Paul Francis Jacquier Auction 45 Lot 1721 September 14, 2018
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database.
I do not usually collect coins of the 3rd century. However, when I found out that Phillipe Gysen's collection was coming up for auction I was intrigued. I had a look through the catalogue and bid on one coin which I won. This is not that coin. After the auction had ended the auction company was selling off the unsold lots for opening bid. I saw this one and bought it. Although it is not much to look at because of the partial silvering remaining on the coin, I really liked 3 things about this coin. It had an interesting reverse, it was from a famous collection, and it was listed as a unique coin.
This coin does not appear in any reference. What makes this coin unique is the bust type, and the combination of this bust type with the 'Q' officina which you can see on the reverse between the 2 figures. The bust is radiate and cuirassed rather than radiate, cuirassed, and draped. The lack of draping makes this coin with this reverse type very rare.
I am always on the lookout for interesting coins to add to my collection and this one fit the bill perfectly.