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    'Boscoreale' Toning

    Tiberius (AD 14-37). AV aureus (19mm, 7.77 gm, 2h).  Lugdunum, ca. AD 18-35. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head of Tiberius right / PONTIF MAXIM, Livia, as Pax, seated right, holding scepter and olive branch; chair with ornate legs, feet on footstool, single line below. RIC 29. Calic├│ 305a. Perfectly centered and crisply struck from dies of good style. Reddish toning consistent with the Boscoreale Hoard of 1895. Minor scratches in field before neck. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice VF 5/5 - 3/5, edge marks.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex McLendon Collection (Christie's New York, 12 June 1993), lot 94.

    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 of incredible beauty 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. 

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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