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129 viewsThis "Otho" with "VÍCTORIA PR" reverse is an ingenious fabrication created by the famous forger "Tardani". He had obviously realized that there were a few VICTORIA OTHONIS dies recut from Galba's VICTORIA PR dies and created this fictitious but possible coin with copies of real dies. I used to have this coin and another with the same dies is in the Berlin coin cabinet. Both are overweight, around 3.9 gr. It took some time to find a Galba minted with this particular reverse die but finally I succeeded. The final proof is seen in this coin, there are a few regions were the die has broken, ie before the die ever could have been used for an Otho coin. The coin is quite convincing because of the dies, but the surfaces were a bit strange and the legends unusual in profile.jmuonaApr 05, 2018
RIC 8 replica37 viewsCast replica based on real dies, offered as a gift to ?businesspeople and including "authentication" for the replica's quality by an offical source.jmuonaJun 07, 2016
RIC 8 replica30 viewsThis box contained the three replicas: Galba, Otho, Vitellius-jmuonaJun 07, 2016
Third_RIC 2221 viewsjmuonaJun 07, 2016
RPC537020 viewsObol, long obverse legend. RPC lists one coin.jmuonaJun 07, 2016
RIC 22 Modern fake23 viewsI have chosen to call this a Modern fake, although I believe it to be from the late 1800s. Faks with the same obverse or an obverse very similar to this exist both in gold and silver. There are other examples in my gallery as well.jmuonaJun 07, 2016
RIC 8 Ancient counterfeit20 viewsThis type with a smile never seen in a genuine coin is known from many collections. e.g. Paris.jmuonaJun 07, 2016
RIC 16 Ancient counterfeit16 viewsConsidering how uncommon this type is as a genuine Rome mint product, the plated ones are really surprisingly frequent.jmuonaJun 07, 2016
RIC 16 Ancient counterfeit22 viewsYet another counterfeit of this type. Plated and if intact, this would be quite convincing even today.jmuonaJun 07, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.65 viewsFragments of old painted wall. very little is left of this type of structures.
The largest floor mosaics are in the Archelogical Museum in Sevilla but many fine ones were at the orginal site in May, 2002.
jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.44 viewsBust of Trajanus, copy at the ticket booth in Italica, original in Archelogical Museum, Sevilla.
Trajanus was born in this city. May, 2002.
jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.44 viewsDetail of the floor of the house of Birds. Athene noctua - the typical Minerva owl. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.47 viewsDetail of the floor of house of Birds. Cannot figure out the species... May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.41 viewsFloor map of the house of Birds. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.42 viewsSection of the floor of the house of Birds. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.41 viewsDetail of the floor of the house of Planetarium. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.66 viewsCrocodile and the playful youngster... Detail of the floor of the house of Neptunus. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.35 viewsDetail showing Neptunus himself. Floor of the house of Neptunus. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.33 viewsItalica is famous for its Mosaic floors. This is from the house of Neptunus. Who knows, perhaps Trajanus was born at this very Place? May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.35 viewsCopies of statues found at the site have been placed around the ruins. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.32 viewsThe copy of the statue of Venus is placed close to the entrance. The original, now in the Archelogical Museum in Sevilla, was found in Italica.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.37 viewsTABULA GLADIATORIA made easier to read - if you know your Latin. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.33 viewsThe corridor gladiators used to enter the theatre. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.33 viewsPartially opened site. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.35 viewsMay, 2002. Large areas were still unstudied at the time.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica, entrance to amphitheatre34 viewsMay, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica, amphitheatre.32 viewsView from higher up. Originally it seated 25.000 people and was the 3rd largest in the Empire. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica, amphitheatre.33 viewsView from the areana. jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica, Amphitheatre from outside33 viewsjmuonaJun 02, 2016
Spain, Santiponce, Italica.43 viewsTABULA GLADIATORIA. The original one on the wall of the gladiator's tunnel to the theatre. May, 2002.jmuonaJun 02, 2016
Third_RIC 2233 viewsFive different dies with Otho on horseback (RIC 22) are known. Two of them I have included as separate coins in this gallery, the three remaining ones are united in one image here. The die on the right is known from a single coin. jmuonaApr 11, 2013
First_RIC 828 viewsAlthough there appears to be nothing unusual about this coin, closer inspection reveals it is very unusual. The change in hair-do was abrupt between the IMP M and IMP obverses, but a couple of dies have survived with the old, long obverse inscription and the late hair-do with no free-flying locks present anymore. This is the least rare of them, a few coins minted with this distinctive obverse die are known.jmuonaMar 14, 2013
Otho-Vespasian mule28 viewsThis coin I failed to obtain, but I suspect it may be an authentic Ancient counterfeit combining a Second/Third period Otho obverse with a Vespasian reverse. Said to have been found in UK by a detectorist. Very interesting. UPDATE: another coin combining a similar type of obverse and Domitian as Caesar reverse was sold on ebay recently. It is definitely more suspicious and I regard it as a modern forgery. This coin may be of same stock as well.jmuonaMar 13, 2013
First_RIC 823 viewsAnother type of a draped bust die. The obverse die is known from an aureus as well.1 commentsjmuonaMar 13, 2013
First_RIC 1424 viewsjmuonaMar 13, 2013
Tarraco_RIC727 views1 commentsjmuonaMar 11, 2013
Second_RIC 10_zuz24 viewsBaar Kochba revolt "denarius", originally a SECVRITAS Otho Rome mint coin. On the lower left of the obverse one can see the name clearly and on the other side remnants of the original reverse legend "..CV RI T..." as well as the wreath held by Secvritas are visible. The common host coins the zuz were struck on are denarii of Trajan, Vespasian and Domitian; Titus, Nerva, Nero and Galba being less frequent. Otho is distinctly rare and a restruck Vitellius I have not seen.
