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002p Augustus (11 B.C.-12 A.D.), Phrygia, Laodikeia ad Lycum, Anto Polemon, Philopatris, RPC I 2898, AE-20, Zeus standing left, Rare! #113 views002p Augustus (11 B.C.-12 A.D.), Phrygia, Laodikeia ad Lycum, Anto Polemon, Philopatris, RPC I 2898, AE-20, Zeus standing left, Rare!#1
avers: ΣEBAΣ TOΣ, Bare head of Augustus right.
reverse: ΠOΛEMΩN/ΦIΛOΠATΡIΣ/ΛAOΔIKEΩN, Zeus standing left holding eagle and scepter.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0-20,8mm, weight: 7,82g, axes: 0h,
mint: Phrygia, Laodikeia ad Lycum, Anto Polemon, Philopatris, date: 11 B.C-12 A.D., ref: RPC I 2898, Rare!
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans05/20/18 at 21:56Mat: Love the surfaces, very nice
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France (Feudal): Vienne, Archbishopric, 11th and 12th Centuries13 viewsBillon Denier
O: + S • M • VIENNA • (= Saint Maurice of Vienne), bearded head of St. Maurice left.
R: MAXIMA GALL (= Greater Gaul), cross with pellets.
Vienne mint, (1200-1250 A.D.)
18mm
.80g
Roberts 5045, Poey d'Avant 4828 Plate CVI/17, Boudeau 1046.
1 commentsMat05/20/18 at 21:17quadrans: Great coin..
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Nero duponius6 viewsNero, dupondius
Rome mint, struck circa AD 64.
29.5 mm, 13.35 g.
Obv. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P, radiate head right.
Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTI, S-C across fields, Victory flying left holding wreath and palm branch, II mark of value in exergue.
RIC I 198
2 commentsMarsman05/20/18 at 20:40quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Calabria, Taras, (c.520-473 B.C.), AR-Litra, HN Italy 831, -/-//Scallop-shell, TAPA (retrograde), Dolphin, below, Scallop-shell,21 viewsCalabria, Taras, (c.520-473 B.C.), AR-Litra, HN Italy 831, -/-//Scallop-shell, TAPA (retrograde), Dolphin, below, Scallop-shell,
avers: Scallop-shell, linear border.
reverse: TAPA (retrograde), Dolphin, below, Scallop-shell, linear border.
exergue: -/-//Scallop-shell, diameter: 9,0-10,2mm, weight: 0,63g, axes: 6h,
mint: Calabria, Taras, date: c.520-473 B.C., ref: HN Italy 831, Vlasto 1136, Cote 102,
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1 commentsquadrans05/20/18 at 20:09Enodia: Nice!
Vlasto 1136, Cote 102
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Gallien - GERMANICVS MAX V2 viewsGALLIENVS·P·F·AVG
GERMANICVS MAX V
deux captifs aux pieds d'un trophée
Cologne - 2e Émission - phase a - printemps 257
Bourdel 277b
Göbl 872m
Eauze 1479
Elmer 40
1 commentsPYL05/20/18 at 19:17Mat: A nice example
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170 - Constantius II - AE3 - RIC VIII Antioch 1886 viewsAE3
Obv:- D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:- FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier to left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield on ground at right. Horseman is bare headed and falls forward clutching horse's neck
Minted in Antioch (// AND).
References:- RIC VIII Antioch 188

2.52 gms. 16.71 mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm05/20/18 at 18:17Randygeki(h2): Nice exmple
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170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Rome 1398 viewsAE2
Obv:- D N CONSTANS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust left holding globe,
Rev:- FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points up and to the right
Minted in Rome; (//R*S)
Reference:– RIC VIII Rome 139 (R)

Weight 3.58g. 24.54mm. 180 degrees.
1 commentsmaridvnvm05/20/18 at 18:16Randygeki(h2): Great coin! I love the flan size too.
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160 - Constantine the Great - Follis - RIC VII Trier 1055 viewsObv:– CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, Laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– SOLI INVICTO COMITI, Sol standing left holding globe in left hand and raising right
Minted in Trier (T | F / ATR).
Reference:– RIC VII Trier 105

Weight 3.19g. 19.95mm. 180 degrees.
1 commentsmaridvnvm05/20/18 at 18:15Randygeki(h2): Cool addition
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169 - Constans - AE2 - RIC VIII Alexandria 0566 viewsAE2
Obv:- D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand.
Rev:- FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor standing left, holding labarum and shield, two captives, kneeling and leaning left before him,
Minted in Alexandria, officina A; (// ALEA), A.D. 348-350 A.D.
Reference:– RIC VIII Alexandria 56 (C)

3.50 gms. 22.02 mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm05/20/18 at 18:15Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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169 - Constans - AE2 - RIC VIII Alexandria 0536 viewsAE2
Obv:- D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right
Rev:- FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, Emperor in military dress standing left on galley, holding Phoenix and labarum, Victory sitting at the stern, steering the ship
Minted in Alexandria; (_ | * //ALED), A.D. 348-350
Reference:– RIC VIII Alexandria 53 (R)

6.02 gms. 23.55 mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm05/20/18 at 18:15Randygeki(h2): A great example! Congrats.
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Vespasian-RIC-136868 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Künker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
8 commentsDavid Atherton05/20/18 at 17:18socalcoins: Congratulations!!!!
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RPC-1652-Vespasian36 viewsAR Drachm, 3.03g
Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD
RPC 1652 (3 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: TITOC AYTOKPATWP KAICAP ЄTO Θ; Titus in military dress, stg. facing, holding spear and sword
Ex Kölner 108, 7 April 2018, lot 131.

Vespasian's Cappadocian silver issues were struck in two distinct styles: Roman (six o'clock die axis) and 'local' (twelve o'clock die axis). Unsurprisingly, the Roman style coins were struck at Rome and sent to Cappadocia to help supplement the locally produced pieces. The majority of Cappadocia's silver coins were struck locally, very likely in Caesarea. Whether 'Roman' or 'local', all Cappadocian silver was produced at nearly 50% fineness. This rare drachm in 'local' style features Titus Caesar on the reverse in full military dress, perhaps a nod to his important role during the Jewish War. The type was struck for both didrachms and more sparingly for drachms. Only three specimens are cited by RPC II.

Worn, but nicely centred in fine 'local' style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton05/20/18 at 17:15socalcoins: Great acquisition!
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Domitian Sestertius17 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate bust right wearing aegis.
Rev. Emperor on horseback, holding shield and brandishing spear, trampling kneeling Germanic warrior; SC in exergue.
Mint: Rome, 86 A.D.

36mm 26.00g

RIC 280; BMCRE 300a; BN 317

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction XIV, 21st September 2017, Lot 710.
5 commentskc05/20/18 at 17:11socalcoins: Wow!!!
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RIC 0331A Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (21.13 mm 3.583 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (4th issue)
RIC unlisted, RSC 179, BMCRE p. 315 Note, BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 39 lot 551
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/20/18 at 17:08socalcoins: Beautiful!!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - Didrachm - Crawford 20/15 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 269-266 BCE.
AR Didrachm (7.28g; 21mm).
Uncertain mint.

Obv: Diademed head of youthful Hercules facing right, with lion skin and club over shoulder.

Rev: She-Wolf suckling the twins, Romulus & Remus; ROMANO in exergue.

References: Crawford 20/1; Sydenham 6; BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 28-33.

Provenance: Ex Dr. Walter F. Stoeklin Collection [Nomos AG eSale 9 (25 Mar 2018) Lot 2]; Adolph Hess Auction (19 Dec 1933), Lot 3.

The earliest Roman Didrachm coinage commenced in the late fourth century BCE. While earliest didrachms bore the inscription ROMANO, they were not struck in Rome and didn’t really circulate in Rome! The earliest didrachms were likely produced in Naples or some other nearby mint. Kenneth Harl, in "Coinage in the Roman Economy" theorizes that Roman didrachms were likely valued at 10 asses and were possibly called “denarii” in their day.

This coin is from the large, third issue of didrachms produced around the time of the Pyrrhic War, circa 269 BCE. In "Natural History", Pliny wrote that the Romans first struck silver coins “in the 485th year of the city, when Q. Ogulnius and C. Fabius were consuls, five years before the First Punic War [=269 BC].” (NH 33.42-44) Some surmise that Pliny’s now infamous text refers to the above coin type. Pliny’s text confounded for generations the determination by Roman numismatists of the introduction date for the denarius, with many scholars interpreting his statement as evidence for an early introduction; that “literal” theory having been disproven by Thomsen’s analysis in “Early Roman Coinage” and the indisputable evidence of the destruction level finds at Morgantina.

In "Roman Republican Coinage", Michael Crawford assigned this type to the Rome mint, but Crawford turned non-committal regarding the mint in his later book, Coinage and Money Under the Roman Republic. Previous scholars (Babelon, Grueber, Sydenham) had attributed this series to Campania. The reverse bears the first depiction of the she-wolf and suckling twins on a Roman coin, representing the mythical founding of Rome. The emblematic nature of this scene likely influenced the mint assignment by some researchers. Indeed, subsequent coins bearing this scene have similarly been assigned to Rome by some authors, perhaps without justification, based on the “Roman” character of the scene – notably the Eagle/Wolf and Twins AE Sextans (Crawford 39/3) of the semi-libral reduction in 217-215 BCE, which I believe is likely a Campanian product. There would be countless more such depictions of the wolf and twins on Roman coins during the ensuing centuries [Crawford 183; Crawford 235/1; Antoninus Pius; Maxentius; Constantine “commemoratives”, etc.]. According to Pliny, Q. Ogulnius was a consul when this coin was likely first produced, and the reverse may allude to the wolf and twins statue erected in Rome by Ogulnius’ grandfather and great uncle, the brothers Quintus and Gnaeus Ogulnius, in 296 BCE.
1 commentsCarausius05/20/18 at 15:51Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Nero duponius6 viewsNero, dupondius
Rome mint, struck circa AD 64.
29.5 mm, 13.35 g.
Obv. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P, radiate head right.
Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTI, S-C across fields, Victory flying left holding wreath and palm branch, II mark of value in exergue.
RIC I 198
2 commentsMarsman05/20/18 at 15:51Jay GT4: Great coin
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135 B.C., C. Augurinus, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 242/1, Rome, C•A/VG//--, Ionic column surmounted by the statue,16 views135 B.C., C. Augurinus, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 242/1, Rome, C•A/VG//--, Ionic column surmounted by the statue,
avers: Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind, X below the chin.
reverse: C•A-VG flanking Ionic column surmounted by the statue, at the base, two stalks of grain; on left, L. Minucius Augurinus standing right, holding patera, foot on modius; on right, M. Minucius Faesus standing left, holding lituus.
exergue: C•A/VG//--, diameter: 17,0-18,7mm, weight: 3,54g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 135 B.C., ref: Crawford 242/1, Sydenham 463, Minucia 3,
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1 commentsquadrans05/20/18 at 13:29Mat: Very neat reverse
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13 Constans9 views
Constans AE Centenionalis. D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right, A behind bust / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, sitting on ground, arms up, A to left, dot epsilon SIS dot in ex. RIC VIII Siscia 254
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/20/18 at 08:27maridvnvm: NIce example
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07 Constantius II7 views
Constantius II AE2. 351-355 AD. D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman bearded, bare head, reaching back , Gamma left,SMKS in ex.
Cyzikus 92
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/20/18 at 08:26maridvnvm: Nice decorated shield
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ROMAN REPUBLIC - Musa - AR Denarius6 viewsRome, The Republic.
Q. Pomponius Musa, 66-65 BCE
AR Denarius (3.76g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obv: Q. POMPONI – MVSA; Head of Apollo facing right, hair tied with band.

Rev: HERCVLES – MVSARVM; Hercules facing right, wearing lion skin and playing lyre.

References: Crawford 410/1; Sydenham 810; Pomponia 8.

Provenance: Ex Collection of an English Amateur Scholar [NAC 92 (May 2016) Lot 1669]; Munzen und Medaillen XIX (Jun 1959) Lot 98; L. Hamburger 95 (1932} Lot 238; Manuel Vidal Quadras y Ramon (d. 1894) Collection [E. Bourgey (Nov 1913) Lot 526].

Q. Pomponius Musa punned his name by depicting the Muses on a series of coins. Musa’s coins have long been favorites of Roman Republican collectors both for their high-style and because they form a mini-series within the larger series of Republican moneyer coins. Basically, they're fun-to-collect tray candy.

Musa is unknown except for his coins, which, combined with scant hoard evidence, makes precise dating of the series difficult. For many years, scholars (including Crawford) dated the series to 66 BCE. However, the absence of any examples of the series in the large Mesagne hoard caused Hersh and Walker to bring down the date of the series to 56 BCE. In "Roman Moneyers and Their Coins", Michael Harlan argued the series was missing from Mesagne because of rarity, and he proposed a date of 65 BCE.

This example of Musa's series does not depict a Muse at all, but Hercules Musarum – Hercules as patron of the Muses. In 187 BCE, Marcus Fulvius Nobilior, celebrating victories in Greece, dedicated a Temple of Hercules Musarum in Rome, near the Circus Flaminius. This round temple contained statues of Hercules and the nine Muses. It is possible that the reverses of Musa’s coins depict the actual statues contained within this temple, which were likely brought back to Rome as spoils from Greece. Over 100 years after this temple was consecrated, Cicero praised Nobilior for honoring poetry and the arts in his victory over the Greeks.

Apollo is often depicted androgynously on ancient coins. The standard references consistently attribute the obverse heads on all varieties of Musa’s coins as Apollo; but the depictions are notably different between the Hercules Musarum variety and the nine Muse varieties. On the above coin, the deity’s hair is down and tied, and generally consistent with many depictions of Apollo on other Roman Republican coins (see, e.g., denarii of L. Calpurnius Piso and C. Calpurnius Piso). Comparatively, the head on the Muse varieties of this series are considerably more feminine in appearance and laureate, though lacking earrings, necklaces or other feminine accents. Admittedly, this more feminine type head has also been attributed by scholars as Apollo on other coin types (see, e.g., denarii of P. Clodius and C. Considius). However, within the same series the different styled heads appear to depict different deities. Given the Muse emblems behind each head on the nine Muse types, it’s possible that the feminine heads are not Apollo, but the Muses themselves. More research on this issue is needed.
1 commentsCarausius05/20/18 at 05:09shanxi: beautiful
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Caria, Satraps, Pixodarus, (340-335 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Keckman 281, -/-//--, Eight-pointed star,25 viewsCaria, Satraps, Pixodarus, (340-335 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Keckman 281, -/-//--, Eight-pointed star,
avers: Head of Apollo 3/4 Facing right.
reverse: Π-I-Ξ-Ω-Δ-A-P-O around the eight-pointed star.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 8,7-9,5mm, weight: 0,57g, axes: 3h,
mint: Caria, Satraps, Pixodarus, date: 340-335 B.C.,
ref: SNG Kayhan I 893-5; SNG Keckman 281;
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1 commentsquadrans05/19/18 at 09:08okidoki: Nice Joe
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 0338, AE-15, (Half Unit), Macedonian mint, Horse galloping right, torch below,57 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 0338, AE-15, (Half Unit), Macedonian mint, Horse galloping right, torch below,
avers: Young male head wearing diadem right.
reverse: ΑΛΕΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Horse galloping right, torch below.
exergue: -/-//Torch, diameter: 15mm, weight: 3,30g, axes: 5h,
mint: Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, date: 336-323 B.C., ref: Price 0338,
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3 commentsquadrans05/18/18 at 21:00Enodia: I like the cameo effect, especially on the reverse...
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Athens, Greece, Pi-Style III Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C21 viewsSilver tetradrachm, 17.1g, Athens mint, oval flan, typical of the type.
O: Head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll, pellet in ear.
R: Owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent, pellet over eyes.
- Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 96; SNG Delepierre 1479; Svoronos Athens pl. 20: 2

Unlike the customary flans of 5th and earlier 4th century Athenian tetradrachms that have solid, rounded edges from having been cast in a mold, these were struck on thick planchets made of flattened, folded-over, older tetradrachms. The flattened coins were not just folded in two but were folded over a second time to produce a planchet of three or four layers

There are three distinct features of this type of Athens Owl coinage. 1st, they have flans that are commonly misshapen. A number of them are so distorted that numismatists and collectors in Greece have long referred to them as “logs” (koutsoura); these are the tetradrachms in the form of long, stretched ovals with one or two nearly straight sides. 2nd, since the flans, of whatever shape, were ordinarily too small for the full relief designs of the dies, relatively few pi-style coins were minted with their entire obverse and/or reverse type showing. 3rd, just as the diameters and surface areas of the pi flans are generally smaller than those of Athenian tetradrachms of the 5th century and of the first half of the 4th century, they tend also to be exceptionally thick.

The name Pi-style refers to the floral helmet ornament on the obverse which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril.
5 commentsNemonater05/18/18 at 14:23okidoki: great example,
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Domitian RIC-788A46 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
RIC 788A. BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. with aegis
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Ex Dionysos Numismatik (eBay), 27 March 2018.

An extremely rare Domitian aegis portrait from 95/96, possibly the second known example with this reverse type. Domitian's aegis portraits on denarii were more commonly struck in 84 and 85, exceptionally so afterwards. The Rome mint was experimenting with new reverse designs and portrait types for the denarius issues during the last year of the reign. Perhaps the reintroduction of the aegis may have been part of this new programme? Of course we shall never know - Domitian's assassination in September 96 cut short any experimentation with his coinage. This rare variant only came to light recently and has been added to the RIC II.1 Addenda as RIC 788A.

Bold portrait and fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton05/18/18 at 12:53Jim H: An amazing find!
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Taras, Calabria16 views325-280 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 1.07g)
O: Head of young Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress.
R: Herakles standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; TH above, club and astragalos behind, Φ between legs.
Vlasto 1355; Cote 190; HN Italy 978
Scarce
ex CDMA

Here once again is the battle scene being played out between Herakles and the Nemean lion, however on this coin we see the head of a relatively young Herakles in place of the usual helmeted Athena.
This variation is much scarcer than most of the Athena types.
3 commentsEnodia05/18/18 at 09:36Leo: Great find, congra~
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S.800 Anglo-Saxon sceat5 viewsAnglo-Saxon secondary phase sceat, ca. early 8th century
Series G, type 3a
S.800
O: Diademed bust right
R: Standard with 3 saltires

Thought to be from southern England, possibly Sussex

Ex- eBay
1 commentsNap05/17/18 at 21:28Paul R3: Very nice!
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S.784 Anglo-Saxon sceat5 viewsAnglo-Saxon primary phase sceat, ca. late 7th century
"Saroaldo" type
S.784
O: Stylized bust right
R: Pseudo-legend of "SAROALDO" around standard

Unusual primary phase sceatta, probably from Kent. The legend remains problematic, it does not sound like an Anglo-Saxon name, probably it is a corruption of something else, possibly a Frankish name.

Ex- AMR coins, PAS: IOW-BCF88E
1 commentsNap05/17/18 at 21:27Paul R3: That's a great looking coin! Love the abstract...
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Caria, Rhodes AR Plinthophoric Drachm4 viewsMagistrate Antigenes circa 190-170 BC.
Obv: Radiate head of Helios right.
Rev: ΑΝΤΙΓΕΝΗΣ, Rose with bud, prow in left field.
Jenkins 1989, 17; BMC 249; HGC 6, 1457. 2.50g, 15mm,
1 commentsancientone05/17/18 at 04:42Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Phoenicia, Sidon. AE16 time of Vespasian.7 viewsAD 69-79. Dated CY 188 (AD 77/8).
Obv: Turreted and draped bust of Tyche right; before, star within crescent.
Rev: SIDWNWN QEAS Q, Galley left, HPR (date) above.
RPC II 2055.
1 commentsancientone05/17/18 at 04:40Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Roman Empire, Faustina Filia Sestertius45 viewsObv. FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, hair waved and coiled on back of head.
Rev. FECVND AVGVSTAE S C, Fecunditas standing l. between two girls and holding two infants in her arms.
Mint: Rome, 161-176 AD.

32mm 27.03g

Cohen 96; RIC 1635 (Marcus Aurelius)

Ex Dorotheum, Coin Auction part 2, 16th November 2017, Lot 1319.

In Roman mythology, Fecunditas was the goddess of fertility. She was portrayed as a matron, sometimes holding a cornucopia or a hasta pura, with children in her arms or standing next to her. Nero dedicated a temple at Rome to Fecunditas, on occasion of his daughter's birth in 63 AD.
4 commentskc05/17/18 at 04:39Canaan: Great details, a real beauty
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Celtic imitating Philip II tetradrachm Dachreiter type6 views1 commentsChance Vandal05/16/18 at 19:49Nathan P: Really nice example. I love the style of these Cel...
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Rome Republic 146 bc denarius5 views1 commentsChance Vandal05/16/18 at 19:15Norbert: nice dog
Alexander_III,_AE-half-unit,_Macedon_mint,_Torch,_Price_338,_336-323_BC_,_Q-001,_5h,_15mm,_3,30g-s.jpg
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 0338, AE-15, (Half Unit), Macedonian mint, Horse galloping right, torch below,57 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 0338, AE-15, (Half Unit), Macedonian mint, Horse galloping right, torch below,
avers: Young male head wearing diadem right.
reverse: ΑΛΕΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Horse galloping right, torch below.
exergue: -/-//Torch, diameter: 15mm, weight: 3,30g, axes: 5h,
mint: Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, date: 336-323 B.C., ref: Price 0338,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans05/16/18 at 17:44okidoki: great L KS on reverse
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Rome Republic 85 bc denarius6 views1 commentsChance Vandal05/16/18 at 17:27okidoki: excellent
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Aurelian, With Vaballathus (270 - 275 A.D.)15 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O: AYT KΛ ∆ AYPHΛIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right, date L - A at sides ( year 1 ).
R: I I A C OYABAΛΛAΘOC AΘHNOY AYT C ΠΩ, laureate, diademed and draped bust of Vabalathus right, date L - D across fields ( year 4 )
20mm
9.54g
Köln 3054; Dattari 5422; Milne 4308; Curtis 1738; Emmett 3914
3 commentsMat05/16/18 at 15:59Randygeki(h2): Cool addition
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Domitian RIC-85124 viewsAR Cistophorus, 9.99g
Rome mint (for Asia), 95 AD
RIC 851 (C). BMC 253. RSC 94. RPC 873 (8 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII IMP XXII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XVII CENS P P P; Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand, G in exergue
Ex NFC Coins (eBay), 18 April 2018.

A small issue of cistophori were struck by Domitian in 95. Style and die axis identify Rome as the home mint. Curiously, K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. The traditional military type of aquila and standards is the most commonly encountered reverse from the series. It is copied from coins struck for Nero and Galba. The 'G' in exergue may be the mark of an officina.

Struck in good late style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/16/18 at 13:01Mat: Great portrait
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Syria, Laodicea ad Mare. Elagabalus AE18. 39 viewsObv: Laureate head right.
Rev: Turreted bust of Tyche in distyle arched shrine.
BMC 101, Lindgren I 2100A .
3 commentsancientone05/16/18 at 12:12laney: Fabulous.
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Domitian RIC-85124 viewsAR Cistophorus, 9.99g
Rome mint (for Asia), 95 AD
RIC 851 (C). BMC 253. RSC 94. RPC 873 (8 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII IMP XXII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XVII CENS P P P; Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand, G in exergue
Ex NFC Coins (eBay), 18 April 2018.

A small issue of cistophori were struck by Domitian in 95. Style and die axis identify Rome as the home mint. Curiously, K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. The traditional military type of aquila and standards is the most commonly encountered reverse from the series. It is copied from coins struck for Nero and Galba. The 'G' in exergue may be the mark of an officina.

Struck in good late style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/16/18 at 11:20Nemonater: Great coin, I don't recall seeing the G before...
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Domitian RIC-85124 viewsAR Cistophorus, 9.99g
Rome mint (for Asia), 95 AD
RIC 851 (C). BMC 253. RSC 94. RPC 873 (8 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII IMP XXII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XVII CENS P P P; Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand, G in exergue
Ex NFC Coins (eBay), 18 April 2018.

A small issue of cistophori were struck by Domitian in 95. Style and die axis identify Rome as the home mint. Curiously, K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. The traditional military type of aquila and standards is the most commonly encountered reverse from the series. It is copied from coins struck for Nero and Galba. The 'G' in exergue may be the mark of an officina.

Struck in good late style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/16/18 at 07:47FlaviusDomitianus: Nice catch!
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Domitian RIC-85124 viewsAR Cistophorus, 9.99g
Rome mint (for Asia), 95 AD
RIC 851 (C). BMC 253. RSC 94. RPC 873 (8 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII IMP XXII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XVII CENS P P P; Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand, G in exergue
Ex NFC Coins (eBay), 18 April 2018.

A small issue of cistophori were struck by Domitian in 95. Style and die axis identify Rome as the home mint. Curiously, K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. The traditional military type of aquila and standards is the most commonly encountered reverse from the series. It is copied from coins struck for Nero and Galba. The 'G' in exergue may be the mark of an officina.

Struck in good late style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/16/18 at 07:47Canaan: Great details, a real beauty
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Vespasian RIC-547135 viewsAR Denarius, 3.20g
Rome Mint, 73 AD
RIC 547 (C). BMC 103. RSC 516.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG CEN; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: SPQR in oak-wreath, underneath which are seen palms (?)
Acquired from Ancient Coin Art, April 2006.

The wreath is the Corona Civica. What did Vespasian do in 73 A.D. to be awarded this honor by the Senate and People of Rome?

The occasion of this issue is in doubt. The BMCRE sites the restoration of Achaea back to the Senate as one possibility.

I love this reverse. The main reason I purchased this example is because of the wonderful detail and lovely style of the reverse. Most examples I have seen of this type are very worn and do not show the oak-wreath in such fine detail.
3 commentsVespasian7005/16/18 at 07:04HELEN S: This coin is RIC 514..great example
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Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius43 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate bust with aegis right.
Rev. S C, Domitian Standing left, Holding parazonium and spear, river god Rhenus on his feet.
Mint: Rome, 86 AD.

33mm 29.66g

C. 505, RIC 468, BMC 377.

Under Domitian began the phase of a renewed Roman expansion on the right of the Rhine in the area of the Upper Germanic Army Group. When a war in Germania seemed inevitable, the Emperor decided, after a council meeting, to march across the Rhine in 83 under the pretext of a census in Gaul. Presumably in the spring of 83, the war against the chats began, the goal of which was to weaken the chatting as the last major source of trouble in the vicinity of the Rhine. Domitian thrust deep into the heartland of Chatti, so far into today's Hesse. In autumn, the campaign in Germania against the chats was brought to a successful conclusion. The subjugation of the area between Taunus, Lahn and Main (Wetterau) succeeded. Domitian finally began with the construction of the Limes, the Roman border wall between the Rhine and the Danube.
5 commentskc05/16/18 at 06:15quadrans: Great coin , and details, nice aegis!!!
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Domitian RIC-85124 viewsAR Cistophorus, 9.99g
Rome mint (for Asia), 95 AD
RIC 851 (C). BMC 253. RSC 94. RPC 873 (8 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII IMP XXII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XVII CENS P P P; Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand, G in exergue
Ex NFC Coins (eBay), 18 April 2018.

A small issue of cistophori were struck by Domitian in 95. Style and die axis identify Rome as the home mint. Curiously, K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. The traditional military type of aquila and standards is the most commonly encountered reverse from the series. It is copied from coins struck for Nero and Galba. The 'G' in exergue may be the mark of an officina.

Struck in good late style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/16/18 at 06:11quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Constantine Roma188 viewsRoma AE Commemorative
VRBS ROMA
bust of Roma left, wearing helmet with plume, and imperial mantle

She-wold standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus, mintmark gamma SIS in ex.
RIC VII Siscia 222.
Siscia mint
330-333 AD
3 commentsJay GT405/15/18 at 23:17Flamur H: I really like this one... So many nice coins in yo...
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CILICIA, Tarsos. 164-27 BC. Æ Tyche/Sandan.21 viewsObv. Turreted head of Tyche right.
Rev. Sandan standing on the back of a mythological beast right, holding hammer and flower; ΘP over monogram to left. SNG France 1305-6 var. (control marks); SNG Levante 962.
3 commentsCanaan05/15/18 at 20:31Nemonater: Nice and interesting! Cool reverse
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Probus ADVENTUS PROBI19 viewsProbus, 276-282. Silvered Antoninianus (Billon, 22,5 mm, 2.75 g),
Cyzicus, 1st officina, 276-277.
VIRTVS PROBI AVG Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Probus to left, holding spear over right shoulder and covering left shoulder with shield decorated with horseman advancing to right.

Rev. ADVENTVS PROBI AVG /A Probus riding horse left, holding long scepter and raising his right hand; to left, bound captive seated left.

Cohen 69. RIC 904. A fine Antoninianus with visible silvering remaining and a pleasant bust of Probus.
2 commentsFlamur H05/15/18 at 15:40Flamur H: ty Jay!
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Akarnania. Leukas13 viewsAkarnania. Leukas circa 320-280 BC.
Stater AR

20mm., 8,10g.

Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet / Pegasos flying left, Λ below.

very fine

Cf. BMC 101.
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/15/18 at 13:32Mat: Very nice, congrats
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14 Constantius II8 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, holding globe
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearinf fallen horseman, Not helmet, hair tied back, forwards, clutching
TSЄ*
Thessalonica 115 var (hairstyle)
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/15/18 at 13:31Mat: Nice patina on it
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Akarnania. Leukas13 viewsAkarnania. Leukas circa 320-280 BC.
Stater AR

20mm., 8,10g.

Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet / Pegasos flying left, Λ below.

very fine

Cf. BMC 101.
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/15/18 at 10:19Canaan: That is a great coin, certainly on my wish list
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 0338, AE-15, (Half Unit), Macedonian mint, Horse galloping right, torch below,57 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 0338, AE-15, (Half Unit), Macedonian mint, Horse galloping right, torch below,
avers: Young male head wearing diadem right.
reverse: ΑΛΕΣΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Horse galloping right, torch below.
exergue: -/-//Torch, diameter: 15mm, weight: 3,30g, axes: 5h,
mint: Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, date: 336-323 B.C., ref: Price 0338,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans05/15/18 at 07:22Paul R3: Nice looking coin..Especially like the reverse.
147_Constantius_II_,_Rome,_RIC_VIII_204,_AE-24,_D_N_CONSTAN_TIVS_P_F_AVG,_GLORIA_ROMANORVM,_star,_RP,_350-1_AD,_Q-001,_0h,_24mm,_4,46g-s.jpg
147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Roma, RIC VIII 204, AE-2 Follis, -/*//RP, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Soldier spearing falling enemy, #146 views147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Roma, RIC VIII 204, AE-2 Follis, -/*//RP, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Soldier spearing falling enemy, #1
avers: D N CONSTAN TIVS P F AVG, Cs1, G3, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, holding globe, A behind head.
reverse: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor in military dress, on horseback, galloping right, (no shield), spearing barbarian wearing a Phrygian helmet and with outstretched arms kneeling left in front of the horse, shield and broken spear beneath horse. Star in the upper right field.
exergue: -/*//RP, diameter: 23,5-24mm, weight: 4,46g, axis: 0h,
mint: Roma, date: 350-351 A.D., ref: RIC VIII 204,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans05/14/18 at 19:45Marsman: Very nice
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CILICIA, Tarsos. 164-27 BC. Æ Tyche/Sandan.21 viewsObv. Turreted head of Tyche right.
Rev. Sandan standing on the back of a mythological beast right, holding hammer and flower; ΘP over monogram to left. SNG France 1305-6 var. (control marks); SNG Levante 962.
3 commentsCanaan05/14/18 at 16:41quadrans: Nice piece
147_Constantius_II_,_Rome,_RIC_VIII_204,_AE-24,_D_N_CONSTAN_TIVS_P_F_AVG,_GLORIA_ROMANORVM,_star,_RP,_350-1_AD,_Q-001,_0h,_24mm,_4,46g-s.jpg
147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Roma, RIC VIII 204, AE-2 Follis, -/*//RP, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Soldier spearing falling enemy, #146 views147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Roma, RIC VIII 204, AE-2 Follis, -/*//RP, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Soldier spearing falling enemy, #1
avers: D N CONSTAN TIVS P F AVG, Cs1, G3, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, holding globe, A behind head.
reverse: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor in military dress, on horseback, galloping right, (no shield), spearing barbarian wearing a Phrygian helmet and with outstretched arms kneeling left in front of the horse, shield and broken spear beneath horse. Star in the upper right field.
exergue: -/*//RP, diameter: 23,5-24mm, weight: 4,46g, axis: 0h,
mint: Roma, date: 350-351 A.D., ref: RIC VIII 204,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans05/14/18 at 05:27Canaan: Wow, what a nice coin
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Aurelian, With Vaballathus (270 - 275 A.D.)15 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O: AYT KΛ ∆ AYPHΛIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right, date L - A at sides ( year 1 ).
R: I I A C OYABAΛΛAΘOC AΘHNOY AYT C ΠΩ, laureate, diademed and draped bust of Vabalathus right, date L - D across fields ( year 4 )
20mm
9.54g
Köln 3054; Dattari 5422; Milne 4308; Curtis 1738; Emmett 3914
3 commentsMat05/14/18 at 05:24Canaan: A must have!!! A great coin!!!
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Athens, Greece, Pi-Style III Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C21 viewsSilver tetradrachm, 17.1g, Athens mint, oval flan, typical of the type.
O: Head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll, pellet in ear.
R: Owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent, pellet over eyes.
- Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 96; SNG Delepierre 1479; Svoronos Athens pl. 20: 2

Unlike the customary flans of 5th and earlier 4th century Athenian tetradrachms that have solid, rounded edges from having been cast in a mold, these were struck on thick planchets made of flattened, folded-over, older tetradrachms. The flattened coins were not just folded in two but were folded over a second time to produce a planchet of three or four layers

There are three distinct features of this type of Athens Owl coinage. 1st, they have flans that are commonly misshapen. A number of them are so distorted that numismatists and collectors in Greece have long referred to them as “logs” (koutsoura); these are the tetradrachms in the form of long, stretched ovals with one or two nearly straight sides. 2nd, since the flans, of whatever shape, were ordinarily too small for the full relief designs of the dies, relatively few pi-style coins were minted with their entire obverse and/or reverse type showing. 3rd, just as the diameters and surface areas of the pi flans are generally smaller than those of Athenian tetradrachms of the 5th century and of the first half of the 4th century, they tend also to be exceptionally thick.

