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Big Bronze

Large bronze provided the finest canvas for ancient master celators to illustrate their artistry. Superb sestertius and medallions often obtain higher prices than even rare gold coins.


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
Click for a larger photo This is an extremely rare heroic bust variety of a scarce type. There is only one auction record on Coin Archives for this variety: NAC Auction 59 (4 Apr 2011), lot 968 (a beautiful near EF example). It sold for $48,717 including fees.
SH73454. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 203q+2 (same obv die), RIC II 535 (S, no belt), BMCRE III 838 var (no belt), BnF IV 565 var (no belt), VF, well centered, high relief bust, Tiber patina, porous, areas of corrosion, weight 25.631 g, maximum diameter 34.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 104 - 107 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust left, full chest exposed, with drapery on left shoulder, military belt (balteus) across chest; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan in military dress on horseback right, thrusting spear at Dacian warrior trampled and falling under fore-hooves, S C in exergue; extremely rare variety; $7000.00 SALE PRICE $6300.00

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy IV Philopator, 221 - 204 B.C.
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This coin is one of the largest Ptolemaic coins, and only the third example of this extremely rare type known to Forum. An extraordinary raised pin protrudes from near center, as seen in the photo right.Pin
GP71872. Bronze octobol, Svoronos 1409 (Ptolemy VI, one specimen), apparently otherwise unpublished, aEF, double struck, weight 93.230 g, maximum diameter 46.5 mm, die axis 315o, Paphos mint, c. 215 B.C.; obverse diademed and horned head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head left, wings closed, lotus flower before, ΛI between legs; ex Pecunem, Gitbud & Naumann auction 19, lot 346 (misattributed); extremely rare; $3000.00 SALE PRICE $2700.00

Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The wreath on the reverse is the corona civica, the oak wreath awarded to Roman citizens ex senatus consulto (by special decree of the Senate) for saving the life of another citizen by slaying an enemy in battle. It became a prerogative for Roman emperors to be awarded the Civic Crown, originating with Augustus, who was awarded it in 27 B.C. for saving the lives of citizens by ending the series of civil wars.
SH72538. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 37, BMCRE I 38, Cohen I 24, BnF II 50, VF, excellent portrait, light reverse scratches, weight 29.339 g, maximum diameter 36.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, laureate head left; reverse S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS, inscription in four lines within Corona Civica oak wreath; ex Jencek Historical Enterprise; rare; $2180.00 SALE PRICE $1962.00

Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The Lost Arch of Nero. This arch is undoubtedly the one that Tacitus says was voted to Nero for Corbulo's victory in Armenia in 58, and that he further reports was being constructed "in the middle of the Capitoline Hill" in 62, despite a successful invasion of Armenia by the Parthians in that year. No traces of the arch have ever been found. The arch was completely destroyed either shortly after Nero's death with the damnatio memoriae Nero received when the senate proclaimed him an enemy of the state, or in one of the two fires that consumed the Capitoline hill in 69 and 80
SH73161. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 392, BMCRE I 329, BnF II 77, Cohen I 307, Mac Dowall WCN 410, Choice gVF, superb portrait, excellent detail in arch ornamentation, weight 25.245 g, maximum diameter 34.8 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 65 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP P P, laureate head right, globe at point of bust; reverse triumphal arch; surmounted by statue of Nero in a facing quadriga, led by Pax on left and Victory on right, and flanked below by two soldiers; front ornamented with statue of Mars in a niche and bas-reliefs of small figures; garland hanging in arch; $1500.00 SALE PRICE $1350.00

Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Judaea Capta
Click for a larger photo This type celebrates the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the First Jewish Revolt. Coins commemorating this event are referred to as "Judaea Capta" issues.
SH72106. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II, part 1, 167, BMCRE II 543, BnF III 498, Cohen I 239, Hendin 1504, SRCV I 2327, aVF, well centered, Tiber patina, porous, large pit on reverse edge, weight 22.557 g, maximum diameter 35.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 71 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate bust right; reverse IVDAEA CAPTA, Jewess mourning sits right on right beneath palm tree, behind Vespasian stands right in military dress with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet, S C in ex; ex Morton & Eden auction 57 (3 - 4 July 2012), lot 166; $1300.00 SALE PRICE $1170.00

Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Nero's first bronze issue at Rome c. 63 A.D. omitted the usual letters S C, abbreviating Senatus Consulto (with authority of the Senate). All of his following issues included S C. Curtis Clay was the first to note that an example of this third issue type, struck with the same reverse die as our coin, had been struck with a first issue reverse die, recycled with S C added. A Praetorian camp is visible in the upper background on the first issue specimens. Due to die wear, the camp is not visible on third issue examples from this recycled die.
SH71774. Bronze sestertius, RIC I 135 (S), Mac Dowall WCN 84, BMCRE I 124, BnF II 272, Cohen I -, SRCV I -, F, well centered, nice high relief portrait, weight 23.438 g, maximum diameter 35.5 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 64 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P, laureate bust right wearing aegis; reverse bare-headed, togate Nero, standing left on dais addressing troops, raising right hand, praetorian prefect behind, three soldiers before him standing right, two foremost hold standards, praetorian camp in background, S - C flanking, ADLOCVT COH in ex; ex Seaver Collection; very rare; $990.00 SALE PRICE $891.00