It is fun to try to figure out the original type.
jmuonaMar 11, 2013
Roman Empire, Philip I antoninianus.92 viewsAntioch mint, class 1. The coins belonging to this early emission are characterized by the letters PM on the obverse. They are heavy, handsome pieces and this coin is the best of them I have ever seen - of the type or the emission! Both the engraving and the strike are perfectly executed. RIC 69.
This is a coin my friend John Lavender long ago told me to buy in spite of its price - or I would regret. Luckily I did, because I have regretted all the ones I refused...:)
2 commentsjmuonaMar 04, 2013
Roman Empire, Philip I antoninianus.84 viewsAntioch mint, class 2. These later Philip the Arab coins from Antioch used to be poorly known, but through efforts of R. Bland and F. Ovari they have been catalogued properly. Most of the coins are minted on fairly low silver content flans and look a bit dull and grayish. This coin is one of the very few I have ever seen being of good silver. This combined with the forceful, needle-sharp portrait makes it unique. The reverse is slightly off center, but very well engraved and struck as well. RIC 75A, Bland 29.2 commentsjmuonaMar 04, 2013
Roman Empire, Severus Alexander denarius423 viewsThis one I obtained about 15 years ago at the NYINC, located at the Twin Towers Marriot in those happier days. FDC coins of this emperor are not rare and this is one of those in my view. Appears to be RIC 250, but does not fit the description exactly. Probably a die variant only.
3 commentsjmuonaMar 04, 2013
Roman Empire, Valerian I, antoninianus.78 viewsThe early Valerian antoniniani were usually of "fairly good silver" and this one both looks and sounds like a silver coin. The portrait is excellent and unlike many of the less accomplished ones seen on these coins. The flan crack is not a problem either. One of my favourites! RIC 259.2 commentsjmuonaMar 04, 2013
Roman Empire, Volusian antoninianus63 viewsPlaced here because of the wonderful, lively portrait. Full flan, reverse a bit soft. RIC 172.1 commentsjmuonaMar 04, 2013
RPC535326 viewsTetradrachm, Alexandria, simpulum on reverse. 12,316 gr. Obtained from Forum, Forum picture.jmuonaJan 19, 2013
ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian denarius, RIC 326.199 viewsA rare high silver content issue coin with a regal portrait and great detail on reverse. One of the finest Domitian silver coins I have ever seen. If someone has a better one, I would love to see it!
Photo courtesy of Barry Murphy.
11 commentsjmuonaDec 29, 2012
ROMAN EMPIRE, Otho denarius, RIC 21.199 viewsA very rare type of Othos smallest issue. The portrait is truely great and overall the coin shows unusually fine detail. Although the flan has flaws, I have not seen a better Otho Jupiter coin. Weight 3.35 gr.8 commentsjmuonaDec 29, 2012
ROMAN EMPIRE, Otho denarius, RIC 20var.176 viewsRIC II 2nd ed. lists this type in gold only,although it is the least rare PONT MAX reverse Otho denarius. This is the best of its type known in my view. With full legends, an unusual small portrait and a great reverse. Weight 3.61 gr. 5 commentsjmuonaDec 29, 2012
First_RIC 168 viewsjmuonaDec 10, 2012
Third_RIC 20var8 viewsjmuonaDec 09, 2012
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First_RIC 447 viewsjmuonaDec 09, 2012
First_RIC 89 viewsjmuonaDec 09, 2012
Third_RIC 2429 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
Third_RIC 2115 viewsBoth hair and Jupiter's drapery re-cut.jmuonaDec 08, 2012
Third_RIC 2230 viewsFive dies of the Otho on horseback reverse are known. I have been fortunate to obtain them all. This one - also used for the previous coin - is the one seen most often. jmuonaDec 08, 2012
Third_RIC 2411 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
Third_RIC 199 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
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Second_RIC -11 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
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First_RIC 86 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
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First_RIC 178 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
Second_RIC -10 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
First_RIC 87 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
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First_RIC 413 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
First_RIC 47 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
First_RIC 420 viewsObverse minted with a draped bust portrait, same die used for RIC3, RIC7 and RIC8 coins.jmuonaDec 08, 2012
First_RIC 812 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
First_RIC 810 viewsjmuonaDec 08, 2012
