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Anepigraphic - without an inscription or legend (usually referring to the obverse).
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
The crocodile was the Roman symbol for Egypt and this coin may refer to the quelling of a revolt in Egypt, perhaps related to the Bar Kokhba revolt. This anepigraphic reverse type seems to be quite rare. RIC II and RSC II misdescribe the emperor as having a foot on a prow. The type is missing from the British Museum and Hunter Coin Cabinet. There are only two on Coin Archives and one has a left facing bust. This is the first example of the type handled by Forum.RS74387. Silver denarius, SRCV II 3551; RIC II 294 corr. (S, prow vice crocodile); RSC II 1503a corr. (same); BMCRE III p. 338, * (note); Hunter III - (p. lvii), aVF, weight 3.318 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse Emperor standing right, wearing military garb, inverted spear in right hand, parazonium in left hand, left foot on crocodile, no inscription; vary rare; SOLD
This type celebrates Octavian's victory, defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra at Actium.SH76225. Silver denarius, RIC I 254b, RSC I 64, BnF I 36, Sear Imperators 407, BMCRE I 603, BMCRR I Rome 4339, SRCV I 1552, VF, toned, broad oval flan, punch, graffiti, marks, scratches - yet, attractive, weight 3.523 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, Italian (Rome?) mint, autumn 31 - summer 30 B.C.; obverse bare head left, no legend, linear border; reverse Victory standing left on globe, extending wreath in right hand, palm frond over shoulder in left hand, CAESAR - DIVIēF divided across field, linear border; SOLD
Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.
The "looking upwards" portraits of Constantine are often described as "gazing to Heaven (or God)."RL38044. Billon centenionalis, Speck and Huston 32a, LRBC I 995, RIC VII -, VF, weight 2.779 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 328 A.D.; obverse no legend, diademed head right, gazing to Heaven; reverse CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, head right, palm frond in each hand, trophy and captive before, CONS in exergue, S left; similar coin sold for $650 + fees in 2005 in Triton VIII, lot 1248; very rare; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, Heraclius Constantine, and Heraclonas, 632 - 641 A.D.
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear. In 632, Heraclonas, Heraclius' younger son, age seven, was designated Caesar and added to the coinage. The Heraclian monogram on the reverse replaces the more typical obverse inscription. Rynearson identifies this type as scarce.SH08996. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 44 (officina not recorded); Hahn MIB 53; SBCV 770, gF/nearly VF, some edge filing, weight 4.45 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse no legend, Heraclius between his sons, Heraclius Constantine on r., Heraclonas on l., all stand facing, Heraclius with beard and mustache, each wears chlamys and crown, and holds globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGU E (victory of the Emperor, 5th officina), cross potent on three steps, Heraclian monogram left, E right, CONOB in exergue; nicely centered, conservatively graded by Mr. Sear; scarce; SOLD
Dacia, After 85 B.C., Imitative of Roman Republic, Types of Mn Fonteius
Imitatives of Roman Republic Denarii, such as this one, are often identified as Celtic, but Philip Davis convincingly argues that most of these denarii are probably Dacian.RR63690. Silver denarius, cf. Davis M108, Davis Apvlvm XLIII 81 and 83, Crawford 353/1a (official, Rome mint), VF, weight 3.020 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 85 B.C.; obverse bare head right, branch behind, no legend; reverse Cupid seated on goat right, caps of the Dioscuri above, thyrsus of Bacchus in exergue all within laurel wreath; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, Heraclius Constantine, and Heraclonas, 632 - 641 A.D.
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
In 632, Heraclonas, Heraclius' younger son, was designated Caesar and added to the coinage. Heraclonas was seven years old. The Heraclian monogram on the reverse replaces the more typical obverse inscription. Rynearson identifies this type as scarce.SH06222. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 33a (but officina letter has form L); Hahn MIB 39 (citing 2 specimens in the ANS collection and 2 in the Nikertai hoard), nearly VF, conservatively graded by Mr. Sear, weakly struck, graffiti 'X' in reverse left field, weight 4.42 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse no legend, Heraclius between his sons, Heraclius Constantine on r. and Heraclonas on l., all standing facing, Heraclius with long beard and mustache, Heraclonas much smaller than his father and brother and uncrowned, each figure wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger in right, cross in field above head of Heraclonas; reverse VICTORIA AVGU A (victory of the Emperor, 1st officina), cross potent on three steps, Heraclian monogram in field to right, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD
Octavian, Triumvir and Imperator, Augustus 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
Reverse refers to Octavian's reestablishment of boundaries in the east after the battle of Actium and review of the client kingdoms established by Mark Antony (in particular return of Roman territory from Cleopatra and her children)RS63761. Silver denarius, RIC I 269a (S), RSC I Augustus 114, BMCRR II Rome 4360, BMCRE I 628, Sear CRI 425, SRCV I 1561, F, banker's mark, punch, weight 3.516 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 135o, Italian mint, 30 - 29 B.C.; obverse bare head right, anepigraphic; reverse facing head of Octavian on ithyphallic boundary stone of Jupiter Terminus, winged thunderbolt below, IMP - CAESAR divided across the field at center; very scarce; SOLD
Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.
If you hope to own a better Julius Caesar denarius someday, but can only afford this one today, keep in mind that Forum will refund your full purchase price for store credit when you are ready to purchase the upgrade.RR76557. Silver denarius, Crawford 494/39a, Sydenham 1096a, RSC I 29, BMCRR Rome 4237, Sear CRI 116, SRCV I 1426, Vagi 65, aF/Fair, porous, banker's marks, weight 3.099 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 43 or 42 B.C.; obverse wreathed head of Julius Caesar right, no legend; reverse cornucopia on globe, rudder on left, winged caduceus and apex (priestly hat) on right, L MVSSIDIVS LONGVS (moneyer) above and to right; budget Julius Caesar portrait!; scarce; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Tiberius III Apsimar, Late 698 - Summer 705 A.D.
All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.BZ83407. Bronze follis, Anastasi 337, DOC II part 2, 32, Spahr 271, Tolstoi 60, Hahn MIB 79b, SBCV 1395, Sommer -, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, gVF, weight 3.336 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, late 698 - summer 705 A.D.; obverse no legend, bust of Tiberius III facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, spear diagonally before body in right, shield ornamented with horseman on left shoulder, star left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two palm fronds, Tiberius' monogram above, SCL in exergue; rare; SOLD
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Neither the rhino nor the hippo is published facing left for any year. Both types are rare and photographs we found labeled as either type appear to be depicting the same type of animal but describing it as either a hippo or a rhino. Both types may exist, however, which is which appears to be confusing.RX13611. Bronze dichalkon, Emmett 719 var. (rhino right) or Emmett 708 var. (hippo right), BMC Alexandria -, Dattari -, Milne, apparently unpublished var. of a rare type, gF, nice green patina, weight 1.36 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 113 - 28 Aug 114 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse rhinoceros (or hippopotamus) walking left, L IZ (year 17) above; SOLD