Unexpected win at Roma XX.

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Michael Stolt, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    I wasn't supposed to bid at Roma XX today, but let's say my fingers slipped when I saw this beautiful Antonian cistophoric tetradrachm at a relatively low price. It feels great to add this to the collection as it is a type that's been high on my list for a while. I'm also excited that this is a larger silver denomination, as these are uncommon in Republican coinage.


    Marc Antony and Octavia. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (12.40g, 27mm, 12h). Minted in Ephesus, Ionia. 39 BC.

    Obverse: M•ANTONIVS•IMP•COS•DESIG•ITER•ET•TERT, head of Antony right, wearing ivy wreath, lituus below; all within wreath of ivy and flowers.

    Reverse: III•VIR• R•P•C, head of Octavia atop cista mystica, between twisting snakes.

    References: RPC 2201; RSC 2; CRI 262.
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    That's really nice. I have never had any cistophoric coins.
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  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I guess the coin was overshadowed by the sale having so many great coins. There is no reason that so nice a coin should not sell well. Congratulations.
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  5. Romancollector

    Romancollector Well-Known Member

    Wonderful cistophorus @Michael Stolt !!!! I especially like Octavia's portrait, it looks exceptionally crisp! Congrats!
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  6. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Supporter! Supporter

    Congrats! That's a wonderful and historic type.
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  7. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Thank you! This will be my first.
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  8. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Thanks Doug! I agree that the multitude of great pieces in the sale kept prices down a little here and there on other coins.
  9. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Thank you! :)
  10. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Thank you! :)
  11. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Mike, Nice score :D! I noticed that coin in the Provincial section & was tempted to bid on it too :happy:. Instead I waited for lot 382, much to my regret :(, pictured below. The coin had an estimate of 2,500 British pounds that I thought was high, so I bid 2,200 on it. It went for 2,800 :mad:.

    Geta Tetradrachm, Ex Prieur 1135, Roma XX.jpg
    Geta as Caesar, AD 205-207, Laodicaea ad Mare, AR Tetradrachm: 27 mm, 13.48 gm, 6 h. Prieur 1135.
  12. Alegandron

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

    Outstanding coin! Congrats, @Michael Stolt ! Very historical, very nice, great detail.
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  14. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Supporter! Supporter

    We're never "supposed" to, it's just an automatic response to a stimulus, sort of like bees to nectar....:D

    Very beautiful, crispy specimen, & really, how can you go wrong with snakes?...@TIF?...anyone?...:joyful::joyful::joyful:;)
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  15. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..EVERYBODY needs at least one snake coin....:D..i had this one for 12+ years before Doug Smith told me for sure who was on the obverse...snake! :eek: not rounds    snake coin 004.JPG not rounds    snake coin 003.JPG Provincial Marcrinus & Son

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