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Money (Moneta)

Coins about...money! One of our favorite collecting themes. Roman propaganda often recorded largesses (represented by Liberalitas) on coins. She is usually depicted holding what was traditionally described as an abacus, a counting board. The object is also described as a tessera, type of banner, showing a number of painted marks equal to the number of aurei or denarii offered. Curtis Clay suggested it is actually a money shovel, a wooden shovel with shallow round depressions which could extract the exact number of coins needed from a chest. Another popular type is that of Moneta holding scales. One quite interesting coin is the Republic denarius of T.Carisius depicting mint tools: an anvil, tongs, a hammer and a die.


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Ulpianum Mines Issue

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This type is from a series of semisses and quadrantes struck in Rome for use in the closed imperial mine communities of the Balkan region. Some types name the mines in the reverse legends: METALLI VLPIANI DELM (for Dalmatia), METALLI VLPIANI PANN (for Pannonia) and DARDANICI (for Dardania, Moesia).
RB86484. Bronze quadrans, Woytek 611b, Simic-Vasic 11, BMCRE III - (p. 234 note & pl. 45, 13), RIC II 704 (R2) var., BnF IV 973 var., SRCV II 3252 (all var. obv. leg.), F, nice portrait, corrosion/porosity, part of reverse legend unstruck, weight 2.813 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 235o, Rome mint, c. 107 - 109 A.D.(?); obverse IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GER DAC, laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder; reverse METALLI VLPIANI, Aequitas (or Moneta?) standing half left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; very rare; $240.00 SALE PRICE $216.00


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Although the exergue is off flan, we are confident this coin is from the unmarked mint and the exergue is blank. This long necked portrait variant is unique to the unmarked mint. This type is unpublished in the numerous references we examined but we do know of one other example, Auktionshaus Felzmann auction 156 (28 Jun 2016), lot 287.
RA73273. Billon antoninianus, cf. RIC V-2 470 (S - C / [ ]), Webb Carausius 521 (same), SRCV IV 13628 (same); Hunter IV -, Bourne Carausius -, Linchmere -, VF, green patina, some legend weak, porous, tight flan, some scratches, weight 4.289 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, unmarked mint, c. mid 292 - mid 293; obverse IMP C CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, late reign tetrarchic portrait type, long necked variety; reverse MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - P across fields, nothing in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; extremely rare; $220.00 SALE PRICE $198.00


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D..

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Overstruck over a denarius, probably of Severus Alexander, which suggests that the new coin was worth at least as much of the old one. Otherwise, it would have made more sense to melt the denarius.
RA73221. Silver antoninianus, cf. RIC V-2 287 (S), Webb Carausius 336, SRCV IV 13629, VF, nice portrait, toned, overstruck on a denarius, weight 2.664 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 225o, uncertain mint, c. 288 - 290/291 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, middle reign portrait type; reverse MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, mintmark obscured by over-strike effects; undertype bust (Severus Alexander?) visible (nose, lips, and chin upside down in left field); from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex Forum (2010); scarce; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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Moneta was a surname given to Juno because she was said to have promised the Romans that if they fought only just wars, they would never be in want of money.
RT85728. Billon follis, RIC VI Aquileia 33b (S), SRCV IV 13296, Cohen VI 504, MA 38, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, dark green patina, some porosity, cleaning marks, weight 9.917 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Aquileia mint, c. 301 A.D.; obverse IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR (the sacred money of our two emperors and two princes), Moneta standing slightly left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, V right, AQS in exergue; scarce; $130.00 SALE PRICE $117.00


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.

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So successful was he in the task of restoring peace and security to the provinces under his direct control that the coins issued by Postumus were of better workmanship and higher precious metal content than coins issued by Gallienus; his control of the Spanish and British mining regions was presumably crucial in this regard, as was his employment of master minters who would have come into Gaul with Gallienus.
RA85803. Billon antoninianus, RSC IV 199a, Cunetio 2413 (968 spec.), RIC V-2 75, Schulzki AGK 45, Mairat 65, Elmer 336, Hunter IV 60, EF, outstanding portrait, well centered, some legend weak, porous, edge cracks, weight 3.037 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 263 - 265 A.D.; obverse IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $130.00 SALE PRICE $117.00 ON RESERVE


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

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This type has the earliest depiction of the Three Monetae on coinage.
RB63622. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 500, Fair, weight 19.208 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 187 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 12 years, imperator the 8th time, consul the 5th time, father of the country), three Monetae standing left, each holding scale in right and cornucopia in left, MON AVG over S C in exergue; $45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50







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