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Roman Coins of the Adoptive Emperors

Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D.

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On 28 October 97 A.D. Nerva recalled his general Marcus Ulpius Trajanus, age 44, from the German frontier and was forced by the Praetorian Guard to adopt him as his successor.
RB86769. Copper as, RIC II 98, BMCRE III 143, BnF III 129, Hunter I , Cohen II 73, SRCV II, gF, nice portrait, well centered on a tight flan, green patina - a bit rough in areas, light scratches, light encrustations, small flan flaw rev. lower left, weight 10.700 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P II COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse FORTVNA AVGVST (good fortune of the Emperor), Fortuna standing left, rudder held by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $150.00 (€127.50)


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

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From 114 to 117 A.D. the Jews of Cyprus revolted and massacred gentiles in great numbers. After the uprising was put down, every known Jew in Cyprus was killed and a law was passed forbidding any Jew, even from a shipwreck, to set foot on the island. Nevertheless Jewish residents remained on the island and in 610 A.D. they were sufficiently numerous to participate in an insurrection against Heraclius. In 646, and again in 1154, Cyprus was devastated by Arabs.
RB86780. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 534v, RIC II 672, BMCRE III 1023, Hunter II 375, Cohen II 352, Banti 106, SRCV II 3192, BnF IV -, Choice VF, well centered and struck, nice portrait, brown tone, nice surfaces, minor bump on cheek, weight 24.276 g, maximum diameter 34.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, winter 114 - early 116 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS, Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $700.00 (€595.00)


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

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Honos was the god of chivalry, honor and military justice. He was usually depicted in art with a spear and a cornucopia. He was sometimes identified with Virtus.
RS87051. Silver denarius, RIC III AP 426; BMCRE IV p. 73, 509; RSC II 100; SRCV II 4782, Hunter II -, gVF, choice obverse, superb portrait, golden toning, reverse legend weak, edge cracks, weight 3.356 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, Sep - Dec 144 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F, bare head right; reverse COS DES II (Consul once [in 140], selected for a second time [to begin 1 Jan 145]), Honos standing left, togate, head left, branch in right hand, cornucopia in left; Numismatik Naumann, auction 62, lot 1134 (part of); scarce; $185.00 (€157.25)


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

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In 160 A.D., Rome first started commercial manufacturing of soap. It was made with grease, lime and ashes. The earliest evidence of man using soap dates around 2800 B.C. The first soap makers were Babylonians, Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and later Greeks and Romans. They all made soap by mixing fat, oils and salts. Some early Roman soap included urine as an ingredient. Soap wasn't used for bathing or personal hygiene but was used for cleaning cooking utensils or goods. It may have been used for medicinal purposes.
RS86815. Silver denarius, RIC III AP483, RSC II 762; BMCRE IV p. 149, AP998; Hunter II, p. 281, 28; SRCV II 4797, VF, excellent centering, toned, small encrustations, slight porosity, edge cracks, weight 3.089 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 159 - 160 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAES AVG PII F, bearded bare head right; reverse TR POT XIIII COS II, Minerva advancing right, helmeted, draped, wearing aegis, brandishing spear in right hand, round shield on left forearm; ex Beast Coins; $125.00 (€106.25)


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

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In 173, Avidius Cassius, the governor of Syria, crushed an insurrection of shepherds known as the boukoloi.
RS87050. Silver denarius, RIC III 278, RSC II 297, BMCRE IV 578, Hunter II -, SRCV II -, VF, well centered, radiating flow lines, die wear, edge cracks, weight 3.307 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 172 - Dec 173 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVIII, laureate head right; reverse IMP VI COS III, captive seated right at foot of trophy of captured arms, arms (spear and bow?) on the ground to right; ex Numismatik Naumann, auction 62, lot 1134 (part of); $130.00 (€110.50)


