Obverse: Laureate janiform head of Janus
Reverse: Jupiter, holding sceptre and brandishing thunderbolt, in quadriga driven to right by Victory; ROMA incuse on tablet below
This deeply toned beauty came with a small storage box that was labelled ‘bought at Ball Berlin’. Robert Ball Nachf. (the Nachf. stands for Nachfolger which means ‘successors’) was one of the big numismatic mail-order and auction houses of the 1920’s and 30’s. According to a fellow collector, Andrew McCabe recently received a coin with a similar box and traced it’s creator as Thomas James Clarke, a businessman and collector who lived between 1875-1952. It could be possible that he bought the coin from Robert Ball for himself, but this is not certain since it seems he also made the boxes for other collectors. I’m still hoping to trace this coins full provenance some day.
Crawford 28/3; RSC 23; Sydenham 64