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Hi everyone, 

I'm a bit late, but here are my top 10 coins of 2023. This year, my list is notably shorter compared to previous years as I was less successful in acquiring coins. Nevertheless, I managed to find several coins that have eluded me for some time, and with the help of rnumis, I've also managed to uncover some of their hidden provenances. Unlike in previous years, my list is not arranged chronologically. Without further delay, here are the first five: 

1. Nero (AD 54-68)

A sestertius Nero has been one of my top collecting grails for years. I was particularly disappointed when the example I liked in the Triton auction hammered for well above my price level. However, I was very happy to pick up this example from a Heritage auction a few months later. My example also boasts a much better pedigree, having once been in the Vierordt collection (joining my Volusian sestertius and Claudius/Agrippina denarius). Through rnumis, I also found an earlier Cahn pedigree (see below). 

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AE Sestertius (34mm, 23.57 g). Rome mint. AD 64. NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero left / View of triumphal arch, showing front and left hand side; above, the Emperor in a quadriga escorted by Victory; arch is heavily ornamented and decorated with statues of Pax, Mars and two soldiers; RIC I 150. 

Ex George Joseph Bauer (1870-1961) Collection; M. L. Vierordt of Bloemendaal Collection; Alfred Oertel Collection; Heritage Auctions CSNS World Coins Platinum Session and Signature Auction (4 May 2023), lot 31177; Glendining (23 January 1963), lot 1184; J. Schulman 145 (17 June 1924), lot 683; J. Schulman 139 (5 March 1923), lot 889; Adolph E. Cahn 32 (17 March 1913), lot 1133.

Photo Credit Heritage/NGC

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Photo Credit Adolf Cahn via Rnumis

2. Ptolemy II (285-246 BC)

A portrait coin of Ptolemy I has been on my list for several years. I was drawn to this particular example when I initially spotted it on the dealer's website; although it is technically a posthumous issue, I thought its style was captivating. However, I held off on purchasing until I found a pedigree, which I found a few weeks later (see below).

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AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 14.17 g). Sidon mint. 249-248 BC. Diademed Head of Ptolemy I right, aegis tied around neck, dotted border / ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, dotted border, in left field ΣΙ above and ΔΙ below, in right field Λ𝖨. Lorber 539. Svoronos 751.

Ex Ed Waddell. Inventory No. 56915; Pegasi Numismatics (1995); Italo Vecchi, Sale 5 (5 March 1997), lot 324.

 

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Photo Credit Italo Vecchi via Rnumis

3. Valens (AD 364-378)

I really like late Roman silver, especially miliarenses. When I saw this coin at NYINC, I thought it was too overpriced, so I was very happy to score this later in the year at auction.

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AR Light Miliarense (23 mm, 4.40 g), Treveri mint, AD 367-375. D N VALENS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / VIRTVS EXERCITVS, emperor standing front, head to left, holding labarum in his right hand and placing his left on shield set on ground. Mintmark TRPS. RIC 26b.

Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 14 (14 October 2023), lot 251; Fritz Rudolf Künker Auction 243 (21 November 2013), lot 5281.

4. Nero & Drusus Caesars. d. AD 31 and AD 33, respectively.

As a Julio-Claudian fanatic, I was thrilled to acquire this coin of Caligula's ill-fated brothers.

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AE Dupondius (29mm, 15.59 g). Rome mint. AD 40-41, struck under Gaius (Caligula). NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES, Nero and Drusus on horseback galloping right / C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII PP around large SC. RIC I 49.

Ex Ernst Ploil Collection; Classical Numismatic Group Feature Auction 123 (24 May 2023), lot 592;  Numismatica Ars Classica 125 (24 June 2021), lot 622; Numismatica Ars Classica 101 (24 October 2017), lot 107; Künker 83 (17 June 2003), lot 752.

Photo Credit CNG

5. Valentinian I (AD 364-375)

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AR Siliqua (18mm, 2.23 g). Thessalonica mint. AD 364-367. DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / RESTITVTOR REIP, emperor standing front, looking right, holding labarum and Victory on globe. Mintmark TES. RIC IX 12a.

