Reuniting Old Friends

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  1. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    It took nearly ninety years, but these two coins (lots 1273 and 1274) are reunited again in my collection trays:



    Rome, The Imperators.
    Marcus Antonius. 43 BCE.
    AR Denarius (4.07g; 18mm).
    Military mint in Athens, Summer 38 BCE.

    Obverse: M ANTONIVS M F M N AVGVR IMP TER; Antony in the priestly robes of an augur, standing right and holding lituus.

    Reverse: III VIR R P C COS DESIG ITER ET TERT; Radiate head of Sol facing right.

    References: Crawford 533/2; HCRI 267; Sydenham 1199; BMCRR (East) 141; Antonia 80.

    Provenance: Ex Kentfield Coll. [Heritage Auction 3067 (9 Jun 2018) Lot 33340]; Michele Baranowsky Auction (25 Feb 1931), Lot 1274.


    Rome. The Imperators.
    Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Octavian, 42 BCE.
    AR Denarius (3.70g; 20mm).
    Military Mint in Italy.

    Obverse: LEPIDVS· PONT· MAX· III· V· R· P· C; bare head of Lepidus facing right.

    Reverse: C· CAESAR· IMP· III· VIR· R ·P· C; bare head of Octavian facing right.

    References: Crawford 495/2d; HCRI 140a; Sydenham 1323var (rev legend); Aemilia 35var (rev legend); BMCRR (Africa) 29-31var (rev legend); Banti & Simonetti 7 (this coin illustrated).

    Provenance: Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 8 (30 Jun 2019) Lot 949; Bank Leu 7 (9 May 1973) Lot 317; Joseph Martini Collection [Michele Baranowsky Auction (25 Feb 1931), Lot 1273] AND [R.Ratto (24 Feb 1930) Lot 1334]; R. Ratto FPL (1927) Lot 629; Dr. Bonazzi Collection [R.Ratto (23 Jan 1924) Lot 1352].

    Share your reunited coins (yes, Dattaris are permitted)!
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
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  3. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Wow how cool!
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  4. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis Supporter

    Congrats! Those are two excellent additions and really fantastic provenance on both.
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  5. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    That is so cool! Great coins with a great history.
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  6. Alegandron

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

    Oh, WOW! Well done. Very, very nice.
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  7. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Well that is just too cool! What a coup! Congratulations :)
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  8. Macromius

    Macromius Well-Known Member

    Kudos Carausius. Very impressive.
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  11. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus

    Excellent, well done! I love seeing these reunited.

    Dattari Collection

    Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Antoninus Pius, 138-161 Diobol circa 151-152 (year 15), Æ 22.5mm., 7.45g.
    Obv: Laureate bust r., drapery on l. shoulder.
    Rev. Agathodaemon erect, crowned with skhent; in field, L-E.
    RPC Online 15718 (this coin).
    Dattari-Savio Pl. 162, 3066 (this coin).
    Good Fine.
    From the Dattari collection.
    Ex: Naville Numismatics Auction 34, Lot 281 September 17, 2017

    A Pius diobol Dattari.jpg

    Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Gallienus, 253-268 Tetradrachm circa 267-268 (year 15), billon
    (23mm., 9.51g.)
    Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r.
    Rev. Eagle standing l., holding wreath in beak; behind, palm. Geissen 2944. Dattari-Savio Pl. 273, 10547.Extremely Fine.From the Dattari collection.
    Naville Numismatics 29 February 26 2017 Lot # 438


    Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Domitian, 81-96
    Diobol circa 89-90 (year 9),
    Æ 24.7mm., 15.53g.
    Laureate head r.
    Rev. ETOYΣ ENATOTOY Eagle standing r. on thunderbolt.
    RPC 2566 (This coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 22, 6809 (this coin).
    Rare, only two other specimens listed in RPC.
    Brown tone, Good Fine.
    From the Dattari collection.
    Ex; Naville Numismatics Live auction 51 Lot 305

    Dattri Domitian NN lot 305.jpg

    Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g. Laureate head r. Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue, L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
    Brown tone, About Very Fine.
    From the Dattari collection.
    Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018

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    Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Vespasian, 69-79 Diobol circa 70-71 (year 3), Æ
    ( 26.5mm., 9.15g.)
    Obv: Laureate head r.
    Rev. Bust of Isis r.; in front, LΓ. RPC 2430 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 14, 382 (this coin).
    Brown tone. Very Fine.
    From the Dattari collection.
    Naville Numismatics Auction #30, Lot 283, April 02, 2017.
    Coin depicted in the database.
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    Constantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
    (19.6 mm 2.60 g)
    Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
    Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
    Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
    RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
    Ex: Dattari Collection
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    M. Porcius Cato.AR Denarius Africa 47-46 BCE
    (18mm., 3.57g).
    Obv: M CATO PRO PR Draped female bust r.
    Rev: Victory seated r., holding patera.
    Babelon Porcia 9. Sydenham 1052. Sear Imperators 46. RBW –. Crawford 462/1c. SRCV 1 (2000) 1381.
    From the E.E. Clain Stefanelli collection.
    Naville Numismatics 29 February 26 2017 Lot # 560

