Galba. AD 68-69. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.15 g, 6h). Uncertain mint in Gaul (Narbo?). Struck circa April-late autumn AD 68.
Obv: Laureate head right IMPERATOR SER GALBA
Rev: Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia. CONCORDIA PROVINCIARUM RIC I 105; RSC 34.
Fine, toned, porous.
EX: AUKTIONEN MEISTER & SONNTAG, AUCTION 4, LOT 74 11/10/2006
Ex Meister & Sonntag Quick Auction 2007 (25 March 2007), lot 214
EX:.CNG E-auction Lot 353 September 5, 2018
The portrait sold me on this coin. Just look at that nose! If you have have been following the many Galba posts you will see a marked different in the portraits on those coins and the portrait on this one. The Spanish mint denarii tend to have smaller heads and an almost abstract angularity. The portraits on these Gaulish denarii tend to be more veristic, and as such have a certain charm to them. Unfortunately the reverse is not as nice as the obverse on this coin.
I think the roughness of the surfaces might have dissuaded people from bidding. I just saw this as part of the charm of a coin that is 1950 years old.
This coin is also an example of how prices for ancient coins do not always go up. Upon researching this coin I found out that this coin sold more than 11 years ago for about 3 times what I paid this month! I have a lot of fun doing the research and sometimes you can find out that you got a bargain.