Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trebonianus Gallus Antoninianus

Trebonianus Gallus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 251-253, minted at Rome, RIC 33, RSC 37, 21.5 mm, 3.94 gms, Obverse:  radiate and draped bust of Trebonianus Gallus facing right, IMP CAE C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, Reverse:  Felicitas standing half-left, holding a long caduceus in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, FELICITAS PVBLICA, a very lustrous coin very well struck and centered with a nothing less than a truly superb and sharp portrait of Gallus in high relief, a detailed and sharp Felicitas on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides of the coin.  This is a true gem of this issue for Gallus, just gorgeous.  I’m itching to grade it despite my own rule not to give a grade unless the dealer from whom I purchased the coin grades it.  This coin is very scarce to rare for Gallus, and especially so when in this nice a condition.  Again, a superlative portrait of Gallus, enhanced by a very regal and elegant flare of his nostril.  My photography does not do full justice to this coin.  Asking price:  $475 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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The Roman Imperial Coinage

The Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC), Volume IV (Pertinax to Uranius Antoninus), by Harold Mattingly and Edward A. Sydenham, 2004 reprint of the original three volumes in one:  Pertinax to Geta (Part I), Macrinus to Pupienus (Part II), and Gordian III to Uranius Antoninus (Part III), Hardbound, 867 pages, 45 plates of coin photographs.  This is a NEW book, though I’ve had it for about four years.  It was used very gently and the only flaw in its pristine condition are three tiny spots on the front cover, shown in the photos.  What they are I have no idea:  my only guess is that they are perhaps tears over being unable to obtain one of the coins inside.  They are very, very light.  The book is tight as a drum and there are NO marks, creases, tears, anything.  This volume encompassed my favorite period of collecting, but I will admit I’ve found it a bit daunting, and from it I’ve made my own “quick check” guide handwritten in a notebook for the most common types in my collecting area, so I see no further need of it now.  The photograph showing text inside is a bit blurry:  I found photographing coins far easier.  The print of the text is sharp.  A FLAWLESS BOOK.  $115 plus $16 insured shipping by priority mail in the U.S.

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