Finally got a Theodosius II AV Solidus

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by panzerman, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Although this is a very common Emperor for AV Solidi, I finally landed this one from Heritage Signature auction...

    AV Solidus ND Thessalonika Mint struck circa 424-30AD
    22mm. 4.45g.

    Pearl diademed/ helmeted cuirassed bust facing slightly left/ holding spear in right hand/ slung over shoulder/ shied decorated with horseman motif

    Emperor standing facing/ labarum in right hand/ with "X" on banner/ globus cruciger in left/ star in left field/ TESOB. in exergue

    RIC X 315 Depeyrot 51/1 variant lf (3).jpg lf (2).jpg
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  3. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Love it!
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  4. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Nice addition John ;), what was the NGC grade?
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  5. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    How rare is it ?
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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Wonderful, as usual.
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  7. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    MS-5/5 4/5
  8. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    According to Heritage description/ its a rare variant with dot behind TESOB in exergue.
  9. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    John, Your beautiful solidus is from a rare mint with a rare reverse type, & the price of $1,080.00 was an absolute steal :D! Seeing your coin triggered an old memory I have to share with CT members. The coin pictured below I bought from a FL dealer many years ago in a ICG slab. It was graded simply "MS 65". This coin is the most common of all the gold coins struck in the reign of Theodosius II, & despite that I paid $750.00 for the coin even with the doubling on the reverse :jawdrop:. Shortly after I bought the coin I discovered the FL dealer got the coin at auction for $450.00 :mad:. Several years later another coin similar type appeared at a Harlan J. Berk, bid or buy sale, & his example was perfectly struck without the doubling on the reverse side, see photos below. I ended up with the Berk example & decided to get rid of the ICG example. So I sent the coin to Heritage Auctions with the instructions of sending the coin to NGC for re-slabbing & for them to put it in their Jan. 7, 2018 auction. The coin sold for a shocking $3,840.00 :eek:!
    Ex Al Kowsky Collection, obv..jpg Ex Al Kowsky Collection, rev..jpg 100_0516 (2).JPG 100_0519 (2).JPG
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  10. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Roma Invicta

    Quite a nice coin @panzerman - and you got a rare one for a good price. Really like the reverse type, portrait is well done as well.
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  11. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    That's a beauty, congrats.
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  12. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Another nice one - I like to live vicariously through your beautiful gold acquisitions. Thanks for sharing!
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  13. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Thanks to everyone for really nice comments! I am glad we all share in this beautifull hobby:happy:
  14. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I'm in no position to say which is more common but the later part of Theodosius' reign saw Rome pay 2,100 Roman pounds (ca. 687 kg) of gold in tribute to the Huns. I suspect it was in coin form. ry8080b01548alg.JPG
    Mine is worn and ex jewelry but cost very little over melt when gold was cheap 20 years ago.
  15. Really striking solidi!

    Thought I'd share mine as well. I'm assuming it isn't particularly rare compared to the previous examples as the price wasn't too steep, but I really enjoy the reverse.

    Theodosius II (408-450 AD)
    RIC X 202
    Mint: Constantinople

    Theodosius II solidus.png
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  16. Suarez

    Suarez Well-Known Member

    A Theo II, a Zeno and a Maurice Tiberius all in a row.... hmm, going on a limb that you're after the full Byzantine lineup amiright?!

    Me too :)

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  17. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Very nice collection, Saurez:happy:
    I have 43 AV Byzantine coins so far, hope to add 5 more this year.
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