1 Otho Heh Heh..2 Otho Heh Heh..

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mat, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    How many people can say they have bought 3 Othos of any kind in 1 year?

    First was was a denarius that was sold off for a decent return to a specialist and my second Otho, a tetradrachm, is a very rare type but admit wasn't cheap.

    My latest, another Otho Tetradrachm, is a scarcer reverse type as well for him and I got it for just $79 shipped!

    How often can an Otho be bought for under $100, even if it is a provincial? This went with no bids so I won it for the opening bid. So I can assume the bad pics turned bidders off.

    Needless to say, I am happy to add it to my tetradrachm collection and it's much better in-hand than these pics show, especially the legends.

    So now I own 2 Othos.


    New Otho

    Otho (69 A.D.)
    Egypt, Alexandria
    Billon Tetradrachm
    O: ΑΥΤΟΚ ΜΑΡΚ ΟΘΩΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ, laureate head right; L A (date) to right.
    R:ΡΩΜΗ, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right, holding shield and spear.
    Dattari (Savio) 330; K&G 18.9; RPC I 5362; Emmett 186.1

    My other Otho Tet.

    Otho (69 A.D.)
    Egypt, Alexandria
    Billon Tetradrachm
    O: AYTOK MAPK OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate head right, LA (year 1) lower right.
    R: EΛEY-ΘEPIA, Eleutheria (Liberty) standing left, wreath in extended right hand, scepter in left hand, leaning with left elbow on column, simpulum (ladle used for tasting and pouring sacrificial libations) left in lower left field.
    Milne 359; RPC I 5354 (5 spec.); Dattari 327; BMC Alexandria p. 25, 208; Curtis 238; Kampmann 18.6; Emmett 184

    This variety with a simpulum on the reverse is much rarer than the same type without this control symbol. RPC reports only 5 specimens with the simpulum and 17 specimens without it. This variety is missing from the important collections in Cologne, Paris, and Milan, and we know of only one example offered at auction in the past two decades (CNG 76, 12 Sep 2007, lot 3152, VF, $430 plus fees).
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018
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  3. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Cogito Ergo Sum

    Kewl new Othos. I also have been looking around for an Otho tet of Alexandria plus a Galba. Haven't seen an Otho out there yet but I'm getting tempted to pull the trigger on a Galba, price is OK at $250 @Mat !
  4. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    alright!.. sometimes one gets lucky like that..i finally scored on an authentic Otho denarius last month ..albeit a couple of chips missing for $63.00, but i was at the right place at the right time finally Otho!! 001.JPG Otho!! 002.JPG
  5. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Very nice capture @Mat
    Congrats on adding another Otho to your collection. I am also on the hunt for another Otho.
  6. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Great wins, @Mat! I don't have him yet.
  7. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper Supporter

    My current Otho, which is an Ex. Mat coin

    otho (1).jpg
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  8. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Nice find Mat!
  9. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Nice bargain @Mat !

    "I got none"

    "None. Chrsmat71 has 0 Othos".
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  10. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Neat find!

    IMG_2118 (1).JPG
    50 viewsOtho Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria . YEAR 1
    C. 69 AD
    obv. Otho laureate head right, LA before / rev. bust of Alexandria right in elephant skin headdress. RPC 5358. Dattari 324
    Grey tone with good metal and detail. SCARCE
    Ex John Casey Collection
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  11. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Nice score, Mat.
  12. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Wow! Congrats @Mat on a cool double play!
  13. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Nice capture !

  14. Very nice findings!
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