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    E32, Lot 167:

    UNITED STATES. Capped bust half dime. 1.36 gm. 15 mm. 1829. Extremely Fine; light marks visible under magnification.

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    E32, Lot 172:

    Divus Augustus. Died A.D. 14. Æ cast “sestertius." 22.58 gm. 34 mm. Paduan type. Early cast. His laureate head left; DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER / OB / CIVES / SER in three lines on shield, bordered by oak wreath, supported by two capricorns set on globe; S C flanking. Klawans 1. Near Extremely Fine; handsome dark brown patina. Particularly fine example.

    "Paduan" medals are so named after Giovanni da Cavino of Padua (1500-1570), who during his lifetime produced high quality dies to strike imitations and fantasy versions of Roman coins. The dies were passed down through Cavino's family until being purchased by the antiquary to the king of France in the 17th century, 100 years after Cavino's death. It is quite likely that the dies were used in the years between Cavino's death and their sale, and many copies were also cast based on struck originals. Casts were also created using existing casts, these 'aftercasts' generally decrease in quality and fidelity the further removed they become from the original struck examples.

    Whether or not they were made as intentional counterfeits is not conclusive (many scholars argue no). Various examples found their way into serious collections over time, but Zander Klawans's 1977 reference (and the many preceding works by Lawrence and others) mean that they are now rarely mistaken for real examples. Unlike many non-contemporary counterfeits, Paduans are historic and collectible in their own right.

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    E32, Lot 173:

    Vespasian. A.D. 69-79. Æ cast “sestertius." 19.17 gm. 33 mm. Paduan type. His laureate head right; IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P COS III / The emperor standing left, extending hand to Roma kneeling right, Minerva standing right behind, holding shield; ROMA RESVRGES S C. Klawans 3 (obverse die), 4 (reverse die). Very Fine; pleasing light brown patina; weakness on high points; some small casting bubbles; short 'striking split' at 10'.

    "Paduan" medals are so named after Giovanni da Cavino of Padua (1500-1570), who during his lifetime produced high quality dies to strike imitations and fantasy versions of Roman coins. The dies were passed down through Cavino's family until being purchased by the antiquary to the king of France in the 17th century, 100 years after Cavino's death. It is quite likely that the dies were used in the years between Cavino's death and their sale, and many copies were also cast based on struck originals. Casts were also created using existing casts, these 'aftercasts' generally decrease in quality and fidelity the further removed they become from the original struck examples.

    Whether or not they were made as intentional counterfeits is not conclusive (many scholars argue no). Various examples found their way into serious collections over time, but Zander Klawans's 1977 reference (and the many preceding works by Lawrence and others) mean that they are now rarely mistaken for real examples. Unlike many non-contemporary counterfeits Paduans are historic and collectible in their own right.

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    Judaea Capta Medallion

    E32, Lot 174:

    Titus. A.D. 79-81. Æ cast “sestertius." 24.21 gm. 33 mm. Paduan type or imitation. Aftercast. His laureate head left; IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII / Palm tree, male captive to left, Judaea seated to right in mourning; IVDAEA CAPTA S C. Cf. Klawans 3 (different dies). Good Very Fine; attractive brown patina. A particularly popular type.

    "Paduan" medals are so named after Giovanni da Cavino of Padua (1500-1570), who during his lifetime produced high quality dies to strike imitations and fantasy versions of Roman coins. The dies were passed down through Cavino's family until being purchased by the antiquary to the king of France in the 17th century, 100 years after Cavino's death. It is quite likely that the dies were used in the years between Cavino's death and their sale, and many copies were also cast based on struck originals. Casts were also created using existing casts, these 'aftercasts' generally decrease in quality and fidelity the further removed they become from the original struck examples.

    Whether or not they were made as intentional counterfeits is not conclusive (many scholars argue no). Various examples found their way into serious collections over time, but Zander Klawans's 1977 reference (and the many preceding works by Lawrence and others) mean that they are now rarely mistaken for real examples. Unlike many non-contemporary counterfeits Paduans are historic and collectible in their own right.

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    E32, Lot 175:

    Faustina Junior. Augusta, A.D. 147-175. Æ cast “sestertius." 28.64 gm. 33 mm. Paduan type. Aftercast. Her draped bust right; FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG PII FIL / Six Vestal Virgins sacrificing over altar before the Temple of Vesta. Klawans 2. Very Fine; brown patina; carefully tooled/engraved border all the way around bust on obverse.

    "Paduan" medals are so named after Giovanni da Cavino of Padua (1500-1570), who during his lifetime produced high quality dies to strike imitations and fantasy versions of Roman coins. The dies were passed down through Cavino's family until being purchased by the antiquary to the king of France in the 17th century, 100 years after Cavino's death. It is quite likely that the dies were used in the years between Cavino's death and their sale, and many copies were also cast based on struck originals. Casts were also created using existing casts, these 'aftercasts' generally decrease in quality and fidelity the further removed they become from the original struck examples.

    Whether or not they were made as intentional counterfeits is not conclusive (many scholars argue no). Various examples found their way into serious collections over time, but Zander Klawans's 1977 reference (and the many preceding works by Lawrence and others) mean that they are now rarely mistaken for real examples. Unlike many non-contemporary counterfeits Paduans are historic and collectible in their own right.

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    Admiral Vernon
    E32, Lot 180:

    GREAT BRITAIN. George II. 1727-1760. Æ brass medal. 12.6 gm. 31 mm. Admiral Vernon Medal. Porto Bello Taken. Three-quarter figure of Vernon standing facing slightly left, holding baton; THE BRITISH GLORY REVIV D BY ADMIRAL VERNON / Six ships entering Portobello harbor; HE TOOK PORTO BELLO WITH SIX SHIPS ONLY 1739 around, BY COURAGE AND CONDUCT below. Adams & Chao PBv 22-S. Betts 200. Very Fine.

    Admiral Vernon medals were created to commemorate the victories of the eponymous British naval commander in battles that took place between November 1739 and April 1741. The long and complex history of tension between England and Spain eventually came to a head when Spanish privateer coast guards, or guardacostas, boarded a Glasgow ship off Havana in 1731 and allegedly cut off her master's ear, to drive home the point of their anti-smuggling mission. When her captain Robert Jenkins produced his severed ear before Hampton Court in 1739, combined with many other merchant's complaints of lost cargoes and and humiliation, the War of Jenkins's Ear was ignited with widespread public support. Admiral Edward Vernon, an experienced naval commander, scored a major military and public relations victory when he took the heavily fortified Portobelo in a single day on December 2nd 1739 with just six ships. This bold action, combined with the tide of positive public opinion, led to this hasty issue of medals commemorating the event to capitalize on the moment.

    A thorough and high quality analysis of the history and of the issues can be had in John Adams & Dr. Fernando Chao's 2010 Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon, from which this summary is drawn.

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