Friday, December 01, 2006

Æ30, Perga in Pamphylia, Salonina, SNG von Aulock 4738 

KOPNHΛIAN·CAΛONINAN·CE, Diademed draped bust right, on crescent, I before | ΠEPΓ_[A]IΩN, Hekate triformis with Kalathoi holding snakes and torches.

Google hits for Hekate triformis are more often for modern “witchcraft” than for historical references making it sometimes difficult to find references to the latter.

I've begun to return to work this week, which'll be strenous, but a needed thing.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Silvered Æ antoninianus, Valerian, Rome, Göbl 154b 

[IMP C P LIC VAL]ERIANVS P F AVG, Radiate draped cuirassed bust right | IOVI CONSERVAT, Jove standing left, holding thunderbolt in right hand and long scepter in left. S in left field.

At the moment, I don't see this blog going forward: how can I resume buying coins on a daily or weekly basis? Doesn't that money need to be kept available for future medical needs or living expensives? It's all very distressing, I'm not committing to anything, I still can post coins that I've owned for some time, there's nothing but stubborness preventing me newly posting coins I previously alreay posted. Perhaps after I settle in after my return to work it'll all become more clear.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Æ follis, Leo VI “the Wise”, Constantinopolis, Sear 1729 

+LEON bASILEVS ROM *, Bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown and chlamys and holding akakia in left hand. | +LEON / ENΘEO bA/ SILEVS R / OMEON, Legend in four lines.

Leo VI, emperor 886 to 912, is the latest emperor I own. He was breifly successful by his brother Alexander who reigned 912-913.

I return to work today, with a PET scan that found nothing and desired improvements in my stroke proceeding.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Æ25, Cotiaeum in Phrygia, Valerian, SNG Copenhagen 337 

AVT K Π ΛIK OVAΛEPIANON, Radiate draped bust right | EΠI Π AIΛ ΔH·MH TPIANOVC IΠΠ / KOTIAEΩN, Kybele seated left in cart pulled by two lions. APX in upper field, KOTIAEΩN in exergue.

The Asian goddess Kybele was an important figure at this city, frequently featured on their coins. This coin shows clear evidence of cleaning via electrolysis.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Billon antoninianus, Valerian, Rome, Göbl 171b 

IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG, Radiate draped cuirassed bust right | RELIGIO AVGG, Diana standing left, reaching into quiver at shoulder with right hand and holding bow in left. Q in left field.

Different from this 2005 post primarily in the placement of the mark of officina. I didn't post it when I bought it, so soon after the coib with a Q in the right field since it's so similar but of lesser appearance, with a rougher surface and the Q mintmark filled.

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