Happy surprise - Flavius Victor in a junk lot

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Finn235, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    When I won this lot from Savoca, I knew that there was a stray LRB hiding in the left of the picture


    What I was not expecting was it to be

    Flavius Victor, 384 or 387? - August 388
    Son of Magnus Maximus
    SPES ROMANORVM / SMAQ, campgate with two towers
    Aquileia mint
    Flavius Victor campgate Aquileia.jpg

    Flavius Victor was nothing more than a blip on the radar of history - Magnus Maximus, after deposing Gratian and receiving recognition from Theodosius in the East, elevated his young son to the purple at an uncertain date, as early as 383 or as late as 387. When Maximus decided to march on Valentinian II, he left his son behind in Trier as a symbol of his authority. Maximus was defeated by the forces of Theodosius and executed, and Flavius Victor was swiftly put to death. All coins of Flavius Victor are scarce to rare.

    Interestingly, this makes the second coin of this ephemeral emperor; I won this in a lot of LRBs on ebay back in 2017
    Flavius Victor campgate.jpg

    Let's see those coins of Flavius Victor or any unexpectedly cool lot finds!
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  3. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Very nice find, @Finn235 ! Congrats.

    Here is mine (only have one)

    Flavius Victor: Roman Emperor: 384-388 A.D.
    Bronze AE4 (14mm,1.83 grams) Aquileia: 384-388 A.D.
    Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
    Camp gate with two turrets; star above, SMAQS
    Reference:. RIC IX 55b.2; LRBC 1104.
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  4. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    @Finn235.....Wow what a super surprise! In decent condition too! Congrats.
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  5. Everett Guy

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  6. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Excellent find congrats
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  7. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Can't get better than that! My best recent find in a junk lot was this Leo I nummus in honestly pretty decent shape, considering.

    Leo I RIC X 701.JPG
    RIC X 701
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  8. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter


    (Bronze) AE IV
    Rome mint, A.D. 387-388
    Rev: SPES RO-MA-NORVM - Campgate with star between two turrets
    [RB?] in exergue
    RIC 59
    13mm, 0.9g.
  9. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    Wow great find! I don't know that I would call the rest of the lot junk either looks like some interesting coins.

  10. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Thanks all and nice examples!

    @Theodosius, I use the term "junk lot" for any group lot that cost less than $5 per coin. I won three lots of Byzantine coins in that auction at an average of about $3.50/coin. Mostly those crazy 7th century Heraclius / Constans II dynastic issues struck on chopped up older coins and bits of junk yard slag - very fun to sift through!
  11. Theodosius

    Theodosius Fine Style Seeker Supporter

    Coins really hit a low point there for a while, didn't they?

    It is fun and educational to go through lots like that and figure out what they are.

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