mmarotta Posted June 27, 2005 Report Share Posted June 27, 2005 When I was an active collector, my primary passion was for Ancient Greek coins, worth about a day's wages, from the times and towns of famous philosophers. From Thales of Miletos to Hypatia of Alexandria, I pretty much hit them all, at least, all the major ones. My guide was Lives of the Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius. (see for instance http://classicpersuasion.org/pw/diogenes/ for an online translation.) So, it was pretty neat to have a coin from Abdera, the home of Democritus (Demokritos) who came up with the idea of atoms and realize that this coin could have passed through his hands. For Romans, my interest in collecting a series was limited to the Five Good Emperors: Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antonius Pius, and Marcus Aurelius. I had them as denarii. Nerva was the tough one, of course, having ruled only briefly. I also have quite a few HERMES and MERCURY coins, both Greek and Roman. Online, my username has been mercury (or mercury-something) since 1985. His common attributes are the caduceus and traveler's hat (petasos). Winged sandals and winged cap complete the outfit. I have a couple of coins with just the caduceus, and oddly enough one of them is Conder token. There are more ways to collect and I have some other little runs and sets. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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