Harlan Buy or Bid 1 of 3

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mat, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Not too long ago I mentioned I purchased some coins from Harlans' current Buy or Bid. Normally I don't play around in the deep end area of ancient dealer$ but 3 coins struck me at decent deals for the price.

    The first coin I will share is a Hostilian Antoninianus that is an upgrade to a previous one I owned.

    I have since sold the coin to another dealer, but you can view the old post of it below. https://www.cointalk.com/threads/on...lian-tetradrachm-antioch.359118/#post-4421114

    I was attracted to this for 2 reasons, the better weight & the almost jet black silver with some light silver devices. Circ Cam as @lordmarcovan coined ages ago.

    There may be a few who are put off by the chipped edge, but in hand, it really isn't that bad and of course, it had to happen in antiquity since it's just as toned. It feels so much better to hold than my old light weight one.

    I'm very satisfied with the upgrade. It also has some provenance.

    Hostilian (250 - 251 A.D.)
    AR Antoninianus
    O: C VALENS HOSTIL MES QVINTVS N C Bust radiate, draped right.
    R: PRINCIPI IVV - ENTVTIS Hostilian standing l. holding standard and spear.
    Rome Mint
    RIC-181d (S), C-34 (4 Fr.)

    Ex. Jonathan Kern, ANA Show, 19 March 1998.
    Ex. Harlan J Berk Buy or Bid Sale, #213, Lot 312
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  3. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    A very nice pickup Mat. The toning Is very attractive. Congrats on this fine addition
  4. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Nice silvery surface, and on a large flan.
  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    ^Thanks, here is the video from the site, makes it look better.

  6. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Mat, Nice score :D! Coins of Hostilian are scarce to rare :cool:.
  7. nicholasz219

    nicholasz219 Well-Known Member

    That’s a sharp coin, @Mat. He is one of my missing emperors. I’d be happy with that coin as well. Nicely done
  8. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Nice one, Mat.
  9. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Congrats nice find
  10. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    A pleasant portrait and that video shows it well! Neat addition @Mat
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