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Help Please: Galba Sestertius?

 
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 Posted 07/03/2021  7:05 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add SydneyG to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello folks,

I'm new this board, so far only having introduced myself in the Introductions forum (here: http://goccf.com/t/403387 ).

I'd be grateful for opinions of the Roman coin shown in the image (I hope it shows okay). The coin size and weight are #8960;~28mm, 22għ0.5g (scales not very accurate!). It's quite thick, I don't have vernier calipers to hand but perhaps 4mm?

Various searches of images suggested to be it may be a Galba Sestertius. Then I saw this on eBay, which looks most similar:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284350836541

. but my coin, worth $1,500.00?! Surely you jest.?!

Do you think this identification is correct?

If I were to put it up for auction in eBay, what would be a good starting price?

With thanks for any information you can provide.

Sydney.

Edited by SydneyG
07/03/2021 7:11 pm
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 Posted 07/03/2021  8:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JohnConduitt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You might be right, although the legends are very unclear. The coin you've linked to is described as a dupondius (half a sestertius) - Roma have one coming up with an estimate of £50 https://www.romanumismatics.com/248...w=lot_detail

Yours is heavier (22g vs 13g), which is nearer this sestertius, which hammered for £110 https://www.romanumismatics.com/237...w=lot_detail

I think, though, that your obverse legend is SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P, the same as the dupondius. If it's a Galba sestertius, it could be RIC 270, 271 or 290 http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/galba/i.html). I think perhaps RIC 270 (not draped) http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.1(2).gal.270.

An RIC 271 sold at Heritage for $550, but that was 36mm and had complete legends https://coins.ha.com/itm/ancients/r...rchives61210
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 Posted 07/03/2021  9:29 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 07/04/2021  07:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SydneyG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@louisvillekyshop @echizento @JohnConduitt

Many thanks for your kind replies. My initial thoughts on this was it was too worn to fetch great value. Also, in the UK at least, just being Roman does to immediately make it super-special. Now, given this additional information from these postings I think I may set it off on eBay with a minimal starting bid and let the market determine fair value.

When I do list it, would it be appropriate to put a link to it in this forum on somewhere else on this board?

Thank you again everybody, great to have found this source of opinions and information!

Sydney


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 Posted 07/14/2021  1:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jaymassive79 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

As you say letting it run on ebay with a low start is the way to go then the buyers will determine the outcome.

Good luck with your sale.

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 Posted 07/15/2021  2:06 pm  Show Profile   Check FVRIVS RVFVS's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add FVRIVS RVFVS to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If you do sell it on eBay you must be prepared for possible disappointment
It could go for 100£ or it might sell for a mere 20£
Sellers with low feedback scores selling a fairly worn (albeit rare !) Roman bronze during the dog days of summer might be lucky to get a reasonable price
If I were you I would list it high (150£ ?) with the 'make offer' option for a few months just to test the waters
If no one bites then auction it off in the fall
IN GOD WE TRVST ....... all others pay cash !

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 Posted 07/21/2021  01:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SydneyG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@jaymassive79 @FVRIVS RVFVS Many thanks for your kind replies.

After some thought, and being in no hurry, I put it up for auction with a start price of £90+p&p to see what would happen. It gathered quite a large number of watchers and it sold a the last minute of the first round.

I hope the guy is happy with the coin - I'm happy with the sale!
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