Coins from a Specific Moment

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Obone, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. Obone

    Obone Well-Known Member

    I was browsing through some past coins that I have already sold or no longer have, and this struck me as one of the coins I've missed the most. Although I sold if for a decent profit, I would have loved to keep it in my collection.

    Gold Touchpiece.jpg
    1660-1685 England, Charles II AU Touchpiece, 3.42g

    These gold touchpieces were part of a ceremony, where coins touched by the King (or Queen) were given to those affected by Scrofula. The king's touch was thought to have healing abilities, so these coins were touched by King Charles II himself, and holed for wear.

    I think it's so cool that one is able to trace this coin to a specific moment, or even to the presence of a notable individual in history. Off the top of my head, other examples of such coins could be the Wang Mang Gold inland knife coin, or the Constantine I Medallions.

    Post your coins that can be traced back to a specific moment or individual, or coins you really miss!
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  3. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic Supporter

    Opening games of the Colosseum, early summer 80 AD.

    AR Denarius, 3.18g
    Rome mint, 80 AD
    Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M•; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
    Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Elephant, stg. l.
    RIC 116 (C). BMC 47. RSC 304. BNC 41.
    Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.
  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Obviously this is not in my collection but it is certainly an impressive AR medallion. The reverse shows nimbate soldiers.

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