Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

What coin would you HATE to part with?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • What coin would you HATE to part with?

    As a dealer, I come across MANY nice coins and often I am tempted to keep one for my personal collection. (I have a policy that I do not mix my business resources with my personal) But it is rare when I get a coin that grabs my attention so much that I hold back on selling it... This is one of them:

    Crispus
    A.D. 316-326
    AE Follis
    Obv: CRISPVS NOB CAS - Laureate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear forward and shield
    Rev: VIRTVS AVGG - Open campgate with three turrets, gate closed. P-R/RP
    Rome, A.D. 318-319. RIC 180 var.

    The details of the campgate are INCREDIBLE and the photograph really does not do the coin justice, the details in hand just "pop out". You can see into the "turrets" (clearly watchtowers) and into the arch of the doorway.

    This coin also has an interesting obverse legend error. It should read CRISPVS NOB CAES, but it's missing the E.
    Attached Files
    Alfredo De La Fe
    Imperial Coins & Artifacts, Inc.
    http://imperialcoins.com
    http://vcoins.com/ancient/imperialcoins

  • #2
    Alfred,

    That is an incredible example and the early Rome mint campgates are easily the most interesting (my opinion). Stylistically, yours certainly looks like an official Rome mint specimen, but it's so neat seeing the legend blunder.

    Funny enough - I recently adopted the same policy of no longer mixing collecting with dealing so as not to compete with customers and have sent my entire campgate collection to Barry for VAuctions.

    --Beast
    VCoins Ancients Store:
    http://www.vcoins.com/beastcoins

    VCoins US/Banknotes Store:
    http://www.vcoins.com/us/beastcoins

    VCoins World Store:
    http://www.vcoins.com/world/beastcoins

    Beast Coins Research Site:
    http://www.beastcoins.com

    Comment


    • #3
      Alfred,

      By the way, you don't point it out, but another neat attribute of your coin is the 3-D perspective above the archway. The Rome mint was experimenting with a number of different designs on this first issue and they are all very interesting (and all go away with subsequent issues and not to be seen at other mints).

      Outlined archway:


      Constantine I, AE3, 318-319, Rome, Officina 3
      CONST_ANTINVS AVG
      Laureate, helmeted, cuirassed bust right
      VIRTV_S AVGG
      Campgate with six rows, three turrets, closed six-paneled doors with pellets inside larger archway, no star above, top and bottom rows empty blocks
      P | R in fields
      RT in exergue
      RIC VII, 176 (R5)

      Flourished archway:


      Constantine I, AE3, 318-319, Rome, Officina 1
      CON_STANTI_NVS AVG
      Helmeted, cuirassed bust left, spear pointing forward and shield in front
      VIRTV_S AVGG
      Campgate with five rows, three turrets, closed six-paneled doors, top and bottom rows empty blocks
      P | R across fields
      RP in exergue
      RIC VII, 178 (R5)

      Recessed archway:


      Constantine I, AE3, 318-319, Rome, Officina 4
      CONST_ANTINVS AVG
      High-crested helmet, cuirassed bust right
      VIRTV_S AVGG
      Campgate with five rows, three turrets, closed six paneled doors, no star above, top and bottom rows empty blocks
      P | R in fields
      RQ in exergue
      RIC VII, --
      Note: Bust type D7 not attested for three turret series in RIC

      Tunneled archway:


      Licinius II, AE3, 318-319, Rome, Officina 2
      LICINIVS IVN NOB C
      Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
      VIRTV_S AVGG
      Campgate with six rows, three turrets with archways, closed three-paneled doors with pellets inside blocked-archway, top and bottom rows empty blocks
      P | R across fields
      RS in exergue
      18mm x 19mm, 3.23g
      RIC VII, 182 (R3)

      --Beast
      VCoins Ancients Store:
      http://www.vcoins.com/beastcoins

      VCoins US/Banknotes Store:
      http://www.vcoins.com/us/beastcoins

      VCoins World Store:
      http://www.vcoins.com/world/beastcoins

      Beast Coins Research Site:
      http://www.beastcoins.com

      Comment


      • #4
        From the Event Horizon

        Miletus, sixth stater, electrum, c.550 BCE.

        It represents one of the earliest examples. I found nothing catalogued of the same type, though others from Rosen and Waggoner's Rosen are similar.
        Attached Files
        Last edited by mmarotta; Sep 6, 2010, 07:47 AM. Reason: add images

        --------------------------------
        Michael E. Marotta
        ANA MSNS CSNS
        www.washtenawjustice.com
        ---------------------------------

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by mmarotta View Post
          Miletus, sixth stater, electrum, c.550 BCE.

          It represents one of the earliest examples. I found nothing catalogued of the same type, though others from Rosen and Waggoner's Rosen are similar.
          Nice! I love those early Miletus pieces.

          --Beast
          VCoins Ancients Store:
          http://www.vcoins.com/beastcoins

          VCoins US/Banknotes Store:
          http://www.vcoins.com/us/beastcoins

          VCoins World Store:
          http://www.vcoins.com/world/beastcoins

          Beast Coins Research Site:
          http://www.beastcoins.com

          Comment


          • #6
            Constantine II, as Caesar AE3

            something about this coin that always strikes me. It's remarkably well struck and has great eye appeal.

            Constantine II as Caesar
            317 CE
            AE 3 (20.36 mm) – 3.43 gms
            Trier mint
            Obv: FL CL CONSTANTINVS IVN N C – bare-headed cuirassed bust right
            Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS – Prince standing right, holding globe & spear, T F in fields, •ATR in ex.
            RIC VII 144 (Trier)

            Dmitry
            Attached Files

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by dlyumkis View Post
              something about this coin that always strikes me. It's remarkably well struck and has great eye appeal.
              Dmitry
              Totally charming!!!
              PeteB

              Comment

              Working...
              X