Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Rudi Smits, May 22, 2013.
Some tooling on the hair, but quite happy
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No jackpot, no lottery... Just very lucky at auction !
Wow, that was indeed lucky. I was considering looking at that auction but was distracted by NAC/Nomos, as I imagine most people were. A collector friend of mine was considering bidding on that aureus but I pushed him to get the one at NAC instead (which he did end up winning, albeit for several times more than your example). You got that for a fantastic price - I would have bid several times more than it realized. :thumb:
Seriously though, really sweet coin.
Wow, gorgeous coin!! ...
... sadly, I don't have any gold coins, yet
I would absolutely love to see before and after photos of the same coin but this would obviously never happen. Repairs and 'upgrades' are not the sort of skill that we see openly admitted by the people who can do it well. If I owned a coin that I wanted 'fixed' I would not have the slightest idea who I could pay to do the work.
The auctioneer stated 'some tooling on the hair', and it was holed and plugged a well. Besides the bizar ear, i cannot find any trace of a hole, so job well done ! I had an amazing price on this one (2 bids above starting price, whereas equal Otho aurei gets double in price, or more... I don't mind some minor tooling, or even a plugged hole, as long as it doesn't effect the coin too much... Imho I had a great deal on this one, and I'm very happy with it ! This coin was sold in the '70's for $8500 + fees in a German auction...
Did that old German auction from the 70's failed to mention the hole? This is a great example of why I will never be able to buy an aureus and feel good about it.
but on rev no sign of any restoration in the center... It's a job well done !
I'm surprised. These problems would be total deal breakers for me.
When I first started reading this thread, my reflexive reaction was the same (as above). Gold coins are rarely tooled or re-engraved, and because gold is inert, harsh cleaning is hardly ever needed to get them to their final condition for collecting. So when a gold coin has as much obvious re-engraving as this one, that's a huge negative for a collector who values non-tooled coins highly.
But there's another perspective on this topic, especially for an emperor as difficult to collect as Otho. And while this still wouldn't be a coin I'd consider for my collection, I do understand the appeal of a very rare aureus at an affordable price. Clearly, the re-engraving was done to blend the filled-in hole rather than just leaving that area featureless. So the question becomes, which is the least undesirable: a hole, a filled-in hole without re-engraving, or a filled-in hole that's re-engraved? None of these options is good, but since the coin already had a hole, it will never be a top-notch collector's coin anyway.
It seems to me that if your desire is to have a representative aureus of Otho, a coin with a hole just doesn't fulfill that need. Maybe a featureless filled-in hole is OK, or maybe some moderate re-engraving to represent the detail that was missing due to the hole is what you're looking for. Either way, the representational value of the coin exceeds its collector's value, since you now have a coin that pretty much looks similar to when it circulated 2000 years ago.
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