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An 'Impressionist' Coin

David Atherton

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I couldn't resist this one - the multi-hue patina combined with a stylish portrait is quite eye catching! A coin that Van Gogh may have appreciated.




Æ Semis, 7.53g
Antioch mint, undated
IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: S C; in laurel wreath
RPC 2011 (12 spec.).
Acquired from David Connors, June 2022.

An undated issue of leaded bronze coins with Latin legends were struck at Antioch sometime between 76 and 78. They can be distinguished from an earlier Rome mint issue with similar designs by the local style and 12 o'clock die axis. Production of the series likely commenced soon after the Rome issue had run its course. This semis likely dates between 76-78 and is very close in style to the contemporary Cypriot tetradrachms struck at Antioch.

Please post your coins with unusual or colourful patinas.

Thank you for looking!

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Very nice @David Atherton..

This one I particularly like...


Kshemagupta 950-957/8 AD
Copper Kaserah or Punchshi 18mm
Obverse- Goddess Ardochsho/Lakshmi seated facing in half lotus position, with Nagari legend 'Di' to left 'kshema' to right
Reverse- King standing facing and sacrificing at altar holding trident, with Nagari legend 'Gupta' bottom right

Also the reverse on this Faustina I has a wonderful multi coloured patina.. 


Diva Faustina Senior. Æ Sestertius (32mm, 21.19 g.)
Rome mint, struck under Antoninus Pius, circa AD 146-161.
Obv. DIVA FAVSTINA draped bust right.
Rev. AETERNITAS S-C seated left, holding scepter and globe surmounted by phoenix....RICIII #1103 (Antoninus Pius)
Reddish-brown patina.

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