Demand for gold coins has risen dramatically in the past couple years. We are buying every Roman gold coin we can find at wholesale, yet we don't always have many coins to offer here. We have heard your requests and will try to keep Roman gold coins in stock.
"OB" means "on account of," is an abbreviation for the word obryzum, which means refined or pure gold, and is the Greek numeral 72. Thus the legend may be read, "on account of our celebration of our triumph" or it may use the multiple meanings and read "1/72 pound pure gold for the celebration of our triumph." The Romans found the use of double meanings clever. We believe the choice of this legend was intended to be clever.
SH08818. Gold solidus, RIC VIII 114, Cohen -, Choice EF, weight 4.46 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia mint, 342 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONS-TANS P F AVG, laurel and rosette diademed, draped and cuirassedbust right; reverse OB VICTORIAN TRIVMPHALEM, two Victories standing facing center, holding between them a wreath inscribed VOT X MVL XX, SIS* in exergue; beautifully centered and struck with no sign of circulation or wear, would be MS except for digger's mark across lower reverse; very rare (R3); SOLD
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
The Sphinx was one of Augustus' symbols and was used on his personal seal (Suetonius).
SH30615. Gold aureus, RIC I 512 corr. (head left), BMCRE 682, Calico 156, Cohen 333, gVF, weight 7.998 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamum mint, c. 19 - 18 B.C.; obverseAVGVSTVS, bare head right; reversesphinx seated right; attractive reddish toning; rare; SOLD
Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.
SH37559. Gold aureus, RIC I 27, Cohen 20, BMCRE I 20, SRCV I 1795, Paris 37, VF, weight 7.581 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 225o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 40 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG PON M TR POT III COS III, laureate head right; reverse SPQR P P OB C S in three lines within oak wreath; SOLD