What do people collect?  (within the category of "ancient" coins)

Here are answers to this question from members of the Moneta yahoo group e-mail list, responding to this first post of March 20, 2004.
I have included, in square brackets "[...]"  dates and geographical regions for those readers who are not familiar with all the terms used by ancient-coin enthusiasts.  I put some parts in bold font to make make it easy to find the collecting area. 

The initial question:
Subject:  What's Your Specialty?

One aspect of ancient coin collecting that fascinates us is the specialty people choose. For us, as we're sure is true for many people, it has been an evolving process, as we refined what we find interesting. We saw in a Celator article a few months back, a nice explanation of why one collector had chosen Claudius Gothicus [Roman emperor, 268-270 A.D.] as a specialty. Doug Smith also has an interesting article on the topic. (of course!).

I think I've asked about this before, but there are undoubtedly new people on the list, and other people may have changed specialties. As I've mentioned, the focus of our collection is [Roman] imperial coins, from Augustus to Gallienus [1st - 3rd C. A.D.], and the object to have as much variety as possible, so as to have a "survey" of imperial coins, showing as many styles of engraving as possible. This is why we have many coins of Caracalla, and only two coins of Titus (well...price had something to do with that as well).

I've always thought that perhaps what we are doing is really not the best way to go about it, as we do not really have a great deal of expertise in any one area. On the other hand we have learned a great deal by being able to make comparisons between coins of different eras. And, our collecting goal insures that we have a lifetime of collecting before we reach our "goal" of having every style represented in our collection for the time period we have chosen.

So, we would be interested in how other people approach collecting, with respect to specialzation, and why - and if - they specialize in any particular area.
Thanks! Blake (and Ben) Davis


Hi Blake,
I collect Licinius and peripherally Constantinus and family [Roman, early 4th C. A.D.]. I chose these emperors because, for me at least, they represent the principal figures of the beginning of the end of Rome proper.

P.S. Excellent topic to discuss.
Best Regards,

"James D" I collect denarii of the adoptive [Roman] emperors: Nerva, Trajan, and Hadrian [Roman, 2nd C. A.D.]. I especially like these periods for denarii as there is a wide variety of reverse types, with a good number being "genius loci" types from Hadrian/Trajan (like ALEXANDRIA, DANUVIVS, VIA TRAIANA).

I find this subject fascinating as well. I've always had a strong desire to collect, and I believe that for coins there are a couple of directions you can go: Depth and Breadth.

People commonly look to achieve depth in their collections: All the Gordian IIIs [238-244 A.D.] from Tarsus [in Turkey] for instance. For me it's a little broad, but includes Byzantine bronzes from Syracuse {Sicily]; and bronze [Roman] Provincials from Syria, Mesopotamia, and Cilicia. This is appealing because completing the series is often possible, and because you acquire a detailed knowledge in a specialty.

However, I believe there is also something to be said for breadth in a collection. People often shy away from this because it is awfully daunting to know enough about so many different areas to purchase comfortably. Also, there
is no end in sight and budget becomes an issue.

Breadth should not be ignored, however. People get tired of too limited a specialty, and instead of throwing in the towel it can feel liberating from time to time to buy that beautiful Greek tetradrachm or Republican denarius.

I think that in order to build a significant collection you must concentrate on depth, but you shouldn't be dogmatic. Spashing out for something outside your specialty from time to time can help you recover the same feeling you had when you started collecting.

Steve (scooperuk)

Magna Graecia {Greek Sicily] bronze. Most especially with any of the following - dog, dolphin, hippocamp, Poseidon head. So, if anyone wants to sell any........


Hello Jerry,

On the off chance you haven't seen Michael's Gordian III [Roman emperor, 238-244 A.D.] collection, this should provoke some serious drooling. :)


Like most ancient coin collectors these days, I started out with the uncleaned. ;) I then worked through the "any" bronze coin I could lay my hands on stage to collecting VF+ silver denarii of the 1st thru 3rd CE [Rome]. It then worked on me till I collected 1st CE [Roman] Imperial bronze and has now, most insidiously I might add, made me practice the dark art of Roman provincials.

