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PiusItalia.jpg
Antoninus Pius Italia125 viewsANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III
Laureate head right

ITALIA
Italia, towered, seated l. on globe, holding cornucopiae and sceptre.

3.12g
Rome 140-143
RIC 73c. BMC 214

Ex-Pella Coins and Antiquities
4 commentsJay GT4
Aurelianus_001.jpg
Aurelian121 viewsIMP C DOM AVRELIANVS AVG
Radiate bust right

FELICIT TEMP

Felicitas standing l. caduceus in right hand cornucopia in left

Cyzicus mint 270-271 AD
2.83g

RIC 5,1 327; Sear 11530


Updated picture after soaking in distilled water for a few months
2 commentsTitus Pullo
Temporum.jpg
Caracalla213 viewsANTONINVS PIVS AVG
Laureate head of Caracalla right

LAETITIA TEMPORVM
The spina of the Circus Maximus decorated as a ship facing l., with the turning posts at its prow and stern, a sail mounted on the central obelisk, and the spina's other monuments visible in between; above the ship, four quadrigas racing l.; below, seven animals: an ostrich at l. and bear at r.; between them a lion and a lioness chasing a wild ass and a panther attacking a bison.

Rome 206 AD

3.34g

Ex-Londinium coins, Ex Professor K.D. White with original envelope.

Sear 6813, RIC 157, BMCRE 257, CSS 793

Very rare! Only 2 examples in the Reka Devnia hoard

Better in hand

Notes by Curtis Clay:

This famous type commemorates the chariot races and animal hunt that took place on the seventh and final day of Severus' Saecular Games in 204 AD, as described in the inscriptional acts of those games which were found in Rome in the 1870s and 1930s. According to the acts, after three days of sacrifices and three days of honorary stage shows, Severus and Caracalla held circus games on the seventh day, consisting of chariot races and then a hunt of 700 beasts, 100 each of "lions, lionesses, panthers, bears, bisons, wild asses, ostriches". Dio Cassius describes the same hunt, adding the detail that the cage from which the animals were discharged was formed like a boat: "The entire receptacle in the theater had been fashioned in the shape of a boat and was capable of receiving or discharging four hundred beasts at once; and then, as it suddenly fell apart, there came rushing forth bears, lionesses, panthers, lions, ostriches, wild asses, bisons, so that 700 beasts in all, both wild and domesticated, at one and the same time were seen running about and were slaughtered. For to correspond with the duration of the festival, which lasted seven days, the number of the animals was also seven times one hundred." In Dio's text this passage follows directly on his account of Severus' Decennalian Games in 202 AD, causing scholars to accuse Dio of misdating the hunt or to postulate that similar hunts of 700 animals were held both in 202 and in 204. But the true explanation, in my opinion, is that Dio's Byzantine epitimator Xiphilinus, on whom we are dependent for this section of Dio's text, has simply jumped without warning or transition from Dio's description of the Decennalian Games of 202 to his description of the circus spectacle concluding the Saecular Games of 204. This hypothesis easily explains why Dio's text as we have it makes no mention of the Saecular Games themselves or of any event of 203: Xiphilinus omitted this whole section of Dio's history! The seven kinds of animals named by both Dio and the inscriptional acts are also depicted in the coin type: on good specimens, especially the aureus BM pl. 34.4, the ostrich and the bear are clear, the lion has a mane, the ass has long ears, the bison has horns and a hump. Two large felines remain, of which we may suppose that the one accompanying the lion is the lioness and the one attacking the bison is the panther. The animals are named somewhat differently in Cohen, BMC, and other numismatic works: though numismatists have long cited Dio's text to explain the coin type, no one previously seems to have posed the question whether the seven animals in the lower part of the type might not be the same seven that Dio and now the inscriptional acts too name! These circus games with the ship and 700 animals were held in 204 AD, but the coin type commemorating them did not appear until two years later: on aurei of Septimius the type is die linked to a dated type of 206 AD, and for Caracalla the type passes from a draped and cuirassed obverse type on the aureus to the "head only" type on his denarii, a transition that took place in 206 AD according to his dated coins.


SOLD October 2014
10 commentsJay GT4
Carinus.jpg
Carinus38 viewsSilvered Antonianus

IMP CARINVS PF AVG
radiate curaissed bust right

AEQVITAS AVGG
Aequitas stg left holding scales and cornucopia, KAZ in ex

Rome, 283-285 A.D.
3.13g

Ric 239

New picture of another of my very first coins. From an uncleaned lot.
Jay GT4
CommodusJupiter1.jpg
Commodus89 viewsM COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT
laureate head right
OPTIME MAXIME
Juppiter sanding left holding thunderbolt and scepter
CVPP

Rome 149 AD
3.47g

Sear 5664

Amazing toning
1 commentsJay GT4
Commodus~0.jpg
Commodus denariius21 viewsM COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT
laureate head right
OPTIME MAXIME
Juppiter sanding left holding thunderbolt and scepter
CVPP

Rome 149 AD
3.49g

RIC 192; Cohen 387; Sear 5664

Beautifully toned and even nicer in hand

New Photo
3 commentsJay GT4
Gallienvs centaur.jpg
GALLIENVS 33 viewsGALLIENVS AVG

Rev.
APPOLINI CONS AVG

Centaur walking left holding globe and trophey

Rome
267-268 AD

RIC 163
Sear 10177

Billon Antoniannus

Issued to commemorate vows made to Appolo ivoking his protection against the revot of Aureolus
Titus Pullo
Nerva_Concordia.jpg
Nerva175 viewsIMP NERVA CAES AVG PM TR P COS III P P
Head of Nerva right

CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM
clasped right hands

Rome January-September 97 A.D.

3.51g

Sear 3020, RIC 14, RSC 20

Ex-Forum

VF with amazing toning
6 commentsJay GT4
ProbusHorseman.jpg
Probus Antoninianus183 viewsIMP CM AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus right

VIRTVS PROBI AVG - KAΓ in exergue
Emperor on horseback trampling enemy, a shield in left hand, spear in right. A shield on the ground under the horse.

Bust type B

Serdica mint, 280-281 AD
4th emission, 3rd officina

3.92g

RIC 880 (C).

EF with wonderful smooth dark brown/black glossy patina. Even nicer in hand.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-George W. La Borde collection

Published on Probuscoins.fr
15 commentsJay GT4
Probus.jpg
Probus Billon Antoninianus141 viewsIMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate, mantled bust left holding eagle tipped scepter

SOL INVICTO
Sol in spread Quadriga holding whip KAΓ in ex

Serdica 277 AD
RIC 864 Bust type H
3.84g
Scarce


New picture after cleaning revealed nice silvering under the grime.

This coin now published on Probuscoins.fr
6 commentsJay GT4
TrajanMars.jpg
Trajan Mars115 viewsIMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GER DAC PARTHICO
Laureate and draped bust of Trajan right

P M TR P COS VI P P SPQR
Mars advancing right carrying spear and trophy

3.28g

Rome
116-117 AD

RIC 340

Ex-Arcade Coins

SOLD Forum Auction March 2019
3 commentsJay GT4
Trajan_column.jpg
Trajan's column denarius48 viewsIMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS VI PP
Laureate head of Trajan right

SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI
Trajan's column with eagles on its base

Rome 115 AD

RSC 558

3.16g

Ex-Aegean

New Photo
1 commentsJay GT4
Victory.jpg
VICTORIA182 viewsJust for fun, here are some of my Victory reverses...

From the Republic's Godess VICTORIA to the Byzantine Angel.

Individual coins are in the respective galleries with full attribution.
3 commentsJay GT4
   
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