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 Posted 12/05/2019  12:33 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Reaching the end of another year I thought it would be nice to show your top 10 purchases from the last 12 Months...Last years thread went well http://goccf.com/t/335516&whichpage=2.......

It's really interesting to see how your collecting areas can move around over such a short period of time..This year for me has been a nice mix with a few firsts....

So here they are...Any comments welcome!

10...
Licinius I (308-324 AD) AE3 Reduced Follis 19mm/2.67gr
Obverse..IMP LICINIVS AVG, laureate draped bust left holding globe, sceptre and mappa.
Reverse..PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, campgate with three turrets and no door, 7 layers...
Mintmark HTB 2nd oficina....Minted (316-317)
RIC VII Heraclea Thrace #15; Sear 15264.
I'll always have a soft spot for this Emperor his was the first Ancient coin I ever bought. This is my 3rd coin from the HT mint..
http://goccf.com/t/355348
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Jaime II Aragon 1291-1327
Dinero (Billon) Approx 18mm diameter - 1.17gr
Obverse - Crowned portrait facing left..Legend around ARA - GON
Reverse - Double cross..Legend around IACOBUS REX
Mint Jaca...Cru-364
My first Purchase of Medieval coinage. Great help from forum members here Thanks.
http://goccf.com/t/339700
8...
Castulo, Spain AE As. 30 mm, 22g. 76-45 BC.
ISCER SACAL, youthful male head right.
CAST SOCED, sphinx right.
Burgos (2008) 709; Ripolles 905; Villaronga 14.
Another first, picking up this quite rare chunk of Iberic Copper.
http://goccf.com/t/341430
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ANTONINUS PIUS. 138-161 AD. Sestertius (33mm, 26.75 g.)
Struck 159/160 AD.
Obverse..ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII, laureate head right
Rev. PIETATI AVG COS IIII SC, Pietas standing left holding globe, Faustina Junior as Pietas standing left, between Faustina Minima, Lucilla & holding baby Fadilla.
RIC III 1031
Another first!....My first ever Roman Sestertius...These are addictive!
http://goccf.com/t/3525296...
6...
Spain, Bolskan (Osca). Circa 150-100 BC. AE Unit (10.35 gm, 24mm).
Obverse: Bearded head right; dolphin behind.
Reverse: "BOLSKAN" in Celt-Iberian in exergue, rider on horse right, holding spear; star behind.
CNH 8; SNG BM Spain 734; SNG Copenhagen 325. VF.
I just love the style of these coins....
http://goccf.com/t/358211
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Avanti Deva (Varttideva) 1164-1171 A.D.
Obverse- Goddess Ardochsho/Lakshmi seated facing in half lotus position, with Nagari legend 'A' left/'Va nti' right
Reverse- King standing facing and sacrificing at altar.Nagari legend 'Deva' bottom right.
Not much known about this ruler..He was the son of Paramanuka (1154-64 A.D.)Who was in turn the son of my last dated coin Jayasimha (1128-54 A.D.)
Very difficult to find this king especially with a good attributable legend..
http://goccf.com/t/278563&whichpage=6
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Nerva AR Denarius. Rome, AD 97.
Obverse..IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR POT, laureate head right
Reverse..COS III PATER PATRIAE, Priestly emblems: simpulum, aspergillum, guttus, and lituus.
RIC 24; RSC 48. 3.12g, 17mm, 6h.
Near Very Fine.
From a private Swiss collection.
This was a quite an important coin for me as it completed my 5 good emperors set...
http://goccf.com/t/352681
3...
Plotina, AE18 of Gordus-Julia, Lydia. 98-117. Magistrate Poplios.
Obverse..ΠΛΩTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right
Reverse..EΠI ΠOΠΛIOY ΓOΡΔHNΩ, Zeus seated left, holding patera and sceptre.
BMC 18.....Ref wildwinds(thanks)
Great help from sharp-eyed Finn235 (thanks) This also completed the 5 good emperors wives...
http://goccf.com/t/352681
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MARIUS. Romano-Gallic Emperor, 269 AD.
IMP CM AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
VICTORIA AVG, Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm.
RIC#17...Mint Trier?
Again great help from Finn235...A rare Emperor/Usurper that I didn't feel I would be able to afford for quite a while, especially in this condition..Thanks again Steve!
http://goccf.com/t/360188
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EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. BI Tetradrachm (23mm, 11.94 g, 12h). Dated RY 12 (AD 148/149).
Obverse..Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right..ΑΝΤ#11440;ΝΙΝΟ#1017; #1017;#400;Β #400;V#1017;#400;Β
Reverse..Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornucopia from which emerges a Genius; Iς (for 16 cubits) above, crocodile below, L #8710;ω#8710;EK ATOV (date) around.
Kln 1594; Dattari (Savio) 2294; K&G 35.426; Emmett 1413.12. Dark gray-brown surfaces. VF.
Ex Hermanubis Collection (Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 377, 29 June 2016), lot 269.
My first Tetradrachm with the added bonus of a great provenance thanks to BobL's sharp eyes..These are also going to be very addictive!
http://goccf.com/t/361388

