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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).


Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.

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With this coin Otho claimed there was peace all over the world. It was true that at the time it was struck there was peace along all the borders of the empire, which was a rare event because Rome was almost always engaged in some war with the nations and tribes that surrounded it. It was, however, an absurdity, in the midst of a civil war within the borders, to acclaim peace on the borders as peace all over the world.
SL85593. Silver denarius, RIC I 4 (R), RSC II 3, BMCRE I 3, BnF III 3, Hunter I 2, SRCV I 2156, NGC Ch VF, strike 4/5, surface 3/5 (4278887-006), toned, weight 3.12 g, maximum diameter 18 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Feb 69 A.D.; obverse IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right; reverse PAX ORBIS TERRARVM (All the World at Peace), Pax standing left, olive branch in right hand, caduceus in left; NGC certified (slabbed); rare; SOLD


Balbinus, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.

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Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and make provision. She was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the Imperial cult of ancient Rome. Providentia apparently did not favor Balbinus. If he had a little foresight, he would have modified the chain of events that led to his murder after a reign of only 99 days.
RB86318. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 19, BMCRE VI 34, Cohen V 24 (12 fr.), SRCV III 8499, gVF, excellent portrait, tight flan, some marks and porosity, reverse slightly off center, edge cracks, weight 18.131 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 22 Apr - 29 Jul 238 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (to the foresight of the gods), Providentia standing half left, head left, wand downward over globe at feet in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; scarce; $980.00 (Ä0) ON RESERVE


Roman Republic, L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus, 89 B.C.

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The reverse refers to the rape of the Sabines. This moneyer traced his descent form the Sabines and perhaps from King Tatius himself. -- Roman Silver Coins edited by David R. Sear and Robert Loosley
RR85560. Silver denarius, Crawford 344/1a, Sydenham 698, RSC I Tituria 1, BMCRR I Rome 2322, SRCV I 249, EF, well centered, areas of reverse struck a little weak, edge cracks, weight 3.886 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 89 B.C; obverse bare head of Sabine King Tatius right, SABIN downward behind, TA (Tatius) monogram before; reverse two Roman soldiers running left, each bearing a Sabine woman in his arms, L∑TITVRI in exergue; SOLD


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

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This type celebrates the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the First Jewish Revolt. Coins commemorating this event are referred to as "Judaea Capta" issues.
JD85590. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 2; Hendin 1479; BMCRE II 35; RSC II 226; Hunter I 18; SRCV I 2296, F, toned, tight flan, light scrapes, edge crack, weight 2.862 g, maximum diameter 9.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 69 - 70 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse IVDAEA, Jewess seated right, mourning, veiled, supporting chin with left hand, trophy of captured arms behind her; SOLD


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.
BZ73169. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 353 (Ravenna), Wroth BMC 407 (Ravenna), SBCV 326 (Ravenna), Hahn MIB I 29a (Rome), Sommer 4.155 (Rome), Ratto -, VF, weight 3.141 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, 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; SOLD


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

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is on an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of Emperor Augustus.
RS85210. Silver denarius, RIC III 131, RSC II 150, BMCRE IV 202, SRCV II 5641, Hunter II -, VF, excellent portrait, well centered on a tight flan, edge cracks, weight 3.096 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 186 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XI IMP VII COS V P P (high priest, tribune for 11 years, imperator 7 times, consul 5 times, father of the country), Fortuna seated left, holding by tiller in right hand a rudder resting on globe, scepter in left hand, wheel under seat, FOR RED (Fortuna who returns travelers) in exergue; SOLD


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

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During the Jewish wars, Titus had begun a love affair with Berenice, sister of the Jewish king Agrippa II. The Herodians had collaborated with the Romans during the rebellion, and Berenice herself had supported Vespasian in his campaign to become emperor. In 75, she returned to Titus and openly lived with him in the palace as his promised wife. The Romans were wary of the eastern queen and disapproved of their relationship. When the pair was publicly denounced by Cynics in the theater, Titus caved in to the pressure and sent her away.
RS85766. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 777; RSC II 368; BMCRE II 166; BnF III 102; SRCV I 2303, F, well centered on a tight flan, graffito on reverse, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.256 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 75 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PON MAX TR P COS VI (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power, consul for the 6th time), Victory standing left on prow, raising wreath in right hand, palm frond over shoulder in left; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius II Constantine, 26 September 578 - 14 August 582 A.D.

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Tradition tells us that the Roman Empire ended in 476 A.D. when Romulus Augustus was deposed and the barbarian Odovacar became king in Italy. This coin, however, was minted in Rome for the emperor of the Romans more than 100 years after the "fall of the Roman Empire." After 476, the ancient capital of the empire alternated between Byzantine and Germanic control. Rome remained nominally part of the Byzantine Empire until 751 AD, when the Lombards finally extinguished the Exarchate of Ravenna which was the last holdout of the Byzantines in northern Italy. The city's population declined from more than a million in 210 A.D. to a mere 35,000 during the Early Middle Ages, reducing the sprawling city to groups of inhabited buildings interspersed among large areas of ruins and vegetation.
BZ58716. Bronze half follis, DOC I 61a, SBCV 467, Hahn MIB II 73, F, weight 4.692 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 578 - 582 A.D.; obverse [δm TIb] CONTA PP A (blundered), crowned and cuirassed bust facing, crown without ornament; reverse large XX (20 nummi), cross above, ROM in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius II Constantine, 26 September 578 - 14 August 582 A.D.

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Tradition tells us that the Roman Empire ended in 476 A.D. when Romulus Augustus was deposed and the barbarian Odovacar became king in Italy. This coin, however, was minted in Rome for the emperor of the Romans more than 100 years after the "fall of the Roman Empire." After 476, the ancient capital of the empire alternated between Byzantine and Germanic control. Rome remained nominally part of the Byzantine Empire until 751 A.D., when the Lombards finally extinguished the Exarchate of Ravenna which was the last holdout of the Byzantines in northern Italy. The city's population declined from more than a million in 210 A.D. to a mere 35,000 during the Early Middle Ages, reducing the sprawling city to groups of inhabited buildings interspersed among large areas of ruins and vegetation.
BZ58702. Bronze half follis, DOC I 61b, Wroth BMC 149, Tolstoi 103, Ratto 989, SBCV 467, Hahn MIB II 73, aVF, weight 5.003 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 578 - 582 A.D.; obverse D m TIB CO-NSTANT P, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, crown ornamented with a cross; reverse large XX (20 nummi), cross above, ROM in exergue; scarce; SOLD








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