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  1. Congrats! I love the fine reverse detail: so many of these staters have a crude/chunky depiction and this one is particularly delicate.
  2. Thanks for the shout-out and compliments, Phil, and congrats on an exceptionally rare purchase! Across the whopping six 480/23s in CoinArchives, I much prefer yours and certainly understand why you've waited to add one given the slim pickings. (I had to laugh at this one - https://pro.coinarchives.com/a/lotviewer.php?LotID=510558&AucID=913&Lot=461 - someone really aggressively doubted its metal in antiquity!)
  3. How does deleting pages of your good content help educate collectors that aren't aligned? It's the internet: you'll never have a unanimous set of replies but removing quality content and commentary is a disappointing and unnecessary setback.
  4. Thanks @Meander, and your medallic flan is incredible. What is the diameter of your coin? I'd have to look more closely but I wonder if those are as dies on a sestertius (or just an uncommonly broad flan?)
  5. Thanks for the lead on the Virtus connection, Donna! That article was an excellent read (and your Galba tet does indeed evoke an uncanny Nerva!)
  6. Yours is an excellent coin, @idesofmarch01, and one which I was using as a reference when trying to come up with a price for mine. Yours is also one of the most dramatic portraits I've seen across the semi-recently sold examples.
  7. This is a case of adding a coin I wasn't expecting but one which has quickly become one of my favorites. Galba has some of the most compelling and dramatic portraits on Roman coinage and I've always wanted an artistic example of his big bronze but they've either been in poor metal or at some exorbitant price point that just didn't make sense to me. This coin is not in CoinArchives and the owner was a dealer who unfortunately had no record of where the collector bought it from. I'd ordinarily prefer to purchase a coin with a pedigree but took the gamble that I'd eventually find one, given that the surfaces look "old". I tried Ex-Numis with no luck but I do try to spend some time every day perusing catalogs, aided from @rNumis's wonderfully organized resource at https://www.rnumis.com/auctions_top.php?elookback=-1 Fast forward a few days: the famous Hadrian "Britannia" sestertius had just been sold at the most recent NAC sale. The late owner, Geoffrey Cope, was a friend of mine and probably his most retold story was how Yves (the owner of the new Leu) found a pedigree for his sestertius in a rare catalog of the Sarti collection, allowing it to remain on display in the British Museum. I thought to myself, "In honor of Geoffrey, I should check to see if rNumis/Gallica has the Sarti catalog". It did! And, in my quickest turnaround of purchase -> begin pedigree search -> locate significant pedigree, shockingly, a few moments later, I found the Galba I had just purchased as well! I'm thrilled with the coin both for the obverse as well as the refined reverse detail, especially in the feet and drapery. It's incredible what ancient artists were able to accomplish on a large canvas. Here's what 100 years of imaging quality improvements can bring: I don't yet know where the coin was from 1906 until 2024 but it will certainly be a permanent resident in my collection. Please post your Galbas to show his dynamic range of portraiture
  8. As stated by others, I think we're all somewhere on the spectrum of collector to numismatist ("I kept a penny I found in change" to "I spent years traveling to the world's museums/cabinets and meticulously analyzed images from hundreds of catalogs/reference guides to produce a die study"). I'm somewhere in the left-side of the middle due more to a lack of time than a lack of interest.
  9. Thanks for the reply! I agree that NAC misstated Vespasian moving the statue - they should have said Hadrian. That said, the argument of the Nero "Colossus" type conflicting with Suetonius' commentary of Vespasian modifying the statue to include a crown does hold some weight in my eyes. The coin could also indicate that Nero intended to include a radiate crown but didn't include it: I don't have an alternate explanation for what would be depicted on the reverse other than "emperor as Sol". Aurei are also rather small compared to the canvas of a medallion so it may have just been an artistic liberty to depict only the idealized form of the statue without the required supports. Gordian III's medallion issues were also produced to coincide with renovations of the Colosseum after earthquakes: it may be that the original statue fell and they realized they needed additional supports to keep it upright for the next few hundred years. And, one final point: Vespasian has an entirely different depiction from both the medallion and Nero's aureus so truth may be somewhere in the middle (not my coin but a good illustrative example): EDIT: I also meant to include this aureus of Nero which is again a slightly different depiction but a middle-ground from just the plain statue: Definitely interested in any alternate thoughts though!