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In summer 130 A.D., Hadrian traveled from Syria, into Judaea and Palestine, and then on to Egypt. The bar-Kochba revolt in Judaea forced Hadrian to remain in the region until 135. In 136 A.D., Hadrian returned to Rome, ending his long travels.
SH72906. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 894 (R); Hendin 1604d, Cohen II 52, SRCV II 3566 var, Fair, weight 24.916 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, c. 136 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse ADVENTVI AVG IVDAEAE, Hadrian on left, standing right, togate, raising right hand, facing Judaea who holds a patera over altar in right and cup in left, two small children each holding a palm frond flank the altar, S C in exergue; rare; $800.00 SALE PRICE $720.00

Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius
Click for a larger photo In Roman religion, Concordia was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a patera (sacrificial bowl), a cornucopia (symbol of prosperity), or a caduceus (symbol of peace).
RB26685. Orichalcum sestertius, SRCV II 4710, RIC III 1368, BMCRE IV 2198, VF, weight 19.689 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 157 - 161 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse AVGVSTI PII FIL S C, Concordia standing left, patera in extended right, cornucopia in left; $600.00 SALE PRICE $540.00

Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Restitution Issue Struck in Thrace under Titus
Click for a larger photo The restoration coins of Titus and Domitian attributed by BMC to Lugdunum have been reattributed in RPC II and the new RIC II, part 1 to Thrace, and perhaps Perinthus. The types are rarely found in the west and are most frequently found in the Balkans, some share a countermark identical to some coins of Perinthus, the epigraphy does not fit Lugdunum or Rome, and the inconsistent die axis is characteristic of the Perinthus mint.
SH73458. Brass sestertius, RPC II 511, RIC II, part 1, Titus 403 (R); BMCRE II Titus 263; BnF III -; Hunter I -; Cohen I -; SRCV I -, gF, centered, nice green patina, weight 24.742 g, maximum diameter 35.0 mm, die axis 180o, Thrace, Perinthus(?) mint, 80 A.D.; obverse DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Augustus seated left on curule chair, feet on footstool, radiate and togate, patera in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; reverse IMP T CAES DIVI DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P COS VIII (clockwise starting at 12:00), large S C, REST above; huge 35 mm bronze!; rare; $600.00 SALE PRICE $540.00

Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The Romans believed that Fortuna, after deserting the Persians and Assyrians, took flight over Macedonia and saw Alexander perish as she passed into Egypt and into Syria. At last arriving on Mount Palatine she threw aside her wings and casting away her wheel, entered Rome where she took up her abode forever.
RS72481. Silver sestertius, RIC II 85, BMCRE III 110, BnF I 99, Cohen II 80, SRCV II 3046, aVF, excellent portrait, flat reverse strike; some bumps, marks, minor encrustations, and corrosion, weight 22.088 g, maximum diameter 33.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Sep 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse FORTVNA P R, Fortuna seated left, stalks of grain in right, long scepter in left, S C in exergue; an attractive big 34 mm brass coin!; scarce; $540.00 SALE PRICE $486.00

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo In 153 A.D., there were minor uprisings in Egypt against Roman rule.
SH90303. Bronze drachm, Dattari / Savio 2824 (same dies), Geissen 1718 (same dies), Kampmann-Ganschow 35.613, Emmet 1650, Milne -, BMC Alexandria -, SNG Milan -, SNG Cop -, VF, rough green patina, edge cracks, weight 23.635 g, maximum diameter 34.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 153 - 28 Aug 154 A.D.; obverse AYT K T AIΛ A∆P − ANTΩNINOC CEB EYC, laureate head left, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse bust of Serapis right wearing kalathos, eagle standing facing with spread wings below, a star flanking bust on each side, I / L-Z (year 17) flanking eagle below wings; ex CNG auction 237 (21 Jul 2010), lot 239; ex Jencek Historical Enterprise; rare; $530.00 SALE PRICE $477.00

Philip I, the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D., Soli-Pompeiopolis, Cilicia
Click for a larger photo Aratos was a native of Soli. His chief pursuits were medicine, grammar, and philosophy. He studied with Menecrates in Ephesus, Philitas in Cos and Praxiphanes in Athens. About 276 he was invited to the court of the Antigonus II Gonatas, whose victory over the Gauls in 277 BC Aratus set to verse. There he wrote his most famous poem, Phaenomena ("Appearances"). He then spent some time at the court of Antiochus I Soter but returned to Pella where he died sometime before 240 B.C.

Comes with an old round coin ticket probably from Seaby 1960's or 1970's that references Milne, Numismatic Chronicle 1940, page 247, 40 (Notes on the Oxford Collection. 6, Phrygia to Galatia - Numismatic Chronicle, 5th ser. Vol. 20 (1940), p. 213-254, pls. XII-XIV). We do not hold NC 1940 and cannot verify the reference.
SH58900. Bronze hexassarion, Lindgren I 1605 (same dies); BMC Lycaonia -, SNG BnF -, SNG Levante -, SNGvA -, SNG Cop -, SNG Pfälzer -, gF, weight 12.323 g, maximum diameter 32.4 mm, die axis 180o, Soli-Pompeiopolis mint, 245 - 246 A.D.; obverse AYT K IOY ΦIΛIΠΠOC EY CEB, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, Π − Π across field; reverse ΠOMΠHIOΠOΛ IAT (year 131) ς (6 assaria), bare-headed, draped bust of Aratos right; ex Ancient Numismatic Enterprise; extremely rare; $510.00 SALE PRICE $459.00

