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
AR 1000 Reis, 29 mm, 12.6 g, 1857, Mintage: 512,000
KM # 465
Views of Dom Pedro's Brasil:
On the road from Rio to Petropolis, the Summer residence of D. Pedro
CN 1 peso, 30 mm, 11.3 g., Mintage: 2,000
KM # 257
Tin Piti, 0.73 g, 18mm. AH 1203/CE 1789, Robinson #9 (R1)
السلطان في بلد فلمبنغ سنة ١٢٠٣
From the three examples that have been identified, it appears that all of the three coins were produced from the same obverse and reverse dies, meaning a single die produced all three examples. Without additional examples I think it may be premature to jump to any conclusions on the basis of just this observation at this time. If you are aware of other examples of this coin, please email me.
It may be that Von Post acquired this coin while he was Swedish Ambassador in Turkey from 1946-1951. Though we can only surmise through this information that the possible find spot was somewhere in that region, perhaps even Cilicia where it is possible that it was minted. Though no certain conclusions can be reached with our circumstantial evidence being stretched to such ends. Without the original information on the provenance of the coin we are left poorer and our theories on origin all the weaker.
Sotheby's Auction Catalogue 9 October 1995
Houghton etal, Seleucid Coins Part II (Vol 1 & 2)
SNG Von Post
Naville X 1925
Hoover, HGC Handbook of Syrian Coins Vol. 9
Thanks are extended to ANS Librarian David Hill who provided copies of the pertinent portions of Naville X and the Sotheby's auction catalogues.
Left: 13 mm, 0.44 g Robinson # 5.5 (R1) AH 1193 (though appears to be 1183 due to poorly executed numeral) /CE 1779
Center: 14 mm, 0.57 g Robinson #5 (R1) same date.
Right: 14 mm, 0.41 g, Robinson #5.9 (R2) date is poorly executed as 113 rather than 1193
The general inscription reads:
في بلد فلمبغ
AE Antoninianus (----mm, 3.69 g) Tripolis mint, c. 286-290 CE
RIC V 626 var.
RCV 13144 var.
O: IMP C M AVR VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, rad, cuir., bust right.
R: IOVI CONSERVATOR--I AVGG/TR in field and palm branch on left XXI in exergue.
Emperor on left receiving Victory from Jupiter
O: rad, cuir., bust r IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG
R: Virtus stg l holding shield and spear, PM TRP II COS PP
This coin was part of a lot from Triskeles Auctions 322 lot 518 that closed 12/13/2016. The entire lot including this coin was identified as former stock of Robert Ball Nachfolger a Berlin, Germany coin dealer who was active from 1887 until his death in 1904 according to the write up accompanying the lot description.
In 1904, the Ball enterprise continued under Hugo Grünthal who ran the firm under the Ball name until he was forced to close the business in 1934 when anti-Jewish laws began to impact business enterprises who were no longer able to advertise or have other access to markets. This compelling information was not included in the auction write up for some reason. It was noted that the remaining inventory was sold in two sales by Grabow of Rostock in 1939 and 1940. It is surmised that the coins in this lot probably came from the stock sold at that time.
Original Envelope that accompanied the coin. Envelope is 35 x 35 mm.
What is not mentioned is that Hugo Grünthal (1869-1943) died in Berlin in 1943. It is not known if this was due to natural causes or not, though considering the conditions that Jews were compelled to live under, all deaths were unnecessarily premature. A medal depicting Grünthal (and his relationship to the Ball company is noted on the reverse) was issued in 1929 and is depicted below:
Grünthal's son Henry (1905-2001) left Germany in 1938 and came to the USA and went on to work in Numismatics and was a long time curator at the ANS in NYC.
This just goes to prove that preserving the provenance of even the most pedestrian coin provides invaluable information not only about the coin but the people who owned it and the times in which they lived.