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Offline Jay GT4

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Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« on: June 02, 2022, 12:54:57 pm »
I've been after a Flavian aureus for a very long time.  Finally got one last month and it arrived today


https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=175896



It has been proposed that the cow depicted on this type is one of the famous statues by the fifth century BCE Greek sculptor Myron. Myron's statues were brought to Rome by Augustus and were placed in the temple of Apollo on the Palatine in 28 BCE. Vespasian moved them to the new Temple of Pax that he began constructing in 71 CE, to celebrate the end of the Jewish War.

Although I have had many gold coins before and still have a Koson stater in much better condition, there is something about holding a First century Flavian aureus in your hands.  Simply amazing.  Some scratches in the field but they don't detract and aren't noticeable in hand.

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Re: Titus gold aureus added!
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2022, 03:40:42 pm »
That is stunning.

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Re: Titus gold aureus added!
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2022, 06:43:13 pm »
Magnificent coin, Jay. Congratulations!

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Re: Titus gold aureus added!
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2022, 08:41:02 pm »
Cool Aureus! That one was definitely circulated.

I keep wanting to get a Septimius Severus aureus, but for some reason they are prohibitively expensive, despite not being all that rare.  The Flavian coins actually seem more affordable - go figure.
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Re: Titus gold aureus added!
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2022, 10:00:10 am »
Thanks guys!

Ron, they're out there, keep searching.

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Re: Titus gold aureus added!
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2022, 10:02:06 am »
Nice!
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Re: Titus gold aureus added!
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2022, 12:14:28 pm »
Thanks Joe!  Quite the honor, you don't usually comment :)

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Re: Titus gold aureus added!
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2022, 06:42:23 pm »
Thats a beauty Jay congrats 👏

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Re: Titus gold aureus added!
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2022, 05:22:49 pm »
Thanks Chef!

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Re: Titus denarius with ravens and dolphins added
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2022, 03:35:01 pm »
Latest addition came in this week.  A denarius of Titus with a dolphin above tripod and two ravens on either side.  A decent portrait and reverse for this rare type:

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=176319

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Re: Very rare Vespasian Tetradrachm added
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2022, 03:30:09 pm »
Added a rare tetradrachm of Vespasian minted in Caesarea shortly after the destruction of Jerusalem.  Great style on this one and bold portrait

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=176432

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Re: Very rare Vespasian Tetradrachm added
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2022, 07:49:36 pm »
Wow Jay, another magnificent coin. Bold portrait indeed. Simply beautiful!

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Re: Very rare Vespasian Tetradrachm added
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2022, 02:15:37 pm »
Thanks!

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Re: Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2022, 11:07:36 pm »
Since getting the Vespasian a few weeks ago I decided to add the corresponding Titus!  Struck within days of the plundering of Jerusalem in Caesarea Maritima.  A rare tetradrachm with historical importance and a wonderful style.  A nice companion for the Vespasian.

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pid=176714

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Re: Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2022, 04:10:54 pm »
Forgot to mention, apparently it's also the McAlee plate coin.  Anyone have McAlee to check for me?  Can't seem to find an image onlline.

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Re: Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2022, 04:17:30 pm »
That Tetradrachm is a peach 🤙

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Re: Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2022, 05:11:06 pm »
Yes, it certainly seems to be the McAlee plate coin. The little flan flaw at 4h on the obverse is distinctive, and all other features and centering seem a match to my eye.

But wait, there is more. I think your coin was McAlee's own coin, and the only example he lists.  Here is his complete catalog entry:

380. "Holy Year" 3 ( of Vespasian ) = A.D. 70/71   Same as no. 379, but obverse legend from upper r., which ends in squared "C". Prieur 141; RPC 2, 1968; BN; Empire 3, 5 May 1985, 186 = MC. ( Rare )

MC is McAlee's notation for My Collection, so I think you don't just have a plate coin, but a McAlee provenance as well.  Plus, his note that he acquired it in 1985 from Empire Coins.

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Re: Very rare Titus Tetradrachm added
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2022, 05:35:04 pm »
Excellent!  Thanks very much!  Nice to take it back to 1985 too!

 

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