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 Posted 06/23/2019  5:45 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I have been looking for one of these for 2 years. I already have the Tiberius quadriga denarius.

Since I found out about this Augustus I have wanted one because it features Tiberius as Caesar in the quadriga on the reverse. The interesting thing about the coin I bought is that it is misattributed. The description on Naville claims it is RIC 222 (R). However, if you look closely you can see that 2 of the horses are looking in the opposite direction. The coin is in fact RIC 224 (R2).


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 Posted 06/23/2019  7:05 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congratulations on find this rare coin. I no longer collect Roman coins but I would still love to add this one to my collection.
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 Posted 06/23/2019  7:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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2 of the horses are looking in the opposite direction.


Yes interesting coin--any idea on why the die was cut in this way?
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 Posted 06/23/2019  7:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
great coin, congratulations!
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 Posted 06/23/2019  7:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin orfew !..

The fact the horses are looking in different diretions (like horses do)..has more movement and really makes the picture more lifelike...Whereas the Tiberius you acquired a couple of years ago (I think) although rare and a great looking coin too is much more simplified...

Super coin congrats on the new addition.......Paul
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 Posted 06/23/2019  8:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a sweet find. Congratulations.
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 Posted 06/23/2019  10:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to all for the kind comments.

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I have no idea why the dies were cut this way.For RIC 222 all the horses are looking ahead. Was this an adjustment by a couple of engravers, or was there some imperial influence? Interesting to think about but we will never know for sure.
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 Posted 06/24/2019  06:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes well I agree with @palouche that for sure it makes the scene look more life-like. I was just wondering if there was a deeper meaning like a political undertone.
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