Judaean Kingdom, Herod Agrippa II, 55 - 95 A.D., Struck for Vespasian
Click for a larger photo Julius Marcus Agrippa was a teenager studying in Rome when his father died. He was too young to rule and his father's kingdom was made a Roman province. About 6 years later, he was given the kingdom of his uncle Herod of Chalcis. Later more was added. It was before Herod Agrippa II that Saint Paul was tried. Agrippa sided with the Romans during the Jewish rebellion. Though he continued to rule until at least 95 A.D., the temple was destroyed and in the end his assigned territories were in Syria, not Judaea.
SH90326. Bronze AE 30, RPC II 2283; Meshorer 166; Hendin 1288; AJC II 38, F, weight 15.554 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 0o, Caesarea Panaeas mint, 75 - 76 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Vespasian right; reverse Tyche-Demeter standing left, kalathos on head, two grain ears in extended right, cornucopia in left, star upper left, ETOY − KZ BA / AΓPI−ΠΠA (year 27, King Agrippa) flanking in two lines across field; ex CNG auction 233 (26 May 2010), lot 292 and auction 75 (23 May 2007), lot 863; $450.00 SALE PRICE $405.00

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo On his second tour of the empire, Hadrian personally recorded the events of his time in Egypt, but unfortunately his record is lost. P. J. Sijpesteijn pieces together the evidence of Hadrian's itinerary from Egyptian sources in “A New Document Concerning Hadrian's Visit to Egypt” in Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte , Bd. 18, H. 1 (Jan, 1969), pp. 109-118. Hadrian arrived in Egypt from by land from Arabia near the end of August 130 A.D. While in Egypt, he spent most of his time in Alexandria. He toured Upper Egypt, probably soon after his arrival. On 30 October, to commemorate his deified young beloved, Hadrian founded the city of Antinoopolis in Upper Egypt, not far from the site where Antinous had drowned. In November and December, he visited Thebes, Oxyrhynchus and Tebtynis, and at some point before his departure, he went hunting in the Libyan Desert. Hadrian left Alexandria by sea to Syria, probably in March 131 A.D.
RB72508. Bronze sestertius, BMCRE III 1715, Cohen II 157, Hunter II 607, RIC II 843 (S), SRCV II 3575 var (laureate and draped), F, nice portrait, attractive reverse style, corrosion, large pit before Hadrian's nose, flan crack, weight 21.764 g, maximum diameter 32.4 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 131 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare-headed, laureate bust right, seen from behind; reverse ALEXANDRIA, Alexandria reclining left, stalks of grain in right hand, vine in left arm which rests on a basket of fruit, four stalks of grain growing in background at feet, S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 957; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; scarce; $400.00 SALE PRICE $360.00

Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.
Click for a larger photo A skilled general and administrator, Postumus rebelled against Gallienus, uniting Gaul, Spain and Britain into a Gallic-Roman empire. Successful against the Germans, he kept his empire secure and prosperous. He was assassinated by his own troops after he refused to allow them to sack Moguntiacum (Mainz).
SH66364. Bronze double sestertius, Bastien Postumus 87, RIC V 143 (Lugdunum), Cohen VI 177, VF, weight 13.981 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis or Treveri mint, 261 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA AVG (AVG in exergue), galley left, four rowers and steersman; $370.00 SALE PRICE $333.00

Crusaders, Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, Hetoum I, 1226 - 1270 A.D.
Click for a larger photo As the Mongols approached, King Hetoum made a strategic decision to send his brother Smpad to the Mongol court in Karakorum and agree to become a vassal state of the Mongol Empire. In 1254, Hetoum himself traveled to Mongolia to renew the agreement. The account of his travels, "The Journey of Haithon, King of Little Armenia, To Mongolia and Back" is still important for its observations of Mongol, Buddhist, and Chinese culture, geography, and wildlife. The Mamluks invaded Armenia in 1266, taking 40,000 Armenians captive, including Hetoum's son, Leo. Hetoum abdicated in 1270 in favor of his son Leo, and lived out the rest of his life in a monastery, as a Franciscan monk.
SH65348. Copper tank, Nercessian 356, Bedoukian CCA -, EF, bold strike, superb green patina, weight 7.394 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 180o, Sis mint, 1226 - 1270 A.D.; obverse Armenian inscription: Hetoum King of the Armenians, Hetoum seated facing on bench-like throne, fleur-de-lis tipped scepter (mace) in right, globus cruciger in left; reverse Armenian inscription: Struck in the City of Sis, cross with wedges in the angles; superb for the type!; $360.00 SALE PRICE $324.00

Obulco, Hispania Ulterior, Early 2nd Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Iberian is read from right to left. Some Iberian letters combine a consonant and a vowel, as indicated in our description with the use of upper and lower case letters.
CE71005. Copper AE 35, Villaronga-Benages 2185 (R3), Alvarez-Burgos 1779, SNG BM 1405, SNG Lorichs 435 ff., Villaronga 342.8, Choice F, earthen highlighting, weight 31.084 g, maximum diameter 35.4 mm, die axis 45o, Obulco mint, Early 2nd century B.C.; obverse OBVLCO, female head right, hair in a bun behind; reverse plough over stalk of grain left above Iberian inscription: SIBiBoLAI / URKAIL (magistrates' names) in two lines, horizontal line above and below each name; big 35.4 mm 31 gram bronze!; scarce; $350.00 SALE PRICE $315.00

