Domitian Sestertius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Julius Germanicus, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    This is my favourite coin in my collection.
    Feels great in hand at 28 gr and 34 mm, and I love that yellow "Tiber Patina" :-D

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  3. ro1974

    ro1974 Well-Known Member

    Nice one, i have one to:facepalm:

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  4. hoth2

    hoth2 Well-Known Member

    I love the crack across his neck. It makes it seem ancient in a really concrete way.
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  5. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    I love these big coins. I don't have any from Domitian and I imagine his coins are pricey.
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  7. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

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  8. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum

    N I C E!!!!!
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  9. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Solid early style portrait on that one. Very nice indeed!
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  10. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Lovely! I can see why it's a favorite. I don't have one but will share this dupondius of Dad because of its familial look - cracks and yellow 'Tiber patina' :).

  11. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Like the Tiber patina on your coin as you call it, Julius.
    Got 2 Sestertii of Domitian , black as the night in hand and much wear.

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  12. TIF

    TIF I am not an expert Supporter

    The OP coin is pleasing overall, but I'm curious what makes that a "Tiber patina". To me it looks like a sestertius that was stripped of all or most of its patina, perhaps by electrolysis.
  13. IdesOfMarch01

    IdesOfMarch01 Well-Known Member

    I'm equally curious to know more about this coin and whether or not it's a true "Tiber patina" which would mean that it spent most of its post-circulation life sitting under protective silt in a riverbed somewhere.

    Here's an example of a coin described as having a "Superb Tiber tone" sold by NAC a few years ago, for a hammer price of around $800K including buyer's fee:

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  14. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    I think many of these so-called Tiber patinas have more to do with a battery and a glass of brine than they do with a river. I'm not a fan of ancient coins that don't have patinas - they just look naked and wrong, but each to his own. I'm perfectly happy with crusty old lumps.
  15. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    To me they look right because this is the way the coins were designed to look like by the artists who created them and the way they DID look like when in circulation. In that sense, isn't patina just a type of corrosion/damage that is neither original nor was meant to be there and distracts from the beauty the coin was meant to show? Also I like to look at my coins without artificial light :-D
  16. jggonzalez99

    jggonzalez99 Member

    I really like the reverse on the OP's coin.

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