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The Scott Collection of Superb Roman and Byzantine Coins

When FORVM obtains an estate collection, we often wonder what the collector was trying to achieve. It is obvious, Mr. Scott was a collector of superb and master portraits. By FORVM's definition a superb portrait is one that apears it could come to life. Many or most coin portraits actually lack this trait. A master portrait not only appears that it could come to life, but also makes an impression of what the subject was like, what they were thinking or how they felt. Please take a good look at Mr. Scott's portrait collection. We hope that you appreciate Mr. Scott's lifetime work, assembling this gallery of Roman and Byzantine masterpieces.

Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C., M. Metellus

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The finest artistic rendering of Caesar Forum has handled. Beautifully toned. An example of this type sold for $9,200 (including buyers fees) in the Triton V sale.
SH06905. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1407, Crawford 480/3, Sydenham 1056, RSC I 34, near EF, weight 3.56 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, M. Metellus, moneyer, Jan - Feb 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR IMP, Caesar's wreathed head right, lituus and culullus behind head; reverse MēMETELLVS, Venus holding Victory and transverse scepter, resting elbow on shield set on base or helmet, G (control mark) in left field; from the Scott Collection; rare; SOLD

Pupienus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

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Magnificent. Spectacular portrait. Beautifully toned with traces of iridescent blue. This coin is the scarcer of two types minted with the same reverse but with different obverse legends. The reverse refers to the mutual clarity or shared vision of the emperors Balbinus and Pupienus. Because they were quarreling they were unable to put up a joint defense against the praetorians. They were both murdered after a reign of only 99 days.
SH07654. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV-1 10a (S); RSC III 4; BMCRE VI 80, SRCV III 8519, Hunter III 8 var. (obv. legend), aEF, weight 4.26 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, obverse IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CARITAS MVTVA AVGG (Mutual Clarity of the Emperors), clasped hands; from the Scott Collection; scarce; SOLD

Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

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Boldly struck and very sharp. The finest Caligula portrait we have handled. Beautiful turquoise patina which is stunning on the obverse but uneven on the reverse.
SH06908. Copper as, RIC I 38, Cohen I 27, BMCRE I 46, Hunter I 20, BnF II 54, SRCV I 1803, near Uncirculated, weight 11.19 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, bare head left; reverse VESTA, Vesta enthroned left, patera extended in right, long scepter transverse in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Scott Collection; SOLD


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Roman Coins of Scott Roman & Byzantine