Return_RIC81614 viewsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC59213 viewsRIC II.i plate coin.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC66514 viewsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC67713 viewsRIC II.i plate coin.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC73523 viewsRIC II.i plate coin. TRP XI-IMP XXII is a very rare combination and the second "I" of the IMP appears to be a late addition on many dies.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC73818 viewsListed in RIC II.i. TRP XI-IMP XXII is a very rare combination and the second "I" of the IMP appears to be a late addition on many dies.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Early_RIC1916 viewsListed in RIC ii.i.1 commentsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Early_RIC5615 viewsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Early_RIC7514 viewsExceptional obverse legend.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Pure_RIC14418 views1 commentsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC45110 viewsListed in RIC II.i.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC34414 viewsCE 85, second issue after return to a lower silver standard, TRP V. jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC39313 viewsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC43116 viewsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC43515 viewsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC3358 viewsRIC II.i plate coin (incorrectly 338 there). CE 85, return to a lower silver standard, still TRP IIII, dies with or without aegis.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC3326 viewsCE 85, return to a lower silver standard, still TRP IIII, dies with or without aegis.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC55523 viewsRIC ii.i plate coin.1 commentsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC56435 viewsRIC ii.i plate coin.1 commentsjmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC57319 viewsListed in RIC ii.i.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Return_RIC58117 viewsRIC ii.i plate coin.jmuonaOct 30, 2012
Pure_RIC32314 viewsRIC II.i plate coin.jmuonaOct 29, 2012
Return_RIC33210 viewsCE 85, return to a lower silver standard, still TRP IIII, dies with or without aegis.jmuonaOct 29, 2012
Return_RIC34312 viewsCE 85, second issue after return to a lower silver standard, TRP V. jmuonaOct 29, 2012
Pure_RIC1417 viewsjmuonaOct 29, 2012
Pure_RIC16210 viewsjmuonaOct 29, 2012
Pure_RIC1644 viewsjmuonaOct 29, 2012
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Pure_RIC32110 viewsNote the obverse legend direction.jmuonaOct 29, 2012
Early_RIC327 views3 commentsjmuonaOct 27, 2012
Early_RIC6527 viewsEarly rare issue. RICII.i plate coin.1 commentsjmuonaOct 27, 2012
Return_RIC33919 viewsCE 85, return to a lower silver standard, still TRP IIII, dies with or without aegis.2 commentsjmuonaOct 26, 2012
Return_RIC34213 viewsCE 85, second issue after return to a lower silver standard, TRP V. RIC II.i plate coin.1 commentsjmuonaOct 26, 2012
Return_RIC34529 viewsCE 85, second issue after return to a lower silver standard, TRP V.3 commentsjmuonaOct 26, 2012
Return_RIC39214 viewsCE 85, lower silver standard issue, TRP V, the first issue with reverse legend CENS PPP. This coin listed in RIC II.i.1 commentsjmuonaOct 26, 2012
Pure_RIC22613 viewsCE 84, pure silver standard period.jmuonaOct 26, 2012
Return_RIC33320 viewsCE 85, return to a lower silver standard, still TRP IIII, dies with or without aegis.jmuonaOct 26, 2012
Return_RIC33425 viewsCE 85, return to a lower silver standard, still TRP IIII, dies with or without aegis. RIC II.i plate coin.1 commentsjmuonaOct 26, 2012
Return_RIC33612 viewsCE 85, return to a lower silver standard, still trp IIII, dies with or without aegis1 commentsjmuonaOct 26, 2012
Pure_RIC18633 viewsCE 84, restored pure silver period.jmuonaOct 26, 2012
Pure_RIC19119 viewsCE 84, restored pure silver period. RIC II.i plate coin.1 commentsjmuonaOct 26, 2012
Pure_RIC25612 viewsCE 85, restored pure silver period.jmuonaOct 26, 2012
Pure_RIC2626 viewsCE 85, restored pure silver period.jmuonaOct 26, 2012
Early_RIC5815 viewsCE 81 jmuonaOct 26, 2012
Pure_RIC14115 viewsEarly restored pure silver period, CE 82.jmuonaOct 26, 2012
Pure_RIC14512 viewsBeginning of the restored pure silver period, CE 82-83.jmuonaOct 26, 2012
Pure_RIC16426 viewsRestored pure silver period, CE 83.1 commentsjmuonaOct 26, 2012
Pure_RIC1699 viewsRestored pure silver period CE 83.jmuonaOct 26, 2012
Rome_RIC21410 viewsThe legend is not fully visible, so the RIC number is not absolutely certain. This one I have passed on.jmuonaOct 25, 2012
Third_RIC 2120 viewsA single coin find from Trier, Germany, bought from Germany and later on sold. jmuonaOct 25, 2012
