My Best Find Yet!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Colby J., Oct 12, 2019.

  1. Colby J.

    Colby J. Member

    I was going through my bin of ancient junk looking to identify something on my free time earlier today. I saw this one and I plugged in the obverse inscription on Numismatics.org and found nothing. I then proceeded to look all over eBay, heritage, and other auction websites to see if I could find my coin. I finally found it on VC Coins. Its an Arcadius AE2 from the early 400s! It's also extremely scarce with only a few hundred surviving examples. In this condition (VF<EF) it will sell for around $150. But I'm sure it can reach over $200. The lesson: look through your junk ancient coins. 32040272_Unknown.png 32040320_Unknown.png
     
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  3. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    What's the diameter and weight of your coin? Can you make out any of the mint mark in hand?
     
  4. Colby J.

    Colby J. Member

    Diameter: apx: 16mm
    Weight: 1.55 grams

    I can't see the MM its too faded
     
  5. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

  6. arnoldoe

    arnoldoe Well-Known Member

    Mine.. it cost $12..
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  7. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Digging through "junk bins" is fun though. Keep looking! :)
     
  8. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Fun little coin. But not worth more than a buck or 2 led alone$150. And that is IF you can find someone looking for one, that is. Sorry.
    Here's my little scraper I got in a group lot to clean for around fifty cents.
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  9. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    A few hundred surviving examples doesn't mean scarce, or maybe I missed something

    Here's my 40 bucks example for comparison :

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    Arcadius, AE4 - Heraclea mint, 1st officina, c. AD 383
    DN ARCADIVS PF AVG. Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
    VOT / V within wreath, SMHA at exergue
    1.27g, 14mm, 12h
    Ref : RIC IX # 18b, LRBC II # 1964

    Q
     
  10. Alegandron

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

    Arcadius

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    RI Arcadius AE2 383-408 CE Emp stdg Standard and Globe

    With his brother, Honorius...

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    RI Honorius 393-343 AE3 15mm Arcadius and Honorius Stdg
     
  11. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    I have still to find a decent Honorius AE2. I've been looking for years (well not looking that much, but looking). I would like to pair one with that Arcadius

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    Arcadius, AE 2 - Alexandria mint, 3rd officina
    D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, Diademed bust of Arcadius right
    VIRTS EXERCITI (sic !), Arcadius, standing right, a captive at right foot, holding globe and standard. ALE gamma at exergue
    6.28 gr
    Ref : RIC # 18, RC #4230, LRBC #2896 var

    Q
     
  12. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Arcadius coins from an uncleaned lot.

    Constantinople:
    Arcadius Constantinople half centenionalis.jpg
    Arcadius Constantinople AE-4.jpg

    and Cyzicus:
    Arcadius Cyzicus AE-4.jpg
     
  13. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  14. Colby J.

    Colby J. Member

    ill sell it to you lets talk on the selling forum if your interested
     
  15. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I checked in my old folders and I couldn't find a better portrait than the following.

    Arcad O.JPG Arcadis R.JPG
     
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  16. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis Supporter

    I think you may have misunderstood his post. He's looking for a Honorius AE2, not Arcadius and your Arcadius is not an AE2 but a smaller AE4.
     
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  18. Multatuli

    Multatuli Homo numismaticus Supporter

    I have one:
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    Bronze half centenionalis, RIC IX Cyzicus 20(d), 1.132g, 13.4mm, 4th officina, Cyzicus mint, 383 A.D.; obverse D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VOT / V in two lines within wreath, SMKD in exergue.
     
  19. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    Here's my favorite Arcadius:
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    (Bronze) AE III
    Cyzikus mint, A.D. 392-395
    Obv: D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG
    Rev: GLORIA ROMANORVM - Emperor on horseback, riding right, right hand raised
    SMKΓ in exergue
    RIC 29(b)
    17mm, 2.0g
     
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  20. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    I've got lots of Arcadius AE4s. But I've got an interesting mule with Aelia Flaccilla obverse (mother of Arcadius and Honorius; RIC IX Antioch 64) and Arcadius VOT reverse (RIC IX Antioch 65C: Subtype 1)...
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    Ex: The Reverend Willis McGill Collection (McGill was an American missionary stationed in Egypt, who started collecting there during World War I)
    Cf: Numismatik Naumann, Auction 74, lot 524 (2/3/2019)
     
  21. seth77

    seth77 Well-Known Member

    Excellent find.
     
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