ISLAMIC/Palembang; Muhammad Badruddin II CE 1776-1804

Tin Piti, 0.69 g, 18mm. AH "1023" (misalignment should read 1203)/CE 1789
Robinson #9.33 (R2)

Inscription reads:
السلطان في بلد فلمبنغ سنة ١٠٢٣
Photo from PALEMBANG COINS by Frank S. Robinson, page 11


ARMENIA; Cilician Armenia; Levon I (Լեւոն Ա Մեծագործ) CE 1198-1219

AR Tram, 22 mm, 3.03 g, 1h.

CCA 132 type

O: king std facing on throne, Levon King of the Armenians in Armenian around.
R: two lions rampant back to back with patriarchal cross between "by the will of god" in Armenian around.

GREECE/Thrace; Chersonesos c. BCE 386-338

AR Hemidrachm, 13 mm, 2.48g.

BMC Thrace p. 183, 8,9
McClean 4056
Deming 1301
SNG Cop 824-826
SG 1602

O: forepart of lion right with head left
R: quartripartite incuse pattern, with raised and sunken quarters, sunken quarters each contain a pellet.

GREECE/SELEUCID; Antiochos VII Sidetes BCE 138-129


AR Drachm, 18mm, 4.1 g, 12h, Tarsus mint
SC 2058.1a
SNG Lockett 3163

O: Diademed bust right

R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY on right, EYEΡΓETOY on left, Sandan standing atop winged lion; monograms ΛY, with ME below, to outer left

Ex: Akropolis (Peter Burbules)


ROMAN/Crispus as Caesar CE 316-326

Bi Reduced Follis, 3.19 g, 20 mm, 12h, London mint CE 318

RCV 16720 variety

RIC VII London 143 variety

Cloke/Toone 8.11.033 (RR)

O: laureate, draped, cuir bust r. FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAE

R: Sol stg left raising right hand and holding orb in left with drapery falling over left shoulder.
SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI. PLN in ex and crescent in left field.

with thanks to Lee Toone for the Cloke/Toone info.


ROMAN PROVINCIAL/Paphlagonia; Sinope/Geta as Augustus CE 209-212

AE 19 mm, 5.3 g, 6 h, dated 255 corresponding to CE 210.

Lindgren III, 165

O: laur., draped bust right [IMP CAES P SEP] GETA AV
R: Temple front of two columns, with female deity Nemesis (?) stg in center, [C I F  SIN]O ANN
CC[LV] or as Lindgren described the coin "distyle shrine within which Nemesis stg l, r. (hand?) at mouth, l., holding cubit rule" (Lindgren III, page 10, the latter description is from ISEGRIM).

Lindgren also notes NISC "not in sources consulted and perhaps unpublished". Though it is now published in Lindgren (1993) though not found in any other sources nor recent auction records that have been consulted and therefore, possibly a rare or scarce piece.

with thanks to Pekka K and Mark Fox for the information related to the identification of this coin.


GREEK/Seleucid; Demetrios II (First Reign) BCE 144-138

AR Drachm 18 mm, 3.67 g, 1h, ΣI mint perhaps in Cilicia Pedias c. BCE 142-139

SC 1904 (this coin, also SC plate coin)
CSE 875 (this coin)

O: diad hd right, fillet border.
R: BAΣIΛEΩ[Σ]/ΔHMHTPI[OY] in two lines on right.
ΘEOY/ΦIΛAΔEΛΦ[OY]/NIKATOPO[Σ] in three lines on the left.

Date would appear on inner right beneath control, it is possibly present but obscured by an area of flatness.

Control, inner right:  ΣI

Ex: Arthur Houghton (1940-) Collection, CSE 875 “from Lebanon/Beirut”

Plate coin from SC II vol II (plate 26). Noted as “unique” in SC.

Ex: CNG MBS 69 lot 571 (8 June 2005) unsold at close of auction.


ROMAN/Maximianus CE 286-310

AE Post Reform Radiate, 3.18 g, 21 mm, 11h, Cyzicus Mint c. CE 295-299
RCV 13315

O: rad cuir draped bust r IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS PF AVG
R: Maximianus on left receiving victory from Jupiter on right CONCORDIA MI-LITVM with
Kϵ in field between figs above ex.


GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochus IX Kyzicenus BCE 114-95

AR Drachm, 3.82 g, 17 mm, 12h, Tarsus mint , c. BCE 96/5

SC 2356

O: diademed hd of Antiochus IX r, clean shaven, diadem ends falling straight behind, fillet border.

R: [Β]ΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines on r., ΦΙΛΟΠATPOPOΣ on l., Sandan mounted on back of panther/griffin., holding ax. Controls outer l., field.

GREECE/Seleucid; Alexander I Balas BCE 152-145

AE 14 mm, 3.67g 12h  Antioch mint

SC 1791.1a

O: hd of Dionysus r. dotted border

R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ above AΛΕΞANΔPOY below, elephant, monograms.

PORTUGAL; Pedro II O Pacifico 1683-1706

AR 40 Reis (2 Vintens) 1.57g., 16-mm, 6h, minted Lisbon c. 1683

KM 134
Gomes 21.01

Ex: Morton & Eden (13-11-2012) "The Huntington Collection of Portuguese & Portuguese Colonial Coins" portion of lot 104
Ex: Hispanic Society of America Collection #25987
Ex: Archer M. Huntington (1870-1955) Collection


GREECE/Armenia; Tigranes II BCE 95-56

Æ Chalkous  (5.24 g, 17 mm, 11h). Tigranakert mint. Struck c. 80-68 BC.