Along the way, I've found a fondness for Aesculapius / Asklepios, healer extraordinaire, on both silver and bronze and have a small collection of Thasos tetradrachmii (?) [Greek], one of which I'm convinced is a fake. Let's not even talk about 4th CE bronze of Constantine or his brood. I have so damn many that I should obtain a Government grant and study them for the rest of my days! :)

Heed my warning about those damn provincials! Save your soul now and start collecting campgates instead! ;)

William @ Aeratvs

From: "Jerry C" 

Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?

Gordian III {Roman emperor, 238-244 A.D.], both Imperial and Provincial.  Not the most awe inspiring set to collect, but the research into the historical significance of the coinage for this emperor and period is fascinating. Time consuming and difficult, but fascinating to me at least.

     From: "Droite et Loyal" Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   Hi, I collect [Roman] imperial coins, mainly bronzes, from Augustus to Commodus. [1st - 2nd C. A.D.] All started back in 1999 when, still a student at the university, I purchased a coin (a Cladius as- Titus' restitition, but I did not know it back then, so I spent much time wondering what Titus had to do with Claudius!) because I wishes to know something truly Roman. I have studying History, and the early Roman Empire and its Golden age  had always been my passion. In the years that followed I bought cheaps coin of the Emperors I liked most and, gradually, I began to learn more about metal, types, dies, reverses, and started to upgrade my collection etc...I short I was hooked! In the beginning I wanted to have a single coin for each emperor from Augustus to Romolus Augustus, but then I decided to stop with Commodus, the last of the Antonini and the beginning of the slow downfall of the empire... I give great importance to the portrait, for to me, coins are foremost a 'memento', an imagine of the men and the women I read about in my books and for whom I feel admiration or curiosity...I also like the personalization of the various goddesses or virtues and I enjoy to discover why and how a a certain event was chosen to be commemorated on a coin... Regards, Ilaria

  From: "pdimarzio" Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   I got interested in ancients as an outgrowth of my collection of English hammered coinage.  The silver penny is modelled after the denarius, so I went out and got one ... and became hooked.  My focus lately has been coinage of the Roman mint in London.  Since I'm still fairly new at this I'm keeping to the folles of the Constantines [4th C. A.D.] as this material is relatively common.  Eventually I'll work on the usurpers Carausius and Allectus.   I also like coinage of the earlier Emperors that feature British inscriptions.  I stick to the VICTORIAE BRIT denarii of the Severans as the bronzes are typically out of my budget.  I'll probably work on the AVG BRIT obverse inscriptions at some point.   I've even reached back to Celtic England and have picked up a few pieces that can be attributed to specific rulers.  All in all it's possible to span several thousand years of coinage for rulers of the British Isles and nearly impossible to get bored!   Paul

From: "Richard Conforti"  Subject: RE: What's Your Specialty?   After years of collecting mostly Roman Imperial, I came across a Syrian Mark Anthony and Cleopatra [1st C. B.C.].  I was hooked on Cleopatra's portrait and now have 44 of her portrait coins. Richard 

From: Howard Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   Hello All,   I collect a broad range of numismatic items.  I collect world coins, odd & unusual currency, tokens, and ancient coins.  As for the ancient coins, I rarely collect Roman.   My main interest is more Eastern.  I have concentrated on the coins of Elymais, but I also have a fairly good collection of Parthian and Sasanian coins [region of Iraq and Iran].  Lately, I have been collecting Islamic figural bronze coins [fores of the crusaders, c. 1200 A.D.].  I also collect ancient coins from Southeast Asia, almost anything before 1900 that is from Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Burma, and Vietnam.   Sincerely, Howard

From: tjbuggey  Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   In order: 1. Trajan - a true renaissance guy 2. Republic 90 - 80 BCE - Social wars and rise of Sulla = interesting 3. Artuqid & Zengid figural bronzes - Nice combo of classic and islamic motifs. 4. Greek silver - really #1 w/ Trajan sestertii. These are what I save up for - 5, Astronomical symbols - new 5. Anything else that jumps out at me.   That's as narrow as I have been able to push myself. Tom

