Antoninus Pius CE 138-161; Provincial Bithynia

BITHYNIA, Nicomedia

Æ 17mm (3.41 gm).

O: Laureate head right, ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟΣ

R: ΜΗΤ ΚΑΙ ΠΡΩΤHC /ΝΙΚΟΜΗΔΕΙ , hippocamp right.

RG -; BMC -; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG von Aulock -; Lindgren III 202 (this coin). Lindgren references this coin to MS (Mionnet Supp.) V 1036. 3.42

Notes from the dealer state: Surface roughness, with a reddish brown patina. Near VF, with great eye appeal and provenance.

Lindgren Plate Coin (cf. above photo of plate 12, 202)

Ex: The Garth R. Drewry Collection;

Ex: The Henry C. Lindgren Collection, 202

Ex: CNG, EA 160: Lot 161 (March 14, 2007)

Ex: Bruce Antonelli/Inclinatioroma

The RPC IV on line, has assigned Temporary number 5652 to an example of this coin. There are only two specimens noted and only one illustrated. The first is from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (17 mm, 2.43 g) it was published in the Numismatische Zeitschrift 54 (1921), p. 139 by R. Munsterberg. The example as pictured in the RPC resides at the British Museum in London (18mm, 2.76 g). My example is almost a gram heavier than the Vienna example and slightly more than half a gram heavier than the London example.

A third example has been located via Coin Archives, an unsold piece from the Coll. J. - P. RIGHETTI, PART of IV BITHYNIA NIKOMEDIA. Münzen & Medaillen Deutschland GmbH, Auction 15, Lot No.: 412. (21 Oct 2004). This example is 17 mm and 3.23 g, but was in slightly poorer condition than my example. The citations given are Mionnet Suppl. 178, 1036. Lindgren III, 202. See W. Waddington, E. Babelon, & Th. Reinach, Recueil général des monnaies grecques d’Asie Mineure, 1904-1925; 534, 133, though this coin is noted as not being listed in these two referenced sources except as possible comparisons.

The notes with the coin state that this coin is seen "sehr selten" ['very rare' or 'very scarce'].

Upon the enclosed information from the prior auctions, the coin is noted on multiple packages as being rated "RR", which stands for "extremely rare" as noted by Münzen & Medaillen.

A fourth example was found in good condition on a site with no info regarding diameter, weight or provenance. It is the poorer of the five total examples noted. It can be found at http://www.antoninescoins.com/. There is a variety existing with the same designs though the reverse inscription has NIKOMEDEI above the hippocamp and METROPOLITON below it. That example had been purchased from David Connors in 2006, and noted that it was Lindgren III, 202. In actuality it is a variety of 202 and may actually stand with the inscription noted as a wholly separate coin altogether.

As for some background related to one of the former owners of this coin, Henry Clay Lindgren, the following was found in the SFSU bulletin announcing his death in 2005:

Henry Clay Lindgren (1914-2005), was a professor emeritus of psychology at San Francisco State U.

Lindgren joined the SF State faculty in 1947 and retired in 1984. He served as director of the counseling center on campus from 1947 to 1949.

Lindgren wrote more than 50 journal articles and 30 books. His books include "Meaning: An Antidote to Anxiety" in 1956, "An Introduction to Social Psychology" in 1969, and "Great Expectations: The Psychology of Money" in 1980.

"He was a great raconteur, and he was just fun," said Rose Grabstein, a longtime friend of Lindgren and a former consultant for the Frank V. de Bellis Collection in the J. Paul Leonard Library. "He enjoyed traveling, and he knew a lot about where he went."

Lindgren, a Sacramento native who grew up in Hawaii, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Germanic languages from Stanford University. After completing his doctorate in education from Stanford, he served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy in World War II.

Lindgren was renowned for his large collection of antique bronze and silver coins. His interest in rare coins was sparked during a stint as a Fulbright lecturer at University of Rome, Italy, in 1956-57. He wrote several books on his collection and lectured in several countries. He donated more than 1,000 coins from his collection to SFSU's Classics Department and Museum Studies Program.

Example from BMC

Example from Righetti Collection

Example from Antoninescoins.com