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Running thread! Let's see some Ancient (and Medieval) eye candy!

 
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 Posted 07/10/2018  10:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really spectacular coins! I go for portraits, too, but I only go back to medieval times in my collection, and decent portraits before the 15th century are tough to come by.
My other theme is images of Christian saints, so I will move us "away" from Rome, by 250 miles and a millenium with this scudo of Hercules II (1534-1559), Duchy of Ferrara. The reverse shows a bereaved Mary Magdalene at the foot of Jesus' cross.


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 Posted 07/11/2018  02:21 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


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 Posted 07/11/2018  04:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add arnoldoe to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I thought it was going to be a thread about people running either way, here is one my coins with someone running

M. Herennius, 108-107 BC

And a few others..

Antoninus Pius


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 Posted 07/11/2018  06:20 am  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To call this one "candy" might be a bit of a stretch
I prefer to think it more of an 'after dinner mint'
I recently was messaged by an old alumn of this forum regarding some issues concerning conservation (VK)
By coincidence I happened upon a few coins within his area of concentration. Taking it as an omen I scooped 2 post Roman bronzes
Well when the price is right don't think twice !


Gepids
Under Ostrogoth King Theodoric the Great
Nummus
Issued in the name of Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I
Sirmium AD 520-30

Obv. Retrograde legend
of Anastasius
DN ΛNΛSTΛSIVS P ΛV
Diademed and cuirassed bust right

Rv. POMΛNI (star) VINVICTΛ
Backwards/Mirror image monogram of Theodoric the Great

1.42 grams 10-12mm
Sirmium Mint




Not really much to look at
But as far as these types go it's actually around an XF !
The Gepids were the Ostrogoths poor relations
And as can be inferred by the legends and monogram ........ not the sharpest tools in the Germanic shed
IN GOD WE TRVST ....... all others pay cash !

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 Posted 07/11/2018  11:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
WOW!
Some great coins in this thread!

Here's one of mine...
The most sentimental aswell as this was my very first ancient I bought and posted on this forum..
Little did I know...Paul

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 Posted 07/11/2018  12:08 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Now that I like
Cuirassed bust with great style
and the best part from Arles with a 'blundered' legend too !
Now that makes it special
I would have snapped up that one if I had seen it
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 Posted 07/11/2018  2:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EddieDiz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1000-38 Hungarian Denar.



Two varieties of 1063-74.




1531 Eagle wings Hungarian Denar. Eagle wins are under the Madonna.



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 Posted 07/11/2018  4:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a few that might qualify as eye candy.

Here is the first one a very rare Ephesian denarius of Vespasian.





A few coins of Galba including 2 that are so ugly they are beautiful.











A lovely portrait of Marcus Aurelius





Another Vespasian, this time with the Nemesis reverse. This one was perviously owned by E.E. Clain-Stefanelli.





This nice little penny of Cnut.




A great "grumpy portrait" of Edward IV







And last but not least...this nice piece of silver minted for Eleanor of Aquitaine


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 Posted 07/11/2018  4:50 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Seeing some really excellent coins here, great thread.
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 Posted 07/11/2018  5:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice to see more medievals, too!


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Two varieties of 1063-74

@eddiediz, I find it remarkable how well struck some of these early Hungarian denars are.

A motif I like in medievals is the armed and armored knight on horseback. Here is one from the Duchy of Lorraine, Ferry IV (1312-1328) double denier

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 Posted 07/11/2018  5:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Haven't seen any non-classical coins yet!

Kabul Shahis, Spalapati Deva AR Jital, c. 750 AD


Gupta Empire, Kumaragupta 415 - 455 AR Drachm


Nezak Huns, Napki Malka BI Drachm, c. 600-700 AD



Hunnic kindgom in Sindh, Yashaaditya, c. 500 AD



Turco-Hephthalites, Vajara Vakhudeva, c. 700 AD AR drachm, plugged with gold


Khwarezm, Sawashfan AR drachm, c. 750

New Sale! Inexpensive classic Greek silver, over 2,400 years old!

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 Posted 07/11/2018  6:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great group, Steve (and everyone else too).


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Haven't seen any non-classical coins yet!


Well, technically, the Parthians qualify, although most of the ones I posted were from the period when Greek cultural/artistic influence was strong. Here's a later one, after Greek influence lessened.


Phraataces and Musa
drachm, 2 BC - 4 AD
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 Posted 07/11/2018  7:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here we have a denar of Bela I of Hungary (1131-41). This is small: 11 millimeters and .38 grams.

Why it is in such good shape I do not know. I got it from Robert Kokotailo of Calgary a number of year ago at a very modest price.



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Indo-Scythian Vijayamitra



Cilician Armenia Levon I



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 Posted 07/11/2018  10:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow. I hope this thread attracts the attention of curious lurkers who have been debating whether or not to collect ancients and/or medievals. If the coins posted here don't convince them to take the plunge, then nothing will.
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