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« Reply #250 on: March 29, 2019, 03:29:09 pm »

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« Reply #251 on: March 29, 2019, 04:32:43 pm »

Holy crap! => Optimo, that is an amazing example! (congrats for scoring that baby)

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« Reply #252 on: March 30, 2019, 12:26:15 am »

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« Reply #253 on: March 30, 2019, 08:37:46 am »

Fantastic detail!

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« Reply #254 on: April 18, 2019, 01:08:26 pm »

Happy to add this impressive early denarius of Trajan from his first year in power 98-99 AD. An interesting feature is the ornate aegis on Trajan's portrait; quite common on later coins of his reign but I have not seen many on these early coins.

AR Denarius, Rome 98-99 AD, 3.52g
Obv: Laureate head of Trajan (R), wearing aegis. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM
Rev: Vesta seated (L), holding patera and torch. PM TRP COS II PP
RIC 9; BMC 26; RSC 203


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« Reply #255 on: April 18, 2019, 02:25:51 pm »

Very nice example!

As to the bust type, compare Woytek's specimen counts:

60a, head laur., 60 spec.

60b, fold of cloak on front shoulder, 5 spec.

60c, your coin with aegis on front shoulder and behind neck, 8 spec.
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« Reply #256 on: April 18, 2019, 02:42:57 pm »

Very interesting numbers, thanks as always Curtis. The aegis variant not as rare as I thought it seems ..but I was wondering if this type might be the first use of an aegis in Trajan's portraiture. If possible I would love to know which Trajan-type Woytek says is the 'first' to have an aegis variant; I know the chronology within his consulships cannot be exact.
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« Reply #257 on: April 18, 2019, 03:59:40 pm »

Woytek p. 77 (my translation):

"The bust type with aegis, which had divine implications, had first appeared on Roman coins under Nero. Under Trajan it was used for the first time already before the end of 98 AD, which is noteworthy because it had never been used for Nerva but was of course typical for Domitian. Under Trajan this bust type, though it never became standard, was nevertheless frequently used on all denominations, especially on denarii and bronze coins, and lasted until the end of the reign."

However, bust with aegis seems to have been quite rare for Trajan at least up to c. Fall 98, when he accepted the title P P.

Obv. legend beginning IMP NERVA CAES rather than IMP CAES NERVA, Trajan's scarce earliest obv. legend, probably lasting only a month or so: Woytek found only a single dupondius with aegis, his 44[H]c.

Obv. IMP CAES NERVA, but Trajan not yet properly P P on rev., a title he apparently accepted c. Fall 98: aegis still very unusual.

Woytek 20e, denarius, 2 spec.

22c, aureus, 3 spec., all from same die pair.

34c, gold quinarius, and 35c, silver quinarius.

Before the end of 99, the aegis had become a little commoner, as on your denarius. But it will be hard to tell whether that change occurred between Fall 98 and the end of that year, or only in the course of 99.
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« Reply #258 on: May 06, 2019, 11:42:00 am »

Thrilled to add this denarius of Manius Acilius Glabrio from 49 BC, with a nice provenance.

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Mn. Acilius Glabrio - Salus with Valetudo holding Snake (Crawf. 442/1a), AR Denarius, Rome, 49 BC, 3.72g
Obv: Laureate head of Salus (R), SALVTIS upward in field.
Rev: Valetudo standing (L), resting l. arm on column and holding snake in r. hand, MN·ACILIVS – III·VIR·VALETV
Crawford 442/1a; Acilia 8; Syd. 922

NAC Auction 114 - Part 1, 06/05/2019, Lot 475
ex. NAC 73, Student and his Mentor part II, 18/11/2013, Lot 176
ex. Nicolas Collection, Etienne-Paul Nicolas (1904-1981), Leu 17, 03/05/1977, Nicolas, Lot 648.


This moneyer Manius Acilius Glabrio has been linked to the house of Pompey and was possibly raised as a child in Pompey's house (his mother, Aemilia Scaura, was Pompey's second wife). This issue with imagery of Salus and healing goddess Valetudo, struck as Caesar crossed the Rubicon in 49 BC, may have been minted in support of Pompey, whose optimates were fighting to preserve the health (salus) of the Republic.
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« Reply #259 on: May 06, 2019, 01:00:48 pm »

Wow, Great coin,  Thumbs Up

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« Reply #260 on: May 06, 2019, 05:57:17 pm »

Wow, that's a fantastic coin! ... congrats, Optimo-P

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« Reply #261 on: May 26, 2019, 08:34:15 am »

First of a few new additions; a nicely toned Antoninus Pius denarius in very fine style.

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AR Denarius, Rome 148-149 AD, 3.36g
Obv: Laureate head of Antoninus Pius (R).
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XII
Rev: Aequitas standing front, head to left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
COS IIII
RIC 177; BMC 654; RSC 240

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Leu Numismatik Auction 1, Lot 219, 25/10/17
ex. Yves Gunzenreiner Collection
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« Reply #262 on: May 26, 2019, 03:30:52 pm »

Wrong link but great coin!
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« Reply #263 on: May 26, 2019, 03:52:36 pm »

Cheers Jay! (corrected the link)
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« Reply #264 on: May 26, 2019, 03:56:08 pm »

Great looks again
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« Reply #265 on: May 27, 2019, 07:43:55 am »

Proud to add this striking denarius of Macrinus, an Equestrian of Berber origin who orchestrated the assassination of Caracalla; his own reign lasting just over a year from April 217 to June 218.

