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Social War, Marius, Sulla, emerging Imperators... all amazing Historical times after the Gracchii Brothers... Feces was a-flyin'!!!
Anyway, it’s tough choice for me to decide as well. However, I think this Nero tips the scale for me given its color, fitting for the “Artist Emperor”
Nero (AD 54-68). AR denarius (3.42 gm). Rome. Obv. Nero facing right Nero Caesar Augustus. Rev. Jupiter seated facing left; holding thunderbolt and sceptre. RSC 119.
I have several "most cherished/beautiful denarii". Here are some of them. Nothing to compare to the list though...
My most expensive, and most expensive ancient in the same time, is this one (sorry, there's only one galley on the reverse )
Septimius Severus, Denarius, VOTIS DECENNALIBVS
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
19.0mm 2.38gr 5h
O: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX; Laureate head, right.
R: NO LEGEND; Wreath with badge atop; VOTIS/DECEN/NALI/BVS within.
Laodicea ad Mare Mint
RIC 520a (S); RSC 897; BMCRE 681.
Aorta: 526: B3, O45, R386, T250, M3.
Ex: Tom Cederlind
Sphinx Numismatics/Youssef Mishriki 361905128664
From Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC, Auction XIV, Lot 537, April 18-19, 2018, by Harlan J. Berk, “Cohen and RIC underestimated the value and rarity of this denarius, only one specimen of which occurred in the Reka Devnia hoard.”
I’ll spare everyone more than that.
This was an unsold lot in a Tintinna auction 10 years ago. I purchased it for the opening bid price plus commission.
Crawford 44/5, one of the varieties with unbound hair. Quite common, but this is a prototypical example of the type.
"C" mint(?) mark denarius RRC 107/1a. For some reason, I'm enamored with the crude but distinctive style of these obscure series with C and staff symbol coins. These are RRC 106 and 107 which are seemingly related by style.
A relatively low hammer price for the RBW collection NAC 61 sale.
Another crude early denarius related to the above as the two different styles both appear with "C" and staff. This was obtained for a relatively low hammer price in CNG 297.
Another crude early denarius variation with a moneyer's insignia. RRC 172/1 199-170BC with MA monogram. This comes in a few style variations. This is one of the scarcest. Purchased from Aureo & Calico, Dec. 2014. Very typical of this style. I love it.
..love the early RR Dioscuri...
Gordian II, 1st – 22nd April 238 A.D. Silver Denarius April 238 A.D., 2.35 g. Very Rare. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. Virtus standing l., resting on shield and holding reverted spear. Reference: C 14. RIC 3. Pedigree: Ex CGB sale 34, 2008, 653
Wow, Cuke, I really like that Pompey!
This RR servillius denarios also appealed to me for similar reasons.
I was alwats partial to the story of the Gorgan and Perseus as a child... thus Plancus, (I named my cat Percy)
This RR denarius of Licinius is sentimentally my favorite, since it was the first type denarius I ever bought back when I was fourteen.
C. Vibius C.f. C.n. Pansa Caetronianus, 48 B.C. AR Denarius (19mm, 4.04g, xh). Rome mint. Obv: PANSA, below; Diademed mask of bearded Pan right. Rev: IOVIS · AXVR · upward on left, C · VIBIVS C F · C N downward on right; Jupiter Auxurus seated three-quarters left, holding patera and scepter. Ref: Crawford 449/1a; HCRI 20; Sydenham 947; Vibia 18.
Edit to add: My most expensive is probably the Commodus. It’s an interesting coin with an interesting provenance too (Ex Stoecklin purchased in the 60s)
And the runner-up:
Both have been posted far too often, perhaps, but so it goes with ancients being such a relatively small subset of my relatively small collection.
Probably this one for me. Soon to have a new owner. Yeah, feelin' the blues
Likely one of my Augustus, Tiberius or Caesar/Elephant denarii. I suppose that they're also treasured, as they're all coins minted under historically important figures.
However, my favorite is changing often these days; as I'm still a fairly new collector.
While this coin isn't in the best condition of the denarii that I own; nor is it much of a unique type/theme. For some reason, I simply like the way it looks. Finely aged.
Sol's spikey head reminds me of 'Pinhead' in the movie series "Hellraiser".
M. Aburius M.f. Geminus 132 BC AR Denarius Rome mint
O: Helmeted head of Roma right; mark of value below chin
R: Sol driving galloping quadriga right, holding reins and whip
Crawford 250/1; Sydenham 487; Aburia 6; RBW 1027
Huge fan of your Early Denarii. Well done.
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