Al Kowsky Posted December 9, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 9, 2022 Yesterday the annual CNG calendar for 2023 arrived along with the hefty catalog for CNG Triton XXVI 😃. I always look forward to seeing the calendar because it pictures 12 coins of great beauty or importance. The cover & coin for January pictures a 10 aurei Medallion of Diocletian, struck at the Aquileia mint in AD 294. The description states "Of the highest rarity, the only denio offered at public auction since 1922." This coin is a masterpiece of late classical antiquity & has an estimate of $500,000.00. NGC slabbed Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Diocletian, AD 284-305. AV Medallion of 10 aurei: 53.65 gm, 38 mm, 12 h. Aquileia Mint. Obverse: Bare head of Diocletian facing right. Reverse: Jupiter sitting in an ornate throne, holding a long scepter & thunderbolt, facing right, while an eagle holding a wreath stands at his feet. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-85ZA4I/diocletian-ad-284-305-av-medallion-of-ten-aurei-38mm-5365-g-12h-aquileia-mint-struck-ad-294-in-ngc-encapsulation-5872664-001-graded-ch-au-strike-55-surface-55-fine-style One coin that immediately caught my eye was a tetradrachm of Septimius Severus, struck at the Laodicea ad Mare mint, representing the month of May. Septimius Severus, AD 193-211 (struck c. AD 205-207). Laodicea ad Mare Mint. AR Tetradrachm: 13.87 gm, 27 mm, 11 h. Obverse: Laureate & cuirassed bust of Severus facing right, with gorgonian on breastplate. Reverse: Eagle standing facing, head & tail right, star below eagle. Prieur 1119. Ex Collection Michel Prieur. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-85Z9PM/seleucis-and-pieria-laodicea-ad-mare-septimius-severus-ad-193-211-bi-tetradrachm-27mm-1387-g-11h-struck-circa-ad-205-207-choice-ef This coin represents Phase 1, of Prieur's designation for this mint, & can be easily distinguished from the later issues because the eagle is not holding a wreath in it's beak. The coin is in mint state & struck with perfect centering from fresh dies. Truly a treasure to behold 🤩! Much to my delight, I've got a tetradrachm struck from Phase 2 that has the same obverse die as the CNG example pictured below 😊. My coin shows the die wear that should be expected from a later strike. Pictured below is a comparison of the two coins together. I spotted only one blooper on the calendar, the coin pictured for the month of September has the wrong description below it 🙄. Pictured below is that coin along with a correct link that describes it 🤨. https://auctions.cngcoins.com/lots/view/4-85Z9TE/the-republicans-brutus-early-42-bc-ar-denarius-18mm-396-g-12h-military-mint-p-cornelius-lentulus-spinther-legatus-ngc-graded-ms-55-55 10 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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