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An anonymous collector from the state of Georgia (USA) has decided it is time to sell some of his coins. Since his interest has shifted toward ancient Greek coins, he is selling some Roman and Byzantine, especially his duplicates. Most of them are of the finest quality and many have passed through the hands of some of the better ancient coin specialist dealers. We hope you enjoy browsing these coins and find some you want for your own collection.

Theodosius II, 10 January 402 - 28 July 450 A.D.

|Theodosius| |II|, |Theodosius| |II,| |10| |January| |402| |-| |28| |July| |450| |A.D.|, |solidus|
SH10973. Gold solidus, RIC X Theodosius II 204, VF, weight 4.399 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 411 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, helmeted pearl-diademed, cuirassed, bust facing, spear in right hand over shoulder, shield decorated with horseman riding down enemy on left arm; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG Z (harmony between the two emperors, 7th officina), Constantinopolis enthroned facing, scepter in right, shield inscribed X / VOT / XX in left, star left, CONOB in exergue; rare (R3); SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 20 January 842 A.D.

|Theophilus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Theophilus,| |12| |May| |821| |-| |20| |January| |842| |A.D.|, |semissis|
After Leo III, 717-741 A.D., the semissis and tremissis were issued only in small quantities and normally only on particular occasions for ceremonial distribution.
SH10988. Gold semissis, SBCV 1674; DOC III part 1, 26c, Morrisson BnF 8-10, EF, weight 1.749 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 135o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, 829 - 830 A.D.; obverse ΘEOFIΛOS, crowned bust of Theophilus facing with short beard, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger; reverse similar to obverse, but emperor wears loros instead of chlamys; ex Edward J. Waddell; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

|Maurice| |Tiberius|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Maurice| |Tiberius,| |13| |August| |582| |-| |22| |November| |602| |A.D.|, |semissis|
SH10979. Gold semissis, DOC I 12bc, SBCV 486, gVF, weight 2.142 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse D N MAVRI-CI P P AVC, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORI-A AVCC, angel advancing right, looking left, wreath in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; ex Colosseum Coin Exchange; SOLD

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, |denarius|
SH10993. Silver denarius, RIC II 190, RSC II 428, VF, weight 3.373 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 125 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate bust right with slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse COS III, eagle standing facing on thunderbolt, head right; ex Colosseum Coin Exchange, nicely toned; very rare; SOLD

Lucilla, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of Lucius Verus

|Lucilla|, |Lucilla,| |Augusta| |c.| |164| |-| |182| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Lucius| |Verus|, |sestertius|
Although many coin references classify Fecunditas as a personification of fertility rather than as an actual deity, Fecunditas was recognized as a Roman divinity by Nero, who erected a statue to her. Tacitus notes that upon the birth of Claudia Neronis, the senate decreed the construction of a temple of Fertility to be built at Antium. Fecunditas is always portrayed as a female figure holding a child, or children and often a scepter, cornucopia, palm branch or caduceus. Sometimes the children are depicted standing at her feet. Coins portraying her usually advertise the fertility of the imperial family.
SH11005. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1736, BMCRE IV 1197, Cohen III 21, Hunter II 48, MIR 18 29, SRCV II 5499, VF, very nice multi-color patina, excellent portrait, reverse struck flat, small edge crack, weight 23.878 g, maximum diameter 31.27 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 166 - 169 A.D.; obverse LVCILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and knotted in chignon low at back; reverse FECVNDITAS, Fecunditas (fertility) seated right, nursing child, one boy behind and one before her, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; scarce; SOLD

Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Beroea, Cyrrhestica, Syria

|Roman| |Syria|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.,| |Beroea,| |Cyrrhestica,| |Syria|, |tetradrachm|
Aleppo is called Halab in Hittite documents of the second millennium B.C. The city opened its gates to Alexander after the Battle of Issus. Seleucus built a new city nearby and named it Beroea. Saint Paul records that his preaching at Beroea was a great success. The city was sacked by the Persians in 540, and captured by the Muslims without a fight in 637.
RY11036. Silver tetradrachm, Prieur 889, gVF, toned, traces of mint luster in recesses, weight 13.565 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, die axis 180o, Cyrrhestica, Beroea (Allepo, Syria) mint, 11 Apr 217 - 8 Jun 218 A.D.; obverse AYT K M OPC E MAKPINOC CE, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ∆HMAP-X EΞYΠATOC ∆ (holder of Tribunitian power, consul for the 4th time), eagle standing front, wings spread, head left, between legs winged animal facing, B - E flanking animal; ex Edward J. Waddell; scarce; SOLD

Crispina, Wife of Commodus, Augusta 178 - 182 A.D.

|Crispina|, |Crispina,| |Wife| |of| |Commodus,| |Augusta| |178| |-| |182| |A.D.|, |as|
Juno Lucina was the Goddess of Light and of childbirth. In her honour, on 1st of March the Roman matrons celebrated the festival Matronalia and it was customary for their husbands or lovers to present gifts.
RB10976. Copper as, RIC III 680, Cohen III 24, BMCRE IV 433, Szaivert MIR 18 33, Hunter II 27, SRCV II 6018, VF, weight 11.378 g, maximum diameter 25.09 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 180 - 182 A.D.; obverse CRISPINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse IVNO LVCINA S C, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter; nice surfaces and patina, ex John Jencek; scarce; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

|Maurice| |Tiberius|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Maurice| |Tiberius,| |13| |August| |582| |-| |22| |November| |602| |A.D.|, |pentanummium|
Grierson dated Maurice's coins with left facing busts to 602 A.D. because left facing busts were often associated with consulships and Maurice held the consulship that year.
SH11017. Bronze pentanummium, Wroth BMC 246, DOC I 256 (not in the collection, references Wroth), Morrisson BnF 33, Tolstoi 317, Sommer 7.88, Hahn MIB 131, SBCV 570, Ratto -, VF, weight 2.067 g, maximum diameter 16.05 mm, die axis 180o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 602 A.D.(?); obverse D N MAV-RICI P, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left, IND. S. below (= Indictio VI); reverse palm tree, N-M (nummi) at sides, V (5) below; rare; SOLD

Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius

|Faustina| |Jr.|, |Faustina| |Junior,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius|, |sestertius|
In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth, associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. Oak groves were especially sacred to her. She was equated with the Greek goddess Artemis, though she had an independent origin in Italy. In myth, Diana was born with her twin brother Apollo on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess of childbirth and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, along with Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.
RB11004. Orichalcum sestertius, SRCV II 4717, RIC III AP1383, VF, weight 22.529 g, maximum diameter 32.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, struck under Antoninus Pius, 154 - 156 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust right with head bare, hair waved and coiled on back of head; reverse Diana standing left, examining arrow in right hand, resting left hand on grounded bow behind, S C divided low across field; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, John VIII Palaeologus, 19 January 1421 - 31 October 1448 A.D.

|John| |VIII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |John| |VIII| |Palaeologus,| |19| |January| |1421| |-| |31| |October| |1448| |A.D.|, |half| |stavraton|
SH10989. Silver half stavraton, SBCV 2565, DOC V 1765 (variety 2b), VF, weight 3.492 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse bust of Christ facing, cross nimbus, tunic and himation, right hand raised in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) across field, double border with eight pellets between; reverse + IWANHC BACIΛEVC O ΠAΛEOΛ (King John Palaeologus, blundered), bust of John VIII facing, bearded, nimbate, wears crown with pendilia and scalloped tippet, pellet in each field; ex Colosseum Coin Exchange; scarce; SOLD


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