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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.


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

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RIC only lists this reverse with a laurel and rosette diademed bust.
RL79335. Billon reduced centenionalis, LRBC I 79, SRCV IV 16336, Cohen VII 254, RIC VII Trier 555 (R4) var. (laurel and rosette diadem), Choice EF, nice portrait, weight 2.582 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 333 - 334 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; 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, TRP in exergue; very rare; $95.00 (84.55)


St. Helena, Augusta, 8 November 324 - c. 330 A.D., Mother of Constantine the Great

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In 318, Emperor Constantine the Great renamed Drepana in Asia Minor, Helenopolis, after his mother Helena.
RL79456. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Trier 63; LRBC I 112; SRCV V 17493; Voetter 7; Cohen VII 4; Hunter V p. 218, 2 var. (1st officina), EF, mint luster, tight flan, areas of slight porosity, weight 1.604 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 165o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 337 - 340 A.D.; obverse FL IVL HE-LENA AVG, diademed and mantled bust right wearing necklace; reverse PAX PVBLICA, Pax standing left, olive branch pointed down in right hand, long scepter transverse in left hand, TRS in exergue; $95.00 (84.55)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

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In 280, Proculus, a Roman usurper, started a rebellion at Lugdunum (Lyon, France) and proclaimed himself emperor. Probus suppressed the revolt and Proculus was executed.
RA47769. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 104, Bastien IX 269, aMS, weight 3.473 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, obverse IMP C PROBVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse TEMPOR FELICI, Felicitas standing right holding long caduceus in right and cornucopia inwardly in left, I in exergue; full, solid silvering; $90.00 (80.10)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

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The reverse legend abbreviates Clementia Temporum, which can be translated "a time of peace and calm."
RS65435. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 921, Choice EF, weight 4.138 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), emperor standing right receiving globe from Jupiter standing left holding long scepter behind in left, A in center, XXI in exergue; $90.00 (80.10)


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

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This type with a longer reverse legend CONSER AVGG is attributed to Antioch. All examples with this shorter legend, CONS AVGG, are attributed to Siscia, and were only struck by the second officina.
RA72591. Billon antoninianus, RIC V 275, SRCV IV 12672, Cohen VI 284, Hunter IV -, Choice EF, nice portrait, well centered and struck, near full silvering, some reverse die wear, flan crack, weight 4.202 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 293 - 295 A.D.; obverse IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI ET HERCV CONS AVGG, Jupiter (on left) standing right, nude but for chlamys over shoulders, receiving Victory on globe with right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand; Hercules (on right) standing left facing Jupiter, Victory on globe in right his hand is offering wreath to Jupiter, club and lion skin in left hand, B in center above exergue line, XXI in exergue; $90.00 (80.10)


Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

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Constantine II's younger brother Constans was born in 323. After their father's death, as the oldest son, Constantine II was made Constans' guardian. When the brother's could not agree on their fair shares of the empire, Constantine II invaded Constans' territory. In March or April 340 A.D., Constantine II was ambushed, defeated and killed near Aquileia by Constans' forces.
RL74450. Billon centenionalis, Hunter V 4, RIC VII London 287, SRCV V 17149, Cohen VII 10, EF, weight 2.712 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Londinium (London, England) mint, 322 - 324 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN N C, helmeted and cuirassed bust left; reverse BEAT TRANQLITAS, celestial globe on altar inscribed VOT/IS / XX in three lines, three stars above, PLON in exergue; ex William B. Porter Collection; $90.00 (80.10)


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

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The labarum, was a type of Roman cavalry standard, a vexillum with a military ensign marked with the Christogram (Greek monogram of Christ). It was an object of religious veneration amongst the soldiers, who paid it divine honors.
RL76206. Billon light maiorina, RIC VIII Constantinople 90, LRBC II 2018, SRCV V 18231, Cohen VII 39, Choice EF, excellent centering and strike, nice green patina, weight 3.284 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, 7th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 348 - 15 Mar 351 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left, globe in right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), emperor standing left, labarum (chi rho Christogram standard) in right, resting left on shield, two kneeling bound captives before him, Γ left, CONSZ* in exergue; $90.00 (80.10)


Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

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This type refers to Aurelian's defeat of Zenobia's Palmyrene Empire in the east. The captives wear Parthian caps and are typically attributed as Persians. The real captives were more likely Palmyreans. Typical of Roman propaganda, Zenobia's Sasanian supporters are depicted to glorify Aurelian's victory and mask that this was an internal revolt and civil war.
RA79584. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1533, RIC V 151, Hunter IV 61, BnF XII 592 - 594, Venra 5005 - 5064, Thibouville 2213, Gloucester 275, Colonne 604, Komin 826, Choice EF, near full silvering, nice portrait, bold strike, weight 4.079 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 2nd emission, Jun - Sep 274 A.D.; obverse IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse ORIENS AVG, Sol advancing left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, two bound captives seated flanking at feet, right foot on captive on left, captive on right looking back at Sol, star left, TXXT in exergue; ex Ancient Imports; $90.00 (80.10)


City of Constantinople Commemorative, 330 - 331 A.D.

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On 11 May 330, Constantine I refounded Byzantium, renamed it Constantinopolis after himself, and moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to his new city. The new capital was Christian, old gods and traditions were either replaced or assimilated into a framework of Christian symbolism. Constantine built the new Church of the Holy Apostles on the site of a temple to Aphrodite. Generations later there was the story that a divine vision led Constantine to this spot. The capital would often be compared to the 'old' Rome as Nova Roma Constantinopolitana, the "New Rome of Constantinople." Special commemorative coins were issued with types for both Rome and Constantinople to advertise the importance of the new capital.
RL79133. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Lyons 246 (R2), LRBC I 191, SRCV V 16449, Cohen VII 21, Hunter V -, Choice EF, full circle centering, centers a little weak, weight 2.342 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 330 - 331 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOPOLIS, laureate and helmeted bust of Constantinopolis left, wearing imperial cloak, scepter over left shoulder; reverse Victory standing left, right foot on prow, scepter in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, PLG in exergue; scarce; $90.00 (80.10)


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

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The reverse legend dedicates this coin to "the glory of the Army." Western mint GLORIA EXERCITVS issues are much less common than the Eastern mint issues.
RL79156. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Lyons 262 (R4), LRBC I 202, SRCV IV 16339, Cohen VII 254, Choice EF, nearly perfect but for some die wear, mint luster, weight 2.531 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 330 - 335 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORI-A 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, *PLG in exergue; rare; $90.00 (80.10)




    



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