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Liberalitas coins advertise distributions of money by the emperor to the people, usually on important occasions or upon his return to Rome after a long absence. This coin commemorates Antoninus' third Liberalitas, distributed in 145 A.D., perhaps for the wedding of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina the Younger. XX76765. Silver denarius, RSC II 490, RIC III 156, BMCRE IV 576, Rome mint, 145 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right; reverseTR POTCOS IIII, Liberalitas standing left, vexillum in right, cornucopia in left, LIB IIII in ex; ex Forum (2011); $9999.00 SALE PRICE $8999.00
Arcadius, 19 January 383 - 1 May 408 A.D.
Arcadius inherited the eastern empire while his brother Honorius received the west. He inherited none of his father's skills and was under the influence Praetorian prefects and other advisers, including Empress Eudoxia. His greatest personal accomplishment was beautiful handwriting. RL76603. Bronze AE 4, SRCV 4234, weight 0.713 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, die axis 135o, uncertain mint, 28 Aug 388 - 15 May 392 A.D.; obverse D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassedbust right; reverseSALVS REIPVBLICAE, Victory walking left, dragging captive, P left; $9999.00 SALE PRICE $8999.00
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
This is an extremely rare heroic bust variety of a scarcetype. 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. Orichalcumsestertius, 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, Tiberpatina, porous, areas of corrosion, weight 25.631 g, maximum diameter 34.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 104 - 107 A.D.; obverseIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR PCOS V P P, laureate bust left, full chest exposed, with drapery on left shoulder, military belt (balteus) across chest; reverseS P Q ROPTIMO 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; $5000.00 SALE PRICE $4500.00
Didia Clara, 28 March - 2 June 193 A.D., Daughter of Didius Julianus
Didia Clara, the only child of Didius Julianus and Manlia Scantilla, was made Augusta the day her father became emperor. She survived her father's downfall, but was stripped of her title and the details of her life thereafter are unknown. Due to the short reign of her father, coins of Didia Clara are extremely rare.SH72535. Silver denarius, RIC IV 10, RSC III 3, BMCRE V 14, VF, lightly toned, porous, weight 2.393 g, maximum diameter 18.35 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, first issue, 28 Mar - May(?) 93; obverseDIDIA CLARA AVG, draped bust right, hair in bun; reverse HILAR TEMPOR, Hilaritas standing left, long palm branch in right hand, cornucopia in left; ex CNG auction 337, lot 450; extremely rare (R4); $2400.00 SALE PRICE $2160.00
Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.
Other than an undescribed photograph in RSC II, this type is apparently unpublished. Although not in RIC, it is in Southerland's unpublished RIC I addenda.SH72977. Silver denarius, RSC II p. 24 (photograph, but not described!, same rev. die), RIC I 94 var., BMCRE I 215 var., BnF I 50 var., Hunter -, S - (var. all SER GALBA IMP), VF, porous and pitted, edge scrape reverse top left, weight 3.389 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Tarraco mint, c. 3 Apr - late 68 A.D.; obverseGALBA IMPER (arcing left to right above), Galba on horseback prancing left, bare-headed, wearing military garb, cloak flying behind, raising right hand in salute; reverseVIRTVS (arcing downward on right), helmeted and draped bust of Virtus (valor, courage) right, crested helmet; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; extremely rare; $2400.00 SALE PRICE $2160.00
Pertinax, 31 December 192 - 28 March 193 A.D.
Pertinax was the son of a humble charcoal-burner. After a successful career in the military, as a senator and then as praefect of the city of Rome, he reluctantly accepted the throne offered by the murderers of Commodus. After a reign of only 86 day he was murdered by mutinous guards.SH72991. Silver denarius, RIC IV 13a, BMCRE V 25, RSC III 56, Hunter III 7, SRCV II 6048, EF, excellent portrait, toned, weight 3.180 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1 Jan - 28 Mar 193 A.D.; obverseIMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, laureate head right; reverse VOT DECEN TR P COS II, Pertinax standing left, veiled, sacrificing over lit altar from a patera in right; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; very rare (R2); $1800.00 SALE PRICE $1620.00
Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.
