7. Domitian Aureus. This was my first purchase of the year at NYINC. I already have a Titus and a Vespasian with a Vesta reverse, and am very excited to have completed the set. While I originally passed by the coin at the dealer's table, after discovering it in Evans, I contacted the dealer and was pleased to find it was still available. Obverse: CAES AVG F – DOMIT COS II laureate head of Domitian to right Reverse: VES – TA Round temple of Vesta with four columns; statue of Vesta standing l. within the temple. In l. and r. field, two statues. References: C 614 var. (DOMITIAN). BMC Vespasian 412. RIC Vespasian 559. CBN –. Calicó 940 (this coin) Provenance: Privately purchased in January 2020. Ex Ernst Ploil Collection, NAC 101, 2017, 216; European Nobleman, NAC 24, 2002, 56 ; Astarte 1, 1998, 235; Triton II, 1998, 866; Vicomte de Sartiges Collection (Ars Classica XVIII, 10 October 1938; Sir John Evans Collection (Rollin & Feuardent, 26 May 1909). 6. Caracalla Aureus. I was the underbidder on this piece in 2019. It eventually sold to a dealer and has gone unsold in a few auctions since then, being estimated above the purchase price. While flipping through Biaggi, I happened to see the coin and immediately recognized it. Fortunately, the coin was still available, and I managed to acquire it for just slightly above what I would have paid in 2019. I have been fortunate enough to track the piece back to the collection of the Dukes of Saxony-Gotha prior to Biaggi. Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust Reverse: Rev. P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P Caracalla in military attire, standing l., sacrificing over lighted altar before domed temple of Vesta, behind him pontifex, wearing apex, and a child; before him, two Vestales and a child References: C.350 var. (not draped). BMC 101 (misdescribed). RIC 249. Calicó 2715 (this coin). Biaggi 1190 (this coin), monuments pp 23 f. Provenance: Privately Purchased, November 17, 2020; ex Heritage Auctions, Inc., 3071 (January 2019), lot 34110; ex NAC 7, 1994, 767; Leo Biaggi de Blasys Collection, 324 (purchased from Ratto for 1500 francs); ex Dukes of Saxony-Gotha Collection, Hess, auction 240, Lucerne, (May 1951), lot 206 (purchased by Ratto for 350 francs); probably acquired by Duke Frederick II (1676-1732) from Count Anton Günther II of Schwarzburg-Sonderhausen-Arnstad (1653-1716). 5. Galba Aureus. Another piece I missed at auction that thankfully found its way into the inventory of a dealer. After finding the piece in Montagu and Ryan, I decided to jump on it. Obverse: IMP SER GALBA AVG, bare head right Reverse: S P Q R/ OB C S in two lines within oak wreath References: RIC I 164; Calicó 509; BMCRE 29-30; BN 72-4; Biaggi 265; Jameson 53; Mazzini 286. Provenance: Privately purchased, October 16, 2020. Ex Provence/Brexit Collection Triton XXIII (January 2020), lot 679; V. J. E. Ryan Collection (Part IV, Glendining, 20 February 1951), lot 1669; Sir Hyman Montagu (Rollin & Feuardent, 20 April 1896), lot 172. 4. Geta Aureus. While Geta's aurei have not commanded a huge premium in the last few years, they remain remarkably rare. I have always liked this type for the artistic, idealized reverse portrait who is either Geta, or more likely, Caracalla, with the aspect of Sol. Obverse: P SEPT GETA – CAES PONT Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right Reverse: SEVERI INVICTI AVG PII FIL Half-length and radiate bust (Caracalla?) l., draped and cuirassed wearing aegis right, hand raised References: 1. BMC S. Severus 244 var. (bust seen from behind). RIC 21 var. (bust seen from behind and misdescribed legend). Calicó 2930 and 2930b (the latter, this obverse die). Provenance: Ex MDC Monaco (October, 2020), lot 231; NGSA 4 (November 2006), lot 204; Münzhandlung Basel 10, 1938, lot 690 3. Vitellius Aureus. After being the underbidder on another Vitellius just a few months prior, I did not expect to have another chance to cross the Emperor off my list so soon. While the reverse is a touch off-center, the coin is in remarkable condition, and has a portrait of very interesting style. As a bonus, I was able to track it to Du Chastel! Obverse: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P Laureate head right Reverse: [L VI]TELLIVS COS III CENSOR Lucius Vitellius, togate, seated l. on curule chair, feet on stool, holding eagle-tipped scepter in l. hand and extending References: BMC 23. RIC 95. CBN 54. Faces of Power 44. Calicó 565a (this coin). This coin illustrated in David R. Sear's, Roman Coins and Their Value: Vol. I (2236). Provenance: Ex collection of a Spanish Gentleman Numismatica Ars Classica 119 (in association with Jesus Vico), October 2020, 23; NFA sale XXX, 1992, 227; Comte Du Chastel, Rollin & Feuardent, 26-27 May 1889, 279. 2. Nero Aureus. While by no means the rarest coin on this list (in fact, it is the most common by a fairly wide margin), I am in love with the artistry of the piece. The spectacular Boscoreale toning doesn't hurt either. The auction-house's images do not do the coin justice, and this is undoubtedly the piece I am most excited to photograph. Obverse: NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Nero to right. Reverse: ROMA Roma seated on cuirass to left, holding Victory in her right hand and parazonium in her left; behind, greaves and shields References: Biaggi 238 (this coin). BMC 81. BN 223. Calicó 439 (this coin). C. 257. Hurter 6 (this coin). Morgan 65 (this coin). RIC 54. Provenance: Ex collection of an attorney, Kunker 341, October 2020, 5797; Götz Grabert Collection; LHS 97, Zürich 2006, 7, ("European Scholar"); Leu Numismatik 83, Zürich 2002, 727; Bank Leu 25, Zürich 1980, Nr. 252; J.P. Morgan Collection, Hans Schulmann, New York 26.-28. April 1951, 3048; Prof. Carlo Stiavelli Collection, P. & P. Santamaria, Rome 6. April 1908, 400. From the Biaggi collection (238). From the Boscoreale Hoard of 1895. 1. Vespasian Aureus. It could never be another coin for me in the top spot, and if this were the only one I got all year, or even all decade, I would be satisfied. By far my favorite type, with a lovely portrait and rich Boscoreale toning on the reverse. It did not hurt I found it in Biaggi and tracked it back to 1952 after purchasing it, helping it fit in my pedigreed collection. I am still in disbelief. Obverse: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG laureate bust of Vespasian to right. Reverse: IVDAEA in exergue; Mourning Jewess seated right, head resting on hand in attitude of mourning; behind, tropaion. References: BN 89 no. 20-22; Calicò no. 643b; Hendin no. 1464; RIC² no. 1. Overbeck – Meshorer no. 300. Provenance: Ex Samel Collection, Kunker 334, March 2020, 2285; Leu 22, May 1979, 225; ex Leo Biaggi de Blasys Collection, 324; privately purchased from Ratto in 1952. Almost certainly from the Boscoreale Hoard of 1895.