Happy 2nd Advent to all of you!

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  1. Julius Germanicus

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  3. Roman Collector

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    Fun! Of all rulers, though, to put on a chocolate candy, why Vabalathus?

    Vabalathus and Aurelian antoninianus.jpg
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  4. Julius Germanicus

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    It has the highest relief of all my ancients and exactly fit the Sestertius size of the chocolate flans, so my son and me chose this design to strike our first series of fouree gold Medallions with chocolate core for St.Nikolaus :)
  5. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    That's really cool. I wish my ant was chocolate, I'd eat it!


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  6. panzerman

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    Happy Advent! We have our calender posted, opening a door every day till Weihnacten Eve.
    There is a ultra rare Vabalathus Aureus in Triton XXIII!
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  7. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    I wonder what the original celator would have thought if you had told him his coin die would one day end up as a chocolate coin. Of course, you'd first have to explain to him what chocolate is, and what a candy is, as I don't think the Romans had either (especially with cocoa being a New World plant.)
  8. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    This is counterfeiting my friend. And it is illegal.


    You have now 2 choices. You turn yourself in or I’ll have to call the cops myself.
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  9. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I suppose the Secret Service will have to perform taste tests on counterfeits just to make sure
  10. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I was unaware of a Vabalathus as Augustus sestertius size coin. I would expect such a coin to be higher 5 digit $'s in bronze and six in gold.
  11. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter I dig ancient coins...

    Can't find any online examples of a Vabalathus aureus. Just FYI Aurelian aurei go for $45k-$75k
  12. dougsmit

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    duplicate post
  13. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Here is the Triton XXIII example/ starting bid 120K 840_1.jpg
  14. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    That is not a coin of V as Augustus. Read the legend.

    All I have seen are billon. Note these solo coins also spell his name differently. VHAB....
    The Usurper Vabalathus as Augustus
    Sale: CNG 78, Lot: 1832. Estimate $1000.
    Closing Date: Wednesday, 14 May 2008.
    Sold For $1600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

    Vabalathus. Usurper, AD 268-272. Antoninianus (3.36 g, 12h). Antioch mint. 2nd emission, March-May AD 272. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Hercules standing right, holding three apples and club; star in left field. RIC V 4; BN 1265. Good VF, light roughness. Very rare.
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  15. Julius Germanicus

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    So was I, yet here it is (32,8 mm / 24 gr):


    Nice, but isn´t that much cruder in terms of style?

    So would I, that´s why I couldn´t resist what looks like a medallion of 8 Aurei :)
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  16. panzerman

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    The AV aureus will go for six figures as you said. It could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for a wealthy collector. Maybe "Clio" will get it ;)
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  17. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I didn't want to post this coin of Vabalathus because I already did so, long time ago. But after noticing it was so expensive, my God, I picked it swiftly from my old folders. And here it is..

    Vabalath O.JPG Vabalathu R   Aurelian.JPG
  18. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Smiles, everyone! Supporter

    I think the Aztecs were still perfecting it and hadn’t released it to the international public yet :joyful:
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  19. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Cortez put an end to that monopoly;)
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  20. octavius

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  21. Roman Collector

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    I saw this online today and thought this thread needed an update! The Maya civilization used chocolate as money!
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