Unpublished, rare, unusual, or unattributed ancient coins
(in no particular order)
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(click obv/rev for images)
- Æ 31x32.
Uncertain Mint, Gordian III. laur., cuir. bust r./
Herakles l. presenting boar to King Eurystheus,
who is seated r. on throne; hound between them,
stg. on hind legs and reaching to the king.
Reference to the fourth labor, capturing the boar of
Mount Erymanthos. I can't find this type on any published coin.
VF, smooth dk. brown patina w. very light, brown cover.
Well centered and struck; choice.
- Æ 11, 0.76 grams.
emperor's hd. r., laur.
bull stg. r., I above, border of dots.
Possibly an unpublished small denomination from
Joppa, Samaria: Alexander Severus,
Rosenberger ---, Meshorer (City Coins) ---,
type sim. to Meshorer 36 and 37.
VG/F, good patina w. earthen cover.
- Æ 18.
obv and rev:
Calchedon, Bithynia. M. Aurelius.
bare head r.; AVT·K - ANTONI/
herm on pedestal, atop, hd. l.; KAL-XADO.
Not in BMC, LK, LIII, SGI, Mionnet, Mionnet Suppl.
F, sl. rough green patina.
- Æ 9x10. uncertain Greek mint,
bare hd. l.
key? (this type apparently not in major references).
VG/F, dk., sl. rough patina, some pitting, obv. face 50% off flan.
- Æ 31x32, 22.75 grams. Anazarbus, Cilicia. Septimius Severus.
obv: bust r.; AVTKL
rev: saddled horse or mule w. uncertain
object on back, forleg raised, to r.; KAICTWN?
Levante --- (see 1395 for this type for L. Verus), BMC ---,
Mionnet ---, Suppl. ---. Unpublished?
- AR 11, 1.52 grams.
wooly sheep's head l.
voided cross w. circle in center, lines terminated w. dots inside,
Y upper l. quadrant, K upper right quadrant, two other letters
mostly off flan, all in incuse square.
- Æ 26x28, uncertain eastern mint. Plautilla.
draped bust r.
stg. fig. atop two-tier pedestal, possibly with altar
l., and bull r. about to sacrifice, the pedestal
flanked on either side by columns topped by stg. figs.,
the figure on r. possibly holding a bird. Unpublished?
- Æ 34x35, Ceratapa, Phrygia, Commodus as Caesar.
draped bare bust r. of young Commodus;
L - AUR. KOMODOC.
emperor in toga stg. r., hldg. scroll in l. hand,
shaking hands w. Herakles stg. l., holding club at side;
BMC ---, LK ---, Lindgren III ---, SGI ---, Mabbott ---,
Mionnet ---, Suppl. ---; city is R6 in Mionnet.
- Æ 33x34, Apameia, Phrygia. Gallienus.
draped and laur. bust r.;
AV . I . K P LIK
cultus statue of Artemis to front, with supports,
between two stags with heads turned towards goddess;
in ex.: AMEWN.
The type has been kindly identified by Dr. F. Jodin as Artemis Anaitis.
BMC ---, LK ---, SGI ---, Mionnet ---, Suppl. ---;
F, dark brown with v.v.sl. spots of green cover, oc 5%/5%.
- Pb 14, Byzantine token, ca. 6-th C.
monogram, G to r., around:
figure stg. r., head turned l., holding uncertain objects;
ram at lower left. Possibly depicts Abraham holding knife, an angel
in the background stopping the sacrifice of Isaac, and Isaac
seated at lower r. with his back to the viewer.
- Æ 28, Uncertain colonial of Domitian.
laur. bust r.; AUT. DOMITIANOS -
KAISAR SEB GERM.
veiled bust of Homonoia l., in front:
poppy head between two corn ears;
SEBASTH - OMONOIA.
Mionnet Incertaines 498 (R5).
For the type, see Hierapolis in alliance with Ephesus, BMC 187, p. 263
and Pl. LII.5.
For the legend, see Prusias ad Hypium,
SGI 820 (Domitian) and SGI 905 (Domitia), both Homonoia stg.
Bill Puetz points out that this is RPC II 684,
with the reverse identified as Demeter.
- AR 19x20, Barbarous AR drachm, 2.61 grams.
young hd. of Herakles r. wearing stylized lion skin (?).
single cornucopia, barbarous Greek legend;
FIL (?) - FLEXILWN (?).
Kindly attributed by Frank Kovacs as an imitation
of a drachm of Demetrius I, probably Antioch mint.
For a similar crudely rendered coin, see
A. Houghton, "Coins of the Seleucid Empire from the
Collection of Arthur Houghton," ANS, 1983,
Plate 31, No. 55.
- Æ 24x25, Orbiana, w. Sev. Alex., Andeda, Pisidia.
draped bust of Orbiana r.
distyle temple with spherical object in pediment;
within, simulacrum of Pergaean Artemis between star l. and crescent r.
BMC --- (see 5 for this type for Maximinus), SGI ---,
the city not in Mionnet.
- Æ 25, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior, Julia Domna.
obv and rev:
her draped bust r./
Priapus stg., wearing boots, raising his cloak
with both hands exposing his enlarged penis with which he
is fertilizing a plant; filled modius to the left.
Pick 1457. Two examples are shown here, and both have the same
reverse dies as Pick. I've seen a few other examples of this reverse
type, all with the same die. If anyone knows of another reverse die,
please email me.
Click here for another example:
- Æ 17x18, Lampsacas, Mysia, Domitian.
laur. bust. r.
statue of Priapus on pedestal stg. l.
with erect member. Mionnet Suppl. 596 (R5). VG, dark, sl.
coarse, sl. dirty light cover.