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Old Collection Coins

Classical Numismatics was once the hobby of kings. It is actually possible today to buy ancient coins that were once in the collections of royalty, U.S. presidents, and other wealthy and famous collectors. Old collection coins are not only popular because of their provenance but also because properly stored coins will often attractively tone and become more beautiful over time.


Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453

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In 1422, the year old king of England inherited the French throne through his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this type represents the unification of the two nations. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and part of Maine remained in Henry's control.
SH87710. Silver petit blanc, Elias 297a (R), Duplessy 446, Ciani 603, Lafaurie 450, SCBC-SII 8167, leopard mintmark, F, toned, bumps, scratches, crowded flan, weight 1.159 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 210o, Rouen mint, 1423 - 1449; obverse (leopard) HEN-RICVS: - REX (King Henry, triple pellet stop), shields of France (on left) and England (on right), side by side; reverse (leopard) SIT: nOmE: DnI: BEHEDICV' (Blessed be the name of the Lord, triple pellet stops), Latin cross, h left, R right; ex Gordon Andreas Singer, ex E.R. Duncan Elias Collection; rare; $540.00 (475.20)


Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

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A rare opportunity to own a coin from a documented hoard found 130 years ago! This coin is from the Harptree Hoard of 1887, discovered in the village of East Harptree, approximately 16 miles SW of Bath. The hoard consisted of 1496 silver coins, five silver ingots, and a Roman silver ring set. The coins date from Constantine the Great to Gratian (c. 306 to 383 A.D.). The landowner, Mr. William Kettlewell, made the hoard available to the British Museum, and it was first documented by John Evans in The Numismatic Chronicle of 1888 (pp. 22-46). The British Museum kept 25 coins, and the rest were returned to the owner. A portion, along with the original jug that contained them, was given to a local church for display - these were eventually stolen. Many years later, the balance of the hoard, nearly 1200 pieces, was consigned to Spink and sold. Spink wrote-up the hoard for their summer 2016 Insider Magazine. This coin is typical of the exceptional quality of coins from the Harptree Hoard with lovely old cabinet toning.
RL92332. Silver siliqua, RIC VIII Lyons 218, RSC V 163†a, SRCV V 19130, Hunter V 5 var. (rosette diademed), Choice VF, deep old-cabinet toning, well centered, weight 1.953 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 45o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 360 - 361 A.D.; obverse FL CL IVLIANVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOTIS / V / MVLTIS / X in four lines in wreath, LVG in exergue; ex CNG e-auction 446, lot 426; ex Harptree Hoard of 1887 (IRBCH 1424); $250.00 (220.00)


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius III Apsimar, Late 698 - Summer 705 A.D.

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All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.
BZ88336. Bronze follis, Anastasi 337, DOC II part 2, 32, Spahr 271, Tolstoi 60, Hahn MIB 79b, SBCV 1395, Sommer -, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, gVF, well centered, green patina, encrustations, spots of light corrosion, edge splits, weight 4.097 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, late 698 - summer 705 A.D.; obverse no legend, bust of Tiberius III facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, spear diagonally before body in right, shield ornamented with horseman on left shoulder, star left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two palm fronds, Tiberius' monogram above, SCL in exergue; ex CNG e-auction 233 (2 Dec 2009), lot 566; ex Peter Lee Collection; rare; $160.00 (140.80)


Roman Republic, M. Marcius Mn.f., 134 B.C.

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The First Servile War, 135 - 132 B.C., was an unsuccessful slave rebellion against the Roman Republic. The war was prompted by slave revolts in Enna on the island of Sicily. It was led by Eunus, a former slave claiming to be a prophet, and Cleon, a Cilician (from present-day Turkey) who became Eunus's military commander. After some minor battles won by the slaves, a larger Roman army arrived in Sicily and defeated the rebels.
RR88355. Bronze quadrans, Crawford 245/3, Sydenham 501a, BMCRR I Rome 1017, RBW Collection 1011, SRCV I 1151, aF, dark green patina, corrosion, edge crack, weight 5.255 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, 134 B.C.; obverse head of Hercules right, wearing Nemean Lion's scalp headdress, three pellets behind; reverse prow of galley right, M MARCI / MN F (MAR and MNF ligate) in two lines above, three pellets before, ROMA in exergue; ex Rudnik Numismatics, with an old collector tag dated 30 November 1932, with the cost noted as $.25; $120.00 (105.60)


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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In 212 A.D. construction began on the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. These were the second largest Roman public baths, or thermae. Completed in 217 A.D. They would have had to install over 2,000 tons of material every day for six years in order to complete it in this time. Records show that the idea for the baths were drawn up by Septimius Severus, and merely completed or opened in the lifetime of Caracalla. This would allow for a longer construction time-frame. They are today a tourist attraction.
RS88434. Silver denarius, RIC IV 227, RSC III 529, BMCRE V 99, Hunter III 20, SRCV II 6879, Choice VF, excellent portrait, full borders on a broad flan, flow lines, toned, small edge splits, weight 3.641 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 210 - 213; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM (providence of the Gods), Providentia standing half left, wand in right over globe at feet, long scepter vertical in left; ex Harlan J Berk, ex Seaby with round tag handwritten by David Sear c. 1966; $120.00 (105.60)







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