Galba sestertius - how noticeable is the double-strike on reverse?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by IdesOfMarch01, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. IdesOfMarch01

    IdesOfMarch01 Well-Known Member

    A coin that I liked a lot, so I purchased it, but it does have a noticeable double-strike on the reverse:

    7b - Galba AE sestertius - dual.jpg

    Thoughts? Comments?
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  3. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    I don't think it detracts much. A DD on the obverse would be a greater detraction.

    Really nice coin! :) I bet that wasn't cheap.
  4. IdesOfMarch01

    IdesOfMarch01 Well-Known Member

    Typical auction coin, with 17.5% vig (buyer's fee) and exchange rate (Swiss Franc) added post-auction.

    You're correct that a double-strike on the obverse would have been much more detracting, and in fact would have eliminated the coin from my consideration.
  5. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    I agree with medoraman, a very nice coin indeed!
  6. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Well I would modify my comments, EXTRAORDINARY coin. That is the type of high dollar, spectacular sestertii collectors think about stabbing others over. You typically only see such coins in the very finest collections.

    Well done IdesofMarch. :)
  7. IdesOfMarch01

    IdesOfMarch01 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the compliments.

    Compared to other ancient collections here, the scope of my own collection is somewhat prosaic: portrait coins of the 12 Caesars.

    Right now I'm focusing on the brass (AE) coins, specifically portrait asses and sestertii of the 12 Caesars. My goal is to eventually have one portrait coin of each major denomination (as, sestertius, denarius, aureus) except for those Caesars who didn't strike these coins (viz., Julius Caesar and Otho).
  8. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Yeah, I was about ready to type "good luck with Otho". :) I find your collection commendable, if expensive. Many collectors have concentrated on the 12 Caesars due to the book.
  9. A.J.

    A.J. Member

    I love it! Galba was a really cool emperor, for all of three months. What an incredible coin. It really captures the features rigid Suetonius talked about.
  10. A.J.

    A.J. Member

    Which coins didn't Otho strike?
  11. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Bronze, the Senate never gave permission in the short reign.
  12. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    Only one: Fantastic coin!

    And far superior to mine, from similar reverse dies. Looking at it, it also seems to have a faint double strike on reverse.

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