The name Pi-style refers to the floral helmet ornament on the obverse which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril.
5 commentsNemonater05/14/18 at 04:52Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Athens, Greece, Pi-Style III Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C21 viewsSilver tetradrachm, 17.1g, Athens mint, oval flan, typical of the type.
O: Head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll, pellet in ear.
R: Owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent, pellet over eyes.
- Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 96; SNG Delepierre 1479; Svoronos Athens pl. 20: 2

Unlike the customary flans of 5th and earlier 4th century Athenian tetradrachms that have solid, rounded edges from having been cast in a mold, these were struck on thick planchets made of flattened, folded-over, older tetradrachms. The flattened coins were not just folded in two but were folded over a second time to produce a planchet of three or four layers

There are three distinct features of this type of Athens Owl coinage. 1st, they have flans that are commonly misshapen. A number of them are so distorted that numismatists and collectors in Greece have long referred to them as “logs” (koutsoura); these are the tetradrachms in the form of long, stretched ovals with one or two nearly straight sides. 2nd, since the flans, of whatever shape, were ordinarily too small for the full relief designs of the dies, relatively few pi-style coins were minted with their entire obverse and/or reverse type showing. 3rd, just as the diameters and surface areas of the pi flans are generally smaller than those of Athenian tetradrachms of the 5th century and of the first half of the 4th century, they tend also to be exceptionally thick.

The name Pi-style refers to the floral helmet ornament on the obverse which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril.
5 commentsNemonater05/14/18 at 01:17Jay GT4: Interesting!
AthensOwl.jpg
Athens, Greece, Pi-Style III Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C21 viewsSilver tetradrachm, 17.1g, Athens mint, oval flan, typical of the type.
O: Head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll, pellet in ear.
R: Owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent, pellet over eyes.
- Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 96; SNG Delepierre 1479; Svoronos Athens pl. 20: 2

Unlike the customary flans of 5th and earlier 4th century Athenian tetradrachms that have solid, rounded edges from having been cast in a mold, these were struck on thick planchets made of flattened, folded-over, older tetradrachms. The flattened coins were not just folded in two but were folded over a second time to produce a planchet of three or four layers

There are three distinct features of this type of Athens Owl coinage. 1st, they have flans that are commonly misshapen. A number of them are so distorted that numismatists and collectors in Greece have long referred to them as “logs” (koutsoura); these are the tetradrachms in the form of long, stretched ovals with one or two nearly straight sides. 2nd, since the flans, of whatever shape, were ordinarily too small for the full relief designs of the dies, relatively few pi-style coins were minted with their entire obverse and/or reverse type showing. 3rd, just as the diameters and surface areas of the pi flans are generally smaller than those of Athenian tetradrachms of the 5th century and of the first half of the 4th century, they tend also to be exceptionally thick.

The name Pi-style refers to the floral helmet ornament on the obverse which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril.
5 commentsNemonater05/13/18 at 23:52quadrans: Great coin , and details, and very nice photo.. ...
AthensOwl.jpg
Athens, Greece, Pi-Style III Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C21 viewsSilver tetradrachm, 17.1g, Athens mint, oval flan, typical of the type.
O: Head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll, pellet in ear.
R: Owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent, pellet over eyes.
- Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 96; SNG Delepierre 1479; Svoronos Athens pl. 20: 2

Unlike the customary flans of 5th and earlier 4th century Athenian tetradrachms that have solid, rounded edges from having been cast in a mold, these were struck on thick planchets made of flattened, folded-over, older tetradrachms. The flattened coins were not just folded in two but were folded over a second time to produce a planchet of three or four layers

There are three distinct features of this type of Athens Owl coinage. 1st, they have flans that are commonly misshapen. A number of them are so distorted that numismatists and collectors in Greece have long referred to them as “logs” (koutsoura); these are the tetradrachms in the form of long, stretched ovals with one or two nearly straight sides. 2nd, since the flans, of whatever shape, were ordinarily too small for the full relief designs of the dies, relatively few pi-style coins were minted with their entire obverse and/or reverse type showing. 3rd, just as the diameters and surface areas of the pi flans are generally smaller than those of Athenian tetradrachms of the 5th century and of the first half of the 4th century, they tend also to be exceptionally thick.

The name Pi-style refers to the floral helmet ornament on the obverse which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril.
5 commentsNemonater05/13/18 at 23:20Robert L3: Super coin!
Aurelian-and-Vabalathus.jpg
Aurelian, With Vaballathus (270 - 275 A.D.)15 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O: AYT KΛ ∆ AYPHΛIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right, date L - A at sides ( year 1 ).
R: I I A C OYABAΛΛAΘOC AΘHNOY AYT C ΠΩ, laureate, diademed and draped bust of Vabalathus right, date L - D across fields ( year 4 )
20mm
9.54g
Köln 3054; Dattari 5422; Milne 4308; Curtis 1738; Emmett 3914
3 commentsMat05/13/18 at 23:13quadrans: Nice one
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636 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 124-28 AD Roma11 viewsReference.
RIC 636; BMC 1294; C. 342; Strack 611

Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
Laureate head right.

Rev: COS III / S C. in ex.
Roma, helmeted, in military dress, seated left on cuirass, left foot on helmet, holding Victory on extended right hand and cornucopia in left; round shield set on ground to right.

27.95 gr
33 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki05/13/18 at 21:20Paul R3: Nice looking coin..
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636 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 124-28 AD Roma11 viewsReference.
RIC 636; BMC 1294; C. 342; Strack 611

Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
Laureate head right.

Rev: COS III / S C. in ex.
Roma, helmeted, in military dress, seated left on cuirass, left foot on helmet, holding Victory on extended right hand and cornucopia in left; round shield set on ground to right.

27.95 gr
33 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki05/13/18 at 18:23quadrans: Nice reverse..
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Diocletianus GENIO POPULI SILVERED24 viewsDiocletianus (284 - 305 n. Chr.).

Follis. 296 - 297 n. Chr. Rom.
Obverse: IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG. Kopf mit Lorbeerkranz rechts.
Reverse: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI / B. Genius mit Patera und Füllhorn nach links stehend; im Feld R.

23,7 mm. 5,2 g.
2 commentsFlamur H05/13/18 at 13:17Flamur H: Thanks!
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Caracalla Silver Denarius 196-217 CE6 viewsCaracalla Silver Denarius RIC 150
Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate bust right, draped
Reverse: Caracalla veiled, standing left, holding patera over tripod altar sacrificing
Rome mint 206 CE, RIC 150
20 mm., 4.4g
1 commentsNORMAN K05/13/18 at 06:07Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Vespasian, Silver Denarius RIC 545 6 viewsVespasian Silver Denarius. 73 CE
Obverse: IMP CAES VESP AVG CEN, laureate head right
Reverse: PONTIF MAXIM, Vespasian seated right, holding sceptre and branch. RIC 545, RSC 387b.
3.3g., 20 mm
1 commentsNORMAN K05/13/18 at 06:07Randygeki(h2): A good portrait
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1958 LYDIA, Hyrcanis. Hadrian Ae 19 125-26 AD Dionysos standing8 viewsReference.
RPC III 1958; Waddington 5043; Stumpf 586

Magistrate T. Avidius Quietus (procos)

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟC.
Laureate and draped bust right.

Rev. ΥΡΚΑΝΩΝ ΑΝΘ ΚΥΙΗΤΩ.
Dionysos standing left, holding filleted thyrsus and pouring cantharus.

4.9 gr
19 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki05/13/18 at 06:06Randygeki(h2): Interesting style! Nice!
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Nabataean Kingdom:‭ ‬Aretas II and/or Obodas I, Rabbel I, Aretas III5 viewsAE17, 4.12g, Unknown mint, 1st-century BCE
Obv.: Athena head right, helmeted, crested.
Rev.: Nike standing left, holding unknown object in right hand, unknown object in left.
Reference: c.f. Meshorer 1.
1 commentsCanaan05/13/18 at 06:05Randygeki(h2): Not bad
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 0110, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bow and quiver in left field,530 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 0110, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bow and quiver in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ-AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, right leg drawn back, holding eagle and scepter, bow and quiver in left field.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 25,5-26,5mm, weight: 17,26g, axes: 8 h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Amphipolis’ mint.
date: c. 323 - c. 320 B.C., ref: Price 110,
Q-001
7 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:44Enodia: Wonderful portrait!
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Macedonia, Amphipolis, (158 - 149 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, Sear 1386, MAKEΔONΩΝ/ΠPΩTHΣ, 114 viewsMacedonia, Amphipolis, (158 - 149 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, Sear 1386, MAKEΔONΩΝ/ΠPΩTHΣ,
avers:- No legends, Macedonian shield, at center of which bust of Artemis Tauropolos right, bow and quiver at her shoulder.
revers:- MAKEΔONΩΝ/ΠPΩTHΣ, above and below club within oak-wreath, thunderbolt to left, above 1 belove 2 monogram.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 30mm, weight: 16,76g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Amphipolis, date:158 - 149 B.C., B.C., ref: Sear 1386 ,
1 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:41Enodia: Very pretty Artemis
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Macedonia, Macedonian Koinon, 062 ( A.D.), AE-27, AMNG 340, Lion walking right, #181 viewsMacedonia, Macedonian Koinon, 062 ( A.D.), AE-27, AMNG 340, Lion walking right, #1
062 Koinon of Macedonia, AE-27, Lion walking right,
avers:- ΑΛΕΞΑ(ΝΔΡΟΥ) ??? , Head of Alexander-III as Herakled in lionskin right.
revers:- ΚΟΙΝΟΝ-ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ(-Β-ΝΕΩΚ) ???, Lion walking right, club above.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 26-27mm, weight: 9,14g, axis: 6h,
mint: Koinon of Macedonia, date: Dated to the time of Severus Alexander, by Tom Mullally thank you Tom. :)
ref: AMNG 340., by Jochen and Tom Mullally thank you Jochen and Tom. :)
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:40Enodia: Love the patina!
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1082, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #165 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1082, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1
avers: No legends, Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ/AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand. MA monogram in left field, below Corinthian helmet right, Monogram (AΠO) beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 32,5mm, weight: 16,47g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Mesembria’ mint.
date: posthumous, c. 175 - c. 125 B.C., ref: Price 1082,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:19Canaan: Nice!!!
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1840, AR-Drachm, Colophon mint, Zeus seated on throne left, 57 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1840, AR-Drachm, Colophon mint, Zeus seated on throne left,
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand, lion-forepart left, below Φ, pentagram beneath throne.
exergue: , diameter: 18,0-18,5mm, weight: 4,13g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Colophon mint, date: posthumous, c. 301 - c. 297 B.C., ref: Price 1840,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:18Canaan: Very nice!!! The details are fantastic
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1759, AR-Drachm, Colophon mint, Zeus seated on throne left, 55 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1759, AR-Drachm, Colophon mint, Zeus seated on throne left,
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand, star left, spear-head right field.
exergue: , diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 4,18g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Colophon mint, date: c. 323 - c. 319 B.C., ref: Price 1759,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:17Canaan: Great details, a real beauty
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1769, AR-Drachm, Colophon mint, Zeus seated on throne left, 60 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1769, AR-Drachm, Colophon mint, Zeus seated on throne left,
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand, lyre left, A beneath throne.
exergue: , diameter: 16,5-17,0mm, weight: 4,20g, axes: 11h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Colophon mint, date: c. 323 - c. 319 B.C., ref: Price 1769,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans05/13/18 at 05:17Canaan: Lovely!!!!
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Diocletianus GENIO POPULI SILVERED24 viewsDiocletianus (284 - 305 n. Chr.).

Follis. 296 - 297 n. Chr. Rom.
Obverse: IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG. Kopf mit Lorbeerkranz rechts.
Reverse: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI / B. Genius mit Patera und Füllhorn nach links stehend; im Feld R.

23,7 mm. 5,2 g.
2 commentsFlamur H05/13/18 at 03:43Jay GT4: Good portrait
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Probus ADVENTUS PROBI19 viewsProbus, 276-282. Silvered Antoninianus (Billon, 22,5 mm, 2.75 g),
Cyzicus, 1st officina, 276-277.
VIRTVS PROBI AVG Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Probus to left, holding spear over right shoulder and covering left shoulder with shield decorated with horseman advancing to right.

Rev. ADVENTVS PROBI AVG /A Probus riding horse left, holding long scepter and raising his right hand; to left, bound captive seated left.

Cohen 69. RIC 904. A fine Antoninianus with visible silvering remaining and a pleasant bust of Probus.
2 commentsFlamur H05/13/18 at 03:43Jay GT4: Nice one
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Septimius Severus PART MAX VICTORY limes denarius24 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius, RIC 150, RSC 454, BMC 175


Septimius Severus Denarius. SEVERVS AVG PART MAX, laureate head right / P M TR P VIII COS II P P, Victory flying left holding open wreath in both hands over round shield set on low base. RSC 454.

Limes denarius with original black patina, 18 mm, 2,6 g.
1 commentsFlamur H05/13/18 at 03:42Jay GT4: Interesting, looks like a fouree.
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D.197 Charles II the Bald (obol, class 1a, Bourges, Aquitaine)7 viewsCharles the Bald, king of the Franks (840-877)
Obol (Bourges, Aquitaine, class 1a, 848-849 ?)

Silver, 0.80 g, 17 mm diameter, die axis 5h

O: +CΛRLVS REX ; cross pattée
R: AQUI / • / TANIA

The obols of Charles the Bald with AQUITANIA on the reverse are thought to have been minted in Bourges due to hoard studies. For instance, Chaumoux-Marcilly (small village near Bourges) hoard was found in 1930. It had in it 40 coins of Charles the Bald: 20 from Bourges, 17 obols with AQVITANIA, 2 from Melle and one from Orléans. This hoard is consequently supposed to be made of local coins, and AQVITANIA obols of Charles the Bald are supposed to have been minted in Bourges.

1 commentsDroger05/12/18 at 21:55Mat: Nice!
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1082, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #165 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1082, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1
avers: No legends, Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ/AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand. MA monogram in left field, below Corinthian helmet right, Monogram (AΠO) beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 32,5mm, weight: 16,47g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Mesembria’ mint.
date: posthumous, c. 175 - c. 125 B.C., ref: Price 1082,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans05/12/18 at 20:17Jay GT4: Nice portrait Q
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Price 37659 viewsSeleukos so 311-305. MI to the left Hercules club to the left Seleucid monogram wreath under the throne. Basileus under the monogram.1 commentsChance Vandal05/12/18 at 17:41Jay GT4: Great coin
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Athlit Bronze War Galley Ram13 viewsThe Athlit ram, found in 1980 off the coast of Israel near at Athlit Bay (just south of Haifa), is the one of a few surviving ancient war galley rams. Carbon 14 dating of timber remnants date it to between 530 BC and 270 BC. It was once fit on the prow of an ancient oared warship. This would be driven into the hull of an enemy ship in order to puncture it and thus sink, or at least disable, the ship. It is made of a single casting of bronze weighing 465kg and measures about 2.10m long. The ram is thus one of the largest bronze objects to survive from the ancient world and is currently on display in the National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel. Captured rams were once used to ornament Octavian's battle monument at Actium, Greece. Only the sockets that held them remain. The valuable bronze was melted long ago.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_ram
http://www.learningsites.com/Athlit/AthlitRam_home.php

For other recovered galley rams see:
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2013/04/rare-bronze-rams-found-at-site-of-final.html
https://www.historytoday.com/ann-natanson/roman-naval-power-raising-ram
1 commentsJoe Sermarini05/12/18 at 17:21*Alex: Fantastic preservation.
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Roman Empire, Faustina Filia Sestertius45 viewsObv. FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, hair waved and coiled on back of head.
Rev. FECVND AVGVSTAE S C, Fecunditas standing l. between two girls and holding two infants in her arms.
Mint: Rome, 161-176 AD.

32mm 27.03g

Cohen 96; RIC 1635 (Marcus Aurelius)

Ex Dorotheum, Coin Auction part 2, 16th November 2017, Lot 1319.

In Roman mythology, Fecunditas was the goddess of fertility. She was portrayed as a matron, sometimes holding a cornucopia or a hasta pura, with children in her arms or standing next to her. Nero dedicated a temple at Rome to Fecunditas, on occasion of his daughter's birth in 63 AD.
4 commentskc05/12/18 at 15:03Callimachus: Beautiful.
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Taras, Calabria16 views325-280 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 1.07g)
O: Head of young Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress.
R: Herakles standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; TH above, club and astragalos behind, Φ between legs.
Vlasto 1355; Cote 190; HN Italy 978
Scarce
ex CDMA

Here once again is the battle scene being played out between Herakles and the Nemean lion, however on this coin we see the head of a relatively young Herakles in place of the usual helmeted Athena.
This variation is much scarcer than most of the Athena types.
3 commentsEnodia05/12/18 at 04:16quadrans: Nice one
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Alexander III the Great (336 - 323 B.C.)27 viewsLifetime Issue
AR Tetradrachm
O: Head of Alexander as Hercules right, wearing lion-skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, bow on left.
Salamis mint, struck 332-323 B.C.
16.95g
25mm
Price 3139 ; SNG Alpha Bank 662; Newell. Salamis 7.
5 commentsMat05/12/18 at 04:04Randygeki(h2): Great tet Mat!
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Roman Empire, Faustina Filia Sestertius45 viewsObv. FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, hair waved and coiled on back of head.
Rev. FECVND AVGVSTAE S C, Fecunditas standing l. between two girls and holding two infants in her arms.
Mint: Rome, 161-176 AD.

32mm 27.03g

Cohen 96; RIC 1635 (Marcus Aurelius)

Ex Dorotheum, Coin Auction part 2, 16th November 2017, Lot 1319.

In Roman mythology, Fecunditas was the goddess of fertility. She was portrayed as a matron, sometimes holding a cornucopia or a hasta pura, with children in her arms or standing next to her. Nero dedicated a temple at Rome to Fecunditas, on occasion of his daughter's birth in 63 AD.
4 commentskc05/12/18 at 01:07Molinari: Wow- stunning!
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Roman Empire, Faustina Filia Sestertius45 viewsObv. FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, hair waved and coiled on back of head.
Rev. FECVND AVGVSTAE S C, Fecunditas standing l. between two girls and holding two infants in her arms.
Mint: Rome, 161-176 AD.

32mm 27.03g

Cohen 96; RIC 1635 (Marcus Aurelius)

Ex Dorotheum, Coin Auction part 2, 16th November 2017, Lot 1319.

In Roman mythology, Fecunditas was the goddess of fertility. She was portrayed as a matron, sometimes holding a cornucopia or a hasta pura, with children in her arms or standing next to her. Nero dedicated a temple at Rome to Fecunditas, on occasion of his daughter's birth in 63 AD.
4 commentskc05/11/18 at 21:24*Alex: Gorgeous coin. Superb patina.
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Roman Imperial: Commodus (177-192 CE) Æ As, Rome (RIC III 644; MIR 18, 853-4/72)15 viewsObv: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL; Head right, wearing lion-skin headdress
Rev: HER CVL RO MAN AV GV SC in four lines divided by upright club; all within wreath
2 commentsQuant.Geek05/11/18 at 18:51Paul R3: Now that's a nice coin! Love the obverse..
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Asia Minor, Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Commodus, Perseus 11 viewsCommodus
Lydia, Hierocaesarea
Obv: AVT KAI M AVPH KOMMOΔOC.
Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ЄΠ AI APTЄMIΔΩPOV APX A IЄPOKAICAPЄΩN.
Perseus advancing right, holding harpa and severed head of Medusa
Æ, 35mm, 20.53g
Ref.: unpublished, Cf. RPC IV online 1271 (for a different magistrate); cf. Imhoof, LS, p. 20, 43 (for magistrate).
2 commentsshanxi05/11/18 at 18:48Paul R3: Very nice coin!
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01 Constantius II30 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG Constantius II pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing Horseman, bearded, bare-headed, reaching, reaching
ALEA in ex. Γ in left field

Alexandria 72 var (headwear)

From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection.
8 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/11/18 at 18:47okidoki: Hey Randy, nice winner
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956 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Italia18 viewsReference.
RIC 956; BMCRE 1823; Cohen 1275.RIC 956; Banti --: Strack 779

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bare head with lions trophy around neck

Rev. RESTITVTORI ITALIAE,
Hadrian standing right, holding roll and raising kneeling Italia, holding cornucopiae.

25.17 gr
31 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki05/11/18 at 18:47Paul R3: Nice example!
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Greek, Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles, 317 - 289 B.C., Electrum 50 Litrai7 viewsSH86808. Electrum 50 litrai, Jenkins Group B (O4/R3); SNG ANS 621 (same obv. die); BMC Sicily p. 184, 263 (same); de Luynes 1267 (same); HGC 2 1294, VF, attractive style, centered on a tight flan, lightly toned, light marks, die crack on reverse, Syracuse mint, weight 3.587g, maximum diameter 15.3mm, die axis 270o, c. 306 - 305 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left, amphora behind; reverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN (clockwise from upper right), ornamented tripod lebes, high ring handles; ex Classical Numismatic Group, e-auction 412, lot 38; ex John A. Seeger Collection; ex Classical Numismatic Group, auction 76 (12 Sep 2007), lot 30131 commentsJoe Sermarini05/11/18 at 17:32Jay GT4: Great coin
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ROMAN, Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.8 viewsSH24852. Gold aureus, RIC III 233e, Calico 1530 (same obv die), Cohen II 314, aEF, weight 7.0221 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 153 - 154 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head left; reverse COS IIII, Antoninus Pius, togate, standing left, globe in extended right, scroll in left; superb obverse portrait, recognizable portrait on reverse, minor blemish on the second I on the reverse, ex Harlan Berk; scarce1 commentsJoe Sermarini05/11/18 at 15:16kc: Fabulous portrait,super
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Greek, Phoenicia, Tyre, 111 - 110 B.C., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver, Year 188 viewsSL86641. Silver shekel, BMC Phoenicia p. 237, 85; Cohen DCA 919-18 (C); Baramki AUB -, NGC Ch AU*, strike 5/5, surface 5/5 (4280576-003), Tyre mint, weight 14.20g, maximum diameter 28.0mm, die axis 0o, 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, date HI (year 18) over club and palm frond left, ZB right, Phoenician letter beth between legs1 commentsJoe Sermarini05/11/18 at 15:03cmcdon0923: very nice !!
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Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius43 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate bust with aegis right.
Rev. S C, Domitian Standing left, Holding parazonium and spear, river god Rhenus on his feet.
Mint: Rome, 86 AD.

33mm 29.66g

C. 505, RIC 468, BMC 377.

Under Domitian began the phase of a renewed Roman expansion on the right of the Rhine in the area of the Upper Germanic Army Group. When a war in Germania seemed inevitable, the Emperor decided, after a council meeting, to march across the Rhine in 83 under the pretext of a census in Gaul. Presumably in the spring of 83, the war against the chats began, the goal of which was to weaken the chatting as the last major source of trouble in the vicinity of the Rhine. Domitian thrust deep into the heartland of Chatti, so far into today's Hesse. In autumn, the campaign in Germania against the chats was brought to a successful conclusion. The subjugation of the area between Taunus, Lahn and Main (Wetterau) succeeded. Domitian finally began with the construction of the Limes, the Roman border wall between the Rhine and the Danube.
5 commentskc05/11/18 at 12:24okidoki: really nice 5stars
Taras_Herakles.jpg
Taras, Calabria16 views325-280 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 1.07g)
O: Head of young Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress.
R: Herakles standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; TH above, club and astragalos behind, Φ between legs.
Vlasto 1355; Cote 190; HN Italy 978
Scarce
ex CDMA

Here once again is the battle scene being played out between Herakles and the Nemean lion, however on this coin we see the head of a relatively young Herakles in place of the usual helmeted Athena.
This variation is much scarcer than most of the Athena types.
3 commentsEnodia05/11/18 at 11:40Jay GT4: I like it!
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13 Constans9 views
Constans AE Centenionalis. D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right, A behind bust / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, sitting on ground, arms up, A to left, dot epsilon SIS dot in ex. RIC VIII Siscia 254
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/11/18 at 06:49Canaan: Nice!!!
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RIC 0331A Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (21.13 mm 3.583 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (4th issue)
RIC unlisted, RSC 179, BMCRE p. 315 Note, BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 39 lot 551
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/11/18 at 06:44kc: Wow, fantastic portrait, good detail
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Domitian RIC-332149 viewsAR Denarius, 3.36g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 332 (R2). BMC 78. RSC 179a.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.,with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.

This denarius was minted in 85 AD right after Domitian slightly lowered the fineness of his denarii to Neronian standards. He had previously in 82 raised the standard of the denarius to the levels set by Augustus but apparently financially could not maintain those standards. The coins were still minted at a higher standard than those under Vespasian or Titus and would remain so until the end of his reign.

This coin also illustrates the high artistic standards Domitian demanded of his die engravers. The addition of the aegis along with the fine style idealistic portrait shows the care the mint took in the minting of these coins.

The surface is slightly porous and the reverse faintly double struck but the overall eye appeal I believe overcomes all that.
7 commentsDavid Atherton05/11/18 at 03:33Jay GT4: This one's great
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RIC 0331A Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (21.13 mm 3.583 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (4th issue)
RIC unlisted, RSC 179, BMCRE p. 315 Note, BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 39 lot 551
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/11/18 at 02:53orfew: Lovely
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Domitian RIC-332149 viewsAR Denarius, 3.36g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 332 (R2). BMC 78. RSC 179a.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.,with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.

This denarius was minted in 85 AD right after Domitian slightly lowered the fineness of his denarii to Neronian standards. He had previously in 82 raised the standard of the denarius to the levels set by Augustus but apparently financially could not maintain those standards. The coins were still minted at a higher standard than those under Vespasian or Titus and would remain so until the end of his reign.

This coin also illustrates the high artistic standards Domitian demanded of his die engravers. The addition of the aegis along with the fine style idealistic portrait shows the care the mint took in the minting of these coins.

The surface is slightly porous and the reverse faintly double struck but the overall eye appeal I believe overcomes all that.
7 commentsDavid Atherton05/11/18 at 02:34Nemonater: Wonderful style!
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RIC 0331A Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (21.13 mm 3.583 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (4th issue)
RIC unlisted, RSC 179, BMCRE p. 315 Note, BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 39 lot 551
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/10/18 at 22:47David Atherton: Superb!
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RIC 0331A Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (21.13 mm 3.583 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (4th issue)
RIC unlisted, RSC 179, BMCRE p. 315 Note, BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 39 lot 551
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/10/18 at 22:06Mat: Very nice!
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RIC 0331A Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (21.13 mm 3.583 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (4th issue)
RIC unlisted, RSC 179, BMCRE p. 315 Note, BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 39 lot 551
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/10/18 at 21:59Jay GT4: Incredible find!
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RIC 0331A Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (21.13 mm 3.583 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (4th issue)
RIC unlisted, RSC 179, BMCRE p. 315 Note, BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 39 lot 551
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/10/18 at 21:52Nemonater: Wow, exceptional dies!
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Roman Imperial: Commodus (177-192 CE) Æ As, Rome (RIC III 644; MIR 18, 853-4/72)15 viewsObv: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL; Head right, wearing lion-skin headdress
Rev: HER CVL RO MAN AV GV SC in four lines divided by upright club; all within wreath
2 commentsQuant.Geek05/10/18 at 20:33Jay GT4: A must have coin type
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Macedonian Kingdom: Alexander III ‘the Great’ (336-323 BCE) Æ Half Unit, Amphipolis (Price-28)12 viewsObv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
Rev: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ; Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, head left; ivy leaf above.
Dim: 15mm, 3.54 g

Struck under Antipater, circa 332-326 BCE
2 commentsQuant.Geek05/10/18 at 20:33Jay GT4: Nice style to the eagle
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Antoninus Pius Italia84 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
3 commentsJay GT405/10/18 at 20:24okidoki: Very nice indeed
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956 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Italia18 viewsReference.
RIC 956; BMCRE 1823; Cohen 1275.RIC 956; Banti --: Strack 779

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bare head with lions trophy around neck

Rev. RESTITVTORI ITALIAE,
Hadrian standing right, holding roll and raising kneeling Italia, holding cornucopiae.

25.17 gr
31 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki05/10/18 at 20:23Jay GT4: Great find!
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The Amazon Kyme 6 viewsCity of Kyme
Bronze 17mm
2d century BC

Artemis, holding long torch, greeting the Amazon Kyme, holding scepter

KY; Two figures (Apollo and Kyme?) in quadriga right

SNG München 512; SNG Copenhagen 113; SNG von Aulock 7698

According to the geographer Pomponius Mela, writing about 43 AD, amazons had long camped in Pontus when they dominated Anatolia. They had worshipped Artemis at Ephesus and named the town Kyme (Cyme) after the amazon leader who drove out the native inhabitants. (Adrienne Mayor, The Amazons, 47-48). Kyme wears Scythian garb as depicted elsewhere, but an amazon most likely would not have worn a helmet.
1 commentsBlindado05/10/18 at 11:27shanxi: interesting coin
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Alexander III the Great (336 - 323 B.C.)27 viewsLifetime Issue
AR Tetradrachm
O: Head of Alexander as Hercules right, wearing lion-skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, bow on left.
Salamis mint, struck 332-323 B.C.
16.95g
25mm
Price 3139 ; SNG Alpha Bank 662; Newell. Salamis 7.
5 commentsMat05/10/18 at 05:34quadrans: I agree, great coin..
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Alexander III the Great (336 - 323 B.C.)27 viewsLifetime Issue
AR Tetradrachm
O: Head of Alexander as Hercules right, wearing lion-skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, bow on left.
Salamis mint, struck 332-323 B.C.
16.95g
25mm
Price 3139 ; SNG Alpha Bank 662; Newell. Salamis 7.
5 commentsMat05/10/18 at 05:27Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Alexander III the Great (336 - 323 B.C.)27 viewsLifetime Issue
AR Tetradrachm
O: Head of Alexander as Hercules right, wearing lion-skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, bow on left.
Salamis mint, struck 332-323 B.C.
16.95g
25mm
Price 3139 ; SNG Alpha Bank 662; Newell. Salamis 7.
5 commentsMat05/10/18 at 02:05David Atherton: Nice coin! I agree with Jay, it's better to ha...
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Domitian Sestertius17 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate bust right wearing aegis.
Rev. Emperor on horseback, holding shield and brandishing spear, trampling kneeling Germanic warrior; SC in exergue.
Mint: Rome, 86 A.D.

36mm 26.00g

RIC 280; BMCRE 300a; BN 317

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction XIV, 21st September 2017, Lot 710.
5 commentskc05/10/18 at 00:47Jay GT4: Beauty
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Nerva Denarius - Fortuna Standing (RIC 4)19 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 96 AD
3.29g

Obv: Laureate head (R) IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P

Rev: Fortuna standing (L), holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left
FORTVNA – AVGVST

RSC 59, BMC 10, RIC 4

From the Ernst Ploil collection, Vienna

NAC Auction 106 (Collection of a Perfectionist), lot 606
ex NAC 95, 2016, (Ploil) 193
ex UBS 53, 2002, 176 (Union Bank of Switzerland)
3 commentsKained but Able05/10/18 at 00:46Jay GT4: Oh man that's nice!
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Alexander III the Great (336 - 323 B.C.)27 viewsLifetime Issue
AR Tetradrachm
O: Head of Alexander as Hercules right, wearing lion-skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, bow on left.
Salamis mint, struck 332-323 B.C.
16.95g
25mm
Price 3139 ; SNG Alpha Bank 662; Newell. Salamis 7.
5 commentsMat05/10/18 at 00:45Jay GT4: Always great to have a lifetime
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Roman Empire, Elagabalus 218-222 AD33 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, Horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left field.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Very Lustrous with great details!

1 commentsTravis C05/09/18 at 22:46Jay GT4: Lovely coin
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Roman Empire, Galba, AR Denarius10 viewsGalba. 68-69 AD. Denarius, 3.50gg. (5h). Tarraco.
Obv: GALBA - IM[PERATOR] Head laureate right on globe.
Rx: LIB - [ERTAS] - RESTITVTA Libertas standing left, apparently emptying a cup and holding scepter.
BM 198, pl. 54.3. RIC 9 (R2), pl. 24 (the BM spec.). Cf. Paris 12, pl.III (apparently no globe below bust). Cohen 133 (120 Fr.). VF.
Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.
Ex Gemini XIV April 2018 Lot 475
1 commentsorfew05/09/18 at 21:40Jay GT4: A great coin
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Domitian Sestertius17 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate bust right wearing aegis.
Rev. Emperor on horseback, holding shield and brandishing spear, trampling kneeling Germanic warrior; SC in exergue.
Mint: Rome, 86 A.D.

36mm 26.00g

RIC 280; BMCRE 300a; BN 317

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction XIV, 21st September 2017, Lot 710.
5 commentskc05/09/18 at 20:57goranix: Nice!
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Byzantine Empire: Constans II (641-668) Æ Half Follis, Syracuse (Sear 1113; DOC II.183; MIB 212; Anastasi 118; Berk 699)15 viewsObv: Crowned facing bust with long beard, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger; cross surmounted by palm frond to right
Rev: Large Kω monogram; A/N and I across field
1 commentsQuant.Geek05/09/18 at 20:44goranix: Nice coin!
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Macedonian Kingdom: Alexander III ‘the Great’ (336-323 BCE) Æ Half Unit, Amphipolis (Price-28)12 viewsObv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
Rev: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ; Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, head left; ivy leaf above.
Dim: 15mm, 3.54 g

Struck under Antipater, circa 332-326 BCE
2 commentsQuant.Geek05/09/18 at 18:31shanxi: Nice example
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Nerva Denarius - Fortuna Standing (RIC 4)19 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 96 AD
3.29g

Obv: Laureate head (R) IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P

Rev: Fortuna standing (L), holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left
FORTVNA – AVGVST

RSC 59, BMC 10, RIC 4

From the Ernst Ploil collection, Vienna

NAC Auction 106 (Collection of a Perfectionist), lot 606
ex NAC 95, 2016, (Ploil) 193
ex UBS 53, 2002, 176 (Union Bank of Switzerland)
3 commentsKained but Able05/09/18 at 17:13Mat: that nose, very nice
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Nerva Denarius - Fortuna Standing (RIC 4)19 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 96 AD
3.29g

Obv: Laureate head (R) IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P

Rev: Fortuna standing (L), holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left
FORTVNA – AVGVST

RSC 59, BMC 10, RIC 4

From the Ernst Ploil collection, Vienna

NAC Auction 106 (Collection of a Perfectionist), lot 606
ex NAC 95, 2016, (Ploil) 193
ex UBS 53, 2002, 176 (Union Bank of Switzerland)
3 commentsKained but Able05/09/18 at 17:08kc: Superb, Congratulations
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Domitian Sestertius17 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate bust right wearing aegis.
Rev. Emperor on horseback, holding shield and brandishing spear, trampling kneeling Germanic warrior; SC in exergue.
Mint: Rome, 86 A.D.

36mm 26.00g

RIC 280; BMCRE 300a; BN 317

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction XIV, 21st September 2017, Lot 710.
5 commentskc05/09/18 at 15:08mix_val: great looking coin!
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Domitian Sestertius17 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate bust right wearing aegis.
Rev. Emperor on horseback, holding shield and brandishing spear, trampling kneeling Germanic warrior; SC in exergue.
Mint: Rome, 86 A.D.

