/his/torical coin thread
First up an aureus of Hadrian
a 1645 ducat from Sweden
a 20 franc coin of Napoleon from 1803
a french coin of Louis XIV from 1709
celtic coin from Brittany, marked for offering to the gods
Axumite coinage is extremely interesting - they even had bi and tri-metallic coinages (which is intriguing, given the cost and time taken to make them).
Next, tetradrachm of Menander I Soter of the Indo-Greek kingdom.
Finally a coin of Liutprand of the Lombard Kingdom.
FUCKING LOMBARDS, EVEN THEIR COIN SUCKED
silver coin minted by Lysimachus, depicting Alexander (deified as Zeus Ammon)
Here's a Norse silver coin. One of these was found in Maine.
Pic of a coin I have. Got it from my mother, who got it from her father, who got it from his father, and before that I don't know. Our family comes from Italy, so I like to think it was passed down.
It's a roman coin in fairly poor condition, but the writing is still legible. The obverse says "IMP. AURELIANUS AUG.", the full title of the Roman Emperor Aurelian. He's wearing a crown that appears spiky, almost like the one the Statue of Liberty wears: my hypothesis is that he is minted wearing this instead of a crown of leaves because it appears similar to the crown worn by Sol Invictus, a Roman Sun God whose cult Aurelius greatly promoted as the centerpiece of Roman religion. Then again, other emperors before him had a similar crown on coinage so I can't really say that hypothesis is correct.
The reverse says "FORTUNA REDUX", the name of a form of the Goddess Fortuna, arbiter of fate, who was said to guide and protect those returning home from a long journey. She was part of the Roman state religion and was known to have been printed on coinage after military victories when soldiers would return home.
Aurelian rose through the military ranks and eventually became emperor that way. He is perhaps best known for his part in ending Rome's Crisis of the Third Century, in which he defeated the Palmyrenes, conquered the Gauls, defeated the Goths, Vandals, and pretty much everyone else. The guy was a huge badass and was even called Restitutor Orbis, meaning "restorer of the world" for all the glory he brought back to Rome after a period of shame.
My theory is that this coin was minted after a successful military campaign in celebration of the troops returning home, either from Britain, Gaul, Egypt, etc.
I couldn't find an "XXI" or "KA" mark on the reverse which was supposedly common on silver coins made around this time because of Aurelian's monetary reforms, so it's most likely a copper coin. Or a forgery, which was apparently also occurring at the time.