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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.


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

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Minerva, equated with the Greek Athena, was the Roman virgin warrior goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic, and the inventor of music. She was worshiped on the Capitoline Hill as one of the Capitoline Triad along with Jupiter and Juno.
RS15147. Silver denarius, RIC III 222a (S), RSC II 358, BMCRE IV 302, MIR 18 815, SRCV II 5661, Hunter II -, aVF, weight 2.274 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Dec 190 - Dec 191 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT P P, laureate head right; reverse MIN AVG P M TR P XVI COS VI, Minerva advancing right, looking left, branch in right hand, shield and javelin in left hand; scarce; SOLD


Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D.

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RS14816. Silver denarius, RIC II Vesp 159, Cohen I 394, F, weight 2.648 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 71 - 72 A.D.; obverse T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT, laureate head right; reverse Titus in quadriga right; frosty; scarce; SOLD


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

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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!
RS14818. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 264b; RSC III 287b; BMCRE p. 456, 135 var. (bust, note); Hunter III p. 86, 36 var. (bust); cf. SRCV II 6777( TR P XVIIII), VF, edge chip, frosty, slight flan wave, weight 3.126 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 215 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, radiate and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 18 years, consul for the 4th time, father of the country), Sol standing slightly right, radiate, head left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left; scarce; SOLD


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

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RS14970. Silver denarius, RIC IV 39a, RSC III 542, BMCRE V 165, gVF, weight 2.081 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 199 - 200 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse RECTOR ORBIS, Sol (or Caracalla as Sol) standing left holding globe and spear; chiped, frosty, brittle; SOLD


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

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RS15014. Silver denarius, SRCV II 3542, RIC II 274, BMCRE III 733, RSC II 1411, F, weight 3.442 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 137 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse SPES P R, Spes standing left, flower in right hand, raising skirt with left hand; fire damaged, wavy and brittle flan; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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RS15419. Silver denarius, RIC IV 289, Cohen IV 602, SRCV II 6359 var, VF, weight 2.502 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 202 - 210 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse RESTITVTOR VRBIS (the restorer of the city), Severus standing in military attire, sacrificing over a tripod altar on left from patera in right hand, inverted spear in left hand; SOLD


Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

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RS14955. Silver denarius, RIC III 335, RSC II 151, F, weight 2.848 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, lifetime issue, 139 - 141 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG P P, draped bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AVG (harmony of the Emperor), Concordia standing left, patera in right and double cornucopia in left; fire damaged, frosty and wavy; SOLD


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

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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.

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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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