I have just been buying a few coins for gift purposes, these days. Non-ancient, a few Meiji era gold/silver coins at a pretty reasonable price for these. Also a few Marcus Aurelius denarii, of which I’ve given one away already. Also, it seems that Common Bronze has raised their price on semi-cleaned Roman coins. Oh, well. I think I have enough of those for now. Right now, trying to sell off a gold American Eagle, and am on the lookout for another pirate coin, a 2 escudo doubloon. That’s about it, I guess. Keeping busy.
Constantine the Great, Commemorative issue, POP ROMANVS Laureate and draped bust of Roman people left, cornucopia on shoulder / Star and CONSP in wreath.
These tiny coins are associated with the founding of the new capital at Constantinople, this one being about 12mm.
In other happenings in my coin collecting life, which I may or may not post pics of here, I bought (finally bought) my pirate coin. It’s a genuine piece of 8, 8 reales minted in Potosi, Bolivia in 1689. This is smack dab in the middle of the Golden Age of Pirates. That, well I guess I could link to the pic I have of it on my blog. I also picked up a bargain, a 20 kopek Russian coin from 1869 (100 years before my birth year), which I picked up on eBay for $4. Not bad for a silver coin. I have my eye on some gold there, also from about that period, but I did get outbid on a 1769 coin from the Netherlands, which I was going to buy for a friend who is also turning 40 this year. Oh well. So it goes.
I’ve never been happy with the Pontius Pilate I bought previously. So here’s a new one I bought, an AE prutah from 29AD:
Yes, I had some spare cash burning a hole in my pocket.
I don’t know how regularly, now, that I’m going to update this site. I found out when I got back from my trip back last November that I can’t keep up the pace of buying and/or cleaning these old coins any more. I just don’t have the spare cycles. But it doesn’t mean that I’ve lost interest, as you can tell by my last couple posts. Occasionally I will obtain an ancient coin or five, mostly because I really like giving them away. For $15 you can give someone something that seems like it’s worth a lot more. And also occasionally, you see something that has such a cool history, or aesthetics, or meaning, and you have to get it. So we’ll see what I can come up with here. Cheers.
After reading about this coin at Scotvs Capitis, I had to have one:
That star on the reverse is supposedly the star!
I got this from a small batch of semi/cleaned coins from Common Bronze:
It has the face of a Julia Mamaea, but the reverse of a Severus Alexander (her son). This is what is called a mule, obverse/reverse of two different types. I thought this was fascinating.