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The Fire Hoard - Roman Silver

We have nicknamed this hoard "The Fire Hoard" because it was lost in a fire. We know that because they were found in an amalgamation - melted coins and black silver oxide on the outside formed a solid black ball. Inside the coins were still in nice condition, however, most are wavy and somewhat brittle due to the heat of the fire. We will add the coins here as they are cleaned. If a coin is wavy or bent, we will include that in the description. We can't say how many presentable coins will come out of The Fire Hoard. We expect it will be around 200 coins.

Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

|Diocletian|, |Diocletian,| |20| |November| |284| |-| |1| |May| |305| |A.D.|, |follis|
"This reverse is modeled after the famous statue of the Spirit of the Roman People in the Roman Forum. It is unclear when this statue was last seen as it is now lost. Although the coins celebrate a wide range of spirits (e.g., Rome, Augustus, the Army, etc.), the basic design comes from the same statue...The act of pouring the libation to the emperor illustrates what the Christians were required to do in order not to be persecuted." -- Roman Bronze Coins From Paganism to Christianity 294-364 A.D. by Victor Failmezger
RB93349. Billon follis, RIC VI Thessalonica 25a, Cohen VI 106, SRCV IV 12785, Hunter V -, Choice VF, well centered, nice green patina with light earthen highlighting, weight 10.251 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 330o, 3rd officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 302 - 303 A.D.; obverse IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (to the guardian spirit of the Roman People), Genius standing slightly left, head left, kalathos on head, naked except chlamys over shoulders, pouring libations from patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, Γ in right field, TS exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Nobilitas may have been selected as a reverse type for Commodus because he was the first emperor "born to the purple," whose father was already emperor when Commodus was born in 161, and because he could trace his adoptive pedigree back to Nerva.
RS15000. Silver denarius, RIC III 139, RSC II 382, gVF, weight 3.194 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 186 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse NOBILIT AVG P M TR P XI IMP VIII COS V P P, Nobilitas standing right, scepter in right and palladium in left; excellent centering, some minor encrustation; scarce; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.

|Caracalla|, |Caracalla,| |28| |January| |198| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
The antoninianus is named for Caracalla, who introduced it. If you are collecting one coin of each emperor, your Caracalla coin should be an antoninianus!
RS15010. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 285d, RSC III 374, gVF, weight 3.633 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 217 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P XX COS IIII P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 20 years, consul for the 4th time, father of the country), Jupiter standing left, thunderbolt in right and scepter in left; full circle centering, excellent portrait; but wavy, frosty and brittle flan due to fire damage; scarce; SOLD







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