With this coin Otho claimed there was peace all over the world. It was true that at the time it was struck there was peace along all the borders of the empire, which was a rare event because Rome was almost always engaged in some war with the nations and tribes that surrounded it. It was, however, an absurdity, in the midst of a civil war within the borders, to acclaim peace on the borders as peace all over the world.SH75695. Silver denarius, RIC I 4, RSC II 3, BMCRE I 3, BnF III 3, SRCV I 2156, VF, superb portrait, nice toning, scratches, reverse center flatly struck, weight 3.518 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Feb 69 A.D.; obverse IMP M OTHOCAESARAVG TR P, bare head right; reverse PAX ORBIS TERRARVM (All the World at Peace), Pax standing left, olive-branch in right hand, caduceus in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; rare; $1800.00 SALE PRICE $1620.00
Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.
With this coin Otho claimed there was peace all over the world. It was true that at the time it was struck there was peace along all the borders of the empire, which was a rare event because Rome was almost always engaged in some war with the nations and tribes that surrounded it. It was, however, an absurdity, in the midst of a civil war within the borders, to acclaim peace on the borders as peace all over the world.SH72951. Silver denarius, RSC II 4a, RIC I -, BMCRE I -, BnF III -, SRCV I -, VF, nice toning, a few bumps and scratches, weight 3.335 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, late Feb - early Mar 69 A.D.; obverse IMP OTHOCAESARAVG TR P, bare head right; reverse PAX ORBIS TERRARVM (All the World at Peace), Pax standing left, olive-branch in right hand, caduceus in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Freeman & Sear Mail Bid Sale 13 (2006), lot 437; not in RIC - this is the much rarer later variety without M between IMP and OTHO, 45/1000 coins in Jyrki Muona's Otho die study; rare; $1600.00 SALE PRICE $1440.00
Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C., CHORTIS SPECVLATORVM
Speculatores served the legions as spies, scouts, messengers, lookouts, and executioners. Aboard ship speculatores stood watch as lookouts in a turret (specula) at the stern, explaining their unusual standards. Normally ten speculatores were assigned to each legion. Anthony formed a separate cohort of speculatores which served him personally and also acted as his personal bodyguard. Augustus would later create a speculatorian cohort at Rome to serve as the inner corps of the praetorian guard. This coin probably refers to the naval equivalent, who were comparable to the Marines and provided a shipboard bodyguard for Antony. SH76389. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1484, Crawford 544/121, Sydenham 1214, BMCRR II East 185, RSC I 6, Sear CRI, Choice VF, well centered on full flan, toned, banker's mark and “V” graffito on obverse, scratches, weight 3.636 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Patrae(?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; obverse ANT•AVG / III VIR•R•P•C, galley right with rowers, mast with fluttering banners at prow, border of dots; reverse CHORTIS SPECVLATORVM, three standards, each decorated with two wreaths and a model war galley prow, border of dots; ex CNG auction 76/2 (12 Sep 2007), lot 3262; ex John A. Seeger Collection; rare; $1600.00 SALE PRICE $1440.00
Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.
With this coin Galba asserts that he has restored freedom, but this was empty propaganda. Galba was notoriously cruel, sentenced many to death without trial, raised taxes, and rarely accepted requests for citizenship.RS72971. Silver denarius, RIC I 7 (R2); BMCRE I 197, BnF I 4, RSC I 132, Hunter I -, SRCV I -, VF, lightly toned, lightly etched surfaces, weight 3.204 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Tarraco mint, April - late 68 A.D.; obverseGALBAIMPERATOR, laureate head right; reverseLIBERTAS RESTITVTA (liberty restored), head of Libertas right, hair knotted behind, wearing pearl necklace; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Artcoins auction 6 (10 Dec 2012), lot 800 (the one and only sale of this type on Coin Archives); extremely rare; $1500.00 SALE PRICE $1350.00
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