36mm 26.00g

RIC 280; BMCRE 300a; BN 317

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction XIV, 21st September 2017, Lot 710.
5 commentskc05/09/18 at 13:41Mat: Beautiful!
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RPC-1652-Vespasian36 viewsAR Drachm, 3.03g
Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD
RPC 1652 (3 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: TITOC AYTOKPATWP KAICAP ЄTO Θ; Titus in military dress, stg. facing, holding spear and sword
Ex Kölner 108, 7 April 2018, lot 131.

Vespasian's Cappadocian silver issues were struck in two distinct styles: Roman (six o'clock die axis) and 'local' (twelve o'clock die axis). Unsurprisingly, the Roman style coins were struck at Rome and sent to Cappadocia to help supplement the locally produced pieces. The majority of Cappadocia's silver coins were struck locally, very likely in Caesarea. Whether 'Roman' or 'local', all Cappadocian silver was produced at nearly 50% fineness. This rare drachm in 'local' style features Titus Caesar on the reverse in full military dress, perhaps a nod to his important role during the Jewish War. The type was struck for both didrachms and more sparingly for drachms. Only three specimens are cited by RPC II.

Worn, but nicely centred in fine 'local' style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton05/09/18 at 12:38Jay GT4: Nice find
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RPC-1652-Vespasian36 viewsAR Drachm, 3.03g
Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD
RPC 1652 (3 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: TITOC AYTOKPATWP KAICAP ЄTO Θ; Titus in military dress, stg. facing, holding spear and sword
Ex Kölner 108, 7 April 2018, lot 131.

Vespasian's Cappadocian silver issues were struck in two distinct styles: Roman (six o'clock die axis) and 'local' (twelve o'clock die axis). Unsurprisingly, the Roman style coins were struck at Rome and sent to Cappadocia to help supplement the locally produced pieces. The majority of Cappadocia's silver coins were struck locally, very likely in Caesarea. Whether 'Roman' or 'local', all Cappadocian silver was produced at nearly 50% fineness. This rare drachm in 'local' style features Titus Caesar on the reverse in full military dress, perhaps a nod to his important role during the Jewish War. The type was struck for both didrachms and more sparingly for drachms. Only three specimens are cited by RPC II.

Worn, but nicely centred in fine 'local' style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton05/09/18 at 12:20Nemonater: Really nice. This type is high on my "Want List"!
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RPC-1652-Vespasian36 viewsAR Drachm, 3.03g
Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD
RPC 1652 (3 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: TITOC AYTOKPATWP KAICAP ЄTO Θ; Titus in military dress, stg. facing, holding spear and sword
Ex Kölner 108, 7 April 2018, lot 131.

Vespasian's Cappadocian silver issues were struck in two distinct styles: Roman (six o'clock die axis) and 'local' (twelve o'clock die axis). Unsurprisingly, the Roman style coins were struck at Rome and sent to Cappadocia to help supplement the locally produced pieces. The majority of Cappadocia's silver coins were struck locally, very likely in Caesarea. Whether 'Roman' or 'local', all Cappadocian silver was produced at nearly 50% fineness. This rare drachm in 'local' style features Titus Caesar on the reverse in full military dress, perhaps a nod to his important role during the Jewish War. The type was struck for both didrachms and more sparingly for drachms. Only three specimens are cited by RPC II.

Worn, but nicely centred in fine 'local' style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton05/09/18 at 09:23FlaviusDomitianus: Nice catch, congrats!
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 17.38g12 viewsSlow quadriga walking right,Nike crowning the horses.Rev forepart on man-headed bull swimming right,of fine style.1 commentsGrant H05/09/18 at 03:19Jay GT4: That's great
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Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius43 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate bust with aegis right.
Rev. S C, Domitian Standing left, Holding parazonium and spear, river god Rhenus on his feet.
Mint: Rome, 86 AD.

33mm 29.66g

C. 505, RIC 468, BMC 377.

Under Domitian began the phase of a renewed Roman expansion on the right of the Rhine in the area of the Upper Germanic Army Group. When a war in Germania seemed inevitable, the Emperor decided, after a council meeting, to march across the Rhine in 83 under the pretext of a census in Gaul. Presumably in the spring of 83, the war against the chats began, the goal of which was to weaken the chatting as the last major source of trouble in the vicinity of the Rhine. Domitian thrust deep into the heartland of Chatti, so far into today's Hesse. In autumn, the campaign in Germania against the chats was brought to a successful conclusion. The subjugation of the area between Taunus, Lahn and Main (Wetterau) succeeded. Domitian finally began with the construction of the Limes, the Roman border wall between the Rhine and the Danube.
5 commentskc05/09/18 at 02:00David Atherton: Quite the beauty!
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Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius43 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate bust with aegis right.
Rev. S C, Domitian Standing left, Holding parazonium and spear, river god Rhenus on his feet.
Mint: Rome, 86 AD.

33mm 29.66g

C. 505, RIC 468, BMC 377.

Under Domitian began the phase of a renewed Roman expansion on the right of the Rhine in the area of the Upper Germanic Army Group. When a war in Germania seemed inevitable, the Emperor decided, after a council meeting, to march across the Rhine in 83 under the pretext of a census in Gaul. Presumably in the spring of 83, the war against the chats began, the goal of which was to weaken the chatting as the last major source of trouble in the vicinity of the Rhine. Domitian thrust deep into the heartland of Chatti, so far into today's Hesse. In autumn, the campaign in Germania against the chats was brought to a successful conclusion. The subjugation of the area between Taunus, Lahn and Main (Wetterau) succeeded. Domitian finally began with the construction of the Limes, the Roman border wall between the Rhine and the Danube.
5 commentskc05/08/18 at 21:24Jay GT4: Great coin. Better than mine
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Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius43 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate bust with aegis right.
Rev. S C, Domitian Standing left, Holding parazonium and spear, river god Rhenus on his feet.
Mint: Rome, 86 AD.

33mm 29.66g

C. 505, RIC 468, BMC 377.

Under Domitian began the phase of a renewed Roman expansion on the right of the Rhine in the area of the Upper Germanic Army Group. When a war in Germania seemed inevitable, the Emperor decided, after a council meeting, to march across the Rhine in 83 under the pretext of a census in Gaul. Presumably in the spring of 83, the war against the chats began, the goal of which was to weaken the chatting as the last major source of trouble in the vicinity of the Rhine. Domitian thrust deep into the heartland of Chatti, so far into today's Hesse. In autumn, the campaign in Germania against the chats was brought to a successful conclusion. The subjugation of the area between Taunus, Lahn and Main (Wetterau) succeeded. Domitian finally began with the construction of the Limes, the Roman border wall between the Rhine and the Danube.
5 commentskc05/08/18 at 19:18Canaan: Great details, a real beauty
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Asia Minor, Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Commodus, Perseus 11 viewsCommodus
Lydia, Hierocaesarea
Obv: AVT KAI M AVPH KOMMOΔOC.
Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ЄΠ AI APTЄMIΔΩPOV APX A IЄPOKAICAPЄΩN.
Perseus advancing right, holding harpa and severed head of Medusa
Æ, 35mm, 20.53g
Ref.: unpublished, Cf. RPC IV online 1271 (for a different magistrate); cf. Imhoof, LS, p. 20, 43 (for magistrate).
2 commentsshanxi05/08/18 at 15:49Mat: Love this, especially the reverse
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09 Constantius II11 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing falling horseman, Phrygian helmet, reaching
dot SMN gamma in ex, gamma left
Nicomedia 84
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/08/18 at 11:32NORMAN K: Very nice photo
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Phoenicia, Arados 240-239 B.C4 viewsAR 12.17mm (Thickness 2.03mm), weight 1.99g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), Hemidrachm.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, border of dots.

Reverse: Prow of galley left with stem rising forward, AP monogram above, border of dots, Aradian era date 20, control mark beth (B) far right.
1 commentsArados05/08/18 at 06:41Canaan: Very nice!!!
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1958 LYDIA, Hyrcanis. Hadrian Ae 19 125-26 AD Dionysos standing8 viewsReference.
RPC III 1958; Waddington 5043; Stumpf 586

Magistrate T. Avidius Quietus (procos)

Obv. ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟC.
Laureate and draped bust right.

Rev. ΥΡΚΑΝΩΝ ΑΝΘ ΚΥΙΗΤΩ.
Dionysos standing left, holding filleted thyrsus and pouring cantharus.

4.9 gr
19 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki05/08/18 at 03:51Jay GT4: Nice style
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Probus Antoninianus41 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
9 commentsJay GT405/07/18 at 23:13Ajax: Great coin
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2017) 8.14.22.15 var. (rev. only)6 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 20, 3.44g
obv. AV K L . - CEVHROC
Laureate head r.
rev. NIKOPOLI PROC ICTRW
snake coiled r.
ref. a) not in AMNG:
AMNG I/1, 1418 (for the type only)
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2017):
rev. No. 8.14.22.15. var.
obv. e.g. 8.14.22.7
about VF, dark green patina
1 commentsJochen05/07/18 at 13:58okidoki: very nice Jochen
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Galba AR Denarius16 viewsGalba. 68-69 AD. Denarius, 3.50gg. (5h). Tarraco. Obv: GALBA - IM[PERATOR] Head laureate right on globe. Rx: LIB - [ERTAS] - RESTITVTA Libertas standing left, apparently emptying a cup and holding scepter. BM 198, pl. 54.3. RIC 9 (R2), pl. 24 (the BM spec.). Cf. Paris 12, pl.III (apparently no globe below bust). Cohen 133 (120 Fr.).
Ex: Dr. Jyrki Muona
Ex: Gemini XIV Lot 475, May 2018
3 commentsorfew05/07/18 at 10:15okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius36 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate head right, aegis on far shoulder.
Rev. S C, Emperor standing left, holding spear; German captive kneeling right before, presenting shield set amongst various arms.
Mint: Rome, AD 85

36mm 29.85g

BMC 299; RIC 279; C. 488; BN 320.

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction 13, 23rd March 2017, lot 803.
4 commentskc05/07/18 at 05:53David Atherton: Wonderful portrait!
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Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius36 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate head right, aegis on far shoulder.
Rev. S C, Emperor standing left, holding spear; German captive kneeling right before, presenting shield set amongst various arms.
Mint: Rome, AD 85

36mm 29.85g

BMC 299; RIC 279; C. 488; BN 320.

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction 13, 23rd March 2017, lot 803.
4 commentskc05/07/18 at 05:42Canaan: Great addition, congrats
145_Constantinus_II_,_Siscia,_RIC_VII_126,__#915;,_AE-3,_CONSTANTINVS_IVN_NOB_C,_VIRTVS_EXERCIT,_VOT_X,_S-F-HL,__#915;SISstar,_321-4-AD,_Q-001,_6h,_18,5mm,_3,05g-s.jpg
145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 126, AE-3 Follis, S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives, R2!!!86 views145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 126, AE-3 Follis, S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives, R2!!!
avers: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, Laureate bust left wearing the imperial mantle, holding Victory on globe and mappa.
reverse: VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives seated to left and right of its base. S in left field, F over HL (ligate) in right field.
exergue: S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: 3,05g, axis: 6h,
mint: Siscia, date: 321-324 A.D., ref: RIC VII 126, R2!!!,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans05/07/18 at 05:32Canaan: Very nice!!!
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182var Hadrian Denarius Roma 125-28 AD Victoria standing left10 viewsReference. very rare
Strack 180; cfRIC 182d (standing right)

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right, draped left shoulder.

Rev. COS III
Victory standing left, placing right hand on head and holding palm.

3.73 gr
18 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki05/07/18 at 05:08quadrans: Great reverse,
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Galba AR Denarius16 viewsGalba. 68-69 AD. Denarius, 3.50gg. (5h). Tarraco. Obv: GALBA - IM[PERATOR] Head laureate right on globe. Rx: LIB - [ERTAS] - RESTITVTA Libertas standing left, apparently emptying a cup and holding scepter. BM 198, pl. 54.3. RIC 9 (R2), pl. 24 (the BM spec.). Cf. Paris 12, pl.III (apparently no globe below bust). Cohen 133 (120 Fr.).
Ex: Dr. Jyrki Muona
Ex: Gemini XIV Lot 475, May 2018
3 commentsorfew05/07/18 at 03:28Jay GT4: Great coin
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Galba AR Denarius16 viewsGalba. 68-69 AD. Denarius, 3.50gg. (5h). Tarraco. Obv: GALBA - IM[PERATOR] Head laureate right on globe. Rx: LIB - [ERTAS] - RESTITVTA Libertas standing left, apparently emptying a cup and holding scepter. BM 198, pl. 54.3. RIC 9 (R2), pl. 24 (the BM spec.). Cf. Paris 12, pl.III (apparently no globe below bust). Cohen 133 (120 Fr.).
Ex: Dr. Jyrki Muona
Ex: Gemini XIV Lot 475, May 2018
3 commentsorfew05/07/18 at 03:04Nemonater: Awesome pickup!
145_Constantinus_II_,_Siscia,_RIC_VII_126,__#915;,_AE-3,_CONSTANTINVS_IVN_NOB_C,_VIRTVS_EXERCIT,_VOT_X,_S-F-HL,__#915;SISstar,_321-4-AD,_Q-001,_6h,_18,5mm,_3,05g-s.jpg
145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 126, AE-3 Follis, S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives, R2!!!86 views145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 126, AE-3 Follis, S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives, R2!!!
avers: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, Laureate bust left wearing the imperial mantle, holding Victory on globe and mappa.
reverse: VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives seated to left and right of its base. S in left field, F over HL (ligate) in right field.
exergue: S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: 3,05g, axis: 6h,
mint: Siscia, date: 321-324 A.D., ref: RIC VII 126, R2!!!,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans05/07/18 at 01:55kc: Wow, fantastic portrait, nice patina and good styl...
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1106A, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1146 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1106A, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1
avers: No legends, Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ/AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand. Monogram in left field, below Corinthian helmet right, Monogram beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 32,5-33,0mm, weight: 16,12g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Mesembria’ mint.
date: posthumous, c. 125 - c. 65 B.C., ref: Price 1106A,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans05/07/18 at 01:45Quant.Geek: Stellar!
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145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 126, AE-3 Follis, S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives, R2!!!86 views145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 126, AE-3 Follis, S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives, R2!!!
avers: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, Laureate bust left wearing the imperial mantle, holding Victory on globe and mappa.
reverse: VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives seated to left and right of its base. S in left field, F over HL (ligate) in right field.
exergue: S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: 3,05g, axis: 6h,
mint: Siscia, date: 321-324 A.D., ref: RIC VII 126, R2!!!,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans05/07/18 at 01:45Quant.Geek: Ditto! What an outstanding specimen....
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1106A, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1146 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1106A, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1
avers: No legends, Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ/AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand. Monogram in left field, below Corinthian helmet right, Monogram beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 32,5-33,0mm, weight: 16,12g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Mesembria’ mint.
date: posthumous, c. 125 - c. 65 B.C., ref: Price 1106A,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans05/07/18 at 01:08Jay GT4: Lovely coin and fantastic toning
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145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 126, AE-3 Follis, S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives, R2!!!86 views145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 126, AE-3 Follis, S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives, R2!!!
avers: CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, Laureate bust left wearing the imperial mantle, holding Victory on globe and mappa.
reverse: VIRTVS EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT X with two bound captives seated to left and right of its base. S in left field, F over HL (ligate) in right field.
exergue: S/F/HL//ΓSIS*, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: 3,05g, axis: 6h,
mint: Siscia, date: 321-324 A.D., ref: RIC VII 126, R2!!!,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans05/07/18 at 01:07Jay GT4: Outstanding
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Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius36 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate head right, aegis on far shoulder.
Rev. S C, Emperor standing left, holding spear; German captive kneeling right before, presenting shield set amongst various arms.
Mint: Rome, AD 85

36mm 29.85g

BMC 299; RIC 279; C. 488; BN 320.

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction 13, 23rd March 2017, lot 803.
4 commentskc05/07/18 at 01:07Jay GT4: Great
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Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1106A, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1146 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1106A, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1
avers: No legends, Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ/AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand. Monogram in left field, below Corinthian helmet right, Monogram beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 32,5-33,0mm, weight: 16,12g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Mesembria’ mint.
date: posthumous, c. 125 - c. 65 B.C., ref: Price 1106A,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans05/06/18 at 19:11Enodia: Great coin! I love the defiant, almost aggressive ...
Alexander_III,_AR-Tetradrachm,_Mesembria_mint,_Price_1110,_125-65_BC_,_Q-001,_0h,_32,5-33mm,_16,12gx-s.jpg
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1106A, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1146 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 323 - 317 B.C.), Price 1106A, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, #1
avers: No legends, Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: BAΣILEΩΣ/AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on the stool-throne left, eagle on outstretched right hand, scepter in left hand. Monogram in left field, below Corinthian helmet right, Monogram beneath throne.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 32,5-33,0mm, weight: 16,12g, axes: 0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Mesembria’ mint.
date: posthumous, c. 125 - c. 65 B.C., ref: Price 1106A,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans05/06/18 at 17:47okidoki: WOW
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Roman Empire, Domitian, Sestertius36 viewsObv. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, laureate head right, aegis on far shoulder.
Rev. S C, Emperor standing left, holding spear; German captive kneeling right before, presenting shield set amongst various arms.
Mint: Rome, AD 85

36mm 29.85g

BMC 299; RIC 279; C. 488; BN 320.

Ex Roma Numismatics, Auction 13, 23rd March 2017, lot 803.
4 commentskc05/06/18 at 17:46okidoki: stunning a real want to have
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Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 10 Demetrios I., (162-150 B.C.), Sear 7028, AE-16, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, Elephant's head right. #285 viewsSeleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, 10 Demetrios I., (162-150 B.C.), Sear 7028, AE-16, BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, Elephant's head right. #2
avers: No legend, horse's head left.
reverse: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, Elephant's head right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,0mm, weight: 3,63g, axes: 0h,
mint: Seleucia, Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrios I. , date: 162-150 B.C., ref: SNG Israel 1302; Sear 7028.,
Q-002
1 commentsquadrans05/06/18 at 11:18Arados: Beautiful patina Joe.
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114 Numerianus (283-284 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 447A, Ticinum, -/-//VXXI, PROVIDENT AVG G, Annona standing left, #174 views114 Numerianus (283-284 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 447A, Ticinum, -/-//VXXI, PROVIDENT AVG G, Annona standing left, #1
avers: IMP NVMERIANVS P F AVG, Radiate and draped bust right.
reverse: PROVIDENT AVG G, Annona standing left holding corn ears, over modius at feet left, and cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//VXXI, diameter: 20,5-22,3mm, weight: 4,17g, axes: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, 4th. em., date: 283 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 447A,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans05/06/18 at 04:32Randygeki(h2): Excellent!
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC -10 viewsObv:– IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, Laureate head right
Rev:– INVICTO IMP TROPA.., Trophy with captured arms below
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194 – 195
References:– RIC -, RSC -, BMCRE -
2 commentsmaridvnvm05/06/18 at 04:32Randygeki(h2): An interesting one
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC 389 17 viewsObv:– IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, Laureate head right
Rev:– INVICTO IMP, Trophy with captured arms below
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194 – 195
References:– RIC 389 (Scarce), RSC 232
2 commentsmaridvnvm05/06/18 at 04:31Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC -6 viewsObv:– IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, Laureate head right
Rev:– BONI EVENTVS, Spes standing holding flower and lifting skirt
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194 - 195
References:– BMCRE -, RIC -, RSC -
Die axis 0 degrees. Weight 2.58g

A mix up with the reverse legend and reverse type. The reverse legend should match with the Fides type instead of Spes. Bartosz Awianowicz has the opposite error with a BONA SPES reverse legend and a Fides reverse type.
1 commentsmaridvnvm05/06/18 at 04:31Randygeki(h2): Thats neat!
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CILICIA, Tarsos. 164-27 BC. Æ Tyche/Sandan.21 viewsObv. Turreted head of Tyche right.
Rev. Sandan standing on the back of a mythological beast right, holding hammer and flower; ΘP over monogram to left. SNG France 1305-6 var. (control marks); SNG Levante 962.
3 commentsCanaan05/06/18 at 04:30Randygeki(h2): Cool addition
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1ab_2 Marcus Licinius Crassus10 viewsFormed First Triumvirate with Caesar and Pompey in 60 BC, killed at Carrhae in Parthia in 53 BC.

Denarius, minted by son, P Licinius Crassus, ca 54 BC.
Bust of Venus, right, SC behind
Amazon with horse, P CRASSVS MF.

Seaby, Licinia 18

These coins were probably minted to pay Crassus' army for the invasion of Parthia, which led to its destruction. My synthesis of reviewing 90 examples of this issue revealed a female warrior wearing a soft felt Scythian cap with ear flaps (visible in this example); a fabric garment with a decorated skirt to the knees; probably trousers; an ornate war belt; a baldric; a cape, animal skin, or shoulder cord on attached to the left shoulder; and decorated calf-high boots. She matches the historically confirmed garb of the real amazons—Scythian horsewomen—and of course holds her steed. The horse’s tack is consistent with archeological discoveries of tack in use by Scythians and Romans.

Adrienne Mayor writes that amazon imagery on Greek vases suddenly appeared in 575-550 BC, initially depicting them in Greek-style armor. By the end of the century, as the Greeks learned more through direct and indirect contact with Scythians, they began to appear wearing archeologically confirmed Scythian-Sarmatian-Thracian patterned attire. (Adrienne Mayor, The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2014, 199-200). To this, artists added their own creative ideas regarding colors, fabric patterns, and decorations. “They dressed the warrior women in body-hugging ‘unitards’ or tunics, short chitons or belted dresses, sometimes over leggings or trousers. . . . In paintings and sculpture, pointed or soft Scythian caps with earflaps or ties (kidaris) soon replaced the Greek helmets, and the women wear a variety of belts, baldrics (diagonal straps), corselets, shoulder cords or bands, and crisscrossing leather straps attached to belt loops like those worn by the archer huntress Artemis. . . . Amazon footgear included soft leather moccasin-like shoes, calf-high boots (endromides), or taller laced boots (embades) with scallops or flaps and lined with felt or fur.” (Mayor, 202)

The artists apparently had detailed knowledge of gear used by real Scythian horsewomen to equip their imagined Amazons. “Archeological discoveries of well-preserved sets of clothing confirm that real horsewomen of ancient Scythian lands dressed much as did those described in Greek texts and illustrated in Scythian and Greek artwork.” (Mayor, 203)
2 commentsBlindado05/06/18 at 03:16Pharsalos: Beautiful coin and interesting information.
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THESSALY, Pharsalos.10 viewsTHESSALY, Pharsalos. Late 5th-mid 4th century BC. AR Hemidrachm (14mm, 2.90 g, 3h). Helmeted head of Athena right; T/IΠ to left / Φ-A-P-Σ, head of horse right within incuse circle. Lavva 124 (V58/R71); BCD Thessaly I –; cf. BCD Thessaly II 668.3; HGC 4, 633. VF.

Ex. BCD Collection
1 commentsRob D05/06/18 at 02:45Pharsalos: Very beautiful.
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Probus Antoninianus41 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
9 commentsJay GT405/06/18 at 02:38Pharsalos: Superb example!
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Constantine II Antioch 6 viewsConstantine II AE follis, Antioch. 326-7 AD. CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, left / PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS, campgate, 2 turrets, 10 layers, star above, dot in doorway. Mintmark SMANTI. RIC VII 73.
Ex Warren Etsy
1 commentsAjax05/06/18 at 01:01Jay GT4: Great desert patina
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RPC-1936-Vespasian50 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 13.41g
Antioch mint, 69 AD
RPC 1936 (2 spec.).
Obv : AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Bust of Vespasian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev : ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY A; Eagle standing r., on thunderbolt; in r. field, palm branch
Ex CNG E418, 11 April 2018, lot 403.

According to Tacitus, Vespasian immediately struck gold and silver coins at Antioch after being proclaimed emperor by the legions in the East (Hist. II, 82). This coin dated regnal year one at Antioch ( July - September 69) must have been one of the first coins to bear Vespasian's portrait. The style is indeed early, similar to the year ten Syrian tetradrachms coined for Nero. Although traditionally attributed to Antioch, the style is strongly Alexandrian. It almost certainly was struck at Alexandria for circulation in Syria along side a parallel Antiochene issue. The goatskin aegis seen here is rare for Vespasian and exclusively appears on these early Alexandrian style tetradrachms. The eagle standing on thunderbolt is also unique to this issue for Vespasian. Only one obverse die is known for this year one type.

Attractive example with good toning.

7 commentsDavid Atherton05/05/18 at 15:40Canaan: Very nice!!!
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC -10 viewsObv:– IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, Laureate head right
Rev:– INVICTO IMP TROPA.., Trophy with captured arms below
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194 – 195
References:– RIC -, RSC -, BMCRE -
2 commentsmaridvnvm05/05/18 at 15:31Jay GT4: Nice eastern mint arms
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Sex. Pompeius Fostlus5 viewsRoman Republic, Sex. Pompeius Fostlus, Denarius, Rome, 137 BC, 3.76g, 17mm. Helmeted head of Roma r.; capis to l. R/ She-wolf standing r., head l., suckling the twins (Remus and Romulus); to l., shepherd Faustulus standing r.; in background, birds on fig tree. Cr. 235/1c; RBW 972; RSC Pompeia 1a1 commentsAjax05/05/18 at 11:42Jay GT4: An iconic reverse
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10 Constantius II13 viewsConstantius II AE3. D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed monocled bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards, GPLG in ex. Lyons 189 C55 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/18 at 11:02Canaan: Nice!!!
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09 Constantius II11 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing falling horseman, Phrygian helmet, reaching
dot SMN gamma in ex, gamma left
Nicomedia 84
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/18 at 10:54Canaan: Nice silvering
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09 Constantius II11 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing falling horseman, Phrygian helmet, reaching
dot SMN gamma in ex, gamma left
Nicomedia 84
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/18 at 09:52maridvnvm: There is certainly the Nicomedian "tell" with the ...
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10 Constantius II13 viewsConstantius II AE3. D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed monocled bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards, GPLG in ex. Lyons 189 C55 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/18 at 09:51maridvnvm: Great Lugdunum style. Nice one.
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Probus Antoninianus41 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
9 commentsJay GT405/05/18 at 09:50maridvnvm: Glorious.
ProbusHorseman.jpg
Probus Antoninianus41 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
9 commentsJay GT405/05/18 at 07:45Canaan: Exceptional one, congrats
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993..Visual reference for collectors (March 2018)23 viewsI will continue to upgrade this reference as my set grows...

I hope this is benificial and helps collectors attribute their own coins via a visual reference..
If a reverse photo of the coins will help let me know.
1 commentsPaul R305/05/18 at 07:19quadrans: Great visual reference..
redwulf-alghere-2.jpg
S.867 Redwulf (Alghere)9 viewsStyca of Redwulf, king of Northumbria 844
Moneyer: Alghere
Mint: York (presumably)
S. 867
O:+REDVLF RX
R: +ALGHERE
Motif: 1/1

Ex- DNW, M Lessen, BA Seaby, Glendinings, HA Parsons
1 commentsNap05/05/18 at 07:13quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
IMG_4133.jpg
10 Constantius II13 viewsConstantius II AE3. D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed monocled bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards, GPLG in ex. Lyons 189 C55 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/18 at 07:12quadrans: Nice piece..
AthensCountermarkTet.jpg
Heavily Countermarked Classical (Old-Style), c. 454 - 404 B.C. Athens Owl Tetradrachm41 views3 commentsNemonater05/05/18 at 07:11quadrans: Great piece ..I like the countermarks..
ProbusHorseman.jpg
Probus Antoninianus41 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
9 commentsJay GT405/05/18 at 07:08quadrans: Nice piece..
Pergamon_19.jpg
Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, cista mystica, serpents 21 viewsMysia, Pergamon
Cistophoric Tetradrachm, c. 85-76 BC
Obv.: Serpent emerging from cista mystica with raised lid, all within ivy wreath with fruits.
Rev.: Bow case between two coiled serpents; to left, monogram of Pergamon; above, AΠ, monogram and star; to right, thyrsos.
Ag, 28.46mm, 12g
Ref.: SNG Paris 1726. SNG von Aulock 1369
1 commentsshanxi05/05/18 at 06:42Paul R3: Nicely detailed coin! Love the design.
119_Diocletianus,_Cyzicus,_RIC_V-II_306A,_AE-Ant,_IMP_C_C_VAL_DIOCLETIANVS_AVG,_CONCORDIA_MIL_ITVM_,_A_XXI_,_AD,_Q-001,_1h,_20,5-22,0mm,_3,84g-s.jpg
119 Diocletianus (284-305 A.D.), Cyzicus, RIC V-II 306A, AE-Antoninianus, A//XXI•, CONCORDIA MILITVM•, Emperor, and Jupiter, #173 views119 Diocletianus (284-305 A.D.), Cyzicus, RIC V-II 306A, AE-Antoninianus, A//XXI•, CONCORDIA MILITVM•, Emperor, and Jupiter, #1
avers: IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIA MILI TVM•, Emperor standing right, holding short scepter or parazonium, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter, standing left, holding long scepter.
exergue: A//XXI•, diameter: 21-21,5mm, weight:4,29g, axes: 6h,
mint: Cyzicus, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-II 306A, p-253,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans05/05/18 at 06:39Paul R3: Nice coin with lovely silvering!
alexpen.jpg
Alexander III (1249 - 1286 A.D.)15 viewsAR Penny
Scotland, Second Coinage Class MB2
O: ม ΛLЄXΛ(ND)ЄR DЄI GRΛ, crowned head left
R:  + RЄX SCO TOR VM, long cross pattée, with 24 points on mullets in quarters.
Berwick Mint
.99g
23mm
Burns 45 (fig. 179); Stewart & North 14; SCBI 35 (Ashmolean & Hunterian) 231; SCBC 5054
2 commentsMat05/05/18 at 06:01Randygeki(h2): Cool addition. I like the portrait on it.
ProbusHorseman.jpg
Probus Antoninianus41 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
9 commentsJay GT405/05/18 at 06:00Randygeki(h2): Excellent coin. The reverse is awesome
IMG_4133.jpg
10 Constantius II13 viewsConstantius II AE3. D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed monocled bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards, GPLG in ex. Lyons 189 C55 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/18 at 05:51Mat: nice surfaces and cool portrait
IMG_4128.jpg
09 Constantius II11 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing falling horseman, Phrygian helmet, reaching
dot SMN gamma in ex, gamma left
Nicomedia 84
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/18 at 05:50Mat: Nice shield
AthensCountermarkTet.jpg
Heavily Countermarked Classical (Old-Style), c. 454 - 404 B.C. Athens Owl Tetradrachm41 views3 commentsNemonater05/05/18 at 05:28Canaan: Very nice!!!great countermarks
IMG_4133.jpg
10 Constantius II13 viewsConstantius II AE3. D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed monocled bust right / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching backwards, GPLG in ex. Lyons 189 C55 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/18 at 05:18Jay GT4: Great funky style
IMG_4128.jpg
09 Constantius II11 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing falling horseman, Phrygian helmet, reaching
dot SMN gamma in ex, gamma left
Nicomedia 84
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/05/18 at 05:18Jay GT4: Nice
ProbusHorseman.jpg
Probus Antoninianus41 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
9 commentsJay GT405/05/18 at 03:00Nemonater: Awesome! Do they come any better?
ProbusHorseman.jpg
Probus Antoninianus41 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
9 commentsJay GT405/05/18 at 01:32Mat: Lovely surfaces
ProbusHorseman.jpg
Probus Antoninianus41 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
9 commentsJay GT405/05/18 at 01:07Enodia: quite lovely!
ProbusConsIIHercules.jpg
Probus12 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C PROBVS PF AVG CONS II; Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle.
ERCVLI PACIF; Hercules standing left, holding olive-branch, club and lion’s skin.
Ex: SXXT
Ticinum
RIC 378
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia05/05/18 at 00:57Jay GT4: That's a wonderful obverse. Congrats!
imgonline-com-ua-twotoone-Mx3SLs6f4XPx.jpg
Attica, Athens. (Circa 454-404 BC)11 viewsAR Tetradrachm

24mm, 16.57g

Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing earring, necklace with pendants, and crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl

Rev: Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square.

Test cuts on both sides.

Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597
2 commentsNathan P05/05/18 at 00:39Jay GT4: I believe everyone should own a test cut owl!
AthensCountermarkTet.jpg
Heavily Countermarked Classical (Old-Style), c. 454 - 404 B.C. Athens Owl Tetradrachm41 views3 commentsNemonater05/05/18 at 00:38Jay GT4: I love it! What a great coin
alexpen.jpg
Alexander III (1249 - 1286 A.D.)15 viewsAR Penny
Scotland, Second Coinage Class MB2
O: ม ΛLЄXΛ(ND)ЄR DЄI GRΛ, crowned head left
R:  + RЄX SCO TOR VM, long cross pattée, with 24 points on mullets in quarters.
Berwick Mint
.99g
23mm
Burns 45 (fig. 179); Stewart & North 14; SCBI 35 (Ashmolean & Hunterian) 231; SCBC 5054
2 commentsMat05/04/18 at 19:04quadrans: I like this..
imgonline-com-ua-twotoone-Mx3SLs6f4XPx.jpg
Attica, Athens. (Circa 454-404 BC)11 viewsAR Tetradrachm

24mm, 16.57g

Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing earring, necklace with pendants, and crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl

Rev: Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square.

Test cuts on both sides.

Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597
2 commentsNathan P05/03/18 at 16:59Canaan: Charming smile!!!
RI_064em_img.jpg
064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC 389 17 viewsObv:– IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, Laureate head right
Rev:– INVICTO IMP, Trophy with captured arms below
Minted in Emesa, A.D. 194 – 195
References:– RIC 389 (Scarce), RSC 232
2 commentsmaridvnvm05/03/18 at 13:06Mat: A lovely coin
Vlasto_1123.jpg
Taras, Calabria20 views520-473 BC
AR Hexante (5mm, 0,11g)
O: Wheel of four spokes.
R: Wheel of four spokes.
Vlasto 1123; SNG France 1620; HN Italy 978
Rare
ex Goduto

The spoked wheel motif was fairly common on archaic Greek coins, and its simplicity of design was especially suited to diminutive silver coins such as this one.




2 commentsEnodia05/03/18 at 00:45quadrans: Great piece..
Elagabalus.jpg
Elagabalus Siver Denarius27 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Blast white with a superb portrait.
4 commentsTravis C05/02/18 at 20:31Jochen: Beautiful, both sides!
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Elagabalus Siver Denarius27 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Blast white with a superb portrait.
4 commentsTravis C05/02/18 at 12:17David Atherton: Awesome coin!
Elagabalus.jpg
Elagabalus Siver Denarius27 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Blast white with a superb portrait.
4 commentsTravis C05/02/18 at 11:58okidoki: excellent
Elagabalus.jpg
Elagabalus Siver Denarius27 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Blast white with a superb portrait.
4 commentsTravis C05/02/18 at 11:23Jay GT4: Wonderful portrait
RPC1936.jpg
RPC-1936-Vespasian50 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 13.41g
Antioch mint, 69 AD
RPC 1936 (2 spec.).
Obv : AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Bust of Vespasian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev : ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY A; Eagle standing r., on thunderbolt; in r. field, palm branch
Ex CNG E418, 11 April 2018, lot 403.

