book quote sought on Romulus Augustus

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Gallienus, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. Gallienus


    I'm looking for a book quote from a book I read many years ago about collecting Roman coins. This had to be during the early 1970's when I was starting to collect all coins: US, German, Roman, Canadian, etc. The book discussed the values of common ancient Roman coins but then added something like:

    "But if you want to buy a [small] gold coin of the last emperor, Romulus Augustus, be prepared to pay $1200 for it."

    If anyone recalls the book and the page #, I'd appreciate it.
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  3. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Romulus Augustulus is the last Emperor. Am I right ?
  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Yes last emperor of the west. However the Eastern empire was fine. Odoacer had to pay homage to Zeno.
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  5. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    If only that were still the case! I believe Aureo & Calico sold one a few months ago... for over $100k!
  6. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate!

    Unfortunately Romulus Augustus is a little out of my budget right now, but at least I can feel good knowing I have a coin of the guy that dethroned him.

    Odoacer, Kingdom of Italy
    AE nummus
    Obv: OD[O-VAC], bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right
    Rev: Odoacer's monogram (letters ODOVA) within wreath
    Mint: Ravenna
    Date: 476-493 AD
    Ref: RIC X 3502

  7. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    I tried doing a Google book search of gold coin of the last emperor, Romulus Augustus, be prepared to pay $1200" but nothing turned up. Sorry.
  8. Nicholas Molinari

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  10. Aleph

    Aleph Well-Known Member

    Not in sear, vagi, sayles, or klawans as far as I can tell. The only similar source I didn’t check was van meter. The price quoted suggests 70s or earlier?
  11. Suarez

    Suarez Well-Known Member

    If that was written in the 70's it must have been a printer's error that dropped a zero. Either that or just a wildly inaccurate guess. Only sale I can find from that era was NFA 5 #579 where a tremissis sold for $8000 (which works out to over $25,000 in 2019 dollars).
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  12. Gallienus


    I'm going to be teaching some classes to 6th grade high school students on Ancient History as Shown by Coins. I thought I'd do a comparison on some ancients prices then & now, which is why I'm looking for the quote. I'm aware of the Heritage tremissis of Romulus Augustus which sold just this past January realizing $66K: with commission. It had scratches on both sides.

    The NFA # 5 should be around 1978. Note that rare coins exploded pricewise during the 1970's. My 1st Roman Coins by David Sear, 1974, lists the coin at 1,250 pounds sterling.

    I don't have a Romulus Augustus but make do with a really nice tremissis Julius Nepos (474 - 475 AD, Ed Wadell) so I have to apologize for the substitution.
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