Syracuse, Sicily, Timoleon, 3rd Democracy, 344 - 336 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Timoleon installed a democracy in 345 B.C. After the long series of internal struggles had weakened Syracuse's power, Timoleon tried to remedy this, defeating the Carthaginians near the Krimisos river in 339 B.C. Unfortunately the struggle among the city's parties restarted after his death and ended with the rise of another tyrant, Agathocles, who seized power in 317 B.C.
SH71353. Bronze dilitron, Calciati II p. 185, 80; SNG ANS 533 ff.; SNG Morcom 717; SNG München 1159; SNG Lloyd 1456; BMC Sicily p. 189, 311; HGC 2 1439 (S) (S), gVF, some corrosion, weight 18.018 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 225o, Syracuse mint, 344 - 336 B.C.; obverse ZEYΣ EΛEYΘEPIOΣ, laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios left; reverse ΣYPA−K−OΣIO−N (clockwise from 11:00), free horse prancing left; $350.00 SALE PRICE $315.00

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
Click for a larger photo After suffering heavy losses since invading Scotland in 208, in 210, Septimius Severus sent his son Caracalla to systematically wipe out and torture the Scots into submission.
SH72651. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 794a (R), BMCRE V 181, Cohen IV 554, SRCV II 6429, VF/F, excellent style, beautiful green patina, centered, weak reverse, weight 23.055 g, maximum diameter 32.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 210 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XVIII COS III P P, Annona seated right, holding bundle of grain stalks; prow left before her and small winged figure (Eros?) at her feet, S C in exergue; the reverse is a bit better in hand; rare; $350.00 SALE PRICE $315.00

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Pautalia, Thrace
Click for a larger photo The site of Pautalia (modern Kyustendil, Bulgaria) was settled in the Iron Age by the Thracian Dentheletes tribe. It was located near thermal springs and remains of the ancient city include a temple of Asklepios and Roman baths. In the 1990s, excavation of nearby 2nd century A.D. tumuli unearthed bronze surgical instruments and a small bronze case containing a variety of medicines.
RP63965. Bronze AE 30, Ruzicka 264 (same reverse die), Varbanov II 4653, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, aF, smoothing, weight 26.306 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 180o, Pautalia (Kyustendil, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AYT K Λ CEΠTI CEYHPOC ΠEP CEB, laureate head right.; reverse HΓE K AIΛIOY ONEPATOY OYΛΠIAC ΠAYTAΛIAC, tetrastyle temple seen in three-quarters perspective, no steps, Apollo-Bonus Eventus standing within, flanked by a tree left and another right; thick sestertius-like flan; rare; $310.00 SALE PRICE $279.00

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Hadrian standing left on the Rostra in the Forum, addressing five citizens with hands raised in acclamation, temple behind with four visible columns, SC in exergue
RB57402. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 640, Cohen II 416, BMCRE III 1309 note (refs Cohen), Fair, weight 22.9 g, maximum diameter 32.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 124 - 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse COS III, Hadrian standing left on the Rostra in the Forum, addressing five citizens with hands raised in acclamation, temple behind with four visible columns (one to the left of Hadrian), S C in ex; very rare (R2); $300.00 SALE PRICE $270.00

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Anchialus, Thrace
Click for a larger photo When the Odrysian kingdom was abolished in 45 A.D., Anchialos (Pomorie, Bulgaria today) became part of the Roman province of Thrace. It was formally proclaimed a city under Trajan. Anchialos thrived in the 2nd and 3rd centuries serving as the most important import and export station of Thrace and acquired the appearance of a Roman city under the Severan Dynasty.
RP68711. Bronze 4 assaria, Varbanov 464 (R5), AMNG II 555, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, aVF, glossy green patina, weight 14.534 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 45o, Anchialus (Pomorie, Bulgaria) mint, 209 - 212 A.D.; obverse AY K Π CEΠ ΓETAC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse OYΛΠIANΩN AΓ−X−IAΛEΩN, Demeter standing left, reaching with right toward serpent coiled around large torch before her, small torch cradled in her left, two small pellets over ∆ in center field; rare; $300.00 SALE PRICE $270.00

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Mauretania (also called Mauritania) was a part of North Africa on the Mediterranean coast, in what is today Morocco and Algeria. Mauretania was an independent tribal Berber kingdom from about the 3rd century B.C. It became a client of the Roman Empire in 33 B.C., then a full province after the death of Ptolemy of Mauretania in A.D. 40. Mauretania fell to the Vandal conquest in the 430s, but was reconquered by the Eastern Roman Empire in 533. There was a time of weak Byzantine rule where the territory was practically independent. The province was finally lost to the Umayyad Muslim conquest of the Maghreb around 698 A.D.
RB72507. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE 1760 (same reverse die); RIC II 854 (S); Hunter 624; Cohen II 954, cf. SRCV II 3610 (Mauretania beside horse vice in front), aF, green patina, attractive for the grade, weight 24.759 g, maximum diameter 32.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 131 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse MAVRE-T-ANIA, Mauretania (on right) standing half right, looking left, leading horse right by bridle in right hand, wearing short tunic, two javelins over shoulder in left hand, S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 957; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; scarce; $280.00 SALE PRICE $252.00