  10. The hole in your coin is fascinating, @Nikodeimos. The pedigree and type are both excellent - and I agree that it would be possible to build a fulfilling collection solely from the coinage of Crete. Two of my favorite coins are Cretan: Half stater from Gortyna, ex Prospero: And this stater, sold by Ed Waddell in the 1980s: And, to pay homage to the archaeologist who excavated (and short-sightedly damaged) Knossos, here's my favorite ex-Sir Arthur Evans coin: Ex. Sir Arthur John Evans, Ars Classica XVII, Oct 13, 1934, lot 1365 Ex. Magnaguti III lot 86, June 26, 1950 Ex. Munzen & Medallien AG Auction 28 lot 327 (June 19, 1964) Ex. Spink, 8 August 1964, £275 - "very rare"
  11. Even in heavy city light pollution, I was able to see some aurora. I still haven't crossed it off my bucket list though: a trip to Iceland or one of the other ideal aurora locations is a high priority! And for the related coin, here's my Nero "Colossus" aureus with a statue of Nero as Sol. NAC has an interesting commentary on the type: "In July AD 64, large sections of Rome were destroyed in a great fire that Nero blamed on Christians living in the city. He made a great show of punishing the supposed arsonists and instituted a fire code in order to prevent or at least reduce the severity of future fires. At the same time, he bought up a great deal of the freshly cleared urban area to erect a vast palace complex known as the Domus Aurea ("Golden House"). In the vestibule of the new palace, Nero ordered the architect Zenodorus to erect a roughly 120-foot-tall statue of himself. This monument to the emperor's vanity was commonly known as the Colossus Neronis ("Colossus of Nero"). After the suicide of Nero in 68 and the Year of the Four Emperors that followed, Vespasian had the statue moved near the site of the Flavian Amphitheater that he and Titus were constructing from the spoils of the Jewish War. Due to the proximity of the statue to the amphitheater, the latter came to be known as the Colosseum. The reverse of the present aureus depicts the colossal statue of Nero at the time of its construction in the Domus Aurea. It represents the Emperor wearing a radiate crown-perhaps partially to draw comparison with the famous Colossus of Rhodes, which represented Helios, the Greek sun-god. This detail proves the claims of Suetonius to be false concerning the Colossus Neronis. He reported that Vespasian tried to mask the statue as an image of the disgraced Nero by adding a radiate crown and renaming it as the Colossus Solis ("Colossus of the Sun"), but the reverse type here makes it very clear that it was intended to depict Nero as Sol from the very beginning. The Colossus of Nero is often thought to have been toppled in an earthquake or destroyed during the Visigothic sack of Rome. However, the ambiguous evidence of a poem by the English monk Bede the Venerable (673-735) has been used to suggest that the statue still stood in the seventh century." Ex. H.P. Smith Esq, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, June 5, 1905 lot 405; Ex. Sotheby Wilkinson & Hodge, December 6, 1907 lot 111 Ex. Dr Eugen Merzbacher Munchen November, 2, 1909 lot 1204 Ex. Dr Jacob Hirsch Auction 33, November 17, 1913, lot 1144 Ex. Robert Ball Nachf Auction 6, February 9, 1932 lot 1037 Ex. Kunker 117 Sept 28, 2006, lot 5040 Ex. UBS 72, 2007, Los Nr. 209 (Numismatic Objects of Virtue)
  12. Phil's price wasn't far off when counting the BP and exchange rate (~$1.3M all in). It's quite a record but pretty justifiable in my eyes, especially considering what some ugly examples have sold for recently. The bidding was also strategic, with the underbidder trying a cut and the internet bidder completing the cut. That means the support level is within ~25K CHF of the final bid, a strategic move. The underbidder was probably pushed away by the psychological level of 1M CHF even though it would have been a comparatively small jump. I'd hate to think what the Garrett coin (1888 pedigree and stronger detail) would sell for if it were to come around... in the meantime, I'm happy with mine even if it isn't an "old world" pedigree (but still pre-2011 for what that's worth).
  13. Thanks Phil! And I wasn't although I had briefly considered that Octavian (I know the buyer but I wouldn't be surprised if Gasvoda bid strong on it considering how much he loved it in the description when his collection sold). The obverse style is beautiful but it has a few too many issues to justify anywhere near that level in my eyes. My main miss, 158, the ex-BM Social War, was disappointing to watch go by but also not cheap at that level. Prior to the auction, I managed to convince myself 419 was juuuuust worth the open and then watched it soar to 3x... I don't mind when I'm not remotely the underbidder! Your Muse is excellent and certainly all around better than the legacy attributed 271. Based on the video, that is going to look absolutely stunning in-hand. Congrats!
  14. My PMs are always open! I regularly collaborate with many members here and elsewhere on their/my prospective purchases.
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