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Ok, I'm here.  Let's get this party started!

I'll start with a rarity I overpaid for at CNG recently.   I had discovered some undisclosed information about the coin before the auction which fueled my excessive bidding.  It is Sear plate coin and has a 1909 provenance!

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Rome, The Imperators.
Manius Cordius Rufus. 46 BCE
AR Sestertius (0.73g; 11mm; 6h).
Rome mint, 46 BCE.

Obverse: MN CORD; Diademed head of Venus, facing right.

Reverse: RVFI; Cupid advancing to right, holding wreath and palm.

References: Crawford 463/5b; Sear, HCRI 67 (this coin illustrated); Sydenham 980a (R5); BMCRR 4045-48; Cordia 7; RBW 1609 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex J. de Wilde Collection [CNG 120 (12 May 2022) Lot 727]; RBW Collection [NAC 63 (17 May 2012), Lot 384]; Numismatic Fine Arts XXIV (18 Oct 1990) Lot 1348; Consul E.F. Weber Collection [Hirsch XXIV (10 May 1909) Lot 322].
 

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7 minutes ago, Carausius said:

Ok, I'm here.  Let's get this party started!

I'll start with a rarity I overpaid for at CNG recently.   I had discovered some undisclosed information about the coin before the auction which fueled my excessive bidding.  It is Sear plate coin and has a 1909 provenance!

1865719282_CordiaSestertius.jpg.fa45bef1d00b401c7afdf7a34d77e521.jpg

 

Rome, The Imperators.
Manius Cordius Rufus. 46 BCE
AR Sestertius (0.73g; 11mm; 6h).
Rome mint, 46 BCE.

Obverse: MN CORD; Diademed head of Venus, facing right.

Reverse: RVFI; Cupid advancing to right, holding wreath and palm.

References: Crawford 463/5b; Sear, HCRI 67 (this coin illustrated); Sydenham 980a (R5); BMCRR 4045-48; Cordia 7; RBW 1609 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex J. de Wilde Collection [CNG 120 (12 May 2022) Lot 727]; RBW Collection [NAC 63 (17 May 2012), Lot 384]; Numismatic Fine Arts XXIV (18 Oct 1990) Lot 1348; Consul E.F. Weber Collection [Hirsch XXIV (10 May 1909) Lot 322].
 

Welcome, Carausius! What a cool little coin! And neat provenance, too!

A question, though. You have a winged figure with a wreath and a palm on a tiny, tiny, flan. What makes the experts so sure this is "Cupid" and not just a poorly-rendered Victoria? Cupid who happens to have Victoria's accoutrements? Hmmm.

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50 minutes ago, Carausius said:

Agree, the attributes are Victory.  Suspect Cupid has been generally named to be consistent with the obverse Venus.  That doesn't mean the experts are correct!    

Congrats, these imperatorial sestertii are very interesting. I would agree the reverse most likely represents Victory, the Piso quinarii a few decades earlier have Victory on them with the exact same pose as the reverse here.

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6 minutes ago, Severus Alexander said:

Wow, that is hard to beat for a late Republican sestertius!

Is anyone here trying to get all the silver sestertius types?  Would be quite a challenge...

I only have this rather miserable example of the early issue:

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It's almost impossible to get a complete group of all the late fractions, in any grade, for any price. (I have precisely none of the late quinarii or sestertii. Many types may not even exist in a condition that would fit my collection.) To me, the most astonishing part of the RBW collection was how many RICK DID manage to obtain, but his group still wasn't exhaustive. 

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23 minutes ago, Severus Alexander said:

Is anyone here trying to get all the silver sestertius types?  Would be quite a challenge...

I wouldn't even think of it !

At some point I considered building a quinarii series, and immediately after I have bought Kathy King's book I knew I wouldn't even try. And I have the impression quinarii are easy in comparison to sestertii

My only sestertius : Roma seems in a hurry, almost gone when the pic was shot 😄

 

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Republic, Sestertius - Rome mint, ca 211-208 BC
Head of Roma right, IIS behind
Dioscuri riding right, two stars above, ROMA at exergue
1.06 gr, 13 mm
Ref : RCV # 46, RSC # 4

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I have 36 different Quinarii, and have really slowed down.  For some reason, I just latched onto that Denomination.  I have Cathy King's book too, but have not sat down and really read through it.

Couple of AR Sestertii

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RR AR Sestertius After 211 BCE 12mm 1.0g Rome mint Roma r IIS - Dioscuri riding stars in ex ROMA Sear 46 Craw 44-7 RSC 4

 

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RR Anon AR Sestertius 211-208 BC Roma Dioscuri S 46 Cr 44-7

 

AND, an Etrurian Sestertius!

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Etruria Populonia 2-1-2 as 3rd C BC AR Radiate Fem Hd Menrva CII Blank EC 104 HN Italy 179  RARE 2 exist

From the collection of E.E. Clain-Stefanelli.

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