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo This reverse type was apparently only struck for Antoninus Pius in his year two. Milne lists only a single example. Emmett lists it as rarity 5 (only one or two specimens known from the collections he examined).
RX57412. Bronze hemidrachm, Milne 1612, Emmett 1716 (R5), Dattari -, Geissen -, BMC Alexandria -, SNG Hunterian -, SNG Cop -, SNG Milan -, Kampmann-Ganschow -, aF, weight 11.475 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 138 - 28 Aug 139 A.D.; obverse AY TK T AIΛ A∆P ANTWNINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse Demeter seated left, veiled, sacrificing from patera in right over altar at feet left, long torch in left, LB (year 2) upper left; extremely rare; $270.00 SALE PRICE $243.00

Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. In 74 B.C. allied with Rome, it withstood a siege by 300,000 men led by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, Cyzicus was made the capital of Mysia, and afterward of Hellespontus. Gallienus opened an imperial mint at Cyzicus, which continued to strike coins well into the Byzantine era.
BZ57476. Bronze follis, DOC I 123a, Hahn MIB 50b, Morrisson BnF 10- 14, Ratto 878 - 880, Wroth BMC 177 - 179, SBCV 372, Choice aEF, weight 12.765 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 574 - 575 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AV, Justin II (on left) and Sophia seated facing on double throne, both nimbate, he holds a globus cruciger, she holds a cruciform scepter, cross above center, wavy line below feet; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and X (year 10), cross above, A below, KYZ (Cyzicus) in ex; $270.00 SALE PRICE $243.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Personification of the siege of Sarmizegetusa! In 106 A.D., Trajan besieged Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital. With the aid of a Dacian traitor, the Romans found and destroyed water pipes supplying the city. Running out of water and food the city fell and was burned to the ground. Decebalus fled but, followed by the Roman cavalry, committed suicide rather than face capture. The river-god on the reverse is usually described as Tiber, however, the reverse likely personifies the impact of the Roman destruction of the Dacian's water supply. Dacia's own water supply has betrayed her, knocked her to the ground, and is choking her.
SH63939. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 556, BMCRE III 793 note, Cohen II 526, aF, weight 20.524 g, maximum diameter 32.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 103 - 111 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C, River-god, cloak billowing behind, leaning left with right knee on supine Dacia, forcing her to the ground, choking her with his right hand, reeds in left; very scarce; $270.00 SALE PRICE $243.00

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people.
RB73007. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE III 1143 (also heroic bust), Hunter II 326 (same), RIC II 560a (S), Cohen II 180 var (no drapery), SRCV II 3576, VF, nice heroic bust, green patina, about 1/3 on each side a little rough, weight 26.172 g, maximum diameter 34.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, late 118 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust right, bare chest, drapery on left shoulder; reverse ANNONA AVG (in exergue), PONT MAX TR POT COS DES III, Annona standing left, stalks of grain in right hand over modius at feet on left, cornucopia in left, prow behind on right, S - C flanking across field; scarce; $240.00 (€208.80)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Hadrian traveled to nearly every province of the Empire and spent more than half his reign outside Italy. Nero had been criticized as self-indulgent for his trip to Greece, but Hadrian proudly advertised his travels with his "Adventus" coinage series. Unlike Nero, the pleasure-seeking tourist, Hadrian inspected and corrected the legions and made grants for the construction of new public buildings, projects and settlements. Hadrian travels were intended to transform conquered lands into a unified Roman Empire.
RB72511. Bronze sestertius, RIC II 888 (S), Hunter II 576, Cohen II 46, BMCRE III 1651, SRCV II 3565, aF, porous, areas of corrosion on reverse, weight 22.997 g, maximum diameter 32.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 131 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse ADVENTVI AVG ITALIAE, Hadrian standing right, his right hand raised, facing and greeting Italia standing left, sacrificing from patera in right over altar between them and holding cornucopia in left hand, sacrificial calf at her feet behind altar, S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 957; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; scarce; $235.00 (€204.45)

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy IV Philopator, 221 - 204 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Ptolemy IV's surname, Philopator, means father lover, ironic since according to some authorities he poisoned his father. Ptolemy IV is a major protagonist of the apocryphal 3 Maccabees, which describes events following the Battle of Raphia, in both Jerusalem and Alexandria. He was a cruel and evil monarch.
SH59538. Bronze drachm, Svoronos 992; Weiser 60 (Ptolemy III, 247 - 243 B.C.); SNG Cop 205; SNG Milan 216, Noeske 147, Hosking 36, BMC Ptolemies p. 74, 71 (Ptolemy V), aVF, weight 73.463 g, maximum diameter 41.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, obverse horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed, filleted cornucopia left, ΣE monogram between eagle's legs; a massive 73 gram Ptolemaic bronze!; $260.00 SALE PRICE $234.00

Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Legend claims Nero fiddled while Rome burned. While this rumor is probably not true, Nero did sing and play the lyre at other times. He even composed songs that were performed by entertainers across the empire. At first, Nero only performed for private audiences, but in 64, when this coin was struck, he began singing in public in Neapolis. Nero craved the attention, but also he was encouraged to perform in public by the Senate, his inner circle and the people. Nero's famous dying words were "Qualis artifex pereo," which translates, "What an artist dies in me!"
RB72097. Orichalcum as, BnF II 102, RIC I 417, Mac Dowall WCN 547, BMCRE I 377, Cohen 246, SRCV I 1975 var (head right), aVF, centered, excellent portrait, rough, weight 10.064 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 65 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS, bare head left, globe at point of neck; reverse PONTIF MAX TR POT IMP P P, Nero as Apollo Citharoedus, advancing right in flowing robes, singing and playing the lyre, S - C flanking across field, I (mark of value) in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (14 Nov 2012), part of lot 873; ex Seaver Collection; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
Click for a larger photo "Trajan, having crossed the Ister by means of the bridge, conducted the war with safe prudence rather than with haste, and eventually, after a hard struggle, vanquished the Dacians. In the course of the campaign he himself performed many deeds of good generalship and bravery, and his troops ran many risks and displayed great prowess on his behalf. It was here that a certain horseman, after being carried, badly wounded, from the battle in the hope that he could be healed, when he found that he could not recover, rushed from his tent (for his injury had not yet reached his heart) and, taking his place once more in the line, perished after displaying great feats of valor." -- Roman History by Cassius Dio
RB72486. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 203cA, BnF IV 562, BMCRE III 836, RIC II 534 var (slight drapery vice aegis), Cohen II 503, SRCV II 3204, F, well centered, attractive tone, scratches and marks, shallow pit at 7:00 on obverse, weight 23.711 g, maximum diameter 34.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 103- 111 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate bust right, aegis on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C, Trajan on horseback, galloping right, in military dress, brandishing spear at Dacian warrior who is raising his hands while falling on his knees, and being trampled by horse's fore-hooves, S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 15 (14 Nov 2012), part of lot 883; ex Seaver Collection; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Trajan was a brilliant soldier and administrator. He restored the Senate to its full status, started a welfare program to feed and care for poor children, directed an extensive building program across the empire, annexed Dacia and invaded Arabia. Under Trajan, Rome reached its greatest extent. And he managed to do all this without a deficit or increasing taxes.
RB72487. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 58c, BnF IV 61, RIC II 401 var (no aegis), BMCRE III 718 var (obv leg, no aegis), Cohen II 611, cf. SRCV II 3214 (COS III, etc.), F, nice dark green patina, weight 25.951 g, maximum diameter 34.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, fall 98 - end 99 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIA-N AVG GERM P M, laureate head right; reverse TR POT - COS II P P, Pax seated left, olive branch extended in right hand, short scepter transverse in left, S C in exergue; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The generosity and munificent largesses of Hadrian, after having been recorded many times on various coins and in diverse ways, are on the reverse of a first brass medal of great rarity, glorified altogether by the above splendid title, "The Benefactor of the World," a superlative the more remarkable, inasmuch as, neither before nor afterwards, is it found conferred on any other emperor. -- Dictionary of Roman Coins
RB72510. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 585b (R), BMCRE III 1194, Cohen II 950 var (100 fr., no drapery), SRCV II 3609 var (same), Hunter II - (lxi. note), F, rough, corrosion, flan crack, weight 21.705 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 123 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse LOCVPLETATORI ORBIS TERRARVM (To the Benefactor of the world), Hadrian seated left on a platform, Liberalitas standing beside him pouring gifts from a cornucopia, two citizens standing before them, one extending the drapery of his toga to receive the munificence of the emperor, S C in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 957; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; very rare; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00

Agrippa, Military Commander, Friend of Augustus, Grandfather of Caligula, Great-grandfather of Nero
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First commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus, the Pantheon was a temple dedicated to all the gods of ancient Rome. Hadrian rebuilt it in 126 A.D. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind) under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The height to the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 43.3 meters (142 ft. It is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church dedicated to "St. Mary and the Martyrs" but informally known as "Santa Maria Rotonda." The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza della Rotonda.Pantheon on Wikipedia

RB73515. Copper as, RIC I Gaius 58; BMCRE II Tiberius 161 - 168; Cohen I 3, BnF II Caligula 77 - 97, SRCV I 1812, gF, excellent portrait, green patina, well centered, a little rough, weight 9.738 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 38 A.D.; obverse M AGRIPPA L F COS III, head left wearing a rostral crown; reverse Neptune standing half left, nude but for cloak over shoulders, dolphin in right, trident in left, S - C flanking across field; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00

Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 68 A.D., Trajan (whose son would later be emperor) crossed the Jordan River with Legio X Fretensis. He laid siege to Jericho and destroyed the monastery of Qumran. Before the destruction, the Essenes hid the Dead Sea Scrolls in caves nearby. There they remained until they were found by the Bedouin shepherd Muhammed edh-Dhib, his cousin Jum'a Muhammed, and Khalil Musa, between November 1946 and February 1947.
RB71777. Bronze sestertius, Kraay Galba 304 (officina E, A19/P25), RIC I 313 (S), BMCRE I 100, Cohen I 254, SRCV I -, F, rough, arrested corrosion, weight 24.280 g, maximum diameter 35.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Aug - Oct 68 A.D.; obverse IMP SER SVLP GALBA CAES AVG TR P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse Victory alighting right, wreath in right, palm frond in left, S - C flanking across field; scarce; $240.00 SALE PRICE $216.00

