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The Scott Collection of Superb Roman and Byzantine Coins

When FORVM obtains an estate collection, we often wonder what the collector was trying to achieve. It is obvious, Mr. Scott was a collector of superb and master portraits. By FORVM's definition a superb portrait is one that apears it could come to life. Many or most coin portraits actually lack this trait. A master portrait not only appears that it could come to life, but also makes an impression of what the subject was like, what they were thinking or how they felt. Please take a good look at Mr. Scott's portrait collection. We hope that you appreciate Mr. Scott's lifetime work, assembling this gallery of Roman and Byzantine masterpieces.


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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In 320, Crispus, eldest son of Constantine I, led a victorious campaign against the Franks, assuring twenty years of peace along the Rhine frontier. He established his residence in Augusta Treverorum (modern Trier), capital of Germania.
RL20963. Billon centenionalis, Paolucci-Zub 255a, RIC VII Aquileia 48, SRCV IV 16323, Cohen VII 690, Choice gVF, well centered, nice portrait, some silvering, weight 3.122 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 330o, 1st officina, Aquileia mint, 320 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCIT (courage of the army), vexillum inscribed VOT / XX, two captives seated at base facing outward, the one on the left with hands bound behind, the one on the right looking back left, S left, F right, AQP in exergue; from the Scott Collection, ex Beast Coins (2007); $110.00 (Ä96.80)


Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C., M. Metellus

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In Feb 44 B.C. the senate named Julius Caesar dictator for life. Fearing that he wished to become king, on the 15th of Mar, 63 senators assassinated him with their knives. His assassination plunged the Roman Republic into 17 years of civil war, after which it would re-emerge as the Roman Empire.
SH06905. Silver denarius, BMCRR Rome 4143 (also G); Crawford 480/3; RSC I 34; Sydenham 1056; Sear Imperators 100; SRCV I 1407; RBW 1678 var. (H), near EF, weight 3.56 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, moneyer M. Mettius, Jan - Feb 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR IMP, wreathed head of Caesar right, cymbium (boat shaped cup used as a wine ladle) and lituus (augural wand) behind; reverse MēMETELLVS, Venus standing left, Victory in her extended right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, resting left elbow on shield which rests on globe, G (control letter) in lower left field; from the Scott Collection; rare; SOLD


Pupienus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

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Magnificent. Spectacular portrait. Beautifully toned with traces of iridescent blue. This coin is the scarcer of two types minted with the same reverse but with different obverse legends. The reverse refers to the mutual clarity or shared vision of the emperors Balbinus and Pupienus. Because they were quarreling they were unable to put up a joint defense against the praetorians. They were both murdered after a reign of only 99 days.
SH07654. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV-1 10a (S); RSC III 4; BMCRE VI 80, SRCV III 8519, Hunter III 8 var. (obv. legend), aEF, weight 4.26 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, obverse IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CARITAS MVTVA AVGG (Mutual Clarity of the Emperors), clasped hands; from the Scott Collection; scarce; SOLD







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