Carthago_RIC-23 viewsThis coin is close to RIC519, but "VICTO_RIA" is divided as in RIC520, but the legend direction is the opposite. Probably just another die. This belongs to the group of coins I could not afford to keep. A wonderful substitute for a Clodius Macer...jmuonaOct 25, 2012
Tarraco_Ric-B31 viewsThis coin is close to being the denarius version of the aureus RIC1. The obverse legend is closer to type 2c, however. Again, not significant in my view and most likely struck with the same die as an aureus. This is one of those coins I just could not afford to keep. It was wonderful to observe that the new owner was from Spain. It went home.jmuonaOct 25, 2012
Pure_RIC32662 viewsWhat can I say...4 commentsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Pure_RIC32865 viewsVery rare and impressive.5 commentsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germ_RIC10717 viewsThis coin was cut for metal enrichment studies like the one in the Galba gallery.jmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germ_RIC1078 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germ_RIC1054 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_German_RIC835 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_German_RIC957 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germanicus_RIC718 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germanicus_RIC717 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_German_RIC736 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germanicus_RIC668 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germanicus_RIC668 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germanicus_RIC687 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germanicus_RIC719 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Rome_Germanicus_RIC7110 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC-15 viewsThis one corresponds to the aureus RIC64, but is not known to Sutherland.jmuonaOct 25, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC658 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC6011 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC598 viewsjmuonaOct 25, 2012
Tarraco_RIC3719 views3,35 gr., max 19 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 22, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC5639 views3,41 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 7.3 commentsjmuonaOct 22, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC5917 views3,42 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 22, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC50_519 views2,76 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 22, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC5415 views3,50 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 7.jmuonaOct 22, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC12128 views3,17 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 4. Although anonymous, this is certainly a pro-Vitellian type. The mint is an educated guess. The RIC number refers to "Civil War" coins, not Vitellius.1 commentsjmuonaOct 22, 2012
Tarraco_RIC2532 views3,17 gr., max 20 mm, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaOct 22, 2012
Rome_Germ_RIC10333 views3,22 gr., max 20 mm, die-axis 6.2 commentsjmuonaOct 21, 2012
Tarraco_RIC3630 views3,48 gr., max 19 mm, die-axis 7.1 commentsjmuonaOct 21, 2012
Rome_German_RIC7720 views3,09 gr., max 20 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 21, 2012
Tarraco_RIC630 views3,32 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 6. Strictly speaking this is not included in RIC, as the obverse legend is of RIC type 2b, not 2a. However, as this is only a question of the gap between the words VITELLIUS and IMP, I regard it as only a die variant.jmuonaOct 21, 2012
Tarraco_RIC148 views3.00 gr., nax 19 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 21, 2012
Rome_RIC17050 views4 commentsjmuonaOct 15, 2012
Rome_RIC1956 viewsjmuonaOct 15, 2012
Rome_RIC16118 views3.23 gr., max 19 mm, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaOct 15, 2012
Rome_RIC132_Quinarius9 viewsQuinarius!jmuonaOct 15, 2012
Rome_RIC19310 views3.52 gr., max 20 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 15, 2012
Rome_RIC2179 views3.06 gr, max 19 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 15, 2012
Rome_RIC14545 views3.44 gr., max 20 mm, die-axis 6-1 commentsjmuonaOct 14, 2012
Rome_RIC22134 views3.35 gr., max 19 mm, die-axis 6. Very rare.2 commentsjmuonaOct 14, 2012
Rome_RIC16812 views3.20 gr., max 20 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 14, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC12217 views3.19 gr., max 19 mm, die-axis 7. Extremely rare, two known.
UKDFD no. 4300, found in Staffordshire. CNG e-auction 241: lot 325.
