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My NYINC acquisitions. Part 1: M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus denarius


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I had a great time at the New York International Numismatic Convention.  My second and hopefully not last attendance.  As with the previous visit in January 2020, I met friends with whom I have corresponded, and some new acquaintances.  I also picked up a few new coins.  Some of these are shipped to me to avoid the 9% sales tax in NYC but a few I carried away.  Here is the first.

I've looked for the right example of this issue for years and thought it is among the most elegant female images of those depicted in the RR denarii.  The identity of the bust is uncertain, but the visual impact is amazing.  Not all of this issue are so elegantly and skillfully done and I've looked at many over the years to find the right one.  I finally found it.

RRC 405/3b  69 BC; 

moneyer: Plaetorius Cestianus

From the EE Clain-Stefannelli collection.  Ex. NAC 92, 2016, lot 334

 

 

405-3b Plaetorius Cestianus.jpeg

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21 hours ago, SteveJBrinkman said:

among the most elegant female images of those depicted in the RR denarii. 

That coin is spectacular!

Here is my best female head on a Republican coin:

Cr464s1SR446n14130griffin46BC.jpg.7139378e37f20cba1d60289091bd9230.jpg

Denarius. 18-17 mm. 4.07 grams.
T. Carisius. 46 BC.
Head of the Sibyl Herophile right, her hair in a sling
T CARISIVS down right in front of Sphinx seated right
III VIR in exergue.

Crawford 464/1. Sear I 446.
AJN 25 (2013) pp. 243-257 and plate 32.
ex Sternberg XXXII (1996) lot 440
ex Cederlind 129 (2013) lot 158
ex private sale 2014

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5 hours ago, Valentinian said:

That coin is spectacular!

Here is my best female head on a Republican coin:

Cr464s1SR446n14130griffin46BC.jpg.7139378e37f20cba1d60289091bd9230.jpg

Denarius. 18-17 mm. 4.07 grams.
T. Carisius. 46 BC.
Head of the Sibyl Herophile right, her hair in a sling
T CARISIVS down right in front of Sphinx seated right
III VIR in exergue.

Crawford 464/1. Sear I 446.
AJN 25 (2013) pp. 243-257 and plate 32.
ex Sternberg XXXII (1996) lot 440
ex Cederlind 129 (2013) lot 158
ex private sale 2014

Warren, I remember this coin, but it's even better than I remember it after looking at so many of these since.  The Carisius issues are typically mis-struck with large sections of the coin flat and or off-center.  This is a marvelous exception of this classic design with a wonderful pedigree.

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Fabulous acquisition from a famous collection, great !

I have something that I can share here from the same Gens, and same provenance too. Plus, if the portrait is supposed to be that of Mercury, its appearence is gender neutral enough for the purpose of this thread 🙂 

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M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. Denarius Rome mint, c. 69 BC
Male head right (Mercury ?) with flowing hair. Behind symbol
M·PLAETORI – CEST·EX·S·C Winged caduceus
18 mm, 3,86 gr
Ref : RCV #344, RSC Plaetoria # 5, Sydenham # 807, RBW # 1453, Crawford # 405/5
From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection

Q

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10 hours ago, Qcumbor said:

Fabulous acquisition from a famous collection, great !

I have something that I can share here from the same Gens, and same provenance too. Plus, if the portrait is supposed to be that of Mercury, its appearence is gender neutral enough for the purpose of this thread 🙂 

dcdd8d339a664c0f8ba3f6f1d5ad6458.jpg

M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. Denarius Rome mint, c. 69 BC
Male head right (Mercury ?) with flowing hair. Behind symbol
M·PLAETORI – CEST·EX·S·C Winged caduceus
18 mm, 3,86 gr
Ref : RCV #344, RSC Plaetoria # 5, Sydenham # 807, RBW # 1453, Crawford # 405/5
From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection

Q

@Qcumbor, Plaetorius struck 5 major types, all of them are lovely compositions, your Mercury head type is one of my favorites.

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