New arrival!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Michael Stolt, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Today I received my absolutely stunning Half Litra I won at Heritage a while back. When I made a post the same day I won it, some very interesting provenance for the coin also surfaced ( thanks to @red_spork ). It turns out it was part of the Goodman collection and the collection of Virgil Brand (1862-1926). I am currently going through Brands ledgers he kept that are uploaded by the ANS to see if I can find provenance going even further back.

    I'm very very happy with this purchase as it is also one of the absolutely finest known specimens of the type. :)


    Anonymous. Ca. 235-231 BC. Æ Half-Litra (12mm, 1.37 g, 7h). Rome mint.

    Obverse: Head of Roma or Minerva(?) right, wearing Phrygian helmet.

    Reverse: Dog standing right, left forepaw raised in pointing stance; ROMA in exergue.

    Reference: Crawford 26/4.

    Provenance: Heritage Auctions, Weekly auction 231923 (29 May 2019), Ex Goodman collection, Triton I (2 December 1997), lot 842; Ex Virgil Brand (1862-1926) collection, Part VII (Sotheby's , 25 October 1984, lot 478 (part of).

    From the Triton I cataloge:

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  3. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    That is a very nice bronze, love the dog. Congrats.
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  4. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    What a delightful coin, with an excellent pedigree, too. Congrats on the acquisition!
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  5. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Tribunicia Potestas

    Cool coin, I'll bet you are very happy.
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  6. Plumbata

    Plumbata Well-Known Member

    Lovely coin and provenance! I wonder about the "half litra?" designation though, was that a denominational system they used at the time?
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  7. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    That's a handsome coin :woot:, especially considering its tiny size, & a Virgil Brand provenance doesn't get any better ;).
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  8. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    I'm glad you're following-up on my lead. Good luck with that!
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  9. Theodosius

    Theodosius Unrepentant Fine Style Freak! Supporter

    Great coin and provenance!

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  10. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Very nice! I hope you find more information on the provenance.
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  11. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Thats really cool!
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  12. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Most likely not, they're called "half-Litra", "ae unit", "half unit", not sure what they would have been called back then. They did use "Litra" for the larger denomination in the same series it seems though.
  13. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Yes, it will most likely take some time to localize it as Brands had so many coins, it's fun going through them though :)

  14. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Supporter! Supporter

    My newest acquisition $_1.jpeg
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