GordianAppreciator101 Posted March 2 · Member Share Posted March 2 (edited) Hello everyone and welcome to a little research I’ve been conducting for a few days. I recently learned of the existence of a new Hoard that emerged not very long ago in a French Auction house and got some coins (and some history) to share of the Hoard in question. To give a little context before going into the coins themselves, the treasure known as the “Hortensia Hoard” (Or in French Tresor d’Hortensia) originates from a woman of the same name, who played bridge in the Côte d’Azur in Southern France and sadly passed in 1998, leaving a “sack” of 13 whole kilos of Antoniniani to her nephew, who kept them stored until 2022 not thinking anything about them. That’s a whole 24 years of a bag full of Antoniniani stuck in a cellar. Sadly the nephew didn’t know where they came from and so, the origin of the Hoard is uncertain. The Regional Archeology Service under the French DRAC (Direction régionale des Affaires culturelles) then investigates the coins, the 4.000 of them, and doesn’t find anything interesting, returning all of the coins to the nephew. The nephew then decided to sell them away: The Rossini Auction in Paris is chosen, and the date: 7th of July, 2022. The Antoniniani were grouped by Emperor in the auction: - Gordian III (238-244) (1 coin) - Decius (249-251) (few coins) - Trebonianus Gallus (251-253) (few coins) - Aemilian (253) (1 coin) - Valerian (251-260) and Mariniana (a few dozen coins) - Gallienus (253-268) (in large numbers, including the majority of the Treveri/Trier mint) and Salonina (268 ) - Their children Valérien II (256-259) and Salonin (260) - Macrianus, usurper (261) (2 coins) - Postumus (260-269) (The most represented emperor), including a few copies in his name minted at Milan by Aureolus, Gallienus’ rogue cavalry commander.. - Marius (269) (a few coins ) - Victorinus (269-271) (a few dozen coins), under whose reign this lot must have been buried. Sources:https://www.rossini.fr/actualite/87450 (In French)https://www.lamoneta.it/topic/208186-tresor-dhortensia/ (In Italian) Link to the Rossini Auction Results In the next post we’ll take a look at the coins themselves. Edited March 2 by GordianAppreciator101 12 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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