Caligula “three sisters” Sestertius

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  1. jamesicus

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    There is (at least was a few minutes minute ago) an exceptional example of this iconic coin listed on Vcoins - if I was younger I would snap it up in a heart beat!
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  4. octavius

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    got this from a CNG auction many yrs. ago. 73000839.jpg
  5. Suarez

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    Why would you have to be younger??
  6. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    It's a beauty. Too rich for me.
  7. jamesicus

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    Very nice coin @octavius! I got talked out of mine (by a close collector friend) many years ago. I should never have let it happen for I have regretted it ever since - at the time I thought I could always find another one - now it is too late :(
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  8. jamesicus

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    I will be lucky to make it another year due to some severe medical problems and I am in the coin disposal mode (or, as they say these days, I am “downsizing”) right now. If that coin would have been listed when I was, say, eighty five, I would have bought it.
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  9. AncientJoe

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    It's a great type and one I am still wanting (IdesofMarch01 bought the most recent great example). This coin is more expensive than I'd pay considering its patina, cheek mark, strike, and soft reverse.

    @octavius - your coin is a particularly nice example!

    Best of luck with your health! Please keep us up to date with how you're feeling.
  10. jamesicus

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    Thank you @AncientJoe - yes, I would have negotiated for a better price. This coin does have very nice “sister” depictions though - and (to me) a very pleasing patina. Usage wear doesn’t bother me too much.
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  11. Gary R. Wilson

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  12. jamesicus

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    Somewhere around seventy years ago I decided that there were three Ancient coin issues that I wanted to own above all others:

    1. Julius Caesar DICT PERPETVO denarius
    2. Claudius IMPER RECEPT denarius
    3. Caligula “three sisters” sestertius

    I have owned all three - not perfect specimens, for evidence of wear and usage is fine, even desirable, for me - historical association is my thing and I like to handle my coins without undue apprehension. I let the Claudius denarius and the “three sisters” sestertius get away - much to my regret. I still have my Julius Caesar denarius however.

    Of course, we named our Springer Spaniel (now in doggie heaven) “Agrippina” (my favorite of the sister’s names). That was a great benefit in making Veterinarian appointments - everyone in the office knew her name (although I don’t think any of them knew mine).

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  13. jamesicus

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    @Gary R. Wilson - this may have been asked previously, but do you own the “three sisters” coin featured as your Avatar?
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  14. Gary R. Wilson

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    Unfortunately no but I do own a 3 Sisters. I also used to own a Claudius Imper recept denarius which I sold. I do have a Caesar fourree lifetime denarius. I also wish I had the Claudius denarius back.
  15. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    A good looking dog.
    I think Pete is part springer spaniel (mixed with Australian shepard

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  16. jamesicus

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    Great dogs Randy - thanks for the pic.
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  17. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Hopefully we have you around much longer than that. It's enjoyable having you actively post here and hope you keep it up.

    I have a 103 year old hospice patient that I've had for 4 years, partly because she continues to engage with us.
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  18. jamesicus

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    Thank you Randy. I still enjoy life enormously and intend to stick around as long as I can. Yesterday I talked with my old USAF boss, Col. Richard E. Cole, the last surviving WWII Doolittle Raider and Jimmy Doolittle’s co-Pilot (“Thirty seconds over Tokyo”) on the phone - he will be 104 this year and I want to enjoy as many more conversations with him as I can. :)
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  19. jamesicus

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    Well congratulations on owning a “three sisters” sestertius Gary! At least we can commiserate with each other on the loss of our IMPER RECEPT denarius, which I also dearly wish I had back!
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  20. Gary R. Wilson

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    This seller might negotiate. I recently negotiated a lower price for a Nero Claudius Drusus he had listed on VCoins recently. But it had been listed for some time.
  21. jamesicus

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    Yes, Gary, I have bought from him, and negotiated with him, on a few occasions. I have always been satisfied with his coins and the way he conducts his business. I briefly considered going for this coin - but I am committed to reducing my collection in accordance with the criteria I laid down here previously.
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