An investment opportunity 2,000 years in the making - A rare coin portfolio like no other
It’s not every day that someone shows me an investment opportunity that is over 2,000 years old. Not only that, it comes from an epic period that changed the course of human history.
What I love about this job is the opportunities it creates to engage with history, not just for me, but for people I speak to - the constant, tangible and sometimes breath-taking reminders of our past.
For some people it’s more about pride of ownership – the tangibility, the heritage; for others it’s the inherent store of value and potential for long-term wealth generation that comes from tapping into our expertise in a specialised and growing market.
In Roman times, coinage was a way of stamping your mark and your message across the Empire.
So imagine owning a portfolio of rare, gold coins spanning Rome's first twelve Caesars, forever capturing the essence and image of the men who founded and built one of the world's great Empires.
From today, you don't need to imagine. You can start your collection right now.
The Twelve Caesars and the Aureus
The list of twelve reads like a historical 'Who's Who' and includes the leaders who oversaw not just great developments in Rome, but also the military conquests that would define the Mediterranean world and ultimately all of Western Civilisation:
- Julius Caesar - Last ruler of the Roman Republic
- Augustus - Who defeated Marc Anthony and brought peace
- Tiberius - Emperor during the time of Christ
- Caligula - Mad, married his sister and was assassinated
- Claudius - Conqueror of Britain, poisoned by his wife
- Nero - Who burned Rome to the ground and took his own life
- Vespasian - Ended the Civil War
- Titus - Completed construction of the Colosseum
- Domitian - The last of the Twelve Caesars and of the Flavian Emperors
When it comes to their coinage, the gold 'aureus' was the economic standard of the time and was of nearly pure gold, with the bust of the Emperor on it.
A 'Twelve Caesars' gold aureus is among the most coveted and desirable coins in all of numismatics, with many collectors and investors assembling an entire twelve - piece set when they can secure them.
Augustus Gold Aureus
Step back with me over 2,000 years, before the birth of Christ to hold a Gold Aureus featuring Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, struck in 15-13BC.
The coin, featuring the portrait of Augustus on the obverse and a rutting heifer on the reverse, is a truly beautiful work of art and its condition after more than 2,000 years is ‘extremely fine’ in technical terms – quite astounding.
I have a second Roman coin to share with you and again this is one of great historical interest.
It’s a Gold Aureus of Claudius and Agrippina, minted out of Rome and struck AD 50-54; a real rarity.
Claudius I conquered Britain for the Roman Empire. Yet he wasn’t your typical emperor. He suffered from a speech impediment and limp, and was ridiculed by his own family.
Claudius came to power after Caligula was assassinated in AD 41.
Although Claudius had no military reputation, in AD 43 he personally oversaw Britain’s fall. He spent 16 days on the island, and supervised the capture of Roman Britain’s capital, Colchester. Claudius triumphantly returned to Rome.
Claudius married Agrippina the Younger, his niece. She and her son, Domitius, were the only remaining direct descendants of Augustus. Claudius adopted Domitius as his son. Domitius took the name Nero.
Claudius died in AD 54. He was likely poisoned on Agrippina’s orders. She was worried Claudius would appoint Britannicus - his son from a previous marriage - as heir rather than Nero. Nero became Emperor.
As for the coin - featuring the laureate head of Claudius facing right and the draped bust of Agrippina also facing right on the reverse - this is an excellent example of this very rare coin.
The table below gives an indication of the approximate costs of each coin in Very Fine or Extremely Fine condition.
If you are interested in building a Twelve Caesars portfolio (with patience, we will acquire them over time) or in securing individual coins please get in touch.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Caesar' in the headline and we will be in touch.
Alternatively email me directly at email@example.com or call 01534 639998.
We look forward to being of service and to procuring you an impressive and resonant 'slice of history'.
Mike Hall CEO Just Collecting
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