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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

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

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Virtus to the ancient Romans included valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth, perceived as masculine strengths (from Latin vir, "man"). Curiously, despite the masculine characteristics of virtus, the personification or deity Virtus was usually depicted as a female warrior, in armor holding a spear, parazonium, victory or a shield. Virtus and Mars can usually be distinguished since Mars is usually shown nude and Virtus is always shown clothed.
RA07653. Billon antoninianus, RIC V 435, EF, weight 3.38 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate consular bust, holding eagle-tipped scepter; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor), Soldier standing left holding Victory, spear and shield on ground, QXXT in exergue; from the Scott Collection; 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

Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

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Boldly struck and very sharp. The finest Caligula portrait we have handled. Beautiful turquoise patina which is stunning on the obverse but uneven on the reverse.
SH06908. Copper as, RIC I 38, Cohen I 27, BMCRE I 46, SRCV I 1803, near Uncirculated, weight 11.19 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, bare head left; reverse VESTA, Vesta enthroned left, patera extended in right, long scepter transverse in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Scott Collection; SOLD


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