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    Balbinus, A.D. 238. AE sestertius. Laureate, cuirassed and draped bust right of Balbinus/Concordia seated left holding patera and cornucopiae (double cornucopiae). RIC 22, C. 4. VF, light porosity accounting for a general softness; brown patina, particularly large flan.
    Collecting large Roman brasses is an advanced study; it should be entered upon by those who have first acquired a general knowledge of Roman coins, who have an advanced perspective of artistic aesthetics, as well as an understanding of modern coin cleaning techniques. It goes without saying that these Imperial sestertii can be the most handsome and compelling of all Roman coinage.
    Most all ancient coins have been cleaned at one time or another. AE or copper alloy coinage has been attacked by the acids and alkalies in the soil in which they were buried to a greater extent than silver coins; gold coins are more impervious to soil conditions, and frequently demand little cleaning, if any.
    (PCGS# 100491)


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    27th-30th Saturday-Tuesday
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