According to Tacitus, Vespasian immediately struck gold and silver coins at Antioch after being proclaimed emperor by the legions in the East (Hist. II, 82). This coin dated regnal year one at Antioch ( July - September 69) must have been one of the first coins to bear Vespasian's portrait. The style is indeed early, similar to the year ten Syrian tetradrachms coined for Nero. Although traditionally attributed to Antioch, the style is strongly Alexandrian. It almost certainly was struck at Alexandria for circulation in Syria along side a parallel Antiochene issue. The goatskin aegis seen here is rare for Vespasian and exclusively appears on these early Alexandrian style tetradrachms. The eagle standing on thunderbolt is also unique to this issue for Vespasian. Only one obverse die is known for this year one type.

Attractive example with good toning.

7 commentsDavid Atherton05/02/18 at 09:06maridvnvm: A very attractive example.
CGallus.jpg
Nero / Caius Cestius Gallus28 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Nero. AD 54-68. Æ As (30.5mm, 15.36 g, 12h).
Caius Cestius Gallus, legatus Syriae. Dated year 115 of the Caesarean Era (AD 66/7).
O: Laureate head right; coiled serpent to right. IM • NER • CLAV • CAESAR
R: ЄΠI ΓAIOY KЄCTIO Y ΛNTIO ЄT • ЄIP in five lines within wreath (In the magistracy of Gaius Cestius, Antioch, year 115)
- McAlee 294 = Superior, (9 December 1989), lot 2827 (same dies); RPC I – Extremely rare, the second known.

Josephus lays much of the blame for the Jewish revolt at the feet of Florus, the Roman procurator of Judaea. Florus was notorious for his cruelty and greed. In 66 C.E. he demanded 17 talents from the temple treasury, using the pretense that it was needed by the Emperor. The Jews refused, ridiculing his request by taking up a mock collection for the “poor Florus.”

Florus responded by sending troops to loot and pillage the Upper-Marketplace in Jerusalem. Thousands of Jews were killed, including woman and children. Rather than bringing the city under control, Josephus reasons, “What more need be said? It was Florus who constrained us to take up war with the Romans, for we preferred to perish together rather than by degrees. The war in fact began in the second year of the procuratorship of Florus and in the twelfth of Nero's reign.”

The Sicarii, or “dagger-men,” took the fortress of Masada and killed the Roman garrison stationed there, establishing the first rebel stronghold. The fortress of Antonia was also captured and the Roman soldiers stationed there were slain. The remaining Roman holdouts surrendered under the agreement that their lives would be spared but they too were slaughtered. At the same time, the daily sacrifices for the Emperor were discontinued. A mixture of elation and fear gripped Jerusalem as they awaited the inevitable Roman response.

Gaius Cestius Gallus, Legate of Syria in 66 C.E., was the response. On Nero’s order, he assembled a force at Antioch comprised of legio XII Fulminata, detachments from the three other legions based in Syria, six cohorts of auxiliary infantry and four alae of cavalry. He also had military support from the Jewish ruler Herod Agrippa II and two other client kings, Antiochus IV of Commagene and Sohaemus of Emesa.

Within three months Gallus, with his force of over 30,000 troops, began working their way down from Galilee to Jerusalem, attacking key cities such as Chabulon, Joppa and Antipatris. Although enduring successful raids from the rebels, the Romans finally enter and set fire to the suburbs of Jerusalem as the rebels retreated to the safety of the temple fortress.

After setting fire to Bezetha, north of the temple, Gallus encamped in front of the royal palace, southwest of the temple. At that time, Josephus says he could have easily taken the city since pro-Roman Jews were ready to open the gates of the city for him. A six day delay, however, strengthened the insurgents. The zealots attacked and killed the pro-peace faction in the city, murdering their leaders, then assaulted the Romans from the wall. The advance units of the Romans employ the Testudo, overlapping their shields over themselves like the back of a tortoise, and began undermining the walls. After five days they are on the verge of success when, for an undetermined cause, Gallus called off the attack. In History of the Jews, Professor Heinrich Graetz suggests: “[Cestius Gallus] did not deem it advisable to continue the combat against heroic enthusiasts and embark on a lengthy campaign at that season, when the autumn rains would soon commence . . . and might prevent the army from receiving provisions. On that account probably he thought it more prudent to retrace his steps.” Whatever the reason, Gallus decided to abruptly leave Jerusalem.

Gallus, with evidently little battlefield experience, suffered one humiliating defeat after another during the retreat. By the battles end the losses amounted to 5,300 infantry, 480 cavalry, all the pack animals, artillery and the eagle standard of the legio XII Fulminata. With the rebels emboldened by their shocking victory, the stage is set for the Romans to return in greater force. This time, however, Nero would send general Vespasian.

Cestius Gallus died a broken man in 67 C.E. Tacitus described the outbreak of the revolt to Gallus death as follows: “the endurance of the Jews lasted till Gessius Florus was procurator. In his time the war broke out. Cestius Gallus, legate of Syria, who attempted to crush it, had to fight several battles, generally with ill-success. Cestius dying, either in the course of nature, or from vexation.” - The Histories V
4 commentsNemonater05/01/18 at 22:31David Atherton: Fantastic!
RPC1936.jpg
RPC-1936-Vespasian50 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 13.41g
Antioch mint, 69 AD
RPC 1936 (2 spec.).
Obv : AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Bust of Vespasian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev : ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY A; Eagle standing r., on thunderbolt; in r. field, palm branch
Ex CNG E418, 11 April 2018, lot 403.

According to Tacitus, Vespasian immediately struck gold and silver coins at Antioch after being proclaimed emperor by the legions in the East (Hist. II, 82). This coin dated regnal year one at Antioch ( July - September 69) must have been one of the first coins to bear Vespasian's portrait. The style is indeed early, similar to the year ten Syrian tetradrachms coined for Nero. Although traditionally attributed to Antioch, the style is strongly Alexandrian. It almost certainly was struck at Alexandria for circulation in Syria along side a parallel Antiochene issue. The goatskin aegis seen here is rare for Vespasian and exclusively appears on these early Alexandrian style tetradrachms. The eagle standing on thunderbolt is also unique to this issue for Vespasian. Only one obverse die is known for this year one type.

Attractive example with good toning.

7 commentsDavid Atherton05/01/18 at 14:54FlaviusDomitianus: Nice Alexandrian style example.
RPC1936.jpg
RPC-1936-Vespasian50 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 13.41g
Antioch mint, 69 AD
RPC 1936 (2 spec.).
Obv : AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Bust of Vespasian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev : ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY A; Eagle standing r., on thunderbolt; in r. field, palm branch
Ex CNG E418, 11 April 2018, lot 403.

According to Tacitus, Vespasian immediately struck gold and silver coins at Antioch after being proclaimed emperor by the legions in the East (Hist. II, 82). This coin dated regnal year one at Antioch ( July - September 69) must have been one of the first coins to bear Vespasian's portrait. The style is indeed early, similar to the year ten Syrian tetradrachms coined for Nero. Although traditionally attributed to Antioch, the style is strongly Alexandrian. It almost certainly was struck at Alexandria for circulation in Syria along side a parallel Antiochene issue. The goatskin aegis seen here is rare for Vespasian and exclusively appears on these early Alexandrian style tetradrachms. The eagle standing on thunderbolt is also unique to this issue for Vespasian. Only one obverse die is known for this year one type.

Attractive example with good toning.

7 commentsDavid Atherton05/01/18 at 13:42Mat: That would be a dream coin to own, nice
RPC1936.jpg
RPC-1936-Vespasian50 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 13.41g
Antioch mint, 69 AD
RPC 1936 (2 spec.).
Obv : AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Bust of Vespasian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev : ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY A; Eagle standing r., on thunderbolt; in r. field, palm branch
Ex CNG E418, 11 April 2018, lot 403.

According to Tacitus, Vespasian immediately struck gold and silver coins at Antioch after being proclaimed emperor by the legions in the East (Hist. II, 82). This coin dated regnal year one at Antioch ( July - September 69) must have been one of the first coins to bear Vespasian's portrait. The style is indeed early, similar to the year ten Syrian tetradrachms coined for Nero. Although traditionally attributed to Antioch, the style is strongly Alexandrian. It almost certainly was struck at Alexandria for circulation in Syria along side a parallel Antiochene issue. The goatskin aegis seen here is rare for Vespasian and exclusively appears on these early Alexandrian style tetradrachms. The eagle standing on thunderbolt is also unique to this issue for Vespasian. Only one obverse die is known for this year one type.

Attractive example with good toning.

7 commentsDavid Atherton05/01/18 at 12:00Jay GT4: A real beauty and being rare is icing on the cake
titustet.jpg
Titus (79 - 81 A.D.)20 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVTOK TITOV KAIΣ OYEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEBA, laureate head right.
R:  [NIΛOΣ], bust of Nilus with lotus flower, star behind LΓ=year 3 (80/81 A.D.).
24mm
11.4g
RPC.2470,  Dattari 425, Emmett 234.3

Very Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat05/01/18 at 11:37David Atherton: Nice and rare! It should be RPC 2470 with star l. ...
RPC1936.jpg
RPC-1936-Vespasian50 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 13.41g
Antioch mint, 69 AD
RPC 1936 (2 spec.).
Obv : AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Bust of Vespasian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev : ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY A; Eagle standing r., on thunderbolt; in r. field, palm branch
Ex CNG E418, 11 April 2018, lot 403.

According to Tacitus, Vespasian immediately struck gold and silver coins at Antioch after being proclaimed emperor by the legions in the East (Hist. II, 82). This coin dated regnal year one at Antioch ( July - September 69) must have been one of the first coins to bear Vespasian's portrait. The style is indeed early, similar to the year ten Syrian tetradrachms coined for Nero. Although traditionally attributed to Antioch, the style is strongly Alexandrian. It almost certainly was struck at Alexandria for circulation in Syria along side a parallel Antiochene issue. The goatskin aegis seen here is rare for Vespasian and exclusively appears on these early Alexandrian style tetradrachms. The eagle standing on thunderbolt is also unique to this issue for Vespasian. Only one obverse die is known for this year one type.

Attractive example with good toning.

7 commentsDavid Atherton05/01/18 at 10:35Nemonater: Great centering and strike, a beauty!
RPC1936.jpg
RPC-1936-Vespasian50 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 13.41g
Antioch mint, 69 AD
RPC 1936 (2 spec.).
Obv : AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Bust of Vespasian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev : ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY A; Eagle standing r., on thunderbolt; in r. field, palm branch
Ex CNG E418, 11 April 2018, lot 403.

According to Tacitus, Vespasian immediately struck gold and silver coins at Antioch after being proclaimed emperor by the legions in the East (Hist. II, 82). This coin dated regnal year one at Antioch ( July - September 69) must have been one of the first coins to bear Vespasian's portrait. The style is indeed early, similar to the year ten Syrian tetradrachms coined for Nero. Although traditionally attributed to Antioch, the style is strongly Alexandrian. It almost certainly was struck at Alexandria for circulation in Syria along side a parallel Antiochene issue. The goatskin aegis seen here is rare for Vespasian and exclusively appears on these early Alexandrian style tetradrachms. The eagle standing on thunderbolt is also unique to this issue for Vespasian. Only one obverse die is known for this year one type.

Attractive example with good toning.

7 commentsDavid Atherton05/01/18 at 10:31Canaan: Very nice!!! Congrats
titustet.jpg
Titus (79 - 81 A.D.)20 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVTOK TITOV KAIΣ OYEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEBA, laureate head right.
R:  [NIΛOΣ], bust of Nilus with lotus flower, star behind LΓ=year 3 (80/81 A.D.).
24mm
11.4g
RPC.2470,  Dattari 425, Emmett 234.3

Very Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat05/01/18 at 07:48quadrans: Nice find...
CGallus.jpg
Nero / Caius Cestius Gallus28 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Nero. AD 54-68. Æ As (30.5mm, 15.36 g, 12h).
Caius Cestius Gallus, legatus Syriae. Dated year 115 of the Caesarean Era (AD 66/7).
O: Laureate head right; coiled serpent to right. IM • NER • CLAV • CAESAR
R: ЄΠI ΓAIOY KЄCTIO Y ΛNTIO ЄT • ЄIP in five lines within wreath (In the magistracy of Gaius Cestius, Antioch, year 115)
- McAlee 294 = Superior, (9 December 1989), lot 2827 (same dies); RPC I – Extremely rare, the second known.

Josephus lays much of the blame for the Jewish revolt at the feet of Florus, the Roman procurator of Judaea. Florus was notorious for his cruelty and greed. In 66 C.E. he demanded 17 talents from the temple treasury, using the pretense that it was needed by the Emperor. The Jews refused, ridiculing his request by taking up a mock collection for the “poor Florus.”

Florus responded by sending troops to loot and pillage the Upper-Marketplace in Jerusalem. Thousands of Jews were killed, including woman and children. Rather than bringing the city under control, Josephus reasons, “What more need be said? It was Florus who constrained us to take up war with the Romans, for we preferred to perish together rather than by degrees. The war in fact began in the second year of the procuratorship of Florus and in the twelfth of Nero's reign.”

The Sicarii, or “dagger-men,” took the fortress of Masada and killed the Roman garrison stationed there, establishing the first rebel stronghold. The fortress of Antonia was also captured and the Roman soldiers stationed there were slain. The remaining Roman holdouts surrendered under the agreement that their lives would be spared but they too were slaughtered. At the same time, the daily sacrifices for the Emperor were discontinued. A mixture of elation and fear gripped Jerusalem as they awaited the inevitable Roman response.

Gaius Cestius Gallus, Legate of Syria in 66 C.E., was the response. On Nero’s order, he assembled a force at Antioch comprised of legio XII Fulminata, detachments from the three other legions based in Syria, six cohorts of auxiliary infantry and four alae of cavalry. He also had military support from the Jewish ruler Herod Agrippa II and two other client kings, Antiochus IV of Commagene and Sohaemus of Emesa.

Within three months Gallus, with his force of over 30,000 troops, began working their way down from Galilee to Jerusalem, attacking key cities such as Chabulon, Joppa and Antipatris. Although enduring successful raids from the rebels, the Romans finally enter and set fire to the suburbs of Jerusalem as the rebels retreated to the safety of the temple fortress.

After setting fire to Bezetha, north of the temple, Gallus encamped in front of the royal palace, southwest of the temple. At that time, Josephus says he could have easily taken the city since pro-Roman Jews were ready to open the gates of the city for him. A six day delay, however, strengthened the insurgents. The zealots attacked and killed the pro-peace faction in the city, murdering their leaders, then assaulted the Romans from the wall. The advance units of the Romans employ the Testudo, overlapping their shields over themselves like the back of a tortoise, and began undermining the walls. After five days they are on the verge of success when, for an undetermined cause, Gallus called off the attack. In History of the Jews, Professor Heinrich Graetz suggests: “[Cestius Gallus] did not deem it advisable to continue the combat against heroic enthusiasts and embark on a lengthy campaign at that season, when the autumn rains would soon commence . . . and might prevent the army from receiving provisions. On that account probably he thought it more prudent to retrace his steps.” Whatever the reason, Gallus decided to abruptly leave Jerusalem.

Gallus, with evidently little battlefield experience, suffered one humiliating defeat after another during the retreat. By the battles end the losses amounted to 5,300 infantry, 480 cavalry, all the pack animals, artillery and the eagle standard of the legio XII Fulminata. With the rebels emboldened by their shocking victory, the stage is set for the Romans to return in greater force. This time, however, Nero would send general Vespasian.

Cestius Gallus died a broken man in 67 C.E. Tacitus described the outbreak of the revolt to Gallus death as follows: “the endurance of the Jews lasted till Gessius Florus was procurator. In his time the war broke out. Cestius Gallus, legate of Syria, who attempted to crush it, had to fight several battles, generally with ill-success. Cestius dying, either in the course of nature, or from vexation.” - The Histories V
4 commentsNemonater05/01/18 at 06:45Canaan: Outstanding!!!!
titustet.jpg
Titus (79 - 81 A.D.)20 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVTOK TITOV KAIΣ OYEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEBA, laureate head right.
R:  [NIΛOΣ], bust of Nilus with lotus flower, star behind LΓ=year 3 (80/81 A.D.).
24mm
11.4g
RPC.2470,  Dattari 425, Emmett 234.3

Very Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat05/01/18 at 06:13Randygeki(h2): Very cool! A nice upgrade.
maxabdic.jpg
Maximianus (286-305 A.D.)20 viewsÆ Follis
O: D N MAXIMIANO BEATISS SEN AVG, laureate bust of Maximianus right in imperial mantle, olive branch in right hand, mappa in left.
R: PROVIDENTIA DEOR QVIES AVGG, Providentia standing right, extending right hand to Quies standing left, branch in right hand, leaning on scepter with left; S-F across fields, RT in exergue.
Rome Mint, 3rd officina, 305 AD
28mm
10.91g
RIC VI Rome 116b (R)

Abdication Issue
3 commentsMat05/01/18 at 06:13Randygeki(h2): Neat addition!
Sear_0342_[2].jpg
Sear 03427 viewsJustinian I (527 – 565 CE) Nummus, weight 0.76g, diameter 10 mm. Mint of Carthage. 1 commentsAbu Galyon05/01/18 at 04:19wileyc: interesting
Philip_II.jpg
Kings of Macedon. Amphipolis. Philip II. 359-336 BC. (Circa 355-349/8 BC)11 viewsAR Tetradrachm

23mm., 13,99g.

Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right

Reverse: ΦIΛIΠ ΠOY (FILIPPOU, "Of Philip"), Philip II on horse left, wearing kausia, short tunic and chiton around the neck, he raises the hand in salutation, bow beneath the front legs of the horse.

Le Rider D71, R -; SNG Cop 545 var.

From sculptures uncovered in the excavation of Philip’s tomb in 1977, it is evident that the artist adopted some of Philip’s facial attributes in the depiction of Zeus on his tetradrachms, which would help assert Philip’s divinity and claim to the broader throne of Greece.

Philip's horse won the horseback race at the 106th Olympics in 356 BC (the same year his son Alexander the Great was born), which is why the rider on his coins' reverses is thought to be him.
1 commentsNathan P05/01/18 at 03:35Jay GT4: Great style
Vlasto_1123.jpg
Taras, Calabria20 views520-473 BC
AR Hexante (5mm, 0,11g)
O: Wheel of four spokes.
R: Wheel of four spokes.
Vlasto 1123; SNG France 1620; HN Italy 978
Rare
ex Goduto

The spoked wheel motif was fairly common on archaic Greek coins, and its simplicity of design was especially suited to diminutive silver coins such as this one.




2 commentsEnodia05/01/18 at 03:32Jay GT4: Nice one
D788Asm.jpg
Domitian RIC-788A46 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
RIC 788A. BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. with aegis
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Ex Dionysos Numismatik (eBay), 27 March 2018.

An extremely rare Domitian aegis portrait from 95/96, possibly the second known example with this reverse type. Domitian's aegis portraits on denarii were more commonly struck in 84 and 85, exceptionally so afterwards. The Rome mint was experimenting with new reverse designs and portrait types for the denarius issues during the last year of the reign. Perhaps the reintroduction of the aegis may have been part of this new programme? Of course we shall never know - Domitian's assassination in September 96 cut short any experimentation with his coinage. This rare variant only came to light recently and has been added to the RIC II.1 Addenda as RIC 788A.

Bold portrait and fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton05/01/18 at 00:11Nemonater: Great portrait, what a nose on that one!
titustet.jpg
Titus (79 - 81 A.D.)20 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVTOK TITOV KAIΣ OYEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEBA, laureate head right.
R:  [NIΛOΣ], bust of Nilus with lotus flower, star behind LΓ=year 3 (80/81 A.D.).
24mm
11.4g
RPC.2470,  Dattari 425, Emmett 234.3

Very Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat05/01/18 at 00:10Nemonater: Nice portraits!
titustet.jpg
Titus (79 - 81 A.D.)20 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVTOK TITOV KAIΣ OYEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEBA, laureate head right.
R:  [NIΛOΣ], bust of Nilus with lotus flower, star behind LΓ=year 3 (80/81 A.D.).
24mm
11.4g
RPC.2470,  Dattari 425, Emmett 234.3

Very Rare

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
5 commentsMat04/30/18 at 23:40Jay GT4: Nice
CGallus.jpg
Nero / Caius Cestius Gallus28 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Nero. AD 54-68. Æ As (30.5mm, 15.36 g, 12h).
Caius Cestius Gallus, legatus Syriae. Dated year 115 of the Caesarean Era (AD 66/7).
O: Laureate head right; coiled serpent to right. IM • NER • CLAV • CAESAR
R: ЄΠI ΓAIOY KЄCTIO Y ΛNTIO ЄT • ЄIP in five lines within wreath (In the magistracy of Gaius Cestius, Antioch, year 115)
- McAlee 294 = Superior, (9 December 1989), lot 2827 (same dies); RPC I – Extremely rare, the second known.

Josephus lays much of the blame for the Jewish revolt at the feet of Florus, the Roman procurator of Judaea. Florus was notorious for his cruelty and greed. In 66 C.E. he demanded 17 talents from the temple treasury, using the pretense that it was needed by the Emperor. The Jews refused, ridiculing his request by taking up a mock collection for the “poor Florus.”

Florus responded by sending troops to loot and pillage the Upper-Marketplace in Jerusalem. Thousands of Jews were killed, including woman and children. Rather than bringing the city under control, Josephus reasons, “What more need be said? It was Florus who constrained us to take up war with the Romans, for we preferred to perish together rather than by degrees. The war in fact began in the second year of the procuratorship of Florus and in the twelfth of Nero's reign.”

The Sicarii, or “dagger-men,” took the fortress of Masada and killed the Roman garrison stationed there, establishing the first rebel stronghold. The fortress of Antonia was also captured and the Roman soldiers stationed there were slain. The remaining Roman holdouts surrendered under the agreement that their lives would be spared but they too were slaughtered. At the same time, the daily sacrifices for the Emperor were discontinued. A mixture of elation and fear gripped Jerusalem as they awaited the inevitable Roman response.

Gaius Cestius Gallus, Legate of Syria in 66 C.E., was the response. On Nero’s order, he assembled a force at Antioch comprised of legio XII Fulminata, detachments from the three other legions based in Syria, six cohorts of auxiliary infantry and four alae of cavalry. He also had military support from the Jewish ruler Herod Agrippa II and two other client kings, Antiochus IV of Commagene and Sohaemus of Emesa.

Within three months Gallus, with his force of over 30,000 troops, began working their way down from Galilee to Jerusalem, attacking key cities such as Chabulon, Joppa and Antipatris. Although enduring successful raids from the rebels, the Romans finally enter and set fire to the suburbs of Jerusalem as the rebels retreated to the safety of the temple fortress.

After setting fire to Bezetha, north of the temple, Gallus encamped in front of the royal palace, southwest of the temple. At that time, Josephus says he could have easily taken the city since pro-Roman Jews were ready to open the gates of the city for him. A six day delay, however, strengthened the insurgents. The zealots attacked and killed the pro-peace faction in the city, murdering their leaders, then assaulted the Romans from the wall. The advance units of the Romans employ the Testudo, overlapping their shields over themselves like the back of a tortoise, and began undermining the walls. After five days they are on the verge of success when, for an undetermined cause, Gallus called off the attack. In History of the Jews, Professor Heinrich Graetz suggests: “[Cestius Gallus] did not deem it advisable to continue the combat against heroic enthusiasts and embark on a lengthy campaign at that season, when the autumn rains would soon commence . . . and might prevent the army from receiving provisions. On that account probably he thought it more prudent to retrace his steps.” Whatever the reason, Gallus decided to abruptly leave Jerusalem.

Gallus, with evidently little battlefield experience, suffered one humiliating defeat after another during the retreat. By the battles end the losses amounted to 5,300 infantry, 480 cavalry, all the pack animals, artillery and the eagle standard of the legio XII Fulminata. With the rebels emboldened by their shocking victory, the stage is set for the Romans to return in greater force. This time, however, Nero would send general Vespasian.

Cestius Gallus died a broken man in 67 C.E. Tacitus described the outbreak of the revolt to Gallus death as follows: “the endurance of the Jews lasted till Gessius Florus was procurator. In his time the war broke out. Cestius Gallus, legate of Syria, who attempted to crush it, had to fight several battles, generally with ill-success. Cestius dying, either in the course of nature, or from vexation.” - The Histories V
4 commentsNemonater04/30/18 at 23:40Jay GT4: Amazing
D788Asm.jpg
Domitian RIC-788A46 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
RIC 788A. BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. with aegis
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Ex Dionysos Numismatik (eBay), 27 March 2018.

An extremely rare Domitian aegis portrait from 95/96, possibly the second known example with this reverse type. Domitian's aegis portraits on denarii were more commonly struck in 84 and 85, exceptionally so afterwards. The Rome mint was experimenting with new reverse designs and portrait types for the denarius issues during the last year of the reign. Perhaps the reintroduction of the aegis may have been part of this new programme? Of course we shall never know - Domitian's assassination in September 96 cut short any experimentation with his coinage. This rare variant only came to light recently and has been added to the RIC II.1 Addenda as RIC 788A.

Bold portrait and fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton04/30/18 at 23:21quadrans: Nice piece..
CGallus.jpg
Nero / Caius Cestius Gallus28 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Nero. AD 54-68. Æ As (30.5mm, 15.36 g, 12h).
Caius Cestius Gallus, legatus Syriae. Dated year 115 of the Caesarean Era (AD 66/7).
O: Laureate head right; coiled serpent to right. IM • NER • CLAV • CAESAR
R: ЄΠI ΓAIOY KЄCTIO Y ΛNTIO ЄT • ЄIP in five lines within wreath (In the magistracy of Gaius Cestius, Antioch, year 115)
- McAlee 294 = Superior, (9 December 1989), lot 2827 (same dies); RPC I – Extremely rare, the second known.

Josephus lays much of the blame for the Jewish revolt at the feet of Florus, the Roman procurator of Judaea. Florus was notorious for his cruelty and greed. In 66 C.E. he demanded 17 talents from the temple treasury, using the pretense that it was needed by the Emperor. The Jews refused, ridiculing his request by taking up a mock collection for the “poor Florus.”

Florus responded by sending troops to loot and pillage the Upper-Marketplace in Jerusalem. Thousands of Jews were killed, including woman and children. Rather than bringing the city under control, Josephus reasons, “What more need be said? It was Florus who constrained us to take up war with the Romans, for we preferred to perish together rather than by degrees. The war in fact began in the second year of the procuratorship of Florus and in the twelfth of Nero's reign.”

The Sicarii, or “dagger-men,” took the fortress of Masada and killed the Roman garrison stationed there, establishing the first rebel stronghold. The fortress of Antonia was also captured and the Roman soldiers stationed there were slain. The remaining Roman holdouts surrendered under the agreement that their lives would be spared but they too were slaughtered. At the same time, the daily sacrifices for the Emperor were discontinued. A mixture of elation and fear gripped Jerusalem as they awaited the inevitable Roman response.

Gaius Cestius Gallus, Legate of Syria in 66 C.E., was the response. On Nero’s order, he assembled a force at Antioch comprised of legio XII Fulminata, detachments from the three other legions based in Syria, six cohorts of auxiliary infantry and four alae of cavalry. He also had military support from the Jewish ruler Herod Agrippa II and two other client kings, Antiochus IV of Commagene and Sohaemus of Emesa.

Within three months Gallus, with his force of over 30,000 troops, began working their way down from Galilee to Jerusalem, attacking key cities such as Chabulon, Joppa and Antipatris. Although enduring successful raids from the rebels, the Romans finally enter and set fire to the suburbs of Jerusalem as the rebels retreated to the safety of the temple fortress.

After setting fire to Bezetha, north of the temple, Gallus encamped in front of the royal palace, southwest of the temple. At that time, Josephus says he could have easily taken the city since pro-Roman Jews were ready to open the gates of the city for him. A six day delay, however, strengthened the insurgents. The zealots attacked and killed the pro-peace faction in the city, murdering their leaders, then assaulted the Romans from the wall. The advance units of the Romans employ the Testudo, overlapping their shields over themselves like the back of a tortoise, and began undermining the walls. After five days they are on the verge of success when, for an undetermined cause, Gallus called off the attack. In History of the Jews, Professor Heinrich Graetz suggests: “[Cestius Gallus] did not deem it advisable to continue the combat against heroic enthusiasts and embark on a lengthy campaign at that season, when the autumn rains would soon commence . . . and might prevent the army from receiving provisions. On that account probably he thought it more prudent to retrace his steps.” Whatever the reason, Gallus decided to abruptly leave Jerusalem.

Gallus, with evidently little battlefield experience, suffered one humiliating defeat after another during the retreat. By the battles end the losses amounted to 5,300 infantry, 480 cavalry, all the pack animals, artillery and the eagle standard of the legio XII Fulminata. With the rebels emboldened by their shocking victory, the stage is set for the Romans to return in greater force. This time, however, Nero would send general Vespasian.

Cestius Gallus died a broken man in 67 C.E. Tacitus described the outbreak of the revolt to Gallus death as follows: “the endurance of the Jews lasted till Gessius Florus was procurator. In his time the war broke out. Cestius Gallus, legate of Syria, who attempted to crush it, had to fight several battles, generally with ill-success. Cestius dying, either in the course of nature, or from vexation.” - The Histories V
4 commentsNemonater04/30/18 at 23:11quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Vespasian,_RIC_357,_RIC(1962)_63__(Titus),_AR-Denar,_DIVVS_AVGVSTVS_VESPASIANVS,_two-Capricorn,_Large_shield,_RSC_497,_BMC_129,_Rome_80-81_AD,_Q-001,_6h,_17,5-18,5mm,_3,33g-s.jpg
020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1122 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: No legend, Shield reading SC held by two capricornii, globe below. Large shield version!
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5 mm, weight: 2,98g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC (Titus) 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063 p-123, RSC 497, BMC 129, BM-129, Paris 101,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans04/30/18 at 20:33orfew: Great protrait
sspro.jpg
Septimius Severus(193 - 211 A.D)24 viewsÆ 27
Anchialus, Thrace.
O: AY K L CEP CEYHROC PE, laureate, draped bust right.
R: HG CT BABHAROY AGXIALEWN, Hygieia standing right, feeding serpent in arms, facing Asklepios standing left, resting on serpent-entwined staff.
12.77g
27mm
Moushmov 2807; Varbanov 176 AMNG II 458
1 commentsMat04/30/18 at 17:43Nicholas Z: I have only seen one other of this type and it was...
luciusdid.jpg
Lucius Verus (161 - 169 A.D.)62 viewsCaesarea, Cappadocia
AR Didrachm
O: AYTOKR OYHPOC CEBACTOC Bare-headed and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
R: YPA TOS B ,Mt. Argaeus surmounted by Helios standing left.
Struck 161-166 A.D. (as COS II)
Caesarea, Cappadocia Mint
6.3g
20mm
Metcalf, Caesarea 131d; Sydenham, Caesarea
6 commentsMat04/30/18 at 17:42Nicholas Z: Great coin! Also fun fish eye on Verus.
crock.jpg
Augustus, with Agrippa  (27. B.C. 14 A.D.)22 viewsGAUL, Nemausus
Æ As
O:  Heads of Agrippa left, wearing rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus right, wearing oak wreath, back to back.  IMP above, DIVI F below.
R: Crocodile right chained to palm branch with long vertical fronds; above, wreath with long ties, palms below; COL NEM flanking vertical palm.
Nemausus mint, 9-3 B.C
10.26g
27mm
RPC I 524; RIC 1 158
3 commentsMat04/30/18 at 17:41Nicholas Z: I never realized you had one of these. Nice. I’m...
comopro.jpg
Commodus (177 - 192 A.D.)37 viewsAR Didrachm
Caesaria, Cappadocia
O: AYT M AYP KOMO ANTωNI, laureate head right.
R: YΠATOC ∆ ΠAT ΠA-TPI, Mt. Argaeus surmounted by star.
Cos IV, struck 183-185 AD.
21mm
3.96g
Metcalf 155f; Sydenham 372a
3 commentsMat04/30/18 at 17:41Nicholas Z: Detail is impressive.
hadmt1.jpg
Hadrian (117-138 A.D.)53 viewsAR Didrachm
CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea
O: ADPIANOC CEBACTOC, laureate head right.
R: YPATOC G.PATHPPA, Helios standing on Mount Argaeus, holding globe and sceptre.
20mm
6.35g
Sydenham, Caesarea 263; Metcalf, Caesarea 92a
2 commentsMat04/30/18 at 17:40Nicholas Z: Attractive coin all around!
maxabdic.jpg
Maximianus (286-305 A.D.)20 viewsÆ Follis
O: D N MAXIMIANO BEATISS SEN AVG, laureate bust of Maximianus right in imperial mantle, olive branch in right hand, mappa in left.
R: PROVIDENTIA DEOR QVIES AVGG, Providentia standing right, extending right hand to Quies standing left, branch in right hand, leaning on scepter with left; S-F across fields, RT in exergue.
Rome Mint, 3rd officina, 305 AD
28mm
10.91g
RIC VI Rome 116b (R)

Abdication Issue
3 commentsMat04/30/18 at 06:55quadrans: I agree nice piece...
maxabdic.jpg
Maximianus (286-305 A.D.)20 viewsÆ Follis
O: D N MAXIMIANO BEATISS SEN AVG, laureate bust of Maximianus right in imperial mantle, olive branch in right hand, mappa in left.
R: PROVIDENTIA DEOR QVIES AVGG, Providentia standing right, extending right hand to Quies standing left, branch in right hand, leaning on scepter with left; S-F across fields, RT in exergue.
Rome Mint, 3rd officina, 305 AD
28mm
10.91g
RIC VI Rome 116b (R)

Abdication Issue
3 commentsMat04/30/18 at 05:17Canaan: Nice!!!
price_3666.jpg
Price 366612 viewsHoe to the left. M to the left. Monogram under the throne. A real good strike under the uneven toning.1 commentsChance Vandal04/30/18 at 03:14Jay GT4: Nice one
price_3670.jpg
Price 367012 viewsLadle to the left. Monogram under the throne. M under the monogram. Auction desript said "torch (?)" "Price 3643"1 commentsChance Vandal04/30/18 at 03:13Jay GT4: Great looking coin
Antony_Octavian_denarius.jpg
Marc Antony and Octavian denarius portraits21 viewsMARK ANTONY and OCTAVIAN. Silver denarius. Moneyer: M. Barbatius Pollio, quaestor pro praetore. Ephesus, Spring-Summer 41 BC. Obv: M ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P. Bare head of Mark Antony right. Rev: CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C. Bare head of Octavian right. Crawford 517/2; CRI 243. Weight: 3.91 g. Diameter: 13 mm.
This coin was struck to pay Antony's troops shortly after he and the young Octavian completed their defeat of Caesar's assassins. Several months later would come his first meeting with Cleopatra.
3 commentsOctavianus04/29/18 at 19:28Norbert: Great coin
6376_6377.jpg
Septimius Severus, Denarius, PROFECT AVGG FEL4 viewsAR Denarius
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 198 - 200AD
19.0mm 3.35gr 11h
O: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX; Laureate head, right.
R: PROFECT AVGG FEL; Septimius Severus on horseback, holding spear, rearing right.
RIC 138; RSC
Aorta: 511: B3, O45, R272, T168, M4.
Agora Auction, Ken Dorney Sale KD5, Lot 077.
4/13/18 4/27/18
1 commentsNicholas Z04/29/18 at 17:49Rob D: Nice one Nicholas!
image00025.jpg
Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 17.30 g34 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying right crowning the horses with wreath.Rev forepart of man-headed bull [Gelas] right of fine style.
EX The New York sale 42,lot 25 Ira & Larry Goldberg
EX. The Dionysus collection.
EX.Roma E3 LOT 49 11-30-13
4 commentsGrant H04/29/18 at 16:54paul1888: outstanding!
Augustus_bull.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, denarius bull127 viewsAugustus Denarius. Lugdunum mint, struck 15-13 BC.
Observe: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right
Reverse: IMP X, bull butting right.
References: RIC 167a; RSC 137.
Diameter 19 mm / weight 3.9 grams
Marcelo Leal's collection
7 commentsAugustus197504/29/18 at 10:46Potator II: Fantastic coin, loosing a crown against such a bea...
henry_viii.jpg
Henry VIII AR Groat20 viewsEngland. House of Tudor. Henry VIII (1509-1547). Second Coinage, 1526-1544. Groat, mm rose. Laker bust D, rev. Shield over cross fourchee. S.2337E. PCGS Genuine, Cleaned - XF Detail. Spink USA, The Numismatic Collectors' Series Sale
Sale Date: 04/17/2018
1 commentsorfew04/29/18 at 04:51Mat: A nice addition
SevSept1.jpg
Septimius Severus Denarius34 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius. Struck 198-202 AD.
Obv: L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, laureate head right
Rev: COS I-I P P, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm.

