Not a US coin. But it has a connection to US history!
I'm quite pleased with my latest acquisition, though I paid a steep price for it.
The coin is a Roman Republican denarius from circa 109-108 BC.
"L. Memmius. 109-108 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.36 g, 12h). Rome mint. Wreathed head of male right; mark of value below chin / The Dioscuri standing facing, each holding spear and bridle of his horse. Crawford 304/1; Sydenham 558; Memmia 1; RBW 1145. Toned, minor porosity on obverse. VF."
So what's the connection to the United States, you ask?
Well, this coin was once in the collection of a famous ancestor of mine. Here's the pedigree.
"From the David J. Fleischmann Collection. Ex John Quincy Adams & Descendants Collection/Massachusetts Historical Society (Stack's, 5 March 1971), lot 448 (part of)."
Here's my stern looking ancestor as an old man, circa 1843-1848, some time after he served as the sixth President of the United States.
How's that for history? A 2,100-year-old Roman coin with a nearly 200-year-old pedigree to a US president's collection?
I thought that was cool. Throw in the family connection, and you can see why I had to have it.