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  1. At the moment, I will not.....I have to get there before I could even think of selling them 😁 I believe I'm only at 5/12.....and who knows how long that will take!
  2. Hi Everyone, Please check out my lots in CNG's upcoming E-Auction 558. There are 20 roman imperial coins and one ostrogothic coin, all in excellent condition! 1. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Quinarius (14.5mm, 1.81 g, 11h). Emerita mint; P. Carisius, legatus pro praetore. Struck circa 25-23 BC. Good VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIG4/augustus-27-bc-ad-14-ar-quinarius-145mm-181-g-11h-emerita-mint-p-carisius-legatus-pro-praetore-struck-circa-25-23-bc-good-vf 3. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Sestertius (34mm, 24.98 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-147. Near EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIIR/antoninus-pius-ad-138-161-sestertius-34mm-2498-g-12h-rome-mint-struck-ad-145-147-near-ef 3. Diva Faustina Senior. Died AD 140/1. Æ As (25mm, 11.29 g, 10h). Rome mint. Struck under Antoninus Pius, circa AD 141-146. Good VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIIW/diva-faustina-senior-died-ad-1401-as-25mm-1129-g-10h-rome-mint-struck-under-antoninus-pius-circa-ad-141-146-good-vf 4.Diva Faustina Senior. Died AD 140/1. Æ Sestertius (32mm, 25.60 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Antoninus Pius, circa AD 150-late 150s. Good VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIIZ/diva-faustina-senior-died-ad-1401-sestertius-32mm-2560-g-6h-rome-mint-struck-under-antoninus-pius-circa-ad-150-late-150s-good-vf 5. Commodus. As Caesar, AD 166-177. Æ As (26mm, 10.95 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius and Commodus, AD 175-176. VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIJH/commodus-as-caesar-ad-166-177-as-26mm-1095-g-6h-rome-mint-struck-under-marcus-aurelius-and-commodus-ad-175-176-vf 6. Septimius Severus. AD 193-211. AR Denarius (18.5mm, 3.79 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 201. EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIJT/septimius-severus-ad-193-211-ar-denarius-185mm-379-g-12h-rome-mint-struck-ad-201-ef 7. Maximinus I. AD 235-238. Æ Sestertius (30mm, 21.59 g, 12h). Rome mint. 3rd emission, late AD 236-237. Good VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIML/maximinus-i-ad-235-238-sestertius-30mm-2159-g-12h-rome-mint-3rd-emission-late-ad-236-237-good-vf 8. Gordian III. As Caesar, AD 238. Æ Sestertius (30mm, 22.41 g, 12h). Rome mint. 1st emission of Balbinus and Pupienus, circa April-June AD 238. VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIMV/gordian-iii-as-caesar-ad-238-sestertius-30mm-2241-g-12h-rome-mint-1st-emission-of-balbinus-and-pupienus-circa-april-june-ad-238-vf 9. Otacilia Severa. Augusta, AD 244-249. Æ Sestertius (29.5mm, 19.90 g, 12h). Ludi Saeculares (Secular Games) issue, commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome. Rome mint, 4th officina. 9th emission of Philip I, AD 248. Good VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIND/otacilia-severa-augusta-ad-244-249-sestertius-295mm-1990-g-12h-ludi-saeculares-secular-games-issue-commemorating-the-1000th-anniversary-of-rome-rome-mint-4th-officina-9th-emission-of-philip-i-ad-248-good-vf 10. Aurelian. AD 270-275. Antoninianus (22.5mm, 4.43 g, 6h). Serdica mint, 2nd officina. 8th emission, November AD 274-September 275. Near EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YINV/aurelian-ad-270-275-antoninianus-225mm-443-g-6h-serdica-mint-2nd-officina-8th-emission-november-ad-274-september-275-near-ef 11. Tacitus. AD 275-276. Antoninianus (21.5mm, 4.24 g, 11h). Rome mint, 1st officina. 2nd emission, November-December AD 275. Choice EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIO3/tacitus-ad-275-276-antoninianus-215mm-424-g-11h-rome-mint-1st-officina-2nd-emission-november-december-ad-275-choice-ef 12. Carus. AD 282-283. Antoninianus (21.5mm, 3.79 g, 12h). Siscia mint. Pre-emission, mid October AD 282. Near EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIOD/carus-ad-282-283-antoninianus-215mm-379-g-12h-siscia-mint-pre-emission-mid-october-ad-282-near-ef 13. Carinus. As Caesar, AD 282-283. Antoninianus (22.5mm, 3.05 g, 12h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 3rd officina. 