Well, PIOS Ox, anyway. Yes, I love the coin.
Thank you all.
I got it in 2003, and the seller, Teresa Darling, did grade it "XF to AU", and she is neither an unwitting nor
a rapacious person; I always have liked both her coins and her pricing, but I do not remember what I paid for it (did not record price
, and 2003 receipts were on the old, old computer, and I don't know how to decipher her code), but certainly not the price
of gold: perhaps about $200, because it was bought on a whim, well informed but not a 'necessary' purchase. Well informed:
1. I was and still
am curious about the engraving tools
used increasingly in the first half of the 3rd century; parts of the Tyche
look as if they were done with a hot V chisel in butter!
2. It is a coin that shows both the color of the metal, bare but not by stripping, and a sound patina
that actually has luster, not wax, on the reverse field
3. It is a Tyche
with the large infant on her arm
that shows that it is not confined, in Moesia
Inf., to Diadumenian
. Yet Pick
himself did not see it, nor
anyone else, even Gospodin Jekov, who notices much that others have missed, until the MacDia studies alerted us to it.
4. I wondered about the pattern of patination: I suspect that it came from a sealed enclosure in which some new coins
were tightly stacked. Only if I knew the date of its discovery (which could be years and years before I got it) could I go looking for others of the same date, end of Caracalla
, that were less emphatically 'piebald' and so ended up in hard-copy catalogues. Of course, this coin might be the only one that by chance looks this way.
But my taste for Quintilian issues took time to develop. I think that all of us at first tend to like a dandified Septimius and an adorable brat. These coins took even an old art historian time to divorce them from the specter of living with the persons in the portraits
: some of the tool traces that are interesting