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Nobility (Nobilitas)

Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.

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In 248, Trajan Decius put down the revolts of Pacatianus in Moesia and Iotapianus in Syria. In 249, after his legionaries proclaimed him emperor, Trajan Decius marched to Verona, where his forces defeated and killed Philip the Arab.
RS41804. Silver antoninianus, RSC IV 98, Hunter III 41, SRCV III 8938, RIC IV 8 corr. (officina mark), Choice EF, fantastic reverse, weight 3.925 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Rome mint, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse NOBILITAS AVGG, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter vertical in right hand, globe in left hand, ς (6th officina) left; rare; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

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The palladium, a small figure of Minerva (Pallas Athena) holding a spear and shield, had a mythological origin from Troy. Troy was believed to be safe from foreign enemies as long as the Palladium remained within the city walls. But Odysseus and Diomedes stole the image and soon after the Greeks took the city. The Palladium was later taken by Aeneas to Rome where for centuries it was kept in the temple of Vesta in the Forum. In Late Antiquity, it was rumored that Constantine had taken the Palladium to Constantinople and buried it under the Column of Constantine.
SH72363. Silver denarius, RIC IV 13a; RSC III 90; BMCRE p. 197, 223; Hunter III 7; SRCV II 7184, Choice gVF, nice boy portrait, centered, toned, frosty surfaces, weight 3.325 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, as caesar, 199 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right; reverse NOBILITAS, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right hand, palladium in left; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

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The palladium, a small figure of Minerva (Pallas Athena) holding a spear and shield, had a mythological origin from Troy. Troy was believed to be safe from foreign enemies as long as the Palladium remained within the city walls. But Odysseus and Diomedes stole the image and soon after the Greeks took the city. The Palladium was later taken by Aeneas to Rome where for centuries it was kept in the temple of Vesta in the Forum. In Late Antiquity, it was rumored that Constantine had taken the Palladium to Constantinople and buried it under the Column of Constantine.
RS73550. Silver denarius, RIC IV 13a; RSC III 90; BMCRE p. 197, 223; Hunter III 7; SRCV II 7184, VF, nice portrait, full circles centering, reverse center a little weak, weight 3.389 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 199 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right; reverse NOBILITAS, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right hand, palladium in left; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

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The palladium, a small figure of Minerva (Pallas Athena) holding a spear and shield, had a mythological origin from Troy. Troy was believed to be safe from foreign enemies as long as the Palladium remained within the city walls. But Odysseus and Diomedes stole the image and soon after the Greeks took the city. The Palladium was later taken by Aeneas to Rome where for centuries it was kept in the temple of Vesta in the Forum. In Late Antiquity, it was rumored that Constantine had taken the Palladium to Constantinople and buried it under the Column of Constantine.
RS85127. Silver denarius, RIC IV 13a; RSC III 90; BMCRE p. 197, 223; Hunter III 7; SRCV II 7184, VF/F, well centered, nice portrait, light toning, weight 2.174 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 199 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right, from behind; reverse NOBILITAS, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right hand, palladium in left; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).
WT46635. Silver denarius, William Turner Collection 243 (this coin); RIC IV 13a; RSC III 90; BMCRE p. 197, 223; Hunter III 7; SRCV II 7184, aVF, thick black toning, weight 3.240 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 199 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right; reverse NOBILITAS, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right hand, palladium in left; SOLD


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

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Nobilitas, the personification of the idea of nobility, carries a spear and an image of Minerva to indicate that nobility is achieved through both glory in battle and wisdom. Nobilitas may have been selected as a reverse type for Commodus because he was the first emperor "born to the purple," his father was already emperor when Commodus was born in 161, and because he could trace his adoptive pedigree back to Nerva.
RB77895. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 501 (S), BMCRE IV 594, Hunter II 135, Cohen III 381, MIR 18 733, SRCV II 5772, aF, green patina, tight flan, corrosion, weight 21.120 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 187 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse NOBILITAS AVG P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P, Nobilitas standing standing right, long scepter vertical behind in right hand, statuette of Minerva in left hand, statuette helmeted and draped and holding patera and scepter, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; 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


Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.

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In 248, Trajan Decius put down the revolts of Pacatianus in Moesia and Iotapianus in Syria. In 249, after his legionaries proclaimed him emperor, Trajan Decius marched to Verona, where his forces defeated and killed Philip the Arab.
RS86810. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 8 corr. (officina Z in error), RSC IV 98, Hunter III 41, SRCV III 8938, VF, well centered, light rose tone, obv. double struck, rev. legend not fully struck, edge cracks, weight 3.815 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Rome mint, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse NOBILITAS AVGG, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter vertical in right hand, globe in left hand, ς (6th officina) left; ex Beast Coins; SOLD








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