From: ancientroman Subject: Re: Re: What's Your Specialty?]   Well lets see what I collect. What ever they are ,I have 1750 coins in my personal collection.I started wit uncleaned coins 5 years ago and still enjoy waisting my money on them.So much so that I started a chat list for bottom feeders 3 yeards ago that now has over 700 members.The uncleanedcoins@yahoogroups.com. I then decided to get the 12 caesars in silver and then I started on Republican Silver and bronze so that today they account for 500 - 600 of my collection.I have 73 silver denenarii of octavian / Augustus coinsalone. I fill in other coins such as Marc Antony Legionary denarii to the point that I have 50 or so in my collection. Guess you could say if its ancient ,I might just have it and thats including my two portrait coins of Cleopatra.   Joe 

From: Glenn   Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   I started out buying and cleaning uncleaned coins, so that has influenced what I now collect. After becoming exasperated over the endless Fel Temp Reparatio bronzes [4th. C. Roman] that show up in uncleaned lots, I decided to make the best of it and start collecting them. They are actually a very interesting group with many hard to find varieties, and it's a real treat when I find a new emperor-mint mark combination.   I also collect bronze coins of Constantine the Great [Roman emperor, 307-337] because there are so many different reverses and most of them are fairly inexpensive. (I'm a graduate student.)   Finally, I'm also trying to put together a collection of emperor-on-horseback reverses, but that's going very slowly since most of these coins tend to be more expensive.   Glenn  My web page:http://mysite.verizon.net/gsimonel/

From: "Kavan U. Ratnatunga"  Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?     Sri Lanka [Ceylon, the island off the southern coast of India] from 200 BC to modern, including coins that circulated   there. A very long Numismatic history. Since 1998 has gone on my website http://lakdiva.org/coins/             Best regards     Kavan

 From: "ProfJack"  Subject: Re: Re: What's Your Specialty?


    Ancient Greek, selected others until 100ad.


AS GRAVE and CAST AE  [Roman Republic, 3rd C. B.C.] Since inheriting dad's collection i add to it as these come up.. usually at auction. al smith

From: "parthicus"  Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   Howdy all,   As you might guess from my Yahoo name, my main focus is on Parthian coins [region of Iraq and Iran, 238 B.C. - 228 A.D.]].  I have about 250, almost all different by Sellwood or Shore sub-varieties, in silver and bronze. The Parthians appeal to me because their civilization combined wild, semi-nomadic elements with elements of Hellenistic and Persian civilization, and did so quite successfully, and this fusion is reflected on their coins.  Also, the Parthians are somewhat mysterious compared to other civilizations, such as the Romans or even the Achaemenid Persians, but not so obscure that there are no reference books available. I've slowed down my collecting a bit in the last year, though. That's the problem once you've bought most of the common types- the rare ones only come up for sale occasionally, and then they tend to cost quite a bit.   I do have a number of other mini-collections at the same time.  First, I still collect Roman Imperial in silver and bronze, primarily coins of the Twelve Caesars and Five Good Emperors, and any reverse types mentioning Parthia.  I also seek out Islamic figural bronzes (Artuqid, Zangid, and misc. others) and sometimes pick up a Sasanian or ancient Indian coin that appeals to me.  I used to collect Chinese cash but eventually lost interest.  I also have a small collection of US coins, including State Quarters from circulation (one per state)- not very old yet, but the price is right.  I also have several other non-coin collections- but that's for another thread.  Cheers,   Robert 

From: dan Subject: What's Your Specialty?   A.  Augustus [27 B.C. - 14 A.D.] Imperial and Provincial posthumous issues. B.  The "Travel Series" of Hadrian [117 - 138 A.D.] in silver and bronze and all their variants. C.  Gallienus [253-268] D.  The middle and large bronzes of Severus Alexander.  [222-235] E.  Great Britain. F.   I'll go with Tom's "Anything else that jumps out at me".   God bless! Daniel

From: Fausta 

Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?

