AR Drachm, 3.82 g, 17 mm, 12h, Tarsus mint , c. BCE 96/5
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.
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
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
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.
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.
WSM 789 though identified as Antiochus I from the mint of Carrhae both of which appear incorrect now.
No controls visible nor Anchor symbol which should facing right above the elephant
Billon 2 Gani; 3.18 g, 17 mm, 5h. nm, nd.
O: (Nagari inscription around) Sri Sultan Alavadin
R: (Arabic inscription with portions off flan)
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
In addition, if you choose to visit this year, I also recommend visiting Park Jacques Cartier on the Gatineau, QC side of the Ottawa River where you can visit the amazing MosaϊCanada 150 outdoor sculpture garden. At the end of the tour, there is a Royal Mint of Canada booth where you can purchase commemorative coins for the 150th Anniversary celebrations this year. Many of the examples are 99.99% silver (as well as gold coin and colorized coin examples).
A circulating example of a 150th Anniversary coin is the "Loonie" without the Loon:
Another change since our last visit to Canada a few years ago was the introduction of Polymer bank notes. We found the notes in our possession seemed to wrinkle and stay that shape. Our Canadian friends said that the notes were not problematic to use and in fact they have no complaints about the new notes, that have been in use for about three years. A black and white photo of a $5 bill in circulation appears below. The actual note is light blue in color. The notes have many examples of the latest in anti-counterfeiting technology and the Bank of Canada Museum has a great display relating to this and the history of Canadian paper money. Apparently, the polymer notes are expected to last 2-3 times longer then conventional paper money.
The key landmark in Ottawa is the impressive Parliament Hill Center Block with the Peace Tower as depicted below:
top: ΒΑCΙΛΕΩC/ ΒΑCΙΛΕΩΝ /right: ΑΡCΑΚΟΥ/ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ/bottom:
ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ/ΔΥCTPOC / left: ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥC/ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟC/ with year field
between Tyche and Vardanes ΔNT
There is graffito on the obverse left field that appears to be ancient based upon the patina
and it appears to refer to "ROMA" as the inscription is in Latin script not Greek.
RIC IX 43a2
O: DN GRATIA-NVS PF AVG, diad, draped cuirassed bust right.
R: REPARATIO -REIPVB/SMRP in ex., Gratian in military attire stg l raising with right hand a turreted female figure who kneels before him and holding victory on blob in left.
Ex: Warren Esty
Ex: Ron Bude/RomanLode
AE 12 Nummi, 17 mm, 4.45g, 5h, Alexandria mint c. CE 613-618
O: dd NN hERAC (apparently blundered and not entirely visible here)
facing busts of Heraclius bearded l, and Heraclius Constantine beardless r. each wearing a chlamys and crown with a cross.
R: large IB with cross potent on two steps between. in ex. AΛEΞ