    M. Porcius Cato. Quinarius Africa 47-46, AR
    ( 13.5mm., 1.94g).
    Obv: Ivy-wreathed head of Liber r.; below, [M·CATO·PR]O·PR. Rev. Rev. Victory seated r., holding patera; in exergue, VICTRIX.
    Babelon Porcia 11. Sydenham 1054. Sear Imperators 47. RBW –. Crawford 462/2.
    Old cabinet tone, Very Fine.
    From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection.
    Naville Numismatics Auction 33 Lot 391 July 16, 2017
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    Quintillus, 270 Antoninianus circa 270, Æ
    (17.5mm., 2.67g.)
    Obv: Radiate and draped bust r.
    Rev. Concordia standing l., sacrificing over altar and holding double cornucopiae.
    C 17. RIC 13.
    AbouExtremely Fine
    From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection.
    Ex: Naville Numismatics Auction 35 Lot 717 October 29, 2017.
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    Julius Caesar. Denarius mint moving with Caesar 49-48., AR (18.66 mm., 3.85g).
    Obv: Pontifical emblems: culullus, aspergillum, axe and apex.
    Rev: Elephant r., trampling dragon; in exergue, CAESAR.
    Babelon Julia 9. C 9. Sydenham 1006. Sear Imperators 9. RBW 1557. Crawford 443/1.
    SRCV I (2000) 1399, RSC 49
    Ex: E.E. Clain Stefanelli, Ex: Naville Numismatics Auction #25 Lot 378 September 25,
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    Vespasian, 69-79 Denarius circa 73,
    AR 19.5mm., 3.25g.
    Obv: Laureate head r. ; IMP CAES VESP AVG CEN
    Rev:. Vespasian seated r. on curule chair, with feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch; PONTIF MAXIM
    RIC 545. C 387a BMC p. 19 Note
    Ex: E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection
    Ex: Naville Numismatics Live auction 50 Lot 467 June 23, 2019
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  14. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish) Supporter

    Excellent coins with stellar provenance. Nice job.

    Here are two coins that spent several decades together in the Stoecklin Collection that have been reunited in my collection after being sold in separate auctions.

    Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt
    Ptolemy I Soter, (305-282 BC)
    AR Tetradrachm, Alexandria mint, struck ca. 300-285 BC
    Dia.: 26 mm
    Wt.: 14.13 g
    Obv.: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis around neck. Δ behind ear
    Rev.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ eagle with closed wings standing on thunderbolt. P above monogram ΠΑΡ
    Ref.: Noesje 41-42. SNG Copenhagen 70-71. Svoronos 255
    Ex W.F. Stoecklin, Ex Karl Steiner (1940s), signed by Delta.

    Roman Empire
    Commodus (AD 177-192)
    AR Denarius, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 192
    Dia.: 17 mm
    Wt.: 2.66 g
    Obv.: L AEL AVREL COMMA VG P FEL; Commodus bust right wearing lion skin on head.
    Rev.: HER-CVL RO-MAN AV-GV; Club in wreath
    Ref.: RIC III 251, Scarce
    Ex W.F. Stoeckin Collection. Acquired in the 1960s from Prof. L. De Nicola in Rome
  15. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    A few nights ago, I reunited two coins from the Reinhold Faelton Collection.

    Reinhold Faelton (1856 - 1949) was a musician, composer, the Dean and founder in 1897 of the Faelton Pianoforte School of Boston, Massachusetts, and a coin collector for over 50 years. His collection of ancient coins was sold by Stacks in January 1938. This Stack's catalogue was one of the earliest to feature photographs of actual ancient coins in the plates, rather than photos of plaster casts of the coins (which was the standard at the time). The resulting plates were mixed-quality but mostly poor, making it an arduous task to use this catalogue for provenance matching.

    I bought my first Faelton Collection coin about three years ago. That coin, an AR Denarius of Marc Antony, is below with its Faelton Collection catalogue photo. Fortunately, Andrew McCabe previously identified it as Faelton, because I'm not certain I'd have noticed it based on the catalogue photo below.



    Rome, The Imperators.
    Marcus Antonius, 32 BCE.
    AR Denarius (3.72g; 18mm).
    Athens Mint.

