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High Grade Ancient Coins

When first introduced to ancient coins, most people are shocked to learn that some coins remain in mint state and even more surprised to learn that they are not all in musuems. Ancient people did not have stocks, bonds mutual funds, or bank accounts. The primary implement for holding wealth was coins, often buried, and often buried in uncirculated or mint state condition. If an owner died without recovering their coins or telling an heir where to find them, they were lost. Millions of ancient coins have been recovered, and thousands have been found in superb condition.

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is of an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of the Emperor Augustus.
RB73683. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 586a, RIC V S572 (Siscia), RSC IV 265 (Siscia), SRCV III 10219 var (S in ex), EF, superb portrait, well centered on a tight and slightly irregular flan, weight 2.941 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 225o, 6th officina, Rome mint, 262 - 263 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna standing left, rudder on globe in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, ς right; ex Harlan J. Berk; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

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In 280, Julius Saturninus, the governor of Syria, was made emperor by his troops. Probus besiege him at Apamea, where he was captured and executed. Proculus started a rebellion at Lugdunum (Lyon, France) and he proclaimed himself emperor. Before the end of the year, Probus suppressed the revolt and Proculus was executed.
RB64527. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 666, gVF, weight 3.733 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, emission 7, 280 A.D.; obverse IMP PROBVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA MILIT, Probus, on left, standing right, and Concordia standing confronted, clasping hands, T in bottom center, XXI in exergue; excellent portrait; $65.00 SALE PRICE $58.50

Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

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MER-RIC notes other reverse legend errors for this type including, (a) SALVS AVG, (c) SAL AVG. The engravers in Antioch apparently did not know the difference between Salus (the goddess of health) and Sol (the sun god). MER-RIC notes three different reverse dies for this this SOLVS AVG legend error.
RB72583. Bronze antoninianus, RIC V 221, MER-RIC 1053(b) (noted mint error), Huvelin NAC XIX 49 and 49a, Amasya 2342, SRCV III 11372, Cohen VI 274, Hunter IV -, EF, weight 3.394 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd or 7th officina(?), Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, issue 3, c. early - mid 270; obverse IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate head left; reverse SOLVS AVG (sic!), Sol standing left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left; scarce; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00

Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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In 331 A.D., Constantine I vigorously promoted Christianity, confiscating the property and valuables of a number of pagan temples throughout the Empire.
RL72840. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Arles 347, SRCV V 17676, LRBC I 354, Cohen VII 105, gVF, well centered and struck, minor flan flaw in exergue, weight 2.472 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantia-Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, as caesar, 330 - 331 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CONSTANTINVS NOB C, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, star above center, SCONST in exergue; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00

Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.

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Open civil war between Constantine and Licinius broke in 316 when Constantine invaded Licinius' Balkan provinces. Licinius fled to Adrianople where he collected a second army, under the command of Valerius Valens whom he raised to the rank of Augustus. Constantine defeated Licinius at the Battle of Campus Ardiensis, but the victory was indecisive. A treaty between Constantine and Licinius was concluded at Serdica on 1 March, 317. The peace lasted for about seven years.
RB51649. Billon follis, RIC VII Trier 121, SRCV IV 15194, Cohen VII 49, EF, weight 3.829 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 316 A.D.; obverse IMP LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse GENIO POP ROM, Genio standing left, patera in right, cornucopia in left, T left, F right, BTR in exergue; $45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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Hercules is depicted in the same pose as the Farnese Hercules, a massive marble sculpture, which depicts a muscular yet weary Hercules leaning on his club, which has his lion-skin draped over it. He has just performed the last of The Twelve Labors, which is suggested by the apples of the Hesperides he holds behind his back. The Farnese Hercules is probably an enlarged copy made in the early third century A.D., signed by Glykon, from an original by Lysippos that would have been made in the fourth century B.C. The copy was made for the Baths of Caracalla in Rome (dedicated in 216 AD), where it was recovered in 1546. Today it is in Naples National Archaeological Museum. The statue was well liked by the Romans, and copies have been found in many Roman palaces and gymnasiums.
RA66287. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1616g, RIC V S673, RSC IV 1320, SRCV III 10415, EF, encrustations, weight 3.273 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 263 - 266 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VIRTVS AVGVSTI, Hercules standing right, right hand behind back, leaning on his club draped with the Nemean lion-skin, star upper right; $40.00 SALE PRICE $36.00

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

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A sum of Greek numerals E (5) and ∆ (4) is used to indicate the 9th officina in order to avoid using Θ (9). Because they sound alike, theta (Θ) was associated with Thanatos, the daemon personification of death. Theta used as a warning symbol of death, in the same way that skull and crossbones are used in modern times. It survives on potsherds used by Athenians voting for the death penalty. Also, after a funeral "Nine Days of Sorrow," were solemnly observed by the family. Romans avoided the use of theta, as we avoid the use of the number 13 today.
RA72411. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 322; Cohen VI 34; SRCV IV 12637; Hunter IV 66 - 67 var (officina), Choice EF, excellent centering and strike, near full silvering, weight 4.120 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 0o, 9th officina Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 293 - 295 A.D.; obverse IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM, Diocletian receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter, E∆ (officina 9) in center, XXI in exergue; $31.99 (28.15) ON RESERVE

Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

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CIn 356, Constantius II published a decree ordering the closure of all pagan temples throughout the Empire.
RL70721. Bronze reduced maiorina, RIC VIII Cyzicus 104 & 110, LRBC II 2496, SRCV V 18285, Cohen VII 47, aEF, nice green patina, tight flan, weight 2.613 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 28 Sep 351 - 3 Nov 361 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier advancing left, spearing fallen horseman wearing a pointed cap and raising hand, oval shield at feet, SMK∆ in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $32.00 SALE PRICE $28.80

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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Jupiter or Jove, Zeus to the Greeks, was the king of the gods and the god of sky and thunder, and of laws and social order. As the patron deity of ancient Rome, he was the chief god of the Capitoline Triad, with his sister and wife Juno. The father of Mars, he is therefore the grandfather of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome.
RA72397. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1612e, RIC V S644, Cunetio 1896 (1 spec.), RSC IV 396, AHG 397 (this coin), SRCV III 10245, Hunter IV -, EF, perfect centering, porous, weight 3.849 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 264 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI STATORI, Jupiter standing slightly left, head turned right, nude, long scepter vertical in right hand, cradling thunderbolt in left arm, star right; $21.93 (19.30) ON RESERVE

Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

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In November 268, at the Battle of Lake Benacus a Roman army of 35,000 men under emperor Claudius II defeated the Germanic tribes of the Alamanni along the banks of Lake Garda.
RA72404. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 26, RIC V 168, Venra Hoard 9073, Normanby 1004, Hunter IV 62, Cohen VI 284, SRCV III 11374, aEF, tight flan, weight 4.053 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, 1st emission, c. Sep 268 - mid 269; obverse IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SPES PVBLICA, Spes standing left, raising flower in right, raising fold of drapery with left, P in exergue; ex Robert T. Golan; $18.00 (15.84)



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High Grade Ancient Coins