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Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.
RB56041. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 432 var. (no drapery), BMCRE III 746 var. (same), aVF, green patina, weight 22.778 g, maximum diameter 33.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 101 - 102 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate bust right with slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse TR POT COS IIII P P S C, Pax seated left, olive branch in right hand, scepter in left over shoulder; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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The First Dacian War was fought in 101 and 102 A.D. Two legionary columns marched into the heart of Dacia, burning towns and villages. The Dacians retaliated with massive assaults, killing many Romans, but not defeating them. In 102, the Roman armies converged for a final assault and defeated the Dacian army at the Battle of Tapae. The war ended with a peace treaty, with harsh terms for the Dacian king.
SH55918. Silver denarius, Woytek 123b, RIC II 59, RSC II 241a, BMCRE III 106, BnF IV 132, Hunter II 32, Strack I 51, SRCV II -, aEF, weight 3.616 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 101 - 102 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse P M TR P COS IIII P P, Victory standing right on prow ornamented with a snake, extending wreath in right hand, palm over shoulder in left; SOLD


Great Britain, Charles I, 1625 - 1649

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Charles I attempted to reign as an absolute monarch and rule without Parliament. Civil war broke out, the forces of the King lost, and Charles was beheaded.
WO55958. Silver halfcrown, SCBC 2775, North 2214; triangle in circle mint mark on obverse and reverse, aVF, weak strike areas, weight 15.048 g, maximum diameter 33.5 mm, die axis 0o, Tower mint, 1641 - 1643; obverse CAROLVS D G MAG BRI FRA ET HIB REX (Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland), king on horseback left, holding upright sword in right hand, cloak billowing out behind from shoulders, horse's tail between legs, no ground; reverse CRISTO AVSPICE REGNO (I reign under the auspices of Christ), oval garnished shield - royal coat-of-arms (lion, fleur de lis, harp) within ornate oval frame; SOLD


Roman Republic, C. Iunius C.f., 149 B.C.

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On the Italian peninsula, six temples dedicated to Roma have been proven - Latium built two, one of them privately funded. During the reign of Tiberius, Ostia built a grand municipal temple to Roma and Augustus. In the city of Rome itself, the earliest known state cult to dea Roma was combined with Venus at the Hadrianic Temple of Venus and Roma. This was the largest temple in the city, probably dedicated to inaugurate the reformed festival of Parilia, which was known thereafter as the Romaea after the Eastern festival in Roma's honor. The temple contained the seated, Hellenised image of dea Roma with a Palladium in her right hand to symbolize Rome's eternity.
RR88361. Silver denarius, Crawford 210/1, Sydenham 392, RSC I Junia 1, BMCRR I Rome 660, RBW Collection 893, SRCV I 87, Choice gVF, attractive style, well centered, mild die wear, areas with slight porosity, weight 3.818 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 149 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right, wearing winged helmet, crest with griffin head, peaked visor in three pieces, triple drop earring and necklace, X behind; reverse the Dioscuri riding right, CIVNICF below, ROMA in linear frame in exergue; SOLD


Roman Republic, C. Sulpicius C. f. Galba, 106 B.C.

