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Probus - rare and interesting bust


Tejas

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I was glad to get this Probus Antoninan. The coin was in a lot of two, with the other coin being a very nice early follis of Constantine I from Trier. Split between the two, the Probus was very reasonable priced.

I have 123 Probus Antoniniani and this is number 124 (I guess you can't have enough Probus coins). I have many different busts, but was missing this interesting military bust, which is quite rare.

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Yes, I thought so too, but I don't complain. 

The other coin from the lot is very nice too and something I want to keep. I hardly ever buy lots and if I do I usually only want one out of the group. So that is double lucky.

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Expert cleaning may be possible and would "help" the coin a lot - although it is beauty on its own.

A not-very-good-expert had a try on the revers, luckily he didn't destroy the coin

 

Thanks for showing
Klaus

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Yes, I guess the encrustations were one reason why the coin was not deemed worthy of separate listing. I suppose I will just leave it as it is or decide when I have it in hand. I paid roughly USD 250 for the piece. I consider this a low price, even in the present condition. I cannot recall having seen this bust type offered in an auction in recent years.

 

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On 3/9/2023 at 10:01 AM, Tejas said:

Yes, I guess the encrustations were one reason why the coin was not deemed worthy of separate listing. I suppose I will just leave it as it is or decide when I have it in hand. I paid roughly USD 250 for the piece. I consider this a low price, even in the present condition. I cannot recall having seen this bust type offered in an auction in recent years.

 

Congrats @Tejas! Great and rare Probus bust at a bargain price. If I still collected Probus coins and did not have this bust in collection I would have easily given three times the hammer price. 

This is my example from another officina (A) ex Philippe Gysen collection:

https://www.colleconline.com/en/items/125993/coins-ancient-to-romans-imperial-and-republican-alfoldi-009-036-sold

I agree your new coin would look much better if cleaned professionally but even now it's still quite ok, especially for this price.    

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