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

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This is an extremely rare heroic bust variety of a scarce type. There is only one auction record on Coin Archives for this variety: NAC Auction 59 (4 Apr 2011), lot 968 (a beautiful near EF example). It sold for $48,717 including fees.
SH73454. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 203q+2 (same obv die), RIC II 535 (S, no belt), BMCRE III 838 var (no belt), BnF IV 565 var (no belt), VF, well centered, high relief bust, Tiber patina, porous, areas of corrosion, weight 25.631 g, maximum diameter 34.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 104 - 107 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust left, full chest exposed, with drapery on left shoulder, military belt (balteus) across chest; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan in military dress on horseback right, thrusting spear at Dacian warrior trampled and falling under fore-hooves, S C in exergue; extremely rare variety; $6000.00 SALE PRICE $5400.00

Julia Livilla, Sister of Caligula, Mytilene, Lesbos

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Julia Livilla was the the youngest child of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder and the youngest sister of Caligula. She was born on Lesbos, where this coin was struck, in early 18 A.D. Early in Caligula's reign, Livilla, and her elder sisters Agrippina the Younger and Drusilla, received considerable honors and privileges, such as the rights of the Vestal Virgins (with the freedom to view public games from the upper seats in the stadium), inclusion in the oath of loyalty, and depiction on coins. Suetonius and Cassius Dio accuse the insane Caligula of incestuous relationships with his sisters, including Livilla, and say he prostituted them to other men. Livilla and Agrippina were banished in 39 A.D. after unsuccessfully conspiring to overthrow Caligula and replace him with their shared lover (Drusilla's widower). After becoming emperor, Claudius recalled the sisters from exile. He soon married Agrippina Jr., but exiled and then executed Julia Livilla, apparently by starvation, without a defense and on unsupported charges.
SH74029. Brass AE 18, RPC I 2348; SNG Fitzwilliam 4387; Trillmich pl. 14, 1; Cohen I 1; Vagi 576; BMC Troas -, F, well centered, obverse legend on left weak, porous and grainy, weight 6.244 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, struck under Caligula, 18 Mar 37 - 39 A.D.; obverse IOYΛIAN NEAN ΓEPMANIKOY, draped bust left, M-Y/T-I in two divided lines low in field; reverse Γ KAICAPA CEBACTON, Caligula standing left, with toga drawn up over head (capite velato), patera extended in right, M-Y/T-I in two divided lines low in field; the only coin type featuring Julia Livilla's portrait alone; extremely rare, only about a dozen known, with the majority in museums; $2700.00 SALE PRICE $2430.00

Athens, Attica, Greece, New Style Tetradrachm, c. 86 - 84 B.C., Issued by Sulla

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After 1 March 86 B.C., Sulla was the master of Athens. He recovered from the Pontic king Mithradates, who had taken it by force. This issue was struck for Sulla, either at Athens or outside Athens during the siege, to pay his legions and expenses during the war against Mithradates. The silver was collected from Greeks who supported the Romans against Mithradates and requisitioned from the sacred temple treasuries at Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi. The ancients admired these Roman-Athenian coins and called them "flats of Lucullan." The MARKOY monogram may refer to Marcus the brother of the Roman general and politician Lucullus.
SH70948. Silver tetradrachm, cf. Thompson Athens 1293; Svoronos Athens pl. 78, 11; Dewing 1653; Boehringer AMUGS V, pp. 28-31 and pl. 9, 10; Kraay-Hirmer pl. 120, 366, gVF, attractive style, well struck, nicely toned, centered on a crowded slightly irregular shape flan, weight 16.581 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 86 - 84 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with a griffin right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above visor; reverse owl standing right on amphora on its side right, head facing, MARKOY monogram left, TAMIOY monogram right, A on amphora, all within olive wreath; ex John Jencek; rare; $2500.00 SALE PRICE $2250.00

Didia Clara, 28 March - 2 June 193 A.D., Daughter of Didius Julianus

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Didia Clara, the only child of Didius Julianus and Manlia Scantilla, was made Augusta the day her father became emperor. She survived her father's downfall, but was stripped of her title and the details of her life thereafter are unknown. Due to the short reign of her father, coins of Didia Clara are extremely rare.
SH72535. Silver denarius, RIC IV 10, RSC III 3, BMCRE V 14, VF, lightly toned, porous, weight 2.393 g, maximum diameter 18.35 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, first issue, 28 Mar - May(?) 93; obverse DIDIA CLARA AVG, draped bust right, hair in bun; reverse HILAR TEMPOR, Hilaritas standing left, long palm branch in right hand, cornucopia in left; ex CNG auction 337, lot 450; extremely rare (R4); $2400.00 SALE PRICE $2160.00

Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

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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.
SH72538. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 37, BMCRE I 38, Cohen I 24, BnF II 50, VF, excellent portrait, light reverse scratches, weight 29.339 g, maximum diameter 36.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, laureate head left; reverse S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS, inscription in four lines within Corona Civica oak wreath; ex Jencek Historical Enterprise; rare; $1960.00 SALE PRICE $1764.00

Otho, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.

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With this coin Otho 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 rare 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 acclamation peace on the borders as peace all over the world.
SH72951. Silver denarius, RSC II 4a, RIC I -, BMCRE I -, BnF III -, SRCV I -, VF, nice toning, a few bumps and scratches, weight 3.335 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, late Feb - early March 69 A.D.; obverse IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right; reverse PAX ORBIS TERRARVM (All the World at Peace), Pax standing left, olive-branch in right hand, caduceus in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Freeman & Sear Mail Bid Sale 13 (2006), lot 437; not in RIC - this is the much rarer later variety without M between IMP and OTHO, 45/1000 coins in Jyrki Muona's Otho die study; rare; $1800.00 SALE PRICE $1620.00

Roman Civil Wars, Revolt of Galba, Governor of Spain, April - June 68 A.D.

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Galba lived in Tarraco for eight years. This coin was issued by Galba as governor of Spain in revolt against Nero. The obverse is copied from Republican denarii struck in 62 B.C. by the moneyer L. Scribonius Libo.
SH63560. Silver denarius, RIC I 9, RSC II 396, BMCRE I 9, SRCV I 2072, F, toned, weight 3.515 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 225o, Tarraco(?) mint, Apr - Jun 68 A.D.; obverse BON EVENT, young female head (Bonus Eventus) right, fillet around forehead; reverse ROM RENASC, Roma standing right in military garb, Victory on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter over left shoulder in left; bargain priced for this interesting rarity implying the restoration of the Republic!; very rare (R4); $1300.00 SALE PRICE $1170.00

Otho, January - March 69 A.D.

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Otho wore a wig and on some of his coin portraits, such as this one, it seems you can actually see the wig.
SH72956. Silver denarius, RIC I 8, RSC II 17, BMCRE I 18, BnF III 10, SRCV I 2162, VF, mint luster, toned, weight 3.469 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Feb 69 A.D.; obverse IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right; reverse SECVRITAS P R, Securitas standing left, wreath in right, long scepter in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; ex Rauch Sommerauktion 2009, lot 651; rare; $1250.00 SALE PRICE $1125.00

Otho, February - 9 March 69 A.D.

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The second issue of Otho is characterized by the missing M in the obverse legend and a changed coiffure. This combined with the serene portrait makes this particular die one of the nicest ones available.
SH72955. Silver denarius, RIC I 10, RSC II 15, BMCRE I 19, BnF III 11, SRCV I 2163, VF, superb portrait, nicely toned, well centered on a tight flan, weight 3.475 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Feb - 9 Mar 69 A.D.; obverse IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, bare head right; reverse SECVRITAS P R, Securitas standing left, wreath in right, long scepter in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex CNG, ex Harlan J. Berk; rare; $1200.00 SALE PRICE $1080.00

Antonia, Daughter of Mark Antony, Wife of Nero Drusus, Mother of Claudius, Grandmother of Caligula

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Antonia was the daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia, the wife of Nero Drusus, the mother of Claudius, and a grandmother of Caligula. Renowned for her beauty and virtue, Antonia was revered by the Roman people. She was probably poisoned by Caligula or committed suicide. She never loved her son Claudius, calling him a monster and a fool, but he posthumously made her Augusta in 41 A.D. and issued all her coinage.
SH68887. Silver denarius, RIC I Claudius 66, BMCRE I Claudius 111, Cohen 2, SRCV I 1900, F, toned, weight 3.717 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, struck under Claudius, c. 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse ANTONIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, wearing barley wreath; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI, Antonia standing facing, draped as Constantia, long torch in right, cornucopia in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; rare (R2); $1080.00 SALE PRICE $972.00


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