Silver Roman Hits Block
By World Coin News
unrecorded Roman piece that is the largest known
silver Roman coin will be up for auction at the
Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles
Pre-Long Beach Sale slated for May 24-27.
The apparently unique coin of Valentinian I
(364-375 C.E.) is dated 369 C.E. from the Mint
of Antioch. It was presumably struck for the
quinquennial celebration on Feb. 25, 369 C.E.,
and was said to be found with the Priscus
Attalus silver coin.
At 66 mm, the coin weighs in at 104.30 grams. At
0.31 of a Roman pound, it surpasses the Priscus
Attalus (.25 pound) as the largest known Roman
silver coin by one-third.
The exact denomination is elusive. Experts
suggest it is either a 48 siliquae or a 24
Collections of interest to ancient and world
coin collectors will be The Christov Family
Collection of Byzantine Coinage, The Stanley
Yulish Collection of Coins of the Holy Land, and
a multi-million dollar collection of Greek and
The million-dollar British gold collection
includes one of the finest groups of 5-guineas
ever to appear at public auction, from Charles
II through Anne, most with the elephant and
castle provenance mark.
The sale will include more than 1,000 lots of
Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins without
Catalogs will be available May 1. Collectors in
the U.S. may call (800) 978-2646 to order for
$15. Internationally shipped catalogs cost $40.
View the virtual catalog online for free at
www.goldbergcoins.com. No log-in or membership
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