Love to see other collectors 2019 acquisitions.......Paul


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 Posted 12/05/2019  6:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pendrak to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
No takers so far? - I will show just one of my 2019 additions.

GALERIA VALERIA

Galeria Valeria AE Follis. Struck 309-310 AD. GAL VALERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right / VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing facing, head left, holding apple upwards and raising drapery. Mintmark HTΓ. Sear 14593. 26mm and 5.2 grams

Looking at the portrait- I don't think I would want to piss her off!!

Galeria Valeria was the daughter of Diocletian and wife of his co-emperor Galerius. Born as Valeria, to Diocletian and Prisca, she married Galerius in 293, when her father elevated him to the position of Caesar. Valeria was raised to the title of Augusta and Mater Castrorum in November 308.

When Galerius died, in 311, Licinius was entrusted with the care of Valeria and her mother Prisca. The two women, however, fled from Licinius to Maximinus Daia, whose daughter was betrothed to Candidianus. After a short time, Valeria refused the marriage proposal of Maximinus, who arrested and confined her in Syria and confiscated her properties. At the death of Maximinus, Licinius ordered the death of both women. Valeria fled, hiding for a year, until she was found in Thessaloniki. She was captured by the mob, beheaded in the central square of the city, and her body thrown in the sea.


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 Posted 12/05/2019  7:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yikes. What a nasty end for that poor woman.
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 Posted 12/05/2019  7:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great looking group of coins, Paul. Congrats on another successful collecting year. Well done.
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 Posted 12/05/2019  8:23 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I haven't bought many coins this year. Very nice group Paul.
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 Posted 12/05/2019  9:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've bought a few coins this year. As I continue to chip away at my OFEY collection, this acquisition was a highlight (especially considering that it seems I might have stolen it out from underneath @tdz.)

It is a Double Stuiver from Brabant (Antwerp mint) dated AD 1480.
The attribution is Levinson II-45:



"If you climb a good tree, you get a push."
-----Ghanaian proverb

"The danger we all now face is distinguishing between what is authentic and what is performed."
-----King Adz

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 Posted 12/05/2019  10:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congrats! Glad it was you who nabbed it.
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 Posted 12/06/2019  12:04 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Inspired by participation in CCF, in 2018 my "One or two types from every reign" of the Kingdom of Poland morphed into something broader. I also collect coins with images of saints. The 2019 additions extend beyond the date range of the Ancient/Medieval forum, but here goes:

1. Poland. Ternar 1393-94 from the reign of Wladyslaw II Jagiello
2. Poland. Schilling from the reign of Casimir IV, Elbing mint 1446-92. Under Casimir, the Prussian mints in Gdansk, Torun and Elbing make coins for the first time under the authority of the Polish crown.
3. Salzburg. 1500 Batzen with nice image of St. Rupert.
4. Poland. 1573 interregnum denar, Gdansk mint
5. Poland. 1584 schilling, Malbork mint (first coin issued here under the Polish crown; this mint closed 17 years later)
6. Poland. 1600 trojak, Krakow mint. The Krakow mint reopened in 1600 after a 70 year closure with the first coin minted showing the king facing left for the first (and last) time.
7. Poland. 1673 schilling, Elbing mint. During the short reign of Michael Korybut, the only silver coins minted were these homely schillings.
8. Russia. 1852 3 kopeks, Warsaw mint. This coin extends backward by one generation my collection of coins from the dates and places of my paternal ancestors' births.
9. Salzburg. 1682 1/2 thaler commemorating the 1100th anniversary of the archbishopric. Reverse shows images of five saints whose relics were "translated" to Salzburg cathedral in medieval times: Martin of Tours, VIncent, Hermes, Chrysanthus and Daria. My top coin by visual appeal, though by no means the one that required the most patience (that goes to the 1573 denar).
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 Posted 12/06/2019  07:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ironically, I might actually be able to figure out a full top 10 of the year - but only because I just wasn't really buying coins for most of it.
(Though it would require some careful sifting over the ziplocs; I hadn't kept particularly good records.)