I have been collecting ancients for some time now and have focused mainly on the coins from the [Roman] provincial cities located in Turkey today, which I visit trying to find links to some of the reverse types. I try to get Julia Domna [wife of Septimius Severus who reigned 193-211] or another empress as the portrait if possible. This is for now, anyway. Kelly Ramage Malter Galleries


From: Snake11312

Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?

I've always been interested in Claudius Gothicus & Aurelian [Roman, 268-275 A.D.] ; my two prize

specimens are:

Mint-State (or as close to it as possible) fully-silvered Gothicus with the

REGI ARTIS reverse, and an Aurelian denarius with the VSV mark on the reverse.


From: David John MacDonald Subject: Re: What's your specialty?            My specialty is overstruck Greek coins--not double struck, but actually overstruck, coins struck on earlier Greek coins.  I must admit they are not things of beauty.  In fact, most are quite ugly, but they are interesting, providing information on many subjects, such as the relative dates of issue, movement of metals, and monetary policies.  Besides, being of Scottish descent, I cannot resist the notion of getting two coins for the price of one.          If anyone has any of these ugly, interesting coins hanging around unappreciated, I would certainly appreciate hearing about them and maybe even having a shot at acquiring them.   Mac  

From: Grzegorz  Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   I don't think I need to say anything other than paste my site's URL in here:   http://probvs.net/probvs/ [Probus, Roman emperor, 276-282 A.D.]
  Who knew (certainly not me!) that what I started collecting principally as ancient artwork, would take over my life and make me care about weights, die axes, and coin circulation in the Empire?   G/<  

From: "Brett"  Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   I started as many do, unfocused and buying whatever caught my eye... especially  coins depicting Victory.  I quickly realized that Victory appeared on about every other coin and came to the realization that I'd have to focus my collecting interests.    Having always been fascinated with the deeds and misdeeds of Julius Caesar, Nero and Caligula, I decided to focus on the Twelve Caesars [1st C. A.D.].  So, I began collecting denarii of the Twelve Caesars. I particularly like those from Ephesus.  I later took a liking to the larger bronze coins and began a collection of asses of the Twelve Caesars.  I also collect Syrian AE of the Twelve Caesars with S-C reverses.    I am also assembling a collection of each emperor (lifetime project!) with a good portion of the 3rd century complete.  Finally, I also collect Thracian Chersonese [Greek] and Morgan silver dollars.  So, I began unfocused, then I focused, and now I find myself again unfocused!  That's easy to do with ancient coins!!!   Brett

From: Doug Subject: Re: Re: What's your specialty?   I became interested in ancient coins about eight years ago, mostly because of their incredible variety.  I had become very bored with collecting US coins as a kid, since there really isn't much difference between a quarter with 1965 on it and one with 1978 on it.  With ancients, it seemed as though there was an entirely new area of history opened up to me with every new coin.   I read all of the advice on this list and elsewhere to develop a specialty ("you can't collect them all") and I tried.  I really did.   For a while, I thought I would specialize in late Roman bronzes (cheap, reasonable variety, good catalogues easily available), then maybe Roman provincials from Thrace and Macedonia (cheap and great variety), then Turkoman figurals, and finally I dabbled with maybe specializing in coins of Antioch from all eras.   But I just couldn't do it.  Every time I'd go to a show or get on ebay, I'd find something entirely new and different that I couldn't resist -- feudal France, Celtic, 19th century Indian princely states, Kushans, Byzantine, Ghaznavids, etc., etc. I'd buy them all.  My more focused friends, who have gorgeous collections of Greek and Roman Imperial coins, pointed out that I was ending up with a grab bag of cheap coins with no rhyme or reason.  But it has finally become clear that my wandering eye is incurable (just in case my wife of 30 years somehow stumbles on this, let me make clear I am referring ONLY to coins).   So finally I've decided that I'm specializing in not specializing.  The only organizing principle is that I will try to collect one coin issued by every coin-issuing state/city and every ruler.  Of course, I'll never come anywhere close to accomplishing this and even my much more modest goal of just developing a checklist of every coin-issuing state/city and ruler may never get accomplished.   But I'm having fun with my non-specialized specialization (and developing a very interesting numismatic reference library while I'm at it).   Doug

