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Coins of the 12 Caesars


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In April 2015 I bought my first ancient coin, a denarius of Otho. I had been reading sites such as Forum as well as several books before deciding to buy my first coin. I remember reading Suetonius and thought it would be interesting to assemble a set of the 12 Caesars. I decided I wanted to do this with silver coins. From my reading I realized that there were a few coins that would be tough, namely Gaius, Claudius and Otho. The Otho turned out to be surprisingly easy. I bought it from the first coin show I ever attended.

My goal was to get all 12 coins in at least vf or better condition. As one can tell from my gallery I have not quite accomplished this yet. My other goal was to collect coin with interesting reverses. I think one will see a number of interesting reverses in my gallery. though I do have all 12 in silver the project is never actually finished. I keep adding interesting coins and I have no desire to stop doing this.

My quest for the 12 Caesars started because I loved the historical period. Studying the period has led me to enjoy my coins even more. Every time I add a coin I try to think about its historical context. Collecting and studying the coins has led me to a deeper understanding of the time period.

I hope you enjoy my gallery.

101 files, last one added on Sep 04, 2019

My other Roman Coins


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Collecting the coins of the 12 Caesars has led me to investigate some other fascinating historical figures of Rome. In this gallery one will find coins of the Republic, Imperial coins, and coins of the provinces. There are a number of pedigreed coins in this collection. In particular I have several coins from the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection, several from the Dattari collection, and one from the Stoecklin collection. I like the idea of having a link back to those who owned the coins before I purchased them.

If there is a theme to this section of my collection I would name it "Interesting historical figures". For me, names like Marcus Antonius, Sulla, Brutus, and Cato the Younger cause me to become even more interested in history. Holding one of these coins in one's hand one gets the feeling of actually interacting with times long past. Who used these these coins in the past? What did they buy? What did they think of the person on the coin?

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Medieval Coins


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In this section I have added coins of historical figures from medieval times. It is interesting to compare the relative quality of these coins when compared to the Roman coins many centuries earlier. Though medieval coins have their charms, they cannot in my opinion compete with the artistry of their Roman counterparts. This does not, however, make them any less interesting. These often crudely struck coins tell their own stories.

I have collected the coins of interesting rulers such as Stephen (whose coins are quite crude indeed), Henry II (whose Tealby pennies are also crudely struck) and other figures such as the famous Henry V and Elizabeth I. My favorite of all of my medieval coins is a small denier struck in Aquitaine. Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of my favorite historical figures. I had to wait about 2 years to add a coin of hers. Her coins are not rare, but they rarely come up on the market for sale. When they do there tends to be quite a lot of competition for them. I also have coins of her Father Guillaume X, her son Richard and her husband Henry II. I am, however, always on the lookout for other family members to add.

