Coins and Antiquities Consignment Shop
  Please login or register to view your wish list! All items are guaranteed authentic for eternity! Please call us if you have questions 252-646-1958. Thanks for your business! Please login or register to view your wish list! All items are guaranteed authentic for eternity! Internet challenged? We are happy to take your order over the phone 252-646-1958. Thanks for your business!

Catalog Main Menu
Fine Coins Showcase

Antiquities Showcase
Recent Additions
Recent Price Reductions

Show empty categories
Shop Search
Shopping Cart
Contact Us
About Forum
Shopping at Forum
Our Guarantee
Payment Options
Shipping Options & Fees
Privacy & Security
Forum Staff
Selling Your Coins
Identifying Your Coin
FAQs
Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Themes & Provenance ▸ Gods, Olympians ▸ Ares or MarsView Options:  |  |  |   

Ares or Mars

God of war and bloodshed. Symbols include the boar and the spear. Son of Zeus and Hera.


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
In 278 A.D., Probus defeated the Alamanni, expelled the Franks from Gaul, reorganized the Roman defenses on the Rhine and resettled the Germanic tribes in the devastated provinces. He adopted the titles Gothicus Maximus and Germanicus Maximus.
SH62614. Silvered antoninianus, Alfldi Siscia V type 96, n 79; RIC, part 2, V 811 var (bust type), EF, sharp, near full silvering and centering, weight 3.665 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 278 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Mars walking right, nude but for cloak flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over shoulder in left, XXIVI in exergue; $140.00 (123.20)


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
Mars, the god of war, was, according to the common belief of the ancients, the son of Jupiter and of Juno; or as some of the later poets have pretended, the son of Juno, by whom solely he was generated, as the goddess Minerva was brought forth from Jupiter alone. Mars was regarded as a great leader in battle; as presiding over discord and contest, everywhere exciting slaughter and war. Although this divinity had numerous adorers in Greece and in many other countries, there was no place where his worship became more popular than in Rome.
SL75308. Silver denarius, RIC IV 53, RSC III 281, BMCRE VI 353, Hunter III 32, cf. SRCV II 7898 (TR P IIII), NGC AU, strike 5/5, surface 3/5 (3808048-001), weight 2.62 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 226 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P VI COS II P P, Mars advancing right, helmeted, nude but for cloak tied in belt at waist and flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy of captured arms over shoulder in left hand; NGC certified and in NGC plastic holder (slabbed); $135.00 (118.80)


Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RS70207. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, Vespasian 948 (C); RSC II 65; BMCRE II Vespasian 221; BnF III Vespasian 195; SRCV I -, F, toned, nice portrait, weight 3.118 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 77 - 78 A.D.; obverse T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head right; reverse COS VI, Mars standing left, nude but for crested helmet and cloak behind in belt at waist, transverse spear in right hand, trophy of captured arms in left; $125.00 (110.00)


Sinope, Paphlagonia, c. 100 - 85 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
We have been unable to find another example with this flower(?) or palm(?) control symbol on the reverse.
BB63160. Bronze AE 20, SNG Cop 311 var, BMC Pontus p. 100, 49 var; SNG BM 1528 ff. var; SNG Stancomb 795 var; SNGvA 227 var (none with this symbol left), VF, weight 8.575 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Sinope (Sinop, Turkey) mint, 100 - 85 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of young Ares right; reverse ΣINΩ−ΠHΣ, sword in scabbard, flower(?) or palm(?) lower left; rare, unpublished(?); $110.00 (96.80)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.; EQVITI Series II of Ticinum, I, QXXI

Click for a larger photo
Ticinum mint EQVITI series II - click "EQVITI" to read the NumisWiki article, "Coins of Probus with Coded Markings of EQVITI Embedded in the mint mark." The letter "I" in the reverse field is the fourth letter of the codeword EQVITI. The letter "Q" in the exergue indicates this coin was struck by the fourth officina (mint workshop). The letters of the word EQVITI are coded in the mint marks of coins from all the officinae of the mint, with the specific letters of the codeword assigned to each officina in order corresponding with their officina numbers. This codeword probably refers to cavalry. It may be AEQVITI truncated because there were only six officinae in operation.
RA62615. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 509, EF, weight 3.910 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 281 A.D.; obverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left; reverse MARTI PACIF, Mars advancing left, holding olive-branch, shield and spear, I left, QXXI in exergue; sharp strike with full silvering, some hoard patina remaining; $105.00 (92.40)