jmuonaOct 14, 2012
Lugdunum_RIC12818 views3.39 gr., max 19 mm, die-axis 8.jmuonaOct 14, 2012
Tarraco_RIC6012 views3.18 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 7.jmuonaOct 14, 2012
Narbo_RIC11124 views3.58 gr., max 19 mm, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaOct 14, 2012
Narbo_RIC11413 views3.25 ge., max 18 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 14, 2012
Narbo_RIC12010 views3.50 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 14, 2012
Narbo_RIC12014 views3.35 gr, max 18, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 14, 2012
Carthago_RIC52020 views3.33 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 7.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Tarraco_RIC22A50 views3.41 gr., max 19 mm, die-axis 6. Not in RIC I, but added in Sutherland (1984).1 commentsjmuonaOct 13, 2012
Tarraco_RIC2125 views3.33 gr., max 19 mm, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaOct 13, 2012
Tarraco_RIC-14 views3.51 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 7. Not in RIC I or Sutherland´s 1984 paper.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Tarraco_RIC210 views3.29 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 1.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Tarraco_RIC3b21 views3.40 gr., max 18 gr., die-axis 7. Not in RIC I, but added in Sutherland (1984).jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Tarraco_RIC917 views3.51 gr., max 18 mm, die-axis 7.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Tarraco_RIC4511 views3.44 gr., max 17 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Tarraco_RIC4714 views3.45 gr., max 16 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Fantasy piece11 viewsUnknown metal, perhaps nickel. 24.94 gr., max 38 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Fantasy piece7 viewsLed, uniface. 37.69 mm, max 33 mm.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Medallion19 viewsLate cast of a Paduan medallion. 31.69 gr., max 36 mm, die axis 6. The piece is in reality deep brown in colour.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Fanasy sestertius18 views31.99 gr., max 33 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Medallion21 viewsWhite metal, 10.69 gr., 32 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Fantasy sestertius17 views20.51 gr, max 33 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Fantasy As9 views10.12 gr, max. 26 mm, die-axis 6.jmuonaOct 13, 2012
Fake RIC 22a204 viewsHere we have a series of late Otho obverses. The one on the left (RIC 10) and in the middle (RIC 22) are authentic coins minted with the same obverse die. The one on the right is a cast copy (RIC 22) based on the same die (but not either of these coins!!). The forger has overdone the job in making the coin look better. Clearly the original one had worn hair and the added detail is not well executed. The neck has been slightly modified as well, but all in all this would fool the majority of buyers. The reverse has fatal flaws revealing the casting - please have a look at the accompanying detailed image.jmuonaOct 11, 2012
Fake RIC 22a238 viewsA detail of the reverse of a genuine RIC 22 Otho on horsback denarius (left) and a modern cast made from a coin minted with same dies (right). Note the sharp detail in recessed parts of the real coin - pellets behind the horse's neck etc - all absent or mushy in the cast coin, althoug it appears to be less "worn". Also note that the forger has re-cut the emperor´s leg, the original having been in a different angle clearly still visible in the more worn authentic coin.
An extra bonus: both the original and the host of the fake (copied to the cast) show a shadow-line of Otho's forehead below the front leg as they were minted with a clashed die.
3 commentsjmuonaOct 11, 2012
Fake RIC 1933 viewsA well executed cast fake, devices soft.
Bruxelles coin cabinet collection.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC 818 viewsA copper core of a plated modern fake.
Bruxelles coin cabinet collection.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC 437 viewsA modern cast copy. Based on real dies but softness of devices condemns it immediately.
Bruxelles coin cabinet collection.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC 1061 viewsA well-made and convincing cast coin based on offical dies.
Bruxelles coin cabinet.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC- aureus45 viewsThis coin is stylistically quite similat to the Bruxelles collection denarius fake and shares the same mistake: long obverse legend combined with the late reverse type. Most likely both were produced in late 19th century.
The coin is in the Ashmolean collection, Oxford, UK.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC 2240 viewsThis is a fake dating probably to the late 19th century. The portrait is fairly good but the letters are poorly executed and the combination of long early obverse legend with late reverse is fatal. Otho on horseback is quite crudely executed and the horse is "modern". This coin is in the Bruxelles coin cabinet and I have included it to show the similarity with the corresponding aureus fake included from the Oxford university collection. Unfortunately the equipment I had with me was totally inadequate in the light available.jmuonaOct 09, 2012
RIC 19 Ancient counterfeit43 viewsThis is a peculiar coin. Clearly not produced with the silver-foil method, but rather by a surface enriched silver method. Both dies are convincing and the lettering is excellent and typical of the late Otho coins. The hair-do is correct for the type.
2.72 gr, max 18 mm, die-axis 6.
1 commentsjmuonaOct 09, 2012
RIC 8 Ancient counterfeit28 viewsA convincing forgery but for the broken down plating. Both dies appear to copy official ones, but the obverse lettering is slightly off. This may be due to the plating technique.
2.50 gr, max 18.5 mm, die-axis 6.
1 commentsjmuonaOct 09, 2012
RIC 8 Ancient counterfeit29 viewsA plated forgery and an unusually ugly one. The flat-headed, pig-necked portrait is badly off and the obverse legends are too widely spaced and inconsistent. The reverse has a moderately succesfull Securitas, the legend appears to read "..VR-I-IASPR".
2.95 gr, max 18 mm, die-axis 6.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
RIC 8 Ancient counterfeit33 viewsA plated Ancient counterfeit. The portrait is atypical and the obverse legend is strangely placed: the word "CAESAR" ends more to the left with respect to the portrait than in any known official die (n = 520), even though there clearly is the letter "M" as well. The drapery falling from the hand holding the caducaeus on the reverse is simplified and incorrectly executed as well.
[2.34 gr], max 17 mm, die-axis 7.
