Although formed in the short span of only seven years, The Aloysius Lynn Collection of Ancient Coins is comprised of a remarkable quantity of material. More than 4,000 coins were acquired between 1997 and 2003 and, while the focus of the collection was quite obviously Roman silver, nice runs of aurei, imperial coppers and even Parthian drachms were also purchased along the way. Included here are the Parthian and Parthia-related Roman coins from Lynn's collection.
Mr. Lynn’s collecting aim was nearly imponderable: to acquire high-quality examples of all the types and varieties of Roman denarii listed in Roman Silver Coins as well as varieties that were unrecorded. To this end, Mr. Lynn was a participant in myriad auctions in the United States and Europe, purchasing vast numbers of high-grade pieces in a relatively short period. He also was a fixture at most major coin shows in the U.S., recognizable by the well-worn set of Roman Silver Coins he customarily carried. He was an intense and voracious buyer and, had outside forces not intervened to abruptly curtail his collecting in 2003, his seemingly impossible goal of completeness actually may have been achievable with time.
These coins were brought to the market in the Helios Numismatik Auktion 4 (14 Oct 2009), Freeman & Sear Mail Bid Sale 17 (15 Dec 2009), and Freeman & Sear Manhattan Sale (5 Jan 2010), A fourth auction of Lynn’s ancient coins is slated for Freeman & Sear’s Mail Bid Sale 18 in early Spring 2010. Several coins from the Lynn collection also appeared in the Classical Numismatic Group online coin shop in Jan 2010, and another group of 19 Parthian coins from the Lynn collection appeared on the Freeman & Sear web site in an E-Auction that closed 30 Mar 2010, all of which are included here.
The images on these pages are used with the kind permission of Helios Numismatik, Freeman & Sear and Classical Numismatic Group. Please see the printed catalogs for full details on the entire Aloysius Lynn collection.
The attributions and cataloging of Parthian coins used throughout this web site follow David Sellwood's An Introduction to the Coinage of Parthia (1980, 2nd edition) for consistency. The few exceptions to this policy are explained here.
This page last updated 18 Mar 2010