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Patina on ancient coins

In this section we include the most attractively patinated bronze coins of our selection, as well as uncleaned hoard and fine cabinet toned silver.


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

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The Three Graces, named Euphrosyne, Aglaia and Thalia, were the attendants of Aphrodite (Venus). They are shown on Roman provincial coins as a statuary group, nude and sometimes holding apples.
RP28313. Bronze AE 23, AMNG I/I 603, VF, weight 7.812 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 0o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, obverse IOYΛIA ∆OMNA CEB, draped bust right; reverse MAPKIANOΠOΛITΩN, the three graces, outer two each holding an apple; SOLD


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

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Scarce issue from the final year of his reign, with a more mature portrait, and stern gaze. Seneca (3.19.1) characterized Caligula's gaze as a form of torture -- "He had tortured them by means of all the grimmest devices that nature provides - by the string, by the robe, by the rack, by fire, and by his own gaze."
SH47806. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 53, Cohen I 26, BnF II 116, Choice VF, weight 27.960 g, maximum diameter 35.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 40 - 41 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII P P, Laureate head left; reverse S P Q R P P OB CIVES SERVATOR, legend inside oak wreath (Corona Civica); attractive mahogany red-brown patina, ex CNG; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

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The Nero sestertii from the Rome mint are scarcer than those from Lugdunum. The Rome portrait style is almost uniformly better.
RB84071. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 275, BMCRE I p. 233, 180, Mac Dowall WCN 137, Cohen I 264, Giard Lyon -, BnF II -, SRCV I -, Choice gVF, nice style, attractive portrait, nice green patina, slight porosity on reverse, weight 26.200 g, maximum diameter 35.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 65 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head right, light beard, wearing aegis(?); reverse Roma seated left on cuirass and shields, wearing helmet, cuirass, short tunic and military boots, Victory in her right hand, her left hand resting on parazonium at side, her right foot drawn back and resting on helmet, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field, ROMA in exergue; ex Stack's Bowers and Ponterio ANA Auction (12 Aug 2015), lot 30072; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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During the reign of Hadrian the denarius was 87% silver.
SH53583. Silver denarius, RIC II 290, RSC II 1481a, BMCRE III 778, SRCV II 3550 var., Superb EF, weight 3.203 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 137 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate bust right with slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse VOTA PVBLICA, Hadrian standing half left, togate, patera in right, sacrificing over altar left; ex H.S. Perlin Co., 1988; magnificent coin, beautiful toning, suitable for the finest collection; SOLD


Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.

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From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. In 1910, when he purchased this coin, Professor Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.
SH39592. Silver denarius, RIC I 8 (R2), RSC II 17, BMCRE I 18, BnF III 10, Hunter I C3807, SRCV I 2162, VF, beautiful rainbow toning, weight 3.057 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Feb - Mar 69 A.D.; obverse IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right; reverse SECVRITAS P R (security of the people of Rome), Securitas standing slightly left, head left, wreath in right hand, long scepter in left hand; exceptional full flan and beautiful old "cigar box" collection rainbow toning; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Alcott sold for $3.50 for very good. Purchase, Champion, 1910."; rare; SOLD


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

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The Sisak Hoard of more than 2000 silver argentei, most of them mint-state, plus silver vessels, was found in 1953 near Siscia (Croatia). Still today, nearly all the high grade early argentei of the early tetrarchy on the market came from this hoard. The deposition of the hoard can be placed in the year 295/296.
SH53598. Silver argenteus, Sisak Hoard 41c, RIC VI Siscia 19a, RSC V 488e, Superb EF, weight 2.969 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 295 A.D.; obverse DIOCLETI-ANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VICTORI-A SARMAT, the four princes sacrificing over tripod before archway of six-turreted enclosure; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1988; sharp high-relief masterpiece portrait, exceptional strike, beautiful rainbow iridescent toning, from the 1953 Sisak hoard; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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In 107 A.D., Trajan received an ambassador from India.
SH53588. Silver denarius, Woytek 270b, RIC II 128, RSC II 74, BMCRE III 328, Strack I 128, SRCV II 3129, Superb EF, fine style, bold, from sharp dies, as struck mint state except for the addition of wonderful iridescent toning, weight 3.369 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 107 - 108 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory standing slightly left, naked to hips, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1989; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Pogla, Pisidia

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SH28917. Bronze medallion, SNGvA 5144 (different dies), BMC Lycia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 26.0 g, maximum diameter 37.1 mm, die axis 0o, obverse AYT K Λ CEΠ - CEOYHPOC ΠE, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse ΠΩΓ−ΛEΩN, cult image of Artemis Pergaia between two stars, within distyle temple or aedicula with domed roof; a huge, very attractive bronze with a nice patina; the first coin FORVM has offered from Pogla; extremely rare; SOLD


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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The Sisak Hoard of more than 2000 silver argentei, most of them mint-state, plus silver vessels, was found in 1953 near Siscia (Croatia). Still today, nearly all the high grade early argentei of the early tetrarchy on the market came from this hoard. The deposition of the hoard can be placed in the year 295/296.
SH53585. Silver argenteus, Sisak Hoard 2, RIC VI 32b, RSC V 625f, Superb EF, weight 3.092 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 294 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four princes sacrificing over tripod before the gate of an eight-turreted enclosure; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1988; small flan crack, fabulous rainbow iridescent toning, near perfect centering, from the 1953 Sisak hoard; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Caius reverse

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In 17 B.C., Augustus adopted his grandsons, Gaius and his brother Lucius, the sons of Agrippa and his daughter Julia, and named the boys as his heirs. In 6 B.C. the plebs agitated for Gaius to be consul, despite that he was only 14. As a compromise, it was agreed that had the right to sit in the Senate House, he was made consul designatus, and he would assume the consulship in his 20th year. He was named Prince of Youth, an honorific that made him a symbolic leader of the equestrian order. In 1 B.C. he was army commander in the East and made a peace treaty with Phraates V. In 1 A.D., he was finally made consul. In 4 A.D., Gaius, only 24 years old, died from battle wounds received in Armenia. The deaths of both Gaius and Lucius, the Emperor's two favored heirs, led Augustus to adopt his stepson, Tiberius. Tacitus suggested that Livia may have had a hand in Gaius' death, presumably to orchestrate the accession of her own son Tiberius.
SH28108. Silver denarius, RIC I 199, BMCRE I 500, RSC I 40, BnF I 1461, SRCV I 1596, EF, toned, weight 3.649 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 270o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 8 - 7 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVIF, laureate head right; reverse Caius Caesar galloping right on horseback, holding sword and shield, legionary eagle and two standards in background behind, CCAESAR, above, AVGVSF (son of Augustus) in exergue; SOLD




  




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