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Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by lordmarcovan, Jun 30, 2022.

  1. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Beautiful coin….One in a million of one of 12.
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  3. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    Congratulations! I can’t imagine a better custodian for that beauty!
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  4. ArtDeco

    ArtDeco Well-Known Member

    Awesome coin!
    I could only imagine what it's like to own Roman gold, only something the Senators or wealthy merchants would use back in Roman times. This one seems to be circulated a bit too, so I think it should have an interesting history to go with it. Think about how many goods or villas this coin was probably used for.
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  5. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Well-Known Member

    Congrats, LM! That coin has a ton of character and history to it, and Nero is a great choice!
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  6. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Great addition, LM!
    It is nice that "Nero" and "Caesar" are fully on the flan. :)
  7. The Meat man

    The Meat man Well-Known Member

    Beautiful coin! Not surprised you're stoked about it! :)

    Someday I will join that club!
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  8. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    WHOA...DUDE!!! Maybe put this in Numis Forums.
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  9. Joshua Lemons

    Joshua Lemons Well-Known Member

    Spectacular coin! Maybe one day my budget will afford an aureus, but now I am quite happy with denarii.
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  10. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Well-Known Member

    Nice coin Rob! That will make an excellent addition to your collection!
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  11. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    I read somewhere an early Denarius was 1 day pay for an average soldier.
    If we go by current military pay for an enlisted soldier, at about $2,000 a month ($67 a day) and multiply by 12:1 denarius to aureus, we’re looking at about $800.

    I think a reasonable comparison would be the buying power of a double eagle in the early 20th/late 19th century. Basically, somewhere around 2 weeks of pay for an enlisted soldier.
    An eagle was sometimes said to be about one weeks pay for your average laborer back then.

    but, it’s very complicated since there’s not a good 1:1 comparison of prices then and now.
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  12. octavius

    octavius Well-Known Member

    Excellent, and first century Nero at that. I think his coins are the most attractive.
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  13. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

  14. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    So glad for you our lord
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  15. Valentinian

    Valentinian Well-Known Member

    The ratio was 25 to 1. One aureus was worth 25 denarii. 12 to 1 was the ratio of the value of gold to silver by weight, but the aureus weighed a lot more than the denarius.
  16. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Well-Known Member

    That was my understanding of it also. An Aureus was worth roughly a month's pay or so.
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  17. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Well-Known Member

    Oops, thanks for the correction!
  18. AussieCollector

    AussieCollector Moderator Moderator

    Congratulations! A lovely coin. I hope to join you one day.
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  19. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    I am very happy for you, LordM. Your happiness is really evident, and it seems like the long wait was well worth it. :):) That is a very pretty aureus of Nero himself.
    A very good choice.

    I was very fortunate to 'join the aureus club' back in 2004 or 2005, and only because of a very unexpected rebate from the german tax authorities. (That was the only time in my 38+ years as a german tax payer that that has happened...a very rare occurrence as you can see).

    Anyway, these are the two aureii that I bought at auction. One for each one of my sons, Claudius and Domitianus

    Claudius Aureus - OBV:EBV - OKP.png Domitianus aureus - OBV:REV - OKP.png
  20. willieboyd2

    willieboyd2 First Class Poster

    Welcome to the club and nice coin!

    Roman Empire - Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161) - Aureus
    Gold, 19.5 mm 7.26 gm

    Obverse: Laureate head right - ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II
    Reverse: Antoninus wearing toga, standing left, holding globe - TR POT XIX COS IIII
    Struck: AD 155-156 at Rome, Catalog: RIC 256a
    He's holding the globe because "Rome rules the world"

  21. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer A Caretaker, can't take it with me

    I've got to say, I'm really excited for the day I see the thread started by our incredibly lovable and philanthropic @lordmarcovan offering up this amazing Aureus for one of his monthly giveaways! I'm sorry to say, I probably won't grant my entry post to a YN for that one ;)

    J/K of course, Rob. Enjoy this beauty for the remainder of your days as the most deserving curator I know.
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