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AR Denarius, Rome, March-June 218 AD, 2.89g
Obv: Laureate and draped bust of Macrinus (R).
IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG
Rev: Macrinus, togate, seated (L), holding globe and parazonium or sceptre.
P M TR P II COS P P
RIC 27a; BMC 47; RSC 51

Leu Numismatik Auction 4, Lot 680, 25/05/19
Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles Auction 106, Lot 1565, 04/09/18
ex. William Mills Collection of Roman Coins
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« Reply #266 on: May 27, 2019, 08:40:08 am »

Wow! ... that's a total winner (congrats, Opt-Prince)

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« Reply #267 on: May 27, 2019, 03:59:02 pm »

A pretty coin of a probably harsh-looking character in real life.
  (That was an interesting auction, at least relative to most of their "estimates".  Some Republic collectors in the room must have really gotten into the competition...  At least what I interpreted online while I had my morning coffee.)
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« Reply #268 on: May 28, 2019, 01:22:25 pm »

Also pleased to add this charming Antoninianus of Herennius Etruscus, showing him as Prince of Youth.

AR Antoninianus, Rome 250-251 AD, 4.82g
Obv: Radiate and draped bust of Herennius Etruscus as Caesar (R).
Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C
Rev: Herennius, as prince of the youth, standing (L) in military attire, holding baton and transverse spear.
PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS
RIC 147c; RSC 26

Leu Numismatik Auction 4, Lot 715, 25/05/19

Herennius Etruscus (227-251 AD) was the elder son of Trajan Decius. He became Caesar in 250 and Augustus in 251, the year he and his father were killed by the Goths at the Battle of Abritus; the first time a Roman Emperor was killed in battle against barbarians. The catastrophic battle against the Gothic king Cniva was fought near Abritus in the Roman province of Moesia Inferior (modern Razgrad, Bulgaria).


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« Reply #269 on: June 02, 2019, 07:48:17 am »

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« Reply #270 on: June 06, 2019, 01:59:29 pm »

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« Reply #271 on: September 30, 2019, 12:23:47 pm »

I am thrilled to add a rare and important tetradrachm of Trajan from the collection of Michel Prieur (1955-2014).

The coin has been well-published in:
M. Prieur, A Type Corpus of The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms and Their Fractions from 57 BC to AD 253 (Lancaster, 2000) -  Prieur 1487 (Tyre, this coin)
R. McAlee, The Coins of Roman Antioch (Lancaster, 2007) - McAlee 427 (this coin)
A. Burnett, M. Amandry, I. Carradice, Roman Provincial Coinage, vol. II (London and Paris, 1999) - RPC 3512/1 (this coin)

If anyone has these reference texts I would enjoy seeing the coin in the books...

AR Tetradrachm, Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, 98-99 AD, 14.91g
Obv: Laureate head of Trajan (R), wearing ornate ceremonial aegis.
ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙС ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ
Rev: Eagle standing facing on thunderbolt, head right and wings spread, with wreath in beak.
ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤ B

McAlee 427 (this coin); RPC 3512/1 (this coin); Prieur 1487 (Tyre, this coin)
Extremely Rare; only two examples known to Prieur and RPC, including this example.


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« Reply #272 on: September 30, 2019, 06:50:18 pm »

A splendid acquisition!

An aegis added to a profile portrait is usually itself shown from the side: we see the near edge of the aegis, a head of Medusa in profile, and sometimes a couple of snakes above or in front of the Medusa head. See for example the illustration below, omitting the snakes; and your Trajan denarius in Reply 254 above, with one snake.

On your new tetradrachm, however, the aegis has been turned to face us viewers:  we see both the near and the far edge of the aegis, a Medusa head facing us with two wings attached at left and right to her forehead, and a couple of snakes. McAlee p. 199 illustrates three such frontal aegises on tetradrachms of Trajan, all from the same obverse die: your coin no. 427, and nos. 433/2 and 434/2.

Six weeks ago I noticed such a frontal aegis for the first time on a sestertius of Trajan, Woytek 323cB-2 of c. 109 AD. Woytek doesn't mention this variety in his very thorough and innovative treatment of Trajan's bust types (quite possibly he had noticed it but considered it too unimportant to describe), and I couldn't find any example of a frontal aegis in his 123 plates illustrating practically every rev. type and variety and every bust type that he could find on Trajan's coins. Your example and the two others from the same obv. die in McAlee are only the second time I have noticed this frontal aegis on any Roman imperial coin, though of course it could well be that there are in fact many other occurrences out there, which I have just never noticed before!
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« Reply #273 on: October 01, 2019, 12:02:52 am »

Thanks for that detail on the aegis Curtis.
Amazingly I have another tetradrachm from the same obverse die in my collection. Here they are side by side.
The second example shows the die more worn and partnered with the slightly different reverse of the eagle clutching a grain ear.
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