2 commentsjmuonaOct 09, 2012
RIC 16 Ancient counterfeit26 viewsA typical silver-foil plated Ancient counterfeit. Two other unoffical coins with the same dies are known to me, one in the Madrid coin cabinet. The VICTORIA OTHONIS reverse should be united with a long obverse legend die with an early Otho coiffure. The legend cannot be seen from this specimen, but the hair is clearly of the very late type. This incorrect combination immediately reveals the forgery. Both dies appear to be copies of official ones.
2.39 gr, max 18 mm, die-axis 8.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
RIC 19 Ancient counterfeit29 viewsPlated forgery with breaks on the surface foil clearly visible on obverse. The obverse die imitates or possibly copies an early Otho die with long legend, the reverse is that of a coin, which should be combined with a short obverse legend. This is a feature seen on many of these Ancient counterfeits. With only two legends available, one might think this should not be that difficult to get right. Perhaps it was intentional? Another possibility is that the forgers did not know how to read and as the long obverse legend coins were commoner, this mix-up happened easily.
2.72 gr, max 18 mm, die-axis 12.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC 840 viewsThese are often called "Museum replicas" and similar things are sold at museums. A copy of a real coin, cast in wrong metal and stamprd with "R" for replica. Without the "R" and the surface manipulated this can be very convincing as a heavily worn, affordable Otho.jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC-34 viewsAnother version of Peter Rosa dies. A later cast with blurred legends.
3.80 gr, max 18 mm, die-axis 6.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC-31 viewsThis coin copies the short obverse legend PAX Otho, listed in RIC I, but not in the second edition. The type is about as common/rare as the long obverse type (RIC4).
This coin is made from Peter Rosa dies, which in turn were copies of real ones. Whether an original "Rosa" or not, I do not know.
5.05 gr, max 19 mm, die-axis 1.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC 20v45 viewsA rarely seen fake with everything a little bit off, but not much. The locks in the front part of the hair are too thick and immediately reveal the nature of this one, but they might work well if the coin had considerably more wear. The face is unusal, but not impossible, this type of a muscular neck is not known for Otho, however. Ceres is quite good, although the corn-ears are too detailed. The reverse letters with long serifs is too different from that of the obverse for the coin to be genuine.
3.46 gr, max 19 mm, die-axis 12.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC 1642 viewsThis is the commonest Otho fake nowdays. Said to come from the Lipanoff studios, it pops out in different grades, metals and patinations over and over again. Unfortunately it was illustrated in ERIC I as the real thing. The obverse is cut imitating a real existing die, alhough the lettering is clearly off. The reverse is unlike the goddess on authentic coins, with what one might call a "celtic touch" Victory´s legs are in a wrong position and reveal the nature of this coin.
A thing to remember is that the person who cut these dies could easily have made a really convincing job - the "errors" are certainly intentional.
3.74 gr, max 19.5 mm, die-axis 6.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fantasy33 viewsThis fake has a reverse known from coinf of Falba (Spain only) and Vitellius. The fabric is clearly modern, the portrait is off and the lettering is uneven both in eexecution and actual size. Has "copy" written on, but that would easily "wear out".jmuonaOct 09, 2012
Fake RIC 1925 viewsIf the colour of the coin or the strange portrait do not warn, the spelling "OTO" on the obverse suffices to show this is a fake. The hair-do is close to right for the late Otho type. The low forehead, big nose and the strange smile make this an easy one to spot. The AEQVITAS is off in many ways - the face is too cute, the figure too thick and the details of clothing wrong.
4.14 gr, max 20 mm, die-axis 12.
jmuonaOct 09, 2012
First_RIC 1639 viewsThis coin is minted with a die that has a spelling error. Instead of OTHONIS, OTHONS on the reverse. Three coins minted with this reverse die are known to me. Such errors are very rare in early Rome mint production. 3.24 gr, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaOct 08, 2012
Third_RIC 1944 viewsIn spite of the die-break I like this one quite a lot. The portrait is of the late Otho style. 3.53 gr, die-axis 6.2 commentsjmuonaOct 08, 2012
Third_RIC 20var66 viewsThis is one of my dearest coins because of its pedigree. It is originally from the poet Apostolo Zeno´s collection (1668-1750). Zeno was one of the main names behind the creation of modern opera librettos. His coin collection ended up in the St. Florian Augustinian monastery close to Linz in Austria. The collection was sold in the 50s to pay for necessary repairs and it was auctioned by Dorotheum. Every time I look at this coin I get shivers thinking it lay in the cabinet while the great composer, Anton Bruckner as the organist of the monastery, played the magnificent instrument there.
2.98 gr, die-axis 6.
And now, for a while, it is in my posession.
