Lot 10: Roman Empire. Hostilian as Caesar (c. 251 AD) Gold Aureus (4.31 grams). NGC VG, Strike: 5/5, Surface: 1/5, Plugged.
October 29, 2016
Garden City, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Roman Empire. Hostilian as Caesar (c. 251 AD) Gold Aureus (4.31 grams). NGC VG, Strike: 5/5, Surface: 1/5, Plugged. The plug is skillfully executed and lies within the legend at 10:00 on the obverse. Aside from the small area affected by the plug, the legends are complete and the major design elements wonderfully intact. The obverse depicts a bare-headed draped bust of Hostilian; the reverse Hostilian in military attire holding a wand and spear. There is a delicate blush of orange-gold on either side of a slightly wavy planchet. Hostilian was roughly twelve years old when this coin was struck, and shortly thereafter fell victim to the plague that was ravaging the Empire; thus the rarity of this coinage. Considering the extreme rarity of Hostilian aurei, not to mention their typical $25,000-$60,000 price tag, the currently offered coin represents a marvelous opportunity to fill in an otherwise nearly non-collectible portrait into an advanced collection of Roman gold. We note that a clearly inferior holed Hostilian Aureus sold in an October 2014 Geisenner auction for 1600 Euro ($2029 at that time) plus the buyer's fee. Est. $3000.