Aes Signatum Roman lot

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Andres2, Sep 24, 2016.

  1. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Bought this lot of Aes Signatum roman protomoney , these came after the Aes rude copper lumps , and circulated together with the Aes rude and the Aes grave (heavy)3rd Century BC first real roman coins.
    Due to their low weight , I would call them small change pocket money.

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  3. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Well-Known Member

    Excellent group of protomoney, I have not seen anything like these before, great post Andres2
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  4. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    LOVE the proto-money...and I'm still 'in the market' for those and a aes grave or two.

    I bet @Alegandron and @rrdenarius will find them 'very interesting'!!

    Hmmm, for some reason that old 'Laugh In' show comes to mind:p
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  5. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE

    Those are cool, but I have not run across this style of Formatum. Nice.

    I have a couple...

    Oscan-Latin Aes Formatum shell.JPG
    Oscan-Latin Aes Formatum shell 12.8g, 25mm

    Oscan-Latin Aes Formatum shell with Ribs obv-rev 4th BCE.JPG
    Oscan-Latin Aes Formatum shell with Ribs 4th BCE approx 25mm, 15g

    ITALIA Aes Formatum AE Bronze Ax Head ca 5th-4th C BCE 44-8mm 56g Obv-Rev.JPG
    ITALIA Aes Formatum AE Bronze Ax Head ca 5th-4th C BCE sextans size 44.8mm 56g
    This would be roughly the size of a SEXTANS against the Libral Pound
  6. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Nice pieces. I am a sucker for cast bronze pieces of all kinds

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  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE

    I always wonder: They must have had HUMONGOUS vending machines in Italia with these old Aes Grave and Aes Signatum coins that they used!
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  8. lazooro

    lazooro 3VO4LIFE

  9. Backtoithaka

    Backtoithaka Member

    I'm afraid that you would be ready to call protomoney any random fragment of some broken bronze item... I do not want to be rude, but one should still define where protomoney starts and where it ends, don't you think?
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  10. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    What are the dimensions of the objects in the third photo? They are remarkably identical to fragmentary vessel handles.
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  11. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    the large one is 50mm the small one 30mm , I bought them from CT member lazooro, he responded 2 messages above.
  12. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    In the OP photos, the shell-shaped piece may very well be Italian proto-money, or aes formatum, but I have doubts regarding the rest.
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  13. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Me too , hope lazooro (Lazar) has something to say about that lot he sold me.
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