, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D., Roman Provincial
This variety with a on the is much rarer than the same without this control symbol. RPC reports only 5 specimens with the and 17 specimens without it. This variety is missing from the important collections in , , and , and we know of only one example offered at auction in the past two decades (CNG 76, 12 Sep 2007, lot 3152, VF, $430 plus fees).RP84748.
The BMC specimen, acquired in 1867, was identified as a modern forgery after it was found to share an die with a fake . RIC does not list the , noting the BMC forgery and stating the needs confirmation. Quite a few clearly genuine examples have been offered on the market in recent years. This coin has been authenticated by Jyrki Muona, a collector and expert numismatist specializing in the coinage of .
An example of this , graded NGC AU* 5/5 - 4/5, but with a pitted clearly inferior to this coin's, sold for $22,000 plus fees at the Heritage Signature Sale 3030 (6 January 2014).SH68896. Silver
, 25, 11, 9 (BM specimen condemned as a modern forgery), -, -, EF, light on luster, strike with fresh dies but very highest points a little weak, 3.614 g, maximum 19.7 mm, 180o, mint, 9 Mar - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; IMP , right; (high priest), standing left, stalks of grain in right hand, in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona collection; ; SOLD
This is the rarest and one of the rarest 1st century Roman . Only two museums, and ANS, hold examples. A further specimen was found in archeological context in Denmark in 1990s. Besides these, four additional specimens are known. This coin has the best portrait and is clearly the most attractive of the seven known. Jyrki Muona obtained it in 2002 at the NYINC from Glenn .
minted three separate issues. The first and second issues followed Galba's of 90% silver. Otho's third issue was debased to 80% silver. All coins of the third issue share the , perhaps to make it easy to distinguish the debased coins. One might think our coin is simply a error for Otho's third issue, . However, as have shown, this is not the case. If was a simple error, the would be 80% silver. This was struck on second issue 90% silver flans, probably during planning for the third issue, and perhaps only for testing. The was apparently not distributed, and was withdrawn, and melted when it was decided to debase the coinage and use the . It appears a small number were released, most likely by mistake.SH79667. Silver
, 10b; 6; 1958.217.1; 1; 1 (7 spec. known, all minted with the same die-pair), Nice VF, the best portrait and most attractive of the seven known specimens, light rose , a few light marks and spots of , 3.273 g, maximum 17.8 mm, 180o, mint, 9 Mar - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; IMP AVG TRP, right; , standing left, grain-ears raised in right hand, in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; SOLD
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