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Lindgren also notes NISC "not in sources consulted and perhaps unpublished".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.
AR 40 Reis (2 Vintens) 1.57g., 16-mm, 6h, minted Lisbon c. 1683
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
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)
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.
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.
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