, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of
II was daughter, wife and mother of emperors and empresses. When she gave birth to the first of many children she was given the title of Augusta, which for a time made her superior in rank to her husband. She was a devoted wife and mother, and accompanied her husband on all his military campaigns.
SH77013. , 1697 var. (throne without canopy, and S C across ), 1568 var. (same), 54-6a, 7, VF, dark green with touches of red, 23.644 g, maximum 29.5 mm, 30o, Rome mint, struck under , c. 175 - 176 A.D.; , draped right; , seated left on throne with canopy, holding , between two female attendants (carrying her throne?) with veils flying above their heads, S C in ; ex XIX, lot 578; ex A.K. Collection; ex 164 (Nov 1975), lot 1141; very variety; $2500.00 (€2200.00)
, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.
Other than an undescribed photograph in , this is apparently unpublished. Although , it is in Southerland's unpublished addenda.SH72977. Silver , p. 24 (photograph, but not described!, same rev. die), 94 var., 215 var., 50 var., -, S - (var. all SER IMP), VF, porous and pitted, edge scrape top left, 3.389 g, maximum 18.0 mm, 180o, mint, c. 3 Apr - late 68 A.D.; IMPER (arcing left to right above), on horseback prancing left, bare-headed, wearing military garb, cloak flying behind, raising right hand in salute; (arcing downward on right), helmeted and draped of (valor, courage) right, crested helmet; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; extremely ; $2400.00 (€2112.00)
, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.
With this coin 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 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.SH72951. Silver , 4a, -, -, -, -, VF, nice , a few bumps and scratches, 3.335 g, maximum 18.6 mm, 180o, Rome mint, late Feb - early Mar 69 A.D.; IMP , right; PAX TERRARVM (All the World at Peace), Pax standing left, olive-branch in right hand, in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex & Sear Mail Bid Sale 13 (2006), lot 437; - this is the much rarer later variety without M between IMP and , 45/1000 coins in Jyrki Muona's die study; ; $1600.00 (€1408.00)
, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.
With this coin asserts that he has freedom, but this was empty propaganda. was notoriously cruel, sentenced many to death without trial, raised taxes, and rarely accepted requests for citizenship.RS72971. Silver , 7 (R2); 197, 4, 132, -, -, VF, lightly , lightly etched surfaces, 3.204 g, maximum 18.3 mm, 180o, mint, April - late 68 A.D.; , laureate right; (liberty ), of right, hair knotted behind, wearing pearl necklace; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Artcoins auction 6 (10 Dec 2012), lot 800 (the one and only sale of this on Coin Archives); extremely ; $1500.00 (€1320.00)
, Triumvir and , 44 - 30 B.C., - Ferrata, the "Ironclad"
The VI Ferrata, the "Ironclad," was an old legion of Caesar's that fought for Antony. It was retained by , and later served in and . The VI , on the other hand, was one of Octavian's legions. This and issued a 'restitution' of the , presumably in connection with the latter's Eastern campaigns.SH76382. Silver , 544/19, 1223, II East 197, 33, 356, EF, near perfect centering, light , slightly uneven strike, contact marks, areas of and light corrosion, 3.664 g, maximum 17.8 mm, 180o, (?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; ANT•AVG / III •VIR•R•P•C, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; LEG - VI, ( ) between two legionary standards; ex (2005); $1400.00 (€1232.00)
, and , Feb - Mar 44 B.C.
"The coin that killed ." The declares is "Dictator for Life" and he wears the veil, symbolic of his life-term position as . would be both the and high priest of Rome for the remainder of his life, but his life would end only a few weeks after this coin was struck. For to put his image on coins and in effect declare himself was too much for and his republican allies. On the Ides of March (15 March) 44 B.C. was stabbed to death by as many as 60 conspirators, led by and Cassius. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theater of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, passed the seer and joked, "The ides of March have come," meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied "Aye, ; but not gone." This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play , when is warned by the soothsayer to "beware the Ides of March."
Minted for Caesar's planned Parthian war, this was often carelessly struck indicating the mint was working under great pressure.SH76555. Silver , 480/7b, 104a, I Rome 4155, 1062, 24, 1410, VF, attractive iridescent , uneven strike, contact marks, , 3.273 g, maximum 18.2 mm, 315o, Rome mint, moneyer L. Aemilius Buca, Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; - DICT PERPETVO (starting upper right), wreathed of right; seated right, in extended right hand, transverse in left hand, L BVCA downward behind; ex auction 13 (29 Nov 2014), lot 369; ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ; $1350.00 (€1188.00)
Roman Civil Wars, Revolt of , Governor of Spain, April - June 68 A.D.
lived in for eight years. This coin was issued by as governor of Spain in revolt against . The is copied from Republican struck in 62 B.C. by the moneyer L. Scribonius Libo.SH63560. Silver , 9 (R4), 396, 9, 2072, F, , 3.515 g, maximum 17.7 mm, 225o, (?) mint, Apr - Jun 68 A.D.; , young female ( ) right, around forehead; ROM RENASC, standing right in military garb, on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped over left shoulder in left; bargain priced for this interesting R4 rarity implying the restoration of the Republic!, from the Jyrki Muona Collection; very (R4); $1300.00 (€1144.00)
, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.
The wreath on the is the corona civica, the oak wreath awarded to Roman citizens ex (by special decree of the Senate) for saving the life of another citizen by slaying an enemy in battle. It became a prerogative for to be awarded the Civic Crown, originating with , who was awarded it in 27 B.C. for saving the lives of citizens by ending the series of civil wars. The in the center commemorates the golden awarded to by the Senate for his virtue, piety, justice and clemency, which was kept on display in the Curia Iulia.SH72982. Silver , 47 (R2), 282, 190, 28, 71, -, VF, hoard , some around , 3.439 g, maximum 16.6 mm, 180o, mint, 3 Apr - Aug 68 A.D.; , laureate right, globe at point of ; on round , surrounded by oak-wreath; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; ex CNG e-auction 202 (14 Jan 2009), lot 195; ex White Mountain Collection; very ; $1250.00 (€1100.00)
, 22 April - 29 July 238 A.D.
The refers to the harmony and friendship of the emperors and . Because they were quarreling they were unable to put up a joint defense against the praetorians. They were both murdered after a reign of only 99 days.SH76157. , , 2, 20; 7 (12 fr.); 43; 8530; 12, aVF, portrait, , brass with touches of green, areas of light corrosion, 20.257 g, maximum 29.7 mm, 45o, Rome mint, later issue; M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, laureate, draped and right, from behind; , seated left, in extended right hand, double in left, S C in ; $1250.00 (€1100.00)
, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.
This with this arrangement is apparently unpublished. The normal arrangement is A VITELLLIVS IMP upward on left and downward on right. Another variation has this break but the ends with GERMAN. The arrangement on this coin does not leave enough room for either the final S or the globe at the point of the and they appear to be merged. This variation is likely an engraving error for one or the other normal types.RS72989. Silver , 6 (R) var. (obv. break), 26a, 85 var. (same), 8 var (GERMAN), 53 var. (same), 2190 var (same), VF, , porous, a few marks, insignificant cracks, 3.325 g, maximum 17.7 mm, 180o, mint, c. Jan - Jul 69 A.D.; A - IMP , laureate left, small globe at point of ; CONSENSVS EXERCITVVM, advancing left, nude but for crested helmet and cloak tied in belt at waist and flying behind, spear in right, with in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, an unpublished variant of a , this is the only example known to ; $1200.00 (€1056.00)
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