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Consecration Coinage
Divo Valerian II, Caesar, Early 256 - 258 A.D., Consecration Issue

|Valerian| |II|, |Divo| |Valerian| |II,| |Caesar,| |Early| |256| |-| |258| |A.D.,| |Consecration| |Issue|, |antoninianus|
Valerian II was son of Gallienus and Salonina, Grandson of Valerian I and Mariniana. He was raised to the rank of Caesar upon his father's accession but died only two years later.
RS93250. Silver antoninianus, GŲbl MIR 911e, SRCV III 10606, RIC V-1 9 (Lugdunum), RSC IV 5, VF, well centered, toned, die wear, scratches, small edge cracks, weight 4.121 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 180o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne) mint, posthumous, 258 - 259 A.D.; obverse DIVO VALERIANO CAES, radiate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse CONSECRATIO, Valerian II carried into the heavens seated on eagle flying right, waiving his right hand, scepter in his left hand; $200.00 SALE |PRICE| $180.00


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

|Faustina| |Sr.|, |Faustina| |Sr.,| |Augusta| |25| |February| |138| |-| |Early| |141,| |Wife| |of| |Antoninus| |Pius|, |sestertius|
Faustina I was the wife of Antoninus Pius. Little is known of her, except that she was regarded as vain and frivolous, though this may have just been malicious gossip. Antoninus Pius loved her greatly, and upon her death in 141 A.D., she was deified and a temple was built in her honor.
RB92446. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV AP1487, Hunter II 91, RIC III AP1103(a) var. (no stephane), Cohen II 17, SRCV II 4606, aVF, dark patina, scattered porosity/light corrosion, weight 22.770 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, c. 147 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, veiled and draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair piled in a coil on top; reverse AETERNITAS, Aeternitas seated left, draped and veiled, nimbate phoenix right on globe in right hand, transverse long scepter in left hand, feet on footstool, S C (senatus consulto) across field; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $170.00 SALE |PRICE| $153.00


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, "performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom." It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337.
RL87872. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V p. 284, 12 (also 1st officina); RIC VIII Alexandria p. 541, 32; LRBC I 1473; SRCV V 17473; Cohen VII 716, EF, excellent centering, brown tone with some silvering, flow lines, reverse center a little weak, tiny edge cracks, weight 1.706 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Alexandria mint, posthumous, late 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS P T AVGG (Divus Constantinus Pater Trium Augusti = Divine Constantine, father of the three emperors), veiled bust right; reverse VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory), Constantine standing slightly right, head right, veiled and togate, raising right hand, SMALA in exergue; ex Beast Coins, ex Malter Galleries; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
The column of Antoninus Pius was red granite, 14.75 meters (48.4 ft) high and 1.9 meters (6 ft 3 in) in diameter with no decorating reliefs unlike the columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius. Prior to the 18th century the base was buried, but part of the column projected above the ground. In 1703 the rest of the column and the base were excavated. The column, lying on the ground covered by sheds, was damaged by fire in 1759. Repairs were unsuccessful and pieces from it were used in 1789 to restore the obelisk of Augustus. The white Italian marble base was restored in 1706-08. It is now in the Vatican Museums in the courtyard outside the entrance to the Vatican Pinacoteca. Base of the Column
RB91326. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III MA1269, BMCRE IV MA880, Hunter II 24, Cohen II 354, SRCV II 5199, MIR 18 MA46-6/10, F, well centered, dark patina, scattered small encrustations, weight 24.132 g, maximum diameter 32.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, struck under M. Aurelius & Lucius Verus, c. 162; obverse DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right; reverse DIVO PIO, column set on large base within balustrade, surmounted by statue of Divus Antoninus Pius standing left on a Corinthian capital, eagle in right hand, vertical scepter in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking column; $95.00 SALE |PRICE| $85.50


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

|Faustina| |Sr.|, |Faustina| |Sr.,| |Augusta| |25| |February| |138| |-| |Early| |141,| |Wife| |of| |Antoninus| |Pius|, |as|
There are peculiarities about these crescent and star reverse types that are difficult to understand. First, the crescents are almost always depicted with the horns up. The moon is never seen this way in the sky. Also, in the sky, stars are never visible within the horns of the crescent moon because there they would be behind the shadowed yet solid and opaque orb.
RB92768. Copper as, RIC III AP1199, BMCRE IV AP1476, Cohen II 275, SRCV II 4658, F, dark patina, light scratches, light corrosion, weight 9.868 g, maximum diameter 28.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 141 - 146 A.D.; obverse DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and banded, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil at top; reverse large crescent horns up, seven stars, six around, one in center, S C (senatus consulto) below; ex Marc Breitsprecher; $95.00 SALE |PRICE| $85.50