From: "David L. Tranbarger"  Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   Hello all,   My primary interest these days is in Hunnic coins and some related Central Asian series. I am also collecting Northumbrian stycas [England, dark ages], though it is increasingly difficult to find quality material of interest. If any of you are interested in these areas please feel free to contact me off list so we can compare notes.    As a dealer, I always have to fight the urge to collect everything and sell nothing. So I tend to form some specialized collections, learn as much as I can about the series and then move the collection into stock, hoping that the depth of the offering and my acquired experience will help the items sell. Some recent examples, and areas still of interest:   - Barbarous radiates.  [c. 270 A.D.] - Dark Ages- Vandals, Ostrogoths, etc. - Pennies of Edward I,II and III. - Arab-Byzantine, Umayyad and 'Abbasid coppers.  [7th C. A.D.] - Islamic issues of the Mongols.   Lastly, I have only recently begun setting aside Greek bronzes. No rhyme or reason, just a study collection.   Regards, Dave Tranbarger  

From: "Tom(jawboney)" Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   Aurelian is my main focus, along with trying to get a coin from each [Roman] emperor and empress, a life long task.   The Aurelian [270-275] section of my home page http://tomross.ancients.info/ is up and running, it will be a work inprogress forever, me thinks.  It can actually be a benefit if you are trying to attribute coins of Aurelian. All the coins of Aurelian from the RIC are there, I am currently working on adding unlisted coins, varients ect.   If you check it out and see some mistakes, I am sure there must be some, don't hesitate to let me know.  HopeThis site can be of some help.  My inspiration for it comes from Greg"s Probus site, if mine ever becomes half asgood as Greg's I will be happy.  > http://probvs.info/   Tom

From: tjbuggey  Subject: Re: Thanks to All for Responses re: Specialty   Blake, on my website, I provide links to 18 online collections and probably a few others that are under other headings. I have not given this much attention since updating it months ago. If anyone has a collection for which they would like a link, please contact me.   http://tjbuggey.ancients.info/ancientlinks.html#Norman   Tom

From: Robert Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   I collect Faustina Senior denari [Roman empress, 2nd. C. A.D.] , some interesting bronze types of Faustina Senior, Roman Provincial

Antioch, Roman Provincial Seated Tyche of Antioch types, and any interesting architectural types of agood buy.   I started collecting Faustina Senior because my first coin was one of her denari. Specifically it was one of her more popular denari having a peacock walking right, looking left, on the reverse.   I started on the Roman Provincial path because there were not as many collectors and the variety of types was astounding. I then proceeded to focus on Antioch and the Seated Tyche of Antioch types (of any city) as a best practice but I still have many others that don't fit into my main Roman Provincial focus (just because they were interesting). Antioch appealed to me because it was a great crossroads between Greek, Roman Provincial, Roman Imperial and Biblical collections. Antioch also appealed to me because of the rich history of the city. If you get a chance, read "Antioch Actress" by J.R. Perkins. It is a good historical fiction novel and has a good view of Antioch and the religeous climate during Trajan's rule.   Later on I will be building a website to display my collections.   Happy Collecting, Rob 

From: Philologus  Subject: Re: Re: What's Your Specialty?]   I collect coins that are referred/alluded to in the Bible, and coins which likely circulated in the "holy lands" from 400BC to 100AD.  I fell in love with ancient coins the 1st time I held one. (Hearken back to the earlier thread on the 'mystical' or 'magic' sense some experience from ancients.)  I chose this particular area because I do a lot of biblical and biblical-era teaching.  I sold all my American coins a few years ago to fund my new ;-) ancient collection.  [I also have a small collection of primitive money (West African "slave trade money"/Manilla).  I chose this area because I lived in West Africa for 5 years.]   Peace!   - Russell