    Obv: ANTON AVG IMP III COS DES III III V R P C. Bare head of Antony facing right.

    Rev: ANTONIVS AVG IMP III, in two lines.

    References: Crawford 542/2; HCRI 347; Sydenham 1209.

    Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection [CNG eSale 385 (26 Oct 2016) Lot 470]; CNG 49 (17 Mar 1999), Lot 1316; Reinhold Faelten Collection [Stack's (20 Jan 1938) Lot 1495].

    About a month ago, I acquired this Roman Republican AE Sextans of the "Collateral" Series of Semilibral Reduction coins. I previously found the coin in a 1927 Otto Helbing sale. A few nights ago, while flipping through the Stack's Faelton catalogue hoping to find a different coin, I noticed the below photo and the distinctive mark in the metal above the Wolf and Twins.

    Rome, The Republic.
    Anonymous (Semilibral) Series, 217-215 BCE.
    AE Sextans (25.91g; 29mm).
    Uncertain Italian Mint.

    Obverse: She-wolf facing right, head turned left, suckling the twins, Romulus & Remus; ●● (mark-of-value) below.

    Reverse: Eagle facing right with flower in beak; ROMA to right; ●● (mark-of-value) behind.

    References: Crawford 39/3; Sydenham 95; BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 120-124; RBW 107.

    Provenance: Ex Reinhold Faelton Collection [Stack's (20-2 Jan 1938) Lot 923]; Otto Helbing Auction (24 Oct 1927) Lot 3267.

    So, I have reunited another pair of old collection coins!
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2019
  16. red_spork

    red_spork Triumvir monetalis Supporter

    Nice find! I am impressed by anyone who has found a Faelten provenance since, as you have mentioned, the pictures are absolutely horrendous. I'm even more impressed by the Sextans now than when I first saw it, that's a really great acquisition.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2019
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  17. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    @Carausius that is a great accomplishment, thanks for sharing.
    Your wolf and eagle sextans is excellent.
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  18. Volodya

    Volodya Junior Member

    I finally had to dump my Faelten catalogue on Ebay. It hurt my eyes and crushed my spirit even to glance at the plates, never mind trying to search them systematically. A pity, since the collection was pretty good.

    Phil Davis
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  19. Carthago

    Carthago Does this look infected to you?

    I love the romantic idea of reuniting old friends as Carausius has highlighted in this thread!

    I'm actively trying to rebuild Haeberlin's plated Roman Republic collection - only a few thousand more to go (ha ha!). In the meantime, the Republican coins of HP Hall sold by Glendining July 19th, 1950 is another very favorite sale of mine and often Haeberlins can be found lurking in his collection. I have 5 coins from HP Hall so far, and they have all been in famous other collections such as Haeberlin, Mazinni, RBW, Niggler, Sir Arthur Evans, Tolstoi, etc. I like to know who owned my coins before me as I find it to be a nod of approval from great collectors past in the quality of the pieces.

    HP 1.jpg

    Lucius Axius Lf Naso 400-1a NAC 2017.jpg

    Lucius Axius L.f. Naso. 70 BC. AR Denarius (4.02g, 19.0mm, 6h). Rome mint. Head of young beardless Mars right, wearing helmet ornamented with plumes; downward to left; NAS[O] below head; S • C below chin / Diana, holding spear in right hand and reins in left, driving biga of stags right; two hounds following behind, additional hound below stags; L • AXSIVS • L • F in exergue. Crawford 400/1a; Sydenham 794; Axia 1; Banti Axia p. 49 coin 1/1 (this coin).

    • Collection of a director CNG Triton January 10, 2017 Lot 526;
    • Glendining Henry Platt Hall Part I, July 19, 1950 Lot 546 (sold
    • 5/10/0) to Santamaria;
    • Adolph Cahn and Adolph Hess Nachf., Haeberlin Collection, July 17, 1933, lot 2395 (4.02g besonders schon) sold to Spink (60 - 36 RM).
    Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio Sekhmet 460-4 NAC 5-2012.jpg
    Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius Scipio and and P. Licinius Crassus Iunianus. Denarius, Africa 47-46, AR (3.97g, 18.5mm, 10h). Q·METEL·PIV SCIPIO·IMP Lion-headed figure of Genius Terrae Africae or Sekhmet, standing facing, clad in long robes, holding ankh in r. hand; at sides of head, G·T· – A. Rev. P·CRASSVS·IVN – LEG PRO·PR Victory standing l., holding caduceus and shield. Babelon Caecilia 51 and Licinia 21. Sydenham 1050. Sear Imperators 43. Crawford 460/4.