3rd emission, November-late AD 282. Near EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIOF/carinus-as-caesar-ad-282-283-antoninianus-225mm-305-g-12h-lugdunum-lyon-mint-3rd-officina-3rd-emission-november-late-ad-282-near-ef 14. Diocletian. AD 284-305. Æ Follis (27mm, 10.28 g, 12h). Aquileia mint, 2nd officina. Struck circa AD 300. Near EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIOH/diocletian-ad-284-305-follis-27mm-1028-g-12h-aquileia-mint-2nd-officina-struck-circa-ad-300-near-ef 15. Constantius I. As Caesar, AD 293-305. Æ Follis (26mm, 10.40 g, 12h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 1st officina. Struck AD 300-302. EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIOX/constantius-i-as-caesar-ad-293-305-follis-26mm-1040-g-12h-lugdunum-lyon-mint-1st-officina-struck-ad-300-302-ef 16. Galerius. AD 305-311. Æ Follis (25mm, 7.21 g, 6h). Cyzcius mint, 2rd officina. Struck circa AD 308. Good VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIP7/galerius-ad-305-311-follis-25mm-721-g-6h-cyzcius-mint-2rd-officina-struck-circa-ad-308-good-vf 17. Divus Romulus. Died AD 309. Æ Follis (21.5mm, 6.04 g, 6h). Rome mint, 1st officina. 5th emission of Maxentius, Phase 2, early AD 310-early 311. VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIPB/divus-romulus-died-ad-309-follis-215mm-604-g-6h-rome-mint-1st-officina-5th-emission-of-maxentius-phase-2-early-ad-310-early-311-vf 18. Licinius I. AD 308-324. Æ Follis (25.5mm, 7.58 g, 6h). Cyzicus mint, 2nd officina. Struck circa AD 309-310. Near EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIPD/licinius-i-ad-308-324-follis-255mm-758-g-6h-cyzicus-mint-2nd-officina-struck-circa-ad-309-310-near-ef 19. Constantine I. As Caesar, AD 306-309. Æ Follis (26.5mm, 7.74 g, 6h). Treveri (Trier) mint. Struck circa Summer AD 307. Superb EF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIPF/constantine-i-as-caesar-ad-306-309-follis-265mm-774-g-6h-treveri-trier-mint-struck-circa-summer-ad-307-superb-ef 20. Valentinian III. AD 425-455. AR Half Siliqua (13.5mm, 0.92 g, 12h). Rome mint. VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIPX/valentinian-iii-ad-425-455-ar-half-siliqua-135mm-092-g-12h-rome-mint-vf 21. OSTROGOTHS. Athalaric. 526-534. AR Quarter Siliqua (10mm, 0.69 g, 6h). Struck in the name of Justinian I. Ravenna mint. Struck 526-534. VF. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-D0YIRF/ostrogoths-athalaric-526-534-ar-quarter-siliqua-10mm-069-g-6h-struck-in-the-name-of-justinian-i-ravenna-mint-struck-526-534-vf
  3. Below are my four coins of Valentinian dynasty, all of which are in silver. 1. Siliqua of Valentinian I from the Thessalonica mint ex Harptree Hoard 2. Miliarense of Valens from the Trier mint 3. Siliqua of Gratian from the Trier mint also ex Harptree hoard 4. Siliqua of Valentinian II from the Lugdunum mint
  4. Wonderful addition @Michael Stolt. I have only one coin of Lucilla, a sestertius. It also has a decent pedigree, though not as old as yours. I've included the Sternberg plate below. Lucilla (Augusta, AD 164-182/183) AE Sestertius (33mm, 28.99 g). Rome mint. AD 164-169. LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust of Lucilla right, seen from front, hair in waves and coiled up in chignon at back of head / PIETAS, Pietas, draped, standing facing, diademed and veiled head left, dropping incense from right hand into lighted altar at feet, holding box of incense in left. RIC III (Marcus Aurelius) 1756. Ex Heritage Auctions World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction #3093 (29 October 2021), lot 31139; Heritage Auctions Auction 3061 NYINC (7 January 2018), lot 29396; Numismatica Ars Classica Auctions 97 & 98 (12 December 2016), lot 336; Hess-Divo Auction 321 (25 October 2012), lot 267; Frank Sternberg Auction 5 (28 November 1975), lot 124.