RIC 503a , RSC 96.
1 commentsTanit04/28/18 at 21:00Jschulze: Great coin, I love the toning!
1076_P_Hadrian_pseudo_RPC1812.jpg
1812 LYDIA, Nacrasa Ae 15 Pseudo-autonomous under Hadrian Serpent6 viewsReference.
RPC III 1812; vA, Phryg., 1344-53, 1365-9; SNG von Aulock -; SNG Copenhagen 294 var. (ethnic); BMC 7.

Magistrate Markos Iounianos (strategos)

Obv. ΕΠΙ СΤΡΑ ΜΑΡ ΙΟΥΝΙΑΝΟΥ
Bearded head of Heracles, r.

Rev. ΝΑΚΡΑСΙΤΩΝ
Serpent coiled around omphalos

2.43 gr
15 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki04/28/18 at 20:44shanxi: Nice one
RIC_Gallienus_RIC-V_(J)_Antioch_450.jpg
Gallienus (Publius Licinius Egnatius Gallienus) (253-268 A.D.)22 viewsSRCV 10386, RIC V J-405, Göbl 1702b, Van Meter 298

BI Antoninianus, 3.50 g., 22.58 mm. max., 180°

Antioch mint, struck during joint reign (253-260 A.D.), in 255-256 A.D.

Obv: IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS P F AVG, radiate draped and cuirassed bust right.

Rev: VICTORIA AVG, Emperor, standing left, holding spear and receiving wreath from Victory, standing right and holding palm, wreath above .

RIC rarity C, Van Meter VB1.
2 commentsStkp04/28/18 at 20:09Droger: Very nice one !
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Parium, Severus Alexander, Asclepios9 viewsSeverus Alexander
Mysia, Parium
Obv.: IMP CAEƧ L ƧEP ƧE ALEXANDER, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: DEO AEƧ VB (Deo Aesculapius subvenienti - to Aesculapius, the god who helps), Asclepius seated right, holding raised foreleg of bull standing left, C G H I P (Colonia Gemella Iulia Hadriana Pariana) in exergue.
Æ, 19mm, 5.27g
Ref.: SNG Cop - , BMC - , SNG BN - , SNG von Aulock -, ISEGRIM-, RPC VI temp 3871
2 commentsshanxi04/28/18 at 15:52Jay GT4: Never seen a reverse like that before. Nice
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Parium, Severus Alexander, Asclepios9 viewsSeverus Alexander
Mysia, Parium
Obv.: IMP CAEƧ L ƧEP ƧE ALEXANDER, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: DEO AEƧ VB (Deo Aesculapius subvenienti - to Aesculapius, the god who helps), Asclepius seated right, holding raised foreleg of bull standing left, C G H I P (Colonia Gemella Iulia Hadriana Pariana) in exergue.
Æ, 19mm, 5.27g
Ref.: SNG Cop - , BMC - , SNG BN - , SNG von Aulock -, ISEGRIM-, RPC VI temp 3871
2 commentsshanxi04/28/18 at 13:45Mat: Love the reverse, very nice overall
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Constantius II5 views337 - 361 AD

Obverse: DN CONSTANTIVS PF AVG
Pearl-diademed head right.

Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO
Soldier spearing fallen horseman, who turns toward him upraised hand.
1 commentsPericles J204/28/18 at 05:43Randygeki(h2): Might be Thessalonica 189 (SMTS in ex A in left fi...
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Constans, Follis, FEL TEMP REPARATIO4 viewsAE Follis
Constans
Caesar: 333 - 337AD
Augustus: 337 - 350AD
Issued: 348 - 350AD
19.5 x 18.5mm 2.50gr 0h
O: DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG; Diademed (pearls), draped and cuirassed bust, right.
R: FEL TEMP REPARATIO; Constans standing left on galley, holding phoenix on globe and labarum with Chi Rho on banner; Victory steering to right.
Exergue: BSIS(Backwards R; denoted as Symbol 2 on Dane's spreadsheets)
RIC VIII Siscia 244; Rarity: C3
Aorta: 635: B5, O10, R5, T6, M12.
imp.philippus.avg 222907008441
4/8/18 4/24/18
1 commentsNicholas Z04/28/18 at 05:41Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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5776 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Didrachm 130-31 AD Sarapis8 viewsReference.
RPC III; 5776=Paris 1689; Emmett --; Dattari--;

Issue L IE = year 15

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L ΙΕ
Draped bust of Sarapis, wearing kalathos and laurel wreath, right

4.95 gr
17 mm
12h

Note.
RPC III states
Unique. Note that the obv. bust is the same as that used on small AE denominations; however the coin cannot be a cast forgery in silver since the reverse design is not used on small denominations. In addition, the fabric of the coin is different from that normal for AE (e.g. the edge is not bevelled).
1 commentsokidoki04/27/18 at 16:03Mat: Interesting & neat coin, Eric!
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1ab_2 Marcus Licinius Crassus10 viewsFormed First Triumvirate with Caesar and Pompey in 60 BC, killed at Carrhae in Parthia in 53 BC.

Denarius, minted by son, P Licinius Crassus, ca 54 BC.
Bust of Venus, right, SC behind
Amazon with horse, P CRASSVS MF.

Seaby, Licinia 18

These coins were probably minted to pay Crassus' army for the invasion of Parthia, which led to its destruction. My synthesis of reviewing 90 examples of this issue revealed a female warrior wearing a soft felt Scythian cap with ear flaps (visible in this example); a fabric garment with a decorated skirt to the knees; probably trousers; an ornate war belt; a baldric; a cape, animal skin, or shoulder cord on attached to the left shoulder; and decorated calf-high boots. She matches the historically confirmed garb of the real amazons—Scythian horsewomen—and of course holds her steed. The horse’s tack is consistent with archeological discoveries of tack in use by Scythians and Romans.

Adrienne Mayor writes that amazon imagery on Greek vases suddenly appeared in 575-550 BC, initially depicting them in Greek-style armor. By the end of the century, as the Greeks learned more through direct and indirect contact with Scythians, they began to appear wearing archeologically confirmed Scythian-Sarmatian-Thracian patterned attire. (Adrienne Mayor, The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2014, 199-200). To this, artists added their own creative ideas regarding colors, fabric patterns, and decorations. “They dressed the warrior women in body-hugging ‘unitards’ or tunics, short chitons or belted dresses, sometimes over leggings or trousers. . . . In paintings and sculpture, pointed or soft Scythian caps with earflaps or ties (kidaris) soon replaced the Greek helmets, and the women wear a variety of belts, baldrics (diagonal straps), corselets, shoulder cords or bands, and crisscrossing leather straps attached to belt loops like those worn by the archer huntress Artemis. . . . Amazon footgear included soft leather moccasin-like shoes, calf-high boots (endromides), or taller laced boots (embades) with scallops or flaps and lined with felt or fur.” (Mayor, 202)

The artists apparently had detailed knowledge of gear used by real Scythian horsewomen to equip their imagined Amazons. “Archeological discoveries of well-preserved sets of clothing confirm that real horsewomen of ancient Scythian lands dressed much as did those described in Greek texts and illustrated in Scythian and Greek artwork.” (Mayor, 203)
2 commentsBlindado04/27/18 at 14:37Jay GT4: Outstanding
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1ab Marcus Licinius Crassus5 viewsFormed First Triumvirate with Caesar and Pompey in 60 BC, killed at Carrhae in Parthia in 53 BC.

Denarius, minted by son, P Licinius Crassus, ca 54 BC.
Bust of Venus, right, SC behind
Amazon with horse, P CRASSVS MF.

Seaby, Licinia 18

These coins were probably minted to pay Crassus' army for the invasion of Parthia, which led to its destruction. My synthesis of reviewing 90 examples of this issue revealed a female warrior wearing a soft felt Scythian cap with ear flaps; a fabric garment with a decorated skirt to the knees; probably trousers; an ornate war belt; a baldric; a cape, animal skin, or shoulder cord on attached to the left shoulder; and decorated calf-high boots. She matches the historically confirmed garb of the real amazons—Scythian horsewomen—and of course holds her steed. The horse’s tack is consistent with archeological discoveries of tack in use by Scythians and Romans.

Adrienne Mayor writes that amazon imagery on Greek vases suddenly appeared in 575-550 BC, initially depicting them in Greek-style armor. By the end of the century, as the Greeks learned more through direct and indirect contact with Scythians, they began to appear wearing archeologically confirmed Scythian-Sarmatian-Thracian patterned attire. (Adrienne Mayor, The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women Across the Ancient World, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2014, 199-200). To this, artists added their own creative ideas regarding colors, fabric patterns, and decorations. “They dressed the warrior women in body-hugging ‘unitards’ or tunics, short chitons or belted dresses, sometimes over leggings or trousers. . . . In paintings and sculpture, pointed or soft Scythian caps with earflaps or ties (kidaris) soon replaced the Greek helmets, and the women wear a variety of belts, baldrics (diagonal straps), corselets, shoulder cords or bands, and crisscrossing leather straps attached to belt loops like those worn by the archer huntress Artemis. . . . Amazon footgear included soft leather moccasin-like shoes, calf-high boots (endromides), or taller laced boots (embades) with scallops or flaps and lined with felt or fur.” (Mayor, 202)

The artists apparently had detailed knowledge of gear used by real Scythian horsewomen to equip their imagined Amazons. “Archeological discoveries of well-preserved sets of clothing confirm that real horsewomen of ancient Scythian lands dressed much as did those described in Greek texts and illustrated in Scythian and Greek artwork.” (Mayor, 203)
1 commentsBlindado04/27/18 at 14:37Jay GT4: Great coin. Congrats
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RIC 0308 Vespasianus14 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, Laureate head right
Rev: IVDEA CAPTA / S C (in exergue), To left trophy; to right Judaea seated right, hands bound behind back.
AE/As (27,21 mm 8,127 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 308 (R), BMCRE 608, 791 (Tarraco)
ex Tintinna Auction 71 lot 216
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/27/18 at 14:30Jay GT4: Awesome
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RIC 1233 Vespasianus15 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P, laureate head right
Rev: IVDAEA CAPTA / S C, Palm tree; to right Judaea seated right; to left pile of arms
AE/As (27.87 mm 7.81 g 6h) Struck in Lugdunum 77-78 A.D.
RIC 1233 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 846
ex Thesaurus webshop
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/27/18 at 14:29Jay GT4: Nice one. Even though rated (C) they're not e...
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297 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Egypt31 viewsReference.
RIC 297; Strack 294; C. 99

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right; draped left shoulder.

Rev. AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on basket, ibis on low column at feet.

3.46 gr
19 mm
12h

Note.
Ex Gorny & Mosch, auction 160 lot 2326
6 commentsokidoki04/27/18 at 12:49Canaan: Very nice!!!
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635 MACEDONIA Koinon Hadrian AE 21 Macedonian shield11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 635; AMNG 256-7, Varbanov 3028

Obv. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΚΑΙСΑΡ
Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from rear, r.

Rev. ΚΟΙΝΟΝ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ
Macedonian shield

5.9 gr
21 mm
1 commentsokidoki04/27/18 at 12:48Canaan: Mighty greek looking Hadrian!!! Very nice!
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C. Annius T.f. T.n and L. Fabius L.f. Hispaniensis. (82 - 81 B.C.)22 viewsAR Denarius
O: C ANNI T F T N PRO COS EX S C, Draped bust of Anna Perenna right, wearing stephane; S • below neck; all within bead and reel border.
R: L·FABI·L·F·HISP Victory driving galloping quadriga right, holding palm frond and reins; Q above horses.
20mm
3.6g
Crawford 366/2a; Sydenham 748c; Annia 3

3 commentsMat04/27/18 at 11:58okidoki: congrats Mat
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PROBUS RIC 882 A2 BUST OFFICINA 126 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS INVICT AVG
REVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG (VIR-1)
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KAA
WEIGHT 3.88g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 22mm
RIC 882
COLLECTION NO. 1215

7th specimen of this type known to me.
3 commentsBarnaba604/27/18 at 11:27okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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RIC 0308 Vespasianus14 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, Laureate head right
Rev: IVDEA CAPTA / S C (in exergue), To left trophy; to right Judaea seated right, hands bound behind back.
AE/As (27,21 mm 8,127 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 308 (R), BMCRE 608, 791 (Tarraco)
ex Tintinna Auction 71 lot 216
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/27/18 at 11:23Canaan: On my must have list!!!! Congrats
RIC_308_Vespasianus.jpg
RIC 0308 Vespasianus14 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, Laureate head right
Rev: IVDEA CAPTA / S C (in exergue), To left trophy; to right Judaea seated right, hands bound behind back.
AE/As (27,21 mm 8,127 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 308 (R), BMCRE 608, 791 (Tarraco)
ex Tintinna Auction 71 lot 216
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/27/18 at 11:18Nemonater: What a great portrait, outstanding!
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Thessaly, Larissa. Circa 420-400 BC11 viewsAR Drachm (18mm, 6.18 g, 6h)

Obverse: The hero Thessalos, with petasos and chlamys hanging around neck, restraining bull left by band held around its head

Reverse: ΛΑΡI-[Σ]-ΙΑ (Larisia), horse prancing right within incuse circle.

Lorber, Thessalian 60 (same obv. die as illustration); BCD Thessaly II 370.3; HGC 4, 421 var. (horse left).

From the BCD Collection.

Thessaly was an agricultural and livestock region with large wild areas. She was famous for her horses and riders. Larissa, the most important city of Thessaly, takes its name from one of the daughters of the mythical king Pelasgos. The town was famous for its horse farms and Thessalos, the eponymous hero of the region, raised wild bulls there.

This coinage is characterized by the use of an iconography common to different Thessalian cities, namely: Thessalos taming the bull in a taurokathapsia (bull leaping) and on the reverse the horse of Poseidon, Hippios. The taurokathapsia was a contest in which the athlete passes a band around the bull’s head and pulls it tight in an attempt to bring the animal under control. This would have been not only a feat of great strength, but also of dexterity and agility to avoid being trampled or gored by the bull.
1 commentsNathan P04/27/18 at 09:52shanxi: nice example
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C. Annius T.f. T.n and L. Fabius L.f. Hispaniensis. (82 - 81 B.C.)22 viewsAR Denarius
O: C ANNI T F T N PRO COS EX S C, Draped bust of Anna Perenna right, wearing stephane; S • below neck; all within bead and reel border.
R: L·FABI·L·F·HISP Victory driving galloping quadriga right, holding palm frond and reins; Q above horses.
20mm
3.6g
Crawford 366/2a; Sydenham 748c; Annia 3

3 commentsMat04/27/18 at 07:50quadrans: I like this..
106_Aurelianus_T-1957,_RIC_V-I_192,_Siscia,_AE-Ant,_IMP_C_AVRELIANVS_AVG,_CONCORDIA_MILI,_-T,_iss-1,_off3,_270_AD,_Q-001,_1h,_21-22,7mm,_4,72g-s.jpg
106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-1957, RIC V-I 192, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILI, -/T//--, Concordia standing left,69 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-1957, RIC V-I 192, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILI, -/T//--, Concordia standing left,
avers: IMP C M AVRELIANVS AVG, Bust left, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum. (D1l.)
reverse: CONCORDIA MILI, Concordia standing left, holding standard in each hand. (Concordia 3)
exergue: -/T//--, diameter: 21,0-22,7mm, weight: 4,72g, axes: 1h,
mint: Siscia, iss-1, off-4, date: 270 A.D., ref: T-1957 (Estiot), RIC V-I 192, LV 6015-20,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/27/18 at 03:36Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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C. Annius T.f. T.n and L. Fabius L.f. Hispaniensis. (82 - 81 B.C.)22 viewsAR Denarius
O: C ANNI T F T N PRO COS EX S C, Draped bust of Anna Perenna right, wearing stephane; S • below neck; all within bead and reel border.
R: L·FABI·L·F·HISP Victory driving galloping quadriga right, holding palm frond and reins; Q above horses.
20mm
3.6g
Crawford 366/2a; Sydenham 748c; Annia 3

3 commentsMat04/27/18 at 03:35Randygeki(h2): Nice RR and sweet deal on it.
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Price 358114 viewsΦ to the left. M under the throne. One of the old Babylon style mintmarks. CNG 419 lot 39. Ex Gorny Mosch 156 lot 1273 (March 2007). From the collection of Colin Pitchfork who was the oft Pres of the Australian Numismatic Society and who was consultant for Noble for 3 decades.3 commentsChance Vandal04/26/18 at 14:04Canaan: Great addition with great provenance congrats
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Phoenicia, Arados 190-189 B.C5 viewsAE 16.06mm (Thickness 2.76mm), weight 3.78g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, border of dots.

Reverse: Prow of galley left, stem rising forward in a curve, Phoenician letters mem (M) and yodh (Y), Aradian era date 70 below.
1 commentsArados04/26/18 at 14:02Canaan: Great details, a real beauty
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106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-1957, RIC V-I 192, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILI, -/T//--, Concordia standing left,69 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-1957, RIC V-I 192, Siscia, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILI, -/T//--, Concordia standing left,
avers: IMP C M AVRELIANVS AVG, Bust left, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum. (D1l.)
reverse: CONCORDIA MILI, Concordia standing left, holding standard in each hand. (Concordia 3)
exergue: -/T//--, diameter: 21,0-22,7mm, weight: 4,72g, axes: 1h,
mint: Siscia, iss-1, off-4, date: 270 A.D., ref: T-1957 (Estiot), RIC V-I 192, LV 6015-20,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/25/18 at 22:45Mat: Very nice, love the patina and portrait
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Price 358114 viewsΦ to the left. M under the throne. One of the old Babylon style mintmarks. CNG 419 lot 39. Ex Gorny Mosch 156 lot 1273 (March 2007). From the collection of Colin Pitchfork who was the oft Pres of the Australian Numismatic Society and who was consultant for Noble for 3 decades.3 commentsChance Vandal04/25/18 at 20:10Mat: Very nice
price_3581.jpg
Price 358114 viewsΦ to the left. M under the throne. One of the old Babylon style mintmarks. CNG 419 lot 39. Ex Gorny Mosch 156 lot 1273 (March 2007). From the collection of Colin Pitchfork who was the oft Pres of the Australian Numismatic Society and who was consultant for Noble for 3 decades.3 commentsChance Vandal04/25/18 at 18:02Nathan P: Kind of wish I'd beaten you to the punch on th...
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Domitian RIC-788A46 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
RIC 788A. BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. with aegis
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Ex Dionysos Numismatik (eBay), 27 March 2018.

An extremely rare Domitian aegis portrait from 95/96, possibly the second known example with this reverse type. Domitian's aegis portraits on denarii were more commonly struck in 84 and 85, exceptionally so afterwards. The Rome mint was experimenting with new reverse designs and portrait types for the denarius issues during the last year of the reign. Perhaps the reintroduction of the aegis may have been part of this new programme? Of course we shall never know - Domitian's assassination in September 96 cut short any experimentation with his coinage. This rare variant only came to light recently and has been added to the RIC II.1 Addenda as RIC 788A.

Bold portrait and fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton04/25/18 at 16:27Jay GT4: Oh that's Nice!
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Domitian RIC-788A46 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
RIC 788A. BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. with aegis
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Ex Dionysos Numismatik (eBay), 27 March 2018.

An extremely rare Domitian aegis portrait from 95/96, possibly the second known example with this reverse type. Domitian's aegis portraits on denarii were more commonly struck in 84 and 85, exceptionally so afterwards. The Rome mint was experimenting with new reverse designs and portrait types for the denarius issues during the last year of the reign. Perhaps the reintroduction of the aegis may have been part of this new programme? Of course we shall never know - Domitian's assassination in September 96 cut short any experimentation with his coinage. This rare variant only came to light recently and has been added to the RIC II.1 Addenda as RIC 788A.

Bold portrait and fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton04/25/18 at 15:21Mat: Great addition
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Domitian RIC-788A46 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 95-96 AD
RIC 788A. BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XV; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r. with aegis
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. r. on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r., owl (M2)
Ex Dionysos Numismatik (eBay), 27 March 2018.

An extremely rare Domitian aegis portrait from 95/96, possibly the second known example with this reverse type. Domitian's aegis portraits on denarii were more commonly struck in 84 and 85, exceptionally so afterwards. The Rome mint was experimenting with new reverse designs and portrait types for the denarius issues during the last year of the reign. Perhaps the reintroduction of the aegis may have been part of this new programme? Of course we shall never know - Domitian's assassination in September 96 cut short any experimentation with his coinage. This rare variant only came to light recently and has been added to the RIC II.1 Addenda as RIC 788A.

Bold portrait and fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton04/25/18 at 14:13okidoki: very nice, aegis always special
Vespasian,_RIC_777,_RIC(1962)_93,_AR-Denar,_IMP_CAESAR_VESPASIANVS_AVG,_PON_MAX_TR_P_COS_VI,_RSC_368,_BMC_166,_Rome_75_AD,_Q-001,_7h,_17-18,5mm,_3,19ga-s.jpg
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, AR-Denarius, Rome, PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow, #182 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, AR-Denarius, Rome, PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right.
reverse: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow of ship, holding wreath and palm.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,5 mm, weight: 3,19g, axes: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 75 A.D., ref: RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, RSC 368, BMC 166,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans04/25/18 at 11:55Jay GT4: Nice
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020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, AR-Denarius, Rome, PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow, #182 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, AR-Denarius, Rome, PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right.
reverse: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow of ship, holding wreath and palm.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,5 mm, weight: 3,19g, axes: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 75 A.D., ref: RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, RSC 368, BMC 166,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans04/25/18 at 09:58okidoki: nice prow
Vespasian,_RIC_777,_RIC(1962)_93,_AR-Denar,_IMP_CAESAR_VESPASIANVS_AVG,_PON_MAX_TR_P_COS_VI,_RSC_368,_BMC_166,_Rome_75_AD,_Q-001,_7h,_17-18,5mm,_3,19ga-s.jpg
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, AR-Denarius, Rome, PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow, #182 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, AR-Denarius, Rome, PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right.
reverse: PON MAX TR P COS VI, Victory standing left on prow of ship, holding wreath and palm.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,5 mm, weight: 3,19g, axes: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 75 A.D., ref: RIC 0777, RIC (1962) 0093, RSC 368, BMC 166,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans04/25/18 at 09:07Canaan: On my must have list!!!! Congrats
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Phraates III., 70 - 57 BC16 viewsAR dr., 4,11 gr, 17,9mm; Sellwood 38.13, Shore 176; Sunrise 338;
mint: Artemita; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad diadem, 3 ribbons; long hair in 5 waves, mustache, long pointed beard; multi-turn torque w/sea-horse finial; cuirass w/star on chest; dotted border 8:30 to 14:30;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in one hand; monogram below bow; 6-line legend mostly composed of dots and quite illegible: BΛΣIΛEΛ, the following 3 lines are garbled, EΠIΦANo(V)Σ ΦIΛEΛ(ΛHNoΣ);
in: Parthika.fr, Les Différents Types;

ex: B. Peus, Auction 388, ex: B. Peus, Auction 338.
1 commentsSchatz04/25/18 at 02:34William T2: gorgeous coin!
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Provincial, Sala, Lydia, AE21,CAΛΗΝΩΝ4 viewsAE21
Roman Provincial Sala, Lydia
Julia Domna
Born circa: 170 - Died: 217AD
Augusta: 193 - 217AD
22.5 x 21.5mm 4.20gr 6h
O: IOVΛΙΑ CεΒΑCT; Draped bust, right; beaded border.
R: CAΛΗΝ-ΩΝ; Dionysus, standing right, cross-legged beside column; left hand resting on column, holding kantharos; right hand holds grapes.
BMC Lydia 46; SNG Cop 445.
Rarcoa Chicago Coin Expo
4/18/18 4/24/18
1 commentsNicholas Z04/24/18 at 22:29Mat: Great coin
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Trajan, Denarius, COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC6 viewsAR Denarius
Trajan
Caesar: 97 - 98AD
Augustus: 98 - 117AD
Issued: 106 - 111AD
20.5 x 19.0mm 3.26gr 7h
O: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P; Laureate head, right.
R: COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC; Dacian seated left, mourning, on round shield, between two oblong shields, to left and right, two curved swords and two spears.
Exergue: DAC CAP
Rome Mint
RIC 98; Cohen 120 (2 Fr.); BM 390; Woytek MIR 283bC.
Aorta: 257: B5, O45, R14, T16, M2.
hjbancientcoins 401517621498
4/11/18 4/24/18
1 commentsNicholas Z04/24/18 at 22:29Mat: I like this one
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03 Constantius II7 views2,34 g / 15 mm
D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, clutching, AN epsilon I
Antioch Antioch 188
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/24/18 at 14:50Mat: Nice patina and reverse
Aeolis,_Kyme,_AR-7,_Hemiobol,_Eagle-s_head_left,_KY,__Quadrapartite_incuse_square,_SNGCop_31-32_,_ca_480-450_BC,_Q-001,_0h,_7mm,_0,46g-s.jpg
Aeolis, Kyme, (c. 480-450 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, SNG Cop 031,32, Quadripartite incuse square, 77 viewsAeolis, Kyme, (c. 480-450 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, SNG Cop 031,32, Quadripartite incuse square,
avers: Eagle's head left, retrograde K before Y below.
reverse: Quadripartite incuse square divided by raised lines.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,3mm, weight: 0,46g, axes: 0h,
mint: Aeolis, Kyme, date: c. 480-450 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 31,32, BMC 60,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/24/18 at 14:03Mat: I like the eagles heat on it, cool addition
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07 Constantius Gallus4 viewsDN FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust right./ FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman wearing a Phrygian helmet, reaching back , Gamma left,dot SMKS in ex
Cyzikus 97
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/24/18 at 14:02Mat: Cool shield on it
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTIUS II, Light miliarense RIC 252, Ferrando II plate coin283 viewsArles mint (Arelate), 3d officina
DN CONSTAN TIVS PF AVG, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius right
VIRTVS EXERCITVS, Constantius (soldier) facing holding spear and shield. TCON at exergue
4,54 gr ; 22,6 mm
Ref : RIC VII # 252, Ferrando II # 1026 (this coin), Cohen #326, RC #3993v
5 commentsPotator II04/24/18 at 12:06*Alex: Great coin.
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Aeolis, Kyme, (c. 480-450 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, SNG Cop 031,32, Quadripartite incuse square, 77 viewsAeolis, Kyme, (c. 480-450 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, SNG Cop 031,32, Quadripartite incuse square,
avers: Eagle's head left, retrograde K before Y below.
reverse: Quadripartite incuse square divided by raised lines.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,3mm, weight: 0,46g, axes: 0h,
mint: Aeolis, Kyme, date: c. 480-450 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 31,32, BMC 60,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/24/18 at 07:15Canaan: Nice!!! My eagle is looking to the right!!
Ionia,_Phokaia,_AR-Diobol,_Head_of_archaic_nymph_left,_Quadripartite_incuse_square,_SNG_Cop__389-394_c__late_6th_cent_BC,_Q-001,_0h,_9-9,5mm,_1,27g-s.jpg
Ionia, Phokaia, (c. late 6th. century B.C.), AR-1/12 Stater (AR-Diobol), SNG Cop 389-394, Quadripartite incuse square, #188 viewsIonia, Phokaia, (c. late 6th. century B.C.), AR-1/12 Stater (AR-Diobol), SNG Cop 389-394, Quadripartite incuse square, #1
avers: Archaic female head right with eye seen in full, wearing a helmet or close-fitting cap (cecryphalos), earring and necklace.
reverse: Quadripartite incuse square divided by raised lines.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 9-9,5 mm, weight: 1,27g, axes: 0 h,
mint: Ionia, Phokaia, date: c. late 6th. century B.C., ref: SNG Cop 389-394, SNGvA 1813, SNG Kayhan 522, Jenkins 19, Traité II-I 531-532,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans04/24/18 at 02:55Jay GT4: Sweet
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Domitian, Silver denarius RIC 78824 viewsSH85108 Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 788 (C2)
RSC II 293; Hunter I 92; BMCRE II p.231, bNF III 207 EF, Rome mint, weight 3.27g,
maximum diameter 19.0mm, die axis 180o, 14 SEP 95 - 13 SEP 96 CE.;
obverse IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right;
reverse IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on Columna Rostrata,
wearing helmet and aegis, brandishing javelin in right hand, shield in left hand,
owl at feet on right; rare;
sold 4-2018
2 commentsNORMAN K04/23/18 at 19:45quadrans: I agree nice piece...
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3148 CAPPADOCIA, Caesaraea Hadrian 126-27 AD Mount Argaeus 5 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3148; S 239; Stumpf 588;

Issue Secundus Year 11

Obv. ΑΥΤΟ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΕΠΙ СΕΚΟΥΝΔΟΥ ΕΤ ΙΑ
Mt Argaeus surmounted by wreath

3.03 gr
14 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki04/23/18 at 19:42quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC_848,_112_Probus,_AE-Ant,_IMP_C_PROBVS_INVICTVS_AVG_(C-A2),_PRO_VIDEN_D_EOR,_Star_KAGamma,Serdica,_2nd-em,_3rd-off,_276-7_AD,_Q-001,_6h,_21,0-22,5mm,_3,76g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 848, Serdica, PROVIDEN DEOR, Bust-C/A2, *//KAΓ, Providentia standing right, facing Sol standing left, Rare! #185 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 848, Serdica, PROVIDEN DEOR, Bust-C/A2, *//KAΓ, Providentia standing right, facing Sol standing left, Rare! #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS INVICTVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. (C/A2)
reverse: PRO VIDEN D EOR, Providentia standing right, holding two ensigns, facing Sol standing left, right hand raised, left holding the globe.
exergue: *//KAΓ, diameter: 21,0-22,5mm, weight: 3,76g, axes:6h,
mint: Serdica 2nd. emission, 3rd. off., date: 276-277, A.D., ref: RIC V-II 848, p-110, Rare!
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans04/23/18 at 18:30okidoki: nice collection
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Trajan (98 - 117 A.D.)16 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch.
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKΡ KAIC NEΡ TΡAIANOC CEB ΓEΡM ΔAK, laureate bust right
R: ΔHMAΡX EX IΣ YΠAT Σ, Eagle standing facing on club, wings spread, head left, palm branch right. Struck 110 -111 A.D.
13.94g
25mm
McAlee 439; Prieur 1504 (Tyre).
4 commentsMat04/22/18 at 11:47okidoki: very nice Mat
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Calabria, Tarentum. Time of Hannibal, c. 212-209 BC. Nomos11 views3.98gg. (5h). Obv: Naked youth on horseback right, holding reins and carrying filleted palm; ΣΩKAN - NAΣ below. Rx: Taras astride dolphin left, holding aphlaston in extended right hand, cradling trident in left arm; eagle standing with wings spread behind; TAPAΣ below. Vlasto 984. HN Italy 1082. SNG ANS 1272. Perfectly struck; Mint State.

Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex Berk 130, 6 January 2003, lot 81.
3 commentsLeo04/22/18 at 11:45okidoki: great example, Leo
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Trajan (98 - 117 A.D.)16 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch.
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKΡ KAIC NEΡ TΡAIANOC CEB ΓEΡM ΔAK, laureate bust right
R: ΔHMAΡX EX IΣ YΠAT Σ, Eagle standing facing on club, wings spread, head left, palm branch right. Struck 110 -111 A.D.
13.94g
25mm
McAlee 439; Prieur 1504 (Tyre).
4 commentsMat04/21/18 at 16:42quadrans: Nice one
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Calabria, Tarentum. Time of Hannibal, c. 212-209 BC. Nomos11 views3.98gg. (5h). Obv: Naked youth on horseback right, holding reins and carrying filleted palm; ΣΩKAN - NAΣ below. Rx: Taras astride dolphin left, holding aphlaston in extended right hand, cradling trident in left arm; eagle standing with wings spread behind; TAPAΣ below. Vlasto 984. HN Italy 1082. SNG ANS 1272. Perfectly struck; Mint State.

Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex Berk 130, 6 January 2003, lot 81.
3 commentsLeo04/21/18 at 15:21Leo: Thanks, Jay~ Can't wait to see this coi...
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Julius Caesar13 viewsJULIUS CAESAR. Denarius (48-47 BC) 3.66 g 17 mm. Military mint traveling with Caesar in North Africa.
Obv: Diademed head of Venus right.
Rev: CAESAR.
Aeneas advancing left, holding palladium and carrying Anchises on his shoulder.
Crawford 458/1; CRI 55.
1 commentsRob D04/21/18 at 14:37Jay GT4: Great coin
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L. Papius9 viewsRR L. Papius AR Serrate Denarius 79 BC Rome mint. Head of Juno Sospita right, half fish behind / Griffin right, fish below.
Ex. Calgary Coin
Ex Jay GT4
Ex ANE
1 commentsRob D04/21/18 at 14:36Jay GT4: Great provenance glad you got it, hated to se...
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Calabria, Tarentum. Time of Hannibal, c. 212-209 BC. Nomos11 views3.98gg. (5h). Obv: Naked youth on horseback right, holding reins and carrying filleted palm; ΣΩKAN - NAΣ below. Rx: Taras astride dolphin left, holding aphlaston in extended right hand, cradling trident in left arm; eagle standing with wings spread behind; TAPAΣ below. Vlasto 984. HN Italy 1082. SNG ANS 1272. Perfectly struck; Mint State.

Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex Berk 130, 6 January 2003, lot 81.
3 commentsLeo04/21/18 at 14:35Jay GT4: Now that is truly a great coin!
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Trajan (98 - 117 A.D.)16 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch.
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKΡ KAIC NEΡ TΡAIANOC CEB ΓEΡM ΔAK, laureate bust right
R: ΔHMAΡX EX IΣ YΠAT Σ, Eagle standing facing on club, wings spread, head left, palm branch right. Struck 110 -111 A.D.
13.94g
25mm
McAlee 439; Prieur 1504 (Tyre).
4 commentsMat04/21/18 at 14:03Canaan: I love these Tets!!!
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Trajan (98 - 117 A.D.)16 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch.
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKΡ KAIC NEΡ TΡAIANOC CEB ΓEΡM ΔAK, laureate bust right
R: ΔHMAΡX EX IΣ YΠAT Σ, Eagle standing facing on club, wings spread, head left, palm branch right. Struck 110 -111 A.D.
13.94g
25mm
McAlee 439; Prieur 1504 (Tyre).
4 commentsMat04/21/18 at 03:11Jay GT4: Beauty!
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ALFOLDI 094.004 MARS BETWEEN TWO CAPTIVES RRR37 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
BUST TYPE: H2
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//XXIT
WEIGHT 5.02g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 21,5-22mm
RIC: 810
ALFOLDI 094.004 (2 EX.)
COLLECTION NO. 805
EXTREMELY RARE AND SOUGHT-AFTER REVERSE TYPE!
1 commentsBarnaba604/20/18 at 17:51vrtsprb: I always say how I'm not the jealous type, but...
Vespasian,_RIC_357,_RIC(1962)_63__(Titus),_AR-Denar,_DIVVS_AVGVSTVS_VESPASIANVS,_two-Capricorn,_Large_shield,_RSC_497,_BMC_129,_Rome_80-81_AD,_Q-001,_6h,_17,5-18,5mm,_3,33g-s.jpg
020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1122 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: No legend, Shield reading SC held by two capricornii, globe below. Large shield version!
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5 mm, weight: 2,98g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC (Titus) 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063 p-123, RSC 497, BMC 129, BM-129, Paris 101,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans04/20/18 at 17:37okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Campania, Hyrianoi. (Circa 405-400 BC)10 viewsFourrée Nomos (20.5mm, 6.33 g)

Obverse: Head of Athena wearing crested helmet decorated with olive-wreath and owl.

Reverse: Man-faced bull standing r. on exergual line, YDINA (retrograde) above. YDINA is in Oscan script and means "Urina", another name for Hyria.

For prototype, cf. HN Italy 539.

The city, named both Nola (new city) and Hyria (which Nola likely arose from), was situated in the midst of the plain lying to the east of Mount Vesuvius, 21 miles south of Capua. While Neapolis was the focus of minting in this general area, Neapolitan designs were adopted by several new series of coins, some of them bearing legends in Oscan script referring to communities that are otherwise unknown (such as the Hyrianoi). Complex die linking between these different series indicate, at the very least, close cooperation in minting. Didrachms sharing motives (Athena/man headed bull), but with legends referring to different issuing communities on the reverse, testify to the integration into a common material culture in Campania in the late fifth to early fourth century. The die sharing and use of legends in Oscan script allow for an interpretation of these issues as indigenous coinages struck in the Campanian mileu.

The influence of Athens on Hyria can be seen not only in the great number of Greek vases and other articles discovered at the old city but by the adoption of the head of Pallas with the Athenian owl as their obverse type.

This particular coin is an ancient forgery, which were quite common in Magna Graecia and typically of much higher quality than fourrees produced elsewhere. In ON THE FORGERIES OF PUBLIC MONEY [J. Y. Akerman
The Numismatic Chronicle and Journal of the Numismatic Society, Vol. 6 (APRIL, 1843–JANUARY, 1844), pp. 57-82] it is noted that ancient forgeries tend "to be most abundantly found to belong to the most luxurious, populous, and wealthy cities of Magna Graecia...Nor is it surprising that the luxury and vice of those celebrated cities should have led to crime; and among crimes, to the forging of money, as furnishing the means for the more easy gratification of those sensual indulgences, which were universally enjoyed by the rich in those dissipated and wealthy cities. Many of the coins of the places in question having been originally very thickly coated, or cased with silver (called by the French, fourrees), pass even now among collectors without suspicion."
1 commentsNathan P04/20/18 at 14:29Jay GT4: Nice MFB
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Gordian III Denarius, RIC 113, RSC 12011 viewsGordian III AR Denarius. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right / LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing facing with wreath & rudder.1 commentsBritanikus04/20/18 at 12:55David Atherton: Very nice!
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Gordian III Silver Antoninianus, Pax, 238 AD, RIC 312 viewsGordian III Silver Antoninianus, RIC 3, 22mm, 4.19g June - Dec, 238 AD. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing front, head left, holding olive branch & scepter.
2 commentsBritanikus04/20/18 at 12:55David Atherton: What a lovely portrait!
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Odessos, Thrace8 views3rd-2nd Cent. B.C.
Bronze AE 19
4.10 gm, 19 mm
Obv: Female head right wearing tainia, boarder of dots
Rev: River god Odessos (or Great god Darzalas) reclining left on plinth inscribed O∆HΣITΩN, right arm on knee, resting on left with arm on two cushions; upside down amphora above; monogram below
Lindgren 811B;
HGC 3.2 1594;
Sear 1680 var;
BMC Thrace p. 137, 1;
SNG Black Sea 294/5;
[SNG Cop 669 var]
[AMNG I 2178]
1 commentsJaimelai04/20/18 at 12:32Jay GT4: Nice patina
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Gordian III Silver Antoninianus, Pax, 238 AD, RIC 312 viewsGordian III Silver Antoninianus, RIC 3, 22mm, 4.19g June - Dec, 238 AD. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing front, head left, holding olive branch & scepter.
2 commentsBritanikus04/20/18 at 12:32Jay GT4: Really nice. Congrats
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 420-415 BC25mm 17.26g 4h.From the Colin E. Pitchfork collection purchased fron Freeman & Sear 1-17-0425 viewsCharoteer driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flying left crowning horses with open wreath held in both hands,heron standing right in exergue head lowered.Rev forepart of man-headed bull within shallow concave incuse circle.1 commentsGrant H04/19/18 at 14:42Pharsalos: Breathtaking reverse
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Sicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 17.30 g34 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right,Nike flying right crowning the horses with wreath.Rev forepart of man-headed bull [Gelas] right of fine style.
EX The New York sale 42,lot 25 Ira & Larry Goldberg
EX. The Dionysus collection.
EX.Roma E3 LOT 49 11-30-13
4 commentsGrant H04/19/18 at 14:39Pharsalos: Gorgeous, great details and toning.
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 -440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h.Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.424 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer,above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils.Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auc 14 lot 50 5-17-17,ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auc x 22 june 1951 lot 192,ex V.J.E.Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant H04/19/18 at 14:31Pharsalos: Magnificent!
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Roman Imperial: Constantine I (307-337) Æ Follis, Heraclea (RIC VII 16)12 viewsObv: IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG; Laureate and draped bust left, holding mappa in right hand and globe with scepter in left hand
Rev: PROVIDEN-TIA AVGG; Campgate with seven layers, three turrets, no doors, no star above; MHTB in exergue
3 commentsQuant.Geek04/19/18 at 14:24Pharsalos: Excellent portrait!
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rsc1466 viewsElagabalus
AR Antoninianus

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus right
Rev: P M TR P II COS II P P, Providentia standing facing, head left, leaning on column, legs crossed, holding wand over globe at her feet, and cornucopia.
22 mm, 5.67 gms

RSC 146, RIC 22
1 commentsCharles M04/19/18 at 14:19Pharsalos: Nice example.
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PROBUS RIC 861 VAR. H7 BUST OFFICINA 1 RRR 17 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: H7 = Radiate bust right in imperial mantle (toga picta and tunica palmata) without scipio
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KA•A•
WEIGHT 3.81g / AXIS: h / WIDTH 21mm
RIC 861 VAR. (H7 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1206
Note: very rare and desirable bust type !
6th specimen of this type known to me
1 commentsBarnaba604/19/18 at 14:05Pharsalos: Beautiful, wonderfully engraved dies.
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Vardanes I (40-47 AD)10 viewsVardanes I (40-47 AD)
AE Chalkous 11mm/1.8gr..
Obverse- Bust left with short beard, wearing diadem and spiral torque; hair in three distinct waves with earring visible; diadem pendants shown as three lines; circular border of pellets.
Reverse- Monogram ΜΤΘ; legend as dashes
Mint- Mithradatkart-Near modern Askabad in Turkmenistan.
Ref- Sellwood 64 type variant (ΜΤΘ monogram) This is quite a rare type
1 commentsPaul R304/19/18 at 13:59Pharsalos: Very interesting and rare!
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Vespasian-RIC-136868 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Künker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
8 commentsDavid Atherton04/19/18 at 11:42NORMAN K: impressive
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037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,84 views037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,
avers: M ANTONINVS AVG IMP II, Bare-headed, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left, branch and spear, resting on shield.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 2,93g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 163-164 A.D., ref: RIC III 103, p-, RSC 847,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans04/19/18 at 11:41NORMAN K: wonderful coin. great bust
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Roman Imperial: Constantine I (307-337) Æ Follis, Heraclea (RIC VII 16)12 viewsObv: IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG; Laureate and draped bust left, holding mappa in right hand and globe with scepter in left hand
Rev: PROVIDEN-TIA AVGG; Campgate with seven layers, three turrets, no doors, no star above; MHTB in exergue
3 commentsQuant.Geek04/19/18 at 11:39NORMAN K: interesting portrait. nice
Vespasian,_RIC_357,_RIC(1962)_63__(Titus),_AR-Denar,_DIVVS_AVGVSTVS_VESPASIANVS,_two-Capricorn,_Large_shield,_RSC_497,_BMC_129,_Rome_80-81_AD,_Q-001,_6h,_17,5-18,5mm,_3,33g-s.jpg
020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1122 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: No legend, Shield reading SC held by two capricornii, globe below. Large shield version!
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5 mm, weight: 2,98g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC (Titus) 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063 p-123, RSC 497, BMC 129, BM-129, Paris 101,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans04/19/18 at 11:38NORMAN K: nice coin & interesting history
ConstantineI_RIC_VII-16.jpg
Roman Imperial: Constantine I (307-337) Æ Follis, Heraclea (RIC VII 16)12 viewsObv: IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG; Laureate and draped bust left, holding mappa in right hand and globe with scepter in left hand
Rev: PROVIDEN-TIA AVGG; Campgate with seven layers, three turrets, no doors, no star above; MHTB in exergue
3 commentsQuant.Geek04/19/18 at 05:20Canaan: Very nice!!!
Vespasian,_RIC_357,_RIC(1962)_63__(Titus),_AR-Denar,_DIVVS_AVGVSTVS_VESPASIANVS,_two-Capricorn,_Large_shield,_RSC_497,_BMC_129,_Rome_80-81_AD,_Q-001,_6h,_17,5-18,5mm,_3,33g-s.jpg
020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1122 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: No legend, Shield reading SC held by two capricornii, globe below. Large shield version!
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5 mm, weight: 2,98g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC (Titus) 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063 p-123, RSC 497, BMC 129, BM-129, Paris 101,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans04/19/18 at 04:27Canaan: Very nice!!!
Vespasian,_RIC_357,_RIC(1962)_63__(Titus),_AR-Denar,_DIVVS_AVGVSTVS_VESPASIANVS,_two-Capricorn,_Large_shield,_RSC_497,_BMC_129,_Rome_80-81_AD,_Q-001,_6h,_17,5-18,5mm,_3,33g-s.jpg
020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1122 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: No legend, Shield reading SC held by two capricornii, globe below. Large shield version!
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5 mm, weight: 2,98g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC (Titus) 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063 p-123, RSC 497, BMC 129, BM-129, Paris 101,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans04/18/18 at 22:42Jay GT4: Nice
Vespasian,_RIC_357,_RIC(1962)_63__(Titus),_AR-Denar,_DIVVS_AVGVSTVS_VESPASIANVS,_two-Capricorn,_Large_shield,_RSC_497,_BMC_129,_Rome_80-81_AD,_Q-001,_6h,_17,5-18,5mm,_3,33g-s.jpg
020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1122 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, SC, Large shield version! #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: No legend, Shield reading SC held by two capricornii, globe below. Large shield version!
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5 mm, weight: 2,98g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC (Titus) 0357, RIC (1962) (Titus) 0063 p-123, RSC 497, BMC 129, BM-129, Paris 101,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans04/18/18 at 22:16Mat: Love the portrait on it
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Constantius II Centenionalis Fel Temp Reparatio Falling Horseman13 viewsAE Centenionalis
Constantius II, 337-361 CE
Diameter: 21 mm, Weight: 6.32 grams, Die Axis: 6h

Obverse: D N CONSTANTIVS PF AVG
Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust to right.

Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO
Soldier (described also as Constantius II or the personification of Virtus) to right holding shield, spearing falling enemy horseman to left. Horseman tumbles over neck of horse, facing forwards with arms outstretched.

Mint: ANΘ, Γ in field to left: Antioch

Notes:
-This issue was minted circa 351-354 CE.

Ex David L. Tranbarger 2018, Ex Triskeles Auction 22 2017, Lot 554 (the Maple Leaf Collection)
3 commentsPharsalos04/18/18 at 17:34Randygeki(h2): Excellent horseman!
V1368sm.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-136868 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Künker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
8 commentsDavid Atherton04/18/18 at 17:24Randygeki(h2): Sweet coin!
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, 32 BCE11 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 32 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.72g; 18mm).
Athens Mint.

Obv: ANTON AVG IMP III COS DES III III V R P C. Bare head of Antony facing right.

Rev: ANTONIVS AVG IMP III, in two lines.

References: Crawford 542/2; HCRI 347; Sydenham 1209.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection [CNG eSale 385 (26 Oct 2016) Lot 470]; CNG 49 (17 Mar 1999), Lot 1316; Reinhold Faelten Collection [Stack's (20 Jan 1938) Lot 1495].

On the obverse, behind Antony’s ear, a small letter P, likely an engraver’s signature, is hidden within the hair line. This coin was struck in Athens in 32 BCE, while Antony and Cleopatra lived extravagantly among the Greeks. The coin’s inscription refers to a designated third consulship that Antony was supposed to share with Octavian in 31 BCE. Around the time this coin was minted, Antony notified his wife, Octavia (Octavian’s sister), in Rome that he was divorcing her. Octavian was outraged. Cleopatra’s growing influence over Antony was soon used by Octavian as progaganda to unite Italy and the West against Antony. Thus, the designated third consulship referenced on this coin never occurred, as the designated consuls went to war instead, ending with Antony’s naval defeat at Actium in September 31 BCE.
3 commentsCarausius04/18/18 at 15:58Mat:
037b_Marcus_Aurelius_RIC_III_103,_AR-Den,_M_ANTONINVS_AVG_IMP_II,_TR_P_XVIII_COS_III,_163-64AD,_Q-001_0h,_17-18mm,_2,93g-s.jpg
037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,84 views037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,
avers: M ANTONINVS AVG IMP II, Bare-headed, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left, branch and spear, resting on shield.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 2,93g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 163-164 A.D., ref: RIC III 103, p-, RSC 847,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans04/18/18 at 13:59Mat: Great portrait
1521044195142126439108.jpg
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, 32 BCE11 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 32 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.72g; 18mm).
Athens Mint.

Obv: ANTON AVG IMP III COS DES III III V R P C. Bare head of Antony facing right.

Rev: ANTONIVS AVG IMP III, in two lines.

References: Crawford 542/2; HCRI 347; Sydenham 1209.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection [CNG eSale 385 (26 Oct 2016) Lot 470]; CNG 49 (17 Mar 1999), Lot 1316; Reinhold Faelten Collection [Stack's (20 Jan 1938) Lot 1495].

On the obverse, behind Antony’s ear, a small letter P, likely an engraver’s signature, is hidden within the hair line. This coin was struck in Athens in 32 BCE, while Antony and Cleopatra lived extravagantly among the Greeks. The coin’s inscription refers to a designated third consulship that Antony was supposed to share with Octavian in 31 BCE. Around the time this coin was minted, Antony notified his wife, Octavia (Octavian’s sister), in Rome that he was divorcing her. Octavian was outraged. Cleopatra’s growing influence over Antony was soon used by Octavian as progaganda to unite Italy and the West against Antony. Thus, the designated third consulship referenced on this coin never occurred, as the designated consuls went to war instead, ending with Antony’s naval defeat at Actium in September 31 BCE.
3 commentsCarausius04/18/18 at 13:36Canaan: Great addition with great provenance congrats
1521044195142126439108.jpg
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, 32 BCE11 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 32 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.72g; 18mm).
Athens Mint.

Obv: ANTON AVG IMP III COS DES III III V R P C. Bare head of Antony facing right.

Rev: ANTONIVS AVG IMP III, in two lines.

References: Crawford 542/2; HCRI 347; Sydenham 1209.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection [CNG eSale 385 (26 Oct 2016) Lot 470]; CNG 49 (17 Mar 1999), Lot 1316; Reinhold Faelten Collection [Stack's (20 Jan 1938) Lot 1495].

On the obverse, behind Antony’s ear, a small letter P, likely an engraver’s signature, is hidden within the hair line. This coin was struck in Athens in 32 BCE, while Antony and Cleopatra lived extravagantly among the Greeks. The coin’s inscription refers to a designated third consulship that Antony was supposed to share with Octavian in 31 BCE. Around the time this coin was minted, Antony notified his wife, Octavia (Octavian’s sister), in Rome that he was divorcing her. Octavian was outraged. Cleopatra’s growing influence over Antony was soon used by Octavian as progaganda to unite Italy and the West against Antony. Thus, the designated third consulship referenced on this coin never occurred, as the designated consuls went to war instead, ending with Antony’s naval defeat at Actium in September 31 BCE.
3 commentsCarausius04/18/18 at 12:55David Atherton: Wonderful!
037b_Marcus_Aurelius_RIC_III_103,_AR-Den,_M_ANTONINVS_AVG_IMP_II,_TR_P_XVIII_COS_III,_163-64AD,_Q-001_0h,_17-18mm,_2,93g-s.jpg
037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,84 views037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,
avers: M ANTONINVS AVG IMP II, Bare-headed, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left, branch and spear, resting on shield.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 2,93g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 163-164 A.D., ref: RIC III 103, p-, RSC 847,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans04/18/18 at 10:35okidoki: very nice Joe great looks
RIC_V_1088_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 1088 Domitianus38 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, Laureate head left
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta veiled seated left, with Palladium and sceptre
AR/Denarius (17.75 mm 3.619 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D.
RIC 1088 (R3 Vespasian), RSC- BMCRE-BNF unlisted, Mazzini 379 (same obverse die)
ex Savoca 6th Blue Auction Part 2 Lot 801
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/18/18 at 03:12David Atherton: Additional attribution: RSC 379, BMC p. 46 note.
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Struck A.D.364 - 367. VALENS. AE3 of THESSALONICA5 viewsObverse: D N VALENS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valens facing right; • above head.
Reverse: RESTITVTOR REIP. Valens standing facing, head right, holding labarum in his right hand and Victory in his left; in exergue, TESΔ.
RIC IX : 17b.
RARE
1 comments*Alex04/17/18 at 22:00okidoki: very nice Alex
RICa_1084,_RIC_II(1962)_0243(Vesp_),_024_Domitian_AR-Den,_CAESAR_AVG_F_DOMITIANVS_COS_VI,_PRINCEPS_IVVENTVTIS,_Roma,_79-AD,_Scarce,_Q-001,_6h,_17-18mm,_3,17g-s.jpg
024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 1084, RIC II(1962) 0243(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Salus standing right, Scarce!, #189 views024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 1084, RIC II(1962) 0243(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Salus standing right, Scarce!, #1
avers: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, Laureate head of Domitian right.
reverse: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Salus standing right, leaning on column and feeding snake.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,17g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 79 A.D., ref: RIC 1084, RIC II(1962) 0243(Vespasian) p-43, C 384, BMC 265,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/17/18 at 21:48FlaviusDomitianus: Expressive portrait!
RPC_II_1656_Domitianus.jpg
RPC II 1656 Domitianus40 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBACTOY YOC, Laureate head right
Rev: EYΘHNIA CEBACTH ET / Θ, Euthenia seated right, holding two corn-ears in right head
AR/Drachm (17.33 mm 3.462 gr 12h) Struck in Caesarea Eusebia (Cappadocia) 76-77 A.D.
RPC II 1656, Metcalf 15
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 64 lot 348
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/18 at 20:52David Atherton: Very nice!
IMG_1809.JPG
Constantius II Centenionalis Fel Temp Reparatio Falling Horseman13 viewsAE Centenionalis
Constantius II, 337-361 CE
Diameter: 21 mm, Weight: 6.32 grams, Die Axis: 6h

Obverse: D N CONSTANTIVS PF AVG
Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust to right.

Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO
Soldier (described also as Constantius II or the personification of Virtus) to right holding shield, spearing falling enemy horseman to left. Horseman tumbles over neck of horse, facing forwards with arms outstretched.

Mint: ANΘ, Γ in field to left: Antioch

Notes:
-This issue was minted circa 351-354 CE.

Ex David L. Tranbarger 2018, Ex Triskeles Auction 22 2017, Lot 554 (the Maple Leaf Collection)
3 commentsPharsalos04/17/18 at 20:04maridvnvm: Gorgeous
RPC_II_1656_Domitianus.jpg
RPC II 1656 Domitianus40 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBACTOY YOC, Laureate head right
Rev: EYΘHNIA CEBACTH ET / Θ, Euthenia seated right, holding two corn-ears in right head
AR/Drachm (17.33 mm 3.462 gr 12h) Struck in Caesarea Eusebia (Cappadocia) 76-77 A.D.
RPC II 1656, Metcalf 15
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 64 lot 348
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/18 at 19:53Nemonater: Fantastic!
RPC_II_1656_Domitianus.jpg
RPC II 1656 Domitianus40 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBACTOY YOC, Laureate head right
Rev: EYΘHNIA CEBACTH ET / Θ, Euthenia seated right, holding two corn-ears in right head
AR/Drachm (17.33 mm 3.462 gr 12h) Struck in Caesarea Eusebia (Cappadocia) 76-77 A.D.
RPC II 1656, Metcalf 15
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 64 lot 348
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/18 at 19:38quadrans: Hmm, Interesting,
RIC_V_1088_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 1088 Domitianus38 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, Laureate head left
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta veiled seated left, with Palladium and sceptre
AR/Denarius (17.75 mm 3.619 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D.
RIC 1088 (R3 Vespasian), RSC- BMCRE-BNF unlisted, Mazzini 379 (same obverse die)
ex Savoca 6th Blue Auction Part 2 Lot 801
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/18 at 19:00Jay GT4: Great looking coin
RICa_1084,_RIC_II(1962)_0243(Vesp_),_024_Domitian_AR-Den,_CAESAR_AVG_F_DOMITIANVS_COS_VI,_PRINCEPS_IVVENTVTIS,_Roma,_79-AD,_Scarce,_Q-001,_6h,_17-18mm,_3,17g-s.jpg
024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 1084, RIC II(1962) 0243(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Salus standing right, Scarce!, #189 views024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 1084, RIC II(1962) 0243(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Salus standing right, Scarce!, #1
avers: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, Laureate head of Domitian right.
reverse: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Salus standing right, leaning on column and feeding snake.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,17g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 79 A.D., ref: RIC 1084, RIC II(1962) 0243(Vespasian) p-43, C 384, BMC 265,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/17/18 at 18:59Jay GT4: Nice
Mark_Antony_-_LEG_IIII_-_Cr_544-16.jpg
LEG IIII19 viewsM. Antonius. Denarius mint moving with Antonius, 32-31, AR 18mm., 3.23g. Galley r., with sceptre tied with fillet on prow; above, ANT AVG; below, III VIR R P C. Rev. Aquila between two standards; below, LEG – IIII. Crawford 544/16.

Ex-Gutierrez Ruesga Spain, Ex- Jay GT4.

Photo courtesy of Jay GT4.

3 commentsAldo04/17/18 at 18:26Carausius: Exceptional provenance!
RPC_II_1656_Domitianus.jpg
RPC II 1656 Domitianus40 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBACTOY YOC, Laureate head right
Rev: EYΘHNIA CEBACTH ET / Θ, Euthenia seated right, holding two corn-ears in right head
AR/Drachm (17.33 mm 3.462 gr 12h) Struck in Caesarea Eusebia (Cappadocia) 76-77 A.D.
RPC II 1656, Metcalf 15
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 64 lot 348
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/18 at 18:06Jay GT4: Lovely style
RICc_1087,_RIC_II(1962)_0244(Vesp),_024_Domitian,_AR-Den,_CAESAR_AVG_F_DOMITIANVS_COS_VI,_PRINCEPS_IVVENTVTIS,_Roma,_79-AD,_Q-001,_6h,_17-17,5mm,_2,89g-s.jpg
024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 1087, RIC II(1962) 0244(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta seated left, Scarce!, #189 views024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 1087, RIC II(1962) 0244(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta seated left, Scarce!, #1
avers: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, Laureate head of Domitian right.
reverse: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta seated left, holding palladium and sceptre.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-17,5mm, weight: 2,89g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 79 A.D., ref: RIC 1087, RIC II(1962) 0244(Vespasian) p-43, C 378, BMC 262,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/17/18 at 18:06Jay GT4: Great early portrait!
RPC_II_1656_Domitianus.jpg
RPC II 1656 Domitianus40 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBACTOY YOC, Laureate head right
Rev: EYΘHNIA CEBACTH ET / Θ, Euthenia seated right, holding two corn-ears in right head
AR/Drachm (17.33 mm 3.462 gr 12h) Struck in Caesarea Eusebia (Cappadocia) 76-77 A.D.
RPC II 1656, Metcalf 15
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 64 lot 348
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/18 at 17:53Canaan: Nice!!!
RICc_1087,_RIC_II(1962)_0244(Vesp),_024_Domitian,_AR-Den,_CAESAR_AVG_F_DOMITIANVS_COS_VI,_PRINCEPS_IVVENTVTIS,_Roma,_79-AD,_Q-001,_6h,_17-17,5mm,_2,89g-s.jpg
024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 1087, RIC II(1962) 0244(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta seated left, Scarce!, #189 views024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 1087, RIC II(1962) 0244(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta seated left, Scarce!, #1
avers: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, Laureate head of Domitian right.
reverse: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta seated left, holding palladium and sceptre.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-17,5mm, weight: 2,89g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 79 A.D., ref: RIC 1087, RIC II(1962) 0244(Vespasian) p-43, C 378, BMC 262,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/17/18 at 16:08FlaviusDomitianus: Nice coin, long nose!
RPC_II_1656_Domitianus.jpg
RPC II 1656 Domitianus40 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBACTOY YOC, Laureate head right
Rev: EYΘHNIA CEBACTH ET / Θ, Euthenia seated right, holding two corn-ears in right head
AR/Drachm (17.33 mm 3.462 gr 12h) Struck in Caesarea Eusebia (Cappadocia) 76-77 A.D.
RPC II 1656, Metcalf 15
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 64 lot 348
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/18 at 15:51Mat: Sweet coin all around
V1368sm.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-136868 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Künker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
8 commentsDavid Atherton04/17/18 at 14:43quadrans: Yes, Great !!!
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RIC 1088 Domitianus38 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, Laureate head left
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta veiled seated left, with Palladium and sceptre
AR/Denarius (17.75 mm 3.619 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D.
RIC 1088 (R3 Vespasian), RSC- BMCRE-BNF unlisted, Mazzini 379 (same obverse die)
ex Savoca 6th Blue Auction Part 2 Lot 801
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/18 at 14:10Mat: Nice, love the obverse
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Vespasian-RIC-136868 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Künker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
8 commentsDavid Atherton04/17/18 at 13:39Mat: neat and cool coin
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Vespasian-RIC-136868 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Künker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
8 commentsDavid Atherton04/17/18 at 13:35Jay GT4: Outstanding
V1368sm.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-136868 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Künker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
8 commentsDavid Atherton04/17/18 at 10:50FlaviusDomitianus: Awesome rarity!
V1368sm.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-136868 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
Ex Künker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

Fascinating coins often come out of civil war. In late October 69 the Second Battle of Cremona was fought between the legions of Vitellius and Vespasian. It resulted in the utter defeat of the Vitellian side and their slow retreat towards Rome. Not long afterwards the Spanish legions went openly for Vespasian, which up until that point had only been neutrally friendly toward him. Coins were quickly struck for Vespasian in the newly won province. Most of these are attributed to Tarraco and an unknown Spanish mint. Intriguingly, a small military issue was contemporaneously struck at an uncertain mint somewhere in the western empire - Mattingly thought perhaps Aquileia. The issue contains some stylistic affinities with the Spanish series, but more importantly, recent metal analysis by K. Butcher and M. Ponting show the silver content is almost identical to that of the Spanish coins. It is very likely these early military denarii were also struck in Spain in late 69 soon after the province went over to Vespasian.

Here we have an extremely rare denarius from that uncertain military issue showing Vespasian in military dress riding left in the act of addressing his troops. Clearly, this is a propaganda type that was produced to help consolidate the legions in a newly won province. The type occurs no where else and is unique to the series. The portrait bears no resemblance to Vespasian, which is further evidence of the coin's early mintage, perhaps pre-dating the other Spanish issues.

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
8 commentsDavid Atherton04/17/18 at 10:46Nemonater: Absolutely phenomenal!
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Constantius II Centenionalis Fel Temp Reparatio Falling Horseman13 viewsAE Centenionalis
Constantius II, 337-361 CE
Diameter: 21 mm, Weight: 6.32 grams, Die Axis: 6h

Obverse: D N CONSTANTIVS PF AVG
Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust to right.

Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO
Soldier (described also as Constantius II or the personification of Virtus) to right holding shield, spearing falling enemy horseman to left. Horseman tumbles over neck of horse, facing forwards with arms outstretched.

Mint: ANΘ, Γ in field to left: Antioch

Notes:
-This issue was minted circa 351-354 CE.

Ex David L. Tranbarger 2018, Ex Triskeles Auction 22 2017, Lot 554 (the Maple Leaf Collection)
3 commentsPharsalos04/16/18 at 22:40Jay GT4: Great reverse
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PROBUS RIC 449 VAR. 21 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS AVG CONS II
REVERSE: VIRTVS AVG (emperor on horse spearing knealing enemy)
BUST TYPE: H2 = Radiate bust left in consular robe, holding eagle-tipped sceptre (scipio)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//QXXT
WEIGHT 3.82g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH: 23-25mm
RIC: 449 VAR. (QXXT MINTMARK UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1194

Ex. S. Luethi collection

Extremely rare and desirable reverse type in combination with a scarce and desirable consular obverse legend. A coin of the highest numismatic interest!

The only specimen of this type known to me (I know of another similar specimen from officina QXXT from E.Raes collection but with a different placement of the enemy)
2 commentsBarnaba604/16/18 at 06:52Barnaba6: Indeed the depisction of the horse and the rider o...
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PROBUS RIC 882 A2 BUST OFFICINA 126 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS INVICT AVG
REVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG (VIR-1)
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KAA
WEIGHT 3.88g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 22mm
RIC 882
COLLECTION NO. 1215

7th specimen of this type known to me.
3 commentsBarnaba604/16/18 at 06:51Barnaba6: Thanks for the comment Jay!
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PROBUS RIC 882 A2 BUST OFFICINA 126 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C M AVR PROBVS INVICT AVG
REVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG (VIR-1)
BUST TYPE: A2 = Radiate, cuirassed and draped bust right, seen from back
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KAA
WEIGHT 3.88g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH 22mm
RIC 882
COLLECTION NO. 1215

7th specimen of this type known to me.
3 commentsBarnaba604/15/18 at 22:58Jay GT4: Dynamic rider
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PROBUS RIC 862 VAR. E1 BUST IMP M AVR PROBVS AVG22 viewsOBVERSE: IMP M AVR PROBVS AVG
REVERSE: SOLI INVICTO
BUST TYPE: E1 = Radiate, cuirassed and helmeted bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//KA•Δ•
WEIGHT 4.60g / DIAMETER: 22m
RIC 862 VAR. (IMP M AVR PROBVS AVG LEGEND UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1222

Very rare obverse legend without "C" before M AVR PROBVS AVG

Only second specimen of this type known to me (the other coming from auction Emporium 49, lot 691 - the latter information courtesy of Ph. Gysen).
1 commentsBarnaba604/15/18 at 22:57Jay GT4: Amazing reverse!
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PROBUS RIC 449 VAR. 21 viewsOBVERSE: IMP C PROBVS AVG CONS II
REVERSE: VIRTVS AVG (emperor on horse spearing knealing enemy)
BUST TYPE: H2 = Radiate bust left in consular robe, holding eagle-tipped sceptre (scipio)
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: -/-//QXXT
WEIGHT 3.82g / AXIS: 12h / WIDTH: 23-25mm
RIC: 449 VAR. (QXXT MINTMARK UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1194

Ex. S. Luethi collection

Extremely rare and desirable reverse type in combination with a scarce and desirable consular obverse legend. A coin of the highest numismatic interest!

The only specimen of this type known to me (I know of another similar specimen from officina QXXT from E.Raes collection but with a different placement of the enemy)
2 commentsBarnaba604/15/18 at 22:56Jay GT4: Great horse
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Struck A.D.364. VALENTINIAN I. AE3 of SIRMIUM6 viewsObverse: D N VALENTINIANVS P F AVG. Pear-diademed draped and cuirassed bust of Valentinian I facing right.
Reverse: RESTITVTOR REIP. Valentinian standing facing, head right, holding standard in his right hand and Victory in his left; in exergue, ASIRM.
RIC IX : 6a.
SCARCE
1 comments*Alex04/15/18 at 16:47Jay GT4: Lovely patina
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L. C. Memmius L. f. Galeria (87 B.C)20 viewsAR Denarius
O:  Head of Saturn left; EX•S•C below; control letter beneath chin.
R: Venus driving biga right, cupid above; L•C•MEMIES•L•F•GAL in exergue.
Rome Mint
3.68g
18mm
Crawford 313/1b; Sydenham 574; Memmia 2
4 commentsMat04/15/18 at 16:14quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Neapolis Campania Didrachm40 viewsHead of Parthenope left, wearing earing and beaded necklace. Tripod to right.

Man-headed bull standing right being crowned by winged nymph/victory; IΣ between legs NEOΠOΛITΩN in exergue

Neapolis, Campania
300-241 BC
7.21g

Sambon 517; Glasgow 57; BMC 129

Very rare!

