Byzantine, Histaemon of Romanus III Argyrus with Christ Enthroned, 1028-34 (source).
Etruscan coins, both from Populonia, the first dates to after 211 BCE, and the second to the 3rd century BCE.
Photos via the Wiki Commons.
Anonymous German Artist
Coin (bracteate) from Magdeburg struck by Archbishop Konrad von Querfurt: St. Maurice.
Germany (c. 1140)
2.5 cm. (1 inch)
Magdeburg, Museen, Gedenkstätten und Sammlungen der Stadt.
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
Of the tens of thousands of coins in the Collection, the cabinet is highlighted by the monumental and unique example of the Fifty Excelentes struck under Ferdinand and Isabella. Created during the period of Christopher Columbus’s expeditions to the New World, the massive gold coin – weighing nearly five ounces – was likely minted as a special presentation to an individual whom the king and queen wished to honor. Huntington’s Fifty Excelentes is arguably the most important and valuable European coin in existence, and the largest gold coin from the 15th century that survives today.
Roman, Coin with Otacilia Severa on the obverse, and a hippopotamus on the reverse, minted in 248 (source).
Celtic silver tetradrachm from the first century BC depicting a horseman with three horns sprouting from his head. Found in the Danube region.
Actually, I think this is one of the Epona figure coins. The “horseman” has breasts, after all. What I would like to know about this coin is… What are those constellation looking symbols?
Also, yay for a date and a location! :)
Silver Celtic Iceni unit
Britain, 1st century A.D.
The Iceni were a British tribe inhabiting the area around Norfolk from the 1st century B.C. to approximately the end of the 1st century A.D. They started using coins as a means of payment at around 10 B.C. This particular coin has a stylized horse depicted on it. Other coins would have equally stylized versions of animals.
An unknown world aspires toward reflection. Words are the oblique mirrors that hold your thoughts. You gaze into these word-mirrors and catch glimpses of meaning, belonging, and shelter. Behind their bright surfaces is the dark and the silence. Words are like the god Janus, they face outward and inward at once.
—John O’Donohue, Anam Ċara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom (Cliff Street Books, 1997).
Thank you, apoetreflects.