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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).


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

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The "Lost Arch of Nero" was decreed by the Senate in 58 A.D. to commemorate the eastern victory of Cn. Domitius Corduba. It was located on Capitoline Hill. It was demolished shortly after Nero's downfall. No trace remains today.
SL85477. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 147, BMCRE I 187, BnF II 287, Cohen I 308, SRCV I 1962, NGC Ch VF, strike 5/5, surface 3/5, fine style, light smoothing (3762373-001), weight 27.57 g, maximum diameter c. 34 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 64 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate bust right, aegis on neck; reverse triumphal arch; surmounted by statue of Nero in a facing quadriga, led by Pax on left and Victory on right, and flanked below by two soldiers; front ornamented with statue of Mars in a niche and bas-reliefs of small figures; garland hanging in arch, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking; ex Stacks NYINC Auction (8 Jan 2016), lot 31152; ex Rockaway Collection; $1620.00 SALE PRICE $1458.00


Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius, 139 A.D.

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In 139, Marcus Aurelius was betrothed to Antoninus Pius' daughter Faustina the Younger and was made Caesar. In 140, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius Caesar were the two Roman Consuls. This was the third consulship for Antoninus Pius and the first consulship for Marcus Aurelius. The reverse legend indicates that Marcus had already been selected for his first consulship but that it had not yet begun - dating the coin to December 139 A.D.
RS84670. Silver denarius, RIC III 411b (S); RSC II p. 190, 4; BMCRE IV 126; Strack III 65, SRCV II 4522, Choice VF, toned, superb portrait of young Marcus, some scratches, edge cracks, weight 3.006 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 27 Oct - 31 Dec 139 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate and bearded head of Antoninus Pius right; reverse AVRELIVS CAES AVG PII F COS DES, young beardless head of Marcus Aurelius Caesar left; scarce; $400.00 SALE PRICE $360.00


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

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In 143, municipal doctors were designated across the Roman Empire.
SH85481. Silver denarius, RIC III 424a, RSC II 451, BMCRE IV (A. Pius) 277, SRCV II 4786, Choice gVF, well centered and struck, attractive rose toning, die wear, strong flow lines, edge splits, weight 3.099 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 140 - 144 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, bare head right; reverse PIETAS AVG (to the piety of the Emperor), implements of the augurate and pontificate: secespita (knife), aspergillum (sprinkler), ewer (jug), lituus (augural staff), and simpulum (ladle); $400.00 SALE PRICE $360.00


Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D.

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Vespasian, in 70 A.D., and Titus, in 71 A.D., both safely returned from the Judaea to Rome by sea voyage. This reverse, copied from Octavian, was struck on coins of both Vespasian and Titus to honor Neptune Redux and thank him for ensuring their safe return.
RS85486. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, Vespasian 366; RSC II 121; BMCRE II Vespasian 80; BnF III Vespasian 68; Hunter I V2, SRCV I -, VF, nice portrait, toned, weight 3.228 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 72 - 73 A.D.; obverse T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT, laureate head right; reverse NEP RED, Neptune standing left, nude but for cloak on shoulders, right foot on globe, apluster in right hand resting on knee, long scepter vertical behind in left hand; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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The antoninianus is named for Caracalla, who introduced it. If you are collecting one coin of each emperor, your Caracalla coin should be an antoninianus!

It was Sulla who in a dream first saw Venus as Venus Victrix (victorious Venus), with the weapons of Mars. He made her to his personal patroness. Pompey was inaugurating the cult of Venus Victrix in Rome. In the night before the battle of Pharsalus 48 B.C. Pompey was dreaming of Venus Victrix - seemingly a lucky sign -, whereas Caesar was sacrificing to Venus Genetrix, but issued as watchword 'Venus Victrix', and defeated Pompey!


RS85208. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 312c (S), BMCRE V p. 446, 86 var. (shield set on captive), RSC III 612b var. (same), Hunter III 57 var. (same), SRCV II 6785 var. (same), VF, well centered on a broad flan, excellent portrait, light corrosion, weight 5.459 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 215 - 217 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VENVS VICTRIX (victorious Venus), Venus standing slightly left, breasts bare, helmet in extended right hand, transverse scepter in left hand, resting left forearm on grounded oval shield behind, flanked on each side by a captive seated facing outward, both captives propping head on right hand and resting right elbow on right knee; scarce; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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In 562, Belisarius stood trial for corruption in Constantinople, possibly with Procopius acting as praefectus urbi. He was found guilty and sent to prison.
BZ67007. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 353 (Ravenna), Wroth BMC 407 (Ravenna), SBCV 326 (Ravenna), Hahn MIB I 29a (Rome), Sommer 4.155 (Rome), Ratto -, F, nice green patina, weight 2.846 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 180o, Ravenna or Rome mint, 562 - 563 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS PP AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger in right, shield in left; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO left, XX/XVI (regnal year 36) right, all within wreath, no mintmark; $55.00 SALE PRICE $49.50







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