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Crawford interprets this type as Aeneas landing in Lanuvium (home of Sulpicia gens) with the Penates and the subsequent miracle of the white sow that foretold the founding of Alba Longa.
RR88378. Silver denarius serratus, BMCRR I Rome 1319 (also L), Crawford 312/1, Sydenham 572, RSC I Sulpicia 1, RBW Collection 1155, SRCV I 189, VF, attractive toning, nice style, light marks, weight 3.643 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 106 B.C.; obverse conjoined laureate heads of the Dei Penates left, DPP (Dei Penates Publici) downward on left; reverse the Dei Penates standing facing each other, heads bare, wearing military garb, each holding a spear in left hand, each pointing at a large sow which lies between them, L (control letter) above center, CSVLPICICF in exergue; ex Wayne G. Sayles; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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Trajan was a brilliant soldier and administrator. He restored the Senate to its full status, started a welfare program to feed and care for poor children, directed an extensive building program across the empire, annexed Dacia and invaded Arabia. Under Trajan, Rome reached its greatest extent. And he managed to do all this without a deficit or increasing taxes.
SH55915. Silver denarius, RIC II 176, RSC II 483, BMCRE III 200, gVF, weight 3.415 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 103 - 111 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GERM DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right with drapery on far shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Fides standing left, stalks of grain in right hand, basket of fruit in left; ex CNG; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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After his defeat in 101 A.D., King Decebalus complied with Rome for a time but then incited the tribes to pillage Roman colonies across the Danube. Trajan marched into Dacia in 105 A.D. After defeating the surrounding mountain fortresses, in 106 A.D. Trajan besieged Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital. With the aid of a Dacian traitor, the Romans found and destroyed water pipes supplying the city. Running out of water and food the city fell and was burned to the ground. Decebalus fled but, followed by the Roman cavalry, committed suicide rather than face capture. The Romans found Decebalus' treasure in the river of Sargesia - estimated at 165,500 kg of gold and 331,000 kg of silver.
SH55913. Silver denarius, RIC II 98, RSC II 120, BMCRE III 390, SRCV II 3137 var., Nice VF, weight 3.048 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 195o, Rome mint, 108 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse DAC CAP COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, mourning Dacian captive seated left on pile of arms, wearing peaked cap, two curved swords behind, three shields and two spears on the ground below and behind; ex Wayne G. Sayles; SOLD


Roman Republic, Cn. Cornelius Blasio Cn.f., 112 or 111 B.C.

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Crawford notes this type was issued with 12 different symbol pairs, each used for one month of the year. This bust was traditionally identified as Scipio Africanus but Crawford convincingly rejected that identification. The bust on the right is Scipio Africanus. Perhaps there is some resemblance that was the source of the tradition? Scipio
RR88375. Silver denarius, Crawford 296/1d (same controls), RBW Collection 1136 (same), BMCRR Italy 628 (same), Sydenham 561b (scarce), RSC I Cornelia 19, SRCV I 173, VF, toned, light marks, some die wear, reverse slightly off center, edge crack, weight 3.898 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 112 or 111 B.C.; obverse CN BLASIO CN F upward on right, beardless helmeted head of Mars right, X (mark of value=16 asses) above, acrostolium (control symbol) behind; reverse Jupiter standing facing, nude, long scepter in right hand, thunderbolt and paludamentum in left hand, between Juno (on left), and Minerva (on right) placing wreath on his head with her right hand and holding spear in left hand, Π (Greek control letter) inner right, ROMA in exergue; ex Wayne G. Sayles; scarce; SOLD


Roman Republic, Marcus Furius L.f. Philus, c. 119 B.C.

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This type commemorates the victory by Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus and Q. Fabius Maximus over the Allobrogoges and the Averni in Gaul in 121 B.C.
RR88372. Silver denarius, Crawford 281/1, Sydenham 529, BMCRR Italy 555, RSC I Furia 18, RBW Collection 1105, SRCV I 156, Choice VF, iridescent toning, well centered and struck, some light marks, weight 3.853 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, c. 119 B.C.; obverse MFOVRILF, bearded, laureate head of Janus, I above center (a vestigial mark of value copied from Janus on the Roman as); reverse Roma standing left, helmeted and draped, transverse long scepter in left hand, with right hand placing wreath on trophy of captured Gallic arms with carnyx and shield on each side, star above, ROMA upward on right, PHILI (PHI ligate) in exergue; SOLD


Celtic Britain, Durotriges, 58 B.C. - 43 A.D.

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This type is "copied" from the tetradrachms of Philip II of Macedonia. While the horse on the reverse is abstract, it still looks somewhat like a horse. The head of Apollo right on the obverse has, however, devolved into something completely unrecognizable. The diagonal rows of dashes on the left are devolved from the laurel wreath.

The Durotriges were vanquished by Vespasian and Legio II Augusta in 43 A.D.
CE59391. Silver stater, Cranborne Chase type; Van Arsdell 1235-1, SCBC 366, Cottam ABC 2169, aVF, weight 3.658 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, obverse devolved head of Apollo right; reverse disjointed horse left, pellets above and one pellet below belly, pellet-in-lozenge above tail; SOLD




  




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