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The Varangian Military Collection of Roman Coins

This collection was assembled by a modern-day soldier who specialized in collecting Roman coins with military related reverses. Soldiers, Mars and Victory predominate. Obviously he aquired with high standards. Many of the coins are choice examples, in high grade and with attractive patina's and many of the coins are very rare. We hope you enjoy this fine specialty collection.

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

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |denarius|
This coin type notified the empire of Marcus Aurelius first victories in Germania.
RS12504. Silver denarius, RIC III 257, Van Meter 19/1, Cohen III 271, aEF, weight 3.606 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 171 - 172 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI, laureate head right; reverse IMP VI COS III, Victory standing right, naked to the waist, placing shield inscribed VIC GER on a palm tree; mint luster in recesses and light golden toning; SOLD

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

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
Although Ares was viewed by the Greeks primarily as destructive and destabilizing, worthy of contempt and revulsion, for the Romans, Mars was a father (pater) of the Roman people. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RB12502. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 8613, Cohen III 838, aVF, nice patina, black patina with toned brass high points, weak legends, weight 20.151 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 163 - Dec 164 A.D.; obverse M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS P M, laureate head right, shoulder from behind; reverse TR P XVIII IMP II COS III S C, Mars standing right in military attire, vertical spear in right hand, left on grounded shield; SOLD

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

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

RB12500. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 908, F, weight 25.800 g, maximum diameter 32.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 164 - 165 A.D.; obverse M AVREL ANTONINVS - AVG ARMENIACVS PM, laureate, cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse TR POT XIX IMP II COS III S C, emperor standing left in military attire, in center of four standards, right hand extended, vertical spear in left; nice near black patina; scarce; SOLD

Florianus, June or July - August or September 276 A.D.

|Florianus|, |Florianus,| |June| |or| |July| |-| |August| |or| |September| |276| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
MER-RIC lists two known specimens. This coin is one of the two listed.
SH12491. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 4491 (this coin, 2 spec), RIC V-1 195, VF, weight 3.046 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 225o, 4th officina, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, Jul 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M ANNIVS FLORIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PROVIDEN DEOR (the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing left holding two standards, Sol raising hand and holding globe in left hand, star in between, KA∆ in exergue; SOLD

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

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.|, |denarius|
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.
SH12522. Silver denarius, Woytek 422v, BMCRE III 424, Hunter II 141, BnF IV 668, RIC II 271, RSC II 404a, Strack I 186, SRCV II -, aEF, toned, weight 3.460 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 112 - 114 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Felicitas (happiness) standing slightly left, head left, caduceus (symbol of peace) in right hand, cornucopia (symbol of abundance) in left hand; SOLD

Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

|Vespasian|, |Vespasian,| |1| |July| |69| |-| |24| |June| |79| |A.D.|, |as|
After a successful campaign in Judaea Vespasian was declared emperor by his troops at Alexandria. Upon the defeat of Vitellius, he went to Rome and consolidated his power. Vespasian was popular, down to earth and witty. Responsible for an economic and military recovery of Rome, he was one of the greatest Roman emperors.
RB12525. Copper as, RIC II 584, Cohen I 605, Hendin 780 var., VF, fantastic portrait, weight 12.768 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, die axis 165o, Rome mint, obverse IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS VII, laureate head right; reverse VICTORIA AVGVST (the victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing right on prow holding palm across shoulder in left and wreath in right hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across center; SOLD

Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.|, |follis|
RL12467. Billon follis, RIC VI Treveri 730, Choice gVF, weight 6.909 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, as caesar, summer 307 A.D.; obverse FL VAL CONSTANTINVS NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse MARTI PATRI PROPVGNATORI (to Mars the Defending Father), Mars advancing right, spear in right, shield in left, S left, A right, PTR in exergue; popular "Constantine as Caesar" type; full circle strike on both obverse and reverse; SOLD

Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.|, |centenionalis|
Constantine's Bridge over the Danube, built by the Roman architect Theophilus Patricius, between Sucidava (Corabia, Romania) and Oescus (Gigen, Bulgaria), was officially opened on 5 July 328.
RL12465. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Constantinople 22 (R2), LRBC I 987, SRCV IV 16233, Cohen VII 243, Choice EF, nice patina, beautiful coin, weight 2.209 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 327 - 328 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed head right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), soldier standing left, head right, resting left hand on shield and holding inverted spear in right hand, Γ in left field, CONS in exergue; rare; SOLD

Fausta, Augusta, 8 November 324 - Autumn 326 A.D., Second Wife of Constantine the Great

|Fausta|, |Fausta,| |Augusta,| |8| |November| |324| |-| |Autumn| |326| |A.D.,| |Second| |Wife| |of| |Constantine| |the| |Great|, |centenionalis|
Fausta is depicted as Spes, the Roman personification of hope. She holds her infant children, Constantine II and Constantius II, her hopeful promise for the future of the "Republic."
RL12490. Billon centenionalis, LRBC I 1084; Cohen VII 17; RIC VII Nicomedia p. 615, 97 (R4) var. (officina B only); SRCV IV 16574 var. (same), gem EF, perfect centering, beautiful blue-green patina, weight 2.744 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse FLAV MAX - FAVSTA AVG, draped bust right hair waved, bun at back, wearing pearl necklace; reverse SPES REIP-VBLICAE, Fausta standing facing, looking left, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, SMNA in exergue; variation of R4 type; SOLD

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

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |denarius|
This obverse was used for RIC 48 (TRP XVI) and RIC 58 (TRP XVII, but Concordia). The combination of this obverse legend with a bare head and this reverse legend is unlisted in all major references.
RS12505. Silver denarius, RIC III 73a var., RSC II 526e var., BMCRE IV 223 (all laureate), aVF, weight 3.031 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 162 - 163 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROV DEOR TR P XVII COS III, Providentia standing left, globe in right hand, cornucopia in left; uneven toning; unpublished; SOLD


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