, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.
considered himself an artist, perhaps he was and took an interest in his coinage - the of are considered by many to be the finest numismatic art of the Roman Empire.RB84073. , 443 (S), 428, 119, 83, 262, -, -, -, VF, , excellent portrait, attractive brown , slightly off center, some light corrosion, 25.990 g, maximum 35.0 mm, 180o, mint, 65 A.D.; AVG GER IMP P P, laureate left, globe at point of neck; seated left on and shields, wearing helmet and military garb, in offering in her right hand, her left hand resting on at side, right foot drawn back and resting on helmet, ( ) flanking across at center, in ; $1300.00 (€1157.00)
, , East Gaul, c. 58 - 55 B.C., Gallic War Issue
The occupied the Somme valley in northern France. These uniface Gallic War staters were struck to fund the war against in Gaul. The blank is often ascribed to a need for speed in striking this emergency war coinage. There are, however, more than a few other similar uniface coin types and one blank side would do little to speed up the mint. More likely, they just found one plain side and one detailed side "nice enough." This is often found in Britain, many of which may have been carried there by mercenaries retreating after Caesar's victories.
SH85134. Gold , 241, 16, 52-1, 289, 8710, 11, EF, light scratches, 6.084 g, maximum 17.4 mm, plain bulge; disjointed "Celticized" horse right, crescents and pellets around; ex Coins of Antiquity (Hillsborough, NC); $750.00 (€667.50)
and Divus , , 36 B.C., , Gaul
was originally founded as the Roman city , a name invoking prosperity and the blessing of the gods. The city became increasingly referred to as by the end of the 1st century A.D. The etymology of is a latinization of the Gaulish place name Lugodunon. While dunon means , the source of Lug is uncertain. The most commonly offered meaning is the god named Lug. During the Middle Ages, was transformed to by natural sound change.RR70870. Bronze , 515, 7, 689, F, 16.797 g, maximum 29.9 mm, 0o, ( , France) mint, 36 B.C.; IMP DIVI , two heads back to back: laureate of Divus to left and of to right; between them branch with its tip bent to right over Octavian's ; Prow of galley to right, ornamented with an eye and ; superimposed on globe and above deck, below; ; $540.00 (€480.60)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
Strabo wrote, "The Romans possess , founded below a ridge at the confluence of the Arar and the Rhone. It is the most populous of all the other cities except Narbo; for it is a center of commerce, and the strike their silver and there." (4.3.2)
RS84720. Silver , 167a, 451, 137, 1373, 197, 1610, VF, marks, scratches, horn silver encrustations, 3.677 g, maximum 19.8 mm, 225o, ( , France) mint, 15 - 13 B.C.; DIVI•F, right; bull butting right, left foreleg raised, lashing tail, IMP•X in , linear ; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 47, lot 465; $300.00 (€267.00)
, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D., of Matthew 22:20-21
Jesus, referring to a "penny" asked, "Whose is this image and superscription?" When told it was , He said, ''Render therefore unto the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's" (Matthew 22:20-21). Since was at the time, this is attributed by scholars as the "penny" referred to in the Bible.RS84757. Silver , , group 4, 150; 30 (C); 48; 16a; 1763, VF/F, dark on , , struck with a worn die, tiny edge cracks, 3.719 g, maximum 18.4 mm, 45o, ( , France) mint, c. 18 - 35 A.D.; , laureate right; (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; $290.00 (€258.10)
Gallic Empire, , Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.
The is a wand or rod, entwined at one end by two serpents, each of whose bodies folds again in the form of two half-circles, while the passes above the wand. It was an attribute peculiar to Mercury.RA84495. , 333; , 2, 84; AKG 78; 2426; 381; 82; 10984, aEF, fantastic detail, , traces of , brown copper, light corrosion, edge splits, 3.078 g, maximum 20.3 mm, 180o, ( , France) mint, 265 - 268 A.D.; IMP C POSTVMVS , and draped right; (fruitful age), winged ; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection, ex VAuction 304 (27 Feb 2014), lot 412; ex Ancient Imports; $170.00 (€151.30)
, , 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.
On 7 March 321, Constantine issued an edict proclaiming Dies Solis (Sunday) as the day of rest; trade was forbidden but agriculture was allowed.RL77188. , Lyons 133, 25, 16734, 102, 6, EF, dark on , 3.120 g, maximum 18.7 mm, 0o, 1st , ( , France) mint, 321 A.D.; CRISPVS , laureate and right; (blessed tranquility), inscribed VO/TIS / XX in three lines, surmounted by globe, three stars above, C left, R right, PLG crescent in ; $150.00 (€133.50)
, , 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.
On 7 March 321, Constantine issued an edict proclaiming Dies Solis (Sunday) as the day of rest; trade was forbidden but agriculture was allowed.RL84258. , Lyons 133, 25, 16734, 102, 6, EF, traces of , attractive nice surfaces, nearly as struck, 3.186 g, maximum 18.7 mm, 0o, ( , France) mint, 321 A.D.; CRISPVS , laureate and right; (blessed tranquility), inscribed VO/TIS / XX in three lines, surmounted by globe, three stars above, C left, R right, PLG crescent in ; $135.00 (€120.15)
Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
In 318, Constantine was given the title for victories in Britain. The details of the battles are unknown.RL71415. , 15/4, 164, 16083, 536, Nice VF, attractive green with red earthen highlighting, 3.616 g, maximum 19.1 mm, 315o, 1st , ( , France) mint, 318 A.D.; IMP CONSTANTINVS , laureate, draped, and right; (to the unconquered Sun, minister [of the Emperor]), Sol standing half left, , nude but for cloak over shoulders, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, P in crescent in ; ; $125.00 (€111.25)
, 18 January 350 - 10 August 353 A.D.
Strabo wrote, "The Romans possess , founded below a ridge at the confluence of the Arar and the Rhone. It is the most populous of all the other cities except Narbo; for it is a center of commerce, and the strike their silver and there." (4.3.2). Dates of operation: 15 B.C. - c. 90 A.D., 195 - 196, and c. 254 - 423. Mintmarks: LG, LVGRL84365. heavy maiorina, Lyons 126, II 221, 174, 18820, 43 var. (pellet above SV), gVF, portrait, nice green , small areas of corrosion, edge cracks, 3.400 g, maximum 21.8 mm, 0o, 1st , ( , France) mint, 18 Jan 350 - 351 A.D.; D N MAGNENTIVS , bare-headed, draped, and right, A behind; AVG ET CAE (victories of our lords, Emperor and ), two Victories holding containing , SV below, RPLG in ; $125.00 (€111.25)
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