Ex Stack's Bowers World Collectors Choice Online Auction (27 February 2023), lot 71154; Spink Auction 16006 (27 September 2016), lot 2903; East Harptree Hoard (1887).

Stay tuned for part 2!

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5 hours ago, Romancollector said:

 

Hi everyone, 

I'm a bit late, but here are my top 10 coins of 2023. This year, my list is notably shorter compared to previous years as I was less successful in acquiring coins. Nevertheless, I managed to find several coins that have eluded me for some time, and with the help of rnumis, I've also managed to uncover some of their hidden provenances. Unlike in previous years, my list is not arranged chronologically. Without further delay, here are the first five: 

1. Nero (AD 54-68)

A sestertius Nero has been one of my top collecting grails for years. I was particularly disappointed when the example I liked in the Triton auction hammered for well above my price level. However, I was very happy to pick up this example from a Heritage auction a few months later. My example also boasts a much better pedigree, having once been in the Vierordt collection (joining my Volusian sestertius and Claudius/Agrippina denarius). Through rnumis, I also found an earlier Cahn pedigree (see below). 

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AE Sestertius (34mm, 23.57 g). Rome mint. AD 64. NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero left / View of triumphal arch, showing front and left hand side; above, the Emperor in a quadriga escorted by Victory; arch is heavily ornamented and decorated with statues of Pax, Mars and two soldiers; RIC I 150. 

Ex George Joseph Bauer (1870-1961) Collection; M. L. Vierordt of Bloemendaal Collection; Alfred Oertel Collection; Heritage Auctions CSNS World Coins Platinum Session and Signature Auction (4 May 2023), lot 31177; Glendining (23 January 1963), lot 1184; J. Schulman 145 (17 June 1924), lot 683; J. Schulman 139 (5 March 1923), lot 889; Adolph E. Cahn 32 (17 March 1913), lot 1133.

Photo Credit Heritage/NGC

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Photo Credit Adolf Cahn via Rnumis

2. Ptolemy II (285-246 BC)

A portrait coin of Ptolemy I has been on my list for several years. I was drawn to this particular example when I initially spotted it on the dealer's website; although it is technically a posthumous issue, I thought its style was captivating. However, I held off on purchasing until I found a pedigree, which I found a few weeks later (see below).

PtolemaicEgypt-PtolemyII-ARTetradrachm-Sidon.jpg.2f12291562775e6e2b949e08d8e20b88.jpg

AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 14.17 g). Sidon mint. 249-248 BC. Diademed Head of Ptolemy I right, aegis tied around neck, dotted border / ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, dotted border, in left field ΣΙ above and ΔΙ below, in right field Λ𝖨. Lorber 539. Svoronos 751.

Ex Ed Waddell. Inventory No. 56915; Pegasi Numismatics (1995); Italo Vecchi, Sale 5 (5 March 1997), lot 324.

 

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Photo Credit Italo Vecchi via Rnumis

3. Valens (AD 364-378)

I really like late Roman silver, especially miliarenses. When I saw this coin at NYINC, I thought it was too overpriced, so I was very happy to score this later in the year at auction.

RomanImperial_Valens_Miliarense_Trier.jpg.730ba40207d88f882982cc3b92532f06.jpg

AR Light Miliarense (23 mm, 4.40 g), Treveri mint, AD 367-375. D N VALENS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / VIRTVS EXERCITVS, emperor standing front, head to left, holding labarum in his right hand and placing his left on shield set on ground. Mintmark TRPS. RIC 26b.

Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 14 (14 October 2023), lot 251; Fritz Rudolf Künker Auction 243 (21 November 2013), lot 5281.

4. Nero & Drusus Caesars. d. AD 31 and AD 33, respectively.

As a Julio-Claudian fanatic, I was thrilled to acquire this coin of Caligula's ill-fated brothers.

image.png.2ec3125e195d5b6702ea3c199e615431.png

AE Dupondius (29mm, 15.59 g). Rome mint. AD 40-41, struck under Gaius (Caligula). NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES, Nero and Drusus on horseback galloping right / C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII PP around large SC. RIC I 49.

