OctavianAugustus, the first and possibly greatest Roman emperor, founded the Roman empire after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He reformed the coinage and the military, and embarked on a huge building program all across the empire. Augustus was succeeded by his stepson Tiberius after a long reign of 41 years. He was 77, having ruled from 27 B.C. to 14 A.D.
Octavian and L. Pinarius Scarpus, Imperator and Provincial Governor of Cyrenaica, September 31 - 29 B.C.
According to Crawford, this type was the last denarius of the Roman Republic. L. Pinarius Scarpus commanded four legions for Marc Antony in Cyrenaica against Octavian's African army, which was under the command of Cornelius Gallus. After learning of Antony's defeat at Actium, Scarpus changed his allegiance to Octavian. This issue was struck shortly after the battle of Actium, the open hand signalizing a gesture of friendship toward Octavian.
RR71863. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1554; Crawford 546/6; Sydenham 1282; RSC I 500; Sear Imperators 413; Kent-Hirmer pl. 32, 114; BnF I 896, VF, centered, toned, weight 3.560 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Cyrenaica provincial mint, L Pinarius Scarpus, Sep 31 - 29 B.C.; obverse open right hand reaching left, IMP. CAESARI above, SCARPVS IMP below; reverseVictory standing right on globe, wreath tied with a fillet in right, palm branch over shoulder in left, DIVI. F on right, AVG. PONΓ (sic) on left; ex Savoca Coins; rare; $950.00 (€826.50)
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Commemorative minted by Tiberius
Struck before the standard became a radiate head or bust only for the dupondius.
RB73192. Copper as, RIC ITiberius 81, BMCRE I 146, Cohen 228 (Augustus), SRCV I 1789, VF, superb portrait, well centered, nice sea-green patina, weight 10.840 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 22 - 30 A.D.; obverse DIVVS AVGVSTVSPATER, radiate head left; reversealtar with double panelled door, ornaments on top, S - C flanking sides, PROVIDENT below; $500.00 (€435.00)
Augustus and Agrippa, c. 9 - 3 B.C., Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Southern Gaul
The reverse commemorates the conquest of Egypt in 30 B.C. This theme was probably used at Nemausus because the colony was settled by Egyptian Greeks and veterans from Anthony's army that had surrendered to Octavian at Actium.
SH70945. Bronze dupondius, RIC I 158, RPC I 524, SNG Cop 699, SNG Tübingen 152, SRCV I 1730, VF, well centered, green patina, flan flaw below busts, weight 13.251 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 315o, Nemausus (Nimes, France) mint, c. 9 - 3 B.C.; obverse IMP DIVI F, back to back heads of Agrippa and Augustus, Agrippa (on left) facing left wearing a rostral crown, Augustus laureate head right; reverse COL NEM, crocodile right chained to a palm, wreath with long ties above, two palm fronds below; ex Roma Numismatics; $480.00 (€417.60)
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Uncertain Mint, Anatolia or Syria
The mint, the questor who struck this type, and even the identity of the person in the portrait remain uncertain. The type has previously been attributed to Macedonia and the portrait identified as Brutus (Friedlander) or Caesar (Grant). David Sear notes the type has never been found in Macedonia. Finds point to Syria or Anatolia. It is possible that the type was issued, with his own portrait, by Sosius, a general under Marc Antony who was quaestor in 39 B.C. Much more likely, however, the portrait is of Augustus.
RB71004. Bronze AE 24, RPC I 5409; Sear Imperators 957 (Syria); AMNG II 29 (Pella), F, green patina, weight 17.823 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain Anatolian or Syrian mint, obversebare head right; reversehasta (spear), sella questoria (questor's seat of office), and fiscus (imperial treasury), Q (for questor) below; previously a raretype but recent finds have made it somewhat easier to aquire; $450.00 (€391.50)
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Struck under Tiberius
OctavianAugustus, the first and possibly greatest Roman emperor, founded the empire after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He reformed the coinage and military, and embarked on a huge building program across the empire. He died at 77 years, having ruled 27 B.C. to 14 A.D.
RB72083. Bronze sestertius, RIC ITiberius 56, 62 or 68, aF, brown and green patina, rough, scrape on reverse, weight 25.608 g, maximum diameter 33.7 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 35 - 36 A.D.; obverseDIVO / AVGVSTO / S P Q R in upper field, statue of Augustus seated left on throne, holding laurel branch and scepter, set on ornate car drawn by four elephants, each with its own mahout; reverseTI CAESARDIVI AVG FAVGVST P M TR POT XXXVII, large S C, legend around; ex CNG auction 284 (8 Aug 2012), lot 278; ex the R. D. Frederick Collection; $215.00 (€187.05)
Cyprus, Time of Augustus, 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.
Augustus' sun sign was Libra. We don't know why he selected the Capricorn as his emblem. Perhaps Capricorn was either his rising sign or his Moon sign. Popular astrology, of the newspaper kind, is sun sign astrology. The ancients tended to attach more importance to the Moon sign and rising sign. Perhaps Augustus selected the Capricorn because it is associated with stern moral authority. Tiberius (born Nov. 13) was a Scorpio.
SH59392. Bronze AE 18, RPC I 3916, SNG Cop -, aVF, weight 2.854 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 315o, Cypriot mint, obverse capricorn right, star above; reverse scorpion left, star above; $200.00 (€174.00)
Thessalonica, Macedonia, Julius Caesar and Augustus, c. 28 - 27 B.C.