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
Antoninus Pius' funeral ceremonies were described as elaborate but, despite the pyre depicted on this coin, according to his Historia Augusta biography, Antoninus' body (and not his ashes) was buried in Hadrian's mausoleum. After a seven-day interval (justitium) Marcus and Lucius nominated their father for deification. In contrast to their behavior during Antoninus' campaign to deify Hadrian, the senate did not oppose the emperors' wishes. A flamen, or cultic priest, was appointed to minister the cult of the deified Antoninus, now Divus Antoninus. A column was dedicated to Antoninus on the Campus Martius, and the temple he had built in the Forum in 141 to his deified wife Faustina was rededicated to the deified Faustina and the deified Antoninus. It survives as the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda.San Lorenzo in Miranda
RB91328. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III p. 315, 1266; Hunter II 22; BMCRE IV 872; Cohen II 165, SRCV -, F, light corrosion, weight 23.451 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous commemorative, 161 AD; obverse DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, Funeral pyre of four tiers topped with quadriga, the lowest tier hung with wreaths, the two center tiers with figures with niches, the top tier hung with draperies and flanked by torches, S - C (senatus consulto) at sides; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


Germanicus and Agrippina I, Aezanis, Phyrgia, Struck Under Caligula, 37 - 41 A.D.

|Aizanis|, |Germanicus| |and| |Agrippina| |I,| |Aezanis,| |Phyrgia,| |Struck| |Under| |Caligula,| |37| |-| |41| |A.D.|, |AE| |17|
Aizanoi, Latinized as Aezani, was an Ancient Greek city in western Anatolia. Located in what is now Cavdarhisar, Kutahya Province, its ruins are situated astride the River Penkalas, some 1,000 meters above sea level. The city was an important political and economic centre in Roman times. Surviving remains from the period include a well-preserved Temple of Zeus, unusual combined theatre-stadium complex, and macellum inscribed with the Price Edict of Diocletian. The city fell into decline in Late Antiquity. Later serving as a citadel, in 2012 the site was submitted for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. RPC I notes that for this type the ? is sometimes reversed and the letter forms W and Ω both occur.
RP94455. Bronze AE 17, RPC I 3083 (10 spec.); BMC Phrygia p. 32, 68; Weber 6999, Fair, weight 3.081 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Phrygia, Aizanoi (Cavdarhisar, Turkey) mint, magistrate Lollios Klassikos, 37 - 41 A.D.; obverse ΓEPMANIKOC EΠI KΛACCIKOY, radiate head of divus Germanicus right; reverse AΓPIΠΠINA AIZANITWN, draped bust of diva Agrippina the Elder right; scarce; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
VN - MR in the reverse field abbreviates venerabilis memoria, revered memory.
RL92688. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Constantinople 68 (S), LRBC I 1063, Voetter 19, SRCV V 17468, Cohen VII 716, Hunter V -, aVF, dark patina with attractive earthen highlighting, light marks, tiny edge cracks, weight 1.146 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, posthumous, late 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS P T AVGG (Divus Constantinus Pater Trium Augusti = Divine Constantine, father of the three emperors), veiled bust right; reverse Constantine standing right, veiled, VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory) divided across field, pellet right, CONSA in exergue; scarce; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.50


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

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, "performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom." It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337.
RL92656. Billon reduced centenionalis, Hunter V p. 284, 14 (also 2nd officina), RIC VIII Alexandria p. 541, 35; LRBC I 1477; SRCV V 17473; Cohen VII 716, VF, dark patina with red earthen highlighting, slightly irregular flan, areas of light corrosion, weight 1.843 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Alexandria mint, posthumous, late 347 - 348 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS P T AVGG (Divus Constantinus Pater Trium Augusti = Divine Constantine, father of the three emperors), veiled bust right; reverse VN - MR (venerabilis memoria - revered memory), Constantine standing slightly right, togate, veiled head right, SMALBē in exergue; $40.00 SALE |PRICE| $36.00


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

|Claudius| |II|, |Claudius| |II| |Gothicus,| |September| |268| |-| |August| |or| |September| |270| |A.D.|, |antoninianus|
This commemorative type was issued by Quintillus or Aurelian.
RL88873. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1278, RIC V-1 266, VenŤra 10678 - 10884, Cunetio 2314, Normanby 1115, Hunter IV CD1, Cohen VI 46, SRCV III 11460, VF/F, brown tone, ragged edge, weight 2.250 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, issue 1, c. end 270 - 271; obverse DIVO CLAVDIO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing left, head right, wings open; $34.00 SALE |PRICE| $30.60




  



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