Syracuse, Sicily, Timoleon, 3rd Democracy, 344 - 336 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Timoleon installed a democracy in 345 B.C. After the long series of internal struggles had weakened Syracuse's power, Timoleon tried to remedy this, defeating the Carthaginians near the Krimisos river in 339 B.C. Unfortunately the struggle among the city's parties restarted after his death and ended with the rise of another tyrant, Agathocles, who seized power in 317 B.C.
SH58244. Bronze dilitron, Calciati II p. 185, 80; SNG ANS 533 ff.; SNG Morcom 717; SNG München 1159; SNG Lloyd 1456; BMC Sicily p. 189, 311; HGC 2 1439 (S), VF, weight 18.748 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 344 - 336 B.C.; obverse ZEYΣ EΛEYΘEPIOΣ, laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios left; reverse ΣYPAKOΣION, free horse prancing left; nice green patina; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00

Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius
Click for a larger photo Faustina I was the wife of Antoninus Pius. Little is known of her, except that she was regarded as vain and frivolous, though this may have just been malicious gossip. Antoninus Pius loved her greatly, and upon her death in 141 A.D. she was deified and a temple was built in her honor.
SH65151. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1118, BMCRE IV 1514, Cohen 88, SRCV II 4614, Nice VF, green patina, small patina edge chip on rev, weight 27.399 g, maximum diameter 32.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, pearls in hair and hair in elaborate bun on top; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing facing, veiled head left, torch raised in right hand, stalks of grain downward in left, S - C flanking across field; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00

Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Vesta was originally a household spirit. Later she was personified as the goddess of the hearth and given the stature of her Greek equivalent, Hestia. In the temple of Vesta her flame was kept alive by Vestal Virgins.
SH66879. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 708 (Sev Alex), BMCRE VI 389, Cohen IV 83, SRCV II 8236, VF, weight 24.538 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, 226 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust right; reverse VESTA S C, Vesta standing left, Palladium in right, long scepter vertical in left; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00

Otacilia Severa, Augusta February or March 244 - September or October 249 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In Roman religion, Concordia was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a patera (sacrificial bowl), a cornucopia (symbol of prosperity), or a caduceus (symbol of peace).
RB68880. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 203a, Cohen 10, SRCV III 9164, Nice gVF, centered, superb as-found green patina, weight 20.216 g, maximum diameter 30.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 244 - 249 A.D.; obverse MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed draped bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia seated left, patera in right, double cornucopia in left, S C in exergue; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00

Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class A3, Basil II & Constantine VIII, c. 1023 - 11 November 1028 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The emperor's name and portrait are not part of the design on the Byzantine types referred to as anonymous folles. Instead of the earthly king, these coins depict Jesus Christ, King of Kings.
BZ71336. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ, class A3; SBCV 1818; Grierson ornaments 40, VF, weight 7.104 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 1023 - 11 Nov 1028 A.D.; obverse + EMMANOVHL, facing nimbate bust of Christ, pallium and colobium, holding gospels with both hands, to left IC, to right XC; reverse + IhSuS / XRISTuS / bASILEu / bASILE (Jesus Christ King of Kings), square above and below legend; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy IV Philopator, 221 - 204 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Svoronos 1149 is the same as Svoronos 1148 but with the addition of the countermark.

Ptolemy IV is a major protagonist of the apocryphal 3 Maccabees, which describes events following the Battle of Raphia, in both Jerusalem and Alexandria.
GP72049. Bronze tetrobol, Hosking 42 (with c/m); Svoronos 1149 (same); SNG Cop 211 (same); BMC Ptolemies p. 75, 76 (same, Ptolemy V); Noeske 151 (no c/m); Weiser 97 (Pt. V), VF, weight 39.031 g, maximum diameter 38.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, obverse horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed, head turned back right, ΣE monogram between eagle's legs, rectangular cornucopia countermark; big 38 mm bronze; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
Click for a larger photo This type of reverse usually indicates the birth of a prince, and we would normally assume the boy and girl on the reverse represent children of the emperor. Hadrian and Sabina, however, had no children.
RB72513. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 970b, Hunter II 447, BMCRE III 1370, Cohen II 817 (Hilaritas half nude, probably in error), SRCV II 3602 var (drapery), aF, nice green patina, weight 22.368 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right, long neck; reverse HILARITAS P R (Joy of the Roman People), Hilaritas standing half left, palm frond in right, cornucopia in left, at her feet on left a small nude boy standing right also holding the palm frond, at feet on right a dressed small girl standing left and reaching up touching Hilaritas' drapery, S - C flanking across field, COS III in exergue; ex Morton & Eden auction 59 (13 - 14 Nov 2012), part of lot 957; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; $200.00 (€174.00)

Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius
Click for a larger photo Faustina I was the wife of Antoninus Pius. Little is known of her, except that she was regarded as vain and frivolous, though this may have just been malicious gossip. Antoninus Pius loved her greatly, and upon her death in 141 A.D. she was deified and a temple was built in her honor.
RB65382. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV 1606, RIC III 1104 var (veiled bust), Cohen 19 var (same), cf. SRCV II 4606 var (DIVA FAVSTINA), VF, weight 24.562 g, maximum diameter 33.6 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, posthumous, c. 147 A.D.; obverse DIVAE FAVSTINAE, draped bust right, strings of pearls in hair and hair in elaborate bun on top; reverse AETERNITAS, Aeternitas seated left, Phoenix on globe in right hand, transverse scepter in left, S C in exergue; very rare; $215.00 SALE PRICE $194.00