The Mamertini, Sicily, c. 288 - 278 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
Mamertini or "children of Mars," was the name taken by a band of Campanian (or Samnite) freebooters who about 289 B.C. seized the Greek colony of Messana at the north-east corner of Sicily, after having been hired by Agathocles to defend it (Polyb. 1. 7. 2). - 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
GB67344. Bronze pentonkion, Calciati I p. 93, 3/1; SNG ANS 402; BMC Sicily p. 109, 3; SNG Cop 434 var (on reverse Φ left), gF, some corrosion and pitting, weight 16.288 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 270o, Messana mint, c. 288 - 278 B.C.; obverse APEΣ, laureate head of Ares right, Macedonian helmet behind; reverse MAMEPTINΩN, eagle standing left on a thunderbolt, head left, wings open; $105.00 (92.40)


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
Although Ares was viewed by the Greeks primarily as destructive and destabilizing, worthy of contempt and revulsion, for the Romans, Mars represented military power as a way to secure peace, and was a father (pater) of the Roman people. The stalk of grain may refer to Mars' roll as an agricultural guardian.
RS90448. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 939 (R); RSC II 129; BnF III 179; BMCRE II 203, SRCV I -, VF, luster, well centered, weight 3.354 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 77 - 78 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse COS VIII, Mars standing left, nude but for helmet and chlamys, spear in right hand, trophy in left, grain ear on right; ex Heritage CICF World and Ancients Signature Auction 3032, part of lot 30530; rare; $105.00 (92.40)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
In 278 A.D., Probus defeated the Alamanni, expelled the Franks from Gaul, reorganized the Roman defenses on the Rhine and resettled the Germanic tribes in the devastated provinces. He adopted the titles Gothicus Maximus and Germanicus Maximus.
RA47015. Silvered antoninianus, Alfldi Siscia V type 96, n 79; RIC V, part 2, 811 var (bust type), Choice EF, weight 3.844 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 278 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Mars walking right, nude but for cloak flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over shoulder in left, XXIS in ex; full silvering and centering, slightly flat reverse; $100.00 (88.00)


The Mamertini, Sicily, c. 275 - 264 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
Mamertini or "children of Mars," was the name taken by a band of Campanian (or Samnite) freebooters who about 289 B.C. seized the Greek colony of Messana at the north-east corner of Sicily, after having been hired by Agathocles to defend it (Polyb. 1. 7. 2). - 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
GB69014. Bronze pentonkion, HGC 2 865 (lists A control symbol); cf. Calciati I p. 93, 4; SNG Cop 434; SNG ANS 403; BMC Sicily p. 109, 4 (all Φ vice A), VF, rough, weight 16.666 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 225o, Messana mint, c. 275 - 264 B.C.; obverse APEΣ, laureate head of Ares right, Macedonian helmet (control symbol) behind; reverse MAMEPTINΩN, eagle standing left on a thunderbolt, head left, wings open, A (control symbol) left; $75.00 (66.00)


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
Although Ares was viewed by the Greeks primarily as destructive and destabilizing, worthy of contempt and revulsion, for the Romans, Mars was a father (pater) of the Roman people. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RS73366. Silver denarius, RSC III 76, RIC IV 103, BMCRE V 742, SRCV II 7179, VF, small flan, weight 1.830 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 202 A.D.; obverse P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, draped bust right, from behind; reverse MARTI VICTORI, Mars advancing right, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over shoulder in left; scarce; $70.00 (61.60)


Amisos, Pontos, c. 120 - 63 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Pontus. The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome. In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey.
RS77038. Bronze AE 20, cf. BMC Pontus p. 17, 48; SNG BM 1161; SNG Stancomb 679; SNGvA 64; SNG Cop 150; SGCV II 3643, VF, tight flan, corrosion, weight 7.969 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 120 - 63 B.C.; obverse head of Ares right in crested helmet; reverse sword in sheath with strap, AMI−ΣOY divided across field, star within crescent with horns up upper left, IB upper right, monograms lower left and right; $70.00 (61.60)


Amisos, Pontos, c. 100 - 85 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
The grooves in this coin are not scratches made in circulation. They are "adjustment marks" made at the mint during manufacture of the flan, prior to striking.
GB56855. Bronze AE 20, SNG BM 1148, SNG Stancomb 676, SNGvA 64, SGCV II 3643, aVF, flan adjustment marks, weight 7.946 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 100 - 85 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of young Ares right; reverse AMI−ΣOY, sword in sheath with strap; $60.00 (52.80)


Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RB46795. Silvered antoninianus, MER-RIC 3329, Bastien IX 100, RIC V 30, Bastien IX 100, BnF XII 1504, Venra Hoard -, VF, weight 3.574 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issue 7, May - Jun 276 A.D.; obverse IMP CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse MARS VICTOR, Mars walking right, nude but for cloak flying behind, spear in right and trophy in left across shoulder, inverted B left, * right; scarce; $55.00 (48.40)


Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D., Struck by Aureolus

Click for a larger photo
This coin was struck in the name of Postumus by Aureolus (one of the so-called Thirty Tyrants) while Gallienus held him under siege in Milan. Ancient sources which refer to Aureolus are limited and contradictory. He may have made his own bid for the Purple after Gallienus was murdered and Postumus failed to take advantage of the turmoil in Italy. The new emperor Claudius soon brought his rebellion to an end.
RA60402. Billon antoninianus, RIC V 388, RSC IV 441, Mairat 222 - 227, Schulzki AGK 111b, Elmer 614, Cunetio 2485 - 2488, SRCV III 11001, VF, usual small flan, weight 3.303 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 315o, 3rd officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 3rd emission, mid 268 A.D.; obverse IMP POSTVMVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EQVIT, Virtus (or Mars) walking right, wearing helmet and military garb, cloak flying behind, transverse spear in right, shield in left, T in exergue; $50.00 (44.00)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
In 277 Probus began his campaign in Gaul, clearing the Goths and Germanic tribes from the province.
RA46831. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 816, Choice VF, weight 4.683 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 277 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG, radiate bust left in consular robe, eagle tipped scepter in right; reverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Mars walking right, nude but for helmet and cloak flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over shoulder in left, P lower right, XXI in exergue; extensive silvering, full circles centering, nicer than photo suggest; $45.00 (39.60)


Amisos, Pontos, c. 120 - 63 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
The grooves in this coin are not scratches made in circulation. They are "adjustment marks" made at the mint during manufacture of the flan, prior to striking.
GB90170. Bronze AE 21, BMC Pontus p. 17, 48; SNG BM 1161; SNG Stancomb 679 var (another monogram right); SGCV II 3643, F, some corrosion, flan adjustment marks, weight 8.152 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 0o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 120 - 63 B.C.; obverse head of Ares right in crested helmet; reverse AMI−ΣOY, sword in sheath with strap, star in crescent upper left, IB upper right, monogram lower left; $45.00 (39.60)


Amisos, Pontos, c. 100 - 85 B.C.

Click for a larger photo
Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of Pontus. The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the Byzantine Empire after the fall of Rome. In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the north coast of Turkey.
GB72621. Brass AE 19, SNG BM 1148, SNG Stancomb 676, SNGvA 64, SGCV II 3643, aVF, weight 7.414 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 100 - 85 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of young Ares right; reverse AMI−ΣOY, sword in sheath with strap; $45.00 (39.60)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
Siscia, a chief town and colony of Pannonia, was located at confluence of the Colapis and Savus, and is now called Sisak, Croatia. The Roman imperial mint operated from 260 to c. 390 A.D. The mint master was called procurator monetae Siscianae.
RA46821. Billon antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 810; Alfldi, Siscia V 96, 178; Pink VI-1, p. 50, gVF, full circles strike, extensive silvering, weight 3.778 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 4th emission, 277 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate bust left in consular robe, eagle tipped scepter in right; reverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Mars walking right, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over shoulder in left, XXIS in exergue; $40.00 (35.20)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance.
RA46827. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 169 corr.; Pink VI-1, p. 58, VF, extensive silvering, weight 3.418 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Rome mint, emission 6, 281 A.D.; obverse IMP PROBVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, flanked by two standards, one in each hand, R thunderbolt E in exergue; $40.00 (35.20)


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is of an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of the Emperor Augustus.
BB76702. Copper as, RIC III 1106, Cohen III 432, BMCRE IV 1478, SRCV II 5067, Hunter II 207 var. (draped and cuirassed), Fair, weight 11.036 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 174 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVIII, laureate head right; reverse MARTI VICTORI IMP VI COS III, Mars standing slightly right, head right, helmeted, nude to waist, resting right hand on oval shield inscribed S C set on captive seated left, spear pointed upward in left hand; $15.00 (13.20) ON RESERVE


Quintillus, August or September - October or November 270 A.D.

Click for a larger photo
"Mars the Pacifier" may be seen as ironic today, but the Romans knew that victory in war (hopefully including the total destruction of your enemy) can be an effective way to achieve peace.
BB75599. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1187, RIC V 24, Normanby 1192, Venra Hoard I 10190 - 10200, Hunter IV 12, SRCV III 11448, Fair, weight 2.619 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, 10th officina, Rome mint, late 270 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR CL QVINTILLVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse MARTI PACIF, Mars standing left in military garb, raising olive-branch in right hand, spear in left, X left; $12.49 (10.99)




  



CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE FROM THIS CATEGORY - FORVM's PRIOR SALES



Catalog current as of Sunday, February 14, 2016.
Page created in 2.465 seconds
Ares or Mars