    • From RBW Collection NAC Auction 63 May 17, 2012 Lot 379;
    • NAC Auction 1 March 29, 1989 Lot 725 purchased by Leu for RBW;
    • Henry Platt Hall, Glendining July 19th, 1950 Lot 586 sold to Santamaria (£8 - £10)
    M Arrius Secundus 513-2 NAC 2015.jpg

    M. Arrius Secundus. Denarius 43, AR (3.85g, 22mm, 6h). M·ARRIVS – SECVNDVS Male head (Octavian?) r., with slight beard. Rev. Hasta pura between wreath and phalerae. Babelon Arria 2. Sydenham 1084. Sear imperators 319. Woytek, Arma et Nummi p. 558. RBW 1791. Crawford 513/2. Alfoldi, Portraitkunst, T.i, 14 (this coin). Lahusen, Gotz "Die Bildnismunzen Der Romischen Republik" plates 3, n. 1 Haeberlin photo and 63, n.2. Niggeler Photo (this coin). Banti & Simonetti II Arria p. 195 coin 61/4 (this coin)

    • NAC Auction 84 Part 1, May 20, 2015 Lot 866;
    • Bank Leu & M&M AG Walter Niggeler Oct 21-22, 1966 Lot 899;
    • Glendining Henry Platt Hall Part I, July 19, 1950 Lot 589 ( sold 24 GBP) sold to Cahn;
    • Adolph Cahn and Adolph Hess Nachf., Haeberlin Collection, July 17, 1933, Lot 2971 (250 -185 RM) sold to Spink.
    HP 2.jpg

    Brutus Cestianus Denarius Waddell 2013.jpg

    Brutus and L. Plaetorius Cestianus, AR Denarius. (3.78g, 19mm, 12h). 43-42 B.C. Mint moving with Brutus. L PLAET CEST. Laureate and draped bust of Ceres to right wearing necklace and modius. Rv. BRVT IMP. Axe and culullus. CR 508/2. Syd. 1300, Plaetoria 12.

    • Privately purchased from Ed Waddell August 2013;
    • Ed Waddell List No. 72, 1997 Lot 76;
    • Ed Waddell List No. 70, 1997 Lot 109 & Cover Photo;
    • Bankhaus Aufhauser Auction 12, October 1-2, 1996 Lot 404;
    • Monnaies et Medailles, Oct 1984, Lot 475;
    • Carlo Crippa Jan-March 1972 Lot 375;
    • Luigi de Nicola June 1962 FPL Lot 376;
    • H.P. Hall collection, Glendinning, 1950, lot 647 (£7/15) to Santamaria or book, not sure;
    • Hess, Lucerne, December, 1933, lot 250;
    • Schulman - Amsterdam, Vierordt collection, 1923, lot 495;
    • Adolf Hess Nach, Tolstoi collection March 11, 1912 Lot 787 (70 Marks).
    Brutus lyre 501-1 NAC 2017.jpg

    Q. Caepio Brutus. Denarius, mint moving with Brutus 43-42, AR (3.69g, 20.3mm, 2h). LEIBERTAS Head of Libertas r. Rev. CAEPIO·BRVTVS·PRO·CO – S Plectrum, lyre and laurel branch tied with fillet. Babelon Junia 34; Cohen 5; Sydenham 1287; Mazzini 1957 Volume 1, Plate V, Coin 5* (this coin); RBW 1767; Crawford 501/1; CRI 199,Banti & Simonetti Vol I p. 189 n. 16/4 (this coin).

    • NAC Auction 101, October 24, 2017 Lot 30;
    • Collection Ing. G. Mazzini 1957 Volume 1, Plate V, Coin 5*;
    • Henry Platt Hall, Glendining July 19th, 1950 Lot 652 (plated, but a 2 part lot) sold to Cahn (£4/5);
    • Ars Classica Auction XVII, Sir Arthur J. Evans, October 3, 1934 Lot 1108
    Hurray for reunions!
  20. Fugio1

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    @Carausius really outstanding and well researched examples. I have nothing comparable to your old collection Roman Republican pedigrees, (@Carthago yours are magnificent also) but I do have a few examples reunited from the Goodman collection (five CNG sales '97-98)
    RRC 122/2 - Dog symbol
    VAuctions Sale 287, Lot 164
    Ex Goodman Collection, CNG 43 lot 1405
    RRC 152/1C Sextus Quinctilius (Anonymous without "S X. Q" Magistrate's name)
    NAC 61 - The RBW Collection
    Ex CNG 46 lot 993
    RRC 60/1a Caduceus symbol - Mint in Central Italy
    Aureo & Calico Alba Longa sale, November 2018, Lot 18
    Ex. Triton I, December 1997, Lot 892
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