2 commentsjmuonaOct 08, 2012
Third_RIC 20var49 viewsThis coin comes with an original Spink sale card dated April, 1892. I have two PONT MAX reverse coins that can be dated fairly far back, this one 120 years. 3.29 gr, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaOct 08, 2012
RPC431923 viewsMcAlee 323 (a). Semis, obverse legend clockwise, dot above "SC" on reverse. 6.26 gr, max 22 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 07, 2012
RPC432020 viewsMcAlee 320 (a). As, obverse legend counter-clockwise, dot above "SC" on reverse. 16.66 gr, max 29 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 07, 2012
RPC432149 viewsMcAlee 322 (c). Semis, obverse legend counter-clockwise, no dot on reverse. 7.16 gr, max 24 mm, die-axis 12.1 commentsjmuonaOct 07, 2012
MallusXXXX58 viewsAs (?), a unique coin from Cilicia, Mallus. The flan is bevelled - not known from Mallus otherwise - suggesting Antiochian influence. Similar to Antiochus IV group 2 & 3 coins (sensu Butcher), which also have bevelled flans and resemble coins of Galba and Otho from Antioch. The general of the Eastern army, Vespasianus and the Syrian legate Mucianus swore allience with Otho at the time. This was done for tactical reasons most likely. 8.51 gr, max 25 mm, die-axis 12.
The coin is published in Tuukka Talvio´s Festschrift and a pdf of the article will be soon available as a Forum resource.
Another coin minted with same dies has appeared. Salem Alshdaifat has interpreted the legends partly differently, as they are less legible in that specimen. However, he has come to the same general conclusion about the attribution of the coin independently.
jmuonaOct 07, 2012
RPC419937 viewsMcAlee 316. Tetradrachm, no crescent, palm branch to left. 14.65 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 07, 2012
RPC420015 viewsMcAlee 315. Tetradrachm, crescent between the eagle´s legs. 13.88 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 07, 2012
RPCXXXX50 viewsMcAlee 319. As, obverse legend counter-clockwise, legate of Syria, C. Licinus Crassus Mucianus named on reverse. RPC knew only the clock-wise legend version. 11.78 gr, max 28 mm, die axis 12.jmuonaOct 07, 2012
RPC431726 viewsMcAlee 318 [same coin]. Semis, obverse legend clockwise, legate of Syria, C. Licinus Crassus Mucianus named on reverse. Semis with this reverse and with anti-clockwise obverse legend could exist, but this far have not been verified. 6.75 gr, max 23 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 07, 2012
RPC431821 viewsMcAlee 321 (c). As, obverse legend clockwise, no dot on reverse. 14.55 gr, 28 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 07, 2012
RPC536921 viewsDiobol, bust of Isis, short obverse legend. 11.45 gr, max 25 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC537128 viewsObol, short obverse legend. 7.48 gr, max 20 mm, die-axis 11.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536615 viewsDiobol, bust of Serapis, long obverse legend. 9.09 gr, max 26.5 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536726 viewsDiobol, bust of Serapis, short obverse legend. 10.88 gr, 26 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536716 viewsDiobol, bust of Serapis, short obverse legend. 11.20 gr, max 26 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536827 viewsDiobol, bust of Isis, long obverse legend. 10.73 gr, max 26 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536812 viewsDiobol, bust of Isis, long obverse legend. 6.99 gr, 25 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536111 viewsTetradrachm, Kratesis, no simpulum. 12.39 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536110 viewsTetradrachm, Kratesis, no simpulum. 9.89 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC53628 viewsTetradrachm, Roma, no simpulum. 12.88 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536428 viewsHemidrachm, bust of Nilus. A very rare coin. 16.79 gr, max 31 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536528 viewsHemidrachm, bust of Isis. These larger bronzes of Otho from Alexandria are very rare coins. 11.46 gr, max 30 mm, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC5359115 viewsTetradrachm, Eleutheria, no simpulum. This coin was included in a as yet unpublished study. It shows nicely the minting method used in Egypt at the time. The silver content of the metal used is low and the surface has been treated with acid to remove the copper and then restruck to solidify the silver. The same method was in use in Rome during the last month of Otho´s reign, but as the silver content was much higher, the "purified" surface cannot be observed as easily. [5.67 gr], die-axis 12.3 commentsjmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC535812 viewsTetradrachm, Alexandria, no simpulum. 12.43 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC535922 viewsTetradrachm, Eleutheria, no simpulum. 12.28 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536010 viewsTetradrachm, Eirene, no simpulum. 12.85 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC536114 viewsTetradrachm, Kratesis, no simpulum. 13.31 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC535428 viewsTetradrachm, Eleutheria, simpulum. 13.06 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC535617 viewsTetradrachm, Kratesis, simpulum 12.13 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC535719 viewsTetradrachm, Roma, simpulum. 12.20 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC535915 viewsTetradrachm, Eleutheria, no simpulum. 12.74 gr, die-axis 12.
