Featured Picture repost: my "Twelve Caesars" Roman collection from 2011-2013

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by lordmarcovan, May 24, 2017.

  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    My first Roman collection was done in 2007-08. It was an "A-to-Z" (Augustus to Zeno) collection, which focused on portrait coins from as many different personalities as I could afford.

    My second Roman collection was this "Twelve Caesars" set. I retired this collection in 2013 and have since sold off the coins, but I was proud to say I completed it, which was quite challenging on my modest budget. I stayed under $500/coin here, even for the Julius Caesar lifetime portrait denarius and the Otho (though I did have to stretch a tiny bit above that for the Caligula seen here, which upgraded two prior ones that both succumbed to terminal bronze disease. I've only had two coins with bronze disease ever, and both had be Caligulas. How unlucky is that?)

    I think I did OK and managed to put together a fairly respectable collection for the budget. Not everyone agrees with slabbing ancients, but in this case, they looked pretty handsome in the fancy wooden box I got for them, too.



    JULIUS CAESAR (d. 44 BC), silver denarius, lifetime issue struck February-March 44 BC by moneyer C. Cossutius Maridianus


    AUGUSTUS (27 BC-14 AD), bronze as, struck ca. 7 BC, moneyer M. Salvius Otho


    TIBERIUS (14-37 AD), silver denarius- the biblical "Tribute Penny"


    GAIUS "CALIGULA" (37-41 AD), bronze as


    CLAUDIUS (41-54 AD), bronze as


    NERO, orichalcum dupondius, struck ca. 64 AD


    GALBA (68-69 AD, bronze as


    OTHO (January-April, 69 AD) silver denarius


    VITELLIUS (April-December, 69 AD) silver denarius


    VESPASIAN (69-79 AD), silver denarius, "Judaea Capta" type


    TITUS (79-81 AD): silver denarius, struck ca. 80 AD


    DOMITIAN (81-96 AD), silver denarius, struck ca. 92 AD

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  3. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Biblical Kingdoms Supporter

    That was a beautiful collection, Lord Marc. The slabbed coins in the cherry/mahogany box is very classy! With a few pictures of the Emperors printed out and mounted on foam board with easel backs, some caption cards, and a nice big piece of Roman purple fabric (bedspread;)) for all of it to sit on—it would make an awesome display case exhibit. My church loves display case exhibits. Thanks! You've given me an idea! :jawdrop:
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  4. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    A very cool set you have here !!

  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Alot of familiar faces there. I remember when you built it.
  6. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King Supporter

    I count three of those that now reside with me (free of their plastic coffins of course).
  7. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I know you have Nero and Vespasian from the OP.

    Know you got the Galba, but thought you'd sold it off?

    Were there others?
  8. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King Supporter

    I have the Augustus (which looks nicer in hand than the crappy, blurry old photo).
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  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Huh! Funny, I didn't remember you getting that one.

    So I guess you ended up with a third of this collection and still have a quarter of it, then. And that doesn't count the Tiberius Tribute Penny, which came from you!

    NiceCurrency" over on CU got the wooden box and the key coin (Otho) and maybe some of the others.
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  10. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King Supporter

    I currently own three and have owned two others, that is correct!
  11. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    Wow! That's an impressive set, especially for under $500 a coin, including Julius! My dad and I want to have a nice all NGC Ancients graded set too. Will be purchasing a raw Vespasian denarius soon!
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  12. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Don't go feeling like the slabs are necessary. They aren't.
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  13. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    Thank you for posting... that was great to view!
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  14. Jay GT4

    Jay GT4 Well-Known Member

    Feels good to get a set of the 12 doesn't it? Great coins regardless of the budget.
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  15. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    That was a nice set. Good job putting that together.
    Here is my updated 12 Caesars virtual tray
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  16. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    12cs.jpg A wonderful set.
  17. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  18. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I can do 12 Caesars in 7 coins. Can you beat that?





    Otho face

    Vitellius legend

    Vespasian, Titus, Domitian
  19. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I like the Flavian 3-in-1 action there.

    @SorenCoins- thanks for the thread resuscitation.
  20. IdesOfMarch01

    IdesOfMarch01 Well-Known Member

    I would reiterate this point. Buy from reliable dealers and you won't need NGC certification. Don't use slabs -- you want to be able to remove your coins and handle them.

    If you want an elegant display of your coins, try flips with labels in an Abafil case:


    If you really want slabs, do them yourself with Quickslabs:

    Screen Shot 2018-03-25 at 7.28.33 AM.png
    You can open and close these easily, so you can protect your coins but still touch them.
  21. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    You can certainly tell that this collection dates to an era before having good photographs of my coins was a high priority. The pictures above are mostly a mixed bag of recycled sellers' images.
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