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Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

Octavian Augustus, 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.


Augustus and Livia, 17 January 39 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Methymna, Lesbos
Click for a larger photo RPC notes of Methymna: "A few very rare bronze coins had been made in the late Hellenistic period (Franke 28-310); these were followed by equally rare and early imperial issues which are interesting and unusual for their dynastic types and inscriptions."
SH90557. Bronze AE 18, RPC I 2338 (4 specimens), Franke Methymna 3, BMC Troas -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, aF, nice green patina, nice portraits for grade, weight 3.844 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Methymna mint, probably struck late in Augustus' reign; obverse ΣEBAΣTOΣ MAΘY, bare head of Augustus right; reverse ΘEA ΛIBIA, head of Livia right; extremely rare; $250.00 (€187.50)

Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Restitution Issue Under Trajan(?)
Click for a larger photo Augustus with Gaius and Lucius denarii with this unusual style, and some apparently from the same dies, have been attributed to in sales and auction listings an anonymous restitution under Trajan. The well-known normal restitution issues are, however, identified by modified legends. On this type the legend has not been changed from Augustus' issue. In addition, at Rome, an engraver should have know the correct form of the tools of the pontiff and augur. Perhaps these coins are ancient counterfeits or imitatives.
RS68469. Billon denarius, BMCRE I 536, and pl. 13, 18 (attributed to the reign of Augustus, Lugdunum mint), F, debased silver, dark toning, weight 2.930 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 315o, Rome(?) mint, Restitution issue struck under Trajan; obverse AVGVSTI F COS DESIG CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, laureate head right, one tie over neck; reverse AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Adult-proportioned Caius and Lucius Caesar standing togate, shields and spears between, and holding volumina, above, simpulum to left, on left, and lituus with split base to right, on right; very rare; $225.00 (€168.75)

Cyprus, Time of Augustus, 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.
Click for a larger photo 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; $205.00 (€153.75)

Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit
Click for a larger photo "The Julian Star" appeared in the sky during the July 44 B.C. funeral games for Julius Caesar. It was a comet, and was thought to represent the apotheosis of Julius.
RS90659. Fouree silver plated denarius, cf. RIC I 38b, Vagi 278 (official Spanish mint, 19 - 18 B.C.), aVF, plating breaks, edge chips, weight 2.745 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, illegal mint, obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS, head of Augustus left, wearing oak-wreath; reverse DIVVS IVLIVS, comet of eight-rays, tail pointing upward; $200.00 (€150.00)

Thessalonica, Macedonia, Julius Caesar, and Augustus, c. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. (Possibly Later)
Click for a larger photo RPC tentatively dates the type to the reign of Augustus but notes it may have been struck as late as the reign of Domitian.
RP65932. Bronze AE 22, RPC I 1555; BMC Macedonia p. 115, 60, F, weight 6.623 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 270o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, obverse ΘEOC, bare head of Julius Caesar right; reverse ΘECCAΛONI KEΩN, bare head of Augustus right; $180.00 (€135.00)

Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Calagurris, Hispania Tarraconensis
Click for a larger photo Under Roman rule many cities were administered by a pair of magistrates called duumvirs. The inscription tells us this coin was struck in the Municipium Calagurris Iulia, under the duumvirs C. Sempronius Barba and Q. Baebius Flavus. In imperial times, cities sometimes honored the emperor by making him one of the two duumvirs.
RP90901. Bronze AE 29, RPC I 447, Villaronga-Benages 3127, SNG Cop 584, SNG Tübingen 18, SNG München 53, VF, green patina with red earthen highlighting, old scratches on bull, weight 12.121 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 45o, Calagurris mint, 2 B.C. - 14 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right; reverse bull standing right on ground line, M CAL I (downward on left), C SEMP BARBA III (above), Q BAEB FLAVO (in exergue), II / VIR (in two lines on right); $180.00 (€135.00)

Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Abdera, Thrace
Click for a larger photo In ancient Athens it was proverbial to ridicule Abdera by saying that the air in Abdera causes stupidity. But Abdera counted among its citizens the philosophers Democritus, Protagoras and Anaxarchus, historian and philosopher Hecataeus of Abdera, and the lyric poet Anacreon.
SH68886. Bronze AE 22, RPC I 1730, Varbanov II 7 (R6), AMNG II 244, SNG Cop 382, SGICV 485, aVF, some corrosion, weight 4.523 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera mint, 63 - 68 A.D.; obverse NEPΩNI KΛAY∆IΩ KAIΣAPI ΣEBAΣTOY, bare head of Nero left; reverse ΘEΩ AB∆HPEITAI, bare head of Augustus (or Claudius) left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk; scarce; $175.00 (€131.25)

Augustus and Agrippa, 10 - 14 A.D., Colonia Augusta Nemausus, Gaul
Click for a larger photo 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. This was the last of the COL NEM issues, distinguished by the addition of the title P P (Pater Patriae), an honor bestowed to Augustus in 2 B.C.
RP90468. Bronze dupondius, RIC I 159, RPC I 525, SNG Cop 699, SNG Tübingen 161, SRCV 1731, aVF, bold, uneven strike, scratches, corrosion, weight 13.519 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 315o, Colonia Augusta Nemausus (Nimes, France) mint, 10 - 14 A.D.; obverse IMP DIVI F P P, 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 palm tree, wreath above, two palms fronds below; $175.00 (€131.25)

Kingdom of Thrace, Rhoemetalces I, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D., Augustus Reverse
Click for a larger photo When the Cotys VII, King of Thrace, died about 48 B.C. Rhoemetalces I became the guardian of his nephew Rhescuporis I, his brother's young son and heir. In 13 B.C., Rhescuporis I was defeated and slain in battle by Vologases, chief of the Thracian Bessi, who was leading a revolt against Rome. As Rhescuporis I had left no heir, Rhoemetalces became king. An ally of Augustus, the Roman Historian Tacitus described Rhoemetalces as attractive and civilized. After his death, Augustus divided his realm, half for his son Cotys VIII and the other half for Rhoemetalces' brother Rhescuporis II. Tacitus states that Cotys received the cultivated parts, most towns and most Greek cities of Thrace, while Rhescuporis received the wild and savage portion with enemies on its frontier.
SH63439. Bronze AE 26, Youroukova 204 - 208; RPC I 1711; BMC Thrace 4; Weber 2743, gVF, countermark on obv, weight 10.33 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 180o, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ POIMHTAΛKOY, jugate heads of Rhoemetalces I, diademed, and Queen Pythodoris right, countermark; reverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, bare head of Augustus right; ex CNG auction 159, lot 137; ex Garth R. Drewry Collection; ex Alex G. Malloy XVIII (1 December 1980), lot 663; $160.00 (€120.00)

Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Moneyer C. Plotius Rufus
Click for a larger photo 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. Orichalcum dupondius, 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.; obverse AVGVSTVS 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 (€120.00)



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Obverse legends:

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 CAESAR DIVI F III VIR ITER
IMP CAESAR DIVI 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, Average Weights of Well Preserved Coins, and Other Information:

 
Gold aureus

Silver denarius

Silver quinarius

Sestertius with his head

Sestertius without his head

As and Dupondius
S

C

R1

R2

R1

C


3.82 grams (97.5% silver)



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