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Byzantine Rome (c. 540 - 775)

The Rome mint reopened about 540, after Justinian's conquests in Italy. It closed during the reign of Constantine V (741- 775).

Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D.

|Tiberius|, |Tiberius,| |19| |August| |14| |-| |16| |March| |37| |A.D.|, |dupondius|
Tacitus in the annals of the year 22 states that Tiberius' repression of professional accusers had won for him the reputation of Moderatio (a quality which is frequently combined with Clementia). In "Two 'Virtues' of Tiberius: A Numismatic Contribution to the History of His Reign," C. Sutherland suggests the hypothesis that "the Senate, in A.D. 22, presented Tiberius with shields of Clemency and Moderation - an act of which an echo is preserved in the pages of Tacitus - and that, the formal but well-earned honour once conferred, the Senate proceeded by means of their coinage to call wide public attention to the imperial virtues which their ceremonial action had just recognised."
SH89773. Bronze dupondius, Sutherland Two 5 (pl. XII, dies A2/P3), RIC I 39, BMCRE I 90, BnF II 129, Hunter I 32, Cohen I 5, SRCV I 1768, gVF, superb portrait, well centered, tight flan, porous, weight 16.297 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 16 - 22 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII (Tiberius Caesar, son of the divine Augustus, Imperator for the 8th time), laureate head left; reverse MODERATIONI (moderation), small bare bust facing within circle of petals, all within foliate and pelleted outer wreath, S C across fields; scarce; SOLD


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and to make provision for the future. This ability was considered essential for the emperor and providentia was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the imperial cult. Cicero said that providentia, memoria (memory) and intellegentia (understanding) are the three main components of prudentia, the knowledge what is good or bad or neither.
RS87781. Silver denarius, RIC III 22; RSC II 507; BMCRE IV p. 388, 15; Hunter II 2; SRCV II -, Choice EF, excellent centering and strike, radiating flow lines, some luster, light toning, thin die cracks on reverse, weight 3.322 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 161 - 162 A.D.; obverse IMP M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG, bare head right; reverse PROV DEOR TR P XV COS III, Providentia standing slightly left, head left, globe in extended right hand, cornucopia in left hand; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RS87613. Silver denarius, unpublished variety; RIC II 208(a) var. (no slight drapery), RSC II 640a var. (same), BMCRE III 542 var. (same), Strack 334, SRCV II -, Choice VF, well centered, nice portrait, bumps and scratches, edge cracks, weight 3.265 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse FELICITAS AVG (the good fortune of the Emperor), Felicitas seated left, cornucopia in right, caduceus in left, COS III P P (consul three times, father of the country) in exergue; extremely rare variant - this is the only example of this bust variety for this type known to Forum; SOLD







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