About This Group of Coins

The nine Roman coins used in this illustration are from the author's collection. They are some of his favorites from the standpoint of artistic style, interesting portrait, beautifully colored patina and bold, full strike. None of them are exceptionally rare or expensive, save the little gold tremissis of the empress Eudocia, a coin type which shows up very infrequently even in major international auctions held by the large auction houses. Even so, the author obtained this rarity in gold for a bid of only two hundred twenty dollars. Though the coin was once holed and later crudely plugged, it is still a desirable rarity. One of the points in which collecting U.S. coins differs from collecting ancients is that a holed or damaged U.S. coin is virtually worthless with even great rarities selling for only a few dollars. Many ancient coins, on the other hand, are damaged and still held in esteem as valuable pieces by most knowledgeable collectors.

The coins in the top row of three, rising to the right are:

The coins in the center row of four are: The coins in the bottom row of two are:

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