Granted, I currently expect to possibly earn more money in the remainder of this year that I have earned over the rest of it so far, so this might be overshadowed by new purchases.
Or maybe not, if I decide to delay spending the new earnings until my birthday in early January...
(Realistically, it depends on when exactly I get the money, and/or what the weather is like.)


...Sadly, I'm unlikely to post the top 10 right now, because 1) I'd have to actually figure it out, and 2) many of the candidate coins are not photographed yet (or, at least, if photographed, have not yet had their pics uploaded to CCF).

In addition, three different coins I bought this year have been photographed and posted on CCF, but are still awaiting ID - all three being Islamic coins that @Kushanshah never got around to. Seriously considering sending them the links in a PM.


EDIT: as a teaser, a coin that is definitely going to make it to the top 10, possibly in 1st place...



Despotate of Serbia, Djuradj Brankovic (1426-57), AR dinar
Obverse: ΓIOPΓb (Djuradj) monogram in circle of dots, Cyrillic legend around
Reverse: Lion rampant in circle of dots, stars? around
Jovanovic 42-21? (CNG example of type, with different attribution)
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 Posted 12/06/2019  5:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Lovely coins! I do agree that the Pius is quite a looker - that would be my favorite too! And I'm flattered that I helped you get numbers 2 and 3

As for me, it's been a (way too) busy year... need some time to mull over it all and start to make selections. Lots of goodies still on the way, as I scored not one but seven "white whale" rarities and basically obliterated all of my ebay profits for the year. I *might* be able to whittle it down to 25 this year.

But for sure my number 1...



Pupienus AR Antoninianus, CARITAS MVTVA AVGG, Clasped hands
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 Posted 12/06/2019  5:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great coins, all. That obverse bust is remarkable, Steve. Outstanding.
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 Posted 12/06/2019  6:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coins guys! And thanks for the comments..

@Finn235....Super looking coin Steve! What a beaut!

Keep em coming....Paul






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Thanks, Bob!
My Collections:
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http://goccf.com/t/348979
Japan Type set Tokugawa + Modern
http://goccf.com/t/348999
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 Posted 12/07/2019  10:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Paul, Congrats on a fine year! Very nice. I probably have just about a little over 10 additions for the whole year. So, I'll post my top 5.

1. Mark Antony AR Quinarius. 40-39 BC. IIIVIR R P C, diademed and veiled head of Concordia right / M ANTON C CAESAR, clasped hands holding caduceus.


2. Julian II. Helmeted bust left, holding spear and shield / VOT X MVLT XX within wreath; mintmark ASIRM.


3. Obv: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG - Laureate head right.
Rev: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG - Campgate with two turrets and one star. Unofficial mint imitating Rome; for prototype, cf. RIC VII, 287 (unattested officina) and LRBC I, 516.


4. Valerian, AR antoninianus. Rome mint. IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right / APOLINI PROPVG, Apollo standing right, drawing bow. RIC 74; RSC 25; Sear 9926.


5. Magnentius AE2, Arles. 353 AD. D N MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, draped and cuirassed bust right / VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAES, two victories holding shield inscribed VOT-V-MVL-X.
(Just found out today that this coin is very scarce, minted last year of rule.)
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I haven't added any ancient coinage in ages... I occasionally glance here but have been concerned only with gold bullion, banknotes and watches.

That Pupienus AR Antoninianus, CARITAS MVTVA AVGG has amazing eye appeal though, what a great strike/details.
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 Posted 12/08/2019  5:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@travelcoin....Nice coins...

Great find the MA quinarius! Also really like the Julian II..Sweet coin!

Thanks for sharing and good luck in the coming year...Paul
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