Ex-HJB ebay

Dark toning; a few remaining deposits. Much nicer in hand with almost black toning.

Thanks to Molinari's research this is one of 6 known examples. The others are found in BMC, 129, Dati web, Glasgow 57, Leningrad 1014, Torino RDC17508.
4 commentsJay GT404/15/18 at 15:32NORMAN K: Great find. Also would like to have one of this t...
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L. C. Memmius L. f. Galeria (87 B.C)20 viewsAR Denarius
O:  Head of Saturn left; EX•S•C below; control letter beneath chin.
R: Venus driving biga right, cupid above; L•C•MEMIES•L•F•GAL in exergue.
Rome Mint
3.68g
18mm
Crawford 313/1b; Sydenham 574; Memmia 2
4 commentsMat04/15/18 at 09:01Canaan: Very nice!!!
090b_Gallienus,_Rome,_Göbl_0375a,_AE-Ant,_GALLIENVS_AVG,_VIRTVS_AVG,_VI,_RIC_V-I_325,_261_AD,_Q-001,_1h,_19-19,52mm,_3,23ga-s.jpg
090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 325, Göbl 0375a, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/VI//--, VIRTVS AVG, Mars standing left, #196 views090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 325, Göbl 0375a, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/VI//--, VIRTVS AVG, Mars standing left, #1
avers: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right.
reverse: VIRTVS AVG, Mars standing left, resting the right hand on shield at feet left and holding in left hand."VI" in the right field.
exergue: -/VI//--, diameter: 19,0-19,5mm, weight: 3,23g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date: 261 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 325, p-, Göbl 0375a, Sear -,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/15/18 at 06:45Randygeki(h2): Nice pa
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Terina, Bruttium46 viewsTEPINAION
Head of nymph right; triskeles behind

Nike seated left on plinth, holding kerykeion.

Terina, Bruttium. 300 BC

2.04g

Holloway & Jenkins 107; HN Italy 2641

Ex-CNG 396 lot 29; Ex-Aegean

Also called 1/3 Nomos
3 commentsJay GT404/15/18 at 06:45Randygeki(h2): Very nice!
MFBNeapolis.jpg
Neapolis Campania Didrachm40 viewsHead of Parthenope left, wearing earing and beaded necklace. Tripod to right.

Man-headed bull standing right being crowned by winged nymph/victory; IΣ between legs NEOΠOΛITΩN in exergue

Neapolis, Campania
300-241 BC
7.21g

Sambon 517; Glasgow 57; BMC 129

Very rare!

Ex-HJB ebay

Dark toning; a few remaining deposits. Much nicer in hand with almost black toning.

Thanks to Molinari's research this is one of 6 known examples. The others are found in BMC, 129, Dati web, Glasgow 57, Leningrad 1014, Torino RDC17508.
4 commentsJay GT404/15/18 at 06:44Randygeki(h2): Awesome!
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L. C. Memmius L. f. Galeria (87 B.C)20 viewsAR Denarius
O:  Head of Saturn left; EX•S•C below; control letter beneath chin.
R: Venus driving biga right, cupid above; L•C•MEMIES•L•F•GAL in exergue.
Rome Mint
3.68g
18mm
Crawford 313/1b; Sydenham 574; Memmia 2
4 commentsMat04/15/18 at 06:22Randygeki(h2): Sweet addition Mat. Nicely centered
rteff.jpg
L. C. Memmius L. f. Galeria (87 B.C)20 viewsAR Denarius
O:  Head of Saturn left; EX•S•C below; control letter beneath chin.
R: Venus driving biga right, cupid above; L•C•MEMIES•L•F•GAL in exergue.
Rome Mint
3.68g
18mm
Crawford 313/1b; Sydenham 574; Memmia 2
4 commentsMat04/15/18 at 01:43Jay GT4: Lovely
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PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Akko mint. Dated RY 33 of 'Ozmilk, king of Tyre (317/6 BC)23 viewsObv. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Rev. Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, Phoenician 'K (for 'Ozmilk) and ||| –= (date). 
References: Price 3279 (Ake); Newell, Dated 37.
24mm, 15.61 grams.
3 commentsCanaan04/15/18 at 00:32Nemonater: Very nice!
VIM,_083_Treb-Gallus,_PM_05-05-03,_AE-26,_IMP_C_GALLVS_P_FELIX_AVG,_PMS_COLVII,_AN_XII,_250-251AD,_Q-001,_0h,_25,5-26,5mm,_11,45ga-s~0.jpg
083p Trebonianus Gallus (251-253 A.D.), Moesia, Viminacium, PM 05-05-03, -/-//ANXII, AE-Sestertius, PMS COL VII, Female figure standing, facing left, #0197 views083p Trebonianus Gallus (251-253 A.D.), Moesia, Viminacium, PM 05-05-03, -/-//ANXII, AE-Sestertius, PMS COL VII, Female figure standing, facing left, #01
avers: IMP C GALLVS P FELIX AVG, Laureate draped bust right.
reverse: PMS COL VII, Female figure (Viminacium or Provincia Moesia) standing, facing left, between bull to left and lion to right, in ex. AN XII.
exergue: -/-//ANXII, diameter: 25,5-26,0mm, weight:11,45g, axis:0h,
mint: Moesia, Viminacium, date: 250-251 A.D., ref: PM 05-05-03, Pick-, Mus-,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans04/14/18 at 13:59Mat: Love the patina on it
090b_Gallienus,_Rome,_Göbl_0375a,_AE-Ant,_GALLIENVS_AVG,_VIRTVS_AVG,_VI,_RIC_V-I_325,_261_AD,_Q-001,_1h,_19-19,52mm,_3,23ga-s.jpg
090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 325, Göbl 0375a, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/VI//--, VIRTVS AVG, Mars standing left, #196 views090b Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Sole Reign, RIC V-I 325, Göbl 0375a, Rome, AE-Antoninianus, -/VI//--, VIRTVS AVG, Mars standing left, #1
avers: GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate head right.
reverse: VIRTVS AVG, Mars standing left, resting the right hand on shield at feet left and holding in left hand."VI" in the right field.
exergue: -/VI//--, diameter: 19,0-19,5mm, weight: 3,23g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date: 261 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 325, p-, Göbl 0375a, Sear -,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/14/18 at 12:47Jay GT4: Glossy!
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297 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Egypt31 viewsReference.
RIC 297; Strack 294; C. 99

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right; draped left shoulder.

Rev. AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on basket, ibis on low column at feet.

3.46 gr
19 mm
12h

Note.
Ex Gorny & Mosch, auction 160 lot 2326
6 commentsokidoki04/14/18 at 11:59Choucas: Wonderful coin, congratulations
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Sextus Pompey18 viewsSextus Pompey Denarius. Sicily, 40 BC. MAG PIVS IMP ITER, bare head of Pompey the Great right between lituus and capis / Neptune left, foot on prow, between brothers Anapias and Amphinomus, parents on their shoulders, PR’F above, in ex CLAS ET OR’ / MARIT EX SC. Pompeia 27, Cr511/3a, Syd 1344 RIC 17
ex Orfew
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/14/18 at 11:12Canaan: On my must have list!!!! Congrats
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130 Trajan11 viewsTRAJAN AR silver denarius Rome, 102.
IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate head of Trajan to right.
Reverse - P M TR P COS IIII P P Victory standing facing, head turned to left, holding wreath and palm.
Cohen 240. RIC 58. 18mm, 3.3g.
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/14/18 at 11:11Canaan: Very nice!!!
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13 Constantius Gallus17 viewsConstantius Gallus
DN CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right, A behind;
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing falling horseman,bare-headed, reaching
LXXII in left field, star delta SIS crescent in ex

RIC Siscia 335
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/14/18 at 11:10Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Cappadocian Kingdom, Ariarathes V 163-130 BC, Drachm12 viewsCappadocian Kingdom
Ariarathes V
Drachm 4.02g
Year GA = 130-129 BC. Young head right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΡIAΡAΘOY EYΣEBOYΣ, Athena standing left holding Nike & spear, resting hand on shield on ground to right. FAP monogram in left field, IH monogram in right field, date ΓA in ex.
HGC 7, 811
Dented flan
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/14/18 at 11:09Canaan: Great addition, nice to see you collecting greak a...
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Calabria. Tarentum. (Circa 332-302 BC)14 viewsAR Nomos (21 mm, 7.76 g)

Obverse: Warrior, preparing to cast spear held in right hand, holding two spears and shield in left, on horse rearing right; ΣA below

Reverse: Taras, holding kantharos in extended right hand, cradling trident in left arm, astride dolphin left; AP to left, TAPAΣ (Taras) to right; below, small dolphin left.

Vlasto 614-20; HN Italy 937.
2 commentsNathan P04/14/18 at 03:20Nathan P: Thanks Jay! This one's much sharper in hand! M...
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Terina, Bruttium46 viewsTEPINAION
Head of nymph right; triskeles behind

Nike seated left on plinth, holding kerykeion.

Terina, Bruttium. 300 BC

2.04g

Holloway & Jenkins 107; HN Italy 2641

Ex-CNG 396 lot 29; Ex-Aegean

Also called 1/3 Nomos
3 commentsJay GT404/14/18 at 01:05Enodia: nice one Jay. i love these!
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Terina, Bruttium46 viewsTEPINAION
Head of nymph right; triskeles behind

Nike seated left on plinth, holding kerykeion.

Terina, Bruttium. 300 BC

2.04g

Holloway & Jenkins 107; HN Italy 2641

Ex-CNG 396 lot 29; Ex-Aegean

Also called 1/3 Nomos
3 commentsJay GT404/13/18 at 23:11quadrans: Great coin
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Lucania, Velia. (Circa 340-334 B.C.)12 viewsAR nomos (22 mm, 7.24 g, 2 h).

Obverse: Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with a griffin; between neck guard and crest, Θ

Reverse: YEΛHTΩN (of Elea), lion prowling right; below, X.

Williams 262 (O151/R207); SNG ANS 1293 (same dies); HN Italy 1284.

Velia was the Roman name of an ancient city of Magna Graecia on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was founded by Greeks from Phocaea as Hyele around 538–535 BC. According to Herodotus, in 545 BC Ionian Greeks fled Phocaea, in modern Turkey, which was being besieged by the Persians under Cyrus the Great. They settled in Corsica until they were attacked by a force of Etruscans and Carthaginians. The surviving 6000 took to the sea once more, first stopping in Reggio Calabria, where they were probably joined by the poet/philosopher Xenophanes, who was at the time at Messina, and then moved north along the coast and founded the town of Hyele, later renamed Ele and then, eventually, Elea.

Elea was not conquered by the Lucanians, but eventually joined Rome in 273 BC and was included in ancient Lucania.
1 commentsNathan P04/13/18 at 22:43Jay GT4: Great Lion
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Calabria. Tarentum. (Circa 332-302 BC)14 viewsAR Nomos (21 mm, 7.76 g)

Obverse: Warrior, preparing to cast spear held in right hand, holding two spears and shield in left, on horse rearing right; ΣA below

Reverse: Taras, holding kantharos in extended right hand, cradling trident in left arm, astride dolphin left; AP to left, TAPAΣ (Taras) to right; below, small dolphin left.

Vlasto 614-20; HN Italy 937.
2 commentsNathan P04/13/18 at 22:43Jay GT4: Nice one Nathan!
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Commodus, RIC 641, Sestertius of AD 192 (Providentiae)26 viewsÆ Sestertius (26.15g, Ø30mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 192.
Obv.: L·AEL·AVREL·CO-MM·AVG·P·FEL, laureate head right.
Rev.: P M TR P X IMP VII COS IIII (around) S C (in ex.), Commodus as Hercules, naked, standing left, foot on prow, holding club left resting on tree trunk or rock(s), receiving corn-ears from Africa, standing right, togate, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, holding sistrum (brass rattle, an Egyptian musical instrument) in left, lion at her feet.

RIC 641 (R); Cohen 644 (15fr.); BMC 718; Sear 5796

During the last year of his reign, the megalomania of Commodus reached insane levels. He renamed many things of importance after himself including the twelve months year, even the city Rome, the citizens of Rome, the Senate and so on. This issue marks the renaming of the African grain fleet to "Commodiana Herculea"

ex cgb.fr (2014); ex Alessandra Brunetti (London, 2010); ex coll. Prof. M. Caselli.
2 commentsCharles S04/13/18 at 22:07Vincent: Choice and interesting type
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61..Kshemagupta 950-957/8 AD (Utpala dynasty)12 viewsKshemagupta 950-957/8 AD
Copper Kaserah or Punchshi 17.50mm
Obverse- Goddess Ardochsho/Lakshmi seated facing in half lotus position, with Nagari legend 'Di' to left 'kshema' to right
Reverse- King standing facing and sacrificing at altar holding trident, with Nagari legend 'Gupta' bottom right
1 commentsPaul R304/13/18 at 13:09shanxi: no idea about these, but they look nice
RIC_530_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 530 Domitianus25 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C in exergue; Domitian riding right with shield, striking with spear at falling German
AE/Sestertius (35.27 mm 26.31 g 6h) Struck n Rome 87 A.D.
RIC 530 (R2), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from onesilverkitten
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/13/18 at 11:56David Atherton: Love that reverse.
vitelltet.jpg
Vitellius (69 A.D.)24 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΩΛΟΥ ΟΥΙΤ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΑΥΤ, laureate head right.
R: Nike advancing left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm frond with her left; LA (date) to left.
26mm
12.1g
RPC 5372; Köln 260-2; Dattari 340; K&G 19.1. Emmett 196.1
6 commentsMat04/13/18 at 09:24Canaan: Very nice!!!!
MFBNeapolis.jpg
Neapolis Campania Didrachm40 viewsHead of Parthenope left, wearing earing and beaded necklace. Tripod to right.

Man-headed bull standing right being crowned by winged nymph/victory; IΣ between legs NEOΠOΛITΩN in exergue

Neapolis, Campania
300-241 BC
7.21g

Sambon 517; Glasgow 57; BMC 129

Very rare!

Ex-HJB ebay

Dark toning; a few remaining deposits. Much nicer in hand with almost black toning.

Thanks to Molinari's research this is one of 6 known examples. The others are found in BMC, 129, Dati web, Glasgow 57, Leningrad 1014, Torino RDC17508.
4 commentsJay GT404/13/18 at 08:01Canaan: Congrats Jay nice addition
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297 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Egypt31 viewsReference.
RIC 297; Strack 294; C. 99

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right; draped left shoulder.

Rev. AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on basket, ibis on low column at feet.

3.46 gr
19 mm
12h

Note.
Ex Gorny & Mosch, auction 160 lot 2326
6 commentsokidoki04/12/18 at 20:03quadrans: I like this..
RIC_530_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 530 Domitianus25 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C in exergue; Domitian riding right with shield, striking with spear at falling German
AE/Sestertius (35.27 mm 26.31 g 6h) Struck n Rome 87 A.D.
RIC 530 (R2), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from onesilverkitten
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/12/18 at 20:03quadrans: Interesting piece..
MFBNeapolis.jpg
Neapolis Campania Didrachm40 viewsHead of Parthenope left, wearing earing and beaded necklace. Tripod to right.

Man-headed bull standing right being crowned by winged nymph/victory; IΣ between legs NEOΠOΛITΩN in exergue

Neapolis, Campania
300-241 BC
7.21g

Sambon 517; Glasgow 57; BMC 129

Very rare!

Ex-HJB ebay

Dark toning; a few remaining deposits. Much nicer in hand with almost black toning.

Thanks to Molinari's research this is one of 6 known examples. The others are found in BMC, 129, Dati web, Glasgow 57, Leningrad 1014, Torino RDC17508.
4 commentsJay GT404/12/18 at 20:01quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC_623_Domitianus_(5).jpg
RIC 0623 Domitianus17 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC / S C (in exergue), Domitian standing left, sacrificing over altar; Flute and lyre players standing right (the second is behind the altar); in background temple.
AE/As (28.77 mm 11.740 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A D
RIC 623 (C2), BMCRE 434-436, BNF 471-474
ex Martì Hervera - Soler y Llach Auction 1101-2 lot 2531
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/12/18 at 16:46Nemonater: Awesome reverse
1069Hadrian_RIC297.jpg
297 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Egypt31 viewsReference.
RIC 297; Strack 294; C. 99

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right; draped left shoulder.

Rev. AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on basket, ibis on low column at feet.

3.46 gr
19 mm
12h

Note.
Ex Gorny & Mosch, auction 160 lot 2326
6 commentsokidoki04/12/18 at 16:03Jay GT4: Sweet!
RIC_530_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 530 Domitianus25 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C in exergue; Domitian riding right with shield, striking with spear at falling German
AE/Sestertius (35.27 mm 26.31 g 6h) Struck n Rome 87 A.D.
RIC 530 (R2), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from onesilverkitten
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/12/18 at 16:03Jay GT4: Dynamic reverse!
vitelltet.jpg
Vitellius (69 A.D.)24 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΩΛΟΥ ΟΥΙΤ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΑΥΤ, laureate head right.
R: Nike advancing left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm frond with her left; LA (date) to left.
26mm
12.1g
RPC 5372; Köln 260-2; Dattari 340; K&G 19.1. Emmett 196.1
6 commentsMat04/12/18 at 08:54FlaviusDomitianus: Excellent coin
1069Hadrian_RIC297.jpg
297 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Egypt31 viewsReference.
RIC 297; Strack 294; C. 99

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right; draped left shoulder.

Rev. AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on basket, ibis on low column at feet.

3.46 gr
19 mm
12h

Note.
Ex Gorny & Mosch, auction 160 lot 2326
6 commentsokidoki04/12/18 at 08:37Pekka K: You mean: Gorny & Mosch GmbH?
1069Hadrian_RIC297.jpg
297 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Egypt31 viewsReference.
RIC 297; Strack 294; C. 99

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right; draped left shoulder.

Rev. AEGYPTOS
Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right hand, left arm resting on basket, ibis on low column at feet.

3.46 gr
19 mm
12h

Note.
Ex Gorny & Mosch, auction 160 lot 2326
6 commentsokidoki04/12/18 at 07:55shanxi: very nice especially the reverse
vitelltet.jpg
Vitellius (69 A.D.)24 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΩΛΟΥ ΟΥΙΤ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΑΥΤ, laureate head right.
R: Nike advancing left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm frond with her left; LA (date) to left.
26mm
12.1g
RPC 5372; Köln 260-2; Dattari 340; K&G 19.1. Emmett 196.1
6 commentsMat04/12/18 at 05:15Randygeki(h2): Awesome find.
vitelltet.jpg
Vitellius (69 A.D.)24 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΩΛΟΥ ΟΥΙΤ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΑΥΤ, laureate head right.
R: Nike advancing left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm frond with her left; LA (date) to left.
26mm
12.1g
RPC 5372; Köln 260-2; Dattari 340; K&G 19.1. Emmett 196.1
6 commentsMat04/12/18 at 05:04quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian_Tarraco_RIC_1339.jpg
Vespasian from Tarraco or uncertain Spanish mint. 53 viewsDenarius for Vespasian from a Spanish mint. Circa 69-70 AD.
3.44 grs & 17 mm.
Obs. : laureate head left. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev. : Libertas stg left with pileus & rod. LIBERTAS PVBLICA.
RIC 1339 (R2).
See very precise description in David's own exemplar.
8 commentslabienus04/12/18 at 05:00quadrans: You are a lucky...
vitelltet.jpg
Vitellius (69 A.D.)24 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΩΛΟΥ ΟΥΙΤ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΑΥΤ, laureate head right.
R: Nike advancing left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm frond with her left; LA (date) to left.
26mm
12.1g
RPC 5372; Köln 260-2; Dattari 340; K&G 19.1. Emmett 196.1
6 commentsMat04/12/18 at 02:14David Atherton: Love the portrait!
vitelltet.jpg
Vitellius (69 A.D.)24 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΩΛΟΥ ΟΥΙΤ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΑΥΤ, laureate head right.
R: Nike advancing left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm frond with her left; LA (date) to left.
26mm
12.1g
RPC 5372; Köln 260-2; Dattari 340; K&G 19.1. Emmett 196.1
6 commentsMat04/12/18 at 00:46Jay GT4: Excellent find!
Vespasian_Tarraco_RIC_1339.jpg
Vespasian from Tarraco or uncertain Spanish mint. 53 viewsDenarius for Vespasian from a Spanish mint. Circa 69-70 AD.
3.44 grs & 17 mm.
Obs. : laureate head left. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev. : Libertas stg left with pileus & rod. LIBERTAS PVBLICA.
RIC 1339 (R2).
See very precise description in David's own exemplar.
8 commentslabienus04/11/18 at 15:41Carausius: Lovely coin. Congratulations!
Vespasian_Tarraco_RIC_1339.jpg
Vespasian from Tarraco or uncertain Spanish mint. 53 viewsDenarius for Vespasian from a Spanish mint. Circa 69-70 AD.
3.44 grs & 17 mm.
Obs. : laureate head left. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev. : Libertas stg left with pileus & rod. LIBERTAS PVBLICA.
RIC 1339 (R2).
See very precise description in David's own exemplar.
8 commentslabienus04/11/18 at 12:08David Atherton: Fantastic portrait!
Vespasian_Tarraco_RIC_1339.jpg
Vespasian from Tarraco or uncertain Spanish mint. 53 viewsDenarius for Vespasian from a Spanish mint. Circa 69-70 AD.
3.44 grs & 17 mm.
Obs. : laureate head left. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev. : Libertas stg left with pileus & rod. LIBERTAS PVBLICA.
RIC 1339 (R2).
See very precise description in David's own exemplar.
8 commentslabienus04/11/18 at 11:45labienus: Many thanks for the kind comments
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064 - Septimius Severus barbarous imitation denarius9 viewsDenarius
Obv:- IMV (sic) CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:- LEG II ADIVT / TR P COS, Legionary eagle between two standards
Barbarous imitation of coins minted in Rome. A.D. 193
Reference:- cf RIC 5
1 commentsmaridvnvm04/11/18 at 06:55Randygeki(h2): It does look a lot like Dougs coin. Cool addition.
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Samaria. Lead seal. Approximately 4th-3rd century BC.20 viewsFigure in a long robe standing on the right and her standing naked figure (Ana?), Standing on the left, flanking Thymiaterion, all in temple vignette.
Typical of the motifs of Sami coins and seals is the adaptation of existing coin paintings and iconography, which dates back to the 4th century AD. v. In the Levant were in circulation. This lead seal probably imitates a late Persian depiction of a satrap and the deity Ana, as can also be found on the Tarsus Stateren (see SNG Levante 83).
15mm // 11,83g.
Ex. Lanz Numismatics.
3 commentsCanaan04/11/18 at 06:54Randygeki(h2): I dont have any of these. Cool addition
Sicily,_Kamarina,_AE-Tetras,_Head_of_Athena,_KAMA,_Owl,_lizard,_three_pellets,_Calciati_III_pg__63,_33,_SNG_ANS_1229_,_SNG_Cop_169,_420-405_BC_Q-001,_0h,_14,5mm,_3,03g-s.jpg
Sicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,129 viewsSicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,
avers: Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with the wing, border of dots.
reverse: KAMA, owl standing left, head facing, grasping lizard in talon, in exergue, three pellets.
exergue: -/-//•••, diameter: 14,0-14,5 mm, weight: 3,03 g, axes: 0h,
mint: Sicily, Kamarina, date: 420-405 B.C., ref: Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, SNG ANS 1229, SNG Cop 169.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans04/11/18 at 06:53Randygeki(h2): A neat one
City_Commemorative,_Nicomedia,_RIC_VII_195,_AE-3,_VRBS_ROMA,_SMNS,_Sear_16521,_330-335_AD,_Q-001,_11h,_16-16,5mm,_2,39g-s.jpg
137 Commemorative, (330-335 A.D.), Nicomedia, RIC VII 195, AE-3, -/-//SMNS, She-wolf left, #1,116 views137 Commemorative, (330-335 A.D.), Nicomedia, RIC VII 195, AE-3, -/-//SMNS, She-wolf left, #1,
avers: VRBS ROMA, Helmeted bust of Roma left.
reverse: She-wolf and twins, 2 stars above with three dots vertically placed between them.
exergue: -/-//SMNS, diameter: 16,0-16,5 mm, weight: 2,39 g, axis: 11 h,
mint: Nicomedia, date: 330-335 A.D., ref: RIC VII 195, Sear 16521,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/11/18 at 06:53Randygeki(h2): Not bad
ItalicFibula.jpg
Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula37 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
6 commentsJay GT404/11/18 at 06:53Randygeki(h2): A neat piece Jay
gordian_III_syria.jpg
Gordian III AR tetradrachm of Roman Syria. AD 240. 12 viewsGordian III AR tetradrachm of Roman Syria. AD 240
Obverse: AVTOK K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: DHMARC ES OVCIAC, eagle with spread wings standing facing, head left, wreath in beak, SC in ex.
28.49 mm., 11.7 g
2 commentsNORMAN K04/11/18 at 06:52Randygeki(h2): Very cool!
Pherai2.jpg
Pherai, Thessaly24 viewsLate 4th century BC
AE14 (14mm, 2.59g)
O: Wreathed head of Hekate right; torch before.
R: Lion's head fountain right, spouting water; fish below, ΦEPAIOYN around to right.
Rogers 514; HGC4, 568; BCD Thessaly II, 691.1
From the BCD collection. ex Ken Dorney

5 commentsEnodia04/11/18 at 06:52Randygeki(h2): That lion looks great. cool addition
Taras.jpg
Taras, Calabria31 views302-281 BC (Period VI)
AR Didrachm (20.5mm, 7.88g)
Arethon magistrate.
O: Naked boy of androgynous aspect crowning horse standing right, left foreleg raised; ΣA above, APE/ΘΩN (magistrate) in two lines below.
R: Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding tripod in extended right hand; TAPAΣ around to right, CAΣ below.
Vlasto 666; Evans VI, A-1; Cote 321; McGill II, 59; SNG France 1869; HN Italy 957; SNG Cop 862; SNG ANS 1046-50
ex Germania Inferior Numismatics

Struck between the time of Kleonymos and the coming of Pyrrhus, Period VI represents the first appearance of the full length magistrate signatues on Tarentine coinage, in this case one Arethon.
This type (along with Vlasto 836) is possibly the most common didrachm in the entire series. Still, this specimen is very well centered with a full tripod showing on the flan, and has some nice golden highlights which i find quite appealing.
4 commentsEnodia04/11/18 at 06:52Randygeki(h2): Awesome!
Taras.jpg
Taras, Calabria31 views302-281 BC (Period VI)
AR Didrachm (20.5mm, 7.88g)
Arethon magistrate.
O: Naked boy of androgynous aspect crowning horse standing right, left foreleg raised; ΣA above, APE/ΘΩN (magistrate) in two lines below.
R: Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding tripod in extended right hand; TAPAΣ around to right, CAΣ below.
Vlasto 666; Evans VI, A-1; Cote 321; McGill II, 59; SNG France 1869; HN Italy 957; SNG Cop 862; SNG ANS 1046-50
ex Germania Inferior Numismatics

Struck between the time of Kleonymos and the coming of Pyrrhus, Period VI represents the first appearance of the full length magistrate signatues on Tarentine coinage, in this case one Arethon.
This type (along with Vlasto 836) is possibly the most common didrachm in the entire series. Still, this specimen is very well centered with a full tripod showing on the flan, and has some nice golden highlights which i find quite appealing.
4 commentsEnodia04/11/18 at 05:18quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian_Tarraco_RIC_1339.jpg
Vespasian from Tarraco or uncertain Spanish mint. 53 viewsDenarius for Vespasian from a Spanish mint. Circa 69-70 AD.
3.44 grs & 17 mm.
Obs. : laureate head left. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev. : Libertas stg left with pileus & rod. LIBERTAS PVBLICA.
RIC 1339 (R2).
See very precise description in David's own exemplar.
8 commentslabienus04/10/18 at 23:54orfew: Great catch!
IMG_4009.jpg
Cappadocian Kingdom, Ariarathes V 163-130 BC, Drachm12 viewsCappadocian Kingdom
Ariarathes V
Drachm 4.02g
Year GA = 130-129 BC. Young head right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΡIAΡAΘOY EYΣEBOYΣ, Athena standing left holding Nike & spear, resting hand on shield on ground to right. FAP monogram in left field, IH monogram in right field, date ΓA in ex.
HGC 7, 811
Dented flan
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)04/10/18 at 22:55Mat: Very nice!
Vespasian_Tarraco_RIC_1339.jpg
Vespasian from Tarraco or uncertain Spanish mint. 53 viewsDenarius for Vespasian from a Spanish mint. Circa 69-70 AD.
3.44 grs & 17 mm.
Obs. : laureate head left. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev. : Libertas stg left with pileus & rod. LIBERTAS PVBLICA.
RIC 1339 (R2).
See very precise description in David's own exemplar.
8 commentslabienus04/10/18 at 20:21Jay GT4: Great find!
Vespasian_Tarraco_RIC_1339.jpg
Vespasian from Tarraco or uncertain Spanish mint. 53 viewsDenarius for Vespasian from a Spanish mint. Circa 69-70 AD.
3.44 grs & 17 mm.
Obs. : laureate head left. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev. : Libertas stg left with pileus & rod. LIBERTAS PVBLICA.
RIC 1339 (R2).
See very precise description in David's own exemplar.
8 commentslabienus04/10/18 at 20:01Nemonater: An enviable addition!
Vespasian_Tarraco_RIC_1339.jpg
Vespasian from Tarraco or uncertain Spanish mint. 53 viewsDenarius for Vespasian from a Spanish mint. Circa 69-70 AD.
3.44 grs & 17 mm.
Obs. : laureate head left. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev. : Libertas stg left with pileus & rod. LIBERTAS PVBLICA.
RIC 1339 (R2).
See very precise description in David's own exemplar.
8 commentslabienus04/10/18 at 19:44FlaviusDomitianus: Excellent coin
6336_6337.jpg
Provincial, Alexandria, Egypt, Tetradrachm, Eagle facing, head right.7 viewsBI Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial Alexandria, Egypt
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 277 - 278AD (Regnal Year 3)
20.0mm 7.28gr 0h
O: AK M AVP ΠΡΟΒΟC CεB; Laureate, cuirassed bust, right.
R: NO LEGEND; Eagle standing facing, head right, wreath in beak.
Exergue: L, left field; Γ, right field. (Regnal Year 3)
Alexandria, Egypt Mint
Emmett 3985; Köln 3131; Milne 4566.
agathetyche 142741280572
4/5/18 4/10/18
1 commentsNicholas Z04/10/18 at 16:32Mat: Nice eagle
249560_m.jpg
Sicily Gela AR Hexas-Dionkion 3mm 0.09g circa 480-470 BC very rare Jenkins list one coin in the British Museum7 viewsBridle horse head to right in circle of dots.Rev Two pellets {mark of value} in linear circle.2 commentsGrant H04/10/18 at 10:14Grant H: quite right
Taras.jpg
Taras, Calabria31 views302-281 BC (Period VI)
AR Didrachm (20.5mm, 7.88g)
Arethon magistrate.
O: Naked boy of androgynous aspect crowning horse standing right, left foreleg raised; ΣA above, APE/ΘΩN (magistrate) in two lines below.
R: Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding tripod in extended right hand; TAPAΣ around to right, CAΣ below.
Vlasto 666; Evans VI, A-1; Cote 321; McGill II, 59; SNG France 1869; HN Italy 957; SNG Cop 862; SNG ANS 1046-50
ex Germania Inferior Numismatics

Struck between the time of Kleonymos and the coming of Pyrrhus, Period VI represents the first appearance of the full length magistrate signatues on Tarentine coinage, in this case one Arethon.
This type (along with Vlasto 836) is possibly the most common didrachm in the entire series. Still, this specimen is very well centered with a full tripod showing on the flan, and has some nice golden highlights which i find quite appealing.
4 commentsEnodia04/10/18 at 10:09Grant H: love the horse
ItalicFibula.jpg
Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula37 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
6 commentsJay GT404/10/18 at 09:34Canaan: Very nice lines and curves
ItalicFibula.jpg
Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula37 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
6 commentsJay GT404/10/18 at 06:02okidoki: a real beauty
ItalicFibula.jpg
Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula37 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
6 commentsJay GT404/10/18 at 04:57quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian_ric_1421_new_copy_2.jpg
Vespasian AR Denarius7 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 commentsorfew04/10/18 at 04:29Jay GT4: Feel free to use my old pic if you like
249560_m.jpg
Sicily Gela AR Hexas-Dionkion 3mm 0.09g circa 480-470 BC very rare Jenkins list one coin in the British Museum7 viewsBridle horse head to right in circle of dots.Rev Two pellets {mark of value} in linear circle.2 commentsGrant H04/10/18 at 02:21Enodia: a smiley face!
BeFunky_Collage~1.jpg
Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 -440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h.Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.424 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer,above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils.Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auc 14 lot 50 5-17-17,ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auc x 22 june 1951 lot 192,ex V.J.E.Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant H04/10/18 at 02:20Enodia: very desirable!
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Gordian III AR tetradrachm of Roman Syria. AD 240. 12 viewsGordian III AR tetradrachm of Roman Syria. AD 240
Obverse: AVTOK K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: DHMARC ES OVCIAC, eagle with spread wings standing facing, head left, wreath in beak, SC in ex.
28.49 mm., 11.7 g
2 commentsNORMAN K04/10/18 at 01:27Jay GT4: Great eagle
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Antoninus Pius, AE 22 of Hieropolis, Syria.6 viewsAntoninus Pius, AE 22of Hieropolis, Syria
Obverse: AYTO KAI TIT AIΛ AΔΡI ANTΩNEINOC CEB, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: ΘEAC CYΡI-AC IEΡOΠO and B in three lines within wreath.
BMC 13; Paris 1670 ; Butcher 15.
21.9 mm., 9.0 g
1 commentsNORMAN K04/10/18 at 01:26Jay GT4: Great patina
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Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula37 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
6 commentsJay GT404/10/18 at 00:25Enodia: very cool, and i love the geometric style so typic...
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Taras, Calabria31 views302-281 BC (Period VI)
AR Didrachm (20.5mm, 7.88g)
Arethon magistrate.
O: Naked boy of androgynous aspect crowning horse standing right, left foreleg raised; ΣA above, APE/ΘΩN (magistrate) in two lines below.
R: Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding tripod in extended right hand; TAPAΣ around to right, CAΣ below.
Vlasto 666; Evans VI, A-1; Cote 321; McGill II, 59; SNG France 1869; HN Italy 957; SNG Cop 862; SNG ANS 1046-50
ex Germania Inferior Numismatics

Struck between the time of Kleonymos and the coming of Pyrrhus, Period VI represents the first appearance of the full length magistrate signatues on Tarentine coinage, in this case one Arethon.
This type (along with Vlasto 836) is possibly the most common didrachm in the entire series. Still, this specimen is very well centered with a full tripod showing on the flan, and has some nice golden highlights which i find quite appealing.
4 commentsEnodia04/09/18 at 23:18Jay GT4: Love the dolphin! Great piece!
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Italic bronze Dolphin Fibula37 viewsItalic bronze age Dolphin Fibula

5.98g, 35 mm.