 CAA 93 corr.; AC 48

O:Draped bust right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with star between two eagles

R: [BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ] BAΣΙΛΕΩN TIΓPANOY, Tyche of Antioch seated right, holding palm with Orontes at her feet; TP monogram across inner right field  A below.

ex: Warren Esty


Pocket Change

 Pocket change from a trip to Italy Fall 2017
Austria 20c 2016

Some friends who are not collectors recently returned from a two week trip to Italy and brought back (at my request) their pocket change from the trip that ended up being about
€7,00 or 23 coins in denominations from 1c to €1,00 (2c coins were missing from this sample).
My interest in their pocket change was out of a curiosity based upon my interest in Roman coins and knowing a little about how Roman coins of different mints, some far afield from where they were eventually found in hoards circulated freely in the "common market" of the Roman Empire.
No hard and fast conclusions can be gathered from this small sample, but I find it interesting that for the first time since the collapse of the Roman Empire, Europe has a standard currency that circulates as its Roman predecessors did 18 centuries ago.
This sample of 23 coins can be broken down as follows with coins originating in:

Austria 1   4.3%
Spain    5    21.7%
Germany 5  21.7%
Italy 10   43.4%
Greece 1  4.3%
France 1   4.3%

The 56.6% of the sample originates from outside Italy, but the largest single contingent is Italian in origin, followed by Spain and Germany.

By denomination, the breakdown is as follows:

1-1c (Italian origin and not found in change but picked up randomly from the ground)

2-5c (1-France, 1-Italy)

7-10c (3-Italy, 3-Spain, 1-Greece)

6-20c (1-Italy, 2-Germany, 1-Austria, 2-Spain)

4-50c (2-Italy, 2-Germany)

3-€1,00 (2-Italy, 1-Germany)

Mints and Dates:

1c Italy 2013

5c Italy 2002, France 2007

10c  Greece 2002, Italy 2007 & 2011, Spain 1999 & 2005

20c Italy 2002, Austia 2016, Germany 2002F & 2002J, Spain 1999, 2007

50c Italy 2002, Germany 2002D

€1,00 Italy 2009 & 2010, Germany 2002G


The coins from Spain traveled approximately 1,200 miles East  from Madrid to their destination in Rome which was the furthest any of the coins traveled with one of the German coins traveling from Hamburg (mint) South to Rome at about 1,030 miles. The Greek coin traveled approximately 836 miles west from Athens to Rome.




ISLAMIC/Abbasid; Harun ar-Rashid CE 786-809/AH 170-193

AR Dirham, 2.89 g, 21 mm, 3h, Madinat as-Salaam (Baghdad) mint AH 192 (CE 807-808)

Album 219.2
Wilkes 384

O:  inner inscription:

لا اله الا

الله وحده

لا شرك له

Outer inscription:

بسم الله ضرب هذا الدرهم بمدينة السلام سنة اثنتين وتسعين و ماءة

R: inner inscription:





Outer inscription:

محمد رسول الله ارسله بالهدى و دين الحق  ليظهره على الدين كله ولو كره المشركون



ROMAN/ Maximianus CE 286-310

AE Antoninianus, 3.34 g, 22 mm, 6h, Lugdunum mint CE 286

RIC V Diocletian 388
Similar to RCV 12669 (Diocletian with no similar listing for Maximianus)

O: IMP C VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG; rad, cuir draped bust r.
R: IOVI CONSERVATORI in left field D; Jupiter stg l holding fulmen in rt hand and scepter in l.

ex: Ephesus Numis.


GREEK/Seleucid; Antiochus III BCE 223-187

AE 18 mm 5.6 g, 6h, Uncertain mint 60; Military mint in Coele Syria during Fifth Syrian War from BCE 202
SC 1089
WSM 789 though identified as Antiochus I from the mint of Carrhae both of which appear incorrect now.
O: Macedonian shield with gorgoneion in center, dotted border.
R: BΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines beneath elephant r, dotted border.

No controls visible nor Anchor symbol which should facing right above the elephant


ISLAMIC/India; Sultanate of Delhi; 'Ala-ad-din Muhammad Khalji CE 1296-1316

Billon 2 Gani; 3.18 g, 17 mm, 5h. nm, nd.

Goron-Goenka D233
Wilkes 2473

O: (Nagari inscription around) Sri Sultan Alavadin
(Arabic inscription)
محمد شاه

R: (Arabic inscription with portions off flan)

العظم علا  
الدنيا والدين


A Visit to the UK and the New Pound Coin

In late July, during a visit to London and it's environs I encountered the New 12-sided Pound Coin in my change. The coin is obviously different from the old Pound Coins in that it is bimetallic and 12-sided to begin with, but it is supposed to be one of the most secure coins around (we shall see). Considering how the old pound was counterfeited, the Royal Mint better hope that it's micro-printing and other devices do in fact secure the coin for the foreseeable future.

Click on the link below to learn more about it's interesting features:

The New Pound Coin