jmuonaOct 06, 2012
RPC535913 viewsTetradrach, Eleutheria, no simpulum. 11.67 gr, die-axis 12.jmuonaOct 06, 2012
First_RIC 894 viewsThis is a new picture of my long-time favourite. Comes from an old Italian collection the story goes - thank you Ed for that. Luckily the name is mostly off flan so I could "afford" it. As a type without comparison the commonest Otho. 3.55 gr, die-axis 7.1 commentsjmuonaMar 25, 2012
Second_RIC 259 viewsCondition is quite bad, but I obtained this just beacuse of the extreme rarity. It was used in our silver content analysis and found a new home later on. It is fun to compare the dies!1 commentsjmuonaMar 13, 2012
Second_RIC 649 viewsVery few dies - less than 20 - are known with the left facing bust of Otho. The coins are rare and the Pax rarer than the Secvritas. This one has an unusually large flan. 3.45 gr, die-axis 6.2 commentsjmuonaMar 13, 2012
Third_RIC 21100 viewsThe flan is far from perfect, but both strikes are great and there is very little wear. The nicest Jupiter Otho I know of - some have nice smooth flans, but are inferior in other respects. 3.35 gr, die-axis 6.6 commentsjmuonaMar 09, 2012
Second_RIC 1069 viewsThis coin was reportedly found in North Africa together with denarii of Clodius Macer and Galba. Although gorgeous in my view, it too had to find another keeper at one stage. Luckily it found someone who really cares. The reverse die is a bit worn and there is a flan crack, but the obverse is something else...1 commentsjmuonaMar 08, 2012
Third_RIC 1971 viewsThis splendid portrait coin of Otho I obtained from a Helios auction (ex-Lynn). I decided to part with it and the coin found a new keeper in the NYINC. I am sure she/he will be happy with it!3 commentsjmuonaFeb 27, 2012
Second_RIC 2150 viewsThis is the rarest Otho denarius. Seven coins, all minted with the same die-pair, are known. ANS and Paris are the only major museums to have this one. 3.27 gr, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaMay 11, 2006
Second_RIC 680 viewsTogether with RIC 2, this is by far the rarest Otho type. About 10 coins are known.jmuonaMay 11, 2006
Second_RIC 10134 viewsThis is the second commonest Otho type. This is one of my favourite coins, the obverse die is a masterpiece in my view. 3.48 gr, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaMay 11, 2006
Second_RIC 1241 viewsThe left-facing Otho coins are uncommon, the SECVRITAS being the more frequent one. Very few left-facing dies are known.jmuonaMay 11, 2006
Second_RIC -91 viewsCuriously, this coin type used to be very rare earlier. Old auction catalogues show it very rarely but during the last 20 years many have appeared. Although double-struck, this coin has great surfaces and an interesting portrait.1 commentsjmuonaMay 11, 2006
Third_RIC 1938 viewsThe AEQVITAS reverse type is quite rare. The obverse legends are mostly off the flan on this coin, but the bust is struck in high profile. 3.50 gr, die-axis 5. jmuonaMay 11, 2006
Third_RIC 20var139 viewsAlthough the commonest PONT MAX reverse type, RIC erraneously suggested it does not exist at all in silver. This is a beautiful coin, although Otho looks slightly too neat to my liking on this particular die. 3.61 gr, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaMay 11, 2006
Third_RIC 2131 viewsThe Jupiter reverse PONT MAX coin is quite rare.jmuonaMay 11, 2006
Third_RIC 2275 viewsThe Otho on horseback type is my favourite. This coin shows clashed die damage on reverse - the line following Otho's forehead and hairline can be seen right to the horse's hind feet. 3.05 gr, die-axis 6.jmuonaMay 11, 2006
Third_RIC 2457 viewsThis particular coin I have sold, but I think about it every now and then. Inspite of the poor flan, it had definite appeal. The type is quite rare.jmuonaMay 11, 2006
First_RIC 479 viewsAnother fairly usual early Otho type. The obverse die shows a powerful and determined Otho. 3.53 gr, die-axis 6.jmuonaMay 11, 2006
First_RIC 872 viewsThe slightly draped bust dies are few in number. This obverse die was used to mint at least RIC 3, RIC 4, RIC 7 and RIC 8 coins. There is no reason to believe that the draped bust coins formed a special issue.1 commentsjmuonaMay 11, 2006
First_RIC 14126 viewsThis is the commonest VICTORIA type. This particular die-combination is known to me from more than 10 coins!1 commentsjmuonaMay 11, 2006
First_RIC 16121 viewsThis coin, although quite worn, is dear to me. I used to think it was from the Apostolo Zeno collection. A more detailed study has shown that although very similar in strike and wear to the die-match coin in Zeno collection, this is not the same one. The die-combination is common, ie. in Otho terms. 3.04 gr, die-axis 6.1 commentsjmuonaMay 11, 2006
First_RIC 1754 viewsBoth left facing VICTORIA types are quite rare. Several of the Victory on globe reverse dies have the legend re-engraved, the original dies having been of Galba's VICTORIA PR reverse type. 2.75 gr, die-axis 6.jmuonaMay 11, 2006
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