8th-5th Century BC

Hattatt 200 var.?

Ex-Noble Roman Coin
6 commentsJay GT404/09/18 at 23:03Nemonater: Amazing piece!
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Constantine II 8.09.0065 viewsConstantine II
Obv FL CL CONSTANTINVS IVNNC
(R .laur, draped, cuir, seen from back)
Rev CLARITAS REIPVBLICAE
(Sol raising right hand, holding up globe with left)
S | P
PLN in ex
Not in RIC CT 8.09.006 (R)
3.2g
1 commentsNoviomagus04/09/18 at 22:07Jay GT4: Nice Sol!
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Maximianus Herculius11 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C MAXIMIANVS P AVG ; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust to left.
VIRTVTI AVGG; Hercules to right, wrestling with the Nemean Lion; club behind.
Ex: -
Lugdunum
RIC 458; B.219 pl. XV (7ex)
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia04/09/18 at 22:06Jay GT4: Great
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Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 -440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h.Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.424 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer,above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils.Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auc 14 lot 50 5-17-17,ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auc x 22 june 1951 lot 192,ex V.J.E.Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant H04/09/18 at 21:52Jay GT4: Outstanding! And nice old provenance.
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Probus18 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, helmeted, heroically nude bust left, holding spear and aegis, seen from back.
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy.
Ex: XXIQ
Siscia
RIC 811
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia04/09/18 at 20:52Julianus of Pannonia: Thanks Teutoburgium!
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Demetrios III Eukairos 97/6 - 88/7 B.C.5 viewsDemetrios III Eukairos 97/6 - 88/7 B.C. Ar 27.2~28.5mm. 16.04g. Tetradrachm. Damaskus, Obv: Diademed head of Demetrius III right with fringe of curly beard at jawline, diadem ends falling straight behind, fillet border. Rev: ΒACΙΛEΩC ΔHMHTPIOV ΘEOV / ΦIΛOΠΛTOPOC CΩTHPOC, Cult image of Atargatis standing facing with arms extended, holding flower in left hand, barley stalk rising from each shoulder; to outer left, ΔI above N; laurel wreath border. SC 2450.4: Babelon 1567. 1 commentsddwau04/09/18 at 18:56shanxi: Atargatis, very interessting (good article on Wiki...
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Faustina Jr. (147 - 175 A.D.)19 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Draped bust right
R:Isis Pharia standing right, holding sistrum and billowing sail; L I Z (Year 17) across field.
Stuck 153-154 A.D.
12g
23mm
Dattari (Savio) 3250; K&G 38.86; Emmett 1949.17.

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 16; Lot 306. Feb. 28, 2015
Ex. Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung Auction 247; Lot 4627. March 10, 2017
4 commentsMat04/09/18 at 12:13David Atherton: Great coin!
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Faustina Jr. (147 - 175 A.D.)19 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Draped bust right
R:Isis Pharia standing right, holding sistrum and billowing sail; L I Z (Year 17) across field.
Stuck 153-154 A.D.
12g
23mm
Dattari (Savio) 3250; K&G 38.86; Emmett 1949.17.

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 16; Lot 306. Feb. 28, 2015
Ex. Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung Auction 247; Lot 4627. March 10, 2017
4 commentsMat04/09/18 at 09:10Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Faustina Jr. (147 - 175 A.D.)19 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Draped bust right
R:Isis Pharia standing right, holding sistrum and billowing sail; L I Z (Year 17) across field.
Stuck 153-154 A.D.
12g
23mm
Dattari (Savio) 3250; K&G 38.86; Emmett 1949.17.

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 16; Lot 306. Feb. 28, 2015
Ex. Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung Auction 247; Lot 4627. March 10, 2017
4 commentsMat04/09/18 at 08:14shanxi: Nice example
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Faustina Jr. (147 - 175 A.D.)19 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Draped bust right
R:Isis Pharia standing right, holding sistrum and billowing sail; L I Z (Year 17) across field.
Stuck 153-154 A.D.
12g
23mm
Dattari (Savio) 3250; K&G 38.86; Emmett 1949.17.

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 16; Lot 306. Feb. 28, 2015
Ex. Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung Auction 247; Lot 4627. March 10, 2017
4 commentsMat04/09/18 at 05:47Randygeki(h2): Congrats Mat. A very nice Tet.
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1/16 Stater, Karia uncertain (Kaunos?)11 views1/16 Stater, Karia uncertain (Kaunos?)
aka Tritartemorion

490 - 470 BC

Female deity (Iris?) with curled wings,
Griffin standing l. in incuse square.

0.58 gr, 8.6 mm

cf SNGKeckman 817 for type & 821 for weight
see also AsiaMinorCoins #3960
Konuk 57 (O1,R1)
2 commentsPekka K04/08/18 at 20:43Nemonater: Really nice!
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hj6.28.54.110 viewsElagabalus and Julia Maesa
Marcianopolis

Obv: AVT[ K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC] AVΓ IOVΛIA MAICA AVΓ, laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus on left facing draped bust of Julia Maesa on right .
Rev: .ΠV./ IOVΛ AN/ TΩNINOV CEΛ/ EV.KOV.MAPK/ IANOΠOΛIT/ ΩN, legend in six lines inside laurel wreath. Wreath closed at bottom with E.
24 mm, 9.18 gms

Hristova-Jekov 6.28.54.1
1 commentsCharles M04/08/18 at 18:55okidoki: great and sharp reverse
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Struck A.D.379 - 383. THEODOSIUS I. AE4 of Siscia4 viewsObverse: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing right.
Reverse: VOT V MVLT X in four lines within laurel wreath; in exergue, ASISC.
RIC IX : 29d
1 comments*Alex04/08/18 at 18:51Choucas: Very nice struck and patina.
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137 Commemorative, (330-335 A.D.), Nicomedia, RIC VII 195, AE-3, -/-//SMNS, She-wolf left, #1,116 views137 Commemorative, (330-335 A.D.), Nicomedia, RIC VII 195, AE-3, -/-//SMNS, She-wolf left, #1,
avers: VRBS ROMA, Helmeted bust of Roma left.
reverse: She-wolf and twins, 2 stars above with three dots vertically placed between them.
exergue: -/-//SMNS, diameter: 16,0-16,5 mm, weight: 2,39 g, axis: 11 h,
mint: Nicomedia, date: 330-335 A.D., ref: RIC VII 195, Sear 16521,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/08/18 at 13:22okidoki: great example,
Sicily,_Kamarina,_AE-Tetras,_Head_of_Athena,_KAMA,_Owl,_lizard,_three_pellets,_Calciati_III_pg__63,_33,_SNG_ANS_1229_,_SNG_Cop_169,_420-405_BC_Q-001,_0h,_14,5mm,_3,03g-s.jpg
Sicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,129 viewsSicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,
avers: Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with the wing, border of dots.
reverse: KAMA, owl standing left, head facing, grasping lizard in talon, in exergue, three pellets.
exergue: -/-//•••, diameter: 14,0-14,5 mm, weight: 3,03 g, axes: 0h,
mint: Sicily, Kamarina, date: 420-405 B.C., ref: Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, SNG ANS 1229, SNG Cop 169.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans04/07/18 at 20:32Enodia: Well centered and a clear ethnic... nice!
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Probus12 viewsAE- Antoninianus
IMP C PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding eagle tripped scepter, and branch or flowers
PAX AVGVSTI ; Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and sceptre./ T in right field
Ex: XXI
Siscia
RIC 712var.
Note: This interesting bust type probably celebrates the second consulate of Probus in A.D 278.
The branch in his hand could be a symbol for his consulship or the symbol of peace.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia04/07/18 at 20:26quadrans: Great find...
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Otho (69 A.D.)46 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AYTOK MAPK OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate head right, LA (year 1) lower right.
R: EΛEY-ΘEPIA, Eleutheria (Liberty) standing left, wreath in extended right hand, scepter in left hand, leaning with left elbow on column, simpulum (ladle used for tasting and pouring sacrificial libations) left in lower left field.
12.58g
24.4mm
Milne 359; RPC I 5354 (5 spec.); Dattari 327; BMC Alexandria p. 25, 208; Curtis 238; Kampmann 18.6; Emmett 184

Ex. Jyrki Muona Collection

This variety with a simpulum on the reverse is much rarer than the same type without this control symbol. RPC reports only 5 specimens with the simpulum and 17 specimens without it. This variety is missing from the important collections in Cologne, Paris, and Milan, and we know of only one example offered at auction in the past two decades (CNG 76, 12 Sep 2007, lot 3152, VF, $430 plus fees).
5 commentsMat04/07/18 at 19:20okidoki: congrats Mat
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Domitian7 viewsAs / 10,00g / 29mm

CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS V
S C

Spes on reverse

Lugdunum mint
RIC II# 791a
1 commentsHenri V04/07/18 at 18:00okidoki: very nice Henri
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Sicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,129 viewsSicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,
avers: Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with the wing, border of dots.
reverse: KAMA, owl standing left, head facing, grasping lizard in talon, in exergue, three pellets.
exergue: -/-//•••, diameter: 14,0-14,5 mm, weight: 3,03 g, axes: 0h,
mint: Sicily, Kamarina, date: 420-405 B.C., ref: Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, SNG ANS 1229, SNG Cop 169.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans04/07/18 at 13:35okidoki: very nice Joe
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1/16 Stater, Karia uncertain (Kaunos?)11 views1/16 Stater, Karia uncertain (Kaunos?)
aka Tritartemorion

490 - 470 BC

Female deity (Iris?) with curled wings,
Griffin standing l. in incuse square.

0.58 gr, 8.6 mm

cf SNGKeckman 817 for type & 821 for weight
see also AsiaMinorCoins #3960
Konuk 57 (O1,R1)
2 commentsPekka K04/07/18 at 12:59Jay GT4: Really like these small coins
Sicily,_Kamarina,_AE-Tetras,_Head_of_Athena,_KAMA,_Owl,_lizard,_three_pellets,_Calciati_III_pg__63,_33,_SNG_ANS_1229_,_SNG_Cop_169,_420-405_BC_Q-001,_0h,_14,5mm,_3,03g-s.jpg
Sicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,129 viewsSicily, Kamarina, (420-405 B.C.), AE-Tetras, Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, -/-//•••, KAMA, Owl standing left,
avers: Head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with the wing, border of dots.
reverse: KAMA, owl standing left, head facing, grasping lizard in talon, in exergue, three pellets.
exergue: -/-//•••, diameter: 14,0-14,5 mm, weight: 3,03 g, axes: 0h,
mint: Sicily, Kamarina, date: 420-405 B.C., ref: Calciati-III, p-63-, No-33, SNG ANS 1229, SNG Cop 169.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans04/07/18 at 12:36Jay GT4: Nice. Big nose on Athena
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Rhodes, Caria. (Circa 305-275 BC)13 viewsAR Didrachm

18 mm, 6.41 g

Obverse: Helios head in three-quarter view on the right.

Reverse: POΔΙΟΝ (RODION) above and Ε-Υ to left and right of rose with bud to right; in left field, bunch of grapes.

SNG Keckman 452; R. Ashton in: Money and Its Uses in the Ancient Greek World (Oxford 2001), p. 104, 158; H. Troxell, The Norman Davis Collection, ANS 1969, #228.

This coin was minted either during or in the years following one of the most notable sieges of antiquity, when, in the midst of the Successor Wars, Demetrius Poliorcetes, son of Antigonus I, besieged Rhodes in an attempt to make it abandon its neutrality and close relationship with Ptolemy I.

The citizens of Rhodes were successful in resisting Demetrius; after one year he abandoned the siege and signed a peace agreement (304 BC) which Demetrius presented as a victory because Rhodes agreed to remain neutral in his war with Ptolemy (Egypt).

Several years later the Helepolis (Demetrius' famed siege tower), which had been abandoned, had its metal plating melted down and - along with the money from selling the remains of the siege engines and equipment left behind by Demetrius - was used to erect a statue of their sun god, Helios, now known as the Colossus of Rhodes, to commemorate their heroic resistance.
1 commentsNathan P04/06/18 at 18:07shanxi: appealing example
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L. Papius Denarius Serratus - Juno Sospita with Griffin (Crawf. 384/1)12 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 79 BC
3.93g

Obv: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat's skin; symbol (stick with strap?) behind

Rev: Griffin springing right; symbol (bowling ninepin?) below; L• PAPI in exergue.

Crawford 384/1; RSC Papia 1 (symbols 44); Grueber type 96

Roma Numismatics Auction XV, 380
ex. Roma Numismatics Auction VI, 765.
3 commentsKained but Able04/06/18 at 17:33quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus, denarius bull127 viewsAugustus Denarius. Lugdunum mint, struck 15-13 BC.
Observe: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right
Reverse: IMP X, bull butting right.
References: RIC 167a; RSC 137.
Diameter 19 mm / weight 3.9 grams
Marcelo Leal's collection
7 commentsAugustus197504/06/18 at 16:46quadrans: Nice piece..
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L. Papius Denarius Serratus - Juno Sospita with Griffin (Crawf. 384/1)12 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 79 BC
3.93g

Obv: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat's skin; symbol (stick with strap?) behind

Rev: Griffin springing right; symbol (bowling ninepin?) below; L• PAPI in exergue.

Crawford 384/1; RSC Papia 1 (symbols 44); Grueber type 96

Roma Numismatics Auction XV, 380
ex. Roma Numismatics Auction VI, 765.
3 commentsKained but Able04/06/18 at 15:30Jay GT4: Amazing coin
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L. Papius Denarius Serratus - Juno Sospita with Griffin (Crawf. 384/1)12 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 79 BC
3.93g

Obv: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat's skin; symbol (stick with strap?) behind

Rev: Griffin springing right; symbol (bowling ninepin?) below; L• PAPI in exergue.

Crawford 384/1; RSC Papia 1 (symbols 44); Grueber type 96

Roma Numismatics Auction XV, 380
ex. Roma Numismatics Auction VI, 765.
3 commentsKained but Able04/06/18 at 14:58Carausius: Very attractive example. Those symbols will requi...
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Moesia, Istros. (Circa 340-313 BC)12 viewsAR Drachm

6.19 g

Obverse: Two facing male heads; the right inverted

Reverse: IΣTPIH, sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin left with talons; H behind, Δ below.

AMNG I 431. SNG BM Black Sea 245.

Istros was a Greek colony near the mouths of the Danube (known as Ister in Ancient Greek), on the western coast of the Black Sea. Established by Milesian settlers in order to facilitate trade with the native Getae, Scymnus of Chios (ca 110 BC), dated its founding to 630 BC, while Eusebius of Caesarea set it during the time of the 33rd Olympic Games (657 – 656 BC). During the archaic and classical periods, when Istros flourished, it was situated near fertile arable land. It served as a port of trade soon after its establishment, with fishing and agriculture as additional sources of income.
2 commentsNathan P04/06/18 at 12:41Nathan P: Thanks, Jay. It looks even better in hand!
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Moesia, Istros. (Circa 340-313 BC)12 viewsAR Drachm

6.19 g

Obverse: Two facing male heads; the right inverted

Reverse: IΣTPIH, sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin left with talons; H behind, Δ below.

AMNG I 431. SNG BM Black Sea 245.

Istros was a Greek colony near the mouths of the Danube (known as Ister in Ancient Greek), on the western coast of the Black Sea. Established by Milesian settlers in order to facilitate trade with the native Getae, Scymnus of Chios (ca 110 BC), dated its founding to 630 BC, while Eusebius of Caesarea set it during the time of the 33rd Olympic Games (657 – 656 BC). During the archaic and classical periods, when Istros flourished, it was situated near fertile arable land. It served as a port of trade soon after its establishment, with fishing and agriculture as additional sources of income.
2 commentsNathan P04/06/18 at 12:14Jay GT4: Always wanted one of these. Nice examlle
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Struck A.D.351 - 354. CONSTANTIUS GALLUS CAESAR. AE Majorina or Centenionalis of Siscia5 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius Gallus facing right; behind bust, A.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Constantius Gallus standing facing left on galley, holding Victory in his right hand and labarum in his left; Victory at helm, star in field above her head. In left field, III; in exergue, BSIS.
Weight 4.1gms.
RIC VIII : 329
1 comments*Alex04/06/18 at 04:48Randygeki(h2): Nice! A bit harder to find
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Vespasian-RIC-140955 viewsAR Denarius, 2.59g
Ephesus mint, 70 AD
RIC 1409 (R2). BMC 442. RSC 66. RPC 818 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, horizontal Φ
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, March 2018.

The Ceres reverse type was consistently struck at Ephesus from 69 through 74. This scarce Group 3 example features an imperfectly struck Φ mintmark. The elaborate high back throne Ceres is seated upon distinguishes it from the Rome mint version of the type.

Struck in typical fine Ephesian style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/06/18 at 04:47Randygeki(h2): Cool addition!!
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PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Akko mint. Dated RY 33 of 'Ozmilk, king of Tyre (317/6 BC)23 viewsObv. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Rev. Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, Phoenician 'K (for 'Ozmilk) and ||| –= (date). 
References: Price 3279 (Ake); Newell, Dated 37.
24mm, 15.61 grams.
3 commentsCanaan04/06/18 at 04:46Randygeki(h2): This is cool!
014_Nero_(54-68_A_D_),_AE-17,_Ionia,_Smyrna,_NE_#929;_#937;NA_CEBACTON,_NEIKHN__#928;O_#928;_#928;AIA_ZMY_#929;,_RPC_2486;_Klose_31,_62-65_AD,_Q-001,_h,_17,5mm,_4,1g-s.jpg
014p Nero (54-68 A.D.), AE-17, Ionia, Smyrna, RPC 2486, Poppaea as Nike, advancing left,117 views014p Nero (54-68 A.D.), AE-17, Ionia, Smyrna, RPC 2486, Poppaea as Nike, advancing left,
avers: NEΡΩNA CEBACTON, Laureate head right.
reverse: NEIKHN ΠOΠΠAIA ZMYΡ, Poppaea as Nike, advancing left, holding wreath and cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter:17,5mm, weight: 4,10g, axis: h,
mint: Ionia, Smyrna, date: 62-65 A.D., ref: RPC 2486, Klose 31.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/06/18 at 04:46Randygeki(h2): Nice!
Zsigmond,_(1387-1437_AD),_AR-Den,_U-450-g,_C2-124A,_H-578,_mOn_SIG-ISmVnDI,_REGIS_VnGARIE_ET_C_,_Q-001,_5h,_16mm,_0_53g-s.jpg
031 Sigismund, ( Sigismund of Luxemburg)., King of Hungary, (1387-1437 A.D.) AR-Denar, U-450-g., C2-124A, H-578, #01129 views031 Sigismund, ( Sigismund of Luxemburg)., King of Hungary, (1387-1437 A.D.) AR-Denar, U-450-g., C2-124A, H-578, #01
avers: mOn•SIG ISmVnDI, Patriarchal cross, mint-mark on each side n-*.
reverse: +•REGIS•VnGARIE•ET•C•, Shield with Árpadian(Hungarian) stripes.
exergue, mint mark: n/*//--, diameter:15,0-16,0mm, weight: 0,53g, axis:5h,
mint: Hungary, Nagybánya (today Romania : Baia Mare), date: after 1430 A.D. (by Pohl), ref: Unger-450-g., CNH-2-124A, Huszar-578, Pohl-118-18,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans04/06/18 at 04:46Randygeki(h2): Neat coin
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Bruttium, Brettii, Under Hannibal, (215-205 B.C.), AR-Quarter Shekel, SNG Cop 369, -/-//--, Free horse standing right,139 viewsBruttium, Brettii, Under Hannibal, (215-205 B.C.), AR-Quarter Shekel, SNG Cop 369, -/-//--, Free horse standing right,
avers: Head of Tanit-Demeter left, wreathed with grain, in pendant earring and necklace.
reverse: Free horse standing right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,5mm, weight: 1,67g, axes: 0h,
mint: Bruttium, Brettii, date: 215-205 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 369, Robinson, NC 1964, p. 53, 3., HN Italy 2020.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans04/06/18 at 04:45Randygeki(h2): Awesome!
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Bruttium, Terina AR Drachm25 views420-400 BC
Obv.: Head of nymph right, hair rolled around ampyx. TEPI behind.
Rev.: Nike seated left on wreathed cippus, holding wreath, bird resting on her hand.
Holloway-Jenkins Group F, 97; SNG ANS 858; HN Italy 2634.
1 commentsMinos04/06/18 at 01:46Jay GT4: Great coin
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Pherai, Thessaly24 viewsLate 4th century BC
AE14 (14mm, 2.59g)
O: Wreathed head of Hekate right; torch before.
R: Lion's head fountain right, spouting water; fish below, ΦEPAIOYN around to right.
Rogers 514; HGC4, 568; BCD Thessaly II, 691.1
From the BCD collection. ex Ken Dorney

5 commentsEnodia04/06/18 at 00:58Jay GT4: Great lion
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Probus18 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, helmeted, heroically nude bust left, holding spear and aegis, seen from back.
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy.
Ex: XXIQ
Siscia
RIC 811
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia04/05/18 at 05:12Teutoburgium: It is actually RIC 811 - IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG
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014p Nero (54-68 A.D.), AE-17, Ionia, Smyrna, RPC 2486, Poppaea as Nike, advancing left,117 views014p Nero (54-68 A.D.), AE-17, Ionia, Smyrna, RPC 2486, Poppaea as Nike, advancing left,
avers: NEΡΩNA CEBACTON, Laureate head right.
reverse: NEIKHN ΠOΠΠAIA ZMYΡ, Poppaea as Nike, advancing left, holding wreath and cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter:17,5mm, weight: 4,10g, axis: h,
mint: Ionia, Smyrna, date: 62-65 A.D., ref: RPC 2486, Klose 31.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans04/05/18 at 01:59Jay GT4: It's OK Q
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Thurium, Lucania (Circa 400-350 BC)18 viewsAR Nomos

20 mm, 7.45g

Obverse: Head of Athena with Attic helmet, on the helmet boiler Scylla

Reverse: Bull, in section fish.

SNG ANS 1034 (av., Stgl.), HN Italy 1787.

Located on a fertile plain on the Gulf of Taranto near the site of Sybaris, Thurium was founded by Achaeans late in the 8th Century B.C. At its peak, Sybaris had amassed a population nearly equal to that of Athens, had a six-mile defensive wall, and according to Strabo had as many as 25 cities and four native peoples under its authority. However, the thriving settlement was destroyed by Croton in 510 B.C.

After two attempts to establish a new foundation on the ruined site that had been thwarted by Croton, a fresh attempt was made in the period 446 to 444/3 B.C. This remarkable undertaking was originally conceived by descendants of the Sybarites, but when the Crotonites opposed that enterprise as well, help was sought from Athens. Pericles came to their aid by sending colonists whom he had gathered from throughout Greece to participate in what he envisioned as a Panhellenic experiment in colonization. With financial and military support from Athens, the colonists set up their city, drawing on the talents of Protagoras of Abdera for its civil laws, Lampon of Athens for its sacred laws and Hippodamus of Miletus for its city-plan. Even the historian Herodotus is counted among the talented participants.

As Thurium began to flourish its colonists from Greece soon ejected their co-founding Sybarites (who established another city on the river Traeis) and eventually distanced themselves even from their benefactor Athens. The city continued to prosper even after it came under Roman control following the defeat of Tarentum in 272. During the Second Punic War, Thurium was still a regional power and it held out as a Roman ally until the spring of 212, when resisting the Carthaginians became impossible. It was the last Greek city to fall to Hannibal, yet it also was the last city outside of Bruttium to remain in his camp. This was not appreciated by the Romans who consequently added its land to their ager publicus and, in 194 or 193, by which time the site was largely abandoned, founded in its place the Latin colony of Copia.

Thurian coinage is substantial, and is renowned for the fine artistry of its dies. The head of Athena as an obverse type clearly is inspired by the coinage of Athens. The standing bull on the city’s early coins likely was derived from the old badge of Sybaris, yet the charging version of that animal may refer to the local spring Thuria, from which the new foundation took its name. On this example the bowl of Athena’s helmet is decorated with Scylla, whose serpent-tail is visible. The bull, as on all Thurian issues of this era, is fully animated with its tail lashing as it charges forth to engage some unseen foe.
2 commentsNathan P04/04/18 at 23:29Nathan P: Thanks, Jay! The helmet definitely is what drew me...
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Sicily, Syracuse. Hiketas II. (Circa 287-278 BC)19 viewsAE 22, 10.11 g

Obverse: Wreathed head of Persephone left; ear of grain behind; ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ (SYRAKOSION)

Reverse: Female driving biga right; star above, A in exergue

CNS II 123 Ds 95; SNG ANS 759 var.

Hiketas (Greek: Ἱκέτας or Ἱκέτης) was tyrant of Syracuse, during the interval between the reign of Agathokles and that of Pyrrhus. After the death of Agathokles (289 BC), his supposed assassin, Maenon, put to death Archagathus, the grandson of Agathocles; and assuming the command of the army directed his arms against Syracuse. Hereupon Hicetas was sent against him by the Syracusans, with a considerable army: but after the war had continued for some time, without any decisive result, Maenon, by calling in the aid of the Carthaginians, obtained the superiority, and the Syracusans were compelled to conclude an ignominious peace. Soon after ensued the revolution which led to the expulsion of the Campanian mercenaries (originally hired by Agathokles), afterwards known as the Mamertines: and it must have been shortly after this that Hiketas established himself in the supreme power, as we are told by Diodorus that he ruled nine years. He was at length expelled from Syracuse by Thynion, an event which took place not long before the arrival of Pyrrhus in Sicily, and must therefore be referred either to 279 or 278 BC.
2 commentsNathan P04/04/18 at 23:23Nathan P: Thanks, Jay!
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Litra & Tetdradrachma circa 465-450 BC10 viewsTwo coins from Gela with same style man-headed bull no doubt by the same die engraver2 commentsGrant H04/04/18 at 19:54Grant H: Thanks Jay they are in great shape
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Litra & Tetdradrachma circa 465-450 BC10 viewsTwo coins from Gela with same style man-headed bull no doubt by the same die engraver2 commentsGrant H04/04/18 at 19:33Jay GT4: Awesome
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Sicily, Syracuse. Hiketas II. (Circa 287-278 BC)19 viewsAE 22, 10.11 g

Obverse: Wreathed head of Persephone left; ear of grain behind; ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ (SYRAKOSION)

Reverse: Female driving biga right; star above, A in exergue

CNS II 123 Ds 95; SNG ANS 759 var.

Hiketas (Greek: Ἱκέτας or Ἱκέτης) was tyrant of Syracuse, during the interval between the reign of Agathokles and that of Pyrrhus. After the death of Agathokles (289 BC), his supposed assassin, Maenon, put to death Archagathus, the grandson of Agathocles; and assuming the command of the army directed his arms against Syracuse. Hereupon Hicetas was sent against him by the Syracusans, with a considerable army: but after the war had continued for some time, without any decisive result, Maenon, by calling in the aid of the Carthaginians, obtained the superiority, and the Syracusans were compelled to conclude an ignominious peace. Soon after ensued the revolution which led to the expulsion of the Campanian mercenaries (originally hired by Agathokles), afterwards known as the Mamertines: and it must have been shortly after this that Hiketas established himself in the supreme power, as we are told by Diodorus that he ruled nine years. He was at length expelled from Syracuse by Thynion, an event which took place not long before the arrival of Pyrrhus in Sicily, and must therefore be referred either to 279 or 278 BC.
2 commentsNathan P04/04/18 at 19:33Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Vespasian-RIC-140955 viewsAR Denarius, 2.59g
Ephesus mint, 70 AD
RIC 1409 (R2). BMC 442. RSC 66. RPC 818 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, horizontal Φ
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, March 2018.

The Ceres reverse type was consistently struck at Ephesus from 69 through 74. This scarce Group 3 example features an imperfectly struck Φ mintmark. The elaborate high back throne Ceres is seated upon distinguishes it from the Rome mint version of the type.

Struck in typical fine Ephesian style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/04/18 at 19:19Jay GT4: Sweet
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Mughal India, 1602 AD., month: Aban, Akbar I, Lahore mint, half Rupee, KM 66.3.7 viewsObverse (left depiction):
green: Allahu (“Allah is“)
blue: Akbar ((the) “greatest“)
red: Jalajahu (“his glory is“)
brown: Jallah (“eminent“)

Reverse (right depiction)
green: Ilahi (“Divine“)
Brown: ۴٨ (“47“)
red: Zarb (“struck at“)
Yellow: Lahore (city, mint location), Urdu: لاہور (“Lāhaur“)
Blue: آبان - month “Aban“
1 commentsArminius04/04/18 at 17:21quadrans: Interesting
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Probus, Antoninianus, CLEMENTIA TEMP18 viewsAR Antoninianus
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 280AD
22.5 x 19.5mm 5.10gr 6h
O: IMP CM AVR PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate and draped bust, right, seen from the back.
R: CLEMENTIA TEMP; Probus, standing right on left, holding scepter, receiving Victory holding wreath from Jupiter, standing left on right.
Exergue: Retrograde Digamma above line; XXI, below line.
Antioch Mint
RIC V-2 922var. (Radiate, draped bust); Cohen 99; Brenot, Claude & Pflaum, Hans-Georg, Revue Numismatique, 1965/67, Syria Hoard II, #85.
Aorta: B87, O38, R13, T96, M1.
numismax/John Middleton 292475113682
3/17/18 3/27/18
EF; 90% silvered; Sold for $32.00, 12/1998 (seller's notes)
2 commentsNicholas Z04/04/18 at 16:57Nicholas Z: The retrograde digamma is kind of my jam here too.
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Samaria. Lead seal. Approximately 4th-3rd century BC.20 viewsFigure in a long robe standing on the right and her standing naked figure (Ana?), Standing on the left, flanking Thymiaterion, all in temple vignette.
Typical of the motifs of Sami coins and seals is the adaptation of existing coin paintings and iconography, which dates back to the 4th century AD. v. In the Levant were in circulation. This lead seal probably imitates a late Persian depiction of a satrap and the deity Ana, as can also be found on the Tarsus Stateren (see SNG Levante 83).
15mm // 11,83g.
Ex. Lanz Numismatics.
3 commentsCanaan04/04/18 at 16:48Arados: Fascinating seal
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Brutus and Lentulus Spinther, 42 BCE15 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Brutus and Lentulus Spinther, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.91g; 20mm).
Military Mint (Smyrna?).

Obv: BRVTVS; axe, simpulum and knife.

Rev: LENTVLVS SPINT; jug and lituus.

References: Crawford 500/7; HCRI 198; Sydenham 1310; BMCRR East 80-1; Junia 41.

Provenance: Ex Stoeklin Collection [Nomos14 (17 May 2017) Lot 301]; ex Munzhandlung Basel 6 (18 Mar 1936), Lot 1483; ex Trau Collection [Gilhoffer & Ranschburg & Hess (22 May 1935), Lot 37].

The sacrificial implements on the obverse refer to Brutus' membership in the college of Pontifs. The implements on the reverse refer to Spinther's membership in the augurate since 57 BCE.

Spinther was the son of P. Cornelius Lentulus, whose nickname was Spinther (reportedly because he resembled an actor by that name). It was a nickname that his father clearly liked as both he and his son later used it on coins. His father was an aristocrat of the Cornelia gens, who was liked by Julius Caesar and worked with Cicero in suppressing the Cataline conspiracy. He was later governor of part of Spain. With Caesar’s help, his father was elected consul in 57BC, when he recalled Cicero from exile. Thereafter he governed Cilicia, at which time Cicero wrote him a still-surviving letter. As relations deteriorated between Caesar and Pompey, both Spinthers sided with Pompey. Despite initial offers of amnesty by Caesar, Spinther senior would not remain neutral and was eventually killed or committed suicide during the civil wars. His son later allied with Caesar’s assassins and struck coins for both Brutus and Cassius.
2 commentsCarausius04/04/18 at 16:24Nemonater:
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Vespasian-RIC-140955 viewsAR Denarius, 2.59g
Ephesus mint, 70 AD
RIC 1409 (R2). BMC 442. RSC 66. RPC 818 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, horizontal Φ
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, March 2018.

The Ceres reverse type was consistently struck at Ephesus from 69 through 74. This scarce Group 3 example features an imperfectly struck Φ mintmark. The elaborate high back throne Ceres is seated upon distinguishes it from the Rome mint version of the type.

Struck in typical fine Ephesian style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/04/18 at 12:14orfew: Very interesting portrait
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Vespasian-RIC-140955 viewsAR Denarius, 2.59g
Ephesus mint, 70 AD
RIC 1409 (R2). BMC 442. RSC 66. RPC 818 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, horizontal Φ
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, March 2018.

The Ceres reverse type was consistently struck at Ephesus from 69 through 74. This scarce Group 3 example features an imperfectly struck Φ mintmark. The elaborate high back throne Ceres is seated upon distinguishes it from the Rome mint version of the type.

Struck in typical fine Ephesian style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/04/18 at 12:00quadrans: Nice piece..
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Vespasian-RIC-140955 viewsAR Denarius, 2.59g
Ephesus mint, 70 AD
RIC 1409 (R2). BMC 442. RSC 66. RPC 818 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, horizontal Φ
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, March 2018.

The Ceres reverse type was consistently struck at Ephesus from 69 through 74. This scarce Group 3 example features an imperfectly struck Φ mintmark. The elaborate high back throne Ceres is seated upon distinguishes it from the Rome mint version of the type.

Struck in typical fine Ephesian style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/04/18 at 11:39Nemonater: Striking portrait!
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Vespasian-RIC-140955 viewsAR Denarius, 2.59g
Ephesus mint, 70 AD
RIC 1409 (R2). BMC 442. RSC 66. RPC 818 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, horizontal Φ
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, March 2018.

The Ceres reverse type was consistently struck at Ephesus from 69 through 74. This scarce Group 3 example features an imperfectly struck Φ mintmark. The elaborate high back throne Ceres is seated upon distinguishes it from the Rome mint version of the type.

Struck in typical fine Ephesian style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/04/18 at 10:47Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Vespasian-RIC-140955 viewsAR Denarius, 2.59g
Ephesus mint, 70 AD
RIC 1409 (R2). BMC 442. RSC 66. RPC 818 (2 spec.).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue, horizontal Φ
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, March 2018.

The Ceres reverse type was consistently struck at Ephesus from 69 through 74. This scarce Group 3 example features an imperfectly struck Φ mintmark. The elaborate high back throne Ceres is seated upon distinguishes it from the Rome mint version of the type.

Struck in typical fine Ephesian style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/04/18 at 09:51okidoki: interesting details
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Pherai, Thessaly24 viewsLate 4th century BC
AE14 (14mm, 2.59g)
O: Wreathed head of Hekate right; torch before.
R: Lion's head fountain right, spouting water; fish below, ΦEPAIOYN around to right.
Rogers 514; HGC4, 568; BCD Thessaly II, 691.1
From the BCD collection. ex Ken Dorney

5 commentsEnodia04/04/18 at 07:06okidoki: classic