Surprise win in Frank Robinson auction (Sabina denarius)

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by lordmarcovan, May 21, 2019.

  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Can't wait to see what this looks like in hand.

    I placed some bids in Frank's April auction, then forgot all about them and never noticed an invoice or anything in email, so I was unaware I had won this until he gave me a gentle payment reminder just yesterday. So I've apologized for the oversight and will be sorting that out and paying him.

    I love Sabina's portraits, for some reason, so here's my latest newp, as seen in the FSR auction pics. I'll do my best at reimaging it when it arrives.

    Post your own FSR wins, or Sabinas.

    I'd guess there is about a 110% chance this will look better in hand than in these pictures.

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  3. lrbguy

    lrbguy Supporter! Supporter

    I too like the looks of her long hair obverses:

    and am particularly fond of her veiled portraits:

    But I must admit that sometimes she can look pretty intense:
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  4. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Ooh, love that toned CONCORDIA.

    I looked up the one I had in my old 2007-08 collection (my first ancient coin collection). It was a pleasing example, but lower grade than I remembered it being.

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  5. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Great coin I love those facial features and strong detailed reverse.
  6. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    All nice coins but I can't go past the veiled look and alter, fantastic coin.
  7. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Congrats Rob, here's mine:


    And a Sabina Concordia in copper:

    Sabina concordia.jpg
  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Yes, that reverse with the altar is really neat. So are the flow lines on that coin.
  9. Alegandron

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

    Great capture Rob! I have always been happy with coins from Frank's auctions. They were always much better in-hand than featured.

    Here is my Sabina:

    AR Denarius
    Head of Sabina right "SABINA AVGVSTA"
    Venus standing right holding an apple and drawing a fold of drapery from her shoulder "VENERI GENETRICI"
    RSC 73
  10. Alegandron

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

    Here is a FSR win some time ago:

    (I have always been fascinated by the Oath Ceremony in Italic culture. This represents the main Italian Tribes revolting against the Romans.)

    Marsic Confederation denarius 90-88 BCE Italia-Corfinium Oath Ceremony over pig Sear 227 SCARCE.jpg
    Marsic Confederation denarius 90-88 BCE Italia-Corfinium Oath Ceremony over pig Sear 227 SCARCE
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  11. Aethelred

    Aethelred The Old Dead King Supporter

    Here is my only Sabina, purchased from Ken Dorney a few years ago:
  12. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Yes, I'm sure it'll look great in hand. For example:

    Frank photo:

    Florian CONCORDIA MILITVM Antoninianus FSR.jpg

    My photo:

    Florian CONCORDIA MILITVM Antoninianus.jpg

    And not only are these denarii of Sabina, these are Sabinas I have won at Frank's Auctions!

    From FSR Auction 94, 5/5/15:

    Sabina Concordia standing denarius.jpg

    Sabina VENERI GENETRICI denarius.jpg

    And from FSR Auction 107, 1/15/19:

    Sabina Concordia seated long obv inscr denarius.jpg
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  13. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Nice, looks similar to mine.

    Sabina (128-136 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: SABINA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust of Sabina right.
    R: CONCOR-DIA AVG, Concordia seated left, holding patera and scepter.
    RIC 391; RSC 24
    Ex A. Lynn Collection (Freeman & Sear E16), 89.
  14. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Over the 30+ years I have dealt with Frank, I have been dissatisfied with his text descriptions half a dozen times and returned the coins for refund. That is offset by the 300 or so coins I have kept and found pleasing as described. You do have to read his descriptions and learn what he means by 'crude' etc. I returned one in the last sale (lot 9) and wonder if he offered it to the underbidder and if that might have been one of you. On the other hand, I could say nice things about Frank all week before I would be tempted to praise his photo skills. They are improving. This is the way with many dealers large and small. I have dealt with some whose photos have been getting worse lately to the point that I have to apply my skills in reading images to suspect what the coin might really look like. Unfortunately, I am one who took better photos a few years ago than I do now. I am not sure what has caused my troubles but my recent images seem to emphasize faults to a greater degree and the coins I buy do not need my help to look second rate. I'd guess your 110% number is likely correct. I hope you will be happy with the coin.

    This is the FSR auction coin I still have from our earliest contact (1987). He said the AE36 was a bit rough on the obverse (I lost the list so can't quote). It was. I liked it then and still do.

    This is my favorite Sabina. I have a solid one but this fourree has the hair I prefer and a lot of colorful detail and corrosion that explains why no one else wanted it back in 1990. I paid a dollar more for it than I did for the Ptolemy shown above. I doubt I would do that again.
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  15. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I remember reading some of your old photo tutorials back in the day, and enjoyed them. Can't say as how I've absorbed much of the knowledge too well, but I might have to go back and read the articles again, now that I have a cellphone that takes decent (adequate, if not ideal) pictures. When I first read your photo articles, I think I was still in my flatbed scanner era!

    I did briefly own a professional-quality photo setup a couple of years ago, but it proved too complicated for me, and not quite portable enough, so I sold it and have just used my phone camera ever since. (Don't they say "the best camera is the one you have with you"? That's my take on it, anyway.)
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  16. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I like yours a bit better. Handsome coin. But yes, they seem pretty close.
  17. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Supporter! Supporter

    CCW-260A OBV (2).jpg CCW-260A REV (2).jpg
    Here is mine VENERI.GENETRICI struck at Rome in 136 A.D.
  18. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Supporter! Supporter

    CCH-278A OBV.jpg CCH-278A REV.jpg
    Here is a Aelius purchase from Frank S. Robinson back on 5/17/1999
  19. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Sabina and Venus.. What a contrast ! My God..
  20. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Supporter! Supporter

    CCW-260 OBVP.jpg CCW-260 REVP.jpg
    Better picture
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  21. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Nice catch my Lord !

    Here's my Sabina

    Sabina, Denarius Rome mint AD 129
    SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P , draped bust right
    CONCORDIA AVG, Concordia seated left holding patera, resting on a statuette of Spes, Cornucopia beneath her seat.
    3.22 gr
    Ref : Cohen # 12, RCV # 3919

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