Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by ominus1, Sep 15, 2020.
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@AncientJoe here. I hope he won't mind. He knows this is my favorite in his amazing collection.
Source: Colosseo Collection
And here is the Wikipedia article about it.
That's neat, @ominus1.
It's one of my favorites too, although it's sometimes hard to say which one of your children you prefer. My more recent Boscoreale Domitian addition is technically a better coin (Romulus & Remus reverse and its grade: they both are from the Biaggi collection) but there's something about the Vespasian's toning which really makes it stand out to me too.
The toned Vespasian has long been a favorite of mine on CT. The Domitian is a nice coin but it only whispers what the Vespasian shouts.
How could a coin survive from such high heats of volcano magma?
Pompeii was placed at the outer circle of the reach from the vulcano. The heat wave around 300 degree celsius hit the city and killed people instantly, cooked them to be fair. The reason why they are captured in those weird instant death poses. Gold melts at 1064 degrees and it never reached those temperatures.
My favourite is also the Vespasian coin.
Titus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AV Aureus (19mm, 7.32g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73. Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CEN, laureate head right. Rev: [PA]X AVG, Pax standing left, leaning on short column, holding caduceus over a purse set on tripod with her right hand, cradling an olive branch with her left arm. Ref: RIC II 551 (Vespasian); Calicó 744; BMCRE 110 (Vespasian); Biaggi –. Dark reddish-purple toning. Near VF. From the Alpine Collection. Ex CNG.
Oh, Wow, @Edessa, the toning on this (help me out with the recent thread on the subject --no, never mind) is kind of, well, incredible.
I recently bought a stamp (it might be a bread stamp). While looking for similar stamps online, I saw the Pompeii loaf of bread.
If we have any bakers here, they can try a Pompeii bread loaf by following one of these links -
It's a dream coin as far as I'm concerned. Is it also a Boscoreale? The toning seems to indicate that to me.
Pompeii - Disaster Street.
Hosted by Pompeii's site director Massimo Osanna and accompanied by a slew of archaeologists, the programme covers all of the recent finds and discoveries. Superb in every way.
I would hope so, but the only provenance info included with the coin was "From the Alpine Collection." It seems the Boscoreale coins were dispersed without much analysis. A good detailed version of the story can be found in "The Celator" Vol. 8, No. 3 (March 1994), which includes the article "Boscoreale: The aurei from the fabulous treasure of 1895." by Marvin Tameanko. This issue is available for free at the VCoins Community page:
Working with Dennis Kroh, Marvin put together a partial list of types which have been referenced with hoard provenance over the years. And yes, there is a "RIC 168 (= RIC II 551); PAX AVG, Pax standing" on the list.
@AncientJoe - see, when your coins are nice enough, you don’t need to brag. Others will do it for you!
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