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

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In 174, Marcus Aurelius officially conferred the title Fulminata (Thundering) to the Legio XII Fulminata.
RS87060. Silver denarius, RIC III 289, RSC II 298, BMCRE IV 596, Hunter II 62 var. (draped and cuirassed), SRCV II 4911 var. (captive seated left), VF, excellent portrait, some mint luster, radiating flow lines, a few light scratches and marks, obverse slightly off center, small edge cracks, weight 3.123 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 173 - Jun 174 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVIII, laureate head right; reverse IMP VI COS III, captive seated right at foot of trophy of captured arms, arms (spear and curved sword?) on the ground to right; ex Numismatik Naumann, auction 62, lot 1134 (part of); $160.00 (€136.00)


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

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In 166, the war with Parthia was successfully ended. The Parthians left Armenia and eastern Mesopotamia, which both become Roman protectorates.
RS86786. Silver denarius, RIC III 159, RSC II 435, BMCRE IV 401 403, Szaivert MIR 140, SRCV II 4915, gVF, excellent portrait, toned, radiating flow lines, flan flaw on obverse (neck), obverse slightly off center, reverse struck with worn die, weight 3.531 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, summer - Dec 166 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head right; reverse TR P XX IMP IIII COS III, Pax standing left, branch in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, PAX in exergue; $200.00 (€170.00)


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

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Posthumous commemorative struck by Marcus Aurelius' son, Commodus.
RS85773. Silver denarius, Szaivert MIR 18 p. 142, 482/4; RIC III C273 (S) var., RSC II 91 var., BMCRE IV C20 692 var. , Hunter II 3 var., SRCV II 5974 (all var. no wreath), Choice VF, well centered, attractive style, light tone, edge cracks, weight 2.921 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, 180 A.D.; obverse DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS, bare head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing right on globe, head left, wreath in beak; rare variety; $200.00 (€170.00)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Zeugma, Commagene, Syria

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Zeugma was founded by Seleucus I Nicator who almost certainly named the city Seleucia after himself. In 64 B.C. the city was conquered by Rome and renamed Zeugma, meaning "bridge of boats." On the Silk Road connecting Antioch to China, Zeugma had a pontoon bridge across the Euphrates, which was the long time border with the Persian Empire. The Legio IV Scythica was camped in Zeugma. The legion and the trade station brought great wealth to Zeugma until, in 256, Zeugma was fully destroyed by the Sassanid king, Shapur I. An earthquake then buried the city beneath rubble. The city never regained its earlier prosperity and, after Arab raids in the 5th and 6th centuries, it was abandoned again.
RY86830. Bronze AE 22, RPC Online IV 8532 (52 spec.); SNG Hunterian 2628 (same c/m); BMC Galatia p. 125, 8 (same); SNG Cop 28; countermark: Howgego 453 (32 pcs.), aF, c/m VF, tight flan, earthen deposits, corrosion, edge cracks , weight 10.192 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Zeugma mint, 138 - 161 A.D.; obverse AYTO KAI TIT AIΛ A∆P ANTWNEINOC CEB EY (or similar), laureate head right, countermark: 5-pointed star in same shaped 5 mm punch; reverse ZEYΓMTEWN, tetrastyle temple, a rectangular walled and colonnaded peribolos before the temple containing sacred grove, crescent with horns up above, obscure officina letter upper left; ex Beast Coins; $125.00 (€106.25)


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

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In 164, Marcus Aurelius gave his daughter Lucilla in marriage to his co-emperor Lucius Verus.
RS85768. Silver denarius, RIC III 112, RSC II 852c, BMCRE IV 257, Hunter II 16, SRCV II -, Choice VF, attractive portrait, toned, radiating flow lines, broad flan, small edge cracks, weight 3.517 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Dec 163 - Dec 164 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR P XVIII COS III, Felicitas seated left on curule chair, long grounded caduceus vertical behind in right hand, reversed cornucopia in right hand; $160.00 (€136.00)











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