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Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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RIC IV and RSC III identify this type as a hybrid. BMC V p. 267 notes the type, missing from the collection, is quoted by Cohen and is either a hybrid or a forgery. The reverse is from a denarius of Septimius Severus (RIC IV 184). The workmen can be excused for mixing up the dies, for in 201-202 exactly the same PART MAX Trophy type was being struck for both emperors, distinguished only by their titles in the reverse legend, so easy to confuse:
- For Septimius: PART MAX P M TR P VIIII, or X, or X COS III P P.
- For Caracalla: PART MAX PONT TR P IIII, or V, or V COS.
RIC lists the type as scarce but there were only two examples in the Recka-Devina Hoard, it is missing from the British Museum and Hunterian collections, this is the first ever example handled by Forum, and we know of only one other example sold in the last twenty years. The type is certainly rare.
RS82697. Silver denarius, RIC IV 322 (S), RSC III 174, BMC V p. 267 (note), Hunter III -, SRCV II -, Choice aEF, struck with beautifully engraved dies, well centered and struck, toned, some die wear, weight 3.528 g, maximum diameter 9.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 202 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate and draped young boy's bust right, seen from behind; reverse PART MAX P M TR P X (victor over the Parthians, priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 10 years), trophy of captured arms, flanked by two captives seated facing outward and wearing pointed Parthian caps; very rare hybrid; $400.00 SALE PRICE $360.00

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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Providence is most often depicted clothed in a matronís gown, holding a cornucopia in her left hand and in her right a short wand, which she points to a globe. She holds this globe in her right hand or it lies at her feet. The type is intended to mark the power and wisdom of the emperor, who ruled the Roman world. On this coin the plural AVGG indicates two Augusti, Severus and his son Caracalla.
RS86672. Silver denarius, RIC IV 166, RSC III 586, BMCRE V 197, SRCV II 6354, Hunter III -, Choice gVF superb portrait, excellent centering and strike, light toning, edge crack, weight 3.255 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 200 - 210 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS AVG PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse PROVID AVGG (the foresight of the two emperors), Providentia standing left, wand in right hand held over globe at feet on left, long grounded scepter vertical in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00

Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D.

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Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RS86824. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 235 (R), RSC 38, Bland 89 (33 spec.), SRCV III 9269, Hunter III - (xciv), gVF, bold full circles strike, light toning, surface flaws, weight 4.583 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 249 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P VI COS P P (high priest, holder of tribune power for six year, consul, father of the country), Felicitas standing left, long caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; ex Beast Coins; rare; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50

Trebonianus Gallus, June or July 251 - July or August 253 A.D.

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The Persians occupied part of Syria in 251 A.D. and took and burned Antioch in 256 A.D. and again in 260 A.D.
RS86825. Billon antoninianus, RSC IV 108k (also IV both sides), RIC IV 89 (S), SRCV III 9647, Hunter III - (p. cvi), VF, well centered, toned, radiating flow lines, die wear, some porosity, weight 3.838 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 251 - 253 A.D.; obverse IMP C C VIB TREB GALLVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind, tiny IV (officina) below; reverse ROMAE AETERNAE AVG, Roma seated left on shield, Victory in right hand, spear in left hand; Victory is standing on globe, holding palm frond in left hand, and presenting wreath with right hand; IV (officina) in exergue; ex Beast Coins; scarce; $95.00 SALE PRICE $85.50

Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D.

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When Augustus ruled Rome, he was not called emperor or king, he was the Princeps, the "first of men." In the empire, the designated successors to the emperor were named caesar and also given the title Princeps Juventutis, the "first of youths." This is the origin of the English word prince, meaning the son of a monarch.
RS86827. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 218d, RSC IV 48, Hunter V 8, SRCV III 9240, EF, excellent portrait, detailed reverse, well centered and struck on a broad oval flan, light tone, flan crack, weight 3.598 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 244 - 246 A.D.; obverse M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse PRINCIPI IVVENT (to the Prince of Youth), Philip II standing slightly left, head left, wearing military dress, globe in extended right hand, inverted spear in left hand; ex Beast Coins; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00

Trajan Decius, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D.