Ex Ernst Ploil Collection; Classical Numismatic Group Feature Auction 123 (24 May 2023), lot 592;  Numismatica Ars Classica 125 (24 June 2021), lot 622; Numismatica Ars Classica 101 (24 October 2017), lot 107; Künker 83 (17 June 2003), lot 752.

Photo Credit CNG

5. Valentinian I (AD 364-375)

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AR Siliqua (18mm, 2.23 g). Thessalonica mint. AD 364-367. DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / RESTITVTOR REIP, emperor standing front, looking right, holding labarum and Victory on globe. Mintmark TES. RIC IX 12a.

Ex Stack's Bowers World Collectors Choice Online Auction (27 February 2023), lot 71154; Spink Auction 16006 (27 September 2016), lot 2903; East Harptree Hoard (1887).

Stay tuned for part 2!

Absolutely fantastic Ptolemy II Tetradrachm, really a neat acquisition 

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1. Nero (AD 54-68)

A sestertius Nero has been one of my top collecting grails for years. I was particularly disappointed when the example I liked in the Triton auction hammered for well above my price level. However, I was very happy to pick up this example from a Heritage auction a few months later. My example also boasts a much better pedigree, having once been in the Vierordt collection (joining my Volusian sestertius and Claudius/Agrippina denarius). Through rnumis, I also found an earlier Cahn pedigree (see below). 

What the....?!? Fantastic! Stunning. Gratulation!

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Hi Everyone, 

Sorry for the delay. The latter part of December and January have been rough for me. Here's the rest of my top 10. 

6. Tiberius (AD 14-37)

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AR Denarius (18mm, 3.72 g, 4h). Lugdunum mint. Group 1, AD 15-18. Laureate head right / Livia (as Pax) seated right on chair, holding sceptre and olive branch; plain chair legs, two lines below throne. RIC I 26.

 Ex Classical Numismatic Group, Inventory No. 5612152; MDC Monaco 1 (2 December 2016), lot 66; Classical Numismatic Group, Triton VIII (10 January 2005), lot 1091.

7. Caius (Caligula) (AD 37-41)

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AE As (28 mm, 12.98 g). Rome mint. AD 37-38. C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, bare head left / VESTA above, S C across field, Vesta seated left, holding patera and sceptre. RIC I 38.

Ex Dr. W. R. Collection; Fritz Rudolf Kuenker, Auction 396 (14 November 2023), lot), 1316; Bankhaus Aufhäuser München, Auction 10 (5 October 1993), lot 354; Kricheldorf Stuttgart, Auction XVII (8 May 1967), lot 193.

8. Octavian (30-29 BC)

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AR Denarius (20mm, 4.00 g). Italian mint (Rome?). Laureate head right / IMP - CAESAR, statue of Octavian on rostral column. RIC I 266.

 Ex Baldwins; Numismatica Ars Classica 92 (21 May 2016), 1992; Fritz Rudolf Künker 136 (10 March 2008), lot 895; Lanz 76 (31 May 1996), lot 360.

9. Otacilia Severa. Augusta, AD 244-249.

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AE Sestertius (27.5mm, 18.55 g, 12h). Rome mint, 4th officina. 11th emission of Philip I, AD 249. Draped bust right, wearing stephane / Pietas standing left, raising hand and holding acerrum. RIC IV 208a (Philip I); Banti 9. Dark brown patina, some faint smoothing. Near EF.

Ex Leo and Paula Gorelkin Collection; Sternberg XXVIII (30 October 1995), lot 259; Baldwin’s, 1966.

10. L. Marcius Philippus (56 BC)

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AR Denarius. Diademed head of Ancus Marcius right, lituus behind, ANCVS below / Equestrian statue right on aquaduct with five arches within which AQVA MAR (in monogram) & C outside arches, PHILIPPVS in left field. Cr425/1.

Ex Fritz Rudolf Kunker, Auction 382 (16 March 2023), lot 282; Fritzotto Bauss collection; Gadoury Auction 5, (Baden-Baden 1976), lot 28.

I have finally photographed my Nero/Drusus, so here's the photograph below. 

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