From: rider dennis Subject: What's Your Specialty?   I collect coins of "Tyre" [A city on the coast of Lebanon].  Previously, I collected Greek coins, but when so much became available through ebay and the internet.  I lost the fun of the hunt and besides I couldn't afford everything that I wanted. So, I decided to tightly specialize.   Why Tyre?  I wanted a place with many cultures and history, which leads you to the middle east.  Israel has so many biblical collectors, so I turned to Lebanon/Phoenicia.  Of the Phoenician cities, I liked the Egyptian influence and dating on coins of "Tyre" .  I visited the city for the first time just this year and will be adding some pictures to my site.   Coins of Tyre allows me to collect  "Persian" they controlled "Tyre" for 200 years, "Greek" city coins of "Tyre", "Macedonian" after they took Tyre, "Ptolemaic" I - V, "Selukid" from Antiochus III to Demetrius II, "Biblical" "Shekel of Tyre" and of course the "Romans" had a mint in Tyre that was not as prolific as Antioch, but with some really interesting Mythical reverses.   I got my wish to return to the hunt, the coins I need are very rare and I only buy a handful (usually expensive) coins per year.   I still have my Greek coins and add to them occasional and I sometimes upgrade my 12 Caesar set.  I got out of my Roman emperor set over 20 years ago after buying a Gordian II (nearly a months salary for me at the time) and when it arrived I got no thrill - just another emperor that I didn't have.  At that point it was apparent that the rest of the set was just a matter of money.   Please note that I lost my dot.com and my site is now dot.info   Live long and prosper,   Dennis  http://www.ancientcash.info  

From: "JoBar&Associates"  Subject: Specialty   I collect third century Roman Imperial Bronze.  However, if I were to start a collection today it would be the coinage of Roman Egypt. Buy the way, I could use a Gordian II Bronze. Bright Blessings,   Joseph

From: "aaronemigh" Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   My collection is mostly Greek silver, though I do have the obligatory (11 of) 12 Caesars collection, a small collection of limes denarii, etc.  My collection is not as focused as it could be, but it is clustered around several areas:   1. Fourrees.  There is something wonderful about an ancient coin that was designed to deceive.  I enjoy knowing at least some aspects of how the coin was first spent!   2. Gorgons [Greek facing heads].  Along with a slew of the obligatory drachms of Apollonia Pontika, I have a decent sampling of Parion drachms and a few of the later (and somehow less interesting) 3/4 drachms and hemidrachms; a few Neapolis drachms and hemidrachms and a crossover with interest #1, an archaic fourree Neapolis stater with no plating breaks.  Quite a few random fractional issues featuring gorgons as well (Abydos, Selge, Maroneia, etc. and one or two I haven't figured out yet).   3. Istrian silver.  The two-heads type seems quite clearly to mean something, and nobody knows what.  I especially like the earlier issues on the Milesian standard, and the fractions.   4. Lycian staters.  There is something deeply mysterious about Lycian money.  I find its strangeness wonderfully appealing.   5. Thracian silver in general.  I enjoy the energy and exuberance of these coins.  I am particularly fond of my Ainos tet and a couple of tetradrachms from Akanthos, and a decent assortment of different types from Thasos.  (By the way, does anyone know a good reference for an archaic satyr-and-nymph type that, at 2.80g, seems to be a tetrobol?)   6. Sicilian silver.  Unfortunately I'm not the only person who realized these are beautiful, but I've got a smallish collection of artistically amazing tetradrachms and didrachms that afford me considerable pleasure.  The sheer beauty of the classical issues here is in my opinion unequalled.   7. Fractions of Asia Minor [Greek coins minted in Turkey].  I love the seemingly infinite variety of these tiny little coins, many of which seem to be close to unattributable.  It's hard to imaging keeping track of money consisting of a tenth of a gram of silver -- and of course impressive that so many of these are quite beautifully engraved.   8. Danubian imitative issues.  I enjoy the wild Celtic artistic riffs on themes from mainstream Greek coinage.  "Imitative" is not really the right word for these; they are more properly reinterpretations, which is what makes them so interesting artistically.  Most of my examples are Philip II derivatives, with some that are Alex III / Philip II mules, some that riff on Thasos tets and some others.  I am really not sure what these were used for.  The weights and purity are all over the map, and I am not sure I believe the standard explanations regarding gift tokens.   Quite honestly, these areas of interest developed organically, and I continue to collect whatever calls out to me.  It just seems to be these areas that have been doing so in recent years.   Yours, Aaron  

