My Best Find Yet!

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

  1. Colby J.

    Colby J. Well-Known 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 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 Well that didn't last long :D 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. Well-Known Member

    Diameter: apx: 16mm
    Weight: 1.55 grams

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

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

  6. arnoldoe

    arnoldoe Well-Known Member

    Mine.. it cost $12..
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2019
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  7. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D 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.
  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 :

    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

  10. Alegandron

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


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

    With his brother, Honorius...

    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

    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

  12. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Arcadius coins from an uncleaned lot.

    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. Well-Known 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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  17. dougsmit

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  18. Multatuli

    Multatuli Homo numismaticus Supporter

    I have one:
    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:
    (Bronze) AE III
    Cyzikus mint, A.D. 392-395
    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)...
    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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