Gaebler (AMNG, p. 125) believed the ∆ stands for 4 asses. Touratsoglou (p. 25) interprets it to indicate year four an era of beginning with the Battle of Actium, which would date the issue to 28 - 27 B.C.
RP90713. Leaded bronze AE 23, Touratsoglou 48 (V11/R44), RPC I 1554, Varbanov III 5153, SGICV 151, F, weight 10.222 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 28 - 27 B.C. (perhaps later); obverse ΘOEΣ, laureate head of Julius Caesar right; reverse ΘEΣΣAΛONIKEΩN, bare head of Augustus right, ∆ (year 4 of Augustus) below; $200.00 (€174.00)
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Emerita, HispaniaLusitania
Mérida, Spain was founded in 25 BC, as Emerita Augusta. The legatus P. Carisius was responsible military operations in western Spain and established a mint at Emerita to finance his activities.
RS72882. Silver quinarius, RIC I 1a, RSC I 386, BMCRR Spain 121, BMCRE I 293, BnF I 1065, King 3, SRCV I 1642, F, weight 1.655 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 0o, Emerita (Mérida, Spain) mint, P. Carisius, legatus pro praetore, 25 - 23 B.C.; obverseAVGVST (downward on left), bare head right; reverse P CARISI LEG (counterclockwise from upper left), Victory standing right, crowning trophy of captured arms, dagger and curved sword at base; $180.00 (€156.60) ON RESERVE
OctavianAugustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Thessalonica, Macedonia
Thessalonika was founded around 315 B.C. by Cassander of Macedon, on or near the site of the ancient town of Therma. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a daughter of Philip II and half-sister of Alexander the Great. On 22 June 168 B.C., Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeated the Macedonian King Perseus at the battle of Pydna, and Macedonia came under Roman rule.
RP72304. Brass AE 22, Touratsoglou 18 (V3/R17), RPC I 1554, Varbanov III 5153, SGICV 151; countermark: Howgego 297 (Augustus), Touratsoglou -, RPC I -, aVF, obverse obscured by large countermark, marks and bumps, weight 9.633 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, 28 - 27 B.C.; obverse ΘEOΣ, crowned head of Julius Caesar right; countermark: capricorn(?) in a large round punch; reverse ΘEΣΣA−ΛONIKEΩN, bare head of OctavianAugustus right, ∆ below; $180.00 (€156.60)
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Moneyer C. Plotius Rufus
The wreath on the reverse is the corona civica, the oak wreath awarded to Roman citizens ex senatus consulto (by special decree of the Senate) for saving the life of another citizen by slaying an enemy in battle. It became a prerogative for Roman emperors to be awarded the Civic Crown, originating with Augustus, who was awarded it in 27 B.C. for saving the lives of citizens by ending the series of civil wars.
RB65443. Orichalcumdupondius, RIC I 388, BMCRE I 150, Cohen 502, SRCV I 1663, F, scrapes, uneven strike, weight 9.693 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 15 B.C.; obverseAVGVSTVS TRIBVNIC POTEST, legend in three lines within oak wreath; reverse C PLOTIVS RVFVS III VIR A A A F F, legend surrounding large S C; $160.00 (€139.20)
AVGVSTVS AVGVSTVSDIVIF AVGVSTVSTRPOT AVGVSTVSTRPOTVII CAESARAVGPONTMAXTRIBVNICPOT CAESARAVGTRIBVNPOTES CAESARAVGVSTPONTMAXTRIBVNICPOT CAESARAVGVSTVS CAESARAVGVSTVSDIVIF CAESARAVGVSTVS DIVIFPATERPATRIAE CAESARAVGVSTVSSPQR CAESARAVGVSTVSTRIBVNICPOTEST CAESARAVGVSTVSTRPOT CAESARAVGTRIBVNPOTES CAESARCOSVI CAESARDIVIFCOSVI CAESARIAVGVSTO CAESARIMP CAESARIMPVII CAESARIIIVIRRPC CAESARPONTMAX CCAESARIIIVIRRPC CCAESARIMP CCAESARIIIVIRRPC DIVOAVGVSTO DIVOAVGVSTOSPQR DIVOAVGVSTOSPQROBCIVESSER DIVVSAVGVSTVS DIVVSAVGVSTVSPATER DIVVSAVGVSTVSSC DIVIIVLIF GALVSMESSALLAIIIVIR IMPCAESAR IMPCAESARAVGVST IMPCAESARAVGVSTTRPOTIIX IMPCAESARDIVIF IMPCAESARDIVIFAVGVSTVSIMPXX IMPCAESARDIVIFCOSVILIBERTATISPRVINDEX IMP CAESARDIVI F III VIR ITER IMP CAESARDIVI F VIR ITER R P C IMP CAESARI IMP CAESAR DIVI IVLI IMP IX TR POV LAMIASILIVSANNIVS OB CIVIS SERVATOS PBETILIENVSBASSVS PVLCHERTAVRVSREGVLVS SCOBRPCVMSALVTIMPCAESARAVGCONS S P Q R IMP CAESARI S P Q R IMP CAESARI AVG COS XI TR POT VI S P Q R PARENT CONSSVO
Rarity of Denominations, AverageWeights of Well Preserved Coins, and Other Information:
Sestertius with his head
Sestertius without his head
As and Dupondius
3.82 grams (97.5% silver)
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