Friday, June 15, 2007

Æ30, Side in Pamphylia, Gallienus, SNG France 895 

AVT KAI ΓAΛΛIH[..]CC[..], Laureate draped bust right, over eagle with wings spread, IA before | CIΔHTΩN NEΩKOPΩN, Nude male figure standing right, holding globe in right hand and bridled horse with left.

A very worn coin and one that suffers from staining that obscures detail that's visible to the naked eye but very much hidden from the camera. It's bad enough that I've previously refrained from posting it but now I'm buying so few coins that I skip nothing.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Billon antoninianus, Gallienus, Mediolanum, Göbl 1146i 

GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head left | DIANA FELIX, Diana standing right, holding scepter left and bow right. Hound at feet leaping right.

A coin issued prior to Valerian's capture, of metal containing an amount of silver adequate for a silver appearance even as the coin wears, unlike the later silvered Æ coins, where the silvered surface quickly wore bare.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Æ follis, Maxentius, Rome, RIC 258 

IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, Laureate head right | CONSERV VRB SVAE, Roma seated left within hexastyle temple, holding spear in left and globe in right, sheild to right. H in left field. REP in exergue.

When I built the post of Romulus last week I was surprised to find that I'd omitted his father, Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentiusm who ruled 306 - 312. Maxentius spent much of his time as emperor fighting other emperors as Diocletian's tetrarch collapsed.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Æ34, Sillyum in Pamphylia, Valerian II, SNG von Aulock 489 

ΠOV ΛIK KOP OVAΛEPIANON, Laureate draped bust right, over eagle with wings spread, I before | CIΛΛ_VEΩN, Tyche standing left, holding rudder with right hand, cornucopia with left.

Looks almost melted, no?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Silvered Æ antoninianus, Gallienus, Mediolanum, Göbl 1029r 

GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate cuirassed bust right | FIDES EXERC VIII, Fides standing left, holding upright standard with right hand and transverse standard with left.

One of the reasons that my collection will never have much value is that I pay insuffient attention to condition when faced with an example of a coin I don't have yet, so that many of my coins are of inferior quality, even when they're not terribly uncommon.

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