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The Scott Collection of Superb Roman and Byzantine Coins

When FORVM obtains an estate collection, we often wonder what the collector was trying to achieve. It is obvious, Mr. Scott was a collector of superb and master portraits. By FORVM's definition a superb portrait is one that apears it could come to life. Many or most coin portraits actually lack this trait. A master portrait not only appears that it could come to life, but also makes an impression of what the subject was like, what they were thinking or how they felt. Please take a good look at Mr. Scott's portrait collection. We hope that you appreciate Mr. Scott's lifetime work, assembling this gallery of Roman and Byzantine masterpieces.


Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.

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Colonia Augusta Treverorum was the capital of Roman Belgica and served as the capital of the Gallic Empire under the emperors Tetricus I and II from 271 to 274. Dates of operation: 294 - 395, 408 - 413 and c. 430. mint marks: SMTR, TR, TRE, TROB, TRPS.
SH34997. Billon argenteus, RIC VI Treveri 825 (R3), Cohen 99 (3 Fr.), Choice gVF, weight 2.306 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 125o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, c. 310 - 313 A.D.; obverse IMP LICI-NIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left, mappa in right, spear over shoulder in left; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI AVG (to Jupiter the protector of the emperor), Licinius borne aloft by eagle right, wings spread, head left, emperor holds scepter in left and thunderbolt in right, PTR in exergue; near perfect centering, some softness as is typical on this series, good metal; very rare; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

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Augustus built the temple of Mars the Avenger on the Capitol to house the recovered legionary eagles, which had been lost by Crassus and Antony to the Parthians.
RR34983. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1623, RIC I 105a, BMCRE I 373, BMCRR Rome 4419-4420, BnF I 1202, RSC I 190, EF, beautiful coin, glossy even gray tone, weight 3.800 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Patricia (Cordoba, Spain) mint, 18 B.C.; obverse CAESARI AVGVSTO, laureate head right; reverse Temple of Mars Ultor (Mars the Avenger), domed round hexastyle shrine with acroteria, set on podium of three steps, containing aquila between two signa militaria, MAR - VLT divided across the field; SOLD


Pescennius Niger, April to 1 June 193 - March, April or May 194 A.D.

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SH35003. Silver denarius, RIC IV 34 var.; cf. RIC IV 32 for obverse legend; same dies as FORVM 22818, VF, toned, weight 3.265 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IMP CAES C PESCE NIGERISTI AVG, laureate head right; reverse INVICTO IMPERAT, trophy of captured arms, more arms piled at the base; tight oval flan; rare; SOLD


Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D.

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SH34978. Silver argenteus, RIC VI 42a, RSC V 314a, Cohen VII 314 (12 Fr.), Choice EF, weight 3.545 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Rome mint, as caesar, 295 - 297 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS CAES, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four tetrarchs sacrificing in front of six-turreted enclosure (city or castrum), A in exergue; full circles strike, fine style portrait, mint luster, die damaged below bust, ex Glenn Woods; scarce; SOLD


Balbinus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

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Balbinus was elected along with Pupienus to end the reign of the brutal Maximinus. A military stalemate ensued, until Maximinus was murdered by his own troops. The population and the Praetorian guard held little respect for the two ex-senators, however, and they were murdered after a reign of only 99 days.
SH34982. Silver denarius, RIC IV 8 var. (VICTORIA AVGG), Choice EF, dark toning, weight 3.639 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1st emission; obverse IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORI AVGG (sic), Victory standing facing, head left, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand; rare; SOLD


Galerius, 1 March 305 - 5 May 311 A.D.

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RB35001. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Rome 29b, RSC V 219a, SRCV IV 14264, Choice EF, weight 3.365 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 294 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS CAES, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod in front of gated enclosure with six turrets; ex Glenn Woods, full circles strike, well detailed reverse; rare; SOLD


Vetranio, 1 March - 25 December 350 A.D.

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In 312 A.D., Constantine the Great dreamed he saw a Christogram in the sky and heard the words IN HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, meaning in Latin, "In this sign, you will be the victor." He ordered the sign of Christ on his legions standards and shields. He won a great victory and later became the first Christian Roman Emperor.
SH35029. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 287 (S), LRBC II 1174, Voetter 9, SRCV V 18905, Cohen VIII 4 (25 Fr.), EF, one of the finest Vetranio bronzes we have ever seen, weight 4.857 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; obverse D N VETRANIO P F AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A behind, star before; reverse HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, Vetranio standing left in military dress, labarum (Christogram standard) in right hand, scepter in left hand, crowned by Victory behind, A left, ēASISē (A resembling H) in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Galerius, 1 March 305 - 5 May 311 A.D.

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SH34989. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Rome 42b, Cohen VI 219 (10 fr.), SRCV IV 14264, EF, mint luster, weight 2.854 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 294 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS CAES, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod in front of gate of a turreted enclosure, Γ in ex; ex Glenn Woods; SOLD


Pescennius Niger, April to 1 June 193 - March, April or May 194 A.D.

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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.
SH07669. Silver denarius, RIC IV 26b, gF, weight 2.12 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IMP CAES C PESC NIGERIVST A, laureate head right; reverse FORTVNAE REDVCI, Fortuna standing left, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; small edge chip, ex Scott collection; rare; SOLD


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C.

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In 40 B.C., with the Treaty of Brundisium, the Triumvirs agreed to divide the Roman Republic into spheres of influence. Gaius Octavian styled himself "Imperator Caesar" and controlled the Western provinces. Mark Antony controlled the Eastern provinces; the River Drin, the boundary between the provinces Illyricum and Macedonia, would serve as their frontier. Marcus Aemilius Lepidus controlled Hispania and Africa. The treaty was cemented by the marriage of Antony and Octavia, sister of Octavian. The reverse is symbolic of the domination of Rome over the world and the restoration of commerce and plenty.
SH06904. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1471, Crawford 520/1,, aVF, a bit banged up, weight 3.28 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 225180o, Corcyra(?) mint, summer 40 B.C.; obverse bare head of Mark Antony right; reverse M ANT IMP III VIR RPC (NT and MP in monogram), caduceus between two cornucopia, all resting on globe; from the Scott Collection; very rare; SOLD




  




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