Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by JayAg47, Oct 18, 2020.
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You're dead on both of the first two times. Weight? not so much.
this is NOT my coin:
...You might be venturing just a little into the hyperbole end of the pool, @Roman Collector. Ancient gold coins...? But no, @JayAg47, he speaks truth!
The sestertius did survive as a unit of account. The AE3 centenionalis of Constantine, for example, is believed to have been valued at 100 sestertii.
At one time, the word "centenionalis" was thought to connote 1/100 but more recently, Latin linguists have noted that the construction of the word implies a multiple rather than a fraction.
I'd trade one AE3 of Constantine for 100 sestertii any day!!!
Good point. Just think about all of the sestertii, dupondii, and ases that were melted down or oftentimes just overstruck by the Byzantines. I think that the bad money drove out the good resulting in hoarding for the rainy day, especially for intrinsically valuable silver. Because of the troubled times a lot of the stuff that was buried in pots or amphoras was never recovered...
Personally, I'm not sure that this generalization is 100% statistically accurate. It might be possible to support this by analyzing sales posted on ACSEARCH, CNG, etc., but I'm not sure that it would be worth the effort. It also would depend on your definition of "average" and "mid-grade."
I do believe that high grade sestertii tend to command higher prices than high grade denarii, with some notable exceptions in the latter category such as the Ides of March denarius. This might be due to any number of reasons, not the least of which is (as has been mentioned) that due to the more reactive nature of copper as compared to silver, fewer of these coins survive in VF+ condition than denarii.
I don't mind small coins; I have an Anastasius I nummus I adore, but I would rather have a big coin than a small one.
I know that if I melted down a Julio-Claudian denarius I would get a great deal more melt value than if I melted down a similar sestertius, but I don't care about metal value - I care about a big, heavy coin that I can touch. (sort of how I like my women?)
This is a bit TMI for me. But I have to ask, which collection is larger?
This is where Roman Provincial coins come it! Big, beautiful, and affordable!
Gordian III, AD 238-244.
Roman provincial Æ Pentassarion, 13.30 g, 27.1 mm, 7 h.
Thrace, Anchialus, AD 238-244.
Obv: ΑVΤ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC ΑVΓ, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
Rev: ΟVΛΠΙΑΝWΝ ΑΓΧΙΑΛΕWΝ, Nude athlete standing facing, head right, holding palm branch and wreath.
Refs: AMNG II, 632.3, p. 276; Mionnet Suppl. 2, 136; RPC VII.2, — (unassigned; ID 48982); Corpus Nummorum Thracorum cn.anchialus.4915.
@DonnaML, between @hotwheelsearl's post, and yours, I'm not done chuckling. ...Glad, on both counts, that you said that, and I didn't!
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