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In Roman religion, every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins, we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Roman people, of the Senate, of the Emperor, etc. Genius' image is of a man with a cloak half covering the shoulders leaving the rest of his body naked, holding a cornucopia in one hand, and a simpulum or a patera in the other. The legend GENIVS ILLVRICIANI dedicates this coin to the Genius of the army in Illyria (western Balkans).
RS86829. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 38a (S), RSC 43, Hunter III 23, SRCV III 9373, VF, excellent portrait, uneven toning, radiating flow lines, some die wear, bumps and marks, edge crack, weight 3.333 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, c. 250 - 251 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE TRA DEC AVG, radiate, draped, head right, from behind; reverse GEN ILLVRICI, Genius standing slightly left, head left, nude but for kalathos (or polos) on head and paludamentum over shoulders and left arm, pouring libations from patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; ex Beast Coins; very scarce; $95.00 SALE PRICE $85.50

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

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On this coin Commodus boasts that he has been honored as Pater Senatus, the Father of the Senate. Referring to this coin type, Vaillant observed that Commodus should have been called Senatus carnifex - the executioner, rather than the father, of the Senate. Commodus had thinned the ranks of that once powerful body by the slaughter of its most illustrious members, especially after the discovery of his sister Lucilla's conspiracy. The abject Senate responded by lavishing flattery on Commodus in proportion to his cruelty.
RS85041. Silver denarius, RIC III 157, RSC III 397, BMCRE IV 222 223, MIR 18 734-4/30, SRCV II 5666, aVF/F, centered on a tight flan, toned, marks and scratches, edge cracks, weight 1.996 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 187 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse PATER SENAT P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P, Commodus as Father of the Senate standing left, togate, raising branch in extended right hand, eagle-tipped scepter in left hand; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00

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

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TR P abbreviates Tribunicia Potestate, the tribunician power, the power to veto legislation. In Roman coin legends the abbreviation TR P is often followed by a Roman numeral indicating the number of times the tribunitian power has been held. Every emperor claimed the tribunician power from the moment of accession. Up to Nerva the tribunician power was renewed on the anniversary of its original conferment. From Antoninus Pius on it seems to have been renewed on 10 December, the day on which elected tribunes entered office. It is still unclear (a) what system of renewal was in force from Trajan to Antoninus Pius and (b) whether at some point in the third century the tribunician day was moved from 10 December to 1 January.
RS85042. Silver denarius, RSC II 780a, BMCRE IV M809, SRCV II 5704, RIC III 1 var. (laur. head r.), Hunter II -, F, centered on tight flan, toned, scratches, tiny edge cracks, weight 2.972 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 180 A.D.; obverse L AVREL COMMODVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right from behind; reverse TR P V IMP IIII COS II P P (Tribunitia Potestate Quinta, Imperator Quartum, Consul Secundum, Pater Patriae), Roma seated right on low seat without back, helmeted and draped, inverted spear vertical behind in right, parazonium in left; $45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50

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

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The abbreviation TEMP FELIC, at the beginning of the reverse legend, announces temporum felicitas, happy times, a time of success and good fortune. The caduceus is a symbol of peace and cornucopias symbolize prosperity, both supporting Commodus' happy times message.
RS85043. Silver denarius, RIC III 209 (S), BMCRE IV 283, RSC II 719, Hunter II 51, SRCV II 5696, aVF, excellent portrait, toned, tight flan, lamination flaw on neck, bumps and marks, edge cracks, weight 3.354 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 10 Dec 1989 - 10 Dec 190 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT P P, laureate head right; reverse TEMP FELIC P M TR P XV COS VI, winged caduceus between crossed cornucopias overflowing with fruits and grain; scarce; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00

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

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It is remarkable that in the graves in Germany, no example of oblong shields are found, but all are round. -- See Collectanea Antiqua by C.R. Smith
RS85044. Silver denarius, RIC III MA606 (S), BMCRE IV M642, RSC II 77a, MIR 18 335, SRCV II 5543, Hunter II - (cxliii), aF, centered on a tight flan, toned, bumps, scratches (a few heavy), edge cracks (one long), weight 2.716 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 345o, Rome mint, as caesar, Jun 175 - Oct/Nov 176; obverse COMMODO CAES AVG FIL GERM SARM, bare-headed, draped bust right, seen from behind; reverse DE GERMANIS (devictus Germanis - Germans conquered), two captives seated on shields, facing outward, at the base of a trophy of captured arms, unbound mourning female on left, male on right with hands bound behind his back; scarce; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


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