Otacilia Severa, Augusta February or March 244 - September or October 249 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Pudicitia was the personification of modesty and chastity.
RB30704. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 209a, Cohen 55, VF, weight 16.513 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 245 A.D.; obverse MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed draped bust right; reverse PVDICITIA AVG S C, Pudicitia seated left, holding scepter, drawing veil from face; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00

Lot of 10 Worn Roman Imperial Sestertii
Click for a larger photo 1) Claudius, legend in wreath, NCAPR countermark.
2) Claudius, Imitative, Spes.
3) Nero, Roma seated.
4) Julia Titi.
5) Divus Marcus Aurelius, Eagle.
6) Commodus, 3 Monetae.
7) Septimius Severus, RIC 719, horseback.
8) Septimius Severus, RIC 706, Fortuna standing.
9) Philip II as Augustus, RIC 267a, emperors on chairs.
10) Volusian, RIC 251, Pax.
LT64559. Orichalcum Lot, Lot of 10 sestertii, Fair to Fine, $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00

Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.
Click for a larger photo This type has been attributed to "Mint II," which is believed to be Cologne, but it is quite crude and could also be imitative. See RIC V, Part II, p. 349, note 1, for comments on imitative of this and similar types.
RB90466. Bronze double sestertius, cf. CNG auction 109, lot 243 (same reverse die); Bastien Postume 313; Méricourt-l'Abbé Hoard in TM XIII (1992) 95, VF, struck with damaged reverse die, corrosion, weight 9.446 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 90o, Mint II Cologne (or imitative) mint, c. 266 - spring 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse galley right, five oarsmen, AMV above, retrograde P left, Q(?) right, waves over palm frond left below; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 142, Antoninus Pius ordered the construction of the Antonine Wall. When complete the wall ran 39 miles (63 km) from Old Kilpatrick in West Dunbartonshire on the Firth of Clyde to Carriden near Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth (Scotland). The Romans built nineteen forts and smaller fortlets (milecastles), to protect the border against the Caledonians.
RB90470. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV 1315, Cohen II 819, RIC III 642(a), Strack III 863, SRCV II 4237, aF, weight 22.720 g, maximum diameter 33.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 141 - 143 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG - PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right; reverse TIBERIS, Tiber reclining left, wreathed with reeds, resting right hand on boat on his far side, reeds in left, left arm resting on urn on its side from which water flows, S C in exergue; rare; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00

Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Pergamon and Ephesos
Click for a larger photo Medallion celebrating the alliance between Ephesus and Pergamum.
SH90561. Brass medallion, Franke-Nolle 1546; BMC Mysia -; RPC online -; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG BnF -, aF, rough, pitted, varnished, weight 30.353 g, maximum diameter 41.5 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon mint, strategos P. Aelius Pius, 180 - 182 A.D.; obverse AV KAI M AVPH KOMMO∆OC, laureate and draped bust right, from behind, oval countermark (Severan head?); reverse EΠI CTP Π AI ΠIOY KOINON OMONOIA, Asklepios on left, standing slightly right, snake entwined staff in right hand; cult statue of Artemis of Ephesus on left, standing facing, wearing kalathos and veil, arms extended with supports; ΠEPΓAMHNΩN KAI EΦECIΩN in exergue; HUGE 41mm medallion!; very rare; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00

Mark Antony and Octavian, Thessalonica, Macedonia, 37 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The reverse inscription abbreviates, MAPKOΣ ANTΩNIONΣ AYTOKPATΩP ΓAIOΣ KAIΣAP AYTOKPATΩP. The bust of Libertas on the obverse "refers to the grant of freedom by the Triumvirs to Thessalonica in 42 BC after the battle of Philippi (the victory which is celebrated on the reverse)." -- RPC I, p. 29
SH72307. Leaded bronze AE 31, BMC Macedonia p. 115, 63; RPC I 1551/20-26; Sear Imperators 672; SNG Cop 374; SNG ANS 823, aVF, weight 17.561 g, maximum diameter 29.3 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 37 B.C.; obverse ΘEΣΣAΛONKEΩN EΛEYΘEPIAΣ, diademed and draped bust of Eleutheria (Liberty) right, E (year 5) below chin; reverse M ANT AYT Γ KAI AYT, Nike advancing left, extending wreath in right, palm frond in left; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
Click for a larger photo "The celebrated Trajan's Column, commemorating the emperor's victories in the Dacian wars and still a prominent landmark of modern Rome, was dedicated on 12 May A.D. 113." -- Roman Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear
SH72506. Copper as, Woytek 474v, RIC II 600, BMCRE III 1004, BnF IV 784, Strack 433, Hunter II -, SRCV II -, F, well centered, dark green patina, some marks and corrosion, weight 10.416 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 112 - 114 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate, draped bust right; reverse SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan's Column surmounted by statue of the Emperor, at base two eagles, S - C flanking across field; ex Kenneth Edwin Day Collection; Morton & Eden lot 954 November 14, 2012 Hunter II, Cohen II; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00



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