My first ever aureus!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by asheland, May 16, 2022.

  1. asheland

    asheland The Silver Lion

    And likely NOT my last.
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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A beauty, now take it out of the damn tomb and really enjoy it.:D
     
  4. asheland

    asheland The Silver Lion

  5. Mr.MonkeySwag96

    Mr.MonkeySwag96 Well-Known Member

    What’s the RIC attribution and provenance?
     
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  6. asheland

    asheland The Silver Lion

    Haha! Nah. I like the presentation. I can appreciate these in hand though.
     
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  7. asheland

    asheland The Silver Lion

    My friend looked it up and said this:


    RIC III 394c
    Sear-4562

    Issued at the Rome mint in AD 141
     
  8. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Supporter! Supporter

    Congratulations! A further attribution/pedigree is:

    Diva Faustina Senior (AD 138-140/1). AV aureus (19mm, 6.88 gm, 11h). NGC XF 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 141-147. DIVA•AVGVSTA-FAVSTINA•, draped bust of Diva Faustina Senior right, seen from front, hair elaborately waved in several loops around head, braided, drawn up and coiled on top with pearls / PIETAS•-AVG•, Pietas standing facing, veiled head left, incense box in left hand, dropping incense from right hand into candelabrum to left. RIC III (Antoninus Pius) 395a. Calicó 1796.

    Ex Heritage Auctions, Auction 3098 NYINC (18 January 2022), lot 33301; Ex. Heritage Auctions, Auction 3085 Dallas (7 August 2020), lot 31141

    Edit: and for completeness, it also sold in Heritage's Central States signature sale #3083 lot 30117 on April 24, 2020.
     
  9. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Beautiful. The obverse die is Beckmann daf17; the reverse die is PA9. Beckmann cites three aurei with this combination of dies:

    Madrid 393 (Museum collection).
    Auctiones 17, October 1934, lot 820.
    Cambridge CM.YG.1335-R. (Fitzwilliam Museum).
     
  10. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    This was one of the first aurei struck for the deified empress and probably dates from November or December, AD 140. The obverse die was also used to strike coins with the carpentum reverse type.

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  11. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Congrats to your new purchase, @asheland. It is a very nice aureus. :)
     
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  12. acsearch.info

    acsearch.info Well-Known Member

    Also ex Schulman, Auction 360 (18 October 2019), Lot 12 and Jesús Vico, Auction 153 (7 March 2019), Lot 433.
     
  13. The Meat man

    The Meat man Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice! Now that is the sort of purchase I can only dream of. ;)
     
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  14. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    What I don't understand is how often this coin has been sold! I'm a hoarder when it comes to my Faustina collection. If I had this, they'd have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands!
     
  15. acsearch.info

    acsearch.info Well-Known Member

    I guess someone bought it from Vico and then tried to resell it with some profit. First with Schulman, where it went unsold, and later with Heritage, where it possibly didn't meet the reserve in Auction 3083 or was bought by Heritage themselves. Thus the lower starting price in Auction 3085.

    There are a lot of coins that are offered over and over again for many years and in different auctions for this very reason.
     
  16. asheland

    asheland The Silver Lion

    You guys impress me with the knowledge! I appreciate all of the comments and information! I am proud to own this and hope to add others in time.


    It’s a significant purchase for me, I’m of limited means. It’ll be in my collection for a very long time if I have any say in the matter.

    Thanks everybody for the information and kind words! :)
     
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  17. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Nice coin. I don't have any aurei, just solidi and nomismatas at this point.
     
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  18. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King Supporter

    @asheland That is a delightful coin that I am sure will provide you with years of pleasure and pride of ownership. I feel fortunate to have been able to inspect it in person!
     
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    Aethelred The Old Dead King Supporter

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  21. asheland

    asheland The Silver Lion

    Thanks everybody! :)
     
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