  5. I won 3 coins in CNG's Triton e-sale, here's one of them. Sestertius of Antoninus Pius rev. winged thunderbolt.
  6. Hi Everyone, Sorry for the delay. The latter part of December and January have been rough for me. Here's the rest of my top 10. 6. Tiberius (AD 14-37) AR Denarius (18mm, 3.72 g, 4h). Lugdunum mint. Group 1, AD 15-18. Laureate head right / Livia (as Pax) seated right on chair, holding sceptre and olive branch; plain chair legs, two lines below throne. RIC I 26. Ex Classical Numismatic Group, Inventory No. 5612152; MDC Monaco 1 (2 December 2016), lot 66; Classical Numismatic Group, Triton VIII (10 January 2005), lot 1091. 7. Caius (Caligula) (AD 37-41) AE As (28 mm, 12.98 g). Rome mint. AD 37-38. C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, bare head left / VESTA above, S C across field, Vesta seated left, holding patera and sceptre. RIC I 38. Ex Dr. W. R. Collection; Fritz Rudolf Kuenker, Auction 396 (14 November 2023), lot), 1316; Bankhaus Aufhäuser München, Auction 10 (5 October 1993), lot 354; Kricheldorf Stuttgart, Auction XVII (8 May 1967), lot 193. 8. Octavian (30-29 BC) AR Denarius (20mm, 4.00 g). Italian mint (Rome?). Laureate head right / IMP - CAESAR, statue of Octavian on rostral column. RIC I 266. Ex Baldwins; Numismatica Ars Classica 92 (21 May 2016), 1992; Fritz Rudolf Künker 136 (10 March 2008), lot 895; Lanz 76 (31 May 1996), lot 360. 9. Otacilia Severa. Augusta, AD 244-249. AE Sestertius (27.5mm, 18.55 g, 12h). Rome mint, 4th officina. 11th emission of Philip I, AD 249. Draped bust right, wearing stephane / Pietas standing left, raising hand and holding acerrum. RIC IV 208a (Philip I); Banti 9. Dark brown patina, some faint smoothing. Near EF. Ex Leo and Paula Gorelkin Collection; Sternberg XXVIII (30 October 1995), lot 259; Baldwin’s, 1966. 10. L. Marcius Philippus (56 BC) AR Denarius. Diademed head of Ancus Marcius right, lituus behind, ANCVS below / Equestrian statue right on aquaduct with five arches within which AQVA MAR (in monogram) & C outside arches, PHILIPPVS in left field. Cr425/1. Ex Fritz Rudolf Kunker, Auction 382 (16 March 2023), lot 282; Fritzotto Bauss collection; Gadoury Auction 5, (Baden-Baden 1976), lot 28. I have finally photographed my Nero/Drusus, so here's the photograph below.
  7. Over the past three years, I developed a close friendship with Terence. What started as direct messages on the old site evolved into regular phone calls. Not only have I gained valuable insights from his extensive knowledge of numismatics and history through our many conversations, but I've also enjoyed his sense of humour and our discussions about life. I especially enjoyed getting to meet him in person at NYINC in 2022, where I attended my first live auction with him and we inspected coins together on the bourse floor. I am also grateful that I had the opportunity to see him a week ago, have a long, meaningful conversation with him, and say goodbye. Terence's learnedness, enthusiasm for life, and warmth have had a lasting impact on me and many others. I will cherish our friendship forever. Thank you, Terence
  8. Hi everyone, I'm a bit late, but here are my top 10 coins of 2023. This year, my list is notably shorter compared to previous years as I was less successful in acquiring coins. Nevertheless, I managed to find several coins that have eluded me for some time, and with the help of rnumis, I've also managed to uncover some of their hidden provenances. Unlike in previous years, my list is not arranged chronologically. Without further delay, here are the first five: 1. Nero (AD 54-68) A sestertius Nero has been one of my top collecting grails for years. I was particularly disappointed when the example I liked in the Triton auction hammered for well above my price level. However, I was very happy to pick up this example from a Heritage auction a few months later. My example also boasts a much better pedigree, having once been in the Vierordt collection (joining my Volusian sestertius and Claudius/Agrippina denarius). Through rnumis, I also found an earlier Cahn pedigree (see below). AE Sestertius (34mm, 23.57 g). Rome mint. AD 64. NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero left / View of triumphal arch, showing front and left hand side; above, the Emperor in a quadriga escorted by Victory; arch is heavily ornamented and decorated with statues of Pax, Mars and two soldiers; RIC I 150. Ex George Joseph Bauer (1870-1961) Collection; M. L. Vierordt of Bloemendaal Collection; Alfred Oertel Collection; Heritage Auctions CSNS World Coins Platinum Session and Signature Auction (4 May 2023), lot 31177; Glendining (23 January 1963), lot 1184; J. Schulman 145 (17 June 1924), lot 683; J. Schulman 139 (5 March 1923), lot 889; Adolph E. Cahn 32 (17 March 1913), lot 1133. Photo Credit Heritage/NGC Photo Credit Adolf Cahn via Rnumis 2. Ptolemy II (285-246 BC) A portrait coin of Ptolemy I has been on my list for several years. I was drawn to this particular example when I initially spotted it on the dealer's website; although it is technically a posthumous issue, I thought its style was captivating. However, I held off on purchasing until I found a pedigree, which I found a few weeks later (see below). AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 14.17 g). Sidon mint. 249-248 BC. Diademed Head of Ptolemy I right, aegis tied around neck, dotted border / ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, dotted border, in left field ΣΙ above and ΔΙ below, in right field Λ𝖨. Lorber 539. Svoronos 751. Ex Ed Waddell. Inventory No. 56915; Pegasi Numismatics (1995); Italo Vecchi, Sale 5 (5 March 1997), lot 324. Photo Credit Italo Vecchi via Rnumis 3. Valens (AD 364-378) I really like late Roman silver, especially miliarenses. When I saw this coin at NYINC, I thought it was too overpriced, so I was very happy to score this later in the year at auction. AR Light Miliarense (23 mm, 4.40 g), Treveri mint, AD 367-375. D N VALENS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / VIRTVS EXERCITVS, emperor standing front, head to left, holding labarum in his right hand and placing his left on shield set on ground. Mintmark TRPS. RIC 26b. Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 14 (14 October 2023), lot 251; Fritz Rudolf Künker Auction 243 (21 November 2013), lot 5281. 4. Nero & Drusus Caesars. d. AD 31 and AD 33, respectively. As a Julio-Claudian fanatic, I was thrilled to acquire this coin of Caligula's ill-fated brothers. AE Dupondius (29mm, 15.59 g). Rome mint. AD 40-41, struck under Gaius (Caligula). NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES, Nero and Drusus on horseback galloping right / C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII PP around large SC. RIC I 49. Ex Ernst Ploil Collection; Classical Numismatic Group Feature Auction 123 (24 May 2023), lot 592; Numismatica Ars Classica 125 (24 June 2021), lot 622; Numismatica Ars Classica 101 (24 October 2017), lot 107; Künker 83 (17 June 2003), lot 752. Photo Credit CNG 5. Valentinian I (AD 364-375) AR Siliqua (18mm, 2.23 g). Thessalonica mint. AD 364-367. DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / RESTITVTOR REIP, emperor standing front, looking right, holding labarum and Victory on globe. Mintmark TES. RIC IX 12a. Ex Stack's Bowers World Collectors Choice Online Auction (27 February 2023), lot 71154; Spink Auction 16006 (27 September 2016), lot 2903; East Harptree Hoard (1887). Stay tuned for part 2!
  9. All superb additions @Phil Davis! The Antony/Sol and Sex. Pompeius are my favourites!
  10. Great additions for 2023 @Qcumbor! My favourites are 1,2 & 4. The Trajan is striking!
  11. Here's the latest coin I received. I was going to wait to post it until my annual top 10 coins, but I figured why not give a preview! Ptolemy II. 285-246 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 14.17 g). Sidon mint. 249-248 BC. Diademed Head of Ptolemy I right, aegis tied around neck, dotted border / ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, dotted border, in left field ΣΙ above and ΔΙ below, in right field Λ𝖨. Lorber 539. Svoronos 751. Many thanks to @rNumis for posting the Vecchi catalogues where I found this coin. Ex Ed Waddell. Inventory No. 56915. Ex Pegasi Numismatics (1995). Ex Italo Vecchi, Sale 5 (5 March 1997), lot 324.
  12. I haven't been around in a while or acquired a new coin for some time, so here's a welcome addition. I saw this coin back in January at the NYINC as a part of Leu's FPL and liked it, but thought the price was too high. I ended up winning it in their latest feature auction. AR Miliarense of Valens from the Trier mint
  13. Here's my only Tacitus, an antoninianus from Rome.
  14. Here's my example of the same type, AE Sestertius of Agrippina the Elder rv. SC, struck under Claudius.
  15. I'm a little behind, but still wanted to post my Severus Alexander since I have re-photographed it. I have been slowly re-photographing my coins under natural light and have been happy with the results. The reverse depicts the emperor driving a triumphal quadriga, and the issue was struck to commemorate the assumption of his third consulship. Also here's my sestertius of Maximus, rv. sacrificial implements.
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