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Ancient Coin - Antoninianus

 
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Bedrock of the Community
United States
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 Posted 07/24/2014  11:02 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add GR58 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Last of the coins I bought today.

It has some green on it, but I wanted one of this ruler.
I will try to treat some of these coins in the coming days.

Antoninianus
2.9 grams






Pillar of the Community
United States
513 Posts
 Posted 07/24/2014  11:25 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chuy1530 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm no expert, but I'm not seeing any bronze disease on this one. It's usually a brighter color and will flake or powder off. That appears to me to just be the patina which shouldn't be taken off. I like the portrait.
Bedrock of the Community
Australia
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 Posted 07/24/2014  11:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looking at the face this piece appears to be a nice enough coin, but considering at it's value in the overall scene of ancient coins, I wouldn't feel personally highly motivated to do much to it; just keep it the way it is.

Just let it take it's place in album page for the 2x2 it is currently in.
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United Kingdom
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 Posted 07/25/2014  07:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add maridvnvm to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The coin looks to be even more interesting than just a standard Postumus coin as it would appear to be one that was struck in the name of Postumus by Aureolus.
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 Posted 07/25/2014  12:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chuy1530 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So it's a posthumous Postumus?
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 Posted 07/25/2014  5:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ben to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My first thought was Aureolus too, definitely struck in Milan. The story is a good one - Postumus had the Gallic empire, usurped from Rome, and Aureolus was a reknowned general (of sorts) for the Emperors in Rome. He made some 'blunders' and knew that soon his head would be on a pike, so he siezed Milan (Mediolanum), hoping to save his own skin by holding the Roman legion sent after him at the walls. Knowing he could not break the siege alone, he tried to enlist the help of Postumus by issuing coinage depicting him from the mint as the siege raged. No help ever came.

Reverse is FIDES EQVIT (loyal cavalry, as Aureolus commanded them). You can tell its Aureolus' issue due to the bust (the celators at Milan had only ever cut the very different imperial bust, so when they captured Postumus' likeness, they did it a bit differently) and due to the legend - most coinage depicting Postumus and with EQVIT in the legend comes from Aureolus' revolt (there may be some regular issues).

Also, coins issued by Aureolus are significantly more valuable. Get that green encrustation off, and you'd have a really good example of the bust.
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 Posted 07/25/2014  10:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add chrsmat71 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
hu....interesting story...and coin.
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