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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

Roman Republic, M. Junius Brutus (Q. Caepio Brutus), 54 B.C.

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M. Junius Brutus (also called Q. Caepio Brutus) is the most famous of Caesars assassins. Many of Brutus' coins honor his ancestors and illustrate his strong republican views. The obverse honors L. Junius Brutus, the consul who in 509 B.C. forced the expulsion of the Tarquin Kings from Rome and founded the Republic. The reverse honors Gaius Servilius Ahala, who threw Spurius Maelius down from the Tarpeian rock to his death for plotting against the Republic and aspiring to tyranny. Caesar should not have been surprised by Brutus!
RR86434. Silver denarius, RSC I Junia 30, Sydenham 907, Crawford 433/2, BMCRR I Rome 3864, Russo RBW 1543, SRCV I 398, VF, iridescent toning, obverse a little off center, scratches, weight 3.542 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 54 B.C.; obverse bearded bare head of L. Junius Brutus (consul 509 B.C.), BRVTVS behind; reverse bearded bare head of C. Servilius Ahala (master of the horse 439 B.C.), AHALA behind; SOLD

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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Romans used the poppy both for cooking and medicinal purposes. For cooking, it was used mainly as a garnish or sprinkled on bread, perhaps also in desserts. Pliny sites the medicinal purpose, "..allow the poppy sap to thicken, roll it into pastilles and allow these to dry in the shade. It is a tranquilizer, but if you take too much, you will die in your sleep." (N.H. XX-lxxvi)
RS86446. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 520 (C); BMCRE II 86; BnF III 75; RSC II 164; SRCV I 2291, aVF, toned, bumps, scratches, edge cracks, weight 3.155 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 73 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII CEN, laureate head right; reverse FIDES PVBL (loyalty of the public), clasped hands holding caduceus, two poppies and two stalks of grain; ex Connie's Coins (2012); SOLD

Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.

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In 168 A.D., Marcus Aurelius campaigned against the Marcomanni.
RS85775. Silver denarius, RIC III 578, RSC II 310, BMCRE IV 472, cf. SRCV 5360 (TR P VII), VF, interesting portrait, radiating flow lines, small edge cracks, weight 3.445 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 168 A.D.; obverse L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head right; reverse TR P VIII IMP IIII COS III (holder of tribunition power 8 years, imperator 4 times, consul 3 times), Aequitas standing half left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left; 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

Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

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The Arch of Titus, on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum, was completed by Domitian in 96 A.D. to commemorate Titus' victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The Arch of Titus has provided the general model for many of the triumphal arches erected since the 16th century - perhaps most famously it is the inspiration for the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, completed in 1836.Arch of Titus
RS86366. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 787 (C2); BMCRE II 230; RSC II 292; BnF III 206; Hunter I 91; cf. SRCV I 2734 (IMP XXI COS XVI), VF, well centered and toned, marks, edge cracks, weight 3.332 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 14 Sep 95 - 13 Sep 96 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV, laureate head right; reverse IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, wearing crested helmet, brandishing spear in right hand, round shield on left arm; ex Incitatus Coins; SOLD

Clodius Albinus, Late 195 or Early 196 - 19 February 197 A.D.

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After the praetorians "sold" the throne to Didius Julianus, Pescennius Niger was made emperor by Syrian legions; Septimius Severus by troops in Illyricum and Pannonia; and Albinus by armies in Britain and Gaul. Albinus allied with Septimius Severus and became caesar. After Niger was killed, Septimius no longer needed Albinus and attempted to have him assassinated. Albinus proclaimed himself emperor, crossed into Gaul with his army, defeated Severus' legate, and made Lugdunum his headquarters. On 19 Feb 197, at the hard-fought Battle of Lugdunum, with 150,000 troops on each side, Albinus was defeated and killed himself, or was executed. Severus rode his horse over Albinus' headless body before having it thrown into the RhŰne with his murdered family. His head was sent to Rome as a warning.
RS85673. Silver denarius, RIC IV 7 (R1), BMCRE V 98, Hunter III 6, RSC III 48, SRCV II 6144, VF, nice portrait, tight flan typical of the period, light marks, tiny edge cracks, weight 2.922 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, early Jun 93 - autumn 195 A.D.; obverse D CLOD SEPT ALBIN CAES, bare head right; reverse MINER PACIF COS II, Minerva standing left, helmeted, olive branch in right hand, resting left on grounded shield, spear leans against arm; scarce; SOLD


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