From: tom  Subject: what's your specialty   Hello all-   I have wondered down the timeline from most of the posts on this list and am comfortably ensconced in the 9th and 10th centuries in France. The Carolingian era is rich history and offers a nice variety of coinage, but much more circumscribed that the huge wealth of Roman coinage. It also pairs nicely with my travel interests.   You can see what the era has to offer at  
    One of my current projects is a visitors guide to Carolingian France, a great excuse to dust off the passport and roam around the French countryside. It is captivating to stand of the site of the Battle of Fontenoy (841) and image the clashing armies of Charles the Bald, Louis the German and Lothaire I. Today this is farmland, and the battle site is marked by a monument at the side of a country road.   We're all captured by moments in history and part of the pleasure is sharing this all with others.   Cheers,   Tom 

From: John  Subject: Re: What's Your Specialty?   My principal theme is to collect one coin featuring each of the 'Gods & Rulers of England';   It starts with the Roman Republic series which feature nice obverse portraits of roman gods, worshiped later in Britain, there are over 40 different deities featured, then moves on to the roman rulers of Britain, early byzantine depictions of Christ and then on to through English kings & queens from the 8th century to present day.   Its the sort of theme that keeps you busy for life!   Regards,   John 

From: Delane  Subject: RE: What do people collect?   Hello Folks,   I might as well chime in with what has become my passion in ancient coinage; perhaps others might have something for me or want to trade :)   I don't rightly know how these collecting areas emerged, just that my interests gravitated to them over the past 10 years.   1. Alexandrian coins, predominately unusual drachms 2. Coins of Marc Antony, predominantly Legionary Denarii 3. DIVI Series antoninianii of Trajan Decius  [249 - 251 AD] 4. Sestertii (all) 5. Imperial Fractions of all types 6. Imperial Architectural coins in all metals 7. Imperial medallions (in Bronze) 8. Aes Rude & Aes Grave   My secondary focus includes:   9. Greek Bronze coins of Sicily 10. Rare denarii, As, and Dupondius (imperatorial and imperial)   Regards, Delane 

From: "rocksrme2003" Subject: what do people collect   I have a great deal of fun cleaning uncleaned ancient coins so I collect anything I find so my gatherings run from thrace maroneira to a jeton from germany. however I am being drawn towards byzantine coins although idying scythates I find bewildering and the provincials from viminacium brian 

From: "dhhay" Subject: What do people collect?   My current primary collecting focus is ancient coins of Rhodes.  Over the past ~10 years, I have also focused on silver & bronze coins of Sicily, and early Macedonian kings.  Sometimes, if it tickles my fancy, I pick up a nice ancient from Italy or Mainland Greece. Over the past 25 years or so, I have meandered from US coins, to hammered English, to Romans, a few Celtic, and finally to fairly specialized areas of ancient Greek coins where I am today.   I really like good coin reference books, but I try to only buy them at discount prices. (My wife thinks that I actually enjoy starting trouble.)   Coin collecting is more fun than exercising, and it keeps me out of the bars.   Don

From: Delane
Subject: RE: Re: Collecting lists, or how to collect

Here is a short list of collecting areas I've come across.

Delane Hewett

Reverse Personification
Architectural - Other
Portrait style
Portrait - Facing
Portrait - Left
Portrait - Heroic Bust
Portrait - Aegis
Architectural - Lighthouses
Architectural - Bridges
Architectural - Buildings
Architectural - Temples
Mythological Creature(s)
Mint Mark
Portrait - Janiform
British Commemerative
Saecular Games
Architectural - Columns
Architectural - Statues
Architectural - Aquaducts
Architectural - Roads
Architectural - Ports
Ex. Kasch Collection
Pontificial Implements
Prow of Ship
Architectural - Shrine
Architectural - Altar
Architectural - Funeral Pyre
Famous collection/pedigree (Ex. Ryan Collection)
Architectural - Triumphal Arch
Architectural - Public Exhibitions
Architectural - Camp Gate
Fractions (small change)
Judea Capta
Ex. Museum Collection
Unpublished specimen
Particular city/state

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