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    Boscoreale Toning

    Nero (AD 54-68). AV aureus (19mm, 7.18 gm, 6h). Rome, AD 66-67. IMP NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS, laureate head of Nero right / Salus seated left on high-backed throne, veiled, holding patera in right hand, SALVS in exergue. RIC 66. Calicó 445. Well centered on a broad, round flan. Reddish toning around periphery and devices, suggesting a provenance to the Boscoreale Hoard of 1895. NGC XF ★ 5/5 - 5/5.

    In 1894 or 1895, excavators working on a Roman villa near the buried city of Pompeii unearthed an amazing treasure trove that included silver table vessels and more than 1,000 gold aurei. The intense heat from the volcanic ash, lava and pyroclastic flows from the eruption of Vesuvius left nearly all of the gold coins with a distinctive reddish discoloration which has come to be known as "Boscoreale toning." Although it is known that the hoard consisted of coins from all the reigns up to and including AD 78, no formal records were made of the hoard before it was dispersed to local museums and coin collectors. Although it is impossible to tell for certain whether any particular coin was from the Boscoreale Hoard, the presence of deep reddish toning on an aureus dating to before the eruption is regarded as highly suggestive that the coin was from this hoard, or was found elsewhere in the vicinity of Pompeii or Herculaneum. 


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