing the revolting cities. Nijmegen and Antwerp (donkey and horse on the obverse) are eating hay from the Spanish master.



Reverse: the Dutch nobility visit London to ask queen Elisabeth for help. England indeed sends help (symbolic roses) in the form of the Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley who is sent to the Netherlands with an army in 1586.



*early coin collections in The Netherlands were focused on these copper jetons with a political message. See for instance the great books of Gerard van Loon
http://www.wikiwand.com/nl/Gerard_v...(historicus)
https://books.google.fr/books/about...&redir_esc=y
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Ptolemaic Kingdom / Sidon -- tetradrachm, 285-246BC (Sear GCV 7772):



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 Posted 08/06/2018  10:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Look familiar to anyone?



While I am up to a half dozen of this very scarce type of Indo-Sassanian drachm, this is still a favorite for being so sharply struck on a ragged, uneven flan. Out of context, it is one of the most strikingly alien coins I own.
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Greece/Macedon -- AR drachm, 323BC-317BC - Philipp III (Sear GCV 6750):



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Indo-Sassanian drachm .... strikingly alien

yes, indeed: most intriguing and very Avatar-like


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AR drachm, 323BC-317BC

very nice, what type of bird is perched on Zeus hand?

below is one of my more enigmatic pieces (alas in brass, not gold) but from a period that coins were hand made items which matters a lot to me

OBV_Icarus crashing legend: IN - ASTROLOGOS
REV_Eagle and some kind of insect legend: A.MINIMIS QVOQ-TIMENDVM
no idea for whom this rechenpfennig was made, how to interpret the reverse
certainly Neurenberg, Wolf Laufer (father? son?)


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Severus Alexander denarius

Obv:- IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:- MARS VLTOR, Mars advancing right, holding a spear and shield
Minted in Rome, A.D. 232
References:- RIC 246, RSC 161a

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very nice, what type of bird is perched on Zeus hand?


According to Sear, it's an eagle.
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Paphlagonia/Sinope -- 1 drachm, 480BC-450BC, or 490BC-425BC (Sear GCV 3687):




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