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Last additions - orfew's Gallery
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Augustus AR Tetradrachm26 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Tetradrachm
(27mm, 14.56 g, 12h). In the name and types of the Seleucid king Philip I Philadelphus. Dated year 26 of the Caesarean Era (24/23 BC).
Obv: Diademed head of Philip I right within fillet border
Rev: Zeus Nicephorus seated left; monogram to inner left and below throne, ςK (date) and thunderbolt in exergue; all within wreath.
Prieur 19; McAlee 19 (this coin illustrated); RPC I 4142; SC 2491.16; HGC 9, 1360p. Toned, some porosity and surface striations. Fine. Rare, seven known to Prieur, and two in CoinArchives.
From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Richard McAlee.
CNG E-Auction 451 Lot 272 September 4, 2019
2 commentsorfewSep 04, 2019
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)28 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
(3.13gr 18mm)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; seat, draped, above, a winged thunderbolt placed horizontally.
RIC 68 (R2)
Ebay: August 24, 2019
2 commentsorfewAug 24, 2019
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)32 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfewAug 19, 2019
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Domitian Diobol Dattari Plate coin27 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Domitian, 81-96
Diobol circa 89-90 (year 9),
24.7mm., 15.53g.
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ;
Laureate head r.
Rev. ETOYΣ ENATOTOY Eagle standing r. on thunderbolt.
RPC 2566 (This coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 22, 6809 (this coin).
Rare, only two other specimens listed in RPC.
Brown tone, Good Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Ex; Naville Numismatics Live auction 51 Lot 305
1 commentsorfewAug 06, 2019
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)49 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfewAug 06, 2019
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Titus as Caesar AR Denarius69 viewsTitus as Caesar AR Denarius
Rome mint 73 CE
Obv: TCAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Laureate Head of Titus right
Rev: FIDES PUBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, 2 poppoies and 2 corn ears
RIC 528 (R)[VESP] BMC 91a RSC 87b
Purchased from Ebay July 18, 2019
5 commentsorfewJul 18, 2019
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Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE First Issue36 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 88. First Issue
3.25g, 19mm, 6h.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN PM TR P VII, laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right with spear and shield. RIC 573 (R2)
Ex: Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 July 11, 2019 Lot 799
2 commentsorfewJul 12, 2019
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Vespasian AR Denarius28 viewsVespasian AR Denarius 77-78
Obv: Laureate head left: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Rev: CERES stg l with corn ears poppy and sceptre; CERES AVGVST
Ric 970, BMC Page 425 add note to no. 300 left facing variant Colchester, RSC 54a (Colchester)
Purchased from Ebay July 2019
1 commentsorfewJul 11, 2019
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Domitian AR Denarius 86 CE First Issue37 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 86. First Issue
3.38g, 20mm, 5h
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right
Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, holding spear and shield.
RIC 425 (R) BMC 88, RSC 194
Roma Numismatics E-Sale 57. Thursday 30th May 2019 Lot 861
2 commentsorfewJul 10, 2019
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Domitian AR Denarius55 viewsDomitian, 81-96. Denarius 85 CE Fourth Issue
(Silver, 20 mm, 3.32 g, 6 h), Rome.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII Laureate head of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.
Rev. IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P Minerva standing front, head to left, holding thunderbolt in her right hand and a spear in her left; behind her, shield.
BMC 79. Cohen 178 var. (without aegis). RIC 336 (R2).
Leu Numismatic E-Auction 8 Lot 1038 June 30, 2019.
4 commentsorfewJul 01, 2019
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Augustus AR Denarius41 views
Octavian as Augustus, 27 BC 14 AD Denarius
Lugdunum circa 13-14,
18mm., 3.56g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. Tiberius in triumphal quadriga r., holding laurel branch and eagle-tipped sceptre.
RSC 301. RIC 224.
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live auction 50 Lot 439 June 23, 2019
3 commentsorfewJun 24, 2019
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Vespasian AR Denarius25 viewsVespasian, 69-79 Denarius circa 73,
AR 19.5mm., 3.25g.
Obv: Laureate head r. ; IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS
Rev:. Vespasian seated r. on curule chair, with feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch; PONTIF MAXIM
RIC 546. C 387.
Ex: E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live auction 50 Lot 467 June 23, 2019
1 commentsorfewJun 24, 2019
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Domitian AR Denarius70 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 88 -89 CE
19mm., 2,93g.
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII
Rev:Minerva stg. L with spear; IMP XVIII COS XIII CENS PPP
RIC 666 (R2) BMCRSC--
Purchased from Savoca auctions June 23, 2019
2 commentsorfewJun 23, 2019
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Vespasian AR Denarius42 viewsVespasian AR Denarius (70 CE Jan-June)
Weight: 2.95 g 17.5 mm
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head of Vespasian right
Rev: COS ITER TR POT, Pax seated left, holding olive branch and caduceus
RIC 29
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins June 16, 2019
2 commentsorfewJun 18, 2019
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Vespasian AR Denarius28 viewsVespasian AR Denarius 20 Dec 69 CE to early 70 CE
18 mm 3.25 g
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG TR P; laureate head of Vespasian r
Rev: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAESARES PRIN IVEN; Titus and Domitian seated left on curule chairs, each holding a branch
RIC 1124 (R)
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numismatics on Vcoins June 14, 2019

1 commentsorfewJun 14, 2019
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Titus Ar Denarius32 viewsTitus (79-81). AR Denarius, 79-80.
2.93 g 19.00mm
Obv: Head right, laureate. IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM
Rev: Bonus Eventus standing left, holding patera, corn-ears and poppy; BONVS EVENTVS AVGVSTI
RIC (2nd ed.) 89. AR.
Toned. About VF.
Atrtemide Aste E-Live auction 8 Lot 268
1 commentsorfewJun 11, 2019

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Augustus AR Tetradrachm26 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Tetradrachm
(27mm, 14.56 g, 12h). In the name and types of the Seleucid king Philip I Philadelphus. Dated year 26 of the Caesarean Era (24/23 BC).
Obv: Diademed head of Philip I right within fillet border
Rev: Zeus Nicephorus seated left; monogram to inner left and below throne, ςK (date) and thunderbolt in exergue; all within wreath.
Prieur 19; McAlee 19 (this coin illustrated); RPC I 4142; SC 2491.16; HGC 9, 1360p. Toned, some porosity and surface striations. Fine. Rare, seven known to Prieur, and two in CoinArchives.
From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Richard McAlee.
CNG E-Auction 451 Lot 272 September 4, 2019
2 commentsorfew
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England. King John Penny65 viewsJohn (1199-1216), Penny, class VIa2, London,
Walter, walter on lvn, 1.40g/4h
(SCBI Mass 1755, this coin; N 974/2; S 1353).
Good fine, dark-toned
J.D. Brand Collection [from Baldwin October 1960];
J.P. Mass Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 61, 17 March 2004, lot 355 (part);
J. Sazama Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 93, 26 September 2011, lot 1140 (part)
The collection of the late ray Inder
DNW Auction Coins tokens and Historical Medals September 18-20 2018, lot 192.
5 commentsorfew
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Vespasian AR Denarius28 viewsVespasian AR Denarius 70 AD, Ephesus
3.03g
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.
RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.
Ex-Flavian Logic Ancient Numismatics (1999), Ex-Ancient Numismatic Enterprises
1 commentsorfew
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Domitian AR Denarius70 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 88 -89 CE
19mm., 2,93g.
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII
Rev:Minerva stg. L with spear; IMP XVIII COS XIII CENS PPP
RIC 666 (R2) BMCRSC--
Purchased from Savoca auctions June 23, 2019
2 commentsorfew