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 Posted 06/11/2019  5:10 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have been keeping on eye out for one of these for some time. Luckily I was checking the unsold lots on Artemide Aste (I do this often and have found a umber of great coins for opening bid prices) and I stumbled upon this one. While this coin is called common in RIC, examples do not come to market very often.

Bonvs Eventvs or "good outcome"

From wikipedia:
Coins featuring Bonus Eventus were issued during the turmoil of the Year of Four Emperors (69 AD) and the reigns of Galba, Vespasian, Titus, Antoninus Pius, and Septimius Severus.[10] On these coins and on gems, Bonus Eventus is a standing male nude, usually with one leg bent and his head turned away toward a libation bowl in his outstretched hand. Sometimes he is partially clad in a chlamys that covers his back, or in an over-the-shoulder himation with the ends framing his torso. Poppies and stalks of grain are common attributes.[11]


I like the portrait and the full legends. The figure on the reverse is worn but still well defined.


Titus (79-81).AR Denarius, 79-80.
2.93g 19.00mm
Obv: Head right, laureate.IMP TITVS CAESVESPASIAN AVG PM
Rev: Bonus Eventus standing left, holding patera, corn-ears and poppy; BONVS EVENTVS AVGVSTI
RIC (2nd ed.) 89.AR.
Toned.About VF.
Atrtemide Aste E-Live auction 8 Lot 268


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 Posted 06/11/2019  7:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good looking coin despite some wear. Congrats. I always find these busts of Titus and Vespasian - the ones with huge heads but tiny, scrunched facial features - to be so weird but also so full of character.
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 Posted 06/11/2019  7:45 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I wonder how close to these images they actually looked? Nice addition.
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Thanks Bob and Ron for the kind comments. The portraits of the Flavians are very interesting.
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 Posted 06/12/2019  04:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I agree nice pick-up. I do have a question based on your description:


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On these coins and on gems, Bonus Eventus is a standing male nude, usually with one leg bent and his head turned away toward a libation bowl in his outstretched hand.


@orfew, what do you mean by "gems"?
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@Spence

I assume that "gems" in the wikipedia description refers to intaglio cut stones often used for rings or other jewelry.
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Ah ok thx-that makes sense.
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