Caesar Augvstvs? Or another hoax?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Colby J., Nov 4, 2019.

  1. Colby J.

    Colby J. Well-Known Member

    A few years ago I picked this coin up at a coin show that advertised it as a Caesar Augustus As. Back then, I had very little knowledge about ancient coins. Thinking nothing of it, I placed it in my collection where it remained...forgotten until today: whilst "playing" with my collection, on my day off. I took one look at it and it looks nothing like the famous Emperor's portrait. So I try typing in the reverse legend...and nothing comes up. Every similar RIC doesn't have a match either. I know one of you people know what the heck this is. I'm sure it's not worth the $50 (around that) I paid for it. [Sorry for the bad pics btw-my camera setup broke down and I am currently fixing it.]

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    Unknown Roman Bronze Coin
    Obverse: Plain head or bust, facing right
    Reverse: Figure, standing left, holding a scepter(?)
    Legend: N/A / AVONVS JOV* *AE*S(?)
    Denomination: Semis/As/Æ3/Æ2
    Weight: 7.06 grams
    Diameter: 11 mm
    Notes: Bought at coin show, Possibly Caesar Augustus, but uncertain
    -Reverse legend matches font used at the time of Augustus
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  3. Kentucky

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    Ooooo...I want to know too...
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  4. dougsmit

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    It is not Roman. I believe I see a Seleucid (Greek) bronze but am no expert in reading coins in good shape let alone like this. Right of the reverse figure is the word 'king' so the ruler name is on the left.
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  5. David@PCC


    It is one of these and the same year.
    Alexander II
    Mint: Antioch
    Year 184/ 129 BC
    Obvs: Head of Alexander right diademed.
    Revs: BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY, Dionysos with spear and thyrsos. ΔΠP to left
    AE 19mm, 6.8g
    Ref: SNG Isr.314.2381, SC 2229.1
  6. Colby J.

    Colby J. Well-Known Member

    How much is it worth? I'm intrigued...
  7. David@PCC


    I should mention that coin looks much larger than 11mm.

    I would be lucky to sell one like that for $5 on a good day. Unless special, Seleucid bronzes do not sell for much.
  8. Colby J.

    Colby J. Well-Known Member

    I would never sell it. I love the history.
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  9. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    Is the ΔΠP the date?
  10. Alegandron

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

    Search or for retail prices.

    Otherwise, it sounds like a Modern Coins question, that I would answer as:

    GREYSHEET price.
  11. David@PCC


    Yes, year 184.
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